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Punjab: Strict curbs in state ahead of elections, school, colleges shut, no restriction on rallies

On Monday, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi chaired a review meeting to take stock of the current coronavirus situation in the state.

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The poll-bound state has been looking ahaed for elections, amidst that there has been a major surge in coronavirus cases across the world. Due to the rise in cases, Punjab government has decided to shut schools and colleges.

On Monday, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi chaired a review meeting to take stock of the current coronavirus situation in the state.

Recently, a new order was issued by the government in which it was mentioned that all educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities, shall remain shut for offline classes and virtual classes will continue. Medical and nursing colleges, however, have been permitted to function normally.

Apart from this, there will be night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am. There will also be restricions on cienma halls, bars, multiplexes, malls, restaurants, spas, museums and zoos may operate at 50% capacity provided all staff members are fully vaccinated, the new order states.

The restrictions will be in forces till January 15. In the new order, it was also mentioned that only fully vaccinated staff will be allowed to attend government as well as private offices.

Sports complexes, stadia, swimming pools and gyms have been shut and only sportspersons training for national or international events will be allowed access.

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However, there is no restrictions on the rallies as currently assembly-poll campaign is taking place.

In other news, amidst the major surge in coronavirus cases in the country, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Tuesday announced that weekend curfew will be imposed in the national capital. This announcement came soon after Delhi recorded 4,000 coronavirus cases and the positivity rate of 6.5 per cent.

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NCP (SP) leader Sharad Pawar says Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to create fear like Russian President Vladimir Putin

Sharad Pawar said that former prime ministers worked to make a new India but PM Modi only criticises others and does not speak about what his government has done for the people of India in the last 10 years.

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NCP (SP) leader Sharad Pawar on Monday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that he fears a new Putin is in the making in India. Pawar alleged PM Modi is trying to create fear and emulating Russian President Vladimir Putin. Sharad Pawar said that former prime ministers worked to make a new India but PM Modi only criticises others and does not speak about what his government has done for the people of India in the last 10 years.

Sharad Pawar was addressing a campaign rally in Amravati for a Maha Vikas Aghadi candidate and said former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s contribution to the nation cannot be questioned. He said some BJP leaders had spoken publicly about changing the Constitution and appealed to the people to stop allowing autocracy from taking shape in India.

Pawar said he had seen Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, and had seen the work of almost all Prime Ministers ranging from Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, and Narasimha Rao to Manmohan Singh. The NCP (SP) chief said he had seen that their efforts were to make a new India, but PM Modi knows only how to criticize. He said nobody in history can forget the contribution of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, but the PM Modi continuously criticises him.

Sharad Pawar further added that he wanted to apologise to the people of Amravati for the mistake he had committed in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections by supporting Navneet Rana. He hailed Shiv Sena (UBT) led by Uddhav Thackeray for taking up the responsibility to protect the national interest by working closely with the Congress and the NCP (SP) as they did in the past. Speaking to the media, Pawar said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constant attack on the Congress was not a wise decision as that party is not in power.

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Salman Khan house firing case: Mumbai crime branch recovers gun, cartridges from Tapi River in Surat

One gun and some cartridges have been recovered from the Tapi river in Surat by the Mumbai Crime Branch in the firing case outside Salman Khan’s residence, as per reports.

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The Mumbai Crime Branch on Monday, April 22, found a gun and some live cartridges, which was used for firing outside Salman Khan’s house, from Tapi River in Gujarat’s Surat.

This is a fresh update related the gunfire incident outside Salman Khan’s apartment at the Galaxy Apartment in Bandra on April 14. According to the crime branch, they are currently looking for another gun.

It is interesting to note that the accused, after performing the crime, dropped the gun into the Tapi River in Surat.

As to the Mumbai Crime Branch, the shooters who opened fire outside Salman Khan’s residence have two guns and were instructed to shoot 10 rounds of fire.

Outside the actor’s apartment at the Galaxy Apartments in the early hours of April 14, two people arrived on a motorcycle and fired four rounds.The attackers left the location shortly after the event. Both individuals were wearing headgear and carrying backpacks, according to surveillance footage.

The Mumbai Crime Branch has taken the accused Vicky Gupta with them to the Surat Tapi river, where they had thrown the gun. The police can add more sections to this case. More than ten people’s statements have been recorded in the Salman Khan case, and the recording process is still ongoing.

The Mumbai Crime Branch announced on April 20 that three more sections have been added to the FIR against the offenders in an effort to step up the investigation into the shooting incident at Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s home.

The case has been appended with the extra sections under IPC 506(2) (threatening), 115 (abetment), and 201 (tampering with evidence). Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi and his brother Anmol Bishnoi have been named as wanted suspects in connection with the crime, according to Mumbai Crime Branch police.

Shortly after the shooting, Anmol Bishnoi, the younger brother of criminal Lawrence Bishnoi, who is currently incarcerated, allegedly claimed responsibility for the incident on Facebook.

Notably, Salman’s security level has been increased to Y-Plus since November 2022 because to threats from gangsters Lawrence Bishnoi and Goldy Brar. The actor also obtained a new armored vehicles for increased protection and was given permission to carry a handgun on his person.

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Arvind Kejriwal given insulin in Tihar jail after sugar levels touch 320

Finally, the BJP and its jail administration came to their senses and gave insulin to CM Arvind Kejriwal in jail, AAP tweeted.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal received insulin on Tuesday, April 23, after days of battling, according to the Aam Aadmi Party.

Arvind Kejriwal, however, received a low dose of insulin, according to Tihar jail officials, following a rise in his blood sugar. Around 7:00 p.m., his blood sugar level was found to be 217, and the medical staff at Tihar who were attending to him then made the decision to give him insulin, according to an official.

Taking to social media X, formerly Twitter, AAP tweeted, CM Arvind Kejriwal received insulin in jail after the BJP and its jail administration finally had a change of heart. CM Kejriwal’s blood sugar level was 320. Only the graces of Lord Hanuman and the perseverance of the Delhi community have made this possible. The AAP announced in a tweet on X that they have succeeded in delivering insulin to our Chief Minister.

According to the Tihar official, Kejriwal was given two units of low dose insulin on Monday evening on the advice of AIIMS doctors.

Low-dose insulin was given to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Tihar Jail yesterday. Yesterday, his sugar levels were 217. When the level surpasses 200, the AIIMS experts had stated that he could receive low-dose insulin, according to a Tihar Jail official.

He said Tihar’s doctors had been informed by AIIMS specialists in a video conference with the chief minister on April 20 that insulin could be given to him if his blood sugar level exceeded a specific threshold.

The incident took place just one day after a Delhi court ordered the AIIMS to set up a medical board to evaluate Arvind Kejriwal in order to determine whether or not he requires insulin to regulate his blood sugar levels. The court further said that the food prepared at home by the AAP national convenor differs from the diet plan prescribed by his doctor.

The order was issued by special judge Kaveri Baweja for CBI and ED cases, who turned down Arvind Kejriwal’s request for a video consultation with his doctor in front of his wife Sunita Kejriwal.

Delhi health minister Saurabh Bharadwaj  said on Monday that Arvind Kejriwal has been detained in Tihar for almost 22 days. He has been complaining for several days that his blood sugar is rising and that the jail does not have a diabetes specialist. He has been requesting insulin. It is evident from the court’s ruling today that Tihar jail does not have a diabetes specialist.

Since insulin is the only option available to control his blood sugar levels, Arvind Kejriwal has been requesting it nonstop for the past ten days, according to AAP leader Atishi.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Arvind Kejriwal on March 21 in relation to a money-laundering investigation involving the Delhi government’s now-scrapped excise policy. The CM has been logged in Tihar jail since April 1.

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