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Dipankar Ghose


Collector to Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh’s perennial politician
Sat, May 30, 2020

Born in Bilaspur, Jogi studied mechanical engineering in Bhopal, winning a gold medal, and soon became an IAS officer, going on to become District Collector of Raipur.

Institutional deliveries dip in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand
Fri, May 29, 2020

Government data accessed by The Indian Express shows that in February 2020, before the lockdown was imposed, Chhattisgarh recorded 37,984 institutional deliveries, which rose to 38,449 in March. Following the lockdown, the number of institutional deliveries fell to 32,529 in April.

As migrants return to Chhattisgarh, focus on MGNREGA, quarantine infra
Thu, May 21, 2020

Senior officials in the state government said that the key objective over the next few weeks will be to increase disposable income, especially in rural areas.

Cyclone Amphan: Worst over, Odisha assesses damage
Thu, May 21, 2020

Pradip Jena, Special Relief Commissioner, told The Indian Express: "Lots of trees have been uprooted. That assessment is continuing and will take time. There has been some damage to electrical infrastructure."

Odisha braces for Amphan — social distancing on officials’ mind
Wed, May 20, 2020

What has exacerbated the situation is that of the 23 districts in Odisha, coastal districts that may face effects of Amphan have reported 633 out of 978 Covid-19 cases in the state so far -- as per the state government dashboard.

Covid-19 fight: Separate containment plan for large outbreak areas
Sun, May 17, 2020

In what seemed to be preparation for greater flexibility to states, the Health Ministry brought out two containment plan documents: one for large outbreaks, and one for others. A large outbreak is defined as an area with 15 or more cases.

At Odisha quarantines, migrants being trained as health workers
Sun, May 17, 2020

The state government is also offering an honorarium of Rs 150 per day for those at the quarantine centres who want to contribute in daily work.

Chhattisgarh: Cop abducted by Maoists freed after a week—with help from journalists
Thu, May 14, 2020

Santosh is a with Chhattisgarh Police and posted at Bhopalapatnam in Bijapur district.

Wary of lifting lockdown, states ask Centre for more authority in categorising zones
Tue, May 12, 2020

In the fifth meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, chief ministers of at least four states — Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana and West Bengal — were of the view that the lockdown which came into effect on March 25, should be extended.

Covid-19: Behind Ujjain’s mortality rate, late reporting, fear of hospital, delays in testing
Mon, May 11, 2020

Ujjain has seen 45 Covid deaths, with 4,154 tests being conducted and 237 people testing positive. Mortality rate is close to 20 per cent.

As new phase of lockdown begins, Centre tells states: 72% of deaths in 20 districts
Mon, May 04, 2020

As many as 72 per cent of deaths from the disease have occurred in just 20 districts, state chief secretaries were told in a meeting chaired by the Cabinet Secretary on Sunday.

In MP, recoveries beat new cases; CM says on right track
Sun, May 03, 2020

While Indore continues to be a hotspot with over half the cases in the state, data released by the administration has shown a downward trend in percentage of cases testing positive over the past week.

Firms told to ensure 100% of their staff have Aarogya app
Sat, May 02, 2020

While thus far the use of the app was “encouraged”, now onus has been put on the heads of respective organisations to “ensure 100% coverage”.

COVID-19 situation: 1 in 5 Indore samples positive, admin says situation improving
Tue, Apr 28, 2020

The Indore Commissioner said the IMCT has also looked at the delivery of rations and asked for the setting up a home delivery system for fruits and vegetables.

Centre flags gaps in critical care infra; shortages worst in UP, Bihar, Assam
Mon, Apr 27, 2020

According to a presentation made at a meeting, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Assam had the largest numbers of districts with grave shortages of all these three kinds of equipment.

Covid-19 data in doubt as ICMR records 1,087 more patients than NCDC
Mon, Apr 27, 2020

Overall, while NCDC recorded India’s confirmed cases at 26,496 as of 8 am on April 26, ICMR said the number is 27,583 — a difference of 1,087 patients.

CMs’ meet with PM Modi: Baghel to seek end to curbs in some districts
Fri, Apr 24, 2020

In the last meeting of the PM with Chief Ministers on April 11, Baghel had asked for decisions on opening up the economy within states to be left to the respective state governments.

Coronavirus: Indore testing lower than required, say officials
Tue, Apr 21, 2020

The Additional Chief Secretary said that while Indore’s first case was identified on March 24, the numbers since then — close to 900 now — show that it is probable that there were cases that went undetected earlier.

Collector links Indore cases to Dubai flights as death rate falls
Sat, Apr 18, 2020

A decision has also been taken to screen “every single resident” in Indore, a city with a population of around 30 lakh, over the next few weeks.

Coronavirus lockdown: From geo-tags to waste, battered Indore ups defence
Thu, Apr 16, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): By Wedneday, the number of cases in the city stood at 544, a jump of 117 from the previous day.

Masks, fines for spitting: Window to new normal
Thu, Apr 16, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Overarchingly, the guidelines emphasise the need for sanitation, temperature checks, and social distancing.

MHA guidelines: Mandatory face cover, fine for spitting, medical insurance for workers
Wed, Apr 15, 2020

The MHA directives also include instructions for temperature screening at all workplaces, as well as a separate directive for social distancing in the work place.

Behind Indore’s high coronavirus toll, vacuum at top, WhatsApp rumours fuelling fears
Wed, Apr 15, 2020

As on Tuesday night, Indore had 411 cases of 741 in the state and 37 of its 53 deaths. Besides, 13 people are critical.

Homecoming vs health risk: States flag migrant plight, but in a bind
Sun, Apr 12, 2020

Some states pushed for the migrants to be allowed to travel back to their home states amid apprehension of social unrest — there was violence in Surat Friday by workers asking a passage home.

PM-CMs meet on COVID-19, India lockdown: States seek graded easing for economic activity
Sun, Apr 12, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Most state CMs also pointed to the shortage of financial resources in their fight against the pandemic. Some including Punjab’s Amarinder Singh and Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan wanted the Centre to relax the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act