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Uttarakhand CM meets Narendra Modi, discusses Covid, other issues

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Newly appointed Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprised him about the ongoing Covid-19 situation as well as other issues related to the state.

In the nearly 40-minute meeting with the Prime Minister at his 7 Lok Kalyan Marg residence, sources said the Uttarakhand Chief Minister informed him about the preparedness to deal with the possible third wave of Covid-19 and the procedures being taken to enhance vaccination in the state to contain the spread of the disease.

It was the first formal meeting of Dhami with the Prime Minister after he took over the charge of Uttarakhand Chief Minister.

Dhami also has plans to meet Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other prominent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in the national capital on Saturday evening.

The Uttarakhand Chief Minister is also learnt to have fixed a meeting with BJP national president J.P. Nadda to discuss the preparations for the upcoming 2022 election in the state.

Two-time MLA from Khatima constituency in Udham Singh Nagar district, 45-year-old Pushkar Singh Dhami took over on July 4 as Uttarakhand’s new Chief Minister. He replaced Tirath Singh Rawat, who last week submitted his resignation to the Governor.

Dhami is the third Chief Minister of the state in nearly four months.

Taking charge, the Uttarakhand Chief Minister had on Friday reviewed the state’s preparedness in view of a possible third wave of Covid-19 pandemic and directed the departments concerned to ensure all arrangements by the end of July.

He directed to fix separate pediatric wards at all district hospitals, CHCs and PHCs besides adequate oxygen, ICUs and ventilators in the state to deal with a possible third wave of the deadly disease.

Dhami has also asked officials to pay heed to the maintenance of medical equipment and tools provided to the state under the PM CARES Fund and corporate social responsibility (CSR) contributions from companies.

He has also stressed on the need to vaccinate maximum people as soon as possible and increase testing to build a protective mechanism against the virus.

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Amit Shah pays obeisance at Mata Kheer Bhawani temple in Kashmir

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah paid obeisance at the Mata Kheer Bhawani temple shrine in J&K’s Ganderbal district on Monday at the end of his three-day visit to the union territory.

Extraordinary security arrangements were made in and around the Mata Kheer Bhawani temple in Tullamulla town of Ganderbal district for Shah’s visit.

Heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces was made in Ganderbal town where the home minister landed in a helicopter and was then driven to the nearly 5 kilometre long distance to the temple shrine accompanied by Lt Governor Manoj Sinha.

Mata Kheer Bhawani temple shrine is the holiest religious place of worship for the Kashmiri Pandit community.

After their exodus from the Valley in early 1990s, migrant Pandits from different parts of the country have been arriving at Tullamulla to attend the annual festival at the deity’s temple shrine.

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Priyanka promises to give healthcare up to Rs 10L free in UP

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has promised free healthcare up to Rs 10 lakh if the party comes to power in the state.

Priyanka in a tweet in Hindi on Monday said, “During the corona period and the fever spread in the state, due to the negligence of the government, the health services have collapsed which everyone has witnessed… and now if Congress comes to power treatment up to Rs 10 lakh will be provided free for any disease.”

She said she had taken consent of the manifesto committee and this announcement would be a part of that.

On Saturday she had announced seven resolutions of the party which includes — power bills would be cut by half, sugarcane rates would be increased to Rs 400 and farm loans will be waived.

Earlier, she also announced to give smartphones and electronic scooty to girls if the party comes to power in the state. She said, “I met some students, they said they need smartphones to study and for security. I am happy that with consent of the manifesto committee, the UP Congress today took a decision to give smartphones to the girls who pass Intermediate and electronic scooty to Bachelor students.”

Priyanka had also announced that her party would give 40 per cent tickets to women in the upcoming Assembly elections. She said that all women who want to bring about a change in the system, are welcome to come forward and contest elections.

Priyanka flagged-off three ‘Pratigya yatras’ in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday aimed at garnering support for the party from every part of the state ahead of the crucial 2022 Assembly polls.

The first route from Awadh in Barabanki joining the districts of Bundelkhand till Jhansi, while the second route has been prepared for different districts of western Uttar Pradesh and the Brij region.

Similarly, the third route has been earmarked for the Purvanchal region.Apart from Barabanki, the yatra will cover the two other cities of Saharanpur and Varanasi.

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Modi in UP to inaugurate medical colleges, launch mega health scheme

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate nine medical colleges and launch several development projects in Uttar Pradesh on Monday.

He will inaugurate medical colleges from Siddharth Nagar and will launch, later in Varanasi, the “Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana”.

He will also inaugurate various developmental projects worth more than Rs 5,200 crore for his Lok Sabha constituency.

The Prime Minister Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY) will be one of the largest pan-India schemes for strengthening healthcare infrastructure and will be in addition to the National Health Mission.

Its objective is to fill gaps in the public health infrastructure, especially in critical care facilities and primary care in both urban and rural areas. It will provide support for 17,788 rural health and wellness centres in 10 high focus states. Further, 11,024 urban health and wellness centres will be established in all the states.

The government spokesman said that critical care services will be available in all the districts of the country with more than five lakh population through exclusive critical care hospital blocks, while the remaining districts will be covered through referral services.

People will have access to a full range of diagnostic services in the public healthcare system through a network of laboratories across the country, and integrated public health labs will be set up in all the districts.

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