Rising Bharat National News Feed: September 1st 2020

  • Measures taken by Centre
  1. All necessary arrangements in place for complete adherence of social distancing in view of JEE, NEET exams: Lucknow DM

Key points:

  1. District Magistrate of Lucknow Abhishek Prakash said that all necessary arrangements are in place for complete adherence of social distancing in view of JEE and NEET exams.
  2. Students have to wear masks and sanitization of the examination centre will take place before every shift.
  3. JEE exam will be held at 9 centres of Lucknow between 1st to 6th September.

(News on Air, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • A&N Administration allows relaxations outside containment zones under unlock-4

Key points:

  1. Andaman & Nicobar Administration has provided many relaxations outside containment zones under unlock-4.
  2. All commercial activities like shops, private offices, work places and markets are now allowed to open.
  3. However, their timings have been fixed from 8:30 in the morning till 6:30 in the evening. In Nicobar district, shops are allowed to open from 7 AM to 2 PM.
  4. Petrol pumps, hotels and restaurants, private clinics, nursing homes, ATMs and medical stores will remain functional till 9:30 in the evening.
  5. Auto, taxi, jeep and state transport buses will be operating from today.

(News on Air, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Uttar Pradesh
  1. UP: 13 new biosafety second generation coronavirus testing labs launched

Key points:

  1. In a boost to coronavirus testing, the state got 13 new BSL-2 standards which started functioning in various districts yesterday.
  2. With this, the state’s capacity of undertaking RT-PCR tests will go up by 5,000 per day. The state is already conducting an average of 1.5 lakh Covid-19 tests per day of which about 50% are RT-PCR.
  3. The Chief Minister said on the occasion that till we develop any vaccine or medical for Covid-19, testing is the only weapon to fight against this pandemic. Every person engaged in testing is a true corona warrior. It is because of testing that we have been able to keep Covid-19 positivity and death rates under control.
  4. The new labs include 10 in the public sector and the remaining three at private medical colleges.

(News on Air, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Lucknow metro to start its services from 7th September with UV system sanitized tokens

Key points:

  1. In a special interview with AIR, Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Kumar Keshav said that there will be special seating arrangements inside the metro trains and yellow markings will be on the platforms and ticketing area so that social distancing is maintained.
  2. He told that every train and all station premises will be sanitized in night time while there will be special sanitization drives during day time also.
  3. Kumar Keshav said that the whole fleet of Metro trains will come on track from the very first day and passengers will not have to face any delays in getting the trains. Special arrangement of sanitizers will be there on the platforms and awareness campaigns will also be launched for the passengers so that contactless travel can be possible.

(News on Air, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Delhi
  1. Third Sero Survey to find out prevalence of antibodies against Coronavirus begins in National Capital

Key points:

  1. The third round of monthly sero-prevalence survey in the national capital will begin today. The sample size this time is likely to be about 17 thousand.
  2. The last sero-prevalence survey was held from 1st to 7th August, according to which antibodies against COVID-19 infection were found in 29.1 per cent of people surveyed in the national capital.
  3. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain while announcing the results of the August survey, had told that 15 thousand representative samples were taken from 11 districts and the next exercise to begin from 1st September.
  4. The Minister had informed that prevalence of antibodies found in men was 28.3 per cent and 32.2 per cent in women.
  5. Sero-prevalence of antibodies found in age groups of less than 18 was 34.7 per cent, in 18-50 years 28.5 per cent, and 31.2 per cent in 50 years and above.

(News on Air, 31 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Gujarat
  1. 38,167 students to appear in JEE-NEET exams across 32 buildings in 13 districts in Gujarat

Key points:

  1. Mr. Chudasama said that the State has already conducted GUJCET examinations and supplementary examinations of class 10th and 12th successfully in recent times. Similarly, JEE-NEET exams will also conclude smoothly.
  2. He said that social distancing and mask wearing is compulsory. Students will be tested for temperature before their appearance in examination. Mr. Chudasama said that district collectors, DDOs, health and police staff will be involved to ensure smooth conduct of examinations.

(News on Air, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Tamil Nadu
  1. Elaborate arrangements made in all major temples of Tamil Nadu for darshan

Key points:

  1. Elaborate arrangements have been made in all major temples of Tamil Nadu including the iconic Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple for devotees to have darshan.
  2. Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple clarified that people are being allowed inside the temple in small groups. Sanitizers have been made available at entrances for devotees. The darshan timings have been fixed from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm.

(News on Air, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • A fifth of Chennai people exposed to COVID: Sero survey

Key points:

  1. The sample size was around 12,000 to detect a sero- prevalence of 2 per cent, for a relative precision of 20 per cent design effect of 2.5 and for 95 percent confidence interval.
  2. Of the individuals tested, 2,673 individualshad evidence of past SARS-CoV-2.
  3. “The reading (inference) is 21.5 per cent of Chennai’s population reached the immunity levels by July-end,” GCC commissioner G Prakash told reporters.

(PTI, 29 August 2020) News Link

  • Ram Mandir Vyavastha
  1. अयोध्या में राममंदिर का नक्शा पास होने में खर्च होंगे 2.75 करोड़ रुपये

Key points:

  1. विकास शुल्क 13 हजार वर्ग मीटर के कवर्ड एरिया पर लगेगा। विकास प्राधिकरण के नियमों के अनुरूप विकास शुल्क 472 रुपये प्रति वर्ग मीटर है।
  2. इस मद के शुल्क में लगभग 61 लाख 36 हजार रुपये आएंगे। इसमें धार्मिक संस्था को 65 प्रतिशत छूट का भी प्राविधान है लेकिन छूट का फैसला प्राधिकरण बोर्ड की बैठक में होगा। इसके साथ ही मजदूरी शुल्क भी लगेगा जो कुल निर्माण राशि का एक प्रतिशत होगा। इसके अलावा प्राधिकरण अपने पर्यवेक्षण कार्य के लिए भी शुल्क लेगा। साथ ही नक्शा ले-आउट का शुल्क भी प्रति स्क्वायर मीटर के हिसाब से जमा होगा।

(Amar Ujala, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Meghalaya
  1. Contactless entry into tourist spots in Meghalaya

Key points:

  1. The Meghalaya Tourism department will soon come out with a ‘Check into Nature App’ for online booking of tickets and contactless entry into tourist spots, three of which, including Ward’s Lake and Elephant Falls in the state capital and Nehru Park at Umiam (Barapani) were re-opened on a trial basis for local visitors from Tuesday.
  2. “Online ticketing and pre-booking of entry tickets is encouraged to avoid crowding at ticket counters while in the initial phase manual tickets can be issued to strictly enforce social distancing and to not exceed the capacity as defined for each tourist destination,” Commissioner and Secretary, Tourism Dr. Vijay Kumar, said.
  3. “Based on the carrying capacity, tickets may be issued for defined timeslots (x number of visitors for a defined timeslot for example 1 hour). The duration of opening of the tourist destination should be published and defined,” it said.
  4. Further, the SOP stated that all tourists including drivers shall be strictly screened using thermal gun/scanner by designated trained person at entry by holding the scanner 3 to 15 cm away from the person’s forehead and anybody having fever (equal to more than 37.50C/99.50F), cold, cough, sore throat, difficulty in breathing shall not be allowed entry and should immediately report to the concerned authorities. They should be politely asked to return, the SOP added.

(Nagaland Post, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Punjab
  1. DC orders special drive for testing of those above 60 years of age

Key points:

  1. Kapurthala, Sep 1 (UNI) Deputy Commissioner Kapurthala Deepti Uppal said that a special campaign would be launched by the Health, Civil Administration, Police, Anganwadi Workers, Asha Workers and Guardian of Governance in rural and urban areas to curb the deaths due to Corona in the district.
  2. There will be more focus on testing people over the age of 60.

(UNI, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Himachal Pradesh
  1. HP CM advises doctors to be cautious while treating asymptomatic COVID patients

Key points:

  • Shimla, Sep 1 (UNI) HP Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday directed Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers to ensure that doctors and other para medical staff involved in treating of COVID patients use proper protection, while attending to the patients.
  • The CM, through video conferencing from Shimla, said that asymptomatic patients should strictly be kept in home isolation.
  • Better quarantine facilities must also be provided for doctors and other para medical staff. He said that industrial units must be asked to create their own quarantine facilities with a minimum 10 percent of total strength of their employees. He said that small industrial units must be encouraged to create such facilities by pooling in their resources.

(UNI, 1 September 2020) News Link

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