Connect with us


Odisha Has Entered Endemic Stage Of Coronavirus: State Health Service Director – dot newz



Odisha has so far tested over 2.15 crore samples, including 64,709 on Sunday for Covid (File)


Odisha has entered the endemic stage of Coronavirus and there is need for booster dose of COVID vaccine, a top health department official said on Monday.

Director Health Services (DHS), Bijay Mohapatra said there is report of around 500 new cases daily in the state.

“Odisha is now in endemic stage of Coronavirus. The study report of a technical committee formed by the government on administration oF booster dose is awaited,” he said.

The DHS said that in the capital city of Bhubaneswar COVID-19 transmission has reached a plateau phase with fluctuation in daily cases.

“The city may not witness staggering situation caused by the virus in the coming days,” he told reporters.

Mr Mohapatra said as the state continues to report around 500 new cases and Bhubaneswar accounted for nearly 50 per cent of the cases, the government health experts have proposed booster dose of vaccines amidst apprehensions of more COVID-19 transmission due to a new Delta Plus variant in the country. The final decision will, however, be taken by the technical committee of the state.

The chief of the directorate of medical education and training, Prof CBK Mohanty said that the mutant of the Delta variant of COVID-19 has been found in some states like Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

The new variant may infect 10 times more people than the previous ones and as the mutant has been just detected it has been tagged as under investigation Mr Mohanty said.

The director of health services said 425 people tested positive for the contagion during the day taking the caseload in the pandemic in the state to 10,38,836.

The deaths in the state mounted to 8,312 as three more patients died due to the contagion. The fresh fatalities were reported from Bhadrak, Keojhar and Mayurbhanj districts, Mohapatra said.

So far 53 COVID-19 patients have died due to comorbidities, he said.

With 425 out of 64,709 samples tested on Sunday found to be positive for the infection, the state’s daily test positivity rate stood at 0.65 per cent, a health department bulletin said.

The state detected less than 500 new cases for the fourth consecutive day on Monday. It had reported 447 new cases on Sunday, 441 on Saturday, 467 on Friday, and 524 on Thursday, it said.

Among the new 425 cases, 71 (16.70 per cent) are in the age group of 0 to 18 years. While 249 cases came from the quarantines, the remaining 176 were local contact cases, the bulletin said.

Khurda district of which Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the highest daily infection at 211 infections and accounted for almost 50 per cent of the state’s daily count. It was followed by Cuttack with 40 new cases. Seven districts reported nil cases.

The state currently has 4,554 active cases, while as many as 10,25,917 patients including 410 on Sunday, recovered from the highly infectious disease, it said.

Odisha has so far tested over 2.15 crore samples, including 64,709 on Sunday for COVID-19. The state’s positivity rate stands at 4.81 per cent, the data released by the health and family welfare department said.

As many as 1,06,43,846 people have been fully inoculated so far with double doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the state, it added.

Source link


China Poses Significant Challenge To India’s Strategic Goals: Air Chief – dot newz




Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said the Indian Air Force needs to be rapidly modernized. (File)

New Delhi:

Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari said that China poses a significant long term challenge to India’s strategic goals. He said it should be made clear to the world that today’s India has the capability and will to respond at a level that the nation deems appropriate.

“China poses a significant and long-term challenge to India’s strategic goals. Both People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) have enhanced their military capabilities in equipment and infrastructure. The Indian Air Force (IAF) needs to be rapidly modernized, expand its fleet and improve indigenous manufacturing capabilities,” the IAF chief said at a seminar conducted by the Centre for Air Power Studies.

The IAF needs to be rapidly modernized, expand its fleet and improve indigenous manufacturing capabilities, he urged.

The IAF chief said that China’s hegemonic and entrapping policies can provide opportunities for India to leverage in trade and military domains.

He also asserted that India has demonstrated its capabilities during a standoff on the northern border while simultaneously handling the national COVID-19 response.

“In the future, we could be attacked from all fronts, starting from economic strangulation to diplomatic isolation and military stand-offs to information blackouts, in the form of attack by a distributed denial of services. We will need to prepare for the full spectrum,” the Air Force chief cautioned.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Source link

Continue Reading


Gen Rawat Was On “Very Safe” Mi-17V-5, Crash Confounds Experts – dot newz




India owns a fairly large fleet of Mi-17V-5 helicopters that are often used to ferry VIPs.

New Delhi:

The Mi-17V-5 helicopters are extremely reliable and are the workhorses of the Air Force, several former army officers told NDTV after one of these choppers crashed in Tamil Nadu, with Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and several members of his family on board. The crash perplexed the experts, who said the flight from Sulur to Wellington did not involve complications.

Four people are dead and another four who survived, have been taken to a hospital. It is believed that there were 14 people on board, including the chopper’s crew and passengers.

The Indian Air Force has already ordered an inquiry into the crash.

The Mi-17V-5 is the latest twin-engine iteration of the Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopter and is used regularly for high-altitude operations. One of the most advanced military transports that can be used in any topography and weather, it is one of the most powerful choppers used by Indian defence forces.

India owns a fairly large fleet of these helicopters that were purchased and inducted between 2013 and 2018.

Most experts NDTV spoke to described it as a “very reliable, safe, stable, and large” helicopter that is also used to ferry VIPs, including the President and the Prime Minister.

According to information available on the website of Rosoboronexport — the Russian arms supplier — the chopper is designed to “carry personnel, cargo and equipment inside the cargo cabin or on an external sling, drop tactical air assault forces and reconnaissance and sabotage groups, destroy ground targets and carry the wounded”.

“Its armament system includes unguided rockets (up to 80 S-8 80mm unguided aerial rockets), cannons (suspended pods with 23mm cannons and 250 rounds each) and small arms,” the website says.

Source link

Continue Reading


‘Smartphones, Scootys, Security’: Congress’ “Women’s Manifesto” Before UP Polls – dot newz




UP will vote for a new government in 2022, with the Congress challenging the BJP


Girls studying in Classes 10 to 12 in Uttar Pradesh schools will get smartphones and female graduate students will get scooters, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said Wednesday as part of a six-point “woman’s manifesto” ahead of an Assembly election in the state in a few months.

Ms Gandhi Vadra – who is leading her party’s campaign in the poll-bound state – read out a number of measures and schemes the Congress plans to implement should it win next year’s election, and demanded that all parties understand “the fact women have to bear with exploitation”.

Promises made by Ms Gandhi Vadra today include the offer of three free LPG cylinders for women – a significant offer given the skyrocketing prices of gas cylinders in the country, something for which the BJP (in power in UP and at the centre) has been severely criticised.

“I hope this women’s manifesto will put pressure on other political parties to also speak about similar issues. We want to release a women-specific manifesto so women have freedom of choice… I have seen that women ka bahut shoshan hota hai but they are fighting for their rights,” she said.

Ms Gandhi Vadra also highlighted the Congress’ promise to reserve 40 per cent of its election tickets for women; “this is not only on paper,” she said, giving late Indira Gandhi – India’s first woman prime minister – as an example of the Congress’ contribution to women in politics.

“Our attempt is to bring real women’s empowerment… at the grassroots level. Women’s empowerment is usually spoken about before elections and then mostly restricted to being on paper. We want to actually empower women on ground,” the Congress leader said.

“Parliament and legislative assemblies have an average of 14 per cent participation by women representatives. That needs to increase… we want that 40 per cent of all seats should be represented by women. This will increase their participation in policy-making,” she stressed.

Apart from smartphones, scooters and free gas cylinders, Ms Gandhi Vadra said women senior citizens and widows would get a monthly pension of Rs 1,000, and every new-born girl will get a fixed deposit in her name. All households with women will get a free internet connection.

Ms Gandhi Vadra also flagged the issue of women’s security – a serious subject given the worrying number of violent crimes against women reported from Uttar Pradesh.

“We want 25 per cent of the police to consist of women. All chowkis to have at least one woman officer and constable,” she said, reminding reporters that many crimes were unreported as the police is reluctant to file a case. “More women in the force will help the cause of women,” she said.

The Congress also promised Rs 10 lakh medical cover for women “for any kind of illness or disease”.

UP votes for a new government in a few months time.

The Assembly election here – for 403 seats – is widely seen as an indicator of how the ruling BJP might fare in the 2024 general election, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party will seek a third consecutive term in power.

Source link

Continue Reading


Copyright © 2017 Dot Newz | Developed by MCVP Group 8