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PM Modi, French President Macron inaugurates Solar Power Plant in Mirzapur

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French President Emmanuel Macron and PM Modi inaugurated, Mirzapur Solar Power Plant (Photo-ANI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi & French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday inaugurated the Solar Power Plant in Mirzapur of Varanasi.

They also visited the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hastkala Sankul in Bada Lalpur, Varanasi where they were accompanied by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath.

Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi received French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife here on Monday, officials said.

Flanked by Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, public representatives and state government officials, Modi accorded a warm welcome to Macron as he alighted from his special Falcon aircraft at the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport here.

Modi arrived at the airport in a special Indian Air Force (IAF) plane minutes ahead of the visiting foreign dignitary.

An IndiGo flight from Varanasi to Mumbai was held up briefly due to the VVIP movement in the skies, an official told IANS.

After a while, both Modi and Macron flew in a chopper to Dadarkalan in Mirzapur where they will jointly inaugurate a solar power plant which has been built with the help of a French company.

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Two corona patients die, J&K death toll reaches 23

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Srinagar, May 25 (IANS) Two COVID-19 patients died on Monday in Jammu and Kashmir, raising the death toll to 23 in the Union Territory and the numbers of the affected persons reached 1,621.

Doctors said a 65-year old woman belonging to the Kulgam district was admitted to the S.M.H.S. Hospital in Srinagar on May 22 with bilateral pneumonia.

“She died on May 23rd and her body was kept at the mortuary.

“Her test report came today. She had tested positive for COVID-19”, doctors confirmed at the hospital.

Another 63-year old patient died in a Jammu hospital on Sunday.

“The samples of the deceased had been sent for testing a few days back. The report was received yesterday evening. He has tested positive. He had co-morbidities”, doctors said at the Jammu hospital on Monday.

With this, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 has gone up to 23 in J&K.

So far, 1,621 have tested positive in the union territory, out of whom 809 have completely recovered.

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Covid cases rising, but situation under control: Kejriwal

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New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said while the coronavirus cases are increasing in the city, the situation is under control.

Kejriwal said there were about 4,000 covid beds with the government, of these only 1,500 were occupied.

“In Private hospitals, 677 beds are available of which 509 are occupied,” Kejriwal said.

In the private hospitals, about 2,000 beds are being made covid dedicated from Monday, he said.

“COVID-19 cases have increased in Delhi due to relaxation in lockdown. But there is nothing to worry about unless the mortality rate or the number of serious cases rises rapidly. If people contract the virus and recover, then there is nothing to worry about,” he said.

Assuring that there will be more beds in the coming days, he said the situation is under control. “The cases were expected to increase after the lockdown was relaxed. However, I can say the situation is under control.”

He said about 6,500 people are infected with the virus, and an equal number have recovered till date.

Kejriwal also said there are 250 ventilators with the government and only 11 are being used.

Also, he said no hospital can ask patients to arrange for themselves or can ask them to go. “We have issued a show-cause notice to a private hospital that denied treatment to a patient who tested positive for coronavirus. It is the hospital’s duty in such a situation to provide an ambulance to the patients and take them to a COVID hospital. Patients cannot be told to make arrangements for themselves,” he said.

On May 17, the Chief Minister said, there were 9,755 cases. “Now about 3,500 patients have increased. Also, 2,500 cases have recovered in the same period.”

He also said that most of the new cases are having mild or no symptoms. “At least 3,424 patients are being treated at their home as they have no or mild symptoms,” he added.

Delhi’s covid cases count reached 13,418 on Sunday.

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2 terrorists killed in Kashmir encounter: Police

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Srinagar, May 25 (IANS) Two terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces at Damhal Hanjipora in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district early Monday morning, police said.

Kashmir Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar told IANS that the encounter began when a Cordon and Search Operation was launched by a joint team of police and Army following specific inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area.

During the search operation, the terrorists fired at the security forces. After a brief exchange of fire, both terrorists were gunned down, he said.

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