Tamil Nadu crime: Three, including son of former SBI employee, arrested for running duplicate bank branch


Tamil Nadu crime: Three, including son of former SBI employee, arrested for running duplicate bank branch

On Friday, three people, including son of former SBI employee, were arrested by the Tamil Nadu police for running a duplicate branch of State Bank of India (SBI).

According to a report by the Business Standard, among the three people, one was the son of former SBI bank employees. The duplicate branch, located at Tamil Nadu's Panruti area, came under lens when an SBI customer noticed it and informed his Branch manager. The matter was later escalated to the Zonal office, which informed that only two branches of SBI are running in Panruti, and there was no third branch opened in the area.

The SBI officials who visited the duplicate branch were surprised to see the entire set up which exactly looked like a bank branch. The SBI officials immediately filed a complaint and three people were arrested.

As per the report, the police arrested three people including the mastermind, an unemployed youth whose parents were former bank employees. The other two who were arrested by the police, include a person who runs the printing press from where all the receipts, challans were printed. While the other person printed rubber stamps.

Earlier in 2018, the police in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia city arrested a man or running a fake branch of the Karnataka Bank, reported The Economic Times. Officers recovered Rs 1.37 lakh in cash, which Aafaq Ahmed had collected by opening savings and fixed deposits accounts for local residents.

 
 
 



'This is how idiots turn shame into victory': Twitter trolls Sudhir Chaudhary after Nepal bans all Indian news channels


'This is how idiots turn shame into victory': Twitter trolls Sudhir Chaudhary after Nepal bans all Indian news channels

Nepal on Thursday stopped the transmission of all Indian private news channels except Doordarshan, accusing them of airing reports hurting the country's national sentiment.

"We have stopped the distribution of all Indian news channels except Doordarshan," Dinesh Subedi, the chairman of Multi-System Operator (MSO), foreign channel distributor, told reporters in Kathmandu.

"We have halted distribution of India's private news channels as they have aired news reports hurting Nepal's national sentiment," he added.

The development comes after some Indian channels aired reports critical of Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and his government. However, the Nepal government did not officially announce halting the telecast of the Indian news channels.

Minister for Finance, Information and Communication Yuvraj Khatiwada also condemned some of the reports aired by the Indian news channels.

"Nepal government condemns such acts," Khatiwada said while responding to a question on the issue during a press meet on Thursday. "The government will seek political and legal ways against such an objectionable act," he added.

Meanwhile, Zee News' Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary said that the neighbouring country was scared of the news anchors of India. "The army was not needed", he added in Hindi.

— Sudhir Chaudhary (@sudhirchaudhary) July 9, 2020
Twitter users trolled the Daily News and Analysis (DNA) host. "This is how idiots turn shame into victory," a Twitter user said. "It’s because of people like you our friends in Nepal have started hating some of us ! You are the most ignorant and jingoistic human ( can’t call u a journalist ) I have seen in years," said another.

Here are a few Twitter reactions:

 

 


(With PTI inputs)




Coronavirus in Indore: With rise in COVID-19 cases, district administration to ban visit to city's tourist spots


Coronavirus in Indore: With rise in COVID-19 cases, district administration to ban visit to city's tourist spots

People will not be allowed to visit tourist places around Indore, as large crowds were seen gathering despite the coronavirus outbreak and calls for social distancing. There will be a ban on visiting places like Patalpani, Kalakund and Choral.

Official orders will be issued by Indore collector Manish Singh regarding the same.

On Thursday, the rate of COVID-19 positive patients rose to 3.01 per cent with 44 out of 1,461 samples testing positive taking the number of cases in Indore to 5,087.

No death took place on Thursday but department officials added three more deaths of April which were not included earlier taking toll to 258.

“These deaths were not reported earlier as patient died as suspected case of COVID-19 and their report was found positive after death. Some of the deaths were not informed by private hospitals,” Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Pravin Jadia said.

According to the bulletin released by CMHO, 98, 943 samples had been tested till Thursday night and 5,087 were positive. As many as 1,399 samples tested negative on Thursday.

As many as 883 patients are under treatment in various hospitals of the city. Total 3,946 patients have been discharged so far.




Order of deploying doctors, ventilator at Bihar CM Nitish Kumar's residence withdrawn; here's what we know so far


Order of deploying doctors, ventilator at Bihar CM Nitish Kumar's residence withdrawn; here's what we know so far

Patna Medical College on Tuesday withdrew its order of deploying doctors, nurses, and a ventilator at the official residence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Earlier, Patna Medical College issues an order to deploy six doctors, three nurses, and a ventilator at the official residence of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, after Secretary of the Health Department directed the hospital to do so as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.

A communication purportedly issued by a government hospital in Patna about establishing a "ventilator-equipped hospital" inside the chief minister's official residence here, went viral on social media on Tuesday.

The purported letter dated July 7 and signed by the Superintendent of the Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH) refers to "instructions received over phone from Additional Secretary, Health" with regard to preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19 infection.

While PMCH Superintendent Vimal Karak could not be reached for clarifications, officials at the Chief Minister's 1, Anney Marg residence expressed surprise over the communication, reported PTI.

 
 
 



Amish Devgan case: Supreme Court issues interim order staying investigation and action against journalist


Amish Devgan case: Supreme Court issues interim order staying investigation and action against journalist

The Supreme Court on Wednesday has directed that an interim order staying an investigation and action against journalist Amish Devgan, Live Law reported.

According to the report, a bench comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna allowed petitioners to serve copies on the complainants that had not been served and also directed concerned parties to respond within a fortnight.

Multple FIRs wer registered against Devgan after he allegedly insulted a Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti on live television.

An online complaint was also registered against the News 18 India journalist at Bandra police station in Mumbai while an FIR was registered at Pydhonie police station in the city.

Devgan is already facing an FIR in Rajasthan over his alleged objectionable comment against the Sufi saint during a TV debate.

AIMIM activist Mohammed Chaus approached Itwara police station in Nanded district on Tuesday night with a complaint accusing Devgan of hurting religious sentiments of the Muslim community, a local police official said.

A First Information Report (FIR) was registered against the TV anchor under IPC section 295 (A) (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings) and further probe was on, he added.

On Wednesday, an online complaint was lodged against Devgan over the same issue at Bandra in Mumbai, but no FIR has been registered yet. An FIR under section 295 (A) was registered on a separate complaint at Pydhonie police station in south Mumbai later in the day.

Devgan has apologised for his comments on Twitter.

"In 1 of my debates, I inadvertently referred to 'Khilji' as Chishti. I sincerely apologise for this grave error and the anguish it may hv caused to followers of the Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti, whom I revere. I have in the past sought blessings at his dargah. I regret this error," Devgan tweeted.




Latest Coronavirus Vaccine Update: Serum Institute of India expects COVID-19 vaccine by year-end


Latest Coronavirus Vaccine Update: Serum Institute of India expects COVID-19 vaccine by year-end

Vaccine maker Serum Institute of India (SII) is hoping to develop a COVID-19 vaccine by the year-end as it is focusing on a "good and safe" product and is not in a "rush", the company's CEO Adar Poonawalla said on Tuesday.

He was speaking during the launch of 'Compact XL, a compact diagnostics machine by MyLab Discovery Solutions, that will automate lab processes from sample handling to preparing RT-PCR tubes. Replying to a question about the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, Poonawalla said that by the end of 2020, the SII is hoping to have a vaccine.

"End of the year, we are hoping to have a vaccine. So we will discuss once of the phase three trials for the product come about. Recently, there was news about another vaccine candidate which was being rushed. We do not want to rush anything. We want to emphasis on safety and efficacy... and once we are confident of good and safe vaccine, we will announce but that is still six months away from now," said Adar.

He further said that till the vaccine comes, testing is the key and that is why SII has invested in MyLabs. "If you test, isolate and segregate, we can manage the situation till the good cure or vaccine comes around," said Adar.

SII has invested over Rs 100 crore in MyLabs, a Pune-based molecular diagnostics firm. Poonawalla lamented that India is not testing enough and added that Indian test manufacturers including MyLabs are picking up the production capacity.

"There is a fear that what will happen if the number of positive patients increases. I would like to say that there is no harm if the number increases as it will help us detect people," he added.

Poonawalla also sought permission to allow export of the test kits. "We have enough capacity in manufacturing testing kits. MyLab can produce 2 million kits per week and there is no that much demand in India so allow us to export and we have enough buffer stock for India readily available if there is more outbreak," he said adding they are waiting for the government's blessings.




Delhi AIIMS director Randeep Guleria punctures ICMR claims


Delhi AIIMS director Randeep Guleria punctures ICMR claims

New Delhi: Dr Randeep Guleria, the director of the AIIMS, Delhi, has punctured the much-publicised claim of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) trials to launch India’s first Covid-19 vaccine, COVAXIN, by August 15, as a sort of a sweet revenge for keeping him out of picture in the whole exercise.

As a distinguished pulmonologist (chest & lungs physician), he should have been the first to be involved as a principal investigator, but instead the ICMR picked up an AIIMS professor of preventive and social medicine (PSM). In fact, there is no pulmonologist detailed for the vaccine research.

Dr Guleria, otherwise the front man in the govt's all campaigns on the Coronavirus, got the AIIMS ethics committee reject the protocols drawn up by the ICMR, pointing out discrepancies. The committee has faulted phase II of the trial, noting that there is no document to show affirmative agreement for children to participate in the study though the trials are supposed to be conducted on those in the age group of 12 to 65. The trials cannot start unless the concerned hospitals’ ethics committees okay; 12 have been selected for holding the trials. AIIMS dissent note may trigger similar objections that may hold up the trial.

Every day counts in the trials since the ICMR putting a deadline of August 15 on releasing the vaccine despite protests by numerous researchers on rushing with the trials and risking the lives of millions if such a hurry results in reactions in those taking the vaccine.




Haryana stops Dearness Allowance, Dearness Relief for Govt employees and pensioners till July 2021


Haryana stops Dearness Allowance, Dearness Relief for Govt employees and pensioners till July 2021

Chandigarh: The COVID-19 induced economic crisis has compelled the Haryana government to freeze Dearness Allowances to state government employees and Dearness Relief to its pensioners at current rate till July next year, an official statement by the Haryana Finance Department said.

"In view of the crisis arising out of COVID-19, it has been decided that additional instalment of Dearness Allowance payable to Haryana Government employees and Dearness Relief to Haryana government pensioners, due from January 1, 2020 shall not be paid," the statement by the ministry said on Monday.

The state government further announced that the additional instalments of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief, which were due from July 1, 2020, and January 1, 2021, also would not be paid. It, however, added that Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief will be continued to be paid at current rate of 17 per cent.

"As and when the decision to release the future instalment of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief due from July 1, 2021 is taken by the government, the rates of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief as effective from January 1, 2020, July 1, 2020, and January 1, 2021 will be restored prospectively and will be subsumed in the cumulative revised rate effective from July 1, 2021. No arrears for the period from January 1, 2020 till June 30, 2021, shall be paid," it further said.

 




After Rahul Gandhi's 3 questions, Congress leaders say #ModiMuhKholoChinaBolo


After Rahul Gandhi's 3 questions, Congress leaders say #ModiMuhKholoChinaBolo

A day after the Chinese Army moved back tents, vehicles and troops by 1-2 kilometres from locations where disengagement was agreed upon at Corps Commander-level talks and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval held a two-hour video conference with Chinese State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has posed three questions at the Narendra Modi-led Central Government.

Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi wrote, "National interest is paramount. GOI's duty is to protect it. Then, 1 - Why has Status Quo Ante not been insisted on? 2 - Why is China allowed to justify the murder of 20 unarmed jawans in our territory? 3 - Why is there no mention of the territorial sovereignty of Galwan valley?"


Meanwhile, other Congress leaders trended #ModiMuhKholoChinaBolo on Twitter on Tuesday. "Prime-Minister Modi has spoke 3 times since our 20 bravehearts were killed by China in Galwan Valley, But he hasn't mentioned CHINA a single time. Yes, not even once. Why is PM so scared? #ModiMuhKholoChinaBolo," wrote the party's National Convener Saral Patel.


"China killed 20 Indian soldiers, keeps the land, & Modi's media claims victory. Always media saves BJP. #ModiMuhKholoChinaBolo," said a party leader from Manipur.


Here are a few Twitter reactions:

 

 


Congress' criticism comes as PM Modi categorically did not mention 'China' in any of his speeches after the face-off at the Galwan Valley in Ladakh. When Modi went to Leh and interacted with personnel of the Army, Air Force and ITBP, he had apparently taken a dig at China and said that the age of expansionism is over and added that the new age of development is here.

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Monday agreed on maintaining and promoting normal exchanges and cooperation and safeguarding overall Sino-India relations, the officials said.




Diesel crosses Rs 80-mark in Delhi after 19th consecutive price hike


Diesel crosses Rs 80-mark in Delhi after 19th consecutive price hike

New Delhi: Diesel price in the national capital crossed the Rs 80 per litre-mark for the first time ever on Thursday as oil companies raised prices for the 19th day, taking the cumulative rate to Rs 10.63 a litre. Petrol price, after a day's hiatus, was hiked by 16 paise and the increase in less than three weeks now totals Rs 8.66 per litre.

Petrol price in Delhi was hiked to Rs 79.92 per litre from Rs 79.76, while diesel rates were increased to Rs 80.02 a litre from Rs 79.88, accordi ..




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