25 April 2020

25 April NEWS: PM Modi, Jaishankar dial Gulf leaders on 'Islamophobia' row . Azan may be carried out in accordance with NGT guidelines, say Delhi Police . Tablighi Jamaat Men Died at Quarantine Facility Due to Denial of Care, Erratic Food: Delhi Minorities Commission


25 April 2020: 1 Ramazan 1441: Vol: 12, No: 190


PM Modi, Jaishankar dial Gulf leaders on 'Islamophobia' row :TOI report

NEW DELHI: India has mounted a diplomatic offensive in the Gulf Arab states to tamp down a potential communal problem fuelled on social media, which could have impacted not only Indians living in Gulf Arab states but also between govts, given that Modi government has invested deeply in its relations with Arab world.In the past 24 hours, foreign minister S Jaishankar spoke personally to his counterparts across the Arab world to reassure them, even as Indian diplomats worked overtime to expose the fake social media posts that fuelled this controversy.India has also assured all assistance to these countries, particularly as India has refused to bring back its nationals who are stranded in these countries until after May 3 when the national lockdown ends. The condition of the stranded Indians will continue to be a matter of concern, as their return even after may 3 could result in 15-day quarantines for them.Jaishankar’s conversations come after PM Modi spoke to his counterparts in the Gulf and other parts of the Islamic world. MEA sources said Jaishankar reassured Gulf countries that India would ensure adequate food supplies to the Gulf during the muslim holy month of Ramzan, referring to “special efforts made by us to ensure uninterrupted supply of these items to these countries.” India also recommitted to supplies of hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Egypt and Palestine. “These supplies are taking place both as humanitarian aid and on a commercial basis.”On Friday, Jaishankar spoke to Riad Al Malki, foreign minister of Palestine, after speaking to Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed foreign minister of UAE.He has spoken to foreign minister of Qatar, as well as of Oman, arguably India’s closest neighbour in the Gulf. On Thursday, Jaishankar spoke to the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia.

 ‘Special flights, hospital beds’: Centre preps to fly back Indians stranded abroad

Centre has started making preparations to run scores of special flights early next month to bring thousands of Indians stranded abroad due to the cancellation of international flights from 22 March.For nearly a week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been holding discussions with senior ministers and officials on the modalities of bringing the stranded Indians back home, people familiar with the developments told HT.According to one estimate in the government, Kerala alone expects 1,00,000 expats to come back, for a visit to meet their family if not for a longer duration, when the flights start operating.The other states that expect a huge inflow of citizens abroad are Delhi, Maharashtra Punjab, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.HT


 Ramazan 2020: Azan may be carried out in accordance with the NGT guidelines, say Delhi Police

 Delhi Police has  said that azan or the call for prayer during the holy Islamic month of Ramzan or Ramadan may be carried out in accordance with the guidelines of National Green Tribunal. The statement from the police comes close on the heels of a viral video on the internet in which two cops were seen purportedly telling people that azan was not allowed in the capital during the lockdown. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia clarified that there was no restriction on prayers during the month-long fasting period during the lockdown."There is no restriction on azan. However, there is a complete ban on the gathering of people for prayers in mosques or at any other religious place," Sisodia tweeted.Delhi police urged the people to pray at home during Ramzan.  "The pious month of Ramzan starts from 25.04.2020. While observing roza and prayers, we expect everyone to follow lockdown as per the guidelines," the Delhi police tweeted from its handle."Azan may be carried out in accordance with NGT guidelines. It is requested that Namaz may be performed while staying indoors and have Sehri at home. All must stand united to fight Covid 19 pandemic and follow the guidelines," it added.Delhi L-G Anil Baijal shared the Delhi police's post on the microblogging site and stated,"Observe Ramzan while following the lockdown guidelines".Tagging the video on his Twitter handle, AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan asked if LG had ordered the police to ban azan during Ramzan. The Okhla legislator said he talked to the Delhi Police commissioner and he is looking into the matter.timesnownews

Ensure mosques are able to use loudspeakers for azan;

Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) on Friday asked Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to ensure that the police does not stop mosques from using loudspeakers for azan.In a letter, the DMC said it had received reports from some districts that the police had been making announcements that carrying out of azan has been prohibited. Ramzan is starting from April 25.thehindu



Tablighi Jamaat Men Died at Quarantine Facility Due to Denial of Care, Erratic Food: Delhi Minorities Commission

Bringing up the recent death of two Tablighi Jamaat members, who were kept at Delhi’s quarantine centre in Delhi’s Sultanpuri, Delhi Minorities Commission has written to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal requesting a probe.The letter which was sent on 24 April states, “Both of the dead belonged to Tamil Nadu and both were diabetic and died due to denial of diabetic medicines and erratic food supply.”  While one died on 22 April the other died about ten days before. Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) Chairman Zafarul-Islam Khan claimed,“Through people I regularly speak with at Delhi’s Sultanpuri quarantine facility, there are two acute problems at this facility. Firstly, the people would not get food on time which is a big issue with diabetic patients and secondly, the medical care was not good. This is what led to their death.”The letter is written to highlight the ‘plight of inmates in Corona isolation camps where medical and food facilities are so bad that 2 diabetic inmates have died within ten days, the last being on 22 April’.Khan and DMC member Kartar Singh Kochhar, who co-wrote the letter, attributed the deaths of two inmates due to the “callous and uncooperative nature of officers and doctors” manning and supervising these camps as well as the “erratic supply of food at these facilities”.The letter reads that Tablighi Jamaat members have been kept at quarantine centres include people from India and abroad, “They include elderly people with health issues who require special care and medical attention.”DMC also claimed that there are many people within the quarantine facility who have been there for about 25 days, which is more than the 14 days prescribed but are still not being allowed to go.the quint


Tablighis not getting timely meals in Delhi, says Tamil Nadu CM, asks Kejriwal to step in

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami wrote to his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal Friday evening, requesting better care for 559 Tablighi Jamaat members from the state who are quarantined in the national capital.The letter, which was released to the media, also seeks to alert Kejriwal to “a number of grievances with regard to conditions of stay” at quarantine facilities in Delhi.theprint


UP Minority Commission Seeks Ban on Tablighi Jamaat, Muslim Intellectuals Say There Is No Ground For the Ban

New Delhi:In what could be called a surprise move of the Uttar Pradesh Minority Commission that has asked the Yogi Adityanath government to ban the Tablighi Jamaat, holding it responsible for spread of Corona virus in the state particularly in the Muslim community, Muslim intellectuals and advocates have said that there is no ground to ban the Jamaat.The Commission also asked to penalize the Jamaat members according to law. Among the reasons to ban the Jamaat, the Commission alleged that it had connections with a Pakistan-based terrorist outfit.India Tomorrow


 Delhi Police prepares dossier on Tablighi Jamaat chief ; Markaz funding under lens: Zee news

Delhi Police has prepared a dossier on Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, the chief of the Islamic group Tablighi Jamaat, who has been booked in connection with a religious congregation that was held at Delhi's Nizamuddin Markaz. Along with Maulana Saad, the dossier includes names of his close relatives including his three sons and a few senior members of Delhi's Nizamuddin Markaz. The dossier includes information like Maulana Saad arrives at the Nizamuddin Markaz every morning at 8 am and stays there till 2 pm. Thereafter, he leaves for his home where he stays for 2 hours. At around 4 pm, he arrives back at the Markaz and stays there till 10 pm. Maulana Saad's three sons who have also been named in the dossier are: Mohammad Yusuf, Mohammed Saeed and Mohammad Ilyas. According to the police, Saad's 3 sons and his nephew Owais, who also enjoys a key position at the Markaz, are liable for the financial accounts of the Tablighi Jamaat. The investigating company suspects that Maulana Saad has collected assets and properties worth Rs 2 crore from international funding. The recent raid by the Crime Branch team on Saad's Kandhala (Shamli) farmhouse was conducted in a bid to recover documents related to the funding of his properties. Maulana Abdul Rahman, who stays in a 6-storey building in Zakir Nagar West, is also believed to be one of the closest relatives of Saad. Initially, the police believed that Saad, after being booked for holding the congregation, was hiding at Rahman's place. According to the police, Saad's finances are controlled by his sons and his two close aides, Haji Mohammad Yunus and Maulana Mufti Shehzad.Maulana Mufti Shehzad, a Zakir Nagar resident, has also been named in FIR. He is responsible for keeping an eye on the members of the administrative committee at the Markaz. According to the police, at least 849 foreigners attended the religious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin Markaz this year. Later, many of these went to their relatives living in different parts of the country, to raise fund. While several of them have been arrested by the police, some are still on the run and are yet to be nabbed.Crime Branch is also monitoring the movement of at least 11 relatives and close aides of Saad and are also tracking their mobile phones.



UP: BJP MP announces reward for info on people with foreign travel history, Tablighi Jamaat members

 Ballia :BJP MP Ravindra Kushawaha said on Saturday that he would give a cash reward of Rs 11,000 to anyone providing specific information about people, including Tablighi Jamaat members, who hid information about their travels and avoided screening for COVID-19.MP from Salempur claimed that several people, who had been to Tablighi Jamaat congregations or any foreign country, did not report to the authorities and “are living without proper testing”.PTI



Allahabad University prof booked for ‘sheltering foreigners’ suspended by varsity

Lucknow : 3 days after the police arrested a 55-year-old political science professor for  allegedly arranging stay of foreign nationals without informing the district administration, the Allahabad University on Friday suspended him.“The university’s vice-chancellor R R Tewari ordered the suspension of professor Mohmmad Shahid on Friday,” said the university’s public relations officer, Shailendra Mishra.He added that Shahid was suspended as per rules , as he has been in judicial custody for more than 48 hours.indianexpress


UP govt starts bringing back workers

Uttar Pradesh government has started bringing back stranded labourers with 2,224 returning from Haryana in the first phase of the initiative, PTI quoted a senior official as saying on Saturday. Briefing reporters, Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Information) Awanish Awasthi said the first batch of workers was brought back in 82 buses from Haryana on Saturday, and 11,000 workers will return by Sunday. All the workers will be kept in a 14-day quarantine.Orders have been issued to prepare shelter homes in the state in a major way so that the returnees can be quarantined there. "Instructions have been issued to install public address system at the shelter homes, and make arrangements for food and toilets," Awasthi said.indianexpress



India Records Lowest Daily Growth Rate In COVID-19 Cases Since Tally Crossed 100-mark

The average doubling rate of COVID-19 cases in the country is 9.1 days as of now and from Friday 8 am to Saturday 8 am, India recorded a six per cent growth in new cases, which is the lowest daily growth rate recorded since the country crossed 100 cases, the government said on Saturday. 13th meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 was held under the chairpersonship of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday."GoM was apprised that as of now, the death rate is around 3.1 per cent while the recovery rate is more than 20 per cent, which is comparatively better than most of the countries and may be taken as a positive effect of the lockdown in the country, along with the cluster management and containment strategy. "The average doubling rate of the country is 9.1 days as of now," the ministry said.GoM was also informed that as of now, 5,062 people have been cured with a recovery rate of 20.66 per cent. Since Friday morning, an increase of 1,429 cases has been reported, the ministry said. The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 775 and the number of cases climbed to 24,506 in the country on Saturday, according to the ministry.PTI


‘No public gathering in UP till June 30 even if coronavirus lockdown ends on May 3’: CM Yogi

In wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said that even if the lockdown will be lifted on May 3, no public gathering will be allowed to take place in Uttar Pradesh till June 30.Adityanath during a meeting with senior district administration officials, senior police officials and chief medical officers, said that no public gathering should be permitted in the state till June 30 in view of the coronavirus pandemic and the decision to ease the restrictions will be taken subsequently, depending on the prevailing situation at that time. “With Ramzan starting, the community leaders have requested people to offer prayers from their homes. There should be no mass gatherings as that increases the possibility of coronavirus spreading. There will be no public gatherings till June 30,” he said as reported by TOI.The chief minister said that the most number of positive coronavirus cases are from those related to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin. Adityanath also asked the authorities to identify the members of the Tablighi Jamaat and quarantine them.  jagran


'Decision On Extension Of Lockdown, Relaxations After April 30': Delhi Govt

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain today  said the discussion on whether or not the national capital should extend the lockdown is underway and the decision, whatever it is, will be shared only after April 30, ANI reported. Jain was asked about the relaxations in lockdown following the Centre's decision to allow neighbourhood and stand-alone shops, including those located in residential complexes within municipal areas to open, but at a 50 per cent strength and after taking necessary precautions."There are 92 coronavirus hotspots in Delhi. The entire district or the entire city is not (a hotspot)," Jain said. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier this week said no relaxation of prohibitions will be allowed before a review meeting of experts on April 27.The health minister also said the rate at which coronavirus cases are doubling in Delhi has now slowed down to 13 days, from lesser number of days earlier.outlookindia

Total number of Covid-19 containment zones in Delhi are now 95

New Delhi: The containment zone tally in the national capital on Saturday rose to 95 as against 92 on Friday.Gali number 3 and 9 of Shalimar Village and Block X, Gali number 1-3 of Yadav Villa have been identified as containment zones.In one of its first cases, the Delhi government on Friday "de-contained" a red zone for coronavirus in Vasundhara Enclave area after no new cases were reported from the area.According to Union Health Ministry, Delhi's Covid-19 case count is at 2,514 and there have been 53 deaths so far.livemint


Coronavirus: Centre eases lockdown curbs to allow select shops to open with conditions

Centre has issued an order relaxing lockdown guidelines to allow the functioning of select shops within and outside municipal areas. However, the exemptions will not apply to the shops in malls, coronavirus hotspots and containment zones.In a fresh addendum to an April 15 order, the Ministry of Home Affairs exempted all shops in residential areas and market complexes in rural areas from the lockdown guidelines. “It would be mandatory for all permitted shops to open only with 50% strength of workers, ensure compulsory wearing of masks and strict adherence to social distancing norms,” the ministry said in its new order. Meanwhile, malls and big shopping complexes shall remain closed in both urban and rural areas till May 3, the order signed by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said.Outside the municipal limits, which includes rural areas, all shops – except liquor stores – can be open, the home ministry spokesperson clarified on Saturday. The official added that the sale by e-commerce companies will be permitted only for essential goods. However, Government has clarified that all restaurants, salons and barber shops will remain closed. SCROLL/PIB/AIR


MP’s “political turmoil is responsible” for COVID-19 crisis in Bhopal, Indore: Dr Anand Rai, medical officer in Indore

Madhya Pradesh is spiralling into one of India’s worst-affected states by the COVID-19 pandemic.   Dr Anand Rai, a medical officer in Indore spoke about the escalating crisis in Madhya Pradesh, and how it devolved into its current state. Rai is a doctor empanelled with National Health Mission and among the doctors who are part of the state’s “COVID-19 combat team.” Rai identified both  failures of the state machinery, for its inaction, and of the public, for violating the lockdown, as reasons behind the current situation in Madhya Pradesh.


First day of holy month of Ramzan observed all over country

Muslims are observing first day of holy month of Ramzan across the country today. The worshippers offered special daily night prayers called "Taraweeh" at their homes last night in compliance with nationwide lockdown norms amid COVID-19 pandemic.Several Muslim clerics, leaders, scholars and religious organisatios have already appealed to Muslims to offer prayers and other religions rituals during holy month of Ramzan staying inside their homes adhering social distance.AIR


Presdient, VP, PM Greets Nation on Ramzan, Prays for Everyone's Safety & Victory in Battle Against Coronavirus

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have extended greetings on the beginning of the holy month of Ramzan, saying may the people achieve a decisive victory in the ongoing battle against coronavirus and create a healthier planet. The prime minister said may the holy month bring with it abundance of kindness, harmony and compassion. "May we achieve a decisive victory in the ongoing battle against COVID-19 and create a healthier planet," he wrote on Twitter."Ramzan Mubarak! I pray for everyone's safety, well-being and prosperity," Modi said.President Kovind said this 'pious month' inspires everyone to be compassionate and kind towards each other, especially those in need."Ramzan Mubarak to all. May this pious month inspire us to be compassionate and kind towards others, especially those in need. On this occasion, let us resolve to defeat COVID-19 through our collective determination and discipline," he tweeted.Naidu said this year's Ramzan comes at a time when the whole world is fighting a battle against the spread of coronavirus on several fronts."Even though traditionally Ramzan, like most of our festivals, is a time for social and spiritual gatherings, this year, we may have to observe Ramzan and offer prayers at home with our family and avoid large gatherings," he said."Let's all stay home and pray for wellbeing of the entire world," the vice president said.PTI /ANI


Ramadan : Jama Masjid remains closed amid Covid-19 lockdown

New Delhi :Muslims in India will begin fasting from Saturday as they welcomed the holy month of Ramzan amid the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus. The Ramzan moon was sighted on Friday evening.Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari and Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri mosque Mufti Mukarram Ahmed appealed to Muslims to perform all prayers and rituals at home while adhering to the norms of social distancing.


 Online Quranic sermons to guide homebound believers during Ramzan

MUMBAI: As the holy month of Ramzan begins on Saturday, this festival will bee celebrated differently. While believers won't be able to attend congregational prayers at mosques, thanks to the lockdown for Covid-19, special online sermons will help them observe the holy month. Maharashtra chapters of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) and its student wing Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) will broadcast three daily sermons - one in Hindi, another in Marathi and a special talk for women - throughout the month of Ramzan.Through these speeches, Islamic scholars will explain the teachings of Qur'an and guide the believers who will likely miss many of the regular activities of the holy month.SIO has introduced special series called 'Quran Saar' to bring Quranic teachings to Marathi speaking population in the state online."Ramzan draws its importance from the Quran, as the divine book was started to be revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in this very month. A special prayer called 'taraweeh' is held every night throughout the month, where one of the 30 parts Quran is recited. While recitation is made in Arabic, usually these verses are explained in local languages in many mosques," said Naushad Usman, the Islamic scholar who will deliver the Marathi sermons. Meanwhile, JIH will stream a Hindi sermon called Khulasa-e-Taraweeh (gist of taraweeh) every night, which will be delivered by S. Ameenul Hasan, an Islamic scholar and vice president, JIH, on its social media channels. A special online series of talks for women called 'Daura-e-Quran' is also underway. JIH Maharashtra's president Rizwan-ur-Rahman Khan said, "We need to practice social distancing. Perform all the prayers including Friday and taraweeh prayers in your homes. Avoid hanging out with friends in the night. This is in line with the teachings of Islam and prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)," said .TOI


Over 40 Muslim COVID-19 patients who recovered, ready to donate plasma in Gujarat

AHMEDABAD: Over forty Muslim coronavirus patients who were discharged from a hospital in Vadodara in Gujarat have agreed to donate their blood plasma for the treatment of others, a community leader said.Recently the Union government allowed Gujarat health authorities to use on an experimental basis the plasma transfusion therapy which aims to boost the immunity of critical patients.On Thursday, 44 Muslim patients were given discharge from a Covid Care Centre in Vadodara after they tested negative for infection twice in two days, said community leader Zuber Goplani.PTI


Coronavirus: Mumbai’s Dharavi slum records sharp drop in new cases as Maharashtra tally nears 7,000

The number of new coronavirus cases in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum has reported a sharp drop, even as Maharashtra’s cumulative tally reached 6,817, NDTV reported on Saturday. In Asia’s largest slum that saw its first positive case on April 1, authorities have embarked on an ambitious screening process because of the density of the population and poor sanitation in the area.Dharavi reported six new coronavirus cases and one death on Friday, compared with 25 on the previous day. This is the lowest single-day rise after April 15, The Hindu reported.So far, the total cases have risen to 220 and 14 fatalities have been reported from the area.


  Pathankot: No paediatric expertise available due to lockdown, Army doctors perform life-saving surgery on day-old baby

Chandigarh :As restrictions are in place because of COVID-19 lockdown, an intricate surgery was performed on a day old baby by a general surgeon in Military Hospital, Pathankot without the help of a paediatric surgeon or a neonatologist.Doctors at the Pathankot Military Hospital performed the emergency lifesaving operation on the newborn baby as it was not feasible to take the baby to the nearest medical facility in Chandimandir with requisite expertise.Due to COVID-19 lockdown there was no pediatric surgeon available in the civil hospitals of Pathankot.Major Adil Abdul Kalam, Surgical Specialist of Pathankot Military Hospital performed the intricate and challenging operation of opening up the abdomen of the new born baby who was on a ventilator, repairing of the tears in intestine and creation of stoma for diverting the stools.indianexpress


MUMBAI :Free ambulance service for cancer and dialysis patients

A free ambulance service for cancer and dialysis patients to travel to hospitals during the lockdown was inaugurated at Kurla.The service, which will be provided by the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Mumbai, will be made available at Kurla, Vikhroli and Nagpada.The group said the initiative will help patients in availing ambulances during the lockdown.”In these difficult times of a pandemic, dialysis and chemotherapy patients have a problem travelling to hospitals. Therefore, we started this service for these patients to reach hospitals on time with utmost safety precautions,” said Abdul Haseeb Bhatkar, president, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Mumbai.


The Hindu joins the league of media houses announcing pay cuts

The Hindu is the latest addition to the growing list of media houses that have announced pay cuts owing to the pandemic’s economic fallout. LV Navaneeth, CEO, in a hand-written letter to the newspaper’s employees, announced the wage cuts effective from April 1. The cuts will be applicable to the annual gross salary of employees and will not affect retirals, the letter said. Urging employees to collectively help the organisation move towards a new normal, Navaneeth said the current situation places a huge burden on the newspaper’s finances. In the course of a month, multiple media houses including Hindustan Times, Indian Express, The Quint, Times of India, News Nation, NDTV, and many others have laid off employees or announced salary cuts.newslaundry


Coronavirus: ‘No need to impose hardship on government servants,’ says Manmohan Singh on DA cut

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other Congress leaders on Saturday criticised the Narendra Modi government’s decision to freeze the dearness allowance of pensioners, government employees and soldiers in order to fund the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.The finance ministry, in an announcement on Thursday, put on hold the increment in dearness allowance and dearness relief for 50 lakh central government employees and 61 lakh pensioners till July next year.scroll


Lockdown to extend till end of May due to Ramzan: Sources from Home

As the Corona grips the nation tighter, sources from the Ministry of Home Affairs  (MHA)speculate a longer lockdown period. The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is set to begin from April 25 in the country, adding to the fears of disrupting social distancing norms, hence, leading the Ministry to further extend the nationwide lockdown till the end of May. It has been speculated that if the lockdown is lifted on May 3rd, the Muslim community will return to its congregational prayers which are routine to Ramadan, thus, disturbing the positive changes that the lockdown has brought in terms of spread of the coronavirus. Considering the crowds in markets for Eid shopping and other ritualistic gathering in the late evenings, authorities have deemed it necessary to extend the lockdown as it would become impossible to maintain social distancing in the holy month.



Former IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan booked for refusing to rejoin duty amid Covid-19

The police in the Union Territory of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli have filed a case against former Indian Administrative Service officer Kannan Gopinathan for refusing to rejoin duty as directed by the government during the Covid-19 pandemic, PTI reported on Friday. The first information report was registered under Epidemic Diseases Act and Disaster Management Act at the Daman Police Station, a police officer said.Police Inspector Liladhar Makwana said that Gopinathan, who resigned from the IAS last August, also faces a charge for failing to obey a government order.scroll



EggsForImmunity is setting the trend for a healthy lifestyle on social media

Hyderabad: As the world is fighting against the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 pandemic, doctors across the globe are vouching to eat at least two eggs daily to boost immunity level in the body.So, the #EggsForImmunity is setting the trend for a healthy lifestyle on social media platforms.It is being said that most of the quarantine facilities across the world are offering their patients who are recovering from the infection two eggs daily along with their meals.Amid lockdown, an online challenge, namely, #EatEggsForImmunityChallenge is being followed by many netizens who are making posts, singing songs, showing off their culinary skills and more.The challenge is also finding itself on favorable grounds with more and more people joining the frenzy day by day.ANI


In Jammu, NC youth leader questions red zone classification, UT admin calls it inflammatory

Jammu :Questions are being raised in Jammu over the designation of 2 Muslim-dominated localities as COVID-19 red zones since March 29, where no positive case has been recorded so far.The administration has responded by claiming that 10 positive cases have been recorded from the area as a whole, and that more than 45 “high risk” contacts of those cases reside here. It has also threatened action against a local Youth National Conference leader, who raised the issue, accusing him of using “inflammatory” words.On Wednesday, YNC provincial secretary Zeeshan Javed Rana posted on Twitter: “Will the govt reveal the reason for declaring Bhatindi and Gujjar Nagar as Red Zones? Were the guidelines issued by @MoHFW_INDIA properly followed, or is it because of a Muslim majority population.’’ indianexpress


 More Than 70,000 Stranded People Permitted to Move Within Assam

Guwahati: More than 70,000 people, stranded in different districts of Assam due to the lockdown, have been allowed to move within the state either by ASTC buses or personal vehicles to their homes or workplace during the next three days, starting Saturday.The call centre has received 41,651 calls from people in different districts who want to take buses to reach their home and the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) is making arrangements for their travel which will be free of cost, health minister Himanta Biswa said at a press conference here on Friday.Individual bus tickets with travel details will be sent by Friday night to those who will travel on the first day Saturday, the minister said.PTI


Bengal Not Cooperating, Says Central Team; Suggests Strict Implementation of Lockdown in Northern Areas

As the blame game and turmoil at the bureaucratic level continued between the Centre and West Bengal government, a central team on a visit to Kolkata and Siliguri to assess the COVID-19 situation on Saturday flagged non-cooperation on the part of the state over providing logistical support and other relevant information.In a letter to Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha, the inter-ministerial central team (IMCT) led by senior bureaucrat Apurba Chandra, also sought to know details about steps taken by the Mamata Banerjee-led dispensation to identify and quarantine those who returned from the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin area.Meanwhile, the central team visiting north Bengal wrote to the government suggesting stricter implementation of lockdown there.The ruling Trinamool Congress described IMCT as "India's Most Callous Team", which, it said, has sought to spread the political virus "shamelessly".news18


Social Distancing Goes for a Toss in Tamil Nadu Due to Panic-buying Ahead of Intensified Lockdown in 5 Cities

Chennai: All mandates regarding social distancing norms were brought down in Tamil Nadu on Saturday as people across five high-risk municipalities in the state stepped out to buy essentials ahead of a total lockdown beginning Sunday.Tamil Nadu had announced that it would enforce more stringent clamps on the existing lockdown in select municipalities: Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruppur and Salem. Red zones in these areas have been witnessing a surge in the coronavirus cases apparently unexplainable through contact-tracing.The intensified curbs will kick in from Sunday morning and will be in effect till Wednesday late evening. For Salem and Tiruppur, the lockdown is shorter by a day. Across these five municipalities, a total of 725 positive cases have been reported so far.news18


Woman wrongly declared COVID-19 positive, discharged from hospital in Shamli

A woman from Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district was wrongly identified as having contracted COVID-19 infection after a laboratory apparently mismatched her samples with that of her namesake from another district who tested positive, officials said.The woman was discharged on Friday from a hospital in Shamli where she was quarantined while her actual test results are still awaited, they added.According to Additional CMO(Shamli) Phal Kumar, mistake happened as Meerut Medical College wrongly sent a report that the woman had tested positive but it turned out to be that of another woman with the same name.The entire street where they were staying was sealed by authorities.indianexpress


PM CARES Fund to Be Audited by 'Independent Auditors' Instead of CAG: Report

New Delhi: While the central government is accumulating a huge sum of money under PM CARES Fund as a corpus to fight COVID-19, the amount spent will not be audited by the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG).A news report by NDTV, quoting sources at the CAG office, said, “Since the fund is based on donations of individuals and organisations, we have no right to audit the charitable organisation”.Importantly, the Fund was created by the Union cabinet on March 28 to facilitate donations from private individuals and corporate entities to tackle the coronavirus crisis even though such a facility has been available with the government through the Prime Minister National Relief Fund (PMNRF) since 1948. The report said the PMNRF is also not audited by C&AG office “but it has not stopped the government’s auditor from asking questions about how the money was used when it provided for relief after the 2013 Uttarakhand floods”.


Assam Teacher Booked for 'Defaming' Padma Bhushan Litterateur Syed Abdul Malik

Guwahati: Multiple FIRs have been lodged against a college teacher in Assam for allegedly trying to defame Padma Bhushan awardee and renowned Assamese litterateur late Syed Abdul Malik, officials said.The woman courted controversy after she recently uploaded the first three stanzas of a celebrated poem by Malik – “Moi Oxomiya” (I am an Assamese) – on social media, reportedly describing it as “Moghal bondona” (glorification of the Mughals).Outraged by the post, one FIR was filed against the teacher by the Sadou Asom Goriya Moriya Deshi Jatiya Parishad in Guwahati, and two more by AAMSU in Bongaigaon and Golaghat districts, officials said.PTI



J&K Govt Revokes PSA Against 28 People Lodged Within And Outside UT

Jammu and Kashmir government has revoked the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) against 28 people lodged in jails within and outside the Union territory, officials said.A prominent name to figure in the list is Mohammad Yasin Khan, head of the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturing Federation (KTMF) and the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), they added. Hundreds of people, including mainstream leaders, were detained and booked under the PSA after August 5 last year.Several of them, including former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, were recently released.However, other mainstream leaders who continue to be in detention include former chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar and former minister Naeem Akhtar.PTI


J&K High Court refuses interim protection from arrest to journalist booked under UAPA

Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday denied interim protection from arrest to journalist Gowhar Geelani, who was booked under UAPA his social media posts earlier this week. The High Court issued a notice to the government and listed the case for May 20.Cyber Police Station in Srinagar had accused Geelani of “indulging in unlawful activities” through social media that are “prejudicial to the national integrity, sovereignty and security of India”. The police alleged that Geelani had been glorifying terrorism in Kashmir Valley through his posts. They also said that many complaints had been received against Geelani for “threatening and intimidation”.In his petition, Geelani’s counsel Salih Peerzada challenged the jurisdiction of Cyber Police Station in Srinagar to file a first information report against Geelani.The counsel argued that the FIR was filed through a misuse of police powers, PTI reported. He sought quashing of the FIR and interim protection to Geelani from arrest.scroll


Police action against scribes to silence voices in Kashmir: author Gowhar Geelani

SRINAGAR;Prominent Kashmiri journalist and author Gowhar Geelani, who has been booked by authorities in Kashmir for his social media posts said those critical of the government in the region are under the constant radar of security agencies.“It takes a psychological toll on you when you are being watched. You remain more focused on safety than work, “said Geelani who has been charged under UAPA.A day earlier, 26-year-old woman photojournalist Masrat Zahra was also booked under the same law. Peerzada Ashiq, representing India’s one of largest circulated daily newspaper The Hindu was summoned to a police station and questioned about a story, which had appeared on April 19.The police action against these journalists has invoked an international outrage.In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Geelani who has sought judicial remedy said the police action was aimed at silence dissenting voices in Kashmir. Anadolu Agency


Hundreds of academicians, journalists appeal UN Special Rapporteur to stop intimidation of Kashmiri journalists

Members of the Kashmir Scholars Consultative Action Network have written to Prof David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression regarding the harassment of journalists in Kashmir.The letter, endorsed by hundreds of other academics, journalists, writers and researchers from around the world, seeks “immediate intervention” of the Special Rapporteur to urgently intervene in the continued silencing tactics used by the Indian government to harass and incarcerate working journalists, the latest case being of Masrat Zahra who was charged with UAPA on April 20. board member Raqib Hameed Naik is also one of the signatories to the letter.TCN


Jammu and Kashmir: Two militants, an accomplice killed in encounter with security forces in Pulwama

2militants and one of their associates were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday, police said.“Search is still going on. Details shall follow, ” said Kashmir Zone Police. Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the Goripora area of Awantipora in early hours of Saturday after receiving specific information about the presence of militants, an unidentified police official told PTI. He added that the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired at the security forces.On Friday, the police in Kulgam district said that they had rescued an abducted police officer and killed two militants in a brief shootout in Shirpora Frisal area.scroll


 Police Booking Student-Activists Under UAPA To Stifle Anti-CAA Movement:Student-Activists

NEW DELHI:Student-activists allege that the Delhi police is working on the direction of the higher authorities to suppress the movement against the CAA and the NRC by cleverly linking them with northeast Delhi violence in February and booking them under UAPA.The activists feel disturbed after booking of cases under provisions of UAPA against several student-activists including Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC) members Meeran Haider, Safoora Zargar, former JNU student leader Umar Khalid, Bhajanpura resident Danish, activist Khalid Saifi and former Congress councillor Ishrat Jahan and one Gulfishan.The activists say that the police was not going to stop at it only. They are now going to expand their net and might arrest more people as the police have registered as many as 750 FIRs in connection with the northeast Delhi violence. They say that as the investigation in the riot cases has been taken over by the Special Cell of the Delhi police, activists say that the police now might book every riot suspect under UAPA as a part of “pre-planned conspiracy”  as mentioned in the March 6 FIR in which Umar Khalid and Danish have been made the chief suspect behind the riots.India Tomorrow


Elgar Parishad case: Court rejects interim bail to Teltumbde, sends him to judicial custody till May 8

New Delhi ;A special court on Saturday rejected temporary bail to academician Dr Anand Teltumbde, arrested on April 14 by NIA in a case related to an alleged conspiracy to convene the Elgar Parishad event in Pune on December 31, 2017. Teltumbde (70) has been sent to judicial custody till May 8.Teltumbde through his lawyers R Satyanarayan and Arif Siddiqui had moved a plea seeking temporary citing the Covid-19 outbreak and his susceptibility to it due to his health condition. NIA, however, opposed the plea stating that the offence was serious. He also said that the offences under which Teltumbde has been booked, including the UAPA, did not fall into the criteria fixed by the state’s high-powered committee, which had prescribed bail being granted to those facing punishment only up to seven years imprisonment.indianexpress


No coercive steps against Republic TV's Arnab for 3 weeks:SC

The Supreme Court Friday granted Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami protection for 3 weeks from “coercive steps” following multiple FIRs against him by Congress leaders and workers over his alleged derogatory remarks against party chief Sonia Gandhi during a news show on lynching of 3 persons, including two sadhus, in Palghar in Maharashtra.The bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah which heard Goswami’s urgent plea — it was filed Thursday night and heard Friday morning — said: “For a period of three weeks, the petitioner shall be protected against any coercive steps arising out of and in relation to the above FIR arising out of the telecast which took place on 21 April.”The bench, which said Goswami could seek anticipatory bail during this period, issued notice to the respondents, including Centre. The notice is returnable in eight weeks. The bench stayed all FIRs, filed in different states, except one. It stayed all proceedings on any other FIR or complaint that may be filed regarding the April 21 telecast.indianexpress


'Stand with Arnab': BJP leaders claim attack was 'Congress Italian mafia style terror'

BJP leaders across the country condemned the recent attack on Republic TV founder and editor Arnab Goswami, who alleged Congress leaders were behind the act. Republic World reported that the attack took place barely 500 metres away from Arnab's house as he was driving back following his show, with his wife and Republic TV Editor Samyabrata Ray Goswami in their Toyota Corolla. "The attack on Sri. Arnab Goswami by the the thugs of Sonia and Congress is highly condemnable. Arnab you pl go ahead in your fight for justice. We are with you. I am sure all the fair minded persons will stand by you," tweeted BJP leader H. Raja.


 Sanjay Kothari sworn in as chief vigilance commissioner

Retired Indian Administrative Officer Sanjay Kothari on Saturday took oath as the chief vigilance commissioner. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Kothari at a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi.scroll



  Saudi abolishes flogging as punishment

Saudi Arabia Saturday abolished flogging as a form of punishment, the supreme court announced, hailing the latest in a series of “human rights advances” made by the king and his powerful son, reported AFP. Saudi’s top court said the latest reform was intended to “bring kingdom in line with international human rights norms against corporal punishment”.Saudi’s court-ordered floggings, which sometimes extend to hundreds of lashes, have long drawn condemnation from human rights groups. indianexpress


Saudi rights activist Abdullah al-Hamid dies in prison: Report

Saudi human rights activist and renowned academic Abdullah al-Hamid has died in prison, according to a media report and a prisoner rights group.Prisoners of Conscience, a Twitter account which documents the situation of political prisoners in Saudi Arabia, said that al-Hamid died due to "intentional medical negligence in prison […] he had a brain stroke and went into a comma for 15 days."The account accused the Saudi authorities of "deliberately assassinating him after leaving him in coma for hours before taking him to hospital."ALQST -- a Saudi human rights group that operates from outside the Kingdom -- said that al-Hamid was arrested in March 2013 and sentenced for 11 years, without giving any reason for the sentence.The group said that al-Hamid had deteriorating health conditions and he was transferred to a hospital more than 3 months ago, where a doctor suggested an urgent heart surgery.It said Saudi authorities did not allow him to remain in hospital until a heart surgery could be carried out and sent him back to prison.The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news network, citing some human rights activists, also reported the death of al-Hamid due to “medical negligence.”Anadolu Agency


13 rangers, 4 civilians killed in DR Congo park attack

13 park rangers and four civilians were killed by an unidentified armed group Friday in an attack in Virunga National Park in DR Congo, according to authorities. The killing took place when a convoy of civilians protected by rangers was ambushed by suspected rebels operating in the park in Rutshuru territory, 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Goma, according to ICCN. The rangers were killed while trying to assist civilians who had fallen into the ambush, ICCN DGCosma Wilungula told reporters.“We lost 13 park wardens in a rebel attack. Our guards were not the target but had intervened after hearing gunshots on a civilian convoy,” he said.Anadolu Agency


 China checks on Kim Jong-un’s ill health, sends a team to North Korea

Chief ally China has sent a team including doctors to North Korea to check on its leader Kim Jong-un following reports last week that said the 36-year-old was critically ill.The delegation is led by a senior member of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) international liaison department and left Beijing for Pyongyang on Thursday, a Reuters report said on Saturday.The visit is set to trigger further speculation about the health of Kim Jong-un who is said to be a heavy smoker, appears overweight and has a history of cardio vascular problems in the family.China is yet to confirm the visit.HT

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