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Can COVID-19 negative migrant labourers be sent home? SC seeks Centre’s response



Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to respond within a week on whether migrant labourers who test negative for coronavirus can be sent home and asked it to respond within a week.

The order came in response to a petition that sought the apex court’s help in returning migrant labourers to their homes in view of the lockdown to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

Activist Prashant Bhushan was representing the petitioners and during the argument said, “People have one day’s ration with them. They are in a desperate situation. Why the people who are tested negative, can’t go to their respective homes, I don’t understand.”

The matter was being heard through the video conference by three judges bench comprising of Justices NV Ramana, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and BR Gavai.

Meanwhile, a stormy exchange between the judges and Prashant Bhushan took place during the course of hearing over later’s remark on the judiciary.

“You don’t have faith in us. How can we hear you? An order can always be criticized,” Justice SK Kaul told Mr Bhushan. “This institution is not hostage to the government. You don’t have faith in us,” he said.

On this Prashant Bhushan responded by saying, “I have never said that I have no faith in this institution. I could be wrong. But this is the opinion expressed by several retired judges that the court is accepting whatever government says without verifying.”

“You say that you are with this institution for more than 30 years. You know some orders are favourable, some are not. You should not have said such things,” Justice Kaul said.

“I understand sir. This is not lack of faith in the institution,” Bhushan responded.

Further, Justice Gavai commented that the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that he would bring back 15 lakh labourers.

Bhushan said it would collide with Central government’s orders. “The Central government has shut its eyes, it seems. The migrant labourers who are in distress should be considered immediately,” he said.

Representing the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the government is also very much concerned about the matter and wants to help migrant labourers.

“The government is consulting with the states on how many have to be transported to their states and how many have to be given help and what kind. We are taking all kind of steps,” he said.

“Their daily needs are taken care of wherever they are working. The needs of their families are being taken care of at their villages. At this stage, migration defeats very object of preventive measures and there is a high chance that people in rural areas will get infected,” Mehta added.



Justice Served: UP Gangster Atiq Ahmed and 2 Others, Sentenced to Life Term for Kidnapping



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In a recent development, a court in Prayagraj has sentenced Atiq Ahmed, a well-known gangster turned politician, along with two others, to rigorous life imprisonment. The verdict was pronounced after they were found guilty of the 2007 kidnapping case of Umesh Pal. Pal was an eyewitness in the murder case of BSP MLA Raju Pal. The court has also acquitted seven others, including Atiq’s brother Ashraf.

The sentencing of Atiq Ahmed and his accomplices comes after a long-drawn legal battle. They were found guilty of abducting Umesh Pal, who was a crucial witness in the murder case of Raju Pal. The court’s decision to award rigorous life imprisonment to the three accused has been welcomed by many, who see it as a step towards justice for the victim and his family.

In another development, earlier today, the Supreme Court refused to entertain Ahmed’s plea seeking protection in connection with the case. The apex court directed Ahmed’s lawyer to approach the High Court with his grievances instead. This decision has come as a setback for Ahmed, who was seeking protection from possible harm in jail.

The verdict in the case is being seen as a significant victory for the judiciary and the law enforcement agencies, who have been working tirelessly to bring the accused to justice. It sends a strong message to anyone who thinks they can get away with heinous crimes like kidnapping and murder. The case has also highlighted the need to protect witnesses in such cases, who play a crucial role in ensuring justice is served.

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Covid cases increasing in Delhi, more than 150 cases in 24 hours, infection rate also increased.



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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Delhi has been on the rise again in recent days. The capital has seen a continuous surge in the number of cases, with 152 new infections reported in the last 24 hours alone. The infection rate has also risen to 6.66%. This represents a significant increase from the 117 cases reported on Thursday, indicating that the situation is worsening rapidly.

Experts have suggested that the rise in COVID-19 cases may be linked to the increasing number of cases of H3N2 flu in the city. As more people have been getting tested for H3N2, some have been found to be positive for COVID-19 as well. The trend is reflected in the figures from the past few days, with 84 cases reported on Wednesday and 83 on Tuesday, before the sudden spike on Friday.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has issued several recommendations to hospitals in the city to help tackle the situation. Hospitals have been advised to screen patients with fever and maintain an adequate supply of essential medicines. They have also been instructed to ensure that ventilators and other equipment are in good working order.

The Corporation has urged hospitals to promote the booster vaccine dose to their employees and patients and to follow all government guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A nodal officer has been appointed to ensure that hospitals maintain cleanliness, prevent the spread of infection, and manage biomedical waste effectively.

The situation is not limited to Delhi, as cases of COVID-19 are rising rapidly in other parts of India as well. Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Karnataka are all areas of concern, and the central government has held a meeting to discuss the matter. The focus remains on testing, tracing, and treatment, as authorities work to contain the spread of the virus.

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Traffic chaos in Delhi as marshals struggle to control heavy vehicles on Ashram flyover



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Delhi, India – Chaos ensues as the Ashram Flyover becomes a traffic nightmare for commuters in the city. But fear not, as a group of marshals has been deployed to restore order and bring some sense to the madness.

The Ashram Flyover, a major artery in the bustling metropolis of Delhi, has been a headache for commuters for quite some time now. The flyover, which connects the city’s south and central areas, sees heavy traffic congestion during peak hours, causing long delays and frayed nerves.

But things have taken a spicy turn as marshals have been brought in to keep things under control. These marshals, donning bright green jackets, have been tasked with managing the traffic flow, ensuring that vehicles move smoothly and without incident.

The marshals have their work cut out for them, as the chaos on the flyover seems to have no end in sight. The heavy traffic, coupled with the city’s notorious lack of lane discipline, has resulted in a free-for-all on the flyover, with vehicles jostling for space and tempers flaring.

But the marshals are undeterred. Armed with whistles and hand signals, they are determined to bring some order to the chaos. And their efforts seem to be paying off, as traffic has started moving more smoothly, and the honking and shouting have reduced considerably.

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