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  • Hathras gangrape case: Delhi Police detain 32 male protesters for protesting illegally near Mansingh Road
    by ANI on 09/30/2020 at 6:28 pm

    New Delhi [India], September 30 (ANI): Delhi police on Wednesday detained 32 male protesters for illegally protesting near Mansingh Road demanding justice for Hathras gangrape victim who died on Tuesday while receiving treatment at a hospital in the national capital.A few female protesters who were part of the protesting group were removed from the spot. The protesters belonged to All India Students Association (AISA) and Bhim Army.Legal action under relevant sections of law is being taken, said Delhi Police.Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday announced that kin of Hathras gangrape victim will be given Rs 25 lakh as ex-gratia and a house, and a government job will be given to a member of the family.The government has formed a three-member SIT to probe the case and said the matter will be heard in the fast track court.The 19-year-old victim died in Safdarjung Hospital on Tuesday. She was brought to the Hospital on Monday from Aligarh Muslim University Medical College.An official had earlier said that the last rites were performed at the victim's native place in the wee hours of Wednesday. All the four accused involved in the incident have been arrested. (ANI)

  • PIL filed in SC seeking investigation by CBI into Hathras gangrape
    by ANI on 09/30/2020 at 6:27 pm

    New Delhi [India], September 30 (ANI): A PIL was filed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking an investigation by the CBI into the recent gang-rape and murder in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras district.The plea seeks direction to transfer the case from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi.The PIL seeks direction for fair Investigation by the CBI or SIT to investigate the matter under the sitting or retired Supreme Court or High Court Judge.The petition urged that probe should be handed over to CBI or SIT from the police.A 19-year-old girl was gang-raped in Hathras on September 14 and succumbed to her injuries at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital. When her mortal remains were taken to her native place, the UP Police and administration allegedly cremated her body forcefully without the family's consent or their presence, in the night.The plea seeks transfer of case from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi, alleging that the government, as well as the State of Uttar Pradesh authorities, had failed to take actions against accused persons.The PIL says that according to police the cremation was being carried out "as per the wishes of the family" which is not true.Petitioners said they are demanding justice for the victim for the brutal attack, rape and murder of the victim.The PIL was filed by social activist Satyama Dubey, Vishal Thakre, and advocate Rudra Pratap Yadav."Police authorities had not performed their duties towards the victim and trying to shield the accused persons for reasons best known to them. There was no arrest was done in this matter the accused persons are moving freely and they have no fear at all and they have not been arrested by the Police Officials. The family of the victim has been victimized by the upper caste persons and no action has been done by the Authorities/Police officials,"it said.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday constituted a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe Hathras incident where a 19-year-old was gang-raped, Chief Minister's Office said.The SIT comprises Chairman Secretary Home Bhagwan Swaroop and Chandraprakash, Deputy Inspector General of Police and Poonam, Commander in chief, Provincial Armed Constabulary.The CMO informed that SIT will present a report in seven days. (ANI)

  • Kerala reports highest single-day spike with 8,830 new COVID-19 cases
    by ANI on 09/30/2020 at 6:25 pm

    Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], September 30 (ANI): Kerala reported the highest single-day spike of 8,830 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, said State Health Minister KK Shailaja.Twenty-three deaths were also reported in the state taking the death toll in the state to 742."Kerala reported 8,830 new cases of COVID-19, which is the highest single-day spike in the state. Today 23 recent deaths were confirmed due to COVID taking the total death toll in the State to 742. Of those diagnosed today, 7,695 are cases of local transmission and the contact source for 784 was unknown," the minister said.Among the new cases, 58 are those who arrived from foreign countries and 164 from other states. Also, 123 healthcare workers are among those infected.According to the district-wise figures of those who tested positive on Wednesday, Ernakulam has the highest cases at 1,056, Thiruvananthapuram (986), Malappuram (977), Kozhikode (942), Kollam (812), Thrissur (808), Alappuzha (679), Palakkad (631), Kannur (519), Kottayam (442), Kasargod (321), Pathanamthitta (286), Wayanad (214) and Idukki (157).A total of 3,536 patients under treatment have recovered. At present, there are 67,061 patients undergoing treatment in the state and 1,28,224 people have so far been cured of the virus.There are a total of 2,40,884 persons under observation across the state - 2,11,294 at their homes or institutional quarantine centres and 29,590 in hospitals.At the same time, the number of tests being conducted has been increased with 63,682 samples being tested during the last 24 hours.Till now, a total of 29,25,734 samples have been sent for testing, including 2,04,349 samples from high public exposure groups as part of sentinel surveillance. There are 660 hotspots in Kerala at present, she said. (ANI)

  • J-K: COVID-19 lockdown in containment zones extended till October 8
    by ANI on 09/30/2020 at 6:23 pm

    Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], September 30 (ANI): The COVID-19 lockdown in containment zones of Jammu and Kashmir has been extended till October 8, an official said."In exercise of powers conferred under Section 24 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the State Executive Committee hereby orders that the said guidelines/instructions issued shall continue to remain valid till October 8," the UT administration said in a statement. The previous lockdown had been ordered from August 31 till September 30. With 187 new cases in the last 24 hours, there are currently 17,414 active cases of COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir. As many as 55,517 recoveries and 1,164 deaths have been reported in the UT so far. (ANI)

  • Madhya Pradesh reports 2,004 new COVID-19 cases
    by ANI on 09/30/2020 at 6:20 pm

    Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) September 30 (ANI): A total of 2,004 new coronavirus cases, 2,316 recoveries and 35 deaths were reported in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday.The State Health Department said that the total number of COVID-19 cases has increased to 1,28,047 including 1,04,734 recoveries, 2,316 deaths and 20,997 active cases. With a spike of 80,472 new cases and 1,179 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, India's COVID-19 count reached 62,25,764 on Wednesday, according to the Union Health Ministry. (ANI)

  • Uttarakhand CM approves proposal to terminate 81 medical officers on unauthorised leave
    by ANI on 09/30/2020 at 6:18 pm

    Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], September 30 (ANI): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Wednesday approved the proposal regarding the termination of 81 medical officers in the state who were on unauthorised leave from the service.As per the Chief Minister's office, on the directions of Rawat, the proposal will be further sent to the state's Public Service Commission for approval.Meanwhile, Uttarakhand capped the rates of Rapid Antigen test price for private labs at Rs 719. (ANI)

  • Cricket betting racket busted in Telangana, one held with Rs 2 lakh
    by ANI on 09/30/2020 at 6:16 pm

    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], September 30 (ANI): A cricket betting racket was busted on Wednesday with the seizure of Rs 2 lakh and arrest of one man by the Telangana Police. As per the police statement, the Hyderabad City Commissioner's Task Force, South Zone Team, along with Saifabad Police busted the racket and seized two mobile phones of the accused. The accused, Srikanth Biradasm a native of Athanpur had resorted to collecting cricket betting amounts in and around Hyderabad from punters to make quick money illegally. "During the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 tournament, the prime accused Srikanth accepted huge amounts from the punter Deepak Sony and others. The collected amount was forwarded to the main bookie named Laddu (absconding) on a commission basis," the statement said. The accused, along with seized property has been handed over to Station House Officer Saifabad police station for further investigation. (ANI)

  • Gujarat reports 1,390 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths
    by ANI on 09/30/2020 at 6:15 pm

    Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India], September 30 (ANI): A total of 1,390 new COVID-19 cases, 1,372 discharges and 11 deaths were reported in Gujarat on Wednesday.The total number of coronavirus cases in the state has risen to 1,37,394, including 1,17,231 discharges and 3,453 deaths, according to Gujarat government. The active cases now stand at 16,710.With a spike of 80,472 new cases and 1,179 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, India's COVID-19 count reached 62,25,764 on Wednesday, according to the Union Health Ministry.As per the Union Health Ministry, this includes 9,40,441 active cases and 51,87,826 cured and discharged or migrated patients. With 1,179 deaths, the toll due to the disease has reached 97,497 in the country. (ANI)

  • Delhi commission for women urges Chief Justice, SC judges to take cognisance of Hathras rape and murder
    by ANI on 09/30/2020 at 6:11 pm

    New Delhi [India], September 30 (ANI): The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has written a letter to Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and other judges of the Supreme Court urging them to take cognisance of the gang-rape and murder of a Dalit girl in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras district.The Chief of DCW, Swati Maliwal, has requested the court to call for a High Court-monitored investigation into the case to ensure "strictest and swiftest" possible punishment to the accused.The DCW has requested the Supreme Court to take cognizance of the matter.The letter stated, "Even in death, the UP government was not moved by the pleas and tears of the victim and gravest of grave violation of the human rights of the victim, her family was locked up in their home and her body was forcibly taken in the fields at 2 am and cremated by the police officials. No family member was allowed to cremate the body and in death, the family could not be with their daughter."A 19-year-old girl was gang-raped in Hathras on September 14 and yesterday she succumbed to her injuries at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital. When her mortal remains were taken to her native place, the UP Police and administration allegedly cremated her body forcefully without the family's consent or their presence, in the night.The DCW said the incident was allegedly played down by the police and the local administration as a dispute between villages to cover it up.The Commission has asked for the immediate suspension and punitive action against the police and administrative officials who facilitated this cover-up, saying "every possible fundamental and human right of the victim was violated by the UP government and its police, in life and in death."The incident exposed the absolute apathy and disregard of the system towards women, the letter stated, adding that despite the victim in this case being left in the fields with severe injuries, the police failed to register an FIR for five days.The DCW letter pointed out that the UP government also failed to move the victim to a Delhi hospital until September 28, when she breathed her last."The Hathras gang-rape and murder has once again exposed the complete apathy and disregard our system shows towards its daughters and mothers," it stated. (ANI)

  • Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla given additional charge of Personnel and Training department
    by ANI on 09/30/2020 at 6:11 pm

    New Delhi [India], September 30 (ANI): Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla has been given additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training.An official order said that the Competent Authority has approved the assignment of the additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training to Ajay Kumar Bhalla with immediate effect and till the appointment of a regular incumbent or until further orders, whichever is earlier. (ANI)