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Sale of ‘Coronil’ will not be allowed in Maharashtra without certification: Anil Deshmukh

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 23 (ANI): The sale of ‘Coronil’, Patanjali’s Covid-19 medicine will not be allowed in Maharashtra without proper certification, state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said on Tuesday.
Without taking names, Deshmukh also hit out at Union ministers Dr Harsh Vardhan and Nitin Gadkari for hurriedly launching the product and called it ‘deplorable’.
“Launching such a drug hurriedly and being endorsed by two senior Central Union Ministers is highly deplorable,” Deshmukh tweeted.
Selling of Coronil without proper certification from competent health organizations like WHO, IMA and others will not be allowed in Maharashtra, he said.
“The IMA (Indian Medical Association) has questioned the said ‘clinical trials’ of Coronil and WHO refuted the false claims made by Patanjali Ayurveda for giving any certificate regarding its effectiveness for Covid-19 treatment,” the state home minister tweeted.
On Monday, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) had demanded an explanation from the Union Health Minister for promoting Patanjali’s ‘medicine’.
“Being a Health Minister of the country, how justified is it to release such falsely fabricated unscientific product to people of the whole country and how ethical is it to promote the product in unethical, wrong and false ways?” asked Dr Jayalal, IMA national president.
Coronil was licensed as an “immunity booster” in June last year after a controversy erupted after its launch.
“When we launched Coronil, people raised questions on its validity and asked if we followed scientific parameters. People think research can only happen in foreign countries. With this research, we have cleared all suspicions about Coronil,” said Ramdev while speaking at the launch of the product on Friday.
The Yoga Guru had also made claims that the medicine had received clearance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and they were now ready to supply the drug across the country.
The World Health Organization (WHO), however, clarified in a tweet that it has not reviewed or certified the efficacy of Patanjali’s Covid-19. The WHO’s regional office for South-East Asia posted on its official Twitter handle said, “@WHO has not reviewed or certified the effectiveness of any traditional medicine for the treatment #Covidl9.” (ANI)

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Ahead of West Bengal Assembly polls, Dinesh Trivedi who resigned as TMC MP joins BJP

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New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): Ahead of West Bengal Assembly polls, Dinesh Trivedi, who had resigned as TMC MP in Rajya Sabha on February 12, joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of the party’s national president JP Nadda on Saturday.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal was also present.
“This is the golden moment for me, for which I have been waiting for a long time. Nadda ji and my friends knew I was waiting for this. I never left ideology. The nation was above everything for me. Every person believes that PM Narendra Modi and BJP will keep the nation secure,” Trivedi said.
Trivedi resigned as Trinamool Congress MP from Rajya Sabha in February.
While announcing his resignation in the Rajya Sabha, Trivedi had said he was feeling suffocated. He also raked up the issue of violence in Bengal, which is also being raised by the BJP.
Several TMC leaders had earlier joined the BJP in the run up to Assembly elections.
West Bengal Assembly elections will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
West Bengal is likely to witness a triangular contest this time with TMC, Congress-Left alliance and the BJP in the fray. (ANI)

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Pak intruder killed by BSF along international border in Rajasthan

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Sriganganagar (Rajasthan) [India], March 6 (ANI): The Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Pakistani intruder on Friday night in the Anupgarh area in Sri Ganganagar district in Rajasthan.
According to top sources in BSF, the intruder was found roaming close to the International Border and when challenged by BSF troops he tried to flee from the spot.

“A Pakistan intruder in Anupgarh, Bikaner was killed by BSF yesterday night after he was found doing a suspicious activity at International border. When BSF troops challenged him, he tried to flee after which he was killed by the troops,” BSF said.
According to the official, His body has been recovered and the search operation is on. “A case has been registered by local police and the body has been handed over to the cops for further investigation,” the official said.
BSF troops are now engaged in searching the area to verify the motive of the intruder. Also, troops are trying to search for weapons or ammunition to verify if he had come to the Indian side to supply them. (ANI)

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Rajasthan HC stays hearing of appeals in blackbuck poaching case in Jodhpur court

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Jodhpur (Rajasthan) [India], March 6 (ANI): The Rajasthan High Court has stayed hearing of appeals related to the blackbuck poaching case in Jodhpur District and Sessions Court.
Advocate Hastimal Saraswat, representing actor Salman Khan, said three appeals related to the case are under consideration of the Jodhpur District and Sessions Court and the state government’s appeal is also pending in the Rajasthan High Court.
He said the High Court will hear the transfer petition first.
“In the blackbuck case, three appeals related to Salman Khan are under consideration of District and Sessions Court, Jodhpur. One appeal is filed by the state government against Salman Khan’s acquittal in the Arms act case. The second appeal is against 5-year imprisonment to Salman Khan in the blackbuck poaching case. The third appeal is against acquittal to Dushyant Singh (a local of Rajasthan), Neelam, Tabu, Sonali and Saif Ali Khan in the same judgment in which Salman Khan was sentenced to five-year jail,” Saraswat told ANI.
“The state government has also filed an appeal in the High Court against the acquittal of Neelam, Tabu, Sonali and Saif Ali Khan in the blackbuck case. We filed a transfer petition in the Rajasthan High Court requesting it to hear all these appeals as they are related to one matter. If appeals of the same case are heard in different courts, there is the possibility of contradictory judgements,” he said.
“That’s why we filed an appeal in High Court that there are different appeals in the same case and they should be heard in High Court. On our plea, High Court Justice Manoj Kumar Garg has given an order to stayed hearing in these appeals until the matter of transfer petition is not heard,” he added.
Saraswat said the Rajasthan High Court also issued notice to Dushyant Singh, Neelam, Tabu, Sonali and Saif Ali Khan.
Salman Khan was booked under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act for poaching two chinkaras in Bhawad village on September 26-27, 1998 and one chinkara in Mathania on September 28, 1998.
Earlier in February, the Jodhpur District and Sessions Court dismissed a petition filed by the Rajasthan government that alleged that Salman Khan had presented a false affidavit related to the Arms Act in the blackbuck poaching case. (ANI)

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Five states account for 82 per cent of new COVID-19 cases in India

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New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu added 82 per cent of the total new cases which were reported in the last 24 hours in the country, the union health ministry informed on Saturday.
According to the health ministry, 18,327 new COVID-19 cases were registered in the last 24 hours, out of which Maharashtra added 10,216, followed by Kerala with 2,776 while Punjab reported 808 new cases.
Meanwhile, eight states are displaying an upward trajectory in daily new cases.
“India’s total active caseload has reached 1,80,304 today. India’s present active caseload now stands at 1.61 per cent of India’s total positive cases,” the ministry said.
On the other hand, 21 states and union territories have less than 1,000 active cases. Arunachal Pradesh has only three active cases.
Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu have shown a reduction in the active cases in the last 24 hours whereas Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana displayed a rise in the active cases during the same period.
108 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours.
“Six states account for 85.2 per cent of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (53). Kerala follows with 16 daily deaths and Punjab reported 11 deaths in the last 24 hours,” it said.
Gujarat, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Assam, Sikkim, Manipur, Ladakh (UT), Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Nagaland, Mizoram, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli have not reported any COVID-19 death in the last 24 hours. (ANI)

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Sex tape case: Conspiracy hatched to defame efficient ministers, says Karnataka health minister

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], March 6 (ANI): Days after Karnataka Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi tendered resignation from his post over his alleged involvement in the sexual assault of a woman, the State Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Friday said, a conspiracy has been hatched to defame efficient ministers who are gaining popularity by their good work.
“There seems to be a conspiracy in the state to defame efficient ministers who are gaining popularity by their good work. In this age of modern technology, it is not an exaggeration that anything can be done to deceive our eyes,” Dr Sudhakar tweeted.
He said that they have appealed to the court to issue a stay order against broadcasting defamatory content
“As they say, a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. One can lose the goodwill gained in a lifetime within seconds due to some conspiracy. To stop this we have appealed to the court to issue a stay order against broadcasting defamatory content,” he said.
The health minister further said that these challenges are not uncommon to those in public life. But it is also inevitable to fight these evil forces when they conspire against us. As long as our conscience is right and people’s blessings are with us no conspiracy can harm us. I have full faith in our judicial system.
A case was registered against Karnataka Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi on Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman.
A purported sex tape showed Karnataka’s Major and Medium Water Resources Minister in a compromising position with a woman.
A total of six ministers in the BS Yediyurappa government on Friday moved a Bengaluru court seeking a stay against media outlets from publishing or broadcasting anything defamatory against them.
On March 2 Kallahalli, who is a social activist, had told reporters, “I have lodged a complaint with police, demanding a probe into a sex scandal involving Ramesh Jarkiholi. The victim woman was offered a job in Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL). Upon reaching the pre-decided location, the woman was sexually assaulted and now is being threatened by the Minister and his people.” (ANI)

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BJP leader killed in MP’s Bhind over illegal sand quarrying dispute

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Bhind (Madhya Pradesh) [India], March 6 (ANI): A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was recently shot dead after a dispute over illegal sand quarrying in Bhind.
The BJP leader — identified as Rocky Gurjar, a resident of Mehgaon Old Basti and was working as the treasurer and sand trader in the Mehgaon division — was killed late on Thursday night.
Speaking to the media, Superintendent of Police (SP) Manoj Kumar Singh on Saturday, said: “Rocky Gurjar along with his friend Samrath Singh was going towards his village with the sand trolley when he was stopped by the company employees when a fight started over the royalty of sand.”

The contract for sand quarrying in the area is with Power Mech Projects Limited. The company has also created a check post on Gheli Madhepura Road in Amayan.
“The company employees namely, Baldev Singh and Pradeep Gurjar started firing during the dispute over royalty, when Rocky tried to take out the trolley from the spot. The BJP leader died on the spot, whereas Samarth was seriously injured,” Singh added.
According to the police officials, actions are being taken on the basis of the complaint filed by the family of the deceased. However, no FIR has so far been registered. (ANI)

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