PM Modi Holds Covid Review Meet, Emphasizes Regular Monitoring & Enhanced Testing

PM Modi's meeting comes on a day when India recorded a single-day rise of 1,134 new coronavirus cases, with the active case tally surpassing the 7,000 mark

Published By: Aashi Sadana

Last Updated: March 22, 2023, 22:03 IST

New Delhi, India

On Sunday, the Centre issued revised guidelines for the treatment of adult coronavirus patients. (Photo: News18)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a high-level meeting to review the Covid situation and preparedness in the country. The meeting comes on a day when India recorded a single-day rise of 1,134 new coronavirus cases, with the active case tally surpassing the 7,000 mark. In another development, former Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia was sent to judicial custody till April 5 in the liquor policy case.

Meanwhile, the Delhi administration finally presented its Budget document on Wednesday, a day after it was initially supposed to be tabled in the Assembly. The theme of the Delhi Budget largely revolved around ‘Clean, Read More

Mar 22, 2023 21:25 IST

Mohalla Buses, Development of ISBTs, Adding Electric Buses--Delhi Budget’s Focus on Transport Sector

A ‘mohalla bus’ scheme to ensure last mile-connectivity, inclusion of more electric buses and development of three ISBTs with airport-like facilities were some of the key announcements made by Delhi Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot for the transport sector in the city budget on Wednesday.

Presenting his first budget, Gahlot announced an allocation of over Rs 9,337 crore for transport, roads and bridges, a decrease from last year’s allocation of Rs 9,539 core.

Mar 22, 2023 19:27 IST

'Covid-19 Far From Over': PM Modi Calls for Monitoring on Regular Basis

PM Modi highlighted that Covid-19 pandemic is far from over and there is a need to monitor the status across the country on regular basis. The Prime Minister advised to continue focusing on 5-fold strategy of Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination & Covid Appropriate Behaviour, enhance Lab Surveillance & testing of all Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) cases. Mock drills should be conducted regularly to ensure that our hospitals are ready for all exigencies.

The Prime Minister exhorted community to follow respiratory hygiene and to adhere to Covid appropriate behavior in crowded public places.

Mar 22, 2023 19:26 IST

PM Modi Directs Monitoring of IRI/SARI cases, Influenza Testing, SARS-CoV-2 and Adenovirus

PM Modi directed that effective monitoring of IRI/SARI cases, and testing for Influenza, SARS-CoV-2 and Adenovirus be followed up with States. Further, Prime Minister stressed the need to ensure availability of required Drugs & Logistics for Influenza & Covid-19 across Health Facilities along with availability of sufficient beds & health human resources.

Mar 22, 2023 19:25 IST

PM Modi Emphasizes Covid Appropriate Behaviour At Review Meet

PM emphasized Covid appropriate behaviour including wearing of masks in hospital premises by both patients, health professionals and health workers. He also stressed that wearing of masks is advisable when senior citizens and those with co-morbidities visit crowded areas.

Mar 22, 2023 19:24 IST

PM Modi Directs Officials to Enhance Whole Genome Sequencing of Positive Samples

PM Modi directed officials to enhance Whole Genome Sequencing of Positive Samples with the designated INSACOG Genome Sequencing Laboratories. This will support tracking of newer variants, if any, and timely response.

Mar 22, 2023 17:25 IST

2.7 Magnitude Quake Hits Delhi

A 2.7 magnitude earthquake hit Delhi at 4:42 pm, according to the National Center for Seismology (NCS).

Mar 22, 2023 17:07 IST

PM Modi Holds Meet to Review Covid Situation

PM Modi is holding a meeting with officials to review Covid situation.

PM Modi Holds Meet to Review Covid Situation

Mar 22, 2023 16:06 IST

Delhi Assembly Session Extended Till March 27

The ongoing session of the Delhi Assembly has been extended till March 27, according to an official communication.

The session was earlier scheduled to end on Thursday.

Mar 22, 2023 16:05 IST

Delhi Budget LIVE: Real-time Pollution Data Lab to Come Up in Every District

The Delhi government will set up a lab for real-time pollution data monitoring and gathering in each district of the national capital, Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot said on Wednesday.  Presenting the Delhi Budget for the financial year 2023-24 in the assembly, he said PM2.5 and PM10 pollution in the city has reduced by more than 30 per cent in the last eight years “(Chief Minister Arvind) Kejriwal’s Delhi has a new anti-pollution plan — real-time pollution data lab will be set up in each district,” Gahlot said.

The Delhi government is conducting a study to identify the real-time contribution of emission sources to the air pollution in the city. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur is leading the study with IIT-Delhi and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) involved in providing insights and technical assistance.  The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) is the nodal body for the project.

Mar 22, 2023 15:29 IST

Covid-19 Cases on Rise in Kerala; Govt Sounds Alerts to All Districts

COVID-19 infections increased in Kerala slightly prompting the state government to sound alerts to all districts on Wednesday.

In a statement, Health Minister Veena George said there has been a little increase in the number of Covid-19 cases with the state reporting 172 cases on Tuesday.

Mar 22, 2023 14:49 IST

Just In | PM Modi To Hold High-level Meet To Discuss Covid Situation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday hold a high level meeting to review the Covid related situation and public health preparedness at 4:30 pm.


Mar 22, 2023 14:40 IST

Delhi Budget LIVE: Focus on Last-mile Connectivity in Delhi Budget for Transport Sector

A ‘mohalla bus’ scheme to ensure last mile-connectivity and development of three ISBTs with airport-like facilities were some of the key announcements made by Delhi Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot for the transport sector in the city budget on Wednesday.

Presenting his first budget, Gahlot announced an allocation of over Rs 9,000 crore for the transport sector.


Mar 22, 2023 14:18 IST

Just In | Manish Sisodia Sent To Judicial Custody till April 5, in Connection With Liquor Policy Case

The Delhi Rouse Avenue Court on Wednesday sent former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to Judicial custody till April 5.

Mar 22, 2023 13:07 IST

Delhi Budget LIVE: Take a Look At Infra Schemes For G20 Preparations

Presenting the Delhi Budget, Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot on Wednesday said that the budget has nine schemes as part of G-20 summit preparations.

➡️The government will undertake upgradation and beautification of road network, construction of 26 flyovers, three double-decker flyovers in collaboration with DMRC.

➡️These include 1,600 e-buses, carry out electrification of bus depots, construct world class ISBTs

➡️Work to remove landfill sites and clean Yamuna.

➡️Out of 26 flyover projects, 10 are in construction stage while plans for 11 have been sent to UTTIPEC for clearance.


Mar 22, 2023 13:05 IST

Delhi Budget LIVE: Local Bodies to Get Financial Assistance of Rs 8,241 Crore

Presenting the Delhi Budget, Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot on Wednesday announced that local bodies will be given financial assistance of Rs 8,241 crore in financial year 2023-24.


Mar 22, 2023 12:22 IST

Delhi Budget Live: Allocations Dedicated to Clean, Modern, Garbage Free City, Says Gahlot

Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot on Wednesday said this year’s Delhi budget is dedicated to a clean, beautiful and modern Delhi.

This is the ninth consecutive budget of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government.

“Every possible help will be given to the MCD to remove the three mountains of garbage in Delhi. We will connect all colonies to the sewer network. Increase capacities of sewage treatment plants to clean Yamuna river,” he said

Mar 22, 2023 12:20 IST

'Would Have Been Happier If Sisodia Presented Budget': Gahlot in Budget Speech

This is Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot’s maiden budget, following the resignation of deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia who was arrested by the CBI in connection with the Delhi excise policy scam case.

“I would have been happier if it this budget was presented by Manish Sisodia who is like my elder brother. The budget is an expression of expectations and aspirations of the people,” Gahlot said in his budget speech.

Mar 22, 2023 12:18 IST

Delhi Budget LIVE: FM Gahlot Presents Rs 78,800-cr Budget for 2023-24

Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot on Wednesday presented a Rs 78,800 crore budget in the Delhi Assembly for the financial year 2023-24.

The Delhi government’s budget size for 2022-23 was Rs 75,800 crore and Rs 69,000 crore in the previous year.

Delhi Budget LIVE: FM Gahlot Presents Rs 78,800-cr Budget for 2023-24

Mar 22, 2023 12:16 IST

Delhi Budget Live: CM Kejriwal Says Work Done by Sisodia Will Be Carried Forward at Double Speed

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that Delhiites are “missing” Manish Sisodia on the day of budget presentation, and asserted that the work started by the former minister will be carried on at double the speed.

This time, the budget will be presented by Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot, who was given charge of the finance department after resignation of deputy chief minister Sisodia.

Mar 22, 2023 11:10 IST

Delhi Live News: ☁️ Partly Cloudy Skies Likely in City

Partly cloudy skies are predicted in Delhi on Wednesday and the maximum temperature is expected to settle around 30 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Back-to-back western disturbances over northwest India led to rain and hail in several parts of the region, including the national capital, between Saturday and Monday.  Delhi recorded 10 mm rainfall in 24 hours ending 8:30 am on Tuesday, which is the maximum precipitation in a day in March in three years.

Beautiful, and Modern Delhi’.

The Budget proposed for the year 2023-24 worth Rs 78,800 crore, was presented by Delhi Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot, which is almost two and a half times the expenditure of Rs 30,940 crore in the year 2014-15, and 8.69 per cent higher than the revised estimates for 2022-23. Of the budgeted estimate of Rs 78,800 crore for 2023-24, Rs 56,983 crore is for the purpose of revenue expenditure and an outlay of Rs 21,817 crore under capital expenditure.

The budget was scheduled to be presented on Tuesday morning, but at News18 India’s ‘Chaupal’, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had accused the central government of resorting to “gundagardi” and putting the budget on hold. Both the CM and L-G accused each other of stopping the budget.

The Ministry of Home Affairs sought clarification from the Kejriwal-led government as its budget proposal had high allocation for advertisement and relatively low funding for infrastructure and other development initiatives. The ministry added that they had been waiting since four days for AAP government to submit a reply but it had not been done.

Gahlot, meanwhile, told Delhi assembly that the “file was sent to the Finance Secretary’s house at night. When I spoke to him in the morning, he informed me that the reply was sent to the MHA through both email as well as physically.”

“The budget file was sent to the MHA for approval on March 10. Around 2 pm on Monday, I got to know that the MHA raised objections. I spoke to the Chief Secretary and Finance Secretary to know what the query was. I received the file around 6 pm. I listed the answers and spoke to the CM. The file was sent to the L-G at 9 pm and returned at 10.30 pm,” the FM told the house.

Citing some documents, Gahlot alleged, “The MHA wrote this letter at 5.30 pm on March 17 and the finance minister was kept uninformed about any such development till 2 pm of March 21… I think the entire matter and the CS and FS should be investigated.”

Earthquake in North India, Pakistan

Amid the tussle over Delhi budget, the residents in the national capital were jolted by strong tremors late in the evening when an earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck the Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan.

The tremors were felt in large swathes of north India, forcing people to rush out of their homes and come out on the streets as the powerful temblor shook the mountainous region at 10.17 pm.

According to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS), the epicentre of the earthquake was 133 km south-southeast of Fayzabad in Afghanistan with a focal depth of 156 km.

In neighbouring country of Pakistan, at least nine people were killed, while more than 100 people were injured in Swat valley region of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Tremors were also felt in key cities like Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore and Rawalpindi. At the time of the earthquake, a stampede was reported in a market in Rawalpindi, The Express Tribune newspaper reported.

In India, the earthquake was felt across northern region, including Delhi-NCR, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan. A senior seismologist said the reason why people in northwest India and Delhi felt the tremors for a relatively longer time is because the “depth of the fault was more than 150 km”.

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