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Yearly GDP growth rate 11-yr low; 3.1% in Jan-Mar quarter

The coronavirus-led disruption of Indian economy  slowed down the GDP to  3.1 per cent in January-March and to an 11-year low of 4.2 per cent for the full fiscal 2019-20 amid a drop in consumption and investment. The slowdown is also result of overall economic deceleration even before the Government imposed a lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19...

216 Covid-19 patients found on Friday; count jumps to 716 in U’khand

In the biggest single day jump yet, 216 new patients of novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) were detected by the state health department in Uttarakhand on Friday. With this jump, the number of Covid-19 patients in Uttarakhand has leapfrogged to 716. On May 23, the health department had reported 92 patients which was highest number in a single day till Friday. ...

Piling up of samples: U’khand govt ropes in pvt players to increase testing capacity

Perturbed by piling up of swab samples of suspected patients at the existing testing facilities; the Uttarakhand government has decided to rope in the private hospitals and laboratories to increase its testing capacity. The state government would bear the cost of the samples tested by these private labs. Senior Cabinet minister and government spokesperson, Madan Kaushik said on Friday...

A day’s salary of U’khand employees to be deducted monthly for 1 year

Chief Minister’s integrated horticulture scheme to help farmers To fund its anti Covid-19 operations, the Uttarakhand government has decided to deduct a day’s salary of its employees every month for the Chief Minister’s relief fund. The deductions would be made every month till the end of the financial year 2020-21  and would be applicable to all state government employees...

A self-reliant India brimming with self confidence

The developmental journey of India in the last six years under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been amazing, unimaginable and really praise worthy. This time, in contrast to atmosphere of anxiety, stagnation and hollow promises of pre 2014 era, the public has seen the ability to reach targets ahead of time with strong leadership, trust...

More rain forecast, maximum temperature set to drop further

With various parts of the state experiencing light to moderate rain, not only are the people experiencing some relief from the heat but the forests too are benefiting from the change in weather. According to the forest department, there was no active forest fire point in the state on Friday evening.  Meanwhile, similar weather is forecast for Saturday with...

Mayor directs measures to prevent dengue in Doon

Since dengue is likely to increase in the rainy season, Dehradun mayor Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’ instructed officials to begin a proper cleaning of drains in the city. Last year, there were cases of dengue fever in Dehradun and to minimise the risk of the disease this year, the mayor chaired a meeting with municipal commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey and chief municipal health...

MCD rejects allegations of disinfectant being diluted excessively

Some locals have expressed their concern stating that the disinfectant solution of one percentage sodium hypochlorite is currently being used after excessive dilution in water. According to them, excessive dilution will not be effective on the virus present on the surface of any area. They also stated that some councillors are not sanitising their areas. Rejecting all the allegations, chief municipal health officer Dr Kailash...

Tigress found dead in Corbett, leopard found dead in Terai west

Big cats believed to have died due to wounds sustained in fight with other big cats A tigress and a leopard were found dead in different parts of Kumaon on Friday. According to officials, both the big cats are believed to have died due to injuries sustained in fight with other big cats. According to departmental officials, during routine...

SCPCR writes to CM suggesting various guidelines

The chairperson of State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) Usha Negi has sent a letter to Uttrakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat in which she provided some suggestions and guidelines on various issues during the lockdown including complaints of parents against several private schools, school management and Education department. In her letter, she suggested that the government should collaborate...