Maharashtra Extends Lock-down till 31 July
The Maharashtra government on Monday announced that it has extended the lock-down till 31st July in view of the steadily increasing COVID-19 cases in the state.
 
While all existing lockdown conditions will continue, the government will gradually ease restrictions over the next month.
 
All visits outdoors, barring for essentials or for specified employment purposes will remain banned during this period.
 
Since the past three days, the state has been recording 5,000-plus COVID-19 cases daily, taking its tally to 164,626, and there have been 7,429 deaths till date.
 
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    44% newly elected Rajya Sabha MPs facing criminal charges: ADR-NEW analysis
    Around 44 per cent of the 62 Rajya Sabha members elected this year have different criminal cases registered against them, including 11 (18 per cent) who are accused of serious crimes like murder, attempt to murder, rape, dacoity and theft and are connected to leading parties like the BJP, Congress, NCP, YSRCP and Trinamool Congress, an analysis of their self-declared poll affidavits indicate.
     
    Of these 62 MPs, 16 (26 per cent) have declared other criminal cases against themselves, an analysis done by National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) says.
     
    Of the 11 MPs facing serious charges, one has declared a case of murder against him, two have declared attempt-to-murder cases, and three face cases of crimes against women. Out of these three MPs, one has declared rape charge against him.
     
    Those with criminal cases include two (11 per cent) out of 18 BJP MPs, three (33 per cent) of the nine Congress MPs, two (100 per cent) of the 2 Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MPs, two (50 per cent) of four YSRCP MPs, one MP each from AITC (25 per cent), BJD (25 per cent), DMK (33 per cent), RJD (50 per cent), JDU (50 per cent), RPI-A (100 per cent) and Independent (100 per cent).
     
    Those facing criminal charges state-wise are four of the seven (57 per cent) MPs from Maharashtra, two out of 5 (40 per cent) MPs from Bihar, one out of six (17 per cent) MPs from Tamil Nadu, one out of five (20 per cent) MPs from West Bengal, two out of four (50 per cent) from Andhra Pradesh and one out of four (25 per cent) MPs from Gujarat.
     
    The figures for other states are: One out of four (25 per cent) MPs from Odisha, one out of three (33 per cent) MPs from Madhya Pradesh, one out of three (33 per cent) MPs from Assam, one out of three (33 per cent) MPs from Rajasthan, and one out of two (50 per cent) MPs from Jharkhand.
     
    Out of the 62 newly elected MPs, 52 (84 per cent) are crorepatis. Alla Ayodhya Rami Reddy of the YSR Congress with assets valued at Rs 25,77,75,79,180 is the richest.
     
    Nathwani Parimal of the YSR Congress with assets valued at Rs 3,96,83,96,198 is the second richest, while Jyotiraditya Scindia of the BJP with assets valued at Rs 3,79,03,29,144 is the third richest.
     
    Maharaja Sanajaoba Leishemba of the BJP has the least assets pegged at Rs 5,48,594. Ashok Gasti of the BJP with assets of Rs 19,40,048 is the second-lowest in the list, while Arpita Ghosh of the TMC with assets totalling Rs 23,89,913 is the third-lowest.
     
    As many as 30 (48 per cent) MPs are aged between 31 and 60 while 32 (52 per cent) MPs are aged between 61 and 90.
     
    The oldest MP is Janata Dal-Secular leader from Karnataka and former Prime Minister H.D. Devegowda at 87. The youngest MP is Mausam Noor, aged 40, from West Bengal. Out of the 62 newly elected MPs, only 8 (13 per cent) are women.
     
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    COMMENTS

    Meenal Mamdani

    2 weeks ago

    These are very serious charges. Why were these MPs allowed to contest? I thought that there was a rule that said that those who have criminal cases pending against them are not eligible to contest an election.
    One must also keep in mind that political parties have been known to lodge a blatantly false complaint against a candidate to make her/him ineligible to participate in an election.
    Will the Modi govt show the same alacrity in bringing urgently needed reforms in the judicial system as it did in passing the CAA with only minimal discussion in parliament?

    valentine.barboza

    2 weeks ago

    Is this a joke? These criminals should not be even given the right to vote .. what does the common man do in such cases? Pls publish this article to every newspaper and media channel.. these criminals should be behind bars...

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    This makes even the covid-19 fight even more challenging for hospitals in Mumbai, which have now become the focus of our work at Moneylife Foundation. We are doing out best to fulfill requests, wherever possible with the generous support of our donors.  
     
    When combined with our activism, we are sometimes able to achieve a bigger breakthrough. When we learned that the municipal corporation was buying body bags at over Rs6400, we were stunned. In a pandemic, you need body bags that serve the purpose and our supplier was one who provided them to BMC hospital, to meet municipal specifications and the cost was Rs180 to Rs201! We brought it to the attention of the municipal commissioner, Iqbal Chahal, who responded within two hours with swift action. The tender for expensive body bags was cancelled. You can read more about it here.
     
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    Incidentally, here is a tip. If you are worried about how to travel safely in public transport that has just opened up, we suggest that you get yourself a light raincoat with a hood. Wear it and keep it on inside a bus, train or cab, combined with simple gloves and a good mask. You need to make this investment to stay safe in the coming months. Make sure to wash this gear with detergent on going back home and dry it out everyday. 
     
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    We initially struggled in our efforts to procure such disposable bedsheets in large quantities with unavailability of ready stock and manufacturing capability, but were later able to purchase 20,000 sheets for distribution. The task of having such a large quantity of material (100 boxes!), delivered to hospitals across Mumbai was one that we had not previously undertaken. We are glad that the manufacturer was able to drop some off at Hindu Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Hospital and at Sion Hospital, on route to the final delivery at Prabhadevi. 
     
     
    Much of the material was picked up by concerned hospitals who coordinated in a timely manner to gather the material for themselves and also for other nearby hospitals who were unable to arrange for a vehicle. In the end, these disposable bedsheets have reached their destination to around 14 hospitals across Mumbai.
     
    The relief work that Moneylife Foundation has carried out in these past months has only been possible with the support of our donors and members. If you would like to support our efforts, please do donate.
     
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