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147 COVID-19 cases reported in India so far

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The total number of coronavirus cases in India has reached 147 with 130 active cases as of Wednesday morning, the Union Health Ministry said.

These include 122 Indians and 25 foreigners, as per the ministry.

“The total number of active COVID-19 cases across India is 130 as on Wednesday till 9.00 a.m.,” the Union Health Ministry said.

Across the nation, 14 patients have been cured and discharged.

A total of three deaths have been reported so far in India, one each in Delhi, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

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Koregaon-Bhima case: Bombay HC grants bail to activist Sudha Bharadwaj

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The Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted bail by default to lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj, one of the accused in the 2018 Koregaon-Bhima and Elgar Parishad caste violence case.

The court has directed that Bharadwaj should be produced before the Special NIA Court next Wednesday to finalise the bail conditions.

However, the court declined the applications of eight other co-accused in the same case including Dr. P. Varavara Rao, Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Advocate Surendra Gadling, Prof. Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut, Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves.

All the accused were arrested from different parts of India in June-August 2018 in swoops by the Pune Police and later the case was taken over by the National Investigation Agency in Jan. 2020.

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3 killed in blast in Bengal’s South 24 Parganas

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Three persons were killed and several others injured in a huge blast at a residential building in South 24 Parganas district’s Mohanpur village on Wednesday morning, police said.

According to the police, the owner of the house had stacked huge amounts of illegal explosives possibly for making firecrackers which resulted in the blast. The owner of the house — Ashim Mondal and two of his employees — were killed in the blast.

According to the local people, Mondal had been running an illegal firecracker factory in the locality for the last ten years. “This is a residential area and we had the fear that this kind of explosion could take place. We requested him several times and also informed the police, but nothing happened,” a local resident said.

According to the local people, the magnitude of the blast was so high that the window panes of some of the neighbouring houses broke and the bodies were thrown nearly 200 metres away from the blast site. According to the police, the blast took place on the roof and the concrete roof collapsed.

“The bodies have been sent for post-mortem and we have informed the forensic team. Once they give their report we will be able to understand the nature of the explosives and the exact location of the blast,” a senior police officer said.

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Hyderabad’s Sunday-Funday event called off in view of Omicron concerns

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Authorities have cancelled Sunday-Funday event at Hyderabad’s Tank Bund as a precautionary measure in view of Omicron, the new variant of Covid-19 reported in few countries.

Arvind Kumar, special chief secretary, urban development, government of Telangana, announced on Wednesday that there will be no Sunday-Funday on December 5.

“In view of the uncertainties regarding Omicron coronavirus variant & as a matter of abundant precaution, the Sunday-Funday event shall not be held this Sunday i.e. Dec 5,” tweeted the official.

“However, the Tank Bund will be vehicle-free as usual on Sunday,” he added.

This is the first public event to be cancelled by authorities in Telangana ever since the emergence of Omicron in South Africa and some other countries, sparking fears of a new wave of the pandemic.

Though no case of Omicron has been reported yet in Telangana or any other part of the country, the health authorities have sounded an alert.

Stepping up surveillance at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here, the health department started screening all passengers arriving from 12 ‘at-risk’ countries from Wednesday.

Tank Bund, the most popular hangout place on the banks of Hussain Sagar lake in the heart of Hyderabad, has been witnessing carnival every Sunday evening for the last three months.

Following suggestions from citizens, minister for municipal administration and urban development K.T. Rama Rao had directed the officials in August to make Tank Bund traffic free during evening hours every Sunday so that people can enjoy the evening on the banks of the picturesque lake.

The programme was launched on August 29 and it became an instant hit as a large number of families started thronging the landmark.

Later, on the advice of the minister, activities like arts, crafts and music were added.

On the request of Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, the authorities started a similar programme at historic Charminar in the old city from October 17.

Cultural, arts and crafts activities are being conducted as part of the event named ‘Ek shaam Charminar ke naam’ between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sundays.

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