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Karnataka’s Covid tally crosses 5 lakh


Karnataka’s Covid tally crosses 5 lakh

With 179 patients succumbing to the infection during the day, the state’s toll has gone up to 7,808.

With 8,626 fresh cases across the state on Friday, Karnataka’s Covid-19 tally crossed the 5 lakh mark, while 10,949 people were discharged after treatment in the last 24 hours.

“The number of positive cases across the state is 5,02,982, including 1,01,129 active cases, while 3,94,026 cases were discharged since March 8,” said the health bulletin.

With 179 patients succumbing to the infection during the day, the state’s toll has gone up to 7,808.

Bengaluru, which is the epicentre of the disease in the state, registered 3,623 cases during the day, taking its tally to 1,87,705, including 41,914 active cases, while 1,43,198 patients were discharged till date, with 2,725 in the last 24 hours.

With 37 deaths during the day, the city’s toll has increased to 2,592.

“The number of patients in the intensive care units (ICU) across the state is 814, including 271 in Bengaluru Urban district, Dharwad 74, Ballari 67 and Hassan 62,” the bulletin said.

Mysuru saw 600 new cases, Udupi 493, Dakshina Kannada 456, Ballari 296, Shivamogga 257 and Belagavi 221.




We suffered less casualties than India in Galwan Valley clash: China


We suffered less casualties than India in Galwan Valley clash: China

Giving its own version of the 15 June incident, Global Times accused the Indian troops of failing to honour their promise.

China’s official media today continued to push the Communist Party’s anti-India agenda, ridiculing Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement in Parliament on the 15 June Galwan Valley clash even as it sought to boost the morale of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) which is locked in a bitter stand-off with the Indian Army at eastern Ladakh for more than four and a half months.

Reacting to Singh’s remarks that the Indian Army inflicted heavy casualties on the Chinese Army in the 15 June skirmish, state-run Global times said such ”rhetoric” was mainly aimed at inspiring Indian nationalist forces.

Quoting what he called the information he had gathered from people familiar with the situation on the Chinese side, newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin said the number of Chinese soldiers killed in the clash was far less than the number of 20 Indian soldiers who died.

Many of the Indian soldiers were wounded and frozen to death as they could not get medical treatment.

But the killing of even one Chinese soldier could be counted as a huge loss, he added.

China has officially refused to divulge the number of PLA troops who lost their lives in the clash though the assessment by some Indian officials suggests that 35 of them were killed or injured in the incident.

Certain international websites have put the number of casualties on the Chinese side at about 100. Beijing fears admitting that it had lost troops, that too more in number than its opponent, could lead to a major unrest which could even put the Communist Party regime’s future at stake.

Giving its own version of the 15 June incident, Global Times accused the Indian troops of failing to honour their promise.

A few officers and soldiers of the Chinese Army went to the border area which the Indian troops illegally trespassed into for negotiation, but the Indian Army attacked them without any warning, leading to the clash. At the start of the skirmish, the Chinese soldiers were outnumbered, but some of them fought to their last breath, and no one was captured by the Indian army.

The Indian troops fled in great disorder after the Chinese Army began to counterattack, with some rolling down the mountains and some falling into the river. Quite a number of Indian soldiers surrendered to the PLA, and were captured, the daily claimed. It said that in the latest conflict near the Pangong Tso Lake, the Indian troops claimed to have “preempted” PLA’s activity and gave an impression that they had gained an advantage by occupying some key heights.

But the PLA soldiers disregarded the Indian threats and drove away the Indian troops from the highlands. The Chinese Army has gained advantageous positions at many points in the stand-off, the daily added. It said frontline officers and soldiers of the PLA now have high morale at the ChinaIndia border.

The Indian troops were no match for them at all. ”The conflicts this year have severely dampened Indian troops’ arrogance in nibbling at Chinese territory, making India re-examine their understanding of China’s determination, and will to resolutely defend its territorial sovereignty.”




Fresh ops underway to find bodies of 2013 Kedarnath flash flood victims


Fresh ops underway to find bodies of 2013 Kedarnath flash flood victims

Ten teams have been deployed in different trek routes connecting this pilgrimage town.

Joint teams of Uttarakhand Police and State Disaster Relief Force have continued to conduct their search operations to find bodies or skeletons of the victims of the flash flood disaster that had struck Kedarnath in Rudraprayag district in 2013.

Ten teams have been deployed in different trek routes connecting this pilgrimage town.

A team, assigned to survey Chaurabari returned to Kedarnath on Friday as the group failed to retrieve any dead body or skeleton there. The teams began the search operations earlier this week and it will conclude on Sunday.

Superintendent of Police (Rudraprayag) Navneet Singh Bhuller said, “Ten teams are involved in the operation. Two teams have completed their operation and returned to Kedarnath. They failed to retrieve any human body and skeletons.”

This special search operation was launched following an order passed by the Uttarakhand High Court in this regard earlier this year. In 2013, Kedarnath was the epicenter of the disaster.

Thousands of pilgrims lost their lives and went missing in the devastating flash flood. A total of 3,886 persons were found missing. So far 699 dead bodies/skeletons have been recovered during various search operations, conducted after 2013.

Of them, 18 DNA samples have been matched and 11 bodies identified. The ten search teams comprising altogether 60 personnel resumed their special operation on Wednesday, which will be concluded on 20 September.

The search teams have been asked to provide a report on a daily basis to the Inspector General of Police (Garhwal Range) Abhinav Kumar.




Chief Minister unveils development works worth nearly Rs 332 crore for the newly-constituted Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district


Chief Minister unveils development works worth nearly Rs 332 crore for the newly-constituted Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district

Chief Minister attends the inaugural and foundation laying programme via video conferencing

Foundation laying of various construction works including Joint District Office Building, Tehsil Office Building Marwahi Model Record Room, six small irrigation schemes, three electricity substation, transformers in 50 villages and 21 road construction works done

Two over-bridges, 10 aanganbadi centers and other development works inaugurated

Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today inaugurated and laid foundation of nearly 208 development works worth nearly Rs 332.64 crore for newly-constituted district Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi, via video conferencing. This included inauguration of 29 works worth Rs 84 crore 10 lakh and foundation laying of 179 works worth Rs 248 crore 54 lakh. Vidhan Sabha Speaker Dr Charandas Mahant presided over the programme.

In this programme held at Sadhu Hall of Gaurela in Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district, In-charge Minister and Revenue Minister Mr. Jaisingh Agrawal joined as special guest of the occasion. Home Minister Mr. Tamradhwaj Sahu, Health Minister Mr. TS Singhdeo, Agriculture Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey, Forest Minister Mr. Mohammad Akbar, School Education Minister Dr Premsai Singh Tekam, Industry Minister Mr. Kawasi Lakhma, Women and Child Development Minister Mrs. Anila Bhendiya, Urban Administration Dr Shivkumar Daharia, Food Minister Mr. Amarjeet Bhagat, Higher Education Minister Mr. Umesh Patel, MP Mrs. Jyotsana Charandas Mahant also attended the progarmme.

    Chief Minister Mr. Baghel inaugurated 29 works worth more than Rs 84 crore in the newly formed district Gorela-Pendra-Marwahi. These include railway overbridge constructed at a cost of Rs 76 crore 81 lakh, high-level bridge constructed on Son River on Kanchandih-Bariumaran road at a cost of Rs 2 crore 12 lakh, aanganbadi buildings constructed at Village Bagra, Belgahna Gorakhpur, Puta, Patel Para, Pandripani, Jora Dongri at the cost of 45 lakh 15 thousand, culverts and approach roads in villages Tendumuda, Andhiarkhoh, Pandaripani, Navatola, Karsinwa, Nagwahi, Latakenhird, Silpahri, etc. constructed at a cost of more than 60 lakh rupees, aanganbadi buildings constructed in Village Nagwahi, Latkonikhurd, Korkotola, Silphari at a cost of Rs 19 lakh 35 thousand, Paddy platform built in village Medhuka worth Rs 6 lakh, Muktidham worth Rs 5 lakh built in Marwahi, boundary walls constructed at the cost of Rs 86.68 lakh in government horticulture in Lalpur, Bio-Diversity Resource Park built at the cost of Rs 2 crore in Gorela, renovation of Van Chetna Kendra in Dharampani at the cost of Rs 73 lakh, installation of X-ray machines at District Hospital and Marwahi Community Health Center worth Rs 17 lakh 66 thousand.

Chief Minister Mr. Baghel did bhumipujan of Rs 179 works worth Rs 248 crore 78 lakh in Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district. This includes the newly-sanctioned works such as Rajadih Water reservoir construction worth Rs 12 crore 22 lakh, cement concrete lining work worth Rs 18 crore for canals of Ghaghra Upar Khujji, Gangapur and Chaurasiya water reservoir, three bridge construction works on Son River worth Rs 15 crore, joint district office buiding worth Rs 24.94 crore, nine works of road widening and repairing worth Rs 143 crore 78 lakh, 12 works of road concretization worth Rs 8 crore 40 lakh, 20 works under Mukhyamantri Sugam Sadak Yojana worth Rs one crore 52 lakh, three new power substations in Amadand, Dubitiyasevra, Adhiyarkhah and various other works.




Tirupati temple awash with Rs 50 crore demonetised cash offerings


Tirupati temple awash with Rs 50 crore demonetised cash offerings

Though replete with old cash, Tirupati, one of the richest temples in the world, could not make use of it as scrapped notes have stopped being a legal tender for four years already.

The world famous Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh is awash with Rs 50 crore demonetised cash offerings, which it continued to receive from the devotees, but could not utilise.

“Though the Central government had demonetised Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes on November 8, 2016, devotees continued to offer demonetised notes,” said a TTD official.

As a result, the temple in southern Andhra Pradesh received 1.8 lakh notes of Rs 1,000, amounting to Rs 18 crore, and 6.34 lakh notes of Rs 500, amounting to Rs 31.7 crore. All the offered demonetised notes amounted to a total of around Rs 50 crore.

Though replete with old cash, Tirupati, one of the richest temples in the world, could not make use of it as scrapped notes have stopped being a legal tender for four years already.

Unable to monetise the huge amount of delegitimised cash, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Chairman, Y.V. Subba Reddy, has requested Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to enable the temple to deposit the old money with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) or any other commercial one to monetise that amount.

“Once monetised, TTD will use it to fund several spiritual and welfare activities,” the official said.

Regarding the old notes, TTD had already written to the Union Finance Ministry and the RBI in 2017 but did not receive a favourable response.

“As this issue is linked to the faith and sentiments of the devotees, Reddy requested Sitharaman for a favourable outcome, enabling the temple to deposit the money with the RBI or any other bank,” the official said.

Reddy has asked the Finance Minister for favourable instructions in that direction.

The TTD chairman said that the temple could not stop the devotees from offering old notes as it is linked with their faith and religious sentiments.

TTD is a conglomeration of 12 temples and their sub-shrines. It employs 14,000 people. Spread over 16.2 acres, the main Tirumala temple is dedicated to Lord Sri Venkateswara, also known as Srinivasa, Balaji and Venkatachalapati.




‘Hawala’ racket busted in Hyderabad, Rs 3.75 cr cash seized


‘Hawala’ racket busted in Hyderabad, Rs 3.75 cr cash seized

Police suspect the amount is part of a hawala transaction.

Hyderabad police on Tuesday busted an alleged ‘hawala’ racket with the arrest of four persons and seized Rs 3.75 crore cash from them.

Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar said two cars were also seized from the accused.

Acting on a tip off, the Commissioner’s Task Force (West) made the arrests. The arrested were identified as Eshwar Dileep Solanki (29), Harish Ram Bhai Patel (35), Ajith Singh (34) and Rathod Kanak Singh Natuba (42), all from Gujarat and residing in Banjara Hills in Hyderabad.

On credible information that four persons were moving in two cars with huge cash, police intercepted two cars on Road No 12, Banjara Hills. The four occupants were carrying Rs 3.75 crore cash without any valid documents.

Their interrogation revealed that they are working for P.Vijay & Company, Mumbai and its owner Kamlesh Shah, a native of Ahmedabad, has a branch office at Hyderabad.

Solanki and Patel came to Hyderabad on Monday in a Mahindra Scorpio to collect the cash from Dinesh and Giri working at the branch office in Banjara Hills. They collected the cash on Tuesday and all the four were proceeding in two cars to Solapur.

Police suspect the amount is part of a hawala transaction.

The Police Commissioner said the seized amount will be handed over to the Income Tax Department for further necessary action. The persons who are in possession of money will be examined by the Income Tax department.




Monsoon Session begins in LS with obituary references to 15 members


Monsoon Session begins in LS with obituary references to 15 members

The Lok Sabha observed a 2-minute silence to honour the parliamentarians, following which the Speaker adjourned the house for an hour.

The Monsoon Session began on Monday with the Lok Sabha holding its first session with obituary references to 15 parliamentarians who passed away this year.

Soon after the lower House assembled for the day, Speaker Om Birla read out the obituary references in memory of the departed lawmakers that included former President Pranab Mukherjee, who passed away here on August 31 after undergoing treatment for nearly three weeks.

The House, which began at 9 a.m., also remembered sitting MP H. Vasanthakumar, eminent vocalist Pandit Jasraj; Gurdas Singh Badal (Member, 5th Lok Sabha); Nepal Singh (MP, 16th Lok Sabha); Ajit Jogi (MP, 12th and 14th Lok Sabhas); P. Namgyal (7th, 8th, 11th); and Paras Nath Yadav (MP, 12th and 14th).

Besides, Madhav Rao Patil (12 Lok Sabha member); Haribhau Madhav Jawale (14th and 15th); Saroj Dubey (10th); Lalji Tandon (15th); Kamal Rani (11 and 12th); Chetan Chauhan (10 and 12th); and Surendra Prakash Goel (14th) were also remembered by all parliamentarians.

The Lok Sabha observed a 2-minute silence to honour the parliamentarians, following which the Speaker adjourned the house for an hour.

There will be 36 Parliamentary sittings — 18 each for both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha — in the Monsoon Session which will continue till October 1.




Parliament to take several major decisions in Monsoon Session: PM


Parliament to take several major decisions in Monsoon Session: PM

He also said that Indian government is trying to get vaccines from all across the world from wherever it can be managed.

Ahead of the beginning of Monsoon Session on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that major decisions will be taken during Parliament proceedings with discussions on various subjects in both the houses.

The Prime Minister expressed his firm belief that all lawmakers will do a value edition during discussion.

The Monsoon Session will continue till October 1.

Mentioning that the period of the Budget session of Parliament was curtailed in March due to Covid-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister said this Monsoon Session is being organised in a specific environment with all necessary health precautions to contain the spread of the disease which so far has infected 47,54,357 people across the country.

“No relaxations until the Covid-19 vaccine comes,” Modi said. Speaking to the media before the Lok Sabha started, the Prime Minister congratulated all lawmakers for participating in the Monsoon Session amid Covid crisis and advised them to take precautions until the vaccine comes.

He also said that Indian government is trying to get vaccines from all across the world from wherever it can be managed.

The Prime Minister also lauded the efforts of the Army on the border, saying “the whole country is behind them”, as the country continues to be on a stand-off with China.

“In the Monsoon Session, all MPs will give a message through Parliament that they are with the brave soldiers of our forces.”

Of the two Houses, the Lok Sabha will hold its first day proceedings on Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. while the Rajya Sabha will sit from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.




Maharashtra crosses 1m-mark with staggering 24,886 new cases


Maharashtra crosses 1m-mark with staggering 24,886 new cases

Restricted in the sub-50 range for the past 32 days, with 44 fatalities, Mumbai’s death toll increased to 8,067 while the number of corona cases shot up by another high of 2,191 to 165,306.

Maharashtra crossed the 1 million-case mark by adding a staggering 24,886 new Covid-19 cases — the highest till date — besides recording the second highest single-day death toll of 442, health officials said here on Friday.

With this spurt of 24,886 cases — zooming past the previous peak of 23,816 cases (September 9) — the state’s Covid-19 tally reached 10,15,681, spiralling up to rub shoulders with Russia, the world’s fourth worst-hit country having 10,51,874 total cases and 18,365 deaths, as per the Worldometer dashboard.

The state also reported 442 more fatalities, the second highest after the peak of 495 deaths reported on September 10, pushing up the state’s death toll to 28,724.

There was one death roughly every 3 minutes and a whopping 1,036 new cases added every hour to the state tally.

The state’s recovery rate dropped from 70.72 per cent to 70.04 per cent, while the current mortality rate stood at 2.83 per cent on Friday.

On a positive note, 14,308 fully recovered patients returned home on Friday, taking the total number of discharges to 715,023, much higher than the 271,566 active cases currently present in the state.

Of the 442 deaths, Pune reported 59 fatalities, followed by 50 in Nagpur, 44 in Mumbai, 30 in Sangli, 29 in Satara, 26 in Thane, 19 in Ahmednagar, 15 in Kolhapur, 11 in Dhule, 10 in Aurangabad, 9 in Raigad, 8 each in Solapur and Amravati, 7 each in Nashik, Jalgaon, Sindhudurg, Parbhani and Beed, 6 each in Jalna and Yavatmal, 5 each in Palghar and Latur, 3 each in Ratnagiri and Osmanabad, 2 each in Nanded and Akola, and 1 each in Nandurbar, Hingoli, Buldhana and Bhandara.

The day witnessed a sharp spike in fatalities from Nagpur, Sangli, Satara, Ahmednagar, Kolhapur and Dhule, even as five districts in the state reported zero deaths.

Restricted in the sub-50 range for the past 32 days, with 44 fatalities, Mumbai’s death toll increased to 8,067 while the number of corona cases shot up by another high of 2,191 to 165,306.

Of the total 8 circles, the Mumbai circle (MMR comprising Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad) remained on the edge as deaths spiralled and cases piled up, with the fatalities shooting up by 84 to 13,790 and with another spike of 5,840 new infectees, the total cases shot up to 387,639.

Pune district’s Covid cases touched 223,710 till date with the fatalities increasing from 4,634 a day earlier to 4,693 now.

Thane district on the third spot has witnessed 152,934 cases while the death toll increased to 4,118.

With a high of 86 more fatalities, Pune circle’s (comprising Pune, Solapur and Satara districts) death toll increased to 6,170 while the case tally zoomed up by 6,786 to 272,089.

Nashik circle recorded 2,812 fatalities and 129,360 cases, followed by Kolhapur circle’s 1,788 deaths and 62,331 cases, and Nagpur circle’s 1,381 deaths and 60,754 cases.

Aurangabad circle had 1,072 fatalities and 39,997 cases, Latur circle recorded 1,031 fatalities and 37,519 cases, followed by Akola division with 583 deaths and 24,971 cases.

Meanwhile, the number of people sent to home quarantine increased from 16,30,701 to 16,47,742 now, while the number of those in institutional quarantine went up from 38,220 to 38,487 on Friday.




Lt. Governor Sinha revamps system following complaints of officers not responding to grievances


Lt. Governor Sinha revamps system following complaints of officers not responding to grievances

Terming it as a step towards gaining the Peoples’ trust, the Lt Governor remarked that an effective grievance redressal mechanism is the lifeblood of any good governance system and is the top priority for the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.

Following large scale reports of officers not responding to grievances of the common public in Jammu and Kashmir, Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday revamped the system by launching the Integrated Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (JK-IGRAMS).

The system is being launched on pilot basis in Jammu, Srinagar and Reasi districts.

Sinha has been receiving complaints that the online complaints on government’s grievance cell were not being attended by the concerned officers and at times they totally failed to respond to such complaints as a result of which there was disillusionment among the aggrieved people.

Sinha announced the new system in a press conference in Srinagar. In a significant step towards making the existing grievance redress mechanism more robust and efficient, Sinha said the revamped system shall decentralize the handling and redressal of public grievances by making District Collectors / Deputy Commissioners as the primary level of receiving, disposing and monitoring grievances. As such, the existing portal has now been integrated downwards to the district level by mapping another nearly 1500 public offices in 20 districts of the Union Territory (UT).

From existing 250 to proposed 1500 offices, which is the widest possible coverage that has been conceived and enabled in the online management of public grievances in J&K making it the first online grievance management system in the country that is linked with central government (at the top) and districts and even further downwards to the tehsils and blocks (at the bottom). Besides, the administrative secretaries of various departments figuring in the middle of the flow-chain are also linked to the mechanism.

Sinha said that the government is committed to undertake all radical reforms to put in place people-centric good governance structure that has an institutionalized grievance redressal mechanism, which he observed as the most important component of a well governed responsive administration and an indicator of efficiency and effectiveness of administrative processes.

Terming it as a step towards gaining the Peoples’ trust, the Lt Governor remarked that an effective grievance redressal mechanism is the lifeblood of any good governance system and is the top priority for the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.

Secretary, Public Grievances, Simrandeep Singh underscored that the new system will involve setting up dedicated Grievance handling teams in each of the 20 districts of J&K to handle seamless flow of grievances up and down the chain.




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