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Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath gives Rs 20 lakh for actor Anupam Shyam's treatment

Posted on 2 Aug 2020 12:55:44 GMT - today-s-headlines

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced Rs 20 lakh assistance for treatment of actor Anupam Shyam, who is admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a Mumbai hospital with kidney infection. The assistance would be given from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund, said a government spokesman.

The 62-year-old actor is known for his work in the TV show 'Mann Ki Awaaz: Pratigya' and in films, like 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Bandit Queen'.

He was undergoing dialysis at Apex Kidney Care in the north Mumbai suburb of Malad, but was shifted to Lifeline Hospital in Goregaon on July 27 after he collapsed during dialysis. The family has reached out to the actor's friends for financial assistance. 

The actor's brother Anurag was quoted as having said, "He could not get good treatment due to financial crisis. I have informed his friends about his health and also reached out to Being Human through their website. I even got a call from Manoj Bajpayee, who said he will look into the matter."

Anupam Shyam, who belongs to the Pratapgarh district in UP, gained acclaim and popularity for his role as the conservative patriarch Thakur Sajjan Singh in 'Mann Ki Awaaz: Pratigya', which aired in 2009 on Star Plus.

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Home Minister Amit Shah says he has tested positive for coronavirus, admitted to Delhi hospital

Posted on 2 Aug 2020 11:35:35 GMT - today-s-headlines

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that that he has tested positive for coronavirus and has got himself admitted in a hospital in New Delhi.

Amit Shah took to his official Twitter handle to announce that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

"My health is fine but I am getting admitted to hospital on advice of doctors," tweeted Amit Shah in Hindi after testing positive for COVID-19.

He requested people who came in contact with him in the last few days to get tested and isolate themselves accordingly.

"I request those who came in contact with me in last few days to get tested for coronavirus and isolate themselves," said Amit Shah.

COVID-19 tally in India crossed 17 lakhs with over 54,000 positive cases reported along with 853 deaths in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state from the infection with over 4,31,000 cases up to Saturday, as per the state health department.

(With inputs from Agencies)

Mother of 3 strangulated to death in Delhi, husband absconding

Posted on 2 Aug 2020 08:53:50 GMT - today-s-headlines

A 23-year-old woman, mother of three children, was strangulated to death allegedly by her husband in Outer North Delhi's Narela. The accused is absconding after the incident.

The police received a call at around 9 a.m. on Sunday that the woman has been murdered. After the police reached the spot at DDA Janta flat in Pocket 11 Narela they found strangulation marks on the woman's body. The forensic teams were called and the area secured for evidence collection.

According to the police, the incident took place on Saturday night.

"The couple went to meet the parents of the woman on the occasion for Eid at a nearby location on Saturday night. They left the children at their grandmother's house and returned home. The incident happened after that. Multiple teams have been formed in search of the absconding man," said a senior police officer.

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PM Modi: NEP will turn 'job seekers' into 'job creators'

Posted on 2 Aug 2020 08:33:20 GMT - today-s-headlines

Amid critique from certain quarters of the opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday threw his weight behind the recently announced National Education Policy. Claiming that the NEP aims to increase enrollment ratio to 50 per cent by 2035, the Prime Minister said that it will turn job seekers into job creators. "It will work towards changing our mindsets and reform our approach," Modi said during his interaction with the finalists of the Smart India Hackathon through a video conference.

Asserting that the NEP aims at make the school, college and university experience fruitful, Modi said, "It works on a new approach, the approach of the 21st century." He also stressed on the flexibility aspect which has been kept in mind while formulating the new policy.

From reusable sanitary napkins to real-time facial recognition system, Modi listened to the many inventions of the students during his interaction. A student working on biodegradable sanitary napkins spoke to the Prime Minister on the occasion. Modi said that the government is already providing sanitary pad at Re 1 each. "The introduction of reusable sanitary napkins will be of great help to the girls. I congratulate you for being so thoughtful," Modi said.

A student from the MLR Institute of Technology talked about real-time facial recognition. The student informed that even if one covers his or her face, Artificial Intelligence will recognise the eyes, the space between the eyes and the nose which does not change. Modi stressed on the need of AI in policing to make it more interactive.

The Smart India Hackathon is a nationwide initiative to provide students with a platform to solve some of the pressing problems faced daily. It inculcates a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem-solving, said the government.

Union Educationa Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced that the winner of the hackathon will get a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh.

The first round of the Smart India Hackathon 2020 saw the participation of more than 4.5 lakh students. More than 10,000 students are competing in the final to solve 243 problem statements from 37 central government departments, 17 state governments and 20 industries.

Raksha Bandhan 2020: Yogi Adityanath announces free bus travel for women

Posted on 2 Aug 2020 08:23:55 GMT - today-s-headlines

As a special gift to women in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) will offer free services to women in its buses of all categories, on the occasion of 'Raksha Bandhan'. The free bus travel facility will be available for 24 hours, from August 2 midnight till August 3 midnight.

The Chief Minister has also ordered intensive patrolling by UP police to ensure women's safety. The government has asked police to ensure that people adhere to the social distancing norms and strictly follow the guidelines issued in view of Corona pandemic.

The guidelines say that no public program should be held on Raksha Bandhan and that people should celebrate the festival in their houses.

The state government has also announced that all sweet shops and rakhi vendors will be allowed to remain open on this weekend in view of Raksha Bandhan.

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Bihar BJP questions Aaditya Thackeray's 'silence' in Sushant case

Posted on 2 Aug 2020 08:05:47 GMT - today-s-headlines

The Bihar BJP on Friday questioned the "silence" of Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray in the alleged suicide case of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Bihar BJP spokesperson Nikhil Anand wanted to know the reason for Aaditya Thackeray's silence over Sushant's mysterious death and asked why Maharashtra's young leaders are silent on the death of "India's young and talented artist".

Anand put several questions to Aaditya Thackeray, targeting the Maharashtra government. He said, "Sushant Singh Rajput, a young and talented artist of India, dies in suspicious circumstances in Mumbai but why are the youth leaders of Maharashtra silent? Aaditya Thackeray is an important member in the Maharashtra government so why does his government not recommend a CBI inquiry in the suspicious death of a young artist?"

He said the youth of the country are asking questions on the silence of Aaditya Thackeray, so what is the secret of his silence? "Aaditya Thackeray should say whether he is in favour of justice to Sushant or is he in favour of the conspirators?"

Anand said Aaditya Thackeray must answer because his father Uddhav Thackeray is the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and he also holds a position in the Maharashtra government.

He said, "In the case of Sushant, the people of Bihar are constantly hearing rumours of tampering of evidence and tampering of facts, which has increased our concern. Not only this, the statement of Maharashtra's Minister of State for Home is also objectionable on the investigation of Bihar Police. For all these reasons, the people of Bihar do not trust the government of Maharashtra, Mumbai Police and a CBI investigation is the only hope."

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Uddhav Thackeray under pressure from Congress patronised Bollywood 'mafia'

Posted on 2 Aug 2020 07:41:59 GMT - today-s-headlines

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi on Saturday attacked Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, saying that his government is under pressure from the Bollywood 'mafia' patronised by the Congress, hence Thackeray is hell-bent on saving all those responsible in the case related to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Taking to Twitter, Modi said: "Complaints of ill-treatment of people from Bihar also used to be received earlier but the current Uddhav government, surviving on the crutches of Congress and NCP, has crossed all limits. During lockdown, attempts were made to stall the return of labourers from Bihar."

"Uddhav Thackeray is under pressure from the Bollywood mafia patronised by the Congress. Therefore he is hell-bent on saving all those responsible in Sushant's (death) case. How will Congress show its face to the people of Bihar," he said in another tweet.

The Bihar Deputy CM added that the death of Sushant has shook the entire nation and parties across all political lines want the investigation to be handed over to the CBI.

Sushil Modi also said that the Bihar government government will go to any extent to provide justice to Sushant.

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Boiler blast kills 5 in Nagpur sugar factory linked to Nitin Gadkari

Posted on 2 Aug 2020 06:13:27 GMT - today-s-headlines

At least five persons were killed in a massive explosion in a boiler that ripped through the Manas Agro Industries & Sugar Ltd. plant at Bela here on Saturday afternoon, the police said. According to an official of Nagpur Rural Police, at around 2.14 p.m., the blast rocked the factory followed by a fire, grievously burning and killing the workers instantly. The sugar factory is part of the Manas Group, and was earlier known as Purti Power & Sugar Factory, owned by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's family.

"Prima facie, it appears that the victims were doing some welding work at this particular site and some gas leak may have led to the explosion. The real causes will come out after the probe by the concerned department. We are investigating the matter and lodging the necessary complaints," Superintendent of Police Rakesh Ola, who rushed to the site, told IANS. The victims have been identified as Liladhar W. Shende, 42, Vasudev Ladi, 30, Praful P. Moon, 25, Sachin P. Waghmare, 24 and Mangesh P. Nakerkar, 21. The police had to pacify the angry crowd before the bodies could be removed from the spot.

Waghmare was the welder at the plant and the others were his team of helpers, and all were engaged in some maintenance work at the time of the explosion which was followed by a fire and clouds of smoke billowing from the premises.

Expressing shock over the tragedy, Shiv Sena leader Kishore Tiwari called for a thorough time-bound probe into the incident to determine whether norms governing the boiler management were adhered to, and follow up with stringent action against the factory officials found negligent.

"All the labourers killed are Dalits and it is the obligation of the factory management to pay a compensation of Rs 1 crore to the families of each of the victims as they have lost their breadwinners," Tiwari said.

According to some videos of the post-blast scene, at least one two-wheeler vehicle was damaged in the blast.

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New Education Policy: Breakfast for school children besides mid-day meals

Posted on 2 Aug 2020 06:02:58 GMT - today-s-headlines

The mid-day meals provided to students in government or aided schools should be supplemented by breakfast, the new National Education Policy (NEP) has proposed. The policy which was approved by the Union Cabinet earlier this week has noted that morning hours after a nutritious breakfast can be particularly productive for the study of cognitively more demanding subjects and hence recommended expansion of the mid-day meal scheme to include provisions for breakfast in schools.

"Children are unable to learn optimally when they are undernourished or unwell. Hence, the nutrition and health (including mental health) of children will be addressed, through healthy meals and the introduction of well-trained social workers, counsellors, and community involvement into the schooling system," the policy said. "Furthermore, research shows that the morning hours after a nutritious breakfast can be particularly productive for the study of cognitively more demanding subjects and hence these hours may be leveraged by providing a simple but energizing breakfast in addition to mid-day meals," it added.

In locations where hot meals are not possible, a simple but nutritious meal-- groundnuts or chana mixed with jaggery and local fruits may be provided. "All school children shall undergo regular health check-ups especially for 100 pc immunization in schools and health cards will be issued to monitor the same," the policy said.

The revised policy has proposed that prior to the age of 5 every child will move to a "preparatory class" or "balavatika". "The learning in the preparatory class shall be based primarily on play-based learning with a focus on developing cognitive, affective, and psychomotor abilities and early literacy and numeracy. The mid-day meal programme shall also be extended to the preparatory Classes in primary schools.

"Health check-ups and growth monitoring that are available in the anganwadi system shall also be made available to preparatory Class students of anganwadi as well as of primary schools," the policy document said. The National Programme of Mid-Day Meal in Schools, popularly known as the Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS), is an on-going centrally-sponsored scheme which covers all school children studying in Classes 1 to 8 of government, government-aided schools, special training centres including 'Madarsas' supported under 'Samagra Shiksha'.

"As per the provisions of National Food Security Act, 2013, children studying in classes 1 to 8 or within the age group of 6-14 years are entitled to one mid day meal free of charge, every day except on school holidays, in all schools run by local bodies, government and government aided schools so as to meet nutritional standards specified in the Act," a senior HRD Ministry official said.

"However, some States and Union Territories provide additional items such as milk, egg and fruits to students from their own resources," the official added. At least 11.59 crore elementary school students are beneficiaries under the mid-day meal scheme of the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, while nearly 26 lakh cook-cum helpers are employed for the same.

The Ministry also advised states during lockdown to provide mid-day meals or food security allowance to students till schools are closed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The NEP replaces the 34-year-old National Policy on Education framed in 1986 and is aimed at paving the way for transformational reforms in school and higher education systems to make India a global knowledge superpower.

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With spike of 54,736 cases, India's COVID-19 tally crosses 17 lakh mark

Posted on 2 Aug 2020 05:40:22 GMT - today-s-headlines

India's COVID-19 tally crossed the 17 lakh mark with 54,736 positive cases and 853 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. "The total COVID-19 cases stand at 17,50,724 including 5,67,730 active cases, 11,45,630 cured/discharged/migrated and 37,364 deaths," said the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry.

As per the data provided by the Health Ministry, Maharashtra -- the worst affected state from the infection -- has a total of 1,49,214 active cases and 15,316 deaths. A total of 4,31,719 coronavirus cases have been recorded in the state up to Saturday, as per the state health department.

Tamil Nadu has a total of 60,580 active cases and 4,034 deaths. In Delhi, the total cases rose to 1,36,716, including 1,22,131 recovered/discharged/migrated cases and 3,989 deaths. There are 10,596 active cases in the national capital.

The total number of COVID-19 samples tested up to August 1 is 1,98,21,831 including 4,63,172 samples tested yesterday, said the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Sunday. 

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Centre decides to permit export of made-in-India ventilators

Posted on 2 Aug 2020 05:33:40 GMT - today-s-headlines

The Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 on Saturday agreed to the proposal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to allow the export of made-in-India ventilators. The export prohibition on ventilators was imposed in March to ensure domestic availability to effectively fight COVID-19. Now, with this decision, the Ministry hopes that the manufacturers of domestic ventilators would be in a position to find new markets in foreign countries. Currently, only 0.22 percent of the active cases are on ventilators across the country.

"Additionally, there has been substantial growth in the domestic manufacturing capacity of ventilators. Compared to January, there are presently more than 20 domestic manufacturers for ventilators," said Ministry officials.

This significant decision comes on the heels of India continuing to maintain a progressively declining low rate of case fatality of patients, which currently stands at 2.15%, and means that fewer numbers of active cases are on ventilators.

This decision has been communicated to the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) for further action to facilitate the export of indigenously manufactured ventilators.

On Saturday, India reported a new record surge of 57,118 fresh infections, taking the total number of cases to 16,95,988. The country also witnessed 764 COVID-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours. The total fatalities due to the virus now stand at 36,511.

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Woman in BMW runs over four, blames her dog for accident in Delhi

Posted on 2 Aug 2020 05:11:37 GMT - today-s-headlines

A boutique owner ran over four people in Delhi's Amar colony area causing injuries but when confronted by Delhi Police team, she blamed her dog for the accident. The incident which was reported on Friday night near Sapna Cinema in East of Kailash when a speeding BMW rammed into an ice cream cart injuring four people. The injured were identified as Mukesh Kumar, Sapna Kumari, Guddu and Harshit Kaur. Harshit Kaur received wound in her ankle.

During the course of investigation the offending car was seized and 29-year-old Roshani Arora, a resident of Faridabad, Haryana was arrested in the case. To rule out consumption of alcohol by the accused, her medical examination was conducted, where no alcohol was found.

However, the woman alleged that its her dog which has to be blamed for the accident.

"On interrogation the accused stated that while she was eating ice cream sitting inside her car, her dog jumped and the gear of the car was changed and incident happened," said R.P. Meena, DCP South East Delhi.

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