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Shaheen Bagh protests: SC issues notice to Delhi Police, Centre, State govts; says roads can’t be blocked indefinitely

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New Delhi, Feb 10 : Making a significant observation on Shaheen Bagh protests, the Supreme Court, on Monday, said “you can’t block public roads indefinitely”, and the “protests can’t continue like this on public places”.

A bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K.M. Joseph issued notices to Delhi Police and scheduled the next hearing on February 17.

Justice Kaul said the protests have gone into many days, there must a designated area to protest, “you just cannot block the road. There cannot be indefinite period of protest in public area. Then, everybody will protest everywhere”, added Kaul.

The apex court observed that protests cannot be carried out at the cost of citizens’ interest.

The observation from the apex court came after counsel for Bhim Army Chief Chandershekhar Azad contended that the matter is about balancing rights.

Justice Joseph also agreed with this observation on blocking a public road. “Can you block the public road”, said Justice Joseph.

Justice Kaul also observed that protests cannot be carried out in parks too, and there should be defined area to hold protests.

Advocate Amit Sahni had moved the apex court seeking directions to the authorities to remove the blockade on the Shaheen Bagh stretch, a main road connecting Kalindi Kunj and Noida.

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Two corona patients die, J&K death toll reaches 23

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Srinagar, May 25 (IANS) Two COVID-19 patients died on Monday in Jammu and Kashmir, raising the death toll to 23 in the Union Territory and the numbers of the affected persons reached 1,621.

Doctors said a 65-year old woman belonging to the Kulgam district was admitted to the S.M.H.S. Hospital in Srinagar on May 22 with bilateral pneumonia.

“She died on May 23rd and her body was kept at the mortuary.

“Her test report came today. She had tested positive for COVID-19”, doctors confirmed at the hospital.

Another 63-year old patient died in a Jammu hospital on Sunday.

“The samples of the deceased had been sent for testing a few days back. The report was received yesterday evening. He has tested positive. He had co-morbidities”, doctors said at the Jammu hospital on Monday.

With this, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 has gone up to 23 in J&K.

So far, 1,621 have tested positive in the union territory, out of whom 809 have completely recovered.

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Covid cases rising, but situation under control: Kejriwal

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New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said while the coronavirus cases are increasing in the city, the situation is under control.

Kejriwal said there were about 4,000 covid beds with the government, of these only 1,500 were occupied.

“In Private hospitals, 677 beds are available of which 509 are occupied,” Kejriwal said.

In the private hospitals, about 2,000 beds are being made covid dedicated from Monday, he said.

“COVID-19 cases have increased in Delhi due to relaxation in lockdown. But there is nothing to worry about unless the mortality rate or the number of serious cases rises rapidly. If people contract the virus and recover, then there is nothing to worry about,” he said.

Assuring that there will be more beds in the coming days, he said the situation is under control. “The cases were expected to increase after the lockdown was relaxed. However, I can say the situation is under control.”

He said about 6,500 people are infected with the virus, and an equal number have recovered till date.

Kejriwal also said there are 250 ventilators with the government and only 11 are being used.

Also, he said no hospital can ask patients to arrange for themselves or can ask them to go. “We have issued a show-cause notice to a private hospital that denied treatment to a patient who tested positive for coronavirus. It is the hospital’s duty in such a situation to provide an ambulance to the patients and take them to a COVID hospital. Patients cannot be told to make arrangements for themselves,” he said.

On May 17, the Chief Minister said, there were 9,755 cases. “Now about 3,500 patients have increased. Also, 2,500 cases have recovered in the same period.”

He also said that most of the new cases are having mild or no symptoms. “At least 3,424 patients are being treated at their home as they have no or mild symptoms,” he added.

Delhi’s covid cases count reached 13,418 on Sunday.

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2 terrorists killed in Kashmir encounter: Police

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Srinagar, May 25 (IANS) Two terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces at Damhal Hanjipora in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district early Monday morning, police said.

Kashmir Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar told IANS that the encounter began when a Cordon and Search Operation was launched by a joint team of police and Army following specific inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area.

During the search operation, the terrorists fired at the security forces. After a brief exchange of fire, both terrorists were gunned down, he said.

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