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Delhi Congress opposes Rs 2K fine for not wearing masks

Anil Kumar suggested that the RT-PCR tests in private labs should be free for Delhi residents, which would be one of the best ways for the early detection of coronavirus cases, besides raising the daily tests to two lakh.

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Delhi Congress President Anil Kumar on Thursday opposed the increase to Rs 2,000 the fine on anyone found not wearing a face mask in the national capital and demanded a rollback of the hike.

Most people were not in a position to pay the heavy fine and the government move will only lead to corruption as erring people would be let off by officials after taking bribes, he claimed. Earlier, Rs 500 was the maximum fine for not wearing a mask.

At the all-party meeting, he also suggested that the Arvind Kejriwal government file a review petition in the Delhi High Court to seek permission to hold the Chhath Puja in public places as the capital had a large number of residents from Poorvanchal region.

“If they are not allowed to hold one of their most revered religious festivals, it would hurt their religious sentiments,” he said.

Anil Kumar suggested to Chief Minister Arvind at the meeting convened at the Secretariat here to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic situation that another lockdown in markets and shopping establishments was not the solution to check the fast spread of the coronavirus in Delhi.

He maintained that traders and businessmen have already suffered heavy losses due to what he called “unplanned and sudden lockdown” in March, and that they would not be able to bear losses due to another lockdown.

The Congress leader said that the government strategy should be “Testing, Tracing and Treatment”.

He suggested that the government ensure that people followed Covid protocols and guidelines strictly as it was the only way to contain the spread of the virus.

Anil Kumar suggested that the RT-PCR tests in private labs should be free for Delhi residents, which would be one of the best ways for the early detection of coronavirus cases, besides raising the daily tests to two lakh.

The Congress leader said that majority of daily tests should be RT-PCR, which will give an almost accurate indication of total Covid cases in Delhi.

The high-risk category, including sick and old people and pregnant women, should be identified through tracing, testing and treatment to protect their lives, the DPCC leader said.

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Alarming rise of crime against women in Assam: Congress

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Bobbeeta Sharma highlighted incidents of rape and violence in the recent past, including the alleged rape and killing of a teenager and her aunt in Dibrugarh district.

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Guwahati: The Assam Mahila Congress on Monday expressed concern over the “alarming increase” of crime against women during the last few years under the present BJP government.

The state has reported “the highest rate of crime against women for the last three years consecutively” and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics reveal that it is constantly increasing, Assam Mahila Congress president and MLA Nandita Das told reporters here.

Incidents of registered violence against women were 20,869 in 2016, which increased to 23,082 in 2017 and to 27,728 in 2018, while in 2019, it again reported the highest crime rate “at 177.8 per lakh population”, she said.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Bobbeeta Sharma highlighted incidents of rape and violence in the recent past, including the alleged rape and killing of a teenager and her aunt in Dibrugarh district.

The girl was sleeping with her aunt, who was killed, and the girl was dragged out of the house, raped and then killed by the miscreants, Sharma alleged.

“A house is considered to be the safest place but under this government, even the four walls are not safe for women in Assam,” she said.

Sharma said the fact that such cases are increasing proves that the state government and its agencies have failed to instil fear among the perpetrators.

She added that the Congress in its manifesto for the forthcoming polls will include several measures for the protection of women, including a woman police battalion force and women cell in all police stations.

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13 labourers crushed to death by truck in Gujarat’s Surat district: Police

Six people, who suffered injuries in the accident, have been hospitalised.
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Surat (Gujarat) [India], January 19 : Thirteen people from Rajasthan were crushed to death after they were run over by a truck in Surat’s Kosamba late Monday night, police said.

All the deceased were labourers hailing from Banswada district in Rajasthan, police said.

During the time of the incident, the labourers were sleeping on a footpath.

“A truck collided with a tractor loaded with sugarcane after which the driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle and drove it over the pavement where the labourers were sleeping,” CM Jadeja, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kamrej Division, Surat said.

Six people, who suffered injuries in the accident, have been hospitalised.
Further details are awaited. (ANI)

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Karnataka’s Covid vaccine recipient dies of heart stroke: Minister

The vaccination was launched in the southern state on January 16 with fanfare after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the drive across the country from New Delhi through video-conferencing.

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Bengaluru: A recipient of Covid vaccine in Karnataka’s Ballari city died of heart stroke (myocardial infarction) and not due to the vaccine, said state Health Minister K. Sudhakar on Monday.

“The death of the 43-year-old vaccine beneficiary at Ballari was not due to vaccine but from heart stroke or myocardial infarction. He took the jab on Saturday (January 16) but had no side-effects since then. He was diabetic and had hypertension,” clarified Sudhakar in a statement in Kannada here.

Ballari is about 310km northwest of Bengaluru in the southern state.

The victim was a resident of Kamalapura and was working as a group-D worker in the state-run Sandur general hospital.

“Though doctors at the state-run Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences tried to revive the victim’s heart and gave emergency healthcare, he did not respond to the treatment. His autopsy report is awaited,” said Sudhakar, a medical doctor by profession.

“Though the victim worked for two days after taking the shot, he was admitted to the hospital after he complained of chest pain earlier in the day,” a health department official said.

According to a statement by the health department, the cause of the worker’s death is due to anterior wall infarction with cardio-pulmonary failure.

ECG and ECHO reports also concluded that it was a death due to myocardial infarction.

“The AEFI (Adverse Event Following Immunisation) committee met following the worker’s death and took his history. After looking at his ECG and ECHO reports, they concluded that it was a death due to myocardial infarction,” said Ballari district health officer H.L.Janardhan.

The vaccination was launched in the southern state on January 16 with fanfare after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the drive across the country from New Delhi through video-conferencing.

The state health department has decided to use Covishield in 24 of the 31 districts across the state and Covaxin in 6 districts, including Ballari under the emergency use situation.

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