The fourth session of 17th Lok Sabha began on September 14 during the Parliament's monsoon session. This is first Parliament session amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All safety measures have been taken to conduct the session as per guidelines issued by government. The Member of Parliaments (MPs) in Lok Sabha paid tribute to former President Pranab Mukherjee today. They also paid tribute to legendary Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj, ex-Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi, Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon, Uttar Pradesh Ministers Kamal Rani and Chetan Chauhan and ex-union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and others who passed away this year.
From China allowing Indians to return to another Uttar Pradesh minister reportedly testing positive - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. Around 150 Indians including diplomats' kin, bank staff, etc will return to China on August 6. Beijing hadn't allowed Indians into China on a June 29 flight following which hectic talks took place. China will allow those who get tested within five days of journey and get health form endorsed. Bill Gates said that the US must have global approach on vaccine and not just 'take care of ourselves'. Meanwhile, China, which claims Taiwan as a part of its territory, has said that US must end Taiwan ties to avoid damage to Washington-Beijing ties. As per Reuters calculations, one person is dying every 15 seconds due to Covid. As per the past two weeks' data, nearly 5,900 Covid-related deaths happening every 24 hours. In UP, minister Brajesh Pathak has reportedly found infected on August 5, while another state minister Kamal Rani Varun had recently died due to Covid infection.
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Protests have broken out in many parts of Uttar Pradesh against the Hathras incident. Congress workers were lathi charged and detained by police when they were going to gherao the Chief Minister’s residence in Lucknow. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi has demanded the Chief Minister’s resignation over the Hathras shocker. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has set up a Special Investigation Team in the case and sought a report within seven days. PM Modi also called up the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and called for strict action against the guilty. Uttar Pradesh police is facing fire over the victim’s family members’ allegations that they forcefully cremated the victim’s body in the wee hours despite objections from the family members. The local administration has said that they had sought the family members’ permission before her cremation. The woman was raped in a village in Hathras by four men on September 14. After her condition deteriorated, she was referred to Delhi's Safdarjung hospital where she breathed her last on Tuesday. Watch the full video for all the details.
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After 11 months, 55-year-old woman returned to her home in Kanpur from Oman. She expressed happiness and thanked the government for the help. The woman accused her employees in Oman for harassing her. She demanded strict punishment for the agents who dupe poor women into this business. She claimed that around 150 women are still stuck there. Woman said, "An agent duped me as I am very poor. People over there used to force me to do menial jobs. They also forced me to make physical relations. I am thankful to government for helping me."
Love jihad cases have increased in UP's Kanpur. IG of Kanpur, Mohit Agarwal said, "An SIT has been formed to investigate cases of love jihad in Kanpur. The SIT is probing if there is any gang behind such cases and if any funding is being received from Gulf countries. Bank accounts of the accused are also under the scanner."
A seven-year-old boy from Uttar Pradesh has surprised people with his amazing stunt. The Kanpur boy climbs walls like Marvel superhero character Spider-Man. Yasarth Singh Gaur climbs walls in minutes without any support. The class-III student was inspired after he watched the Spider-Man movie. "I tried climbing walls after watching the Spider-Man movie. I could not make it at one go, I tried for days to achieve it. Initially, the elders at home used to discourage me. Later, when they saw me doing it daily, they stopped doing so. I am not afraid of falling, I will jump even if I slip," he said. Seven-year-old Yasharth wishes to be an IPS officer when he grows up.
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All accused in Babri Masjid demolition case acquitted by Special CBI Court in Lucknow on September 30. All 32 accused in the case acquitted by the court. Special CBI Court has observed that the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition was not pre-planned. The accused in the case included BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, former ministers Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh, among others.
Former Indian cricketer Chetan Chauhan passed away on August 16. The 73-year-old Chauhan, who was also a Cabinet Minister in Uttar Pradesh government, was admitted at the Sanjay Gandhi PGI Hospital in Lucknow after testing COVID-19 positive on July 12. He was initially admitted at SGPGI in Lucknow, and later moved to Gurugram's Medanta Hospital. The former cricketer-turned-politician was suffering from kidney ailment. Speaking to ANI, Deputy Chief Minister of UP, Keshav Prasad Maurya said, "The demise of Chetan Chauhan is really sad. I am getting out of words to express my sorrow. I was really shocked after receiving the news of his death. We have lost an experienced colleague of ours due to COVID-19." "He was like my elder brother and a friend," he added.
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, and other state ministers at a cabinet meeting observed two-minute silence as a tribute to UP Minister and former cricketer Chetan Chauhan who passed away on August 16. The former cricketer-turned-politician was suffering from kidney ailment. He was admitted at the Sanjay Gandhi PGI Hospital in Lucknow after testing COVID-19 positive on July 12. The last rites of Chauhan will be performed on August 17.
Former Indian cricketer Chetan Chauhan passed away on August 16. The 73-year-old Chauhan, who was also a Cabinet Minister in Uttar Pradesh government, was admitted at the Sanjay Gandhi PGI Hospital in Lucknow after testing COVID-19 positive on July 12. He was initially admitted at SGPGI in Lucknow, and later moved to Gurugram's Medanta hospital. The former cricketer-turned-politician was suffering from kidney ailment.
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