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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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Sushant case: Demand for CBI probe in Bihar assembly

The matter was raised by BJP legislator Neeraj Bablu in the Lower House, gets support from RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.

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The issue of alleged suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput reverberated in both houses of the Bihar Assembly on Monday and the demand for a CBI probe was raised. The matter was raised by Neeraj Bablu in the Assembly, who is a cousin of Sushant Singh Rajput and a BJP MLA. He indicated at a deep-rooted conspiracy behind the actor’s “suicide” and demanded that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should immediately recommend a CBI probe into the matter.

Neeraj Bablu raised concern at the way the investigating team from Bihar which has gone to Mumbai for investigations was being treated. He said the team was deliberately being targeted and the IPS officer was unnecessarily being quarantined to conceal facts and “hide prominent names behind the murder of Sushant Singh Rajput.”

 The BJP MLA got support from unexpected quarters in the Vidhan Sabha, when RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav (leader of Opposition) stood up in his support and said that he was with Sushant’s family right from the beginning and wanted the matter to be investigated thoroughly.

He said, “RJD wants a thorough investigation in the case and I have even written a letter to CM Nitish Kumar for the same. I also demand that the film city being developed in Rajgir should be named after Sushant Singh Rajput.”The matter was also raised in the Upper House.

On the other hand, sharp reactions have also come from CM Nitish Kumar on the issue.

 Talking to media he said, “Whatever has taken place is wrong. This is not a political issue but a legal issue and the Bihar Police is just complying with its legal responsibility.”

He indicated that the Bihar DGP is looking into the matter and is in consultations with relevant people on the other side.

Sharp reactions also came from the DGP of the state, Guptehwar Pandey, and he hinted that the IPS officer was on official trip to Mumbai and that the relevant authorities on the other side were also informed about the way Vinay Tiwari was quarantined was not in consonance with law. The Patna IG would be sending a protest letter to the BMC for the same.

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No cash transfer, says Mumbai Police chief

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Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said that the Mumbai Police has gone through the accounts of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput and are yet to find anything suspicious. The investigating officials are however continuing with their probe, he said.

“The FIR filed by Bihar Police says that Rs 15 crore were siphoned off from Sushant’s account. During our probe, we found that he had Rs 18 crore in his account of which around Rs 4.5 crore are still there. Till now no direct transfer to Rhea Chakraborty’s account has been found,” said Singh.

 Singh also said that members of the actor’s family, including his father, three sisters and brother-in-law had given their statements to the police on 16 June, in which they didn’t raise any suspicions or allege foul play. However,

Rajput’s father has lodged a police complaint against actor Rhea Chakraborty and her family in Patna on 28 July in which he has expressed his lack of faith in the investigation being conducted by the Mumbai Police.

“Till now, the statements of 56 people have been recorded. Every possible angle is being investigated, be it a professional rivalry, financial transactions or health,” said Singh. “It has come to surface that he (Sushant) had bipolar disorder and was undergoing treatment and taking medicines for it. But what circumstances led to his death is the subject of our investigation,” he added.

The Mumbai Police chief further asserted that Rajput used to search for terms like “painless death”, “schizophrenia” and “bipolar disorder” on Google, as well as look up articles and his own name on the Internet. He also stated that there was no party held at Sushant Singh Rajput’s residence on 13 June. The actor had been found hanging from the ceiling of his Bandra residence on 14 June.

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Haryana the first state to have a college within radius of 15 km

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CHANDIGARH : Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal on Monday gave approval to set up 11 new colleges in the state. With this, Haryana has become the first state in the country to have a college within a radius of 15 km. The CM announced the setting up of these colleges at Morni Hills in Panchkula, Isharwal in Bhiwani, Goriwala in Sirsa, Firozpur Jhirka in Nuh, Chhatar in Jind, Ladna Chaku and Rajaund in Kaithal. New colleges will be opened at Pratap Nagar in Yamunanagar, Agroha in Hisar and Bhainswal Kalan, and Baroda in Sonepat district.

Stating that imparting education is a great gift, the CM said that 97 new colleges have been opened in the last 5 years whereas in the last 48 years only 75 colleges were opened.

“The new National Education Policy has also been announced recently which aims to enhance the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in higher education to 50% by 2030, which presently stands at 32%”. NEP 2020 will be effective in achieving the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat,” he added further.

Khattar also said that the country’s first Skill Development University has been opened in the state in Dudhola, Palwal district. Haryana’s Minister for Education Kanwar Pal said, “A plan had been prepared to open 1,000 playschools in the state even before the arrival of New Education Policy.

 Haryana has set an example by conducting online classes during Covid-19 and is among the leading states after Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. The focus is being laid on improving the health and education of children. Along with higher education, 98 Sanskriti Model Schools are also being opened in the state.”

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Sushant’s father ends silence, exposes Mumbai Police’s laxity

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As the tussle between Mumbai and Patna police continues, late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s father has finally broken his silence on the matter for the first time. In a video message, which is now taking social media by a storm, Sushant’s father has claimed that he had informed Bandra police on 25 February that his son was in danger and asked them to take action against people named in his complaint. But, even after 40 days of his demise, no action was taken. This is the reason he went ahead to file FIR in Patna. He further thanked the Bihar CM and the police force for their cooperation.

The statement especially comes at a high point when the probe on Sushant’s case is getting murkier each passing day. Following the “forceful home quarantine” of a Bihar police officer, who had arrived in Mumbai to probe the case, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar earlier in the day said that the Bihar DGP would speak with the authorities in Maharashtra.

 BMC, on the other hand, defended its stance by citing “state government guidelines”. It said that the cop was just asked to follow precautionary guidelines on domestic travel.

 Reacting to the same, the Bihar DGP responded that they examined the quarantine guidelines and it appears that the quarantine was not needed. The official went there after informing and requesting for accommodation and vehicle, not secretly. Emphasising that the cop could have been exempted from protocol, he further added that Patna IG would be writing to BMC chief on the matter.

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Punjab CM lauds farmers for crop diversification

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CM Captain Amarinder Singh.

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday lauded the state’s farmers for successful diversification of nearly 2.28 lakh hectares area out of the traditional paddy cultivation cycle in the current kharif sowing season.

The success of the farmers in their diversification efforts, even amid the Covid-19 pandemic, has also been recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmer’s Welfare, Government of India. The diversification across 2.28 lakh hectares will help save nearly 2.7 billion cubic metres of ground water and about Rs 200 crore power consumption in the state, thus supporting the Punjab government’s efforts to preserve the scarce water resources, said Captain Amarinder.

While reviewing the sowing activities in the state on Monday, the Chief Minister said that despite migratory labour shortage in the ongoing kharif season, the state has not only completed its kharif sowing but has also continued to fulfil its objective of diversification even in these difficult times.

 The CM directed the ACS Development to accord top priority to diversification of agriculture, particularly in the light of the diminishing returns on farmer’s produce. ACS Development Anirudh Tiwari informed the CM that Basmati sowing has been completed across 6.5 lakh hectares, against 6.3 lakh hectares last year. It is expected that acreage under Basmati will touch about 6.75 to 7 lakh hectares in Punjab this year.

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Punjab hooch tragedy: Death toll mounts to 108

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CHANDIGARH: Amid strict instructions from Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to further step up investigations into the hooch tragedy, the Punjab Police on Monday apprehended 12 more people, including two businessmen, and have launched a manhunt for eight others. Meanwhile, the death toll in the tragedy has gone up to 108, with 82 deaths in Tarn Taran and 13 each in Amritsar and Batala. With the latest arrests, the total number has gone up to 37, including five kingpins of the illicit liquor mafia that spanned several districts of the state.

According to DGP Dinkar Gupta, a manhunt has been launched for 8 more identified accused, including the Ludhiana-based paint shop owner, Rajesh Joshi, who is believed to be a key player in the mafia chain.

Investigations are also in progress to identify other links, he said, adding that efforts are being done to identify the various supply routes across districts.

The DGP said raids were still continuing adding that initial investigations indicate that Gobinder, Ravinder, Darshana Rani, Triveni Chowhan and, Harpreet Singh were among the key accused in the case, and their links with other major mafia gang members were being ascertained. “Nobody should be spared”, said Captain Amarinder, even as the Punjab Police launched a departmental inquiry against the 2 DSPs and four SHOs suspended for negligence. The magisterial inquiry ordered by the Chief Minister is also probing the involvement of all suspects, as well as the 6 police and 7 Excise & Taxation Officers whose suspension was ordered by the CM on Saturday.

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