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COVID-19: 2 more deaths take Agra’s toll to 31

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Agra, May 24 (IANS) Two more deaths of coronavirus patients were reported in Agra, taking the death toll to 31, a senior officer said on Sunday.

Agra District Magistrate PN Singh said 722 patients had recovered and returned home, while 98 were still under treatment.

Eight new corona cases were reported till late Saturday night, taking the total patients to 851.

Even as new corona cases daily have not been in two digits in the last eight days, the district administration is in no mood to relax the lockdown restrictions till May 31. The containment zones remain sealed, though public movement has increased on the main MG Road during the day.

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Delhi riots: Court rejects bail plea of Tahir Hussain

Communal clashes broke out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after clashes between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

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New Delhi, July 13 : A Delhi court on Monday dismissed the bail application of suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor, Tahir Hussain, in connection with the murder of Intelligence Bureau (IB) staffer Ankit Sharma.

Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav observed, “There is enough material on record to presume that the applicant was present at the spot of crime and was exhorting the rioters of a particular community and as such, he did not use his hands and fists, but rioters as ”human weapons”.”

Intelligence Bureau (IB) staffer Ankit Sharma was killed in Chand Bagh area during the northeast Delhi violence on February 25. His body was recovered from the drain and had 51 sharp and blunt injuries on it.

The court further said that there is a possibility that if Hussain is released on bail at this stage, he may tamper with the evidence or threaten the witnesses.

Hussain, who is in judicial custody since March, had sought bail on the grounds that there is no cogent evidence to connect him to the alleged murder of Sharma.

Besides this, the court also noted that Hussain”s involvement is being investigated upon with regard to his connection with members of PFI, Pinjratod, Jamia Co-ordination Committee, United Against Hate Group and anti-CAA protesters.

“Riots in the area of northeast Delhi were carried out in an organized manner and as part of the deep-rooted conspiracy,” said the sessions judge while denying bail to Hussain.

Hussain has also been booked under the stringent anti-terror law — Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, in a case related to alleged conspiracy in the riots.

Communal clashes broke out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after clashes between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

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Uttar Pradesh: Corona reaches Speaker’s office in Vidhan Sabha

Leader of Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary is also being treated for Corona in SGPGIMS.

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Lucknow, July 13 : The Covid-19 infection has reached the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha.

UP Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit’s OSD Pankaj Mishra and his personal secretary Ajay Pratap Singh have tested positive for the Coronavirus.

Mishra has been admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) while Ajay Pratap Singh has been admitted to the Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences.

The Speaker”s Corona test report, however, shows that he is negative.

The Speaker has asked all those who came in contact with him and his staff to get themselves tested. He has also quarantined himself.

Five ministers of the Yogi government have already tested positive for Corona.

UP ministers Rajendra Pratap Singh, Dharam Singh Saini, Chetan Chauhan, Upendra Tiwari and Raghuraj Singh have tested positive for Corona and are under treatment.

Leader of Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary is also being treated for Corona in SGPGIMS.

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Rahul Gandhi takes a jibe at HM Amit Shah over COVID-19 handling

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New Delhi, July 13 🙂 As the total coronavirus cases in India inch towards the grim nine lakh mark, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday sharpened his attack on the Central government over its handling of the pandemic.

“India at good position in COVID-19 battle?” he tweeted, alluding to a graph which showed a rise in daily coronavirus cases across the world. In the graph, cases in India could be seen skyrocketing.

The remarks came a day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the country is at a “good position” in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, India recorded its highest single-day spike of 28,701 coronavirus cases and 500 deaths, pushing the total tally to 8,78,254 cases with a total of 23,174 deaths. It is the third worst-affected country and rallies behind the US and Brazil.

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