The elections have huge political significance with BJP ruling four of these five states, while it is making a big push to capture Congress-ruled Punjab, where the Aam Aadmi Party is also emerging as an important player.
In a letter to the Prime Minister seeking immediate relief for the restaurant industry, NRAI has asked for suitable directions to be passed on imposition of further restrictions and permit delivery of food from restaurants as part of essential services.
Hitting out at the TRS government over the arrest of state BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar and alleged corruption, he alleged that the TRS regime is "the most undemocratic" and "one of the most corrupt" in the country.
Karnataka has been witnessing a surge in COVID cases over the last five days, with daily figures crossing the 1,000 mark. This even as 10 more cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus were detected in Karnataka on Sunday, taking the state's tally to 76.
Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh told PTI that preliminary information from the scene suggests there was a minor altercation between some young boys, and within seconds, there was a stampede.
Adequate security arrangements were to be put in place on the eve of new year to implement the guidelines issued by DDMA keeping in view spread of covid-19 in the national capital, police said.
The CEC also asked the state to step up coronavirus vaccination. The number of polling booths will be increased and the voting time enhanced by an hour, he said, adding polling officials will be vaccinated and those eligible will be given a booster dose.
Virologists and public health experts felt an urgent clampdown was needed to avoid a repeat of such mass gatherings with Covid inappropriate behaviour during the New Year celebrations.
Curfew From 10 pm To 5 am Will Be Imposed During Yellow, Amber And Orange Alerts. If A 'Red' Alert Is Sounded, There Will Be "Total Curfew".
Mahanta further said for omicron specific regulation, district magistrates, superintendents of police and all other authorities concerned shall be responsible for ensuring COVID appropriate behaviour in all public places.
The fresh standard operating procedure made 7-day home quarantine compulsory for those who test negative for the coronavirus infection.
Listing some of the interventions, Pawar said that the Ministry of Health continues to provide technical guidance for managing various aspects of COVID-19 and so far more than 150 guidelines/advisories/SoPs/plans have been provided to states and UTs.
A decrease of 3,316 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
The cleaning staff, who went to clean the old mortuary, noticed foul smell emanating from freezers and found bodies.
The officials, however said many schools mostly private institutions have decided to reopen, after the culmination of Diwali.
Hishey Negi, President, Kinnaur Indo-China Trade Association confirms that it was mutually agreed amongst the traders that the bilateral trade will remain suspended owing to Covid norms, which required a two-weeks quarantine period .
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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