News in Five: 9 June (2020)

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News in Five: 9 June (2020)

National News

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tests negative for coronavirus
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, whose samples were taken for a coronavirus test earlier today, has tested negative. Kejriwal had developed fever and sore throat since Sunday afternoon and had kept himself in isolation at home on the advice of doctors. Earlier today, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said that officials from the Centre have maintained there is no community spread in Delhi.

No one taking care: Journo with COVID-19 texted brother before death in Hyd hospital
A journalist, who died in a government-run Hyderabad hospital after testing COVID-19 positive, texted his brother before his death, "ICU isn't good. Please, let's go to...private hospital. No one's taking care here." He added there was no proper response when he asked for oxygen support. State health officials, however, refuted claims of lack of facilities at the hospital.

2 Civil Defence employees arrested in Rajasthan for working for Pak's ISI
Two people have been arrested in Rajasthan for sharing confidential information with Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI, authorities said on Tuesday. One of the accused was reportedly honey-trapped through a fake Facebook account and worked at the Army Ammunition Depot in Sri Ganganagar district while the other worked as a contractual employee at Army's Mahajan Field Firing Range in Bikaner.

20-year-old Dalit man beaten to death over relationship with upper-caste girl
A 20-year-old Dalit man was allegedly killed over his relationship with an upper-caste girl in Pune's Pimple Saudagar on Sunday. According to the FIR, the six accused chased and hit the bike-borne victim in a tempo, causing him to fall down and then attacked him with a metal rod and a rock. Four suspects including the girl's father were arrested.

Massive fire at Assam oil well that has been leaking gas for 2 weeks after an explosion
A massive fire engulfed a natural-gas producing well of Oil India Limited (OIL) in Assam's Tinsukia, which has been leaking gas for two weeks after an explosion. "Apart from a fireman of ONGC, who sustained minor injury, no one else has been injured," an official said. Recently, a Singapore-based firm's officials had visited the site to attempt plugging the well.

Global News

Brazil Removes Data after Releasing Contradictory Sets of Data
Brazil's Health Ministry recently deleted data from its website over the weekend, after having shared two contradictory sets of data. They stopped releasing the cumulative totals for the death toll due to coronavirus, till the data could be corrected. Currently, Brazil has reported a spike of 769 cases of COVID-19 and an additional 15,654 cases on Monday. The incident is fueled by allegations of data being manipulated so as to exploit the controversy for personal gains. Cases in Brazil have been growing exponentially, making it one of the new hotspots of the pandemic, with the second-most number of confirmed cases. The first position is still occupied by the United States.

Commander-Level Talks might Prevent another Doklam-Like Crisis
According to a statement released on Sunday by the Ministry of External Affairs of India, after what seemed like a fruitful meeting between the Indian and Chinese Commanders, both sides have agreed to resolve the issue through bilateral agreements. India was represented by the Indian Corps Commander based in Leh, who met with the Chinese Commander on Saturday. Positive discussions on the current situation at the LAC might prevent another Doklam-like incident. However, experts on the Chinese issue are doubtful of the military-standoff ending anytime soon.

Bail Set at 1 Million USD for Cop Arrested for Floyd’s Death
After persistent protests against police brutality, police officer Derek Chauvin faces charges of one count of second-degree murder, one count of third-degree murder, and one count of manslaughter. Appearing by video from the Minnesota state prison, Chauvin made his first court appearance in front of a Minneapolis judge. His bail has been set to 1 million USD with conditions and 1.25 million USD without conditions. The conditions include surrendering firearms, never working for law enforcement or security in any capacity, and having no contact with Floyd's family.

All Hotline-Communication between North and South Korea to be Severed
After threatening South Korea for several days, North Korea decided to sever hotlines with their Southern counterpart as the first step in their plan to shut any and all contact with Seoul. North Korea had repeatedly lashed out at South Korea's defectors who kept passing leaflets into the North. North Korea's leading officials, including Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, have now labelled South Korea as an enemy. This incident puts a huge dent on South Korea's efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its stance in the nuclear weapons program, to gain some relief on international sanctions.

WHO Calls on Nations to Keep their Foot on the Pedal and Contain Novel Coronavirus
More than 136,000 cases were reported globally on Sunday. The WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called it the highest spike so far. He briefed nations online and requested them to not take their foot off the pedal, especially after having battled the pandemic for six months. The WHO urged nations to keep trying to contain the novel coronavirus.

Mumbai News

99% ICU Beds Occupied in City
Critically ill Covid-19 patients continue to battle for beds, according to the latest data from BMC, which shows that 99 percent intensive care unit (ICU) beds are full and 94 percent ventilators are occupied in public and private hospitals in Mumbai, but nearly 12 percent of the beds are occupied by non-critical patients. As of June 7, the city has 25,575 active Covid-19 cases, of them 13,257 are admitted in either Covid Care Centres, or hospitals. In Covid Care Centres, 62 per cent beds are occupied. There are 4,651 oxygen beds, of them 77 per cent (3,579) are occupied.

Mumbai Crosses the 50,000 Mark with New COVID-19 Cases
Mumbai has now crossed the 50,000-mark with new coronavirus cases with the addition of 1,311 cases on Monday. This happened on the day economic relaxations began in the city.Mumbai also recorded its highest death due to coronavirus which is 64, taking the overall toll to 1,702 on Monday. The city is now said to contribute nearly 57 per cent of the cases found in the country. Over the 50,000 cases in the country, 26,345 cases are active. Meanwhile, the rate of recovery has also witnessed a steady rise with 1,611 people getting discharged on Monday.

Facebook Sues a Mumbai-based Company
Facebook has filed a lawsuit against 12 domain names registered by India-based proxy service Compsys Domain Solutions Private Limited, to prevent fraud and stop the malicious use of the company and product names. The proxy domain names were designed to deceive people by impersonating its family of apps like facebook-verify-inc.com, instagramhjack.com and videocall-whatsapp.comThe lawsuit against the Mumbai based company has been filed in Virginia, Facebook said in a statement late Monday

COVID-19 Patient’s Body goes Missing from Civic Hospital MumbaiThe body of a 27-year-old Covid-19 patient, who was allegedly murdered by his cousins, has gone missing from BMC-run Rajawadi hospital. While the murder case is being investigated by the Deonar police, Tilak Nagar police is conducting an inquiry into the missing body incident. The police said the man was allegedly assaulted and stabbed in the abdomen by his cousins on the night of June 3 around 10.30 pm following a family spat. Five people have so far been arrested in the case.

Complaints of Gas Leak: BMC Hands over Probe to MPCB
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday handed over the investigation into complaints of foul smell, possibly emanating from a gas leak, to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB). The move comes after the civic body could not ascertain the source of Saturday night’s foul odour. Residents from Ghatkopar, Chembur, Govandi, Powai and Kanjurmarg had complained about foul odour similar to a gas leak on Saturday night. “We dispatched 17 fire engines to find out the source of the gas leak, but nothing has been found. The investigation is closed at our end. We have handed it now to MPCB,” said PS Rahangdale, chief fire officer, Mumbai fire brigade.


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