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Varanasi ‘shivling’ gets anti-pollution mask

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Varanasi, Nov 7 : With pollution levels touching an all-time high in Varanasi, the ‘Shivling’ at the famous Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple has been covered with a protective mask on the top.

Pandit Sandeep Mishra, the priest of the temple, said, “The air is very polluted in the city and we need to protect Lord Shiva from this poisonous air. We believe if he is safe, we will also remain safe and so we have put a mask on the Shivling.”

Idols wearing masks in Kashi
Idols wearing masks in Kashi

He said that during winters, idols are draped in shawls and woollens and air-conditioners are installed in summers. “Similarly, we have put this anti-pollution mask to protect the deity from bad air,” he explained.

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The Air Quality Index in Varanasi was 226 on Thursday, which falls under the poor category.

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Private lab in UP wrongly diagnoses 6 as corona patients

On May 21, eight samples were sent to this lab from Meerut and all were found positive for COVID-19.

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Lucknow, May 27 : A private testing laboratory that gave a false report of six people testing corona positive in Meerut district, is likely to lose its licence.

Meerut District Magistrate Anil Dhingra has already recommended cancellation of the licence of the lab, which has its main office in Gurugram and has sample collection centres in Meerut by the name of Modern Lab and Diagnostic Centre.

Dhingra said, “There was a discrepancy in the lab reports of the Modern Lab for COVID-19 cases. The matter is being investigated and whosoever will be found guilty will not be spared, strict action will be taken against the responsible. A recommendation has been sent to the government for cancellation of the license of this lab. A detailed report has been asked from CMO as well.”

On May 21, eight samples were sent to this lab from Meerut and all were found positive for COVID-19.

However, during re-testing the samples of the same persons at the microbiology department of the Meerut Medical College on May 24, six out of the eight were found to be negative. Following this, those who tested negative were shifted to a different ward. Health officials have sought strict action against the private lab for wrongly indicating that six people from the city had tested positive.

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Karnataka Police to induct 50 dogs at Rs 2.5 crore

According to the commissioner, the police department will hire the services of Amrut Hiranya, a renowned dog psychologist, popularly known as ‘dog guru’.

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Bengaluru, May 26 : As many as 50 dogs will be inducted into the police dog squad in Karnataka at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore to strengthen the force, an official said on Tuesday.

“Fifty dogs will be adopted and inducted into the dog squad at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore to strengthen the state police force,” said Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao.

Inaugurating the newly upgraded Dog Activity Park at the CAR (South) in Adugodi near Kormangala in the city, Rao said the dog squad plays an important role in the detection of explosives, drugs and crimes scenes.

He said that best possible training will be imparted to the police dogs to strengthen the existing canine team.

At the Dog Activity Park, the dogs will be trained under the leadership of CAR South and ACP, Ninga Reddy Patil.

According to the commissioner, the police department will hire the services of Amrut Hiranya, a renowned dog psychologist, popularly known as ‘dog guru’.

Rao said the police department is also planning to appoint female constables as dog handlers in the future.

At the inauguration of the Dog Activity Park, the trained canines showcased their skills such as tackling vehicle hijacking, explosives and drugs detection and anti-terrorist and anti-Maoist warfare tactics.

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Parts of Delhi’s Pillanji Village added to containment zone

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New Delhi, May 26 : The South-East district administration on Tuesday sealed a part of the Pillanji Village in Kotla Mubarakpur here after Covid-19 cases were reported from the area.

In an order issued on Tuesday, the administration directed for containment of the area between house number 1942 and 1945 (Polygon A) and between house number 2027 and 2042, Chopal Wali Gali, (Polygon B) in Pillanji Village, Kotla Mubarakpur, after positive Covid-19 positive were reported from the area.

The South-East District Magistrate also directed all the concerned officials to ensure that basic facilities and necessities are available in the area, and if need arises, the same may be provided to every affected person.

“To restrict public movement within the contained area, sufficient numbers of pickets shall be set up,” the order said.

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