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Jat stir called off in Rajasthan

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The Jat community in Rajasthan has called off their stir, a state minister announced, the third day of the agitation demanding reservation which saw a mob try to set afire the engine of a goods train.

“The Jat agitation has been called off following talks,” the state’s Social Welfare Minister Arun Chaturvedi, who had been holding discussions with Jat leaders, said in Bharatpur, the epicentre of the stir in the state.

The protest badly affected road and railway traffic in Bharatpur district, over 170 km from state capital Jaipur.

Jats in Rajasthan are classified as Other Backward Classes (OBC), except for Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur districts. Jats in Bharatpur are now demanding that they also be classified as OBCs.

Monday’s talks between Chaturvedi and Jat community leaders failed to arrive at a solution.

A police officer told that the protesters had resorted to road and train blockades in some places, mainly between Bharatpur to Mathura, Jaipur and Agra and roads connecting various towns in the district.

In Nadabi, Helak and Bharatpur city, protesters vandalised properties and shops, while in Khumer, they damaged two ATMS.

In Helak railway station, protesters tried to torch the engine of a goods train. They also tried to set ablaze a room in Paprera railway station.

However, police were able to douse the fire in both the cases.

Many trains in the Jaipur, Agra and Mathura sectors were cancelled while train traffic between the important Delhi-Mumbai sector was also affected.

Roads from Bharatpur to Delhi, Deeg, Alwar and Mathura were also blocked.

To maintain law and order, the district administration had earlier imposed prohibitory orders and blocked mobile internet and internet service in the district.

The protesters on Monday set ablaze a Rajasthan Roadways bus, and damaged another near Bharatpur city.

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Prepare micro-plan for opening schools: Sisodia to principals

Planning the reopening of school is a challenging task because apart from academic we have to keep many other factors in mind, he said.

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New Delhi, May 27 : Education Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday directed all Delhi government school principals to prepare a micro-plan for opening the schools, saying common plan cannot go for all schools.

Sisodia, while interacting with over 1,000 Delhi government school principals, said “we cannot have one common plan for all schools to re-open them this year”, as he asked them to start the planning process for re-opening of schools, whenever a decision is taken in this regard.

“The reason we are following an elaborate planning process is because we need to keep many factors in mind before taking a decision. It is not just about maintaining social distancing or sanitisation alone or calling one set of classes to school and not the others. Any decision will have far reaching implications on children and their families because school is an integral part of our social life. It is not just about learning a few lessons from the textbooks but the lessons of life itself. Therefore, any plan should keep in mind all possible situations,” Sisodia said.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown has caused closure of schools since March. From May 11, the summer break was announced, which will end on June 30.

Sisodia, also the Deputy Chief Minister, said the agenda of his meeting was two-fold — “How should we stay connected with our children and their parents in this time when lockdown is impacting different people differently? This will help us to directly understand their situation and prepare better?”

Also, that “how do we plan the reopening of schools whenever we get the go ahead.”

“First, reach out to all children through phone to see if they are in Delhi or have gone back to their native place. Also check if they were able to use online classes, SMS/IVR and what is their feedback about it. Second, start the planning process for reopening of the school based on the context of your own school,” the Education Minister said.

Sisodia appealed to the school heads to lead an in-depth brainstorming at school level involving all key stakeholders and come up with a micro-plan on how to lead the transition when the time comes.

“We cannot have a common plan to re-open for all schools this year as the context of every school is different.”

Planning the reopening of school is a challenging task because apart from academic we have to keep many other factors in mind, he said.

“This includes health, safety, trust, emotional well being, and so on. And the other challenge is that all these have to be done without extra financial resources from the government.”

On Tuesday, the government issued a ‘Preparatory Planning Framework for Heads of Schools’.

Explaining the planning framework, the Deputy Chief Minister said, it has 3 broad components — “What we need to keep in mind before we reopen the schools, What we need to put in place before schools starts as this will require planning backwards; and what is the basis on which school makes its plan?”

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Record 792 cases in 24 hours in Delhi, toll crosses 300-mark

As per the Delhi Health reports, 15 new deaths were added to the tally taking the total COVID-19 toll in the national capital to 303.

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New Delhi, May 27 : The coronavirus cases count in the national capital witnessed a record jump of 792 in a day, taking the total tally to 15,257 and the death toll reached 303, the Delhi Health Department said on Wednesday.

Out of the total cases, 7,690 were active, it said.

As per the Delhi Health reports, 15 new deaths were added to the tally taking the total COVID-19 toll in the national capital to 303.

The Health report said that the cumulative death figures refer to those fatalities where the primary cause of death was found to be the infection, as per the report of the Death Audit Committee on the basis of the case sheets received from various hospitals.

“Total 792 new cases were reported and the positive cases in the city reached 15,257. At least 7,264 patients have recovered from coronavirus so far in Delhi while 7,690 cases are active,” the Health Department said.

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Andhra’s corona tally now 2,787 with 68 new cases

In terms of mortality rate, Andhra Pradesh’s 1.86 per cent ranks 12th among the states of India.

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Amaravati, May 27 : Andhra Pradesh reported 68 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours till Wednesday morning, taking the state’s tally to 2,787.

With the discharge of 10 more patients, the total number of cured patients in Andhra Pradesh has increased to 1,913. The active cases are 816.

With one more death in East Godavari district, the state’s death toll touched 58 on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, Nellore district reported 9 cases and Chittoor district 1 case.

Continuing the trend of the past few days, a few new cases had travel histories to Koyambedu market in Chennai, while some cases were of foreign returnees.

There are a total 111 corona patients among returnees from abroad.

The corona tally among returnees from other states climbed to 219 from 153. The active cases fell to 75 from 117, as 38 more state returnees were discharged.

The state nodal officer said that 9,664 samples were tested during the past 24 hours as against 8,148 samples during the preceding cycle.

The state’s average in terms of tests conducted per million population stands at 6,224, below Delhi’s 9,158, and Jammu and Kashmir’s 10,442.

However, in terms of tests conducted, Andhra Pradesh with 3,32,378 tests conducted till date lags behind Rajasthan with 3,33,904 tests, Maharashtra with 3,90,170 tests, and Tamil Nadu’s 4,31,183.

Till date, 32,42,160 tests have been conducted across India as a whole.

In terms of mortality rate, Andhra Pradesh’s 1.86 per cent ranks 12th among the states of India.

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