In light of increasing Covid-19 cases in Bihar, the Patna administration has ordered a complete lockdown of a week starting from 10 July to 16 July. The move comes after the state on Wednesday recorded the highest single-day spike of 749 Covid-19 cases, taking the total tally to 13,274 cases. Of these 9338 people have recovered.
Gopalganj registered 61 new cases while Begusarai registered 67 new cases and Bhagalpur registered 50 new cases.
A five-day lockdown has also been imposed in Bhagalpur from 9-13 July.
There has been a sudden spurt in coronavirus cases in recent times. On Monday the niece of Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar tested Covid-19 positive and is undergoing treatment at AIIMS. A BJP MLA too tested positive.
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Avian influenza confirmed in 6 states for poultry birds
New Delhi [India], January 21 (ANI): The central government on Thursday informed that avian influenza or bird flu has been confirmed in six states for poultry birds and in 10 states for the crow, migratory and wild birds till January 21.
“As of 21st January 2021, outbreaks of Avian Influenza (AI) have been confirmed in poultry birds in 6 States (Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Punjab). AI has also been confirmed in Crow/Migratory/ Wild birds in 10 States (Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand),” said the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.
Further, Avian Influenza has been confirmed in poultry samples from Madhya Pradesh’s Raisen district, in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada, and in Thane, Yavatmal, Wardha, Gondia, Ahmednagar, and Hingoli districts of Maharashtra.
Influenza has been confirmed in geese in the States of Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district.
“Control and Containment Operations are underway in the affected epicentres of Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra,” the ministry said.
“The central team formed for monitoring the situation in the affected areas of the country has visited Parbhani district of Maharashtra to monitor the epicentres of the outbreak and to conduct epidemiological studies,” it added. (ANI)
Telangana to implement 10 pc reservations for EWS category
Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], January 21 (ANI): Telangana government will implement 10 per cent reservation for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in the state, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said on Thursday.
According to an official release, the Chief Minister said a high-level review meeting will be held in the next two to three days on the matter and appropriate orders will be issued.
“There is a need to implement 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education to those economically weaker classes. We have decided to implement 10 per cent reservations to the EWS while continuing the reservations to those who are already enjoying the benefit as it is,” Rao said.
He added that currently, Telangana has 50 per cent reservations for weaker sections, and with 10 per cent reservations to the EWS, the reservation percentage will be 60 per cent. (ANI)
PM Modi shouldn’t test farmers anymore, says INLD leader Abhay Chautala
Rewari (Haryana) [India], January 21 (ANI): After meeting protesting farmers at the Delhi-Jaipur Highway in Rewari, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Singh Chautala on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying “he shouldn’t test farmers anymore.”
Chautala also said PM Modi should fulfil the “promises” made to farmers and implement the Swaminathan report.
“Prime Minister shouldn’t test farmers anymore. Instead of siding with capitalists, mistake should be realised and apology should be made. Promises to farmers should be fulfilled and Swaminathan report should be implemented. They should bring MSP Bill in this Session itself,” said Abhay Chautala after meeting protesting farmers at Masani Barrage (Delhi-Jaipur Highway).
“Rather than bothering the farmers, he (PM Modi) should respect them. Farmers have made him the prime minister of the country,” he added.
A day after the government proposed that it is ready to put new farm laws on hold for about 18 months, the protesting farmer unions rejected the proposal and insisted on their demand to repeal the three laws.
A press release issued by Samyukta Kisan Morcha after a full general body meeting on Thursday said that “the proposal put forth by the Government yesterday was rejected”.
“A full repeal of three central farm laws and enacting legislation for remunerative minimum support price (MSP) for all farmers were reiterated as the pending demands of the movement,” said the release signed by Krantikari Kisan Union leader Darshan Pal. Noting that 143 farmers had died during the protest, the release said, “these companions have been separated from us while fighting this mass movement”.
The farmer unions had said that they will discuss the proposal in detail. The next round of talks is scheduled for Friday.
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. (ANI)
RJD to hold ‘Kisan Jagruk Sapta’ from Jan 24-30 against farm laws
Patna (Bihar) [India], January 21 (ANI): Amid the ongoing farmers’ protest at the borders of the national capital, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday announced a week-long ‘Kisan Jagruk Sapta’ (Farmers Awareness Week) from January 24 to 30.
“On January 30, we are forming a human chain against three black agricultural laws, in which all the partners of the Mahagathbandhan will be involved. We will celebrate Kisan Jagruk Saptah, from January 24-30, in which farmers of Bihar will be told about the anti-farmer laws,” the RJD chief said.
He added that they would also express their opposition to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to do away with Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMC).
“The whole country is against these bills. We will show that we are against Nitish Kumar’s 2006 decision to do away with APMCs and the mandis. We all know that Bihar’s farmers kept becoming poorer and helpless and have become labourers,” he said.
He further alleged that there was a conspiracy to reduce the upcoming budget session to two to three day but after the RJD presented their views, the government extended it to 22 days.
“There was a conspiracy of reducing the Budget session to 2-3 days. But when we presented our views, the government had to take a step back and extended it for almost 22 days,” he added. (ANI)
Kerala reports 6334 new COVID-19 cases
Kerala [India], January 21 (ANI): Kerala on Thursday reported 6,334 new cases of coronavirus and 21 deaths.
Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said in a release the state has 69,771 active cases and the total number of recoveries stand at 7,96,986.
The death toll has gone up to 3,545.
The release said 61,279 samples were tested during the last 24 hours and the test positivity rate is 10.34.
The worst affected districts are Ernakulam 771, Malappuram 657, Kottayam 647, Kollam 628, Kozhikode 579, Pathanamthitta 534, Thiruvananthapuram 468, Thrissur 468, Alappuzha 415, Idukki 302, Kannur 299, Palakkad 241, Wayanad 238 and Kasaragod 87.
The release said that 2,09,828 people under surveillance in various districts of the state. Of these, 1,98,107 are under home/institutional quarantine and 11,721 are under hospital surveillance.
With three new hotspots, the number now stands at 406. (ANI)
HC pulls up Delhi govt, MCDs over non payment of salaries, says ‘won’t be surprised if authorities lynched’
New Delhi [India], January 21 (ANI): Delhi High Court on Thursday pulled up authorities concerned for non-clearance of salaries of municipal corporation staff in the national capital, saying, ‘we will not be surprised if the political leaders and people who indulge in this are lynched.’
“If things do not change and go on like this, we will not be surprised if the political leaders and people who indulge in this are lynched by the public at large,” the court said.
The High Court observation came while noting the problem related to the non-payment of salaries to MCD employees. The salaries were due as the Delhi government has been sandwiched between the MCDs and the central government.
The court said the political leaders should be “mature enough.”
A Division Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli’s observations came while hearing a matter relating to pending salaries of municipal employees. The court said that the concerned authorities have no concern and sympathy for civic employees, whether it is the Delhi government or municipal corporations.
The court pulled them up for behaving irresponsibly.
It rapped Delhi Government on the deduction of money for loan recovery given to the civic bodies. It also raised questions on money spent on advertisement in the newspapers and warned of a CAG enquiry over the same. The court listed the matter for further hearing on February 22.
The High Court directed the Delhi government to transfer within two weeks to the municipal corporations and local bodies the amount recovered or adjusted from them against their outstanding loans.
The Court was hearing a batch of petitions relating to non-payment of salaries to doctors, safai karamcharis, teachers and other staffs working with municipal bodies.
On January 14, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain had said that the Delhi government is releasing Rs 938 crores to pay the salaries of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) employees. (ANI)
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