With over 19,000 cases being reported in the last 24 hours, India’s total tally of coronavirus cases has reached 607,344 cases, with the death toll rising to 17,873. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Karnataka are the 10 states which account for 90% of total infections in India.
More than 10.8 million people around the world have been diagnosed with Covid-19. While more than 6 million have recovered, 519,953 have died so far. The United States continues to be the most affected, with 27,79,953 coronavirus cases and 130,798 deaths. It is followed by Brazil (14,53,369 cases, deaths 60,713), Russia (654,405 cases, 9,536 deaths), and India (607,344 cases, 17,873 deaths).
Maharashtra remains the country’s worst-affected state which recorded more than 6,000 cases in a single day for the first time. 6,330 fresh Covid-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total count to 1.86 lakh with 125 people died in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll due to the pandemic in the state to 8,178. In the last 24 hours, 1,554 new cases have emerged and 58 deaths were reported in Mumbai, as the tally touched a total of 80,699 positive cases and 4,689 deaths.
Tamil Nadu reported single day all-time high of 4,343 fresh coronavirus cases; the tally rose to 98,392 cases. In the past 24 hours, 57 Covid-19 patients died, taking the toll to 1,321, while 3,095 Covid-19 patients were discharged from various hospitals in the state. The number of cured persons has gone up to 56,021. The number of active cases stands at 41,047.
Delhi remained at the third spot in being the worst-affected state in the country due to coronavirus with 2,373 fresh Covid-19 cases; 3,015 patients were discharged and 61 deaths were reported in Delhi in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in the national capital is now at 92,175, including 63,007 recovered/discharged/migrated patients which took the total tally to 26,304 active cases and 2,864 deaths. The total number of containment zones stands at 445.
Gujarat, too, recorded its highest one-day increase of 681 coronavirus cases, taking the case count to 33,999.
This is the sixth straight day when more than 600 new coronavirus patients have come to light in the state.In Uttar Pradesh a total of 817 new Covid-19 positive cases were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of active cases to 6,869 in the state. The death toll has risen to 735 in the state. In West Bengal, 649 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, while 509 were discharged and 16 deaths were reported. The total number of cases in the state is now at 19,819, including 13,037 discharged, 6,083 active cases and 699 deaths.
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Bank licences to corporates a ‘bad idea’: Rajan
New Delhi: Days after an Internal Working Group (IWG) of Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) recommended allowing large Indian corporates to enter the banking sector, former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and Deputy Governor Viral Acharya have hit back at the suggestion and questioned the timing for it. Terming the recommendation as a “bombshell”, in a blogpost, they said that although several recommendations of the report are worth adopting the one to allow corporate houses into banking should not be taken up. “To the contrary, it is even more important today to stick to the tried and tested limits on corporate involvement in banking,” said the article.
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The biennial Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, organised by the Gujarat government to attract investors, is unlikely to be held this year, due to the worsening Covid-19 situation in Gujarat. The summit, considered the foremost among all industrial summits of Gujarat, may be postponed till January 2021.
A senior Gujarat government official told The Daily Guardian that Vibrant Gujarat would be held in the first or second week of January. However, given the pandemic situation at the moment, it is difficult to say whether the summit will take place in just a month and half’s time for sure. However, an official decision is yet to be taken. No announcements have been made about cancelling the January event.
Narendra Modi started the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in 2003 when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat to attract foreign investors to the state.
Military storage bunkers spotted in Chinese village near Doklam
NEW DELHI: China’s new villages close to the Line of Actual Control, meant ostensibly for settling civilians from far-flung areas close to the border, are part of strategy to enhance its military infrastructure in the area, top sources said.
One such village has also come up near Doklam where military storage facilities have been observed, as per intelligence reports. Construction of the new hardened bunkers appears to be an effort at militarily reinforcing the larger Doklam region, the source said.
There are dozens of similar settlements along the LAC, most of them coming up in areas facing Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Part of their integrated model villages that the Chinese intend to put to dual use – for civil and military purposes, some villages however remain uninhabited and are only turning out to increase military infrastructure to cater to additional deployment of the People’s Liberation Army.
Shelters have also come up at Bumdro which is opposite Kameng. Six to seven concrete huts have been constructed at Bumdro near Domsongrong to accommodate PLA personnel during their patrolling activity in Mera La, Thag La and Yangtse Area.
China has also constructed a road from Tirkangto Shivung La. The work was being undertaken from uphill side of Tirkang village in the south west direction towards Shiyung La.
Farmers’ union refuses to budge, Punjab CM expresses concern
Expressing serious concern over the decision of one farmers’ union not to allow passenger trains to ply till the Centre accedes to their demands on the issue of farm laws, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday said this would put the people to major inconvenience and could have grave consequences for the state.
Reacting to the announcement of Kissan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (Piddi) that they would not budge on their rail blockade of passenger trains till the farm laws’ issue is resolved, the Chief Minister said that, by striking this discordant note, the union was acting against the interests of Punjab and its people.
When all the other 31 farmers’ organisations had decided unanimously to withdraw from the tracks to allow both goods and passenger trains to move in the state for the next 15 days, this one union’s decision was not understandable, said Captain Amarinder, adding that this would alienate Kissan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (Piddi) from the people.
He cautioned the Committee against taking such a harsh stand, which could lead to them losing the support of the masses, who had so far wholeheartedly backed the farmers’ agitation against the farm laws. “When the state government and every person in Punjab has been extending their full support to the farmers, why is this Union taking a stance against their own state?” he asked.
Given that both the Centre and the other farmers’ unions had taken conciliatory steps to resolve the crisis triggered by the agricultural laws, the Kissan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (Piddi) should not do anything to derail the process of negotiation and discussion, he added. It was in the interest of all, including the farmers themselves, to find a solution to the problems unleashed by the central laws, on which every section of Punjab’s populace, as well as his government, was standing shoulder to shoulder with the farming community, said the Chief Minister.
The message that was emanating from the stand of the Kissan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (Piddi) was that the union was not really interested in breaking the stalemate on the farm laws issue, Captain Amarinder said. In any case, said the Chief Minister, blocking a one-odd track would serve no purpose even for the Committee, which, incidentally, had chosen to stay away from the meeting convened by him on Saturday to urge the farm unions to lift their blockade.
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