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JK reports 84 new positive cases, 123192 recovered so far

Jammu, February 21 (Scoop News)-The Government on Sunday informed that 84 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 16 from Jammu division and 68 from Kashmir division, have been reported today, thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 125867.
Moreover, 63 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 07 from Jammu Division and 56 from Kashmir Division.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 125867 positive cases, 721 are Active Positive, 123192 have recovered and 1954 have died; 725 in Jammu division and 1229 in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 5018612test results available, 4892745 samples have been tested as negative till 21thFebruary, 2021.
Till date 1264373 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 34098 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 721 in isolation and 1119076 in home surveillance. Besides, 1119076 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 26777 positive cases (including 35 cases reported today) with 328 Active Positive, 25988 recovered (including 24 cases recovered today), 461 deaths; Baramulla has 8193 positive cases (including 13 cases reported today)with 44Active Positive, 7974 recovered (including 08 cases recovered today), 175 deaths; Budgam reported 7858 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today)with 44 active positive cases, 7695 recovered (including 04cases recovered today), 119 deaths; Pulwama has 5835 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today)with 43 Active Positive, 5703 recovered (including 05 cases recovered today)and 89 deaths; Kupwara has 5672 positive cases,02 Active Positive, 5574 recoveries (including 02 cases recovered today), 96 deaths; Anantnag district has 4985 positive cases (including 05 cases reported today) with 35 Active Positive, 4864 recovered (including 05 cases recovered today), 86 deaths; Bandipora has 4709 positive caseswith16 Active Positive and 4631, 62 deaths; Ganderbal has 4664 positive cases with 23 Active Positive, 4594 recoveriesand47deaths; Kulgam has 2718 positive cases (including 01 cases reported today)with 12 Active Positive, 2652 recoveries (including 01 cases recovered today)and 54 deaths while as Shopian has 2598 positive cases (including 01 cases reported today)with18 active positive cases, 2549 recoveries (including 07 cases recovered today)and 40 deaths.
Similarly, Jammu has 25160 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 99 active positive cases, 24688 recoveries (including 07 cases recovered today), 373 deaths; Udhampur has 4259 positive cases (including 03 cases reported today)26active positive cases, 4176 recoveries57 deaths; Rajouri has 3876 positive cases (including 01 cases reported today)with 06 active positive, 3815 recoveries and 55 deaths; Doda has 3436 positive caseswith01 Active positive, 3371 recovered and 64 deaths; Kathua has 3256 positive cases with 0 active positive cases, 3203 recovered and 53 deaths; Kishtwar has 2733 positive cases with 00 Active Positive, 2711 recoveries (including 01 cases recovered today) and22 deaths; Samba has 2837 positive cases with 05 active positive cases, 2790 recoveries and 40 deaths; Poonch has 2520 positive caseswith17active positive, 2479recoveriesand 24 deaths; Ramban has 2135 positive caseswith00 active positive cases, 2114 recoveries and 21 deaths while Reasi has 1646 positive with 00 active positive cases, 1630 recoveries and 16 deaths.
According to the bulletin, among the total 125867 positive cases in J&K, 12127 have been reported as travelers while 113740 as others.
The Bulletin said that the breakup represents districts from which the patients have been traced or are ordinarily residing.
The bulletin added that there are 1091 COVID dedicated beds, 962 Isolation beds with 961 vacant beds and 129 ICU beds where 124 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 1570 COVID dedicated beds, 1484 Isolation beds where 1436 beds are vacant and 86 ICU beds where 75are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are a total of 2661 COVID dedicated beds, 2446 Isolation beds with 2397 beds vacant and 215 ICU beds with 199 vacant beds in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Central Government is continuously monitoring the evolving situation of Covid-19 in the Union Territory and is providing all necessary support towards effective containment of the spread of Covid-19 and better clinical management of positive cases.
The government has also started free tele-consultation general OPD services by Specialists/MBBS Doctors for the residents of J&K under National Tele-consultation Service. People can avail these services from Home by registering online on web portal The services are available on Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. People can also download and install esanjeevani OPD app from google play store.
Besides, 24x7 Rapid Antigen Testing facility for COVID-19 has been started outside the emergency of GMC Hospital Jammu. The facility will be very useful for segregation of patients in emergency wing of GMC Jammu.
Meanwhile, a 24x7 COVID Control Room has been set up for redressal of the grievances related to COVID-19 positive patients admitted in the Associated Hospitals of Government Medical College, Jammu and Government Hospital, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. Patients or attendants can call at 0191– 258 5444 (Control Room), Exchange: 0191-258 2626 / 258 5542 / 258 4290 /258 4291 / 258 4292 / 258 4293/ 258 4294 for assistance.
The bulletin has informed the people that, the best way to protect themselves from COVID-19 is by maintaining physical distance of at least 2 meter from others, frequently cleaning hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer or washing them with soap and water and following good respiratory etiquette and hygiene.
As a measure for social distancing in public places and workplaces wearing a face cover is compulsory.
The bulletin again explained that early detection of COVID-19 can prevent the spread of disease so we need to be responsible for the well-being of ourselves and everyone around us. “Not disclosing symptoms could put life of individuals and their families at risk. In case of symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing report early. Do not fear, call COVID-19 helpline numbers and seek medical advice”.
Advisory has further exhorted upon the people not to step out of home, unless absolutely necessary. “If you have to move out for unavoidable reasons, ensure that you wear a mask and practice social distancing, personal hygiene and frequent hand washing with soap and water.”
In case of any emergency people can avail free ambulance services 24x7 at their doorsteps by calling on toll-free number 108 while as pregnant women and sick infants can avail free ambulance services by dialing toll-free number 102.
People can also call on toll-free national helpline number 1075; J&K COVID-19 Helpline Numbers 0191- 2549676 (UT level Cell), 0191-2520982, 0191-2674444, 0191-2674115 (For Jammu Division), 0194-2440283 & 0194-2430581 (For Kashmir Division) for support, guidance, and response to health-related queries on Novel Corona virus Disease (COVID-19).
The bulletin has informed that the Directorate of Indian Systems of Medicine, J&K is distributing AYUSH Medicines having immunity boosting, immuno-modulator, anti-oxidant, rejuvenator, anti-stress, metabolism regulator, anti-allergic, anti-pyretic, anti-tussives, bronchodilator, etc properties during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department so far has provided medicine to 13.60 lakh people that include various frontline workers, senior citizens, PRIs, police/paramilitary personals and general masses. Moreover, preventive measures and Yoga therapies are also being advised to the people to take care of lifestyle/mental disorders so that physical and mental health is ensured during this pandemic.
Public is advised to strictly follow the advisories issued by the government from time to time and rely only on the information released by the government through the daily media bulletin to print and electronic media.
People are also advised to refrain from spreading rumors and pay no heed to them at the same time.

International Mother Language Day celebrated in Bandipora
Information Department organizes Poetic session
BANDIPORA, February 21 (Scoop News)-District Information Centre Bandipora on Sunday organised a poetic session to celebrate International Mother Language Day 2021 in collaboration with Literary Forum, Bandipora (LFB).
Renowned scholars, poets, columnists and students participated in the programme. Senior writer and poet, Saif Rampuri presided over the first session of the Mushaira while the second session was presided over by Mohammad Akbar Miskeen.
Speaking on the occasion, President LFB appreciated the efforts of the District Information Centre Bandipora for playing a key role in organizing literary activities in the district. He hoped that the department will continue to hold such literary events in future to provide a platform to the young poets and writers.
Earlier a day-long function was organised by Literary Forum Bandipora in collaboration with the District Information Centre and Cultural wing of the Department of Education, Bandipora to celebrate International Mother Tongue Day. Renowned scholars, poets, columnists and students participated in the programme.
Speakers highlighted the importance of mother tongue, especially Kashmiri, Gojri, Pahadi, Balti, Dard Sheena and other languages spoken in various parts of Jammu and Kashmir. They stressed on preservation of mother tongue that is akin to preservation of culture and ethnicity of a particular area.
On the occasion, students from different government schools presented cultural programmes in Kashmiri and Sheena language, staged folk dances and sung songs of different languages which enthralled the audience.
Noted Scholar Shahbaz Hakbari was chief guest on the occasion and delivered the presidential address while Sufi Showkat, Mir Tariq, GM Zahid and Ishfaq Ahmad Samoon presented research papers on the importance of Mother Language.
Tehildar Bandipora Mubashir Saleem Nazki, Zonal Education Officer Mohammad Sayeed Shah, Officials of District Information Centre, poets and students were present on the occasion.

Mehboob Cultural Society B'la Observed International Mother Language Day
BARAMULLA, February 21 (Scoop News)-As part of international mother language day, Mehboob Cultural Society Baramulla and DayarI Adab Delina today organised a programme at Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Baramulla to highlight the need to promote and preserve vernacular languages.
In the programme, noted writer Khaliq Parvaiz was the chief guest and Ex Director General Doordarshan Kendra Srinagar Dr Rafiq Masoodi as the guest of honour.
On the occasion, an array of cultural programmes were organised during which the importance of promoting and preserving the mother language was highlighted. Also a special musharia was organised during which various noted Kashmiri poets read their literary works which evoked quite applause from the audience.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest highlighted the importance of mother tongue, especially Kashmiri, Gojri, Pahadi, Balti, Dard Sheena and other languages spoken in various parts of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that preservation of mother language is imperative for preservation of culture and ethnicity of a particular area. He said parents should ensure that they converse with their children in their mother tongue more than any other language from an early age.
Among others, renowned scholars, poets, columnists, students and other concerned stakeholders participated in the programme.

Sports offer abundant career openings to youth: Slathia

VIJAYPUR,February 21 (Scoop News)-Former minister and senior National Conference leader Mr Surjeet Singh Slathia today said that sports offer abundant career openings and urged budding sportspersons to give their best to the chosen game to achieve heights.

“Alongside personality development and overall physical growth, the sports have emerged as challenging careers with sky being the limit for the best”, Mr Slathia said at the concluding function of the Gen Baj Singh Cricket Tournament, played at Gen Baj Singh Ground Badhori Bari Brahmana.

The winners’ trophy in the finals was clinched by Birpur Cricket Club which defeated Gen Baj Singh Cricket Club Badhori.

Mr Slathia lauded the camaraderie among the sportspersons, saying this is imperative for harmonious growth of the society. He appreciated the enthusiasm among youth towards sports and said the area does not lack the talent but there is a need to identify it and polish their skills by providing coaching and facilitating avenues for practice.

Mr Slathia also complimented the organizers Pankaj Atish, Kulbir Slathia and Rajan Jamwal for holding the event, saying this will go a long way in showcasing the talent of the budding cricketers, which will eventually inspire youngsters to opt for sports in a big way. This is as important as academics, he said and hoped that the youth will maintain balance between the two and strive for achieving excellence in both the disciplines.

The former minister wished sports persons and organizers success in their endeavours, hoping they will bring laurels to Vijaypur in various events played across Jammu and Kashmir as also at the national level.

Later, Mr Slathia presented winners’ trophy plus Rs 21,000 to Birpur Cricket Club and runner up trophy along with Rs 7000 to Gen Baj Singh Cricket Club Badhori. He congratulated both the teams for their performance.

Besides, a large number of sports enthusiasts, prominent among those present at the finals included DDC Member Bari Brahmana, Mrs Suriya Begum, District Vice President National Conference Vijay Singh and Naib Sarpanch Badhori Gotam Singh.

At the outset, Mr Slathia was introduced to the cricketers and all those associated with the game by the organizers.

Rahul, Priyanka playing churlish drama on prices: Chugh
Chandigarh,February 21 (Scoop News)-BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh today blasted AICC leader, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, for making hue and cry over increasing petrol and diesel prices saying that the two leaders have forgotten that during the UPA government times the prices skyrocketed manifold more than now.
In a statement, Chugh said while Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharamana is already working on a mechanism to check the spiralling prices it must be told to the Gandhi family members that the petrol prices in Delhi increased by 112% during 10 years of UPA rule but increased only 13% in the four years of NDA rule.
Diesel, too, saw a steep hike during the UPA years with an increase of 160% compared to 28% under the NDA.
Chugh said it was during the UPA II years that the real damage was done to fuel prices. On May 16, 2009, petrol prices in Delhi were at Rs 40.62 per litre. On May 16, 2014, when the UPA ceded office to the NDA, the price of petrol in Delhi was Rs 71.41 per litre. This was a hike of 75.8% over 5 years and 112% over 10 years. Diesel, too, saw a big jump with prices rising from Rs 30.86 per litre to Rs 56.71 per litre. This was a hike of 83.7% over 5 years and 160% over 10 years.
Similarly in the Congress-run Punjab, an extraordinary mess has been created. On 15th June 2020, the Punjab government announced an increase in VAT on both petrol and diesel.
The Punjab government increased VAT on petrol from 233 per cent to 26.43 per cent and on diesel from 15.15 per cent to 15.98 per cent. Through this move, the Punjab government is looking at releasing an additional Rs 250 crore to Rs 300 crore per annum
as revenue. Last year in February, the Punjab government increased the petrol price by Rs.5 and diesel price by Re one in one go.
Chugh said Gandhi should first look into the working of its own governments before saying any word against the NDA government.
Chugh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been working diligently to control the prices and credit must be given to him for his efforts. "The prime minister knows the pain of increasing prices and the nation trusts him for providing relief", Chugh added.

Martyr Altaf Hussain Memorial T-20 Police Premiere Cricket league (2020-2021) organised by District Ganderbal concludes
Srinagar, February 21 (Scoop News)-In order to provide a platform to the talented youth and channelize their energy in positive manner in sports activities, a T-20 Cricket League was organized by District Police Ganderbal which was inaugurated by DGP J&K Shri Dilbagh Singh-IPS on October 08, 2020 in Ganderbal District of Central Kashmir and the tournament was dedicated to the Martyr Mohammad Altaf Hussain under Civic Action Programme of J&K Police.
SSP Ganderbal Shri Khalil Ahmad Poswal-JKPS, hosted the closing ceremony of Police Cricket League T-20 and the officers who were present at the closing ceremony includes Additional SP Ganderbal Shri Feroz Yehya-JKPS, DySP Hqrs Ganderbal Dr Abdul Majid-JKPS, SDPO Kangan Shri Yasir Qadri-JKPS, DySP DAR Umar Rashid-JKPS, other Police Officers/ officials of Ganderbal Police. Besides, family members of Martyr Altaf Hussain were also present on this occasion. Further a huge gathering of spectators including members of civil society and media fraternity were also present on the occasion.
The Police Cricket T-20 League was participated by 64 teams from different parts of District Ganderbal and tournament was played on League-cum-knock out basis, among them two best teams viz; DCAG and Valley stars dragged out 62 teams out from the league and speared their places in the final match.
Valley Stars won the toss and decided to Bowl first, DCAG scored 123 all out in 19.4 overs. Ehsan and Showkat both knocked 20 runs, Rafiq Ahmad from team Valley Stars took 3 wickets and gave 31 runs in his spell. Valley Stars needed 123 runs from 20 overs to win, Valley Stars collapsed on 83 runs in 15th over. Sayim Mustafa delivered a magnificent spell he took 6 wickets and gave only 11 runs in 4 overs. DCAG won the final match by 39 runs. Sayim Mustafa was declared Man of the Match for his brilliant performance. He was also declared best bowler of the tournament as well as Man of the Tournament as he took 17 wickets and scored 262 runs in the tournament including three half centuries.
All the participants who were present on this said occasion paid two minute silence prayer in commemoration of Martyr Altaf Hussain. While speaking on the occasion, SSP Ganderbal paid rich tribute to the Martyr Mohammad Altaf Hussain and also said that Martyr Altaf set an example of bravery and responsibility, the whole Police Department is proud of his valour and sacrifice as he fought till his last breath.
SSP Ganderbal said, Ganderbal Police would provide all possible support for channelizing the energy of youth towards positive direction. He also added, DIG Central Kashmir Range Shri Amit Kumar-IPS has also inaugurated a range level U-19 T-20 Cricket Tournament at S K Stadium Srinagar today, in which two teams of District Ganderbal viz Ganderbal Blues & Ganderbal Reds are also participating. The best performing two teams shall be selected to compete at Zonal/UT level, which will provide them a UT/National level platform he added. With this SSP Ganderbal wishes best of luck to the both teams of Ganderbal who are competing In this range level tournament.
SSP Ganderbal while interacting with the participating teams passed a message that youth has power for a change and they should use their energy in positive activities which will also spare youth from the menace of drugs as it not only ruins his life or family but society as well. He also appreciated the efforts of Officers/Officials of Ganderbal Police and whole team of DCAG for making this Cricket League possible in a best manner.
Later SSP Ganderbal distributed cash prizes, trophies, momentous among participants respectively.
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