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Students above 18 to be vaccinated on priority for reopening educational institutions: J&K LG

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Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday said a special drive will be launched to vaccinate students aged above 18 years on priority to enable educational institutions to reopen in the Union territory.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function at SKICC here, Sinha said most of the teaching staff has already got vaccinated.

“We are trying to vaccinate students aged above 18 years on priority and professors and teachers in the academic institutions as well because the aim is to restart the institutions,” he said.

A special drive will be conducted for the vaccination of students above the age of 18 as most of the teachers have already got vaccinated, Sinha said.

Asked about the security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir, the LG said “all is well”, without commenting further.

Earlier, Sinha released a book titled “Analysis of Accreditation Report of Union Territories of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh” at SKICC.

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Srinagar district admin inspects market to ensure implementation of COVID-19 protocols

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In the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in Srinagar, a district administration team on Tuesday inspected the markets of the city to ensure proper implementation of the protocols.

Srinagar Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Hanief Balkhi said that the team was inspecting the markets to ensure that the shopkeepers and people follow all the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the health department.

“We just want them to wear masks, take all the precautions and protect themselves. We do not want to impose fines, seal shops or register FIRs. And we are happy that 99 per cent of the shopkeepers are wearing masks,” he stated.

“It is usually the buyers who do not wear masks. So, we have distributed the masks as well. By and large, things have improved and people are following protocols,” he added.

The ADC also informed that a few shops have been sealed for the violation of Covid-19 protocols. “A few shops have been sealed. But that is not our intention. We just want people to be careful,” he said.

Meanwhile, the schools reopened in Srinagar for classes 10th and 12th on Monday and things are slowly returning back to normal in the city.

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Man killed, woman injured in lightning

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A man was killed and a woman injured in lightning in central Kashmir district of Badgam, official sources said on Tuesday.

They said a group of farmers were working in their fields when lightning strike at Panchas in Badgam Monday evening.

A 30-year-old Gulzar Ahmad Khan and Shakeela Banu were injured.
Both the injured were rushed to hospital where Gulzar was declared brought dead, they said.
Majority areas in the Kashmir valley, including parts of Srinagar, witnessed heavy snowfall and lightning for several hours on Monday evening.

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Srinagar schools reopen for classes 10, 12 with COVID-19 protocols in place

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Adhering to COVID-19 protocols, schools in Srinagar reopened on Monday for classes 10 and 12. Students were seen happy and enthusiastic at the resumption of physical classes.

A student of Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Kothibagh, Srinagar, Bushra said, “I am feeling very happy at the resumption of classes. Teachers were doing a lot of effort in online classes, but we were not comfortable. Physical classes are good because we can interact with teachers whenever we want.”

She further said that schools are properly taking care of COVID-19 protocols and providing masks and sanitisers.

“I was missing the school a lot. I was not able to study properly in online classes due to internet issues. In-person classes are always best, so I always enjoy physical classes in school,” another student, Arbeena from the same school said.

Expressing happiness about meeting friends in the school, a student, Humaira Manzoor said, “I am very happy that schools have reopened. Now I can meet my friends and teachers. Even, I was not able to study anything at home due to network issues.”

Further, a teacher of the English Faculty in the same school, Shabina Taj said, “We are getting very good response from students. All the students are very happy about physical classes. Students are even bringing their queries to discuss with us. Also, staff and students, both are following the SOPs issued by government.”

On September 5, Jammu and Kashmir Government ordered the reopening of schools for students of class 12 and 10 and staff with 50 per cent capacity.

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Covid-19 Stats

21 Sep 2021, 2:25 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

33,504,534 Total Cases
445,416 Death Cases
32,749,574 Recovered Cases

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