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Commonwealth gold medalist shooter Fateh Singh dies in Pathankot terror attack

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Subedar Fateh Singh, a 51-year-old Army man who lost his life during combing operations at the Indian Air Force (IAF) base near Punjab’s Pathankot town on Saturday, had won a gold and a silver medal at the first Commonwealth Shooting Championships held in Delhi in 1995.

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) mourned his death.

“Subedar Fateh Singh sacrificed his life while fighting for his motherland at Air Base Pathankot today during an attack of militants.

Subedar Fateh Singh was a legendary Big Bore shooter. He won Gold and a Silver during 1st Commonwealth Shooting Championship held at New Delhi in 1995,” the association posted on its site.

NRAI president Raninder Singh condoled the death, saying the country has lost its beloved son and a sharp shooter.

“May Almighty grant peace to the Great Soldier. The shooting fraternity pray for the departed soul and strength to the family of great soldier to bear this irreparable loss.”

Fateh Singh, retired as subedar major (hon) captain from Dogra regiment in 2009.

After retirement, he joined the Defence Security Corps (India) as subedar and was initially posted at Army War College, Mhow.

He was posted in Pathankot about two years ago. He had won gold in the Big Bore Rifle Three Position and silver in Big Bore Rifle Prone Postion at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in 1995.

“He was a thorough gentlemen and great athlete. He worked as an active member of Indian shooting team. It is a very sad day for us. He sacrificed his life for the country. I condole his death,” NRAI president Raninder Singh told IANS.

Terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan breached a high-security perimeter and entered the Indian Air Force (IAF) base near Pathankot early on Saturday.

“He was a fantastic shooter. He won gold in Big Bore Rifle Three Position and silver in Big Bore Rifle Prone Postion at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in 1995. He used to represent the Army,” NRAI secretary Rajiv Bhatia told IANS.

CK Chaudhury, a pistol shooter at the Army Marksmenship Unit in Mhow, said: “He was one of the first big bore rifle international shooting medallists in our country. He was an inspiration to all of us. He was like my guru and guardian when we were together a part of the shooting team at the Army Marksmenship Unit in Mhow. He had immense love and passion for shooting.”

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Cong demands fund boost for states with high Covid-19 cases

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New Delhi,  The Congress has demanded increase in the state disaster risk management fund (SDRMF) for states that have registered maximum number of Covid-19 cases.

“The Centre must consider number of Covid-19 cases & hotspots to decide allocation of State Disaster Risk Management Fund to states,” senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel tweeted.

Under the current scheme, states like Delhi, Kerala and Punjab that had large number of Covid-19 cases were receiving little funds from SDRMF. “I request Home Minister Amit Shah to include Covid-19 as a criterion apart from the Finance Commission criteria for disbursement of funds to states,” he said.

The Union Health Ministry on Sunday said 77 deaths were reported due to coronavirus, and total number of cases had risen to 3,374.

The number of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra increased by 26, taking the total from 635 to 661. At least two persons are suspected to have died due to Covid-19 in Pune and Thane on Sunday, but the health authorities declined to confirm or share details.

Till Saturday, Maharashtra had recorded 32 covid-19 deaths, with maximum 22 deaths in Mumbai. The Congress Working Committee on Thursday reviewed the coronavirus pandemic and demanded a “common minimum relief package”.


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Railways’ PPE kit passes DRDO test

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New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) The railways has passed the test conducted by DRDO for the Personal Protection Equipment manufactured by Jagadhari workshop to fight Covid-19.

A statement issues by Deepak Kumar, CPRO Northern Railways, said: “Northern Railway Jagadhari Workshop becomes the first workshop whose two PPEs/ Coverall sample passed the DRDO test. This will be helpful in fighting the war against Covid-19.

“The railways can now contribute to mitigating the shortfall in PPEs to the extent possible by manufacturing it in-house.” said the statement.

There are reports of shortage of PPE and many videos have hone viral where doctors are facing lack of PPE.

The opposition Congress on Sunday hit out at the government on shortage of medical equipment, saying the country needs at least 62 lakh PPE kits.

The Delhi government has given the nod for procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits by city hospitals from local manufacturers and suppliers at market rate not exceeding Rs 1,087.47, amid an increasing demand.

Speaking to IANS, a Delhi Health Department official said on Sunday that the decision was taken as the city hospitals were facing severe shortage of the kits.


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Corona cases reach 3,577, Delhi emerges worst-affected

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New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) The Union Health Ministry on Sunday said the total tally of cases in Delhi has left behind the worst-hit Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. With 503 in the national capital, the total tally of coronavirus cases reached 3,577. The updated data was put out by the Health Ministry in the evening.

At least 274 people have recovered from the deadly coronavirus across the country. However 83 deaths have also been reported from different states. The total number includes 65 foreign nationals and one person has migrated. There are now, 3,219 active cases of COVID-19, said the ministry.

According to Health Ministry data, Delhi has left behind the worst hit state of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu and has 503 cases, while there are 490 cases in Maharashtra, 485 cases in Tamil Nadu.

Kerala has 306 cases, Telangana reported 269 cases, Uttar Pradesh has 227, Rajasthan has 200 cases so far. Other states and UTs that have reported the novel coronavirus cases, are Andhra Pradesh (190), Gujarat (122), Jammu and Kashmir (106), Karnataka (144), Madhya Pradesh (165), Andaman and Nicobar Islands (10), Arunachal Pradesh (1), Assam (26), Bihar (30), Chandigarh (18), Chhattisgarh (9), Goa (7), Haryana (59), Himachal Pradesh (6), Jharkhand (3), Ladakh (14), Manipur (2), Mizoram (1), Odisha (20) Puducherry (5), Punjab (57), Uttarakhand (22) and West Bengal(80).

Speaking to media, Joint Secretary of the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said, “The doubling rate, which means in how many days the number of COVID-19 cases double, at present is 4.1 days. But if cases reported due to the Tablighi Jamaat event had not come, then the doubling rate would have been 7.4 days.”

He said at least 274 districts have covid cases in India. According to the Health Ministry, at least 472 new cases and 11 new deaths have been reported since yesterday.

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