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Karnataka, Chennai, and Puducherry issue Covid-19 guidelines for New Year’s Eve celebrations

Various state governments have issued Covid-19 guidelines for New Year’s Eve celebrations to prevent the spread of the contagious virus.

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Covid-19 guidelines

With 2022 coming to an end, people are ready to celebrate the New Year with great zeal and pomp. But the country is witnessing an upsurge in Covid-19 cases. Various state governments have issued Covid-19 guidelines for New Year’s Eve celebrations to prevent the spread of the contagious virus.

The police departments in Chennai, Karnataka, Delhi, and Puducherry have issued an advisory for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Karnataka New Year’s Eve celebrations guidelines

  • Masks have been made mandatory inside movie theatres, schools and colleges.
  • Mandatory masks in pubs, restaurants and bars on the eve of New Year.
  • New Year celebrations are to end before 1 am on January 1.

Chennai New Year’s Eve celebrations guidelines

  • The new year’s celebrations will be allowed only from 6 pm on December 31 to 1 am on January 1.
  • No celebrations will be allowed for the public on the beaches. Marina and Elliot’s beaches will have heavy security and barricading.
  • Strict action will be taken against those who will be caught driving in an inebriated state.
  • Actions will be taken against those who will be caught speeding or driving recklessly.
  • Police patrols will be arranged near the locked houses if those who are going to out-of-towns inform the nearest police station.
  • The violators will be monitored through patrol vehicles equipped with surveillance cameras.

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Puducherry New Year’s Eve celebration guidelines

  • The public shall strictly adhere to Covid-19 Appropriate Behaviour at places of public gathering.
  • The public shall compulsorily wear masks in public places/beach roads/parks/theatres.
  • The New Year celebrations are restricted up to 1 am on January 1, 2023.
  • The staff of hotels/bars/restaurants/liquor shops/hospitality and entertainment sector shall wear the mask and must have taken a double vaccine.
  • The educational institutions shall scrupulously follow standard operating procedures and ensure 100 percent vaccination, and students, teachers and other staff should compulsorily wear masks.
  • All private business/ commercial establishments shall operate on their regular timing but shall ensure 100 percent vaccination of all staff.
  • All restaurants/ holds/ barn/ liquor shops/ hospitality and entertainment sector establishments shall be permitted to operate by strictly following Covid-I9 appropriate behaviour. They would be responsible for strict adherence to the prescribed SOPs and all instructions/guidelines issued by the government from time to time as well as compliance of Covid appropriate behaviour (viz. wearing of masks, maintaining social distancing, regular hand washing and use of sanitizer etc) to contain the spread of Covid-19 virus. They shall also ensure vaccination of all the staff at the earliest.
  • The religious institutions shall strictly abide by the SOP prescribed earlier by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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Quake felt in Delhi again, tremors of magnitude 2.7 jolts the national capital

The quake on Wednesday comes after another earthquake that jolted parts of India on Tuesday night. As per the reports, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook up parts of Northern India. It was also reported that at least 11 people died and over 160 others were injured in neighboring Pakistan.

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Uttarakhand: Earthquake tremors of 3.8 magnitude felt in Pithoragarh

Another earthquake shook up the national capital on Wednesday after parts of India witnessed a 6.6 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday night. As per the reports, the quake was of 2.7 magnitudes and took place 5 km below the national capital.

The National Center for Seismology also tweeted informing the same as they wrote that an earthquake of Magnitude 2.7 occurred on 22 March at 4:42 pm. The latitude was 28.66 and the Long was 77.03. The depth of the tremor was 5 Km. The epicenter of the quake is reported to be west Delhi.

The quake on Wednesday comes after another earthquake that jolted parts of India on Tuesday night. As per the reports, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook up parts of Northern India. It was also reported that at least 11 people died and over 160 others were injured in neighboring Pakistan.

A statement by the international Seismological Center reported that apart from Pakistan, tremors were also felt in India, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, China, and Kyrgyzstan.

The quake jolted several parts of India at around 10:17 pm on Tuesday night. As per the reports, the tremors were felt across Northern India including Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Uttar Pradesh. The epicenter of the earthquake that hit northern parts of India and various other countries was Afghanistan.

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7 dead as massive blaze engulfs firecracker unit in Tamil Nadu’s Kanchipuram

A massive fire engulfed a firecracker unit in Tamil Nadu’s Kanchipuram district on Wednesday leaving at least seven people dead while 15 others received severe burn injuries, reports said.

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Tamil Nadu firecracker Explosion

A massive fire engulfed a firecracker unit in Tamil Nadu’s Kanchipuram district on Wednesday leaving at least seven people dead while 15 others received severe burn injuries, reports said.

As per reports, an enormous blaze consumed a firecracker making unit at Vazhathottam, 10 kilometers from Kanchipuram, killing at least seven people and leaving fifteen others wounded.

A report quoted Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services DGP, Abhash Kumar as saying that the building collapsed due to the gigantic inferno and many people are still feared trapped inside. The officer said that a joint rescue operation was launched by the firemen, the Kanchipuram district police along with Rescue Services personnel and local residents to pull out survivors from the torched building.

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DGP Kumar said the firecracker unit had a valid license and that an investigation has been launched to ascertain the exact cause of the fire.

Local reports said that the injured, who suffered burn injuries, have been rushed nearby hospital for medical attention.

More details are awaited.

In a similar incident, ten people, including three children, were injured after a fire erupted at a seven-storey residential building in Mumbai’s Mulund West last week. The incident happened at around 2:55 pm at the Jagruti Society in Vithhal Nagar.

Rescue services and firemen successfully had rescued 80 people trapped in the burning building.

Officials at the time had said that the fire out in the electric meter room on the ground floor of the building and the smoke from the meter room spread to all its seven floors.

Fire brigade chief Sanjay Manjrekar said it was not a major fire but the smoke had spread to all the floors. He had said that people got scared of the smoke, came running and got trapped.

The official said that the fire was confined to electric wiring, electric installation, electric main cables, all meters, all switches, etc. in a common electric meter cabin on the ground floor plus the upper seven floored residential building.

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Man checks into Delhi hotel, dies by suicide after overdosing on oxygen

As per the Police, Nitesh researched painless ways to end his life and used a method which he learned during his research.

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IIT Madras man commits suicide

A harrowing story has come to light from Delhi where the body of a 24-year-old man was recovered from inside a hotel in the national capital. As per the reports, the man allegedly died by suicide after overdosing on oxygen.

As per the reports, the victim, identified as Nitesh, stayed in the hotel in Adarsh Nagar with his friend and checked out the next day. However, subsequently the same day, Nitesh checked back into the hotel again.

As per the reports, the victim had been under stress from the increasing cost of the treatment for his illness which drove the man to take the drastic decision. Nitesh had entered the room with a small bag, said reports.

The body of the man was recovered from inside his hotel, according to the reports, Nitesh’s face was covered with a plastic bag that was connected to a small oxygen cylinder. It was reported that the 24-year-old man learned about this method online. When one takes in excess oxygen, the heart rate drops which leads to oxygen poisoning.

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It was also reported that a suicide note was recovered near where his body was found. In the letter, Nitesh talked about the struggles to pay for his treatment due to his prolonged illness. Nitesh, in his suicide note, also wrote about how he didn’t want his family to pay for his treatment anymore.

As per the Police, Nitesh researched painless ways to end his life and used a method which he learned during his research.

Another case of a similar nature came to the fore when a woman died by suicide subsequently after her husband committed suicide in South Delhi. It was reported that the 32-year-old woman was a resident of Hudco place in South Delhi.

The friend of the husband. who informed the police about the woman, told the media that the 32-year-old woman died by suicide after learning about the suicide of her husband.

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