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India’s Covid tally crosses 31-lakh mark, Haryana CM tests positive

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With 61,408 new Covid-19 cases, the country’s tally crossed 31 lakh on Monday, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) said. The country’s total coronavirus count has reached 31,06,349 including 23,38,036 cured/discharged/migrated cases. With 836 deaths in the last 24 hours, the cumulative toll climbed to 57,542.

Maharashtra accounts for the maximum number of cases with 11,015 new Covid-19 cases and 212 deaths reported in the last twentyfour hours. The total number of positive cases now stands at 6,93,398 including 5,02,490 recoveries and 1,68,126 active cases. Meanwhile 743 new cases and 20 deaths were reported in Mumbai. The total number of positive cases jumps to 1,37,091, of which, 18,263 are still active, while 7,439 have succumbed to the virus.

Delhi reported 1,061 new Covid-19 cases, 1,200 recoveries and 13 deaths in the last twenty-four hours. Total cases are now at 1,62,527 including 1,46,588 recovered cases, 11,626 active cases & 4,313 deaths. While officials said that under the provisions of Unlock-4, the government is likely to allow metro services in Delhi to restart its operation.

Meanwhile, in Haryana, Chief Minister Manohar Lal, state Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta and two other MLAs tested positive for Covid-19. The state reported 1,074 new Covid-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 55460.

Andhra Pradesh logged 8,601 new cases and 86 deaths due to the novel coronavirus infection in the last twenty-four hours. The state’s Covid-19 tally has reached 3,61,712 and the death toll stands at 3,368

In Uttar Pradesh, 61 more patients died due to Covid-19, the death count due to the viral disease rose to 2,987, while 4,677 fresh cases took the tally to 1,92,382. So far 2,987 Covid-19 patients have succumbed to the viral disease. So far, 1,40,107 coronavirus patients have recovered from the disease and the recovery rate stands at 72.82 per cent.

Madhya Pradesh reported 1,292 new Covid-19 cases and 17 deaths in the last twenty-four hours. The total number of cases now at 54,421 including 11,944 active cases, 41,231 recoveries and 1,246 deaths.

Rajasthan recorded six more fatalities due to the novel coronavirus, taking the Covid-19 death toll in the state to 961. The state also reported 585 new cases of the coronavirus. The total number of people infected by Covid-19 now stands at 71,194 in Rajasthan and out of these 14,790 people are under treatment. The official said that 54,805 people have been discharged after treatment till now.

The entire country reported 61,408 new cases of coronavirus disease and 836 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally to 3,106,349, including 2,338,036 recovered patients.

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India launches massive diplomatic blitz to expose Pakistan’s terror hands

New Delhi briefs the select group of Heads of Missions on the planned terrorist attack in Jammu & Kashmir, hands a dossier to five UN Security Council members.

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India on Monday briefed a select group of head of missions in New Delhi about Pakistan’s direct role in planning the terror attack which was recently foiled by Indian security forces with the killing of four Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists in Nagrota in Jammu and Kashmir. It also handed a dossier to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, government officials said.

The four terrorists infiltrated into Kashmir through a tunnel in the Samba area, and were moving in a truck when they were stopped for a routine inspection at a checkpoint in Nagrota. Thereafter, these terrorists opened fire, and were neutralised in the response by security forces.

Stepping up the diplomatic offensive against Pakistan, which has denied its role in the incident, Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla met the envoys of the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China to expose the sinister Pakistani design as well as convey India’s terror concerns, a government source told Reuters.

“The heads of missions were provided with a detailed information docket giving the details of the incident as it transpired as well as list of items and munitions that were recovered from terrorists clearly indicating their Pakistani origins,” the source briefed on the meeting said.

The heads of missions were provided a detailed information about the incident, explaining how the conspiracy has a clear Pakistani link. Sources said they were also briefed on how terrorists got into India, which is now clear as an underground tunnel has been found in the Samba sector.

“It was pointed out how the incident of 19 November is part of Pakistan’s ongoing terror campaign in Jammu and Kashmir and that in 2020 itself we have seen 200 incidents of terrorist violence and neutralisation of 199 terrorists. Details of JeM’s involvement in previous such incidents were also shared,” news agency ANI quoted a source as saying.

The envoys were also informed how it was all part of a plot to sabotage the coming DDC (District Development Council) elections in Jammu and Kashmir and to carry out terror attack to coincide with the anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

As per ANI, this is the first of several briefings to be conducted by MEA in small groups in view of Covid-19 situation. Other secretaries will also be briefing Heads of Missions in their areas of jurisdiction. The idea is to share information as widely as possible with the international community.

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Smith won’t be bothered by short-pitch barrage: Andrew McDonald

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Australia’s No.1 batsman Steve Smith won’t be too worried about short-pitch deliveries from Indian fast bowlers during the upcoming tour Down Under, said the hosts’ assistant coach, Andrew McDonald.

“I don’t think it’s a weakness, is it? They’re taking a shot at that area to get him out early and then what you’ll see after that initial potential plan they will go to a more standard try and negate the runs [plan],” McDonald said in a virtual interaction with the media.

“I think they’ve used it before and he’s done well on it before. I’m suggesting that plan hasn’t necessarily worked to its full effect.”

Smith was felled by a short ball from England’s Jofra Archer during the 2019 Ashes, which marked his return to Test cricket after serving a one-year ban. While he missed one Test because of the injury, he scored as many as 774 runs in the series at an average of 110.57.

Smith was then peppered with short deliveries by New Zealand’s Neil Wagner in the Test series between the two sides later in the year.

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PM Modi to inaugurate multi-storeyed flats for MPs

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the multi-storeyed flats for Members of Parliament on Monday at 11 am via video conferencing. The Speaker of Lok Sabha Om Birla will also be present on the occasion. According to an official release, these flats are located at Dr B.D. Marg in New Delhi. Eight old bungalows, which were more than 80 years old, have been redeveloped to construct 76 flats.

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Kerala clears 5-year jail for offensive social media posts

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday clarified that the new amendment made to the Kerala Police Act “will in no way be used to curtail free speech or impartial journalism”. His comments came a day after Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan signed the Police Amendment Act ordinance. As per the ordinance, the law is aimed at stopping cyberbullying, insulting and disgracing individuals on online platforms. Offenders are likely to face a jail term of up to five years or a penalty of Rs 10,000. In some cases, both the jail term and penalty may apply.

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