North India shivers under severe cold, several flights disrupted in Chandigarh
Monday, 16 December 2019 Himachal Pradesh received fresh snowfall and several other areas in northern India were in the frigid grip of cold wave on Monday even as the maximum temperature in Delhi settled 10 notches below the season's average and dense fog disrupted several flights in Chandigarh. Dras in Jammu and Kashmir emerged as the coldest place in the region at minus 27.2 degrees Celsius.
Swarms of locusts on May 30 hit Rajasthan's Bikaner following Pokhran district. Locusts, also known as 'Tiddi Dal' in North India, are a type of grass hoppers that move in a large number. Cotton crops in Khajuwala area were damaged due to locusts attack. Massive swarms of desert locusts have been reported destroying crops in Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh.
Country witnessing a rise in mercury across the state, the people of Odisha's Bhubaneswar is having a tough time in beating the heat. To tackle the scorching heat, people are drinking coconut water on daily basis. People are also relying upon lemon drinks to avoid dehydration. The Central and North India continue to remain under the grip of heat waves. The temperature has gone beyond 40 degree Celsius.
North Indian states are witnessing a high rise in mercury during summers. Delhiites are facing a tough time beating the heat. People in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur are suggested not to go out in the sun. Locals opted to stay indoors in Prayagraj due to scorching heat. The temperature will continue to rise in the next 5 days as well. While speaking to ANI, a scientist of India Meteorological Department (IMD), Dr Naresh Kumar said, "Temperatures will continue to rise in Punjab, Haryana, southern Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana and coastal Andhra Pradesh." "In the next 5 days, these areas will see heat wave to severe heat wave, temperatures could touch 47 degree Celsius at some places," he added.
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.
Himachal Pradesh has decided to open the state for tourists and the tourism department. The state government will issue standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the functioning of the tourism industry.Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said, "As far as tourism is concerned, the tourists will have to come minimum for five to seven days and SOPs would be issued by Monday."
In a viral video, police personnel were seen being beaten up by people. The incident happened in Himachal Pradesh's Dadasiba. While speaking to media persons, Kangra SP V Ranjan said, "People were angry over a death case. We've noted their concerns and are investigating it. Also, we've registered case in connection with manhandling of the personnel."
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.
Journalists staged silent protest outside Press Club of India in Delhi on July 07 and demanded judicial inquiry into death of a journalist who jumped off AIIMS building on July 06. In accordance with Union Health Minister's order, a high-level committee has been set up that'll submit report within 48 hours.
Deputy Director-General of IMD, Anand Sharma on July 07, informed that Delhi-NCR will receive moderate thundershower for next 24 hours and after that light rain thundershowers for the next 48 hours. He said, "For next 24 hours, we expect a moderate thundershower in Delhi-NCR and after that for the next 48 hours we expect light rain thundershowers. This will lead to normal and below normal temperatures but we don't expect heavy showers at the moment." He further said, "We have a cyclonic circulation over Saurashtra and Kutch, another cyclonic circulation on Jharkhand has weakened and another cyclonic circulation is present over coastal Andhra Pradesh."
The Indian Army is running a free school for children of Kashmir valley's Ramban district in Jammu and Kashmir amid the coronavirus lockdown. The majority of children belong to nomadic tribes Gujjars and Bakerwals in the district. A girl student, Ifrat who belong to Udhampur, said "As schools are closed due to coronavirus lockdown, Indian Army has started free school for us. They are teaching us three subjects, English, Math and Urdu respectively. Social distancing is also being maintained here."
A woman was killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Lanjote village in Poonch on July 7 after heavy selling by Pakistan. Another person has also been seriously injured in the incident. The injured person has been shifted in Government Medical College, Rajouri and is undergoing treatment. Further details are awaited.