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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.

Rahul Gandhi

PM has surrendered Indian territory to Chinese aggression. 

If the land was Chinese:
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

10:08 AM - Jun 19, 2020
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Alisha Bari
How can he lie so openly and shamelessly!#ModiSurrendersToChina

11:51 AM - Jun 19, 2020
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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.

India-China face-off at Galwan Valley: Beijing releases 10 soldiers, including two majors

China has reportedly released 10 Indian soldiers, including two majors on Thursday evening, three days after clashes between the two sides in Galwan Valley, on the eastern side of Ladakh, left 20 Indian soldiers dead.

The release comes after three days of negotiations , people familiar with the development, said news agency PTI reported.


While the Government of India hasn’t issued a statement as yet, the Army said that all its jawans stationed at the Line of Actual Control had been accounted for.

According to a report in The Hindu, an agreement on the release was reached at major general-level talks between the Indian army and China’s People’s Liberation Army. Notably, this was the first time after the 1962 Sino-India War that Indian soldiers were taken into custody by the Chinese side.

The Galwan Valley was the site of the violent clash between the two militaries on Monday night in which a Colonel and 19 other Indian Army personnel were killed. China's official media has acknowledged casualties on the Chinese side without mentioning numbers.

Monday's face-off was the biggest confrontation between the two militaries after their 1967 clashes in Nathu La when India lost around 80 soldiers while over 300 Chinese army personnel were killed in the face-off.

The Indian Army has been fiercely objecting to the transgressions, and demanded their immediate withdrawal for restoration of peace and tranquillity in the area. Both sides held a series of talks in the last few days to resolve the row. The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC). China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet, while India contests it.

Amid coronavirus pandemic, over 30 doctors resign in Uttar Pradesh

Over 30 doctors of a private medical college in Uttar Pradesh, working at the rank of assistant professor, professor and even head of the department, resigned en mass Thursday after their salaries were allegedly slashed by 20 percent by the management.

In a mass resignation letter written to the Dean of the Mayo Institute of Medical Science, Barabanki, and signed by 30 doctors, lists three points, “1) Irrational salary deduction during our duty in covid times, 2) Other deductions under various heads 3) Repeated misbehaviour and unacceptable attitude of the management despite unconditional support to the institution”


Doctors told FPJ, “In May end, the management asked us to go on force leave for six days so that our salaries for those days can be slashed. This month also we were being pressured to go on leave so that the management can save money by deducing the salary ‘officially’.”

The doctors allege that the management was not ready to hold talks to resolve the issue hence they were left with no option but to put in their papers. All 30 doctors are now sitting at home. The Mayo medical college has a 750-bed hospital attached where 200 doctors are working in different capacities.

More doctors are likely to quit in the coming days, says a doctor. Dr Neeraj Mishra, former head of doctors and resident doctors association, says, “This kind of treatment with corona warriors is app a - lling. The management must stop doing such tricks to harass the docs.”

Dean Dr JP Roy remained unavailable.


'Grateful for overwhelming support by global community': PM Modi on India's election as non-permanent member of UN Security Council

After India was elected as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for a two-year term, PM Narendra Modi said that he "was deeply grateful for the overwhelming support shown by the global community for India's membership of the UN Security Council.

Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, "Deeply grateful for the overwhelming support shown by the global community for India's membership of the UN Security Council. India will work with all member countries to promote global peace, security, resilience and equity."

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Deeply grateful for the overwhelming support shown by the global community for India's membership of the @UN Security Council. India will work with all member countries to promote global peace, security, resilience and equity.

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Earlier, India was elected as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for a two-year term after winning 184 votes in the 193-member General Assembly.

Along with India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway also won the Security Council elections held Wednesday.

India was a candidate for a non-permanent seat from the Asia-Pacific category for the 2021-22 term. Its victory was a given since it was the sole candidate vying for the lone seat from the grouping.

New Delhi's candidature was unanimously endorsed by the 55-member Asia-Pacific grouping, including China and Pakistan, in June last year.

The UN Security Council has five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Ten non-permanent members are elected by the General Assembly for a term of two years. There are five seats for African and Asian countries, one for Eastern European countries, two for Latin America and the Caribbean and two for Western Europe and other countries.