Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh show how to curb traffic offences sans stiff fines
Saturday, 21 September 2019 At a time when sharp increase in traffic fines have divided public opinion, Chandigarh and Tamil Nadu are showing the way in bringing down traffic fatalities by ensuring strict law enforcement. The former recorded a 35% decline in road deaths from 151 in 2016 to 98 in 2018 while the latter has seen a 29% dip in number of deaths 17,218 in 2016 to 12,216 last year.
With a spike of 22,252 cases, India's COVID-19 case count crossed seven lakh on Tuesday while 467 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. According to the Union Health Ministry, the total count of cases reached 7,19,665 on Tuesday and the death toll has gone up to 20,160. Of the total count of cases, 2,59,557 are active cases and 4,39,948 patients have been cured/discharged/migrated. The total count has increased from six to seven lakh in five days. The Health Ministry said that the number of recovered patients reached 4,39,947 today and the number was 1,80,390 more than the active cases. India's recovery rate has gone up to 61.13 per cent. Maharashtra continued to remain the worst-affected state, 5134 new positive cases and 224 deaths were reported on July 07. Tamil Nadu, being second in the tally, reported 3616 fresh COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths today. 2008 new COVID-19 positive cases and 50 deaths were reported in Delhi. The Union Health Ministry said that COVID-19 tests in India crossed 1 crore mark as a result of continuously expanding network of testing labs in the country. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that a total of 2,41,430 samples were tested for COVID-19 on July 6 which has taken the total number of samples tested till Monday to 1,02,11,092.
National Centre for Ageing in Chennai has been turned into a 750-bedded COVID hospital. Fully-equipped hospital is set to open today in Guindy area. It is likely to be inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami. Several beds in the hospital are fitted with oxygen and ventilators. To ease patients' stress level, hospital authorities has build special rooms consisting of library, yoga centre. Over 20,000 active cases exist in Tamil Nadu's capital.
India's COVID-19 case tally crossed 7 lakh mark with 22,252 new cases and 467 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total positive cases stand at 7,19,665 including 2,59,557 active cases, 4,39,948 cured/discharged/migrated 20,160 deaths, according to Ministry of Health. Maharashtra continues to be the most impacted state from the infection with 2,11,987 cases and 9,026 fatalities due to the virus. While, Tamil Nadu stands at second place with a total of 1,14,978 cases and 1,571 fatalities. The national capital's COVID-19 cases have also crossed 1- lakh mark with 3,115 deaths. The total number of samples tested up to July 6 is 1,02,11,092 of which 2,41,430 samples were tested yesterday, as per Indian Council of Medical Research.
Chandigarh Police headquarters has been closed for two days for sanitisation amid coronavirus pandemic. A person working in the education department office has contracted COVID-19. As per the information given by, SP (Headquarters) of Chandigarh Manoj Kumar, the police headquarters and education department's office are adjacent to each other in Sector-9 of Chandigarh. There are total 65 active cases of COVID-19 in Chandigarh.
The sale of Chinese goods has gone down in Chandigarh after customers have started demanding Indian products from the shopkeepers. One of the shopkeeper said, "People are not buying Chinese products now. We are also planning not to sell Chinese items once our existing stock is sold." It happened after Galwan Valley clash between India and China which claimed lives of 20 soldiers.
Youth Congress workers staged protest in a unique way against fuel price hike in Chandigarh. Party workers tied a car with rope and dragged it on the roads of the city. They shouted slogans demanding the central government to take steps against rising prices of petrol and diesel. Later, police came and detained the protestors. A Youth Congress worker said, "When in 2013-14, rate of diesel and petrol were between Rs. 45- 50, then for BJP Inflation was 'dayan' but now when rates are shooting up to Rs. 80, inflation is 'darling' for them."
Chandigarh Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjay Baniwal was felicitated by Muslim clerics for his work amid coronavirus pandemic. The felicitation programme took place in city's Sector 45 on June 12. Chandigarh SSP Nilambari Jagadale was also felicitated by clerics. Burail area mosque management awarded them for their continuous efforts amid COVID-19 outbreak.