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14-month-old boy among 16 dead due to corona in Gujarat

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Gandhinagar, April 8 (IANS) Four more coronavirus positive cases were detected in Gujarat on Wednesday morning, taking the total positive cases to 179 in the state. With two more deaths, the total death toll has risen to 16 in the state, the health officials said.

A 14-month-old boy, who was admitted in the GG hospital in Jamnagar, succumbed to the dreaded virus. A Surat male (65) also died of coronavirus on Tuesday evening. The patient was comorbid with Hypertension.

Jayanti Ravi, the principal secretary, Health and family welfare Department, Gujarat, said, “The health authorities tried their best to save the infant, but there were multiple failures of organs in the baby and finally he succumbed to the virus attack.

Till Wednesday morning, four more positive cases have been found. Two Bhavnagar males (38) and (43) were admitted in Sir T hospital. Another positive case is registered in Surat, a female (70) admitted in Metas hospital. A 22-year-old male from Vadodara have been admitted in the Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society hospital in Gotri. All the four admitted are locally infected.”

“In the last 24 hours, we have taken 932 samples for testing, where 14 have been found positive, 687 negative and 231 are pending. By Wednesday evening a majority of those results are expected,” added Ravi.

The maximum samples were collected in Bhavnagar (45), Ahmedabad (40), Surat (27), Rajkot and Gandhinagar (24 each).

With Wednesday’s addition, Gujarat now has a total of 179 positive cases including 16 deaths. The maximum number of positive cases is in Ahmedabad with 83, followed by Surat (23), Bhavnagar (16), Gandhinagar and Vadodara (13 each), Rajkot (11), Patan (5), Porbandar (3), Kutch Mehsana and Gir-Somnath with two each and Panchmahal, Chhota Udepur, Jamnagar, Morbi, Anand and Sabarkatha 1 each.

“Out of the total positive cases, the condition of 136 patients is said to be stable, 25 have been discharged and conditions of 2 is critical and they are on ventilators,” added Ravi.

“Out of the total positive cases, 33 of them have an international travel history, 32 interstate travel and 114 are locally infected. We have carried out a total of 3,972 tests till now, where 3,562 where found negative, 179 positive and results of 231 are pending,” added Ravi.

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Delhi Police registers four FIRs in connection with farmers’ tractor parade

In a statement, the city police said protesting farmers violated the pre-decided conditions agreed upon for their tractor parade.

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New Delhi, Jan 26 : The Delhi Police on Tuesday registered four FIRs in connection with the protesting farmers‘ tractor parade in the national capital, officials said here.

“Three FIRs were registered in east district and one in Shahdara district on Tuesday,” a police official said.

Earlier in the day, the tractor parade meant to highlight the demands of the farmer unions dissolved into anarchy on the streets of the city as tens of thousands of protesters broke through barriers, fought with police, overturned vehicles and hoisted a religious flag from the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort.

A protester died after his tractor overturned near ITO, one of the major flashpoints of the trouble.

In a statement, the city police said protesting farmers violated the pre-decided conditions agreed upon for their tractor parade.

“The farmers began tractor rally before scheduled time. They also resorted to violence and vandalism,” Delhi Police PRO Eish Singhal said.

“We followed all conditions as promised and did our due diligence but the protest led to extensive damage to public property,” he said.

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‘Jai Hind’, Modi wishes nation on Republic Day

Thereafter, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries will head to the saluting dais at Rajpath to witness the 90-minute-long Republic Day parade ceremony.

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New Delhi, Jan 26 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended his greetings to the citizens of India as the country marked its 72nd Republic Day.

In a tweet both in English and Hindi, the Prime Minister said: “Wishing all the people of India a Happy Republic Day… Jai Hind.”

On this day in 1950, the Constitution of India came into force.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit the National War Memorial near the India Gate later in the day, from where he will lead the nation in paying solemn tributes to the fallen heroes by laying a wreath.

Thereafter, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries will head to the saluting dais at Rajpath to witness the 90-minute-long Republic Day parade ceremony.

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Tractor rally: farmers breach Delhi’s Red Fort in huge protest

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Thousands of farmers protesting at agriculture reforms have fought through police barricades and tear gas to enter Delhi’s historic Red Fort complex.

They were on foot and in tractors – part of a huge rally that was planned to coincide with India’s Republic Day.

Many protesters diverted from agreed routes and clashes broke out with police. One protester has died.

Mobile internet services have been suspended in parts of Delhi as security forces scramble to restore order.

The government says the reforms that spurred the protests will liberalise the agriculture sector, but farmers say they will lose income.

Tens of thousands of them have been striking on the outskirts of Delhi since November, demanding the laws be repealed. They rejected a government offer to put the laws on hold last week.

This is one of the longest farmers-led protests India has ever seen, pitting the community against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) government.

How did the protests turn violent?

Police agreed to allow Tuesday’s rally after several rounds of talks on the condition that it would not interrupt the annual Republic Day parade, which takes place in central Delhi. They gave farmers specific routes for their rally, which would largely be confined to the outskirts.

But farmers instead converged on the iconic 16th Century fortress. They breached security and clambered onto the walls and domes of the fort, even hoisting flags alongside the national flag.

By Tuesday afternoon, police said they had removed protesting farmers from the Red Fort complex, but the situation remains tense.

“We came here to deliver a message to the Modi government, our job is done. We will go back now,” one protesting farmer told NDTV.

While farmers at several entry points appear to have followed the agreed routes, a section of protesters broke through police barricades earlier in the day.

They marched towards central Delhi, where India’s parliament is located.

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