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India’s Covid-19 cases cross 96 lakh, recovery rate nears 95%

Sabyasachi Roy Choudhury

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New Delhi: India has recorded a total of 96,44,222 confirmed cases of Covid-19 so far, including 140,182 deaths. There are still 4,03,248 active cases in the country as of date, which comprises 4.03 percent of the total caseload. Meanwhile, 91,00,792 people have recuperated from the infection in the country and the recovery rate continues to rise, now standing at 94.37 percent. A total of 11,01,063 tests were conducted nationwide in the previous day.

Delhi reported 2,706 new Covid-19 cases, including 4,622 recoveries and 69 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total cases in the city stands at 5,92,250 with 24,693 active cases at the moment. Recoveries hiked up to 5,57,914, while the death count so far is 9,643.

Covid-19 deaths in Maharashtra dropped below 100 while fresh cases for the day stood at 4,922. The state also reported 95 deaths, taking the tally to 47,694. The overall count of cases in the state is now 18.47 lakhs.

Kerala›s Covid-19 recoveries on December 6 crossed 5.72 lakhs as 5,217 people recuperated from the disease. However, 4,777 new cases were reported, Health Minister K.K. Shailaja said. The total virus caseload mounted to 6,36,392 and 60,924 are presently under treatment.

Active coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh dropped below the 6,000 mark to 5,910 on Sunday even as 667 new ones were added, taking the gross to 8.71 lakhs. In the last 24 hours, 914 patients also recovered in the state while nine others succumbed to the virus.

Gujarat reported a total of 7,553 new cases of Covid-19 and 75 deaths. Of these, Ahmedabad accounted for 1,647 cases and 49 deaths, accounting for 65% of the state’s total deaths due to the virus.

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Two newly elected MPs can’t cast vote in coming presidential election

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The two newly elected members of Council of States (Rajya Sabha) from the State of Haryana namely Krishan Lal Panwar of BJP and  Kartikey Sharma (real name Kartikeya Sharma) who has been elected as Independent, can not cast their vote in the forthcoming 16th presidential election to be slated on July 18, 2022 as their tenure will commence from August 2022.  It is worth stating that the six years tenure of Rajya Sabha of both above newly elected MP’s from Haryana would only commence from August 2, 2022 and for which the requisite Gazette Notification would be issued by Union Ministry of Law and Justice under relevant provisions of Representation of the People Act, 1951 on August 2, 2022 itself.  

Divulging aforesaid information, Hemant Kumar, an Advocate at Punjab & Haryana High Court, Chandigarh said that  although both MPs have been issued Election Certificate after being declared elected by Returning Officer (R.O.) of Rajya Sabha Biennial Election from State of Haryana, RK Nandal, who is also Secretary of Haryana Vidhan Sabha but the  point is that the current tenure of two of total five incumbent MPs from State of Haryana viz. Dushyant Kumar Gautam of BJP and Independent Subhash Chandra is until August 1, 2022 and that their current  tenure can›t be cut-short merely due to the election of new successors on their seats.

It is pertinent to mention that Subhash Chandra has lost from Rajasthan while seeking fresh election to Rajya Sabha as an Independent candidate. Even otherwise, if Chandra would have been elected from Rajasthan, then his tenure as Rajya Sabha MP from such State should have however begun with effect from July 5, 2022 as the term of four MPs from Rajasthan would come to end on July 4, 2022. Even in that case, the tenure of two newly elected MPs from Haryana should have begun with effect from August 2, 2022. Kartikey Sharma, a debutant in the politics has defeated the Congress stalwart Ajay Maken a parachute candidate from Delhi in a neck to neck fight. It is being considered that being a parachute candidate resulted in the defeat of Maken.

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BJP BAGS 3 SEATS, CM MANIK SAHA WINS FROM BARDOWALI

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Tripura Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manik Saha won the assembly poll from the Town Bardowali constituency by a margin of 6,104 votes, the Election Commission said.

BJP has bagged victory on three out of four seats in the Tripura bypolls while the Congress won one seat. Congress candidate Sudip Roy Barman won from Agartala seat by 3,163 votes. The BJP won Town Bordowali, Jubarajnagar and Surma seats respectively. The bypolls in Tripura were crucial for Manik Saha who replaced Biplab Kumar Deb last month. The dentist-turned politician himself was a candidate and fought his first-ever direct election to save his CM seat. The bypolls were necessitated in these seats due to the resignations of the legislators in two seats, disqualification of an MLA in one, and the death of one of the MLAs midterm.

Saha was sworn in as the chief minister of Tripura on May 15. The BJP decided on leadership change in the state a year ahead of the Assembly elections by replacing Biplab Kumar Deb with Saha as the Chief Minister. After Manik Saha was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Tripura, the BJP has once again taken recourse to its old mantra to beat anti-incumbency by changing the face in a poll-bound state. Saha joined the BJP in 2016 after quitting Congress. He was made party chief in 2020 and elected to Rajya Sabha in March this year. Meanwhile, BJP national president JP Nadda congratulated Manik Saha on his victory in the elections.

Taking to Twitter, Nadda wrote, “Congratulations to CM Shri @DrManikSaha2 for winning the assembly poll from his constituency and to all @BJP4Tripura leaders for winning 3 out of 4 seats in the bypolls. This is the result of your hardwork and the faith of the people in the vision of Hon. PM Shri @narendramodi,” Nadda tweeted.

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CASH SEIZED FROM BIHAR DRUGS INSPECTOR’S RESIDENCE

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A team of surveillance department raided the residence of Drug Inspector Jitendra Kumar in the disproportionate assets case on Saturday in Patna, capital of Bihar.

The officials seized a large amount of cash from Drug Inspector’s possession that took them several hours to count. Apart from cash, the officers found documents of many properties, a huge amount of gold and silver and four luxury cars, informed Surendra Kumar Maur, DSP Monitoring Department.

“A team of surveillance department raided the residence of Drug Inspector Jitendra Kumar in the disproportionate assets case. A huge amount of cash, many land papers, gold, silver and four luxury cars were recovered,” said the DSP Monitoring Department officer.

In the video, the officials were seen counting the bundles of notes of all denominations between Rs 100 and Rs 2,000 piled up on the table and bed. More details are awaited.

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UP CM’S HELICOPTER MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING AT VARANASI AIRPORT

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s helicopter made an emergency landing at Varanasi airport after a bird-hit incident on Sunday, informed the Varanasi District Magistrate Kushal Raj. The helicopter landed safely at Reserve Police Lines ground. He later boarded a state plane to Lucknow from Varanasi’s Lal Bahadur Shastri International airport. “The CM and his staff are safe and will be travelling to Lucknow by another aircraft,” added Raj.

The CM had come to Varanasi on Saturday and had paid obeisance at Kashi Vishwanath temple, besides holding a review meeting.

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J-K POLICE SHARE DETAILS OF SHOWKAT’S ENCOUNTER AFTER MUFTI RAISES QUESTIONS

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Hours after Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti raised questions over the killing of terrorist Showkat Ahmad Sheikh, Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday said that they have already shared a detailed note on June 20 encounter in which the latter got neutralised and his involvement in terror-related activities.

Taking to Twitter, Kashmir Zone Police shared the press note based on the 20 June encounter and killing of terrorist Showkat Ahmad Sheikh. «We have already issued a detailed press note of the #encounter on 20th June, in which #terrorist Showkat along with three foreign terrorists got #neutralised. Besides, his involvement in # terror-related activities was also shared. @JmuKmrPolice,» Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.

This came after Mufti raised questions over the killing of Showkat, in custody, whom police said was a militant and was killed in an encounter in Kupwara on 20 June.

She also appealed to the youth in the union territory to shun violence and refrain from «picking up guns». «I request youngsters and parents to stop youth from picking guns. They (forces) get money by killing you. I request them to stop picking guns,» said Mufti while addressing reporters here.

On 20 June, seven terrorists, including an arrested terror suspect, were killed during three separate encounters with the security forces. According to police, four terrorists, including Showkat who was arrested on terror charges, were killed during an encounter in the Lolab area of Kupwara.

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Maha governor writes to DGP, seeks security for rebel MLAs

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Amid the continuing political crisis in Maharashtra, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari wrote to the state Director General of Police (DGP) to provide security to the MLAs of Eknath Shinde camp and their families on an immediate basis. “I have received a representation dated 25 June 2022 from 38 MLAs, of Shiv Sena, two MLAs of Prahar Jan Shakti Party and seven Independent MLAs stating that the police security of their families has been illegally and unlawfully withdrawn,” the Governor said in his letter to DGP. 

“They have also raised serious concerns about the safety of their homes and families in the context of the provocative and threatening statements being made by certain political leaders,” Koshyari said.

Already, offices and homes of some of the MLAs have been vandalised with the police being a mute spectator, he added. “I, therefore, direct you to provide adequate police protection to the MLAs, their families and homes on an immediate basis,” the Governor said.

The Central government has provided ‘Y+’ category armed CRPF security cover to 15 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, who are currently in Assam’s Guwahati, top government sources said on Sunday.

The MLAs provided with round the clock CRPF security are Ramesh Bornare, Mangesh Kudalkar, Sanjay Shirsat, Latabai Sonawane, Prakas Surve, Sadanand Saranavnkar, Yogesh Dada Kadam, Pratap Sarnaik, Yamini Jadhav, Pradeep Jaiswal, Sanjay Rathod, Dadaji Bhuse, Dilip Lande, Balaji Kalyanar and Sandipan Bhumare. The security was provided on Sunday by the CRPF which received an order from the Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday.

The Central security cover was provided to these MLAs after Shinde on Saturday alleged that the Maharashtra government has withdrawn the security cover provided at the residences of 16 rebel legislators, including himself, and dubbed the action as “political vendetta”, although Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil denied any such move.

Shinde had also tweeted a letter signed by 16 MLAs that was addressed to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and state’s Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil.

In the letter, the legislators said CM Thackeray and the leaders of the ruling MVA alliance will be responsible if any harm is caused to their family members. In their letter, the legislators demanded that their security cover be reinstated.

Security forces have been deployed outside the office of Samadhan Sada Sarvankar, son of rebel Shiv Sena MLA, Sada Sarvankar. Also, security has been heightened outside the residence of rebel Shiv Sena MLA Mangesh Kundalkar. CRPF personnel have been deployed along with Mumbai Police.

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