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India records 7.42 lakh Covid cases, Health Minister to chair GoM meet today

Aishvarya Jain

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Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan is scheduled to chair a meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on the coronavirus situation in the country on Thursday, as India records 7.42 lakh Covid-19 cases. The last high-level meeting was held on 27 June to review, monitor and evaluate the current situation.

 India has so far recorded 7,42,417 cases, which includes 20,642 deaths, while 482 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Gujarat have reported the highest number of cases. During the last 24 hours, a total of 16,883 Covid-19 patients have been cured, taking the total tally of recovered cases to 4,56,830 so far. The rate of recovery among Covid-19 patients continues to increase over the days it currently stands at 61.53% percent.

In Maharashtra, a total of 6,603 new Covid-19 cases and 198 deaths were reported in the last twenty-four hours, taking the total number of cases to 2,21,679 with 91,065 active cases in the state. Meanwhile, Mumbai recorded 1,147 cases, taking the tally to 87,856. The Maharashtra government has also decided to allow markets and shops to remain open for an additional two hours from July 9 pm, in noncontainment zones. Hotels can re-open with 33% occupancy.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed Delhi Health Secretary to share a detailed analysis of factors behind all Covid-19 deaths in the national capital in the last two weeks. Delhi registered 2,033 new Covid-19 cases in the last twenty-four hours, taking the total number of cases to 1,04,864. With 48 deaths, the death toll reached 3,213. The tally of recovered/cured patients has reached to 78,199, currently 23,452 active cases are in Delhi. Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Kejriwal in augurated a 500-bed Covid19care centre at the Commonwealth Games village in Delhi. Haryana reported 691 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths today, taking the total number of cases to 18,690 and death toll to 282. The number of active cases stands at 4,302. Bihar’s Patna will remain under lockdown from July 10 to July 16 after the state reported its highest single-day spike of 749 Covid-19 cases. The state’s count has risen to 13,274.

Gujarat reports the highest single-day spike with a total of 783 new coronavirus cases reported, taking the total number of cases in the state to 38,419. The death toll reached 1,995 after 16 fatalities were confirmed. The tally includes 27,313 discharged/ cured and 9,111 active cases.

Odisha recorded a total of 527 new coronavirus cases and 6 deaths, taking the total number of cases to 10,624. The tally includes 7,006 recovered and 3,557 active cases. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh reached a tally of 16,036 cases after 409 new cases and 7 deaths were reported, taking the total number of cases to and deaths to 629. Active cases stand at 3,420 in the state.

West Bengal reported 986 new coronavirus cases and 23 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 24,823 and death toll to 827. Active cases stand at 7,705. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that her state administration has imposed a total shutdown in containment zones only for seven days. The chief minister however, said the shutdown will be extended after reviewing the situation in the zones.

 Over the past 24 hours Tamil Nadu recorded as many as 3,756 persons tested positive for coronavirus infection, taking the total tally to 122,350. The total number of Covid-19 patients who died over the past 24-hours was 64 taking the death toll in the state to 1,700. Kerala reported a total of 301 new cases of coronavirus of this 99 from abroad, 95 from other states and 90 through contacts. The tally includes 107 recovered and 2,605 active cases.

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After BSY, former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah tests positive for Covid-19

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Former Karnataka Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly, Siddaramaiah on Tuesday said that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and admitted himself to a hospital.

“I have been tested positive for COVID-19 and also been admitted to the hospital on the advice of doctors as a precaution. I request all those who had come in contact with me to check out for symptoms and to quarantine themselves,” Siddaramaiah tweeted. Earlier on Sunday, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had said that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

4,752 new COVID-19 cases and 98 deaths were reported in Karnataka on Monday, taking total cases to 1,39,571 including 62,500 discharges and 2,594 deaths, the State Health Department informed.

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India slams Pak in UN, calls it ‘nerve centre of terrorism’

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Calling Pakistan a nerve centre of terrorism, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador TS Tirumurti, has lashed out at Islamabad for harbouring terror groups, saying it is home to the largest number of listed terrorists internationally and designated terrorist entities.
In an interview to ANI, Ambassador Tirumurti on Monday (local time) said terror groups such as Jamat-ud Dawah, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen are continuing their operations from Pakistan.

“It’s a well-known fact that Pakistan is the nerve centre of terrorism. Pakistan is home to the largest number of listed terrorists internationally designated terrorist entities and individuals, including Jamat-ud Dawah, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen, they are continuing their operations from Pakistan. Let me state that the UN and its reports have reiterated the involvement of Pakistan in terrorist attacks abroad. You know, even in the recent report of the analytical support and sanctions monitoring team,” he said.

Referring to United Nations’ 26th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team concerning ISIS, the ambassador said there is a clear acknowledgement that the leadership and funding for the terrorist entities like Al-Qaeda, ISIS emanate from Pakistan.

“Under the 1267 Committee, which submits its report periodically terrorist activities of ISIL al Qaeda and its affiliates. There are several direct references to Pakistan’s involvement,” Tirumurti said

“This report, clearly mentions that Pakistanis are in leadership positions of terrorist groups, for example, the report mentions by name the leader of the Al Qaeda who is a Pakistani national, the names of the head of Isil and former head again Pakistani national clearly mentioned in this report. There is a clear acknowledgement that the leadership and funding for these entities emanate from Pakistan,” he added.

The UN report revealed that an estimated 6,000-6,500 Pakistani terrorists are in neighbouring Afghanistan, most of them with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, posing a threat to both the countries.

“In another report released in May, it mentions that Pakistan based terrorists organizations Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammed continue to have a large presence of terrorist fighters in Afghanistan and are involved in carrying out terrorist attacks there,” the Ambassador said.

Tirumurti said Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has acknowledged that there are around 40,000 terrorists present in Pakistan and they have attacked neighbouring countries.

“Even in the recent resolution of the UN Security Council on the session of hostilities in the context of COVID-19, the security council has clearly recognised that they need to make an exemption for countries fighting against globally designated terrorist entities and individuals thereby in effect vindicating our position,” he said.

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Sushant case: Demand for CBI probe in Bihar assembly

The matter was raised by BJP legislator Neeraj Bablu in the Lower House, gets support from RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.

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The issue of alleged suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput reverberated in both houses of the Bihar Assembly on Monday and the demand for a CBI probe was raised. The matter was raised by Neeraj Bablu in the Assembly, who is a cousin of Sushant Singh Rajput and a BJP MLA. He indicated at a deep-rooted conspiracy behind the actor’s “suicide” and demanded that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should immediately recommend a CBI probe into the matter.

Neeraj Bablu raised concern at the way the investigating team from Bihar which has gone to Mumbai for investigations was being treated. He said the team was deliberately being targeted and the IPS officer was unnecessarily being quarantined to conceal facts and “hide prominent names behind the murder of Sushant Singh Rajput.”

 The BJP MLA got support from unexpected quarters in the Vidhan Sabha, when RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav (leader of Opposition) stood up in his support and said that he was with Sushant’s family right from the beginning and wanted the matter to be investigated thoroughly.

He said, “RJD wants a thorough investigation in the case and I have even written a letter to CM Nitish Kumar for the same. I also demand that the film city being developed in Rajgir should be named after Sushant Singh Rajput.”The matter was also raised in the Upper House.

On the other hand, sharp reactions have also come from CM Nitish Kumar on the issue.

 Talking to media he said, “Whatever has taken place is wrong. This is not a political issue but a legal issue and the Bihar Police is just complying with its legal responsibility.”

He indicated that the Bihar DGP is looking into the matter and is in consultations with relevant people on the other side.

Sharp reactions also came from the DGP of the state, Guptehwar Pandey, and he hinted that the IPS officer was on official trip to Mumbai and that the relevant authorities on the other side were also informed about the way Vinay Tiwari was quarantined was not in consonance with law. The Patna IG would be sending a protest letter to the BMC for the same.

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No cash transfer, says Mumbai Police chief

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Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said that the Mumbai Police has gone through the accounts of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput and are yet to find anything suspicious. The investigating officials are however continuing with their probe, he said.

“The FIR filed by Bihar Police says that Rs 15 crore were siphoned off from Sushant’s account. During our probe, we found that he had Rs 18 crore in his account of which around Rs 4.5 crore are still there. Till now no direct transfer to Rhea Chakraborty’s account has been found,” said Singh.

 Singh also said that members of the actor’s family, including his father, three sisters and brother-in-law had given their statements to the police on 16 June, in which they didn’t raise any suspicions or allege foul play. However,

Rajput’s father has lodged a police complaint against actor Rhea Chakraborty and her family in Patna on 28 July in which he has expressed his lack of faith in the investigation being conducted by the Mumbai Police.

“Till now, the statements of 56 people have been recorded. Every possible angle is being investigated, be it a professional rivalry, financial transactions or health,” said Singh. “It has come to surface that he (Sushant) had bipolar disorder and was undergoing treatment and taking medicines for it. But what circumstances led to his death is the subject of our investigation,” he added.

The Mumbai Police chief further asserted that Rajput used to search for terms like “painless death”, “schizophrenia” and “bipolar disorder” on Google, as well as look up articles and his own name on the Internet. He also stated that there was no party held at Sushant Singh Rajput’s residence on 13 June. The actor had been found hanging from the ceiling of his Bandra residence on 14 June.

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Haryana the first state to have a college within radius of 15 km

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CHANDIGARH : Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal on Monday gave approval to set up 11 new colleges in the state. With this, Haryana has become the first state in the country to have a college within a radius of 15 km. The CM announced the setting up of these colleges at Morni Hills in Panchkula, Isharwal in Bhiwani, Goriwala in Sirsa, Firozpur Jhirka in Nuh, Chhatar in Jind, Ladna Chaku and Rajaund in Kaithal. New colleges will be opened at Pratap Nagar in Yamunanagar, Agroha in Hisar and Bhainswal Kalan, and Baroda in Sonepat district.

Stating that imparting education is a great gift, the CM said that 97 new colleges have been opened in the last 5 years whereas in the last 48 years only 75 colleges were opened.

“The new National Education Policy has also been announced recently which aims to enhance the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in higher education to 50% by 2030, which presently stands at 32%”. NEP 2020 will be effective in achieving the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat,” he added further.

Khattar also said that the country’s first Skill Development University has been opened in the state in Dudhola, Palwal district. Haryana’s Minister for Education Kanwar Pal said, “A plan had been prepared to open 1,000 playschools in the state even before the arrival of New Education Policy.

 Haryana has set an example by conducting online classes during Covid-19 and is among the leading states after Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. The focus is being laid on improving the health and education of children. Along with higher education, 98 Sanskriti Model Schools are also being opened in the state.”

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Sushant’s father ends silence, exposes Mumbai Police’s laxity

Priyanka Sharma

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As the tussle between Mumbai and Patna police continues, late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s father has finally broken his silence on the matter for the first time. In a video message, which is now taking social media by a storm, Sushant’s father has claimed that he had informed Bandra police on 25 February that his son was in danger and asked them to take action against people named in his complaint. But, even after 40 days of his demise, no action was taken. This is the reason he went ahead to file FIR in Patna. He further thanked the Bihar CM and the police force for their cooperation.

The statement especially comes at a high point when the probe on Sushant’s case is getting murkier each passing day. Following the “forceful home quarantine” of a Bihar police officer, who had arrived in Mumbai to probe the case, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar earlier in the day said that the Bihar DGP would speak with the authorities in Maharashtra.

 BMC, on the other hand, defended its stance by citing “state government guidelines”. It said that the cop was just asked to follow precautionary guidelines on domestic travel.

 Reacting to the same, the Bihar DGP responded that they examined the quarantine guidelines and it appears that the quarantine was not needed. The official went there after informing and requesting for accommodation and vehicle, not secretly. Emphasising that the cop could have been exempted from protocol, he further added that Patna IG would be writing to BMC chief on the matter.

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