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Rahul to Modi: Lockdown has failed, what’s the strategy to open India

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New Delhi, May 26 : Describing the nationwide lockdown as a failure, former Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the relaxation in the lockdown and asked what was the strategy for opening the country.

He also accused the Central government of not supporting the state governments, which have been transferring the money directly into the hands of the farmers and labourers. Addressing a press conference through video conferencing, Rahul Gandhi said, “Two months ago the Prime Minister said that we were going to fight in 21-days a war against novel coronavirus (Covid-19).”

“And now we are in 60 days and we are the only country in the world where the virus is exponentially rising and we are removing the lockdown. It is pretty clear that the aim and the purpose of the lockdown has failed,” the Congress leader said.

  • Four stages of lockdown have not given the result that the Prime Minister expected
  • What is the central govt planning to do going forward as disease is growing
  • Central govt must infuse cash to people; it will be fatal if they do not do it
  • Centre must support states; it will be difficult for Cong-ruled states to function without central support
  • India has been facing a very serious unemployment problem for a while. Make in India and other initiatives have not given expected results. Now Coronavirus has multiplied the problem of unemployment
  • The government should listen to opposition and common people. If the BJP gives suggestions to our govts. in states ruled by Congress Party, we would listen to them and even accept the suggestions which are valid and helpful. That’s how democracy should run.
  • Govt’s job is that of governance and our job is to draw attention to the issues which are ignored by the govt. I was warning the government in February & I am doing the same now.

He said the result of the “failed lockdown” is in front of all. “We in the Congress want to understand what the government’s view is. What is their view for going forward? We want to understand what is the strategy?” he said, adding that the Prime Minister and his entire advisory staff, including his top medical people said that the disease would start to reduce in May, whereas the cases are not reducing and are increasing.

“I want to ask the Prime Minister and the government, now that we have a failed lockdown, what is the strategy going forward and what is the strategy as far as opening India is concerned,” he said.

He also said, “What are the precautions that they are going to take to curb this disease, and how they are thinking to support migrants, state governments, MSMEs.

“We have great expectations, multiple press conferences about the economic package. The Prime MInister said that the economic package was 10 per cent of GDP whereas the reality is that it is one per cent of GDP and hardly any cash is being given to people,” the Congress MP from Kerala’s Wayanad said.

Rahul Gandhi said, “Directly we are giving cash to farmers, labourers, but we are not getting any support from the central government. And it is becoming extremely difficult for our states to function without adequate support from central government.”

This is Rahul Gandhi’s fourth interaction with the media in the last 60 days amid the nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of novel coronavirus. He has interacted twice with the national media and once with the regional media.

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Scribe suffering from Covid jumps off 4th floor of AIIMS, condition critical

The doctors at AIIMS claimed that the journalist was having hallucinations for the past one week. They also claimed that he was in depression.

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New Delhi, July 6 : A 37-year-old journalist, who had tested positive for Covid-19 a few days ago, jumped from the fourth floor of the AIIMS trauma centre where he was receiving treatment, doctors said on Monday. His condition is stated to be critical.

The police said that the journalist has been admitted to the ICU in critical condition. The doctors said that he has received multiple fractures. The incident occurred at around 2 p.m.

“The 37-year-old man was admitted to the Covid-19 ward in the Taruma Centre on the fourth floor on June 24,” DCP (South West) Devender Arya said.

The journalist was kept in the isolation room of the Covid-19 ward on the fourth floor of the trauma centre building. The hospital staff informed that an iron grill that covered the window of the toilet was found removed. “We assume that he jumped off the window after removing its grill,” said a hospital staff.

The doctors at AIIMS claimed that the journalist was having hallucinations for the past one week. They also claimed that he was in depression.

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SC sets aside Delhi HC order for Gautam Navlakha transfer record

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Navlakha, contended that the High Court did not grant bail or any other relief, and instead, simply asked the officer concerned to file an affidavit.

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New Delhi, July 6 : The Supreme Court has set aside the Delhi High Court order, directing the NIA investigating officer to produce the entire set of records in connection with the production warrant and extension of social activist Gautam Navlakha’s judicial remand in the Bhima Koregaon case.

Allowing the NIA appeal, a bench of Justices Arun Mishra, Navin Sinha and Indira Banerjee passed directions to expunge the remarks made by the Delhi High Court against the NIA during the hearing of Navlakha”s bail plea. The NIA had moved the top court, challenging the High Court”s May direction, which made a prima facie observation that the investigating agency acted in haste to move out him from the jurisdiction of the Delhi court.

The top court noted that the Delhi High Court should not have entertained the interim bail plea of Navlakha in the case, as the matter falls under the jurisdiction of the Bombay High Court.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, contended before the top court that Navlakha”s surrender happened in pursuance with the top court order while Delhi was under lockdown. Later, the NIA moved the special court in Mumbai to request issuance of a production warrant as Navlakha was in judicial custody in Tihar jail, added Mehta.

He submitted that Navlakha was produced before the special court in Mumbai, based on the production warrant and the Delhi High Court was informed about it.

Navlakha was taken to Mumbai after lifting of the lockdown, added Mehta.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Navlakha, contended that the High Court did not grant bail or any other relief, and instead, simply asked the officer concerned to file an affidavit.

Reiterating that the Delhi High Court should not have entertained this matter, the bench told Sibal that he could have come to this court or moved the NIA court in Mumbai.

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Jamia case: SG Tushar Mehta turns ‘shaayar’, quotes Ghalib during HC hearing

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New Delhi, July 6 : A serious hearing before the Delhi High Court was punctuated by a rare instance of poetic brilliance when Solicitor General Tushar Mehta turned “shaayar” (poet) and took refuge in a couplet by famous Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib on Monday.

“Qasid ke aate aate khat ek aur likh rakhoon. Main janta hun jo woh likhenge jawab mein (I can write another letter before the arrival of the postman as I am aware of the response it will be fetching),” recited Mehta while the court was hearing a batch of matters relating to the violence that broke out in and around Jamia Millia Islamia last year.

A Division Bench presided by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan was hearing the matter through video conferencing.

Mehta quoted Ghalib after senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for the petitioner, told the bench that the solicitor General is big fan of Urdu poetry and has an immense collection of the same. It was a rare a light moment when Khurshid made the gesture and Mehta obliged.

The Solicitor General also said: “Just like Ghalib, I will keep my issues for the consideration of this court concise and short.”

During the course of the hearing, Mehta also raised objections over some statements made in the petitions and told the Delhi High Court that such statements are “more of a political nature which are being made at a protest site” and “not a pleading before a court”.

The objections were raised over the allegations in one of the petitions which stated that “the Home minister directed that you (police) mercilessly beat the students and break their bones”.

“This is more of a political statement being made at a protest site and not a pleading before a court,” SG Tushar Mehta said while seeking deletion of certain language being used in the petition relating to the violence that broke out in and around the Jamia Millia Islamia in December last year.

The court has now posted the matter for further hearing on July 13.

In a violent confrontation between the police and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protesters on December 15 last year, petrol bombs were targeted at police personnel, ordinary citizens and the media as a raging mob seized parts of south Delhi nd refused to let go. .

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