With China experiencing the worst Covid-19 outbreak in the world, India has ramped up its preventive measures. The government is taking various measures to stop the spread of the contagious virus.
Uttarakhand is the most recent state to take action to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The BJP-led government has mandated the wearing of masks in private as well as government schools. The country can’t afford to close schools and opt for digital classes every time, as it hampers the quality of education.
Uttarakhand Director General of Education Bansidhar Tiwari said students, teachers and other employees of private and government schools must wear masks and use sanitizer-thermal screening. Tiwari further said the instructions are mandated to be followed by both private and government schools, and no one will be allowed to enter the school premises without a mask.
He also urged the schools to take preventive measures and make sure to practice social distancing as much as possible. Tiwari further said that awareness campaigns regarding Covid should be conducted on a large scale in schools so that the coming danger of the virus can be averted in advance.
Earlier, the Karnataka government made masks mandatory in schools and colleges and urged teachers and students to avoid negligence to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
Meanwhile, India recorded 268 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours. As per the Health Ministry, the active cases in the country reached 3,552.
Day after Gandhi Jayanti, Delhi Police raids journalists linked to Newsclick
During the raid, the Special Cell of Delhi Police seized a lot of electronic evidence, laptops, mobile phones and also took data dumps of hard disks.
A day after Gandhi Jayanti, Delhi Police Special Cell raided the residences of journalists and employees linked to Newsclick. This comes amidst news portal’s alleged Chinese links. A large-scale raid is being conducted by the Delhi Police in Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad.
The Delhi Police has lodged a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). During the raid, the Special Cell of Delhi Police seized a lot of electronic evidence, laptops, mobile phones and also took data dumps of hard disks.
On Tuesday morning, residences of video journalist Abhisar Sharma, senior journalist Bhasha Singh, veteran journalist Urmilesh, Newsclick editor Prabir Purkayastha and writer Githa Hariharan, renowned journalist and commentator on political economy Aunindyo Chakravarty, activist and historian Sohail Rajaura were raided.
The searches by the Delhi Police are on the grounds of input shared by Enforcement Directorate (ED), indicating unlawful activities by the suspects. Reports said that a probe by the ED had revealed fraudulent infusion of foreign funds of Rs 38.05 crore during a short span of three years.
The scrutiny of the evidence by the ED further revealed questionable infusion of foreign inward remittance of Rs 9.59 crore by way of FDI and Rs 28.46 crore by way of export of services. Reports stated that the funds received were distributed to multiple controversial journalists, including Gautam Navlakha and associates of Teestha Setalvad. The Enforcement Directorate also shared details regarding China’s link with Delhi Police.
Previously, ED had lodged a case against Newsclick, mentioning that the news portal has received foreign funding in violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). The agency had also alleged that the money was used for anti-national activities.
In addition, a New York Times report claimed that the outlet was part of a global network that received funding from American billionaire, Neville Roy Singham to spread Chinese propaganda.
Udaipur-Jaipur Vande Bharat operators prevents major accident, notices stones, rods on tracks, hit emergency brakes
Giving the details about the train and the incident, the CRPO said, KM 158/18, 158/19 on the Gangarar-Soniyana section were the stopping points for Train No. 20979 Vande Bharat Udaipur-Jaipur.
On Monday at Rajasthan’s Bhilwara, train operators of the Udaipur-Jaipur Vande Bharat Express noticed stones and iron rods on the railroad track and quickly stopped the train using emergency brakes.
The Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of North Western Railway confirmed the incident and said that the RPF has opened a complaint under the Railways Act after personnel inspected the scene in the Gangarar-Soniyana section.
Giving the details about the train and the incident, the CRPO said, KM 158/18, 158/19 on the Gangarar-Soniyana section were the stopping points for Train No. 20979 Vande Bharat Udaipur-Jaipur. Two rods, each measuring one foot, were inserted into the joggle plate on the previously mentioned km, together with some ballast, which caused the standstill, he added.
The incident took place under the control of RPF/post/Bhilwara at about 09:55. The area is governed by SHO/Gangarar in the Chittaurgarh district, according to the CPRO.
DSC/Ajmer, IPF/Bhilwara, PWI/Gangarar, local Police, and GRP authorities all paid the location a visit. SP/Chittaurgarh has been informed by DSC/Ajmer. RPF has filed a lawsuit in accordance with the Railways Act. The PWI/Gangarar is also providing SHO/Gangarar with a FIR, the official continued.
Meanwhile, stones, rail fasteners and iron rods are seen being laid on the railway tracks in a video that is going popular on X, formerly Twitter.
Fortunately, the alert loco pilots on duty quickly identified the impediment and took prompt action by deploying emergency brakes, averting any potential disaster. Their quick action likely saved lives and made sure that everyone on board was safe.
The District Police and the Railway Protection Force are both aggressively looking into this worrying situation. Their efforts are concentrated on finding individuals accountable for putting lives at danger and interfering with railway operations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Udaipur-Jaipur Vande Bharat Express last month, which runs six days a week, except Tuesday. It departs from Udaipur city at 7:50 in the morning and gets to Jaipur at 14:05.
Karnataka Eid clash: 43 persons arrested in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the government is not going to tolerate people throwing stones on religious processions of other religions.
Tension gripped Karnataka’s Shivamogga district as two groups clashed during Eid e Milad un Nabi processions near Ragigudda. 43 persons have been arrested in the clashes on Monday. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the government is not going to tolerate people throwing stones on religious processions of other religions.
Section 144 has been imposed Ragigudda by the Shivmogga district administration. CM Siddaramaiah said the situation is currently under control. The police has arrested 43 persons. He added it is wrong to pelt stones to disturb the religious procession of others. He said the government is not going to tolerate such actions.
Milad un Nabi processions is usually marked by large gathering and celebrations. The procession was halted due to the chaos. The police said the protestors tried to breach the barricades set by the security forces. The police forces had to resort to a lathi charge in order to disperse the crowd. About five people were injured during the clashes.
Senior police officials said the situation was under control and the issue had been resolved. They appealed to the people to maintain peace and not spread rumours. Siddaramaiah said cases were being booked against those found guilty as pelting stones at another religious procession is against the law.
Siddaramaiah added Shivamogga city has been brought to normalcy again. All possible actions are being taken by the police force. The situation continues to be tense all over the city of shivamogga. The security arrangements have been tightened. The shops and the market has been asked to close down.
2500 policemen, two platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP), two platoons of rapid action force and 12 platoons of District Armed Reserve have been stationed across the city to thwart any untoward incident. The murder of Harsha, the Bajrang Dal activist which made national news had taken place in shivamogga city in February 2022.