The Pioneer : 2020-09-25

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! "#$ "%"% * 232 tested positive for Corona virus, the Chairman directed the officers to render necessary medical assistance and other welfare measures to all of them. but at the same time rued the fact that the session which was conducted under very precarious circumstan­ces ended on a sad note with the Opposition boycotting the session and that the Deputy Chairman Harivansh was hounded by members who had to be suspended. On being informed that 83 officials of the Secretaria­t have Monsoon Session keeping in view the difficult prevailing circumstan­ces due to the pandemic.Sources said that while Naidu appreciate­d the many legislatio­ns were materialis­ed Ministers V. Muraleedha­ran and Arjun Ram Meghwal and the Rajya Sabha Secretary General Desh Deepak Verma were among those present in the meeting. M VenkaiahNa­idu, who is also the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, appreciate­d the work done by both the Secretaria­ts (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha) to ensure smooth conduct of the Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi to review the work done during 252nd Session of Rajya Sabha which concluded prematurel­y on Wednesday. Besides Joshi Union : " !01 0 Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday held a meeting with the Parliament­ary % " &) . # / ! " 0 ;>< 4 ==6 ?9 / Pune district with 2,74,421 infected cases continued to be the worst-affected city-district in Maharashtr­a. The number of deaths in Pune increased from 5429 to 5478. Thane district remained on the third spot --after Pune and Mumbai – with 1,77,529 total cases, while the pandemic toll rose from 4624 to 4647. Out of 61,90,389 samples sent to laboratori­es, 12,82,963 have tested positive (20.72 per cent) for COVID- 19 until Thursday. Currently, 18,83,912 people are in home quarantine while 33,412 people are in institutio­nal quarantine. from 190,264 to 192,427. Meanwhile, for the six consecutiv­e day, the state recovery rate rose from 75.65 per cent to 75.86 per cent. A day after Maharashtr­a posted 21,029 recoveries, 17,184 more people were discharged from the various hospitals, thus taking the total number of patients discharged from various hospitals after full recovery since the second week of March this year to 9,73,214. The mortality rate in the state stood at 2.68 per cent. The number of “active cases” in the state went up from Tuesday’s figure of 2,73,477 to 2,74,993. Sindhudurg, 11 each in Ahmednagar, Osmanabad and Washim and 10 deaths each in Solapur and Latur. In the lower range, there were nine deaths in Bhandara, 7 in Wardha, 6 each in Palghar, Beed and Amravati, 3 each in Aurangabad and Jalna, 2 each in Dhule, Nanded and Chandrapur and one death each in Ratnagiri, Parbhani, Gondia and Gadchiroli, besides 2 outsiders/foreigners. With 54 deaths, Mumbai’s Covid-19 toll increased from 8,604 to 8,658 while the infected cases shot up by 2,163 to trigger a jump in the infections 459 deaths on Thursday. With the fresh 459 deaths on Thursday, the total number of deaths in the state mounted from 33,886 to 34,345. Similarly, with 18,164 fresh infections, the total infected cases jumped from 12,63,799 to 12,82,963. Of the total 459 deaths, Mumbai – after a gap of more than six weeks – accounted for a maximum of 54 deaths, while there were 49deaths in Pune, 47 in Nagpur, 35 in Satara, 29 in Jalgaon, 23 each in Thane and Kolhapur, 21 in Sangli, 17 in Yavatmal, 16 in Akola, 14 each in Raigad and Nashik, 12 in /./+, ! Maharashtr­a’s Covid-19 toll crossed 34,000 mark on Thursday, as 459 more people succumbed to the pandemic thus adding 1300-odd deaths to the Coronaviru­s tally during the last 72 hours, while 19,164 people tested positive for the virus in various parts of the state. That there is no let up in the Covid-19 can be evidenced from the fact Maharashtr­a has had a total of 1330 deaths during the last 72 hours –392 deaths on Tuesday, 479 deaths on Wednesday and March 21. In view of the Janata Curfew of March 22, they were shifted to a Markaz in Mominpura, 10 days later sent to institutio­nal quarantine where their Covid-19 tests were negative. During the quarantine period, on April 5, they were placed under arrest under provisions of the Foreigners Act, the Disaster Management Act, and the Epidemic Diseases Act. The Nagpur police charged with violating Visa rules by “propagatin­g and preaching” their religion, spreading Covid19 and not complying with the orders of a public servant, among other things. Advocate J. H. Aloni, appearing for the Myanmar nationals, contended that the police were monitoring all their activities and they did not violate any laws as alleged by the prosecutio­n, led by Additional Public Prosecutor V. A. Thakare. The HC bench held that compelling the Myanmarese nationals to undergo trial for the offences listed by the police would cause “grave injustice”, and hence quashed the FIR lodged against them. The quashing of FIR registered and chargeshee­t filed against eight Myanmarese nationals is the second similar verdict delivered by the Bombay High Court. Earlier, the Aurangabad Bench delivered by Justice T. V Nalawade and Justice M. G. Sewlikar had on August 21 quashed FIRs against 29 foreigners and 6 Indians who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregati­on in New Delhi in March. charge-sheet bearing registrati­on No. 6076/2020 before the Judicial Magistrate, First Class, Nagpur against the accused in the case under various provisions of law,” the Nagpur HC bench ruled. In a virtual slap on the face of the police, the HC bench observed: “There is no material on record to prove that applicants had indulged in any act which was likely to spread infection of COVID - 19. Therefore, from the material produced in the charge-sheet, there is no evidence to substantia­te the fulfillmen­t of ingredient­s of Sections 269 and 270 of the Indian Penal Code”. “The above statements make it clear that there is no material produced by the prosecutio­n to prove that the applicants were engaged in tabligh work and they were involved in preaching religious ideology or making speeches in religious places,” the two judges observed. The HC bench also pulled up for acting against the eight Myanmarese nationals “without jurisdicti­on in registerin­g the F.I.R. under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code based on a complaint of police”. “The investigat­ion conducted by the police was also without jurisdicti­on,” the two Judges observed. In their petition, the Myanmarese nationals had stated that they landed in Kolkata on March 2, left for Delhi, and after attending the Markaz there, reached Nagpur on March 6 for their further activities and lived in the Gittikhada­n area of the second capital of Maharashtr­a till ! /./+, Holding that there was no material on record that they were either engaged in Tablighi work nor did they contribute to the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Bombay High court has quashed the FIRs registered by the Nagpur police against eight Myanmarese nationals who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat Markaz in Delhi in March this year. While quashing the FIR registered and charge-sheet filed against eight Myanmarese nationals before a Nagpur court for contributi­ng to the spread of Covid-19 and preaching religious ideology or making speeches in religious places, a Nagpur division bench comprising Justice V. M. Deshpande and Justice A. B. Borkar virtually pulled up the Nagpur police for registerin­g an offence against the accused as “an abuse of process of law” “In the backdrop of the exposition of the aforesaid position, we are of the considered view that the implicatio­n of the applicants herein for the offences punishable under Sections 188, 269, 270 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 14 of the Foreigners Act, Section 3 of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1987 and Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 would be an abuse of process of law. Compelling the applicants to undergo the trial would cause grave injustice,” the two judges noted. “We, therefore, deem it appropriat­e to quash the F.I.R. bearing No. 178/ 2020 and 222 444 were holding meetings with leaders of different organisati­ons like Ahritia’s (commission agents) Associatio­n, transporte­rs and shopkeeper­s to support the Bharat Bandh by keeping their shops shut from 10 am to 4 pm. They claimed that all the mandis in the State had decided to remain shut and there will be no business on Friday. Farmers in West Bengal will block roads and highways while farmers in Uttar Pradesh will jam their respective villages, towns and highways. The Railways on Thursday said the ‘rail roko’ agitation in Punjab over farm Bills will severely impact the loading of foodgrains and other essential goods as well as the movement of passengers travelling on special trains, mostly on an urgent basis. Officials here said that Punjab loaded 990 rakes of FCI foodgrains in August this year and 816 rakes till September 23. Thus, FCI is loading more than 35 rakes of foodgrains daily from Punjab. They said Punjab also loads 9-10 rakes daily of fertiliser, cement, auto, mixed goods in containers. The State also receives around 20 rakes daily of coal, food grain, farm products, machinery petroleum products, imported fertiliser etc. From Page 1 From Page 1 “As per informatio­n from across the State, the call for bandh has received a positive response from various unions of truckers, buses, tempos, employees, youngsters, students, labourers and others,” said Benod Pandey, a representa­tive of all farm unions. He added that as per their initial estimates, rail tracks and roads would be blocked at around 125 locations across various districts of Punjab. In Haryana, INLD and Congress held protests at several districts. Farmer leaders said that several farmer organisati­ons like Bharatiya Kisan Union ( BKU), All India Farmers Union (AIFU), All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordinati­on Committee (AIKSCC), All India Kisan Mahasangh (AIKM) have come on a common platform for the nationwide shutdown. Farmer leaders in Haryana are considerin­g blocking the rail and road traffic in various districts of the State on the day, said leaders familiar with the developmen­ts. Farmer union leaders, including the BKU (Charuni) and BKU (Tikait) In many States, ever since the antigen testing has been introduced, the positivity rate has drasticall­y come down. It clearly shows that the real picture of coronaviru­s spread is far worse than reflected by the outcome of the tests. The situation in Africa is far better than Asia. As many as 57 nations of the continent registered just 8,000 new cases on Thursday with an average of fewer than 150 cases. Of them, around 16 countries didn’t register a single case while nearly two dozens logged cases in double-digit numbers. The European situation is becoming alarming again with the United Kingdom, France and Spain registerin­g around 10,000 new cases every day, but the USA has stabilised and numbers are also declining in some of the worst-affected nations of South America. However, India is showing no sign of plateauing out. While some States like Maharashtr­a, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are reversing the trend and registerin­g a reduced number of cases during the last one week, new States are replacing them with far bigger numbers. For example, Kerala reported 6,324 new cases and 21 persons died in the State during the last 24 hours due to Covid-19. This is the biggest singleday spike for the State which boasted of taking the best possible measures to contain the pandemic. The State has so far not ever crossed 50,000 new cases in a day. With winter now knocking at the door, India will have to hope and pray that the situation is salvaged through some divine interventi­on. The human factor has paid little results so far. # 444 From Page 1 “Farmer can at any stage go back on his word and withdraw from the contract but the same cannot be done by investor who would be liable for a heavy penalty,” Tomar said. The Minister said any dispute between investor and farmer would be settled by sub-divisional magistrate within 15 or 30 days. “If a farmer wants to come out of the agreement, he can do so. But a trader cannot pull out of the agreement. The trader can only leave the agreement after paying the farmer the price he had promised. There is full protection for farmers in these Bills. There cannot be any action concerning farmers’ land. If there is any dispute, recovery can only be done of the money, which the farmer has taken for growing the crop,” he said. Tomar said the Modi-led Government has provided the freedom to farmers through the Bills. He said the Bills will free farmers from chains of the Agricultur­al Produce Market Committee (APMC). “Small farmers can now get a guarantee of their produce during the sowing of the crop. They can now go for expensive crops, use new technology, new seeds, good pesticides and reduce the input cost. These Bills are crucial and will bring revolution­ary changes in the lives of farmers. I want to tell farmers that when provisions of these Bills will be implemente­d, there will be change in their lives,” he said. The Minister rejected Opposition criticism over the Bills and asserted that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and APMC will continue as in the past. - 222 222 in terms of our game too. Our brain and body fitness works together,” he said. The Indian cricket captain further pointed out that in daily lives, it is important to keep fitness priority, instead of weight loss. “Important to give time in between food intake. We eat heavy food in our daily lives, and in between, we continue to have other food intakes. We don’t allow our system to process the food. There is no activity in between food intake. These small things are important, you need to give time for body to process food,” said Kohli. “It is important to keep priority - if you’re doing it for weight loss or fitness,” he said. Kohli said despite the significan­t improvemen­t in fitness levels among the Indian team members, the side still lags behind the other internatio­nal sides on the same. He pointed it out in reply to Modi’s question on the need of Yo Yo Tests in Indian cricket setup. “It (Yo Yo Test) was very important. Our level in fitness in comparison to other teams is still low. Yo Yo Tests were a basic requiremen­t,” said Kohli. “The T20Is and ODIs last only one day but the Test match is of five days, so the fitness standard from that point of view is important. Even I won’t be available for selection if I fail the test. It is important to set the fitness culture. It improves overall culture of the side,” he said. In the digital interactio­n Kohli said he experience­d the need for fitness levels to be better in his initial playing days. “I experience­d a transition. In the era when I started playing cricket, the demands of the game were changing very quickly. Our fitness routines weren’t fit for the demands of the game and we needed to change. We were short from fitness point of view, the skills were not an issue,” Kohli told the Prime Minister. “I experience­d a self-realisatio­n on fitness, that it should be a priority. I realised that I needed to improve on my fitness. Now, the priority on fitness is such that I won’t mind losing training sessions but I feel bad when I lose fitness session,” he said. Modi pointed out that Virat, who hails from Delhi, must be missing the delicious foods of the city, naming “chhole bhatoore” in particular, to which Virat chuckled and said that he had to sacrifice the food to maintain his fitness levels. A laughing Milind answered, “A lot of people ask me the same question about my age. They also ask me how am I able to run such long distances (like from Delhi to Mumbai in 2012) in this age. I tell them - my mother at 81 - is capable of doing all this. She is a huge source of inspiratio­n for me and for many others.” He further said, “If you go the villages, women travel kilometres to fill water and for other activities. The problem in cities with the widespread of technology is that we sit a lot at a place for work and other things. This makes them lazy.” He detailed on his womenonly fitness programme, Pinkathon, where women aged even 60 above, begin with a regular run of 3 kms before moving on to regular exercises and ending up running 100 kms. Interactin­g with Indian captain Kohli, the Prime Minister quipped “your name is Virat and kam bhi aisa hi hai” and then asked him as how he keeps himself fit. Kohli while interactin­g with the Prime Minister talked about the importance of fitness in daily lives. The cricketer, who is currently in the United Arab Emirates with the Royal Challenger­s Bangalore, gave insights on his own experience with the transition to importance of fitness over the years in cricket. From Page 1 According to the CM, if the testing would have scaled down to the previous level of 20,000 tests (daily), the cases would also have come down to around 1,500 per day in the city. Kejriwal hoped that the Government steps, including increasing containmen­t zones from 550 in mid-August to around 2,000 now, will gradually bring down the number of Covid-19 positive cases in the coming days. On Wednesday, Delhi recorded 3,714 fresh Covid-19 cases as the infection tally in the city mounted to over 2.56 lakh, while the death toll rose to 5,087. More than 60,000 Covid19 tests were done in the city on Tuesday, according to the bulletin issued by the Delhi health department on Wednesday. The total number of active cases, as on Wednesday, stood at 30,836, it said. From Page 1 “When new Covid-19 cases were reported in the large number, we had controlled the coronaviru­s cases with the help of the Central Government, NGO and Delhiites. I want to thank everyone for their efforts. As a responsibl­e Government, we had increased testing from 20,000 to 60,000 daily,” he said. He said the Government was “keeping its fingers crossed” and hoped that the Covid-19 cases will “gradually” come down due to the steps taken by the AAP dispensati­on. “The best way to defeat coronaviru­s is to conduct aggressive testing to identify and isolate positive cases,” the Chief Minister said. “The coronaviru­s cases have increased in Delhi because testing was massively scaled up. The daily cases were around 4,500 on September 16 which have now started coming down and currently, there are around 3,700 cases (daily),” he said. The first anniversar­y of Fit India Movement saw Modi addressing Soman as ‘Made in India Milind’ after the 90’s song that shot the actor to fame. Modi acknowledg­ed how the 54-year-old star had contribute­d to the fitness movement in his own vocal way by even penning a book titled after the famous track. On a lighter note, the Prime Minister pointed out about how netizens keep discussing his age and asked, “Whatever you say your age is - are you really that old or is it something else?” “I miss the chhole bhatoore in Delhi so much! But I never experience­d health issues with our native diet. My grandmothe­r is so healthy and she always used to eat homemade food. I, on the other hand, had city food because we travel everywhere. We used to eat out and some food items were unhealthy. So that made me realise that fitness is important,” said Kohli. “If we don’t improve our fitness, we would be far behind 222 tioning of actress-accused Rhea Chakrabort­y in the drug case. Karishma works with Jaya Saha, with whom Rhea Chakrabort­y had chatted about CBD oil, as a manager in Kwan talent management agency. During the questionin­g, the NCB had reportedly quizzed Jaya if she had any knowledge about Karishma procuring drugs for Deepika Padukone. The NCB had retrieved Deepika's WhatsApp chats with Karishma in which the two were seen discussing drugs. Earlier, Jaya's chats with Rhea Chakrabort­y about CBD oil were also retrieved by NCB. The NCB investigat­ions have thrown up a whatsApp chat of 2017 between D (Deepika Padukone) and K ( Karishma). In the chat, Deepika reportedly asks Karishna: "you have Maal?, Karishma responds saying: "Yes, but at home. I am at Bandra. Later Krishma tells Deepika that one Amit is bringing it to a high-end restaurant "koko" at Lower Parel. Deepika seeks to confirm if it is hash not weed. From Page 1 The NCB will continue the same line of questionin­g when its investigat­ors grill actress Rakul and Deepika’s Manager Karishma. "Deepika has acknowledg­ed the summons and had submitted for joining investigat­ion on Saturday," Malhotra said. At Saturday's questionin­g, the NCB will record Deepika's statement under Section 67 in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotrop­ic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985. The section 67 of the NDPS Act vests powers with the investigat­ing agency "to call for informatio­n from any person for the purpose of satisfying himself whether there has been any contravent­ion of the provisions of this Act, to require any person to produce or deliver any document or thing useful or relevant to the enquiry and to examine any person acquainted with the facts and circumstan­ces of the case". Deepika will be questioned in the context of the informatio­n that surfaced during the ques- ! " # $ % & ' " ( ! " # $ %&&' ''( ) '&&%*'&&'*++ ,, - ) .%/& ! -0$1 , # %('&/'& 2 ) '&('%*3453'' 6 *3455'' 7 # 8 $ (&' (&& ! % / 92 : ; ) 10< !2< =1< ; ( '' ; ) ) > ) , 6 1 , ! ) # 6 ) ? 8 - ) * . ! ! # . @ < 8 % (( '& A ) '+((%(/* **/ (/* *** (/* **+ PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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