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Uttarakhand minister Covid positive, Congress asks cabinet to go into quarantine

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Uttarakhand Congress state Vice President Suryakant Dhasmana

Dehradun, May 31 : Hours after Uttarakhand Minister Satpal Maharaj tested positive for coronavirus, the state’s opposition Congress on Sunday sought that the state cabinet should go into quarantine as he had attended a cabinet meeting earlier this week.

“Very disturbing news, the whole Uttrakhand Cabinet including the Chief Minister may be quarentined (sic) as a Cabinet Minister who attended the Cabinet Meeting found Corona positive,” Congress state Vice President Suryakant Dhasmana said in a tweet.

Satpal Maharaj and at least two dozen of his family members and staff also tested positive, state officials said. This came a day after the minister’s wife Amrita Rawat, who had fever for the past few days, tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.

What is worrying is that Satpal Maharaj, the state Tourism Minister, had attended a cabinet meeting on Friday where Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and other ministers of the BJP government were present.

In a video on his Twitter handle, Dhasmana said: “I think the whole cabinet should go into quarantine and get themselves checked at the earliest as it is a matter of public welfare, of public health, of people’s health… so many of the state’s people, party leaders and officials, ministers come in contact.”

“I pray to God that no one else turns out to be infected… to stop this happening, this (quarantining) is necessary. We pray that the Chief Minister and his colleagues stay healthy, and Maharaj ji and his family come out victorious.”

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Rahul Gandhi extends wishes on Guru Purnima

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New Delhi, July 5 : Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday extended wishes on the occasion of Guru Purnima.

“Three things that cannot be hidden for long – Sun, Moon, and Truth – Gautam Buddha. Best wishes to all of you on the occasion of Guru Purnima,” the Congress leader wrote on the microblogging site Twitter (translated from Hindi).

Guru Purnima is marked on the full-moon day of the Hindu month Ashadha and is celebrated by the Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists to honour one’s ‘gurus’ or teachers who guide us through our lives towards the path of enlightenment.

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50 hours and police still searching for Vikas Dubey

Ram Kumar Dubey, father fo Vikas, who was interrogated by the STF till late on Saturday night, maintained that his son was not present in the village when the incident took place.

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Lucknow: It has been more than 50 hours since gangster Vikas Dubey went missing after killing eight police personnel in an ambush in Kanpur, but the state police still has no clue about the whereabouts of the criminal.

All the phones of Vikas, his associates and relatives have been put on surveillance but the gangster has not used any communication tool so far.

The Yogi Adityanath government, on Saturday night, increased the reward on Vikas to Rs one lakh. A reward of Rs 25,000 each has been announced for his 18 accomplices.

Sixty police team are frantically searching for the man, who is now ‘most wanted’ in Uttar Pradesh.

On Saturday, the police razed the house of Vikas in Bikru village where he had killed the policemen in the early hours of Friday. Two SUVs and two tractors parked in the premises were also trampled upon by the same earthmover that had been sued to block the police team’s path when the incident took place.

The station house officer of Chaubeypur police station, Vinay Tiwari, was suspended on Saturday after a 12-hour grilling at the Special Task Force. Tiwari was found to have fled from the site when the encounter began. He is also suspected to have tipped-off Vikas about police action.

Ram Kumar Dubey, father fo Vikas, who was interrogated by the STF till late on Saturday night, maintained that his son was not present in the village when the incident took place.

“My son is innocent and I will fight for him right up to the Supreme Court. He is being framed for political reasons,” the father told reporters.

It has also been found that a phone call was allegedly made from the Chaubeypur police station to the local power sub station, asking them to disconnect the power supply in the village. The police team could not find an escape route when Vikas and his men fire at them because the area was plunged into darkness.

Two personnel of the sub-station have been detained for interrogation.

Meanwhile, in a related development, the police seized two cars and a motorcycle from Vikas’ Lucknow residence in Krishna Nagar area. An ambassador car seized from the house is said to belong to the UP Estate department and was earlier allotted to a principal secretary.

Vikas’ family claimed that it had purchased the vehicle in an auction but could not produce the papers to substantiate its claim.

The Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) is preparing to serve a notice to Deep Prakash, brother of Vikas who lives in Krishna Nagar and is presently absconding. LDA officials said that the map of the house was not passed as per records and if the owner failed to produce the relevant documents, the house would be razed.

Meanwhile, sources said that there was a strong possibility that Vikas had fled to Nepal or to some other state and would surrender in court when the furore over the incident subsides.

The state police have stepped up vigil around the courts to pre-empt any move by Vikas to surrender in court.

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India just 400 short of Russia, as record 25K new cases take tally past 6.73L

The United States remained the worst-hit country with 28,39,436 cases, followed by Brazil with 15,77,044.

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New Delhi: India recorded a single-day spike of record 24,850 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking its total tally to 6,73,165 even as over 600 deaths in the last 24 hours increased the country’s death toll to 19,268, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data revealed.

As many as 4,09,083 patients have been cured and discharged from hospitals. India now has 2,44,814 active cases in the country.

On the global front, India is 399 cases away from beating Russia to become the world’s third worst-hit nation with the coronavirus pandemic. While India has 6,73,165 cases, Russia has 6,73,564 cases.

The United States remained the worst-hit country with 28,39,436 cases, followed by Brazil with 15,77,044.

With a spike of more than 7,000 cases in just one day, Maharashtra remained the worst- hit state with its total cases crossing the 2-lakh mark (2,00,064) and 8,671 casualties, of which 295 occurred in the last 24 hours.

Southern state of Tamil Nadu followed with 1,07,001 corona cases including 1,450 deaths. Tamil Nadu witnessed a spike of 4,280 cases and 65 deaths in just one day.

At the third spot, national capital Delhi witnessed a spike of 2,505 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total corona tally to 97,200. Delhi now has 25,940 active cases, with 3,004 deaths. As many as 68,256 patients have recovered and since discharged from hospitals.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat (35,312) with 1,925 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (26,554), Rajasthan (19,532), Madhya Pradesh (14,064), West Bengal (21,231), Haryana (16,548), Karnataka (21,549), Andhra Pradesh (17,699), Telangana (22,312) and Bihar (11,700) cases.

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