Principal secretary to Haryana CM, Chandigarh home secretary’s daughter among 203 quarantined
Principal secretary to Haryana chief minister Rajesh Khullar, UT’s home secretary Arun Gupta’s daughter, and NP Sharma, the chief general manager of Chandigarh Smart City Limited, are among the 203 persons under home quarantine in Chandigarh in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Khullar returned from the US on Friday and has been advised to stay isolated for 14 days till April 4. A poster reflecting home quarantine has been pasted in front of his official house in Sector 16. Similarly, a poster has also been pasted at Arun Gupta’s official residence in Sector 16 after his daughter returned from the US on Saturday morning. Gupta told HT that only his daughter had been quarantined in a separate room in the house. He or any other member of his family did not come in touch with her after she landed in the country. “Although I have voluntarily decided to work from home for a few days, I am free to attend office or go outside,” he said.
OFFICIAL’S SON CAME IN CONTACT WITH FIRST COVID-19 PATIENT
The most crucial case is that of NP Sharma and his four family members. His 23-year-old son came in contact with Chandigarh’s first corona positive patient, a 23-year-old woman resident of Sector 21. The son was isolated at GMCH, Sector 32, on Friday evening, following which Sharma and his whole family was put under home quarantine in Sector 19.
Since his son met the positive patient, Sharma has attended multiple official meetings and even come in contact with CSCL CEO and MC commissioner KK Yadav, who further attended several top-level meetings where UT administrator VP Singh Badnore and adviser Manoj Parida were also present.
QUARANTINE POSTER REMOVED FROM JUDGE’S HOUSE
UT removed a home-quarantine poster from a judge’s house after it came to fore that his son and daughter landed in Delhi from abroad on Friday, but were yet to reach Chandigarh. Sources said the judge expressed annoyance over the poster even when no one was home from abroad.
CHANDIGARH ADMINISTRATION GETTING LIST OF FOREIGN TRAVELLERS FROM IMMIGRATION
Many of those home quarantined in Chandigarh have foreign travel history. A senior UT official said they were getting a daily report from the immigration office of those returning to Chandigarh from abroad, and based on this, they were putting them in home quarantine for 14 days.
Karnataka minister for primary and secondary education BC Nagesh slammed Congress over allegations of excluding eminent historical personalities, freedom fighters and reformers from textbooks, saying that the opposition party is using education to gather votes. The statements come almost a week after reports emerged that the Bharatiya Janata Party government allegedly removed portions of the chapter on Bhagat Singh, Narayana Guru and others to accommodate right-wing ideologues like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh founder KB Hedgewar.
Mild to heavy rains lashed parts of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday coupled with gusty winds and thunderstorms. Weather officials said Kashmir valley witnessed light to moderate rain with thunderstorms and gusty winds in the north-western, northern and central parts on Sunday evening and during the night as well. Meteorologist M Hussain Mir said that Kashmir valley may witness less precipitation than Sunday while Jammu may get heavy rainfall.
Bengaluru At least 12 people and over 400 animals died in the recent unseasonal rains across Karnataka between May 15-21, according to the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority. “Farmers whose crops have been destroyed by excess rains are contemplating ending their own lives. Such is the situation and the Union Bank has sent us notices to repay the loans. What kind of justice is this?” asked Purshottam Gowda, a farmer from Ballari.
A man, who allegedly raped his 20-year-old woman tenant at gunpoint in Bengaluru on April 11, has harassed the woman in the past, city police said on Monday. Police said medical test of both the survivor and accused was conducted on Sunday night. The accused is a native of Bihar and lives with his family at Shanthi Nagar locality in central Bengaluru. City police said the accused claimed he was being framed by the tenant.
Leader of the opposition and Congress leader Siddaramaiah criticised the chairman of the textbook revision committee on Monday for a 2017 parody post on 'Rashtra Kavi' Kuvempu's 'naada geethe' or state anthem, one of the most revered songs in Karnataka. The parody verse continued with the mention of alcohol, meat and other jokes meant to target the Congress.