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COVID-19: 5 more positive cases found in Gujarat; state total 87

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Gandhinagar, April 1 : Wednesday recorded the highest COVID-19 positive cases in a day, 13 in Gujarat, taking the total positive cases in the state to 87.

Jayanti Ravi, the principal secretary, Health and family welfare Department, Gujarat said, “Apart from the eight positive cases registered on Wednesday morning, during the day, we have had five more positive cases in the state. Two are from Surat, two in Porbandar and 1 in Panchmahals.”

With this, the total positive cases in the state have climbed to 87 with 6 deaths. The highest positive cases are in Ahmedabad -31, followed by Surat -12, Gandhinagar -11, Rajkot -10, Vadodara -9, Bhavnagar -6, Porbandar -3 Gir-Somnath -2, Kutch, Mahesana and Panchmahals one each.

Seven positive cases, after undergoing treatment have been discharged.

Eight new positive corona cases were recorded in Gujarat on Wednesday morning, all of them in Ahmedabad which has been declared as a hotspot for the outbreak by the ministry of health and family welfare.

“Out of the 8, male (52) having inter state travel history to Indore, male (18) travel history to Indore, female (45) interstate travel history and a female (65) having got infected locally have been admitted in Ahmedabad Civil hospital. A male (68) with inter state travel history, male (54) with an international travel history and a female (58) infected locally have been admitted in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP)AHospital. Another male (67) who got infected locally has been admitted in the Sola Civil Hospital,” Ravi said.

The total persons under quarantine are 19,206. The persons quarantined at home are 18,487 and those in government institutes are 743 while 253 are quarantined in private facilities. 418 FIR have been filed against persons violating the quarantine conditions. “We have conducted test of 1,586 samples out of which 1,501 have turned negative, 82 positive and the results of three are pending,” added Ravi.

So far, six deaths have been reported in Gujarat due to the coronavirus infection. First case was that of a male from Surat with comorbid conditions. On Wednesday night an 85-year-old female from Ahmedabad died also due to comorbid conditions . A 70-year-old male from Bhavnagar with a travel history to Delhi, succumbed to the virus on Thursday. Three more deaths were reported on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, a male (47) and female (46) from Ahmedabad and a female (45) from Jesar block in Bhavnagar respectively.

All the deceased patients were suffering from comorbid conditions like diabetes, hypertension, cardiac ailments and other several complications.

“Even before the central government had declared Ahmedabad as a hotspot, we had identified Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Gandhinagar as hotspots for the outbreak and started working on the cluster containment strategy,” said Ravi.

The health authorities with the help of the police department, is cordoning the clusters in densely populated areas of these five cities, where positive cases have been found and started surveillance.

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Govt must come clean on border tension with China: Rahul Gandhi

“GOI must come clean and tell India exactly what’s happening,” further said Rahul Gandhi in the tweet.

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New Delhi, May 29 : Amid reports of growing tension with China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday questioned the government’s silence on this issue and demanded that the government should come clean on it.

“The government’s silence about the border situation with China is fuelling massive speculation and uncertainty at a time of crisis.” tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

“GOI must come clean and tell India exactly what’s happening,” further said Rahul Gandhi in the tweet.

The government on Thursday invoked a plethora of bilateral agreements signed by India and China to resolve border related issues. Praising the defence forces, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Anurag Srivastava, at a virtual media briefing said that the Indian troops take a very responsible approach towards border management and strictly follow the procedures laid out in various bilateral agreements and protocols with China to resolve any issue that may arise in the border areas.

The two sides, he said, have established mechanisms, both at the military and diplomatic levels, to resolve situations which may arise in the border areas peacefully through dialogue, and continue to remain engaged through these channels. At the same time, India, he said, remains firm in its resolve to ensuring the country’s sovereignty and national security.

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Uttar Pradesh: Tantrik arrested for torturing woman

The victim was identified as Harshri, mother of three, who has been sent for medical check-up, including Covid-19 test, according to SP rural Ravi Kumar.

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Agra, May 29 : An occultist has been arrested by the Agra police after a viral video showed he had brutally attacked a woman to cure her of an illness.

The tantrik, Rahul Bhagat, was arrested late on Thursday. The month-old video had showed Bhagat mercilessly assaulting, dragging the victim by her hair, punching and stabbing her in an alleged attempt to cure her of illness.

The victim was identified as Harshri, mother of three, who has been sent for medical check-up, including Covid-19 test, according to SP rural Ravi Kumar.

Four others were also taken into custody for questioning by Malpura police on Thursday evening, which finally led to Bhagat’s arrest. Dinesh Sharma, the victim’s elder brother in his FIR had named — Uma, Harshri’s sister-in-law and her husband, besides two others.

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Congress attacks Centre for SG’s ‘prophets of doom’ statement in Supreme Court

Kapil Sibal also lashed out on the SG and tweeted, “Sad but true. A law officer in the Supreme Court dealing with the plight of migrants epitomised by the images in the public domain said: Journalists are vultures and High Courts are running parallel governments. This is politics not law!”

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New Delhi, May 29 : A day after Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court that there were a handful of people — “prophets of doom” — who were always sceptical about everything, the Congress on Friday questioned the apex court’s silence and alleged that the government was autocratic in its functioning.

Randeep Surjewala, Congress chief spokesperson, said, “Modi Govt’s ‘New Definitions’ in SC – 1)’Some High Courts are running a parallel Govt’ 2) Those criticising the govt are ‘prophets of doom’ 3) Cites instance of a journalist as ‘vulture’.”

“A prelude to complete ‘Autocracy & Abdication of Constitution’!” added Surjewala in his tweet.

The Congress leader also questioned the transfer of the bench in the Gujarat High Court. “No wonder the High Court Bench holding Gujarat Govt accountable for abdication of duty & turning the hospital into a ‘dungeon’ is suddenly changed. Can there be a greater ‘travesty of justice’?” Surjewala said.

“Why is SC silent on such rank subversion of justice?” he asked.

Kapil Sibal also lashed out on the SG and tweeted, “Sad but true. A law officer in the Supreme Court dealing with the plight of migrants epitomised by the images in the public domain said: Journalists are vultures and High Courts are running parallel governments. This is politics not law!”

Referring to the activists spreading negativity on the measures taken by the Centre to provide relief to migrant workers during lockdown, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court on Thursday that “there were a handful of people — ‘prophets of doom’ — who are always sceptical about everything”.

Mehta submitted before a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, S.K. Kaul and M.R. Shah that these people have been squabbling on social media, have been giving interviews, and writing articles against every institution and have not even acknowledged the humongous efforts made by the government.

Mehta said this has become a trend and the court, as an institution, has to prevent its spread. He added that the trend is that a handful of people give “certificates” to judges of neutrality only if judges abuse the Executive.

He submitted that none of these “prophets of doom” have shown any courtesy to the nation during the pandemic. “The government and ministers are working overnight to see that there is the minimum spread of the virus. All these armchair intellectuals and so-called public spirited people have done nothing to contribute”, Mehta told the Supreme Court.

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