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“LOCKDOWN” Returns in these States/UTs as Covid threat rears its head again

Amid the rapid rise in cases of Covid-19 and its new-found variant Omicron in several states and Union Territories (UTs) in the past few weeks, the state governments and the UT administrations have brought back preventive measures to tame the resurgence of the pandemic.

Here’s a list of states and UTs restrictions have been imposed:

Delhi

Amid a spike in Covid cases, the Delhi government has imposed a weekend curfew from Friday 10 pm to Monday 5 am in the national capital.

All employees of government offices will shift to “Work From Home” mode — except for those associated with the Essential Services category.

Addressing the media, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the impact of the Omicron variant of coronavirus was less severe but asked people to be on guard. He also said that bus and metro services will run at 100 per cent capacity from now, but people will have to strictly adhere to the mask rule and other Covid-safety norms.

He warned Delhi residents against stepping out of their homes during the curfew on Saturday and Sunday. “Do not step out of home unless it is a medical emergency,” he said.

“Delhi government employees, barring those engaged in essential services, will work from home while private offices will have to function at 50 per cent capacity,” Sisodia said.

This comes after the Delhi government held a meeting earlier this morning to review the Covid situation.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tested positive for Covid-19 earlier in the day.

Punjab

Punjab Government on Tuesday imposed night curfew in the state from 10 pm to 5 am until January 15.

In a press release, the Government said, “Movement of individuals for all the non-essentials activities shall remain prohibited between 10 pm and 5 am within municipal limits of all the cities and towns of Punjab. The district authorities are accordingly asked to issue prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC and ensure strict compliance.”

The press release further said, “All bars, cinema halls, multiplexes, malls, restaurants, spas, museums, zoos, etc shall be allowed to operate at 50 per cent of their capacity subject to all staff present being fully vaccinated.”

“All sports complexes, stadia, swimming pools, gyms shall remain closed. AC buses will run at 50 per cent of capacity.”Moreover, only fully vaccinated staff will be allowed to attend the government and private office, the order read.

Mumbai

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Tuesday said if the daily COVID-19 cases here cross the 20,000-mark, a lockdown will be imposed in the city as per the Union government’s rules.

Talking to reporters at her office in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters, Pednekar suggested that citizens wear triple-layer masks while travelling in public buses and local trains.

She also appealed to them to get vaccinated at the earliest and follow all COVID-19-related standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Karnataka

The state government is likely to continue with night curfew beyond January 7 in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases and the threat of the Omicron variant. It is also considering more containment measures to control the spread of the coronavirus.

A final decision on curbs will be taken by the state cabinet on Thursday. Prior to that, on Wednesday, chief minister Basavaraj Bommai will hold consultations with members of the state Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

“We are monitoring the pandemic situation and the spread of Omicron,” Bommai said on Monday. “The virus is spreading very quickly across the country, so we need to discuss measures with experts before bringing it before the cabinet.”

Sources say the government may impose weekend curfew, provided health experts and the cabinet endorse the plan. But Bommai ruled out any measure that will have a direct impact on the livelihoods of people.

“We have the experience of handling two previous Covid waves,” he said.
“Experts have been asked to suggest appropriate measures to control the spread without affecting the daily lives of people.”

Chhattisgarh

Amid a rise in the number of daily COVID-19 cases in Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday chaired an emergency meeting of ministers, senior officials and asked district-level authorities to increase testing and also impose restrictions on major public events to prevent crowding.

Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly and it seems the third wave of infections is approaching, the CM said, but added that a lockdown will be the last option after various curbs and measures are implemented.

“Districts should remain alert. The number of daily tests must increase and all arrangements must be in place in hospitals,” he said.

Jammu Kashmir

J&K government reiterated that all the District Magistrates would establish and activate their COVID war rooms to tackle Variants of Concern or Variants of Interest (VoCA/Vol) including B.1.1.529 (Omicron)

State Executive Committee (SEC) of J&K Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in its weekly guidelines stated that the District Magistrates would take all necessary measures for enforcement of testing protocols. “Besides DMs and health workers shall take all steps necessary to achieve the overall objective of reducing COVID-19 incidence level,” SEC added.

It also reiterated that RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen COVID-19 tests would be conducted on symptomatic passengers coming to J&K by air, rail or road.

“Asymptomatic Incoming passengers by air, rail, road to the UT of J&K shall not be required to undergo RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen Covid-19 Test on arrival if they are carrying a valid and verifiable Final Certificate Report of COVID-19 vaccination and if they are carrying a valid and verifiable RT-PCR COVID19 negative report taken within 72 hours of arrival time. RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen COVID-19 tests shall however be conducted on symptomatic incoming passengers by air, rail and road to J&K,” SEC stated.

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Some politicians of Kashmir try to divide people, destroy Jammu: BJP leader Rana

Some politicians of Kashmir frequently visit Jammu to try to divide people, but they will not be allowed to succeed, senior BJP leader Devender Singh Rana said on Friday.

Batting strongly for an elected government in Jammu and Kashmir, he also said that bureaucratic governance could not replace a political government.

Rana, who left the National Conference and joined the BJP last year, said, ”Those politicians who come here (Jammu) from Kashmir and try to divide people in Jammu will not succeed in destroying Jammu in the way they destroyed Kashmir.” The people of Jammu live in peace and will continue to live in communal harmony and brotherhood, the former legislator asserted at a function here.

”But we want the voice of Jammu to be strengthened, and Jammu should get its rights. So we will continue to fight for our rights. There will be no compromise,” he said.

In 2019, Jammu and Kashmir were reorganised into a Union Territory, and its administration is led by a lieutenant governor (L-G). However, bureaucratic governance is no replacement for a political government, Rana said.

”Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha is a veteran politician. He has been MP six times and has also been a minister. So he has a lot of experience in governance. The administration is being run in a good way,” he said.

”The bureaucracy in Jammu and Kashmir is efficient. They are hard-working people. We are proud of the bureaucracy and police in Jammu and Kashmir,” Rana said.

Speaking on the need for an elected government, he said people have an easy reach to elected representatives and are responsible for the people.

”They (elected representatives) are the bridge,” the BJP leader said.
Rana said that leaders of different political parties should play their roles and become bridges between the people and the administration to resolve problems.

”They should listen to the voice of the people. Then, they should take up issues raised by the people with the government and find their resolution,” he said.

Rana said that unemployment is the biggest issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
”We want opportunities of jobs and employment,” he said.

Replying to a question about the prospects of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh in forthcoming assembly elections there, Rana said that the BJP would win over 300 seats and be in the majority.

”There is peace and normalcy in Uttar Pradesh, as seen during the rule of the BJP. The era of development has started in the state”, he said.

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Jammu Airport Runway now 8000 Feet Long, Indigo Aircraft Takes First Take-off

The runway of the Jammu airport, which has been waiting for an extension for a long time, has become eight thousand feet. After completion of the runway expansion work, IndiGo’s flight took off from Jammu airport and this aircraft was saluted with water cannon on the newly built runway. Earlier, the runway of Jammu airport was 6700 feet long, which is the takeoff of incoming aircraft here. And it was too short for landing. Due to the short runway, the aircraft coming here used to carry less weight than their capacity, and they also had to apply emergency brakes to stop.

The expansion of the runway of the Jammu airport was completed by the Airport Authority in collaboration with the Air Force and MES, while Director Airport Jammu Sanjeev Kumar Garg, Air Commander GS Bullar and other officials were also present on the occasion of the inauguration of the new runway. Indigo aircraft 6E-137 took off from the new runway after duly worshipping. In addition to the new runway, a 2,800-metre-long boundary ball has also been constructed at the airport, and a turn pad is also being built to divert the Airbus 321 after landing.

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On the other hand, Director Airport Jammu Sanjeev Kumar Garg thanked the construction agencies and related departments for completing the runway expansion work of the airport. He said that the new terminal at Belicharana would provide more facilities to the commuters coming here.

A decade ago, the length of the runway of the Jammu airport was 5879 feet, i.e. 1780 meters, whereas any national-level airport should have at least 7500 feet (about 2300 meters). The Airport Authority of India has also raised questions on the short runway of the Jammu airport several times and has sought help from the administration for its expansion. In the first phase, its length was increased to 6700 feet, while now it has been increased to eight thousand feet. The army land adjoining the airport became the first hurdle for the runway extension. But, later, the administration gave the army land in the Sujwan area instead, while later, the animal husbandry department’s land was also acquired in Belicharana, where the terminal was built.

Amish Mahajan

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ADGP Jammu adhere new rank to newly promoted SP

Addl. Director-General of Police, Jammu Zone, Jammu, Shri. Mukesh Singh – IPS decorated newly promoted Superintendent of Police Sh. Jagdev Singh by pining new rank on his promotion in a simple function held ZPHQ Jammu this morning.
Shri. Mukesh Singh congratulated the officers for his elevation and stressed the officer to work with zeal and zest in future also.
The Sh. Chandan Kohli -IPS, SSP Jammu was present on the occasion.
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