In a bid to ward off hunger woes, various individuals and organisations across the country have been distributing food and grocery items to the needy since the Prime Minster has imposed nationwide lockdown. One among them is Aligarh based Manav Upkaar kitchen who has eliminated all social and cultural woes and proved that humanity is above all castes and religions. The kitchen is distributing food to people regardless of their caste, community, religion or social background. Started in the year 2000, the organisation was founded the people from all religious backgrounds with a motive to feed the hungry and serve the cause. The term Manav Upkaar translates to "benefit of the humankind" and therefore this organisation tries to help as many citizens as possible regardless of their socio-cultural backgrounds in various ways. They even perform the last rites of unclaimed bodies as the religion of the deceased to pass on the message that 'Service to Humanity is Service to God'. Currently, the organisation has 900 members who are working day and night to help the needy amid the nationwide lockdown and provide them with two square meals. They even distribute Sevai during Eid and Halwa during Hanuman Jayanti in order to honour the beliefs of every religious community.Their act is not just a wonderful example of humanity but also showcases the harmonious coexistence of different faiths in the country.
Nakhoda Masjid will reopen in Kolkata on June 8 for devotees. Gathering was not witnessed even during Eid in the mosque due to coronavirus-induced lockdown. Nakhoda Masjid will reopen according to MHA's guidelines.
The streets of Vattayal locality in Kerala's Alappuzha district were lying almost barren this Eid-ul-Fitr due to coronavirus lockdown. As Muslims in the area didn't go for any grand celebrations this year adhering to lockdown norms, they chose to pass on the hat for the noble cause which was also joined by their Hindu and Christian neighbours and fully supported by Valiyakulam Juma Masjid. These people, belonging to different faiths got united to collect money for the surgery of a 36-year-old man, Mohammed Rafi, whose both kidneys have failed, thereby spreading a message of communal harmony along with generosity on Eid. On the festive day, this group of samaritans visited every household in order to seek donation for Rafi for whose surgery around 25 lakhs are required.Rising above religious lines, the locals too gave them a warm welcome and donated whole heartedly. There were many who even cancelled their plans to buy costly dresses and have lavish meals on Eid to contribute for this noble cause. Eid that has always been a grand affair for the Muslims, was observed in a very sombre way this year, amid Coronavirus outbreak. But the way few people turned it into a noble affair like those in Alappuzha, made it even more meaningful.
Epitomising communal harmony, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board was working overnight to provide sehri and Iftari to around 500 Muslims quarantined at Aashirwad Bhawan in Katra. Sehri is a small meal taken before the sunrise while iftari is taken after the fast ends at the sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. The shrine even did special arrangements for the Muslims on the occasion of Eid that celebrates the end of holy month of fasting with large meals and other festivities. The migrant labourers have come to Jammu and Kashmir from different parts of the country in special Shramik trains and buses to Udhampur town which is about 40 kms from Katra, where they are staying. The shrine board has spent around Rs 80 lakh on providing food to the needy since March 20 in various quarantine centres at Katra. It has also spent around Rs 1.5 crore in aiding the Covid-19 response. The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is one of the most revered Hindu shrines and is also the second richest after Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in India. All facilities of the shrine board in Katra are well maintained and pilgrims from across the country prefer them over hotels for their cleanliness, hygienic food, comfortable bedding and hospitable staff.
A complaint has been filed against several people in Rajasthan's Ajmer on May 27. They were found offering namaz (prayers) inside a dargah on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr on May 25. Ajmer Police registered compliant against them at Dargah Police Station. The large congregations were prohibited this year on Eid due to COVID-19 outbreak. 7536 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in Rajasthan so far.
Union Minister G Kishan Reddy visited DRDO-built COVID Hospital near Air Force Station in Delhi on July 05. CM Arvind Kejriwal also visited the COVID hospital. Speaking on it, CM Kejriwal said, "For now, there is no scarcity of hospital beds, we have over 15,000 beds out of which 5300 are occupied. There is a paucity of ICU beds. If there is any spike in COVID cases, these ICU beds are very critical for us." The DRDO-built Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel COVID-19 Hospital in Delhi Cantonment is the temporary hospital structure. The hospital will have 1,000 beds including 250 ICU beds.
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is the nodal agency to operate the 10,000 bedded Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre and Hospital at Radha Soami Beas in Chattarpur. At the inaugural ceremony, DG of ITBP, SS Deswal said, "Our doctors, nurses and paramedic staff will take care of this COVID-19 care facility. ITBP has experience of several months in handling COVID patients. Initially, ITBP was deployed at quarantine centres. We are also running a 200 bedded centre for the forces in Noida. We are confident to handle any number of patients here." As per the last bulletin of Delhi Health Department, Delhi has a total of 97,200 COVID-19 cases including 68,256 recovered cases and 25,940 active cases.
Rain lashed out in parts of Delhi on July 05 early morning. Lightning and thunderstorm were also observed which brought a change in weather. It has brought a much-needed relief from the heatwave conditions prevailing in the region. The India Meteorological Department had predicted light showers on Sunday.
Inflation in vegetable prices was witnessed in the national capital. In comparison to the last week, prices of tomatoes have doubled. A buyer in the Daryaganj vegetable market said, "two days back I purchased tomatoes for Rs. 40/kg and now the price is Rs. 80/kg. If it goes on like this, we will stop eating them."
People arrived at the wholesale fruit and vegetable market in Delhi's Daryaganj to buy essentials amid COVID-19 outbreak. Thermal screening was conducted before entering vegetable market. Buyers and vendors present in the market were seen wearing mask. People in huge numbers were seen flouting social distancing norms while entering the market. Meanwhile, buyers arrived at Nasirpur vegetable market to make purchases amid COVID-19 outbreak. People were seen maintaining social distancing norms at Nasirpur vegetable market.
Vegetable and fruit sellers in Delhi's Daryaganj market are facing hardships ahead of Eid festival. They are suffering losses due to COVID-19 outbreak. Sellers said that there is no excitement about Eid as the celebrations have been marred by coronavirus pandemic. While speaking to ANI, a seller Haseen Malik said, "There is no fervour of Eid. There is some demand for fruits as it is summer but most of businesses are down." There are 11,659 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Delhi. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of COVID-19 active cases are 66,330 and 3583 deaths in India.
People offered Namaz at Jama Masjid on May 22. They gathered to offered prayers on the last Friday of Ramzan. Islamic scholars have appealed people not to swarm mosques and offer 'Alvida Jumma' inside their house due to lockdown. Ramzan is the ninth month of Islamic calendar observed by Muslims across world.
On July 04, India reported 442 deaths and highest single-day spike of 22,771 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, positive cases stand at 6,48,315 including 2,35,433 active cases, 3,94,227 cured/discharged/migrated and 18,655 deaths. As per the Government of India, the recovery rate has further improved to 60.80 percent. The recoveries/deaths ratio is 95.48 percent : 4.52 percent now. The total number of samples tested up to July 03 is 95,40,132 of which 2,42,383 samples were tested yesterday, informed the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).