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Parents worried as J&K Govt intends reopening schools amidst corona spike



An official letter indicating the intention of the Jammu and Kashmir government to reopen schools in the mid of this month amidst a spike in COVID-19 cases has come as an irritant for parents who were against putting the kids to any risk of contracting the deadly virus.

Parents were questioning why was the administration in a hurry to reopen the schools when the coronavirus has engulfed all 20 districts of the Union Territory (UT) and the figure of those tested positive was steeply rising daily. The number of positive patients was increasing in the 10 districts of Jammu with every passing day and the entire Kashmir valley has been declared a Red Zone.

None of the neighbouring states, including Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana has yet decided the issue of reopening schools but the authorities in J&K appear in a haste to do this and put the kids to risk, say parents.

A letter of the director finance in the school education department that is marked to the directors of education in Jammu and Kashmir divisions indicating the government’s intention to reopen the schools in mid-June has gone viral on the social media.

The letter, written by the officer, ordered heads of all government schools to “provide a pair of masks and a pair of gloves to every student and ensure availability of 1000 ml bulk hand sanitizer and 1200 ml liquid soap with dispenser at the entry point to each government school”.

Meanwhile, the COVID related death toll increased to 33 on Tuesday when 2 persons in Kashmir died in a hospital. Both the victims belonged to north Kashmir.

The number of positive patients has crossed the figure of 2700 as more than one lakh persons have been evacuated by the UT administration from other parts of the country.

The UT of Ladakh, which was a few days ago declared corona-free, has again reported a spurt in the cases of the virus.

A three-time MP and a former union minister, P Namgial died due to the virus on Monday at a hospital in Leh.

The district magistrate of Leh has ordered the people who had come in contact with Namgial’s family to go for self-home quarantine instantly without any exemption.

An official release said that out of the 21 samples tested in the COVID-19 laboratory at Chuchot Yokma, 4 persons have been tested positive. One positive is from Leh and 3 from Kargil district. The total number of active cases in Ladakh is 33 and their condition is stable.



Justice Served: UP Gangster Atiq Ahmed and 2 Others, Sentenced to Life Term for Kidnapping



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In a recent development, a court in Prayagraj has sentenced Atiq Ahmed, a well-known gangster turned politician, along with two others, to rigorous life imprisonment. The verdict was pronounced after they were found guilty of the 2007 kidnapping case of Umesh Pal. Pal was an eyewitness in the murder case of BSP MLA Raju Pal. The court has also acquitted seven others, including Atiq’s brother Ashraf.

The sentencing of Atiq Ahmed and his accomplices comes after a long-drawn legal battle. They were found guilty of abducting Umesh Pal, who was a crucial witness in the murder case of Raju Pal. The court’s decision to award rigorous life imprisonment to the three accused has been welcomed by many, who see it as a step towards justice for the victim and his family.

In another development, earlier today, the Supreme Court refused to entertain Ahmed’s plea seeking protection in connection with the case. The apex court directed Ahmed’s lawyer to approach the High Court with his grievances instead. This decision has come as a setback for Ahmed, who was seeking protection from possible harm in jail.

The verdict in the case is being seen as a significant victory for the judiciary and the law enforcement agencies, who have been working tirelessly to bring the accused to justice. It sends a strong message to anyone who thinks they can get away with heinous crimes like kidnapping and murder. The case has also highlighted the need to protect witnesses in such cases, who play a crucial role in ensuring justice is served.

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Covid cases increasing in Delhi, more than 150 cases in 24 hours, infection rate also increased.



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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Delhi has been on the rise again in recent days. The capital has seen a continuous surge in the number of cases, with 152 new infections reported in the last 24 hours alone. The infection rate has also risen to 6.66%. This represents a significant increase from the 117 cases reported on Thursday, indicating that the situation is worsening rapidly.

Experts have suggested that the rise in COVID-19 cases may be linked to the increasing number of cases of H3N2 flu in the city. As more people have been getting tested for H3N2, some have been found to be positive for COVID-19 as well. The trend is reflected in the figures from the past few days, with 84 cases reported on Wednesday and 83 on Tuesday, before the sudden spike on Friday.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has issued several recommendations to hospitals in the city to help tackle the situation. Hospitals have been advised to screen patients with fever and maintain an adequate supply of essential medicines. They have also been instructed to ensure that ventilators and other equipment are in good working order.

The Corporation has urged hospitals to promote the booster vaccine dose to their employees and patients and to follow all government guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A nodal officer has been appointed to ensure that hospitals maintain cleanliness, prevent the spread of infection, and manage biomedical waste effectively.

The situation is not limited to Delhi, as cases of COVID-19 are rising rapidly in other parts of India as well. Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Karnataka are all areas of concern, and the central government has held a meeting to discuss the matter. The focus remains on testing, tracing, and treatment, as authorities work to contain the spread of the virus.

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Traffic chaos in Delhi as marshals struggle to control heavy vehicles on Ashram flyover



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Delhi, India – Chaos ensues as the Ashram Flyover becomes a traffic nightmare for commuters in the city. But fear not, as a group of marshals has been deployed to restore order and bring some sense to the madness.

The Ashram Flyover, a major artery in the bustling metropolis of Delhi, has been a headache for commuters for quite some time now. The flyover, which connects the city’s south and central areas, sees heavy traffic congestion during peak hours, causing long delays and frayed nerves.

But things have taken a spicy turn as marshals have been brought in to keep things under control. These marshals, donning bright green jackets, have been tasked with managing the traffic flow, ensuring that vehicles move smoothly and without incident.

The marshals have their work cut out for them, as the chaos on the flyover seems to have no end in sight. The heavy traffic, coupled with the city’s notorious lack of lane discipline, has resulted in a free-for-all on the flyover, with vehicles jostling for space and tempers flaring.

But the marshals are undeterred. Armed with whistles and hand signals, they are determined to bring some order to the chaos. And their efforts seem to be paying off, as traffic has started moving more smoothly, and the honking and shouting have reduced considerably.

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