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India’s daily COVID-19 deaths below 150 for last 10 days

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New Delhi [India], February 8 (ANI): In a significant achievement, India has been recording less than 150 daily COVID-19 deaths for the last 10 days, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said on Monday, while adding that only 84 coronavirus deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
The effective strategy of containment, including prompt tracing and tracking, aggressive and widespread testing, combined with standardised clinical management protocols, has ensured the low mortality levels, in addition to consistent low daily positive cases, the Ministry said,
As part of the COVID management and response policy, there has been a sharp focus of the Central Government on not only containing the COVID related fatality but to reduce deaths and to save lives by providing quality clinical care to the critical and severe patients of COVID.
The Ministry said that the collaborative efforts of the Union and state and UT governments have resulted in reducing the case fatality level substantially.
17 states and UTs have not reported any deaths in the last 24 hours, including Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Mizoram, Nagaland, Lakshadweep, Ladakh (UT), Sikkim, Rajasthan, Meghalaya and Madhya Pradesh.
The country’s active cases decline further to 1,48,609 in the last 24 hours and the active cases of the country now comprise just 1.37 per cent of the total positive cases.
11,831 new confirmed cases were recorded in the last 24 hours in the country. 11,904 new recoveries were registered in the same period.
As per the Ministry, five states account for 81 per cent of the total active caseload of the country. Two States, Kerala and Maharashtra cumulatively account for 70 per cent of the total active cases of India.
33 States/UTs have less than 5,000 active cases.
Following the national trend, states and UTs have also shown a significant decline in their active caseload.
Maharashtra has shown the maximum decline of active cases in the last month, followed by Uttar Pradesh.
“As on February 8, 2021 (Day 24 of the vaccination drive), till 8 am, more than 58 lakh (58,12,362) beneficiaries have received the vaccination under the countrywide COVID19 vaccination exercise,” it said.
In the last 24 hours, 36,804 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 1,304 sessions.
1,16,487 sessions have been conducted so far.
The number of beneficiaries being vaccinated every day is following a steady upward curve.
“The total recovered cases are more than 1.05 crore (1,05,34,505). The gap between active cases and recovered cases is continuously increasing and stands at 10,385,896. The recovery rate is 97.20 per cent,” the Ministry added.
80.53 per cent of the newly recovered cases are recorded in six states. Kerala has contributed the highest number to the newly recovered cases (5,948), followed by Maharashtra (1,622) and Uttar Pradesh (670).
85.85 per cent of the new cases are from six states. Kerala has also reported the highest daily new cases at 6,075. It is followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka with 2,673 and 487 new cases each respectively.
84 case fatalities have been reported in the past 24 hours and six states account for 79.76 per cent of these.
Maharashtra reported the maximum casualties with 30 new fatalities, followed by Kerala with 19 daily deaths. (ANI)

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Forest Department rescues leopard hit by moving vehicle in Nashik

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Nashik (Maharashtra) [India], March 4 (ANI): A leopard was hit by an unidentified moving vehicle when it was crossing a road in Maharashtra’s Nashik district, the forest department said on Wednesday.
However, the animal has rescued by the forest department.
“The leopard was rescued by our team and the treatment of the animal is underway. Though it is in a critical condition, we are trying our level best for its recovery,” said the Deputy Conservator of Forest.
Earlier in February, a leopard died after being hit by an unidentified moving vehicle on Manor highway in Palghar district. The carcass was handed over to the forest department.

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Three held with 265 gm brown sugar in Odisha’s Bhadrak

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Bhadrak (Odisha) [India], March 4 (ANI): Three people were arrested for allegedly peddling 265-gram brown sugar and cash and mobile phones were recovered from them in Odisha’s Bhadrak, police said on Wednesday.
Additional Superintendent of Police Jatin Panda said, “We have arrested three persons and recovered 265 grams brown sugar, 12 mobile phones, cash and a Scooty from them.”
Further details are awaited. (ANI)

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Odisha cancels MoU with Vedanta for constructing beds for medical college

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Bhubaneshwar (Odisha) [India] March 4 (ANI): The Odisha government cancelled the MoU signed with Vedanta Ltd for constructing a 500-bed teaching hospital for the medical college due to an inordinate delay in project execution, said a release on Wednesday.
According to the state Health and Family Welfare Department, the MoU was signed in March 2018 between the state government and Vedanta Ltd for the construction of beds for medical college at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district.
Now, the government has handed over the project to Worked Department and it will construct 650 bedded Teaching Hospital as required under the guidelines of the National Medical Commission for the establishment of Kalahandi Medical College and Hospital. (ANI)

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Bugin Ho school imparts education to tribal children in interesting ways in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], March 4 (ANI): A school at Godibari near Chandka in Odisha provides education to tribal children through story-telling, songs, dance, book reading and skits.
Bugin Ho, which means a place for good people, is an educational institute for indigenous school dropout children that encourages them not to drop out of regular schooling.
Speaking to ANI, the chief advisor of the school Sabita Patnaik said: “Women workers of the village set up Bugin Ho Siksha Kendra with the help of an NRI woman, Bandana Patnaik who lives in Bangkok for the education of these children. I have taken over the institute in 2012, and have been running it since then.”
She said that besides regular classes, students are given lessons on tribal language, art, and culture.

“We are conducting sessions in the morning and afternoon. It began with 10 to 12 students, but now the school strength is 60, with more girls. In fact, NGOs from neighbouring villages have also shown interest in replicating the model. The school has its gates open for all–both school-going students who seek remedial classes and those out of school,” Patnaik added.
Talking about COVID-19, she said: “During the pandemic, the children were facing issues as classes had turned online. But the institute had facilitated online learning and also created awareness about the coronavirus.
The students are also taught to take care of the kitchen garden in the school backyard. The lessons are taught through innovative methods. (ANI)

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Kerala BJP announces state election panel which includes Metroman Sreedharan

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Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], March 4 (ANI): Kerala BJP president K Surendran on Wednesday announced a 16-member state election committee which included Metroman E Sreedharan, who recently joined the party, said a party statement on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the decision was taken with the permission of the party national president JP Nadda.
Apart from Surendran, the Committee includes Union Minister V Muraleedharan, national vice president AP Abdullakutty, former state presidents Kummanam Rajasekharan, O Rajagopal MLA, CK Padmanabhan, PK Krishnadas, state general secretaries MT Ramesh and Metroman E Sreedharan.
Meanwhile, the candidates selection is progressing in the party and a crucial discussion is expected ahead of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the state on March 7, where he is expected to attend the concluding function Vijaya Yatra led by Surendran in the state capital. (ANI)

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Shakti Mills juvenile rape convict arrested again for stabbing man in Mumbai

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 4 (ANI): Akash Jadhav, a habitual offender was arrested again by Mumbai Crime Branch for allegedly stabbing a man in the Bandra area on February 28.
A team of Crime Branch has arrested Akash, 23 who was convicted in Shakti Mills gang rape case in 2013, along with his accomplice Ankit Naik.
“Akash, who was 17 then, was released from juvenile jail and committed crimes after that. He has many cases registered against him–kidnapping, extortion, murder, attempt to murder,” the police said in a statement. (ANI)

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