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India’s Covid tally crosses 80L, recoveries over 73 lakh

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With a fresh spike of 49,881 coronavirus infections and 517 deaths in 24 hours, India’s tally crossed 80 lakh-mark with the total number of cases at 80,40,203, the Union Ministry of Health stated on Thursday.

Out of the total Covid-19 cases, 6,03,687 are currently active, 73,15,989 have been discharged, while 1,20,527 lost the battle against the pandemic. On October 26, the single-day deaths were 480, lowest in recent times.

While the recovery rate stands at 90.99 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.50 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 16,60,766 cases, including 43,554 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 10,75,760 sample tests in a single day on Wednesday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 10,65,63,440.

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NIA gets 15-day custody of PDP youth wing chief Waheed Parra

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A Special NIA court on Friday sent Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Youth Wing President Waheed Parra to 15-day NIA custody in connection with its probe in the former Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Davinder Singh and Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Naveed Babu case.

An NIA official related to the probe told IANS, “A J&K court has sent Parra to 15 days NIA custody.”

The development comes two days after Parra was arrested by the NIA.

According to the NIA officials, Parra was arrested for supporting Hizbul Mujahideen activities in conspiracy with arrested terrorist Naveed Babu and another key accused Irfan Safi Mir.

Before his arrest, Parra was questioned by the anti-terror probe agency on Monday.

He has recently filed his nomination for the upcoming District Development Council elections in the Union Territory.

Parra was instrumental in the revival of the PDP in south Kashmir, especially in the militancy-affected Pulwama district of Kashmir.

Singh and Babu were arrested on January 11 this year while they were travelling together from Srinagar to Jammu.

Earlier in the day, PDP chief and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti alleged that she was detained, and even her daughter has been put under house arrest to prevent them from visiting Parra’s family after he was arrested by the NIA.

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It’s tense: Police use tear gas, water cannons & farmers pelt stones at Singhu

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While one group of farmers prepared lunch for the protesters at Singhu on Delhi-Haryana border, another group launched stones after waiting for hours to secure entry inside the national capital.

According to reports, a Delhi Police personnel has been injured in the stone pelting incident.

Following which the tear gas shells were lobbed by the Delhi Police besides gushes of waters from cannons positioned to disperse the agitating farmers.

Not just the Delhi Police but farmers too have been innovative in trying to move blockades from their path. They hit a police van using a truck to remove the blockade.

The Delhi Police then resorted to mild lathi-charge.

The farmers on Friday clashed with Delhi Police personnel at Singhu after they were continued to be barred from an entrance to protest against the controversial Agriculture Bills.

Thousands of farmers have assembled at the border along Delhi but they have been stopped from marching in.

As they increase in volume coming from six states after night halts on the way, it has been hours and none of the side are ready to retreat.

As the farmers assembled near the barricades with barbed wires put by Delhi Police, the police fired several shots of tear gas shells to disperse the agitating farmers.

Following the tear gas shell firing by Delhi Police, the farmers also pelted stones on the police force which have been deployed at the Delhi-Haryana border.

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Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict AG Perarivalan’s parole again extended

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The Supreme Court on Friday extended the parole of AG Perarivalan, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, for one more week for medical treatments.

A bench headed by Justice L. Nageswara Rao made it clear that this is the last extension of parole for Perarivalan, who has been out since November 9 on medical grounds.

Tamil Nadu will also provide police escort to Perarivalan in the hospital.

The bench said Perarivalan may be taken to any medical facility that he needs, and asked his counsel to suggest his client to visit CMC Vellore for the treatment. “After one week he shall be taken to jail,” said the bench.

Perarivalan also sought extension of his parole by 90 days which was objected by Tami Nadu government counsel.

The Tamil Nadu government counsel said 30 days parole is allowed in 2 years and he has already availed 51 days. The counsel added that he has a hospital 25 km away, instead he wants to go to a hospital which is 200 km away and these facts are not presented before the court.

On November 23, the Supreme Court had extended Perarivalan’s parole by one week for medical check-up. The top court asked the Tamil Nadu government to provide police protection to him in the hospital.

Senior Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, representing Perarivalan, had submitted before the top court that parole was given on November 9, which was later extended by Madras High Court to November 23. “He also requested for police escort for medical exams. If the state can grant parole for another week,” Sankaranarayanan had submitted.

The bench said it will hear the matter on the next date for final disposal and extended the parole for a week and directed the Tamil Nadu government to provide protect to him during medical check-up.

The order from the top court came after the Central Bureau of Investigation submitted it does not oppose his release of the convict and the Tamil Nadu Governor can decide on it.

On November 3, the Supreme Court expressed its dissatisfaction over the pendency of pardon-plea of a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case for over two years with the Tamil Nadu Governor.

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