Month-long lockdown to come to end today in Bihar

In Bihar, a month-long lockdown will come to an end today. The decision about extension or relaxation will be taken today in a meeting of the crisis management group headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar. Feedback of DMs of all districts have been taken about lockdown.

Meanwhile, the state’s recovery rate has risen to over 98 per cent, while the test positivity rate has declined to  below one percent and it is 0.84 percent. The number of active cases is also decreasing and presently stands at 8  thousand 707. About seven lakh people have so far recovered from the infection. 920 fresh COVID cases were reported in the state during the last 24 hours and one  thousand 799 people recovered yesterday. Over one crore 11 lakh people 20 thousand people have been vaccinated in the state so far.

Odisha govt launches doorstep delivery service for oxygen concentrators

The Odisha Government has launched a doorstep delivery service for oxygen concentrators. Launching the online service, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that this will further strengthen the state’s preparedness against present and future waves of covid-19. The home delivery service for Oxygen concentrators will be available in 5 major cities of the state in the first phase.

In yet another step towards meeting the oxygen demand of the covid 19 patients in Odisha,  Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan yesterday dedicated an oxygen cylinder initiative by a voluntary organisation in Jharsuguda in Odisha through the virtual platform. On the occasion, the Minister said, in order to address the shortage in medical manpower in the state there is a need to increase seats in the existing medical colleges while setting up more such medical colleges in Odisha. Citing data, Mr Pradhan said, the doctor-patient ratio in the state is 1:2187 as against the national ratio of 1: 1404. Meanwhile the Test Positivity Rate in the state has further declined below 10% over the last few days, bringing the total covid-19 active caseload further down to a little over 78 thousand, as of now.

Uttar Pradesh govt to vaccinate 10 crore people in next three months

The Uttar Pradesh government has set a target to vaccinate 10 crore people in the months of June, July and August. UP has also become the first state in the country to inoculate more than 31 lakh youths.

As part of mass vaccination drive, special camps will be organised for women of the state from today so that they can be vaccinated on priority basis. In every district, at least two special camps will be organised for women. This is being done in the wake of the impending danger of third wave of covid so that women who remain close to children should become safe from the danger of getting infected. The Government is already giving preference to the parents whose children are less than 12 years old. The State government has set the target to inoculate 10 crore people in three months and for this training will be given to one lakh vaccinators. Some districts will be marked on certain parameters and 100% vaccination will be done in these districts on priority basis.

Central team to visit Cyclone Yaas affected districts of West Bengal today

A seven member central team headed by a joint secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is visiting West Bengal to make an on-spot assessment of the damage caused by Cyclone Yaas. The team is scheduled to visit Purba Medinipur and South 24 Parganas today. They will also be holding review meetings with the district administration.

Tomorrow, the central team will meet officials of the Disaster management and finance department at the state secretariat. The team will submit a final report to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

It may be recalled that very severe cyclone Yaas had made its landfall in Odisha on 26th May and the coastal areas of West Bengal were severely damaged due to its effect. Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an aerial survey of the cyclone-affected area of West Bengal on May 28 and later held a review meeting at Kalaikunda Air Base in Paschim Medinipur.

Madhya Pradesh reports 735 new positive cases of COVID-19 in last 24 hours

Madhya Pradesh reported yesterday 735 new positive cases and 42 deaths while 1,934 patients recovered from infection. 44 districts of the state reported below 10 corona cases.

Two out of 52 districts in the state Alirajpur and Burhanpur recorded no positive cases. Alirajpur became the first corona-free district after the second wave with zero  active cases, on Sunday.  The number of active cases in the state declined to 10,103.The state reported 0.9 per cent corona-positive rate. Active cases in Indore reduced to 1,509  and in Bhopal reduced to 2,225. More than 80,000 tests are being conducted every day.

Chhattisgarh reports 999 fresh cases of Covid-19 in last 24 hours

Chhattisgarh has reported 999 fresh cases of the Covid-19 yesterday. This is the lowest number of cases reported in the last about 80 days. Chhattisgarh has been witnessing a steady decline in cases of CoVID infection. The test positivity rate in the state has come down to less than 3 percent. The number of people recovering from the disease also outnumbered the number of people testing positive as 1909 patients discharged after recovery on Sunday.The number of COVID-19 cases continued to fall in various districts. Out of the 28 districts, in three districts cases were reported in single digit. While in remaining districts, cases were reported in double digits.

The number of active cases of the coronavirus disease also fell below the 25 thousand mark in the state.

TN CM extends lockdown till Jun 14 with some relaxations

Tamilnadu Chief Minister M.K.Stalin has extended the lock down period with some relaxations. As the lock down announced earlier ends on 7th, the relaxed guidelines will be implemented from Monday to 14th June.

The Government has announced separate guidelines in eleven districts where Covid count is still a concern. More relaxations have been announced for other districts.

AIR correspondent reports, according to the new guidelines, stand alone shops other than textiles and Jewelry have been allowed to function from morning 6 to evening 5  O’clock. Pavement shops and Fish markets will be allowed in open spaces.

All government offices are allowed to function with 30 percent attendance. House keeping services, Electricians, plumbers , motor technicians ,carpenters. Rental taxies and autos will be allowed with e registration.  Permission from District authorities will be needed for emergency travel to Nilgiris, Kodaikanal, Yercaud, Yelagiri and Kutralam. Ten percent workers in Export companies will be allowed for limited activities. Push cart vendors will be allowed to sell vegetables and fruits in coordination with the local administrati

Vijayawada Division of South Central Railway celebrates World Environment Day

Vijayawada Division of South Central Railway celebrated World Environment Day across the Division today. The main objective of celebrating World Environment Day is to highlight the importance of the environment and to remind people that nature should not be taken for granted. The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Ecosystem Restoration’.

Plantation Drives were conducted at all the major stations of the Division as a mark of its commitment towards green environment and to highlight the importance of afforestation. Health Inspectors of the sections conducted awareness campaign and counseled the contract staff on benefits of increased green cover and importance of ecological balance

Vijayawada Division has always played a vital role in the areas of green environment, preservation of green cover, energy conservation, use of solar energy, compliance to environmental regulations and application of renewable forms of energy in innovative ways.

During the current year, Vijayawada Division has undertaken many energy conservation measures which have reaped ample dividends. Vijayawada Division has completed 100 per cent installation of LED lights across the the length and breadth of the Division and had achieved record savings of 35.29 Lakh units per year. This resulted in savings of  2.09 crore rupees. The total installed Solar Capacity of the Division is around 548 KWP excluding all the solar water heaters installed at all the facilities.

Waltair Division observes World Environment Day

Giving emphasis to its commitment towards green initiatives, Waltair Division of East Coast Railway observed World Environment Day today. To mark the day the Division has organized an awareness rally and massive plantation programme in the Railway localities, colonies and station areas to explore its future course of action to prevent pollution. The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.’ as this year marks the beginning of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

More than 850 green saplings were planted in the Railway colonies and station surroundings today and in last two years the Division has planted 3,75,000 saplings. Similar programmes were organized over the Division as a green initiative. Divisional Railway Manager, Shri Chetan Kumar Shrivastava, ADRM (infra) Shri. Akshai Saxena, Dy.CME Shri Durga Prasad Mishra and other branch officers took part in this awareness programme and plantation.

Posters and Banners were displayed to propagate the message of Environment Protection, Green Initiative, to avoid the usage of plastic. Videos on awareness of environment protection and conservation were displayed in Digital Museums and CCTVs at stations. Audio jingles were displayed at stations.

Speaking on the occasion DRM said that “The observation of World Environment Day makes all of us to recall our commitment to Nature and imparts responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving the environment. We have been confronting with various calamities, pandemics as we have disturbed the Nature’s balance. Let us join hand to improve our quality of life by improving our environment”

Besides such initiatives the Division has under taken waste water recycling plant at various units where the recycled water is used for washing and horticulture purpose.  All the stations, Service Buildings, Residential staff quarters over the Division provided with LED light fittings to reduce power consumption.

Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Araku, Rouli railway stations have been electrified by rooftop Solar system. Four Service buildings at Visakhapatnam were energized with Solar power etc for the cause of green initiative. These measures resulted in reduction of more than 8 lakh Kgs of Carbon-di-Oxide emissions.

Four killed as vehicle plunges into gorge in J&K’s Ramban district

Four people lost their lives today when a cab skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Ramban district of Jammu division .

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, four people lost their lives today when a cab skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Ramban district of Jammu division. AIR correspondent reports that the cab was on its way to Jammu from Srinagar and the accident took place near Khuni Nallah when its driver lost control over the vehicle.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Ramban, P. D. Nitya said that rescuers, including Police, Army and local volunteers, swung into action soon after the vehicle rolled down over 500 feet from the highway into Bishlari stream. Three people, including a woman, were found dead on the spot and two others were rescued in critical condition. One of the injured succumbed at the district hospital Ramban shortly after admission. The rescue and search operations were underway, when the reports last came in, as one more person is stated to be missing after the accident.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha condoled the loss of lives in the accident and directed the concerned departments to carry out road safety audit and rectification measures within a week.

Meghalaya join rest of the globe in observing World Environment Day

Meghalaya joined the rest of the globe in observing World Environment Day virtually throughout the state via video conferencing.

Addressing the virtual gathering, Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma said that all need to accept that climate change is happening and it will affect everyone. He added that the adaptation to climate change is going to be a very critical part for policymakers at the highest level.

Thanking the different stakeholders in the conservation, restoration and preservation process, he added that the biggest responsibility in making a difference lies with an individual and urged upon all to take small yet significant steps towards the environment. The Chief Minister also pledged and called upon all to bring 500 square kilometres of forest cover in the state in the next few years.

Forest and Environment Minister James P. K. Sangma also said that the theme of the World Environment Day this year is very apt for Meghalaya. Calling for promotion of Forest Economy in the state, the Minister also informed of the various afforestation projects in coal mining-affected areas. He also said that the department is looking at the restoration and cleaning of two entire stretches of rivers in East Jaintia Hills which are polluted due to unscientific coal mining.

Rajasthan: More than 100 oxygen cylinders saved every day in Bikaner district due to ‘Oxygen Mitras’

When there was an acute shortage of oxygen a few days ago, a new initiative was taken in Bikaner district of Rajasthan for maximum use of oxygen. ‘Oxygen Mitras’ were deputed in every COVID Care Centre of the district, so that wastage of oxygen could be prevented at maximum.

With this experiment, more than 100 cylinders of oxygen were saved every day in the district. AIR correspondent reports the Bikaner Administration prepared a plan for monitoring each bed to prevent wastage of oxygen. Under this, about 140 nursing students were deployed as ‘Oxygen Mitras’. Oxygen Mitras, deployed in three shifts of eight hours each, have been handed over the responsibility of monitoring the oxygen flow.

Keeping an eye on every bed, they maintain the flow of oxygen as per the requirement of the patient. Senior officials were given the responsibility of supervising the entire system. A team of district-level officers is deployed in the ‘War Room’ to monitor the oxygen supply and wastage through CCTV Cameras. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also appreciated this initiative of the Bikaner administration.

Maharashtra: NGO helps tribal community in Raigad district to provide oil & red chillies

In Maharashtra, the tribal community living in the villages of Sudhagad tehsil of Raigad district found it difficult to get employment during the COVID-19 imposed lockdown. They started getting grain from the government, but they were worried about what to eat with the rice or roti. The activists of Let’s Celebrate Fitness, an NGO in Navi Mumbai, came to know about this. When they enquired, the tribal community asked for oil and red chillies. To meet this simple demand, the organization appealed to the citizens of Navi Mumbai and the people of the city extended a helping hand. The organization has recently distributed 1,600 liters of edible oil and about 700 kilograms of red chillies to 7,000 families in these villages. In addition, essential items, food grains have also been provided.

This organization has been working on fitness for the last ten years. During the COVID-19 imposed lockdown period, a Yoga Session was organized by them at the Municipal’s COVID Centre in Vashi to maintain the mental health of the patients. The organization also provided food to 2,000 needy people every day. Clothing Bank, Book Bank, Utensil Bank set up by the organization provide items to the needy. Taking note of their work, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has provided a storage room to the organization at Vashi Sector-9.

Himachal Pradesh CM inaugurates Makeshift COVID-19 Hospital in Una district

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today inaugurated a Makeshift COVID-19 Hospital at Pandoga in Haroli Vidhan Sabha area of Una district virtually from Shimla. The 140-bedded makeshift hospital has been built in a record time of one month and able to  provide uninterrupted oxygen supply to the COVID patients nearer to their homes.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Thakur said, after the second wave of COVID pandemic, the State Government gave special focus on increasing and strengthening the health infrastructure of the state.He said that the State Government was endeavouring to set up oxygen plants in all the major hospitals in the state and it is now almost self-sufficient in medical oxygen supply.

The Chief Minister said, the State Government is also ensuring that the vaccination drive also goes smoothly in the state. He said  Himachal Pradesh is one of the few states in the country that has achieved target of zero per cent wastage of vaccine. He said, as many as 24.23 lakh doses of vaccine have been administered to people in the state till date.

Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Singh Thakur while addressing virtually thanked the Chief Minister for constructing the Makeshift Hospital in his Parliamentary area, which would provide better treatment facilities to the COVID-19 patients of the area. He said, under the able leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, the state has effectively succeeded in increasing the health infrastructure in the State. He stated that the bed capacity has been enhanced from about 1,200 to over 5,000 in the state.

Former Health Minister of Telangana E. Rajendra resigns to primary membership of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS)

In Telangana, former Health Minister E. Rajendra has resigned to the primary membership of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). Addressing the media in Hyderabad this morning, he also announced that he will resign as MLA to protect his self-respect. It may be recalled that the Huzurabad MLA, was removed from the State Cabinet a few days back following allegations levelled against him about land-grabbing.

The former minister said, he does not care for positions and many times, he resigned earlier on a call of Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao. He expressed pain on his removal from the Cabinet without knowing what had happened.

Assam CM directs Health department not to allow home quarantine to COVID patients of any age group with co morbidity

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma directed the Health department not to allow home quarantine to COVID patients of any age group with co morbidity. He held a review meeting in Guwahati today with Health department officials. In the meeting, the Chief Minister also discussed the issue of fixing the rate of private hospitals for COVID treatment and patient friendly reasonable prices were fixed for COVID treatment in both general wards and super-specialty wards in private hospitals.

The Chief Minister also reviewed the status of Paediatric ICUs, which are being set up at various government hospitals along with functioning of 13 oxygen plants in the state apart from the status of installation of 6 oxygen plants provided by the Central Government to the state.

91-year-old woman from Kumligaon village in Meghalaya defeats COVID-19

A 91-year-old woman from Kumligaon village in South West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya has defeated COVID-19 after contracting the virus two weeks ago.

Anati Koch, who was already bedridden due to hip dislocation, had tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago after an ASHA worker, who was nursing her, contracted the virus. During the 10 day isolation period, she could not eat properly due to loss of smell and appetite. However, on the 11th day when she was tested, the results came out to be negative.

Eighteen other locals from Kumligaon village, who had tested positive, have also recovered.

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurates Indus Best Mega Food Park at Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Food Processing Industries Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today virtually inaugurated the Indus Best Mega Food Park at Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Tomar said, the Mega Food Park will ensure value addition, longer shelf life for farm produce, better price realization for farmers, excellent storage facility and will provide an alternate market for farmers in the region.

He said, the park will prove to be a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the State. He said, it will also provide direct and indirect employment to about five thousand persons and benefit about 25 thousand farmers. The park has been set up in over 63 acres of land at a project cost of over Rs 145 crore.

The Government is implementing the Mega Food Park Scheme in the country to give a major boost to the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with a particular focus on perishables.

NDRF likely to join rescue operation for trapped miners in Coal mine at Umpleng in East Jaintia Hills district very soon

Meghalaya Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui has said that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is likely to join the rescue operation for trapped miners in a Coal mine at Umpleng in East Jaintia Hills district very soon .

Meghalaya Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui has said that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is likely to join the rescue operation for trapped miners in a Coal mine at Umpleng in East Jaintia Hills district very soon. Five labourers got trapped in the 500 feet deep mine after the coal mining tragedy. The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the Fire and Emergency Services had started rescue works since the incident.

The Home Minister informed that the rescue work is going to be very difficult due to inclement weather. He lauded the police for managing to arrest the owner of the coal mines within three days after the incident. He stated that the contractors who had engaged these labourers are still absconding. He said, police are making all possible efforts to nab the persons involved in the incident.

Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma chairs 1st meeting of GoM to examine GST concession and exemption of COVID relief materials

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma chaired the first meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) to examine the GST concession and exemption of COVID relief materials.

Following the meeting, he informed that a consensus could not be reached on what percentage should be brought down as per the recommendations of the Fitment Committee. The meeting examined the need for GST concession and exemption for different items and relief required in the COVID situation, he said.

He mentioned that there was a recommendation by the Fitment Committee that was placed in the GST Council meeting which took place a week back. The GoM discussed almost all items recommended by the Fitment Committee and also discussed the benefits and tax reductions that would directly benefit the people. The Chief Minister is the convener of the committee.

Maharashtra govt cancels Class 12 board examinations in view of ongoing 2nd wave of COVID-19 and possible 3rd wave

Maharashtra Minister Vijay Wadettiwar today informed that the state government has decided to cancel the Class 12 state board examinations in view of the ongoing second wave of COVID-19 and a possible third wave. The state government’s decision to scrap final examinations comes after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) cancelled their 12th board exams.

The Maharashtra State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) has given its nod to the proposal sent by the state education department to cancel Class 12 exams. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray chaired the meeting of the state disaster management authority.

Wadettiwar said, the decision has been taken in the interest of students. He added that the health and safety of students are of utmost importance, and there would be no compromise on this aspect. He said, the evaluation criteria for Class 12 students will be released soon.

The Maharashtra government has already cancelled the Class 10 SSC board exams, citing the present Coronavirus pandemic and released the evaluation criteria for the students.