Vehicular movement to Ghaziabad from Delhi through Ghazipur border has been partially restored since Monday evening Stung by party colleague Anand Sharma's open condemnation, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury today posted a series of tweets in a scorching thread titled 'Know Your Facts, Anand Sharma'.
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan and his wife Nutan Goel took the Covid-19 vaccine shot at Delhi Heart and Lung Institute on Tuesday morning.
At the first summit of the leaders of the Quadrilateral grouping, a Quad vaccine initiative was announced Friday for supply of vaccines to the Indo Pacific; Ahead of the West Bengal Assembly election, former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha joined the Trinamool Congress; Top Congress leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and Kapil Sibal of the "group of 23", have not been named in the party's list of star campaigners. All this and more news at 2 PM.
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"It is an expression of my concern," said Congress leader Anand Sharma on his two tweets against his party's decision for forging alliance with ISF. "What I have said is an expression of my concerns. Not only that I am firmly committed to Congress ideology, which is inclusive, democratic and secular, but I am also one of the historians and ideologue of the party and it has to be taken in that context," said Anand Sharma. On Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury's reported remark that his tweet on alliance with ISF serving BJP agenda, Anand Sharma said, "That is unfortunate. I believe in a civilised political dialogue even if there are differences or ideological issues. I have noted what Adhir Ranjan said but I can't become personal."
Congress leader Anand Sharma during 'Shanti Sammelan', in Jammu on February 27 accepted that Congress has weakened in the last decade. "New generation should connect (to party). We have seen good days of Congress. We don't want to see it weakening as we become older," he added. Anand Sharma said that Congress should be strengthened everywhere once again. 'Shanti Sammelan' was a show of strength by Congress in Jammu.
To escape scorching heat at borders, protesting farmers are making bamboo huts in tricolour. The protest which started in November against three farm laws, continues. Discussions between farmers and centre have remained inconclusive so far.
Despite spike in COVID-19 cases across the country, people are barely seen following COVID norms. The wholesale fruit and vegetable market in Gazipur still continues to witness huge rush even as the national capital is seemingly experiencing another COVID wave. Several buyers and vendors present in the market were seen without masks. Social distancing norms were flouted and the market was seen flooded with the crowd despite the guidelines issued by the government. "Corona cases are rising day by day and this market remains always crowded and social distancing is not maintained. People should maintain social distancing," said Suresh Kumar Gupta, a local. "People are careless, not maintaining social distancing and moving without wearing masks. They are risking their lives along with others. It's a violation of government's rules and this scenario is seen everywhere in Delhi," said Noor Hasan, another local.
Despite rising COVID-19 cases, huge rush was witnessed in several markets across the country. People thronged the Dadar Market in Mumbai and similar scenario was seen at a fruit and vegetable Market in Delhi's Ghazipur. People in the market were seen flouting social distancing norms while purchasing groceries. Some individuals were also without face masks despite the compulsory orders and restrictions from the state government. Maharashtra has 3,36,584 active cases while Delhi is having 8,032 active cases till March 29. India has crossed 6 crore COVID-19 vaccinations till date.
Amid rising Covid-19 cases, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain urged people to stay home and leave homes only if necessary. Speaking to the media, Jain said, "Currently we have 13,000 beds and there is no shortage of ventilators. Patients from Delhi and other states are being admitted." "The numbers of hospital beds (for availability) is being revised twice a day on the Delhi Corona App," he said adding that people should visit hospitals only after going through the app. The Health Minister also said that there is no slowdown in Covid-19 cases. India reported highest daily spike with 1,84,372 new cases, as per data on Wednesday. Watch the full video for more.
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The rapidly increasing number of corona cases in the second wave of COVID-19 is quite worrying. To curb the growing number of corona cases, a night curfew has been imposed in Delhi from 10 PM to 5 AM till 30 April. SN Srivastava, Delhi Police Commissioner, made a surprise visit to different places in Delhi late in the night to assess whether the night curfew is adhered to and there is no laxity. He also interacted with police personnel on duty and gave necessary instructions.
President Kovind, PM Modi paid homage to BR Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary. PM Modi paid his tribute to Ambedkar while addressing the Association of Indian Universities. He also took to twitter saying Ambedkar gave a strong foundation to independent India. VP Venkaiah Naidu paid floral tribute to Ambedkar at his residence in Delhi. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also paid tribute to the Father of Indian Constitution. BSP supremo Mayawati remembered Ambedkar's legacy on his birth anniversary. DMK chief MK Stalin paid a floral tribute to BR Ambedkar at Koyambedu in Chennai. Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was born on 14 April, 1891 in Mhow of Madhya Pradesh. Termed as the father of Indian constitution, he always worked for the welfare of deprived people. Ambedkar was conferred with Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, in 1990.
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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu paid floral tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary at his residence in Delhi. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also paid tribute to Father of Indian Constitution.
Amid surge in coronavirus cases in national capital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on April 14 informed that that there more than 13,000 and hospitals are admitting people from other states. "Delhi government has increased beds to more than 13,000. We are constantly increasing number of beds. Delhi is having double the beds other states are having. Delhi hospitals are admitting people from other states also," the Minister said. "Delhi government app is not showing false data. It takes time to get it updated. People should check the app and call the hospital before going there, even phone numbers of the hospitals have been provided on the app," he added.
Ahead of panchayat polls, Ghaziabad police busted three illegal arms manufacturing factories on April 13. 47 country-made pistols, live cartridges have been seized from their possession. Police arrested 18 people in connection with the crime. Uttar Pradesh Panchayat polls will start from April 15.
Coronavirus cases are on uphill across country as second wave of pandemic tightens its grip. In wake of the rising infections, after Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad have also imposed night curfew. Night restrictions also imposed in Lucknow and Prayagraj. "Night curfew has been imposed till further orders, all essential services have been exempted but in order to prove they must have proper permission and Id-card with them," said Ranvijay Singh ADCP Noida.
Northern Railway General Manager Ashutosh Gangal informed that forensic investigation will be held on the fire that broke out in generator car of Shatabdi Express at Ghaziabad railway station on March 20. "Luggage is being unloaded to control the fire, otherwise, it is getting difficult to douse it. Once it's taken down completely, belongings will be seized and sent for a forensic inquiry to find out what caused the fire," said Ashutosh Gangal. Fire department official Sushil Kumar informed that generator and luggage compartment of Shatabdi Express had caught fire.
Congress' West Bengal chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury along with Congress leaders released party's manifesto for the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections. West Bengal will go to polls in 8 phases starting from March 27. Counting will be held on May 02.
Congress West Bengal Chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that Congress wants to consolidate all the democratic and secular forces in order to hack it out all communal and autocratic forces, said Congress' West Bengal Chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on being asked about oppositions' allegation of differences between Congress and Indian Secular Front (ISF). "Our stand is clear that we want to consolidate all the democratic and secular forces in order to hack out all communal and autocratic forces. The political perception is very distinct," said Congress' Chowdhury.
Even as the nation is struggling against a fresh wave of Covid-19 infections, the Union government announced some good news regarding another disease. Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said that 2 regions in India - the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, and Jammu & Kashmir's Budgam district - have been declared tuberculosis free. Vardhan was addressing a World Health Organisation meeting on the issue. Watch the full video for more.
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Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on April 13 informed that Lakshadweep and Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam are now tuberculosis free. 'We have now declared one union territory - Lakshadweep and one district in Jammu and Kashmir - Budgam as tuberculosis free. I think this is a landmark achievement to begin with and I think it has already set the tone for a TB-free India by 2025,' said Union Health Minister.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan attended ICMR's 'One Health' symposium on April 12 and announced constitution of a high-level steering committee for Eco-Health Initiatives in India. He said, "COVID-19 demonstrates the rapid spread of novel pathogens which can have a significant impact on the global economy... Preparedness for, and mitigation of such events require a 'One Health' approach." He further said, "I'm pleased to announce the constitution of a high-level steering committee for Eco-Health Initiatives in India. This committee will have its secretariat hosted at the ICMR, and will be supported by the upcoming the National Institute for One Health."
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan attended ICMR's 'One Health' symposium on April 12. He said, "With increased interaction between humans and animals, human health can't be seen in isolation and COVID-19 is more than a reminder... "One Health" approach recognises that people's health is closely connected with animals' health... Earth has experienced changes in climate and land use with practices like deforestation, intensive farming. Disruptions in environmental habitats can provide new opportunities for diseases to pass to animals."
While speaking to ANI in West Bengal's Nandigram on March 30, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister of India, Dharmendra Pradhan spoke about death of a BJP worker's mother. Pradhan said, "Mamata Ji has lost mental balance. She is highly disappointed by negative response in Nandigram. Speaking about Uttar Pradesh instead of condoling her (elderly mother of a BJP worker) death is like running away from responsibilities." "She is scared of defeat," he added. Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "I don't know how the sister has died. We don't support violence against women. Amit Shah tweets and says, "Bengal ka kya haal hai." What is the condition in UP? What is the condition in Hathras?." 85-years-old mother of a BJP worker died on morning of March 29, a month after she was allegedly beaten up by Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers in Nimta area of North 24 Parganas district.
Uttar Pradesh ADG Law and Order informed that a bounty of Rs one lakh has been announced on the prime accused of Hathras shooting case Gaurav Sharma. "Two more have been arrested today. The main accused, Gaurav Sharma, is still absconding. A bounty of Rs 1 lakh has been announced. If local administration wants, it can initiate National Security Act (NSA) proceedings against them," ADG Kumar. Amrish Sharma was shot dead by man accused Gaurav Sharma and his accomplices. Deceased had filed case against Gaurav in 2018 for allegedly molesting his daughter.
A man accused of sexual assault killed the survivor's father in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras. The incident took place in Nojalpur village on March 1 at around 4 pm. Out on bail, the man was jailed briefly in 2018 in a molestation case. Daughter of the deceased was seen crying outside the police station demanding justice. “First, he molested me and now he has shot my father. He had come to our village. There were six-seven people. My father was getting potatoes harvested when he was shot,” she said. Out of the four accused, one has been arrested and search operation has been launched for the rest. “On March 1, at around 4 pm, information was received at Sasni police station that in Nojalpur village, a man named Amrish Sharma had been shot by Gaurav Sharma and his friends. Amrish died on his way to the hospital," said Vineet Jaiswal, Superintendent of Police (SP) Hathras. Watch the full video for more.
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Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has been accused of "interference", "serious lapses and authoritarian ways" by one of his own ministers, KS Eshwarappa, who has reported his boss to the Governor..