Saturday, September 18, 2021


WHO to send experts to Lebanon for health support: Tedros

 BEIRUT: Visiting World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced that the world body will send a team of experts to help Lebanon identify problems in its health sector and draft a strategy plan for reforms.

Guterres requests SCO cooperation on Afghanistan

UNITED NATION:  UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has requested for cooperation from the members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in support of Afghanistan.

Cambodia launches Covid inoculation for kids

PHNOM PENH:  Cambodia has started a Covid-19 vaccination drive for children aged from six to 12 years.

3 die of dengue in Karachi

KARACHI:  Three people died of dengue fever in Karachi over the last two days, Pakistani media reported.

Assam vaccinates over 7 lakh people on PM's birthday

 GUWAHATI: On the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modis 71st birthday on Friday, Assam set a new record by administering Covid vaccine doses to over seven lakh people in 33 districts across the state.

Is lack of 'outside exposure' a reason for mystery illness?

NEW DELHI:The Covid-19 pandemic has not only put a curb on children's studies at school and outdoor games, it has also dented their immunity levels -- which doctors see as a major reason why "mystery fever/illness" has gripped large number of kids in some parts of North India, particularly in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Patiala organises campaign on Nutri-Garden and Tree Plantation

PATIALA:Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Patiala in association with IFFCO, Patiala organised campaign on Nutri-Garden and Tree Plantation, today. This campaign was organised to mark the International year of millets. In this event more than 100 farmers and farm women participated.

Punjab CM announces free health insurance cover for 15 lakh families left out of Sarbat Sehat Scheme

CHANDIGARH: Fulfilling his government’s universal healthcare poll promise, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday announced free insurance cover for the 15 lakh families who were earlier not included in the ambit of the Ayushman Bharat-Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana (AB-SSBY).

Texas to close points of entry amid soaring migration

HOUSTON: Texas is going to shut down six points of entry along the US-Mexico border amid a massive surge of migration, Governor Greg Abbott announced.

Yogi puts disaster relief forces on alert

LUCKNOW:Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has put the national and state disaster relief forces on an alert mode, following heavy rainfall in various parts of the state.

Canada's Covid-19 cases continue to rise

OTTAWA:Canada reported 4,665 new cases of Covid-19 as of Thursday evening, bringing the cumulative total to 1,564,088 cases, including 27,325 deaths, according to CTV.

Bengal gears up to fight unknown fever among children

KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has convened a high-level meeting with the superintendents of the medical colleges and senior officials of the state health department to discuss the rising cases of paediatric fever in the state, particularly in North Bengal.

Covid booster dose not central theme at the moment: ICMR chief

NEW DELHI: The Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Balram Bhargava, said on Thursday that a booster dose for Covid-19 is not the central theme of scientific and public health discussions at the moment.

Covid vax protection wane over time, boosters important: Pfizer, Moderna

NEW YORK:US drug makers Pfizer and Moderna have, in different studie,s claimed that protection from their mRNA vaccine against Covid-19 can last only for about six months, or a little more, pitching a strong case for booster shots -- ignoring the calls against it by a slew of scientists

Mizoram CM urges PM to provide humanitarian aid to Myanmar refugees

AIZWAL: Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga once again urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide humanitarian assistance to Myanmar nationals as the bordering northeastern state is witnessing a fresh influx of refugees from the military coup hit neighbouring country after a renewed clash between the Army and the pro-democratic forces, officials said on Thursday.

Cong demands inquiry into allegations of data fudging by ICMR

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Thursday demanded that an inquiry should be conducted into the data fudging by ICMR as party alleged the medical body manipulated data to keep the political masters happy which led to the loss of human lives.

Vitamin D may protect severe Covid infection, death: Study

LONDON: Good amount of Vitamin D in the body before Covid-19 infection can prevent severe disease and death, according to an international study.

Afghan Deputy PM Mullah Baradar releases video after death rumours

NEW DELHI:Under intense pressure and questions over his whereabouts, the Taliban's Deputy Prime Minister of Afghanistan Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has now released a video message.

Food insecurity at highest levels in South Sudan

UNITED NATION:  People in South Sudan currently face the highest levels of food insecurity recorded since the country's independence from Sudan 10 years ago, said a UN official.

COVID-19 Genome Sequencing facility to identify new variants in Punjab: Balbir Sidhu

CHANDIGARH: To identify new variants of coronavirus, Punjab Government has commenced its first state-run COVID-19 genome sequencing facility at VRDL GMC Patiala laboratory. About 150 samples have been tested in lab, so far and no new variant of coronavirus is identified.

4671 Challans issue to violators under COTPA, 2003 during last 8 months

CHANDIGARH: To ensure the strict implementation of anti tobacco laws, 4671 challans have been issued under COTPA, 2003 during the last 8 months. It was disclosed by Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Mr. Kumar Rahul while presiding over the meeting of State level Coordination Committee.

UP BJP to hold farmers' meet to felicitate Yogi

LUCKNOW:  The ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) will hold a farmers' meet in Lucknow on September 19 on the completion of four years of the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh.

Several patients with Black Fungus detected in SL

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's Health Ministry said patients with the Black Fungus had been detected from several areas of the country amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yogi to launch 'Matra Bhumi Yojana', encourage public role

LUCKNOW: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced the launch of a unique 'Uttar Pradesh Matra Bhumi Yojana' which will make the common man a direct participant in the development work of the state.

One in 500 Americans have died of Covid: Report

WASHINGTON:As the US' Covid-19 death toll exceeded 663,000 this week, it meant that roughly 1 in every 500 Americans succumbed to the disease since the onset of the pandemic early last year, a media report said.

UK records another 30,597 Covid-19 cases

LONDON: Another 30,597 people in the UK have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 7,312,683, according to official figures released on Wednesday.

Strict action will be taken against negligent officials in dengue: Soni

AMRITSAR: Expressing concern over the rising number of Daegu cases in the district, Mr. Om Prakash Soni, Minister for Medical Education and Research, Punjab, while giving strict instructions to the officials of Health Department and Municipal Corporation ordered fogging in the entire city.

Punjab State Commissioner for PwDs held special court to speed up trials of plaints

CHANDIGARH: In order to ensure four percent reservation quota for the Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in government jobs and promotions provided by the Punjab Government and to expedite trials of theirs complaints, the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities Mr. Sumer Singh Gurjar held a special court, in which cases pertaining to PwD employees were listened to at length.

Health Minister Dedicates Mai Daultan Maternal & Child Hospital at Moga

CHANDIGARH/MOGA:Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu on Wednesday inaugurated the Mai Daultan Maternal and Child Hospital at Moga.

DC orders to strictly enforce the ban on the use of plastics

KAPURTHALA:Deputy Commissioner kapurthala Deepti Uppal has asked the commissioners of Municipal corporations and EOs of Municipal councils to ensure the 100 % enforcement regarding the ban on use of plastics .

Dr. Andesh Kang Assumes Charge as Director Health & Family Welfare Punjab

CHANDIGARH: Dr. Andesh Kang today assumed charge as Director Health and Family Welfare, Punjab. In an administrative reshuffle in the Health and Family Welfare Department Punjab the postings of the three Directors were changed.

Yogi sends new doctors' team to Firozabad to check Dengue outbreak

LUCKNOW:  UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to send another team of 10 doctors from the Health Department and 5 experts from the Medical Education Department to Firozabad to check outbreak of dengue and other viral diseases.

3 kids die of viral fever in Bihar

PATNA: The viral fever is turning out to be deadly in Bihar with three infants dying in Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) over the last 24 hours.

Canadian Covid-19 cases surpass 1.55 mn

OTTAWA: Canada has reported 3,955 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 1,555,121 with 27,262 deaths, according to local media. Canada's total Covid-19 cases surpassed 1.5 million on September 1.

I admire Anushka's dedication towards the welfare of animals: Virat Kohli

MUMBAI: The Virat Kohli Foundation has inaugurated a trauma and rehab centre for stray animals at Madh, Malad here.Earlier this year, Indian skipper Virat Kohli had said that he was setting up two animal care facilities in Mumbai. Kohli credited his wife Anushka Sharma for making him see the difficulties faced by stray animals in the city.

India reiterates its commitment to promote nuclear programme

NEW DELHI: Calling for greater Indo-US cooperation in the field of clean and green energy, India on Tuesday reiterated its commitment to promote atomic/nuclear programme for providing not only a major source of clean energy, but also as a major tool of application in areas like healthcare and agriculture sector.

Aus state targets construction workers in vax blitz

MELBOURN:Construction workers in Australia's Victoria are being targeted in a vaccination blitz as the state government battles to contain its soaring number of Covid-19 cases.

Mohali air cargo complex to take off this November, says Punjab Chief Secretary

CHANDIGARH: The much-awaited cargo complex at international airport in Mohali will be made operational by this November while a mega milk processing plant at Bassi Pathana in Fatehgarh Sahib district will be opened by this month end.

NHRC issues notice to Centre, States; seeks reports on farmers stir

 NEW DELHI:  The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Centre, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh governments and other authorities asking for reports of ongoing farmers agitation against the new farm laws.

Haryana reduces 84-day vax gap for foreigners, medical travel

CHANDIGARH:  The Haryana government has reduced the mandatory 84-day gap between the two doses of the Covishield Covid-19 vaccine for foreign nationals and those travelling abroad.


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