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India adds over 50K new Covid cases




With a fresh spike of 50,356 coronavirus infections and 577 deaths in 24 hours, India’s tally on Saturday rose to 84,62,080, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Out of the total Covid-19 cases in the country, 5,16,632 are currently active, 78,19,886 have been discharged, and 1,25,562 lost the battle against the pandemic.

While the recovery rate stands at 92.41 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.48 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) conducted 11,13,209 sample tests in a single day on Friday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 11,65,42,304.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 17,10,314 cases, including 44,965 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

The national capital logged the highest-ever cases of Covid-19 on Friday since the pandemic struck the city. It reported 7,178 new infections, taking Delhi’s overall coronavirus tally to 4,28,831, even as the positivity rate stood at 12.19 per cent amid the festive season and rising pollution levels in the city.

Delhi has been recording more than 6,000 Covid-19 cases daily for the last four days. It had earlier witnessed its highest-spike two days ago on Wednesday where it reported 6,842 cases, following which Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal admitted that a ‘third wave’ of infections had hit the national capital.

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped the 49 million mark, while the deaths have surged to more than 12,41,360, according to Johns Hopkins University.

As of Saturday morning, the total caseload and death toll stood at 4,92,28,536 and 12,41,366, respectively, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 97,27,345 and 2,36,025, respectively, according to the CSSE. India comes in the second place in terms of the total cases.


K’taka Police deny permission to stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra shows




Close on the heels of denying permission to stand-up comedy show of Munawar Faruqui citing law and order problems, the Karnataka Police have denied permission to yet another stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra to stage his shows in Bengaluru.

Kunal Kamra, a vocal critic of the present ruling establishment has stated that the shows scheduled for 20 days have been cancelled in the backdrop of threats and denial of permission by the police.

However, the act of Karnataka Police denying permission for the stand-up comedy shows of Kunal Kamra and Munawar Farooqui has drawn sharp criticism on social media.

Kunal Kamra wrote on his Twitter, “Hello Bengaluru People. I am happy to inform that my shows in Bengaluru scheduled over the next 20 days have been cancelled. They have been cancelled for two reasons. Firstly, we didn’t get special permission to seat 45 people in the venue that seat more. Secondly threats have been made to shut down the venue if I were to perform.

“I guess this is also part of the Covid protocol and new guidelines. I suppose I am seen as a variant of the virus now. For those who were wondering how ‘A Kamra’ goes on the perform while a Faruqui has had to quit comedy’ we can find solace in the fact that the ruling class is at least trying to oppress with equality,” he stated with irony.

“May be if we continue down the road of equal oppression, we would get to a point of equal liberation, in a post climate change era,” he opined.

He has also put up five steps to get the show cancelled and ridiculed the ruling establishment.

The police earlier in the case of Munawar Faruqui stated that the stand-up comedian is a controversial figure as he has made controversial statements on other religions and gods. The police also cited examples of cases registered against Munawar in Tukoganj police station of Indore in Madhya Pradesh and other states. They also claimed that many states have banned his shows.

Munawar Faruqui had tweeted, “Nafrat jeet hai, Artist haar gaya. I’m done! Goodbye! INJUSTICE”. (victory of hatred, defeat of an artist)

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DIG rank officer suspended on extortion charges in Bihar





A DIG rank officer has been suspended on charges of extorting money from his juniors, a Home Ministry official said here on Thursday.

A notification in this regard was issued by the ministry on Wednesday night holding Shafi-Ul-Haq guilty of alleged involvement in corruption.

The notification was based on a report of the state’s Economic Offence Wing (EOW) submitted on Tuesday.

As per the EOW report, Haq was deployed as DIG of Munger range before June this year. During his tenure in Munger, he was involved in extortion with junior officers of police department. He was also having a trusted officer named Mohamad Umran, a sub-inspector of Munger police. Umran had hired an agent to extort money from junior personnel of the department.

On the basis of several complaints against him, an investigation was conducted which found the charges to be true. Accordingly, he was transferred to police headquarters in Patna on June 19, 2021. The department also initiated EOW inquiry against him.

Haq, after the transfer from Munger on June 19, he was waiting a posting until the suspension of his notification was not issued.

The Home Ministry has directed him to report before Patna range IGP office during suspension period.

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Cyclonic circulation brings copious rainfall in western India




Due a cyclonic circulation off the western coast, several districts of western Maharashtra, parts of Gujarat and central India received widespread heavy to very heavy rainfall with multiple stations recording more than 60 mm rains in the 24 hours ending at 8.30 a.m. on Thursday.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the unseasonal rainfall was because of a cyclonic circulation that lay over southeast and adjoining east central Arabian Sea and a trough in lower levels ran from this cyclonic circulation to Kutch in Gujarat coupled with the Western Disturbance that lay as a trough in mid upper tropospheric westerlies in northwest India.

“Today, the cyclonic circulation is still persisting at east Central Arabian Sea and a trough NE Arabian Sea across Kutch along with the Western Disturbance. It is the combination of mixing of these two systems that has brought more than normal rains for this time of the year in Western Maharashtra, Gujarat and southern/western Madhya Pradesh,” IMD’s senior scientist from Pune, K.S. Hosalikar said.

The IMD has already forecast the probability of light to moderate rainfall for Mumbai for Thursday and rest of the places in interior Maharashtra would continue to be cloudy and there could be fog like conditions, especially at places along the Western Ghats.

Rainfall recorded for 24 hours ending at 8.30 a.m. Thursday:

Mumbai and suburbs: Santa Cruz – 91.2 mm, Colaba – 90.2 mm, Byculla 100.5 mm, CSMT 94.5 mm, Juhu Airport 93 mm, Matunga 94.5 mm, Sion 92.5 mm, Vikhroli 88.5 mm, Thane-Belapur 90.2 mm and Dahanu 114.4 mm.

In and around Pune too there was copious amounts of rainfall recorded. For the same duration of 24 hours, Pune 75.4 mm, Ballalwadi recorded 56.5 mm rainfall, Pashan 105.5 mm, Chinchwad 103.0 mm, NDA 43.0 mm, Bhor 73.5 mm, Indapur 63.5 mm, Dudulgaon 79.5 mm, Ambegaon 55 mm, Dhamdhene 84.5 mm, Lavale 75 mm, Khed 87 mm, Magarpatta 65 mm, Wadgaonsheri 127.5 mm, Malin 84.5 mm, Purandar 72.5 mm, Shivaji Nagar 75.4 mm, Rajgurunagar 64.5 mm, Talegaon 64 mm, Haveli 115 mm, Daund 52 mm, Nimgiri 67.5 mm, Baramati 50.8 mm.

Several other areas of western Maharashtra too received similar amounts of rainfall. Nasik 63.8 mm, Matheran 71 mm, Kolhapur 69 mm, Solapur 115.6 mm, Sangli 57.8 mm, Malegaon 55 mm, Ahmednagar 20 mm, Harnai 40.4 mm and Goa: Marmugao 62.4 mm.

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