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Cyclone Amphan: PM Modi Announces Rs 1,000 Cr Advance Assistance To West Bengal

The Prime Minister assured CM Banerjee all kinds of Central help to the state as demanded.

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KOLKATA (West Bengal): The Centre will provide 1,000 crore rupees advance financial assistance to West Bengal for post-Amphan restoration work. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced this at Bashirhat in North 24 Paraganas District of West Bengal after an administrative meeting to assess the extent of damages caused by the supper cyclonic storm. Prime Minister also announced two lakh rupees compensation to the families of each victim killed in the storm-related incidents. He also informed that a Central team will also arrive in the state soon to assess the damages.

Earlier, accompanying the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee the Prime Minister made an aerial survey at cyclone-hit areas of the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee jointly made an aerial survey at cyclone-ravaged areas in North and South 24 Paraganas districts of West Bengal.


About 45 minutes long aerial survey both the leaders experienced the large scale devastation at Minakha, Namkhana, Hingalgunj, Gosaba, Bashirhat and vast areas of Sundarbans caused by Amphan.

Later at the administrative meeting at Bashirhat in North 24 Paraganas District the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee submitted a preliminary report to the Prime Minister on the extent of damages and demanded appropriate Cental help for reconstruction work.

The Prime Minister assured CM Banerjee all kinds of Central help to the state as demanded.


President Ramnath Kovind also expressed sorrow over the huge loss of lives and properties in the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive at the Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar in the afternoon today. He will embark upon an aerial survey to assess the damage caused by Cyclone Amphan in the state. It will be followed by a review meeting of the ground situation in Bhubaneswar.

PM Modi later arrived at the Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar in the afternoon today to take stock of the situation in the wake of Cyclone Amphan.

He will embark upon an aerial survey to the affected districts.

Prime Minister will be accompanied by the Governor of Odisha Prof. Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State Pratap Chandra Sarangi during the survey.


It will be followed by a review meeting in Bhubaneswar. The aspects of relief and rehabilitation will be discussed in the meeting.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured all possible help from the Centre to Odisha in this difficult situation.

On the other hand, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today. He has also assured all possible support to West Bengal in terms of men and materials to overcome this critical situation.

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Provide Real-Time Data On Availability, Use of HCQ, Health Ministry Tells States, UTs

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NEW DELHI: The Union Health Ministry has directed all States and Union Territories (UTs) to update the availability and consumption of hydroxychloroquine or HCQ tablets on the national Covid-19 portal as real-time data.

The Ministry said that this will help it to chalk out a further action plan and to provide more HCQ tablets to the States and UTs when it is required.

In a letter to all states and UTs, a senior official said: “I would like to bring to your notice that a number of states/UTs are not filling/updating the data of HCQ on the national Covid19 portal as the real-time data. I would request you to please get the data of availability and consumption of HCQ as this will help to chalk out a further action plan and also to make available more HCQ tablets to the states/ UTs when it is required.”

The Health Ministry is centrally procuring HCQ (200mg to be used in proportionality in lieu of 400 mg tablets) and distributing to the states/UTs through the government medical store depot in New Delhi.

In addition, the states/UTs and various institutes/bodies have directly procured HCQ, which is supplied by the Central government, from manufactures.


The senior official from the ministry has stated that the number of states/UTs who have not been filling and updating the data of HCQ on the national COVID-19 portal must get the data of availability and consumption of HCQ. It will help in the formulation of further plans as well as in making more HCQ tablets available to the states /UTs when required.

It also mentioned that all the states are advised to administer HCQ tablets to the selected categories of frontline workers strictly from the stock of HCQ already available to them. It must be in accordance with the revised guidelines that were released on May 22, 2020.

Revised Guidelines by the Central Government:


The central government revised the guidelines for HCQ as prophylaxis. The union government has now expanded the use of HCQ as prophylaxis to healthcare as well as other frontline workers who have been deployed in COVID and no-COVID areas.

The Joint Monitoring Group and National Task Force (NTF) recommended the prophylactic use of HCQ in the following categories:

•   All asymptomatic healthcare workers who are involved in containment and treatment of COVID-19 and asymptomatic healthcare workers who are working in non-COVID hospitals/non-COVID areas of COVID hospitals.

•   Asymptomatic frontline workers such as paramilitary/police personnel involved in COVID-19 related activities and surveillance workers who have been deployed in containment zones

•   Asymptomatic household contacts of the laboratory-confirmed cases.


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COVID-19: India Now Producing Over 3 Lakh PPEs And N95 Masks Every Day

States and UTs have been provided with around 111 lakh N-95 masks and 74.48 lakh PPEs. 

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NEW DELHI: The Health Ministry said that India has significantly ramped up its domestic production capacity related to Personal Protective Equipment, PPEs and N95 masks and the requirements of the States and Union Territories are being sufficiently met.

Today, the country is producing more than three lakh PPEs and N95 masks per day.

States and Union Territories, as well as Central Institutions, have been provided with around 111 lakh N-95 masks and 74.48 lakh PPEs.


Reacting to reports in a section of media expressing concern about the quality of PPE coveralls, the ministry clarified that HLL Lifecare Limited, HLL, procuring agency of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, is procuring PPE coveralls from manufacturers and suppliers tested and approved by the labs nominated by the Ministry of Textiles.

Procurement is being done only after their products qualify in the test prescribed by the technical committee of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Ministry advised all the States and Union Territories to ensure procurement after following the prescribed testing for PPEs from Ministry of Textiles’ nominated labs. In addition, manufacturers who have got their products qualified from these labs are also being brought on Government e-Marketplace, GeM.


Information of manufacturers whose products have qualified the tests is available on the Ministry of Textiles’ website.

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J&K’s New Domicile Rules Undo Injustice Done For 70 Years: Jitendra Singh

He said that this course correction was in keeping with the principle of equality and the norms of a healthy democracy.

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NEW DELHI: Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said that a serious miscarriage of history has been undone after 70 years with the notification of the new domicile rules by Jammu and Kashmir Administration.

Terming the new rules as the dawn of a new era for the Union Territory, he said history will vindicate us and prove that this course correction was in keeping with the principle of equality and the norms of a healthy democracy.

People belonging to West Pakistan, Valmikis, women marrying outside communities, non-registered Kashmiri migrants and displaced people will soon get domicile under a new set of rules issued by the Jammu and Kashmir administration.


In an interview to a TV channel, Dr Jitendra Singh noted that three generations of people of Jammu and Kashmir had been denied their right to live with justice and dignity, and it was heartening to see this redemption happening in this lifetime. This – notification of new rules — will prove to be a blessing for future generations, he said.

Dr Singh said those who are opposing this move are only exposing themselves to the accusation that for the last 70 years they had been thriving on politics of discrimination.

He said, it is an irony that all India service officers, including IAS and IPS, who devoted 30 to 35 years of their life to serve in Jammu & Kashmir were, at the end of the day, after superannuation, asked to pack up, leave and look for a place elsewhere to settle.


This was quite in contrast to the arrangement in several states and UTs where the all India service officers of state cadre are not only allowed to settle but are also provided plots of land for the same, he said.

Similarly, a gross injustice was being done to the children of these officials who did their entire schooling in Jammu and Kashmir but were debarred from applying for admission to higher education institutions there, the minister said.

Singh said that this should be seen as an opportunity for wider exposure and capacity building for children so that they can prepare themselves to flourish in global India.

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