Coronavirus in India: What you need to know?

Coronavirus, a new deadly virus has killed more than one hundred people in China and has infected thousands across the world. Countries like Hong Kong, Australia, Thailand, France, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Nepal, South Korea have reported confirmed cases of this deadly virus.

However, as of now, no confirmed cases have been detected in India. Although, few suspected cases have been put under isolation in Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

This ongoing outbreak of the fatal coronavirus originated in China’s Wuhan city. The deadly virus has claimed more than a hundred lives so far.

What is Coronavirus?

The Wuhan Coronavirus which is also called as 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a family of viruses in human that can cause a range of illnesses including cough, cold, fever, breathlessness etc.

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The name of the virus, corona, comes from its shape which looks like the outer layer of the sun’s atmosphere during a total solar eclipse.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus infection?

The common symptom of coronavirus infection includes fever, cough and breathlessness. Although the symptoms depend upon the type of infectant, some of the common signs include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Breathing trouble
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pneumonia
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

The first case of coronavirus was detected after mysterious pneumonia cases were reported in China.

What precaution should be taken?

The basic precaution recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) includes good hygiene and staying away from infectious people.

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover your mouth while coughing and sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with people showing cough and cold symptoms
  • Do not eat a raw or undercooked animal product

Besides, WHO also recommends avoiding travelling to China if not essential.

Indians who are feeling unwell while in China or who have recently returned from China must promptly seek medical help.

India’s take on coronavirus outburst

The Indian government is preparing to evacuate citizens from China after the outburst of this deadly virus. The central government has also set 24×7 helpline number to attend queries about novel coronavirus.

Anyone seeking help or information can call on the national helpline no: +91-1123978046

The Airport Authority has designated twenty thermal screening options at the various airports including New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi and Hyderabad.

Health Ministry of India has published several guidelines for healthcare practitioners on its Disease Alert page.

Udaipur’s preparedness on Coronavirus

Udaipur’s Medical Education Department and Medical and Health Department are on alert following the suspected cases admitted in Jaipur and Madhya Pradesh.

City’s RNT Medical College has designated an isolation ward in the skin department of the hospital for any suspected patients.

Treatment for coronavirus

As of now, there is no prescribed treatment or vaccine available for coronavirus treatment. The virus has its own course and subsides on its own.

Patients who are infected with coronavirus need to be kept in isolation and must take proper rest along with the prescribed medication in order to recover effectively.

Rest, medicine and the right food are important for recovery from coronavirus.

Government bank employee may go on 2-day strike from Jan 31

Government bank employees from State Bank of India and other Public Sector Banks may go on strike from 31st January 2020. SBI has informed its customers that operations may be impacted due to proposed 2-day nationwide strike.

The PSU banks have threatened to go on a nationwide strike to protest for early wage revision. This strike has been given by the umbrella body of the nine bank unions, the United Forum of Bank Unions. This body includes unions like All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC), All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and National Organisation of Bank Workers.

The unions had a meeting with the Chief Labour Commissioner on Monday which went inconclusive following which the unions decided not to take back the strike notice.

The revision of wages for employee of public sector banks employee is pending since November 2017. The AIBEA general secretary C H Venkatachalam has appealed to the banking customers to bear with the disruption in the services due to the strike.


Bharat Bandh proposed on 29 January

A social organisation called Bahujan Kranti Morcha (BKM) has called for a complete shut down in India on January 29, 2020, to protest against Citizen Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizen (NRC), and National Population Register (NPR).

Bahujan Kranti Morcha has called for this Bandh and has asked all the social organisations to join hands and support it.

A meeting was held here in Town Hall, Udaipur in which the officials of auto and taxi unions participated. The organisation has released posters and stickers of Bharat Bandh and has requested the people to co-operate.

New flyover proposed to free Sevashram Chouraha from traffic congestion

To get rid of severe traffic congestion at one of the city’s busiest road, Sevashram and Thokar Chouraha, UIT has proposed to build a flyover from Ayad Puliya to BN College Road.

The flyover will start from Ayad Puliya which connects Sevashram Chouraha to Thokar and end near Dalal Petrol Pump located at BN College Road. The Urban Improvement Trust of Udaipur has already started working on the design for the same.

The flyover will ease the traffic congestion at both the Chouraha. Also, people travelling from Dabok Airport can avoid getting stuck in the traffic at Sevashram. Now, the proposed flyover is likely to help ease the growing traffic situation and make the commute to the airport quicker.

In a meeting held at UIT Udaipur, UIT Chairman and Udaipur District Collector Ms Anandhi investigated the plan and check the feasibility of the project.

Student volunteers to manage traffic in Udaipur

With an aim to ensure better traffic management and create awareness about rules and regulations, the Udaipur Police has engaged student traffic volunteers in Udaipur city on an experimental basis.

This Student Traffic Volunteer Scheme will be inaugurated on Friday, 24 January by Traffic DSP, Sudha Palawat and TI, Netrapal Singh in presence of IG Binita Thakur and Udaipur SP Kailash Chandra Bishnoi.

After imparting proper training, the district police will be deploying 30 boys and girls initially on a trial basis. After the feedback, the police department will deploy the students at various locations during the Sadak Suraksha Saptah which will begin from 4th February.

The Student Volunteer Scheme was introduced in Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack in January 2017 encouraging college and university students to assist police personnel in regulating traffic.


Udaipur, hurry up! Give feedback for Swachh Survekshan 2020 by Jan 31

The final round of Swachh Survekshan 2020 has started, but the city is lagging far behind in citizen feedback evaluation. 

Citizen feedback, which has 25% weightage (1,500 marks out of the total 6,000), is for people to share their experiences about the city’s sanitation. The feedback is open till January 31.

The lack of awareness in the city about this feedback system is clearly visible. Since the feedback process will end soon, the Municipal Corporation of Udaipur has also started creating awareness about it.

There are four ways of giving citizen feedback under the Swachh Survekshan 2020. Udaipur is way behind in giving feedback in these four ways.

The feedback received as of 21 January 2020 is as under:


  • City App – 192 feedbacks
  • Portal – 3928
  • IVR – 4
  • Swachta App – 42

How to give feedback?

Give your response using one of the following methods:

Udaipur Airport on high alert till January 30: Visitor’s pass will not be issued on the terminals

Airports around the country including the city’s Maharana Pratap Airport increase their security ahead of Republic Day on 26 January. Airport administration has advised the passengers to co-operate with the security systems. No visitor passes will be issued during this period. 

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has increased the number of security personnel deployed at all the domestic and international airports around the country. The agency has tightened security measures including scanning of luggage and frisking of passengers. Any private or public vehicle will not be allowed beyond the parking area. The Airport Authority has appointed CISF teams and dog squads at the main entrance to check all vehicles, luggage and passengers for security purposes.

Airlines are also advising passengers to reach the airport two hours before the scheduled departure of their flights to avoid any inconvenience. 

Every Independence and Republic Day, the security at the airport is increased than the usual in all the states and cities. This is just to take adequate precautions.

Little Chess Masters from Udaipur prove their mettle at Chess Wiz 2020 at Forum Celebration

A chess competition for the school kids, Chess Wiz 2020, was organised in a joint association of Forum Celebration Mall and Chess in Lakecity at Forum Celebration Mall Udaipur on 14th and 15 January 2020.

Around 700 young players from the city, from Nursery to Class 12th participated in the competition under four different age groups. The enthusiasm of the kids was apparent in the 2-day event, where the students from MDS, St. Anthony’s, Crossroads International, Witty International and many other schools from Udaipur were seen competing for the game of chess.

Forum Celebration Chess Wizz

The winners for the different groups were as follow:

Nursery to HKG Category:

Boys Group

  • First Position – Amay Jain
  • Second Position – Parshv Parmar
  • Third Position – Shourya Choudhary

Girls Group

  • First Position – Charvi Modi
  • Second Position – Shanvi Maru
  • Third Position – Monshika Sahu
Class 1 to Class 4:

Boys Group

  • First Position – Saiyam Maru
  • Second Position – Dhruvin Jain
  • Third Position – Mitash Sahu

Girls Group

  • First Position – Krishna Jodhawat
  • Second Position – Advika Sarupriya
  • Third Position – Tamanna Gupta
Class 5 to Class 8:

Boys Group

  • First Position – Arun Kataria
  • Second Position – Palvit Chandaliya
  • Third Position – Ayush Bhojak

Girls Group

  • First Position – Charvi Patidar
  • Second Position – Vanshika Bandwal
  • Third Position – Vaishali Mishra
Class 9 to Class 12:

Boys Group

  • First Position – Gautam Katariya
  • Second Position – Bhavesh Pandiyar
  • Third Position – Ayush Lodha

Girls Group

  • First Position – Khushi Mishra
  • Second Position – Kashish Agrawal
  • Third Position – Vidhi Vaishnav

The event was graced by Dr Lalit Joshi (Additional Director – Animal Husbandry) as the Cheif Guest and Mr Vijendra Agrawal (Jr. Engineer District Head) and Dr Suresh Jain as the Guest of Honors. Besides, Mr Rajendra Teli and Mr Vikas Sahu ((International Arbiters), and Nilesh Kumawat and Gayatri Kataria from Chess in Lakecity also gave their utmost support.

The Certificates and Prizes for the winners were sponsored by Forum Celebration Mall Udaipur.

Udaipur Nagar Nigam Committee Heads Announced

In a board meeting held on Monday, 20 January 2020, Udaipur Nagar Nigam announced the names of the committee heads as below:

  1. Finance Committee – Ruchika Chaudhary
  2. Health & Hygiene – Paras Singhvi
  3. Health Committee Old City – Veni Ram Salvi
  4. Electricity Committee – Hemant Bohra
  5. Old city Committee – Kuldeep Joshi
  6. Building Permit Committee – Ashish Kothari
  7. Construction Committee – Tara Chand Jain
  8. Slum Reforms – Devendra Sahu
  9. Women Development – Rekha Utwal
  10. Rules Committee – Sonika Jain
  11. Crimes Mitigation Committee – Mayor GS Tank
  12. Goshala Committee – Bhanwar Singh Deora
  13. Encroachment Committee – Chogalal Bhoi
  14. Garden Committee – Mahesh Dwivedi
  15. Revenue Committee – Arvind Jaroli
  16. Heritage Committee – Madan Dave
  17. Broadcast Media Committee – Chandrakala Bolya
  18. Garage Committee – Manohar Chaudhary
  19. Disaster Management Committee – Mahendra Bhagora

These committees will be working towards developing basic facilities at a local level.

Polling for first phase of panchayat elections in Udaipur

Preparations have been done for the first phase of Panchayat Elections in Udaipur along with the entire state of Rajasthan. There are more than 93 lac voters voting for 2726 Gram Panchayats in 87 Panchayat Committees.

As per the State Election Commissioner, Mr P S Mehra, the counting of the vote will be done on the day of the election itself i.e. Friday, January 17 2020. There 17242 candidates competing for the post of Sarpanch and  42000 candidates for the post of Panch.

This is the first time that elections of Panchayat Samiti and District Councils are not been conducted with Panch-Sarpanch. Therefore the Panchayat Election process in Rajasthan is likely to be a prolonged one.

The counting of the votes will take place immediately after the voting process ends and the results will be declared the same day.

The election for the post of Up-sarpanch (Deputy Superintendent) will be held on 18th January 2020 who will be elected from the selected Panchs.