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Provide free ration to the needy, Ahmed Patel urges PM

He also sought that the the allocation of PM-Kisan be tripled and the entire outstanding sum be transferred to all the identified beneficiaries in two tranches.

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New Delhi, March 24 : Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide free ration to those in need, during the national lockdown.

“In the light of this crisis, I would urge your government to provide free ration to all those in need until the lockdown continues, which will be over and above the provisions of the Food Security Act.

“Until the lockdown, the identification process of beneficiaries may be waived off,” he said in a letter to the Prime Minister.

Patel expressed his concern about the poor, daily wage labourers, farmers and the marginalised. “They will be the biggest suffers in our war against this pandemic,” he said.

He also sought that the the allocation of PM-Kisan be tripled and the entire outstanding sum be transferred to all the identified beneficiaries in two tranches.

Further, the government may consider providing similar cash transfer to needy and they may be identified from the pool of Jan Dhan account holders, Patel said in his letter.

Patel also asked the Modi government to create a National Corona Fund with three main objectives – help states recover some of the costs of this pandemic; provide relief to small businesses, farmers & daily wage earners; and fund testing kits, vaccine research and other necessary innovation.

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Four watchmen near Rekha’s bungalow test Covid positive

However, it is not yet known whether the actress, who has been living in home isolation over the past few weeks, has had a Covid test done.

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After actress Rekha’s security guard tested Covid-19 positive last weekend, four other watchmen in the area have contracted the virus. The four watchmen work in bungalows close to Rekha’s bungalow in the Bandstand area of Bandra. They have been been shifted to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Covid-19 facility, reports indiatoday.in.

The report further states that nine others who came in contact with those affected have been tested and their reports are awaited.

Last week, a security guard at Rekha’s bungalow Sea Springs tested positive for Covid. BMC has since then sealed the actress’ bungalow.

Sea Springs has been declared a containment zone and BMC has sanitised the locality.

However, it is not yet known whether the actress, who has been living in home isolation over the past few weeks, has had a Covid test done.

Rekha is one of the latest Bollywood celebrity whose staff has been affected by Covid-19, along with Sara Ali Khan whose driver tested positive. Earlier, Aamir Khan, Karan Johar, and Boney and Janhvi Kapoor, have reported that members of their staff have been infected by the coronavirus.

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Hundreds of paramilitary troopers in North Eeat test Covid-19 positive

Many Indian Army personnel have also tested positive in Nagaland and other northeastern states.

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Shillong/Aizawl/Agartala, July 14 : Several hundred central paramilitary troopers and personnel of other central agencies in the northeastern states have tested positive for coronavirus, ministers and officials said on Tuesday night.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, in a tweet on Tuesday night, said that of the total of 318 Covid-19 patients in the state, 186 are Border Security Force (BSF) troopers.

State Health Minister A.L. Hek said that two Indian Air Force employees and two staffers of other central paramilitary forces have tested positive for Covid-19 in the state so far.

Health officials in Mizoram said that 26 National Disaster Response Force, 21 Assam Rifles and 19 BSF troopers had tested positive in the state. The NDRF personnel had recently returned from Assam, Manipur, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh. In all, 238 people were infected in Mizoram but 159 of them have recovered.

Many Indian Army personnel have also tested positive in Nagaland and other northeastern states.

In Tripura, around 200 BSF personnel, and their family members had been infected by coronavirus but all of them have recovered.

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Rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal tests positive for COVID-19

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Chandigarh, Jul 14 : Former Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun in Kerala, has tested positive for coronavirus, a Health Department official said on Tuesday.

A Kottayam court in Kerala had on Monday cancelled Mulakkal’s bail for his failure to appear for the trial in the rape case and issued a non-bailable warrant against him.

“He (Mulakkal) has tested positive for coronavirus,” said COVID-19 nodal officer for Jalandhar, T P Singh.

Mulakkal’s report, confirming him to be positive for COVID-19, came on Monday evening, he added.

The rape case against the Bishop was registered by Kottayam district police in Kerala.

In her complaint to the police in June 2018, the nun had alleged that she was subjected to sexual abuse by the Bishop between 2014 and 2016.

The bishop, who was arrested by the Special Investigation Team which probed the case, has been charged with wrongful confinement, rape, unnatural sex and criminal intimidation.

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