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China says it is working overtime to supply 25,000 oxygen concentrators to India

China’s statement comes days after the country’s state-run Sichuan Airlines had suspended all its cargo flights to India for 15 days, causing major disruption to private traders’ efforts to procure oxygen concentrators and other medical supplies.

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China on Wednesday said its medical suppliers were working overtime to supply 25,000 oxygen concentrators ordered by Indian traders amid a massive surge in Covid-19 infections in the country.

Sun Weidong, China’s Ambassador to India, tweeted that Chinese medical suppliers are working overtime on orders from India, at least 25000 orders for oxygen concentrators in recent days. Cargo planes are under plan for medical supplies. Chinese customs will facilitate relevant process.

China’s statement comes days after the country’s state-run Sichuan Airlines had suspended all its cargo flights to India for 15 days, causing major disruption to private traders’ efforts to procure oxygen concentrators and other medical supplies.

The bilateral relations between China and India have been severely strained since April last year, when the Chinese troops transgressed the Line of Actual Control – the de-facto border – in Ladakh.

The Chinese tweet came a day after the United States President Joe Biden said the country was sending a whole series of help including providing for those Remdesivir and other drugs that India needed for its battle against the pandemic.

Several countries including France, Germany, Britain, Australia, Singapore and Israel are sending medical aid to India.

Read Also: Oxygen demand up by 67%, 22 states seek help now compared to 12 states 10 days ago

A fresh wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has roiled India in recent weeks, leaving Indian healthcare system in splits with hospital beds, medicines and oxygen in short supply. In a record single-day spike, a total of 3,79,257 people tested positive for Covid-19 in last 24 hours, taking the total Covid tally of India to 1.83 crore cases. The death toll has crossed two lakh following 3,645 fresh fatalities.

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Telangana elections: Clash between Bharat Rashtra Samithi and Congress workers breaks out in Rangareddy district

According to reports BRS workers stopped state Congress president – party candidate Revanth Reddy’s brother Konadal Reddy from visiting the polling station in Kamareddy. They said Reddy is not a voter here and as a result is not authorized to visit.

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A clash between workers of the rulling Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) and the Congress party broke out in Rangareddy district during the ongoing state elections in Telangana. The police reached the spot to control the situation and no injuries have been reported in the clashes.

Earlier scuffle broke out the Congress, BRS and BJP workers at a polling booth in Jangaon. According to reports BRS workers stopped state Congress president – party candidate Revanth Reddy’s brother Konadal Reddy from visiting the polling station in Kamareddy. They said Reddy is not a voter here and as a result is not authorized to visit.

BRS workers told the media, Kondal Reddy is roaming around with a fake pass with 20 people. He went to three polling stations with them in three vehicles but the police did not stop them. The BRS workers said Reddy is indulging in hooliganisim after coming here. BRS workers told the media that they are going to complain to the Election Commision.

Telangana is the youngest state in India where the ruling Bharat Rashtra Samiti (BRS), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress party are up against each other. A total of 2290 contestants are fighting the elections. Some of the important candidates fighting the election are  Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, his son KT Rama Rao, Congress President A Revanth Reddy and BJP’s Bandi Sanjay Kumar and D Arvind.

A total of 119 candidates are contesting the elections from 119 seats from the BRS. According to the seat sharing agreement between the BJP and Jana Sena are contesting the state elctions on 111 and 8 seats respectively. The voting started at 7am and will continue till 5pm in 106 constituencies. In 13 Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas in the state, the polling started at 7am and will continue till 4pm. According to the Election commission a total of 20.64% polling was recorded till 11 am.

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Parliament Winter Session: Government lists 18 bills including criminal codes, Kashmiri migrants, Women Reservation Act to Jammu and Kashmir

The winter session of the Parliament is also likely to discuss the report of the Ethics Committee on the cash for query allegations against Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra.

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The winter session of the Parliament will begin from December 4 and will conclude on December 22. The government has listed around 18 bills for the upcoming session. Reports said that the list includes two to extend provisions of the Women’s Reservation Act to Jammu and Kashmir and Puducherry and three to replace the criminal laws. 

In addition, the government has also listed the first batch of supplementary demands for grants for the year 2023-24 for presentation, discussion, and voting during the session. Apart from these, three important bills which seek to replace the IPC, CrPC, and the Evidence Act may be taken up for consideration during the session. Meanwhile, an all-party meeting will be held on December 2. The meeting has been called by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi on behalf of the government.

Notably, the winter session of the parliament will take place a day after the results for the assembly polls in the five states including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, and Telangana, will be declared. As per the bulletin issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, the government is looking forward to initiate a bill that seeks to increase the strength of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly from 107 to 114 in an effort to provide representation to Kashmiri migrants, displaced persons from Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Scheduled Tribes.

Additionally, the winter session of the Parliament is also likely to discuss the report of the Ethics Committee on the cash for query allegations against Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra. The committee has recommended her expulsion. In a 6:4 verdict, the ethics panel adopted a 500-page report on cash-for-query allegations against the Trinamool MP, recommending her expulsion from the lower house of the Parliament with the support of six members. 

Aparajita Sarangi, Rajdeep Roy, Sumedhanand Saraswati, Preneet Kaur, Vinod Sonkar, and Hemant Godse supported the adoption of the report. Danish Ali, V Vaithilingam, PR Natarajan, Giridhari Yadav opposed it.

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Telangana elections: AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi urges people to vote to strengthen democracy and nation

Speaking to the media Owaisi said it is not a day to celebrate at home. He stressed on the importance of every vote. He said if the people caste their vote, then the accountability of politicians will also increase. He said first time voters have a greater responsibility to fulfill.

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AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi cast his vote at St Faiz school in the Rajendra nagar assembly constituency on Thursday. He urged people to vote to exercise their franchise to strengthen democracy and further restore faith in the constitution during the ongoing Telangana state elections. Voting started at 7am at various polling booths across the state amid heavy security arrangements.

Speaking to the media Owaisi said it is not a day to celebrate at home. He stressed on the importance of every vote. He said if the people caste their vote, then the accountability of politicians will also increase. He said first time voters have a greater responsibility to fulfill.

 Voting is taking place at 35,655 polling stations across the state. He appealed to the families to preserve the Ganga Jamuna Tehzeeb and take Telangana towards development. Owaisi is a three time member of the parliament, representing the Hyderabad constituency in Lok Sabha. The city has been a stronghold of AIMIM since 1984 and Owaisi is seeking re-election

For the first time in Telangana home voting for citizens aged over 80 years and persons with disabilities has also been made available. About 27,600 voters have been enlisted to cast their vote during the elections. An election official said about 1000 voters have also been registered for the electronically transmitted Postal Ballot system.

BRS leader K Kavitha, Telangana minister and BRS MLA KT Rama Rao, state Congress chief Revanth Reddy and others cast their votes. In the first state elections Telangana, the Congress party got 25.20 percent votes and BRS got 34 percent in the Telangana area.

In the year 2018 BRS won 88 of the 119 seats and had 47.4% of the vote share. The Congress came in the second position with nineteen seats. The counting of votes is going to take place on Dec 3.   

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