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Watch Video: RPF Registers Case Against The Girl Who Falls From The Train And Got Rescued

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The 17-year-old girl who fall from the Mumbai local train but miraculously got rescued by felow passenger alleges that she wasn’t doing any stunt. It was revealed that this incident happened when she was travelling from Shivdi to Diva Station. Meanwhile, RPF has registered a case against the girl under Section 156 of the Railway Act. Watch video to know more about the story.

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Bomb blast near Hafiz Saeed’s house in Lahore kills 2

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A massive bomb blast occurred near the house of terrorist Hafiz Saeed in Lahore’s Johar Town area on Wednesday, in which at least two persons were killed, while 17 others have sustained injuries.

Saeed is wanted in India for the Mumbai terror attack and other terror cases. He is the founder of banned terror groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamat-ud-Dawa and currently lodged in jail.

The house was cordoned through barbed wire and security personnel were deployed permanently to guard it.

Top sources said that one of the policemen deployed for the security of the house was killed in the blast. The second person who died in the blast was a passer-by.

Lahore’s Chief City Police Officer Ghulam Mehmood Dogar told media persons that the probe has started into the incident and a team of bomb disposal squad is on the spot.

He had also stated that the Bomb Disposal Squad would share the details about the nature of explosion.

Police and bomb disposal teams have reached the site of the incident. It is found that the glass windows of nearby houses and buildings were shattered.

The people, who sustained injuries, had been rushed to Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital in private cars and auto-rickshaws.

The sound of the blast was so loud that it was heard in faraway areas. However, the nature of the blast has not been ascertained yet.

Local police have cordoned off the area for further probe into the matter.

Punjab chief minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has sought report from the Inspector-General of Police about the blast.

The Government of Punjab on Twitter announced that the chief minister has ordered an immediate investigation of the incident.

Last year, Saeed was sentenced to 15 and a half years in jail by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan in one more terror financing case. He has had already been convicted for 21 years imprisonment in four terror financing cases.

Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist on whom the US has placed a USD 10 million bounty, was arrested on July 17 last year in the terror financing cases.

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Furore as rat nibbles patient’s cheek in Mumbai civic hospital

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In a shocking incident, a patient undergoing treatment in the ICU of a BMC hospital was reportedly bit by a rat on his cheek, sparking off protests, here on Wednesday.

The patient, Shrinivas Yellappa, 24, was admitted for liver complications three days ago and was on ventilator in the ICU of the Rajawadi Hospital, Ghatkopar.

Yesterday, (Tuesday), his sister saw a bandage below his left eye and created ruckus when informed that a rat was suspected to have nibbled the patient on the cheek.

Later, doctors and civic authorities claimed that the rat-bite was not serious and would heal soon, but the patient’s family was not convinced.

Mayor Kishori Pednekar suspected that since the ICU is on the ground floor, the rat may have sneaked in unnoticed when the door was opened by one of the staffers.

The Mumbai Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has slammed the BMC for failing to protect patients from such happenings and demanded a thorough probe into the matter.

Criticising the Mayor for her statement, AAP Mumbai chief Ruben Mascarenhas asked whether this is the ‘Mumbai Model’ as hospitals are under attack by rats.

Hoping to drive home the point, the AAP has organized an ‘Undir Protest’ (Rat Protest) in which its activists will dress up like rats and present mouse-traps to the BMC, this afternoon.

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40 cases of Delta Plus variant found in India

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As many as 40 cases of Delta Plus Covid variant have been detected in India — the strain which the government has tagged as a “Variant of Concern”.

A total of 21 cases of the new strain have been found in Maharashtra, six in Madhya Pradesh, three each in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, two in Karnataka and one each in Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Jammu, said sources.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Tuesday also informed that the Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 was found in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri and Jalgaon; Kerala’s Palakkad and Pathanamthitta; and Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal and Shivpur.

The genome sequenced samples received from Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh as well as other states confirmed the presence of Delta Plus variant, a mutation of the Delta strain or B.1.617.2 variant first detected in India.

Soon after findings, the Ministry alerted the three states to take precautionary measures and shared that Delta Plus has characteristics like increased transmissibility, stronger binding to receptors of lung cells, potential reduction in monoclonal antibody response.

The Chief Secretaries of Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh has been advised to take up immediate containment measures in different districts and clusters, including preventing crowds, widespread testing, prompt tracing and vaccine coverage.

Delta Plus cases, still a low number, are emerging as large parts of India are ending severe lockdowns and restrictions with Covid cases on the decline after a fierce second wave ambushed the nation’s health infrastructure in April-May.

INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia), a consortium of 28 labs tasked with genome sequencing of the virus causing Covid, says properties of the Delta Plus are still being investigated. It is characterized by a mutation in the spike protein, which helps the virus gain entry into human cells.

“Currently the number of such Delta plus variants in India are only few but the distribution or detection in various states during past two months indicate that it is already present in some states and states may need to enhance their public health response by focusing on surveillance, enhanced testing, quick contact-tracing and priority vaccination,” it says.

Very little is known about this strain, which is now in nine countries — the US, the UK, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Poland, Russia and China besides India.

According to the government, the Delta Plus, much like the Delta strain that has spread to 80 countries, is highly infectious and fast spreading.

According to INSACOG, the Delta Plus shows “increased transmissibility, stronger binding to receptors of lung cells and potentially reduced monoclonal antibody response”.

It may also show resistance to existing treatment protocol for Covid, experts worry. There are concerns over whether current vaccines will be effective against the Delta Plus.

The government said while the two vaccines being used in India, Serum Institute of India’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, are effective against the Delta variant, data on how they work on the Delta Plus would be shared later.

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