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With 95,735 cases, India witnesses highest single-day spike in coronavirus caseload

India registered the biggest single-day spike in the coronavirus cases on Thursday with 95,735 coronavirus cases reported in last 24 hours taking the total number of infections to over 44.65 lakh, government data said.

The country also recorded the highest deaths in a day with 1,172 fatalities.

In terms of recovery, 72,939 have recovered in the last 24 hours taking the total recoveries to 34,71,783. The recovery rate in the country is 77.7 per cent.

The total number of active cases in India has estimated over 9.19 lakh cases.

According to government data, the daily positivity rate in the country is 8.4 per cent.

Maharashtra is at the top of the list in terms of most-affected states in India registering 23,577 cases in the last 24 hours. The number of deaths is also highest in Maharashtra with 380 fatalities.

In last 24 hours, Andhra Pradesh with 10,418 cases, Karnataka with 9,540 cases, Uttar Pradesh with 6,568 cases and Tamil Nadu 5,584 cases are most affected states.

In terms of worldwide stats, India is behind the US in terms of cases as the US has over 63.59 lakh cases.

India has been reporting the highest number of daily coronavirus cases in the world for nearly a month, according to the World Health Organization data.

Ram Temple Trust a/c: Rs 6L fraudulently withdrawn

The bank manager made a verification call to Trust Secretary Champat Rai, who denied having issued any such cheque.

An amount of Rs 6 lakh has been fraudulently withdrawn from the bank account of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust in Ayodhya.

An FIR has been lodged in this regard at the Ayodhya Kotwali police station. A team of cyber experts has also been asked to investigate the case.

According to the report, money was withdrawn from two banks in Lucknow by cheque cloning.

The matter came to light when the fraudster made a third attempt to withdraw Rs 9.86 lakh from the Bank of Baroda branch.

The bank manager made a verification call to Trust Secretary Champat Rai, who denied having issued any such cheque.

“On further inquiry, it was found that money had bene withdrawn earlier, too,” said a police official.

A sum of Rs 2.5 lakhs was withdrawn from the bank on September 1 and then a sum of Rs 3.5 lakh, two days later.

Ayodhya circle officer Rajesh Kumar Rai said that a case had been registered and investigations were underway.

It may be recalled that a fake website that was seeking donations for the Ram temple had come to light a few days ago and the matter was being investigated.

PM Modi holds ‘Svanidhi Samvaad’ with street vendors from Madhya Pradesh

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister praised the efforts of the street vendors to bounce back and appreciated their self-confidence, perseverance and hard work.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held ‘Svanidhi Samvaad’ with street vendors from Madhya Pradesh. The Government of India had launched the PM Svanidhi scheme on 1 June 2020 to help poor street vendors impacted by COVID-19 resume livelihood activities.

4.5 lakh street vendors were registered in Madhya Pradesh out of which acceptance has been granted to around 1.4 lakh street vendors of amount worth Rs 140 crore.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister praised the efforts of the street vendors to bounce back and appreciated their self-confidence, perseverance and hard work.

He appreciated the efforts of the Government of Madhya Pradesh for identifying more than 4.5 lakh street vendors and completing the process to give loans to over 1 lakh vendors within 2 months, notwithstanding the effect of the pandemic.

The Prime Minister said any calamity first affects the poor impacting their jobs, food and savings. He referred to the tough times when most of the poor migrants had to return to the villages.

PM Modi said the Government from the first day tried to obliterate the difficulties that the poor and the lower middle class have to face owing to the lockdown and the impact of the pandemic and made all efforts to provide food, ration, free gas cylinders apart from employment through the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan.

He said the aim of the Svanidhi Yojana is to provide Swarozgar, Svavlamban and Swabhimaan (Self Employment, Self-Sustenance and Self-Confidence) to the street vendors.

The Prime Minister asked the street vendors to maintain cleanliness and follow all the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This he said would help them increase their business.


Vocal for Local: Khadi’s E-Market portal goes viral

The online sale, that was launched with just Khadi Face Masks on July 7 this year, has evolved into a full-fledged E-market platform with 180 products as on Wednesday and many more in the pipeline.


Khadi and Village Industry Commission’s (KVIC) venture into the online marketing segment has quickly established a pan-India reach enabling the artisans to sell their products to the remotest parts of India through the KVIC E-Portal –

The online sale, that was launched with just Khadi Face Masks on July 7 this year, has evolved into a full-fledged E-market platform with 180 products as on Wednesday and many more in the pipeline.

As per KVIC, the product range includes hand-spun and hand-woven fine fabric like Muslin, Silk, Denim and Cotton, Unisex Vichar Vastra by Ritu Beri, Khadi’s Signature Wrist Watch, a variety of honey, Herbal and Green Tea, Herbal Medicines and Soaps, Papad, Kacchi Ghani Mustard Oil and a range of herbal cosmetics among many others.

KVIC is adding at least 10 new products to its online inventory on a daily basis and it has set a target of adding at least 1000 products by October 2 this year. In less than two months’ time, KVIC has served nearly 4000 customers.

KVIC Chairman, Vinai Kumar Saxena, said the online sale of Khadi products is a big push to “Swadeshi” and aims at empowering the local artisans. “Khadi’s E-market portal is providing our artisans with an additional platform to sell their goods. This is a concrete step towards the building of Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” Saxena said, adding the product range is priced from Rs 50 to Rs 5000, keeping in view the choice and affordability of all sections of buyers.

Earlier products of Khadi institutions were sold only through outlets and hence their visibility was confined to a few states only. However, with KVIC’s E-portal, products are now reaching to the far-flung areas of the country and thus giving wider marketing spectrum to Khadi institutions which will ultimately increase their production and add to the income of artisans.

Customers, too, have expressed great satisfaction over the online sale of Khadi products as the E-market platform has enabled them to order their desired products online and receive the same at their doorsteps.

KVIC has received online orders from 31 States and Union Territories that include the far-flung Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. KVIC has fixed the minimum order value at Rs 599 for free delivery of goods. It has entered into an agreement with the Postal Department for delivery of consignments via Speed Post.



AR Rahman is my big support, says 14-yr-old pianist Nadhaswaram

New Delhi: Lydian Nadhaswaram may be only 14 but his skills as a pianist reveal maturity beyond his age. The teenager has been mentored by music maestro AR Rahman, and the Oscar-winning composer is now presenting Atkan Chatkan, a Hindi film that marks the acting debut of Lydian in the central role.

“AR Rahman uncle is my biggest support in my life. He has motivated me and advised me a lot. I have learnt a lot of things from him. He is one of my inspirations. He saw the full movie Atkan Chatkan’ and told me he would present the movie to the world. He also did a felicitation function for me at his music college in Chennai. That’s so kind of him,” Lydian told IANS.

The teenager, who hails from Chennai, rose to fame last year when he won the American reality show, “The World’s Best”, and later appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”.

“It was an unforgettable experience winning the show. There were so many contestants from different countries, and performing against them was one of the most fantastic experiences. It was challenging, too. Then getting the opportunity to appear on Ellen’s show was a dream-come-true moment,” he recalled.

Lydian shared how he started his musical journey as a pianist.

“My sister plays the piano, so does my father. So, I was inspired by them. Also, when I was nine my father sent me a YouTube video of a Chinese boy playing the piano. I got inspired and that’s how I started taking interest in it,” Lydian recalled.

In his debut film as an actor, Lydian plays a 12-year-old protagonist, Guddu, who is a chai delivery boy and has passion to observe, listen and create new sounds.

Learning Hindi for the project was difficult, admits Lydian.

“Hindi is not my mother tongue, Telugu is my mother tongue. So, it was a bit of a challenge to speak in Hindi. But the whole team treated me like family and taught me how to speak the language,” he added.

“Atkan Chatkan” will premiere on Zee5 on September 5.

Source: IANS

NCB arrests Rhea Chakraborty in connection with drugs probe linked to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death

Statesman News Service | New Delh
After three days of thorough interrogation, actress Rhea Chakraborty has been arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Tuesday in connection with the drugs-related allegations.

As per the reports, Rhea has admitted of organizing drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput and also consuming them at times.

During the interrogation, Rhea told the NCB, “Whatever I did, I did for Sushant.”
Sources said the actor had denied consuming drugs but had been evasive on certain questions.

Rhea will be taken for a medical test shortly and is likely to be produced before a magistrate through video-conferencing for remand in the evening.

Yesterday, Rhea Chakraborty was questioned for several hours along with her brother  in connection with the case.

Rhea first reached NCB office on Sunday, a day after her brother was arrested in connection with the drugs case.

Showik Chakraborty, brother of actress Rhea Chakraborty, along with Samuel Miranda, Sushant Singh’s house manager, was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau on various sections of anti-drugs law.

Interestingly, Rhea Chakraborty had in multiple interviews on TV news channels had claimed that she never consumed drugs and rather stopped Sushant from consuming the same.

She had also repeatedly said she expressed concern for his mental and physical health.

After Showik’s arrest, NCB said he has given so many names with whom he was dealing in drugs and will now be confronted with his sister Rhea. The agency continues investigations into allegations of drug abuse surrounding the death of Sushant Singh Rajput.

Rhea Chakraborty has already filed two police complaints against demised Sushant Singh Rajput’s sisters alleging them of inciting the actor for suicide and also for providing him with “bogus prescription” of “harmful” medication.

In a fresh FIR today, Rhea Chakraborty alleged two of Sushant Singh Rajput’s sisters and others of abetment to suicide.

“Rhea Chakraborty has set the criminal law in motion by filing her complaint with Bandra police station. The cocktail of illegally administered medicines and drugs may have lead to SSR’s suicide on June 14, 2020. His sisters need to be answerable to the investigators and God,” said Satish Maneshinde, Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer.

READ: Rhea Chakraborty files complaint against Sushant Singh’s sisters; alleges their role in actor’s suicide

On Monday, Rhea Chakraborty filed a police complaint against late actor’s sister Priyanka Singh over a “bogus medical prescription”.

The actress alleged that prescription was to enable the actor to access anxiety medication that cannot be prescribed electronically.

Apart from Priyanka, Rhea has also named Dr Tarun Kumar of Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

Record 1,133 fatalities push death toll to 72,775

Statesman News Service | New Delh
Recording over 90,000 new cases for two days in a row, India’s Covid-19 tally rose by 75,809 in the last 24 hours to reach 42,80,422 on Tuesday, while a record 1,133 fatalities took the death toll to 72,775, the Union health ministry data showed.

During the same period, the number of recoveries surged to 33,23,950 pushing the recovery rate to 77.65 per cent, according to the data updated at 8 am on Tuesday.

The Covid-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.7 per cent. According to the data, there are 8,83,697 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprise 20.65 per cent of the total caseload.

India’s tally of coronavirus infection crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, reached 30 lakh on August 23 and went past 40 lakh on September 5. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the number of tests conducted for detection of COVID-19 in India has reached 5,06,50,128 with 10,98,621 samples being tested on Monday.

Of the fresh deaths, 423 were reported from Maharashtra, 141 from Karnataka, 89 from Tamil Nadu, 70 from Andhra Pradesh, 61 from Punjab, 58 from West Bengal, 56 from Uttar Pradesh, 32 from Delhi, 23 from Haryana, 17 each from Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, 15 each from Chhattisgarh and Gujarat, 14 from Rajasthan and 13 from Jharkhand.

Twelve fatalities were reported from Kerala, 11 each from Bihar, Puducherry and Telangana, 10 each from Assam and Odisha, nine from Goa, seven from Uttarakhand, three each from Chandigarh and Tripura, while Himachal Pradesh and Meghalaya have registered one fatality each.

Of the total 72,775 deaths, Maharashtra has reported the maximum at 27,027 followed by 7,925 in Tamil Nadu, 6,534 in Karnataka, 4,599 in Delhi, 4,487 in Andhra Pradesh, 3,976 in Uttar Pradesh, 3,620 in West Bengal, 3,120 in Gujarat and 1,923 in Punjab.

So far, 1,589 people have died of COVID-19 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,151 in Rajasthan, 906 in Telangana, 829 in Haryana, 801 in Jammu and Kashmir, 761 in Bihar, 556 in Odisha, 482 in Jharkhand, 395 in Chhattisgarh, 370 in Assam, 359 in Kerala and 348 in Uttarakhand.

Puducherry has registered 325 fatalities, Goa 245, Tripura 152, Chandigarh 74, Himachal Pradesh 56, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands 50, Manipur 38, Ladakh 35, Meghalaya 17, Nagaland 10, Arunachal Pradesh eight, Sikkim five and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu two.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities. “Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website.

~ With inputs from PTI~

China claims India fired warning shots on LAC

New Delhi/Beijing, Sep 8 : China on Tuesday claimed that Indian troops had fired warning shots, in retaliation of which the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) took “countermeasures to stabilise the situation on the ground” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

The government in New Delhi is yet to issue a statement on the sequence of events that led to the fresh escalation in the ongoing face-off along the LAC between the two countries.

In a statement, Colonel Zhang Shuili, spokesperson for the PLA Western Theatre Command, claimed the Indian Army “crossed the line and entered Bangong Hunan, the western section of the Sino-Indian border”. He said, “Indian actions seriously violated the relevant agreements, and the agreements between China and India, pushing up regional tensions, and easily causing misunderstandings and misjudgments”.

Last week, Indian troops preemptively scuttled the attempts by PLA to unilaterally change the status quo on the Southern Bank of Pangong Tso in Eastern Ladakh. Reacting to the preemptive action of the Indian Army, the Xi Jinping regime had threatened that the China-India border tensions will “surely escalate this time,” since India “crossed the LAC at the border and purposely launched provocations.”

India on Thursday had asked China to show sincerity in expeditiously restoring peace along the LAC and border areas through complete disengagement and de-escalation in accordance with the bilateral agreements and protocols.

Source: IANS

With over 4M COVID cases, India becomes the second worst-hit country

New Delhi:  India becomes the second worst effected country in the world. With over 4 million cases, India has overtaken Brazil to become second worst-hit country, on Monday. Out of the total 40,23,179 cases, 8,46,395 are the active  while a total of 31,07,223 have recovered from the virus so far. A total of 1,089 deaths yesterday took the toll to 69,561. Earlier on Saturday, India had recorded the highest spike of 86,432 cases.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 8,63,069 cases and 25,969 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh with 4,76,506 cases and 4,276 deaths. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, and Bihar come next.

Meanwhile, the overall number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed the 26.2 million mark, while the deaths have increased to over 867,000. The total number of cases stood at 26,208,690 and the fatalities rose to 867,219.

The US accounted for the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 6,149,265 and 186,785 respectively.

Indian Americans welcome release of Kafeel Khan

Chicago: The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), an advocacy group committed to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos today welcomed the release from prison of Dr. Kafeel Khan, a whistleblower Indian Muslim doctor who has been repeatedly imprisoned by the government in Uttar Pradesh state on false criminal charges. IAMC also welcomes the release of Pinjra Tod activist Devangana Kalita and former AMU student leaders Sharjeel Usmani and Farhan Zuberi.

IAMC lauds High Court
IAMC lauded the High Court in Uttar Pradesh, which ordered his release this week, for rejecting the government’s claim that the 39-year-old pediatrician had tried to “increase hatred, enmity and disharmony towards Hindus” in a speech last December. The government had booked Dr. Khan under the draconian National Security Act.

That the High Court unequivocally ruled that Dr. Khan “did not promote hatred or violence” but, in fact, gave a call for “unity among citizens” in his speech exposed that the state government’s true intent behind incarcerating Dr. Khan is to persecute India’s Muslims for protesting India’s new anti-Muslim citizenship law said IAMC.

“In his speech from December that caused his arrest, Dr. Kafeel Khan had blamed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government for its economic failures and rising unemployment, and criticized it for bringing the citizenship law with the sole aim of rendering millions of Muslims illegal migrants in their country of birth,” said Ahsan Khan, President of the Indian American Muslim Council. “As the high court said, he broke no law but actually performed his duty as a law-abiding citizen in a democracy, but was punished nonetheless,” added Mr. Khan.

Criminal cases
It is appalling that the Uttar Pradesh government has repeatedly filed false criminal cases against Dr. Khan over the last three years. He was jailed for seven months in 2017 on the false accusation that his negligence had caused the death of 70 minor patients at a government hospital when several investigations revealed that Dr. Khan had, in fact, worked day and night to save hundreds of children from certain death by arranging oxygen for them with his own money.

“The Uttar Pradesh government, which is also run by Mr. Modi’s political party, the BJP, has viciously attacked, killed and imprisoned hundreds of Muslims over the last seven months in a bid to terrorize India’s largest religious minority and to browbeat it into submission to the new citizenship law,” said Syed Ali Vice President of IAMC.

The Indian Government must immediately set free hundreds of other Muslim activists and human rights defenders such as Ishrat Jahan, Natasha Narwal, Meeran Haider, Sharjeel Imam, Khalid Saifi, Akhil Gogoi, Dhairjya Konwar, Bittu Sonowal, Manash Konwar, who were arrested during the anti-CAA protests. IAMC has also demanded the release of former Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, poet-activist Varavara Rao, Ex-DU professor GN Saibaba, social activists and intellectuals Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha, who were arrested in the 2018 Bhima Koregaon case.

Right to protest, Freedom of expression
“Mr. Modi’s government is adamant at sabotaging the right to protest and the freedom of expression, which have long been the cornerstone of the Indian democracy,” Mr. Ahsan Khan of IAMC said. “As Dr. Khan said in his December speech, no matter how severe the repression, India’s Muslims will not flinch in fighting such persecution and will eventually defeat the repression.”

IAMC is dedicated to promoting the common values of pluralism, tolerance, and respect for human rights that form the basis of the world’s two largest secular democracies – the United States and India.

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