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With Unlock 3.0, India records biggest spike of 55,000 cases in 24 hours

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India’s Covid-19 tally crossed the16 lakh mark with 55,079 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours. While Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan stated that India’s Covid-19 case fatality rate is progressively declining and now stands at 2.18%, one of the lowest globally, just 0.28% of the total active patients are on a ventilator. He also said of the total 5,45,318 active cases, 1.61% patients need ICU care and 2.32% are on oxygen support. So far, India has recorded 16,38,870 confirmed Covid-19 cases including 35,747 deaths.

Maharashtra reported 10,320 new coronavirus cases and 265 deaths in last twenty-four hours, taking total cases to 4,22,118 including 2,56,158 discharges and 14,994 deaths. Active cases stand at 1,50,662 in the state.

Tamil Nadu reported 5,881 new Covid-19 cases and 97 deaths in last 24 hours, taking total cases to 2,45,859 including 1,83,956 discharges and 3,935 deaths. Karnataka reported 5,483 new Covid-19 cases and 84 deaths reported in the last twenty-four hours, taking total cases to 1,24,115 including 49,788 discharges and 2,314 deaths. The number of active cases stands at 72,005. The Karnataka government has announced to lift the total lockdown on Sunday and the daily night curfew in the state.

The national capital reported 1,195 new Covid-19 cases while 1,206 people have recovered. Delhi reported 27 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total cases rose to 1,35,598 including 1,20,930 recovered cases and 3,963 deaths. There are 10,705 active cases. Delhi Government is now preparing for the next round of seroprevalence survey in the national capital which is slated to begin on Saturday with authorities gearing up for the five-day exercise to comprehensively analyse the coronavirus situation in Delhi. Punjab reported its highest single-day spike of 665 Covid-19 cases and 19 more deaths in the last twentyfour hours. The death toll mounts to 386 and Covid-19 cases tally rises to 16,119 in the state.

Haryana reported 711 new Covid-19 cases and four deaths in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 34,965 including 28,227 recoveries and 421 deaths. Active cases stands at 6,317.

 Bihar’s Covid-19 tally breaches 50,000-mark with the highest single-day spike of 2,986 fresh cases, 13 fatalities in the last twenty-four hours push death toll to 298. Andhra Pradesh reported new record single-day high of 10,376 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The number of positive cases in the state is now 1,40,933 including 75,720 active cases and 63,864 patients got discharged till now. The number of deaths caused due to the deadly virus stands at 1,349.

Uttar Pradesh reported the highest single-day spike of 4,453 Covid-19 cases and 43 deaths due to the disease in the last twenty-four hours, taking the infection tally to over 85,000 and the death toll to 1,630. There are 34,968 active cases in UP and 48,663 patients have been discharged after treatment. The death toll has reached 1,630. There are 85,261 corona cases in the state.

 Jammu and Kashmir registered 490 more coronavirus cases, taking the number of infections to over the 20,000-mark. While the death toll rose to 377 with 12 more fatalities in the last 24 hours. There are 7,765 Covid-positive cases, while 12,217 patients have recovered so far. Two out of the 12 new fatalities were from the Jammu region while 10 were from the Kashmir Valley. The death toll from the pandemic rose to 377.

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Telangana CM KCR slams BJP; advises people not to fall prey to BJP’s policies

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Tuesday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and advises people not to fall prey to BJP’s policies.

Earlier on Tuesday KCR inaugurated the District Collectorate office in Vikarabad.

“There is a need to protect Telangana so that the foxes do not come and eat it again. We need to see if it does not go back to the old system. We cannot let the conditions deteriorate again, and do not fall prey to their political interests. I fought for 14 years during the agitation. I went to the brink of death and achieved this state. We are implementing many welfare schemes. All these schemes should continue. Industries, IT, and agriculture should be advanced,” KCR said.

Speaking on the occasion KCR said, “Those at the Centre say that what we give are freebies. Some people with flags blocked my bus. What did they get done? Has BJP done any good for 8 years? People should discuss it. If we do not have a politically conscious society, we will be robbed. We were crushed in the hands of the united rulers. Farmers ate curd rice and died after consuming pesticides back then. We have to be vigilant and see those days do not come again.”

Meanwhile, attacking BJP KCR said no one has benefited from the central government.

“If you are fooled by the BJP flag, they will put meters for electricity in the fields and fill the bellies of big people. Should not the electricity in fields be given for free? Gas and petrol prices have increased. Banks are being robbed. Lakhs of crores of rupees have been looted,” KCR alleged.

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Rohingyas to get flats in Delhi: Hardeep Singh Puri promises basic amenities

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In Delhi’s Bakkarwala neighbourhood, apartments and police protection would be made available to Rohingya refugees. The minister of home affairs held a high-level meeting where the decision was made. Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri praised the choice and predicted that those who made a profession of  “spreading canards on India’s refugee policy deliberately linking it to CAA will be disappointed.”

The minister stated, “India has always welcomed those who have sought refuge in the country. In a landmark decision all Rohingya Refugees will be shifted to EWS flats in Bakkarwala area of Delhi. They will be provided basic amenities, UNHCR IDs & round-the-clock Delhi Police protection.”

Taking to Twitter he said, “India respects & follows @UN Refugee Convention 1951 & provides refuge to all, regardless of their race, religion or creed.”

All 1,100 Rohingyas would reportedly be housed in a total of 250 units that are part of the EWS (Economically Weaker Section). They are currently living in the Madanpur Khadar camp.

The social welfare department of the Delhi government has been ordered to ensure that basic amenities like a fan, three times meals, a landline phone, television, and recreational facilities, among others, are provided while the Delhi Police has been asked to provide security, according to the report. According to the report, the Delhi government previously used these apartments for the Covid camp.

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Supreme Court hearing for Monday on freebies promises by political parties during elections

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The Supreme Court adjourned for Monday on the hearing of a plea against distributing freebies from public funds.

The apex court asked the parties to file their suggestions by Saturday on spending the public money in the right way.

Earlier on 10 August, the top court distributing and promising freebies by political parties is a “serious issue”. The amount should be spent on infrastructure etc.

A bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Krishna Murari had told the parties, “Economy losing money and welfare of people, both have to be balanced. That is why this debate and there must be someone who can put their vision and thoughts. Please submit something.”

Meanwhile, Supreme Court is strict on the tendency of political parties to announce free schemes in elections. In the last hearing, the central government had presented its stand to the Supreme Court.

Moreover, The Supreme Court is contemplating setting up an expert committee to probe the matter. The Supreme Court had said that the expert committee should also have representatives from other parties including Finance Commission, NITI Aayog, Reserve Bank, Law Commission, and political parties.

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Eshwarappa slams Congress, says “supports anti-nationals”

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On Wednesday, KS Eshwarappa, a former minister for the state of Karnataka and current member of the BJP, directly attacked the Congress, claiming that the party supports anti-nationals not just in certain regions but throughout the entire nation. In the midst of racial unrest in Shivamogga, the BJP leader declared, “I want to attack directly.” Both the PFI and the SDPI are being supported by the Congress.

Eshwarappa stated, “The man who removed Savarkar’s portrait is an SDPI employee whose wife is a Congress councillor.”

Eshwarappa warned Muslims in India on Tuesday, saying it was their responsibility to participate in Hindu holidays. According to the previous minister, Hindus would manage Muslims’ young if Muslims failed to do so.

“The government is making all attempts to maintain peace. I’m not saying all Hindus and Muslims are involved in such things. Hindu society is strong; it is not weak. If Hindu society really stands up, Muslim goondas will not survive, but Hindus don’t want to take the law into their own hands and want the government to take action,” Eshwarappa said on Tuesday.

On August 15, tension rose in Shivamogga when fights broke out near Amir Ahmad Circle between two groups over a picture of Savarkar. The opposing side desired to mount a picture of Tipu Sultan. Prem Singh, a young man, was stabbed during the tense situation. The atmosphere was still tense on Tuesday as Mohammed Zabiullah, a suspect in Prem Singh’s stabbing, was shot  by police after they claimed he had attacked them.

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‘Shameful that atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits continue today’, says Anupam Kher

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Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Tuesday condemned the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit by a terrorist in the Kashmir Valley.

“Shameful that atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits continue today. They’re killing even their own people. They are killing everyone who stands with India. This has been happening for the past 30 years. The more you condemn it, the less it’s. We’ll have to change the mindset,” Kher said.

Earlier on Tuesday, a Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead at an apple orchard in Jammu and Kashmir by terrorists. In the Chotipara area, the incident took place.

Meanwhile, the deceased have been identified as Sunil Kumar Bhar and his brother Pintu who sustained injuries.

The areas have been cordoned and the injured person has been shifted to the hospital.

Moreover in June 2022, a bank manager named Vijay Kumar has shot dead and on 31 May a female Hindu teacher, Rajni Bala was shot dead by terrorists in the Kulgam district.

However, Anupam Kher a Kashmiri Pandit starred in this year’s hit movie ‘The Kashmir Files’. The movie showed the life of Kashmiri Pandits during the 1990 Kashmir insurgency.

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Raju Srivastava on ventilator, manager informs about slow recovery

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Comedian Raju Srivastava was hospitalised on August 10 after having a heart attack. Later, Raju had an angioplasty for the same, and he is currently on a ventilator. Raju’s management said in a new media exchange that the actor is gradually getting better.

Raju’s manager, Nayan Soni, stated, “Raju’s condition is slowly getting better. He is responding to the treatment. There is an improvement in his health and he can now move his body parts a bit. He continues to remain in the ICU and on a ventilator. Doctors have informed us that it will take about a week for him to regain consciousness.”

In a message posted on Raju Srivastava’s official Instagram profile last week, his family stated that his status was “stable” and urged people to “ignore any rumour or fake news being propagated.

The statement on social media read, “Dear all, Raju Srivastava Ji’s condition is stable. We are praying for his speedy recovery. The doctors are treating him and are doing their best. Thanks to all the well-wishers for their continued love and support. Please ignore any rumours or fake news being circulated. Please pray for him.”

According to reports, actor Amitabh Bachchan sent Raju an audio message wishing him a swift recovery ” It’s enough Raju. Rise up Raju, and keep teaching us all to laugh.”

The movies Maine Pyar Kiya, Baazigar, Bombay to Goa, and Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya are some of movies featuring Raju. He also made an appearance in Bigg Boss’ third season. He gained notoriety for his superb comic timing after his appearance as a stand-up comedian on the programme The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. He is the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council’s chairman.

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