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India records 50% rise in daily corona cases over two days




With 45,576 more coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours on Thursday, India witnessed a jump of over 50 per cent in such cases reported on Tuesday, pushing its cumulative tally to 89,58,483.

As per Health Ministry data, the total death toll rose to 1,31,578 with 585 more fatalities in the last 24 hours, a jump of 24 per cent over the previous day’s figure.

On Wednesday, India reported 38,616 new cases and 449 deaths, and on Tuesday 29,154 new cases.

The active cases now total 4,43,303 as 83,83,602 people have recovered from the disease so far.

One reason for the daily spike could be increased testing as 10,28,203 samples were tested on Wednesday after a long weekend when eight lakh samples on an average were tested, data from the Indian Council of Medical Research showed.

Meanwhile, the situation of Covid-19 remains grim in the national capital.

The latest surge has left the healthcare system here gasping for relief. The hospitals in Delhi, both government and private hospitals, as of now, are left with only nine per cent ICU beds with ventilators, which are extremely crucial for patients with severe disease, as per the Delhi Corona App.

Apart from severe patients, the patients with moderate symptoms are made to wait hours before admission in the hospitals. Besides, the non-Covid patients are running from pillar to post just to get hospital beds in the capital city.

Meanwhile, citing the proposal sent by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has decided to reinforce the restrictions on number of guests at marriage-related events to 50. The decision came a day after Kejriwal wrote to Lt Governor Anil Baijal, who is also the Chairperson of the DDMA.


Mumbai police nab 2 crime serial actresses for theft




Two actresses who have worked in television shows on crime have landed in the police net for alleged theft of a large sum of money, officials said here on Friday.

They are Surabhi Shrivastav, 25 and Mohsina Shaikh, 19 who have been seen in episodes of ‘Savdhaan India’, ‘Crime Patrol’, and other crime-related shows on various channels.

They were arrested in connection with the theft of Rs 3.28 lakh from the locker of a paying guest in Goregaon east suburb of north-west Mumbai.

Sometime ago, the two women had gone to a friend’s home in a posh building in the Royal Palms area of Aarey Colony which provides accommodation as paying guests.

While staying there as paying guests, they allegedly stole the cash from the locker of another woman staying there as a PG, and then quickly left the place.

After her loss, the victim lodged a complaint with Aarey Police Station which probed the case. While scanning the CCTV footage of the society, the police saw the women decamping from the building.

They were picked up and after sustained grilling admitted to the crime, said a police official.

According to police, the two female actors were going through a financial crisis owing to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown that has hit the entertainment industry hard, and they took the opportunity to make some quick money.

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5 held for Mumbai society Covid vaccination fraud




In a major breakthrough, the Mumbai Police have arrested five persons in connection with the allegedly fraudulent Covid-19 vaccination drive conducted at a posh housing society in Kandivali in May end, a top official said on Friday.

The action follows a complaint lodged by the Hiranandani Residents Welfare Association of the posh Hiranandani Heritage Society in Kandivali west with the local police on Wednesday.

The society management had organised a private vaccination camp for its residents and in-house staffers like security personnel, drivers or domestic helpers on May 30.

Of the 435 flats in three residential towers, around 390 residents had been inoculated during the drive that day, but belatedly realized that they may have been cheated.

Additional Commissioner of Police, Mumbai North Region, Dilip Sawant said that no permission of the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had been taken for the private vaccination camp conducted at the society.

After the society’s complaint, the police moved swiftly and managed to arrest five persons — Mahendra Kuldeep Singh, 39, Sanjay Gupta, 25, Chandan Singh, 32, Karim Akber Ali, 21 and Nitin More, 32 — within 72 hours.

“So far, we have picked up five persons, including four from Mumbai and one from a railway station at Madhya Pradesh, who is being brought here for the probe,” Sawant said.

The shaken residents said that a facilitator claiming to represent the reputed Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH) had negotiated to provide 400 vaccine doses for Rs 1,260 each and around Rs 5 lakh was paid to him.

However, the KDAH management has already denied that the society had approached them and advised people to be careful, even as the police and BMC launched separate investigations.

The residents suspected something amiss when they did not get the Covid Vaccination Certificates (CVC) immediately after the dose, but some of them started getting their CVCs in early June, and none of them reported the usual side-effects post-vaccination.

Sawant said that there were errors of the vaccination date, timings, and venue, there was no doctor present which is mandatory, etc and after the residents realised that they were duped, they sought police help.

He said that the accused are suspected to have stolen the identities of various hospitals, and the vaccines were not procured from any authorised sources, while some society members are worried about what was administered to them in the name of vaccines.

After the fraud erupted this week, the Mumbai Police are now probing whether the same group or other unauthorised persons have conducted similar illegal vaccination camps in other housing complexes.

The BMC said that no permission was given to the society for the inoculation and urged the people to adhere to the civic body’s norms and verify all claims to guard against falling prey to such fraudsters.

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Supreme Court raps Munmun Dutta over Bhangi remark, but stays FIRs




“What you said may amount to bringing an entire community into disrepute,” said a Supreme Court bench on Friday as it stayed criminal proceedings against “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah” actor Munmun Dutta for allegedly using a casteist slur.

The bench comprising Justices Hemant Gupta and V. Ramasubramanian said: “You say you are a woman but tell us if women have any better rights than men or they also have equal rights?”

Senior advocate Puneet Bali, representing Dutta, argued that in the video posted on a social media platform last month, Dutta did not use the word ‘Bhangi’ intentionally and the word was used in West Bengal to refer to those who took intoxicants.

The bench replied that was not true. “You may not be informed. Everyone knows the meaning. Same word is used in Bangla. She was in Kolkata when she said this,” noted the top court.

Bali acknowledged his client made a mistake and deleted her Twitter post within two hours of posting the video.

Bali argued that the top court in several cases clubbed FIRs arising out of the same incident and urged all cases should be shifted to Mumbai.

The top court issued notice to state governments and complainants, after hearing Dutta’s counsel that the FIRs lodged in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana, should be clubbed.

The actor had triggered an outrage with an YouTube video, leading to lodging of FIRs under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Later, Dutta tendered an apology and took down the offensive part of the video. She said she used the word because of language barrier.

Bali contended before the bench that the petitioner was a woman and five FIRs had been lodged against her. However, finally, the top court agreed to examine her plea and stayed the proceedings in the FIRs.

The top court also issued a notice to Dalit rights activist and lawyer who got the first FIR registered against the actor in Haryana’s Hisar on May 13. The FIR was filed under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for allegedly humiliating the community.

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