Centre asks four states to take prompt steps to curb recent spike in Covid-19 cases
Thursday, 7 January 2021 The Centre has asked four states recording a surge in Covid-19 cases -- Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal -- to maintain a "strict vigil" and take steps to curb the recent spike. The states have been advised to maintain a "strict vigil" and to take steps to keep a check on the rising cases, especially in view of the new strain of the virus being observed in a few states in India.
Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen said that the recent spike in cases can be tied to people going to Christmas and New Year's Eve parties. KDKA's Amy Wadas has more on this story.
Journalists recall release of CRPF jawan by naxals in Chhattisgarh. The abducted CRPF jawan Rakeshwar Singh was released by naxals. Manhas was brought to the CRPF camp in Bijapur after he was released. “A press note was released saying that the government is preparing a team for mediation. Bastar IGP was informed; a two-member team was formed. Maoists asked us to come with the team formed by the government. 35-40 maoists were present, several adivasis were present there. The soldier was released in our presence and handed over to us,” a journalist said. Another said, We went to the place where the soldier was kept. Soldier is healthy but he is mentally troubled. He told me that he got lost during the ambush. Maoists said that they were leaving him on humanitarian grounds. They (maoists) said that the soldier be sent back home. Bringing back the soldier was everyone’s responsibility.”
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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on the release of the CoBRA jawan Rakeshwar Singh Manhas who was abducted by the Naxals during an encounter with security forces along Sukma-Bijapur border on April 03, said it was a political win. "This is our strategic win. The officers who were given this responsibility have successfully performed it. I am satisfied, jawan's family was also worried," said CM Bhupesh Baghel.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held meeting with Chief Ministers on the current COVID19 situation on April 08 via video conferencing. Terming the second wave a grave concern, PM Modi said, "We need to fight the second surge in cases. Many states including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Punjab have crossed first wave of peak in COVID-19 cases. This is a serious concern and people have become complacent. In most States administration has also become relaxed." PM Modi said that there is need to work on war footing again to fight COVID-19. "Despite all the challenges, we have a better experience, resources and a vaccine," he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee by saying that her criticism of Election Commission (EC), Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), and Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) has led to her abusing her own party's polling agents now. He said that CM Banerjee is so desperate that she is defaming Bengal's voters. "Didi abuses EC, CAPF, EVM.. to the extent, that Didi is abusing her own party's polling agents now. She is so desperate that she is defaming Bengal's voters. Didi, o Didi! People of Bengal don't expect you to have sensitivity anymore," he said. Voting was conducted for the fourth phase of assembly elections in Bengal on April 10.
Following the death of five people in two separate incidents in Cooch Behar during polling for the fourth phase of assembly elections in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticised the central government as she accused Home Minister Amit Shah of being the conspirator. Calling BJP's election campaign in Bengal a "shame on democracy", Banerjee asked the Chief Ministers of opposition states to raise their voice against Centre. Banerjee said she will visit Cooch Behar tomorrow to take stock of the situation.
Continuing his attack on TMC during his campaigning in West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Krishnanagar said that the double engine government will provide a new political environment to Bengal. "This holy land will be free from mafia, cow smuggling, infiltration," he said. Polling is underway for 44 assembly constituencies in 4th phase of West Bengal elections.
After the killing of four people at a booth in Sitalkuchi, Cooch Behar during the fourth phase of Assembly elections on April 10, Jalpaiguri Range DIG Annappa E informed that the situation is under control but tension in some areas persists. He also said that at least four people were killed and one got injured in the incident. Polling at the polling booth remains suspended by the Election Commission after the incident. Further investigation is underway.
Two medical students from Kerala who became an internet sensation after a video of their dance performance went viral is facing communal remarks by some fringe group online. Responding to the communal angle, Naveen told a private media outlet that neither he nor Janaki is bothered by the communal remarks.
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Maoists in Chhattisgarh have released CoBRA jawan Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, after keeping him in their custody for five days; The Supreme Court dismissed two separate pleas filed by the Maharashtra government and former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh challenging CBI probe against him; Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has tested positive for the coronavirus disease. All this and more news at 9 PM.
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As the numbers of COVID cases continue to surge in Maharashtra, state capital on April 10 has gone under weekend lockdown. Streets in the city wear a deserted look as weekend lockdown is imposed in the city till 7 am on April 12. Weekend lockdown rule has started from toady and in absence of the requisite certificate, the offender will be fined an amount of ?1000. The city reported 9,200 new COVID-19 cases and 35 deaths on April 09.