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Rewari girls end hunger strike after upgradation of school

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Chandigarh, May 17, 2017: The girl students of Haryana’s Rewari, who were sitting on a hunger strike in support of their demand to upgrade their school to senior secondary level, on Wednesday ended the strike after their demands were accepted by the Haryana government.

The state government issued a notification informing about the upgradation of the Government High School Gothra Tappa Dahina (Rewati) to the level of Government Senior Secondary School from the 2017-2018 session.

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According to reports, around 86 girl students, studying in class IX and X in Gothda Tappa Dahina village, had earlier gone on an indefinite strike, demanding upgradation of their school, fearing they will be harassed if they travel to a senior secondary school located in a different village for higher studies.

Among 13 students who are on hunger strike, 10 of them have been shifted to the hospital today.

“We fear harassment and molestation by youths of other villages and hence, we are demanding upgradation of our school up to Class XII,” one of the girls told media.

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Haryana man kills family, commits suicide

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Chandigarh, March 28 A-36-year-old grocery seller in Haryana’s Panipat town on Saturday allegedly shot dead his wife and two children with his licensed pistol before killing himself, the police said.

The dead included his eight-year-old daughter and five-year-old son. The incident occurred in Raj Nagar locality.

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COVID-19: Goa unearths its own ‘patient number 31’

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Panaji, March 28 In the ongoing COVID-19 saga, Goa may have found its own equivalent of South Korea’s patient number 31, an infamous title conferred upon he country’s 31st patient, who is believed to have spread the deadly virus to numerous people in Seoul.

In case of Goa, however, the 55-year-old patient, a US-returnee, was officially allowed to leave the isolation ward of a government facility near Panaji on March 25, before being summoned back by panicked hospital authorities in the evening after double-checking his COVID-19 positive status.

The patient had returned from the US earlier this month and had been in isolation for days.

On Friday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that 42 persons who the state’s three COVID-19 positive patients — including the 55-year-old — had met since their return to Goa from overseas had been quarantined, and suggested that the positive trio had met many more.

The 55-year-old COVID-19 positive patient alone, according to sources, met nearly 20 persons.

Sawant has warned of “huge scary scenario” in Goa on account of the extent of the potential spread of the virus, by the movements of the three patients, particularly the 55-year-old.

“The patients who are found positive are 100 per cent healthy. The patient who I was talking about yesterday, he is very fit. The other too are also fine, but this patient is 100 per cent healthy. Even today he can play football, he is so healthy,” Sawant said on Friday.

Sawant also said, that the three patients have hidden their travel history, which is why the extent of the threat in Goa posed by them could be potentially expansive.

“They have hidden their travel history, and the people of Goa are yet to realise the consequences of this disease,” Sawant said.

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Centre sends 10,000 coronavirus testing kits to Bengal

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Kolkata, March 28 The central government has sent 10,000 testing kits for detecting coronavirus infection to West Bengal, an official said.

The kits were dispatched from the National Institute of virology and reached the virology lab housed in the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) here on Friday.

A NICED official said arrangements were being made to send the kits to various coronavirus testing laboratories in the state.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has repeatedly complained of shortage of testing kits in the state. Some doctors had recently appealed to state governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to expedite the dispatch of the kits.

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