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Why is UP’s Covid death rate so high if cases not rising: Priyanka

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New Delhi, Hours after UP”s ruling BJP warned her of “action”, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday continued her attack on the Yogi Adityanath government, asking if the cases of coronavirus were not increasing in the state, then why is its mortality rate is so high.

In a tweet in Hindi, Priyanka Gandhi, who is the in-charge for the eatsern Uttar Pradesh said: “Out of 15 districts with the highest death rate, four districts are of Uttar Pradesh.

In Jhansi, one out of 10 Covid-19 patient is dying, in Meerut, one out 11 Covid patients is dying, one out of 14 patients in Agra and Etah is dying. If the number of Covid-19 patients is not increasing, then why the death rate is still high.”

She also attached two pictures which showed the top 15 districts in India with highest mortality rate and in another image highest mortality rate in in 10 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

Her remarks came a day after she rued the death of 28 Covid-19 patients in UP”s Agra within 48 hours of admission into hospital.

Earlier in the day, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya warned Priyanka Gandhi of ”action” if she continues to resort to cheap politics and does not respond to a notice serve by the Agra District Magistrate for posting wrong figures of Covid deaths.

“The Congress General Secretary is resorting to cheap politics since Covid-19 cases started emerging in UP. The claim of deaths made by her in Agra due to Covid-19 is false. The district administration has served her notice and if she fails to reply then we will take action,” he said.

He said that earlier, the Congress indulged in “bus politics” and when their state party president Ajay Lallu was sent to jail, Priyanka Gandhi did not even bother to meet him.

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Covid-19 joblessness pushing youths to extremist groups in Northeast

Adding to this are the reports of a large consignment of China-made weapons reaching the hands of the secessionist Myanmar-based radical groups, who share close links with militant groups in India’s Northeast.

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India’s Covid-19 pandemic lockdown is now giving headaches to the national security agencies. Youth, left jobless during the pandemic, are reported to be joining the banned rebel groups such as the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and other such, in droves.

Adding to this are the reports of a large consignment of China-made weapons reaching the hands of the secessionist Myanmar-based radical groups, who share close links with militant groups in India’s Northeast.

The emerging scenario is threatening to upset the delicate balance achieved through years of hard work by the Indian security and intelligence officers, according to senior executives in the national security establishment, who requested to stay unnamed, citing government service rules.

The Arakan Army (AA) — which seeks an independent homeland in Myanmar’s Rakhine state — has received the fresh cache of Chinese weapons and is known to be one of the key suppliers of arms and ammunition to the rebel groups in Northeast India.

In addition, the AA opposes India’s Kaladan Multi Modal Project, which provides states like Mizoram — a landlocked province — an outlet to the sea through the Sittwe port in Myanmar, officials said. Interestingly the AA has not opposed the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor.

Security agencies have told the government that insurgent groups active along the Indo-Myanmar border find easy recruits among youth left unemployed by Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

“The successful induction of the Chinese-made weapons by the AA will have an impact on the security situation in India’s Northeastern states, as much of these weapons are finding their way to some of the dormant militant groups of the Northeast,” the official said.

“The new weapons provide firepower to the northeastern groups whose ranks are increasing as youth left jobless by the pandemic are signing for militant groups.”

Strengthened by new recruits and rearmed, the Khaplang faction National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) — a banned militant group of Northeast based out of Myanmar — is gathering along the Indo-Myanmar Border in areas such as Mon to plan and execute attacks against the Indian security forces.

In 2016, the NSCN (K) killed 18 soldiers of the Indian Army, forcing India to launch cross border strikes on the militant hideouts taking refuge in Myanmar.

Worryingly, for India, peace talks with the Naga rebel groups have failed despite efforts of the Narendra Modi government.

Agencies have warned that groups like the People’s Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK) had recruited 15 fresh cadres in Assam. “There was recruitment of 10-15 cadres by the Karbi People’s Liberation Tiger in the outfit,” the source said.

Further, United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) had recruited 15-20 youths in the outfit from Meghalaya.

In Tripura, intelligence input indicates that extremist Parimal Debbrama of National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) is trying to revive his group and some newly recruited members of the outfit had completed their basic training in a hideout of Khagrachari District of Bangladesh.

“These cadres are planning to infiltrate into India for operations,” the source further added.

Intelligence agencies also stated that the India-Myanmar border remained susceptible to threat due to the presence of insurgent groups.

“Many insurgents groups are camping in Myanmar and trying to infiltrate through Tirap, Longding and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh, Mon District of Nagaland and Charaideo district of Assam,” the source said.

(Sumit Kumar Singh can be reached at [email protected])

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Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda takes oath as Rajya Sabha member

Gowda, 87, was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka with the support of the opposition Congress on June 12 in the biennial elections held in Bengaluru.

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New Delhi: Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda took oath as a Rajya Sabha member on Sunday.

The Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) supremo took oath in Kannada in the presence of Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu shortly after the House convened for the day.

Gowda, 87, was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka with the support of the opposition Congress on June 12 in the biennial elections held in Bengaluru for four seats that fell vacant after the previous members’ terms ended on June 25.

Though 45 of the 61 new members took oath on July 22 in Parliament House, Gowda could not go to New Delhi then, as he was unwell and due to coronavirus-induced restrictions on travelling for senior citizens amid the pandemic.

Gowda has entered the Rajya Sabha for the second time, 24 years after he was elected when he was the Prime Minister from June 1996 to April 1997.

Meanwhile, former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Congress leader Ambika Soni and Samajwadi Party’s Revati Ramn Singh have sought leave from Sunday’s session.

Citing health issues, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram also sought leave.

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Journalist’s Bail Plea: Didn’t commit crime, framed in false case

The plea also said that Sharma was taken into custody by the Delhi Police Special Cell, Janakpuri, on September 14. His house was searched by police on September 14 night and “no incriminating evidence was found”.

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Freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma arrested under the Official Secrets Act has claimed innocence, telling a Delhi court in his bail plea that he did not commit any crime but framed in a false case.

A Patiala House court is likely to hear the matter on Tuesday.

“The applicant is being framed in a false case. The applicant has not committed any offence,” Sharma said in his plea filed through advocate Amish Aggarwala.

The plea also said that Sharma was taken into custody by the Delhi Police Special Cell, Janakpuri, on September 14. His house was searched by police on September 14 night and “no incriminating evidence was found”.

According to the Delhi Police, Sharma was arrested by the Special Cell under the OSA on charge of passing sensitive information to Chinese intelligence. A Chinese woman and a Nepalese man too have been arrested in the case.

Sharma’s bail plea pointed out that he suffers from various medical ailments, including high blood pressure, for over a decade.

“The applicant is about 61 years of age, and is suffering from acute case of sinus, and requires constant treatment through a nebuliser. He has also undergone two surgeries for the same. Due to the same, he is at high risk to COVID-19… he is also a patient of high blood pressure, and taking medication (Triolmezest) for the same for the past decade,” Sharma said in his bail plea.

The petitioner said Sharma’s family had not been allowed access to him, nor any information regarding the allegations against him furnished.

“No copy of the FIR is uploaded online. Despite multiple requests, the police has not furnished a copy of the FIR,” the plea added.

Sharma also claimed that he had deep roots in society, and was a respected senior journalist.

“His wife is an Associate Professor at the Venkateswara College, Delhi University. Therefore, there is no risk of him running away from the process of justice,” said the plea.

The Special Cell arrested the senior journalist and alleged that he was working for the Chinese intelligence.

During his police custody, Chinese Qing Shi and her Nepalese partner Sher Singh alias Raj Bohra were also arrested on charge of giving Sharma huge amounts of money routed through hawala channels for conveying sensitive information to the Chinese Intelligence,” Sanjeev Yadav, DCP Special Cell, had said.

Police had claimed that a few days ago, a secret input was received from an intelligence agency that Rajeev Sharma of St Xavier Apartment in Pitampura had links with foreign intelligence officers and was receiving funds from his handlers through illegal means and Western Union money transfers platform for conveying sensitive information, which concerns national security and foreign relations.

A case under Section 3, 4, and 5 of the Official Secrets Act was registered on September 13 by Special Cell police station. Sharma was arrested on September 14 and a search warrant obtained to search his residence by Delhi Police.

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