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Jairaj-Benix custodial deaths: Murder case filed against cops; sub-inspector arrested


Jairaj-Benix custodial deaths: Murder case filed against cops; sub-inspector arrested

A Sub Inspector of Police Raghu Ganesh was on Wednesday night arrested in Thoothukudi district in connection with the recent custodial deaths of a trader P Jayaraj and his son J Benix. The arrest was made by the Crime Branch-CID police, a day after the Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) entrusted the case to the agency as an interim measure till the CBI took over the probe.

Sources said a dozen police teams have been formed to trace and arrest some of the accused in the case. On Wednesday, CB-CID Deputy Superintendent of Police Anilkumar, who was appointed Investigation Officer in the case by the High Court, formally took charge of the investigation.

Earlier in the day, State Law Minister C Ve Shanmugam said the AIADMK Government would not allow anyone involved in the case to escape. The deaths of the father and son, who were arrested over a minor issue concerning closure of their mobile phone shop during the COVID-19 lockdown, had triggered global outrage.

 
 
 



Coronavirus in Bihar: Courts in Patna shut for 2 days after lawyer tests COVID-19 positive


Coronavirus in Bihar: Courts in Patna shut for 2 days after lawyer tests COVID-19 positive

Patna: All courts in Patna have been closed for two days from Wednesday for sanitization. District and Sessions Judge of Patna Rudra Pratap Mishra on Wednesday issued an order directing closure of all courts in Danapur and Patna City for two days.

The decision was taken following information received by the DJ that one of the lawyers Vijay Bhanu has tested corona positive. DJ in his order said Bhanu, a member of the Bar Association was in an isolation ward for treatment of COVID-19. He said all court buildings, including offices, shall remain shut for sanitation.

According to the order, urgent bail matters would be heard through virtual hearing from residences of the judicial officers only. Court had opened on Tuesday and had allowed the physical appearance of the lawyers. In Patna High Court, urgent matters are being heard through virtual hearing only. Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 positive patients crossed the 10,000 mark on Wednesday and 10,076 patients were found positive till date in the state.

Health Minister Mangal Pandey said so far 768 people have died due to the virus. Two died in Nalanda Medical College Hospital, a dedicated COVID hospital in Patna. Minister claimed samples of 2.28 lakh people have been collected so far and it has been found out that of every 22,000, 22 were COVID-19 positive in Bihar.

Following a strong warning note issued by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech on Tuesday, safety measures have been intensified in Bihar. Security and health staff are allowing entry to government servants and officers to the four buildings of State Secretariat hereafter complete thermal screening and sanitization.

Employees with masks were allowed entry and those not wearing one were instantly supplied by the health staff. Police personnel was seen checking the vehicles on the roads in Patna and those found without masks were fined.

 
 
 



Check out this hilarious Twitter spat between BJP's Tajinder Singh Bagga and Congress


Check out this hilarious Twitter spat between BJP's Tajinder Singh Bagga and Congress

BJP's Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga is known to take a jibe at the Opposition party and it is quite evident. And he often gets involved in a Twitter spat and we gotta admit that it is hilarious to watch them involve in one.

Well, Bagga, once again, took a jibe at Congress on Twitter. This time the Twitter spat took a new turn and Bagga and Congress tweets will surely make you laugh. Recently, INC Chhattisgarh had tweeted in Hindi, "Jhoot ka adds, J P ....??" Now, it isn't that hard to guess the name.

Bagga promptly replied to the tweet and said "Khoon ka Gandhi, Rajiv....???"


It is imperative to note that, earlier, Bagga had tweeted: "Good Morning @IYC Rajiv Gandhi is Murderer."

Bagga had tweeted, "I don't agree with @sambitswaraj Ji, He said Rajiv Gandhi killed 3000 people. I want to say it's just official figure, unofficial figure is more than 5000. Rajiv Gandhi is Murderer."

An FIR was filed against him at Kanker in Chhattisgarh, for using offensive language against former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and for trying to disturb communal harmony.

Coming back to the Twitter spat, it seems that now Congress' Twitter handle of other states too have joined the spat. Replying to Bagga's tweet, INC Bihar tweeted, " Baap churata that sulab sochalaya ka magga, bete ka naam rakha Tajinder....???"


Wait, the spat went on next level. Bagga immediately replied, "Uss magge mein daal ke beer, beer bar wali karti this cheer."


Here's how Twitter reacted to their spat;

 

 

 

 




Karnataka announces total lockdown on Sundays starting July 5


Karnataka announces total lockdown on Sundays starting July 5

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Saturday took a slew of decisions including imposing total lockdown on Sundays starting July 5 in view of the spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the state.

It was also decided that there will be night curfew from 8 pm to 5 am, which will come into effect from Monday, according to an official statement. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa with the ministers and officials amid growing opposition outcry to impose stringent lockdown to contain COVID-19 cases in the state.

"Lockdown would be imposed every Sunday, with effect from July 5, 2020 until further orders. No activities shall be permitted on that day except essential services and supplies. All government offices shall remain closed on all Saturdays, along with second and fourth Saturdays with effect from July 10," the statement read.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Commissioner was directed to set up more number of wholesale vegetable markets to avoid crowding in large wholesale vegetable markets in the city. It was also decided to have a centralised bed allocation system to speed up hospitalisation of COVID-19 patients.

The Chief Minister directed the officials to enhance the number of ambulances to carry coronavirus patients and to arrange separate ambulances for carrying mortal remains of patients who die due to the contagion. He also directed the officials to use the police control room wireless system to identify location and easy movement of ambulances. Yediyurappa told the officials to publish details of nodal officers working for Covid Management.

It was decided at the meeting to delegate more responsibilities to joint commissioners of eight municipal zones in Bengaluru and also appoint Karnataka Administrative Services officers in these zones to assist the joint commissioners. The 180 ESI doctors appointed by the labour department will also be pressed into service and probationary Tahsildars will be appointed as nodal officers for coronavirus hospitals and COVID care centres.

Marriage halls, hostels and other institutions in Bengaluru will also be reserved for COVID care centres and to avail railway coaches with beds. The Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru Urban was directed to identify more places for the last rites of coronavirus victims.

Yediyurappa told the official to form teams for conducting last rites. Besides notifying reservation of 50 per cent of beds in medical colleges and private hospitals, the BBMP Commissioner will also notify tie-up with hotels with hospitals to avoid any shortage of beds for treatment, the Chief Minister said during the meeting.




Sambit Patra taunts P Chidambaram with INX Media case after former FM asks centre what it will do if Rajiv Gandhi Foundation returns Rs 20 lakh


Sambit Patra taunts P Chidambaram with INX Media case after former FM asks centre what it will do if Rajiv Gandhi Foundation returns Rs 20 lakh

BJP leader Sambit Patra on Saturday slammed senior Congress leader P Chidambaram for questioning whether PM Narendra Modi would assure that China will "vacate its transgression and restore status quo ante?" if the RGF returns Rs 20 lakh.

Taking to Twitter, Sambit Patra wrote: "Suppose you return all the corrupt Money that you had usurped in INX media & other cases will the Supreme Court not send you to jail? PS: “No Intrusion” is what the PM said. Get you facts right!!"


Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday launched an attack on BJP chief JP Nadda, accusing him of being an expert in "speaking half-truths" and said that Rs 20 lakhs deposited in the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation "from PM National Relief Fund in 2005 was for tsunami relief work in Andaman and Nicobar."

This comes in response to the allegations by the BJP chief made on Friday in the wake of the Opposition raising questions on the government's position over the standoff with China at the LAC. Taking to Twitter, Nadda shared details of 'Partner Organisation and Donors Year 2005-2006' and 'Partner Organisation and Donors Year 2007-2008', which shows that PMNRF donated funds to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF).

In a series of tweets on Saturday morning, Chidambaram accused the BJP of unnecessarily attempting to draw parallels between China's intrusion which took place recently and the events which had taken place 15 years ago.

"BJP President Mr Nadda specialises in speaking half-truths. My colleague Mr Randeep Surjewala exposed his half-truths yesterday," Chidambaram's tweet read.


Chidambaram further questioned whether PM Narendra Modi would assure that China will "vacate its transgression and restore status quo ante?" if the RGF returns Rs 20 lakh today. He also implored Nadda to "come to terms with reality" and answer the questions on Chinese intrusions in Indian territory, sharing a satellite image which according to him clearly shows the change in India and China's position at the border areas.




JP Nadda targets Congress, points out Sonia Gandhi-chaired PMNRF was donating to Sonia Gandhi-chaired Rajiv Gandhi Foundation


JP Nadda targets Congress, points out Sonia Gandhi-chaired PMNRF was donating to Sonia Gandhi-chaired Rajiv Gandhi Foundation

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Jagat Prakash Nadda on Friday hits out at Congress and alleged that Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) was donating money to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation during the UPA years.

The BJP chief also said that to divert this public money into a family-run foundation is not only a "brazen fraud" but also a "big betrayal" of the people of India.

Taking to Twitter, JP Nadda wrote: "PMNRF, meant to help people in distress, was donating money to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in UPA years. Who sat on the PMNRF board? Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Who chairs RGF? Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Totally reprehensible, disregarding ethics, processes and not bothering about transparency."


The BJP chief shared details of 'Partner Organisation and Donors Year 2005-2006' and 'Partner Organisation and Donors Year 2007-2008', which shows that PMNRF donated funds to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF).

In a series of tweets, JP Nadda said, "PMNRF, meant to help people in distress, was donating money to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in UPA years. Who sat on the PMNRF board? Smt. Sonia Gandhi Who chairs RGF? Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Totally reprehensible, disregarding ethics, processes and not bothering about transparency."


"People of India donated their hard-earned money to PMNRF to help their fellow citizens in need. To divert this public money into a family run foundation is not only a brazen fraud but also a big betrayal of the people of India," Nadda added.

Cornering Congress, he further said that one family's hunger for wealth has cost the nation immensely and asked the opposition party to apologise to the unchecked loot for self-gain. "If only they have devoted their energies towards more constructive agenda. The Congress' Imperial Dynasty needs to apologise to the unchecked loot for self-gains!" he said.




Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu: With over 3,500 cases, state's daily tally at all-time high


Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu: With over 3,500 cases, state's daily tally at all-time high

Tamil Nadu on Thursday saw its highest single-day Covid count with 3,509 patients testing positive. Only recently, the state had begun to see over 2,000 cases, reported daily.

But breaking all records, Thursday saw over 10% of the 32,543 samples tested reporting positive for novel coronavirus disease. The State Government has been resorting to various measures to curb the virus’s spread.

Apart from imposing intensive lockdown in Chennai and 3 of its surrounding districts and in Madurai City and its surroundings, from Thursday for 6 days it had chosen to suspend movement of inter-district transport services.

 
 

On June 1, transport services and movement between districts were restricted by allowing vehicular connectivity between clusters of districts by dividing the state into 8 zones.

The government had allowed vehicular movement in 6 of the zones leaving out Chennai district (Zone 1) and its neighbours Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu and Tiruvallur (Zone 2) from the exemption.

“As many as 3,358 patients, who tested positive on Thursday, were from Tamil Nadu. The others were returnees from other state and countries,” a health dept official said.

The state’s death toll went up to 911 with 45 deaths being recorded. Tamil Nadu now has 30,064 active patients as opposed to its total tally of 70,977 patients.

 
 
 



Amid heavy rains in Bihar, at least 93 killed in lightning strikes


Amid heavy rains in Bihar, at least 93 killed in lightning strikes

Patna: In a major natural disaster, 93 people lost their lives when lightning struck in parts of Bihar on Thursday.

PM Modi in a late night tweet expressed grief, sympathising with the families of the victims and appealed to the people to remain safe.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asked the citizens to stay indoors. He announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the deceased.

According to an official figure, 23 of the 38 districts badly hit by the lightning.

The districts are in north, central and the western state. Gopalganj, Siwan, Saran, Sheohara, Supaul, Bhagalpur, Banka, Rohtas, Buxar, Aurangabad, Jehan- abad, Madhubani are the worst hit. Gopalganj reported 19 deaths, Madhubani 8, Siwan 7, Purnia and Au- rangabad 7 each.

At a village, Asangao in Gopalganj district, children playing football match were killed by lightning.

The disaster management department in an advisory, appealed to the people to stay indoors till June 29 as thunderstorm and rainfall would be widespread. Monsoon is active all over the state since Wednesday.




When 39.8 was greater than 60.2: Netizens troll Times Now for pie chart gaffe


When 39.8 was greater than 60.2: Netizens troll Times Now for pie chart gaffe

During our early years in school, we had a poem in English titled 'A Mortifying Mistake' by Anna Pratt. It's about a girl trying to memorise her six-times table for a test the next day. She could not remember six times nine, and to remember she finally takes her favourite doll Mary-Ann and renamed her 54 for a day.

The poem goes like this:

I studied my tables over and over, and backward and forward, too;

But I could n’t remember six times nine, and I did n’t know what to do,

Till sister told me to play with my doll, and not to bother my head.

“If you call her ‘Fifty-four’ for a while, you ’ll learn it by heart,” she said.

So I took my favourite, Mary Ann (though I thought ’t was a dreadful shame

To give such a perfectly lovely child such a perfectly horrid name),

And I called her my dear little “Fifty-four” a hundred times, till I knew

The answer of six times nine as well as the answer of two times two.

Next day Elizabeth Wigglesworth, who always acts so proud,

Said, “Six times nine is fifty-two,” and I nearly laughed aloud!

But I wished I had n’t when teacher said, “Now, Dorothy, tell if you can.”

For I thought of my doll and—sakes alive!—I answered, “Mary Ann!”

It looks like Times Now belongs to the same school of mathematics as Dorothy, the girl in the poem. The channel was called out on social media for putting a weird graph that shows 39.8 per cent is more than 60.2 per cent.

In one of its shows aired at 10 pm, the question asked as part of a survey was, “Do you think India has taken suitable steps to give China a befitting reply?” The poll showed 60.2 per cent of the replies in the negative, while 39.8 per cent in the positive. However, while creating the pie chart, someone replaced the numbers to show that 60.2 per cent was less than 39.8 per cent.

Times Now has since deleted the tweet and apologised for the gaffe, with a new graphic.


Soon after Times Now pie chart began trending on Twitter. This is how Twitter reacted to this gaffe

 

 


It’s not been the best week for the Times Group. Earlier in the week, the company put out a story of a man who killed his wife in Bengaluru and went to Kolkata to kill her mother and finally take his own life. The team then put a picture of what they thought was the couple. However, to the team’s horror, a day later, the couple in the picture shared a video stating that they were fine and that the news team had taken their picture from Facebook because they had the same name.




Chinese make right noises, and then some jarring ones


Chinese make right noises, and then some jarring ones

K J M Varma

Beijing

China on Wednesday said maintaining peace along the Sino-India border is in the common interest of both the countries and requires joint effort, even as it accused the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Indian media of making ‘‘some false’’ claims during the border tension.

In separate statements, the Chinese foreign and the defence ministries also repeated Beijing's stand that India was responsible for the June 15 violent face-off in eastern Ladakh.

While Defence Ministry Spokesman Col Wu Qian asserted that China and India are "important neighbours to each other" and the two sides should make great efforts to jointly ease the current border situation, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian again accused India of "provoking" a border clash, saying "the onus is not on China's part."

Zhao also alleged that the MEA and the Indian media have made "some false reports."

Asked why after a positive meeting between the army commanders of India and China, he is making these allegations, Zhao said, "What I have just said is meant to clarify the whole situation, tell the truth to everyone. We made this statement because the MEA in India and also Indian media have made some false reports."

In New Delhi, the MEA issued a release after the countries held diplomatic talks which said India and China have agreed that expeditious implementation of the previously agreed understanding on disengagement of troops from standoff points in eastern Ladakh would help ensure peace and tranquillity in the border areas.

During the talks, which were held between Naveen Srivastava, Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the MEA, and Wu Jianghao, Director General in the Chinese foreign ministry, through video conferencing, the situation in the region was discussed in detail and the Indian side conveyed its concerns over the violent face-off in Galwan.

"In this regard, it was emphasised that both sides should strictly respect and observe the Line of Actual Control," the MEA added.

In the Chinese text circulated in his online press conference, the Chinese defence ministry spokesman said the two defence ministers are negotiating on phone but the English text circulated later made no reference to the defence ministers' talks.




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