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Now, complaint against Arnab Goswami under Cable TV Act



Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami

Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami faces a new complaint, this time under the Cable Televisions Network (Regulation) Act, 1995, for allegedly running the television channel “to create communal hatred, religious polarisation and threatening national integrity”.

Social activist Nilesh Navlakha last month lodged a criminal complaint with the Commissioner of Police, Pune, through his lawyer Asim Sarode, under Section 2 of the Act.

“We have narrated six prominent, recent debate shows conducted by Goswami in which his arguments and words used were communal in nature which he kept repeating in his shows. The words and tonality are intended to promote communal attitudes and news is based on religious innuendos and half-truths,” Sarode contended.

This leads to propaganda based on hatred, religious polarization and communal divide, said Navlakha in a statement.

He further said that the misuse of freedom of expression by Goswami and his channel posed a serious threat before the independent media as it violates the freedom of expression of the viewers, as it is the viewers’ right to get correct, complete and true information.

Elaborating about Goswami’s behaviour, Navlakha said that he has created what is termed ‘Impulse Control Disorder’ in psychiatry.

Sarode said: “Intermittent Explosive Disorder is a kind of ‘impulse control disorder’ which involves sudden episodes of impulsive, aggressive, violent behaviour or angry verbal outbursts in which you react grossly out of proportion to the situation.”

They said that there are some more media persons displaying such tendencies in Hindi and English journalism, showing whatever is convenient and blow it out of proportion to give meanings which are out-of-context and disrupts the fabric of democracy while not fitting into journalism’s ethics.

The complaint also alleged that Goswami and his channel are actually into “brainwashing” the viewers in a way that they will get converted into haters of some communities and terror for some religions.

“This is not less than running an organised crime syndicate of making the human minds to follow a fanatic terrorist thought process. When WhatsApp group admins are being booked under the law, then why the CTNRA provisions are not being invoked against such tendencies,” Sarode asked.

In the complaint, it is pointed out how eminent persons have walked out of Goswami’s shows because of his name-calling tactics, like labelling cricketer Sachin Tendulkar “anti-national” in one of his shows.

Navlakha and Sarode claimed that Goswami has violated the Programme Code under the CTNRA, the channel has indicated it is against sovereignty, integrity and security as also against public order, decency and morality, making it a serious issue and a cognizable offence.

It urged the Pune police chief to take suitable action against the wrongs committed to disturb the peace, law and order in society and book Goswami under the CTNRA Section’s 16, which attracts a jail term of two years plus fine.


Maharashtra notches 213 Covid deaths, Mumbai cases fall below 1K



Maharashtra notched 213 Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday while Mumbai’s tally of fresh cases fell below the 1,000-mark, providing some relief, health officials said here.

Tuesday’s tally of new cases at 6,741 was down from a peak of 8,139 (July 11), but increased by 244 compared to Monday’s 6,497.

The number of fatalities in the state again went above the 200-mark from the July lowest of 125 to 213 on Tuesday, though considerably lower than the previous record toll of 295 notched on July 4.

With the fresh fatalities, the state’s death toll went up to 10,695 while the total cases touched 267,665, both highest in the country.

According to Tuesday’s figures, one death was recorded in roughly every 7 minutes and a staggering 281 new cases every hour in the state.

The recovery rate in the western state increased marginally from 55.38 per cent a day earlier to 55.67 per cent on Tuesday, while the mortality (death) rate stood at 4 per cent.

The Health Department said that of the total cases till date, 107,665 are active cases, which is lower vis-a-vis the number of patients cured, indicating a positive sign.

On the positive side, 4,500 cured patients returned home on Tuesday, taking the total number discharges to 149,007, considerably higher than the 107,665 active cases in the state.

In the most cheerful news, a 100-year retired schoolteacher, Arjun G. Naringrekar, taught a ‘lesson’ to coronavirus and returned home to Kandivali suburb after celebrating his birthday with doctors, nurses and other care-givers outside the BMC’s HinduHridaySamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Hospital in Jogeshwari on Tuesday evening.

Of the 213 fatalities, Mumbai alone accounted for 70 deaths, taking the city’s toll to 5,405, while the number of corona cases increased touched 95,100 on Tuesday.

Besides, Thane recorded 64 fatalities, followed Pune (25), Palghar and Jalgaon (8 each), Nashik and Solapur (6 each), Ahmednagar and Aurangabad (4 each), Raigad and Nanded (3 each), Ratnagiri, Latur and Parbhani (2 each), and Satara, Sangli, Akola, Buldhana, Bhandara and Nagpur (1 each).

The MMR (Thane Division) remains on the edge as deaths spiral and cases pile up, with the current toll at 7,543 and a staggering 2,893 new patients, pushing up the number of cases to 179,760 on Tuesday.

Thane cases have touched 65,324 with 1,769 fatalities to emerge as the second worst-hit district after Mumbai in the state.

Pune district continues to zoom ahead by notching 42,092 cases, with the death toll increasing from 1,127 a day earlier to 1,152 on Tuesday.

The Pune Division’s (comprising Pune, Solapur and Satara districts) death toll reached 1,578 with 48,425 patients, but remains far behind MMR and Thane district.

The next major region of concern is Nashik Division with 782 fatalities and 16,890 positive cases, followed by Aurangabad Division with 401 deaths and 10,314 cases, and Akola Division with 168 fatalities and 3,958 cases.

Next on the list is Kolhapur Division, which has notched 76 deaths and 3,148 patients, Latur Division had 86 fatalities and 2,048 cases, and Nagpur Division recorded 30 deaths and 2,912 cases.

All the eight divisions in the state recorded fatalities on Tuesday, but only Chandrapur (out of total 36) remains a zero Covid death district, though all have notched fresh cases.

Meanwhile, the number of people sent to home quarantine increased from 687,353 earlier to 698,854 now, while those in institutional quarantine went up from 41,660 to 42,350 on Tuesday.

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Karnataka reports record 87 Covid deaths, tally 44,077




A record number of 87 Covid patients succumbed to the virus in Karnataka, while 2,496 new cases raised the state’s tally to 44,077, an official said on Tuesday.

“New Covid deaths 87,” said a health official about the fatalities recorded across the state in the past 24 hours. Following the highest single day Covid deaths, the state’s death toll rose to 842.

As many as 56 of the 87 deaths occurred in Bengaluru alone, as cough, fever and breathlessness continued to be the most common symptoms.

Meanwhile, 2,496 cases were reported in the state with Bengaluru leading the chart with 1,267 cases.

With the addition of new cases, the city’s Covid tally breached the 20,000-mark at 20,969, out of which 15,599 are active cases. Bengaluru alone accounts for 60 per cent of all the active cases in the state.

Among the new cases on Tuesday, excluding Bengaluru, Mysuru accounted for 125 infections, followed by Kalaburagi (121), Dharwad (100), Ballari (99), Koppal (98) and Dakshina Kannada (91), among others.

On a positive note, 1,142 patients were discharged on Tuesday, 664 in Bengaluru Urban alone, raising the total number of discharges to 17,390. Likewise, cases in ICU marginally fell by five to 540.

Of the total 44,077 cases, active cases amount to 25,839 in Karnataka.

Amid rising cases in the southern state, the government has mandated that all those who gave their swab samples for testing may be infectious and advised abundant caution.

“Persons who have provided swab samples for Covid testing may be infectious. Hence, as a matter of abundant caution, all such persons shall be advised strict isolation or quarantine,” said Additional Chief Secretary Jawaid Akhtar.

Akhtar said such people should be isolated until their results are communicated.

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2 killed in Maharashtra steel factory blast




Two persons were killed and one injured seriously when a blast took place in a steel factory in Raigad’s Khopoli area early on Tuesday morning, officials said.

According to Police Inspector Dhanaji Kshirsagar of the Khopoli Police Station, the blast occurred inside the Indian Steel Works Ltd. plant at around 1.15 a.m., with the three workers taking the full impact of the explosion.

“Preliminary investigations suggest it may have been due to a leaking LPG gas cylinder when a process of dissolving raw iron materials was underway,” Kshirsagar told IANS.

The deceased have been identified as Pramod D. Sharma, 30, and Dinesh W. Chavan, 55.

Another co-worker Subhash D. Wanjale was critically hurt and is battling for life in a hospital in Navi Mumbai (Thane).

The impact of the blast was so severe that the bodies of the two victims were blown to bits, and several homes in the vicinity were shaken.

With branches in India, Italy, Turkey, Poland, Lithuania and Singapore, the company is engaged in recycling scrap, ferro-alloys and fluxes into steel bars and wires, and the blast is suspected to have occurred in a gas cylinder during processing.

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