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Six SC judges down with swine flu; judge wears mask to court



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New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) Six judges of the Supreme Court are suffering from swine flu, following which they did not attend court, an apex court judge said on Tuesday.

Justice DY Chandrachud, while conducting the court proceedings, announced that all apex court judges held a meeting with Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde, over the case of six of their colleagues infected by H1N1 virus.

An apex court judge, Sanjiv Khanna, came to the court wearing a mask.

Justice Chandrachud said that it was decided that the top court will make vaccines available for innoculation of lawyers.

The Chief Justice suggested during the meeting that lawyers as well as bar association chief should also take the initiative for preventive measures against the disease, Justice Chandrachud added.

Meanwhile, a meeting was held with Supreme Court Bar Association President Dushyant Dave to tackle the health emergency.

Dave told IANS that some foreign delegation members who participated in a judicial conference in the apex court complex recently were infected by the virus.

Two of the judges suffering from swine flu are on the nine-judge Constitution Bench hearing the Sabrimala verdict case, the hearing of which has been delayed as a result.


Air India flies out 160 stranded passengers to Frankfurt




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Chennai, March 31 (IANS) An Air India flight with 160 stranded travellers from Germany and Europe flew out to Frankfurt on Tuesday.

According to Chennai Airport, Air India’s rescue flight from Chennai to Frankfurt was operated with 160 stranded passengers.

All precautions were taken and facilities were provided to ensure smooth travel amid the restrictions in force to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

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Gujarat: 3 more positive for covid-19, total 73




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Gandhinagar, March 31 (IANS) Three more positive cases were detected in Gujarat, the health authorities announced on Tuesday, taking the total detected positive Corona virus cases to 73.

Jayanti Ravi, the principal secretary, Health and family welfare Department, Gujarat said, “On Tuesday, three more positive cases have been found, all of them getting infected locally.

An Ahmedabad male (55) and aA Gandhinagar female (32) both admitted in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel hospital in Ahmedabad. Another positive case is registered in Rajkot, a male (28) admitted in Christ hospital. “

“Good news is that, that five positive cases after treatment have been discharged. The condition of five is stable while two are on ventilator,” added Ravi.

This takes the total Corona positive cases in the state to 73, including 6 deaths. The highest number of cases detected is in Ahmedabad – 24, followed by Rajkot and Gandhinagar both 10 each, Surat and Vadodara having 9 each, Gir-Somnath with 2 positive and one each in Porbandar, Mahesana and Kutch.

Out of the 73 positive cases, 32 had a foreign travel history, two had inter-state travel and 37 are locally transmitted disease victims.So far, six deaths have been reported in Gujarat due to the Corona virus infection. First case was that of a 67-year-old male from Surat with comorbid conditions. On March 25 night an 85-year-old female from Ahmedabad died also due to comorbid conditions.

A 70-year-old male from Bhavnagar with a travel history of Delhi, succumbed to corona virus on the next day. Three more deaths were reported on March 28 and 29 and Monday, a male (47) and female (46) from Ahmedabad and a female (45) from Jesar block in Bhavnagar, respectively.

All the deceased patients were suffering from comorbid conditions like diabetes, hypertension, cardiac ailments and other several complications.

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Informed about people stuck due to lockdown, says markaz




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New Delhi, March 31: At the centre of the storm after 24 coronavirus positive cases have been found in Tablighi Jamaat, the markaz Nizamuddin where 1500 people were stuck, has issued a statement that they informed the officials and sought permission to evacuate them but were denied.

The markaz has even given proof of communication between police and concerned authorities and has slammed media for misreporting.

The markaz in a statement said, “When Hon’ble Prime Minister announced the “Janata Curfew” to be observed on March 22, the ongoing program at the centre was discontinued immediately.”

While all these were happening, on March 24, 2020, a notice was issued by SHO, P.S.A Hazrat Nizamuddin, seeking closure of Markaz premises. It was responded the same day, stating that the compliance of the directions regarding closure of the Markaz is already underway as the arrangements for around 1000 visitors belonging to different states and nationalities are being provisioned wherein the concerned SDM had been requested to issue vehicle passes.

“It is relevant to indicate here that lists of 17 vehicles with registration numbers along with the names of the drivers plus their license details were submitted to the concerned SDM so that the stranded visitors/guests could be ferried towards their respective destinations. The requisite permission is still awaited,” said the statement.

On March 25, the Tehsildaar along with medical team visited the Markaz, full cooperation was provided for their inspection as well as preparation of list of visitors, it further said.

The markaz in a statement said that on March 26, 2020, the SDM visited the Markaz and after ward meeting was organised with Ld DM and again sought permission for the vehicles arranged by us and on March 27, six persons were taken for medical check-up.

On March 28, the SDM and WHO team visited the Markaz and 33 persons were taken for medical check-up to Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital.

“Surprisingly, on the same day another notice was issued, this time by the Office of ACP, Lajpat Nagar, reiterating the prohibitory orders and warning of legal action, being totally oblivious of the above deliberate steps that were already taken by the Markaz administration in consultation with the authorities.

However, the same was replied in detail vide letter dated 29th March 2020,” said the statement. But due to sudden cancellation of railways across the country on March 21, a large group of visitors got stuck in the premises.

On March 22, “Janta Curfew” was observed and visitors were advised not to venture
out until 9 p.m. as desired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister. In the meantime, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi announced a week-long lockdown of Delhi beginning 6 a.m. on the following day i.e. March 23 till March 31, thereby further diminishing the chances of their journey back home.

Suddenly, on the evening of March 23, a nationwide lockdown was announced by the Hon’ble Prime Minister with clear message for the people to stay-put wherever they are.Under such compelling circumstances, Markaz Nizamuddin was left with no option but to accommodate the stranded visitors with prescribed medical precautions.

Meanwhile, the Markaz administration was continuously putting its efforts with the help of local authorities not only for the smooth movement but also for their stay-put arrangements, the statement said.

Markaz Nizamuddin has never violated any provision of law, and always tried to act with compassion and reason towards the visitors who came to Delhi from different states and nations. It did not even let them violate the medical guidelines by thronging ISBTs or roaming on streets, the statement added.

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