Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan orders official inquiry into 'suicide' of journalist Tarun Sisodiya


Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan orders official inquiry into 'suicide' of journalist Tarun Sisodiya

A 37-year-old journalist, identified as Tarun Sisodiya, who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi committed suicide by reportedly jumping off the fourth floor of the hospital building on Monday afternoon. He was then rushed to the ICU, however, he succumbed to the injuries later.

Sisodiya was admitted to the hospital on June 24 for COVID-19 and was making significant recovery, the hospital said in its statement.

"While he was in JPNATC for treatment of COVID-19, he was having bouts of disorientation for which he was seen by a neurologist and psychiatrist and put on medication. The family members were regularly counselled regarding his condition," AIIMS said.

"Tarun ran out of his room on Monday afternoon. Attendants ran after him and tried to stop him but he ran to the fourth floor where he broke the windowpane and jumped put," the hospital added.

Incidentally, the Delhi-based journalist had texted "Murder ho sakta hai" on a WhatsApp group of journalists.

Journalist Mausami Singh posted the screenshot of his text and wrote, "AIIMS statement on Tarun Sisodia's death and his whatsaap message in a group few days ago that he could be murdered #JusticeForTarunSisodia. Truth needs to be investigated."


Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has on Monday ordered AIIMS Director to immediately constitute an official inquiry into this incident. Taking to Twitter he wrote, "Deeply shocked & saddened by the death of young journalist Shri Tarun Sisodia ji. It was a most unfortunate incident. I have no words to express my grief. My condolences to his whole family,esp his wife & young children. May God give them the strength to bear this irreparable loss."

"I ordered AIIMS Director to immediately constitute an official inquiry into this incident, following which a high-level commitee has been set up & shall submit its report within 48 hours. The inquiry committee consists of Chief of Neuroscience Centre,Prof Padma,Head of Psychiatry Dept Prof RK Chaddha,Dy Dir(Admn) Sh Panda & Head, Physical Medicine & Rehab Dr U Singh. My deep condolences to media community that is shaken by the tragic loss of an esteemed colleague," he added.

 




30,000 Indian troops in eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with Chinese army in Ladakh


30,000 Indian troops in eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with Chinese army in Ladakh

Leh: Around 30,000 troops of Indian Army are in an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LoC) in Ladakh, following the additional deployment of three brigades since the violent face-off last month.

Highly placed sources told IANS that in normal times six brigades, that is two divisions are maintained along the LAC in Ladakh, even as troops are deployed in and out on a rotation basis. However, after the June 15 violent clash, in which 20 Indian soldiers including a commander was killed and over 70 soldiers injured, the Army called for three additional brigades (each brigade constitutes around 3,000 troops and support elements).

Around 10,000 troops for the three additional brigades were brought from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, sources said. In all, sources said, there are three Army divisions along the LAC under the XIV Corps Command, as of today. The XIV, the biggest corps of the Army in India, was set up during the 1962 war with China.

Sources said some para special forces which played a key role in the 2017 surgical strikes against Pakistan, have also been sent to Ladakh. The Indian para troopers come from over a dozen special forces regiments who are trained in high-risk operations in extremely difficult terrain. Similarly, five battalions of Ladakh scouts, an infantry regiment of the Army, is operational for support in the mountain warfare.

Since the violent clash in the Galwan valley, the Indian Army reinforcements have been backed by its M-777 ultra-light howitzers bought from the US, sources said. The American howitzers, sling-loaded to helicopters, are known for their precision artillery fire up to a range of 24-30 kms in mountainous regions. Air Force's transport aircraft, that is C-17 Globemaster III, sources said, have been used to airlift soldiers, infantry combat vehicles and heavy tanks like T-72/T-90 tanks.

According to military sources, the Army has also pressed into service, the Russian Sukhoi-30 fighters, MiG-29 jets, Ilyushin-76 heavy-lift planes, An-32 transport planes, Mi-17 utility helicopters, and BMP-2/2K infantry combat vehicles. To support the Army's forward deployments like the Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) sector along the LAC, sources said, C-130J Super Hercules aircraft are being used. The DBO, the world's highest runway, stands at 16,614 feet, and 8km from the LAC in north-eastern Ladakh.

Navy's P-8I aircraft generally used for maritime patrol and reconnaissance, sources said, are being used in Ladakh for high altitude surveillance. Sources said the P-8Is carried out similar surveillance operations during the 2017 India-China standoff in Doklam in Sikkim. Sources said, apart from the Russian and Western defence systems, Indian Army is also using its indigenous Akash, medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile defence system developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

The Army, sources said, is pretty satisfied and confident with their deployments in Ladakh. "We have got everything that a modern Army requires. Any aggression from the Chinese side can be retaliated more than adequately," a source said.

The entire built-up is along the 865 km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) which acts as border with China since most of the region has been occupied by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) over time. China occupied Aksai Chin, a part of Ladakh union territory, that is, 38000 sq km, in 1962 war. The Chinese Communist Party regime has also occupied Tibet (1.2 million sq km), which borders Ladakh.

On the map though, India shares a 3488 km-long international border with Tibet under China, in eastern sector (Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh), centre (Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh) and western sector (Ladakh).

 
 
 



Tripura board result 2020 declared - here's how to check it at www.tbse.in


Tripura board result 2020 declared - here's how to check it at www.tbse.in

The Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) on Friday declared the Class 10 Madhyamik (new syllabus) examinations results.

Students can check their results through official websites given by the board in a press release - www.tbse.in, tripura.nic.in, and tbresults.tripura.gov.in.

Steps to check the results:

Visit any official website given by the board - www.tbse.in, tripura.nic.in, and tbresults.tripura.gov.in.

Select on the link for Class 10 result 2020

Enter the required details

The result will get displayed on the screen

Download the result and take a print out

Students can also check their results by SMS

Type TBSE10 <space> registration number followed by the roll number of the candidate

Send it to 7738299899




'Mother of dance in India': Politicians mourn demise of legendary choreographer Saroj Khan


'Mother of dance in India': Politicians mourn demise of legendary choreographer Saroj Khan

Legendary choreographer Saroj Khan died of cardiac arrest early on Friday morning. She was 72 years old.

Khan was admitted to Bandra East’s Guru Nanak Hospital after complaining of breathing difficulties on June 20. Her nephew Manish Jagwani told PTI, “She passed away due to cardiac arrest at around 2.30 am at the hospital."

Her funeral was held on Friday morning at a cemetery in suburban Malad. "We buried her at around 7 am. The prayer meeting will be held after three days," her daughter Sukaina told PTI.

In a career spanning over four decades, Khan, has choreographed more than 2,000 songs. Her best work was with actors Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit.

"Ek Do Teen" in "Tezaab", "Tamma Tamma Loge" in "Thanedar", "Dhak Dhak Karne Laga" in "Beta" and "Dola Re Dola" in "Devdas" are some of her best works. She last choreographed "Tabaah Hogaye" featuring Madhuri in 2019's Kalank.

Meanwhile, not only the film industry but also the politicians mourned her demise. "Saroj Khan was a genius Choreographer, who impressed & entertained all with her iconic work. Shocked to know about her demise. A big loss to the film industry. Condolences to her family, friends & fans. Om Shanti .#RIPSarojKhan #Legend," wrote Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.


"#SarojKhan Ji was known as "The Mother of Dance/Choreography in India", career span of over 40yrs choreographed more than 2000 songs and won 3 National Awards. A legend indeed! My heartfelt condolences and prayers to the families, friends and fans...," said Maharashtra Minister Aslam Shaikh.


Here are a few other reactions:

 

 




Jairaj-Benix custodial deaths: Murder case filed against cops; sub-inspector arrested


Jairaj-Benix custodial deaths: Murder case filed against cops; sub-inspector arrested

A Sub Inspector of Police Raghu Ganesh was on Wednesday night arrested in Thoothukudi district in connection with the recent custodial deaths of a trader P Jayaraj and his son J Benix. The arrest was made by the Crime Branch-CID police, a day after the Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) entrusted the case to the agency as an interim measure till the CBI took over the probe.

Sources said a dozen police teams have been formed to trace and arrest some of the accused in the case. On Wednesday, CB-CID Deputy Superintendent of Police Anilkumar, who was appointed Investigation Officer in the case by the High Court, formally took charge of the investigation.

Earlier in the day, State Law Minister C Ve Shanmugam said the AIADMK Government would not allow anyone involved in the case to escape. The deaths of the father and son, who were arrested over a minor issue concerning closure of their mobile phone shop during the COVID-19 lockdown, had triggered global outrage.

 
 
 



Coronavirus in Bihar: Courts in Patna shut for 2 days after lawyer tests COVID-19 positive


Coronavirus in Bihar: Courts in Patna shut for 2 days after lawyer tests COVID-19 positive

Patna: All courts in Patna have been closed for two days from Wednesday for sanitization. District and Sessions Judge of Patna Rudra Pratap Mishra on Wednesday issued an order directing closure of all courts in Danapur and Patna City for two days.

The decision was taken following information received by the DJ that one of the lawyers Vijay Bhanu has tested corona positive. DJ in his order said Bhanu, a member of the Bar Association was in an isolation ward for treatment of COVID-19. He said all court buildings, including offices, shall remain shut for sanitation.

According to the order, urgent bail matters would be heard through virtual hearing from residences of the judicial officers only. Court had opened on Tuesday and had allowed the physical appearance of the lawyers. In Patna High Court, urgent matters are being heard through virtual hearing only. Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 positive patients crossed the 10,000 mark on Wednesday and 10,076 patients were found positive till date in the state.

Health Minister Mangal Pandey said so far 768 people have died due to the virus. Two died in Nalanda Medical College Hospital, a dedicated COVID hospital in Patna. Minister claimed samples of 2.28 lakh people have been collected so far and it has been found out that of every 22,000, 22 were COVID-19 positive in Bihar.

Following a strong warning note issued by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech on Tuesday, safety measures have been intensified in Bihar. Security and health staff are allowing entry to government servants and officers to the four buildings of State Secretariat hereafter complete thermal screening and sanitization.

Employees with masks were allowed entry and those not wearing one were instantly supplied by the health staff. Police personnel was seen checking the vehicles on the roads in Patna and those found without masks were fined.

 
 
 



Check out this hilarious Twitter spat between BJP's Tajinder Singh Bagga and Congress


Check out this hilarious Twitter spat between BJP's Tajinder Singh Bagga and Congress

BJP's Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga is known to take a jibe at the Opposition party and it is quite evident. And he often gets involved in a Twitter spat and we gotta admit that it is hilarious to watch them involve in one.

Well, Bagga, once again, took a jibe at Congress on Twitter. This time the Twitter spat took a new turn and Bagga and Congress tweets will surely make you laugh. Recently, INC Chhattisgarh had tweeted in Hindi, "Jhoot ka adds, J P ....??" Now, it isn't that hard to guess the name.

Bagga promptly replied to the tweet and said "Khoon ka Gandhi, Rajiv....???"


It is imperative to note that, earlier, Bagga had tweeted: "Good Morning @IYC Rajiv Gandhi is Murderer."

Bagga had tweeted, "I don't agree with @sambitswaraj Ji, He said Rajiv Gandhi killed 3000 people. I want to say it's just official figure, unofficial figure is more than 5000. Rajiv Gandhi is Murderer."

An FIR was filed against him at Kanker in Chhattisgarh, for using offensive language against former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and for trying to disturb communal harmony.

Coming back to the Twitter spat, it seems that now Congress' Twitter handle of other states too have joined the spat. Replying to Bagga's tweet, INC Bihar tweeted, " Baap churata that sulab sochalaya ka magga, bete ka naam rakha Tajinder....???"


Wait, the spat went on next level. Bagga immediately replied, "Uss magge mein daal ke beer, beer bar wali karti this cheer."


Here's how Twitter reacted to their spat;

 

 

 

 




Karnataka announces total lockdown on Sundays starting July 5


Karnataka announces total lockdown on Sundays starting July 5

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Saturday took a slew of decisions including imposing total lockdown on Sundays starting July 5 in view of the spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the state.

It was also decided that there will be night curfew from 8 pm to 5 am, which will come into effect from Monday, according to an official statement. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa with the ministers and officials amid growing opposition outcry to impose stringent lockdown to contain COVID-19 cases in the state.

"Lockdown would be imposed every Sunday, with effect from July 5, 2020 until further orders. No activities shall be permitted on that day except essential services and supplies. All government offices shall remain closed on all Saturdays, along with second and fourth Saturdays with effect from July 10," the statement read.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Commissioner was directed to set up more number of wholesale vegetable markets to avoid crowding in large wholesale vegetable markets in the city. It was also decided to have a centralised bed allocation system to speed up hospitalisation of COVID-19 patients.

The Chief Minister directed the officials to enhance the number of ambulances to carry coronavirus patients and to arrange separate ambulances for carrying mortal remains of patients who die due to the contagion. He also directed the officials to use the police control room wireless system to identify location and easy movement of ambulances. Yediyurappa told the officials to publish details of nodal officers working for Covid Management.

It was decided at the meeting to delegate more responsibilities to joint commissioners of eight municipal zones in Bengaluru and also appoint Karnataka Administrative Services officers in these zones to assist the joint commissioners. The 180 ESI doctors appointed by the labour department will also be pressed into service and probationary Tahsildars will be appointed as nodal officers for coronavirus hospitals and COVID care centres.

Marriage halls, hostels and other institutions in Bengaluru will also be reserved for COVID care centres and to avail railway coaches with beds. The Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru Urban was directed to identify more places for the last rites of coronavirus victims.

Yediyurappa told the official to form teams for conducting last rites. Besides notifying reservation of 50 per cent of beds in medical colleges and private hospitals, the BBMP Commissioner will also notify tie-up with hotels with hospitals to avoid any shortage of beds for treatment, the Chief Minister said during the meeting.




Sambit Patra taunts P Chidambaram with INX Media case after former FM asks centre what it will do if Rajiv Gandhi Foundation returns Rs 20 lakh


Sambit Patra taunts P Chidambaram with INX Media case after former FM asks centre what it will do if Rajiv Gandhi Foundation returns Rs 20 lakh

BJP leader Sambit Patra on Saturday slammed senior Congress leader P Chidambaram for questioning whether PM Narendra Modi would assure that China will "vacate its transgression and restore status quo ante?" if the RGF returns Rs 20 lakh.

Taking to Twitter, Sambit Patra wrote: "Suppose you return all the corrupt Money that you had usurped in INX media & other cases will the Supreme Court not send you to jail? PS: “No Intrusion” is what the PM said. Get you facts right!!"


Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday launched an attack on BJP chief JP Nadda, accusing him of being an expert in "speaking half-truths" and said that Rs 20 lakhs deposited in the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation "from PM National Relief Fund in 2005 was for tsunami relief work in Andaman and Nicobar."

This comes in response to the allegations by the BJP chief made on Friday in the wake of the Opposition raising questions on the government's position over the standoff with China at the LAC. Taking to Twitter, Nadda shared details of 'Partner Organisation and Donors Year 2005-2006' and 'Partner Organisation and Donors Year 2007-2008', which shows that PMNRF donated funds to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF).

In a series of tweets on Saturday morning, Chidambaram accused the BJP of unnecessarily attempting to draw parallels between China's intrusion which took place recently and the events which had taken place 15 years ago.

"BJP President Mr Nadda specialises in speaking half-truths. My colleague Mr Randeep Surjewala exposed his half-truths yesterday," Chidambaram's tweet read.


Chidambaram further questioned whether PM Narendra Modi would assure that China will "vacate its transgression and restore status quo ante?" if the RGF returns Rs 20 lakh today. He also implored Nadda to "come to terms with reality" and answer the questions on Chinese intrusions in Indian territory, sharing a satellite image which according to him clearly shows the change in India and China's position at the border areas.




JP Nadda targets Congress, points out Sonia Gandhi-chaired PMNRF was donating to Sonia Gandhi-chaired Rajiv Gandhi Foundation


JP Nadda targets Congress, points out Sonia Gandhi-chaired PMNRF was donating to Sonia Gandhi-chaired Rajiv Gandhi Foundation

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Jagat Prakash Nadda on Friday hits out at Congress and alleged that Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) was donating money to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation during the UPA years.

The BJP chief also said that to divert this public money into a family-run foundation is not only a "brazen fraud" but also a "big betrayal" of the people of India.

Taking to Twitter, JP Nadda wrote: "PMNRF, meant to help people in distress, was donating money to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in UPA years. Who sat on the PMNRF board? Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Who chairs RGF? Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Totally reprehensible, disregarding ethics, processes and not bothering about transparency."


The BJP chief shared details of 'Partner Organisation and Donors Year 2005-2006' and 'Partner Organisation and Donors Year 2007-2008', which shows that PMNRF donated funds to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF).

In a series of tweets, JP Nadda said, "PMNRF, meant to help people in distress, was donating money to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in UPA years. Who sat on the PMNRF board? Smt. Sonia Gandhi Who chairs RGF? Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Totally reprehensible, disregarding ethics, processes and not bothering about transparency."


"People of India donated their hard-earned money to PMNRF to help their fellow citizens in need. To divert this public money into a family run foundation is not only a brazen fraud but also a big betrayal of the people of India," Nadda added.

Cornering Congress, he further said that one family's hunger for wealth has cost the nation immensely and asked the opposition party to apologise to the unchecked loot for self-gain. "If only they have devoted their energies towards more constructive agenda. The Congress' Imperial Dynasty needs to apologise to the unchecked loot for self-gains!" he said.




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