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BREAKING NEWS: Rahul Gandhi visits riot-hit areas of northeast Delhi, says India’s image has taken a hit

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday (March 4, 2020) visited the areas hit by recent riots in northeast Delhi and interacted with the kin of the victims there. He was part of a Congress party delegation, including Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, which visted the violence-hit northeast Delhi during which they met the affected families.…

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NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday (March 4, 2020) visited the areas hit by recent riots in northeast Delhi and interacted with the kin of the victims there. He was part of a Congress party delegation, including Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, which visted the violence-hit northeast Delhi during which they met the affected families.

Talking to reporters, Rahul Gandhi said, “The country’s image has taken a big hit globally due to the unfortunate and mindless violence in northeast Delhi.’’

”India is being divided and no one is benefitting from this. Our future has been burnt here,” Rahul added.

He, however, appealed to the people to move on and unite to rebuild the areas and the families affected by the violence.

The Congress party had organised the visit to show solidarity with the victims. This was the Congress party leaders’ first visit to the area, where over 40 people died and more than 200 were injured in spiralling violence over four days last week.

The Congress delegation was ferried in a white tourist bus, which made several stops in the area. Gandhi and Congress party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala also visited a school which was set on fire in Brijpuri, one of the epicentres of the violence. 

“This school is the future of Delhi. Hate and violence has destroyed it. This violence is of no benefit to ‘Bharat Mata’. Everybody has to work together and take India forward at this time.’’ Rahulk said after visiting the vandalised school in Brijpuri.

Two days ago, Rahul had responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet in which he appeared to hint at quitting the social media. “Give up hatred, not social media accounts,” Rahul had said in his tweet.  

The Gandhi scion was also spotted at the party’s protest near Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament on Tuesday over Delhi riots.

Congress party leader Ranjan Chowdhury had said that his party will continue protests within and outside Parliament until there is a discussion on Delhi violence.

The Congress, along with other opposition parties, has been demanding a discussion on the violence in Parliament. While the government has indicated that it is ready for it, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has set a date after Holi, which has hugely upset the Opposition.

The tug-of-war over the issue has led to uproar in Parliament and frequent adjournments, and very little legislative work has been conducted over the last two days.

At least 47 people have died and more than around 200 people sustained serious injuries in the violence that raged for four days in north-east Delhi.

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Tamil Nadu govt issues new testing guidelines for all incoming travellers, amid spike in coronavirus COVID-19 cases

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In view of the rising coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu, considering the risk of increased transmission given the high number of inter-state, inter-district travellers (based on government-issued E-passes) and ongoing repatriation of Indian nationals from foreign countries, the state government has issued a new set of guidelines for testing incoming travellers.

So far, nine persons who had landed in Chennai via Vande Bharat repatriation flights had tested positive for the coronavirus. While there is a sharp spike in cases over the last week, the state government has permitted a gradual return to normalcy. This has meant that private companies and most standalone shops are open in all non-containment zones of the state, as per stipulated timings and social distancing norms.

Persons from other countries: All persons to be tested on arrival and if tested positive the individual(s) would be admitted in a hospital. In case of a negative result, they will be kept in government-provided institutional quarantine/hotels (on a paid basis). A follow-up test would be taken after the initial 7-day quarantine, and if that result is also found negative the person/s can be sent for home quarantine for the next 14 days. 

Persons from other States/Union Territories: 

Tests will be conducted on all persons coming into Tamil Nadu from all states and Union territories. In case of a positive result, they would be admitted to hospitals. In case of a negative result, the passengers would have to be under government-provided institutional quarantine facility for 7 days (for persons coming from hotspot states such as Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi). After 7 days if they display no symptoms, they can be sent for home quarantine for 7 days, or they can continue in government quarantine if they do not have facilities at home to be under quarantine. 

Persons from non-hotspot states who test negative may be sent into a 14-day home quarantine or institutional quarantine (in case of facilities are not available at home).

Persons travelling between Tamil Nadu’s districts: Testing to be done only for those coming with symptoms, all individuals to undergo home quarantine for 14 days.

Exemptions: 


* Terminally ill patients, individuals requiring immediate medical attention in a hospital 


* Persons who are due to attend the funeral and ritual associated with the death of an immediate family member


* Pregnant women 


* Elderly persons over the age of 75 years and requiring assistance 

All the above categories claiming medical emergency will be subjected to check up by a medical team to confirm the emergency. Relaxation will not be given for any other category. Persons who seek an exemption in the above categories must submit full detail along with their representation in advance to concerned authorities. 

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Avalanche hits Indian Army post in north Sikkim, soldier missing

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  A soldier went missing after an Indian Army post was hit by an avalanche in North Sikkim on Thursday.

SIKKIM:  A soldier went missing after an Indian Army post was hit by an avalanche in North Sikkim on Thursday.

According to reports, am Army patrolling-cum-snow clearance party of 17-18 personnel was hit by snow slide in the Lugnak La area of Sikkim on Thursday.

Except for one soldier, all others trapped under snow had been rescued, the Army said.

“A patrolling-cum-snow clearance party, comprising 17-18 soldiers, came under snow slide. All recovered except one soldier. Intense search is in progress,” the army said.

In a similar incident earlier, Lance Naik Sanjeeva Reddy, who was operating a dozer in the snowbound high-altitude areas of Sikkim, was hit by an avalanche on April 11.

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Maharashtra government likely to extend lockdown till May 31 amid rising cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in state

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In view of the increasing cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in Maharashtra, the state government has decided to extend the lockdown till May 31, said sources on Thursday. However, the government’s decision will be officially announced within a couple of days.

A two-day meeting of the ministers of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress reviewed the situation arising out of the deadly virus in the state. Simultaneously, there was a discussion on extending the lockdown and bringing the economy back on track in a phased manner in the state.

According to sources, in the meeting, it was agreed to extend the lockdown. Also, it was decided to relax the areas which are not in the containment zones, but the areas which are in the red zones will not be given any exemption. 

Extending the lockdown doesn’t harm the state’s economy, so business establishments and industry businesses may be given a conditional exemption to start their operations in areas where coronavirus has little impact.

It is worth noting that the first lockdown in Maharashtra began on March 25, just like the entire country. The second lockdown began on April 14. The third lockdown began on May 3, ending on May 17. After this, the fourth phase in Maharashtra can be from May 18-31.

Significantly, Maharashtra is the most coronavirus infected state in the country. On May 13, the number of coronavirus positive patients in Maharashtra increased to 25,922. By evening, the death toll from coronavirus in Maharashtra had risen to 975. As far as Mumbai is concerned, by the number of coronavirus positive patients stands at 15,747. At the same time, a total of 596 people have lost their lives from coronavirus in Mumbai.

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