Latest News Updates: 7 Dead, 170 Missing After Glacier Breaks in Uttarakhand

Latest News Updates: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has announced ₹ 4 lakh compensation for the family of those killed.

Latest News Updates: 7 Dead, 170 Missing After Glacier Breaks in Uttarakhand

PM Modi said he is reviewing the situation and has spoken to Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat

New Delhi:
Seven people have died and 170 are still missing after a glacial break in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district triggered an avalanche and massive flooding of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers on Sunday morning, forcing the evacuation of thousands, and damaging both houses and the nearby Rishiganga and NTPC power projects.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has announced ₹ 4 lakh compensation for the family of those killed. Mr Rawat also said teams from the police, the Army and the ITBP, as well as from the national and state disaster response forces, were "doing their best to save the lives of the workers at sites affected by the disaster".
Meanwhile, India's COVID-19 infection tally climbed to 1,08,26,363 with 12,059 new cases in a day, while 1,05,122,601 people have recuperated so far pushing the national recovery rate to 97.19 per cent on Sunday, according to Union Health Ministry data.
There are 1,48,766 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which accounts for 1.37 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.
The death count climbed to 1,54,996 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 78 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, the data showed.
The COVID-19 case fatality rate stood at 1.43 per cent.

Here are Latest News Live Updates:

Feb 08, 2021 06:46 (IST)
Water Levels Surge Up In Dhauli Ganga Once Again After Glacier Burst

The water level in the Dhauli Ganga river surged up once again on Sunday night under the impact of the glacial burst during the day, creating panic among people living in the area.

The sudden surge in the water level in the Dhauli Ganga at around 8 pm prompted authorities to suspend rescue operations at a project site in the vicinity of the river for the time being.

Rescue efforts, focussed on extricating 30-35 people trapped in the debris clogging one of the tunnels at the Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project, will be resumed on Monday morning, the General Manager of the project said.

Swirling waters of the river gurgling downwards are causing fear among people living in the area, he said late Sunday night.


Feb 08, 2021 05:40 (IST)
Australian PM Scott Morrison Expresses Support After Uttarakhand Glaciar Collapse
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday expressed support to India after glacier burst left atleast 7 people dead and over 170 missing in Uttarakhand.


Taking to Twitter, Morrison said that Austalia stands with ''one of its closest friends at this very difficult time''.

"Devastating news for India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi following flash flooding in Uttarakhand. Australia stands with one of its closest friends at this very difficult time," he tweeted.

A glacier broke in the Tapovan-Reni area of Chamoli District of Uttarakhand on Sunday that triggered massive flooding in Dhauliganga and Alaknanda Rivers and damaged houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project.

Following the incident, leaders across the world including French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Ambassador to India Satoshi Suzuki expressed condolences to the victims of the glacial burst.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of those who lost their lives due to the glacial burst.

"We are assuming that around 125 people are missing. The number can be higher," Mr Rawat has said. He added that the government has all the needed assistance to handle the situation for now.
Feb 08, 2021 05:07 (IST)
5 Latest Pics Of Uttarakhand Glacier Disaster
Seven people were killed and 170 are still missing after a portion of Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Tapovan area of Joshimath in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district, triggering massive flooding of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers on Sunday morning.

The flooding has forced the evacuation of thousands, and damaged both houses and the nearby Rishiganga and NTPC power projects.

Prime Minister Modi tweeted to say he had spoken to Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and that he was constantlt monitoring the situation. Read

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Feb 08, 2021 03:41 (IST)
"Any Support Needed...": UK PM Expresses Solidarity After Uttarakhand Glacier Collapse

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday expressed solidarity with India after a glacier burst in Uttarakhand, which led to massive flooding in the state.

Taking to Twitter, Johnson said that the UK is ready to offer any support required to India after the devastating floods in Uttarakhand.

"My thoughts are with the people of India and rescue workers in Uttarakhand as they respond to devastating flooding from the glacier collapse. The UK stands in solidarity with India and is ready to offer any support needed," he tweeted.

A glacier broke in the Tapovan-Reni area of Chamoli District of Uttarakhand on Sunday triggering massive flooding in Dhauliganga and Alaknanda Rivers and damaged houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project.

Feb 08, 2021 02:24 (IST)
No Rise Of Water-Level In Joshimath: Trivendra Singh Rawat Cautions Against Rumours
Appealing people not to pay attention to hearsay, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Sunday shared Uttarakhand Police tweet cautioning people to not get mislead by the rumours being spread on social media about the rise of water levels in Joshimath, which are completely false.

"Misleading and fact-less news is being spread on social media by some person regarding the rise in the water level in Joshimath, which is completely untrue. We request everyone to please ignore such rumours, and only trust the sources which are reliable," tweeted the official account of Uttarakhand police.

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat retweeted the police's message and said, "Please do not pay heed to the rumours."

The rescue operations had to be suddenly stopped in Dhauliganga due to the rise in the water level of the river, police official Yashwant Chauhan had said.
 
State police chief Ashok Kumar said rescue work at the NTPC's 900-metre long Tapovan Tunnel has also been halted due to a rise in water level.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Chief Minister Rawat to review the flood situation in the state. This was his fourth call regarding the matter.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi just called and inquired about the Tapovan disaster. The Prime Minister assured all the necessary help and instructed not to leave any stone unturned in the relief work. It was his fourth call in the day and shows the Prime Minister have affection for Uttarakhand," tweeted Rawat.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has rescued 12 people who were trapped in the tunnel near the Tapovan area following a glacier burst in the Chamoli district.

The ITBP was carrying out the rescue operation at the tunnel near Tapovan dam in Chamoli to rescue trapped people. At least nine bodies have been recovered from the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) site in the Tapovan area, informed SS Deswal, Director General, ITBP.

Meanwhile, seven Navy diving teams are on standby for the flash flood relief operations in the state, said the Navy officials.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of those who lost their lives due to the glacial burst.

Nearly 180 sheep and goats were believed to have been swept away in the flash flood, said Rawat adding five locals including three shepherds and two women who were cutting grass had lost their lives in the disaster.

"We are assuming that around 125 people are missing. The number can be higher," Rawat said. He added that the government has all the needed assistance to handle the situation for now.


Feb 07, 2021 23:57 (IST)
Feb 07, 2021 23:44 (IST)
Farmers' Protests A Misunderstanding: Union Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot

Union Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot on Sunday said the protests against the Centre's new farm laws were restricted to a "few places" and that too due to "misunderstanding".

"There are 36 states and Union territories in the country, but farmers are protesting in only a few places in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. These cultivators are protesting due to misunderstanding," the Union Social Justice and Empowerment minister said.
Feb 07, 2021 23:25 (IST)
Uttarakhand Disaster: Rishikesh-Joshimath-Mana Road Reopened For Traffic

The Rishikesh-Joshimath-Mana road which was blocked at Hathipahad due to flash flood in Dhauli Ganga has been reopened late afternoon for traffic on Sunday, informed the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

"The Rishikesh-Joshimath-Mana road which was blocked at Hathipahad due to flash flood in Dhauli Ganga has been reopened for traffic by Border Roads Organisation by late afternoon today after quick road clearance operation. Several BRO teams are in the area for relief operations," said a BRO statement.
Feb 07, 2021 22:49 (IST)
Global Leaders Offer Condolence To Families Of Uttarakhand Disaster Victims

After a glacial burst in Chamoli district in Uttarakhand, leaders around the world have offered condolences to the families of the victims.

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet, "France expresses its full solidarity with India, after a glacier burst in the Uttarakhand province, leading to the disappearance of over 100 people. Our thoughts are with them and their families."

The US State Department in a tweet has also offered condolence to the families of victims.

"Our deepest condolences to those affected by the glacier burst and landslide in India. We grieve with the family and friends of the deceased and extend our hopes for a speedy and full recovery for the injured," the Department said in a tweet.

"My heart bleeds for tragic loss and missing of many innocent lives by the massive glacier burst in Uttarakhand today. I'd like to extend my heartfelt condolences, and pray for those missing to be rescued as soon as possible. Our sympathy is with the people of Uttarakhand," said Satoshi Suzuki, Japanese Ambassador to India.
Feb 07, 2021 22:36 (IST)
French President Emmanuel Macron Expresses Solidarity Over Uttarakhand Disaster

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday expressed France's full solidarity with India in the wake of a glacier burst at Joshimath in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district that triggered a massive flood in the region.

"France expresses its full solidarity with India, after a glacier burst in the Uttarakhand province, leading to the disappearance of over 100 people. Our thoughts are with them and their families," Mr Macron said on Twitter.
Feb 07, 2021 21:29 (IST)
More Than 58 Lakh Healthcare, Frontline Workers Vaccinated Against Covid: Centre

The number of healthcare and frontline workers vaccinated against coronavirus crossed the 58 lakh-mark on the twenty-third day of the countrywide inoculation program, the Union health ministry said on Sunday.

India is now the third topmost country with the highest doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered after the US and the UK, it said.

The ministry said 12 states reported vaccination activity on Sunday--Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tripura and Uttarakhand.

The cumulative number of healthcare workers and frontline workers vaccinated against COVID-19 is 58,03,617 till 6:40 pm on Sunday, as per the provisional report.
Feb 07, 2021 21:07 (IST)
2 Teams Of Glaciologists To Visit Joshimath-Tapovan To Study Causes Of Flooding In Chamoli

Two teams of glaciologists will head to Joshimath-Tapovan on Monday to study the causes of massive flood caused after a part of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district, the director of the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology said.

Kalachand Sain said two teams of glaciologists - one with two members and other with three members - will leave Dehradun on Monday morning.

The Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, under the aegis of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), studies various aspects of the Himalayas, including the glaciers and seismic activities in the region.
Feb 07, 2021 20:51 (IST)
Dhauli Ganga River's Water Level Breached All Records After Glacial Burst: Central Water Commission Officials

The water level of the Dhauli Ganga river at Joshimath flowed at a perilously high level, breaching all records, Central Water Commission officials said after a part of Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district leading to massive floods.

The glacial burst triggered an avalanche and a deluge in the Alaknanda river system that washed away hydroelectric stations and trapped more than 100 labourers who are feared dead.
Feb 07, 2021 20:48 (IST)
PM Modi Announces Rs 2 Lakh Compensation For Family Of Those Killed In Uttarakhand Glacier Burst

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the family of those who lost their lives due to the avalanche caused by a glacier breach in Chamoli, Uttrakhand.

The Prime Minister also announced Rs 50,000 from Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the people who were seriously injured.

"PM @narendramodi has approved an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the tragic avalanche caused by a glacier breach in Chamoli, Uttrakhand. Rs 50,000 would be given to those seriously injured," the office of the Prime Minister tweeted.
Feb 07, 2021 20:24 (IST)
Government Stands Shoulder To Shoulder With People Hit By Glacier Burst: Rajnath Singh

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the government stands shoulder to shoulder with people affected by the glacier burst and floods in Uttarakhand on Sunday.

"I have been watching the visuals from Chamoli district about damage caused by Glacier burst. In this difficult time, we stand shoulder to shoulder with people affected by the tragedy. Praying for well-being of the people of Uttarakhand," Rajnath Singh said.

Feb 07, 2021 20:10 (IST)
Democratic space shrinking in India: Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi

Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Assam, Congress Lok Sabha MP Gaurav
Gogoi on Sunday said people are being harassed by various agencies for criticising the government, leading to the shrinking of democratic space in the country.

Addressing a press conference, Mr Gogoi accused the Narendra Modi government of threatening all forms of democractic protests in the country and trying to silence peaceful dissent.
Feb 07, 2021 19:53 (IST)
First Week Of Delhi Government's Campaign To Promote Electric Two-Wheelers Begins

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Sunday kickstarted the first week of the city government's Switch Delhi campaign with the aim of sensitising people to the benefits of electric two-wheelers and encouraging them to adopt the environment-friendly vehicles.

According to a statement, the first week will focus on outreach regarding the two-wheeler segment, including electric bikes and e-scooters, to accelerate its adoption.

A study by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) showed that vehicle pollution causes 28 per cent of PM2.5 emissions in Delhi and two-wheelers constitute seven per cent of this pollution, the statement said.
Feb 07, 2021 19:07 (IST)
Punjab Chief Minister Prays For Well-Being Of People After Uttarakhand Glacier Burst

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday expressed concerns at developments in Uttarakhand and prayed for well-being of the people in Chamoli district after a massive glacier burst triggered flash floods there.

A part of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off at Joshimath in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on Sunday, leading to a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river and causing large-scale devastation in the upper reaches of the ecologically fragile Himalayas.
Feb 07, 2021 18:58 (IST)
Amit Shah Cancels Goa Hospital Visit To Meet Shripad Naik In View Fo Uttarakhand Glacier Outburst

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday cancelled his visit to the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) to meet his cabinet colleague Shripad Naik in view of a glacier burst in Uttarakhand, senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said.

Mr Shah was supposed to meet Mr Naik, who has been undergoing treatment at the GMCH since his SUV met with a road accident last month, on his way back from Sindhudurg in neighbouring Maharashtra.
Feb 07, 2021 18:46 (IST)
3,200 Saplings Planted As Part Of ''Cauvery Calling'' In Tamil Nadu

A total of 3,200 saplings were planted in a farmland in Tirupur district near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu on Sunday as part of ''Cauvery Calling'' to recharge the river.

Species such as rosewood, sandalwood, vengai and red sanders were planted in the land of a farmer from the district, a press release from Isha Foundation, a spiritual organisation, said on Sunday.

The Cauvery Calling was launched by the founder of the foundation Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in 2019 to promote tree-based farming on private farmlands in the Cauvery river basin.
Feb 07, 2021 17:35 (IST)
Uttarakhand Glacier Burst: Arvind Kejriwal, Rahul Gandhi Show Solidarity
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday tweeted that his government is ready to provide all possible help to the people of Uttarakhand.

"The news of the disaster from Chamoli district is very worrying, I pray to God for the safety and efficiency of all people. The government of Delhi is ready to provide all possible help to the people of Uttarakhand in this difficult time," he tweeted.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi urged party workers to help the affected people.

"The flood tragedy is very tragic following the glacier burst in Chamoli. My condolences are with the people of Uttarakhand. The state government should provide immediate assistance to all the victims. Congress colleagues also join hands in relief work".

Feb 07, 2021 17:29 (IST)
16 people trapped in a tunnel in one of the dam construction sites in Uttarakhand have been rescued.
Feb 07, 2021 16:50 (IST)
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar Launches Awareness Campaign On Covid Vaccination In Pune

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar flagged off a mobile exhibition to spread awareness about COVID-19 vaccination and Aatmanirbhar Bharat in Pune on Sunday.

"Under this campaign, 16 specially fabricated vans will travel across 36 districts of Maharashtra to spread awareness among people," a press release by the ministry stated.

The campaign has been designed and implemented by the regional outreach bureau, Pune of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Division of the Maharashtra Health Department. The vans will also display messages through LED screens and these vans will be live tracked through GPS.

Feb 07, 2021 16:28 (IST)
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said no adverse weather is expected in Chamoli, Tapovan and Joshimath of Uttarakhand on February 7 and 8.
Feb 07, 2021 16:06 (IST)
Nitish Kumar Calls Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Enquires About Flood Situation

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday called his Uttarakhand counterpart Trivendra Singh Rawat over phone and enquired about the flood situation in the northern state, an official release said.

He offered support to Mr Rawat in this hour of crisis, the release said.
Feb 07, 2021 15:55 (IST)
"Deeply Worried About The Glacier Burst": President Kovind
Feb 07, 2021 15:49 (IST)
Over 100 Feared Dead After Glacier Break Triggers Massive Flood In Uttarakhand

Between 100 and 150 people are feared dead after a glacial break in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district triggered an avalanche and massive flooding of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers on Sunday morning.
Feb 07, 2021 15:13 (IST)
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat reaches near Reni village in Tapovan area of Chamoli; takes stock of the situation.

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Feb 07, 2021 14:57 (IST)
Amit Shah speaks to Uttarakhand Chief Minister over Chamoli flood situation, assures help
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday spoke to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat over the Chamoli flood situation and assured all possible help to the state.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs is monitoring the situation after the water level in the Dhauliganga river increased suddenly following an avalanche near a power project at Raini village in the Tapovan area of Chamoli district on Sunday.

"Regarding the natural disaster in Uttarakhand, I have spoken to CM Trivendra Singh Rawat, DGs of ITBP and NDRF. All officers concerned are working on a war footing to rescue people. NDRF teams have left for rescue operations. Every possible help will be provided to Devbhoomi," Mr Shah said.

Feb 07, 2021 14:55 (IST)
COVID-19: India now 3rd topmost country to give highest doses of vaccine

India has become the third topmost country in the world in terms of the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

Only the United States and the United Kingdom remain ahead of India.

The ministry said 12 states in India have vaccinated more than 2 lakh beneficiaries each. Uttar Pradesh alone accounts for 6,73,542 of all vaccinated beneficiaries.

Till February 7, 8 am, a total of 57.75 lakh beneficiaries have received the vaccine under the countrywide COVID-19 vaccination exercise.

The cumulative vaccination coverage includes 53,04,546 healthcare workers and 4,70,776 frontline workers, the ministry said.

In a span of 24 hours, 3,58,473 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 8,875 sessions. Also, a total 1,15,178 sessions have been conducted so far.

Feb 07, 2021 14:52 (IST)
ITBP, NDRF teams rushed to Uttarakhand

Teams of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the National Disaster Response Force were rushed to flood-hit areas in Uttarakhand, where a glacier broke off at Joshimath and caused massive flooding in the Dhauli Ganga river on Sunday, officials said.

An ITBP officer said two teams of the force, comprising about 200 personnel, had moved to the affected areas from Joshimath.

The border guarding force has units based in Joshimath as part of its mandate to guard the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. 

As news of the disaster came in, two teams were rushed from Dehradun to Joshimath, NDRF Director General S N Pradhan added. "We are working to airlift three-four more teams from the Hindon IAF base near Delhi," he said.
Feb 07, 2021 14:39 (IST)
Feb 07, 2021 14:38 (IST)
ITBP personnel assess the damages in Tapovan and area of Reni where flash flood occurred earlier today.

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Feb 07, 2021 14:31 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Odisha records 72 new COVID-19 cases, tally 3,35,620

Odisha's COVID-19 caseload on Sunday rose to 3,35,620 after 72 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said.

The death toll remained unchanged at 1,909 as no fresh fatality was reported since Saturday, he said.

Of the 72 cases, 43 were reported from quarantine centres and the rest detected during contact tracing.

Sundergarh reported the maximum number of new cases at 14, followed by Angul at 10 and Jharsuguda at seven.

Twelve districts, including Bhadrak, Dhenkanal, Jagatsinghpur, Kandhamal, Kendrapara and Keonjhar, did not register any new case in the last 24 hours, the official said.

Feb 07, 2021 14:30 (IST)
High alert in UP as glacier breaks off in neighbouring Uttarakhand

The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday asked authorities in all districts of the state on the banks of the Ganga river to be on a high alert and continuously monitor the water level after a glacier broke off in Joshimath in Uttarakhand''s Chamoli district.

The disaster caused a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river in Uttarakhand and endangering the lives of people living along its banks.

Feb 07, 2021 13:58 (IST)
Feb 07, 2021 13:52 (IST)
Update| NDRF teams deployed for rescue, relief of affected people; additional rescuers being airlifted from Delhi to Uttarakhand: Amit Shah
Feb 07, 2021 13:51 (IST)
Update| Home Minister Amit Shah speaks to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, assures all possible help.
Feb 07, 2021 13:51 (IST)
Feb 07, 2021 13:50 (IST)
Update| Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat says Alaknanda water level is 1 metre above normal but flow reducing gradually: news agency Press Trust of India
Feb 07, 2021 13:49 (IST)
Uttarakhand Power Plant Damaged After Glacier Break, Many Feared Stuck
A glacial burst in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district triggered an avalanche and massive flooding along the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers on Sunday morning, forcing the emergency evacuation of thousands from surrounding areas and causing damage to houses and a nearby power project. Read more

Feb 07, 2021 12:37 (IST)
PM Narendra Modi also laid the foundation stones of medical colleges and hospitals in Biswanath and Charaideo.
Feb 07, 2021 12:37 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the 'Asom Mala' programme in Dhekiajuli of Sonitpur district. 

This initiative will boost the state's road infrastructure and contribute to Assam's economic progress and improve connectivity.

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Feb 07, 2021 11:52 (IST)
Healthcare delivery in India is poised to undergo a change at all stages: President Kovind

The health sector's evolution calls for active involvement and participation of all stakeholders and use of innovation to bridge intent and execution, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Sunday as he noted that healthcare delivery in India is poised to undergo change at all stages.

He also hoped that the world has learnt the right lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Healthcare delivery in India is poised to undergo a change at all stages prevention, diagnosis and treatment. No single entity in the healthcare sector can deliver results and achieve outcomes," Mr Kovind said.

Addressing the 23rd annual convocation of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, he said the evolution of the sector calls for active involvement and participation of all stakeholders and use of innovation to bridge intent and execution.

Feb 07, 2021 11:26 (IST)
UP Government issues guidelines for reopening schools for classes 1-8

The Uttar Pradesh Government has issued guidelines for reopening of schools for classes 6-8 from February 10 and from March 1 for students of classes 1-5 amid COVID-19.

According to the Basic Education Department, Uttar Pradesh, the classes will be held only twice a week for now and only 50 per cent of the students will be allowed to attend them.

A timetable for class one to class eight has also been announced by Director of Basic Education, Sarvandra Vikram Bahadur Singh.

The school authorities have been asked to take COVID-19 prevention measures while conducting the classes.

Mid-day meals will also be provided to the students while ensuring precautionary measures in the schools.

"It will be mandatory for all the schools to get a written consent letter from parents to send their students for attending classes. Parents will also give complete information about the health status of students and about their national and international travel if any," read the guidelines.
Feb 07, 2021 11:24 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Three new COVID-19 cases in Andamans; tally at 5,000

The COVID-19 caseload of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 5,000 as three more persons have tested positive for the disease in the Union
Territory, a health department official said on Sunday.

The fresh cases were detected during contact tracing, he said.

No one was cured of the disease on Saturday, and the total number of recoveries in the archipelago stood at 4,932.

The death toll remained at 62 as no new fatality due to the infection was reported in the last 24 hours.

Altogether, 3,553 health workers have been vaccinated till February 6, the official said.

The Union Territory now has six active cases.

Feb 07, 2021 11:02 (IST)
Coronavirus News Updates: One new COVID-19 case in Mizoram, tally 4,382

Mizoram on Sunday reported just one new COVID-19 case, which took the state's tally to 4,382, an official said.

A 21-year-old woman in Aizawl tested positive for the infection, and efforts are being made to trace her contacts, the official said.

The northeastern state currently has 23 active COVID- 19 cases, while 4,350 people have recovered from the disease.

Nine people have succumbed to the infection.

The recovery rate in the state stands at 99.27 per cent, the official said.

As many as 2,14,775 samples have been examined in the state, including 466 in the last 24 hours.
Feb 07, 2021 10:29 (IST)
JustIn| 12,059 fresh coronavirus cases, 3% higher than yesterday; 1.05 crore people have recovered so far, 1.54 lakh total deaths

Feb 07, 2021 09:54 (IST)
Farmers' agitation against the three agriculture laws at Ghazipur border (Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border) enters Day 72.

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Feb 07, 2021 09:54 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Jharkhand logs 41 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 1,18,979

At least 41 more COVID-19 cases were registered in Jharkhand, raising the tally in the state to 1,18,979, a health department official said on Sunday.

The toll stood at 1,077, with no new death reported since Saturday, he said.

Of the 41 fresh cases, 25 were recorded in Ranchi, seven in Dumka and six in East Singhbhum.

Jharkhand currently has 428 active cases, while 1,17,474 people have recovered from the infection.

As many as 9,467 samples have been examined in the state since Saturday, the official added.

Meanwhile, the health department, in a report, said 9,915 more health workers were administered the COVID-19 vaccine in the last 24 hours.
Feb 07, 2021 09:47 (IST)
Coronavirus News Updates: 282 new COVID-19 cases in Thane district, 4 more deaths

The COVID-19 tally in Maharashtra's Thane district has gone up to 2,55,491 with the addition of 282 new cases of the infection, an official said on Sunday.

Apart from these cases reported on Saturday, four more people also succumbed to the viral infection, taking the death toll in the district to 6,178, he said.

The COVID-19 mortality rate in the district is 2.42 per cent, he said.

So far, 2,46,137patients have recuperated from the infection, taking the recovery rate in the district to 96.34 per cent, the official said.
Feb 07, 2021 08:54 (IST)
PM Modi to launch ''Asom Mala'', lay foundation stone of two hospitals in Assam today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday will lay the foundation stone of two hospitals and launch ''Asom Mala'', a programme for state highways and major district roads, at Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district in Assam.

"I will be among the people of Assam tomorrow. At a programme in Dhekiajuli, Sonitpur district, the ''Asom Mala'' programme will be launched, which will boost the state's road infrastructure. This initiative will contribute to Assam's economic progress and improve connectivity," PM Modi tweeted.

"Foundation stones for medical colleges and hospitals in Biswanath and Charaideo will be laid. This will boost Assam''s health infrastructure. In the last few years, the state has made rapid strides in healthcare. This has benefitted not only Assam but also the entire Northeast," he said in another tweet added.
Feb 07, 2021 08:53 (IST)
Fire breaks out at Thane MSED office, no casualty reported

A fire broke out at the State Electricity Distribution Company office in Khajuri area of Thane district of Maharashtra on Sunday.

No casualty was reported in the incident that took place around 2.30 am today.

Police and fire tenders are present at the spot with two fire engines, two rescue vehicles, and four water tankers.

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Feb 07, 2021 08:50 (IST)
COVID-19 vaccines being sent to Afghanistan by a Mumbai-Delhi-Kabul Air India flight; visuals from Mumbai airport.

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Feb 07, 2021 08:29 (IST)
Feb 07, 2021 08:29 (IST)
Rahul Gandhi to visit Rajasthan on February 12-13

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit Rajasthan on February 12 and February 13 to express solidarity with farmers' who are protesting against the new agricultural laws of the Centre.

Rajasthan Congress in-charge Ajay Maken took to Twitter on Saturday to inform about Mr Gandhi's visit.

"To fight for the interest of farmers, to raise the voice of the farmers, to participate in struggle against Central government demanding the repealing of three black laws, Rahul GandhiJi will come to Rajasthan on February 12 and 13," Mr Maken posted on Twitter in Hindi.

Congress has been constantly supporting the farmers' protest on Delhi borders against three farm laws passed by the Centre.

Feb 07, 2021 06:00 (IST)
Oxford Covid Vaccine Less Effective Against South African Variant: Study
British drugmaker AstraZeneca said on Saturday its vaccine developed with the University of Oxford appeared to offer only limited protection against mild disease caused by the South African variant of COVID-19, based on early data from a trial.

The study from South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand and Oxford University showed the vaccine had significantly reduced efficacy against the South African variant, according to a Financial Times report published earlier in the day.

Among coronavirus variants currently most concerning for scientists and public health experts are the so-called British, South African and Brazilian variants, which appear to spread more swiftly than others.

"In this small phase I/II trial, early data has shown limited efficacy against mild disease primarily due to the B.1.351 South African variant," an AstraZeneca spokesman said in response to the FT report.

The newspaper said none of the more than 2,000 trial participants had been hospitalised or died.