JK reports 697 new positive cases, 76479 recovered so far

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JAMMU, OCTOBER 16: The Government on Friday informed that 697 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 312 from Jammu division and 385 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 86754. Also 08 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; 05 from Jammu division and 03 from Kashmir Division.

Moreover, 838 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 381 from Jammu Division and 457 from Kashmir Division.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 86754 positive cases, 8909 are Active Positive, 76479 have recovered and 1366 have died; 450 in Jammu division and 916 in Kashmir division.

The Bulletin further said that out of 1952850 test results available, 1866096 samples have been tested as negative till October 16, 2020.

Till date 623633 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 24165 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 8909 in isolation and 50768 in home surveillance. Besides, 538425 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 17401 positive cases (including 155 cases reported today) with 1820 Active Positive, 15253 recovered (including 124 cases recovered today), 328 deaths; Baramulla has 5105 positive cases (including 40 cases reported today) with 1277 Active Positive, 3694 recovered (including 60 cases recovered today), 134 deaths; Pulwama reported 4370 positive cases (including 19 cases reported today) with 276 active positive cases, 4019 recovered (including 08 cases recovered today), 75 deaths; Kulgam has 2382 positive cases (including 21 cases reported today) with 95 Active Positive, 2244 recoveries (including 08 cases recovered today), 43 deaths; Shopian has 2112 positive cases with 97 Active Positive, 1982 recovered (including 14 cases recovered today), 33 deaths; Anantnag district has 3905 positive cases (including 45 cases reported today) with 319 Active Positive, 3516 recovered (including 45 cases recovered today), 70 deaths; Budgam has 5582 positive cases (including 28 cases reported today) with 500 Active Positive and 4992 recovered (including 112 cases recovered today), 90 deaths; Kupwara has 4019 positive cases (including 33 cases reported today) with 264 Active Positive, 3684 recovered (including 05 cases recovered today), 71 deaths; Bandipora has 3795 positive cases (including 21 cases reported today) with 291 Active Positive, 3462 recovered (including 59 cases reported today), 42 deaths and Ganderbal has 3277 positive cases (including 23 cases reported today) with 270 active positive cases, 2977 recoveries (including 22 cases recovered today) and 30 deaths.

Similarly, Jammu has 15871 positive cases (including 121 cases reported today) with 1184 active positive cases, 14451 recoveries (including 139 cases recovered today), 236 deaths; Rajouri has 3095 positive cases (including 21 cases reported today) with 412 active positive cases, 2638 recovered (including 17 cases recovered today), 45 deaths; Ramban has 1485 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 52 active positive, 1422 recoveries (including 51 cases recovered today), 11 deaths; Kathua has 2318 positive cases (including 14 cases reported today) with 62 Active positive, 2227 recovered (including 16 cases recovered today), 29 deaths; Udhampur has 2551 positive cases (including 04 cases reported today) with 151 active positive cases, 2375 recovered (including 14 cases recovered today), 25 deaths; Samba has 2053 positive cases (including 19 cases reported today) with 417 Active Positive, 1612 recoveries, 24 deaths; Doda has 2473 positive cases (including 30 cases reported today) with 318 active positive cases, 2115 recoveries (including 104 cases recovered today), 40 deaths; Poonch has 2114 positive cases (including 44 cases reported today) with 675 active positive, 1417 recoveries (including 25 cases reported today), 22 deaths; Reasi has 1186 positive cases (including 20 cases reported today), with 216 active positive, 963 recoveries and 07 deaths while Kishtwar has 1660 positive cases (including 31 cases reported today), with 213 active positive cases and 1436 recoveries (including 15 cases reported today) and 11 deaths.
According to the bulletin, of the total 86754 positive cases in J&K 9346 have been reported as travelers while 77408 as others.

The Bulletin said that the breakup represents districts from which the patients have been traced or are ordinarily residing.

The bulletin added that there are 1306 COVID dedicated beds, 1170 Isolation beds with 1023 vacant beds and 136 ICU beds where 79 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 2358 COVID dedicated beds, 2214 Isolation beds where 1742 beds are vacant and 144 ICU beds where 126 are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are a total of 3664 COVID dedicated beds, 3384 Isolation beds with 2765 beds vacant and 280 ICU beds with 205 vacant beds in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Central Government is continuously monitoring the evolving situation of Covid-19 in the Union Territory and is providing all necessary support towards effective containment of the spread of Covid-19 and better clinical management of positive cases.

The government has also started free tele-consultation general OPD services by Specialists/MBBS Doctors for the residents of J&K under National Tele-consultation Service. People can avail these services from Home by registering online on web portal https://esanjeevaniopd.in/. The services are available on Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. People can also download and install esanjeevani OPD app from google play store.

Besides, 24×7 Rapid Antigen Testing facility for COVID-19 has been started outside the emergency of GMC Hospital Jammu .The facility will be very useful for segregation of patients in emergency wing of GMC Jammu.

Meanwhile, a 24×7 COVID Control Room has been set up for redressal of the grievances related to COVID-19 positive patients admitted in the Associated Hospitals of Government Medical College, Jammu and Government Hospital, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. Patients or attendants can call at 0191– 258 5444 (Control Room), Exchange: 0191-258 2626 / 258 5542 / 258 4290 /258 4291 / 258 4292 / 258 4293/ 258 4294 for assistance.

The bulletin has informed the people that, the best way to protect themselves from COVID-19 is by maintaining physical distance of at least 2 meter from others, frequently cleaning hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer or washing them with soap and water and following good respiratory etiquette and hygiene.

As a measure for social distancing in public places and workplaces wearing a face cover is compulsory.

The bulletin again explained that early detection of COVID-19 can prevent the spread of disease so we need to be responsible for the well-being of ourselves and everyone around us. “Not disclosing symptoms could put life of individuals and their families at risk. In case of symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing report early. Do not fear, call COVID-19 helpline numbers and seek medical advice”.

Advisory has further exhorted upon the people not to step out of home, unless absolutely necessary. “If you have to move out for unavoidable reasons, ensure that you wear a mask and practice social distancing, personal hygiene and frequent hand washing with soap and water.”

In case of any emergency people can avail free ambulance services 24×7 at their doorsteps by calling on toll-free number 108 while as pregnant women and sick infants can avail free ambulance services by dialing toll-free number 102.

People can also call on toll-free national helpline number 1075; J&K COVID-19 Helpline Numbers 0191- 2549676 (UT level Cell), 0191-2520982, 0191-2674444, 0191-2674115 (For Jammu Division), 0194-2440283 & 0194-2430581 (For Kashmir Division) for support, guidance, and response to health-related queries on Novel Corona virus Disease (COVID-19).

The bulletin has informed that the Directorate of Indian Systems of Medicine, J&K is distributing AYUSH Medicines having immunity boosting, immuno-modulator, anti-oxidant, rejuvenator, anti-stress, metabolism regulator, anti-allergic, anti-pyretic, antitussives, bronchodilator, etc properties during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department so far has provided medicine to 10.12 lakh people that include various frontline workers, senior citizens, PRIs, police/paramilitary personals and general masses. Moreover, preventive measures and Yoga therapies are also being advised to the people to take care of lifestyle/mental disorders so that physical and mental health is ensured during this pandemic.

Public is advised to strictly follow the advisories issued by the government from time to time and rely only on the information released by the government through the daily media bulletin to print and electronic media.

People are also advised to refrain from spreading rumors and pay no heed to them at the same time.

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An actor must be thick-skinned: Kriti Kharbanda

An actor must be thick-skinned: Kriti Kharbanda

New Delhi, Oct 27 | Giving up and sitting back has never been an option for actor Kriti Kharbanda who insists that as an actor it is important to be thick-skinned in order to survive. Adding that for an actor, there are always enough people to put him/her down, but very few who will motivate, she says, “You should be your biggest cheerleader. The moment you give up on yourself, the world will refuse to help. And when one decides not to, nothing in the world can break you. Before my big hit, people would say, ‘she won’t last’. However, I refused to pay any heed to that, and focussed on the positives — there were many still willing to put money on me. Then came the life changing hit. But it happened to me only because I didn’t give up and kept going.”

Kharbanda who will be seen in Bejoy Nambiar’s ‘Taish’ along with Pulkit Samrat, releasing on October 29 on Zee 5, says that the director managed to bring out the best in her and the role was both challenging and intense. “It is unlike anything I have done before. ‘Taish’ has introduced me to a very different side of my acting abilities. Working on this film has taught me several things which I would like to imbibe and utilize while working on other projects too.”

Expecting that the film will precipitate more work, the actor who made her acting debut in 2009 with the Telugu film ‘Boni’ and has worked in Kannada, Hindi and Telugu language films does not really see any drastic contrasts between the industries in different regions. “It is all about the the people you work with. I have had good and bad experiences everywhere. There is never a guarantee that if you are working within a particular region or with a production house, everything will be smooth or bad. For me, it has only been about personal growth, no matter which language I have worked in. How I used to understand and respond to a situation — I wouldn’t react the way I did five years ago, considering one matures with age.”

Excited about the kind of cinema being made by a newer crop of directors working on a smaller budget and willing to experiment with narratives, the actor who starred in films like ‘Veerey Ki Wedding’ and ‘Pagalpanti’ says she is always on a lookout for roles that pose new challenges. “So many talented people coming from across the country are coming forward with novel stories. I would love to be part of those tales.”

As one witnesses major films being released on OTT platforms, Kharbanda says that while an actor would love a theatre release considering the experience it offers to audiences, in times like these, premieres on digital platforms are understandable. “Well, if theatre releases are not happening, this cannot mean that we would stop working. Also, it makes all the sense to support the producer if he decides that the future of the film is on an OTT platform.”

For someone who does not mind spending time at home, the lockdown was not really brutal. “I am glad that I managed to learn several new things during that time including playing the piano. The idea is to constantly think ahead. The lockdown taught me to prioritize my physical and mental health. We now know not to take anything for granted.”

All set to start shooting for her next film ’14 Phere’ to be directed by Devanshu Singh, Kharbanda adds, “I have also signed something else, which should be announced by the last week of November.”

(Sukant Deepak can be contacted at sukant.d@ians.in)

Source: IANS

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Bookshelf: Books that spotlight children's mental health

Bookshelf: Books that spotlight children's mental health

New Delhi, Oct 27 (IANSlife) In these unprecedented times, when isolation fatigue, gloom and the fear of losing a beloved has also come to grip children, taking care of their mental health is of paramount importance.

Here’s a list of books that address the various emotions children struggle with, and can be companions to them during the hard times.

‘The Room on the Roof’ by Ruskin Bond

A classic coming-of-age story which has held generations of readers spellbound! Rusty, a sixteen-year-old Anglo-Indian boy, is orphaned and has to live with his English guardian in the claustrophobic European part in Dehra Dun. Unhappy with the strict ways of his guardian, Rusty runs away from home to live with his Indian friends. Plunging for the first time into the dream-bright world of the bazaar, Hindu festivals and other aspects of Indian life, Rusty is enchanted, and is lost forever to the prim proprieties of the European community. Written when the author was himself seventeen, this moving story of love and friendship, with a new introduction and illustrations will be enjoyed by a whole new generation of readers.

‘Who Stole Bhaiya’s Smile?’ by Sanjana Kapur

Bhaiya does not feel like playing these days. Could it be because of his new monster friend Dukduk, who is always hanging around him. No one in the family takes Bhaiya seriously. But Chiru knows there is more than what meets the eye. A story about the lingering effects of depression. The book is illustrated by Sunaina Coelho.

‘Hearts Do Matters’ by Anita Myers

What the world needs now in these times is love. ‘Hearts Do Matter’ supports children and adults through the losses and grief in their life. It teaches us that even when loved ones cannot be with us, we can feel their presence in our hearts. The new release is a beautiful picture book about a little girl who has a very special relationship with her mother. Her mother promised she would always be with her, and she shows in the book that she kept her promise in the most loving way.

Source: IANS

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Yotta infrastructure to invest Rs 7,000 cr for data centre park in UP

Yotta infrastructure to invest Rs 7,000 cr for data centre park in UP

Mumbai, Oct 27 | Hiranandani Group subsidiary Yotta Infrastructure on Tuesday announced to invest Rs 7,000 crore to set up a 20-acre hyperscale data centre park in Greater Noida.

The company said it has received necessary approvals from the US government for the park that will house six interconnected data centre buildings offering 30,000 racks capacity and 200MW of power.

The construction for the first building will commence in December.

“Yotta’s vision to support the Digital India initiative just received a big boost with the inclusion of our northern India campus that will enable us to address India’s growing need for data sovereignty,” said Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, Co-founder and Managing Director of the Hiranandani Group.

In July, Yotta launched the world’s 2nd largest tier IV data centre in its Navi Mumbai Datacenter park.

The company has also inked an MoU with the Tamil Nadu government to set up a campus in Chennai at an investment of Rs 4,000 crore.

“We expect our NCR campus to be operational with the first building before July 2022.

“It was a very natural choice for us to look at NCR to set up our third facility after Navi Mumbai and Chennai, given the growing needs of enterprises and intentions of hyperscale cloud service providers for expanding their availability zones in this region,”: said Sunil Gupta, Co-founder and CEO of Yotta Infrastructure.

Yotta is a managed data centre service provider that designs, builds, and operates large-scale hyperdensity Data Center Parks in Navi Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi.

Source: IANS

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