Times of India | 1 week ago | 02-08-2022 | 04:45 pm
NAGPUR: New cases dropped by more than half on Monday as compared to Sunday as the number of tests too were down by 50%. The region registered around 171 cases and 192 recoveries. Just over 3,300 tests were done in the last 24 hours. Now, there are 2,851 active cases in the region. On Sunday, the region had reported 362 new cases from 6,332 tests. No updates were available from Amravati district on Monday. The remaining 10 districts did not report any Covid death. New cases in Nagpur district came down to 92 against 82 patients recoveries. There are 1,565 patients under treatment. Bhandara and Akola recorded lowest number of one case each. The test positivity rate too seemed to be low as only one case was detected from 41 tests in Bhandara and nine tests in Akola. Washim and Yavatmal too recorded just five cases each while Wardha, Gondia, Chandrapur, reported cases under 100. Besides Nagpur, only Washim and Gadchiroli had more than 20 cases. Active cases fell below 100 in Wardha to 99. Gadchiroli, Amravati, Yavatmal and Washim have more than 100 active cases. Amravati: The district reported 10 new cases on Monday, taking the caseload to 1,06,665. Ten recoveries took the total to 1,04,866. This left 173 cases under treatment, including three in hospital. Wardha: Six new cases were reported from 68 test reports, taking the total cases to 58,549 on Monday. Nine patients got discharged and total recoveries increased to 57,525, leaving 99 active positive in district. No death was reported while toll is constant at 1,351. Yavatmal: The district has reported five new positive patients (two women and three men) during the last 24 hours, keeping the toll unchanged at 1,803. Currently there are 108 active positive patients undergoing treatment. The administration received 406 test reports of which five were found positive. Of the 79,560 positive patients reported so far, 77,649 have recovered. Of the 8,96,265 samples processed so far, 8,16,705 were found negative. The TPR is 8.88%, death rate is 2.27% and the DPR is 1.23%. Chandrapur: Nine new cases as against eight recoveries left 133 active patients under treatment on Monday. The nine cases emerged out of 212 samples tested during last 24 hours. With no death, the toll remained constant at 1,570. The caseload has increased to 99,549, while total recoveries have grown to 94,465.
NAGPUR: The 11 districts in the Vidarbha region together reported 164 new cases while 247 patients recovered in the last 24 hours. No death was reported due to Covid in the last 24 hours. More than 6,000 tests were conducted in the region during the last 24 hours. With 164 of them positive, the test positivity is less than 3.5% in the region. Now, less than 1,300 patients are under treatment. Out of them, 600-odd are in Nagpur district alone. Out of the 1,300 under treatment patients, less than 100 are hospitalized. In Nagpur, 43 patients are hospitalized. Only 12 are hospitalized in Akola. Total 1,773 tests were conducted in Nagpur district. Out of them, 1277 were conducted in the city and 496 in rural part. Out of them, 41 tested positive in the city and 40 in rural. Total 164 patients recovered in a day. Now, 609 patients are under treatment in the district. Out of them, 43 are in the hospitals. City now has 365 patients under treatment and rural has more than 250. The change in statistics indicate that cases are coming down in city and increasing slowly in district.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said the whole world looks towards India for managing diversity.He was speaking at a function on ‘Bharat@2047: My Vision My Action’ in Nagpur city of Maharashtra.“The world points at India when it comes to managing diversity efficiently. The world is full of contradictions but managing dualities will only come from India,” he said.Bhagwat said there have been many historical events which were never told to us nor taught in a proper way.“For instance, the place where Sanskrit grammar was born is not in India. Did we ever ask a question why?” he said.“It is chiefly because we first forgot our own wisdom and knowledge and later the land was conquered by foreign invaders who mainly came from north west region,” he said.“We unnecessarily gave importance to caste and other similar structures,” Bhagwat said.The systems which were formed for work were used to create differences between people and communities, he said. “We do have small differences in language, dress, cultures, but we need to have a mind that will see the big picture and not get stuck into these things,” the RSS chief said.“All languages in the country are national languages, all people from various caste are mine, we need to have such affection,” he said.
RSS also changed the display pictures of its Facebook and Twitter accounts to the national flag.Nagpur: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday hoisted the tricolour at the organization's headquarters in Nagpur as part of the 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign.Nagpur district collector R Vimla visited the RSS headquarters during the day and presented Mr Bhagwat a national flag under the campaign, a Union government initiative to mark 75 years of Independence, an official said.स्वाधीनता का अमृत महोत्सव मनाएँ.हर घर तिरंगा फहराएँ.राष्ट्रीय स्वाभिमान जगाएँ. pic.twitter.com/li2by2b0dK— RSS (@RSSorg) August 13, 2022The Sangh headquarters in Mahal area also houses residential quarters of Mr Bhagwat and some other functionaries.A day before, the Sangh also changed the display pictures (DPs) of its Facebook and Twitter accounts to the national flag.Questions had been raised on social media earlier as to why the RSS, ideological parent of the ruling BJP, had not yet uploaded the tricolour as DP.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comPrime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to the citizens to upload images of the national flag as display pictures as part of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav'.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
The appointment of Chandrashekhar Krishnarao Bawankule, 53, as the president of the state BJP is a strategic decision to further consolidate the party’s base amongst OBCs in Maharashtra. Bawankule, a native of Vidarbha region, belongs to the Teli community.Bawankule was the Energy Minister in the BJP-Shiv Sena coalition government led by Devendra Fadnavis (2014-2019), but in the Assembly elections that followed, he had been denied a ticket to contest. The talk then was that the central leadership was uneasy over corruption issues during his tenure as minister, charges that were denied by Bawankule. Even a reported promise that his wife Jyoti would get a ticket in his place was not kept by the BJP.Insiders say senior leaders, including a Union minister, had intervened on his behalf, to no avail.Bawankule had kept a low profile after that. The change now seems to be prompted by the BJP’s realisation of the electoral arithmetic in Vidarbha cotton-growing region, where the party got 15 seats lesser in the 2019 Assembly polls compared to 2014 (a fall from 44 to 29 of the total 62 seats). The loss was partly blamed on the BJP’s “humiliation” of Bawankul.The Telis form a substantial chunk of the Vidarbha population, apart from the Kunbis.Soon after the polls, the BJP had rehabilitated Bawankule as general secretary. Then, in the December 2021 Legislative Council elections, Bawankule contested and won from Nagpur. After the Supreme Court stopped OBC quota in local body elections and the MVA government was put on the defensive, the BJP fielded Bawankule as its OBC face to raise the heat.While he started out as a small-time contractor, Bawankule got into politics in the early 1990s, floating an outfit called the Chhatrapati Sena to “fight for the social rights of the common people”. By 1994-95, he had joined the BJP, and soon came to be known as close to Nitin Gadkari. Bawankule was later made the vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.The first major electoral break came his way in 2004, when he won the Assembly elections from Kamptee, and continued to win it in 2009 and 2014.As minister, Bawankule was known for cordial relations across political parties, as well as for his knowledge of the intricacies of his Power portfolio. He didn’t hesitate to consult his NCP predecessor if need be.On Friday, as news came of his appointment as Maharashtra BJP chief, a jubilant Bawankule said, “I am a committed karyakarta of the BJP. Whatever role is assigned to me, I will give my best. I am extremely happy that the BJP leadership considers me capable of shouldering such huge responsibilities.”Bawankule replaces Chandrakant Patil, who has been inducted in thenewly constituted Cabinet.Among the first challenges for Bawankule will be the local body elections, expected post the monsoon, in Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune, Nashik and Jalgaon, among other municipal corporations.With the state BJP chief term for three years, Bawankule is set to be at the head of the party during the 2024 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections – polls which will be crucial for the BJP to prove that the 2019 upset in the state was a fluke.
The heavy rains also caused damage to crops and an assessment survey was on, an agriculture department official said. In Indore city of MP, two persons were swept away in swollen drains following heavy rains on Wednesday and one of them, a 24-year-old man, was found dead on Thursday.The man, Zakir Khan, accidentally fell into a swollen drain in the Sirpur area on Wednesday afternoon when he was trying to stop other people from entering the water body and was swept away, Chandan Nagar police station in-charge Abhay Nema said. Twenty-four hours later, Khan’s body was found about 150 metres away from the site of the incident, he said.However, rescuers have not yet traced a woman, identified as Durga Jaiswal (26), who was swept away in a swollen nullah in the Banganga area of Indore in a separate incident on Wednesday night. The woman lived in a house close to the nullah and while throwing garbage from the rooftop, she lost balance and fell into the drain, Banganga police station in-charge Rajendra Soni said.A meteorological department official said the rain intensity has reduced in Indore in the last 24 hours after downpour on Tuesday. The MP’s commercial city experienced light rains throughout the day on Thursday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an orange alert, warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall in Indore and three other divisions of Madhya Pradesh, even as intermittent showers continued to lash large parts of the state. The IMD warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall ranging from 64.5 mm to 204.4 mm at isolated places of Indore, Ujjain, Narmadapuram and Jabalpur divisions.The department also issued two yellow alerts. The first one is about likely heavy rainfall ranging from 64.5 mm to 115.5 mm at isolated places in Bhopal and Shahdol divisions and Sheopur, Chhatarpur and Sagar districts. The second one forecast thunderstorms with lightning strikes at isolated places in the districts of Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Narmadapuram, Shahdol Rewa, Sagar, Chambal and Gwalior divisions.These alerts are valid till Friday morning, the IMD said. In Gondia district of Maharashtra, a sports utility vehicle (SUV) carrying three persons was swept away in a swollen drain at Kidangipaar on Wednesday night, district disaster management officer (DDMO) Rajan Choubey said. Two persons were rescued, while efforts were on to trace the third person, he said.In Nagpur, Regional Meteorological Centre scientist Dr Praveen Kumar told PTI that there was a “moderate risk of flash floods” in the next 24 hours in a few areas of Vidarbha districts like Nagpur, Amravati, Wardha, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Chandrapur and Yavatmal.Due to the low pressure system over MP, there are high chances of more rainfall which may cause flash flood conditions, he said. Following heavy rains in Nagpur, all 16 gates of the Navegaon Khairi dam were opened, causing flooding in the Kanhan river, which choked all the intake well strainers, an official said.In Chandrapur, some low-lying areas were flooded due to backwaters of the Wardha and Irai rivers. A disaster management team from Nagpur went to Warora and Bhadravati tehsils in the morning to evacuate people residing near the Wardha river. Civic officials shifted 332 flood-affected people to safer places, authorities said. The district administration has already sounded an alert for low-lying villages located near the Wainganga river. Some roads connecting Rajura, Ballarpur, Bamni, Warora and Wani were cut-off due to the inundation of bridges, officials said.In Gondia and Bhandara, water entered many houses after heavy rains. A number of families from Gaurinagar, Sanjaynagar, Pindkepaar in Gondia were shifted to safer places. A pregnant woman was rescued from Dhadri village and taken to the sub-district hospital of Tirora, an official said.In Bhandara district, the Wainganga river has crossed the danger mark, officials said. Collector Sandeep Kadam appealed to people to remain cautious and not to venture near the overflowing water bodies. The administration on Thursday shifted 183 families from Tumsar tehsil in Bhandara to safer places, DDMO Abhishek Naamdas said. All 33 gates of the Gosikhurd dam were opened to release water, an official said.In Gadchiroli, 17 traffic routes were affected due to the flooded drains and rivers, authorities said.From June 1 this year till Thursday, Nagpur received 1,052.8 mm rainfall, Chandrapur-1,022.4 mm, Gadchiroli-1,263 mm, Wardha-990.9 mm, Bhandara-986.5 mm, Gondia-998.8 mm, Yavatmal-777.4 mm, Amravati-642.5 mm, Washim-610.2 mm, Akola- 456.6 mm and Buldhana-442 mm, as per official data.In Kolhapur, where the rainfall activity has somewhat decreased, the Panchganga river level at Rajaram weir was at 41.7 feet at noon on Thursday, as against the warning level of 39 feet and the danger mark of 43 feet, district disaster management cell officials said.Four automatic gates of the upstream Radhanagari dam were opened on Wednesday, but due to the decreased rainfall activity on Thursday, only two gates were opened and water was being released at the rate of 4,456 cusec, they said.In Mumbai, weather remained sunny in some areas on Thursday, while other parts witnessed overcast sky.The IMD has predicted moderate rain in Mumbai and its suburbs with the possibility of heavy rainfall at isolated places in the next 24 hours. It has also forecast occasional strong winds of 40 to 50 kilometre per hour gusting up to 60 kmph.