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Key Modi aide Khulbe makes comeback to PMO

The CBI was investigating the role of Khulb, in the allotment of coal blocks to a Bengal-based company. At the time, Khulbe was Advisor, Industries to the West Bengal government.

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New Delhi, Feb 21 : Bhaskar Khulbe, a key aide to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is making a comeback to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) as a case by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) appears to have been closed.

A 1983 batch West Bengal cadre IAS officer, Khulbe in July last year had quit as Secretary to Prime Minister after completion of his extended six month tenure.

After retirement from service, he was on Friday was back at the centre of the government as Modi’s advisor.

Kulbe has been appointed to the post along with his also retired batchmate Amarjeet Sinha, of the Bihar cadre after the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister gave its approval for the selection of the two officers for the job.

The CBI was investigating the role of Khulb, in the allotment of coal blocks to a Bengal-based company. At the time, Khulbe was Advisor, Industries to the West Bengal government.

There had been speculation over the continuation of Khulbe in the PMO following the CBI case against him. The return has ignited talk that the CBI case seems to have been closed.

Khulbe’s return to PMO marks the return of the old team of P.K. Mishra, Principal Secretary, PMO and Khulbe who was handling appointments in the PMO.

With the return of Khulbe, Prime Minister Modi is adding heft to his office at a time when the economy is in shambles and the ruling party has suffered electoral reverses in several states in the last one year.

As Ssecretary in the PMO, Khulbe has been one of Modi’s most trusted aides and most powerful bureaucrats in the administration. He handled all transfers and postings of Central officials, working closely with P.K. Mishra.

While Mishra is Principal Secretary, P.K. Sinha is Principal Adviser in the PMO. Amarjeet Sinha was in the Department of Rural Development as Secretary before his retirement.

This is apparently to boost and monitor the rural development sector, which now has one of the largest budgets amongst all ministries. With four years to go in the government, PM Modi is keen to give a push to the sector.

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12 new Covid-19 cases in Kerala, total active cases now 258

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Thiruvananthapuram, April 9 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday said 12 new coronavirus positive cases were reported, taking the total number presently under treatment to 258.

The number of cumulative cases, including those treated and cured, now stands at 357.

Two deaths had been reported previously, but those patients had other serious underlying ailments.

“Today there are 1,36,195 people under observation at homes and 723 at various hospitals in the state,” said Vijayan.

He also said that eight foreign tourists have completely recovered and have been discharged.

Meanwhile, the police registered 2,206 cases, recorded the arrest of 2,166 people and seized 1,450 vehicles for violating curfew norms.

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Corona in Delhi: 720 test positive; 51 new cases, 3 deaths in 24 hours

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New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) With 51 more patients reporting positive in the last 24 hours, the number of coronavirus cases in the national capital reached 720 on Thursday.

The national capital reported three new deaths in the last 24 hours, raising the corona toll 12 since the outbreak of the infection. According to the Delhi Health Department, among the total 720 cases, 430 cases are from the Nizamuddin Markaz, with four new cases in the last 24 hours. “Among the 51 new cases, 35 had travel or contact history,” the health bulletin said.

It says 249 positive cases have foreign travel history and their contacts.
The positive cases in Delhi have increased dramatically since people were evacuated last week from the Markaz Tablighi Jamaat building where over 2,300 people from different parts of the world and country were staying under one roof without following social distancing.

Among the total patients, 25 have been discharged and cured while one has migrated.

“Total 682 patients are in the hospitals. While 39 are in the ICU, 11 are on ventilators and 23 are on oxygen,” the Health report said.

So far, 9,968 tests have been conducted in the city and 605 reports are pending. “While 720 reports were positive, 8,643 reports were negative,” it says.

About 18,000 people are home-quarantined across the city and 2,664 are quarantined at government facilities. The positive cases in the city are increasing at a rapid rate since last week.

The total positive cases in Delhi were 97 on March 30, which increased to 120 on March 31. While the cases were 152 on April 1, on April 2, the count jumped to 293 Coronavirus cases.

On April 3, the tally reached 386 while the next day, on April 4, it was 445.

The total cases on Sunday was 503. The total coronavirus cases in the national capital were 525 on Monday, and reached 579 on Tuesday. It jumped to 669 cases on Wednesday.


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Odisha govt imposes penalty for not wearing masks in public

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Bhubaneswar, April 9 (IANS) With the rise in the number of COVID-19 positive cases, the Odisha government has made not wearing a mask in public an offence and decided to impose fines on offenders from Thursday.

The government has decided to impose fines on people for not wearing mask while stepping out of their houses.

The government will impose Rs 200 for not wearing masks for the first, second and third offence. The penalty will go up to Rs 500 for subsequent offence, said chief secretary Asit Tripathy.

The Health department has framed certain regulations in this regard amending the Odisha COVID-19 Regulations 2020.

The general public is directed to cover their mouths and noses with any available form of mask while stepping out of the house for any purpose.

The state government has also promulgated an ordinance with provision of imprisonment of upto two years for those who violate the epidemic regulations.The ordinance has amended a section of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 said whoever contravenes or disobeys any regulation or order made under the principal Act is liable for imprisonment upto two years or with fine up to Rs 10,000 or both.

However, every offence under this Act shall be cognisable and bailable.The amendment was necessitated to deal with procurement requirements entailing the spread of COVID-19, said sources. Odisha has recorded 44 positive cases so far.

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