Wednesday, January 27, 2021


TN Health Minister takes Covaxin jab

CHENNAI:Tamil Nadu Health Minister C.Vijayabaskar was on Friday administered the Covaxin jab at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital.

Canada's 2nd largest airline cuts jobs, flights

OTTTAWA:WestJet, Canada's second-largest airline, has announced that it would lay off 1,000 people and cut flights due to the official travel restrictions imposed in the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic

Bikram Rana, SLO, NSS Cell, Chandigasr awarded Order of Merit award

CHANDIGARH: Warriors of Chandigarh who fought against COVID 19 pandemic during its hey days are in high spirits. Spreading cheer all around is the news from the Glory of SKOCH Awards conferred in Online mode for "Order-of-Merit" at ZOOM platform on Monday. Around 500 participants across the country attended the function.

“21st century belongs to Asia", Suresh Kumar Chief Principal Secretary to Punjab CM

Current account surplus likely due to recent reforms: CEA

NEW DELHI: India may witness a current account surplus due to the recent economic reforms announced by the government, said the Chief Economic Adviser, Krishnamurthy Subramanian.

Canadian govt's Covid-19 support not infinite, says Trudeau

OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he has warned the premiers of the country's 10 provinces that "impossible" choices will have to be made if they don't lower their Covid19 caseloads soon.

UN peacekeeping chief tests positive for COVID-19

UN peacekeeping chief tests positive for COVID-19

With winter and Covid, be prepared for 'Twindemic': Experts

NEW DELHI: In view of the winter season, health experts on Sunday said that they are worried about "twindemic", as it is highly possible that people may contract both influenza and the Covid-19 infection, resulting in devastating consequences.

In wake of Covid 19 pandemic, permission granted to the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) to introduce ISO Tank Containers for movement of Liquid Oxygen for domestic transport

NEW DELHI: In the wake of the Covid19 pandemic, and the urgent need felt to move oxygen in sufficient quantity, at a short notice, from surplus areas to deficit areas, it was felt necessary to give permission to ISO containers to move liquid oxygen for domestic transport.

Piyush Goyal participates in the G-20 meeting of the Trade and Investment Ministers

NEW DELHI: Union Commerce and Industry & Railways Minister PiyushGoyal today took part in the virtual meeting of the G-20 Trade and Investment Ministers. Making interventions during the meeting, he called upon G-20 to play a leadership role in crafting a pathway to recover from COVID19, he said that one of the key lessons for all countries is the need to strike the right balance between their external and internal economic policies, with a view to ensuring balanced and sustainable development. He said thatIndia stands ready to engage constructively with all G-20 Members to push an agenda that is inclusive and development oriented.

Democracies world over come together to share experiences of conducting elections during Covid 19


NEW DELHI/CHANDIGARH: On completion of one year of Chairmanship of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB), Election Commission of India today hosted an International Webinar on the Theme ‘‘Issues, Challenges and Protocols for Conducting Elections during COVID-19 : Sharing Country Experiences’. It was an occasion for democracies world over to come together to share experiences of conducting elections during Covid19.

Democracies world over come together to share experiences of conducting elections during Covid 19

NEW DELHI: On completion of one year of Chairmanship of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB), Election Commission of India today hosted an International Webinar on the Theme ‘‘Issues, Challenges and Protocols for Conducting Elections during COVID-19 : Sharing Country Experiences’. It was an occasion for democracies world over to come together to share experiences of conducting elections during Covid19.

Increase in Salaries of Anganwadi Workers

NEW DELHI: Government has advised public including women to take all precautions for prevention from COVID19, while pursuing professions. Measures such as work from home, on line teaching, tele medicine consultations etc have been encouraged. Anganwadi Workers, ANMs and ASHAs have been engaged in facilitating essential services during COVID19 pendemic.

Suo-Moto statement by Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Health & Family Welfare on 14th september 2020 in Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha regarding COVID pandemic and the steps taken by the Government of India

NEW DELHI: The full text of the suo-moto statement by  Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Health & Family Welfare today in Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha regarding COVID pandemic and the steps taken by the Government of India is as follows:

I have briefed this august house on two earlier occasions once in February and again in March this year on the Covid Pandemic. I would again like to brief the Hon’ble members on the current situation of Covid-19 Pandemic and the actions taken by the Government of India. 

‘Think 10 times before posting anything on social media’: punjab cm to youngsters

CHANDIGARH: Expressing serious concern over the increasing fatalities due to Covid in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday urged youngsters to think 10 times before posting or forwarding anything on social media as any irresponsible action could impact their future.

In his #AskCaptain Facebook Live session, the Chief Minister said, “What you post on social media is your responsibility….You can’t mislead people.”

Raigarh-Pugalur High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Pole I put into commercial operation

NEW DELHI: POWERGRID commissions Pole-1 of the Raigarh Pugalur HVDC Transmission system comprising {1500 Mega Watt (MW)} +800 kilovolt (kV), Raigarh HVDC Terminal Station (Chhattisgarh) & Pugalur HVDC Terminal Station (Tamil Nadu) along with 1765 kms long ±800 kV, HVDC line from Raigarh to Pugalur and 2 nos. of HVAC lines in Tamil Nadu. As per the statement of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), ‘Maharatna’ Enterprise under Ministry of Power, this system will facilitate power flow of 1500 MW from Western Region to Southern Region ensuring reliable and quality power supply.

India continues to scale new heights in COVID-19 tests

NEW DELHI: On the day when India has registered the highest single day recoveries of nearly 75,000, it continues to set a record in testing too. More than 11.5 lakh COVID samples have been tested in the last 24 hours.

India is one of the few countries that have reported very high numbers of daily testing. The daily testing capacity has already crossed 11 lakh. With 11,54,549 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, India has further strengthened the national diagnostic capacity.

India scales a new peak of 5 cr total COVID tests

NEW DELHI: Aggressive and widespread TESTING has essayed an important role in India’s fight against the COVID pandemic. India has scaled another peak- the cumulative tests have surpassed 5 crore today.

India has come a long way from conducting just one test from the lab at National Institute of Virology, Pune in January 2020 to 5,06,50,128 today. 10,98,621 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours testifying the enlarged testing capacity in the country.

Punjab police arrest nambardar for spreading rumours online about covid19 and organ harvesting at patiala rajindra hospital

CHANDIGARH: In their continued crackdown on rumour mongering, Punjab Police has arrested nambardaar of Jattpura village in Ludhiana for uploading fake and objectionable post about human organ trafficking at Rajindra Hospital Patiala on Facebook and spreading rumours about Covid-19 leading to panic amongst citizens, besides tarnishing the state Govt efforts to contain the pandemic.

India records nearly 5 crore Total Tests

NEW DELHI: India is one of the few countries that have reported very high numbers of daily testing. The daily testing capacity has crossed 11.70 lakh.

India's cumulative tests are nearly 5 crore (4,95,51,507) as on date. 7,20,362 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.

As a result of the country-wide ramped up testing, 1,33,33,904 tests were conducted in the last two weeks alone.

Decisions taken at the 19th meeting (virtual) of the Supreme Court mandated Three Member Committee on Content Regulation in Government Advertising

NEW DELHI: The 19th meeting of Supreme Court -mandated Committed on Content Regulation in Government Advertising (CCRGA) was held (virtually) on 4th September, 2020.

The meeting, chaired by Sh. Om Prakash Rawat, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, was attended by two other members, Sh. Ramesh Narayan of Asian Federation of Advertising Associations and past President, IAA and Shri Ashok Kumar Tandon, Part- Time Member, Prasar Bharti Board.

Thykoodam-Petta stretch of Kochi metro inaugurated

NEW DELHI: Kerala metro phase 1 has been completed with the commissioning of the Thykoodam-Petta stretch, announced Hardeep Singh Puri, MoS, I/C, Housing and Urban Affairs. Shri Puri added that Phase-1 of the Kochi Metro is now complete at a cost of ₹6218 crores. He further said that the proposal for Phase-2 of Kochi Metro is under active consideration of Govt of India and would be approved soon. Thykoodam-Petta stretch of Kochi Metro was inaugurated by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Kerala Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi VIjayan through video conference today.

India’s Total Recoveries continue to rise, cross 32.5 lakh today

NEW DELHI: On a continuous upward trajectory, India’s total recovered cases have crossed 32.5 lakh today, with 69,564 patients being discharged in the last 24 hours. This has resulted in the Recovery Rate touching 77.31%.

Various calibrated and focussed actions undertaken within the umbrella strategy of TEST, TRACK and TREAT have enabled early identification of cases through aggressive and wide scale testing.

India registers highest single day recoveries with more than 70,000 COVID patients discharged

NEW DELHI: India’s TEST, TRACK and TREAT strategy is showing tangible results.The Recovery Rate of India touched a record high of more than 70000 patients being discharged in a single day.The highest ever single day recoveries of 70,072 were recorded in the last 24 hours. With this high number of COVID-19 patients recovering and being discharged from the hospitals and home isolation, the Recovery Rate now is 77.23%.This has also led to the declining Case Fatality Rate, which stands at a new low of 1.73%today.

Centre exhorts Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to focus on breaking the Chain of Transmission and keeping the Mortality below 1%

NEW DELHI: The Health Ministry has been regularly engaging with States and UTs that have been exhibiting either a sudden surge in COVID cases, high caseload or reporting a higher mortality in some districts.

The Centre today exhorted the States of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to focus on undertaking aggressive measures to break the chain of transmission and to ensure that the mortality is kept below 1%. The States have been advised to proactively ensure higher testing, effective clinical management to lower fatality and save lives along with efficient monitoring at various levels.

Health Ministry issues Updated Advisory on COVID-19 testing

NEW DELHI: There has been an unprecedented upsurge in India’s daily testing capacities. For two successive days more than 11.70 lakh tests have been conducted per day. A total of 4 crore and 77 lakh tests have been done so far across the country. There are now 1647 testing laboratories operational which cover all States/UTs. It is in this background that the Health Ministry has issued the updated Testing Advisory.

With higher number of patients getting cured, India’s total Recoveries surpass 30 lakh

NEW DELHI: One of the goals of the TEST-TRACK-TREAT strategy of the Centre is to reduce the COVID mortality and keep the case fatality rate low. There has been sharp attention on sustaining high levels of recoveries and to strengthen the clinical treatment protocols to provide a uniform standardised level of medical care to save lives.

India continues to scale new peaks in COVID-19 tests

NEW DELHI: After having successfully achieved the goal of enhancing the daily testing capacity to more than 10 lakhs daily tests, India has scaled new peaks in COVID-19 testing for the last two successive days. For these two successive days, more than 11.70 lakh samples have been tested across the country. 11,69,765 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.

India reaches another peak of highest single day recoveries

NEW DELHI: Matching the achievement of highest single tests of more than 11.7 lakhs in the last 24 hours, India has scaled another peak of success.

India witnesses an Unprecedented Surge in Daily Testing

NEW DELHI: Continuing the spree of conducting more than 10 lakh tests per day from the last two days, India has witnessed an unprecedented surge in daily testing today.

Over 11.7 lakh (11,72,179) tests were done in the last 24 hours. With this achievement, the cumulative tests are more than 4.5 crore (4,55,09,380).

Of the total 4.33 cr tests, India conducted more than 1.22 cr tests in the last 2 weeks

NEW DELHI: The guiding principle within the Centre-led strategy of TEST, TRACK, TREAT has been aggressive testing by the States/UTs. High level of testing on a sustained leads to early diagnosis and enhanced recoveries.

Following this tenet, India's cumulative tests have crossed 4.3 crores today (4,33,24,834). 1,22,66,514 tests were done in the last two weeks alone.

Air India posted some duplicitous tweets that are misleading: Pilots

NEW DELHI: Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) and Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) have accused Air India of spreading "deliberate misinformation on social media" and questioned the "duplicitous" tweets by Air India calling them "misleading".

Punjab police state cyber crime cell issues alert on phishing fraud linked to covid-19

CHANDIGARH: The DITAC of Punjab Police State Cyber Crime Cell has warned the citizens not to click on a URL message being circulated via instant messaging services like SMS or WhatsApp which depicts the free Covid relief package of Rs.

Under Cm Capt Amarinder Singh's leadership Punjab fully prepared to tackle any covid related exigency, asserts Vini Mahajan

CHANDIGARH, JULY 25: In light of rising number of COVID cases in some districts, the Punjab Government is fully geared up to effectively deal with the further spread of Coronavirus with 6190 beds dedicated for treatment of COVID patients in both Government and Private hospitals at Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala.

MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan tests positive for Covid-19

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj singh Chouhan has tested positive for Covid-19.

Approval of Building plans for independent floors in the colonies would boost the economy: Brahm Mohindra

CHANDIGARH: The local Government department today allowed the Building plans approval for G+2, G+3 and S+4 independent floors under the Punjab Municipal Building Byelaws 2018 and subsequent amendments which provide for independent floors.

PU All Set for issuing Online Degrees Through National Academic Depository

CHANDIGARH: Panjab University Examination branches are all set to upload the Examination data on National Academic Depository(NAD) for awarding Online Degrees and DMCs etc from the current academic session, informed Prof. Parvinder Singh, Controller of Examination. He added that in this regard reasonable measures have already been taken including legal agreement and registration of candidates from affiliated colleges and teaching departments.  

AIIMS to begin Covid vaccine human trial from next week

NEW DELHI: In a major development, AIIMS Delhi will begin human trials of India's first indigenous Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin, from next week on 100 healthy volunteers aged between 18 and 55.

US travel restrictions with Canada, Mexico extended

WASHINGTON: Restrictions on non-essential travel at the US' land borders with Canada and Mexico will be extended through August 21 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said.

PM Modi to address high-level segment of UNESC on Friday

NEW DELHI: For the first after getting elected as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC), Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a broader UN membership on Friday in an annual High-Level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESC) session.

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