India's active covid-19 cases below 10 per cent for last 3 days: Govt

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October 22, 2020

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New Delhi, Oct 22: Active cases of COVID-19 in India have fallen below 10 per cent while the positivity rate of the disease was reported below 5 per cent in the last three days, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said here on Thursday.

"Presently the active cases comprise merely 9.29 per cent of the total positive cases of the country standing at 7,15,812. The daily positivity rate has also been maintained at less than 5 per cent over the past three days indicating that the spread of infection is being effectively contained through focussed strategies and actions of the Centre and the states/UTs. Today, the daily positivity rate is reported to be 3.8 per cent," the official statement said.

The decrease in the daily positivity rate is simultaneously mapped by the falling active cases, which continues to be under 7.5 lakh today (7,15,812). The total recovered cases are close to 69 lakhs (68,74,518). The difference between active cases and recovered cases is consistently increasing and stands at 61,58,706 today.

As many as 79,415 patients have recovered and discharged in the last 24 hours whereas the new confirmed cases are 55,839. The national recovery rate has progressed to 89.20 per cent.

A total of 702 case fatalities have been reported in the past 24 hours. Of these, nearly 82 per cent are concentrated in 10 states/UTs.

More than 25 per cent of new fatalities reported are from Maharashtra (180 deaths).

"On a global scale, India continues to report one of the lowest cases/million population. With consistently falling case fatality rate (1.51 per cent presently), it also has one of the lowest COVID-19 mortality," the MoHFW said.

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November 26,2020

Bengaluru, Nov 26: A 62-year-old priest has been arrested for raping a 10-year-old girl inside his daughter's house located within a temple in Devanahalli on the northern outskirts of Bengaluru, a senior police officer said. 

Venkataramanappa was visiting his daughter who lives with her husband in a house located within the premises of Chowdeshwari temple. 

Venkataramanappa lives with his wife in Chikkaballapura. His two daughters are married to temple priests. One of them lives in Devanahalli and another in Yelahanka. 

His son-in-law, the priest at the Chowdeshwari temple, had gone out of town, and Venkataramanappa was officiating him for conducting daily rituals. 

C K Baba, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast), said that around 4.30 pm on Tuesday, Venkataramanappa saw the girl playing near his house. The girl's family lives nearby, and her father runs a scrap shop. 

Venkataramanappa allegedly called her on the pretext of giving sweets, took her into the house and raped her, the DCP said. 

The girl's family grew anxious after she didn't return home, and started looking for her. A woman who sells flowers outside the temple told them that she had seen the girl going into the priest's house. 

As the family walked to the house, they saw the girl coming out crying. She narrated the incident, and a crowd gathered soon after. Police were called, and the girl and her parents were taken to the local government hospital for medical tests, Baba explained. 

Based on CCTV footage and the flower vendor's statement, police picked up Venkataramanappa for questioning. He was booked for rape under the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act, and arrested. Police claim he has confessed.  On Wednesday, a court remanded him in judicial custody.

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November 17,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 17: Karnataka Minister Jagdish Shettar on Tuesday said that Congress leader and former Bengaluru Mayor Sampath Raj is the main accused in KJ Halli and DJ Halli incidents and he has been arrested in accordance with the law.

"It is in accordance with the law that Sampath Raj has been arrested by the CCB police. He was absconding for the last one month. He is the main accused in KJ Halli and DJ Halli incidents. Law will take its own course," Shettar told reporters here when asked to comment on Raj's arrest.

Former Bengaluru Mayor Sampath Raj, who has been arrested in DJ Halli and KG Halli violence incident case, was brought to Central Crime Branch (CCB) office in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Raj had gone missing on October 31 after authorities at a Bengaluru hospital, where he was admitted for COVID-19 treatment, allegedly discharged him without informing the police.

The CCB had last week filed a preliminary chargesheet in the August 11 violence that took place in Bengaluru, naming Congress corporators AR Zakir and Sampath Raj as accused.

Violence had broken out in parts of Bengaluru on August 11 over an alleged "derogatory" social media post. At least three people lost their lives, while nearly 60 police personnel were injured in the incident. The police arrested around 415 accused in connection with the violence.

An FIR was registered on the complaint of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy at DJ Halli Police station three days after the violence broke out in parts of Bengaluru over an alleged "derogatory" social media post by his nephew, the police said.

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November 17,2020

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New Delhi, Nov 17: Ten central trade unions on Tuesday said they are going ahead with their planned nationwide general strike on November 26 and also announced their support to a two-day farmers' agitation next week.

The meeting of the Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions (CTUs) and Sectoral Independent Federations and Associations was held virtually on November 16, 2020.

Unions expressed satisfaction over the tremendous response being received from workers and the people at large throughout the country to the ongoing campaign for the countrywide general strike on November 26, 2020, a joint forum statement said.

The forum consists of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Trade Union Co-ordination Centre (TUCC), Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Labour Progressive Federation (LPF) and United Trade Union Congress (UTUC).

The preparatory campaign for the general strike against "the anti-people, anti-worker, anti-national and destructive policies of the BJP government led by Modi has been going on with great enthusiasm all over the country", the statement said.

Joint conventions, posters, leaflets jointly as well as independently by the central trade unions and their affiliated trade unions are being held at state, district and local levels as well as at the sectoral level.

The strike notices have been served, it said adding that in addition to workers, people from all walks of life and all sections of the society, viz, students, youth, women, peasants have been coming forward extending their whole-hearted support to the call of general strike on November 26.

The meeting welcomed the whole-hearted support extended by the united platform of the peasants' organisations, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), to the general strike by the workers.

"It is heartening that the peasants, who are already in the midst of struggle against the draconian farm laws passed by the Modi govt, support the workers fighting against the anti-worker measures of this government," it added.

The Joint Platform and Sectoral Federations and Associations, which has been extending active solidarity and support to the struggles of the peasantry and agricultural workers from the very beginning, has reiterated its active support to the countrywide protest actions and march to Delhi on 26-27 November 2020 announced by the AIKSCC.

The charter of demands of the general strike by CTUs and federations and associations includes the demand to scrap the draconian farm laws.

Along with the demands directly related to the workers, the trade unions have also been campaigning on this demand, it added.

Meanwhile, the All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has also stated that power engineers across the country will protest on November 26 against the privatisation policies of the central government.

The AIPEF is demanding to scrap of Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and standard bidding document (SBD) for the privatisation of electricity.

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