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Disha Salian, Sushant Singh: Why June 8 appears in both cases?


Mumbai: Actor Sushant Singh Rajput and his former manager, Disha Salian committed suicide in June. Although, there is no proof to claim that these incidents are inter linked, ‘June 8’ appears in both cases.

Disha Salian allegedly committed suicide on 8th June 2020 by jumping off the 14th floor of a building of the Jankalyan area of Mumbai’s Malad.

As per reports, actress Rhea Chakraborty who was in live-in relationship with Sushant Singh left the actor’s home on the same day.

Another report claimed that the actress had also blocked the phone number of Sushant and there was no conversation between them from 8th to 14th June.

Narayan Rane’s statement
Earlier, in a sensational statement, a former Maharashtra Chief Minister who presently is BJP Rajya Sabha member alleged that both Sushant Singh Rajput and Disha Salian were ‘murdered’. Narayan Rane also said police should find out who all attended the parties held on the eve of each death.

“Who all were there in the party that was held on June 8 and June 13… the police must find out,” Rane demanded, broadly hinting at the presence of a young Maharashtra minister at the gathering.


 
Rane further alleged that on June 8, Disha Salian was raped and then murdered, and later on June 14 even Sushant was killed.

He claimed that both the incidents are related and pointed out that Disha Salian was raped must have been evident in her autopsy report.

It is not very difficult to find out who was issuing threat calls to Sushant Singh Rajput, Rane said at a press conference.

However, Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh categorically stated that there was no party at the late actor’s home on June 13, as per the CCTV footage now in possession of the police.

Disha’s father writes to Police
Satish Salian, father of Disha Salian has written a letter to Mumbai Police alleging harassment and atrocity by the media on his family.

Disha’s father in his letter has also alleged that news about his daughter’s involvement with any politician or attending parties with big names of the film fraternity, rape and murder are “all the stories cooked by these media” and requested the police to “take reasonable action” against the concerned journalists.


 
The letter addressed to ACP Dilip Yadav, Malwani Division, has the subject line as: “Mental harassment and consequent victimization of my family and deceased daughter Disha Salian by journalists and media people”.

The letter reads: “Sir, I am writing this to you as my family has been continuously harassed by journalists and media people in relation to the death of my daughter Disha Salian. In light of the above unfortunate incident and circumstances, I had already submitted a written complaint in Malvani Police Station & ACP’s office vide letter dated: 13/07/2020 against derogatory posts and forwards being shared by the listed people in the said letter, leading to defamation of my deceased daughter and my family.”

“In addition to the said letter, I would like to bring to your attention, the atrocities of journalists and media people on my family.”

“The media people come unannounced at my house hiding their original brand in the name of interviews regarding the death of my daughter. They are providing the media with misleading news which are not only creating hindrance to the actual inquiry being conducted, but it’s also taking a toll on my family.”

“We are being harassed by these people by repeatedly questioning our faith in Mumbai Police and their way of inquiries are conducted. We have already given our statement to the police that we do not suspect anyone of foul play.”

“News about her involvement with any politician or attending parties with big names of film fraternity, rape, murder are all the stories cooked by these media people just to sell it to channels. These stories hold no truth. These are misleading the people and tarnishing my daughter’s reputation and my family’s reputation. These fake news are taking a huge toll on my family’s health and we are being victimized by the media. We are completely satisfied with the investigations being conducted by Mumbai Police and have faith in them.”

“Through this letter. I would request you to take reasonable action against the concerned journalists, influencers, politicians and media for their insensitive act towards us.”

Deaths of Disha, Sushant
On the night of June 8-9, Disha Salian fell from a high rise building in Malad suburb, while Sushant was found dead on June 14 at his rental flat in Bandra and he allegedly hanged himself.

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18 dead in Kerala plane crash, black box recovered; DGCA, AAIB officials reach Kozhikode for probe


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 The Dubai-Kozhikode Air India flight (IX-1344) was part of the Vande Bharat mission that has been bringing back Indians from abroad amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Following the tragedy, over 40 CISF personnel, Quick Response Team and Chief Airport Security Officer reached in minutes and started the evacuation process with the Airports Authority of India.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered a detailed inquiry into the incident.

According to the aviation regulator, the Air India Express flight landed on Runway 10 amid visibility of 2,000 metres in heavy rain, but continued running till the end of runway, fell down the valley and broke into two pieces.

According to flight-tracking website FlightRadar24, the aircraft had circled the airport several times and made two attempts to land.

The national carrier, in a statement, has informed that Air India Chairman and Managing Director Rajiv Bansal, and Air India Express Chief Executive Officer K Shyam Sundar, Chief of Operations as well as the Chief of Flight Safety of Air India have already Kozhikode to take stock of the situation.

It added that two special relief flights have been arranged from Delhi and Mumbai to Kozhikode for rendering humanitarian assistance to all the passengers and the family members.

Officials from Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) AAIB and DGCA and top officials of Air India and Air India Express have reached the Karipur airport to investigate the incident.

The AAIB was formed in 2012 as an independent accident probe committee under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that the pilot “must have tried to bring the flight to the end of tabletop airport’s runway where it skidded due to slippery conditions owing to monsoon”.

“Our task would have been much more difficult if the plane had caught fire,” he said and added that he would be leaving for the Kozhikode International Airport.

Meanwhile, senior officials of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DG), Civil Aviation Ministry, Airports Authority of India, and Air Navigation Service members will meet in Delhi today to discuss the crash landing of the flight.

Amid continued efforts to remove the debris, a DGCA official has informed that the Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) has been recovered from the aircraft and the floorboard is being cut to retrieve the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR). These will be brought to Delhi for further investigation.

Aviation experts have stated that a deadly combination of a slippery runway, strong tailwind, bad weather conditions, and landing ahead of the threshold spot could have resulted in the skidding of the ill-fated Air India Express in Kozhikode.

The factor of hydroplaning due to waterlogging has also been suspected.

Hydroplaning is a condition in which presence of water causes a moving wheel to lose contact with the load-bearing surface, the runway in this case. This makes braking or manoeuvring of the vehicle (plane), impossible. Hence, the aircraft’s speed could not be reduced after landing, a pilot was quoted as saying by IANS.

State health minister KK Shailaja, meanwhile, has appealed to the local people who braved all odds to save passengers in the Air India Express plane crash, to go into quarantine as a precautionary measure amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

The United States has expressed its grief over the tragic air accident in Kerala.

“On behalf of the US Mission, we are deeply saddened by the news of the Air India accident in Kozhikode. The victims and their loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers,” tweeted US Ambassador to India, Ken Juster.

Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over phone about the plane crash.

Prime Minister Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Home Minister Amit Shah and several other leaders also expressed their sadness over the incident and offered condolences to the bereaved families.


The death toll in the Kerala plane crash has risen to 18 after the Air India Express flight from Dubai, carrying 190 persons on board, overshoot the runway amid heavy rain, plunged deep down 35 ft. into the valley below and broke in two pieces while landing at Karipur International Airport in Kerala’s Kozhikode district late Friday evening.

According to a statement by the Air India Express, two pilots are among the dead, while all the four crew members are safe.

There were 174 passengers, 10 infants, 2 pilots and 4 cabin crew on board the aircraft.

All on board were evacuated after a nearly three-hour operation and a total of 149 injured have been admitted to hospitals in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. At least 22 people are said to be in a critical condition.

The aircraft, which made a hard-landing, broke in two after falling off the ‘table-top’ airport, but did not catch fire and thus averted a greater disaster.




HC seeks reply from police, Zee News on Mahua Moitra’s plea


New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked Delhi Police and Zee News to respond to a plea by Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra challenging the summons and framing of charges against her in a defamation case filed by the news channel and its editor.

Hearing through video conferencing
Justice Vibhu Bakhru, who was conducting the hearing through video conferencing, issued notice to Delhi Police and Zee Media Corporation Ltd on Moitra’s petition.

Moitra has challenged the trial court’s orders of September 25, 2019 and January 10 this year by which she was summoned as accused and charges were framed against her in the defamation case respectively.

Senior advocate Vikas Pahwa, representing Moitra, also sought a stay on the trial of the case before the subordinate court.

The high court recorded the statement of advocate Vijay Aggarwal, representing the media house, that in the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic situation, evidence is not being recorded by the lower court so the trial cannot commence on the next date of hearing.

Criminal defamation
On January 10, the trial court had framed charges against the politician for the alleged offence of criminal defamation under the IPC.

Pahwa along with advocate Adit S Pujari submitted before the high court that no opportunity was given to Moitra by the trial court to seek discharge and to advance her arguments that no case was made out and she was summoned without considering that the remarks were made by her without requisite intention.

The politician said these proceedings were a counterblast to the defamation complaint filed by her against the Zee news editor-in-chief Sudhir Chaudhary.

Advocates Aggarwal, Mudit Jain and Yugant Sharma said Moitra has approached the high court instead of moving the Sessions court and there was a delay in filing the petition.

The offence of defamation provides a simple imprisonment which may extent up to two years.

The trial court had on December 17 last year granted bail to the politician on a personal bond of Rs 20,000, after she appeared before it after summons were issued against her.

It had earlier sought to know whether there was a possibility of settlement between the parties.

The suggestion was, however, denied by Moitra who said they had a “substantive” case separately going on in another court.

The case relates to Moitra’s June 25, 2019 speech in Parliament on the ‘Seven Signs of Fascism’ and a TV show run by the news channel and other subsequent developments.

Zee News
Zee News has filed the defamation complaint against Moitra for allegedly making statements against the channel to the media.


The alleged defamatory statements against the channel were made by the MP while she was speaking to reporters on allegations against her.

Prior to that, Moitra had filed a criminal defamation complaint against Zee News and Chaudhary, in connection with a show aired by it on one of her speeches delivered in Parliament.

The court had on November 4 last year summoned the accused in the case filed by the politician.

Source: PTI




Trump: Sell TikTok and We Chat in 45 days or leave US


Washington: US President Donald Trump has signed executive orders banning TikTok and WeChat, terming the popular Chinese apps a threat to the country’s national security and economy.

The ban comes into effect in 45 days, Trump said in two separate executive orders signed on Thursday.

India was the first country to ban TikTok and WeChat, citing national security concerns. India has banned as many as 106 Chinese apps, a move welcomed by both the Trump administration and US lawmakers.

“The United States must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security,” Trump said in his executive order. In his next executive order he said the country must take “aggressive action” against WeChat to protect America’s national security.

In a communique to the Congress, Trump said the spread in the United States of mobile applications developed and owned by companies in China continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the country.

Trump noted that these risks have led other countries, including Australia and India, to begin restricting or banning the use of TikTok and WeChat.

TikTok which has up to 80 million active monthly users in America – has exploded in popularity in recent years, mostly with people under 20.

TikTok, a video-sharing mobile application owned by the Chinese company ByteDance Ltd, automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, Trump said.

This data collection threatens to allow the ruling Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information – potentially allowing China to track the locations of federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage, he alleged.

TikTok also reportedly censors content that the Chinese Communist Party deems politically sensitive, such as content concerning protests in Hong Kong and China’s treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. TikTok may also be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party, the president said.

“To deal with this threat, the order prohibits, beginning 45 days after the date of this order, to the extent permitted under applicable law, any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd., Beijing, China, or its subsidiaries, in which any such company has any interest, as identified by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary),” Trump said.

He delegated power to the commerce secretary to take such actions, including adopting appropriate rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by International Emergency Economic Powers Act as may be necessary to implement the order.

The order also directs all department and agencies to take all appropriate measures within their authority to implement the order, Trump said.

In a separate executive order, Trump said WeChat, a messaging, social media, and electronic payment application owned by the Chinese company Tencent Holdings Ltd., reportedly has over one billion users worldwide, including users in the United States.

“Like TikTok, WeChat automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users – threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information,” he said.

WeChat also captures the personal and proprietary information of Chinese nationals visiting the United States, thereby allowing the Chinese Communist Party a mechanism for keeping tabs on Chinese citizens who may be enjoying the benefits of a free society for the first time in their lives, he alleged.

“WeChat, like TikTok, also reportedly censors content that the Chinese Communist Party deems politically sensitive and may also be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party,” Trump said.

In recent weeks, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused TikTok of collecting personal information of Americans.

TikTok has previously stressed that its US user data is already stored on US-based servers and backed up in Singapore, and is therefore not subject to Chinese law as some US officials have feared.

Since Trump indicated last Friday to ban TikTok, tech giant Microsoft has said it is in talks to acquire the Chinese app’s US operations.

Trump said this week he would support the sale to Microsoft as long as the US government received a substantial cut of the sales price.

But he warned he would ban TikTok in the United States from September 15.

The US government took action last year against two Chinese communications giants, Huawei and ZTE, including locking them out of government contracts.

Trump has been waging an aggressive trade war against China and he blames Beijing for the global coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over 150,000 people in the country and crippled the American economy, ahead of this year’s presidential election.

Source: PTI




iggest 1-day spike of over 62k cases, India’s Coronavirus tally crosses 20 lakh-mark; deaths reach 41,585


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Medical staff wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits remove a dead body from a vehicle upon arriving at the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad. (Photo: A

Coronavirus

ndia’s Coronavirus tally crossed the 20 lakh-mark on Friday after recording the highest single-day spike of 62,538 cases in 24 hours. As many as 886 patients succumbed to the infection in the same period.

The total number of Coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 20,27,075 including 6,07,384 active and 13,78,106 cured cases. The death toll has climbed to 41,585, said the data shared by the Union Health Ministry.

The recovery rate has been on a steady rise and stood at 67.98 per cent this morning.

India’s Coronavirus tally had crossed 10 lakh cases on July 17.

India has crossed 20 lakh coronavirus cases in 190 days after Kerala reported the first patient on January 30.

Meanwhile, five states reported the highest number of patients in the last 24 hours – Maharashtra (11,514), Andhra Pradesh (10,328), Karnataka (6,805), Tamil Nadu (5,684) and Uttar Pradesh (4,586).

With 4.79 lakh cases, Maharashtra remains the worst hit state. The state reported its biggest single-day jump in infections on Thursday. More than 16,000 patients have died so far.

Meanwhile, India is the third worst-hit country in terms of cases behind Brazil, which has more than 29 lakh cases and the US with close to 50 lakh cases.

At the global front, the total number of Coronavirus cases rose to 18,908,111, with deaths reaching 710,318, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.




NEP 2020 will lay foundation for New India, says PM Modi, stresses policy focuses on ‘how to think’T


Prime Minister Narendra Modi, delivering the inaugural address at the ”Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy” on Friday said NEP 2020 will lay the foundation for a New India, and will prepare students for the future with the knowledge that will be needed for the 21st Century.

The conclave was organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and University Grants Commission.

In his address, the PM Modi said the NEP has been widely welcomed adding that policy is being perceived as one having no bias towards any one area.

The Prime Minister further assured all his support in the implementation of the National Education Policy 2020.

Detailing on NEP, he said, “Under this policy, when today’s students will join tomorrow’s workplaces, it will help India grow and take the lead in many areas.”

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SC to hear review petition of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya in money transfer case on August 20


The Supreme Court on Thursday said it will hear the petition filed by fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya on August 20. Mallya in his petition has sought review of its 2017 order holding him guilty of contempt of court for transferring USD 40 million to his children.

The matter came up for hearing through video-conferencing before a bench comprising Justices UU Lalit and Ashok Bhushan, which adjourned it as one of the documents was not available on the record.

Earlier in June, the apex court had directed its registry to explain why the petition had not been listed before the concerned court for the last three years.

It had directed the registry to furnish all the details including names of officials who had dealt with the file concerning the review petition in the last three years.

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PM Modi speaks to Maharashtra CM Thackeray, assures of all possible help


PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray regarding the situation prevailing in Mumbai and surrounding areas due to the heavy rainfall. PM Modi assured CM Thackeray of all possible support.

At least 2 people died while several are missing as heavy rains pounded Mumbai and nearby areas on Tuesday.

Severe waterlogging was being witnessed in various parts of Mumbai following incessant rainfall since late Monday. Waterlogging was reported from the regular chronic spots of Sion, Kings Circle, Wadala, Dadar, Kurla, Mulund, Borivali, besides subways at Andheri, Kandivali and Dahisar.

A red alert was issued on Tuesday for two days for Mumbai and Thane amid heavy rains.

Mumbai had been semi-paralysed as the road traffic and suburban trains were affected due to waterlogged tracks.

Services on sections of the suburban sector were halted or crawling on the Western Railway, Central Railway at various locations while the Harbour Line was paralysed from Kurla to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.

BEST bus services were diverted on at least eight routes in various parts of Mumbai and suburbs while landslides have also been reported from parts of Mumbai due to the heavy rainfall.

According to the BMC, more than 230 mm of rainfall was recorded in Mumbai city on Tuesday.

“230 mm rainfall occurred within 10 hrs. It’s a flood-like situation. Mithi river had swelled up in the morning because of heavy rains, crossing the danger mark. As of now, it is flowing below the danger level. The evacuation of people has also been stopped right now,” BMC Commissioner told ANI.

 




8 dead in fire at Ahmedabad COVID-19 hospital; PM Modi expresses grief, announces Rs 2 Lakh ex gratia


AHMADABAD  Eight patients in the ICU ward of a private COVID-19 designated hospital in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad died after a massive fire broke out in the wee hours on Thursday.

The victims include five men and three women, who were being treated at the ICU ward of the COVID-19 designated Shrey Hospital in Navrangpura area of Ahmedabad.

The blaze occurred at around 3.30 am on Thursday, an official was quoted as saying by PTI.

Around 41 other COVID-19 patients at the facility were rescued and shifted to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Hospital.

The cause of the fire is not known yet.




Social Activist Professor Apoorvanand questioned over Delhi riots


New Delhi: The Special Cell of Delhi Police has questioned Delhi University professor Apoorvanand for five hours in connection with the riots that rocked northeast Delhi in February this year.

“On Monday, August 3, I was asked by the Special Cell, Delhi Police, to appear before it in the investigation into FIR no 59/20 related to the violence that happened in North-East Delhi in February 2020. I spent five hours there”.

Delhi Police also considered it necessary to seize my phone for the purpose of investigation.

The professor, in the statement shared online, said it is disturbing for him to see that supporters of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests are being considered the source of violence.

The professor, who teaches Hindi at Delhi University, stated: “While cooperating and respecting the right of police authorities to conduct a full, fair and thorough investigation, one can only hope that the probe would focus on the real instigators and perpetrators of the violence against a peaceful citizen’s protest and the people of northeast Delhi.

“It should not lead to further harassment and victimization of the protesters and their supporters, who asserted their democratic rights through constitutional means, while stating their dissent to the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) and the decision of the Central government to operationalise the National Population Register and the National Register of Citizens, all over the country. I would urge the police and expect their probe to be thorough, just and fair so that truth prevails”

he added.
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