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Bank Alert! Working hours reduced in Jammu Kashmir, check new timings

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Bank Alert- In view of steep rise in the COVID19 cases, the banks operating in J&K have curtailed working hours and staff presence at the branches. As per a statement issued here, the banks shall conduct public business from 10am to 2pm with reduced staff presence at the branches as well as in the controlling offices.

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“The new standard operating procedures will be implemented with immediate effect till 31 May 2021 to safeguard people amid huge spike in COVID19 cases in the UT,” the statement said.

The statement said that soon after a communication from Indian Banks Association to SLBC/UTLBC Conveners advising them to hold deliberations with stakeholders regarding circumstances, and issue appropriate advisories to banks, the J&K Bank, Convener J&K UTLBC, conducted a meeting through video conferencing.

The meeting, it said, was attended by President (LBD/UTLBC), Vice President (LBD/UTLBC) and senior level officers of the banks operating in the UT of J&K including SBI, PNB, JKGB, EDB, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, UCO Bank, Canara Bank, PSB, and JKSCB.

“In order to strike a balance between public health and economic necessities of the people, the stakeholders unanimously proposed measures for implementation by the banks,” it said, adding that the measures include curtailing bank business time from 10am to 2pm with banking hours restricted from 10am to 4pm with reduced staff in branches as well as in controlling offices.

Meanwhile, urging the customers in particular and people in general to make use of digital channels for their banking needs and avoid visiting bank branches unnecessarily, chairman and MD J&K Bank, R K Chhibber said, “Together we have braved the first wave of the ongoing pandemic and with your support and cooperation, I believe, we shall overcome the second wave as well.”

However, he said, “We need to take precautions, follow guidelines issued by the government from time to time.”

He added: “Let me reiterate, J&K Bank will stand by all its stakeholders ensuring uninterrupted banking services and financial support within the regulatory framework while strictly following COVID-19 related protocols.”

Meanwhile, the UTLBC has also advised the local branches/offices of the banks to ensure uninterrupted banking services to the public through branches, ATMs and banking correspondents besides facilitating credit needs in a smooth and seamless manner. “Besides, all meetings, training events and camps shall be conducted through online mode to avoid mass gathering,” it said.

Furthermore, the UTLBC has urged all the banks to advise their customers to use the digital banking platforms, ATMs, Cash  Deposit Machines, Recyclers, BC services etc. and abstain from visiting the  Bank branches  unless in case of unavoidable circumstances.

While implementing the new SOPs, the banks shall take all precautionary measures to prevent spread of the pandemic to safeguard the interest of the staff by ensuring the availability of sufficient facemasks, sanitizers and other safety devices.

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17 women among 56 fresh deaths in J&K

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For the first time since past two weeks, the Jammu and Kashmir Union territory on Monday witnessed a slight dip in the Covid positive cases as 3,614 were recorded while 56 fresh deaths were also reported in the UT.

The total number of total active cases in J&K has risen to 49,551 while with 56 fresh death, the death toll has reached 3614. The total positive case tally has reached 220,546. Sources said that this was for the first time that that J&K has seen a slight dip in the positive cases in the past two weeks as only 3614 positive cases only. On May 9, the J&K UT recorded over 5190 cases, highest ever since the outbreak of pandemic in J&K.

Interestingly, Srinagar, the summer capital, that even saw record spike over 1100 positive cases, today recorded an all time low 701 positive cases, in the past two weeks. Srinagar is witnessing complete Corona curfew since past 10 days. Officials are hopeful that the district witnesses decline in positivity rate in the weeks ahead.

Of the exact number of 220,546 cases, 136,018 are from Kashmir division and 84,528 from Jammu division. Officials told that among 3,614 new cases, 2,118 belong to Kashmir division while as 1,496 are from Jammu division, adding that the total number of positive cases in Kashmir division have reached to 136,018 including 102,144 recoveries and 1,572 deaths while as total number of positive cases in Jammu division have reached to 84,669 including 65,669 recoveries and 1,210 deaths.

The officials said that the total number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 49,951 including 32,302 from Kashmir division and 17,649 from Jammu division.

With 2,855 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 167,813 which is 76.08 percent of the total cases.

“Cases tested positive in J&K include 1,496 from Jammu division viz. 658 from Jammu, 137 from Udhampur, 170 from Rajouri, 34 from Doda, 146 from Kathua, 158 from Samba, 11 from Kishtwar, 57 from Poonch, 50 from Ramban and 75 from Reasi while as 701 from Srinagar, 163 from Baramulla, 343 from Budgam, 135 from Pulwama, 187 from Kupwara, 134 from Anantnag, 65 from Bandipora, 76 from Ganderbal, 254 from Kulgam and 60 from Shopian in Kashmir division,” officials disclosed.

Out of 56 deaths reported today, 23 died in GMC Jammu. 01 in MCH Wing (GMC), 02 in GMC Rajouri, 02 in GMC Kathua, 03 in SSH Jmu, 02 in DH Udhampur, 01 in MH Satwari, 01 in CHC Katra, 05 in Home/ Brought Dead, 03 in SKIMS Soura. 05 in SMHS Sgr, 01 in CD Hosp Sgr. 03 in SKIMS JVC Bemina. 01 in DH Pulwama, 01 in GMC Anantnag, 01 in CHC Kupwara. & 01 in TH Bijbehara.

As per officials figures, 53,835 positive cases including 622 deaths and 42,065 recoveries are from Srinagar, 16,567 including 212 deaths and 12,467 recoveries are from Baramulla, 14,262 including 10,468 recoveries and 144 deaths are from Budgam, 9,137 including 6,767 recoveries and 122 deaths are from Pulwama, 8,536 including 110 deaths and 6,713 recoveries are from Kupwara, 10,328 including 6,436 recoveries and 121 deaths are from Anantnag, 6,306 cases including 5,474 and 69 deaths are from Bandipora, 6,355 including 5,323 recoveries and 56 deaths are from Ganderbal, 6,666 including 3,576 recoveries and 72 deaths are from Kulgam and 4,026 including 2,855 recoveries and 44 deaths are from Shopian.

In Jammu division, 40,595 including 32,279 recoveries and 686 deaths are from Jammu district, 7,679 including 6,192 recoveries and 77 deaths are from Udhampur, 6,786 including 4,051 recoveries and 99 deaths are from Rajouri, 4,166 including 3,623 recoveries and 71 deaths are from Doda, 6,169 including 4,699 recoveries and 77 deaths are from Kathua, 4,890 including 3,117 recoveries and 69 deaths are from Samba, 3,198 including 2,942 recoveries and 26 deaths are from Kishtwar, 3,691 including 2,785 recoveries and 49 deaths are from Poonch, 3,273 including 2,555 recoveries and 35 deaths are from Ramban and 4,081 including 3,426 recoveries and 21 deaths are from Reasi.

As per the daily information bulletin 1,918,562 persons in Jammu and Kashmir are under observation while 87,062 persons have been kept under home quarantine besides that 49,951 persons are in isolation.

According to the bulletin, 1,645,533 persons have completed surveillance period and 133,234 persons are under home surveillance besides that so far results of 7,689,823 samples are available. Out of 7,689,823 the number of samples tested negative stands at 7,469,277 while as 220,546 have tested positive, among them 49,951 persons are active, 167,813 persons have recovered and 2,782 persons have died.

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Virtual hearing in Courts extended till May 31

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The virtual hearing of cases in both wings of High Court and all District Courts and Subordinate Courts as well as Tribunals has been extended till May 31.

Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal has extended by May 31 order regarding the virtual hearing of the cases in both wings of the High Court as well as in the District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals in J&K and Ladakh in view of rise in COVID cases.

“Taking note of the daily rising number COVID-19 infection cases and the prevailing situation due to the rapid spread of (the) infection, the High Order No. 259 of 2021/RG dated 26.04.2021 is extended up to May 31, 2021,” read an order
It is further added that daily some Judicial Officer and officials of the District and Subordinate Judiciary are reported to have tested COVID-19 positive. Therefore, the Judicial Officers of the Subordinate Judiciary have been given liberty to work through virtual mode from their respective official residences.

However, for remand purposes or for meeting any judicial exigency, the District Judge shall prepare a sitting roster for District Judges and Magistrates, the Chief Justice added.

On April 26, the Chief Justice had ordered that filing as well as hearing of cases in both wings High Court as well as in the District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals shall be conducted through Virtual Mode till May 15 which now has been extended till the end of this month.

In order to decongest the sections/offices/Courts, the Chief Justice had said the officials shall be permitted to function in batches with 50 percent reduction on rotation basis.

Regarding District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, the Chief Justice ordered that entry of litigants, public and clerks of the Advocates into the Court premises from the very outer gate shall be strictly prohibited.

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Complete lockdown for 14 days in J&K, doorstep testing, vaccination demanded

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J&K Unit of Shiv Sena Balasaheb Thackeray has urged upon the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha to clamp a complete lockdown for 14 days in J&K along with doorstep testing, vaccination and tracking to break the transmission chain of COVID-19 pandemic.

In a press conference here today, Shiv Sena J&K president, Manish Sahni said that despite the welcome steps like 24/7 control room, availability of medical kit, medicines, oxygen and beds and increasing lockdown, the pandemic is still wreaking havoc.

 

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He said, main reason for COVID spread is ignoring of some basic precautions and there are reports that COVID positive people are moving out for testing and in this way they come in contact with others thereby spreading the pandemic.

“We should not forget that COVID positive people act as super-spreaders,” Sahni said adding that people and the government will have to give more importance to ‘Jaan Hai Toh Jahan Hai’ in letter and spirit.

Shiv Sena Women Wing president, Meenakshi Chhibber; general secretary, Vikas Bakshi and others were also present in the press conference.

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Covid-19 Stats

11 May 2021, 4:03 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

22,991,927 Total Cases
250,025 Death Cases
19,021,207 Recovered Cases

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