Railway Officer Throws Biscuits At Migrants, Abuses Them


Railway Officer Throws Biscuits At Migrants, Abuses Them

Lucknow: A senior Railways officer in UP’s Firozabad was suspended when he was caught on camera throwing biscuits at some migrants — passengers of a Shramik special train — along with his team members and shouting expletives at them, NDTV reported on Sunday. The 3-minute clip, shot on Monday, shows Railways employees distributing packets of biscuits at a station in west UP’s Firozabad, about 300 km from state capital Lucknow. DK Dixit, the chief inspector of ticket, is seen leading the team. The officials can be seen throwing biscuits at the passengers of a Shramik train, shouting abuses and mocking the migrants.

 
 
 



No violence between Indian, Chinese troops: Army


No violence between Indian, Chinese troops: Army

New Delhi: The Indian Army on Sunday said no violence is taking place between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh currently, after a video emerged on the social media purportedly showing clashes between the two sides. “The contents of the video being circulated are not authenticated. Attempt to link it with the situation on the northern borders is malafide. Currently no violence is happening,” the Army said in a statement.

However, the Army did not clarify whether it was a video of earlier clashes.

The Army said differences between the two sides are being addressed through interaction between military commanders following establi­sh­ed protocols on management of border. The undated video purportedly shows clashes between Indian and Chinese troops in the Pangong Tso area in eastern Ladakh. Unverified images showing injuries to Indian soldiers also emerged on the social media.

“Differences are being addressed through interaction between military commanders, guided by established protocols on management of borders between the two countries,” the Army said, adding, “We strongly condemn attempts to sensationa­lise issues impacting national security. The media is req­uested not to air visuals that are likely to vitiate the curre­nt situation on the borders.”

Talks on to resolve border row: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said diplomatic and military-level dialogues are going on with China on the current border row and he was hopeful the issue will be resolved. Also, in an obvious warning to Pak, Shah said India will not tolerate any breach of its borders and befitting replies will be given to such moves.




India’s highest single-day jump of Covid 8,380 cases


India’s highest single-day jump of Covid 8,380 cases

New Delhi: India registered its highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases on Sunday with 8,380 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s tally to 1,82,143, while the death toll rose to 5,164, according to the Union Health Ministry.

India is now the 8th worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 89,995, while 86,983 people have recovered and 1 patient has migrated, it said. “Thus, around 47.76% patients have recovered so far,” a senior health ministry official said.

In the last 24 hours, 4,614 patients were found cured, the ministry said. Through a graded, pre-emptive and pro-active approach, the government is taking several steps along with the states/UTs for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19. These are being regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level. The total confirmed cases includes foreigners. More than 70% of the deaths are due to co-morbidities, the ministry said.

Lockdown 4.0 makes half of total cases

The fourth phase of the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, which began on May 18, saw 85,974 COVID-19 cases till 8 am on Sunday, which is nearly half of the total coronavirus cases reported in the country so far.

Lockdown 4.0, which ended on May 31 midnight, has accounted for 47.20% of the total coronavirus infection cases, number crunching from the Union Health Ministry data reveals.




BJD leader, two others die in fire mishap in Odisha's Ganjam district


BJD leader, two others die in fire mishap in Odisha's Ganjam district

In a shocking incident, a ruling BJD leader and two others died of suspected asphyxiation after a fire broke out in his house in Odisha's Ganjam district on Friday.

The three including BJD leader Alekh Choudhury (69), a former President of Berhampur Central Cooperative Bank Ltd, were asleep in the house at Gosaninuagaon, when an air- conditioner caught fire due to an electric short circuit in the early hours.

A senior police officer told PTI, the victims, trapped inside the smoke-filled house, were rescued and rushed to the MKCG Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared them brought dead. All of them were suspected to have died of asphyxiation as smoke triggered by the fire had engulfed the house, the officer said.

Apart from Choudhury, the two others were identified as his brother-in-law Bhagaban Patra (85) and caretaker Sunil Behera (19). The exact reason for the fire will be ascertained after a probe, a fire brigade official told PTI.

Choudhury was also a former president of the Ganjam district Congress committee. He had contested the state assembly elections from Berhampur and Aska thrice but lost. He had joined BJD before the 2014 elections.




'Is he a Pink Floyd fan': Twitter can't keep calm about bizarre graphic on Amit Shah's piece on one year of Modi 2.0


'Is he a Pink Floyd fan': Twitter can't keep calm about bizarre graphic on Amit Shah's piece on one year of Modi 2.0

On the completion of one year of the second term of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government, Union Home Ministry on Saturday issued a list of its achievements which includes Abrogation of Article 370 and 35A from Jammu and Kashmir, the opening of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, strict action on Terror and Insurgency, focus on North-east, steps taken on Women safety, Disaster management etc.

The ministry has termed the 'abrogation of Article 370 and 35A' as a historic step.

An article titled 'Undoing 6 decades in 6 years: Modi has turned India into a self-reliant country brimming with self-confidence' written by Amit Shah was published by in the newspapers edit page.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in its six years of tenure had corrected many "historic wrongs" and laid the foundation of a self-reliant India, which is on the road to development.

"I heartily congratulate the country's popular Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the successful one year of Modi 2.0. It has been full of historic achievements," Shah tweeted.


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Undoing 6 decades in 6 years: PM @narendramodi has turned India into a self-reliant country brimming with self-confidence.

My article on #1YearOfModi2 :https://www.google.com/amp/s/timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/toi-edit-page/undoing-6-decades-in-6-years-modi-has-turned-india-into-a-self-reliant-country-brimming-with-self-confidence/ …


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The developmental journey of India in the last six years, under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been amazing, unimaginable and praiseworthy. This time, in contrast to the...

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This 6-year term is an example of parallel coordination, welfare for the poor and economic reforms, Shah's tweet in Hindi said.

The Union Home Minister also extended his gratitude to BJP workers for taking to the people the party's achievements and its welfare schemes in the last six years.

"I thank the people of India for re-electing Narendra Modi for the second term," Shah further said.

Well, the article published displayed a graphic of Modi and a prism which received flak from the netizens.

A Twitter user said, "The Amit Shah column in TOI today...who went all Pink Floyd meets Doordarshan of the 1980s on the artwork? I wonder if Shah is a Floyd fan, that'd be weird, or not since it is 2020."

Another user said, "Uncle, sit. First, it’s really bad form to praise your own achievements. Second, we all know this article was written a while back - but mentioning the pandemic after half the article is over, shows how little the “discomfort” of labourers has discomfited the government."

Here's how Twitterati reacted to the bizarre graphic on Amit Shah's piece on one year of Modi 2.0;


dorku
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A headline everyone's happy with

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Brown Sahiba
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Uncle, sit. First, it’s really bad form to praise your own achievements. Second, we all know this article was written a while back - but mentioning the pandemic after half the article is over, shows how little the “discomfort” of labourers has discomfited the government.

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This is an actual graphic from today’s lead Times of India op-ed. Made presumably by one of their staff.

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Pierre Fitter
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"Modi turns the coronavirus into a rainbow"? https://twitter.com/r0h1n/status/1266581735682322432 …

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This is an actual graphic from today’s lead Times of India op-ed. Made presumably by one of their staff.

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I like a particular headline from today's paper on this government's achievements: Undoing Six Decades In Six Years. Funny how the truth sneaks up on you.

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Carpe Cervisia
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Undoing 6 decades in 6 years. This should count as an admission of guilt. Someone tell his PR team the word undoing has a negative connotation. https://twitter.com/AmitShah/status/1266566952731860993 …

Amit Shah

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Undoing 6 decades in 6 years: PM @narendramodi has turned India into a self-reliant country brimming with self-confidence.

My article on #1YearOfModi2 :https://www.google.com/amp/s/timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/toi-edit-page/undoing-6-decades-in-6-years-modi-has-turned-india-into-a-self-reliant-country-brimming-with-self-confidence/ …

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The Amit Shah column in @timesofindia today...who went all Pink Floyd meets Doordarshan of the 1980s on the artwork? I wonder if Shah is a Floyd fan, that'd be weird, or not since it is 2020. https://t.co/EGYvNIOzid pic.twitter.com/1TGbnnnX2D

— Kabir Taneja (@KabirTaneja) May 30, 2020

Samar #ReleaseSanjivBhatt
@_HSamar
You two truly have undone 6 decades of progress in 6 years. 
GDP all time low, highest  unemployment ever. #MigrantCrisis is ongoing.
Sure. India is brimming with self confidence! https://twitter.com/AmitShah/status/1266566952731860993 …

Amit Shah

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Which poor intern was forced to make this trash ass thumbnail? https://twitter.com/AmitShah/status/1266566952731860993 …

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Undoing 6 decades in 6 years: PM @narendramodi has turned India into a self-reliant country brimming with self-confidence.

My article on #1YearOfModi2 :https://www.google.com/amp/s/timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/toi-edit-page/undoing-6-decades-in-6-years-modi-has-turned-india-into-a-self-reliant-country-brimming-with-self-confidence/ …

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What a brilliant choice of the title and the accompanying image ????✌️ https://twitter.com/AmitShah/status/1266566952731860993 …

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That's totally true. Your Modi and fellow clowns have absolutely undone 6 decades in less than 6 years. Screwed up the economy, tore the social fabric apart, embarrassing international image, tail-in-the-ass foreign policy, you unapologetically left people to die, and what not! https://twitter.com/AmitShah/status/1266566952731860993 …

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TRAI recommends 11-digit for mobile numbers, moots '0' prefix for all fixed-to-mobile calls


TRAI recommends 11-digit for mobile numbers, moots '0' prefix for all fixed-to-mobile calls

Regulator Trai on Friday said migration to a unified numbering scheme for fixed line and mobile services is not required for now and that sufficient numbering space can be created by various methods, including prefixing '0' for all fixed-to-mobile calls.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) while releasing its recommendations on "ensuring adequate numbering resources for fixed line and mobile services" however felt that there needs to be no change in dialling plan for fixed-to-fixed, mobile-to-fixed, and mobile-to-mobile calls.

"The authority recommends that the following scheme should be adapted for creation of sufficient numbering space...dial all fixed to mobile calls with the prefix '0'," Trai said adding that time of one month should be given to all the operators to implement the scheme.

A Trai official explained that even in the current scheme of things, '0' is prefixed for calls made from fixed lines to mobiles in another service area, and that the regulator has recommended the same practice be followed within a service area too for creating additional numbering space. Moreover, this route can be opted after exhausting other alternate methods that it has prescribed.

It has also recommended that a revised and new National Numbering Plan (NNP) should be issued at the earliest, and has made suggestions on ways to free up unutilised capacities, to create space for mobiles services.

Another Trai official clarified that the regulator is of the firm view that there is enough scope in the current system of ten digits, and that 11 digits scheme is in realm of distant future when the present mechanism won't be able to cope up with the market requirements.

During the course of the consultation, most of the operators opposed 11-digit numbering for mobile numbers, arguing that an 11-digit numbering scheme would incur massive configuration modifications including software and hardware, involve additional cost for the players, and cause confusion and inconvenience to the customers.

"The authority is of the opinion that some serious problems are anticipated with change in the mobile number from 10 digits to 11 digits. This would require widespread modifications in the configuration of switches involving cost," it said.

This would also cause inconvenience to the customers in the form of dialling extra digit and updating phone memory and could lead to more dialling errors, infructuous traffic, and loss of revenue to the operator, Trai explained in its recommendations.

Hence, the authority is of the view that migration from 10 digits to 11 digits may be resorted to, "only if all the efforts to continue with the 10-digit numbering are exhausted", it said. The regulator has suggested that all the SIM-based Machine-to-Machine connections using 10-digit mobile numbering series should be shifted to the 13-digit numbering series allocated by Telecom Department for M2M communication at the earliest.

It has also recommended that a revised and new National Numbering Plan (NNP) should be issued at the earliest. The Telecom Department had asked Trai to furnish its recommendations on the strategies of National Digital Communications Policy which also talks of "ensuring adequate numbering resources, by developing unified numbering plan for fixed line and mobile services." Accordingly, the telecom sector watchdog had issued a consultation paper in this regard and had followed its up with an open house discussion to seek stakeholders' views, after receiving written comments.

Trai has recommended that "migration to unified numbering scheme which involves large scale changes in the existing network is not recommended at this stage". "However, sufficient numbering resources can be made available for fixed line/ mobile services through alternative methods...," it said.

Trai suggested that sparingly used sub-levels in level '2', '3', '4', '5', and '6', should be withdrawn after seeking sub-level wise utilization from the operators providing fixed line services. "Levels/ sub-levels allocated to some fixed line telecom service providers who have not launched their services even after one year of allocation, may also be withdrawn after seeking justification. These withdrawn levels should be reserved for future allocations for fixed line service providers," it said.

It recommended that the mobile numbering resources surrendered by operators who have closed down their wireless operations, may be re-allocated to players who need more numbering resources.




As 50 at AIIMS test positive for COVID-19 in 48 hours, doctors complain about poor quality of 'N95 masks, PPEs'


As 50 at AIIMS test positive for COVID-19 in 48 hours, doctors complain about poor quality of 'N95 masks, PPEs'

As many as 195 healthcare workers have tested positive for coronavirus infection at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here till date. Over 50 healthcare personnel, including one MBBS student, three resident doctors, eight nurses and five mess workers, have tested positive for COVID-19 over the last two days. Others include laboratory staff, technicians, sanitation staff and security guards. Contact tracing has been initiated.

According to a report by The New Indian Express, Dr Srinivas Rajkumar T, General Secretary, RDA, AIIMS-New Delhi, said, “It’s not the virus that we are worried about. It’s the apathy of the government and the AIIMS administration that worries us. If this continues, we will be short of HCWs to treat patients. Since March we have been writing and fighting for the safety of hostel premises, poor sanitation, lack of proper quarantine protocol and need for adequate testing.”

“The N95 masks do not meet even MOHFW safety standards forget international standards. Our relentless pursuit of resident welfare has been met with threats of FIR from administration and attempts to jeopardise the career of RDA executives by the administration,” he added.

 
 

One of the AIIMS' sanitation supervisors, who had tested positive for COVID-19, died on Sunday, while a mess worker at the AIIMS had succumbed to the disease last week.

The deceased, Hiralal was working as senior sanitation supervisor and was posted at Rajkumari Amrit Kaur OPD in the AIIMS.

A source from the hospital told IANS that he was very alert while discharging his duty in the hospital. "He used to follow all norms of hygiene but despite that, the deadly virus entered his body and he lost the battle of life. He did not care about his life while serving people in the hospital. He was loved equally by all including nursing staff and doctors."

The source also said: "Hiralal was very active in participating in social causes. He played a key role in establishing SC/ST Employees Welfare Association at the AIIMS."

His body has been kept in the AIIMS Trauma centre mortuary and will be handed over to his family after due procedure.

On May 22, a mess worker had also died from Covid-19 leading the Resident Doctors Association of the hospital charging the AIIMS administration of not following safety norms and demanding testing of all mess workers and residents after diligent contact tracing and compensation for the family of the deceased worker.

A source had then said that AIIMS is allegedly "not taking proper precautions for its residents and staff".

"Two months ago, we had demanded regular screening and other safety measures like thermal scanners, sanitisers, masks etc. to ensure mess workers are able to work safely without endangering themselves as well as the staff members. But the administration didn't pay heed to our demands," the source said.

 
 
 



300 Indian nationals stuck in Pakistan to return home on Saturday


300 Indian nationals stuck in Pakistan to return home on Saturday

Around 300 Indian nationals, who are stuck in Pakistan due to coronavirus outbreak, will be coming back home on Saturday.

According to a report by Hindustan Times, the Indian government has given permission for their return. These 300 Indian nationals will cross into India through the Attari-Wagah border crossing on Saturday.

These people were asked to sign an affidavit after which they got the permission to return. As per the report, 80 students from Jammu and Kashmir who have been studying in Lahore, will be coming back. The group also includes 10 Indian nationals in Islamabad and 12 in Nankana Sahib who went to meet their relatives and got stuck there due to global travel restrictions in the wake of Covid-19.

As many as 176 Pakistan nationals, who were stranded in India due to COVID-19 lockdown, were repatriated via Attari-Wagah border on May 27.

India like many other nations in the world has imposed a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus which has created havoc around the world by infecting 5,543,439 and killing 347,836 people. More than 400 stranded Pakistanis have been repatriated from India through Attari-Wagah border since March 20, 2020.




Found a bug in Aaryogya Setu App? Modi govt promises Rs 1 lakh bug bounty program, makes it open source


Found a bug in Aaryogya Setu App? Modi govt promises Rs 1 lakh bug bounty program, makes it open source

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Tuesday said that the Aarogya Setu app has now been declared as an open-source.

"The Aarogya Setu App is now open-source. Transparency, privacy, and security have been the core design principles of the app since its inception, and opening its source code to the developer company signifies the Government of India's continuing commitment to these principles," said Kant while addressing the media.

"We were always committed to open-sourcing the product. This is a unique thing that has been done because no other government product, anywhere in the world, has been open-sourced at this scale," he said.

He further informed that the Aarogya Setu app reached 50 million subscribers in 15 days and 100 million subscribers in 40 days.

Calling the app's contact tracing ability of the highest order, he said that the app has identified more than 3,000 COVID-19 hotspots.

"More than 3,000 hotspots at sub-post office levels have been predicted in almost 3-17 days ahead of time. The self-assessment has reached out to over 8 lakh people. The app has alerted over 140,000 people of the potential risk of infection through Bluetooth contact," said the Niti Aayog CEO.

 
 

"This app has the most reach and impact of the world," he said further.

The decision comes in a bid to allay the privacy concerns regarding the Aarogya Setu app.

The source code for the Android version of the application is available for review and collaboration on Github. The iOS version of the application will be released as open source within the next two weeks and the server code will be released subsequently, an official statement said.

"The key pillars of Aarogya Setu have been transparency, privacy and security and in line with India's policy on Open Source Software, the source code of Aarogya Setu has now been made open source," said the Electronics & IT Ministry statement.

It said that opening the source code to the developer community signifies the government's continuing commitment to the principles of transparency and collaboration.

 
 

"With the release of the source code in the public domain, we are looking to expanding collaboration and to leverage the expertise of top technical brains amongst the talented youth and citizens of our nation and to collectively build a robust and secure technology solution to help support the work of frontline health workers in fighting this pandemic together," the statement said.

Almost 98 per cent of Aarogya Setu users are on Android platform, it added.

The government has also announced a bug bounty program for the app, whereby the government will pay a cash price of Rs 1 lakh to any developer who finds bugs or loopholes in the application.

A bug bounty is a reward that is given to any developer who finds flaws or bugs in a software.

And with an open-source, one can have access to the code of application and look for any flaws.

 
 
 



Kerala govt slams 'super spreader' Rail Ministry for sending train from Mumbai without prior information


Kerala govt slams 'super spreader' Rail Ministry for sending train from Mumbai without prior information

On Tuesday, Kerala's Finance Minister Thomas Isaac attacked the Centre and accused it of trying to spread the virus in the state by not informing the state about a train from Mumbai arriving in Kerala.

Isaac took to Twitter and said, "A train came from Mumbai last week. We were intimated only after train started . Unscheduled stops. Majority of passengers no passes. Anarchy in pandemic times.Railways want to be super spreader in Kerala. Stop ranting and behave responsibly. At least try to track your trains."

 
 

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday lashed out at Railway Minister Piyush Goyal for his alleged comments that the CM doesn't care about the people of the state, after the state government cancelled an "unannounced train" to Kerala from Maharashtra.

Asked about the alleged comments, Vijayan described it as unfortunate and "totally unbecoming of a union minister." The chief minister said he had sent a letter to the Railway Minister requesting to inform the state government in advance about the special trains allotted and details of the passengers so as to arrange quarantine facilities at local level.

He said despite the request, one more train was arranged from Maharashtra without informing Kerala about the passenger details and the state had to intervene to cancel it and schedule its journey to another date in order to obtain the passenger details.

This might have prompted him to make the comments.

One train came to the state from Mumbai, a red zone, unannounced but we managed to accommodate the people.

Those who come to the state must register with the web portal in order to arrange quarantine facility for them.

Otherwise our (COVID-19) containment efforts would go in vain," Vijayan said.

He said the state government has brought the incident to the attention of the Prime Minister as well.

 
 
 



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