Briefing about the daily coronavirus situation in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Principal Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad informed that 982 fresh infections were reported in last 24 hours. "In the last 24 hours, 982 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in the state. There are 7451 active cases, 17,557 discharges so far and 749 patients have succumbed to the infection," said Amit Mohan Prasad.
An encounter broke out between a miscreant and police in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh on July 03. One criminal carrying a bounty of Rs 50,000 on his head was killed by police in the encounter. Initially, Bablu was admitted in Malkhan Singh District Hospital of Aligarh for medical treatment but later he was declared dead. Police recovered arms, ammunitions and 2 motor-cycles from his possession. It was a joint operation by Noida STF Police and Aligarh Police. Bablu is a resident of Faridabad district.
Eight policemen were killed while raiding house of history-sheeter Vikas Dubey in Bikaru village of Kanpur on July 03. Later during search operation, two criminals were also neutralised by cops. Kanpur District Magistrate (DM) Dr Brahma Deo Ram Tiwari visited encounter spot in Bikaru village. While speaking to ANI, Dr Brahma Deo Ram Tiwari said, "Police is running its operation and we are keeping an eye on everything here. We are working and investigation as per the norms." Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tweeted, "Uttar Pradesh will never forget the martyred policemen who had discharged their duties with unmatched courage. Their sacrifice will not go in vain"
Harmonious coexistence and regards for other religions is an integral part of Indian ethos. And as a result, examples of communal harmony can be witnessed in every nook and corner of the country. One such example was witnessed in the Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh, where in an effort to contain coronavirus, a Muslim man developed a contactless sensor bell for a Hindu temple in the state.
A silent demonstration was held infront of the United Nations Office in Geneva alongside Broken Chair to raise a voice in solidarity to eradicate the malicious blasphemy law and forced conversions in Pakistan. The ongoing mistreatment of Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan is an issue of immense importance that nevertheless still receives scant attention from the UN or international human rights organisations. Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan have been treated as second-class citizens, their constitution legally bars religious minorities from high government offices. The country's Christian community continues to suffer discrimination, intolerance and instances of outright persecution. Religious places like churches have become an easy target for Christian persecution. According to the protesters, Christians, Hindus, and other religious minorities in the Islamic Republic are routinely subjected to multiple forms of discrimination and harassment. In 2020, Pakistan has ranked fifth on the Open Doors USA World Watch List of the top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith.
Chandigarh Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjay Baniwal was felicitated by Muslim clerics for his work amid coronavirus pandemic. The felicitation programme took place in city's Sector 45 on June 12. Chandigarh SSP Nilambari Jagadale was also felicitated by clerics. Burail area mosque management awarded them for their continuous efforts amid COVID-19 outbreak.
As the Indian government is busy battling coronavirus pandemic, the citizens too are not behind in extending their support and making sure that the poor survive even through these hard times. People across faiths have been coming to the forefront and helping the needy. Similar scene can be witnessed at a National Highway 2 in Kanpur city of Uttar Pradesh where a Hindu and a Muslim man are working together, distributing food packets and other necessary items especially to the migrants passing by. In a bid to ward off hunger woes, various individuals and organisations across the country have been distributing food and grocery items to the needy since the Prime Minster has imposed nationwide lockdown. Two among them are Kanpur's Amit Pandey and Sohaib Ahmad who have been working relentlessly to distribute food and other necessary items to the migrants who are passing through the National Highway. Their act is not just a wonderful example of humanity but also showcases the harmonious coexistence of different faiths in the country. Though working in different groups, their motive is same that is to help the migrants in meeting few of their necessities.