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Coronavirus pushes BJP, Congress to stop politics, do relief work | India News

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Coronavirus pushes BJP, Congress to stop politics, do relief work | India News

NEW DELHI: The two biggest political parties – BJP and Congress – have put aside their respective major political works and shifted focus on relief works in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak and the ensuing lockdown since March 25.
The public meetings, protests, demonstrations or even membership drives have been stopped ever since Janta Curfew was observed on March 22.
The regular group meetings of the two parties are off for now.
However, much of the focus of the two biggest national parties has shifted towards carrying our relief works for the people who have been hit by the lockdown. The political programmes have been replaced by social service, particularly for the migrant workers and the needy.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Talking to the timesofindia.com, BJP national general secretary in charge of West Bengal, Kailash Vijayvargiya, informed that party president JP Nadda does eight to ten video calls every day to talk to party workers.
Vijayvargiya said, “For example, Nadda talks to national general secretaries at least every alternate day. He also talks to other office-bearers, members of different cells and departments such as lawyers, doctors, chartered accountants and other professionals, all the party MPs and MLAs from different states.”
He said normal political activities such as public meetings and rallies, membership drive, political demonstrations and protests have been called off. The main focus Nadda’s meetings with party functionaries is to chalk out strategies to ameliorate the condition of the migrant workers and other poor sections of the society. “For example, our party workers are helping the poor to get ration cards made,” he said.
On his political engagements, Vijayvargiya said even though he is in his hometown Indore since lockdown, he keeps talking to the MPs, MLAs, office-bearers and members of different cells and departments of West Bengal BJP regularly on video call.
“Besides the relief measures, we also discuss political programmes in West Bengal, which goes to polls next year. We decide about holding protests against the Mamata Banerjee government through slogans and placards at the booth level,” he said, adding that meetings are being held to inform the people about the Modi government’s achievements.
While carrying out all these activities, the party workers wear masks and maintain social distancing, Vijayvargiya said.
Congress
India’s principal opposition party has put a stop on all political activities.
A senior Congress functionary told timesofindia.com on the condition of anonymity that it was not the time for politics but to do something positive. “Politics can wait. It is the time bring relief to those who have been worst affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic,” he said.
He claimed that the state units of Congress are carrying out relief work on the ground and supporting the migrant workers by providing them food, water and shelter.
The senior functionary said political activity of a different nature was in progress. For example, the Haryana Congress contributed a cheque for Rs 40 lakh to Haryana chief minister ML Khattar earlier this week.
He said as far as top leadership is concerned, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has been holding meetings through video conferencing with leaders such as the party office-bearers, in-charges of departments, state unit chiefs and general secretaries on every alternate day.
Similarly, he said, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has also been active during this lockdown period. He has already held three press conferences – two with Delhi journalists and one on Saturday with the regional correspondents.
Besides, he spoke with former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan and Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee over COVID-19, its impact on the economy and ways and means to salvage the situation.
On the economic front, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have written to the PM on ten separate occasions offering specific solutions and way ahead.
The senior functionary also said the party’s communication department has been working every day since Lockdown 1.0 on March 25. The communication group, led by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Randeep Singh Surjewala as its convener and Rahul Gandhi, former Union ministers P Chidambaram and Manish Tewari as members, has also been active in organising press conferences and giving out information to the media.
On the role being played by the party rank and file during novel coronavirus outbreak, Surjewala said, “Congress and its cadre are playing a frontline constructive role by addressing and articulating COVID issues, espousing humanitarian challenges and offering critique-based solutions to the government as a responsible opposition party. As the principal opposition party, we believe that constructive support entails showing the mirror of truth to the powers that are.”
He said, “On the health front, Congress put out the ‘Test, Trace, Quarantine’ doctrine, bringing focus to inadequate testing facilities, unavailability of PPEs and N95 masks as also testing kits.”
He claimed that despite the government’s dilly-dallying, Congress rose to the occasion as Sonia Gandhi announced that its state units will pay for return train fare of migrant labourers.

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Additional Rs 40,000 crore allocated to MGNREGS under fifth tranche of Covid stimulus

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Additional Rs 40,000 crore allocated to MGNREGS under fifth tranche of Covid stimulus

Government has increased allocation of rural employment guarantee scheme the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme by Rs 40,000 crore, taking the total allocation under the scheme to Rs 1,01,500 crore. Union Budget 2020-21 had allocated Rs 61,500 crore to the scheme.

This will help generating 300 crore of persondays in the current fiscal to help rural poor and migrant workers, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Sunday while announcing the fifth tranche of the Rs 20 lakh crore package for the economy.

The 40-day nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID 19 resulted in 87% dip in personaday generated under the scheme last month compared to 27.39 crore persondays in April 2019 and far off from the government target of 26.2 crore persondays work for April, set in advance for resource allocation. This has severely curtailed the income resource for millions of households in the country. Government has allocated Rs 61,500 crore for the scheme in 2020-21.

The government is of the view that with millions of workers migrating to their home states post the lockdown will push up demand for work under the rural employment scheme and hence the increased allocation.

Outlining the plan, finance minister Sitharaman said a series of measures focussing on rural jobs, health, education and support to states and businesses are part of the last tranche of the Rs 20 trillion economic package announced to mitigate the impact of the covid-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown.

“Today, our attempt is to make sure, the environment is correct for protecting businesses. Today’s measures cover the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, health in rural and urban areas, education, businesses and covid-19, decriminalisation of Companies Act, ease of doing business and related matters, public sector enterprises related matters, state governments and resources related to state governments,” Sitharaman said giving the contours of the tranche of the package,” she added.



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THIS shimmery throwback look of Janhvi Kapoor is an absolute treat for her fans | Hindi Movie News

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THIS shimmery throwback look of Janhvi Kapoor is an absolute treat for her fans | Hindi Movie News

Janhvi Kapoor who made her mark in the industry with her debut movie ‘Dhadak’, is also known to steal hearts with her style quotient. Fans often go gaga over her looks and sense of fashion. And if you too are among those loyal fans who just can’t get enough of the actress, here’s a throwback picture of Janhvi Kapoor that will serve as a perfect weekend treat for you.

Taking to her social media story, Janhvi has shared a throwback picture oozing out perfect party vibes. In the click, the actress can be seen wearing a glittery silver dress, with matching sports shows, and is looking absolutely stunning in the same. Check out the picture here:

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Meanwhile, on the work front, Janhvi Kapoor has a number of projects. She has ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’, ‘Takht’, ‘Dostana 2’ and ‘Roohi Afzana’ in her kitty. Currently, buzz has it that ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’ will be soon released on OTT.

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Veteran Ales Hemsky, longtime Oiler, retires from NHL

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Veteran Ales Hemsky, longtime Oiler, retires from NHL

Fifteen-year veteran Ales Hemsky has officially retired from the NHL.

Hemsky, 36, was the No. 13 overall pick in the 2001 NHL Draft by the Oilers and spent 10-plus seasons in Edmonton. He also played for the Ottawa Senators and Dallas Stars before ending his career with the Montreal Canadiens, playing in seven games in the 2017-18 season.

The NHL Alumni Association announced his retirement on Friday.

Hemsky, a right wing, played in 845 career games, 652 of them with Edmonton. He scored 572 career points (174 goals, 398 assists) in the regular season. He added 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 43 career games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He won a bronze medal with the Czech Republic in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

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Two Parma players test positive for COVID-19 – cricket

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Two Parma players test positive for COVID-19 – cricket

Two players from the Italian Serie A club Parma have tested positive for coronavirus, the club said. The development comes amid talks of a resumption of group training in the country from Monday after the government gave the green light. Parma had conducted tests for their squad and staff and all came back negative except for two players, who are however asymptomatic.

“Both of them were positive on the first test and negative on the second that was performed 24 hours later,” said Parma in a statement on Saturday. “The players, both in excellent condition and asymptomatic, have nonetheless been immediately isolated and the club will monitor them constantly.”

Clubs have voted for June 13 as a potential restart date for the league, although this date is yet to be finalised. Individual training had resumed last week on Monday with strict social distancing rules in place. The Serie A is one of the leagues in Europe that did not announce a premature end to the season.

The French Ligue 1 thus far remains the only one among the continent’s top five leagues to have done so with Paris St Germain declared champions. While England’s Premier League and Spain’s LaLiga are yet to decide on a restart date, Germany’s Bundesliga resumed matches behind closed doors on Saturday.

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Spraying disinfectants in open doesn’t kill coronavirus, can even be ‘harmful’: WHO – world news

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Spraying disinfectants in open doesn’t kill coronavirus, can even be ‘harmful’: WHO – world news

Spraying disinfectant on the streets, as practised in some countries, does not eliminate the new coronavirus and even poses a health risk, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Saturday.

In a document on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces as part of the response to the virus, the WHO says spraying can be ineffective.

“Spraying or fumigation of outdoor spaces, such as streets or marketplaces, is… not recommended to kill the COVID-19 virus or other pathogens because disinfectant is inactivated by dirt and debris,” explains the WHO.

“Even in the absence of organic matter, chemical spraying is unlikely to adequately cover all surfaces for the duration of the required contact time needed to inactivate pathogens.”

The WHO said that streets and pavements are not considered as “reservoirs of infection” of COVID-19, adding that spraying disinfectants, even outside, can be “dangerous for human health”.

The document also stresses that spraying individuals with disinfectants is “not recommended under any circumstances”.

“This could be physically and psychologically harmful and would not reduce an infected person’s ability to spread the virus through droplets or contact,” said the document.

Spraying chlorine or other toxic chemicals on people can cause eye and skin irritation, bronchospasm and gastrointestinal effects, it adds.

The organisation is also warning against the systematic spraying and fumigating of disinfectants on to surfaces in indoor spaces, citing a study that has shown it to be ineffective outside direct spraying areas.

“If disinfectants are to be applied, this should be done with a cloth or wipe that has been soaked in disinfectant,” it says.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, the cause of the pandemic that has killed more than 300,000 people worldwide since its appearance in late December in China, can attach itself to surfaces and objects.

However, no precise information is currently available for the period during which the viruses remain infectious on the various surfaces.

Studies have shown that the virus can stay on several types of surfaces for several days. However, these maximum durations are only theoretical because they are recorded under laboratory conditions and should be “interpreted with caution” in the real-world environment.

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Arshad Warsi loses 6 kgs in 30 days, Raveena Tandon says ‘tried the same, weighing scale didn’t budge after 1.5 kg loss’ – bollywood

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Arshad Warsi loses 6 kgs in 30 days, Raveena Tandon says ‘tried the same, weighing scale didn’t budge after 1.5 kg loss’ – bollywood

Actor Arshad Warsi is making good use of the lockdown. The actor revealed how he had lost 6 kilos in 30 days. He interacted with actor Raveena Tandon on the subject.

Arshad had tweeted: “Was on a very strict diet for one month. Zero Carbs, Intermittent, Cardio & weight training, knock off 6 kgs in 30 days, got 4 more to go. This morning I had carbs, AND OMG ITS THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD. Now I have to find another way to get fit.”

 

Raveena replied to his tweet saying how she had tried the same routine but failed miserably. She wrote: “HHah howwwww? Tried the same . The damn weighing scale didn’t budge after a kg and half loss!!!!”

Arshad and Raveena discussed his weight loss.

Arshad and Raveena discussed his weight loss.

In the initial days of the lockdown, Arshad saw the release of his digital show, Asur. Arshad’s digital debut series is a psychological thriller that streams on Voot Select. “I’m extremely pleased to hear that my digital debut, Asur has been receiving such a great response from the audience, as well from my friends and family,” Arshad said.

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“In a day and age when web series are so popular, it is a great feeling that Asur is one of the few shows that has been winning the hearts of millions and I was so kicked to see a review of 9.1 on IMDb. This wouldn’t have been possible without my fantastic co-cast and crew. Playing the character of Dhananjay Rajpoot was a great experience and I would like to thank the streaming service for giving me this platform to prove my versatility as an actor. And of course, grateful to my loyal fans who have supported me throughout my career,” he added.

(With IANS inputs)

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'Go pick up their bags, do something': Sitharaman lashes out at Congress over migrant…

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'Go pick up their bags, do something': Sitharaman lashes out at Congress over migrant…

“We ensured that lakhs on migrant workers reach their native places, get food, essentials. Yet many are on the roads, walking back home, it is painful,” she said.

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Fugitive accused of supplying machetes used in 1994 Rwandan genocide is arrested outside Paris

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Fugitive accused of supplying machetes used in 1994 Rwandan genocide is arrested outside Paris

Rwandan businessman Felicien Kabuga was arrested outside of Paris on Saturday, more than 20 years after being accused of allegedly supplying machetes and broadcasting violent propaganda during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

He was accused of supplying machetes and training the Hutu Interahamwe militia, which was responsible for leading mass killings that resulted in the deaths of more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates who tried to protect Tutsis.

The 84-year-old was also accused of establishing the station Radio Television Mille Collines (RTMC) that propagated hate speech and played a key role in the start of the violence in Rwanda.

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The U.N.’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda indicted Kabuga in 1997 after financial documents were found in the capital city of Kigali showing that he used dozens of his companies to import and supply machetes — the key weapons used by Hutu militias during the genocide.

Kabuga was reportedly close to then-President Juvenal Habyarimana, who was killed after his plane was shot down by a missile in April 1994. Kabuga’s daughter also married Hayarimana’s son.

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At the time, RTMC blamed Tutsi rebels for the president’s assassination and urged violent acts that encouraged the 100-day genocide.

Kabaga’s arrest was the result of a joint investigation led by the United Nation’s International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals and French police forces. He was found living under a different name in Asnieres-Sur-Seine, an area north of Paris.

U.N. Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said his arrest “sends a powerful message that those who are alleged to have committed such crimes cannot evade justice and will eventually be held accountable, even more than a quarter of a century later.”

Kabuga will stand trial at the U.N. mechanism in The Hauge, a city in the Netherlands.

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“The arrest of Kabuga today is a reminder that those responsible for genocide can be brought to account, even 26 years after their crimes,” the mechanism’s chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz said in a statement Saturday.

“Our first thoughts must be with the victims and survivors of the Rwandan genocide. Advocating on their behalf is an immense professional honor for my entire Office.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Meghan Markle is trained in martial arts and kickboxing, acting resume shows

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Meghan Markle is trained in martial arts and kickboxing, acting resume shows

Do NOT Mess with Meghan Markle!

The Mirror got ahold of the woman now called the Duchess of Sussex’s old Hollywood one-sheet — an actress’ resume — and it is impressive.

Not only can Markle speak multiple languages, but she is trained in martial arts and kickboxing.

“I trained Meghan when she was in Toronto during the shooting of the series ‘Suits,’” Jorge Blanco, who trained Meghan in kickboxing and martial arts during the filming of “Suits,” told Spanish Vanity Fair.

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“We did a little bit of martial arts, a little boxing, and sometimes kickboxing. I never really thought she could end up being a princess! I had a great time training with her because she’s super nice and speaks Spanish, with an Argentine accent.”

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Other attributes assigned to Markle on the one sheet include ballet, jazz and tap dancing as well as experience in musical theatre. Markle also claimed to be fluent in Spanish, and proficient in French.

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