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Italy rejects Indian jurisdiction in marines case

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Rome, April 26 : India’s jurisdiction over two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012 during an anti-piracy mission is “suspended”, the Italian government said on Tuesday.

“Italy considers India’s jurisdiction over the case to be suspended and therefore legally overridden,” the Italian foreign ministry said in a statement.

The statement came after India’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that one of the marines, Massimiliano Latorre, could stay in Italy until September 30 for medical treatment.

Italy took the case to international arbitration last June and the Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ruled in August that India had no jurisdiction in the case, referring it to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Latorre has been in Italy for the past 18 months, where he had heart surgery after suffering a stroke.

Italy said on Tuesday it has also requested that the second marine, Salvatore Girone, return to Italy and stay in his homeland until the arbitration verdict in the case, which is expected in August 2018.

Girone and Latorre have not been charged over the fishermen’s deaths but were barred from leaving India and ordered to stay at the Italian ambassador’s residence and report regularly to police.

The Hague tribunal is expected make a decision on Girone in the next few days, the Italian foreign ministry said.

Last week, Italian President Sergio Mattarella voiced solidarity with Girone and Latorre, saying the legal wrangle was “dragging on too long“.

The shooting dead in February 2012 of the two fisherman by Latorre and Girone as they guarded an Italian oil tanker off India’s southern state of Kerala sparked a diplomatic incident and the case has strained relations between the two countries.

Latorre and Girone allege they believed the unarmed fishermen were pirates.

Rome claims the marines are immune to prosecution since they were serving on a United Nations-backed anti-piracy mission and the oil tanker they were guarding was in international waters at the time of the incident.

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Covid-19: 25 rail staff quarantined in Moradabad, Bareilly

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New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) A total of 25 staff of the Railways have been quarantined as a precautionary measure after the son of one employee who returned from Noida was found novel coronavirus positive.

A senior Railway official said that 11 such persons were in Moradabad and 14 in Bareilly.

He said, the corona positive patient’s father is a loco pilot posted in Breilley.

After the son of the loco pilot tested positive, six more tested positive, including his wife and mother.

The official said that the loco pilot reported for duty on one day after his son’s return from Noida.

“So as a precautionary measure, 25 employees have been sent into quarantine,” he said, adding, “as of now none of them have tested positive.”

On Wednesday, the total corona patients in India rose to 1,397 with 35 deaths across the country.

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Tablighi attendees should self-report to officials: MMK

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Chennai, April 1 (IANS) Manithaneya Makkal Katchi on Tuesday urged Muslims who had returned to Tamil Nadu from Tablighi Jamaat headquarters in Delhi to self-report to the Health Department, even as 50 such persons from the southern state have so far tested positive for coronavirus infection.

“We and the leaders of the community have appealed to the people who have returned from Delhi to report and get themselves screened,” MMK leader M.H. Jawahirullah told IANS.

He said that a majority of those who had already reported themselves to the health officials for tests had tested negative.

Jawahirullah said those who tested coronavirus positive have been admitted in isolation wards in hospitals.

He said about 1,100 persons from Tamil Nadu had attended the Tablighi conference in Delhi, of which about 600 returned.

“About 500 persons stayed back in Delhi and are now under the Delhi government care,” Jawahirullah said.

On Tuesday, Revenue Commissioner J. Radhakrishan appealed to Nizamuddin Markaz attendees to self-declare for tests and other necessary steps.

Similarly, officials in several districts have appealed to the attendees to report themselves to health officials for screening.

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Rahul Gandhi sends aid to Amethi, helps people in lockdown

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New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) After his electoral loss from Amethi, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s love for his constituency has not diminished. He has sent truckload of wheat and other supplies to Amethi to be distributed among the poor who are facing the brunt of lockdown.

Congress MLC Deepak Singh said, “Rahul ji has not forgotten his responsibility for Amethi as it has special place in his heart.”

Congress leaders of the constituency said that a truckload of wheat has arrived and will be distributed amongst the people in the area.

Rahul Gandhi lost from Amethi in the last general election to BJP’s Smriti’s Irani. However, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Wayanad in Kerala.

Rahul Gandhi has sanctioned Rs 2.66 crore from his Members of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund for his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency.

Under the MPLAD, the lawmakers can recommend the district collector on which project they want to spend the money in their respective constituencies.

Rahul Gandhi had been warning the government that India will pay “extremely heavy price” for the Centre’s inability to act decisively against the spread of coronavirus.

Even on February 12, he had made a similar statement when he said, “coronavirus was an extremely serious threat to the people and the economy.”

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