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Delhi High Court notice to Centre on minority status based on states’ population

Thus, Hindus are being deprived of their basic rights, guaranteed under Article 30,” the plea said.

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New Delhi, Feb 28 : The Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice to the Centre on a petition seeking a direction to frame guidelines for the identification of the term “minority” at the state level.

Chief Justice D.N. Patel and C. Harishankar sought response on the plea filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay seeking a direction to define the word ‘minority’ and insisting on framing guidelines to accord the minority status based on population of every state of a particular community.

The matter will be heard next on May 4.

The plea cited Census of 2011 which states that Hindus are merely one per cent in Laddakh, 2.75 per cent in Mizoram, 2.77 per cent in Lakshdweep, 4 per cent in Kashmir, 8.74 per cent in Nagaland, 11.52 per cent in Meghalaya, 29 per cent in Arunachal Pradesh, 38.49 per cent in Punjab and 41.29 per cent in Manipur.

“But, their minority rights are being siphoned illegally and arbitrarily to the majority population because neither the Centre nor the respective state has notified them as a ‘minority’ under Section 2 (c) of the National Commission of Minorities Act.”

Thus, Hindus are being deprived of their basic rights, guaranteed under Article 30,” the plea said.

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COVID-19: Another Mohalla Clinic doctor in Delhi tests positive

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New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) A doctor posted at a Mohalla Clinic in Delhi’s Babarpur has tested positive for coronavirus, with authorities asking patients who visited the clinic at the Janta Mazdoor Colony between March 12 and 20 to self-quarantine at home for 15 days.

Earlier, a doctor had tested corona postive in the same area.A notice to this effect from Shahadara District Magistrate has been put at the clinic, saying the doctor has tested positive. People have been asked to report if they develop any corona symptoms.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Shahadara had last week ordered that all those who visited or were present at Mohalla Clinic in Mohanpuri area of Maujpur between March 12 and March 18 to stay in home quarantine for 15 days.

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45 from Karnataka visited Nizamuddin mosque, 1 dead

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Bengaluru, March 31 (IANS) One of the 45 pilgrims from Karnataka who visited Nizamuddin Jamaat mosque in New Delhi in early March died of COVID-19, said Health Minister B. Sriramulu on Tuesday.

“A religious ceremony was held at the Nizamuddin Jamaat mosque in New Delhi on March 10, which was attended by about 45 people from Karnataka. One of them was a man who died in Sira,” tweeted Sriramulu.

Sira is located in Tumakuru district, 123 km north west of Bengaluru.
The pilgrim from Sira was a sexagenarian who passed away on Friday, he was Karnataka’s third COVID-19 death.

He was the state’s 60th Coronavirus positive case and his 13-year-old son also tested positive on Tuesday as the 84th case.

The Tumakuru man returned from Delhi on a train to Yeshwantpur on March 14 and from there he took a KSRTC bus to reach Sira the same morning.

The deceased man is believed to be one of those Tablighi pilgrims who visited Delhi, further official details are awaited.

According to Sriramulu, 13 of the 45 pilgrims have been identified and quarantined, hinting that the possibility of the infection spreading to all the pilgrims cannot be ruled out.

He said several visitors from Australia, Singapore, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia visited the Delhi mosque.

The state government is on the lookout for the remaining people who visited the mosque to quarantine and test them.


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Air India flies out 160 stranded passengers to Frankfurt

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Chennai, March 31 (IANS) An Air India flight with 160 stranded travellers from Germany and Europe flew out to Frankfurt on Tuesday.

According to Chennai Airport, Air India’s rescue flight from Chennai to Frankfurt was operated with 160 stranded passengers.

All precautions were taken and facilities were provided to ensure smooth travel amid the restrictions in force to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

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