Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar warns Mamata Banerjee about increase in COVID-19 cases in WB


Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar warns Mamata Banerjee about increase in COVID-19 cases in WB

Jagdeep Dhankhar highlighted the coronavirus numbers of Thursday presented in the daily bulletin published by the Department of Health and Family Affairs.

Contrary to the national trend, the number of COVID-19 cases in West Bengal is increasing. Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Saturday warned the Mamata Banerjee-led administration and asked it to take immediate action to restrict the rise in cases.

Taking to Twitter, the Governor highlighted the coronavirus numbers presented in the daily bulletin published by the West Bengal government’s Department of Health and Family Affairs on Thursday.

He wrote, “Appeal all to 100% enforce Pandemic Covid restrictions to contain and combat it. October 22. Covid Deaths: 64. Total: 6,308. Covid +ve: 4167. Total: 3,37,283. Utmost vigilace @MamataOfficial called for as Bengal’s current Covid rise is at odds with slowdown seen in the Country.”


The sudden spike in coronavirus cases has been a major concern for the West Bengal administration, especially with the Durga Puja festival going on in the state.

Even through Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had shown interest in ensuring that the festival was held in an usual manner, the Calcutta High Court gave an order against her wish.

Declaring all the pandals as ‘no-entry zones’, the High Court bench of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Arijit Banerjee, earlier this week, ordered that 60 members in big-ticket Durga Pujas and 30 in smaller ones be allowed inside the pandals. The Puja Committees were instructed to prepare a list of people who would be allowed.

Thr HC directed puja committees that all pandals will have to erect barricades at the entrance of the pandals and the distance is five meters for small pandals and 10 meters for big pandals.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus curve in West Bengal is yet to flatten whatsoever with the state witnessing new records of daily cases everyday for the last one week or so.

West Bengal on Thursday witnessed the biggest single-day spike of 4,157 COVID-19 cases, taking to the total number of cases to 3,37,283. The number of active cases are also on the rise with 36,064 coronavirus patients currently undergoing treatment, an increase from Wednesday’s 35,578. To add salt to the injury, discharge rate has also dropped to 87.44%.

A total of 64 deaths were reported on Thursday. Kolkata recorded 16 deaths, while North 24 Parganas and Howrah witnessed 18 and six deaths respectively. The state has so far seen 6,308 coronavirus-related deaths.

The sudden spike in COVID-19 cases can be linked directly to the low testing in West Bengal. After a steady increase in the number of daily testing – both rapid antigen and RT-PCR tests – throughout the month of July, August and the first few weeks if September, the state has kept the bar of daily testing at around 42-43 thousands for the last 3-4 weeks.




Only organisers to be allowed inside Durga Puja pandals, no-entry for visitors: Calcutta High Court


Only organisers to be allowed inside Durga Puja pandals, no-entry for visitors: Calcutta High Court

The HC has directed puja committees that all pandals will have to erect barricades at the entrance of the pandals and the distance is five meters for small pandals and 10 meters for big pandals.

Amid the spread of coronavirus, the Calcutta High Court on Monday said that Durga Puja pandals would be no-entry zones for visitors.

The court’s reaction comes while hearing a PIL on the attendees at the pandal and it said that only organisers will be allowed inside the pandals, 25 in big pandals and 15 in the smaller ones, amid the fears of rising coronavirus cases in West Bengal.

The HC has directed puja committees that all pandals will have to erect barricades at the entrance of the pandals and the distance is five meters for small pandals and 10 meters for big pandals. A list of the organisers have to be put up outside the pandal and they are the only ones allowed to enter.

The court has asked puja committees to submit a plan on crowd management as the court said there are not enough policemen in Kolkata to manage the crowds in 3000 plus puja pandals in the city.

The High Court had ordered organisers to spend 75 per cent of the Rs 50,000 grant given by the Mamata Banerjee government on Covid-19 precautions like sanitises and masks and the rest on public awareness, a few days back.

The Division Bench had asked the state counsel that though it is proud of Durga puja but can funds be disbursed in this manner. “Can such differences be made in a democratic system?” it further asked.

The court pointed out that the reason for such funds was enunciated as aiding committees to buy masks and sanitisers, however, it observed, the state could have purchased it which would have cost lesser.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee last month had announced a grant of Rs 50,000 to each Durga Pujo committee in the state.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been a tough time for all of us. We have decided to provide Rs 50,000 grant to each Durga Puja committee of the state. We have also decided that CESC and the state electricity board will give 50 percent waiver for the puja committees,” she had said addressing the Durga Puja Coordination meeting in Kolkata’s Netaji Indoor Stadium.

West Bengal has been reporting a high number of the daily spike in new cases and deaths. West Bengal has reported 3,983 new cases and 64 fatalities in the last 24 hours taking its toll to 3,21,036 cases and 6,056 fatalities.

With a spike of 55,722 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 case tally has crossed the 75.5 lakh mark, according to Ministry of Health.

India’s coronavirus case tally stands at 75,50,273, with 7,72,055 active Covid-19 cases. The active cases in the country which comprise 10.23 per cent of the total caseload. The number of active cases remained below eight lakh for the third consecutive day in the country.

In the last 24 hours, the country has recorded 66,399 recoveries taking the total recoveries to 66,63,608. The recovery rate now stands at 88.26 per cent.




After Tanishq Ad, netizens target Laxmmi Bomb


After Tanishq Ad, netizens target Laxmmi Bomb

After Tanishq Ad, netizens target Laxmmi Bomb

Mumbai: After targeting Tanishq Ad for reportedly promoting ‘Love Jihad’, netizens started demanding ban on Laxmmi Bomb movie.

They alleged that the movie is also promoting ‘Love Jihad’ as in the trailer of the movie, Akshay Kumar’s character Asif and Kiara Advani’s character Priya are husband and wife.

Reaction of Twitterati
One of the Twitterati wrote, “#BoycottLaxmiBomb boycott laxmi bomb and boycott Bollywood and boycott akshay kumar @akshaykumar  not support about love jihaad”.

No description available.

Laxmmi Bomb: Controversy over name
Another section of netizens have objection over the name of the movie. One of them wrote, “@akshaykumar aap bhi dusre acter ki Tarah nikale ……laxmi bomb nhi hota laxmi laxmi hota Meanwhile, Kamaal R. Khan wrote, “#Laxami is a Goddess, Devi and #AkshayKumar is mocking her by his film #LaxmiBomb! Public must boycott it to teach him a lesson, So that he doesn’t do such a big blunder in the future. It’s India not Canada. Yahan Devi Devtaon Ki puja Ki Jati Hai Mazaak Nahi Banaya Jata!”.

Taniq Ad controversy
Earlier, netizens targeted Taniq Ad for allegedly promoting love jihad. The jewellery brand faced BoycottTanishq calls on social media after it released the ad showing a Hindu-Muslim couple.

 

No description available.Later, Tanishq released a statement on its Twitter handle clarifying, “The idea behind the Ekatvam campaign is to celebrate the coming together of people from different walks of life, local communities and families during these challenging times and celebrate the beauty of oneness. This film has stimulated divergent and severe reactions, contrary to its very objective. We are deeply saddened by the inadvertent stirring of emotions and withdraw this film keeping in mind the hurt sentiments and well being of our employees, partners and store staff.”




India’s coronavirus tally crosses 73-lakh mark, recoveries surpass 64 lakh


India’s coronavirus tally crosses 73-lakh mark, recoveries surpass 64 lakh

India’s coronavirus tally case tally now stands at 73,07,097 with 8,04,528  active Covid-19 cases. The active Covid-19 cases constitute around 10.92 per cent of the total coronavirus cases.

With a fresh spike of 63,371 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 tally has crossed 73.7 lakh, according to Ministry of Health.

India’s coronavirus tally case tally now stands at 73,07,097 with 8,04,528  active Covid-19 cases. The active Covid-19 cases constitute around 10.92 per cent of the total coronavirus cases.

In the last 24 hours, the country has recorded 70,338 recoveries taking the total recoveries to 64,53,779. The recovery rate now stands at 87.56 per cent.

India,which remains the second worst Covid hit nation in the world, has recorded 895 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this the death toll now stands at 1,12,161 and  fatality rate of the country  stands at 1.52 per cent.

Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh remain the worst affected states in the country. These states account for nearly 55 per cent of the country’s new coronavirus cases.

Maharastra which remains the worst affected state has reported a singe day spike of 10,226 Covid-19 cases taking the states’s total tally to 15,64,615 cases and 41,196 fatalities.

Delhi has reported 3,483 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 3,21,031 cases and 5,924 fatalities.

India has conducted a total of 11,36,183 tests, taking the total tally of Covid-19 tests conducted to 9,12,26,305.




30 people, including 15 from Hyderabad, reported dead due to heaviest October rain in AP, Telangana


30 people, including 15 from Hyderabad, reported dead due to heaviest October rain in AP, Telangana

PM Modi spoke to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart, Jaganmohan Reddy, yesterday over the situation assuring them of all possible support from the central government.

In heavy rains across Telangana on Wednesday, which has left roads looking like rivers, cars completely submerged and buildings almost entirely flooded, 30 people have reportedly died.

As per the initial reports, as many as 15 deaths are from Hyderabad alone.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart, Jaganmohan Reddy, yesterday over the situation assuring them of all possible support from the central government.

“Assured all possible support and assistance from the Centre in rescue and relief work. My thoughts are with those affected due to the heavy rains,” he tweeted.

The usually tame Musi river was in spate and flowed over the bridges and the Hussainsagar Lake overflowed the embankments and turned the streets into streams with cars, lorries, container vehicles and even people swept away in the gushing water.

Andhra Pradesh too experienced heavy rain which claimed ten lives in the state and caused extensive damage to crops, roads and uprooted electricity poles.

After the deluge hit the city around yesterday night the Telangana government declared two days of holiday till Thursday and urged the residents against venturing out unless there was an emergency. Since midnight, personnel from army, NDRF and the civic body’s own disaster response force (DRF) used boats to evacuate scores of people who were marooned in their houses. People had a tough time with the streets flooded, power supply hit and telecom lines disrupted, leaving them without even drinking water. There were also reports of roads caving in at various locations such as Moosapet.

Areas like Begumpet and Somajiguda which are in the very heart of the city were completely flooded. Video footage showed water gushing out at Yashoda Hospital, Somajiguda, which is a key private hospital for treating Covid -19 patients.

Although the deep depression has started to move away, according to the weather forecasts there is more rain in store for the city in the next two days. Telangana which has witnessed unprecedented rain during past two months saw Hyderabad receiving 176.6 mm of rain on a single day when the normal is just 4.2mm. Many areas in the city recorded over 200 mm of rain in past 24 hours.




Ramesh Pokhriyal virtually inaugurates new facilities at IIT Roorkee


Ramesh Pokhriyal virtually inaugurates new facilities at IIT Roorkee

Speaking on the occasion the Minister said that IIT Roorkee is the pride of India as it is the oldest technical institutions in Asia.

Union Minister for Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ today inaugurated the new Lecture Hall Complex(LHC), Centralized Heating, Ventilation, Air conditioning (HVAC) and a Sewage Treatment Plant(SPT) via online mode of the Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Roorkee.

Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre also graced the occasion. The online ceremony also witnessed the presence of Prof Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee, Prof Manoranjan Parida, Deputy Director, IIT Roorkee, Deans, Associate Deans, Departments/Centres Heads, Professor in Charge, Registrar, Joint Registrar, and Deputy Registrar at IIT Roorkee.

Speaking on the occasion the Minister said that IIT Roorkee is the pride of India as it is the oldest technical institutions in Asia. Being in the league of the premier institutions, IIT Roorkee has set a benchmark in excellence in academics in India and is actively contributing to the cause of building ‘New India’ as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. IIT Roorkee is based in the Himalayan region that is endowed with biodiversity.

However, human-animal conflicts have become common in this region. The Minister appealed that IIT Roorkee should come up with viable solutions to reduce human-animal conflicts and contribute to scientific social responsibility.

Pokhriyal highlighted that the New Education Policy -2020 has presented a new framework for the intellectual development of the youth of the country. The government has made a great effort to bring significant changes in the education system keeping in mind the rapidly changing world and future challenges and needs. He hoped that the implementation of NEP- 2020 will strengthen the students and provide a path to make India a developed, digital, and self-reliant country.




Bihar: NDA backs Nitish, snubs Chirag; JD-U gets 122 seats, BJP 121


Bihar: NDA backs Nitish, snubs Chirag; JD-U gets 122 seats, BJP 121

BJP stoutly backed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s leadership to the hilt and snubbed LJP chief Chirag Paswan who has raised a banner of revolt.

The ruling NDA in Bihar on Tuesday announced its seat sharing formula for the assembly elections under which JD(U) will contest in 122 seats and BJP 121 out of a total of 243 seats.

BJP stoutly backed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s leadership to the hilt and snubbed LJP chief Chirag Paswan who has raised a banner of revolt.

At a joint press conference of the top leadership of the JD (U) and the BJP, where Kumar who heads the former was also present, it was declared that the two partners have clinched a deal where both will have an almost equal share of the pie.

“The JD(U) has got 122 seats out of which we have set aside seven for the Hindustani Awam Morcha (headed by former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi).

“The BJP has got the remaining 121 wherein new entrant Vikassheel Insaan Party of Mukesh Sahni will be accommodated”, Kumar told reporters.

Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal said “the LJP is our ally at the Centre and we pray for early recovery of its founder and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan. But there should be no confusion concerning the fact that in Bihar the NDAs leader is Nitish Kumar. Our alliance with his party is atoot (unbreakable).

Responding to a query about a post-poll scenario, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, asserted “we have said unequivocally that Nitish Kumar will be our Chief Minister. It does not matter which party gets how many seats in the elections”.

Kumar did not mention Chirag by name but remarked sarcastically, “I believe in doing my job. If some people derive pleasure out of saying something inconsequential, they are most welcome to do so. It does not bother me”.

However, he sought to repudiate Chirag’s allegation that the JD(U) has not treated its alliance partners in the state well and asked: “Did Ram Vilas Paswan get elected to the Rajya Sabha without JD(U)s support?

(With input from PTI)




‘Modi govt won’t last long with free Press, institutions’’


‘Modi govt won’t last long with free Press, institutions’’

The Modi government has taken control of all the key institutions, and it has done so not democratically but forcibly, Rahul told a Press conference here on the third and final day of his Kheti Bachao Yatra in Punjab against the black Farm Laws.

Rejecting the suggestion that the Central government was able to take unilateral decisions because of a weak Opposition, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said “give me free Press and other key institutions and this (Narendra Modi) government will not last long.”

He pointed out that the Opposition in any country functions within a framework, including the media, the judicial system and institutions that protect the voice of the people. “In India, that entire framework has been controlled and captured by the BJP government, the entire architecture designed for giving voice to the people has been captured,” he added.

The Modi government has taken control of all the key institutions, and it has done so not democratically but forcibly, Rahul told a Press conference here on the third and final day of his Kheti Bachao Yatra in Punjab against the black Farm Laws. The BJP government has captured the soul of the country, which is what the Congress is fighting, he said, adding that this fight will become more and more aggressive, going forward.

Terming the control of institutions by the government a big problem, Rahul noted that no other country in the world today is faced with a situation where even the Media does not question the government when its land has been seized by another nation.

Modi, he said, is not interested in India’s people but is only concerned about protecting and promoting his image, which would have got dented had he admitted to China’s incursion. The media, by helping promote his image, is also to blame, said Rahul, adding that Modi was comfortable in the knowledge that the Press would project his onesided statements. “Why don’t you question him at Press conferences,” he asked the media.

Rahul, however, said while the government may have captured the institutions, the fact is they cannot control farmers, the youth and the small traders, whose interests they are destroying.




BJP activist escapes unhurt, cop & terrorist killed in gunfight


BJP activist escapes unhurt, cop & terrorist killed in gunfight

A policeman and a terrorist were killed on Tuesday night in exchange of fire when a BJP activist was targeted by terrorists in Nunar area of Ganderbal of central Kashmir.

The constable Altaf Hussain saved the BJP activist but lost his own life as he was critically injured.

The killed terrorist has been identified as Shabir Ahmad of Pulwama.

Terrorists fired upon the BJP activist but he escaped unhurt.

Meanwhile, an encounter has broken out in Shopian where about 3 terrorists have been trapped by security forces.

 

 




Jagan rushes to Delhi; speculation rife YSRCP may join NDA & Cabinet


Jagan rushes to Delhi; speculation rife YSRCP may join NDA & Cabinet

Andhra Pradesh chief minister and YSRCP leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy today arrived at New Delhi and is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow amid widespread speculation that the regional party is all set to join NDA

This is his second visit to the national capital within a fortnight and the chief minister had met Union home minister Amit Shah on 22 September.

He, however, was not able to meet the PM for a one-on-one meeting. BJP- led NDA is looking for new allies after old and trusted ones like the Shiv Sena and Shironani Akali Dal left the alliance. YSRCP might be offered ministries in Union Cabinet as well if it joins NDA.

While BJP requires allies to shore up its strength in the Rajya Sabha for YSRCP it is going to be a win-win situation and a big blow to the Opposition TDP and Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena as well as the BJP state unit’s ambition to expand its base in Andhra Pradesh.

It will be further disappointing for TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu who was once part of NDA before he decided to quit.

YSRCP which was being cornered by BJP and TDP due to attacks on temples and even facing allegations of promoting Christianity will also breathe a sigh of relief.

The state hopes to improve its financial situation through Central funds.

The regional party has 22 MPs in the Lok Sabha and another 6 in the Rajya Sabha, including Parimal Nathani group executive of Reliance.




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