Haryana health minister contracts Covid for second time
Haryana home and health minister Anil Vij on Wednesday tested positive for Covid for the second time.
Vij, 69, informed about contracting the infection on Twitter and said, “I have isolated myself. I request all those who have come into contact with me for the last few days to get themselves tested for corona and in the meantime isolate them.”
The minister was the chief guest at the district-level Yoga Day celebrations in Ambala Cantonment on Tuesday and had later addressed a gathering too.
Doctors said that his sample was taken in the morning after he complained of developing some symptoms and he tested positive in the RT-PCR report the same day.
A health official, wishing not to be named, said, “He has light fever, sore throat and cough. He is stable and currently isolated at home. Sampling of the staff is underway.”
He had tested positive for the first time on December 5, 2020, two weeks after he was administered the first dose of Covaxin in its third-phase trial on November 20.
He remained hospitalised for nearly a month in Ambala, Rohtak and Gurugram. Even after he was discharged, several health ailments and post-Covid symptoms largely affected the minister’s health.
He was yet to receive the precautionary dose, the health official quoted above, said.
Gang of fraudsters busted in Kaithal, five arrested
The crime investigation agency of Karnal police have arrested five persons for duping people on the pretext of providing them government jobs, officials said on Wednesday. The arrested accused have been identified as Krishan of Hatt village in Jind, Anil of Madhuban, Sanjiv of Jaurasi village in Panipat, Shishpal of Samalkha in Panipat, and Virender of Kaithal. The police said that the gang used to provide fake joining letters to the government job aspirants and dupe them.
Committee formed to look into Pehrawar land issue
The Haryana government on Wednesday constituted a committee, which included state’s urban local bodies minister Kamal Gupta and transport minister Mool Chand Sharma, to look into the matter of 15 acres and three kanal land given on lease to Gaur Brahmin society at Pehrawar village in Rohtak on lease for 33 years. BJP’s Rohtak MP Arvind Sharma, former Aam Aadmi Party state chief Naveen Jaihind and the Congress had accused the BJP-JJP government of not handing over the land to the society.
For the uninitiated, Dhan Mill Compound, a former granary and a cluster of warehouses, has morphed into the city’s modish food, fashion, design and lifestyle destination. Its streets are lined with art cafes, home décor outlets, ateliers, art galleries, pottery studios, dance halls and high-end boutiques, whose facades and interiors are as interesting and experimental as the wares they deal in. Interestingly, all of these fancy establishments are housed in re-purposed warehouse buildings, which still have metal roofs.
According to a Delhi government official, a break-up of the total jobs, including the list of employers and the number of people they hired, will be shared “in a couple of days”. Notably, the government portal was launched by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on July 27, 2020, to help entry-level and blue-collar job seekers connect with employers at a time when the Covid-19 induced lockdown left many people unemployed.
“Manufactures, and start-ups which are working on alternatives to single-use plastic have to pay more GST for raw material. Hence, the Delhi government will write to the Centre and request a reduction in GST rates,” Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai said.
Safdarjung, Delhi’s base weather station, recorded 0.1mm of rainfall between 8:30am and 5:30pm on Sunday. The Capital recorded 1.9mm of rainfall on Saturday and 117.2mm on Friday, making the monthly total 119.2mm so far. The normal monthly average for July is 210.6mm, said weather experts.
Monsoon elevates Adam Khan’s tomb into an emergency sanctuary for passersby (and dogs) speared by sudden showers. Perched atop a Mehrauli hillock, the monument overlooks the Qutub Minar, which appears totally bechara and defenceless in the heavy rain.