Unlock 4: Rajasthan ends weekend curfew; cinemas to open with 50% capacity
The Rajasthan government has scrapped the weekend curfew, clamped earlier to contain the pandemic, beginning Sunday as infections in the state continue to dip. The government also released guidelines for further relaxations such as opening of movie theatres, training centres, tourists’ movements, marriage ceremonies, indoor and outdoor games.
Active Covid-19 cases in Rajasthan have dropped to 750 and 16 of the state’s 33 districts reported zero new cases in the 24 hours preceding the release of the data. However, the state reported two Covid-19 deaths in the same period.
The home department’s guidelines said tourists from outside the state will no longer require a negative RT-PCR test report or home/institutional quarantine if they have received at least the first dose of a vaccine against Covid-19.
Cinema halls/theatres/multiplex operators who have posted their seating capacity information online will be allowed to open with 50% capacity between 9 am and 8 pm only for those who have got at least the first dose of the vaccines.
Similarly, skill development centers in the state will be allowed to open with 50% capacity from 6 am to 8 pm with the same condition.
Marriage functions will be permitted from 6 am to 8 pm with a maximum of 25 persons in attendance. However, the number of guests can be increased to 50 by the sub-divisional magistrate on the basis of a review.
Outdoor games have been allowed till 8 pm while indoor games will be allowed only for those who have taken at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
The government has also allowed outlets where 60% staff have been vaccinated to operate for an additional four hours, till 8 pm; while hotels and restaurants with 60% vaccinated staff will be allowed to operate till 10 pm.
Himachal Pradesh Police have been ranked number one among all states in the country in terms of completing police verification reports for issuance of passports, jumping six slots in a year. A press statement said in the financial year 2021-22, the Himachal Pradesh Police issued verification reports, which are sought by the regional passport office, in an average time of 1.67 days, thereby securing the first place among all states in the country.
Gurugram: The Gurugram traffic police on Friday launched a three-day drive to keep a check on underage driving across the city, said the officials. The drive has been implemented across all the stretches in the city, and the number of fines issued on Friday will be tabulated on Saturday, said the officials. The traffic police issues multiple fines for underage driving, driving without a valid licence, and also allowing someone unauthorised to drive a vehicle.
Even as the Himachal government has announced to hand over the police recruitment paper leak case to the Central Bureau of Investigation, Opposition parties, including the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Aam Aadmi Party, have turned up the heat on Himachal chief minister Jai Ram Thakur and director general of police Sanjay Kundu.
Gurugram: RS Bhath, district town planner (enforcement), took additional charge as the joint commissioner II of the Municipal Corporation of Manesar on Friday. According to Bhath, areas of immediate focus will include dealing with illegal colonies, good sanitation services, and updating the property taxation service. Random checks were also conducted at Sehrawan village, along with senior sanitation inspector Vijay Kaushik. Bhath also reviewed development work of the 44ft Manesar-Sikanderpur Badha road.
With elections to the Himachal assembly barely a few months away, the BJP is making a determined bid to make inroads into Congress-held constituencies. Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday doled out projects worth ₹102 crore to the Rohru assembly segment, a strong Congress citadel. The Congress has been winning elections from Rohru since 1951.