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Centre to SC: No CBI probe into Markaz gathering; Saad veiled event from authorities

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New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that Maulana Saad and the Markaz management did not inform the health department or the government about the huge Tableeghi Jamaat religion congregation held in Delhi”s Nizamuddin area in mid March.

The gathering led to a sharp spike in coronavirus cases and nearly 40,000 people linked to the Markaz were kept under quarantine. The Centre also insisted that there is no need for a CBI probe, as the investigation by the Delhi Police was on track.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, in an affidavit, said, “They deliberately, willfully, negligently and malignantly disobeyed the lawful directions promulgated in this regard. Written notices were also issued to Maulana Saad and the Markaz management. However, they refused to pay heed.”

The MHA highlighted that there was no delay from the authorities concerned in dealing with the issue.

The Delhi Police contacted the authorities of Markaz at Tablighi Jamaat headquarters on March 21 and asked them to take immediate action for preventing the spread of coronavirus, yet nobody paid heed to the lawful directions.

The MHA said the investigation is being conducted on a day-to-day basis in accordance with the mandate of law by the Delhi Police, and a report will be submitted before the court in a time-bound manner.

The MHA said, “A missionary visa is granted to a foreigner whose sole objective of visiting India is missionary work not involving proselytization. It is submitted as per the visa policy, visa is not to be granted to preachers and evangelists who desire to come to India on propaganda campaigns, whether on their own or at the invitation of any organisation in India.”

A PIL was filed in the top court seeking a CBI probe into the Tablighi event. The hearing on the matter — Nizamuddin Markaz and Anand Vihar fiasco — has been adjourned for two weeks as the petitioner sought time to file a rejoinder.

The petitioner sought probe into the “lackadaisical” approach of the Delhi government in handling the Tablighi Jamaat event in March.

The MHA has proposed to file a comprehensive report.

“During inspection, around 1,300 persons from various states as well as foreign countries were found residing in the premises without maintaining any physical distance with each other. No one was following the directions such as use of facial mask, hand sanitisers etc.,” said the Centre.

–IANS

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What happened to our officer in Mumbai is not right: Bihar CM

Kumar, however, did not talk about the CBI probe in the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

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Patna, Aug 3 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed his displeasure over the way Bihar Police IPS officer Vinay Tiwari, who is in Mumbai to probe Sushant Singh death case, was treated by the Mumbai Police. Tiwari was forcibly quarantined upon arrival in Mumbai by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials. The Chief Minister said whatever happened with Tiwari in Mumbai is not right.

Talking to media persons in Patna, Kumar said, “What happened to the IPS officer who went to Mumbai to investigate the Sushant case was not right. He was carrying out his duty.”

Kumar further said that the Director General of Bihar Police will talk to the officials of Maharashtra about the alleged mistreatment of Tiwari.

Kumar, however, did not talk about the CBI probe in the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Rajput was found dead in his apartment in Mumbai on June 14, in what the Maharashtra Police said was a case of suicide.

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Your last minute Raksha Bandhan gifts guide

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New Delhi, Aug 3 : Nothing should stop you from making siblings feel loved this Raksha Bandhan. If you are still searching for the perfect Raksha Bandhan gift for your sibling, here is a list of last minute gifting options you can grab from your nearest shopping mall.

Whisky

You can gift the The Glenlivet 12 YO to your brother which is one of the classiest, most sophisticated malts. This whisky has been called a lot of things in its time: smooth, fruity, complex, sophisticated, entertaining, classic. Representing The Glenlivet’s signature style, this classic malt is first matured in traditional oak, before spending time in American oak casks which impart notes of vanilla and gives the whisky it’s distinctive smoothness. The mineral-rich water that comes from Josie’s Well helps form the flavours during mashing and fermentation, whilst the specific height and width of the copper stills add a delicate yet complex character.

Price: Starts at Rs 3,500

Wine

If your sister is a wine lover, gift her Jacob’s Creek wine which is rooted in 175 years of wine-making tradition. It is one of Australia’s leading global wine brands, offering quality with great varietal expression. A bottle of Jacob’s Creek is more than a wine, it is a warm, generous, life-loving attitude as it is created with consumers and their evolving tastes in mind.

Price: Starts at Rs 1,100

Hair Straightener

Philips SenseIQ Hair Straightener is for those who love styling their hair. This intelligent hair straightener’s sensors measure hair temperature more than 20,000 times per styling session to quickly adapt temperature to lock in up to 70 percent of the hair’s natural moisture. It helps in maintaining the hair’s essential strength providing vibrant shine on the outside and healthy strong hair on the inside.

Price: On request

Hair Dryer

To provide the most effective yet protective hair drying, Philips SenseIQ Hair Dryer’s sensors measure hair temperature more than 4,000 times per styling session to quickly adapt temperature to lock in up to 90 percent of hair’s natural moisture. This results in hair which is dry yet retains natural moisture.

Price: On request

Philips Facial Pen Trimmer

DIY facial hair removal is often a concern for women, especially now when salon visits are being given a miss. However, the Philips Facial Pen Trimmer will be the perfect solution for hair removal from eyebrows, upper lips, and forehead. Featuring a compact and portable design and providing a pain-free experience, the trimmer comes with a click on comb and cleaning brush.

Price: On request

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‘Students will need Covid tests every 2-3 days to keep campus safe’

The analytic modelling study of a hypothetical cohort of 4,990 college-age students without SARS-CoV-2 infection and 10 students with undetected asymptomatic cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection were conducted.

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New York, Aug 3 : To fight against novel coronavirus, researchers have revealed that college students would need to be tested for Covid-19 infection in every two to three days for safely reopen of campuses this fall.

The study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, defines the screening performance standards for SARS-CoV-2 tests that would permit the safe return of students to the US residential college campuses this fall.

“In the absence of an effective vaccine, the best hope for reopening campuses in the fall is likely to be a robust strategy of behaviour-based prevention combined with regular monitoring to rapidly detect, isolate, and contain Covid-19 infections when they occur,” said the study authors from the Yale University in the US.

For the study, the research team used epidemic modelling to test different monitoring programmes that would minimise Covid-19 cases and also maintain a college’s ability to isolate and quarantine infected students.

The analytic modelling study of a hypothetical cohort of 4,990 college-age students without SARS-CoV-2 infection and 10 students with undetected asymptomatic cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection were conducted.

The findings suggested that frequent screening (every two days) of all students with a low-sensitivity, the high-specificity test might be required to control outbreaks with manageable isolation dormitory utilisation at a justifiable cost.

The research team found that every infection prevention strategy on the table will be crucial to preventing campus outbreaks — including frequent hand-washing, wearing masks, social distancing in classrooms and dorms.

In this modelling study, symptom-based screening alone was not sufficient to contain an outbreak, and the safe reopening of campuses in fall 2020 may require screening every two days, uncompromising vigilance, and continuous attention to good prevention practices, the researchers said.

“The safe return of students to residential colleges demands an effective SARS-CoV-2 monitoring strategy,” the study authors wrote.

“Results suggest that a highly specific screening test that can easily be administered to each student every one to seven days,” they added.

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