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New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Saturday (November 21, 2020) said that the COVID-19 RT-PCR testing capacity has increased and the house to house survey has started in the national capital following the directions from Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

“ICMR has increased RT-PCR testing capacity from 27,000 tests/day to 37,200 RT-PCR tests per day on directions of HM Amit Shah,” said the Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs.

According to the MHA, 30,735 RT-PCR samples were collected in Delhi on November 19 as compared to 12,055 RT-PCR samples on November 15.

The MHA also said, “Govt of NCT Delhi has started house to house survey.”

The MHA stated that the ICU beds in Delhi have increased by 205 in Central Government hospitals, Delhi Government hospitals and private hospitals.

They informed that 125 ventilators from BEL have reached Delhi in order to ramp up the medical infrastructure for coronavirus surge.

Earlier on November 15, Amit Shah had assured more ICU beds for COVID-19 patients during a high-level meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to check the rising coronavirus cases in the national capital.

Amit Shah who had earlier taken charge of the national capital in May announced to take several steps in order to control the rising COVID-19 cases in Delhi. He had said that the RT-PCR tests will be increased two-fold in Delhi, the mobile testing vans of the Health Ministry and ICMR will be deployed in the high-risk areas, the oxygen beds will be increased and 10,000-bedded Chhatarpur COVID care centre will be strengthened and that some MCD hospitals will be converted into dedicated COVID-19 hospitals for the treatment of patients with mild symptoms. 

Shah had also said that multi-departmental teams will visit all private hospitals in Delhi to clearly indicate the availability of beds and medical conditions and that the people under home isolation will also be tracked and will be provided immediate help if required. 

He said that the Centre will provide Delhi with oxygen cylinders, high flow nasal cannula and all other essential health equipment.

Delhi that has been reportedly hit by COVID-19’s third wave witnessed over 7,000 cases on November 6, followed by record 8,593 cases on November 11.

Meanwhile, Delhi recorded the second-highest death toll in the past 24 hours. According to a health bulletin released by Delhi, at least 118 people have succumbed to the COVID-19 infection in the last 24 hours. The highest single-day death toll is 131.

As many as 6,608 new cases of coronavirus have been registered in Delhi in the past day. Delhi’s total tally of COVID-19 cases is at 5,17,238 which includes 4,68,143 cured cases and 8,159 fatalities.

 

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‘Priyanka, Salamat not Hindu-Muslim for us’: Big verdict by Allahabad HC | Trending News in India

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Amid the growing debate over inter-religious marriages, Allahabad High Court on Tuesday (November 24) cancelled an FIR filed against a Muslim man by the parents of his wife. It is to be noted that girl had converted to Islam after marrying the man identified as Salamat Ansari. 

“Interference in a personal relationship would constitute a serious encroachment into the right to freedom of choice of the two individuals,” the court observed.

“We do not see Priyanka Kharwar and Salamat Ansari as Hindu and Muslim, rather as two grown-up individuals who – out of their own free will and choice – are living together peacefully and happily over a year. The Courts and the Constitutional Courts in particular are enjoined to uphold the life and liberty of an individual guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India,” said a two-judge bench.

Salamat, who hails from Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, married Priyanka Kharwar against her parents’ wishes in August 2019. Before the marriage, Priyanka converted to Islam and changed her name to “Alia”.

Also read: SC grants woman’s wish, allows her to go to parents instead of husband’s home

Priyanka’s parents then filed an FIR against Salamat, accusing him of crimes like “kidnapping” and “abduction to compel a marriage”. Priyanka’s parents also included the stringent POCSO Act (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act) in their complaint, claiming that Priyanka was a minor when she married.

“The right to live with a person of his/her choice irrespective of religion professed by them, is intrinsic to right to life and personal liberty,” the High Court said in its order, rejecting the arguments of both Priyanka’s parents as well as the Uttar Pradesh government.

Challenging the FIR, Salamat and Priyanka had claimed it was “prompted by malice and mischief only with a view to bring an end to marital ties, and that no offences are made out.”

During the hearing, the Allahabad High Court also said that the woman was an adult at the time of marriage.

Invoking the constitution, the two-bench court observed: “We fail to understand that if the law permits two persons even of the same sex to live together peacefully then neither any individual nor a family nor even state can have objection to relationship of two major individuals who out of their own free will are living together. Decision of an individual who is of the age of majority, to live with an individual of his/her choice is strictly a right of an individual and when this right is infringed it would constitute breach of his/her fundamental right to life and personal liberty as it includes right to freedom of choice, to choose a partner and right to live with dignity as enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution of India.”

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The court also clarified it was not commenting on the “the validity of alleged marriage/ conversion,” but was cancelling the case as no offences were proved and “two grown up individuals are before us, living together for over a year of their own free will and choice.”


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Severe cyclonic storm Nivar is expected to cross the Tamil Nadu coast between Karaikal and Mamallapuram on Wednesday (November 25). The India Metereological Department (IMD) said that the depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a deep depression on Monday and the weather system is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours. According to IMD, the weather system would intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours. 

A total of 30 NDRF teams have been pressed into service to take care of rescue and relief operations. According to IMD’s latest bulletin, the depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a deep depression and lay centered at 5.30 pm on Monday over southwest Bay of Bengal, about 450 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 480 km southeast of Chennai. 

“It is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours and into a severe cyclone storm during the subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards and cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry on November 25 evening as a severe cyclonic storm with a speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph,” the IMD said.

Cyclone ‘Nivar’ is expected to affect Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry as rains were forecast in the respective states and Union Territory between November 24 and 26.

Tamil Nadu government has taken several steps to minimise the damage caused due to the cyclone and the state government has asked the respective district administrations to remain on high alert.

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Isolated extremely heavy rainfall was very likely over Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Cuddalore, Ariyalur, Nagapattinam, Perambalur, Kallakurichi, Villupuram, Tiruvannamalai and Chengalpattu in Tamil Nadu, and Karaikal and Puducherry in the neighbouring UT between Wednesday and Thursday.

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said that the local administration has drawn up a multi-pronged plan to tackle cyclone Nivar.


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After Gujarat, MP and Rajasthan, this state clamps night curfew in 4 districts; schools shut till Dec 31 | Trending News in India

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SHIMLA: After Mumbai and Karnataka, the Himachal Pradesh government announced that all schools and colleges in the state would remain closed till December 31. The Jai Ram Thakur government in Himachal Prdesh clamped a night curfew in four districts as the state fights a spurt in coronavirus cases.

Earlier, states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have imposed curfew during the night in view of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in a few districts.

The fresh curbs were announced after a Cabinet meeting chaired by CM Jai Ram Thakur.

The night curfew will be in place from November 24 to December 15 in Shimla, Mandi, Kangra and Kullu districts from 8 pm to 6 am, state’s Parliamentary Affairs minister Suresh Bhardwaj said. Till December 31, only 50 per cent of class III and IV employees on the rolls will attend government offices each day.

Gatherings at social, cultural and political events will be capped at 200 people and those who don’t wear masks in public will cough up a fine of Rs 1,000.

There has been a sharp increase in the number of cases and deaths in the hill state this month ? 235 of the 547 pandemic deaths so far have taken place in November.

On October 31, the state had recorded 22,060 coronavirus infections. A little over three weeks later, on Monday evening the number stood at 34,442, according to the health department data.

The state has 6,535 active cases now, compared to 2,880 at the end of last month.

Meanwhile, the office of Kangra Superintendent of Police was ordered shut for two more days after remaining closed for three days, following COVID-19 cases among its staff.

Six more coronavirus cases were detected there, an official said in Dharamshala.

Most schools in Himachal Pradesh had reopened only on November 1 after remaining shut for months due to the coronavirus pandemic. But with infections being reported from some of them, the state government had ordered all educational institutions shut till November 25.
Now, they will remain closed till December 31. Bhardwaj said online studies would begin from November 26.

The minister said teachers will continue to work from home till further orders.

Offices of high schools, senior secondary schools and colleges will also function from November 26. Principals can call faculty members to work if required, he added.

He said students in classes 1 to 4 and classes 6 and 7 would be promoted as per the provisions of the Right to Education Act.

The final examinations for classes 5 and 8 to 11 will be conducted in March, he added.

The Himachal Pradesh board exams for classes 10 and 12 will take place in March with 30 per cent relaxation in syllabus. 

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