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Black day for democracy in state, says Congress leader Ahmed Patel

BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis, NCP’s Ajit Pawar took oath as Chief Minister, Deputy CM respectively early on Saturday

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Mumbai: At a Congress media press conference, Ahmed Patel rued over the swearing-in ceremony of Devendra Fadnavis as the Maharashtra chief minister, and slammed the BJP for its “foul play”. Patel said, “All the three(Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena) parties are together in this and I am confident we will defeat BJP in the trust vote. All Congress MLAs are present here except two who are right now in their village, but they too are with us.”

Congress leader Ahmed Patel claimed that legal opinions have begun and that the party is consulting lawyers. “We will fight this on both fronts, political and legal,” he added.

All our MLAs are intact…we can form a government in Maharashtra. We will try both politically and legally…all 3 of us (NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena) are together.” senior congress leader Ahmed Patel said.

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  • The way all this has been done, there’s definitely something wrong. The way the swearing-in happened, the Constitution has been insulted. We condemn this.
  • All the three (Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena) parties are together in this and I am confident we will defeat BJP in the trust vote. All Congress MLAs are present here, except two who are right now in their village, but they too are with us.
  • Today was a black spot in the history of Maharashtra. Everything was done in a hushed manner and early morning. Something is wrong somewhere. Nothing can be more shameful than this. We will fight this on both fronts, political and legal.
  • There was no verification done for the MLAs. Besides, only a cerrtain media agency was present to cover the oath-taking ceremony. There is certainly something fishy. The entire episode is anti-constitutional and anti-democracy.
  • We were on board on everything. We were to meet at 12.30 today. The Congress is sticking with the alliance. We are all together, both legally and politically.

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Kerala health guidelines to tackle coronavirus

From Saudi Arabia, reports have come that a Kerala nurse who was kept in isolation for coronavirus has been cleared as it is not the variant that was first reported in Wuhan province in China.

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 24 : In the wake of the coronavirus taking a toll across the world, Kerala on Friday has come out with health guidelines as a precautionary step, said state Health Minister K.K. Shailaja.

“The guidelines that we have come out with are based on the WHO protocols. Necessary precautions have been taken and this would be at all the state-run Medical College hospitals and the district hospitals. Isolation wards will be kept ready, in case need arises,” said Shailaja.

The authorities have also posted health officers at the airports and seaports and all incoming passengers are being screened, if they have visited China.

Meanwhile a man who arrived from China was admitted to a state-run hospital near Kochi after he developed fever. He has been kept in the isolation ward.

From Saudi Arabia, reports have come that a Kerala nurse who was kept in isolation for coronavirus has been cleared as it is not the variant that was first reported in Wuhan province in China.

According to reports, the nurse is set to be discharged on Saturday.

Reports also have surfaced that there are about 25 Indians including Keralite students in Wuhan province waiting to travel to India, but are unable to do so, after the airport there was closed.

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JNU hostel fee hike: Delhi HC issues notice to varsity, MHRD, UGC on JNUSU plea

The JNUSU, earlier this week on Tuesday, had moved the high court and challenged the Inter-Hall Administration’s (IHA) decision to amend the hostel manual which, it claimed, was passed “illegally” in October without prior discussion with the union.

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JNU VC Prof M Jagadesh Kumar

New Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) on Friday told the Delhi High Court that “the students who paid the hiked fee, paid it out of fear.”

“A bunch of students paid in fear, as the varsity said that if they don’t pay, their services would be withdrawn,” advocate Akhil Sibal appearing for the Students Union in the Court said.

He further said in the court that the “draft manual be stayed and those who have paid, either be refunded or the amount be adjusted”.

The arguments took place while a single Judge bench of the High Court presided by Justice Rajiv Shakdar was hearing a plea filed by JNUSU President Aishe Ghose and others seeking the direction of the court to restrain the JNU administration from imposing late fees on students for registrations in the Winter Semester-2020.

The plea also sought directions to the university restraining them from taking any action which would give effect to the draft hostel manual.

On January 20, three days after the deadline for registration for the winter semester in the University, the administration claimed that 82 per cent of the total 8,500 enrolled students have cleared their hostel dues.

The administration added that it was hoping for the number to go up further as the registration was still open but with a late fee.

“Out of 8,500 students at JNU, 82 per cent of the students have cleared their hostel dues for winter registration as of Monday,” a statement by the JNU administration had said.

On January 16, the JNU had extended the last date of the registrations for the winter semester to January 17. The extension was announced for the third time since the original deadline of January 5.

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BEST bus stoned during anti-CAA, NRC Maha shutdown call

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Mumbai: At least one BEST bus was stoned in Mumbai and its driver injured as the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) sponsored Maharashtra shutdown started, eliciting mixed response, here on Friday.

The bus was pelted with stones in Chembur and the driver Vilas B. Dabhade, 53, was injured, though commuters escaped unhurt. He has been admitted to the Shatabdi Hospital in Govandi, said officials.

VBA President Prakash Ambedkar urged his supporters to ensure “a peaceful and violence-free bandh” to oppose the Citizens Amendment Act (CAA), National Register for Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR).

Despite the shutdown call by over 35 social and trade organisations, including the VBA, normal life remained unaffected in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nagpur and other cities.

However, shops and establishments remained shut in parts of Mumbai, Nashik, Aurangabad, Akola, though in Thane some activists attempted to block a main road, but were cleared by the police.

In Mumbai suburban trains and the BEST buses — the city’s lifelines — functioned normally, and most educational institutions, shops, malls, multiplexes, commercial plazas were open as police maintained tight police security.

Later in the day, several other anti-CAA/NRC/NPR related events and discussions are planned in Mumbai and other areas as part of the state shutdown.

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