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Punjab: Out of 4,000 schoolteachers tested, 13 found positive for COVID-19

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Amritsar (Punjab) [India], February 24 (ANI): Amritsar civil surgeon Charanjit Singh on Tuesday took cognizance of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state and informed that out of 4,000 schoolteachers tested, 13 teachers have been found positive for COVID-19.
Singh told ANI: “COVID-19 cases have increased in the last 2-3 days. Sampling at schools has been made mandatory. Out of 4,000 school teachers tested, 13 have been found to be positive.”
“Concerned schools are now closed for 48 hours for sanitization,” he said.
Amid the growing concern over the rising COVID-19 trend in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered fresh restrictions on indoor gathering to 100 and outdoor to 200 people from March 1 and also issued a slew of directions to curb the further rise of the infection.
Six states account for 84.62 per cent of the new deaths of which Punjab reported 15 deaths, read the press release by the Health Ministry on Tuesday.
“The country’s Active Caseload has fallen below 1.50 lakh. It stands at 1,47,306 today. The present active caseload now consists of 1.34 per cent of India’s total positive cases. 10,584 new daily cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours whereas 13,255 recoveries registered in the last 24 hours. It has led to a net decline of 2,749 cases in the total active caseload,” read the release on Tuesday. (ANI)

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Tamil Nadu Assembly polls: PMK to contest on 23 seats in alliance with AIADMK

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], February 28 (ANI): The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has allocated 23 seats to Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) to contest Tamil Nadu Assembly polls 2021.
The announcement of the seat-sharing came after a discussion between AIADMK and PMK leaders at Chennai’s Leela Palace hotel on Saturday. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam attended the meeting from the AIADMK side and Anbumani Ramadoss, GK Mani participated in the meeting from PMK’s side.
“‘Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) to contest 23 seats in alliance with All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK),” AIADMK tweeted on Saturday after the meeting.
Panneerselvam, Coordinator of AIADMK said, “AIADMK and PMK will jointly face assembly elections. In the AIADMK-led-alliance, PMK will get 23 seats. We have signed the seat-sharing agreement with PMK leaders.”
“We have just discussed the number of seats and we will discuss the Constituencies later,” he added.
It is pertinent to note that PMK drew a blank in both the 2016 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls as well as the 2019 Lok Sabha election. At present, it has a lone MP in the Rajya Sabha- former Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss.
The 234- members Tamil Nadu assembly elections will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will be done on May 2.
Ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is contesting the poll sin a pre-poll alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). MK Stalin’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has joined hands with Congress. This time actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan’s party Makkal Neethi Maiam (MNM) is also in the fray. (ANI)

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Voting underway for civic bodies in Gujarat’s Vadodara

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Vadodara (Gujarat) [India], February 28 (ANI): Polling is currently underway for civic polls on 88 seats in Gujarat’s Vadodara district along with 34 zila panchayat seats and 168 taluka panchayat seats.
Voting began at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm.
This comes days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged victorious in the local body polls in six districts earlier this week, nearly wiping out the Congress.
Other districts in the state, including 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats, are also going to polls today.
According to District Collector Shalini Agarwal, several returning officers and assistant returning officers have been deployed for the same.
“9,61,830 voters have registered for the Zila and taluka panchayat polls and 94,250 have registered for Nagar Palika polls. 1,308 presiding officers and 2,708 polling officers have been deployed,” Agarwal said on Saturday.
With the polls taking place amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the deployed officers will ensure that government-prescribed COVID-19 guidelines are being adhered to. Health kits and gloves will be provided for the staff and voters respectively, the district collector informed.
“In order to maintain overall law and order, police, group mobile, police magistrate mobile, local police, home guards and SRPs will be deployed,” she added. (ANI)

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Uttarakhand govt starts initiative to display daughter’s name on house nameplates

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Dehradun/Nainital (Uttarakhand) [India], February 28 (ANI): The Uttarakhand government has started an initiative “Ghareki Pechan Chelik Naam” from the Nainital district, under which the traditional Aipan art would be used to display the daughter’s name and decoration on nameplates of the house.
According to a Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) release, under the initiative, one village each has been identified in the different development blocks where the project would be initiated. The name of the youngest daughter would be displayed on the nameplate, In case, a family has more than one girl child.
While launching the initiative at Nainital on Saturday, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that “Ghareki Pechan Chelik Naam” takes ahead the Beti Padhao-Beti Bachao campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Our government is dedicated to the betterment of women. The house will be known by the name of the daughter and it is a big step ahead towards women empowerment,” he said.
Rawat also announced the construction of three parking slots, having a total capacity of 800 vehicles, in Nainital.
“During the formation of Uttarakhand, there were 4.5 lakh vehicles in the state and now, this number has gone above 26 lakh,” he said adding that efforts are underway to solve the parking woes in Nainital.
“A 300-vehicle parking area would come up at Bhowali, 400-vehicle parking facility in Kutchery premises and parking space for 100 vehicles at Phansi Gadera,” he announced.
Rawat inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of the projects worth Rs 4338.35 lakh — Rs 4002.40 lakhs for the foundation stone of works and projects worth Rs 335.95 lakhs were inaugurated.
In the same event, an amount of Rs 25.77 crore was passed to the concerned authorities to develop a recharge zone and tourist destination at Sukhatal. (ANI)

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Couple adopts Galapagos Giant Tortoise at Nehru zoo in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], February 28 (ANI): A Hyderabad-based couple along with family members has adopted the 121-year-old Galapagos Giant Tortoise at the Nehru Zoological Park.
According to an official release of zoo, Saroj Devi and her husband Ashish Kumar along with family members visited Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad on Saturday and offered to adopt a “Galapagos Giant Tortoise” which is 121 years old and also known as a senior citizen of the Zoo.
They handed over a cheque for Rs 30,000 to the Zoo authorities towards the adoption of the Giant Tortoise.

A. Nagamani, Deputy Curator, Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad thanked them for showing keen interest in adopting the “Galapagos Giant Tortoise” for the period of one year, thereby strengthening the Wildlife Conservation Programme in the Zoo Park.

Speaking on the occasion Saroj Devi expressed that her commitment to the conservation of wild animals is an inspiration to many and hoped that more citizens will come forward for the adoption of animals in Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad. (ANI)

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Second edition of Global Bio-India to be organised from March 1-3

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New Delhi [India], February 28 (ANI): To showcase the strength and opportunities of India’s biotechnology sector at the national level and to the global community, the second edition of Global Bio-India will be organised from March 1-3, 2021 on a digital platform.
Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare; Science and Technology and Earth Sciences will virtually inaugurate this biotechnology event.
“The Biotechnology sector has emerged as an integral part of the Indian economy over the past few decades, and the Government of India is playing a transformative and catalytic role in building a USD 150 billion bio-economy by 2025. The sector is recognized as one of the key drivers for India to achieve its USD 5 trillion target,” read the press release by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
The theme for this year is ‘Transforming lives’ and tag line is ‘Biosciences to Bioeconomy’. Global Bio-India is one of the largest biotechnology stakeholders’ conglomerates that is being co-organised by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India along with its Public Sector Undertaking, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) in partnership with industry association Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE) and Invest India.
The first edition of Global Bio-India 2019 at New Delhi was a huge success that saw participation from over 25 plus countries, 190 exhibitors, 2500 plus delegates, 300 plus start-ups, 50 plus incubators, 60 plus research institutes, 800 plus bio-partnering meetings, and representation from 9 states.
Global Bio-India 2021 is expected to have representatives from 50 plus countries with Switzerland being the partner country and Karnataka as its state partner to date. More partners are expected to join this biotechnology event.
With participation from 200 plus exhibitors, 5000 plus delegates, and 1000 plus start-ups, the event will witness representation from academia, researchers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and medium and large scale industry, investors, regulators, policy leaders, enablers, national and organizations to facilitate the acceleration of the innovation ecosystem in India.
To emphasise the role of multiple allied sectors in the growth of biotechnology in India, there are around 24 knowledge sessions across different segments that will be held over these 3 days. Sessions including- India Fights COVID; The COVID-19 Vaccine Journey from Science to Delivery; Health Conclave; Start-up Conclave; Phytopharma and Traditional Knowledge; Clean Energy Conclave; Precision medicine and data-driven life sciences; Women Entrepreneurs Conclave; State sessions; International Investor’s meet and many more.
Global Bio-India is expected to facilitate recognition of India as an emerging Innovation Hub and Bio-manufacturing Hub for the world. It will facilitate scaling of India’s Biotech innovation ecosystem, investments, global networking, and collaborations, Make In India for the Atmanirbhar Bharat. (ANI)

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Assam: One held in Guwahati for transporting 5 quintals of ganja in truck

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Guwahati (Assam) [India], February 28 (ANI): One person was arrested in Guwahati for allegedly transporting five quintals of ganja in a truck, according to the police official on Saturday.
“We have arrested one person in Guwahati for transporting five quintals of ganja in a truck. We have seized 50 packets of ganja (10 kg each) from a truck,” said the Guwahati police official.
“The apprehended accused is the driver of the truck. Further investigation is underway,” said police. (ANI)

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