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.




Loyalists, Team Rahul score big in Congress rejig


Loyalists, Team Rahul score big in Congress rejig

The reconstituted CWC will have 22 leaders, while there will be 26 permanent invitees and 10 special invitees.

Congress’ interim chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday set up a special committee to assist her in operational and organisational matters, reshuffled the Congress Working Committee and and appointed General Secretaries and state in-charges with loyalists dominating the restructuring which bore a visible stamp of Rahul Gandhi.

In the special committee which will function till the leadership election is held at the next party session, only Mukul Wasnik, among the signatories to the letter calling for party reforms, has found place but he has been divested of his charge of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, while retaining Madhya Pradesh.

The other members of the committee are A.K. Antony, Ahmed Patel, K.C. Venugopal, Ambika Soni, and Randeep Singh Surjewala.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, one of the signatories, has been dropped as General Secretary.

Congress’s chief spokesperson, Surjewala, considered close to Rahul Gandhi, has been given charge of Karnataka, apart from being made part of the special committee. Jitin Prasada, who was also a signatory, has been given place in the CWC as a permanent invitee and made in-charge of West Bengal, which goes to polls next year.

Rahul Gandhi loyalists who have been made General Secretaries include Tariq Anwar, Jitendra Singh, who has been made in-charge of Assam, and Ajay Maken who retains Rajasthan.

Venugopal remains General Secretary, Organisation but hands over charge of Karnataka to Surjewala.

Anwar, also considered close to Rahul Gandhi, has been made in-charge of Kerala, another poll-bound state, while Devender Yadav has been appointed Uttarakhand in-charge, Manickam Tagore in-charge of Telangana, while Rajiv Satav and P.L. Punia have retained their post as in-charges of Gujarat and Chhattisgarh, respectively.

Rajeev Shukla, who is considered close to Priyanka Gandhi, has been made in-charge of Himachal Pradesh.

In a major snub to Manish Tewari, who was also a signatory, former Union Minister Pawan Bansal has been made in-charge of headquarters replacing Motilal Vora who has crossed 90 years of age.

Another old hand, Karnataka leader H.K. Patil has been made in-charge of Maharashtra in place of Mallikarjun Kharge who may be the next Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.

Rajni Patil has been shifted to Himachal Pradesh to Jammu and Kashmir as in-charge.

While former Union Minister Salman Khurshid has been given place in the CWC, Vivek Bansal, who is close to him, has been appointed in-charge of Haryana where party leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda was a signatory to the letter.

Other in-charges are Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for Uttar Pradesh, Oomen Chandy for Andhra Pradesh, Harish Rawat for Punjab, R.P.N. Singh for Jharkhand, Shaktisinh Gohil for Delhi and Bihar, and Dinesh Gundu Rao for Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Goa.

The reconstituted CWC will have 22 leaders, while there will be 26 permanent invitees and 10 special invitees.

The Central Election Authority will be now headed by Madhusudan Mistry, who replaces Wasnik, while Arvinder Singh Lovely, who was one of the signatories, has also found place in it.




‘India-China relations have once again come to crossroads’: Chinese foreign minister


‘India-China relations have once again come to crossroads’: Chinese foreign minister

Wang Yi told S Jaishankar that the imperative is to immediately stop provocations such as firing a Wang Yi and other dangerous actions that violate the commitments made by the two sides.

 

After the foreign ministers of India and China met at the sidelines of the SCO summit in Moscow, the Chinese government on Friday told that their foreign minister Wang Yi told S Jaishankar that the imperative is to immediately stop provocations such as firing a Wang Yi and other dangerous actions that violate the commitments made by the two sides.

According to the Chinese authorities, Wang said at the meeting that the India-China relations have once again come to a crossroads.

“As two large developing countries emerging rapidly, what China and India need right now is cooperation, not confrontation; and mutual trust, not suspicion. Whenever the situation gets difficult, it is all the more important to ensure the stability of the overall relationship and preserve mutual trust,” said the China statement, reported Indian Express.

According to Beijing, Wang noted that it was normal for India and China to have differences as two neighbouring major countries.

But it was important to put the differences in a proper context.

The Indian and Chinese foreign ministers, S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi after two-and-half hours of bilateral talks agreed to disengage and de-escalate the situation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The duo also came to a five-point agreement.

As per a joint statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs Friday, both ministers had a “frank and constructive” discussion on the developments in the India-China border areas, as well as the relations between the two countries.

S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India met Wang Yi, State Councillor and Foreign Minister of China yesterday in Moscow on the side-lines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting.

According to the statement, the two ministers agreed that both sides should take guidance from the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries on developing India-China relations, and ensure differences do not become disputes.

“The two foreign ministers agreed the current situation was not in the interest of either side. “They agreed therefore that the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions,” the MEA statement said.

The two ministers also agreed both sides should abide by all existing agreements and protocol on China-India boundary affairs, maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas and avoid any action that could escalate matters, the statement said.

“The two sides also agreed to continue to have dialogue and communication through the Special Representative mechanism on the India-China boundary question. They also agreed in this context that the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border affairs (WMCC), should also continue its meetings,” the statement read.

The Ministers agreed that as the situation eases, the two sides should expedite work to conclude new Confidence Building Measures to maintain and enhance peace and tranquillity in the border areas, it added.

 

 




Coronavirus cases spike in Uttarakhand


Coronavirus cases spike in Uttarakhand

In a grim development underlining the gravity of the situation in the state due to the Covid pandemic, the wife of an Officer on Special Duty to Uttarakhand Chief Minister lost her life due to the coronavirus infection (Covid-19).

 

With rapid increase in coronavirus cases and high death rate in Uttarakhand, the Trivendra Singh Rawat government faces a more challenging situation now.

In a grim development underlining the gravity of the situation in the state due to the Covid pandemic, the wife of an Officer on Special Duty to Uttarakhand Chief Minister lost her life due to the coronavirus infection (Covid-19).

Varsha Bhatt, wife of Urbadutt Bhatt, died of Covid in a private hospital in Dehradun late on Wednesday night.

Uttarakhand registered the highest Covid-19 positive cases on Wednesday, when 1,061 persons were tested positive for coronavirus.

This is the highest number of cases recorded in a single day in the hill state. With this there are a total of 8,500 active cases in the hill state.

Out of 27,211 positive cases found so far, 18,262 patients have recovered. With 372 deaths, the pandemic continues to create panic among the public.

Dehradun with 6,116 cases remains the number one hotspot of Covid-19 in Uttarakhand, followed by Haridwar (5832 cases), Udham Singh Nagar (4948) and Nainital (3577). Among the hill districts, Tehri has recorded 1611 cases.

Currently, there are 262 containment zones in Uttarakhand.

Even the controversial Khanpur MLA Kunwar Pranab Champion was tested positive and he is presently in isolation at his residence in Dehradun.

Though Uttarakhand has a high recovery rate (67.11%) but in September the situation has turned alarming.

 

 




Telugu TV actress Sravani commits suicide, family blames boyfriend


Telugu TV actress Sravani commits suicide, family blames boyfriend

Hyderabad:  The TV actress has committed suicide by hanging her self at her residence in Madhura Nagar, on Tuesday night.

According to the report the actress was found hanging from the ceiling in the bathroom at her residence. After which the family member rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead

The police investigation is still on. However her family alleged that harassment by her boyfriend Devraj Reddy had forced her to do so.  They have lodged a complaint against Devraj in SR Nagar police station. They also said that Devraj has been harassing Sravani for a while now.

Sravani has been active in the Telugu TV industry from the past 8 years. was seen in popular Telugu serials Manasu Mamatha and Mounaragam as well. Her untimely demise has taken the cast and crew of the shows by surprise.




Tollywood actor-comedian Jaya Prakash Reddy no more..


Tollywood actor-comedian Jaya Prakash Reddy no more..

Hyderabad: Telugu actor Jaya Prakash Reddy who was known for his best comedy and antagonist roles passed away at the age of 74 due to heart attack in the wee hours of Tuesday (September 8) at his residence in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.

His journey in the world of cinema
The actor made his on screen debut when he was in his 40s. He was working as a sub-inspector of police when he got an opportunity to act in Venkatesh’s 1988 film Brahma Puthrudu.

However, Jaya Prakash Reddy’s major break came ten years later with Nandamuri Balakrishna’s 1999 film Samarasimha Reddy. His turn as the antagonist speaking flawless Rayalaseema-slang made him a household name. And he never looked back.

Jaya Prakash was a master of dialects and could speak any Telugu slang especially ‘Rayalaseema’ effortlessly. He therefore carved a niche for himself in the Telugu film industry speaking in the Rayalaseema dialect in most of his films.

His grip on the language was so flawless that it helped him to deliver a few amazing performances not only in Telugu industry but also in Tamil.

He was also a theatre artiste and before the lockdown, he was busy with the play Alexander.

Jaya Prakash Reddy’s movies
Some of Jaya Prakash Reddy’s famous films include Samarasimha Reddy, Preminchukundam Raa, Narasimha Naidu, Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, Julayi, Ready, Kick, Jayam Manadera, Jamba Lakidi Pamba, Avunu Valliddaru Istapaddaru, Kabaddi Kabbadi, Evadi Gola Vadidi and Kithakithalu, among others.

Jaya Prakash Reddy was last seen in Sarileru Neekevvaru that starred Mahesh Babu and released in January this year.

Jaya Prakash’ death has left the Telugu film industry and his fans saddened, heartbroken and shocked! As soon as the news of his death came, many celebrities took to social media to remember the late actor.

With close to 100 films to his credit, Jaya Prakash Reddy’s demise has left a huge void in the film industry.

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Raja Singh requests Amit Shah to start NRC process from Hyderabad


Raja Singh requests Amit Shah to start NRC process from Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Raja Singh, BJP MLA representing Goshamahal Assembly Constituency requested Union Home Minister to start National Register of Citizens (NRC) process from Hyderabad.

In a tweet, he claimed, “Rohingya’s in Hyderabad have setup a YT channel ‘Hyderabad Rohingya TV’ & Football club like any other legal citizens”.
Sharing the screenshot of a YouTube video, he also questioned, “Next what contesting elections?

Is @TelanganaCMO & @TelanganaDGP are not aware of such activities”.

Facebook bans Raja Singh
Earlier, Raja Singh was in headlines after Facebook banned him. He is at the centre of a controversy that erupted after a report in ‘Wall Street Journal’ that Facebook’s content policies favoured the BJP.

The social media giant banned the legislator from its platform and Instagram for violating its policy that prohibits content promoting violence and hate.

Facebook spokesperson
“We have banned Raja Singh from Facebook for violating our policy prohibiting those that promote or engage in violence and hate from having a presence on our platform,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to Facebook’s decision to remove his account, it added.

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Rural schoolchildren in Nuh tune in to radio for education amid the pandemic


Rural schoolchildren in Nuh tune in to radio for education amid the pandemic

The “Radio School” programme, started by community radio Alfaz-eMewat, has been the only source of information for a number of children in the villages of this district.

A community radio in Nuh district in the Mewat region of Haryana has been helping schoolchildren in their studies during the current Coronavirus pandemic. The “Radio School” programme, started by community radio Alfaz-eMewat, has been the only source of information for a number of children in the villages of this district.

“Radio lessons have proven useful in these times,” says Ravinder, a resident of village Shikrawa and a listener of Alfaz-e-Mewat. “Since charity begins at home, a few radio reporters, whose kids are studying in private schools resorted to radio programmes produced at the station to fill the gap.”

Affirming this, Fakat Hussain, a senior reporter at the community radio Alfaz-eMewat FM 107.8, an initiative of S M Sehgal Foundation — a rural development NGO working in areas of agriculture, water, governance, and transforming schools — said, “I had to rely on the radio programmes we produced at our community radio station for teaching my children.” The programme “Radio School” on the community radio came in handy at a time the community needed it the most, he added.

The “Radio School” programme was started about seven years back with the objective to provide tutorial sessions through subject teachers to students, who cannot afford private tuitions, and also to reach out to community people who have never seen inside of a school classroom, explained Pooja O Murada, a representative of Alfaz-e-Mewat FM 107.8 and SM Sehgal Foundation director. “With changing time and needs, the programme has adopted different methodology to share knowledge, but our aim has remained the same ~ to spread education to all those who seek for it in our broadcast area,” Murada added.

The programme has episodes on the subjects of Maths, English and Science from primary and secondary classes. The government school teachers gave their recordings as part of Dastake-taaleem campaign facilitated by the State Education Department a few years back, along with educational content that the station received from Sesame Street, NCERT and contributions made by several volunteers and interns, Murada said. All these form the content for the radio station, which is being broadcast regularly during the pandemic to make up for the educational loss of schoolchildren.

Nawed, a Class IX student from village Dhadoli, says he listens to “Radio School” programme and also makes his younger siblings hear the episodes on different subjects. The digital divide in urban and rural areas is well known and given the pandemic, education has been severely affected, more so in rural areas. Online education may have become a new normal in urban areas, but in rural areas online education technically means no education. There are multiple constraints, ranging from lack of access to a digital device like smart phones, laptops or computers, to nonexistent high speed connectivity and conducive space for both students and teachers that keep them away from accessing online education.

Ever since the lockdown was imposed, the students in most rural areas have remained out of touch with books and schools. While the online classes started for many private schools, rural schoolchildren had to be satisfied with whatever little came their way through mohalla classes or erratic flow of assignments for school groups.

Mohd. Safi, a government school-teacher from Government Middle School, village Santhawadi in Nuh, shares how his day looks like amid the pandemic with schools shut for students. While following the preventive norms, he conducts a mohalla paathshaala (neighbourhood school) in his village daily with 12 students in one group. He says, “We have two groups in place when there are more students and there is no barrier here, the child can be from any school; government or private. A shiksha doot, graduate from the same village, helps us to coordinate the classes when the teachers are in school preparing for the assignments to be sent.” Safi further adds that assignments are sent on WhatsApp groups for students. His optimistic view makes him believe that students who do not have smartphones, around 50 per cent, keep in touch with their friends to know what is being taught.

 




Bihar poll: JD-U seeks more seats, BJP says can form govt on its own


Bihar poll: JD-U seeks more seats, BJP says can form govt on its own

As a part of this formula, the BJP had offered quite many its sitting LS seats to the JD-U. The minister’s remarks come close on the heels of some BJP MPs expressing concerns over the way that JD-U had been staking claims for more seats.

Even as the ruling JD-U goes on pressing for more seats under the seat-sharing arrangements, the BJP has dropped a bombshell by stating that it is in a position to form government on its own and the last year’s LS poll results have amply explained the party’s base support base. The next assembly elections in Bihar are due in October/November for which poll preparations are already on though the Election Commission has not announced the dates for polling.

“We can form a government on our own in Bihar and there’s no doubt in it. But, we’ve been in partnership with the JDU since 1996 and we do not want to break it, neither do they. We don’t leave our friends,” Union Power Minister and BJP parliamentarian from Ara, RK Singh told the media today. He added there were no differences among the NDA partners over seat-sharing and claimed it would be completed smoothly. “Lok Sabha Poll results have clearly displayed the vote base of BJP and PM Modi. Hence, the seat division should be based on that only,” he asserted.

If his remark is any indication, the seat sharing will take place on the basis of the formula adopted during the 2019 LS polls when the BJP and JDU had contested on equal number of seats. As a part of this formula, the BJP had offered quite many its sitting LS seats to the JD-U. The minister’s remarks come close on the heels of some BJP MPs expressing concerns over the way that JD-U had been staking claims for more seats.

What has annoyed the BJP further is the way the JD-U has gone on inducting outsiders to the JD-U and even lured Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) president Jitan Ram Manjhi to the party ahead of polls. The JD-U has so far inducted 12 RJD legislators.

Incidentally, all had emerged victorious after defeating the BJP candidates in the last 2015 assembly polls when JD-U fought the elections in alliance with the RJD. It’s obvious now, they would stake claims on sitting seats. If that is not enough, Manjhi too has staked claims on some 10 seats and, most of these seats too happen to be the BJP’s traditional bastions. The continuing developments have, thus, caused bitterness in relations between BJP and JD-U, and it is to be seen now how things unfold in days to come.JD(U) leader and Information and Public Relations Minister Neeraj Kumar also welcomed Manjhi to the NDA fold, saying it was in the state’s interest and result in the RJDled alliance getting wiped out in the assembly polls. The RJD had drawn a blank in the last Lok Sabha elections.

With dalits constituting a significant chunk of the electorate, Manjhi has often clashed with Paswan’s party. The two had bickered even before the 2014 general elections for a larger share of tickets. Manjhi was then a part of the NDA and the JD(U) a constituent of the grand alliance.

HAM(S) has support among ‘Mushar’ voters. They are a ‘Mahadalit’ community, which has a substantial population in the state where ‘Paswans’ are numerically strongest and the most influential among a plathora of dalit castes. The LJP believes Kumar wooed back Manjhi to counterbalance Paswan’s party.

The BJP has so far kept itself away from the feud, and insisted the alliance will contest the polls as a cohesive unit.




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