Top Headlines of the Day
1. Punjab farmers modify the plan, to march to Delhi via alternative routes besides Haryana highways
After their Delhi Chalo march to protest the Centre’s farm laws came a cropper due to heavy barricading by Haryana Police on Wednesday, Punjab’s farmer unions have changed their strategy of taking only the highways to the national capital. They plan to enter Haryana through other routes on Thursday morning.
While activists of the Bharti Kisan Union have been camping on the Punjab-Haryana border, in Sangrur district since Wednesday evening, other farmer unions have changed their plans and decided to head for Delhi from other entry points.
2. Farmers’ protest: Chandigarh Transport Undertaking suspends bus service in Haryana till Nov 27
Farmers from the region are moving towards Delhi to join a national protest against the Centre’s new agriculture laws.
The Chandigarh administration, in a press release, stated that due to the farmers’ march from November 25 to 27, “all CTU operation in/through Haryana area will remain suspended”.
The district police also issued a travel advisory, appealing people to avoid movement towards Delhi and other cities, especially via NH-44, for the next two days, as farmers’ protest is likely to cause traffic chaos.
It was stated that police are on alert, and the DCP has ensured that passage will be provided to emergency vehicles, but other travelers should avoid the route.
3. 2.41% inbound travelers found infected at Chandigarh ISBT-17
Nearly 2.41 percent of passengers coming from other states have tested positive for Covid-19 at the ISBT-17 here.
Amid rising coronavirus cases in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), Dr Amandeep Kang, Director, Health Services, UT, initiated a process to test passengers arriving at the ISBT-17 from other states.
A total of 1,488 samples had been collected in the past nine days at the bus stand and 36 of them had tested positive for the virus.
4. Shimla tightens Covid norms amid a spurt in infections
In the wake of the spurt in Covid infections, the Shimla district administration has introduced more curbs to contain the contagion.
Shimla’s additional deputy commissioner Apoorv Devgan on Wednesday ordered a weekly closing day for all markets and shops that sell essentials. People will no longer be able to eat outside restaurants. Only take-aways will be allowed. The district administration has curbed the number of people allowed to assemble for social gatherings outside containment zones from 200 to 50. Only 50% of people will be allowed as per hall capacity.
“If the gathering is both indoor and outdoor, at most 200 people will be allowed,” said the order.
5. Chandigarh records coldest November day in a decade
It was for the first time since 2010 that the maximum temperature in the city went below 20°C in November, according to data readily available at the India Meteorological Department (IMD)’s observatory in Sector 39.
In the next three days, the maximum temperature will remain between 20°C and 22°C while minimum temperature will remain between 10°C and 14°C, stated the weather bulletin.
6. Chandigarh sees 87 cases, 1 death
Chandigarh today reported 87 fresh Covid-19 cases and one death, taking the toll to 266. Of 16,925 Covid-19 cases in the city, 1,127 are active and 15,532 have been cured till date.
In the past 24 hours, 77 patients have been cured of the disease. As many as 1,595 samples collected from the district were tested.
7. Four deaths, 138 fresh infections in Mohali
Four deaths due to Covid-19 and 138 new positive cases were reported from the district today. The total positive cases in the district are 14,772, of which 12,898 have been cured. The total active cases in the district are 1,601. With four deaths today, the toll has reached 273.
8. 58 fresh cases, one death in Panchkula
The district today reported 58 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the case tally to 8,454. It also witnessed one Covid death. While 7,821 patients have defeated the virus so far, 508 cases are still active.
The district recovery rate is 92.51 percent.