News in Five: June 24 (2020)

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News in Five: June 24 (2020)


Arvind Kejriwal wants to assess COVID-19 patients at their homes

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal exclaimed on Twitter his urge to retain the former system of assessing COVID-19 patients at their place of the residence itself.  I have personally spoken to many patients on the phone who underwent home isolation. I wud urge Centre and LG not to tinker wid it and restore it,” he said on Wednesday.

Examinations cancelled for this semester : Harayana’s Education Minister

Harayana's Education Minister Kanwar Pal notified that no terminal/final examinations or intermediate semester examinations will be conducted in the state, for higher and technical education for any course.

Rather, all the students who were supposed to appear for these examinations shall be promoted to the next semester with 50 per cent marks from their internal assessment and submitted assignments and the rest 50 per cent from their performance in previous examinations.

Mr Kanwar Pal also stated that any university wishing to conduct online examinations may do so only if all of its students have the resources to sit for such exams, and if the university can ensure proper conduction of the same.

Kerala’s Health Minister, KK Shailaja praised by United Nations for tackling coronavirus

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja was lauded and honoured by a virtual function held on the Public Service Day, that included participants such as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and other UN dignitaries, along with Shailaja. She was praised for effectively dealing with the spread of coronavirus in Kerala. Shailaja explained that her prior experiences during the Nipah virus and the two floods in 2018 and 2019 helped her tackle COVID-19 as well.

Kolkata’s airport refuses to clear any goods brough from China

Despite an absence of any official order from the Central government, Kolata's Customs department at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport has banned the clearance for any goods bought from  China, keeping in mind the Galwan-Valley incident. The aforementioned incident resulted in 20 Indian soldiers receiving martyrdom.

BJP announces its candidates for upcoming Bihar elections

The Bharatiya Janta Party has announced its candidates for the MLC elections, soon to be held in Bihar. The candidates, Samrat Chaudhary and Sanjay Prakash shall gear up for the elections, which will be held on July 6. Earlier these elections were allotted the month of April but were delayed, in accordance with the current scenario.


Over 100% spike in cases in a month, Mumbai civic body to roll out stricter measures

The northern suburbs of Mumbai, including Dahisar, Borivali and Kandivali, which saw fewer novel coronavirus cases initially, has witnessed a substantial rise in the numbers in June. Between June 2 and 22, Borivali and Gorai in the R-Central ward registered an increase of 123 per cent in Covid-19 cases, followed by the R-South ward covering Kandivali and Charkop, which saw a 100 per cent increase in cases. A Rapid Action Plan, rolled out in the suburbs to control the spread of infection, now concentrates on extensive screening and early detection of cases.

4 civic commissioners transferred after Covid cases increase in MMR

Ahead of the second phase of re-openings in the region, four civic commissioners from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, at the epicentre of the pandemic, were transferred Tuesday following a fresh surge in novel coronavirus cases. Civic commissioners of Thane, Navi Mumbai, Mira Bhayander and Ulhasnagar municipalities were transferred by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Relief for Mumbai builders: Validity of all building permissions extended till year end

In a major relief to Mumbai’s construction industry, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has further extended the validity of various development permissions granted by it for building constructions. In a circular issued last week, Mumbai civic commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has ruled that the validity of all IODs (Intimation of Disapproval), commencement certificates and letters of approvals and development permissions, expiring, letters of approvals and development permissions, whose validities have expired on or after March 1, 2020, had been extended up to December 31, 2020.

BMC asked to pay Rs 28.38 lakh for using Byculla building as quarantine facility for Covid-19 patients

Bombay high court (HC) has ordered the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) authorities to pay a monthly sum of Rs 28.38 lakh as expenses to keep around 950 high-risk contacts of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients under institutional quarantine in a private building. These high-risk contacts are from the civic body’s E ward and are lodged at a newly constructed building in Byculla, which has been converted into a makeshift institutional quarantine facility.

2 nurses test Covid-19 +ve in Mumbai, hospital stops taking new patients

Two nurses, aged 27 years and 42 years of Dadar’s Shushrusha Hospital have tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday following which authorities have directed the hospital to stop taking in any new patients. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked the hospital to quarantine nearly 28 nurses who are employed in the hospital. The civic body has given a time period of 48 hours to the hospital to discharge all existing patients after proper screening.

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