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Unlock 3.0: Gyms to reopen, I-Day functions allowed

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), here on Wednesday, issued guidelines for the ‘Unlock 3.0’, which will come into effect from August 1.

According to the guidelines, restrictions on movement of individuals during night have been scrapped, and yoga institutes and gymnasiums have been allowed to open from August 5.

International air travel has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. Further opening-up will take place in a calibrated manner.

In areas outside the containment zones, all activities will be permitted except for education institutions, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatre, bars, auditorium and assembly halls.

Metros and large congregations continue to be prohibited. “Dates for re-starting the above activities may be decided separately and necessary SOPs shall be issued for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of Covid-19,” the MHA said.

The Independence Day events at national, state, district, sub-division, municipal and panchayat levels and ‘At Home’ functions have been allowed with following social distancing norm and other health protocols.

There will be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of people and goods, including those for across land-border trade under treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission, approval or e-permit will be required for them.

“Movement by passenger and Shramik special trains; domestic passenger air travel; movement of Indians stranded outside the country and of specified persons to travel abroad; evacuation of foreign nationals; and sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers will continue to be related as per the SOP issued,” the ministry said.

People above 65 years of age, those with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.

Lockdown will continue to remain in force in the containment zones till August 31. In such zones, only essential activities will be allowed. There shall be strict perimeter to curb movement of people in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for supply of essential goods and services.

“In the containment zones, there shall be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance and other clinical interventions, as required,” the guidelines stated.

Activities in the containment zones will be monitored strictly by the state, Union Territory authorities, and the guidelines on containment measures in these zones will be strictly implemented.

States and UTs may also identify buffer zones outside the containment zones, where new cases are more likely to occur. Within the buffer zones, restrictions as considered necessary may be put in place by the district authorities.

According to the guidelines, any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of sections 51-60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under section 188 of the IPC and other provisions.

The announcement came as the country logged more than 15 lakh coronavirus cases and the daily spike in cases grew close to 50,000.

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DMDK leader A.Vijayakant tests positive for coronavirus

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Actor-turned politician and DMDK founder A.Vijayakant has tested positive for coronavirus and his condition is stable, said a private hospital where he has been admitted.

In a statement issued the hospital MIOT International said Vijayakant tested positive for Covid-19 on 22.9.2020.

“He is completely stable and admitted in MIOT Hospitals, Chennai. He is expected to make full recovery and should be ready for discharge soon,” the hospital Managing Director Prithvi Mohandas said.

DMDK is part of the ruling AIADMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu.

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Narendra Modi elated to see Lord Venkateswara as Andhra Pradesh CM logs in from Tirupati

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elated to catch a glimpse of Lord Venkateshwara when Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy logged in for his video conference with the PM from the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) on managing the coronavirus pandemic in the country on Wednesday.

“Today, I am happy to catch a glimpse of Lord Venkateshwara through this video conference,” said Modi.

Reddy flew in from Delhi to Renigunta on Wednesday and drove down to Tirumala to participate in the Brahmostavams.

For the video conference, he logged in from the Annamayya Bhavan, where an elegant picture of the deity adorned the wall behind Reddy.

Modi appreciated Redyy for making it to the video conference despite being busy with the Brahmostavams.

The PM also appreciated some of Reddy’s pet projects, saying: “People are receiving faster services and we are thinking of replicating the model in other states.”

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Gujarat assembly passes Gunda and Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Bill

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The Gujarat assembly passed the Gunda and Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Bill, 2020 on the basis of majority during the ongoing five-day Monsoon session.

The proposed bill will facilitate for setting up of Special Courts for the purpose, but these courts won’t be able to take cognizance of any offence without the prior sanction of the state government.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Pradeepsinh Jadeja proposed the new Bill on Wednesday.

The new Act proposes strict legal action against Goonda elements indulging in illegal acts like bootlegging, gambling, cow slaughter, dealings in narcotic substances, human trafficking, sexual harassment of children, spurious drugs manufacturing, land grabbing, usury, kidnapping, selling illegal weapons and other.

According to the proposed legislation, the definition of Goonda elements includes individuals or groups who threaten violence or who damage public order. The accused will face a maximum imprisonment of 10 years and a minimum imprisonment of seven years. They will also be facing fines of up to Rs 50,000.

Additionally, if any government employee abets or aids these Goonda elements in such illegal acts will also face a jail term not less than three years which may go up to 10 years.

Special courts will be established under the provisions of the new legislation. For every special court, the state government will shall appoint a public prosecutor and appoint one or more assistant public prosecutors or additional public prosecutors.

According to the provisions of the Bill, a prior approval of the concerned range Inspector General of Police or Police Commissioner will be mandatory for registration of any offence under it.

The new legislation includes many provisions included in previous legislations like the illegal consumption, sale, transport, production of intoxicants, taking possession of immovable properties in violation of legal provisions, raising false claims of ownership of an immovable property or to produce fake documents in that regard, offences related to immorality, offences involving the protection of children, offences under the ambit of the Gambling Act, resorting to violence to disturb social harmony, extortion, illegal transport of livestock, violation of the Arms Act, etc.

The legislation also provides protection of the witnesses from the state government. Further, names and addresses of witnesses will be kept confidential.

Under the provisions of the Act, the properties of the Goonda elements will be liable to be attached by the concerned district magistrate. The district magistrate will also have the liberty to, if necessary, appoint administrators for such a property.

“Looking at the provisions of the new Bill, one will think that currently there is no law and order prevailing in the state and that’s why the government had to bring in this Bill,” said Paresh Dhanani the Leader of Opposition Party.

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