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Congress flays UP govt for spraying chemical on migrants

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The Congress has criticised the UP government for spraying chemical on migrants on way to their native places, in Bareilly on Monday.

“Who is in-charge and how did the UP govt allow this to happen!?” asked senior Congress leader Jitin Prasada.

Prasada, a former Union Minister, said, “the mistreatment of these already persecuted migrants at the hands of govt officials is despicable”.

According to reports, the migrants, who had walked down from Noida and Delhi, were told by officials to wait at the bus stand where they would be provided food and buses.

Mohd Afzal, one migrant, said, “About 50 of us were seating and waiting for food and bus when some men in protective suits came and began spraying water on us. They claimed to be form the sanitisation team and were sanitising us. The children began crying and women were also shocked.”

According to sources, the team sprayed the group with a diluted mixture of sodium hypochlorite.

Sodium hypochlorite is the main ingredient of laundry bleach and used extensively as bleaching agent in the textile, detergents, and paper & pulp industries. It’s also used as a disinfectant.

Mohd Afzal said after the spray, the children complained of itching in eyes and some women developed rashes.

“The chemical had a strange smell. After this, most of us decided to continue our journey on foot and left Bareilly,” he said. Mohd Afzal, a courier boy in a Noida company, has returned to his home in Shahjahanpur.

None of the officials in Bareilly and Lucknow, however, were ready to comment on the incident.

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Daily Covid cases down 85%, active cases 65%: Health Ministry

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There has been sharp decline in both new and active Covid-19 cases across India for the last few days, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Addressing a digital press conference on current situation, Joint Secretary, Health, Lav Agarwal said that in the 24 hours, India has reported 86,490 new cases, while on May 7, daily cases were at 4.14 lakh, but had come down to 2.67 lakh on May 19 and had come down below the 2 lakh mark.

“Observing the decline of Covid cases per day, we have analysed that India has witnssed around 85 per cent reduction in daily cases, which is a big development for all of us but, we have to continue work on strict Covid behaviour,” he said.

According to the Health Ministry, the daily Covid positivity rate has declined by 33 per cent.

India has also witnessed a sharp decline in active cases in the last few days. As per the ministry, active cases, as on May 10, were reported at an average of 37.45 lakh, but now have reduced to 13 lakh, or a dip of around 65 per cent.

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Waseem Rizvi’s ‘New Quran’ out

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UP Shia Central Waqf Board member and its former chairman, Waseem Rizvi, has printed and self-published the first compilation of what he has calls ‘The Real Quran’.

Rizvi said he will send the book to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) chief.

Rizvi’s book has omitted 26 Quranic verses that he claims, were promoting terror. He claimed that these verses were added after the death of Prophet Muhammad.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had levied a fine of Rs 50,000 on Rizvi and dismissed his plea, seeking the apex court’s intervention into removing these 26 verses.

He has re-filed the petition in the Supreme Court.

In a video, Rizvi said, “I have printed the first Real Quran, how it should have been after Prophet Muhammad. I will send this copy to AIMPLB chief to study so he may realize how much of a difference this book will make to end terrorism and violence.”

He said that he has also sent a copy of ‘The Real Quran’ to the Prime Minister with a request that it should be made a part of the curriculum on all madrasas. He said that it will be available in the market soon.

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Patiently waited for a year on Galwan but no clarity: Sonia Gandhi

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Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, in a statement on Tuesday, said that the Congress party joins a grateful nation in remembrance of the supreme sacrifice made by 20 brave soldiers of the Bihar Regiment in Galwan Valley, including their commanding officer, who lost their lives in the confrontation with PLA troops of China on the night of 14-15 June 2020.

Her statement has come on the first anniversary of the Galwan Valley standoff.

“Having patiently waited for the government to come clean and inform the nation about the circumstances in which the unprecedented incident happened and reassure the people that the sacrifice of our brave jawans was not in vain, the Congress Party reiterates its concern that no clarity is yet available and the Prime Minister’s last word on the subject a year ago was that no transgression had occurred,” she said.

She added that the Congress has repeatedly sought details of the episode in light of the PM’s statement, as well as details of what progress has been made towards restoring the status quo ante prior to April 2020. “The disengagement agreement with China appears to have worked entirely to India’s disadvantage so far,” the statement said.

“The Congress Party urges the government to take the nation into confidence and ensure that their performance is worthy of the commitment of our soldiers who are standing bravely and resolutely at the borders.”

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