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After 9 months, Nagpur schools reopen for classes 9 to 12 today; see guidelines

After Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) nod, schools in the city are finally set to reopen today, and commence physical classes for students from Std 9 to 11. 

The decision of reopening schools for students comes after a closure of nine months due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Total 29 civic-run schools would reopen today, while 26 of the 593 other schools have preferred to further delay their reopening.

All schools in Vidarbha, except Nagpur district, had resumed physical classes from November 23. Schools in Nagpur rural had reopened on December 14, after district collector Ravindra Thakre granted them permission. 

The order of reopening schools, issued by Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B on November 10, had laid Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for schools administration. 

Following are the guidelines issued by the Department of School Education and Sports regarding the commencement of schools:

1. Ensure hygiene and sterilization of facilities in the school. The school administration should be vigilant about the availability of essential items.

2. All the teachers and teaching staff of the school are required to submit the RTPCR test for Covid-19 and the certificate issued by the test laboratory will be required to be submitted to the school management committee.

3. Seating arrangements in the classroom as well as in the staffroom should be in accordance with the rules of physical distance.

4. Posters/Stickers with guidelines regarding physical distance, use of masks, etc must be put in the school. School Management must ensure that physical distance of 6 feet for standing in line inside and outside the school is maintained. Arrow marks to determine the different ways of coming and going to maintain physical distance. It will be necessary for the school management to take action in this regard.

5. Students must obtain the written consent of their parents before attending school.

6. Is the school premises cleaned regularly every day to maintain cleanliness and hygienic conditions in and around the school premisesAre toilets frequently sterilized In the case of private schools, In the case of private schools, Education Officer, Z.P. The Department of Secondary Education will have look after the preparations. While for other schools, Education Officer, NMC will be incharge of all.

7. The schools have been instructed to keep thermometers, thermal scanning guns, pulse oximeters, disinfectant soaps, etc. from the available funds.

8. Is the school transport vehicle disinfected at least twice a day (before and after boarding the student vehicle) for safe travel of the students Is there complete preparation and material available for this In the case of private schools, it is the responsibility of the Education Officer, Z.P.

9. Classes should not be taken in closed rooms under any circumstances. Classroom doors and windows should be kept open for ventilation. The school management should take care of this. Classes should not be taken in rooms as there is no ventilation.

10. The school administration should instruct its teachers and teaching staff to be present at the school in order to prepare for the commencement of the school.

11. Nagpur and Education Officer, Municipal Corporation Nagpur should submit details about the preparedness to Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Nagpur before the commencement of the school.

12. Any person violating the orders and guidelines issued by this office from time to time for the prohibition of COVID-19 shall be liable to prosecution under Section 51, 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and other legal provisions.

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise




Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified




Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

Rahul Gandhi

An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

Also read: ‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

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