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Former President Pranab Mukherjee remains critical but haemodynamically stable: Hospital

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The health condition of former President Pranab Mukherjee, who had also tested positive for Coronavirus, continues to remain critical at the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi.

Presently, he is “haemodynamically stable and on a ventilator,” said a medical bulletin released by the hospital on Wednesday.

Pranab Mukherjee undergone an emergency surgery for a brain clot on Monday.

As the former President remains critical, his daughter and Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee on Wednesday posted an emotional message on her Twitter handle.

“Last year, August 8 was one of the happiest day for me as my dad received the Bharat Ratna. Exactly a year later, on August 10 he fell critically ill. May God do whatever is best for him and give me strength to accept both joys and sorrows of life with equanimity. I sincerely thank all for their concerns,” she tweeted.

Pranab Mukherjee, who underwent a life-saving brain surgery on August 10, has not shown any improvement and his health status worsened on Tuesday as informed by the hospital authorities.

He still remains on ventilator support.

As per the hospital, the veteran leader was admitted to the hospital at 12.07 p.m. on Monday in a critical condition. It was found that he had a large brain clot for which he underwent emergency life-saving surgery, but remained critical subsequently and on a ventilator.

The 84-year-old had on Monday informed in a tweet that he has been found COVID-19 positive while on a visit to hospital for a separate procedure. He further requested people who have come in contact with in the last week to isolate themselves and get tested for Coronavirus.

Soon after veteran Congress leader Mukherjee shared the news, leaders, cutting across party lines, wished him a speedy recovery.

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‘CM stayed indoor when migrants walked home; steps out only to get votes’: Tejashwi Yadav

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RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav launched scathing attacks on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during an election rally in the state’s Nawada district on Friday.

The attack was Covid-specific coming hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated the Bihar CM for tackling the century’s major health crisis.

He criticized Kumar for staying put at home for more than four months because of the Covid threat and only coming out to ask for votes.

“Nitish Kumar stayed inside the CM house for 144 days. But now he is out of his house. Why? Tab bhi corona tha, ab bhi corona hai. But now he wants your vote, so he has to step out,” he said.

In the month of June when migrant crisis surfaced in the country and most migrants were from Bihar itself, Nitish Kumar had faced widespread criticism over his decision to remain indoors and avoid public interaction.

In early June, after spending 84 days inside, he finally stepped out to drive 20 meters to the official secretariat.

Back then also, Tejaswi Yadav had mocked him in a tweet, telling him “if you are afraid (to step outside), I will go along with you”.

“Did Nitish Kumar give you jobs in 15 years, did he eradicate poverty? What happened to the promised government jobs? What happened to the factories?” Yadav asked.

“I welcome Modiji to Bihar, now tell us what happened to the Bihar package?” he asked.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday at his first rally in Bihar for the election praised Chief Minister Nitish Kumar government for his “quick response” to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

“If Bihar’s Nitish Kumar government had not acted fast, there would have been many more coronavirus deaths and unimaginable mayhem,” PM said.

“But today Bihar, having battled Covid, is now celebrating the festival of democracy,” PM said.

“But today Bihar, having battled Covid, is now celebrating the festival of democracy,” he said.

PM was addressing a joint rally in Sasaram with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

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PM Modi to deliver keynote address at inaugural function of Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2020

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural function of Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2020 on 19 October at 7:30 PM via video conferencing.

The Grand Challenges Annual Meeting, for the last 15 years, has fostered international innovation collaborations to address the biggest challenges in health and development.

The Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2020 will convene virtually from 19-21 October, bringing together policymakers and scientific leaders, calling for deepened scientific collaborations in solving global health problems, with great emphasis on COVID-19 with an “India for the World” framing.

World leaders, eminent scientists and researchers from across the globe will join this annual meeting to discuss key priorities for accelerating progress across the Sustainable Development Goals in the post-pandemic world and elaborate on addressing the challenges to manage COVID-19.

The three-day program will feature leaders talks, panel discussions and virtual informal conversations on topics ranging from scientific interventions for fighting the pandemic, managing the pandemic and accelerating the development and implementation of global solutions to combat this pandemic and prevent the next one. Approximately 1600 people from 40 countries will participate in this Annual meeting.

The Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2020 will be co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, the Indian Council of Medical Research and NITI Aayog, along with the Grand Challenges Canada, the United States Agency for International Development and Wellcome.

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences will deliver the opening remarks. Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will present the plenary framing conversation.

Grand Challenges India was set up as a partnership of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2012, and Wellcome also joined the partnership. Grand Challenges India works across a range of health and developmental priorities ranging from agriculture, nutrition, sanitation, maternal and child health to infectious diseases.

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Possibility of Dawood Ibrahim’s involvement in Kerala gold smuggling case: NIA to court

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In a sensational revelation made by the National Investigating Agency (NIA), the name of most-wanted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s gang may name surfaced in the Kerala gold smuggling case.

As reported by NDTV, a top cop of the anti-terror agency said that the Intelligence inputs suggest that proceeds from the gold smuggling were used for anti-national and terror activities.

NIA opposed bail for the accused in the case involving smuggling of gold through diplomatic channels.

The probe agency told that court that links to diplomatic channels need to be examined further.

According to the agency, one of the accused, Ramees, had said that he had a diamond business in Tanzania and he sold that gold in the UAE.

The NIA quoted the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee’s narrative summary on Dawood Ibrahim and the fact sheet published by the US Department of Treasury on his gang’s activities in Africa.

In August, the Pakistan government had finally accepted to shelter the fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

India’s most wanted underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim, was blamed for the barbarous bomb blasts in Mumbai in 1993.

Pakistan’s admission comes after strict a  financial sanction has been imposed on the country for helping terrorists.

It has released a list of 88 banned terror groups as part of its efforts to wriggle out of tough financial sanctions.

The list names Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar and Dawood Ibrahim, and Pakistan has said it has imposed tough financial sanctions on the terror groups and their leaders.

Pakistan’s admission came in a list of 88 banned terror groups disclosed as part of its efforts to wriggle out of tough financial sanctions for helping terrorists.

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