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India records 91K Covid cases & 3,403 deaths




India recorded 91,702 new Covid cases as 3,403 people succumbed to the virus in last 24 hours, according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Friday.

This is the fourth consecutive day when India has reported less than one lakh case.

On June 8, India recorded 86,498 cases, lowest since April 2 when the country logged 89,129 new cases.

India’s overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,92,74,823 with 11,21,671 active cases and 3,63,079 deaths so far.

After battling a brutal second wave for weeks, fresh Covid cases came down below the three lakh-mark for the first time on May 17 after touching record high of 4,14,188 on May 7.

According to the Health Ministry, a total of 11,21,671 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the total discharge to 2,77,90,073 till date.

The Health Ministry said that a total of 24,60,85,649 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 32,74,672 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 37,42,42,384 samples have been tested up to June 10 for Covid-19. Of these 20,44,131 samples were tested on Thursday.


Pilot and co-pilot of crashed helicopter in Jammu and Kashmir still missing




The pilot and the co-pilot of the Dhruv helicopter that crashed on Tuesday into the Ranjit Sagar Dam in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district are still missing.

Although there been no official defence statement on this crash, sources had said on Tuesday that both the pilot and the co-pilot ‘were safe’.

Police sources in Kathua, who were part of the rescue operation after the helicopter crashed in Basohli area of the district, where the Ranjit Sagar Dam is situated, said the two are still missing.

“The rescuers have recovered a helmet, a pithoo bag and a pair of shoes from the Dam waters, but there has been no trace of the missing pilot and the co-pilot.

“Rescue operation was called off due to darkness yesterday. It is being resumed today morning,” a senior police officer said.

The helicopter had taken off from Pathankot in Punjab and after flying very low, it crashed into the Dam.

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71-Year-old man in judicial custody for impregnating granddaughter




A 71-Year-old man was arrested by the Police at Thirukoilur in Kallikuruchi district under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Pocso Act, on charges of impregnating his 15-year-old granddaughter.

Two women who assisted him in aborting the foetus were also arrested.

The three were produced before the court which promptly remanded them to judicial custody.

The 15-year-old grand daughter and her younger brother were staying with the grand father who, according to Thirukoilur all-women police was sexually abusing the girl for the past three years.

The local people coming to know of the issue alerted the village officer of Thirukoilur who informed the all-women police that took him into custody along with his two women accomplices – a retired woman nurse and another woman.

Police charged him under Section 6 (Punishment for aggravated penetrative sexual assault), 5 (aggravated penetrative sexual assault), 5(j) (whoever commits penetrative sexual assault on a child), 5(j)(ii) (makes a child pregnant as a consequence of sexual assault), and 17 (punishment for abetment) of the Protection of Children from Sexual offences (Pocso) Act, 2012.

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Rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh’s wife files domestic violence case against him





Shalini Talwar, the wife of rapper and music composer Hirdesh Singh, popularly known as Yo Yo Honey Singh, filed a case of domestic violence against him at the Tis Hazari courts here on Tuesday.

Taking cognisance of the complaint, which runs into 118 pages, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Tania Singh issued a notice to Honey Singh to appear before her on August 28.

The magistrate also passed interim orders restraining the rapper from disposing off property that he jointly owned with his wife as well as her ‘Streedhan’.

The case has been filed under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act.

Initially notorious for promoting misogyny and drug abuse in his Punjabi rap numbers, Honey Singh, who grew up and lives in Delhi, is now better known for his work in mainstream films such as ‘Chennai Express’ and ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’.

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