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CRPF hits back Sukma bloodshed, claims to killed 10-15 Maoists

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Chhattisgarh, May 17, 2017: In a bid to take avenge the bloodshed of 25 soldiers in Sukma, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Tuesday claimed to have killed at least 15 Maoist rebels in five days in Chhattisgarh but added not a single body has been recovered so far.

“Our forces, who went deep into the forests to carry out the operations, saw Maoists falling down after being hit by bullets. However, neither bodies nor weapons could be recovered during these operations,” a senior officer of the Chhattisgarh police told media on Tuesday night.

One CRPF jawan was also killed in the operations while two others were injured, the official added.

The operations were conducted between 12 and 16 May by state police and CRPF’s Commando Batallion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), a special unit raised to tackle Maoist insurgency, identified as India’s biggest internal security threat.

It is believed that some of the killed Maoists have been involved in an ambush that killed 25 CRPF jawans in south Chhattisgarh’s Sukma on April 24.

The CRPF said around 150 Maoists were involved in these encounters and most of them are believed to be from Telangana, which is also battling Left-wing insurgency.

“Since they (the rebels) were using automatic weapons including UBGL (under barrel grenade launchers) and the distance from Burkapal, where Maoists killed 25 jawans on April 24, is not more than 20km, it can be said that the Maoists consisted most of those who participated in the Burkapal attack,” another CRPF officer said.

In a related development, the CRPF and Chhattisgarh police claimed to have arrested eight Maoists who were allegedly involved in the April 24 ambush. Since the incident, 18 Maoists have been arrested in the case.

On April 24, Twenty-five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel have lost their lives in an encounter with Maoists in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Monday.

Read More: Chattisgarh: 25 CRPF jawans killed in encounter with Naxals in Sukma

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Cong demands fund boost for states with high Covid-19 cases

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New Delhi,  The Congress has demanded increase in the state disaster risk management fund (SDRMF) for states that have registered maximum number of Covid-19 cases.

“The Centre must consider number of Covid-19 cases & hotspots to decide allocation of State Disaster Risk Management Fund to states,” senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel tweeted.

Under the current scheme, states like Delhi, Kerala and Punjab that had large number of Covid-19 cases were receiving little funds from SDRMF. “I request Home Minister Amit Shah to include Covid-19 as a criterion apart from the Finance Commission criteria for disbursement of funds to states,” he said.

The Union Health Ministry on Sunday said 77 deaths were reported due to coronavirus, and total number of cases had risen to 3,374.

The number of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra increased by 26, taking the total from 635 to 661. At least two persons are suspected to have died due to Covid-19 in Pune and Thane on Sunday, but the health authorities declined to confirm or share details.

Till Saturday, Maharashtra had recorded 32 covid-19 deaths, with maximum 22 deaths in Mumbai. The Congress Working Committee on Thursday reviewed the coronavirus pandemic and demanded a “common minimum relief package”.


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Railways’ PPE kit passes DRDO test

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New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) The railways has passed the test conducted by DRDO for the Personal Protection Equipment manufactured by Jagadhari workshop to fight Covid-19.

A statement issues by Deepak Kumar, CPRO Northern Railways, said: “Northern Railway Jagadhari Workshop becomes the first workshop whose two PPEs/ Coverall sample passed the DRDO test. This will be helpful in fighting the war against Covid-19.

“The railways can now contribute to mitigating the shortfall in PPEs to the extent possible by manufacturing it in-house.” said the statement.

There are reports of shortage of PPE and many videos have hone viral where doctors are facing lack of PPE.

The opposition Congress on Sunday hit out at the government on shortage of medical equipment, saying the country needs at least 62 lakh PPE kits.

The Delhi government has given the nod for procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits by city hospitals from local manufacturers and suppliers at market rate not exceeding Rs 1,087.47, amid an increasing demand.

Speaking to IANS, a Delhi Health Department official said on Sunday that the decision was taken as the city hospitals were facing severe shortage of the kits.


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Corona cases reach 3,577, Delhi emerges worst-affected

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New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) The Union Health Ministry on Sunday said the total tally of cases in Delhi has left behind the worst-hit Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. With 503 in the national capital, the total tally of coronavirus cases reached 3,577. The updated data was put out by the Health Ministry in the evening.

At least 274 people have recovered from the deadly coronavirus across the country. However 83 deaths have also been reported from different states. The total number includes 65 foreign nationals and one person has migrated. There are now, 3,219 active cases of COVID-19, said the ministry.

According to Health Ministry data, Delhi has left behind the worst hit state of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu and has 503 cases, while there are 490 cases in Maharashtra, 485 cases in Tamil Nadu.

Kerala has 306 cases, Telangana reported 269 cases, Uttar Pradesh has 227, Rajasthan has 200 cases so far. Other states and UTs that have reported the novel coronavirus cases, are Andhra Pradesh (190), Gujarat (122), Jammu and Kashmir (106), Karnataka (144), Madhya Pradesh (165), Andaman and Nicobar Islands (10), Arunachal Pradesh (1), Assam (26), Bihar (30), Chandigarh (18), Chhattisgarh (9), Goa (7), Haryana (59), Himachal Pradesh (6), Jharkhand (3), Ladakh (14), Manipur (2), Mizoram (1), Odisha (20) Puducherry (5), Punjab (57), Uttarakhand (22) and West Bengal(80).

Speaking to media, Joint Secretary of the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said, “The doubling rate, which means in how many days the number of COVID-19 cases double, at present is 4.1 days. But if cases reported due to the Tablighi Jamaat event had not come, then the doubling rate would have been 7.4 days.”

He said at least 274 districts have covid cases in India. According to the Health Ministry, at least 472 new cases and 11 new deaths have been reported since yesterday.

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