The surge in Covid-19 cases continued to affect India as the country recorded 3,79,257 new cases in 24 hours. This is the highest single-day spike in the cases since the pandemic began last year.
According to the Union Health Ministry, as many as 3,645 deaths and 2,69,507 recoveries were also recorded in the 24-hour period ending on Thursday morning.
The total number of active cases of the infection in India has now mounted to 30,84,814, while the cumulative count of the Covid-19 cases has gone up to 1,83,76,524.
As many as 2,04,832 people have succumbed to the disease so far. However, a total of 1,50,86,878 people have also recovered from the disease till date.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as many as 28,44,71,979 samples have been tested for Covid-19 up to April 28. Of these 17,68,190 samples were tested on Wednesday across India.
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SKM CALLS FOR NATIONWIDE ‘RAIL-ROKO’ AGITATION DEMANDING REMOVAL OF AJAY MISHRA TENI
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Sunday called for a six-hour-long nationwide ‘Rail roko’ agitation on October 18 demanding the removal of Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni from the Union Cabinet over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, in which his son Ashish Mishra Teni is an accused.
A statement issued by the umbrella body of farmers’ unions today read, “To press for its demand for Ajay Mishra’s dismissal and arrest, so that justice can be secured in Lakhimpur Kheri violence, SKM has announced a nation-wide rail roko program on October 18.” “SKM put out a call to its constituents to stop rail traffic for six hours on October 18, between 10 am and 4 pm. SKM asked for this action to be taken up peacefully, without any destruction and damage of any kind to any railway property,” it further read.
The statement stated, “SKM has been demanding the dismissal of Ajay Mishra Teni from the council of Ministers. It is very apparent that with Ajay Mishra being the MoS for Home Affairs in the Union Government, justice cannot be secured in this matter.”
“He promoted hatred, enmity and communal disharmony between Hindus and Sikhs in his speeches. It is his vehicles that were used to mow down peaceful protestors. He harboured his son and accomplices even as the police was issuing summons to Ashish Mishra,” it added.
A total of eight people including four farmers died in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Sanyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmer unions, had alleged MoS Teni’s son Ashish Mishra shot a farmer while the others were run over by the vehicles of his convey.
However, MoS Teni refuted the allegations saying that his son was not present at the site of the incident. Ashish reiterated the same and refuted SKM’s allegations.
Three people, including Ashish Mishra, have been arrested in the case so far.
Will make you feel proud of me after I leave jail: Aryan Khan to NCB counsellor
Aryan Khan, who is currently lodged in Arthur Road jail following his alleged involvement in illegal drugs, has said during his counselling session that he will make feel everyone proud of him after he leaves jail, sources said on Sunday.
As per sources, during Aryan Khan’s counselling, Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede and social workers were present where Aryan Khan said that he would get involved himself in social work and will work for the upliftment of poor strata of the society. “He will help financially to all those people who need it,” sources said. Khan also told NCB he will never get involved in any wrongdoings, will work for society and would make ‘you feel proud of me’.
Along with Aryan, other accused were also given counselling sessions by the NCB officials after they were arrested.
Meanwhile, on October 15, Aryan Khan. who was arrested in connection with the drugs-on-cruise case, spoke to his parents Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan via video call from inside Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail on Friday, informed jail officials.
According to the order of the High Court, all the accused or prisoners who are logged in the jail amid COVID-19 can talk to their family members twice a week via video call.
“Aryan was on the call for 10 minutes with his parents, and a jail official was present with him during the call,” said the official.
There are a total of 3,200 prisoners in the Arthur Road jail. As per the guidelines of the jail amid the pandemic, people are not allowed to visit the inmates. They can only speak to them over the phone.
Inmates are allowed 10 minutes to talk to their family members.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2.
A total of 20 people, including two Nigerian nationals, have been arrested so far in the case related to the seizure of drugs following a raid at a party on the Cordelia cruise ship off the Mumbai coast on October 2.
SINGHU BORDER INCIDENT CONSPIRACY OF THE GOVERNMENT, ALLEGES RAKESH TIKAIT
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday said that the Singhu border incident was a “religious matter” and alleged that “the government was behind the act of spoiling the atmosphere near the border.”
He stated that the government should not link the Singhu Border incident with the farmers’ protest. Speaking to ANI, Tikait alleged that the Singhu border incident was a conspiracy of the governments and said that the government can deteriorate the situation at the border at any time.
“Nihangs said it’s a religious matter and the Government should not link it to farmers’ protest. We’re talking to them and telling them that they are not needed here as of now. Government can deteriorate the situation,” said Tikait.
He further questioned the intelligence of the Central government and alleged that the government already knew about the incident since it was behind the execution of the incident.
“Delhi Police guards the barricades where the incident happened. The intelligence lives there at the border, did they not know about the incident? This shows that the incident was known to all and it was executed by the government,” said the spokesperson.
Earlier on Saturday, two Nihangs were detained by Haryana Police in connection with the Singhu Border incident where a mutilated body was found hanging at the site of farmers’ protest.
An accused in the Singhu border incident was sent to seven days of police custody by the court on Saturday.
The accused has been identified by the police as Sarvajeet Singh who was earlier detained from Kundli in Sonipat on Friday evening.
The second accused in the Singhu Border incident was arrested by Amritsar Rural Police on Saturday outside a Gurudwara in Rakh Devidass Pura, Amarkot village, Punjab.
The accused has been identified as Narayan Singh.
ALL FACTIONS COME UP WITH MULTIPLE STRATEGIES TO SURVIVE ELLENABAD BYPOLL BATTLE
With two weeks left in the forthcoming by-election, the stalwarts of all factions are on the toes to make the party’s contestant to win the battle. All the factions contesting the election have come up with different strategies to emerge as the winner in this multi-cornered battle.
In this series, Kumari Seleja, the Congress state president, is leading the concussing campaign herself, eyeing every step of the opposite factions. While reacting to the party’s stand regarding the election, Kumari Selaja said that the Congress continues to take lead on contestants of other factions. She also took a dig at the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and the INLD (Indian National Lok Dal) saying that both are the sides of the same coin as both are fooling the voters.
The BJP-JJP (Bharatiya Janata Party-Jannayak Janata Party) government left no stone unturned to put the farmers in a state of disparity. She also took on INLD candidate Abhay Singh Chautala stating that Abhay resigned from the post of MLA earlier saying that he would not enter the assembly until the government does not withdraw the three contentious agricultural laws. But the scenario remains unchanged and he is contesting the election against which does not make any sense as he could not succeed in keeping his words.
Pawan Beniwal who had fought the previous assembly election on the BJP, has been fielded in by poll by the Congress now. To some extent, the party succeeded in controlling the infighting among its senior leaders ahead of the election which is relieving for the party contestant. Besides, his uncle Bharat Beniwal also came up in his support saying that he will put his best in terms of canvassing as earlier he was reported being upset with the party after he was denied a ticket. It is pertinent to mention that Bharat Beniwal had contested the last election against his nephew Pawan Beniwal. The state Congress president Kumari Seleja continues to canvas for the party candidate.
The ruling BJP has come with a micro-management formula to survive the election and under the same, the party head in each village falling in the assembly area has been assigned the duty to woo the voters in support of the party candidate.
According to the information made available by the party, the BJP contestant Govind Kanda has conducted public meetings in more than two dozen villages so far so that the party can take maximum lead. In four blocks of the seat, the legislators and the appointed chairman in different departments along with the booth workers have been fielded in the ground for canvassing.
In this series, a couple of meetings of the cabinet ministers and the legislators will be held to decide the further strategy and strengthen the election campaign after 20 October, 2021. Besides, the Chief Minister’s program will take place after the above said period and the senior leaders continue to mull over every possible plan to win the elections.INLD which survived the seat in last assembly elections, dominates the seat so far as the party contestant Abhay Singh Chautala succeeded in winning the seat back-to-back for thrice. OP Chautala, the INLD supremo, has come up himself to get his son victory and continues to visit the villages falling the assembly appealing the voters to cast their votes in favour of the party.
FIRST-EVER SHIP-TO-SHIP OPERATION OF LPG UNDERTAKEN AT KOLKATA’S SYAMA PRASAD MOOKERJEE PORT
The first-ever ship-to-ship (STS) transfer operation of LPG in the Indian Coast was undertaken by the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) on Saturday, stated the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways on Sunday.
According to the ministry, BPCL engaged service provider M/s Fendercare Marine to render the services at the offshore STS location. The restricted draft in the river channel necessitates offloading of part cargo at neighbouring ports before calling at Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) or Kolkata Dock System (KDS) of Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port Kolkata (erstwhile Kolkata Port Trust). Consequent to two-port discharge, vessels incur dead freight and additional steaming time, said the Ministry.
It further stated that to obviate the inherent channel constraints, Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port Kolkata (SMP Kolkata) has endeavoured to open up opportunities for importers to bring in Cape Size or Baby Cape vessels at the deep drafted anchorages located at Sagar, Sandheads and X Point and enable handling of fully laden dry bulk vessels through the deployment of Floating Cranes or ship cranes.
Over the years a good number of dry bulk vessels have been handled at the lighterage points, said the ministry, adding that due to the strategically advantageous location, HDC has witnessed incremental demand from trade in terms of catering to LPG, imported POL products and other liquid cargo.
Several discussions with the senior management of the Oil Manufacturing Companies like BPCL, IOCL, HPCL and other leading private importers of LPG and other liquid products pointed to the intrinsic benefits that can be harnessed through extending the facility of Ship-to-Ship Transfer (STS) of LPG/ Liquid Cargo at the Deep drafted anchorage points of SMP, Kolkata, said the ministry.
CANNABIS SMUGGLERS IN ANDHRA PRADESH ATTACK NALGONDA POLICE
VISHAKHAPATNAM: Nalgonda Police opened fire on cannabis smugglers after they attacked the police at Lambasingi ghat road of Chinthapalli police station limits in Visakhapatnam.
As per locals’ information, around 6 pm on Sunday 10 rounds of shots were fired on smugglers when they attacked the police. According to Superintendent of Police B.V. Krishna Rao, Nalgonda Police came to Visakhapatnam rural area to apprehended a few Cannabis smugglers near the Lambasingh area. He said that the police personnel opened fire to save their lives as 18 to 20 persons attacked them with stones and knives.
“In this process, only one smuggler was injured.”
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