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Third Car-Free Day observes in Delhi



In continued efforts to check pollution in the national capital, a Car-Free Day – third in Delhi so far – was organised on Tuesday on the Vikas Marg stretch in east Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar area.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia led a cycle rally from Nirman Vihar Metro Station on the Vikas Marg to mark the occasion.

Entry of cars was restricted on the stretch between Laxmi Nagar and Karkari Mor from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal could not participate in the cycle rally due to ill-health,” a Delhi government official said.

Twenty additional buses were pressed into service to avoid any inconvenience to the people, the official added.

Before the cycle rally, Sisodia appealed to the city residents to not use personal cars and opt for public transport just for a day in a month to help bring down pollution, the official said.

Car-Free Day, held on the 22nd day of every month, was launched by the Aam Admi Party government in October to increase public awareness about the use of public transport.

The first Car-Free Day was held on October 22 on the Red Fort-India Gate stretch and the second in Dwarka on November 22.

The increasingly toxic air in the capital prompted the judiciary to nudge the state government into checking pollution.

Reacting to the pollution crisis, the city government decided to allow plying of only even-odd numbered private vehicles on alternate days of the week from January 1, next year.

Wefornews Bureau


Andhra extends IPS officer’s suspension period

Last month, the Central Administrative Tribunal had also dismissed the petition by the IPS officer challenging his suspension.




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Amaravati, April 7 : The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday extended suspension period of senior police officer A.B. Venkateswara Rao for another four months.

Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney issued a Government Order to continue the suspension of the Indian Police Service (IPS) officer till August 5 or till further orders.

It was on February 8 the state government had suspended Rao on grounds of serious misconduct in the process of procurement of security equipment while he was working as Additional Director General of Police, Intelligence.

Last month, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had confirmed Rao’s suspension on the request of the state government.

The decision to continue suspension of the IPS officer was taken after Director General, Anti-Corruption Bureau recommended the same in its interim report. According to the GO, the Review Committee had also recommended extending Rao’s suspension.

The officer allegedly committed irregularities in the procurement of aerostats and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the cost of Rs.25.50 crore under the modernization of police force scheme.

He was also accused of “endangering national security’ by disclosing intelligence protocols to an Israeli defence manufacturing firm.

The IPS officer of 1989 batch while working as Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence) during the previous government, colluded with Israeli defence equipment manufacturer RT Inflatables Pvt. Ltd to illegally award critical Intelligence and surveillance contract to his son Chetan Sai Krishna, CEO, Akasam Advanced Systems Pvt. Ltd, primary bidder on behalf of RT Inflatables.

Considered close to then Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Rao was removed as the intelligence chief after Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy assumed office in May last year. He was since then waiting for a posting.

Last month, the Central Administrative Tribunal had also dismissed the petition by the IPS officer challenging his suspension.

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42 new cases in Rajasthan; total tally at 343

A total of six deaths have been reported due to coronavirus in the state out of which two are from Bhilwara, one in Bikaner, and one each in Jaipur, Alwar and Kota.




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Jaipur, April 7 : Rajasthan on Tuesday reported 42 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally to 343 in the state, said health officials.

Bikaner reported three new cases which include a 13-year-old boy, the second is 35-year-old female and third is 15-year-old male who are all family members of a positive case who was in contact with Tablighi Jamaat. Overall, Bikaner had 13 new cases on Tuesday.

Jaisalmer had 6 new cases reported in evening which were in the age group of 17 to 85. They are all positive Tablighi Jamati contacts. On Tuesday morning, the city registered seven cases — all of them tested positive after contact with a corona patient.

Jodhpur had 9 new cases while Banswara has seven new cases, said Additional Chief Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh.

Rajasthan has witnessed a steep rise in cases in the last few days. Till Saturday, the state had reported 200 cases which has touched 343 in just four days. The state crossed the 100-mark on April 1, said health officials.

Singh also instructed that all Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Unani Medical Officers and compounders of the state will work under the Medical and Health Department till the issuance of further orders.

It will help in the work being done for the prevention of coronavirus, he said.

Also, the police headquarters has decided to reinstate suspended policemen (from constables to police inspectors) in the state amid lockdown when police is engaged in different tasks including maintaining law and order, distributing food, providing security to medical teams going for screening in different areas and taking suspects to hospitals for isolation.

Director General of Police Bhupendra Singh on Tuesday issued guidelines for restoring suspended policemen.

It has been clarified in these guidelines that the suspension will not be resumed in cases of ACB, cases of criminal tendency and serious cases such as custody deaths. Only police personnel suspended for more than 6 months of normal service will be reinstated, he said.

A total of six deaths have been reported due to coronavirus in the state out of which two are from Bhilwara, one in Bikaner, and one each in Jaipur, Alwar and Kota.

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Four Tablighis in 12 new Covid-19 cases in Karnataka




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Bengaluru, April 7 (IANS) Karnataka registered 12 new Covid-19 positive cases, including four Tablighi returnees during the last 19 hours, an official said on Tuesday.

“Till date, 175 Covid positive cases have been confirmed. This includes 25 discharges and four deaths,” a health official said. The 12 new cases emerged from Monday 5 p.m. to Tuesday noon.

Among the new cases on Tuesday, four are Tablighi returnees and three are contacts of earlier Tablighis. Karnataka’s 164th Covid positive case is a 33-year-old Tablighi returnee from Mudhol, Bagalkot.

A 41-year-old woman, neighbour of the state’s fourth Covid fatality, is the 165th case. A 80-year-old woman from Gadag with a history of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARS) has emerged as the 166th case.

The state’s 167th case is a 29-year-old man from Benglauru and a Tablighi.
Similarly, the 168th case is a 50-year-old Tablighi from the same place.
A 35-year-old Tablighi from the same place is the 169th case.

Next, a 68-year-old man from the city with travel history to Dubai has emerged as the 170th case. A 32-year-old man from Mandya and a contact of five earlier Tablighis is the 171st case.

Similarly, a 36-year-old man from Mandya and also a contact of the same Tablighis is the 172nd case.

Likewise, a 65-year-old man from the same place and a contact of earlier Tablighi returnees is the 173rd case. A 28-year-old woman from Kalaburagi, daughter-in-law of 124th case is the 174th case.

The last case for Tuesday morning and Karnataka’s 175th case is a 57-year-old man from Kalaburagi with SARS history.

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