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Coronavirus in Pune: PMC reports 1,838 cases on Saturday; total cases in city goes up to 35,878

As per the update by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), an addition of 1,838 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours increased Pune city's infection count to 35,878.

While the death toll stood at 935 as 18 people lost their lives during the day, an official update read on Saturday.

A total of 774 persons were discharged during this period and the city has 13,062 active cases.

A total of 1,98,489 tests have been conducted in the city till now and 6,981 tests were conducted on Saturday


The corporation has also issued the number of ward-wise cases in Pune till July 17. Every ward office area in the city has crossed the mark of 1000 cases as of July 17. Check out the cases in your ward here:

Ward-wise cases in Pune till July 17.
Ward-wise cases in Pune till July 17.Twitter (@mohol_murlidhar)

Meanwhile, the second phase of 10-day lockdown in Pune started on Sunday and shall continue till July 23, to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the city.

During the lockdown, shops selling essential commodities will be allowed to function along with medical, hospitals, and milk supply.

Joint Commissioner of Pune Police Ravindra Shisve said, "Earlier it was decided that shops related to essential services will remain open between 08:00 am to 02:00 pm but since shops will be opening after five days tomorrow, it is expected that people may come out in large number to buy essentials which may lead to violating social distancing norms."

"Hence, district administration along with police has decided to allow the opening of shops related to essential services between 08:00 am to 06:00 pm for tomorrow. Later, from the day after tomorrow, they will be allowed to remain open between 08:00 am and 02:00 pm till July 23 as it was decided earlier," added Ravindra Shisve.

He further appealed to the public to step out in a scattered manner in order to maintain social distancing and avoid large gatherings while buying essential commodities. He also requested all to cooperate with the administration.

As per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Maharashtra -- the worst-affected state from the deadly virus -- has a total of 2,92,589 coronavirus cases and 11,452 fatalities.

(With inputs from ANI)


Giving new lease of life: Family of Navi Mumbai mother who died at childbirth donates her liver, kidney and heart

Family of a 39-year-old woman from Navi Mumbai decided to give a new life to four others by donating her organs, following her death.

As per the report published by The Indian Express, officials from Apollo Hospital said that the woman, identified as Reena Pandey, had delivered a baby on July 6 and died due to intracranial bleeding. Hospital authorities declared her brain dead late on Friday.

Her family gave consent to donate her liver, both kidneys and her heart to four others, who were in need of an organ transplant.

The story was also shared on social media and few users appreciated the family for taking the decision. Check out the reactions here:


In one such story, in February the organs of a brain-dead 25-year-old Raigad resident, Mahesh Yerunkar, brought fresh hope to the lives of five others, who were urgently in need of transplants.

Yerunkar had met with an accident on February 5, while returning home from the funeral of a relative. Around 1 am, his bike was hit by a car, causing him chest, stomach and brain injuries and he subsequently began bleeding from both ears.

He was tested twice for apnoea and was declared brain-dead later that day.

After this, social workers from the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC) counselled his parents, who agreed to donate his organs - heart, liver (two parts) and both kidneys.


Sena leader Nitin Nandgaonkar creates ruckus at Hiranandani Hospital over release of COVID-19 victim's body

Shiv Sena leader Nitin Nandgaonkar created a ruckus at the Hiranandani Hospital, Powai and threatened the doctors at the institution for not handing over the body of a COVID-19 patient to his family.

Nandgaonkar accused the private hospital administration of levying exorbitant charges over the treatment of the deceased, and not handing over the deceased's body to his family members till the payment was done.

"I got a call from a person whose father, an auto driver, was admitted in the hospital a few weeks ago but lost the battle against corona. The family had already paid Rs 1.75 lakhs to the hospital who couldn't save the patient but despite this, the hospital issued a bill of Rs 8 lakhs which was unacceptable," Nandgaonkar told reporters here.

"Therefore, I went there and lodged my protest over this. I have already written to the Maharashtra Chief Minister on the ongoing loot by these private hospitals but still, these hospitals are charging high amount from the patients, which is unlawful," he added.

The leader also posted videos about the issue from Facebook.


The Sena leader further issued a warning to all the private hospitals to abstain from such acts, failing which "Shiv Sena will deal with it through Thokshahi."


JEE 2020: No class 12 marks criteria for IIT admissions, says HRD Minister

The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has announced that the candidates who will be able to clear the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Advance 2020 will be eligible for admission into the IITs irrespective of the marks obtained in the class 12 board exams this year.

The decision, which will allow students who clear the JEE Advanced to seek admissions into IITs regardless of their class 12 board exams scores, was taken by the Joint Admissions Board (JAB). The minister informed about the decision on Twitter.


Earlier, the student had to score at least 75 percent marks or rank in top 20 percentile in their class 12 board exams to be eligible to take admissions into the IITs if they have cleared the JEE Advanced exams.

The minister said that the decision was taken while considering the partial cancellation of class 12 exams by several boards.

This year, the engineering entrance examinations - the JEE Main and Advance examination were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the exams are scheduled to be held in September 2020, along with the NEET 2020.

The exams will be conducted by IIT-Delhi this year.


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya hospitalised: All you need to know

Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya Bachchan on Friday were shifted to a city hospital, almost a week after they were tested positive for COVID-19.

Aishwarya, 46 and eight-year-old Aaradhya were diagnosed with coronavirus on Sunday, a day after the actor's father-in-law, megastar Amitabh Bachchan, and husband Abhishek Bachchan tested positive for the COVID-19.

The mother-daughter duo was self-quarantining at home till now.

"Both Aishwarya and Aaradhya were admitted to Nananvati hospital today. They are fine," hospital source told PTI.

"Aishwarya needed medical attention," another insider said.

Amitabh, 77, and Abhishek, 44, both are already in the isolation ward of Nanavati hospital.

Since his diagnosis, Amitabh has been regularly updating his admires about his health on social media.


"In happy times, in times of illness, you our near and dear, our well-wishers, our fans have ever given us unstinting love, affection care and prayer .. we express our bountiful gracious gratitude to you all .. in these circumstances hospital protocol, restrictive," the screen icon tweeted on Friday evening.

According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), coronavirus cases in Mumbai rose to 98,979 with 1,228 new patients being reported on Friday.

The death toll due to the pandemic rose to 5,582 with 62 new fatalities being recorded.


Mangaluru Congress councillor says Old Monk, half-fried eggs can beat COVID-19

As people wait with bated breath for a vaccine against COVID-19, a Congress councillor in Karnataka has recommended Old Monk and half-fried eggs to beat the virus.

Congress councillor from Ullal town near Mangaluru Ravichandra Gatti said that he has tried many medicines for COVID-19 but vouched that only rum and eggs worked.

"Add a teaspoonful of ground pepper in 90ml rum and stir it well with your finger and drink it. Eat two half-fried omelettes to ensure that the coronavirus vanishes," he said. The video has gone viral on social media.

"I am not suggesting this as a politician, but as a member of the corona committee," he said.

Watch Video:


Meanwhile, Twitter had some hilarious reactions to the councillor's recommendation.

"This, friends, is the remedy we need and deserve," a Twitter user wrote. "Everybody is an expert. But this man is in a different league," said another Twitter user.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took a jibe at the Congress party and wrote, "Reason why Congress sell its elected representatives to BJP."

Here are a few Twitter reactions:


(With IANS inputs)


Ashoke Pandit slams Radhika Vaz on Karva Chauth video; comedian schools him on 'toxic masculinity'

Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit and comedian Radhika Vaz indulged in a heated exchange on Twitter over the latter’s video describing ‘Karva Chauth’.

Radhika Vaz in her video mocked the ancient festival of ‘Karva Chauth’ celebrated by Hindu women. She took a dig at the idea of women fasting for their husbands from dawn to dusk in order for them to live longer.

Wearing a make-shift bridal outfit, Vaz highlights that the ritual would have made sense during war, and not if your significant other if giving PowerPoint presentations at his sedentary job.

Radhika concludes the video by talking about the Karva Chauth parties where there’s no food, no booze and no men. She signs off by stating, if you want your man to be happy don’t starve, eat his d***.


Pandit, shared the video on the micro blogging site and wrote, “Feminism which berates anothr females's belief isnt empowering; if a man were to behave like ds,it wud hv bn called toxic patriarchy. @radvaz shud try comic material on #TripleTalaq.Fear of #CharlieHebdo being pulled off on thm will nt allow thm to ridicule Islam & it's beliefs.”

Vaz responded to his comment and said, “Hahaha! It’s “toxic masculinity “ - patriarchy by definition is toxic. I am here to teach. You are welcome.”


Over the past couple of days, Indian comedians have been facing abuses and threats on social media for their jokes in the past that touched upon religion, and politics.


#SSRCaseIsNotSuicide trends after Rhea says Sushant took ‘step’

Mumbai: On Thursday, shortly after Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty tweeted about his death, the hashtag #SSRCaseIsNotSuicide started to trend on Twitter.

Rhea requests Amit Shah for CBI probe
Rhea Chakraborty tweeted tagging Home Minister Amit Shah, requesting him to initiate a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the actor’s death. Even though, Rhea has not mentioned the word “suicide” in her tweet, she has written, “I only want to understand what pressures, prompted Sushant to take this step.”

“Respected @AmitShah sir, I’m sushants Singh Rajputs girlfriend Rhea chakraborty,it is now over a month since his sudden demise. I have complete faith in the government, however in the interest of justice, I request you with folded hands to initiate a CBI enquiry..”

“I request you with folded hands to initiate a CBI enquiry into this matter. I only want to understand what pressures, prompted Sushant to take this step. Yours sincerely #satyamevajayate @AmitShah sir,” wrote Rhea, in two separate tweets on her verified account.

#SSRCaseIsNotSuicide trends
Soon after this, the hashtag #SSRCaseIsNotSuicide started to trend on Twitter, with netizens declaring the actor did not commit suicide.

“Ok so Miss rhea call herself Sushant’s Sir girlfriend? But my question is why we will believe you that you are his GF ! Aapko toh yeh suicide lag raha hai, Mumbai police ko suicide lag raha hai, Bollywood ko suicide lag raha hai (You think this is suicide, even Mumbai Police and Bollywood feels it is suicide)! #SSRCaseIsNotSuicide We want justice !!” tweeted a user.

“Even in his interviews, Sushant life motives and aim were clearly positive…Even knowing he is loosing projects bcz of nepotism in bollywood, he was sure that he will not leave his passion i.e. Acting. Stop fooling people that he committed suicide #SSRCaseIsNotSuicide,” tweeted another user.

“We want CBI for Sushant murder case #SSRCaseIsNotSuicide,” wrote a user.

Sushant Singh Death

Sushant was found hanging at his residence on June 14. The postmortem report stated that the actor committed suicide. The case is still being investigated by Mumbai Police.

Since last month, several politicians, celebrities and fans have demanded a CBI enquiry into Sushant’s death.

Rahul Gandhi’s new video explaining 'China Border Conflict'

On Friday, Rahul Gandhi released a video with a sombre tune which looked to explain the current geopolitics and the India-China stand-off.

He wrote: “Since 2014, the PM's constant blunders and indiscretions have fundamentally weakened India and left us vulnerable. Empty words don't suffice in the world of geopolitics.”


IIn the video, with sombre funeral music in the background, a serious-looking Rahul Gandhi looked to explain the current Galwan standoff.

Gandhi, sounding and looking like a sombre university about to make tenure, claims that China is acting aggressive because the Modi government has failed on three counts – foreign policy, neighbourhood and the economy.

This he surmises is the reason China is acting more aggressive in the Galwan Valley, though one would wonder what the reasoning is for China to infuriate countries all across the globe, from Australia to Japan.

Gandhi goes on to explain that countries are protected by a ‘confluence of forces’. He laments that India’s relationship with Russia, US and the European Union had become ‘transactional’ while the Modi government had angered friendly neighbouring countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka.

He goes on to lament that economic growth, India’s calling card across the globe, had stagnated, that unemployment was at an all-time high and that India’s strength had become its weakness.

The video was interspersed with graphics and a sombre tone showing with a dark background, which one commentator felt looked like a rehab video.


Rajasthan Political Crisis: 2 Congress MLAs suspended over tapes - what we know so far

Rebel Congress MLA from Rajasthan, Bhanwar Lal Sharma and Vishvendra Singh Bharatpur have been suspended based on a set of tapes that reportedly have former state deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot negotiating with the BJP.

Sharma for his part has accused a functionary in the Ashok Gehlot-led government in Rajasthan of forging the tapes that address horse-trading between him and BJP leaders.

A Huffington Post report added that on July 10, the SOG filed an FIR under Sections 124A (sedition) and Section 120B(criminal conspiracy) that led to the arrests of two men, allegedly associated with the BJP. Two politicians – an independent MLA from Kushalgarh, Ramila Khadiya, and Congress’ Mahendra Malviya, were also named. Pilot is named as a witness in the FIR, not an accused, the report added, prompting senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Sujrewala today to lash out at the BJP saying that the party had been conspiring to topple the Congress.

"It should also be probed whether money has been exchanged by any other person or MLA to bring down the government or change allegiance, apart from the persons named in the audio," Surjewala said.


While Surjewala, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi are keen on welcoming Pilot back to the Congress, Gehlot isn’t convinced, as he said that he has evidence to show that Pilot was conspiring with the BJP. "We have proof of horse-trading: Rs 20 crore was offered. Those who took the money are holed up at the hotel in Manesar. Our deputy chief minister and PCC chief (Pilot) himself was negotiating the deal and, at the same time, giving statements that no horse-trading was on. What clarifications are you giving when you yourself were involved in it," Gehlot charged.

Notably, on the same day after rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot was vocal about the fact that he would not join the BJP, despite rumours doing the rounds, Mahesh Langa, a journalist from The Hindu claimed that a Special Operations Group (SOG) had tapes with records of Pilot negotiating with the BJP.

While nobody paid attention to this tweet on July 14, the tapes have suddenly become a hot topic. Pilot, of course, has rejected the allegations that there was any discussion with members of the BJP. These recordings were triggered by suspicion around the time of the Rajya Sabha elections that some Rajasthan MLAs were open to toppling the state government in exchange for money, the Huffington Post report said.

Gehlot sensing danger at the time had even shifted all his MLAs and other party functionaries to a resort on the Jaipur-Delhi Highway. And like Free Press Journal’s Sangeeta Pranvendra pointed out, Gehlot was ready for a rebellion within the Congress after Pilot repeatedly kept criticising the government, despite being the deputy Chief Minister.

While addressing the media on July 15, Gehlot said, “We love the young generation of leaders, but if they indulge in horse-trading, then won’t they ruin the country? Can’t the media see this for themselves?”


Pilot, who is camping in Delhi since Saturday, however, did not seek any appointment either with Congress President Sonia Gandhi or Rahul, even though AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and organising general secretary K C Venugopal are in touch with him.

Insiders say his group's strength has swelled to 22, with three more MLAs checking in a private Gurgaon hotel where the other rebels are camping.In fact, on Thursday morning, he moved the Jaipur Bench of the Rajasthan High Court to stall the Chief Minister's attempt to get all 19 MLAs, including Pilot, disqualified as members of the Assembly on the ground of "anti-party activity" and for their reluctance to attend the CLP meeting.

The hearing on the petition is listed on Friday, which is also the deadline set by the Rajasthan Assembly Speaker for the response of the rebel MLAs to the notice served on them under the Anti-Defection Law.Senior advocate Harish Salve, who was engaged by the Pilot faction to secure a stay on the Assembly Speaker’s notice asking rebels to respond by Friday, vetted the petition filed by MLA Prithviraj Meena and others.

Pilot’s most notable supporter is sacked Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha, who has been suspended from for ‘anti-party’ activities. While Jha has been quite vocal about the happenings in the Congress, other Congress leaders such as Kapil Sibal, Shashi Tharoor, and Karti Chidambaram have been subtle in what they feel about the Congress’ future. With the Rajasthan drama unfurling the way it is, it will be interesting to see how the next 48 hours play out.