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India’s numbers touching 80L although daily spike dips

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With a fresh spike of 43,893 coronavirus infections and 508 deaths in 24 hours, India’s tally stood at 79,90,322. The daily spike in cases as well as deaths have been on the decline, the Union Ministry of Health stated on Wednesday.

Out of the total Covid-19 cases, 6,10,803 are currently active, 72,59,509 have been discharged, while 1,20,010 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 90.85 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.50 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed.

“Signifying a landmark achievement, India has registered continuous decline in the average daily new Covid-19 cases over the past five weeks,” the Ministry stated in tweet on Wednesday.

A graph attached with the tweet showed a spike of 83,232 cases between September 23 to September 29 which has come down to 49,909 between October 21 to October 27.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 16,54,028 cases, including 43,463 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 10,66,786 sample tests in a single day on Tuesday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 10,54,87,680.

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Rajkot police forms 3-member SIT to probe hospital fire

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The Rajkot police commissioner has formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the fire incident in a private hospital in Rajkot, which claimed the lives of five corona patients on Friday.

Rajkot Police Commissioner Manoj Agrawal has formed the three-member SIT to probe the fire at the Uday Shivanand multispeciality hospital.

According to sources in the police, the SIT will be headed by the DCP zone 2, Manoharsinh Jadeja. The two other members of the team are of the rank of an ACP and a Police Inspector (PI) Special Operations Group (SOG).

The Malviyanagar police station in Rajkot registered a complaint of ‘Accidental death’ over the incident. The probe team will be looking for the cause of the fire and other details and hand over the report to the Rajkot police commissioner. The state government will be taking action on the basis of the police commissioner’s report.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of all the five victims. The CM has also ordered an inquiry into the incident and entrusted it to the additional chief secretary, panchayat and rural development, A K Rakesh.

The fire broke out in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the designated Covid-19 hospital in the early hours of Friday around 3 a.m.

The fire is believed to have been caused by a short circuit.

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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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