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Railways Minister Piyush Goyal announces special suburban services in Mumbai for JEE, NEET aspirants


‘Additional booking counters will be opened at important railway stations for the convenience of them,’ railways said.

 

Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has announced special suburban services for the students and parents to facilitate the commutation to the examination centres.

“With reference to the permission received from Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, candidates who are appearing for JEE and NEET, being conducted in September 2020, are permitted to travel by special suburban services over Mumbai Suburban network of Central and Western Railways,” a statement by the Railways said.

“The Admit Card of candidates appearing for JEE and NEET will be considered as authority to enter suburban stations with companions (parents/guardians) on exam days. Station and Security officials at stations have been instructed suitably to allow the students on the exam days,” it said.

“Additional booking counters will be opened at important railway stations for the convenience of them,” it added.

Sharing the announcement over twitter, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said, “Supporting students appearing for NEET & JEE exams, Railways has permitted them, and their guardians to travel by special suburban services in Mumbai on exam days. General passengers are requested not to commute.”

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ reacted on the announcement by saying, “I express my gratitude towards Minister of Railways to let students avail special suburban train services of Mumbai for JEE and NEET.”


The JEE examinations begin from today and will be conducted till September 6, while the NEET exams will be conducted on September 13.

There were many petitions filed in the Supreme Court seeking the postponement of the exams due to the spread of coronavirus but the court had rejected the petitions saying, “the careers of students can’t be put in jeopardy.”

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ last night wished students who are appearing for the exams.

In a video message, the minister said two crucial exams, the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical courses, are being held to ensure that students don’t lost an academic year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“JEE and NEET had to be postponed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic. JEE and NEET exams are being held to ensure that students don’t lost a year. I am happy that nearly all students have downloaded their admit cards and there is enthusiasm among students,” he said.

“I would like to extend my best wishes to you. Dear students, I am very happy that you have done your preparations. I am happy that over 7,77,465 students have downloaded their admit cards. I wish you good luck,” he said.

“I have spoken and appealed to the Chief Ministers of most states to help students in their states and I am sure that the SOPs issued by the Health, Education and Home Ministries will be followed,” he further added.

 

 




Decline in health condition of ex-President Pranab Mukherjee, in ‘septic shock’ due to lung infection: Hospital


Mukherjee continues to be in deep coma and on ventilator support and is being managed by a team of specialists, the hospital said in a fresh health bulletin.

There has been a “decline” in the medical condition of former President Pranab Mukherjee since Sunday and is “in septic shock” due to lung infection, informed the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi, where he is admitted since August 10.

Mukherjee continues to be in deep coma and on ventilator support and is being managed by a team of specialists, the hospital said in a fresh health bulletin on Monday.

On Sunday, the doctors attending to the 84-year-old had said that the Pranab Mukherjee continues to be in deep coma but is haemodynamically stable

Doctors say a patient is haemodynamically stable when his blood circulation parameters, like blood pressure, heart and pulse rate, are stable and normal.

In an update on August 19, the hospital had informed that the former President had developed features of lung infection.

Pranab Mukherjee, who was admitted to the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital on August 10, underwent a life-saving brain surgery on the same day. He has not shown any improvement and his health status has remained unchanged since then.

As per the hospital, the veteran leader was admitted to the hospital at around noon on August 10 in a critical condition. It was found that he had a large brain clot for which he underwent emergency life-saving surgery, but remained critical subsequently and on a ventilator.

On the same day, Pranab Mukherjee, through a tweet, had also informed that he has tested positive for Coronavirus.




SC to pronounce order on quantum of sentence in contempt case against Prashant Bhushan today


On August 25, a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari had reserved its order on the quantum sentence, after Bhushan declined to apologize for the tweets.

 

The Supreme Court will today pronounce the order on the quantum of sentence in the contempt case against activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who has been held guilty for his tweets against CJI SA Bobde and his four predecessors.

On August 25, a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari had reserved its order on the quantum sentence, after Bhushan declined to apologize for the tweets.

The contempt case is in connection with Bhushan’s comments on the judiciary during an interview to the Tehelka magazine in 2009.

The top court has convicted Bhushan for making derogatory statements against the judiciary in two tweets. Prashant Bhushan has refused to apologise and said it is his bona fide belief.

Pointing at Bhushan’s response, the court told Attorney General KK Venugopal — who urged the Supreme Court to forgive the lawyer saying that it was not necessary to punish him — that Bhushan’s “court has collapsed” comment was objectionable, but his response to the court was even more derogatory.

As AG KK Venugopal insisted that the top court should show statesmanship and not use the powers of contempt, the bench asked the AG, “What is the use of warning to Bhushan who thinks he has not done anything wrong?”

The Supreme Court also took a 30-minute break from the hearing to allow Prashant Bhushan to think on withdrawing a 100-page statement he submitted on August 24, in which he not only refused to apologise but also said: “The hopes of the people of India vest in this Court to ensure the rule of law and the Constitution and not an untrammeled rule of the executive.”

Reacting to the statement, the Supreme Court said it had expected a different statement. “It was painful to read his reply in justification of his tweets. It was absolutely improper. This is not the way a senior lawyer like Prashant Bhushan with over 30 years of experience should behave. And it is not just him, this has become very common now,” said the court.

The bench, referring to Bhushan’s refusal to apologise for his tweets, further asked, “What is wrong in apologising? Is this word so bad?”

On August 20, the Supreme Court gave Prashant Bhushan time till August 24 to submit an “unconditional apology” and asked him to reconsider his defiant statement declining to apologise for his derogatory tweets against the judiciary.

It had, however, rejected Bhushan’s request to defer hearing on his sentencing in 2009 contempt case in which he was held guilty.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan in his written submissions to the Supreme Court had said there should not be any attempt to coerce him into making an apology and asked the court to recall its August 14 judgement holding him guilty of contempt of court as similar statements were made by retired judges and others.

In its previous hearing, the top court agreed to refer to an “appropriate bench” the question of conflict between right to free speech and suo motu contempt powers of court in the case against the activist lawyer. The three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Arun Mishra deferred the case to September 10.

It observed that it is not only a question of punishment but also faith in the institution that required detailed hearing.

The bench told senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing Bhushan, that he must ponder that people come to court for relief, and when that faith is shaken then there is a problem.

Dhavan contended that the top court could say in the judgment about the kind of code people should follow, but the idea should not be to silence Bhushan.

The top court asked Bhushan during the arguments why is he so averse to apologize for the tweets. Dhavan reiterated that the bench should not make him a martyr, as he has not committed murder or theft.

The apex court had initiated suo motu contempt proceedings against Bhushan for publishing two tweets, the first tweet, which was posted on June 27 alleged that the last four Chief Justices had played a role in the “destruction of democracy” during undeclared “emergency” for last six years.

And the second tweet on June 29 allegedly said the present Chief Justice rode a stationary bike at Nagpur while keeping the apex court in lockdown and denying citizens their right to access to justice.

 




India breaches 78,000-mark again, Coronavirus tally tops 36 lakh; death toll at 64,469


Globally, the overall number of Coronavirus cases has topped 25.1 million, while the deaths have increased to over 845,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

 

Continuing with the trend of registering the highest single-day spike in the world, India on Monday reported 78,512 fresh Coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours pushing the tally to cross the 36 lakh-mark.

This is slightly lower than its last surge of 78,761 cases on Sunday, the highest for any country so far since the outbreak in China’s Wuhan.

As many as 971 people died in the same period taking the death toll to 64,469.

Of the total 36,21,246 Coronavirus cases, 7,81,975 are active while 27,74,802 people have been cured of the deadly infection.

India though the third worst-hit at present, after the US and Brazil, has been reporting the highest number of daily Coronavirus cases in the world for the last four weeks. No other country has reported such continued surge since the pandemic surfaced in December 2019.

The country has been registering over 70,000 cases for the last five days.

Meanwhile, the recovery rate has been gradually rising and currently stands at 76.62 per cent.

India’s COVID-19 positivity rate as on date is 7.46 per cent while the fatality rate has fallen to 1.79 per cent.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as many as 8,46,278 samples were tested on Sunday, taking the total to 4,23,07,914 samples being tested till August 30.

Meanwhile, Dr Samiran Panda, the head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has said that this increase in cases was expected but pointed out that it is not a homogenous phenomenon across the states.

According to the Government, increase in testing is one of the major factors behind the rising number of infections being reported.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 7,64,281 cases and 24,103 deaths, followed by Tamil Nadu with 4,15,590 cases and 7,137 deaths. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, and Bihar come next.

Meanwhile, even as the country continues to register the highest single-day cases in the world, the Government on Saturday announced guidelines for the fourth phase of unlocking — which will be in effect till September 30 — allowing metro services to resume from September 7.

Social, political, academic, sports, religious and other functions will be allowed with a limit of 100 people as part of the new rules from September 21. However, schools, colleges, swimming pools and indoor theatres will remain closed.

Globally, the overall number of Coronavirus cases has topped 25.1 million, while the deaths have increased to over 845,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 25,133,368 and the fatalities rose to 845,073, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US accounts for the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 5,995,102 and 183,047 respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil comes in the second place with 3,862,311 infections and 120,828 deaths.

 

 




‘We are not anyone’s puppets’: Farooq Abdullah slams Pakistan for praising Gupkar Declaration signatories


‘Let me make it clear that we are not anyone’s puppets, neither New Delhi’s nor of anyone across the border,’ he said.

 

National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Sunday hits out at Pakistan for hailing the recent joint statement of political parties in Jammu and Kashmir over Article 370 and said: “we are not anyone’s puppets”.

“Pakistan has always abused mainstream political parties of Jammu and Kashmir but now suddenly they like us. Let me make it clear that we are not anyone’s puppets, neither New Delhi’s nor of anyone across the border. We are answerable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and will work for them,” PTI quoted Abdullah as saying.

A few days ago, Pakistan Foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said that the declaration issued by the NC, PDP, Congress and other parties regarding the abrogation of Article 370 was not an ordinary occurrence but an important development.

Last Saturday, the signatories to the August 2019 Gupkar Declaration had issued a joint statement reiterating their commitment for the restoration of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status

The statement said the signatories have barely managed to establish basic level of communication with each other in the face of a series of “prohibitive and punitive curbs imposed by the government, aimed at impeding all social and political interactions”.

The leaders of opposition had also said that “the unfortunate events of 5th August 2019 have unrecognizably changed the relationship between J&K and New Delhi” and said they will strive for restoration of Articles 370 and 35A.

They described the series of measures undertaken by the Modi government on 5 August 2019 as “grossly unconstitutional and in reality measures of disempowerment and a challenge to the basic identity of the people of J&K”.

“In a spitefully shortsighted and unconstitutional move, Articles 370 and 35A were abrogated and the State was bifurcated and relegated to the status of two Union Territories and its Constitution tried to be made unenforceable”.

“The measures attempt to redefine who we are. These changes were accompanied by repressive measures meant to silence people and coerce them into submission, and continue unabated”.

The joint statement reiterating their commitment to the contents of the Gupkar Declaration that was signed at the residence of the National Conference (NC) chief Farooq Abdullah has been issued more than a year after and following Abdullah’s meeting with senior leaders of the NC during the past two days. Dr. Farooq Abdullah, JKNC, Mehbooba Mufti, JKPDP, GA Mir, JKPCC, M Y Tarigami, CPI (M), Muzaffar Shah, JKANC and Sajad Gani Lone, JKPC are signatories to the joint statement.

 

 




Rahul Gandhi launches promo of his new video series, mentions three factors which destroyed economy


He has released the promo of his video series ‘Arthvyavastha Ki Baat, Rahul Gandhi ke saath’ (A Talk About The Economy with Rahul Gandhi).

 

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday announced a new series of videos challenging the centre’s handling the Indian economy.

He has released the promo of his video series ‘Arthvyavastha Ki Baat, Rahul Gandhi ke saath’ (A Talk About The Economy with Rahul Gandhi).

He told in the tweet that the video series will be available on Monday at 10 am.

“The BJP government has attacked the unorganised economy. I can give you three examples right now – demonetisation, wrong GST and lockdown,” he said in the promo.


Earlier in the day, he had launched an attack on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not addressing the grievances of students demanding postponement of JEE and NEET examinations.

READ: NEET, JEE aspirants wanted ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ but PM did ‘Khilone Pe Charcha’: Rahul Gandhi

Taking it to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi said, “JEE-NEET aspirants wanted the PM do ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ but the PM did ‘Khilone Pe Charcha’. #Mann_Ki_Nahi_Students_Ki_Baat”

This is another series of videos which Rahul Gandhi will be releasing attacking PM Modi as earlier he had targeted the PM over Galwan Valley issue.

On the Galwan Valley issue, he had raised a set of questions after the withdrawal by the Chinese Army from the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh.

Rahul Gandhi said that when the national interest is “paramount”, the government’s duty is to protect it, and why the status quo ante is not being insisted on?

Taking to Twitter, he had asked when national interest is Paramount then “why has status quo ante not been insisted on?”

An unprecedented violent clash took place in Galwan valley at the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh on June 15 with Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers attacking a small group of Indian Army men on patrol, resulting in fatalities which included the commanding officer of the Indian Army.

As many as 20 Indian Armymen including officers were killed in the face-off.

 

 




Sushant Singh Rajput case: CBI grills Rhea Chakraborty for over 10 hours; actress summoned again today


Rhea was also asked why she left Sushant on June 8, and why she ignored his messages and blocked his number.

Rhea, 28, who dated Rajput, 34, for a year, had left his home on June 8, six days before he was found dead at his Bandra residence on June 14.

She was queried about why she changed the staff at the residence of the late actor. She was also asked to answer how she got the pins of the debit cards and internet banking of Sushant.

The CBI team questioned Rhea about when she came to know about the death of Sushant; who gave her the information; whether she visited Sushant’s flat; and how she managed to see Sushant’s body when she visited Cooper Hospital.

Rhea Chakraborty arrived at the DRDO guesthouse, accompanied by her father Indrajit Chakraborty at around 10.20 am and was questioned till 8.30 pm.

Her statement was recorded by CBI’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by Superintendent of Police Nupur Prasad.

The questioning comes a day after Rhea gave interviews to multiple news channels.

In her TV interviews, she had declared: “I have nothing to fear… I will cooperate with all the agencies.”

This is the first time that actress Rhea Chakraborty has appeared before the probe agency for questioning in the ongoing probe into the death of Sushant Singh Rajput.

Besides Rhea, her brother Showik was also questioned separately. The agency will now study the statements of the brother-sister duo to check if there is some inconsistency in their versions.

On Thursday, the CBI had summoned Showik Chakraborty and grilled him for 14 hours until midnight.

Among other things, Showik was reportedly confronted with the statements of Sushant’s flatmate Siddharth Pithani, his house-help Dipesh Sawant and cook Neeraj Singh. Showik was a regular visitor to the Mont Blanc duplex flat in Bandra where Sushant and Rhea lived and had also accompanied them on some foreign trips.

As per Rhea’s latest revelations, all three were equal partners in a new business venture — Rhealityx Pvt. Ltd., considered a dream project of the late actor.

The questioning of Rhea Chakraborty by the CBI comes a day after Sushant’s father KK Singh made the sensational allegation that Rhea had administered poison to kill his son, and demanded her arrest.

The CBI initiated its probe into the case after the Supreme Court on August 19 directed the agency to take over the case. The Supreme Court, pronouncing its verdict, observed that the FIR registered at Patna was correct and added that Maharashtra refused the option to challenge the order. It added that the Bihar government was competent to request the CBI for a probe into the sensational case.

Following the recommendation of the Bihar government, the CBI had on August 6 registered a case against six persons, including Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, her father Indrajit, her mother Sandhya, Sushant’s ex-manager Shruti Modi, his house manager Samuel Miranda and unknown others.

This came after the case was transferred from the Bihar Police who had registered the first FIR in the case on July 25 on a complaint by Sushant’s father.

KK Singh, Sushant’s 74-year-old father, had lodged an FIR with Rajiv Nagar police station in Patna last month, nearly 40 days after his son was found hanging from the ceiling at his Bandra residence. He had accused Rhea, her family and several others of abetment to suicide.

Sushant’s father also alleged that she illegally transferred Rs 15 crore from the actor’s Mumbai bank account and mentally harassed him.

Initially, the Mumbai Police which registered an accidental death report, had interrogated Rhea, followed by the Enforcement Directorate and now the CBI, with the Narcotics Control Bureau waiting in the queue to probe the drugs angle in the case.

The Narcotics Control Bureau has registered ‘Crime Number 15’ against Rhea Chakraborty and her associates including her brother Showik Chakraborty, SSR’s house manager Samuel Miranda, Rhea’s talent manager Jaya Saha and others. The anti-drug agency is inquiring into the allegations under sections in the law related to ‘possessing, purchasing and using cannabis’ and ‘abetment and criminal conspiracy to commit an offence’.

This came after the ED retrieved deleted WhatsApp chats of Rhea Chakraborty’s mobile phone that was seized for a money-laundering probe in the sensational case. Fifteen pages of deleted WhatsApp chats of Rhea are being investigated.

Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is probing the alleged money laundering angle in the case and fraud charges against Rhea Chakraborty and her family.

According to reports, Rhea Chakraborty was asked 10 key questions on Friday, including her relationship with Sushant and what happened during her Europe tour with Rajput, among others.

 

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday questioned actress Rhea Chakraborty for over 10 hours at the DRDO-IAF guest house in in Mumbai’s Santacruz East area, in connection with its probe into the alleged suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput.

She has been summoned again today and will reportedly be asked to appear before the probe agency in the coming days as well.

According to reports, Rhea Chakraborty was asked 10 key questions on Friday, including her relationship with Sushant; what happened during her Europe tour with Sushant; when she took Sushant for treatment and also to a healer; and why she avoided calls from Sushant’s father when he asked for details of his son’s treatment.

 

 

 




Sushant’s sister leaks ‘chats’ of Rhea Chakraborty, brother, others talking ‘doobie’, ‘blueberry kush’


The WhatsApp chats from last year show actress Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik ordering someone to get doobie, which Google defines as cannabis cigarette.

 

Amidst the new drug angle that has emerged in Sushant Singh Rajput case, Shweta Singh Kirti, sister of the late actor, on Friday night shared screenshots of several WhatsApp chats from last year where actress Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik are seen ordering someone to get doobie, which Google defines as cannabis cigarette.

In another conversation, Samuel Miranda sends photographs of blueberry kush. In still another chat, Siddharth Pithani confirms whether Sushant has got the doobs.

Shweta took to her unverified Twitter account to share screenshots from a WhatsApp group named “NIFW”. The group members include names like Aayush SSR, Anandi SSR, Siddharth Pithani SSR, Rhea and others.

While most of the people involved in these chats can be identified by their names, identity of the mobile owner remains a mystery. It is also not clear how Shweta got hold of the WhatsApp chats.

In a screenshot from July 30 last year, Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea can be seen ordering someone: “Doobie required”.

To which, the owner of the phone from where screenshots have been taken, replies: “Getting.”

Reacting to Rhea’s text, Aayush SSR writes: “Rolling.”

Meanwhile, Siddharth Pithani SSR comments: “Miranda is here.”

The mobile owner replies: “Waterstones booking is cancelled for the day as required.”

After a few more conversations, Rhea follows up saying: “Do we have a doob?”

To which the mobile owner, replies: “Checking. Rolling and getting.”

Another screenshot shared by Shweta from a chat on August 27, 2019, has Samuel Miranda writing to the mobile owner: “AK47 aur blueberry kush. Check dis out” and shares photographs.

Questioning the conversations, Shweta captioned the screenshots: “What was going on? #ArrestCulpritsOfSSR”

In another tweet, Shweta shared four more screenshots. In one screenshot from July 21, 2019, the mobile owner writes to Aayush SSR: “Take doobies when you go.”

To this, Aayush SSR replies: “Always.”

In another screenshot involving a group titled “Team SSR” from August 5, 2019, Siddharth Pithani SSR writes: “SSR has the doobs right?”

To this, the mobile owner replies: “Yes.”

A screenshot from August 14 reveals Samuel Miranda ordering the mobile owner to call Ashok, saying he has just “1 dube remaining.”

Miranda also says that he has been following up with Ashok since two days, and has told him to get it today.

A screenshot from a WhatsApp chat on July 21, 2019, has Showik Chakraborty writing to the mobile owner: “reach soon guys. And also tell Aayush to get doobies.”

“What are we to conclude?? #ArrestCulpritsOfSSR,” Shweta captioned the screenshots.

Retweeting both the tweets by Shweta, Sushant’s ex-girlfriend Ankita Lokhande reacted: “What? Shocked!!”

In a separate tweet, Shweta accused Rhea of lying in front of the media. She shared a video clip of Rhea Chakraborty giving interview to a television news channel. Sharing the clip, Shweta wrote: “You are worried about how you will be paying 17,000 in EMI, please tell me how are you paying the most expensive lawyer of India you have hired?? #RheaTheLiar.”

The alleged WhatsApp chats emerge two days after Sushant’s father KK Singh released a video on Thursday in which he claimed that Rhea was giving poison to Sushant for a long time. “Rhea Chakraborty had been giving my son Sushant poison for a long time, she is his murderer. She and her associates must be arrested without delay and punished,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Narcotics Control Bureau has registered ‘Crime Number 15’ against Rhea Chakraborty and her associates including her brother Showik Chakraborty, SSR’s house manager Samuel Miranda, Rhea’s talent manager Jaya Saha and others. The anti-drug agency is inquiring into the allegations under sections in the law related to ‘possessing, purchasing and using cannabis’ and ‘abetment and criminal conspiracy to commit an offence’.

This came after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) retrieved deleted WhatsApp chats of Rhea Chakraborty’s mobile phone that was seized for a money-laundering probe in the sensational case. Fifteen pages of deleted WhatsApp chats of Rhea are being investigated.

The ED had then written to the Narcotics Control Bureau seeking their guidance in the drug angle in the case.

Earlier, some media channels had claimed that her chats showed a drug angle.

However, as soon as the news about Rhea’s alleged drug chat went viral, her lawyer issued a statement and mentioned that his client has never taken drugs and if need be, she is ready to take a blood test to prove it.

The CBI has taken over investigation into Sushant’s death and new conjectures involving alleged links between Bollywood, the cricket world, drugs and Dubai underworld have lately emerged in sections of the media, as factors behind the actor’s death.

The CBI took over the probe after the Supreme Court gave its nod for the federal probe agency to investigate on August 19.

 

 




India records highest single-day spike in the world; Covid tally crosses 33.8 lakh


India on Friday registered an unprecedented 77,266 fresh coronavirus infections in 24 hours. With this India’s tally mounted to 33,87,500 while the toll reached 61,529 with 1,057 more fatalities, said the Health Ministry.

So far the third worst-hit country, after the US and Brazil, India has been reporting the highest number of daily coronavirus cases in the world for the last three weeks.

No other country has reported such a continued surge since the virus surfaced in China’s Wuhan in December 2019. India’s journey to over 33 lakh cases took precisely six months and 28 days since the emergence of the first case in the country on January 30.

On July 17, the country had logged 10 lakh cases, which then doubled in 20 days on August 7, and added another 10 lakh on August 23.

It has now added almost 4 lakh cases in five days.

The silver lining is that recoveries are over three times more than the active cases. Recoveries have surged to 25,83,948 with 60,177 more people recuperating in the past 24 hours, taking the recovery rate to 76.28 per cent.

The actual caseload of the country is the active cases, which currently stands at 7,42,023. The fatality rate, which is the proportion of people who die from the disease among individuals diagnosed, has also dropped to 1.81 per cent.

So far the third worst-hit country, after the US and Brazil, India has been reporting the highest number of daily coronavirus cases in the world for the last three weeks.

 

 




‘My dear students, I feel for you’: Sonia Gandhi supports NEET, JEE postponement demands


She tweeted a video on Twitter asking the centre to ‘listen’ to students who have raised concerns over conducting the examinations amid the spread of the pandemic.

 

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday has supported the voice of students demanding the postponement of NEET and JEE examinations. She tweeted a video on Twitter asking the centre to “listen” to students who have raised concerns over conducting the examinations amid the spread of the pandemic.

“My dear students, I feel for you because you are now facing a very difficult situation. The issue of your exams, of when they should be held and where, is the most important issue not only for you but your family too,” she said.

“You are our future. We depend on you to build a better India. Therefore, if any decision has to be taken regarding your future, it is important that it is being taken with your concurrence. I hope the government listens to you, listens to your voices and act upon your wishes. This is my advice to the government. Thank you. Jai Hind,” she added.

“Students are our future, we depend on them to build a better India, therefore, if any decision has to be taken regarding their future it is important that it is taken with their concurrence,” the tweet captioned.

Last week, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had joined the voices of students in their demand to postpone the JEE and NEET examinations amid the spread of deadly coronavirus.

“Government of India must listen to the #StudentsKeMannKiBaat about NEET, JEE exams and arrive at an acceptable solution,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.

“Today, lakhs of students are saying something to the government. Their concerns about the NEET, JEE examinations should be heard,” he added.

Earlier in the day, six non-BJP ruled states approached the Supreme Court seeking a review of its order permitting the centre to allow the commencement of JEE and NEET examinations.

On August 17, the Supreme Court had dismissed a petition seeking the postponement of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), scheduled to be held in September.

Refusing to defer the examinations, the top court had said, “The careers of students can’t be put in jeopardy”.

 




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