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753 swine flu cases in Delhi

He advised people to avoid self-medication and to wash hands at regular intervals since the disease was contagious.

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H1N1 influenza

New Delhi, Aug 10 : Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday said 753 cases of swine flu (influenza H1N1) were reported between January 1 and August 6, adding that enough stocks of medicine were available to tackle the disease.

The Minister told the house that 365 dengue cases, 246 chikungunya cases and 356 malaria cases were also reported in Delhi.

“People should not panic. There is no dearth of medicines and vaccines for swine flu in Delhi. We have reserved 1,000 beds in 19 government hospitals for such patients,” Jain told the assembly while making a suo motu statement on swine flu and vector-borne diseases.

He advised people to avoid self-medication and to wash hands at regular intervals since the disease was contagious.

“We will also provide medicines for swine flu to private hospitals free of cost. We have allowed chemists to keep medicines but to sell these only on medical prescription,” Jain said.

 

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Delhi’s IAS association claim they are being victimised

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New Delhi, June 17 : Delhi’s IAS association on Sunday held an unprecedented press conference to counter AAP’s claim that its officers are on strike and said that they are being “targeted”and “victimised”.

“We are completely apolitical. We work with dedication with every government… The presser is very unusual, we never thought we have to do this. We are answerable to the law,” the IAS Association said.

“I would like to inform that we are not on strike. The information that IAS officers in Delhi are on strike is completely false and baseless. We are attending meetings, all departments are doing their work. We are sometimes also working on holidays,” said Manisha Saxena, IAS Association Delhi.

The officers addressed the media after Delhi government alleged that bureaucrats in the national capital have been “hindering” the work of the AAP-led government and have alleged that they have been staging a strike for the last four months.
“Let us do our work. We are feeling frightened and victimised. We are being used for completely political reasons,” said bureaucrat Varsha Joshi.

The chief minister has accused the centre and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal of backing a four month-strike by IAS officers, who are protesting against the Kejriwal government. Kerjiwal and his ministers have sought and end to the strike as well as approval for a new doorstep delivery of services scheme.

The sit-in began on June 11 when Chief Minister went to the Raj Niwas in the evening, along with his Deputy Manish Sisodia, and two other ministers, Gopal Rai and Satyendra Jain. Mr Jain began an indefinite fast.

CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Sunday accused the Modi government of using the Governors office to destabilise the non-BJP state governments as well as to install BJP governments despite the saffron party not winning the mandate.

Yechury’s statement came ahead of his joining a protest march to the Prime Minister’s residence organised by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday against the alleged high-handedness of the central government and direct interference in Delhi administration.

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6 killed in Odisha boat capsize; 12 rescued

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Boat capsizes

Bhubaneswar, June 17 :At least six persons have been killed after a boat carrying 18 tourists capsized in Odisha’s Chilika lake, officials said on Sunday.

The boat capsized on Saturday evening after it was caught in a thunderstorm, accompanied by strong wind and rains. Twelve others were rescued and admitted to a hospital.

While bodies of two persons including a minor girl were recovered on Saturday, four more bodies were retrieved on Sunday.

The search and rescue operation by the fire personnel and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) team completed with the recovery of the missing bodies on Sunday morning, said an official.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed deep grief over the loss of lives in the tragedy. He announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh for the kin of deceased and free medical treatment for all the injured persons.

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Mild earthquake in Himachal

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Shimla, June 17 :Himachal Pradesh was again jolted by a low intensity earthquake on Sunday, an official said here. There were no reports of casualties or damages.

The earthquake measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale was recorded at 3.36 a.m., the meteorological office told IANS.

The epicentre of the quake was Shimla region, bordering Kinnaur district, which shares a border with China.

Chamba district, adjoining Jammu and Kashmir, was rocked by a low intensity earthquake on June 14. It measured 4.6 on the Richter scale.

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