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13 dead, 31 injured in bus-truck collision on Agra-Lucknow Expressway in UP

Etawah: At least 13 people have been killed and 31 injured as a bus collided with a truck on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway on Wednesday.

Dr Vishwa Deepak, Medical Officer, Emergency Ward of Saifai Mini PGI said: "At least 31 injured patients have been admitted to the hospital and 13 were brought dead."

"A double-decker private bus rammed into a stationary truck on Agra-Lucknow expressway at around 10 pm in the night on Wednesday. The bus driver did not take notice of the truck and hit it from behind. There were 40-45 passengers on the bus.


There are many casualties and several people got injured. Around 10-14 casualties may be there," Sachindra Patel, SSP, Firozabad had earlier said.


Coronavirus Update: Death toll in Hubei surges by 242 in one day; at least 1,355 killed in China till date

Beijing: The number of fatalities and new cases from China's coronavirus outbreak soared on Thursday, with 242 more deaths and nearly 15,000 extra patients in hard-hit Hubei province as authorities changed their threshold for diagnosis.

At least 1,355 people have now died nationwide and nearly 60,000 have been infected after Hubei's health commission reported the new numbers.

In its daily update, Hubei's health commission confirmed another 14,840 new cases in the central province, where the outbreak emerged in December.

The huge jump came as local officials said they were changing the way they diagnose COVID-19 cases. In a statement, the Hubei health commission said it would now include cases that were "clinically diagnosed" in its official toll.

This means lung imaging on suspected cases can be considered sufficient to diagnose the virus, rather than the standard nucleic acid tests.

Of the dramatic jump in figures Thursday, it said the new classification accounted for 13,332 of the cases and just over half the new death toll.

Hubei health commission said the change would mean patients could get treatment "as early as possible" and be "consistent" with the classification used in other provinces.

It said it had made the change "as our understanding of pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus deepens, and as we accumulate experience in diagnosis and treatment".


Pakistanis, Urban Naxals, tukdey gang expletives fail BJP

Hyderabad: It is the curse of several Muslim-majority areas in Indian cities – large or small – that their names are conveniently interchanged with ‘Pakistan’. The Old City in Hyderabad has been called ‘mini-Pakistan’ by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s senior and junior members alike. But there is more. The Delhi elections and the Aam Aadmi Party’s victory has ensured that this vile epithet is now slapped across the face of the National Capital.

While some might dismiss this as a case of sore-losers-unable-to-digest-defeat, the malaise is deeper. Consider this: the Muslims have ideologically and electorally been the Bharatiya Janata Party’s opponents. The ‘mini-Pakistan’ jibe comes from a document penned by then Rashrtiaya Swayamsevak Sangh’s M S Golwalkar, who in his book Bunch of Thoughts states that Muslims are sitting in their areas with ‘transmitters’, working as informants for Pakistan. While many may not have read his book which makes sweeping statements, relies heavily interfacing between Golwalkar and anonymous mullahs, and is allergic to producing empirical evidence, his rhetoric clearly has served its purpose.

Both before, during and after the Delhi exit polls, which showed AAP forming the next government, the ‘Pakistan’ jibe, reserved solely for Muslim areas, was conveniently extrapolated to the Capital of India. And when the results were declared newsrooms and anchors of news organisations with a pro-BJP tilt lost their nerve. At least two declared that if Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan contests from the National Capital, and announced ‘freebies’, he too would win.
While some viewers could not control their mirth and termed the reaction of these anchors as them ‘having a meltdown’, the issue, if looked at closely is dangerous. It implies that the BJP, which has an umbilical connection with the RSS, and its supporters (anchors included), will go to any length to declare individuals, and in this case, voters, as traitors by associating them with Pakistan. All this, only because they rejected the BJP’s hate-goli-gaddar politics.

The slapping of a false Pakistani identity to Delhi and its voters in just one of the several vicious attempts of the BJP and its crores of supporters to cast aspersions on law abiding citizens. From Maoists in the forests, the BJP recently gave legitimacy to a failed film director’s book called Urban Naxals. So, an urban, educated individual who disagrees with the BJP is an Urban Naxal. To reiterate, the Ministry of Home Affairs on several occasion has noted that Maoist and Maoist-related violence remains a key concern.

Before this, it was the allegation that a ‘tukde-tukde gang’ exists which wishes to see the Balkanisation of India. Home Minister Amit Shah in one of his speeches blamed the Congress party for leading this gang. Interestingly, it was only recently in the Parliament, that his own Home Ministry said that it has no information about a ‘tukde-tukde gang’.

So, whether it is Muslims being labeled Pakistanis, or dissenters being slapped with an ‘urban naxal’ or ‘tukde-tukde gang’ member title or the National Capital being called Pakistan, what matters in just one thing: aap chronology samajhiye.


San Francisco : Business Delegation expresses interest for investment in Chhattisgarh : Chief Minister Mr. Baghel's

Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today met select investors, including Indians, from Bay Area in San Francisco with an aim to attract more investment in Chhattisgarh. He had dinner with Trustee TiE Global and General Partner Monta Vista Capital Venktesh Shukla, who has roots in Chhattisgarh. Chief Minister Mr. Baghel along with his delegation discussed investment opportunities in Chhattisgarh with TiE President B J Arun and investors including Nitin Mehta, co-Partner  in GreenOaks Capital Management, one of the biggest venture funds and Raju Indukuri, who is a investor in a data center company in India that is setting-up a data center in Raipur.
TiE (The IndUS Entrepreneurs) is a Silicon Valley non-profit association dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in the Bay Area as well as globally. It supports start-ups through networking and raising of capital for new and experienced entrepreneurs. It provides technology entrepreneurs with mentoring services, networking opportunities, startup-related education, funding, and incubating. Other investors at the informal meet were :
Sarvajna Dwivedi : sold his innovative breathing device to Astra Zeneca for $1.2 billion and now started a medical device company that seeks to eliminate stents for unclogging arteries.
Jag Kapoor:  Classic rags to riches story of Silicon Valley. Started working in the kitchen of restaurants when he first came here. Now owns a chain of grocery stores, restaurants (including Michelin 3 star Saison in SF) and a huge portfolio of real estate.
Sushant Patnaik: Active investor in India. Runs multiple companies in India that employ more than 1500 engineers in Bangalore, Pune, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. Also set up an incubator/ accelerator in Bhubaneswar and a few other cities.
Pallav Sharma:  Sr Vice President in the biggest pharma company in the world, Johnson and Johnson Krishna Yarlagadda:  Successful serial entrepreneur and former President of Imagination Systems (Apple uses their  graphic chip in its products). Now founder / CEO of a video collaboration company called Harshul Asnani: Head of Tech Mahindra in USA Yashwant Hemraj:  Partner, Benhamou Global Ventures Deven Varma:  Founder and Chairman, Edgewood Capital etc.



Najafgarh seat: AAP’s Kailash Gahlot sets record by re-election

New Delhi: The Najafgarh Assembly constituency, having a major population of farmers and traders, has never elected an MLA twice, but the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) sitting legislator and Cabinet Minister Kailash Gahlot sets a new record on Tuesday by being elected for a second time from the seat.

He has won the Assembly election with a margin of 6,231 votes, defeating Ajeet Singh Kharkhari of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Part of the West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency, Najafgarh is located in the outskirts of Delhi, near the Haryana border.


Named after Mirza Najaf Khan, the commander-in-chief of the Mughal Army under Shah Alam II, the area is also famous for being a part of the First War of Indian Independence — the 1857 revolt. As a part of the Siege of Delhi, the Battle of Najafgarh took place between Indian rebels and British Raj soldiers.

Najafgarh become an Assembly constituency in 1993 when the Delhi legislative assembly was re-established.

The constituency includes Baba Haridass Enclave, Dharampura, Dichaon Kalan, Gopal Nagar, Gulia Enclave, Rajeev Vihar, Haibatpura, Jaffarpur Kalan, Jai Vihar, Jharoda Kalan, Prem Nagar, Roshan Garden, Roshan Vihar, Sainik Enclave, Samaspur Khalsa, Saraswati Enclave, Shiv Enclave, Todarmal Colony, Ujwa Village, and Vinoba Enclave.

It is one of the most populous constituencies with an elector base of 2,48,988 comprising 1,17,000 females. The gender ratio of the constituency is 886 — above the state gender ratio of 824.

Suraj Parshad Paliwal, an independent candidate was elected from the seat in 1993. Next time in 1998, Congressman Kanwal Singh Yadav bagged the seat.

In 2003, another independent candidate, Ranbir Singh Kharb, was elected from the seat. In 2008, Bharat Singh, also an independent MLA bagged the seat.

In 2013, when the AAP and Congress formed a 49-day government, BJP’s Ajeet Singh Kharkhari had won. Gahlot bagged the seat in 2015 with 34.62 per cent votes.



AAP looks forward to positive relations with BJP

New Delhi: After a rough five years in office with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is hoping for a fruitful relations with the BJP.

While the BJP was the main opposition to the AAP, party chief Arvind Kejriwal didn’t say a word against the BJP or the Centre in his victory speech.

Instead, he replied to PM Modi’s tweet: “I look forward to working closely with the Centre to make our capital city into a truly world class city.”


Speaking to IANS, a senior AAP leader said the BJP was an opposition for the Assembly elections, “but for Delhi, we have to work together at the city level. Also, we will need cooperation of the Centre to work in the city.”

It’s also important as around half of the AAP’s manifesto promises can’t be fulfilled without the Centre’s support. Of the 28-point manifesto, 12 announcements will need the cooperation and coordination with the Centre for implementation.

In nine of its promises, the AAP worded the manifesto saying it will put “pressure” on the Centre to “pursue” it.



Indian media is in crisis, says Ravish Kumar

Manila: The Indian media is in a state of “crisis” that is not accidental or random but systemic and structural, journalist Ravish Kumar said 9

here on Monday as he received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2019.

“Being a journalist has become a solitary endeavour as uncompromising journalists find themselves being forced out of their jobs by news organisations, and those corporate owners are never questioned,” Kumar said.

He was “filled with sadness” looking at the state of the profession he represents, Kumar said.


“Nevertheless, it is heartening to still see some journalists who continue to put their lives and careers at risk to practice honest and meaningful journalism.”

The citation for the award described Kumar as one of India’s most influential TV journalists who has been reporting real-life and under-reported problems of ordinary people. He hosts the daily show Prime Time on NDTV India.

Kumar was among five individuals declared winners of the award, which is Asia’s highest honour and celebrates the greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in the continent. It is seen as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize.

He spoke of the “repercussions” of “knowledge inequality”. With the youth denied “better education” in smaller towns and villages, the “propaganda machine of ‘WhatsApp University’” has become the source of knowledge, Kumar said.

Thousands bid-adieu to Mohammed Pahelwan at Barkas

Hyderabad: Thousands of public in Barkas bid-adieu to Mohammed Bin Omer Yafai aka Mohammed Pahelwan. After the Isha prayers he was laid to rest at a graveyard abutting Masjid-E-Omer in Chandrayangutta Barkas area.

Namaz-E-Janaza was offered at Barkas Jamia Masjid and later the body was taken to graveyard in the form of procession. Thousands of public took part in the final journey of Mohammed Pahelwan. South Zone police have made elaborate bandobust.


Editor Siasat Daily Mr. Zahid Ali Khan, who met the bereaved family to express condolences told that it’s a great loss to the people of Barkas, the personality like Mohammed Bin Omer Yafai will not re-born. MBT Spokesperson Amjedullah Khan Khalid said that the death of Mohammed Pahelwan is great loss to the Arab community, he was also a expert wrestler and won many medals due to which many youths attracted towards the wrestling.

Defeated Nampally Congress MLA Feroz Khan, former MIM corporator and congress Khwaja Bilal Ahmed and others too visited Barkas.

CAA: Kerala groom arrives on camel, gifts Constitution to bride

Thiruvananthapuram: In a unique form of protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), a bridegroom in Kerala, Haja Hussain, came for his wedding ceremony riding on a camel holding an anti-CAA poster in his hands, on the outskirts of the capital city on Monday.

Accompanied by a large crowd mostly comprising his friends and relatives, Hussain carried a placard which read ‘Reject CAA, Boycott NRC and NPR’ as he arrived at the wedding hall in Vazhimukku, about 20 km from here, on a camelback.


Hussain said that he choose to do this to express his protest against the CAA.

“Along with the ‘Meher’ (the custom where the groom hands over gold or money to the bride), I also gave a copy of the Constitution. CAA should be rejected,” said Hussain, who is a local businessman.

Suspended doctor creates flutter at Gandhi hospital in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: A doctor of government-run Gandhi Hospital, who was suspended on charges of spreading fake news on coronavirus, created a flutter on Tuesday by attempting self-immolation.

The police, however, foiled his attempt by overpowering him and snatching petrol bottle from him. Police personnel sprinkled water on him and removed his shirt as a precautionary measure. He was later bundled into a police vehicle and was carried away.

Police officials swung into action even as Vasanth was talking to media persons to allege that injustice was done to him by the higher-ups by suspending him.

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Vasanth has reportedly suspended two days ago for allegedly spreading false news. The action was taken after a vernacular daily reported that Telangana recorded two coronavirus cases.

Upset over suspension, the doctor reached the hospital on Tuesday with a petrol bottle in hand. He threatened self-immolation and demanded that action be taken against the officials responsible for his suspension. He also levelled allegations of corruption against the hospital authorities.

The police personnel tried to pacify him and appealed to him not to resort to any extreme step. The doctor continued threatening the policemen and media persons to stay away from him.