Amid a surge in COVID positives as also detection of Omicron cases, the district administration Kathua today ordered mandatory testing of passengers arriving through commercial vehicles for COVID at Lakhanpur, the gateway to Jammu and Kashmir. In contrast, the UT today reported three casualties and 132 cases.
Ladakh reported ten new cases, after which the district Kargil administration ordered strict night curfew in Kargil from 9 pm to 6 am.
All three COVID casualties were recorded in the Kashmir division, where 105 new cases were registered while 27 cases were reported from the Jammu region.
In view of an upsurge in COVID-19 cases and a few Omicron cases, District Magistrate Rahul Yadav today ordered that all passengers travelling through buses, cabs, taxis, and tempo travellers shall have to undergo Rapid Antigen Test for COVID-19 compulsorily at Lakhanpur irrespective of their vaccination status.
“The Nodal Officer Lakhanpur will ensure at least 30 per cent RTPCR sampling of incoming passengers,” Yadav said.
Today, Deputy Commissioner Kargil Santosh Sukhadeve ordered a strict night curfew in Kargil from 9 pm to 6 am. In addition, he directed that all non-essential travel/services shall be prohibited after 9 pm in the district.
The directions came following a fresh surge in COVID cases in Kargil as out of 10 positives in Ladakh today, six were reported from Kargil and four in Leh district.
Ladakh has 196 COVID active, positive cases, including 151 in Leh and 45 in Kargil.
Among 27 cases in the Jammu region, 23 were registered in the Jammu district alone, followed by two in Poonch and one in Doda and Kishtwar districts.
As against 27 cases, 21 persons recovered from the virus, leaving several active cases in the Jammu region to 344.
73rd Republic Day Celebrations Held Across Jammu
On Wednesday, on the 73rd Republic Day of the country, the tricolour flag was proudly hoisted at every square and square of the city. Amid patriotic songs and music in all the squares and streets of the town, people hoisted the tricolour flag paid tribute to the country’s martyrs and saluted the brave soldiers deployed in defence of the borders. On this national festival of Republic Day, after flag hoisting by business organizations in many city areas, Prasad was also distributed among the people by putting up stalls of halwa-puri.
Jammu Mayor Chandramohan Gupta hoisted the tricolour and regional traders at the historic Raghunath Mandir Chowk. Apart from this, the Mayor hoisted the tricolour flag at Shaheed Major Akash Singh Park in his residence area, celebrating Republic Day with people in more than a dozen city areas.
The main program was organized on behalf of the State Bharatiya Janata Party at the party headquarters at Trikuta Nagar, where the state president Ravindra Raina unfurled the tricolour flag along with former Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta and other leaders. Next, former Minister Sat Sharma and other leaders hoisted the tricolour flag in the BJP’s Kachi Cantonment office. Then, in the Chamber House located at Railhead Complex, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jammu, President Arun Gupta, and other office bearers and main businessmen unfurled the tricolour flag.
In Jammu’s biggest wholesale grain market Ware House-Nehru Market, the Federation’s head Deepak Gupta and market traders hoisted the tricolour flag. Apart from this, regional corporators in all 75 wards of Jammu Municipal Corporation shared the happiness of Republic Day by hoisting the tricolour flag along with the people of their respective wards.
Lt Governor Manoj Sinha hoists National Flag at Republic Day function
Rapper cop of Jammu and Kashmir awarded by DGP
Jammu and Kashmir Police constable Jeevan Kumar whose rap performance on a television reality show has gone viral and won him praise was awarded by Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Tuesday night.
The police chief gave a commendation certificate and a reward of Rs 10,000 to the constable.
The police chief congratulated Kumar and his family for his excellent performance and for making the force proud.
Jeevan’s rap song was a tribute to the security forces.
Police officials said rapping is a hobby of the 25-year-old constable hailing from the border belt of Bishnah in Jammu.
Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Jammu Mukesh Singh had shared a video of Kumar singing last year and said the constable was a passionate singer.
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