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3rd Covid wave in Delhi brought under control : Arvind Kejriwal

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that the national capital has fought a war against Covid-19 pandemic and the third wave has now been brought under control.

Noting that the patients were lying on the streets and corridors of hospitals when New York had reached its Covid-19 peak, Kejriwal said: “It was not the case in Delhi as 7,000 beds were lying vacant when the highest single-day spikes were reported.”

With reports of 1,133 present Covid cases in Delhi, the CM said that the positivity rate has now dropped to 1.3 per cent compared to November when the figure was 15 per cent.

“In November, the number of active cases touched 45,000 and today Delhi has just 12,000 active cases. Besides, the national capital has a recovery rate of 96.5 per cent. There were 131 deaths on November 19, but today the deaths have come down to 37,” Kejriwal said while giving a detailed recovery rate.

He said that “some people have advised the government to fraudulently improve Covid-19 testing figures”, but the Delhi government issued strict orders. “All the tests are genuine.”

He said that Delhi is currently conducting 4,500 tests per 10 lakh population in a day while the number of tests per 10 lakh population is 670 in Uttar Pradesh, 800 in Gujarat, 4,300 in the US and 4,800 in the UK.

“Some days back Delhi witnessed the third wave of Covid 19 pandemic. The first wave of this pandemic came to Delhi in the month of June when the number of cases started increasing and the number of deaths also increased.

In the month of August and September, the national capital witnessed the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic. Delhi witnessed the third wave of Covid pandemic in the month of October. At one hand the pollution level of Delhi was increasing due to the stubble burning at the neighbouring states and on the other hand the number of Covid-19 cases was also increasing.”

He said the citizens of Delhi took the situation very seriously and fought this battle against Covid as war and today I am very happy to say that due to the efforts of the citizens of Delhi the third wave of Covid pandemic in the capital has also come under control.

“We can see that the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic in Delhi is over. In the month of November, there was the day when the number of infections in the national capital touched 8,600. Not only in India but also across the globe this was the highest number of Covid-19 cases reported in a day from a city.”

When the third wave of Covid pandemic hit Delhi then we increased the number of tests per day from 60,000 to 90,000, said Kejriwal, adding “We were conducting tests and isolating Covid positive patients. Today Delhi is conducting around 90,000 tests per day. This number is highest across India and also across the globe.”

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Amit Shah to attend golden jubilee of Himachal’s statehood

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be the chief guest in the presence of BJP President J.P. Nadda at the golden jubilee function of Himachal Pradesh’s statehood here on January 25, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Saturday.

He told the media that the function would be held on the Ridge in the presence of 2,000 people owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The journey of the state’s 50 years would be depicted in an exhibition where various departments of the state government would showcase their achievements.

Governor Bandaru Dattatreya will preside over the function that will also be attended by Union Minister Anurag Thakur.

The Chief Minister said that a special postal stamp would be released to mark the occasion. A total of 51 events would be organised round the year to commemorate the golden jubilee of Himachal’s statehood, he added.

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Karnataka to soon issue directives to mine owners: Basavaraj Bommai

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Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said the state government will soon issue a directive to all mine owners and explosive material suppliers. The order would specify the quantity of explosives for storage, use or transportation at a time.

Inaugurating a Road Safety week organised by the Bengaluru Traffic police here, Bommai told the media that the state government would deliberate on what types of explosives could be allowed to be used.

“We need to have a system in place such as how much quantity of explosive material can the mine owners store, use or transport at a time. The Shivamogga blast is an eye-opener in the matter,” he said.

Responding to a query, the minister maintained that only the original mine owner Sudhakar was taken into custody for investigations in the Shivamogga blast.

“Sudhakar is the one who took mining lease of this ill-fated quarry on the outskirts of Shivamogga city,” he added.

The Home Minister said the state was awaiting forensic reports, explosives reports and various other reports in one or two days.

“Once we get these reports we will be able to ascertain the exact cause behind the accident and what kind of explosive material was used in this mine, besides the mine’s area of operation,” he added.

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BKU leader accuses govt of acts to disrupt tractor rally

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A day after the protesting farmers leaders on Delhi’s Singhu border caught a person who confessed to hatching a conspiracy to disrupt the proposed tractor rally on January 26, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on Saturday alleged that the Centre and the administration are the ones behind such a “conspiracy”.

The farmer leader alleged that a conspiracy has been hatched to kill four of them and create disturbances during their tractor rally. The person was later handed over to the Haryana Police.

Tikait told IANS: “The man caught from the Singhu border’s protest site was a member of the gang. Only the central government and the administration can carry out such acts.”

“The government has been saying that the tractor rally on January 26 will be violent. How do they know that it will be violent?”

“1Our movement has been quite peaceful for the last two months,” the BKU leader added.

“The apprehended man was associated with a 10-member gang. We have handed him over to the police. Which agency will interrogate him is a matter to be seen,” he said.

Tikait said, “The same people were also part of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s programme. It has now been revealed that the government is behind all such acts.”

“Where there is a mob, violence has to be forcefully created and such an action is resorted to by the administration. These gangs have been imparted training, the same people are part of the mob and commit violence. “

“We have nearly 200 volunteers deployed at various borders of Delhi who are monitoring such suspicious people. We want a peaceful protest,” the BKU leader added.

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