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Govt Lifts Curbs On PF Withdrawal After 62 Injured In Protests Across Bengaluru

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The government on Tuesday lifted the restrictions on Provident Fund (PF) withdrawal with immediate effect after 62 people, including 24 policemen, were injured in Bengaluru. Police had opened fire after a protest by garment workers against the government norms turned violent and spread across the city.

As protesters set vehicles parked inside the Hebbagodi police station on Hosur Road ablaze, the police opened fire. A Garvebhavipalya resident, who was not part of the protest, is said to have injured in the crossfire while an 18-year-old college student, Preethi, was hit by a bullet in her thighs.

 

A 49-year-old garment worker, Manjunath has suffered broken ribs, a collapsed lung and is currently on artificial ventilation and will undergo an operation soon. However, the hospital authorities are yet to ascertain whether he got injured by a stray bullet or not. People were protesting against the curbs imposed by the government on withdrawal of employer’s contribution of PF up to the age of 58. The government had put the tighter rules for withdrawal of PF money on hold till July-end, initially. In February, the government had said PF subscribers would not be allowed to withdraw their fund after attaining the age of 54 years, but will have to wait till they are 58 years old. The protest that started on Monday was confined to the highway at Hosur Road but on Tuesday it spread to all major highways including the Mysore Road, Bannerghatta Road and Tumkur Road. Traffic came to a standstill on all these roads as protestors blocked vehicles.  

The police had to call in large forces to manage the protestors at major junctions of Hosur Road.
As the protestors started pelting stones at the police at Begur cross and Parappana Agrahara central jail junction, the cops had to resort to caning in which many protesters were injured. Companies were not spared by the protestors and they pelted stones at vehicles parked on Biocon campus.

 

The situation was initially brought under control following prompt police action but in the afternoon mobs gathered near Hebbagodi, about 20 kilometres away from the city, started torching vehicles, forcing the police to open fire.

City police commissioner NS Megharikh said that additional forces have been deployed and the situation in the city was under control.

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Lockdown 4.0: Delhi sees more cases, deaths than previous editions combined

Similarly, lockdown 4.0 saw about 26 deaths per day on an average — over four times of the deaths reported in lockdown 3.0 between May 4 and 17.

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New Delhi, June 2 : Lockdown 4.0 in Delhi — between May 18 and 31 — saw 10,780 new Covid cases and 363 deaths, which were more than the tally of previous editions combined, as per the Health Department data.

The national capital recorded 1,543 positive coronavirus cases in the first lockdown, 3,320 cases in the second, and 5,159 cases in the third edition of the nation-wide lockdown, resulting in a total of 10,022 cases.

In a similar fashion, the number of deaths due to the deadly virus in the first three phases of the lockdown were 31, 32, and 96, respectively — totalling 159 deaths in total.

The casualties more than doubled in the lockdown 4.0.

However, the increased number of deaths in the fourth edition was also due to late reporting of deaths by the hospitals, a Health Department official said.

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“The hospitals were not reporting the deaths in a timely manner. However, after the government directed, the deaths which occurred in the last 35-40 days were also reported, which contributed to the rise in toll,” the official told IANS.

It is significant to note that as the restrictions were gradually relaxed through the consequent lockdown phases, the number of cases and death also increased in the national capital.

In the first lockdown (March 25 – April 14), when only essential services were allowed to function and an almost complete restriction on movement was imposed, the city registered 73 cases and roughly one death per day on an average.

When the lockdown was imposed, Delhi had reported 35 cases and one death. However, within a week, with the Nizamuddin Markaz incident, the number of cases saw a jump.

With gradual reopening of shops in May and relaxations on movement of vehicles and resumption of public transport in lockdown 4.0, the number of positive cases kept increasing. Delhi has allowed more relaxations within the city from Monday.

The second edition of lockdown (April 15-May 3) recorded 174 cases per day on an average, while the death average remained roughly the same as the previous version.

The daily average, however, in lockdown 3.0 was about 369 cases and over six deaths reported daily.

Similarly, lockdown 4.0 saw about 26 deaths per day on an average — over four times of the deaths reported in lockdown 3.0 between May 4 and 17.

The per day average of positive cases in the lockdown 4.0, at 770, was also more than double of the average in the lockdown 3.0 at 369.

The total coronavirus cases in the city stood at 20,834 while the death toll mounted to 523 as of Monday.

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Migrant workers going back on trains vow not to return

On Tuesday, the country witnessed more than 8,000 cases for the third consecutive day. With this, India has inched closer to the two-lakh mark as total number of Covid-19 cases in India rose to 1,98,706 with 5,598 fatalities.

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New Delhi, June 2 : Rajkumari, a resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda has arrived at the New Delhi railway station along with all the belongings of her rented house to go back to her native place. She says she will never return as there is no work here.

However, Rajkumari’s woes don’t end here, as she has a waiting ticket for the train leaving for Varanasi.Speaking to IANS, she said, “We don’t have any work here. And as there is no income we are unable to pay the rent.”

”We are not going to come back to Delhi and it is the reason why we are going back to our village with all our belongings,” she said.

She said that her husband works as a daily labourer and now as they don’t have any work so there is no need to stay back here. She said that she will go back to her village and will do farming in the fields as the season of sowing rice is coming. Rajkumari is travelling back to her village along with her husband and two children and have booked the ticket on Tuesday morning from the New Delhi passenger reservation counter. Similar is the condition of Mukesh a resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria. He said that he wil not return to Delhi for at least one and half years. Speaking to IANS, he said, “I have to go to Deoria with my belongings, and I have been running to ticket counters to book a ticket. But I am unable to get a ticket.”

He said that he was tired of running from one counter to another counter. “I am getting tired as the heat is unbearable and we are sitting on the main road,” he said. When asked where he worked before the nationwide lockdown was announced to combat the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19), he said, “I used to work in a sewing factory and as the work is shut I have no option rather than to return to my home. “I am living here with three of my family members, so it is tough for me to feed them without any work,” Mukesh added. The Indian Railways has partially started the services of 200 more trains from Monday besides the

15 pairs of air conditioned trains. Even the norms of the social distancing outside the New Delhi railway station went for a toss as the people entering the station premises were standing just inches away from each other. The railways has suspended the passenger, mail and express train services on March 25.

However, it started running the Shramik Special trains to transport the stranded migrant workers, pilgrims, students and tourists across the country. Since May 1, the railways has transported over 56 lakh migrant workers across the country in over 4,000 Shramik Special trains. The railways also started to run 15 pairs of Special trains from New Delhi to different parts of the country. According to railway ministry officials, by 10 a.m. on Tuesday over 1.77 lakh passengers booked tickets for the 200 special time tabled trains.

Jagdish, a reisdent of Gaya in Bihar, who used to work in a sunmica factory said that he was also returning back to his home as he is unable to meet the demands of his family with the wage cut. Speaking to IANS, he said, “We are getting very less salary and the landlords in whose home we reisded here didn’t waive the rent. So that is the reason why I am going back to my native place.” When asked if he shall return back, he said, “First I want to reach home then only we can decide if we will come back or not.”

The country has witnessed mass exodus of migrant workers during the nationwide lockdown. Many people have braved the scorching heat and walked hundreds of kilometers towards their native places either by foot or on bicycles.

On Tuesday, the country witnessed more than 8,000 cases for the third consecutive day. With this, India has inched closer to the two-lakh mark as total number of Covid-19 cases in India rose to 1,98,706 with 5,598 fatalities.

By Anand Singh

(Anand Singh can be contacted at [email protected])

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Jessica Lal murder case: Manu Sharma released from Tihar Jail

The Delhi Sentence Review Board (SRB) which comes under the Delhi government had recommended Sharma’s premature release last month

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Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal has approved the premature release of Jessica Lal Murder case convict Manu Sharma, who is serving life sentence, according to an official order.

The Delhi Sentence Review Board (SRB) which comes under the Delhi government had recommended Sharma’s premature release last month. The sources said the recommendation was made at a meeting of the SRB chaired by Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain on May 11. Sharma, son of former Union minister Vinod Sharma, was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by the Delhi High Court in December 2006 for killing Jessica Lal in 1999.

A trial court had acquitted him, but the high court reversed the order and the Supreme Court later upheld his life sentence in April 2010. Lal was shot dead by Sharma after she had refused to serve him liquor at the Tamarind Court restaurant owned by socialite Bina Ramani at Qutub Colonnade in south Delhi’s Mehrauli area on the night of April 30, 1999.

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