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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: India reports over 19,000 new COVID-19 cases for second day in a row; toll rises to 16,475

11:33 (IST)Coronavirus Outbreak in Maharashtra Latest UpdatesMumbai Police urge residents not to move beyond 2 km-radius from their homesMumbai Police on Sunday urged the city residents not to move beyond a two-km radius of their homes for the purpose of exercise or visiting shops and salons, in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.Movement beyond…

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Coronavirus Outbreak in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Mumbai Police urge residents not to move beyond 2 km-radius from their homes

Mumbai Police on Sunday urged the city residents not to move beyond a two-km radius of their homes for the purpose of exercise or visiting shops and salons, in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Movement beyond two km is permitted only for attending office or medical emergencies, a senior police official said, adding that movement outside this radius for shopping is strictly prohibited.

The Mumbai Police appealed to residents to follow the personal safety and social distancing norms, else they will take strict action against offenders.

11:13 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Odisha Latest Updates

Odisha reports 245 new cases, takes state total to 6,859

Odisha on Monday detected 245 new COVID-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases to 6,859 including 4,743 recoveries, 2,086 active case, and 21 deaths, according to state health department, reports ANI.

10:32 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Nagaland Latest Updates

Nagaland reports 19 new cases today, takes total to 434

Nagaland reports 19 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, taking the total tally of infections in the state to 434, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom told ANI. Of these, 164 people have recovered and no deaths were reported so far.

10:13 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Karnataka Latest Updates

Bengaluru COVID-19 cases makes up for 25.9% of total state caseload

The number of coronavirus cases in Bengaluru doubled from 1,556 on June 23 to 3,419 on June 28, ANI quoted the state minister Dr Sudhakar K as saying. The city makes up for 25.92% of the total caseload of Karnataka, he added.

09:54 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

India reports 19,459 new cases, 380 deaths in past 24 hrs

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in India have risen to 5,48,318, according to the latest update from the Union Health Ministry. India reports 19,459 new cases and 380 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. With this, the country’s total tally rises to 5,48,318 and toll stands at 16,475.

09:45 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak Latest Update

WHO announces new worldwide daily virus record

The World Health Organisation has announced another daily record in the number of new confirmed coronavirus cases across the world – topping over 1,89,000 in a single 24-hour period, reports Reuters. 

The tally Sunday from the UN health agency eclipses the previous record a week earlier at over 183,000 cases, showing case counts continue to progress worldwide. Brazil recorded the most new cases over the one-day span at more than 46,800, followed by the U.S. at over 44,400. India had nearly 20,000.

Overall the US still has far and away the most total cases, At more than 2,450,000 – roughly twice that of Brazil.

09:16 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

21 BSF personnel test postivie in past 24 hours

In the last 24 hours, 21 more Border Security Force (BSF) personnel tested positive for COVID-19 and 18 have recovered. There are 305 active cases and 655 personnel have recovered till date, reports ANI.

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Coronavirus Outbreak in Maharashtra Latest Update

Over 7,000 flouted rules of phase-wise unlocking, says Mumbai Police

Over 7,000 citizens violated rules of phase-wise unlocking by taking their vehicles out for non-official/non-medical/non-emergency reasons on 28 June, tweeted Mumbai Police. 

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Coronavirus Outbreak in Delhi Latest Update

India reports over 38,000 new cases, 794 deaths over the weekend

India registered 38,458 new cases, 794 deaths over the weekend as states continue to re-open, lifting lockdown.

India’s COVID-19 cases on Sunday rose by 19,906 to 5,28,859. This is the highest daily rise in cases so far. The toll was up to 16,095, with 410 more deaths reported. On Saturday India’s coronavirus case count rose to 5,08,953 with a surge of 18,552 cases, while the toll climbing to 15,685 with 384 fatalities, according to Union health ministry data.

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Coronavirus Outbreak Latest Update

Global COVID-19 cases cross 10 million mark

Total confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the world stand at 10.1 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University CSSE. This figure includes COVID-19 patients who have recovered and the overall global death toll which stands at 5 lakh.

With over 25.5 lakh reported cases till date, the United States is the worst-affected country in the world. The US is followed by Brazil, Russia, India and the United Kingdom.

07:54 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Assam Latest Update

14-day lockdown in Guwahati begins

A 14-day lockdown in Guwahati came into force last evening in order to fight the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the city, reports PTI. Kamrup Metropolitan district, under which Guwahati falls, was completely locked down from 7.00 pm yesterday till 6.00 pm on July 12 with even shops of grocery, meat and all other items downing the shutters. Only pharmacies have been allowed to function.

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Coronavirus Outbreak in Delhi Latest Update

Delhi’s COVID-19 cases cross 83,000 mark, toll now at 2,623

Delhi recorded 2,889 fresh coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the tally in the city over the 83,000-mark, while the death toll from the disease mounted to 2,623, authorities said. The number of containment zones in the city also jumped to 417 on Sunday from 315 on Saturday, according to a Delhi health department data.

The national capital had reported the highest single-day spike of 3,947 cases on June 23. Recently, Delhi had eclipsed Mumbai as the city worst-hit by the pandemic in the country.

07:43 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Rajasthan Latest Update

Religious places in rural areas to reopen from 1 July

The Rajasthan government on Sunday allowed religious places in rural areas, where a limited number of devotees visit, to reopen from 1 July. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said all precautionary measures, including physical distancing, will be mandatory at these places.

The state government had on 31 May said that it will not open religious places till 30 June despite the Centre’s new guidelines which allowed places of worship to reopen under ‘Unlock 1’.

07:38 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Delhi Latest Update

5 inmates of Mandoli Jail test positive

Five more inmates of Mandoli Jail have tested positive for COVID-19, prison officials said on Sunday. With this, the number of COVID-positive inmates in the jails under the Delhi Prison department went up to 45, they told PTI.

Coronavirus LATEST Updates: India reports 19,459 new cases and 380 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. With this, the country’s total tally rises to 5,48,318 and toll stands at 16,475.

India registered 38,458 new cases, 794 deaths over the weekend as states continue to re-open, lifting lockdown. India’s COVID-19 cases on Sunday rose by 19,906 to 5,28,859. On Saturday India’s coronavirus case count rose to 5,08,953 with a surge of 18,552 cases.

India’s coronavirus case count mounted to 5,28,859 on Sunday with a spike of nearly 20,000 cases in a day and the toll rose to 16,095 with 410 fatalities reported in the past 24 hours, said the Union health ministry.

Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh announced a door-to-door survey, joining several states and UTs which have opted for the exercise in their efforts to check the surge.

Meanwhile, the Manipur government extended the lockdown in the state till 15 July.

India reports 19,906 new cases, 410 deaths in 24 hours

The Union health ministry’s data updated at 8 am showed 19,906 new cases, while 410 persons succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours.

According to news agency PTI, this is the fifth consecutive day that India has added more than 15,000 coronavirus infections to its tally. The country saw a surge of 3,38,324 infections from 1 June till date as lockdown restrictions were eased.

Of the 410 new deaths reported till Sunday morning, 167 were in Maharashtra, 68 in Tamil Nadu, 66 in Delhi, 19 in Uttar Pradesh, 18 in Gujarat, 13 in West Bengal, 11 each in Rajasthan and Karnataka, nine in Andhra Pradesh, seven in Haryana, six each in Punjab and Telangana, four in Madhya Pradesh, two in Jammu and Kashmir and one each in Bihar, Odisha and Puducherry.

Of the total 16,095 deaths reported so far, Maharashtra has reported the highest with 7,273 deaths, followed by Delhi with 2,558 deaths, Gujarat with 1,789, Tamil Nadu with 1,025, Uttar Pradesh with 649, West Bengal with 629, Madhya Pradesh with 550, Rajasthan with 391 and Telangana with 243 deaths.

Maharashtra continues to lead the case count with 1,59,133, followed by Delhi at 80,188, Tamil Nadu at 78,335, Gujarat at 30,709, Uttar Pradesh at 21,549, Rajasthan at 16,944 and West Bengal at 16,711, according to the ministry data. The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 13,436 in Telangana, 13,427 in Haryana, 12,965 in Madhya Pradesh, 12,285 in Andhra Pradesh and 11,923 in Karnataka.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR,” the ministry said, adding that 7,839 cases are being reassigned to states.

Recoveries exceed actives cases by more than one lakh

The number of active cases stands at 2,03,051, while 3,09,712 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, according to the updated data.

The Centre noted that recoveries now exceed active COVID-19 cases by over one lakh, stressing that “proactive steps” taken by it along with the states and Union Territories are showing “encouraging results”.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 82,27,802 samples have been tested up to 27 June and 2,31,095 samples have been tested on Saturday.

India now has 1,036 diagnostic labs dedicated to COVID-19. This includes 749 in the government sector and 287 private labs, said the health ministry in a statement.

More vigilance required as curbs are eased, says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country will have to focus on defeating coronavirus and bolstering the economy as it begins to “unlock”. India has always transformed adversities into stepping stones to success and this year won’t be different, PTI quoted him as saying.

He said people have to remain more vigilant compared to the lockdown period. “Always remember, if you do not wear a mask, do not observe the two-yard social distancing norms or do not take other precautions, you are putting others at risk besides yourselves, especially the elderly and children at home,” he cautioned in his monthly “Mann ki Baat” radio address.

A health worker checks the body temperature of a resident, as others await their turn during a free medical checkup in a slum in Mumbai, India, Sunday, June 28, 2020. India is the fourth hardest-hit country by the COVID-19 pandemic in the world after the U.S., Russia and Brazil. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Restrictions in Maharashtra to continue beyond 30 June

Along the same lines, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said the restrictions in the state will continue even after 30 June as the crisis is not over. “Even if I am not using the term lockdown, do not misunderstand and lower your guard. In fact, we need to show more stringent discipline,” he said.

“We can’t leave this war halfway in this final phase. I am sure that you will continue to cooperate with the government to ensure that lockdown is not reimposed,” he said in a televised address.

The unlock process, dubbed “Mission Begin Again” by the state government, is being gradually implemented to put the economy back on track, Thackeray said.

The state reported the biggest single-day spike of 5,493 COVID-19 cases, which took the tally of patients in the state to 1,64,626.  The state also reported deaths of 156 coronavirus positive patients, due to which the number of victims grew to 7,429.

In Mumbai, police urged the city residents not to move beyond a two-km radius of their homes for the purpose of exercise or visiting shops and salons. Movement beyond two km is permitted only for attending office or medical emergencies, a senior police official said, adding that movement outside this radius for shopping is strictly prohibited.

With the further easing of coronavirus-induced curbs in the state, some salons opened in Mumbai on Sunday after a gap of three months while many remained closed due to lack of workforce.

Thackeray also said the ‘Chase the Virus’ initiative, which was launched on 27 May, received good results in worst-hit Mumbai and will now be expanded to other parts of the state. As part of the campaign, 15 close contacts of a COVID-19 patient will be compulsorily kept in institutional quarantine.

Manipur extends lockdown till 15 July

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh announced that the government has decided to extend lockdown for another 15 days —  from 1 July to 15 July, reported  ANI. According to AIR News Imphal, the chief minister said that inter-district buses would be allowed to operate from 1 July with all guidelines and SOPs. No other public transport system will be allowed during this period, he said.

Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao held a meeting with Health Minister E Rajender and officials as the number of infections in the state rose to 14,419 and the toll reached 247. The Telangana government said that a strategy to control the spread of COVID-19 cases in the city following a sharp rise in infections, including a proposal to reimpose a lockdown in Hyderabad, would soon be finalised.

Rao said the government would examine all relevant issues and take a necessary decision as several issues have to be considered if it decides to re-impose lockdown in GHMC limits. “If lockdown is imposed, it should be implemented strictly and totally. There should be a day-long curfew with one or two hour relaxation to buy the essentials,” a press release quoted him as having said.

In Delhi,  where the case count crossed 83,000 with 2,889 fresh cases, the number of containment zones went up from 218 to 417 after a re-mapping of such areas under a revised strategy. As part of a massive house-to house survey to limit the spread of the contagion, around. 2.45 lakh people have been screened.

“We have screened around two lakh people for COVID-19 in house-to-house survey being conducted across the city. Also, 45,000 people have been screened in COVID-19 containment zones,” an official told PTI.

In an exclusive interview with news agency ANI, Home Minister Amit Shah said there was no community transmission in Delhi and said that 30,000 hospital beds would be made available by end of June.

The National Capital has so far reported 2,623 fatalities with 65 being recorded on Sunday.

Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh announce surveys

Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh said they will also conduct house-to-house survey like Delhi, Goa, Odisha and Jharkhand in an attempt to increase surveillance.

Uttar Pradesh’s Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said the state will launch a large-scale campaign from Meerut division in July, where house-to-house survey will be undertaken similar to the pulse polio immunisation.  “It will be carried out in containment and non-containment zones,” he said.

The toll due to viral infection in the state reached 660 with 11 more fatalities, while the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state climbed to 22,147 after 606 fresh infections were reported on Sunday, Prasad said.

As the number of coronavirus cases in Madhya Pradesh climbed to 13,186 and the toll touched 557, the state government said it will launch a ‘Kill Corona’ campaign from 1 July to control the spread of COVID-19 in the state. Under the campaign, door-to-door survey will be conducted and tests would also be done on citizens for other diseases as well, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said during a virtual review meeting on the COVID-19 pandemic

Chouhan said during the 15-day campaign, 2.5 lakh tests will be carried out and 15,000 to 20,000 samples would be collected daily, according to a press release.

Karnataka saw a record rise of 1,267 cases, of which 783 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone. The Bengaluru Police said criminal cases will be filed against those flouting face mask and social distancing rules and people can call police in case someone refuses to follow the COVID-19 preventive norms in the city,

While police and civic body officials will patrol city roads and enforce the mask rule and social distancing, the public can also do their bit and ask every other person to follow them, Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao said in a series of tweets as the government stepped up efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Among others, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Goa on Sunday reported an increase in cases and fatalities.

Global cases cross 10 million

The global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday according to a Reuters tally, marking a grim milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease that has so far killed almost half a million people in seven months.

The figure is roughly double the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organisation. while the number of fatalities — more than 497,000 fatalities— is roughly the same as the number of influenza deaths reported annually.

The milestone comes as many hard-hit countries are easing lockdowns while making extensive alterations to work and social life that could last until a vaccine is available.

Some countries are experiencing a resurgence in infections, leading authorities to partially reinstate lockdowns.

The first cases of the new coronavirus were confirmed on 10 January in Wuhan in China, before infections and fatalities surged in Europe, then the United States, and later Russia.

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India’s COVID-19 tally goes past 6 lakh with single-day rise of 19,148 cases; number of people tested to touch 1 cr soon

India’s COVID-19 tally went past six lakh on Thursday with a single-day increase of 19,148 cases, just five days after it crossed the five-lakh mark, while the toll rose to 17,834, according to the Union health ministry’s data.It took 110 days for coronavirus infections in the country to reach one lakh, while it took just…

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India’s COVID-19 tally went past six lakh on Thursday with a single-day increase of 19,148 cases, just five days after it crossed the five-lakh mark, while the toll rose to 17,834, according to the Union health ministry’s data.

It took 110 days for coronavirus infections in the country to reach one lakh, while it took just 44 days more to go past the six lakh mark.

The country’s COVID-19 caseload increased to 6,04,641 on Thursday, while 434 persons have succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

This is the sixth consecutive day when coronavirus infections increased by more than 18,000. There has been a surge of 4,14,106 COVID-19 cases from 1 June till date.

Meanwhile, the country has also crossed the nine-million mark in conducting COVID-19 tests, with 90,56,173 samples having been examined till 1 July, officials said on Thursday.

Number of people tested to touch 1 crore soon

The Union Health Ministry said the total number of people being tested for COVID-19 in the country will soon touch one crore.

“This has been (made) possible due to the removal of all bottlenecks by the government of India. Various steps taken by the Central government have paved the way for enhanced testing for COVID-19,” the ministry said.

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Through a significant step announced by the Central government on Wednesday, COVID-19 testing can now be done on the prescription of any registered practitioner, and not exclusively of a government doctor.

The Centre has strongly advised states and Union Territories to take immediate steps to facilitate testing at the earliest by enabling all qualified medical practitioners, including private ones, to prescribe COVID-19 test to any individual fulfilling the criteria for testing as per ICMR guidelines.

Officials of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) also said there are now 1,065 testing labs in the country — 768 in the public sector and 297 in private.

The daily testing capacity is also growing fast, they said, adding it was around 1.5 lakh per day on May 25 and is more than three lakh per day now.

As many as 2,29,588 samples were tested on Wednesday, which took the cumulative number to 90,56,173, the country’s apex health research body said.

Starting with just one laboratory, the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune, and having 100 in the beginning of the lockdown, the ICMR on June 23 validated 1000th testing lab, it said.

Amit Shah holds meet with CMs of Delhi, UP and Haryana

Amit Shah held a meeting with the chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the national capital and its adjoining areas, located in the two neighbouring states.

Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) have seen a spike in the number of coronavirus cases, leading to the home minister stepping in to handle the situation and improve the health infrastructure.

Shah reviewed the COVID-19 situation in Delhi-NCR with the three chief ministers, a home ministry official said.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan was also present in the meeting.

The NCR comprises districts belonging to Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The prominent ones being Gautam Buddha Nagar (Noida) and Ghaziabad (both Uttar Pradesh) and Gurgaon, Faridabad (both in Haryana).

Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi — Yogi Adityanath, Manohar Lal Khattar and Arvind Kejriwal respectively — attended the meeting through video-conference.

The novel coronavirus has infected 89,000 people in Delhi and killed 2,803 as on Wednesday.

In Uttar Pradesh, the coronavirus tally has reached 24,056 cases and 718 deaths.

In the NCR district of Gautam Buddh Nagar, 2,362 COVID-19 cases have been detected positive and 22 people have lost their lives so far.

In Ghaziabad, so far 851 people have been infected by the coronavirus and 56 have died.

State-wise cases and deaths

Of the 434 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, 198 are from Maharashtra, 63 from Tamil Nadu, 61 from Delhi, 21 each from Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, 15 from West Bengal, nine from Madhya Pradesh, eight from Rajasthan, seven each from Telangana and Karnataka, six from Andhra Pradesh, five from Punjab, four each from Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir, three from Bihar and one each from Chhattisgarh and Goa.

Of the total 17,834 deaths reported so far, Maharashtra accounted for the highest 8,053 fatalities followed by Delhi with 2,803 deaths, Gujarat with 1,867,Tamil Nadu with 1,264, Uttar Pradesh with 718, West Bengal with 683, Madhya Pradesh with 581, Rajasthan with 421 and Telangana with 267 deaths.

The COVID-19 death toll reached 253 in Karnataka, 240 in Haryana, 193 in Andhra Pradesh, 149 in Punjab, 105 in Jammu and Kashmir, 70 in Bihar, 41 in Uttarakhand, 25 in Odisha and 24 in Kerala.

Jharkhand has registered 15 deaths, Chhattisgarh 14, Assam and Puducherry 12 each, Himachal Pradesh 10, Chandigarh six, Goa four and Meghalaya, Tripura, Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh have reported one fatality each, according to the health ministry.

Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases at 1,80,298, followed by Tamil Nadu at 94,049, Delhi at 89,802, Gujarat at 33,232, Uttar Pradesh at 24,056, West Bengal at 19,170 and Rajasthan at 18,312 according to the ministry data.

The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 17,357 in Telangana, 16,514 in Karnataka, 15,252 in Andhra Pradesh, 14,941 in Haryana, and 13,861 in Madhya Pradesh.

It has risen to 10,249 in Bihar, 8,582 in Assam, 7,695 in Jammu and Kashmir and 7,316 in Odisha. Punjab has reported 5,668 novel coronavirus infections so far, while Kerala has 4,593 cases.

A total of 2,947 people have been infected by the virus in Uttarakhand, 2,940 in Chhattisgarh, 2,521 in Jharkhand, 1,396 in Tripura, 1,387 in Goa, 1,260 in Manipur, 990 in Ladakh and 979 in Himachal Pradesh. Puducherry has recorded 714 COVID-19 cases, Nagaland 459, Chandigarh 446 and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu together have reported 215 COVID-19 cases.

Arunachal Pradesh reported 195 cases, Mizoram has 160 cases, Sikkim has 101, Andaman and Nicobar Islands has registered 100 infections so far, while Meghalaya has recorded 52 cases.

Odisha to start plasma therapy

The Odisha government decided to start plasma therapy for treatment of critically-ill COVID-19 patients in the state, official sources told PTI.

According to the sources, the decision was taken at a meeting chaired by the state”s Health and Family Welfare Minister NK Das, who asked the department officials to constitute a technical team to prepare a line of treatment for critically-ill COVID-19 patients through plasma therapy.

The minister also asked the officials to set up a plasma bank to facilitate the treatment, they said. The state took the decision keeping in view the high rate of recovery of patients.

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Ahmedabad shopkeepers say won’t sell Chinese phones, plan to remove signboards of brands due to border tension

Ahmedabad: Amid escalating border tension between India and China, the shopkeepers in Ahmedabad city’s largest mobile phone market said they have decided not to sell Chinese gadgets henceforth, and urged Indian companies to manufacture good quality and affordable devices to provide an alternative.These vendors have also covered the signboards of Chinese brands in their shopping…

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Ahmedabad: Amid escalating border tension between India and China, the shopkeepers in Ahmedabad city’s largest mobile phone market said they have decided not to sell Chinese gadgets henceforth, and urged Indian companies to manufacture good quality and affordable devices to provide an alternative.

These vendors have also covered the signboards of Chinese brands in their shopping complex with banners saying “Made In India”.

The multi-storey Murtimant Complex on Relief Road in the eastern part of the city houses over 50 retail as well as wholesale shops, which sell mobile phones and accessories worth lakhs of rupees every day.

As calls for boycott of China-made goods erupted across the country after 20 Indian soldiers died in a violent face-off with Chinese troops in Ladakh’s Galwan valley last month, the shopkeepers in Ahmedabad decided not to sell any products manufactured in the neighbouring country.

“We have decided to boycott Chinese items. In the coming days, we will permanently remove the signboards of the Chinese mobile phone brands. Since we have already stocked China-made devices, we will sell them in the next one month and then buy only Indian or South Korean goods,” said Rakesh Mehta, a shop owner.

Another shopkeeper said that no one is interested in selling Chinese goods if traders get such devices from Indian manufacturers.

“I support this call for boycott, but it’s also a fact that Chinese goods is a lot cheaper. We are selling it because customers are not ready to shell out more for the high-end products,” said a wholesale trader.

Meanwhile, Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena also started a movement against Chinese goods and urged the shopkeepers to stop the sale in the next one month.

“We have requested all the shopkeepers to stop the sale of Chinese items. We gave them one months time to clear the stock. All of us need to stand firmly with our country and show our patriotism. China is using our money against our own army. This must stop” said Gujarat chief of the outfit, Raj Shekhawat.

India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including TikTok, UC Browser, SHAREit and WeChat, saying they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country.


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Delhi riots: HC vacates interim stay on bail granted to school owner Faisal Farooq amid Centre, AAP govt tussle

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday vacated its interim stay on the bail granted to a private school owner in a north-east Delhi riots case as the counsels for the Centre and the AAP government could not agree on who was representing the police.Justice Suresh Kait said the controversy over who will represent…

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday vacated its interim stay on the bail granted to a private school owner in a north-east Delhi riots case as the counsels for the Centre and the AAP government could not agree on who was representing the police.

Justice Suresh Kait said the controversy over who will represent Delhi Police in the matter has been going on since 22 June, the first day of hearing, and was likely to continue and if the stay remained in force, it will prejudice the accused.

“This cannot continue like this,” the judge said and vacated the interim order of 22 June which had directed not to release the school owner Faisal Farooq.

The high court also directed all counsels to give their written arguments on the issue of who will represent Delhi Police in the matter and listed it for hearing on 22 July.

The 22 June order had come on the police plea challenging a 20 June order of a trial court granting bail to Farooq.

The controversy over who will represent the police in the instant case continued to plague the matter with lawyers of the Centre and AAP government continuing to oppose each other’s claims regarding representing the probe agency.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Aman Lekhi contended that he has a letter from the Lieutenant Governor authorising him to appear in the matter and placed the communication before the court.

The contention was vehemently opposed by Delhi government standing counsel (criminal) Rahul Mehra, who said the 1 July letter was issued illegally as the LG took the decision without aid and advise of the Council of Ministers.

Mehra said there were judgments of the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court which clearly said that LG cannot appoint special prosecutors without aid and advise of the Council of Ministers.

Opposing Mehra’s arguments, Lekhi said that the apex court and HC judgements he was referring to did not pertain to appointment of a law officer of the Attorney General’s office to appear in a criminal matter as a prosecutor.

The judgements pertained to appointment of private lawyers as special prosecutors, Lekhi said.

He said Mehra’s reliance on those judgments were “utterly and totally misconceived” as facts in those decisions were totally different from the instant case.

The ASG further argued that it was “outrageous” to say that central government needs to take the state government’s permission to appoint a law officer as a special prosecutor in matters in which the Centre is “interested”.

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He also said that a client has the right to decide whom to appoint to represent it.

Countering the ASG’s arguments, Mehra said these were “diversionary tactics” of the central government law officer.

“They are impersonating the state. Under which provision of law is it permitted? If this is allowed, it will happen in Bengal, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh..,” he said.

Mehra further argued that Delhi Police was not like an ordinary client and it cannot choose whom to hire to represent it.

“If police starts to choose its lawyers, then investigation and prosecution would be hand-in-glove. Prosecutors would become mouth piece of the investigation,” he said and added that this was not permitted under the criminal procedure law.

After hearing their arguments, Justice Kait said that this controversy first cropped up on 22 June, when the matter was first heard, and “the said issue continued till date”.

The judge further said that apart from the instant case, Farooq was also arrested in another FIR and if he seeks bail in that matter and is granted the relief, the 22 June order would prejudice him.

Justice Kait, thereafter, proceeded to vacate the 22 June order.

The ASG urged the judge not to do so, saying it would have serious consequences, but Justice Kait did not agree with him.

On Wednesday, the high court had directed the central government counsel, Amit Mahajan, to show that he was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor to represent the probe agency in the matter.

The 1 July letter placed before the court on Thursday indicated that apart from Mahajan and Lekhi, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and other law officers were also appointed by LG to represent the police in the instant matter.

In the instant case, Farooq, owner of the Rajdhani School in Shiv Vihar locality, was among the 18 arrested for alleged involvement in burning and damaging property of the adjacent DRP Convent School.

The Delhi Police had on 3 June filed a charge sheet before a trial court against Farooq and 17 others in the incident in which the building of a private school was burnt down in North East Delhi.

The trial court, in its bail order, had noted that the charge sheet filed against him in the case was bereft of material showing his alleged links with the Popular Front of India, Pinjra Tod group and Muslim clerics.

It had directed Farooq to surrender his passport and not leave the National Capital Region without permission of the court. He should mark his attendance on every alternate Wednesday at the police station concerned. It also asked him not to tamper with evidence or influence the witnesses.

The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police had filed the charge sheet against the accused for allegedly conspiring with the Popular Front of India, Pinjra Tod group, Jamia Coordination Committee and Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz for creating riots, in and around his school.

It has also been alleged that protestors against the CAA had received funds from the PFI, formed in 2006 in Kerala as a successor to the National Democratic Front (NDF).


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