Daily Archive: December 16, 2017

Intense cold conditions in HP, water bodies freeze

Shimla, Dec 16 (PTI) Intense cold conditions led to the freezing of water bodies and drinking water taps in parts of Himachal Pradesh where the minimum temperatures were recorded 12 to 17 degrees below the freezing point.

Normal life in high-altitude tribal areas and other high mountain ranges was hit badly.

All natural sources of water such as lakes, springs, rivulets and tributaries of major snow-fed rivers have frozen.

The discharge of water in major rivers has reduced to 25 per cent.

Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti and Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district had a low of minus 8.7 and minus 3 degrees Celsius.

The local MeT office has warned of cold wave and occurrence of ground frost in lower hills tomorrow and dry weather in the region up to December 22.

PV Sindhu Qualifies For Final of Dubai World Super Series Finals, Beats Chen Yufei in Semis

New Delhi: Rio Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu has made it to the final of the Dubai World Super Series Finals after defeating China’s Chen Yufei in the last-four clash today (December 16). The ace Indian shuttler defeated her Chinese counterpart in straight games 21-15, 21-18 in a contest that lasted 58 minutes.

The Indian shuttler, who is unbeaten thus far in the tournament, will now take on Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the summit clash on Sunday (December 17) Interestingly, on day three of the tournament, Sindhu eased past Yamaguchi 21-9, 21-13 in the last group stage fixture.

Courtesy her win over Yamaguchi, Sindhu finished at the top of Group A in the women’s singles. Meanwhile, this was the sixth meeting between Sindhu and Chen Yufei

Dengue killed 226 people in India this year: #NVBDCP

New Delhi, Dec 16 (PTI) Dengue, a mosquito-borne tropical disease, killed more than 200 people with Tamil Nadu reporting the maximum number cases, while over 60,000 people were affected by Chikungunya in India this year, official data showed.

The National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) figures till December 10 showed that dengue claimed the lives of 226 people in the country.

The total number of dengue cases reported in India this year was 1,53,635.

Tamil Nadu registered the maximum number of dengue cases – 22,197 – while 52 people lost their lives due to the disease this year.

In Kerela, the disease has affected 19,776

people while it has claimed the lives of 37.

In 2016, dengue affected 1,29,166 people while it had claimed 245 lives.

In Delhi, NVBDCP figures showed that 9,169 people were affected while four people died due to the disease this year.

Chikungunya affected 60,232 people across the country with 30,606 people affected in Karnataka alone.

In 2016, chikungunya affected 64,057 people in several states.

The government has convened high-level meetings on prevention and control of the vector-borne diseases.


Medical officer accuses BJP MLA of threatening him

Hardoi (UP), Dec 16 (PTI) The chief medical officer (CMO) of Hardoi district today accused BJP legislator Ashish Singh of misbehaving and threatening him in his office here, a charge the MLA denied.

The incident took place this afternoon.

“The MLA arrived at the CMO office along with his supporters this afternoon and after locking the door from inside misbehaved with me and threatened me,” CMO P N Chaturvedi told reporters.

Singh was mounting pressure to transfer a woman staff in the medical department even after an employee was appointed recently on the recommendation of a senior minister, he claimed.

“The MLA was asking me to ignore the minister’s recommendation,” the CMO said, adding that he has informed District Magistrate Shubhra Saxena about the incident through a letter and has also demanded proper security for the CMO office.

However, Singh, when contacted, accused the CMO and other employees of his office of misbehaving with him.

“The gates and doors of the CMO office were locked by the employees and I was kept there… They also misbehaved with me,” the Mallawan MLA said.

Stressing that he wanted to lodge a police complaint against the CMO, Singh said that he will, however, be consulting other MLAs of the district before such a move.