Today's News in Five: June 17 (2020)

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Today's News in Five: June 17 (2020)


PM Modi Sends a Warning Post-Galwan Valley Incident, Precautionary Measures Underway
While China claimed earlier on Wednesday that they were not to blame for the Galwan Valley incident, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied assertively- "I would like to assure the nation that the sacrifice of our jawans will not be in vain. For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country is the most important...India wants peace but it is capable to give a befitting reply if instigated". PM Modi's reply is being viewed as a warning.

Post-Galwan Valley incident, alerts have been issued in the Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts bordering China in Himachal Pradesh, to take required precautionary measures, step-up the forces and gather intelligence.

Earthquake in J&K, followed by Another in Mumbai
Another earthquake has been recorder, this time 103 km north of Mumbai, Maharashtra. Recorded around 11:51 am on 17 June 2020, the earthquake registered a magnitude of 2.5 on the Richter scale, as per the National Center for Seismology. While the depth of the epicentre was 10 km, currently no destruction has been reported. This follows yesterday's earthquake 85 km east of Katra, in Jammu and Kashmir, with a  magnitude of 3.9.

Gujarat Fights 524 New Coronavirus cases
According to the data released by the Gujarat State Health Department on Tuesday, the state has reported another spike of 524 new cases, including the current toll to 24, 628 cases. These include 17,090 cured/discharged patients and 1534 deaths. Out of these deaths, 28 occurred in the last 24 hours.

Spike in Suicides by Hanging during Lockdown: Government HoSpital, Pune
Sassoon General Hospital, a government hospital in Pune, observed an increase in the number of suicides by hanging, during the nation-wide lockdown. The number of such cases increased from 29 in April, to 40 in May and 39 by mid-June alone, taking the total to 108 during the lockdown. This is accompanied by an increase in the number of distress calls per day, which has risen from 15 to 25.


Bombay HC Fines Educationist Rs 5 lakh for Seeking Free Treatment for All Covid-19 Patients
The Bombay High Court imposed a fine of Rs. 5 lakh on an educationist who had wanted free Covid 19  treatment at all hospitals, across Maharashtra. The petitioner had also sought setting aside the Maharashtra government’s decision of taking over 80 per cent beds in private hospitals. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice K K Tated, said the demand was “preposterous” and directed the petitioner to deposit the amount with the state government within a month.

451 Missing Deaths in Mumbai, BMC Updating Records after Mismatch
451 deaths of Covid 19 patients in Mumbai were not reported by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), a massive data reconciliation exercise by the Maharashtra government has shown. The mortality rate in Mumbai currently is 3.7%, which is much higher than the national average of 2.8%. The mortality rate may rise to 4.5% now. Sources said the BMC has told the state government that three of the 451 had actually died due to unnatural causes (suicide or accident), and that 20 other names were duplication in data. Officials also said that over the last week, the BMC had reported 57 of the 451 deaths in a staggered manner. That meant the reporting of 371 deaths remains pending now.

Former Maharashtra MP Haribhau Jawale Dies of Covid-19
Haribhau Jawale, former Member of Parliament from Jalgaon, died in Bombay hospital on Tuesday morning due to Covid 19. Jawale is the first senior politician to succumb to the novel coronavirus in Maharashtra. Jawale tested positive for Covid-19 in the first week of June. On June 3 a decision to move him to Mumbai was taken. On Tuesday he suffered acute respiratory distress syndrome and passed away before he could be ventilated.

Pvt Labs, Hospitals Told to Inform BMC First if Patient Tests Positive
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has barred private laboratories and hospitals from sharing Covid-19 test results with patients if positive.  A circular issued by the civic body on June 13 stated the test results of patients found positive for the novel coronavirus should be shared by private laboratories and hospitals only with the BMC, which would subsequently inform the patient.

Students will not be Forced to Sit for Exams: CISCE to Bombay HC
The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) on Monday informed the Bombay High Court that it will not force students to appear for the remaining board examinations for classes X and XII in July. It added that it has decided to offer ICSE (Class X) and ISC (Class XII) students two options – they can either appear for pending exams as per the revised schedule or could opt out, in which case, the final results will be based on their performance in internal assessment or pre-board exams. The Council said that it will soon come up with the methodology for the same.

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