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Refusal by the ICJ to allow Kulbhushan’s return is unnerving: Surjewala

“We welcome and celebrate the decision of the ICJ in holding Pakistan to be in stark violation of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention and staying the illegally ordered execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav! Satyamev Jayate!,”

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New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Wednesday welcomed the International Court of Justice verdict to put on hold the death sentence to retired navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistan military court in an alleged case of espionage and said refusal by the world court to allow his return to India is unnerving.

“We welcome and celebrate the decision of the ICJ in holding Pakistan to be in stark violation of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention and staying the illegally ordered execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav! Satyamev Jayate!,” Surjewala, who is also the national media in-charge of the party said in a series of tweets.

In another tweet, the Congress leader raised questions over the safety and well being of Jadhav and said, “Every Indian’s concern for safety and well being of Kulbhushan Jadhav remains unaddressed as ICJ has authorised rogue Pakistan to review and reconsider Jadhav’s case; and in a ‘manner’ and ‘forum’ of their choosing (Para 146)… leaving Jadhav vulnerable to another miscarriage of justice.”

He also attached the para 146 of the ICJ referring to the court order which stated that the obligation to provide effective review and reconsideration be carried out in different ways and the choice of means is left to Pakistan.

The Congress leader’s remarks came soon after the ICJ put on hold the death sentence given by a Pakistan military court to retired Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav in an alleged espionage case.

The ICJ also accused Pakistan of denying India consular access to Jadhav, saying it has not only violated the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, but has also ignored a 2008 bilateral agreement on consular access.

However, the ICJ in its verdict has decided not to acquit or release Jadhav.

In November 2008, India and Pakistan inked a bilateral agreement on consular access to the prisoners belonging to in both countries.

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Health Ministry refutes low quality PPE charges

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New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday said that it is ensuring quality of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by stringent protocol.

The response came as the ministry was reportedly alleged about the quality of the PPE coveralls.

It said that the product under reference had no relevance to the procurement being made by the Central Government.

“HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL), the procuring agency of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, is procuring PPE coveralls from manufacturers or suppliers only after getting them tested and approved by one of the eight labs nominated by the Ministry of Textiles (MoT). It is only after their products qualify in the test prescribed by the technical committee (JMG) of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, that they are procured,” said the Health Ministry.

The ministry said the procuring agency HLL is also undertaking random sampling of the supplies being made, for which a testing protocol has been devised, failing to which the is being disqualified for any supplies.

The ministry has asked states also to procure the PPE only after following the prescribed testing for PPEs from MoT nominated labs. The Health Ministry said the manufacturers got their products qualified from these labs are also being on-boarded on Government e-Marketplace (GeM).

“The manufacturers who have got PPEs qualified have been advised by the MoT to on-board on to the GeM so that the procurement by States can be carried out accordingly. For the private sector also, the dynamic information of manufacturers whose products have qualified the tests is available on MoT website,” said the ministry.

It further said that the country has significantly ramped up its domestic production capacity of PPEs and N95 masks, and the requirements of the States and UTs are being sufficiently met.

As on Monday, the country is producing over three lakh PPEs and N95 masks per day. States and UTs as well as Central Institutions have been provided with around 111.08 lakh N-95 masks and around 74.48 lakh Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Additionally, guidelines for rational use of PPEs have been issued by MoHFW and can be seen at its website.

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Must worry about citizens’ health, instead of airlines: SC to Centre

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New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday said there cannot be two norms — six feet social distance outside and shoulder to shoulder travel on flights, “the government should worry about the health of citizens than the health of commercial airlines”.

After making the observation, the top court allowed the Centre and national carrier Air India to keep flying back Indians stranded abroad, by utilizing middle seats in each row till June 6.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy said: “We are of the considered view that the petitioner – Air India should be allowed to operate the non-scheduled flights with the middle seats booking up to 6th June, 2020.”

However, the top court said after this Air India will operate non-scheduled flights in accordance with the interim order to be passed by the Bombay High Court. The bench conducted an urgent hearing on Eid holiday, through video conferencing, to hear the appeals of Centre and Air India against the Bombay High Court order.

The Bombay High Court had barred the middle seat occupancy in on-scheduled international flights on Air India’s pilot, Deven Kanani’s petition alleging violation of social distancing guidelines.

The apex court asked the Bombay High Court to decide on the matter against Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) circulars expeditiously, and insisted airlines should follow the High Court order in connection with safety measures. “We make it clear that the DGCA is free to alter any norms he may consider necessary during the pendency of the matter in the interest of public health and safety of the passengers rather than of commercial considerations,” added the bench.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta contended before the court that immense difficulty has arisen because of the passengers who are stranded on foreign soil at the airports after they were issued valid tickets for travel. And, this has resulted in a lot of anxiety and difficulties arising from want of proper shelter, money, etc., at the foreign airports, he added.

“Moreover, in some cases, the travel plan of families who were travelling together has been disrupted because those in the families who had middle seats have to be offloaded and remain behind,” said Mehta.

The top court said “at this juncture, we would consider it necessary for the High Court to arrive at a prima facie finding regarding the safety and health of the passengers qua the COVID-19 virus, whether the flight is scheduled flight or a non-scheduled flight.”

The top court asked the Bombay High Court to pass an effective interim order after hearing all concerned, in the backdrop of health risk posed by Covid-19 pandemic, on the next date of hearing June 2.

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Nagaland reports 1st corona cases, Assam sees spike in 24 hrs

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Kohima/Guwahati/Agartala, May 25 (IANS) After Sikkim, Nagaland reported its first coronavirus case when three people, who returned from Chennai, tested positive on Monday while in neighbouring Assam 116 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, taking the state’s total tally to 466.

According to the ministers and officials, the exodus of thousands of people from southern and western regions of India to the Northeast region has led to a steep rise in Covid-19 positive cases, especially in Assam.

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in a tweet said: “Unfortunately, two persons in Dimapur and one in Kohima have been tested positive for Covid-19. Please do not panic. We need to handle it with utmost care and responsibility. Necessary action of contact tracing and containment measures are being taken and situation closely monitored.”

Nagaland Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) Menukhol John said in Kohima that three persons, including a woman, who returned from Chennai on Friday, after they tested positive for the novel coronavirus, are undergoing treatment at the District Hospital Dimapur and Chedema COVID-19 Hospital in Kohima.

Officially, Nagaland is the last of the eight Northeastern states after Sikkim to report COVID-19 positive cases. However, a 33-year-old trader based in Dimapur, an important commercial town in Nagaland, had tested positive in the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital on April 12 after the man shifted from a private hospital in Dimapur to Guwahati. The patient recovered from the disease early this month.

Sikkim Health Secretary Pemba T. Bhutia said that the Himalayan state reported its first coronavirus case when a 25-year-old student, who returned from Delhi last week, tested positive on Saturday.

In Guwahati, according to Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma after the return of over 60,000 people, mostly from the southern and western India, to the state, huge spike of COVID-19 positive cases was witnessed in the state. Sarma said that, fortunately, 90 per cent of the 466 Covid-19 patients in the state have been reported from the quarantine centres across the state’s 33 districts. Of the 466 positive cases, 402 are active cases and 57 discharged from the hospital and four died and three migrated to other states.

With three people, who recently returned to Tripura from Delhi, tested positive on Sunday night taking the state’s total Covid-19 positive cases to 194, which included 161 BSF personnel and their kin. However, only 27 cases are active

Meanwhile, the three-member central team, led by G.K. Medhi, Professor and Head of the Department of Community Medicine of the Shillong-based North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), after an 11-day visit and studying the source and other aspects of the coronavirus infection among the Border Security Force (BSF) troopers in Tripura on Sunday submitted their report to the state government.

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