With spike of 60,963 cases, India's COVID-19 tally reaches 23,29,639

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August 12, 2020

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New Delhi, Aug 12: As many as 60,963 new coronavirus cases in India in the last 24 hours, taking the total cases to over 23 lakhs, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

834 new coronavirus deaths reported in India and the cumulative toll has reached 46,091.

The total number of coronavirus cases has climbed to 23,29,639 including 6,43,948 active cases, 16,39,600 cured/discharged/migrated.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 7,33,439 samples, the highest so far were tested for COVID-19 on August 11.

Over 2.60 crores samples have been tested so far.

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September 13,2020

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New Delhi, Sept 13: Union Health Ministry has announced guidelines for the conduct of teaching activities in the classrooms.

Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kr. Choubey shared a picture of the guidelines on his Twitter handle on Sunday.

The health ministry issued the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Skill training institutes, Higher Education Institutes conducting courses in technical programs requiring lab work to be permitted from September 21.

As per the guidelines, the seating arrangement should be done in an order to ensure a distance of 6 feet between chairs, desks.

"The staggering of classroom activities, with separate time slots, to allow adequate physical distancing and disinfection of classroom premises. Academic scheduling to have intermix of regular classroom teaching and online assessment. Teaching faculty to ensure that they and students ear masks throughout teaching activities. Sharing of items like laptops, notebook, stationery amongst students to not to be allowed," the guidelines said.

The Health Ministry had on September 8 issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) for a partial reopening of schools for students of classes 9 to 12 for taking guidance from their teachers on a voluntary basis.

The SOP follows Unlock 4 guidelines of Home Ministry which came into effect from September 1.

The Home Ministry had said that states and Union Territories may permit up to 50 per cent of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching or tele-counselling and related work from September 21.

It said that students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools, in areas outside the containment zones only, on a voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers and this will be subject to the written consent of their parents or guardians.

Students from Class 9th to 12th will have the option of attending the classes remotely/virtually or physically only on a voluntary basis for guidance from their teachers subject to written permission of parent/guardian.

The guidelines said that cleaning and regular disinfection (using 1 per cent sodium hypochlorite) of frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, elevator buttons, handrails, chairs, benches, washroom fixtures, etc.) will be made mandatory in all classrooms, laboratories, lockers, parking areas, other common areas before the beginning of classes and at the end of the day.

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September 16,2020

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New Delhi, Sept 16: A special CBI court hearing the Babri mosque demolition case will pronounce its judgment on September 30.

Judge SK Yadav has directed all accused to remain present in the court on the day of judgment.

Prominent among the 32 accused are former deputy prime minister L K Advani and BJP leaders M M Joshi, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti and Vinay Katiyar.

CBI counsel Lalit Singh told PTI that arguments of the defence and prosecution concluded on September 1 and thereafter the special judge started writing the judgment.

The CBI has produced 351 witnesses and about 600 documentary evidence before the court. The Babri mosque in Ayodhya was demolished by karsevaks on December 6, 1992.

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September 26,2020

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Mangaluru, Sept 26: The meteorological department has declared a yellow alert on September 26 and 27 in the coastal districts of Karnataka.

According to the metrological department, Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi districts will receive between 64.5mm to 115.5mm of rains these two days.

The department has issued a yellow alert for September 26 in Bidar, Dharwad, Gadag, Kalaburagi, Raichur, Vijayapura and Yadagiri districts.

As southwest monsoon is active in coastal districts, torrential rainfall is expected in coastal districts. Rains have receded in southern interior parts of the state.

A few places in districts like Ballari, Bengaluru rural, Bengaluru city, Chitradurga, Mandya, Mysuru and Shivamogga might get some rainfall along with thunder and lightning.

In Uttara Kannada district, Karwar and Kadra received 11.7 centimetres of rain on Friday, September 25 while Gokarna received 5 centimetres, Bhatkal centimetre, Kollur and Manki received 3 centimetres, Castle Rock, Bidar and Agumbe received 2 centimetres each.

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