25 Year Old Youth Among 5 More Die Of Covid-19, J&K Toll 4095

25 Year Old Youth Among 5 More Die Of Covid-19, J&K Toll 4095

Srinagar, June 7: A 25-year-old man was among five more people who succumbed to covid-19 in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the fatality count to 4095, officials said on Monday.

Official sources told that the 25-year-old youth was from Bahufort and died at GMC Jammu.

A 35-year-old woman from Muthi Camp, and a 35-year-old man from Bihar, at present Kishtwar, also died at the same facility, they said.

A 58-year-old man from Shopian died at SKIMS Bemina, 12 days after he was admitted to the one among the covid-19 management facilities here.

A 60-year-old man from Aalikadal Srinabar, died fortnight after he was admitted to the facility, they said.

Lately, there has been decrease in both the number of daily cases and deaths. So far 172 people have died this month while over 8000 cases have been added to the overall tally. Last month was deadliest as J&K recorded 1625 Covid-19 deaths. The fatalities in these 31 days accounted for 41.59% of the total deaths reported in J&K so far since March last year. Also 114359 Infections were added to overall tally. gns

Missing Minor Boy From Bandipora Traced In New Delhi After 9 Months

Missing Minor Boy From Bandipora Traced In New Delhi After 9 Months

Bandipora, June 07: A missing minor boy from north Kashmiri’s Bandipora district was finally traced in New Delhi after all but nine months, police said on Monday.

A Police official told that a missing minor boy identified as Rashid Sheikh son of Abdul Rashid Sheikh, a resident of Kondbal at present Rakh-Asham area of Sonawari was missing since September 20, 2020 from his maternal fathers house, was traced in New Delhi by the Delhi police along with a team of Bandipora Police.

He said that after completing the legal formalities, the minor boy was handed over to his family members at police station in Sumbal.

Family members have appreciated the role of Bandipora police for tracing their minor son after nine months. kdc

Cricketers, Spectators Immune To COVID-19 In South Kashmir’s Pulwama? Thousands Seen Enjoying Cricket Match Without Following SOPs

Cricketers, Spectators Immune To COVID-19 In South Kashmir’s Pulwama? Thousands Seen Enjoying Cricket Match Without Following SOPs

Pulwama, Jun 7: Thousands of people, potentially a super-spreader gathering, were seen violating the COVID-19 related guidelines openly during a Twenty-20 Cricket match in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday.

The huge crowd of people flocked to Musarmarg area in C.B. Nath Argicheck, 14 km from district headquarters, to witness a cricket match and flouted all guidelines concerning the pandemic. People were without face masks and social distancing also went for a toss.

The videos of the cricket tournament have been going viral on social media while the brazen violations have been ignored by the district administration.

With authorities imposing strict restrictions in main town Pulwama while ignoring all other huge crowds, potentially super-spreaders, the lockdown seems only a cosmetic step.

Shopkeepers, drivers and other such people whose business has been badly affected by the restrictions induced by COVID-19 are already complaining about the ‘unlock’ roster made public by DM Pulwama on May 30.

One of the shopkeepers, Adil Ahmad, running a photostat shop told that he was clueless whether to open his shop or not. “I don’t know which category I am falling and when I am allowed to open my shop. Even I got the roster but I can’t figure it out,” he said.

“This is not a roster for opening of shops but closing of businesses altogether,” another irked shopkeeper, Nisar Ahmad said while reacting to the news of imposition of strict restrictions on Friday.

Given the fact that the tournament has been going on from the last month or so, it is really ironical to see no action from the authorities.

Earlier, such a violation was brought into the notice of Naib Tehsildar Pulwama, Muhammad Ramzan Magray on May 8 when the matches were played in Lajoora area of Pulwama and he had assured action. “They will be penalised as per the government’s COVID-19 guidelines,” he had said.

“Are cricketers and spectator’s immune to COVID-19 in Pulwama? Authorities are answerable to the people who are incurring losses on a daily basis due to the lockdown while those hankering after ‘entertainment’ in this ongoing pandemic are given uncontrolled freedom to participate in potential super-spreader events,” questioned a trader.

Efforts to contact District Magistrate Pulwama, Baseer-ul-Haq Choudhary for response didn’t materialize. (KNT)

Two Passenger Trains Collide In Pakistan, 36 Killed, Scores Injured

Two Passenger Trains Collide In Pakistan, 36 Killed, Scores Injured

Karachi, Jun 7: Two passenger trains collided in Pakistan’s southern Sindh Province early Monday morning, killing at least 36 people and injuring scores of others, according to officials.

The accident occurred when the Millat Express train from Karachi to Sargodha derailed and fell on the opposite track and collided with Sir Syed Express headed from Rawalpindi to Karachi, a spokesperson of Pakistan Railways said.

The collision, in which bogies of the Millat Express train overturned, took place near Dharki, a city located in the Ghotki district of upper Sindh. An emergency has been declared at hospitals in Ghotki, Dharki, Obaro and Mirpur Mathelo where injured were rushed.

The Express Tribune reported that at least 36 people have been killed and scores of others injured in the train collision. Reacting to the train derailment, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he was “shocked by the horrific train accident”.

“Shocked by the horrific train accident at Ghotki early this morning leaving 30 passengers dead. Have asked Railway Minister to reach site & ensure medical assistance to injured & support for families of the dead. Ordering comprehensive investigation into railway safety faultlines,” he said on Twitter. Officials were facing difficulties in rescuing the people trapped inside the overturned bogies.

Speaking to Geo News, Ghotki Deputy Commissioner Usman Abdullah said that 13 to 14 bogies have derailed in the accident while six to eight were “completely destroyed”. Rescuing passengers who are still trapped is a “challenge” for the rescue officials, he said, adding that a relief train has departed from Rohri.

“This is a challenging task. It will take time to use heavy machinery to free citizens (still trapped). We are also establishing a medical camp to provide medical aid to citizens,” he said.

Ghotki Senior Superintendent of Police Umar Tufail said that passengers were stuck in one of the bogies and “we fear more casualties”.

“Some breathed their last after being pulled out from the wreckage,” he said. According to officials, over 1,000 passengers were on board the two trains.

Around 20 passengers still remained trapped in the wreckage of some of the bogies which were damaged and overturned, a spokesperson for the railways department said, adding that officials were accumulating all the information of the passengers and staff on both the trains.

“It will take some time for the rescue operation to be completed as heavy machinery is required to remove the damaged boogies,” he said. Authorities fear that the number of fatalities could rise even as rescue and relief officials were rushed to the spot.

Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah expressed grief over the loss of lives and directed the Sukkur Commissioner to mobilise the district administration, Dawn news reported.

“Machinery should be arranged to rescue passengers that are still stuck. Arrangements should also be made at nearby hospitals to treat those that have been injured,” he said, directing the official to arrange temporary accommodation and food for the passengers.

“An information system should be set up so that citizens can get accurate information,” the Sindh Chief Minister said. Pakistan Rangers troops have also reached the spot to assist the civil administration in the rescue and relief operations.

Train accidents are common in Pakistan and dozens of people lose their lives every year. The railways have seen decades of decline due to graft, mismanagement and lack of investment.

According to a senior former railways official, such accidents happen from time to time all over Pakistan as the railways network remains outdated in many places.

“In some areas, they are still using the same network and tracks which were laid before the Partition,” the former official added.—(PTI)

Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 173.1 Mn Deaths Surge To More Than 3.72 Mn

Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 173.1 Mn Deaths Surge To More Than 3.72 Mn

Washington, June 7: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 173.1 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.72 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Monday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 173,197,944 and 3,726,107, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 33,362,471 and 597,627, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 28,809,339 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (16,947,062), France (5,774,361), Turkey (5,287,980), Russia (5,067,246), the UK (4,532,802), Italy (4,232,428), Argentina (3,955,439), Germany (3,708,782), Spain (3,697,981) and Colombia (3,571,067), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 473,404 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (346,759), Mexico (228,754), the UK (128,173), Italy (126,523), Russia (121,171) and France (110,160).—(IANS)