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Centre issues fresh guidelines for December for war against corona

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The Union Home Ministry has issued new guidelines to be in effect from 1 December to 31 December in a bid to intensify its war against the rising coronavirus cases. According to the latest guidelines, states have been asked to strictly implement infection prevention measures and control congestion. This time, the focus is on controlling the coming together of crowds. 

The Home Ministry said that the main focus of these fresh guidelines is to maintain the control that has been achieved against the proliferation of Covid-19. This is reflected by the steady decline in the number of active cases in the country. The ministry is said to have very strict rules about curfews, especially night curfews, which can be imposed in the containment zone. The Centre has also made it clear that its approval would have to be taken to impose lockdown locally outside the Containment Zone. The Centre has said that the success we have so far achieved in the fight against corona has to be maintained.

This is evident from the decreasing number of active cases in the country. However, the festive season has led to an increase in cases in some states. These states will have to exercise caution and strictly implement containment, surveillance measures.

GUIDELINES FOR SURVEILLANCE AND CONTAINMENT

States will have to strictly follow the rules in the Containment Zone. The surveillance system will have to be strengthened.

The district administration will have to follow the guidelines issued by the Central government.

States are exempted from imposing sanctions on their own given the situa

The list of Containment Zones in all the districts has to be uploaded on its website. It will also have to be shared with the Health Ministry.

In containment zones, the movement of all individuals will have to be strictly stopped. Exemption will be available only for essentials and medical needs.

The surveillance team will go door-to-door to identify the symptoms of corona. Testing should be done according to protocol.

A list has to be prepared of people coming in contact with infected person. They should be identified, tracked and quarantined.

Treatment of the infected person should be started immediately. The person should be kept in home isolation and only if needed, be hospitalised.

ILI and SARI cases should be monitored and mobile units should be in touch with them.

The local district administration and police will be responsible for enforcing restrictions and following the rules.

The state and Union Territory have to follow social distancing in the offices. In cities where there is a weekly 10% positivity rate, office timings should be changed and other necessary steps need to be taken.

In terms of social distancing, there should not be much staff in the office at one time.

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Free Entry for women at Lucknow’s historical monuments on Women’s day

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 6 (ANI): The District Magistrate of Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow on Saturday announced that women will be given free entry at the historical monuments in the district on the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8.
According to a notification issued by Lucknow’s DM Abhishek Prakash, this step has been taken under ‘Mission Shakti’ campaign.
“On the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8, women will be given free entry to Chhota Imambara, Bada Imambara and Picture Gallery in the city,” the notification read.
International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide every year on March 8 to recognise the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe.
This year, the theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is ‘Choose To Challenge’ (ANI)

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Goa police held 2 in connection with theft incident at Mandrem beach in Pernem

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North Goa (Goa) [India], March 6 (ANI): Goa police arrested two youth in connection with a theft incident at Mandrem beach in Pernem. The arrested have been taken in police custody for three days.
“We received a call from the complainant Karan Vahi (26) that he along with his friend had come for a vacation to Goa and visited Mandrem Beach on Friday evening. The tourists went to have a swim and kept their belongings at the shore. Upon returning, they saw their belongings were missing,” said Police Inspector Jivba Dalvj.
“Receiving the information, police launched a big search campaign. We zeroed on one scooter moving suspiciously and further traced the accused persons who were immediately placed under arrest,” read a statement by the police.
The accused were identified as Chandan Bhanwarlal Sahu (23) and Vishal Bhavanishankar Sahu (22). Both are cousins and belong to Jaipur, Rajasthan. They had come to Goa on February 27, had rented a bike, and were committing theft.
Police have recovered entire stolen articles, along with the vehicle used for committing theft, from the accused persons.
“A team, headed by Police Inspector Jivba Dalvj, and having Police Sub-Inspectors (PSIs) Sanjeet Khanolkar, Vivek Halankar, constables Ravi Maloji, Anish Poke, and Vinod Pednekar successfully carried out the entire operation,” added the statement.
Further investigation is in progress. (ANI)

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Andhra Pradesh logs 115 new COVID-19 cases

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Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], March 6 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh reported 115 COVID-19 cases, 93 recoveries and one death in the last 24 hours, as per the State Health Department on Saturday.
With this, the total number of cases in the state has escalated to 8,90,556 including 921 active cases and 8,82,462 total recoveries.
However, the total number of deaths has mounted up to 7,173 including the new death. One death was reported from the Chittoor district.
As per the state COVID nodal officer, 46,566 samples were tested in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours.
As many as 18,327 new COVID-19 cases and 108 deaths were reported in India in the last 24 hours, the union health ministry informed on Saturday.
The country’s overall COVID-19 cases tally has reached 1,11,92,088, including 1,80,304 active cases while the death toll has mounted to 1,57,656.
A total of 22,06,92,677 samples have been tested for COVID-19 up to March 5, 2021, of these, 7,51,935 samples were tested on Friday, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
According to the health ministry today, a total of 1,94,97,704 people have been vaccinated against coronavirus so far.
India commenced its second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive to inoculate people above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities against the coronavirus from March 1. (ANI)

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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurates World Skill Center

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Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], March 6 (ANI): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday inaugurated World Skill Center, which is a premier advanced skill training institute in Bhubaneswar.
World Skill Center (WSC) is being modelled around leading TVET Institute; Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore and seeks inspiration from World Skills, Russia, and Global Institute for Transferring Skills, South Korea.
“WSC is being established under Odisha Skill Development Project assisted by the Asian Development Bank with ITE Education Services (ITEES), Singapore as the knowledge partner,” read the press release by the state government.
On the occasion, CM Patnaik said: “Odisha has made rapid strides in skill development in the last five years. We have created new avenues for our youth to compete with their counterparts anywhere. Our aim is to meet their aspirations, to make them globally employable.”
He also said that Government is intensely investing in the future of youth by creating infrastructure and mechanisms for making them future-ready. World Skill Center will significantly accelerate this endeavor by providing advanced skill training to our youth and prepare them for competing at a global level.
Appreciating the initiative, Director General of South Asia Department of Asian Development Bank, Kenichi Yokoyama said: “It will be highly beneficial for the youth in the age group of 18-34”
CEO of ITEES, Bruce Poh said: “WSC will be a model for state’s skill education.”
Chairperson of Odisha Skill Development Authority, Subroto Bagchi highlighted the achievements of the “Skilled-in-Odisha” program during the last five years and emphasized the need to expand skill development efforts to the next level, reaching every village.
He emphasized the need for a holistic approach in providing better opportunities for skill development to make our children aware of career choices and youth globally employable. He also said that State will create Odisha Skill Vision 2030 and the same will guide future efforts of all implementing departments.
Skill Development and Technical Education Department Commissioner cum Secretary, Sanjay Kumar Singh highlighted the role of the WSC in the skill ecosystem of India. He said WSC will act as the Centre for Industry Partnership and landing point for industries in Odisha for their employment needs.
“World Skill Center is being set up at a budget of nearly Rs 1342.2 crores. It would run long-term manufacturing and services programmes as a finishing school for the best among the ITI and Polytechnic students as well as serve as the centre for capacity building for ITI and Polytechnic teachers,” he said.
“The World Skill Centre is ready to roll out the first set of courses in areas like refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Mechanical and Electrical Services, Vertical Transportation, Precision Engineering, Mechatronics, and Electrical Technology along with a few other courses in the services sectors like Hair Fashion and Design and Beauty and Wellness,” said Singh.
The World Skill Center is going to be the nodal agency for preparing Odisha’s youth for the World Skills Competition. The other key role for WSC will be to act as Centre for Industry Partnership and landing point for industries in Odisha for their employment needs. Finally, the World Skill Centre will be the Nodal agency of the state for the State Chapter of World Skills and will prepare Odisha’s youth for global glory. (ANI)

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BJP fields Suvendu Adhikari against Mamata Banerjee from Nandigram

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New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): The BJP on Saturday fielded former TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, setting the stage for a high-profile contest from the seat in the state assembly elections.
BJP general secretary Arun Singh released the first list of party candidates for the assembly polls here.
The Trinamool Congress had on Friday released its list of candidates with Mamata Banerjee announcing that she will contest from Nandigram.
The Chief Minister, who has been representing Bhawanipur, had earlier announced that she will contest from Nandigram.
Adhikari, a former minister in the Trinamool Congress government, had joined the BJP in December last year.
He had earlier said that BJP will defeat Mamata Banerjee by over 50,000 votes from Nandigram. (ANI)

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Harsh Vardhan inaugurates new research building ‘Desikan Bhawan’ at ICMR’s institute in Agra

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Agra (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 6 (ANI): Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the new research building ‘Desikan Bhawan’ equipped with a new COVID-19 diagnostic facility at Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)’s National Jalma Institue for Leprosy and Other Mycobacterial Diseases (NJIL-OMD) in Agra.
The building was inaugurated in the presence of Director General ICMR and Secretary, Department of Health Research, Balram Bhargava.
“The building is dedicated to the research facilities like animal experimentation, COVID-19 diagnosis, whole-genome sequencing of different mycobacterial species, and phytochemical extraction from medicinal plants for anti-Tuberculosis (TB) drug development,” read the press release by the Ministry.
The capacity of the COVID-19 diagnostic laboratory is around 1,200 samples per day. This COVID diagnostic lab is loaded with Biosafety level II cabinets, automated RNA extractors, and Real-Time PCR machines with which the diagnostic results can be reported within a day.
The minister highlighted and appreciated DG, ICMR for the work done during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to help in preventing and managing emerging infectious diseases and also the efforts towards tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment to achieve the goal of ending TB by 2025, the dream of our beloved Prime Minister.
ICMR Director-General, Balram Bhargava appreciated the work being carried out at ICMR’s NJIL-OMD in the field of mycobacterial research. The DG, ICMR also remarked that ICMR has been very robust in managing COVID-19 by an intense diagnosis of COVID-19 across the ICMR institute labs which has facilitated the prompt management of the pandemic. It is the effort of ICMR which brought the vaccine for COVID-19 with 81 per cent efficacy.
The new building is named after Institute’s first Director, Dr.K.V. Desikan, who also graced the occasion with his presence.
ICMR-National JALMA Institute for Leprosy and Other Mycobacterial Diseases, Agra was established in 1967 by the Japan Leprosy Mission for Asia (JALMA) and was handed over to the Indian Council of Medical Research in 1976. (ANI)

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