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Lok?Sabha elections 2019: 17% polling till 11 am on final voting day; clashes in West Bengal

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Nearly 17% voters cast their votes in the first four hours of polling in the final round of the seven-phase elections, which began on April 11, for electing the 17th Lok Sabha. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi is among the 59 parliamentary seats voting across 7 states.

At 11 am, the Election Commission website put the overall voting figure at 17.01 per cent, with Jharkhand reporting highest turnout of 23.86% and Punjab lowest of 10.40%.

The PM , as he did in all the earlier phases too, tweeted an appeal in the morning, urging voters to come out and vote in huge numbers. “Your one vote will shape India’s development trajectory in the years to come. I also hope first time voters vote enthusiastically,” he wrote.

West Bengal, which has witnessed high-decibel campaign and also violence during voting, witnessed clashes on Sunday too with Trinamool and BJP blaming each other for violence. Crude bombs were hurled at two places in Gilaberia area in Deganga of North 24 Parganas district under Barasat constituency and in Raidighi of South 24 Parganas district under Mathurapur constituency came in as voters queued up in polling booths.

There were allegations that BJP supporters were beaten up and its camp office vandalised allegedly by TMC workers in Kultoli in Jaynagar Lok Sabha . Sayantan Basu, the BJP’s candidate for Basirhat constituency, alleged rigging in several areas and said police was doing nothing to stop it.

BJP candidate in Diamond Harbour constituency, Nilanjan Roy, alleged that his car was vandalised in front of police in Budge Budge area.

“Bike-borne goons came and vandalised by car. We have informed the EC and police super about the incident. The EC has failed to utilise the police and security forces. The poll panel has become a mute spectator. I had told the police that trouble would take place here on polling day,” said Roy.

Mala Roy, the TMC’s candidate in Kolkata South constituency, alleged that central force personnel did not allow her to enter booth number 72 in a polling station in Mudiali under her constituency. Roy said she went after learning that polling was stopped for 45 minutes. She said she will lodge a complaint with the poll watchdog.

Early morning queues were seen at several polling booths in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Himachal Pradesh. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar was among the early voters and batted for shorter poll schedules: “Elections should not be held over such a long duration, there was a long gap between each phase of voting. I will write to leaders of all parties to build a consensus on this.”

Among the early voters were BJP’s Yogi Adityanath, Sushil Kumar Modi, Kailash Vijayvargiya, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Rahul Sinha; Congress’s Pawan Kumar Bansal, Trinamool’s Abhishek Banerjee and cricketer Harbhajan Singh.

More than two months of official campaigning for the 2019 general elections ended on Friday. The Election Commission of India (ECI) had announced the schedule on March 10.

Three states — Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal — had constituencies scheduled for polling in each of the seven phases in the elections. In addition to these states, Sunday’s polling will include all PCs in the northern states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Three PCs in Jharkhand are also scheduled to vote.

Of the 59 setas where voting will take place, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won 33 in the 2014 elections. Its allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had won an additional seven seats. The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) had won just five of these seats.

Varanasi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the BJP’s candidate, will be voting in Sunday’s phase. Gorakhpur, a seat that was held by UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath for a long time, and which the BJP lost in a by-poll, will also vote. West Bengal, which has nine PCs voting in the final phase, has seen large-scale poll-related violence in these elections. The ECI cited this as a reason to cut short the campaign period in the state by a day. To be sure, opposition parties have questioned the impartiality of the ECI over the manner in which this decision was taken.

Among the northern states, the BJP is running the government in Himachal Pradesh, while the Congress is in power in Punjab. In Madhya Pradesh, eight PCs in the agriculturally prosperous Malwa region are voting in the last phase. Considered to be a BJP stronghold, it has seen rural unrest and agitations against the previous BJP government in the state.

BIHAR
ArrahRajkumar Singh, BJP
BuxarAshwini Kumar Choubey, BJP
SasaramChhedi Paswan, BJP
KarakatUpendra Kushwaha, RLSP
JahanabadArun Kumar, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party
NalandaKaushalendra Kumar, JD(U)
Patna SahibShatrughan Sinha, BJP (now with Congress)
PatliputraRam Kripal Yadav, BJP
PUNJAB
Amritsar:Gurjeet Singh Aujla, Congress
Anandpur SahibPrem Singh Chandumajra, SAD
BathindaHarsimrat Kaur, SAD
Faridkot (SC)Sadhu Singh, AAP
Fatehgarh Sahib (SC)Harinder Singh Khalsa, AAP
FerozepurSher Singh Ghubaya, SAD
GurdaspurSunil Jakhar, Congress
Hoshiarpur (SC)Vijay Sampla, BJP
Jalandhar (SC)Santokh Singh Chaudhary, Congress
Khadoor SahibRanjit Singh Brahmpura, SAD (SAD-Taksali)
LudhianaRavneet Singh Bittu, Congress
PatialaDharamvira Gandhi, AAP
SangrurBhagwant Mann, AAP
CHANDIGARH
ChandigarhKirron Kher, BJP
HIMACHAL PRADESH
KangraShanta Kumar, BJP
HamirpurAnurag Thakur, BJP
MandiRamswaroop Sharma, BJP
ShimlaVirender Kashyap, BJP
JHARKHAND
GoddaNishikant Dubey, BJP
DumkaShibu Soren, JMM
RajmahalVijay Hansdak, JM

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Delhi Eases Lockdown Curbs: What’s Allowed, What’s Not?

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Delhi is slated to further ease lockdown restriction from 5 am of Monday, 14 June. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the same on Sunday, 13 June, as per ANI, saying:

“After 5 am tomorrow (Monday), all activities will be allowed except some that will be prohibited and some that will be done in a restricted manner. A detailed order will be issued.”

Will offices be allowed to open?

  • Private offices will run on 50% capacity from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • In government offices, there will be 100% attendance of group A officers and 50% for the rest.

Will public transport be functional?

  • Delhi Metro will be operational at 50% capacity. No standing passengers will be allowed.
  • Intra-state buses will move with up to 50% capacity. No standing passengers will be allowed.
  • Autos, e-rickshaws, grameen sewa, taxis, and cabs can carry up to two passengers at once.

Is inter-state movement allowed?

There are no restrictions on inter-state movement of persons and goods, including those for cross-land border trade under treaties with neighboring countries. No separate permission/e-pass will be required for such movements.

Which markets are allowed to open?

  • All market complexes, stand-alone shops and malls will now be allowed to be open from 10 am to 8 pm.
  • With regard to weekly markets, only one weekly market will be allowed to function each day per zone, and only with 50% of the vendors will be allowed to set up their shops. No weekly market will be allowed to function at roadsides.
  • Salons will also be allowed to resume their services.

Is eating at restaurants permitted?

Restaurants will be open with 50% of their seating capacity. Restaurant owners will be responsible for ensuring that COVID-appropriate behaviour is followed by the personnel at their establishments.

Can marriages take place?

  • Holding marriage ceremonies at public places, including hotels and banquet halls, is prohibited.
  • For marriages organised at homes or the court, a maximum of 20 people can be in attendance.
  • No DJs, catering services, tent services will be allowed to operate for marriages.

What about funerals?

A maximum of 20 people may be in attendance at funerals/last rites related gatherings.

Will schools and colleges reopen?

Schools, colleges and educational institutions will remain shut. Online and distance learning will continue.

What else will remain closed?

  • Swimming pools, stadiums, sports complexes, cinema theaters, multiplexes,
  • spas, gyms, yoga institutes
  • Public parks and gardens
  • Auditoriums, assembly halls, banquet halls
  • Religious places will remain closed to visitors

Further, all social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, and religious gatherings are prohibited.

Source : TheQuint

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Delhi Police files FIR against JNU students for breaking into library, manhandling security guards

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Police said a group of 35-40 students gathered outside the library that is closed for students because of the pandemic. (File)


According to the FIR, guards called Quick Response Team to disperse the students who were protesting and trying to break into the library.

The Delhi Police registered an FIR against a group of JNU students who allegedly broke into the Central Library and manhandled security guards at the premises.

Police said a group of 35-40 students gathered outside the library that is closed for students because of the pandemic. They protested in front of the gate and asked the guard to open the gates of the library but the guards refused to do so. The incident took place on Tuesday morning around 10.40 am.

According to the FIR, guards called Quick Response Team to disperse the students who were protesting and trying to break into the library.

“Students manhandled security personnel and started hitting the library gate with sticks. The glass section of the gate was damaged… The security personnel resisted the attack and didn’t allow the students to enter from the three entrance gates. They (students) then found a small gate, broke the glass pane, and entered the library. The security personnel removed the students from the library,” reads the FIR.

Police said the students continued protesting and manhandled security personnel. They violated Covid norms by protesting and also damaged library gates.

A case under sections of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, DDMA Act, Epidemic Diseased Act, and IPC was registered against unknown persons at Vasant Kunj police station.

Students posted on Twitter and other social media about the incident saying the administration shut the library during the pandemic. They demanded, “immediate reopening” of the central library for students.

Source : indianexpress.com

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Antibody cocktail for Covid showing positive response, say Delhi’s private hospitals

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This treatment, which uses the combination of Casirivimab and Imdevimab and is popularly called an ‘antibody cocktail’, is priced at Rs 59,750 for a dose.

Private hospitals in the city which have introduced monoclonal antibody therapy to high-risk patients are reporting positive responses from those who received it.

This treatment, which uses the combination of Casirivimab and Imdevimab and is popularly called an ‘antibody cocktail’, is priced at Rs 59,750 for a dose. It is meant for treatment of mild to moderate cases in high-risk patients at an early stage of Covid. Because of its high price, it is only being administered at a handful of private hospitals, and no government hospitals.

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, which had introduced the treatment last week, has reported that two patients who received it showed an improvement in their parameters within 12 hours.

The first patient was a 36-year-old healthcare worker with high-grade fever, cough, myalgia, severe weakness and leucopenia, who was given the treatment on the sixth day of the disease. The second patient was an 80-year-old who is diabetic and hypertensive and had high-grade fever, cough, and was administered the drug on Day 5. The hospital has reported that both showed an improvement in their parameters within 12 hours.

“Monoclonal antibody could prove to be a gamechanger in times to come if used at appropriate time. It can avoid hospitalisation in high risk groups and progression to severe disease. It can help escape or reduce the usage of steroids and immunomodulation which would further reduce the risk of fatal infections like Mucormycosis, secondary bacterial and viral infections like CMV,” said Dr Pooja Khosla, senior consultant, Department of Medicineat the hospital.

The first patient was a 36-year-old healthcare worker with high-grade fever, cough, myalgia, severe weakness and leucopenia, who was given the treatment on the sixth day of the disease. The second patient was an 80-year-old who is diabetic and hypertensive and had high-grade fever, cough, and was administered the drug on Day 5. The hospital has reported that both showed an improvement in their parameters within 12 hours.

“Monoclonal antibody could prove to be a gamechanger in times to come if used at appropriate time. It can avoid hospitalisation in high risk groups and progression to severe disease. It can help escape or reduce the usage of steroids and immunomodulation which would further reduce the risk of fatal infections like Mucormycosis, secondary bacterial and viral infections like CMV,” said Dr Pooja Khosla, senior consultant, Department of Medicineat the hospital.

Similarly, BLK-Max Super Specialty Hospital has also reported positive results in two patients.

“We are happy to report that we conducted RT-PCR test on two Covid positive patients 8 days after developing symptoms and it turned out to be a definite negative. They were administered antibodies cocktail therapy within three days of getting their Covid positive reports. This is the fastest ever recovery reported in patients here, particularly senior citizens suffering from comorbidities,” said Dr Sandeep Nayar, senior director and HoD, Chest & Respiratory Diseases at the hospital.

Source : IndianExpress.com

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