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Fight against terrorism is not confrontation against any religion: Sushma at OIC

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Abu Dhabi, March 1: “Fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion”, said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Addressing the OIC conclave, Swaraj stated “Terrorism in each case is driven by distortion of religion. Fight against terror is not a confrontation against any religion. Just as Islam means peace, none of the 99 names of Allah mean violence. Similarly, every religion stands for peace”.

“They practice their respective beliefs&live in harmony with each other and with their non-Muslim brothers. It’s this appreciation of diversity and coexistence that has ensured that very few Muslims in India have fallen prey to poisonous propaganda of radicalist and extremist ideologies”.

Swaraj qouted “The Rig Veda” to embrace the context of pluralism.

“India has always embraced and found it easy to embrace pluralism since it is embedded in the oldest Sanskrit religious text “The Rig Veda” and I quote “Ekam sat vipra bahudha vadhanti“, which means “God is One but learned men describe him in many ways”.

“I come from land of Mahatma Gandhi where every prayer ends with call for ‘shanti‘ that is peace for all. I convey our best wishes, support&solidarity in your quest for stability, peace, harmony, economic growth&prosperity for your people&world”, she added.

The Indian Minister further said that terror infrastructure must be dismantled to save humanity.

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New method pressed into service to curb Covid spread in Thane

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In a bid to control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) in Maharashtra’s Thane district has rolled out a new pattern found successful in one region, officials said.

The pattern is derived from its success in Turbhe region and is now being implemented in other areas of the NMMC. The ‘Turbhe Pattern’ involves a complex task of contact tracing of 28 close contacts of a positive person, which has helped detect a large number of cases in the past few days.

“After a person is diagnosed as Covid-19 positive, we start tracing at least 28 of his close or recent contacts, check their health and send them to quarantine if needed,” explained a senior health officer.

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Punjab cancels pending school board examinations

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The Punjab Government has decided to cancel the pending examinations of various classes which were earlier announced to be conducted after July 15 by Punjab School Education Board (PSEB).

While divulging details, School Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla said that the state government has decided to cancel all the pending examinations of Class XII, open school and several other categories including reappear and golden chance students.

He added that the decision has been taken in view of the hard times due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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Single-day record 1,608 new corona cases in Andhra

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Amaravati, July 10 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh witnessed an all-time high of 1,608 new coronavirus cases in 24-hour cycle ended at 9 am on Friday, including 32 returnees from other states.

On Thursday too, the state had reported a high of 1,555 new cases, while the previous single-day high of 1,322 cases was recorded on Monday.

Andhra Pradesh”s total corona cases breached the 25K-mark to touch 25,422 cases on Friday.

Continuing the trend, all 13 districts in Andhra Pradesh reported fresh cases on Friday, including the highest 208 in Chittoor district and followed by Anantapur (191), East Godavari (169), Kurnool and West Godavari (144 cases each), Guntur (136) and Prakasam (110), among others.

As many as 21,020 samples were tested compared with 16,882 samples a day earlier.

The recovery rate remains robust as 981 more patients were discharged from hospitals and Covid-19 treatment centres, taking the total cured persons to 13,194.

As of Friday, 11,936 persons are receiving treatment at hospitals and designated treatment centers in the state.

Friday also saw highest 15 deaths recorded in a day in Andhra Pradesh — Anantapur, Chittoor, Kurnool, Krishna and Guntur two deaths each, and Nellore, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, and West Godavari districts one death each.

Andhra Pradesh”s total corona death toll now stands at 292.

Even as a decline was observed in the number of positive cases among returnees from other states, returnees from Telangana continued to dominate in this category.

Of the 32 new such cases reported on Friday, 22 were from among returnees from Telangana, 4 from Maharashtra, two each from Delhi and Odisha, and one each from Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

Till date, 2,351 state returnees have tested positive in Andhra Pradesh. The active cases in this category total 686, whereas 1,665 persons have been discharged till date.

On Friday, no new cases were reported from persons with foreign travel history. The total corona patients in this category stands at 424, with 298 of them cured and discharged. As of Friday, 126 persons in this category were undergoing treatment in hospitals.

–IANS

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