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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 20 (ANI): Maharashtra reported 6,281 new COVID-19 cases, 2,567 discharges, and 40 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the State Health Department on Saturday.
With this, the total cases in the state increased to 20,93,913 including 48,439 active cases and 19,92,530 total recoveries.
The death toll in the state mounted to 51,753 including the new deaths.
Mumbai reported 897 new COVID-19 cases, 571 recoveries, and three deaths, as per Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation today.
Meanwhile, the total cases in the city escalated to 3,18,207 including 6,900 active cases and 2,99,206 total recoveries. The total deaths surged to 51,753 including the new deaths.
India reported as many as 13,993 new COVID-19 cases and 101 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said on Saturday.
With the new cases, the coronavirus tally in the country has reached 1,09,77,387 including 1,43,127 active cases and 1,06,78,048 discharges. The death toll has mounted to 1,56,212 with the loss of 101 more lives due to the virus in the last 24 hours.
As per the Health Ministry, 1,04,49,942 vaccine doses were given through 2,20,877 sessions till Friday evening.
Following a rise in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra’s Amaravati, district collector Shailesh Naval on Thursday announced a lockdown in the district.
“Owing to rising cases, lockdown declared in Amravati District from Saturday 8 pm to Monday 7 am,” Naval told reporters.
“I advise all the people of the district to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines failing which strict action will be taken by the concerned authorities,” he added.
Following this information, the Yavatmal district also tightened its COVID-19 restrictions the same day. (ANI)

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Goa CM says he is monitoring situation closely following rise in COVID-19 cases

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Panaji (Goa) [India], February 27 (ANI): Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday took cognizance of the rising number of COVID-19 cases and assured that he is monitoring the situation closely.
“The rising COVID-19 cases is a cause of concern. Our government is monitoring the situation closely. I request the citizens to not fall prey to rumours of lockdown,” said Goa CM.
On February 24, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) deputed high-level multi-disciplinary teams to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir for supporting them in public health measures for targeted COVID response and management.
According to the official release, the three-member multidisciplinary teams will work closely with the states and UT administration and ascertain the reasons for the recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. They will also coordinate with health authorities of the states and UT for requisite COVID19 control measures to break the chain of transmission.
The health ministry has advised states and UTs for regular critical review of the emerging situation with concerned district officials to ensure that gains made so far in COVID management are not lost. (ANI)

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Uttar Pradesh likely to make COVID test mandatory for passengers arriving from Maharashtra, Kerala

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], February 27 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad in a letter on Friday informed that Uttar Pradesh is likely to tighten restrictions, may make COVID-19 test mandatory for passengers arriving from Maharashtra and Kerala.
“The letter was addressed to Uttar Pradesh Government and mentioned that surveillance on passengers arriving from Kerala and Maharashtra is likely to increase,” mentioned the letter.
Amit Mohan suggested that an antigen test must be made mandatory for all passengers arriving from these states. If found symptomatic, then the passenger must undergo an RT-PCR test.
“All passengers arriving in the state via rail routes shall follow the same protocol. The government will get information about passengers coming by rail route or via buses etc. from the concerned transport authority and will monitor and test the passengers as per the requirement,” mentioned the letter.
“Instructions issued to place promotional material in all districts with the contact number of Chief Medical Officer and District Surveillance Unit,” read the letter in Hindi.

On February 24, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has deputed high-level multi-disciplinary teams to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir for supporting them in public health measures for targeted COVID response and management.
According to the official release, the three-member multidisciplinary teams will work closely with the states and UT administration and ascertain the reasons for the recent surge in the number of COVID19 cases. They will also coordinate with health authorities of the states and UT for requisite COVID-19 control measures to break the chain of transmission.
The health ministry has advised states and UTs for regular critical review of the emerging situation with concerned district officials to ensure that gains made so far in COVID management are not lost. (ANI)

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Agra’s Casper Home Trust awarded internationally for contribution towards animal rights, welfare

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Agra (Uttar Pradesh) [India], February 27 (ANI): Animal Welfare Organization, named Casper Home Trust in Agra has been awarded internationally for its contribution towards animal rights and welfare.
The organization has been awarded the prestigious ‘The Shining Compassion World Award awarded by The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association’ for working extraordinarily during the COVID-19 lockdown in India.
Speaking to ANI, Sub-Head of Casper Home Trust Vinita Arora said, “I run a dog shelter in Agra. The municipal corporation has allotted me a piece of land for carrying out my shelter. I am grateful to them. Our team has worked tremendously hard during this lockdown period. I am super proud of my team. It is because of them that we have received this ‘Shining Compassion World’ award. I am absolutely surprised to receive this award.”

“One of my journals on animal rights and welfare was published in National Geographic. It is from there where the Association got to know about our work. We have not only made our Casper Home Trust proud but also Agra proud,” Arora said.
“On a daily basis, we used to serve dogs of various localities in Agra with food, water and provide them treatment in case of any ailment. We have also prevented several animal cruelty activities for not only dogs but also for horses, donkeys etc,” she said.

Vinita Arora received the award on behalf of Abhimanyu Arora who is the President of Casper Home Trust.
A woman who was presenting the award to Vinita Arora said: “I hope people honour you and recognize you across the globe. I’m so glad that you have youngsters in your team. You are motivating them, inspiring them and they are and your team have done this work.” (ANI)

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J-K: Director of Information among 9 officers transferred to various positions

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Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], February 27 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Director of Information, Syed Sehrish Asgar is among nine officers were transferred to various positions by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.
“Alok Kumar, IRS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Principal Secretary to the Government, Youth Services and Sports Department,” read a release issued by Jammu and Kashmir administration.
Sarmad Hafeez, IAS (JK:2009), Administrative Secretary, Youth Services and Sports Department, holding additional charge of Administrative Secretary, Tourism and Culture Departments is transferred and posted as Administrative Secretary, Tourism Department. He shall also hold the charge of Administrative Secretary, Culture Department, in addition to his own duties, till further orders.
Syed Sehrish Asgar, IAS (PB:2013), Director, Information, Jammu and Kashmir, is transferred and posted as Additional Secretary to the Government, Information Department relieving Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, IAS of the additional charge of the post.
Rahul Pandey, IAS (UP:2014), awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Additional Secretary in the Lieutenant Governor’s Secretariat. He shall also hold the charge of Director, Information, Jammu and Kashmir, in addition to his own duties, till further orders.
Krittika Jyotsna, IAS (UP:2014), awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Chief Executive Officer, Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA), relieving Bipul Pathak, IAS, Principal Secretary to the Government, Science and Technology Department of the additional charge of the post. She shall also hold the additional charge of Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, relieving Munirul-Islam, KAS, Director, Archives, Archaeology and Museums, Jammu and Kashmir of the additional charge of the post.
Athar Aamir UI Shafi Khan, IAS (RJ:2016), awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation.
Akshay Labroo, IAS (TR:2018), awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Srinagar (West), Vice Hamida Akhter, KAS, who shall report in the office of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir.
Gazanffer Ali, KAS, Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, is transferred and posted as Additional Inspector General of Registration, Kashmir.
Gulzar Ahmad Dar, KAS, Additional Inspector General of Registration, Kashmir, is transferred and posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Srinagar, against an
available vacancy.
The order was given by the Lieutenant governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha. (ANI)

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TDP RELEASES MANIFESTO FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IN ANDHRA PRADESH

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The Telugu Desam Party released its election manifesto at a press conference held at the party office in Mangalagiri ahead of the municipal elections. TDP national general secretary Nara Lokesh released a 10-point manifesto titled “Pallelu gelichayi ika Mana vanthu”. The event was attended by TDP state president Atchannaidu, Varla Ramaiah, Panchumarthi Anuradha and others.

Nara Lokesh, who spoke after the release of the manifesto, alleged that the government is collecting heavy taxes, increasing current charges from Rs 200 to Rs 1,000, and hiking the fares of RTC buses.

The manifesto also said that the closed Anna Canteens will be reopened, meals will be served for only Rs 5 and 50% of taxes will be waived off.

Meanwhile, the High Court of Andhra Pradesh gave its go-ahead to the State Election Commission to conduct the municipal elections as per its recent notification. The civic polls will now be held on 10 March and counting will be held on 14 March.

The court has dismissed over 16 petitions which challenged the legality of the re-start of the civic polls after a year’s time. The municipal polls actually began in March last year, but were postponed because of the Covid pandemic.

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PUNJAB GEARS UP TO START SECOND PHASE OF COVID-19 VACCINATION

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With the prioritisation as guided by the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC), the next phase of vaccination is due for citizens of age appropriate categories, including initially the people above 60 years of age and those aged from 45 years to 60 years and have the co-morbidities.

Disclosing this here on Friday, state Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said that all such citizens that are aged, or will attain the age of 45 years to 59 years as on 1 January 2022, and have any of the specified co-morbidities, which have been recommended by NEGVAC and approved by Government of India from time to time, subject to certification to that effect by a Registered Medical Practitioner.

Sidhu added that to augment and simplify the process of registration vaccination, the MoHFW is coming with COWIN 2.0, based on the feedback received during the implementation of Phase-1 of Covid-19 vaccination drive. He said that citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination using the COWIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as ArogyaSetu etc.

He said that this new portal would prove helpful to expedite the vaccination drive especially to be conducted for aged people.

The Minister said that as per World Health Organization, Covid-19 vaccination is the single way out to deal with pandemic so that eligible beneficiaries have to take maximum benefit of this golden opportunity.

Divulging about the free and paid services, he said that vaccination will be provided free of charge at the government health facilities and will be on payment basis in the private health facilities, at a rate as may be decided by the Government of India from time to time.

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