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Karnataka reports a Confirmed Case of COVID-19 March 10, 2020 12:39

The government of Karnataka has said on Monday that one person in the state has been tested positive for the deadly novel COVID-19 with which the number of confirmed cases of being infected by the deadly coronavirus has been increased to being 44 in total.The patient who was reported as being tested positive for the deadly coronavirus has been identified as a software engineer of forty years of age with a recent travel history to the United States, as said by Dr Sudhakar who is the medical education minister of Karnataka.It has been reported that the software engineer who has been infected by the deadly coronavirus had travelled from Austin, Texas on the 28th of February through the city of New York and then to Dubai before he had landed in Bengaluru on the 1st of March. It has been said that the wife and daughter of the patient are currently lodged in the health facility in the city and that one of the colleagues have also been admitted to the hospital as he has shown similar symptoms.The driver of the software engineer and also three members of his family have been kept in the isolation home. It has been said by the government that information has been collected of around 2,555 possible primary and the secondary contact who probably might have come in contact with the infected person.The state of Karnataka is now in the list of the states of India where the confirmed cases of being infected by the deadly coronavirus have been recorded with the other states being Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Delhi.The World Health Organization has given a statement on the 7th of March whre in it has been mentioned that the number of cases of COVID-19 has surpassed 10 million globally.The government of Karnataka has made a decision for ordering an indefinite closure of the pre- primary and kindergarten sections in the schools across Bengaluru as a precaution to curb the deadly novel coronavirus or COVID-19 from spreading.The medical education minister of Karnataka has said that the classes till fifth standard in Bengaluru rural and urban would be remained close till the further orders.It has also been said that several number of school have sent back their students in Bengaluru while the other schools have decided to continue as planned in order to help the working parents who may not be able to make the sudden preparations for taking care of their children.The state of Karnataka has strengthened all the surveillance and the containment measures against the deadly novel coronavirus from spreading. It has been recorded that 982 people in total have been identified for the observation out of which 266 people have completed the observation for 28 days and the 700 people are continuing home quarantine, as said by the government. The people who have been under observation also include the people with recent travel history to the deadly novel COVID-19 affected countries and also the people who have come in contact with the people who have been tested positive for the deadly novel coronavirus.By Shrithika Kushangi

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COVID-19: Number of cases in India rises to 31 March 06, 2020 13:29

The number of confirmed cases of being infected by the deadly coronavirus has been increased to 31 in India with the latest being a man from Delhi with a recent travel history to Thailand and Malaysia.The number has shown a drastic increase when fourteen from a group of tourists from Italy have been tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.It has been said that Iran would be operating special flights between Tehran and New Delhi in order to evacuate the passengers who have been stranded due to the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus.An official in the Iran Embassy has said that special flights would be starting between the countries of Iran and India for the passengers who have stranded in Iran. He has added saying that the Indian passengers can be sent back to their home country only after getting a proper approval of the authority of India.The government of Delhi has been pushed in deciding to shut the primary schools till the 31st of March due to the rise in number of cases being confirmed of being infected by the deadly coronavirus.The visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Brussels, Belgium which has been scheduled for the next week, for the India- European Union summit has also been postponed in order to stay safe from the deadly coronavirus which has been spreading at an alarming rate and to curb the virus from spreading.Meanwhile, an emergency $8.3 billion spending bill have been passed by the US lawmakers in order to combat the coronavirus as the health workers have boarded a cruise ship which has been held off the coast of San Francisco for testing the sick passengers and the crew.The deadly coronavirus which has been officially named as COVID-19 has been first identified in the Wuhan city of the Peoples Republic China and it has spread at an alarming rate across China and also across several nations claiming the lives of several thousands of people and infecting many more. The first case of death that was caused due to being infected by the deadly novel COVID-19 has been first recorded in Philippines.Currently the deadly COVID-19 has infected 98,437 people around the globe and the number of deaths that have been caused due to the deadly novel COVID-19 has been recorded as 3,387.By Shrithika Kushangi

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30 confirmed Coronavirus cases Reported in India March 05, 2020 18:23

The number of cases of being infected by the deadly coronavirus has been climbed to 30 as a new case has been reported on Thursday in Ghaziabad.Although the government of India has decided to screen all the passengers who are entering the country from the borders, 23 news cases have been reported in India which includes 15 tourists from Italy and a man from Gurgaon on Wednesday.Nirmala Sitharaman who is the Finance Minister of India has said that the government of India is working intensively for ensuring meaningful intervention, if needed, in order to deal with the impact that has been made by the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak.The finance minister has said that different ministries of the Indian government has been working in tandem to deal with the impact that has been made by the deadly coronavirus which has been officially named as COVID-19.A new case of tested positive for being infected by the deadly COVID-19 has been recorded in India with the total count being 30. the new case has been recorded in Gurgaon when an employee of Paytm which is an app used for online payments, has been tested positive after he has returned from a vacation in Italy.The company Paytm has shut its offices in Gurgaon and also in Noida for a couple of days in order to get the buildings sanitized.The spokesperson of the company has said that the patient has been receiving appropriate treatment and the complete support of the company has been extended to the family of the patient who has been tested positive for being infected by the deadly COVID-19.“As a precautionary measure, we have suggested his team members to get health tests done immediately,” the spokesperson said. He has added saying that “However, there will not be any impact on our daily operations and Paytm services will continue as usual.”By Shrithika Kushangi

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Nirbhaya Convicts to Hang on March 20, says Delhi Court March 05, 2020 18:16

The four convicts of the Nirbhaya case of gang- rape and murder in the year 2012 will be hanged on 20th of the month of March at 5:30 in the early hours of the day, as ruled by a Delhi court on Thursday. The death warrant issued for the four convicts of the Nirbhaya case to be hanged on the 20th of March is said to be the fourth death warrant that has been issued by the Delhi court.The issuing of the death warrant has been done after the mercy plea that has been filed by one among the four convicts Pawan Gupta was rejected by the President Ram Nath Kovind.All the legal options for the four death row convicts for getting relieved from the death sentence had been exhausted with the rejection of the mercy plea of Pawan Gupta by the President Ram Nath Kovind.Dharmendra Rana who is the additional Sessions Judge has fixed the new date for the execution of the hanging of the four death row convicts of the Nirbhaya case. The date has been fixed as 20th of March after it has been told by the Delhi government that all the legal remedies that can be performed by the four death row convicts to escape from being hanged has been exhausted.The lawyer for the four death row convicts of the Nirbhaya case has also tol the court that there has been no legal impediment for the court in proceeding for fixing the date of execution.Asha Devi who is the mother of the victim of the Nirbhaya case has expressed that she hopes this would be the final date for all the four of them to be hanged on the 20th of March and that Nirbhaya has asked to ensure that all the culprits would be punished and that such crime should never repeat, while she was dying.The Nirbhaya case which has shook the entire nation in the year 2012 was about a gang- rape and murder of a young woman of 23 years old. The four convicts along with two others which includes a minor had gang- raped the young woman and had also tortured her with an iron rod on the night of the 16th of December in the year 2012. the victim has died on the 29th of December at a hospital in Singapore.One of the accused who was just short of 18 when he had committed the crime was released as he was considered as a juvenile. He has been released after spending three years at a reform home and Ram Singh who was the main convict of the Nirbhaya case was found hanging in the jail.The execution of the death warrants of the four convicts who were Mukesh Kumar Singh of 32 years old, Pawan Gupta of 25 years of age, Vinay Sharma of 26 years old and Akshay Kumar Singh of 31 years old have been deferred three times due to the delay made by the convicts in exhausting the legal remedies as all the convicts in the case are to be hanged together.By Shrithika Kushangi

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COVID-19 outbreak: 29 positive cases in India March 05, 2020 11:24

The health ministry of India has confirmed as many as 23 news cases in the country from the places of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and the total number of people who has been infected in India is said to be 29.A Paytm employee who is of 26 years of age and a resident of Pankha Road in Janakpuri has been identified as the second confirmed case of coronavirus infected person in Delhi. It has been said that the patient has recently returned from a vacation from Italy which is now a hotspot for coronavirus.A majority of the people who have been confirmed as being infected by the deadly coronavirus is said to be among a party of the tourists from Italy which also included the wife of a 69 year old man who is currently undergoing treatment in Jaipur who is said to have possibly carried the infection from Italy.The others have included the six relatives from Agra of the resident of Delhi who had been tested positive for the infection earlier.The health officials in the places of Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have been facing a massive task in tracing and conducting tests to everyone who have come in contact with the people who were infected as these are the places where the patients of COVID-19 have been travelling and the estimated number of such people is said to be more than hundred.According to a source, the nationals of Italy who have been tested positive for the deadly coronavirus have been travelling across Rajasthan, Agra in Uttar Pradesh and also parts of Delhi before they were put into isolation or have been quarantined.The sources from the government have said that all the four persons were found to be positive for being infected by the deadly coronavirus are said to be stable excluding the Italian of 69 years of age who is said to be the first in his group to be detected with the deadly novel coronavirus and is said to be under treatment at Sawai Manshingh (SMS) hospital in Jaipur.Harsh Vardhan who is the union health minister has said that there is no need to panic as all the states including the Delhi- NCR where the maximum number of positive cases of being affected buy the deadly COVID-19 has been recorded, have been asked to create more isolation facilities, by the government.Arvind Kejriwal who is the chief minister of Delhi has also announced that a state task force has been created in order to tackle the coronavirus outbreak and also to keep in check the marketing of medical masks and sanitizers.The deadly COVID-19 was first identified in the city of Wuhan in China and has spread at an alarming rate across the city and also across several countries and has also claimed several lives. The first case of death caused due to getting infected by the deadly COVID-19 has been recorded in Philippines.According to the records, around 94,348 cases of people being infected by the deadly coronavirus which has been officially named as COVID-19, have been reported and around 3,221 deaths due to the COVID-19 have been reported.By Shrithika Kushangi

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364 women officers inducted by Indian Army in 2019 March 03, 2020 10:41

Shripad Naik who is the Minister of State for Defence has said that the Indian Army has inducted 364 women officers in the year 2019 when compared to the number of women officers inducted in the year 2018 which was 819.The Minister of State for Defence has written in a reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha where in he has stated that the Indian Air Force has inducted 51 women officers in the year 2019 when compared to the year of 2018 when the number was 59. He added saying that the Air Force figure does not include the women officers in the medical and the dental branches.The minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik has also said that 54 women officers were inducted in the Indian Navy in the year 2019 as compared to the number being 38 in the previous year of 2018.Shripad Naik has said that the number and the percentage of women officers in the Indian Navy excluding the Medical, Dental and Military Nursing Service branch is 527 which is said to be 5.12 per cent and that the corresponding figure in respect of Indian Air Force is 1,601 which is said to be 13.82 per cent.By Shrithika Kushangi

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16 Indians onboard Diamond Princess have been Tested Positive for Coronavirus February 26, 2020 12:36

The cruise liner Diamond Princess was docked off at the Yokohama Port on the 3rd of February and the people on board the cruise ship have been tested for the deadly coronavirus and it has been found that sixteen Indians have been tested positive for the coronavirus test.The arrangements are now being made by the government of India in order to bring back the rest of the Indians by a special flight on the 26th of February. It has been said by the Indian embassy in Japan that the government would facilitate the ones who would fulfill the conditions and also the consent for repatriation.The details of the plan of evacuation have been shared through an email by the government of India where in it has been mentioned that a chartered flight would be sent by the Indian government in order to carry all the Indian nationals on board the Diamond Princess provided that the passengers do not test positive in the PCR test which would be conducted by the authorities of Japan.Another condition that has been mentioned was that a consent will have to be provided by the passengers in order to return and this has to be done before the expiry of the mandatory Japanese quarantine requirements.The people who have agreed to the conditioned would have to undergo a quarantine period of fourteen days in India prior to which a medical team of India will also conduct check- ups on the passengers to ascertain the medical conditions. The special flight has been scheduled on the 26th of February during the evening hours and the arrangements would be made by the authorities of Japan for the passengers from the post of Yokohama to the Haneda Airport.According to the reports, it has been mentioned that a total number of 138 Indians are on board the cruise ship Diamond Princess which also includes the 132 crew members.The coronavirus which is officially named as COVID-19 is a deadly virus which was first observed in the Wuhan city of China and it had been infecting several people. The first death report due to the deadly COVID-19 has been first recorded in Philippines. The deadly coronavirus has spread rapidly across over 25 countries and it has been claiming lives of several people and infecting many more.According the reports from the Chinese officials, the death toll from the deadly coronavirus has reached 2,663 while the number of cases where it has been confirmed of people being infected has jumped to 77,658.By Shrithika Kushangi

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India, US talks held in 5 Major Categories: Harsh Vardhan Shringla February 25, 2020 18:10

Harsh Vardhan Shringla who is the foreign secretary has said on Tuesday that the countries of India and the United States have held talks in five major categories which comprise of security, defence, energy, technology and also the people to people contact.The foreign secretary has added saying that India has been assured by the President of the United States Donald Trump regarding the highest consideration for the collaboration in the sector of defence.The reporters have also been told by Harsh Vardhan Shringla that the two countries of India and the United States have also made a decision to set up the working groups in order to curb the trafficking of narcotics and to reinvigorating of the homeland security.He added saying that the President Donald Trump has assure the highest consideration to the country India regarding the procuring of technology and also regarding the joint collaboration in the defence sector.Harsh Vardhan Shringla has also said that the talks between the President Donald Trump and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been held for five hours before arriving at the agreements and the decisions that have been made.By Shrithika Kushangi

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Indian Navy’s Mig-29K Aircraft Crashes off Goa February 24, 2020 12:43

An aircraft of the Indian Navy MiG- 29K has crashed near Goa while on a routine training sortie. The incident has taken place at 10:30 in the morning on the 23rd of February when the Indian Navy Aircraft was on a routine training sortie off the coast of Goa.The pilot of the aircraft has managed to eject safely and was rescued and no casualties have been reported in the crash, as said by the officials.The Indian Navy has released a statement on the incident where in it had been mentioned that an enquiry has been ordered for investigating the incident.Indian Navy has posted a tweet mentioning the crash of MiG 29K aircraft which was on a routine training sortie. FLASH. Today morning at around 1030h a Mig 29k aircraft on a routine training sortie crashed off Goa. The pilot of the aircraft ejected safely and has been recovered. An enquiry to investigate the incident has been [email protected] @SpokespersonMoD — SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) February 23, 2020 A technical snag has been developed by the twin- engine, single- seater aircraft due to which the crash has occurred. Earlier, a MiG 29 K has crashed in the month of November in the last year. The aircraft has crashed outside a village in Goa.On the 16th of November, a MIG trainer aircraft of the Indian Navy has crashed outside a village in Goa. It has been recorded that the crash has taken place on a rocky plateau on the outskirts of Verna which is said to be around 15 kilo meters from Panaji which is the capital city of Goa.Captain M Sheokhand and Lieutenant Commander Deepak Yadav who were the pilots of the aircraft have manged to eject safelyThe cause for the occurrence of crash in the month of November last year was said to be due to flaming out of the left engine while the right engine of the aircraft had caught fire due to getting hit by a flock of birds.No casualties had been recorded as the pilots have managed to deviate the route to an open land away from the populated areas.By Shrithika Kushangi

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SC shocked at issuance of black warrants for death penalty execution February 21, 2020 13:15

Black warrants have been issued for execution of a death penalty by a trial court even before the expiration of the 60- day time period which has been provided in order to file an appeal before it.SA Bobde who is the Chief Justice of India has headed a bench which had referred the verdict given by the top court which has said that the issuance of a death warrant could not be done before the expiry of the 60- day mandatory period which is to file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the judgement of the high court confirming the death penalty.It has stayed the death warrant that has been issued by a sessions court in Gujarat against convict Anil Surendra Singh Yadav. Anil Surendra Singh Yadav is said to be a convict in a case of rape and murder where in the 22 year old accused has raped and murdered a three year old girl in Surat.It has said that, “We want to know as to how such orders issuing black warrants are being passed by the trial court despite a reported judgment in this regard. Someone has to explain this. The judicial process can’t be allowed to happen like this.”Tushar Mehta who is Solicitor General has said that the ignorance of law could not be a ground which has led to the judges passing such an order.One of the death row convicts of the 2012 Delhi rape and murder case Vinay Sharma Is said to have injured himself by banging his head against a wall in Tihar jail.The lawyer of the convict Vinay Sharma has told the court that the convict had been on hunger strike in Tihar jail and has also claimed that Vinay Sharma had been assaulted in jail and was suffering with head injuries. He had also saying that the convict has been suffering from acute mental illness and therefore the death sentence cannot be executed.Later, a Delhi court has sought the replies that were given by the authorities of the jail regarding the plea by Vinay Sharma for better treatment for the mental illness, schizophrenia and the injuries in his head and arm.It has been directed by the court that the four men named Mukesh kumar Singh of 32 years old, Pawan Gupta of 25 years old, Vinay Kumar Sharma of 26 years old and Akshay Kumar of 31 years old to be hanged by their neck during the early hours of the day on March 3 at 6 am.The four convicts of the Nirbhaya Delhi rape and murder case are said to be accused of raping a young woman of 23 years old in a moving bus and torturing her and later the body of the victim has been thrown on the streets of Delhi.By Shrithika Kushangi

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Accord on Intellectual Property Rights with US has been cleared by India February 19, 2020 18:09

The approval of a plan in order to sign an initial pact on the intellectual property rights withe the United States has been signed by the cabinet of India, as said by a government minister, few days prior to the visit made by the President of the United States Donald Trump to India.India has been urged since long by the United States in order to strengthen the protection for the intellectual property and also has been a cause for the friction that has been caused on top of the disputes due to trade between the two countries of India and the United States.Prakash Javadekar who is the minister of Information and Broadcasting has said that the approval for an MoU with the United States has been secured at the cabinet meeting which has been presided over by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.By Shrithika Kushangi

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SC Orders Centre to Grant Permanent Commission in Army to Women Officers February 17, 2020 13:26

The Supreme Court has passed an order on Monday which has ordered the Indian Army to grant permanent commission to women within three months and will also be eligible for command posting on par with the male officers and has rejected the stereotypes which say that women are only responsible for the domestic duties.A time period of three months has been granted to the Centre by a bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and Ajay Rastogi. The bench has granted the time period to the Centre in order to implement the orders that have been made and has also slammed the Centre for denying the provision of equal opportunities to the women officers by raising the ground of social norms, the limitations that are based regarding the physiology and also the family obligations that are associated with women.The bench has said that the permanent commission in Army must also be provided to the women officers and also a change of mindset is required on part of the government in order to put an end to the discrimination based on the gender in the armed forces.The Supreme Court has ruled that the permanent commission would be granted to all the Short Service Commission (SSC) women officers who are less than 14 as well as beyond 14 years of service as it has noted that there exists no ground which would deny the permanent commission to the women officers even though they have completed 14 years.At present, the women officers can only serve for 10-14 years in the Short Service Commission and the entry of women were said to be allowed into Army Service Corps, Ordnance, Education Corps, Judge Advocate General, Engineers, Signals, Intelligence and Electrical and the branches of Mechanical Engineering and there exists no option for the allowance of women in the combat roles like infantry, armoured, mechanized infantry, aviation and artillery.The Supreme Court has said that the arguments that have been made by the Centre which has raised the issue of limitations based on physiology and the social norms and has denied the opportunities for the women officers is now not acceptable as the women officers have performed exceptionally well and brought laurels.The Supreme Court has cited the examples of Captain Tanya Shergill and Captain Madhumita and also the other women officers who are convoy commanders in Leh and Udhamnagar and also among the other places.By Shrithika Kushangi

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