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Maharashtra reports 3,890 new cases of COVID-19
Maharashtra reported 3,890 new cases of coronavirus in the state, in the last 24 hours. This surge takes the total number of infections to 1,42,900, and the death toll stands at 6,739. A total of 8,23,775 tests have been conducted until now to check people for coronavirus.
Tamil Nadu government restricts travel; finding contacts of COVID-19 patients was becoming difficult.
The Tamil Nadu government had divided the state into eight zones on June 1st, with each zone consisting of 3-7 districts. Earlier people were allowed to commute within their zone without an e-pass. However, the Tamil Nadu government suspended inter-district transportation within the aforementioned zones, as of Friday. Even within districts, only two-wheelers and cars are allowed to ply without e-passes, apart from, government and privately operated buses. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said in a press statement that these restrictions were imposed because of the "difficulties in tracing the contacts of COVID-19 patients."
Amit Shah lashes back at Congress during an ongoing war of words.
Over the last two weeks, Rahul Gandhi and BJP Chief JP Nadda have been in a heated battle of words, regarding Prime Minister Modi's strategy for the India-China conflict. Union Home Minister Amit Shah took an opportunity recently to unleash another remark, by writing on social media that "on this day, 45 years ago one family’s greed for power led to the imposition of the Emergency”. The tweet also said, “The interests of one family prevailed over party interests and national interests. This sorry state of affairs thrives in today’s Congress too!”
Gujarat HC orders bail for 33 migrant labourers.
Gujarat High Court ordered bail for 33 migrant labourers who had been jailed for over a month, over clashes with Ahmedabad’s police. Guj HC believes that the migrant labourers were not criminals, rather victims of hunger, unemployment and poverty.
Karnataka HC grants anticipatory bail to rape accused; cites the behavior of the alleged victim as “unbecoming of an Indian woman”
Karnataka High Court noted, in a recent case presided by Justice Krishna S. Dixit, that it was "unbecoming of an Indian woman" to sleep after she is "ravished". Using this as one of the reasons, Karnataka HC granted pre-arrest bail to the accused who was charged with rape, cheating and criminal intimidation.
Justice Krishna S. Dixit allowed for anticipatory bail, on paying a compensatory bond of Rs. 1 lakh, along with two other sureties of the same amount.
Indian diplomats ask China to respect the Line of Actual Control.
In a video-conference that included senior diplomats from New Delhi and Beijing, China was asked to respect and observe the Line of Actual Control. India also showed concerns over the "premeditated" attack by the PLA (People's Liberation Army) on Indian soldiers in the Galwan-Valley incident.
This comes at a time when new satellite images show the fact that Chinese troops have observed a 'defensive position' at the site of the Galwan-Valley incident.
Fire breaks out at Raghuvanshi mill compound in Lower Parel.
A fire broke out at Raghuvanshi mill compound in Mumbai’s Lower Parel area on Thursday. At least eight fire engines and six jumbo water tankers have been rushed to the spot. This is the third fire reported in the city since morning. Earlier in the morning, a fire broke out at the office of Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait at Nariman Point in South Mumbai. There was no report of any casualty, a fire brigade official was quoted as saying by PTI. The blaze erupted around 5.15 am in the bank’s office and server room located on the ground floor of the 15-storey Jolly Maker Chamber 2 building.
BEST dismisses 14 drivers, conductors for not reporting to work for 3 months.
In a first, Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking dismissed 14 of its drivers and conductors after they failed to report for work. The 14 were from the 2,000-odd employees issued chargesheets last month for absenteeism. Employees were issued chargesheets after BEST failed to run its bus fleet at optimum capacity after Mumbai kick-started ‘Mission Begin Again’
Those over 70 years can undergo Covid testing without prescription.
Bringing yet another change in its testing protocol, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will now allow all those over the age of 70 to undergo testing for Covid-19 without prescription. The BMC, which had earlier warned doctors of disciplinary action if they recommended tests to patients without physical examination, has now decided to review this rule as well stating that e-prescriptions will also be allowed for testing.
Civic markets to re-open today after two months.
Shut for over two months due to the lockdown restrictions to contain the spread of the raging coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, markets operated by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) across the city are now set to re-open from Wednesday with shops adhering to an odd-even formula. Until now, only essential shops were allowed to function inside these markets. There are 203 civic markets across the city, including Crawford Market in Mumbai’s Fort area, which were established and developed by the BMC.
SBI employee accused of misappropriating ₹36 crore, gets interim protection from arrest.
The Bombay high court on Tuesday granted temporary protection from arrest to a branch manager of the State Bank of India (SBI) who is accused of misappropriating ₹36 crore out of the fixed deposits of the Bombay Iron and Steel Labour Board. Byculla police booked Nikhil Roy, manager of the Mazagaon Circle branch of SBI, for criminal breach of trust and cheating on the basis of a complaint lodged by the Board on June 8, 2019.