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India sees highest single-day spike of 15,413 COVID-19 cases, tally crosses 4 lakh

New Delhi: With the highest single-day increase of 15,413 COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours, India's coronavirus count stood at 4,10,461 on Sunday, said the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry.

The death toll has gone up to 13,254 in the country with 306 persons succumbing to the infection. According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of cases includes 1,69,451 active cases, 2,27,756 cured/discharged/migrated and 13,254 deaths.

Maharashtra with 1,28,205 cases continues to be the worst-affected state in the country with 58,068 active cases while 64,153 patients have been cured and discharged in the state so far. The death toll due to COVID-19 stands at 5,984 in the state. The number of confirmed cases in Tamil Nadu stood at 56,845 on Sunday. The national capital is the third-worst affected by the infection in the country with the count reaching 56,746 today.


International Yoga Day: This day is a day of solidarity and universal brotherhood, says PM Modi

On the occasion of International Yoga Day on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it's a day of solidarity and universal brotherhood.

"Many congratulations and best wishes to all of you on the 6th International Yoga Day. This day is a day of solidarity and universal brotherhood," Prime Minister Modi said.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said that Yoga enhances our quest for a healthier planet and goes beyond race, colour, gender, faith and descent.

"Yoga enhances our quest for a healthier planet. It has emerged as a force for unity and deepens the bonds of humanity. It does not discriminate, it goes beyond race, colour, gender, faith and descent," he added.

PM Modi said that the world is realising the need of Yoga, even more, today due to COVID-19 pandemic and Pranayama helps in building a strong respiratory system.

Pranayama is a breathing exercise which is usually practised after Yoga asanas.

"World is realising the need of Yoga, even more, today due to the coronavirus pandemic. If our immunity is strong then it helps in fighting against the disease. There are Yoga practices that boost our immunity and improve metabolism," said Prime Minister Modi.

"COVID-19 attacks our respiratory system. 'Pranayama', a breathing exercise is something that helps us the most in making our respiratory system strong," he added He congratulated the people of the country on the 6th International Yoga Day and called it "a day of solidarity and universal brotherhood."

The International Yoga Day was proposed by Prime Minister Modi in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2014.


India-China faceoff: Donald Trump says US talking to India and China to sort ‘big problem’

Washington: The United States is talking to both India and China to help them resolve their ongoing border tensions, President Donald Trump said on Saturday.

"It's a very tough situation. We're talking to India. We're talking to China. They've got a big problem there," Trump told reporters at the White House before boarding Marine 1 on his way to his first post-COVID19 election rally in Oklahoma. "They've come to blows, and we'll see what happens. We'll try and help them out," Trump said when asked about his assessment of the situation between India and China.

Over the past few days, the entire Trump Administration has rallied behind India against the illegitimate incursions of the Chinese Army into the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh. As many as 20 Indian soldiers achieved martyrdom in fierce clashes against Chinese intruders into Galwan Valley in Ladakh early this week. Indians, according to US intelligence sources, killed more than 35 Chinese soldiers during the skirmish.

The United States has accused China of escalating border tension with India and other neighbours by trying to take benefit of these countries busy fighting coronavirus pandemic. "The PLA (People's Liberation Army) has escalated border tensions with India, the world's most populous democracy. It's militarizing the South China Sea and illegally claiming more territory there, threatening vital sea lanes," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, in a major speech on China a day earlier.


In his virtual address on 'Europe and the China Challenge' during the 2020 Copenhagen Democracy Summit on Friday, Pompeo described the ruling Chinese Communist Party as a 'rogue actor.' Early this week, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president is aware of the situation and the US is monitoring the situation between Indian and Chinese forces along the line of actual control in Eastern Ladakh.

During a phone call on June 2nd that Trump had with Prime Minister Modi, they did discuss the situation on the Indo-China border, McEnany said. "Trump and Modi have a terrific relationship and trust between them," Al Mason, co-chair of the Trump Victory Indian American Finance Committee said, adding that the statements coming from the White House, the State Department and the US Embassy in New Delhi is reflective of this.

Coming out in support of India, Texas Congressman Lance Gooden said that China cannot be trusted. "As more news comes out about the deadly conflict between China and India, once again CHINA appears to be an aggressive bad actor," the Republican Congressman said. "The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) cannot be taken at their word, EVER," Gooden said in a tweet.

On the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that "on land, for the sake of grabbing territory, the PLA appears to have instigated the most violent clash between China and India since those nations went to war in 1962".

Needless to say, the rest of the world has watched with grave concern this violent exchange between two nuclear states. We are encouraging de-escalation and hoping for peace," McConnell said.

Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell earlier said that this Chinese activity is similar to activity the world has seen in the past on border disputes with the Peoples Republic of China. "I would point you to those - I think it was 2015 when Xi Jinping traveled to India the first time," he said.

"The PLA (People's Liberation Army) invaded this contested area deeper and longer, with more people, than ever before historically. Whether that was a negotiating tactic or just a punch in the nose to demonstrate their superiority, I don't know," he told reporters early this week.

"But then we saw the Doklam issue down near Bhutan, where we saw similar concerns. I wish I knew. Again, we don't have a lot of visibility and we don't have a lot of open dialogue with our Chinese counterparts, and honestly I'd like to see more of that if we can," Stillwell said. US experts feel that the latest Chinese behavior will swing India towards China.

"Even before the latest flareup, a majority of Indian strategists saw Chinese assertiveness as India's biggest foreign-policy challenge. This has resulted in an unspoken but unmistakable swing toward the US," Jeff Smith from The Heritage Foundation think tank said. "The bullying of US partners and allies needs to come at a cost," Smith said in a tweet.


Coronavirus in Mumbai: With 136 fatalities, city records highest deaths in a day

For the second consecutive day Mumbai recorded more than 100 covid-19 deaths. On Saturday, the city reported 136 fatalities, which is the highest single-day deaths reported so far. The previous highest was 114 which was recorded on June 19. However, 1,197 new corona cases were reported, taking the total positive count to 65,265 cases with 3,559 deaths so far.

Meanwhile, with 3,874 fresh Covid-19 cases on Friday, Maharashtra broke its Friday’s record of highest single-day case count. The state has 1,28,205 cases now, with 65,265 in Mumbai alone. Also, at least 160 people died across the state, taking the overall toll to 5,984.

BMC officials said of the 136 deaths in Mumbai, 75 people died between June 16 to June 19, and 61 deaths were recorded between March (when the pandemic started) and June 16. The 61 deaths were reported late due to delay in the hospitals reporting the same to BMC. The civic body maintained it received the documents of these patients in the last 48 hours.

On Friday, BMC started a new 200-bed Covid-19 health centre in Dharavi’s Maharashtra Nature Park. Civic officials said the centre — constructed over a 2,200 sq ft area — is waterproof and has oxygen-supported beds. It will admit moderately ill patients in need of oxygen support. Around 10 doctors and 15 nurses are going to handle the facility.


Rahul Gandhi leads the way in trolling PM Modi over China statement; says PM has surrendered Indian territory to Chinese aggression

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remark that neither is anyone inside India's territory nor has any of its posts been captured, alleging that the PM has "surrendered" Indian territory to Chinese aggression.

In a statement on the all-party meeting called by Modi on Friday to discuss the situation at the India-China border, the government said, "At the outset, prime minister clarified that neither is anyone inside our territory nor is any of our post captured." Tagging PM's remarks with his tweet, Gandhi said, "PM has surrendered Indian territory to Chinese aggression." "If the land was Chinese: 1. Why were our soldiers killed? 2. Where were they killed?" Gandhi said.

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PM has surrendered Indian territory to Chinese aggression. 

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1. Why were our soldiers killed?
2. Where were they killed?

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The categorical statement by the prime minister came in the wake of reports that Chinese military has transgressed into the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control, the de-facto border, in several areas of eastern Ladakh including Pangong Tso and Galwan Valley.

The prime minister's assertion came even as Congress president Sonia Gandhi, at the all-party meet, questioned the government's handling of the situation, asking if there was any intelligence failure, and seeking assurance that China will "revert" to its original position.

Rahul Gandhi on Friday accused senior ministers in the government of "lying" to protect the prime minister and that the Centre was "fast asleep" while martyred jawans paid the price in Ladakh.

The former Congress chief also tagged a one-minute video of a jawan's father saying the Indian soldiers were unarmed when they were attacked by Chinese troops.

He has been questioning the government on the LAC standoff and asking how the Chinese occupied Indian territory and why Indian soldiers were sent "unarmed to martyrdom" in Ladakh. Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed in a clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night, the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that has significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff in the region.

Well, it looks like Rahul Gandhi led the way to troll PM Modi for his remarks on India-China border clash. After Gandhi, several on Twitter went on to slam PM Modi. A Twitter user said, "How can he lie so openly and shamelessly!"

Here's how Twitterati reacted;

H Raja
The monk who sold Ladakh#ModiSurrendersToChina

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Looks like @narendramodi is not afraid of that crow that supposed to bite the liars#ModiSurrendersToChina

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Spirit of Congress
One week ago #GalwanValley was ours. Now it's China's.

Next you know, BJP'S headquarters will be in Beijing. #ModiSurrendersToChina

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Alisha Bari
How can he lie so openly and shamelessly!#ModiSurrendersToChina

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Manoj Saini
According to Modi G, this scene was shot in China ????‍♀️#ModiSurrendersToChina

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Sridhar Ramaswamy శ్రీధర్ రామస్వామి
China has once again officially reiterated that Galwan Valley is theirs!!! 

Very clearly we do not want to admit that we lost territory but the PM cannot hide it anymore whatever cover up they try!!!#ModiSurrendersToChina

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Priyanka Chaturvedi

Yesterday PM Modi assured the nation that no posts/territory have been ceded to China, but here China claims Galwan Valley as theirs.
This is unacceptable& GoI needs to clarify or respond to this. Have we ceded our Galwan Valley or ousted the PLA from there?
Nation needs to know.

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Coronavirus in India: COVID-19 tally nears 4 lakh with highest single-day spike of 14,516 cases

India on Saturday saw another record spike of 14,516 new COVID-19 cases in a single-day, pushing the tally to 3,95,048, while the death toll rose to 12,948 with 375 new fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

The number of recoveries continued to surge with 2,13,830 patients cured so far, while there are 1,68,269 active cases, according to the updated official figures at 8 am.

One patient has migrated.

"Thus, around 54.12 per cent of the patients have recovered so far," an official said. The total number of confirmed cases includes foreigners.

India registered over 10,000 cases for the ninth day in a row.

The country has witnessed a surge of over two lakh infections from June 1 till 20 with Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh among the top five states that have seen a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases.


Plea in Karnataka HC to transfer case of Amulya Leona who raised pro-Pak slogans to NIA

A petition has been filed in Karnataka High Court to transfer Amulya Leona case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). She raised pro-Pakistan slogans at an anti-CAA rally on February 20 at Freedom Park.

The petition, filed by advocate Vishal Raghu, blamed the probe team for not filing chargesheet on time and suggested the state government to approach the higher court against bail granted to Amulya Leona.

On June 11, she was granted conditional bail by the Bengaluru civil court.She was charged with sedition for her actions in the presence of All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi.

Before granting her bail, Bengaluru court earlier rejected the bail plea of Amulya stating that she may abscond if she is released, reported The Indian Express.

While rejecting her plea, sessions judge Vidhyadhar Shirahatti said that if the petitioner is granted bail, she may abscond, and hence the bail petition of the petitioner is liable to be rejected.

The court further obsereved that if Amulya is granted bail, she may involve in similar offence which affects peace at large.

The court granted bail after hearing the bail application. Amulya's advocate on behalf of the petitioner said, "the petitioner is just a 19-year-old lady and she is studying in a private college in the Bengaluru. She shouted 'Pakistan Zindabad' but she never mentioned Pakistan as her country."

Jammu and Kashmir: BSF shoots down drone that entered Kathua district from Pakistan

The Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday morning shot down a drone that had entered Hiranagar sector of Kathua district from the Pakistan side, BSF sources said.

According to the sources, a patrolling party of the BSF spotted the drone movement along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir and it was shot at and taken down subsequently.


In recent days, there has been a rise in unprovoked ceasefire violations from Pakistan.

Pakistan on Friday had violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district and in Nowshera sector of Rajouri.


India-China face-off at Galwan Valley: IAF Chief says Air Force is determined to deliver, gear up for any contingency

The Air Force is determined to deliver and is well prepared and suitably deployed to respond to any contingency, IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said on Saturday.

Addressing a Combined Graduation Parade (CGP) at Air Force Academy (AFA) Dundigal in Hyderabad, he said the air force is determined to deliver and will never let the supreme sacrifice made by our brave soldiers at Galwan in Ladakh go in vain.


" should be very clear that we are well prepared and suitably deployed to respond to any contingency. I assure the nation that we are determined to deliver and will never let the sacrifice of our braves of Galwan go in vain," he said.

The gallant actions of our soldiers who lost their lives during the confrontation with the Chinese forces have demonstrated the resolve to protect the sovereignty of our country at any cost, he asserted.


Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel bids tearful adieu to brave martyr of Chhattisgarh Shri. Ganesh Ram Kunjam by giving shoulder to his mortal remains in the funeral procession

Hearfelt tribute paid to the brave soul at Mana Airport of capital city Raipur

We stand strong with the nation, the army and the army personnel : Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel

Government School of Gidhali to be named after Shaheed Ganesh Ram Kunjam

One member of his family to get government job

Chief Minister hands over the grant cheque of Rs 20 lakh to martyr’s father mr. Itwaru Ram Kunjam

Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel bid tearful adieu to the brave martyr of Chhattisgarh Shaheed Jawan Shri Ganesh Ram Kunjam by placing wreath on his mortal remains, at Swami Vivekananda Airport, Mana of capital city Raipur today. At the airport, Shaheed Shri Kunjam was given Guard of Honour. Chief Minister gave shoulder to the mortal remains of Shaheed Shri Kunjam in the funeral procession. His mortal remains were taken from airport to his native village Gidhali in Kanker via helicopter .
It is known that 20 jawans of Indian Army got martyred in an encounter with chinese army at LOC in Laddakh. This violent encounter also claimed life of Shri Ganesh Ram Kunjam, resident of village Gidhali Kurutola gram panchayat of Kanker district in Chhattisgarh. Mortal remains of shaheed Shri Kunjam were brought to Raipur via special flight today afternoon.
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel saluted the courage and sacrifice of martyr army personnel in Laddakh and expressed condolences to the family members of the martyrs. Chief Minister said that late Shri Kunjam sacrificed his life for the country. We the people of Chhattisgarh take immense pride on such gems of the state. His martyrdom will not go in vain. We all are standing strong with the country, the army and the army jawans. Chief Minister announced that the government school in the villalge will be named after Shaheed Shri Ganesh Ram Kunjam. Chief Minister said that one family member of Shaheed Shri Kunjam will be given government job. Chief Minister also handed over the grant cheque of Rs 20 lakh to Shri Itwaru Ram Kunjam, father of late Shri Kunjam.
On the occasion, Home Minister Mr. Tamradhwaj Sahu, Agriculture Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey, Food Minister Mr. Amarjeet Bhagat, Urban Administration Minister Dr Shivkumar Daharia, School Education Minister Dr Premsai Singh Tekaam, Ex-Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, MLAs- Mr. Satyanarayan Sharma, Mr. Brijmohan Agrawal, Mr. Kuldeep Juneja, and Mr. Vikas Upadhyay, MP Mr. Sunil Soni, Mayor Mr. Ejaz Dhebar,  and other public representatives along with the army personnel and officials, senior police officials and citizens paid tribute to Shaheed Shri Kunjam by placing wreaths on his mortal remains. Later, Shaheed Shri Kunjam’s mortal remains were taken to his native village via helicopter.