Chandigarh (Ozi Indian Tv Desk) : The Punjab Police has categorically denied withdrawal of security of former DGP Sumedh Saini, who it said had absconded, leaving his security detail behind, a day before the High Court was due to hear his anticipatory bail application in the murder case of former CITCO employee Balwant Singh Multani.

A spokesperson of the SIT, probing the extra-judicial killing case which was on Wednesday converted into a case of murder, denied the allegation of Saini’s wife that the ex-DGP’s security had been withdrawn, endangering his life.

Contrary to what had been claimed by Saini’s wife in a letter to DGP Dinkar Gupta, there had been no change whatsoever in the security detail and the paraphernalia, including the security box and Jammer vehicle, provided to the former police chief, who is a ‘Z+’ category protectee of the State government, said the spokesperson.

The fact of the matter was that Saini seemed to have left his Chandigarh residence without Punjab Police security personnel and security vehicles, including Jammer vehicle, on his own, thus jeopardizing his own security, said the spokesperson. What is more, the security vehicle, including Jammer vehicle, can still be seen standing outside his Chandigarh residence, where the security personnel are idling away their time waiting for his return.

The letter written to the DGP by Saini’s wife, who also seemed to have disappeared from the Chandigarh residence, appears to be an attempt to strengthen his claim for grant of anticipatory bail in the murder case, said the spokesperson.

The State government, the spokesperson said, was fully alive to the security concerns involving Saini, as per the present threat assessment, and will not do anything to endanger his security or that of his family members.




Chandigarh (Ozi Indian TV Channel Desk) : In one of the biggest crackdowns on supply of pharmaceutical opioids across the country, the Punjab Police has busted an inter-state drug cartel operating in more than 50 districts of the country spread across 11 states, using the hawala channel route. Twenty persons have already been arrested with a huge cache of drugs, drug proceeds-money and five vehicles, in an operation that spanned over 8 weeks.

Disclosing the details of the case and the investigations, Punjab DGP, Dinkar Gupta, said the drug cartel, known as the `Agra Gang’, was pushing pharmaceutical opioids (drugs) into the markets all across India by diverting drugs in huge quantities from the drug manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers and retail chemists spread out across the country. Of the 20 people arrested so far, 16 are from Punjab, 2 from UP and one each from Haryana and Delhi.

With the arrest of these gang members, a well-oiled network of drug syndicate pushing consignments to the tune of 10-12 crores of intoxicating pharmaceutical opioids in the form of tablets/capsules/injections/syrups per month into Punjab and other parts of the country has been totally smashed thousands of youth who were or could have got hooked to these drugs have been saved from drug abuse and addiction.

The gang was busted by a Barnala Police team, comprising of Dr. Pragya Jain, IPS, ASP Mehal Kalan, Sukhdev Virk SP(D), Ramninder Deol DSP (D), Insp Baljit Singh Incharge CIA, working under the supervision of SSP Barnala Sandeep Goel. The arrests of the 20 men, including one of the cartel’s kingpins, were made from various locations in Punjab, Haryana, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. As many as 27,62,137 intoxicating tablets, capsules, injections and syrup bottles were seized from them, along with drug proceeds money of Rs 70,03,800, said Gupta. Interestingly, the Barnala Police had, in March 2020, similarly busted a `Mathura Gang’ and seized 44 lakh intoxicants and Rs 1.5 crore drug money/proceeds in the biggest ever such haul by Punjab Police.

The case began to unravel in May with the arrest of Balwinder Singh @ Nikka S/o Gurjant Singh and four others, alongwith 2,85,000 intoxicating tablets(Tab Clovidol) during investigation into FIR no. 72 dated 23.05.2020 u/s 21,22,25,29/61/85 NDPS Act PS Mehal Kalan. This further led to the arrest of Julfikar Ali s/o Mohammadin with 12,000 intoxicating tablets (Tab Clovidol). Julfikar’s questioning revealed the role of Harish as one of the masterminds in the influx and supply of pharmaceutical opioids into Punjab.

Following these arrests, the Barnala Police spent over two months developing the available leads, laying out elaborate surveillance plans and a trap was then laid out, with a special team being sent to West Bengal from where Harish was nabbed. It was Harish who disclosed the modus operandi of the gang and its chain of supply of Psychotropic Drugs not only in Punjab but in over 11 states of the country.

An FIR no. 344 dated13.07.2020 u/s 22,25,29/61/85 NDPS Act PS City Barnala was registered and subsequent raids in UP, Haryana Delhi, Punjab led to arrest of other gang members, alongwith seizure of a large quantity of pharmaceutical opioids, the drug proceeds-money and vehicles.

The DGP said investigations into the gang’s modus operandi so far have revealed that Harish posed as a Medical Representative to establish contact with Chemists and Pharmacists by using information like address and phone number, which he easily found over internet and social media. The contraband smugglers used a pre-identified network of couriers /transport /goods carriers, operating from major cities like Delhi, Agra, Amritsar, Jaipur, Gwalior and Bhopal, and delivered consignments to various locations in several states with the help of fake/undervalued bills using local transporters. Payment and transfer of money was done using the hawala channels, and also through multiple cash transactions into bank account especially created for this purpose.

The intoxicants seized are mostly pharmaceutical opioids. Many of these pharmaceutical products have legitimate and important medical use; however these products cannot be sold without a valid medical prescription from a registered medical practitioner. The gang was diverting these intoxicants, which are medically used for pain relief and treatment for opioid dependence, for extra-medical use, which can lead to major drug overdose issues and even deaths.

The DGP said that the operation carried out by Punjab Police and the huge recovery of pharmaceutical opioids is highly significant and is a major hit to the supply of drugs in Punjab, as according to ‘Magnitude of Substance Use in India-2019’, a study commissioned by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, New Delhi, pharmaceutical opioids (which itself includes a variety of medications of the opioid group) are the second most commonly used opioids in India (0.96%), after heroin, which is the most commonly used opioid in India (1.14%). It is estimated that the harmful use/dependent use of pharmaceutical opioids constitutes about 40% of the drug problem in the State.

Michael Cohen, Trump's ex-lawyer, ordered back to jail

Ozi Indian Tv: Cohen, who is serving a three-year sentence related to hush payments made for Mr Trump, was released from prison in May, due to coronavirus concerns.
The authorities said Cohen had now been returned to prison after refusing the conditions of his home arrest.

His lawyer, Jeffrey Levine, said the conditions would have barred him from speaking to news organisations or posting on social media.
Cohen, 53, is serving a three-year sentence for lying to Congress and campaign finance fraud.
His return to jail comes days after he was spotted on 2 July having dinner with his wife and another couple on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Cohen had been furloughed - given a leave of absence - from prison in May after the centre where he was detained had several confirmed Covid-19 cases.
He was in court to arrange for this furlough to be converted to home confinement - but there was disagreement over the terms.
A statement from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) said Cohen had "refused the conditions of his home confinement and as a result, has been returned to a BOP facility".
Mr Levine said the agreement would have deprived Cohen of his "First Amendment rights to communicate with the media".
"I'm never seen any language like this in my life," he told reporters.
Cohen was spotted by the New York Post at the swanky Le Bilboquet French restaurant on 2 July. The reports that he and his wife stayed until closing around 23:00, and donned masks to hug the other couple before leaving.
He was also seen on 27 June and 1 July eating at Avra Madison Estiatorio.
"He was just walking around like everything was normal.
Earlier this week, Mr Levine had defended his client's choice to eat out - saying that he is "currently on furlough" and that he "did not violate any of the terms and conditions of his release".
The former fixer, who once said he would take a bullet for Mr Trump, was the first member of his inner circle to be jailed during a justice department-led inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
He admitted to lying to Congress about a Trump Tower project in Moscow, and campaign finance violations for his role in making hush money payments to women alleging affairs with Mr Trump and other tax and bank fraud charges unrelated to the president.


Brazil coronavirus cases surpass one million with fears the worst is still to come

Ozi Indian Tv: Joining a club no country wants to be a part of, Brazil is the second country to surpass one million confirmed cases, after reporting over 54,000 new cases in the past 24 hours.
This puts them behind the United States which has a confirmed 2,270,000 cases and has the highest number of deaths, with 121,000 people having died from the virus. Brazil is also in second place, with over 49,000 deaths, 1200 of them from the last day alone. Today also marked the fourth consecutive day in which the country reported over 1200 deaths.
The South American country’s high infection rate has been traced to President Jair Bolsonaro’s response to the global health crisis. Like US President Donald Trump, President Bolsonaro was initially dismissive of the virus and prioritised maintaining the economy in lieu of a national shut down.
Instead, social-distancing measures have been implemented by state and city governments, with the far-right leader issuing decrees which have exempted businesses like gyms and hair salons from lock down.
President Bolsonaro has even threatened governors who have refused to comply with legal action, writing on social media: "Governors who do not agree with the decree can file lawsuits in court”
According to the reports the country's lack of testing suggests the actual figures are higher than what has been reported by Brazil's health ministry and experts think the pandemic is still weeks away from its peak.
A projection from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington forecasted Brazil's death rate will climb to 125,883 deaths by August 4, if national policy does not change.
“Brazil must follow the lead of Wuhan, China, as well as Italy, Spain, and New York by enforcing mandates and measures to gain control of a fast-moving epidemic and reduce transmission of the coronavirus,” said IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray.


India-China Border News LIVE Updates : 20 Indian Soldiers Killed ; 43 Chinese Casualties In Ladakh

Delhi (Ozi Indian Desk) : India-China Border News LIVE Updates ; 20 Indian soldiers including a Colonel were killed in a "violent face-off" on Monday late night with Chinese troops at Ladakh's Galwan valley, the Indian Army has said in a statement.
The Chinese side has suffered 43 casualties, news agency ANI said citing sources, in the most serious escalation at the border in five decades, at a time soldiers of both sides were in the process of disengagement.

India retaliated and there were casualties on both sides, said the army. Army sources say the soldiers were not shot but were killed in a physical fight on Indian Territory that involved stones and batons.




New Delhi (Ozi Indian Bureau) : Appreciating Punjab’s Covid micro-containment and house-to-house surveillance strategy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked all other states to adopt the model, which was helping Punjab successfully control the spread of the pandemic to a significant extent.

The Prime Minister intervened as Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh was describing the state’s model to combat Covid and suggested that all states should follow the same strategic approach to effectively counter Covid.

The Prime Minister was conducting a Video Conference meeting with chief ministers of Punjab and some other states, as part of his scheduled 2-day interactions to review the Covid situation and management strategies of all the states. He will be holding a similar meeting with the chief ministers of the other states tomorrow.

During the meeting, Captain Amarinder Singh suggested to the Prime Minister to set up a Group, which should include a few chief ministers, to discuss and formulate a coordinated Centre-State response to the devastating impact of Covid on the economy and governments across the country.

During a Video Conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was joined by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Punjab Chief Minister requested that the Centre should work closely with the states to ease the distress caused by the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.

While living with Covid was the new normal since the lockdown could not continue indefinitely as the cycle of economy, once broken, takes a long time to restart, the need of the hour was to take care of both lives and livelihoods, as the Prime Minister had himself said in his VC in April, the Chief Minister pointed out.

Captain Amarinder recalled that when, in early April, he had said that Covid could go on till September, he had been called an alarmist by some people. But with experts now warning that the pandemic could continue even beyond September, it was important to learnt to co-exist with it and cope with it better, he stressed, underlining the need for the central and state governments to work in close coordination for this.

Calling for urgent steps to mitigate Punjab’s financial stress, the Chief Minister said a detailed memorandum had already been sent to the Government of India, listing out the impact of Covid-19 and also seeking fiscal and non-fiscal assistance. Even as he thanked the Prime Minister and Finance Minister for the release of GST payment of around Rs 2800 crore in early June, Captain Amarinder said while he appreciated that the Government of India (GoI) was also under financial stress, he had to request for release of the state’s pending share of taxes to tide over the fiscal crisis. The crisis in Punjab was likely to be acute with around Rs. 25,000-30,000 crore shortfall in revenue collection on various counts, he said.

Even though Punjab’s contribution to the all-India cases was less than 1% (at 3140 cases) at present, with a mortality rate of 2.1% and recovery rate of 75%, the curve was rising as a result of the inbound travellers and the easing of restrictions and more mixing of people, the Chief Minister said, giving a status update on the Covid situation prevailing in the state. Emphasising the need for more tests, despite the current 5527 tests per million in Punjab being higher than the all India average of 4088, Captain Amarinder reiterated his request to the Prime Minister to direct GoI institutions in Chandigarh and Punjab to increase testing capacity.

On the state’s preparedness to tackle further spread of the pandemic, the Chief Minister informed the meeting that 5000 isolation beds were ready in Government Level 2 & 3 facilities, in addition to 10-15,000 beds in Level 1 Covid Care Centres for mild patients. These Level 1 beds can be scaled to 30,000, if the need arises, he said, adding that for tertiary level care, the state government had also secured the participation of private hospitals for tertiary level care.

Captain Amarinder said the state government was working on a multi-pronged strategy to fight the pandemic. Some restrictions had been imposed over the weekends and holidays, and strict enforcement of all protocols was being ensured through fines. The focus was currently on micro-containment strategy to isolate small mohallas or village wards rather than close down larger areas, he said, adding that a special app had also been launched for house-to-house surveillance to detect any possible cases and persons with co-morbidities to catch high-risk patients early. Captain Amarinder also spoke about the Mission Fateh launched to generate public awareness and the focus on facilitating a behavioural change through celebrity endorsements, videos, on-ground activities and through fines.

The Chief Minister reiterated his request for extension of the free food grains scheme for the poor by six months, and expressed the hope that the Centre would take note of his earlier suggestion on providing revenue grants to the States for 3 months to meet shortfall in revenue and to fund expenditure on Covid-19. The 15th Finance Commission should also review its report for the current year as situation has completely changed due to COVID-19, as proposed earlier, he added.

Pointing to the GoI’s decision to allow increase in borrowing limits under FRBM Act from 3 to 5%, which required 3 of the 4 conditions to be fulfilled to avail full 2% additional borrowing, the Chief Minister urged the Prime Minister to relook some of the conditionalities, given the situation on the ground. He pointed out that the borrowing was a loan that States have to repay and not a grant by GoI.

Atlanta police release footage of Rayshard Brooks before shooting death outside Wendy's restaurant

Ozi Indian Tv: Dashcam footage released by the Atlanta Police Department shows the altercation between Rayshard Brooks and two officers before Mr Brooks was shot dead.
find a woman suspected of setting fire to the Wendy's restaurant where the shooting took place.
Mr Brooks was shot dead in the car park of the restaurant on Friday night (local time), after he was found asleep at the wheel of his car in the drive-through lane.
The police footage shows Mr Brooks being arrested by two officers, Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan.
Mr Brooks initially complies, then suddenly tries to break free, grappling with the officers as they try to subdue him using taser guns.
He runs out of frame with the officers in pursuit, and then several shots are heard.
The police said they were arresting Mr Brooks for drink driving after he failed a sobriety test.
On Saturday, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called for the immediate dismissal of the officer who opened fire, and she announced she had accepted the resignation of Police Chief Erika Shields.
"I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force," Ms Bottoms said.
Officer Rolfe was subsequently fired while officer Brosnan was placed on administrative duty.
The two officers will learn this week if they will be charged with a crime, according to the District Attorney.
Fulton Country District Attorney Paul Howard told OZI INDIAN if charges were brought against the officers, they would most likely be murder charges.
A US$10,000 reward is on offer by the Atlanta Police Department for information about who burnt down a fast-food restaurant during protests last weekend.
Protesters marched and held a vigil over the weekend for Mr Brooks, outside the Wendy's restaurant where he was killed.
Police said they are investigating a fire lit at the restaurant on Saturday night during the demonstrations.
They are seeking those responsible for the blaze, including a woman who was "attempting to hide her identity".
The department posted photos on social media of what appears to be a young white woman wearing a black baseball cap and face mask.
Police said 36 people had been arrested in connection with the protests.
On Sunday, a vigil held at the restaurant was attended by roughly 150 people.
Demonstrators laid flowers at the pop-up vigil, while many held signs in support for the Black Lives Matter movement, which has swept the nation since the death of George Floyd.
One protester outside the Wendy's painted a portrait of Mr Brooks, where flowers and notes had been laid.


Fuel tanker explodes, launching into air and onto buildings, killing 18

Ozi Indian Tv: A fuel truck explosion has killed 18 people and injured at least 189 others in south-east China, authorities say, with footage showing the tanker flying through the air before crashing into a building.
The truck, which was carrying liquefied gas, exploded on the Shenyang-Haikou Expressway south of Shanghai in Zhejiang province, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
The first blast occurred at about 4:45pm on Saturday.
Footage recorded on a dashboard camera shows the truck flying through the air and over a building.
A second explosion occurred when the truck fell onto a factory workshop, Xinhua said.
The explosions caused extensive damage to nearby buildings.
The Wenling City Government information office said residential buildings and workshops had collapsed.
One photo shows firefighters hosing down a row of buildings with blown-out facades later that night.


Fuel tanker explodes, launching into air and onto buildings, killing 18

Ozi Indian Tv: A fuel truck explosion has killed 18 people and injured at least 189 others in south-east China, authorities say, with footage showing the tanker flying through the air before crashing into a building.
The truck, which was carrying liquefied gas, exploded on the Shenyang-Haikou Expressway south of Shanghai in Zhejiang province, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
The first blast occurred at about 4:45pm on Saturday.
Footage recorded on a dashboard camera shows the truck flying through the air and over a building.
A second explosion occurred when the truck fell onto a factory workshop, Xinhua said.
The explosions caused extensive damage to nearby buildings.
The Wenling City Government information office said residential buildings and workshops had collapsed.
One photo shows firefighters hosing down a row of buildings with blown-out facades later that night.


The Greek airport that was left to fall apart

Ozi Indian Tv: After months of shutdown, Athens International Airport is gearing up to "welcome the world" once again as Greece moves ahead with plans to gradually lift coronavirus restrictions in a bid to revive its key tourism industry.
But while authorities hope the phased return of international travel from June 15 will eventually bring the arrival halls of the Eleftherios Venizelos hub roaring back to life, a few kilometers to the west, another airport will remain eerily quiet - as it has for much of the last 20 years.
Located on the southern Athenian coast on a site roughly three times the size of Monaco, Hellenikon -- which translates to "the Greek" -- was for decades the only international airport in Athens.
The former airport complex was originally built in the late 1930s at a time when Greek aviation was still in a nascent stage. During the World War II occupation of Greece by Axis powers, the site was used by Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe and became a target of Allied air raids.
Major gateway
Following the end of the war, Hellenikon hosted Greek, US and British forces but by the 1950s it had become Athens's main hub for commercial air travel. Significant reconstruction work followed, including expanded runways and a new control tower and terminal halls.
With Greece's tourism industry rapidly expanding, Hellenikon served as the gateway for millions of people arriving from all corners of the globe to explore the country's archaeological marvels and sun-baked beaches.
Time took its toll, however, and on March 30, 2001 - after years of debates and planning - Hellenikon shut its doors indefinitely to make way for a larger, more modern facility.
"In the 1990s, the airport had ended up handling well above 10 million passengers [annually]," Vasilis Tsatsaragkos, president of the Olympic Airlines Workers' Cultural Center, tells CNN.
"Hellenikon was unable to meet the country's dynamically increasing tourism needs."
In 2004, parts of the disused complex were transformed into venues for the Athens Olympics, hosting baseball, fencing, kayaking and other sporting events.
But years of neglect followed and the 1,530-acre brownfield site -- once envisaged largely as a metropolitan park -- was left to decay amid disagreements over its redevelopment and Greece's descent into economic chaos in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
Stalled redevelopment
In 2014, a consortium of investors signed a $US1 billion development deal, a key part of a post-bailout agreement between debt-saddled Greece and its international lenders.
Under the deal, Hellenikon is to be turned into one of Europe's largest coastal resorts, filled with luxury hotels and apartments, as well as shopping malls, a park and a casino and entertainment complex.
Efforts, however, to kick-start the project have repeatedly stalled amid political opposition and various bureaucratic obstacles. More than four years ago, at the height of Europe's refugee crisis, the sprawling site became an informal settlement sheltering thousands of refugees living in harrowing conditions, its abandoned terminals and Olympic facilities filled by a sea of tents.
Over the past year, Greece's conservative government has pledged to speed up regulatory procedures so that the long- delayed redevelopment project can get off the ground, and some preliminary work is expected to commence in the coming weeks.
Frozen in time
Some of its listed buildings that will be preserved from demolition include the former East Terminal building, designed in the 1960s by the firm of groundbreaking Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen in the 1960s.
Currently, a sense of emptiness permeates its dilapidated, cavernous hall at ground level. A short walk downstairs takes you to what once was a bustling lounge area, now cluttered with debris from half-ruined walls and a collapsed ceiling that exposes bungles of twisted wires hanging overhead.
Elsewhere, a jumble of trash, broken glass and discarded record books reveals the daunting scale of decay, while faded tourism posters and torn maps add a note of gloom to the scene.
Outside the crumbling structures, a small fleet of decommissioned Boeing aircraft, including an imposing 747-200 alongside a Boeing 737 and Boeing 727, sit idle on the edge of the complex.
The rusting, stripped-down passenger jets all belonged to Olympic Airways (OA), the carrier that for decades ruled Greece's skies and became synonymous with Hellenikon.
When OA ruled the skies
Launched by business magnate Aristotle Onassis in 1957 following an agreement with Greece's government for the exclusive use of air transport, OA swiftly expanded its fleet and helped put the country on the global tourist map.
"This was the airline that connected Greece with the whole world - within 23 hours, Athens had 'contact' with five continents," Tsatsaragkos says.
OA quickly became known for its second-to-none luxury cabin service, reflecting the lavish style of its Greek founder and one of the world's wealthiest men. Its flight attendants were dressed in chic uniforms created by renowned designers such as Coco Chanel and Pierre Cardin while its passengers famously enjoyed their meals on porcelain plates with gilded cutlery and crystal glasses.
Following the 1969 opening of the Saarinen-designed East Terminal, which served all foreign carriers, Hellenikon's West Terminal was exclusively reserved for OA. Through its gates, a steady stream of celebrities - from Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren to Omar Sharif and Neil Armstrong - was pictured arriving in Greece.
But in 1973, the death of Onassis' 24-year-old son, Alexander, in the crash of a two-engined amphibian Piaggio jet shortly after take off from Hellenikon shocked Greece and the Onassis family, and ultimately led to the end of OA's "golden age".
On January 1, 1975, Onassis formally sold the company to the Greek state and died on March 15.
In its first 18 years, OA's fleet had increased from 15 to 28 - including the technological marvel of the time, a Boeing 747-200B Jumbo bought in 1973 for the Athens-New York route - but the national carrier went on to face major financial problems in the decades that followed due to chronic mismanagement.
Having been renamed Olympic Airlines in 2003, the carrier ceased operations in 2009, several years after its relocation - along with the rest of Greece's aviation industry - from its former home at Hellenikon.
But the memory of both the abandoned airport and OA will live on in a new museum that will be housed in an earmarked building inside the redeveloped site, according to Tsatsaragkos.
"We have collected 23,000 items documenting the history of both OA and civil aviation," he says, adding that seven aircraft will be among the future exhibits.
"We keep gathering material. This museum is our big vision."


Coronavirus live news: China reports most cases since April as Chile minister resigns

Ozi Indian Tv: China has reported its highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in months as parts of Beijing remained under lockdown, offering a second-wave warning to the rest of the world as the pandemic rages in South America and global cases approach 7.8 million.
The shock resurgence in domestic infections on Sunday has rattled China, where the disease emerged late last year but had largely been tamed through severe restrictions on movement that were later emulated across the globe.
It also provides a bleak insight into the difficulties the world will face in conquering Covid-19 – even as countries in Europe prepare to reopen borders at the beginning of the summer holiday season after an encouraging drop in contagion.
Of the 57 new cases logged by Chinese authorities, 36 were domestic infections in the capital, where a large wholesale food market at the centre of the outbreak has been closed and nearby housing estates put under lockdown.
“People are scared,” a fruit and vegetable trader at another local market in central Beijing told OZI INDIAN.
“The meat sellers have had to close. This disease is really scary,” said the man, adding that there were fewer customers than normal.
At least 430,000 people worldwide have died from Covid-19, and the total number of confirmed cases has doubled to 7.78 million in slightly over a month. The disease is now spreading most rapidly in Latin America, where it is threatening healthcare systems and sparking political turmoil.


Atlanta police shoot dead black man after alleged struggle in restaurant drive-through

Ozi Indian Tv: The Atlanta restaurant where a police officer chased and shot dead unarmed black man Rayshard Brooks has been set on fire by protesters.
The 27-year-old was reported to police for sleeping in a car blocking the Wendy’s drive-through, and was shot after he failed a field sobriety test and resisted arrest, authorities said.
A crowd of more than 150 demonstrators gathered earlier in the day outside the restaurants, and it has since gone up in flames.
“The people are upset,” lawyer and vice president of Atlanta’s NAACP chapter Gerald Griggs said.

when he was merely asleep on the passenger side and not doing anything.”
Even though Brooks struggled with officers, Mr Griggs said, “They could have used nonlethal force to take him down.”
The shooting comes at a time of heightened tension over police brutality and calls for reforms across the US following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Atlanta was among US cities where large crowds of protesters took to the streets.
The Atlanta police officer who shot and killed Mr Brooks has been terminated, Atlanta Police spokesman Carlos Campos confirmed to OZI INDIAN TV CHANNEL.


Atlanta police shoot dead black man after alleged struggle in restaurant drive-through

Ozi Indian Tv: The Atlanta restaurant where a police officer chased and shot dead unarmed black man Rayshard Brooks has been set on fire by protesters.
The 27-year-old was reported to police for sleeping in a car blocking the Wendy’s drive-through, and was shot after he failed a field sobriety test and resisted arrest, authorities said.
A crowd of more than 150 demonstrators gathered earlier in the day outside the restaurants, and it has since gone up in flames.
“The people are upset,” lawyer and vice president of Atlanta’s NAACP chapter Gerald Griggs said.

when he was merely asleep on the passenger side and not doing anything.”
Even though Brooks struggled with officers, Mr Griggs said, “They could have used nonlethal force to take him down.”
The shooting comes at a time of heightened tension over police brutality and calls for reforms across the US following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Atlanta was among US cities where large crowds of protesters took to the streets.
The Atlanta police officer who shot and killed Mr Brooks has been terminated, Atlanta Police spokesman Carlos Campos confirmed to OZI INDIAN TV CHANNEL.


As George Floyd is mourned, the world stops to say 'enough'

Raeford, North Carolina: Several hundred mourners have attended a private memorial service for George Floyd at a Baptist church in Raeford, North Carolina.

Worshippers sang along with a choir as a large photo of Floyd and a portrait of him adorned with angel's wings and a halo sat at the front of the chapel.
Mourners from around North Carolina had waited in a quickly moving line outside the church. The line included families with young children and teenagers. One young woman wore a graduation cap and gown as she walked beside her parents outside the church, about 34km from Floyd's hometown of Fayetteville.

Several mourners told that they felt drawn to attend because of Floyd's death and the protests in response represent a historic or momentous moment.

Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer placed a knee on his neck for several minutes on May 25. His death has resulted in protests around the world against police brutality and racism.

In Richmond, Virginia, the former capital of the Confederacy, demonstrators toppled a statue of General Williams Carter Wickham from its pedestal after a day of mostly peaceful demonstrations across the commonwealth.

The OZI INDIAN reports that most of the demonstrators had already dispersed when a rope was tied around the Confederate statue, which has stood since 1891 in Richmond's Monroe Park, which is surrounded by the Virginia Commonwealth University campus. In 2017, some of Wickham's descendants urged the city to remove the statue.

Confederate monuments are a major flashpoint in Virginia. Last week, Governor Ralph Northam announced that a state-owned statue of former Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee would be removed from its perch on the famed Monument Avenue "as soon as possible."

In London, protesters at an anti-racism rally in London clashed with police near the offices of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The clashes near Downing Street came at the end of largely peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the capital, including outside the US Embassy.

Objects could be seen thrown at police wearing protective gear and video shared on social media appeared to show that after a horse bolted amid the clashes, a police officer was unseated after hitting traffic lights. Photographs showed the officer being treated on the ground.

Police in helmets and with shields formed two lines outside Downing Street, with mounted officers in-between.

British world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua decried racism as he joined a Black Lives Matter protest in his home town of Watford, about 15 miles north of London.

Reading from a script in a video posted on social media, Joshua said the "virus has been declared a pandemic" and is "out of control."

Joshua, who was not wearing a face covering and was unable to observe social distancing guidelines given the size of the crowd, said he wasn't talking about COVID-19: "The virus I'm referring to is called racism."

He said people should "speak out in peaceful demonstrations", but they shouldn't use them "for selfish motives" and turn to rioting and looting.

In Doral, Florida, about a 100 protesters gathered on Saturday at President Donald Trump's golf resort just outside Miami.

The protest was organised by Latinos for Black Lives Matter. Many carried signs saying such things as "Vote Him Out" and "Don't Be A Bunker Boy," the latter a reference to reports that Trump went into the White House bunker when protests in Washington got more violent.

Trump insists he only went there briefly for an inspection.

In Doral, about a dozen police officers were on hand for the protest but did not take any actions.

Several hundred people also gathered in downtown Miami for a march with plans for a bigger rally later in the day. The march was peaceful and led by a pastor who read Bible verses before everyone set out.

In Paris, French security forces sealed off the US Embassy and the surrounding streets to prevent a banned protest against police abuses in France and the United States.

The demonstration planned for Saturday and others this week in the French capital were in support of US protests following the death of George Floyd.

Police had banned protests in Paris, citing the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus and concerns about public unrest.

In Berlin, thousands of mostly young people, many dressed in black and wearing face masks, joined a Black Lives Matter protest in Alexander Square.

Some held up placards with slogans such as "Be the change," I can't breathe" and "Germany is not innocent."

Amina Koss of Berlin says she'd taken part in Black Lives Matters protests before George Floyd's death. She says she's concerned some politicians, including in Germany, are making racism acceptable again.

Koss said: "We as a society don't tolerate racism."

In Rome, several hundred people protested peacefully in front of the US consulate in Naples, shouting "I can't breathe" to denounce the police killing of George Floyd.

In English and Italian, protesters chanted "Freedom!" and "No Justice, No Peace" and carried handmade signs. It's one of the first protests in Italy in solidarity with Floyd and anti-racism efforts.

Police in riot gear enforced the perimeter around the protest, which was held along the seafront promenade opposite the U.S. consulate. There were no immediate signs of clashes. Most protesters wore facemasks and organizers urged them to keep their distance from each other because of the coronavirus.

There's been an influx of migrants from Africa in recent years and racial incidents have been on the rise in Italy. Derogatory slurs directed at black soccer players make headlines, resulting in fines and sanctions for clubs.

In Chicago, thousands of people marched through the streets of Chicago on Saturday, chanting and waving signs to protest the death of Floyd and the police mistreatment of people of colour.

Meanwhile, in Philadelphia thousands of people demanding justice for Floyd marched peacefully through the city chanting "No justice, no peace!" Demonstrators gathered near the Philadelphia Museum of Art and its famous "Rocky" steps, then set off for City Hall where they chanted at police officers and National Guard members.

Smaller groups also marched in other Pennsylvania cities, including several in the Pittsburgh area.

In Jacksonville, Florida, a century-old statue commemorating women in the Confederacy was defaced in a Florida park amid ongoing racial inequality protests.

"Women of the Southland" statue in Jacksonville was splattered with red paint and tagged with the letters BLM, an abbreviation of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The statue has been in the city's Confederate Park since 1915, and activists have been seeking its removal. Protesters in southern cities have targeted Confederate monuments as symbols of racial intolerance.


This May Have Been Earth's First-Ever Land Animal

OZI INDIAN TV CHANNEL: The first creepy crawlies to climb out of Earth's ancient lakes and make their way on land may very well have done so with hundreds of tiny feet.

After carefully dating the earliest bug fossils ever discovered, scientists now think an extinct genus of myriapod, a relative of modern millipedes, represents the earliest direct evidence of an animal living and breathing on land.
Life on Earth started in a primordial soup, and bugs - or more specifically arthropods, including insects, spiders and centipedes - are thought to be some of the first animals to leave this comforting bath for good.

In fact, other types of insects are suspected to have beat myriapods to land. But we only have indirect evidence of their soil-based forays through tracks and trails, and these may only represent fleeting excursions to the world above, rather than making it their permanent home, like myriapods did.

Discovered for the first time in 1899 on a Scottish isle, the fossil of the myriapod Kampecaris obanensis has now been radiometrically dated to roughly 425 million years ago.

If the new date is correct, these ancient many-legged ones would be the oldest land animals to have lived out of water. And their journey was pioneering.

Just 20 million years after Kampecaris, the fossil record reveals bountiful bug deposits, and 20 million years after that, spiders and insects appear to be thriving in forest communities.

"It's a big jump from these tiny guys to very complex forest communities, and in the scheme of things, it didn't take that long," says geoscientist Michael Brookfield from the University of Texas, and the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
"It seems to be a rapid radiation of evolution from these mountain valleys, down to the lowlands, and then worldwide after that."

This is, of course, only based on the fossils we have found so far, but researchers say the fact that there are no other discoveries out there, despite looking at some of the best preserved sediments from this era, could indicate the end of the road.

If the team is right, and this ancient species was indeed the first of all water-to-land pioneers that we know of, then it looks like we've been seriously underestimating how quickly this transition occurred.

According to a technique called molecular clock dating, which is based on the mutation rate of DNA, fossils of stemmed plants in Scotland have also turned out to be roughly 75 million years younger than we once thought, coinciding with the Kampecaris timeline.

Not only were bugs in Scotland adapting to life on land at a rapid pace; this finding implies forests were doing so at much the same rate, and it's very likely the two are somehow connected.
Given how important these bugs are thought to be in our planet's history, Brookfield was surprised to find this fossil hadn't been dated before, although he admits it is time-consuming and delicate work.

When analysing these ancient rocks, scientists must extract microscopic inclusions of zircon, which can be used to accurately date sediment.

This practice requires an eagle eye and a careful hand, and given how quickly these zircons can be accidentally flushed away, there's not a lot of room for error.

Geoscientist and co-author Stephanie Suarez has been mastering this technique since her undergraduate years, and she's used it in the past to prove a different millipede specimen (Pneumodesmus newmani) was not the oldest bug on land, but was actually 14 million years younger than we thought.

After years of careful work, she now gets to crown a new victor. Who knows if we'll get to dethrone it one day, too.

70% of people with coronavirus don’t pass it to anyone, study shows – super spreaders at indoor gatherings responsible for most community transmission

OZI INDIAN TV CHANNEL: New research by a group of Hong Kong epidemiologists suggests the average person infected with coronavirus infects about two other people.

But 20% of coronavirus cases are ‘super spreaders’ with an infected person passing the virus onto many more people – result in 80% of transmissions.

The remaining 20% of transmissions were the result of just 10% of cases, where someone generally infected one or two other people in their households.

Looking at over 1,000 coronavirus cases in Hong Kong between January and April, the researchers found all of the ‘super spreader’ events involved indoor social gatherings.

Other studies also suggest the risk of coronavirus transmission is higher indoors in poorly ventilated spaces where lots of people have sustained contact – such as public transport, community facilities, religious services and social occasions.

With restrictions lifting around the country and many villages re-opening community facilities, it is a reminder that operators still need to be careful about gatherings of people of any size.


Madeleine McCann murder suspect investigated for a second missing child case

OZI INDIAN TV CHANNEL: German prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether a 43-year-old man who has emerged as a possible suspect in the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann in Portugal may have been involved in a similar crime in Germany.
Prosecutors in the northern town of Stendal, 100 kilometres west of Berlin, told the DPA news agency they had opened a preliminary investigation to determine whether there was anything to link the suspect to the 2015 disappearance of a five-year-old girl from a nearby forest.

Authorities have not released the suspect's name, but he has been widely identified by the German media as Christian B.

He reportedly had a property 100km south-west of Stendal in the town of Neuwegersleben when the girl disappeared.

McCann was three years old at the time of her 2007 disappearance from an apartment while her family vacationed in the seaside town of Praia da Luz in Portugal's Algarve region.

German authorities this week said they had identified the 43-year-old German citizen as a suspect in the McCann case and are investigating him on suspicion of murder.

The suspect, who is currently in prison in Germany, spent many years in Portugal, including in Praia da Luz around the time of McCann's disappearance, and has two previous convictions for "sexual contact with girls", authorities said.

The suspect's description fits that of a 43-year-old man who was convicted in December in the city of Braunschweig of the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old American woman in her apartment in Portugal, based largely on DNA evidence.

The suspect denied the charges during his trial and has appealed his conviction.

According to a copy of the rape verdict with all names redacted seen by The Associated Press, the German man was a career criminal who was in and out of jail.

His crimes included the sexual abuse of a child in 1994 when he would have been around 17 and was tried in youth court, as well as a 2016 case in which he was convicted of abusing another child and of possession of child pornography.

Other convictions include drug trafficking, burglary and weapons violations.


Coronavirus: WHO changes advice, warns that we should all be wearing masks

OZI INDIAN TV CHANNEL: The World Health Organisation on Friday changed its advice on face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying they should be worn in places where the virus is widespread and physical distancing is difficult.
The use of masks has been a hot topic ever since the pandemic first emerged in China in December.
“In light of evolving evidence, WHO advises that governments should encourage the general public to wear masks where there is widespread transmission and physical distancing is difficult,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

In areas with community-level virus transmission, “we advise that people aged 60 years or over, or those with underlying conditions, should wear a medical mask in situations where physical distancing is not possible”, the WHO chief said.
But the UN health agency stressed that face masks alone “will not protect you from COVID-19” — and people suffering with the virus should not be out in public if they can avoid it.
The WHO maintained its recommendation that people who are sick with COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home and if it is absolutely necessary for them or their contacts to leave home, they should wear a medical mask.
As before, those caring for an infected person at home should wear a medical mask when in the same room; and health workers should wear medical masks plus protective equipment when dealing with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients.


Donald Trump says strong new jobs data marks a 'great day' for George Floyd

OZI INDIAN TV CHANNEL: US President Donald Trump says strong new jobs numbers have marked a "great day" for George Floyd, the man whose killing last week sparked nationwide protests over police brutality against African Americans.

Eleven days after Mr Floyd's death while handcuffed in the custody of Minneapolis police, Mr Trump said at a televised White House briefing such violence cannot be allowed to happen.

"Equal justice under the law must mean that every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement regardless of race, colour, gender, or creed," he said.

And then he added, "Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying, 'This is a great thing that's happening for our country.'

"This is a great day for him, it's a great day for everybody. This is a great day for everybody."

Mr Trump was apparently referring to a surge in employment.
The Labor Department reported the country gained 2.5 million jobs in May and the unemployment rate dropped to 13.3 per cent after extremely high job losses the previous months due to coronavirus lockdowns.

Mr Trump claimed his administration has done more for African-Americans than previous presidents, including lowering their unemployment rate.

Friday's jobs report said, however, that unemployment for blacks rose slightly to 16.8 per cent.

"This is a great, great day in terms of equality," Mr Trump said.
Joe Biden, Trump's presumptive Democratic opponent in the November election, immediately lashed out at Mr Trump for invoking Floyd's name, calling it "despicable."

"George Floyd's last words, 'I can't breathe,' have echoed across our nation and around the world," Mr Biden tweeted.

"For the President to try to put any other words in his mouth is frankly despicable."


जम्मू-कश्मीर : पुलवामा में सुरक्षाबलों ने नाकाम किया 2019 जैसा हमला, कार में था 20 किलो IED

*  पुलवामा में 2019 जैसे हमले की एक और साजिश नाकाम, सेना ने IED से भरी कार को उड़ाया

*  जम्मू कश्मीर के पुलवामा जिले में सुरक्षा बलों ने एक बड़े कार बम हमला होने से पहले ही रोक लिया.

*  कार को सुरक्षाबलों ने रोका उसमें 20 किलो से अधिक आईईडी रखा हुआ था.

*  जम्मू-कश्मीर के पुलवामा में आतंकी हमले की बड़ी साजिश को सेना ने किया नाकाम

*  पुलवामा के राजपोरा इलाके में आईईडी से भरी सैंट्रो कार सेना ने की जब्त

*  खुफिया इनपुट्स के बाद सीआरपीएफ, पुलिस और सेना के जॉइंट ऑपरेशन में मिली कार

*  2019 में पुलवामा में सीआरपीएफ के काफिले पर हमले के लिए हुआ था ऐसी ही कार का इस्तेमाल

श्रीनगर (Ozi Indian Desk) : जम्मू-कश्मीर के पुलवामा (Pulwama Attack) जिले में सुरक्षाबलों पर सैंट्रो कार में IED भरकर हमले की बड़ी साजिश को नाकाम किया गया। सुरक्षाबलों ने पुलवामा (Pulwama Attack) के आइनगुंड इलाके में एक सैंट्रो कार में ले जा रही IED को बरामद किया है। जिस सैंट्रो कार में यह आईईडी मिली है, उसपर लगी नंबर प्लेट पर कठुआ का नंबर लिखा हुआ है। सैंट्रो में विस्फोटक इतनी भारी मात्रा में लदा था कि सुरक्षाबलों को उसे उड़ाना पड़ा।

शुरुआती Inputs के मुताबिक, सुरक्षाबलों ने पुलवामा के राजपोरा इलाके में स्थित आइनगुंड से इस सैंट्रो कार को जब्त किया है। इस कार में बड़ी मात्रा में IED बरामद हुई। एजेंसियों को शक है कि इन्हें सुरक्षाबलों के किसी काफिले पर हमले के लिए यहां पर लाया गया था।
पुलिस के इंस्पेक्टर जनरल विजय कुमार ने कहा, ''सुरक्षा बलों ने गोलियां चलाईं, लेकिन ड्राइवर फरार हो गया. हालांकि आईईडी से भरे कार को छोड़कर गया.'' उन्होंने आगे कहा, ''हमें संभावित हमले के बारे में खुफिया जानकारी मिली थी. हम कल से ही IED के साथ एक वाहन की तलाश कर रहे थे.''
IED के साथ कार को बाद में बम निरोधक दस्ते द्वारा नष्ट कर दिया गया. भारी विस्फोट की वजह से इलाके में कुछ घरों को नुकसान पहुंचा. अधिकारी ने बताया कि यह आर्मी, पुलिस और पैरामिलिट्री फोर्सेस के साथ एक संयुक्त ऑपरेशन था.
सैंट्रो कार पर जेके-08 1426 नंबर की प्लेट लगी है, जो कि कठुआ का नंबर है। जम्मू संभाग का कठुआ इलाका सीमांत क्षेत्र है और यहां के हीरानगर इलाके को पाकिस्तानी घुसपैठ के लिहाज से बेहद संवेदनशील माना जाता है। ऐसे में इस कार में विस्फोटकों के मिलने के पीछे किसी पाकिस्तानी साजिश का शक भी जताया जा रहा है।
पुलवामा के हमले में ऐसी ही कार का इस्तेमाल : बता दें कि जम्मू-कश्मीर के पुलवामा में 14 फरवरी 2019 को CRPF के काफिले पर बड़ा हमला हुआ था। पुलवामा के अवंतिपोरा में हुए इस हमले में CRPF के 40 जवान शहीद हुए थे। इस हमले में जैश-ए-मोहम्मद के आतंकियों ने IED से भरी एक ऐसी ही कार का इस्तेमाल किया था, जिसे CRPF जवानों के काफिले की बस से लड़ा दिया था।

लॉकडाउन 5 की तैयारी शुरु: ऐलान किसी भी समय:- शहरों पर फोकस, धार्मिक स्थलों-जिम में छूट ?

दिल्ली, मुंबई, बेंगलुरु, पुणे, ठाणे, इंदौर, चेन्नई, अहमदाबाद, जयपुर, सूरत और कोलकाता शामिल समेत 11 शहरों पर होगा फोकस
लॉकडाउन 5 में धार्मिक स्थलों-जिम में छूट मिल सकती है.
लॉकडाउन 5 में स्कूल, कॉलेज-यूनिवर्सिटी को खोलने की इजाजत नहीं दी जा सकती
लॉकडाउन 5 में माल और मल्टीप्लैक्स को भी बंद रखा जा सकता है.

दिल्ली : कोरोना संकट के मद्देनजर लॉकडाउन 5 का खाका अभी से तैयार किया जा रहा है. सूत्रों के अनुसार लॉकडाउन 5 को लेकर प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी जल्द ही मन की बात कर सकते हैं. लॉकडाउन 5 में कोरोना प्रभावित 11 शहरों को छोड़कर बाकी देश में छूट का दायरा बढ़ाया जा सकता है.
सूत्रों का कहना है कि लॉकडाउन पांच 11 शहरों पर केंद्रित होगा, जिसमें दिल्ली, मुंबई, बेंगलुरु, पुणे, ठाणे, इंदौर, चेन्नई, अहमदाबाद, जयपुर, सूरत और कोलकाता शामिल हैं. क्योंकि इन 11 शहरों में 70 फीसदी से अधिक कोरोना केस हैं. केवल 5 शहरों (अहमदाबाद, दिल्ली, पुणे, कोलकाता, मुंबई) में तो आंकड़ा 60 फीसदी के पास है.
लॉकडाउन 5 में केंद्र की ओर से धार्मिक स्थलों को खोलने की छूट दी जा सकती है, लेकिन नियम और शर्तें लागू रहेंगी. धार्मिक स्थल पर कोई भी मेला या महोत्सव मनाने की छूट नहीं होगी. साथ ही अधिक संख्या में लोग इकट्ठा नहीं होंगे. मास्क पहनना और सोशल डिस्टेंसिंग अनिवार्य होगा.
लॉकडाउन 5.0 के दौरान सभी जोन में सैलून और जिम को खोलने की इजाजत दी जा सकती है, सिर्फ कंटेनमेंट जोन छोड़कर. हालांकि, इस चरण में किसी स्कूल, कॉलेज-यूनिवर्सिटी को खोलने की इजाजत नहीं दी जा सकती है. साथ ही माल और मल्टीप्लैक्स को भी बंद रखा जा सकता है.
लॉकडाउन 5 में शादी और अंतिम संस्कार में कुछ और लोगों को शामिल होने की छूट दी जा सकती है. सूत्रों का कहना है कि लॉकडाउन 5 दो हफ्ते के लिए लागू किया जा सकता है.

US Representative tables Bill to recognise Tibet's independence from China

New Delhi (Ozi Indian Desk) :  US Representative Scott Perry has tabled a Bill in United States Congress to allow the President of the United States to recognise Tibet as an independent country. He has tabled a similar Bill for Hong Kong. Both the areas are under China's control at present. The move comes amid mounting tension between India and China on the Ladakh-Tibet border. Due to Coronavirus pandemic, the US-China relation has also taken a hit.

वाह रे मोदी तेरी रेल, कैसा खेलती है खेल: 2 दिन का सफर 8 दिन में: मजदूरों पर ट्रेन में भी मौत का साया

* प्रवासी पहले सड़क पर, फिर रेलवे ट्रैक पर और अब ट्रेन में मरने को मजबूर
* 17 मई को गुजरात के सूरत से सीवान के लिए चली ट्रेन 25 मई को पहुंची
* लाक डाऊन के दौरान ये कैसा सफर: सूरत से सीवान पहुंची श्रमिक ट्रेन, मुजफ्फरपुर ट्रेन में बतिया की ट्रेन में चढ़ने के दौरान मासूम की मौत
* सांसें टूट गईं, लेकिन घर की आस में खुली रहीं आंखें: यह तस्वीर इरशाद की है, वह अपने पिता के साथ दिल्ली से आ रहा था। मुजफ्फरपुर में बतिया की ट्रेन में चढ़ने के दौरान उसने गर्मी से दम तोड़ दिया

पटना : मोदी के राज में मजदूर तेरी यही कहानी सड़क हादसों में, रेल पटरियों पर और अब लोग ट्रेनों में दम तोड़ रहे हैं और मोदी सरकार के मंत्री तथा अधिकारी क्वांटाईन में हैं। मजदूर प्रवासियों को उनके जिलों तक छोड़ने के लिए रेलवे की श्रमिक स्पेशल ट्रेनों का कोई माई-बाप नहीं है। कैसा क्रूर मजाक है कि ट्रेनें रास्ता भटक जाती हैं। जाना कहीं की कहीं पहुंच कहीं और जाती हैं।
गुजरात के सूरत से 17 मई को चली जिस ट्रेन को 2 दिन में बिहार के सीवान पहुंचना था, लेकिन वह 8 दिनों बाद 25 मई को सीवान पहुंची। ट्रेन को गोरखपुर के रास्ते सीवान आना था, लेकिन छपरा होकर आई। सूरत से ही सीवान के लिए निकली 2 ट्रेनें ओडिशा के राउरकेला और बेंगलुरु पहुंच गईं। ट्रेनों के भटकने का सिलसिला यहीं खत्म नहीं होता, बल्कि जयपुर-पटना-भागलपुर 04875 श्रमिक स्पेशल ट्रेन रविवार की रात पटना की बजाय गया जंक्शन पहुंच गई। प्रश्न तो यह है कि लाक डाऊन से पहले तो ऐसा कभी नहीं हुआ। स्टेशन मास्टर तथा गार्ड हरी झंडी कैसे लेते देते रहे। यह तो मोदी जी शायद मन की बात में ही बताएंगे।
खैर रेल मंत्रालय के प्रवक्ता ने एक ट्वीट में इसे आधा सच करार दिया, लेकिन सीवान के उप विकास आयुक्त सुनील कुमार ने एक अखबार के पत्रकार से बातचीत में इसकी पुष्टि कर दी। उन्होंने कहा कि सूरत से चली ट्रेनें भटक गई थीं और देरी से सीवान पहुंची थीं।

भीषण गर्मी में अव्यवस्था ने लील लीं जिंदगियां, जिम्मेवार मोदी सरकार या विपक्ष ?
1. ट्रेन में चढ़ने के दौरान 4 वर्षीय इरशाद की मौत: - पश्चिम चंपारण जिला के चनपटिया थाना के तुलाराम घाट निवासी मोहम्मद पिंटू शनिवार को दिल्ली से पटना के लिए चले। सोमवार सुबह दानापुर से मुजफ्फरपुर जंक्शन पहुंचे। मुजफ्फरपुर में बेतिया की ट्रेन में चढ़ने के दौरान इरशाद की मौत हो गई। पिंटू ने बताया कि उमस भरी गर्मी और पेट में अन्न का दाना नहीं होने के कारण उन लोगों ने अपने बच्चे को खो दिया।
2. कानपुर से गया तक बच्चे की लाश के साथ सफर: - राजकोट-भागलपुर श्रमिक स्पेशल ट्रेन से गया में सोमवार को 8 माह के बच्चे के शव को उतारा गया। परिवार मुंबई से सीतामढ़ी जा रहा था। आगरा में बच्चे का इलाज हुआ। कानपुर के पास मौत हो गई। दंपती देवेश पंडित सीतामढ़ी के खजूरी सैदपुर थाना क्षेत्र के सोनपुर गांव का रहने वाले हैं।
3. बरौनी में टूट गई अनवर की सांस, 4 दिन से भूखे थे: - महाराष्ट्र के बांद्रा टर्मिनल से 21 मई को श्रमिक स्पेशल ट्रेन से घर लौट रहे कटिहार के 55 साल के मोहम्मद अनवर की सोमवार शाम बरौनी जंक्शन पर मौत हो गई। अनवर बरौनी ने 10 रुपये का सत्तू खरीद कर खाया और कर्मनाशा से कटिहार जा रही श्रमिक स्पेशल ट्रेन पर सवार होने से पहले वह पानी लेने उतरा था, इसी बीच उसकी मौत हो गई।
4. ओबरा की महिला ने पति की गोद में दम तोड़ा: - सूरत से श्रमिक स्पेशल से दोपहर 1 बजे सासाराम पहुंची महिला ने पति से कहा भूख लगी है। स्टेशन पर ही पति के सामने नाश्ता किया और उसके बाद कांपने लगी। पति की गोद में ही उसने दम तोड़ दिया। वह ओबरा प्रखंड के गौरी गांव की रहने वाली थी। महिला की मौत होते ही सासाराम स्टेशन पर कई लोग इधर-उधर भागने लगे। पति ने कहा मैं असहाय, क्या करता?
5. ट्रेन में तबीयत खराब हुई, अस्पताल में मौत: - महाराष्ट्र से आ रहे 1 और प्रवासी मजदूर की ट्रेन में हालत खराब होने के बाद उसकी मौत हो गई। वह मोतिहारी जिले के कुंडवा-चैनपुर का निवासी था। उसकी तबियत खराब होने के बाद उसे ट्रेन से उतारकर जहानाबाद सदर अस्पताल लाया गया। वहां पहुंचते ही डॉक्टरों ने उसे मृत घोषित कर दिया।
6. महाराष्ट्र से आरा आ रहे मजदूर की मौत: - महाराष्ट्र से आ रहे मजदूर को आरा में लोगों ने जब उठाना चाहा तो पाया कि उसकी मौत हो चुकी है। उसकी पहचान नबी हसन के बेटे निसार खान के रूप में हुई। वह गया का रहने वाला था।
7. कटिहार जा रही अवलिना की ट्रेन में ही निकली जान: - अहमदाबाद से जंक्शन मुजफ्फरपुर पहुंची स्पेशल ट्रेन में कटिहार की रहने वाली 23 साल की अलविना खातून की भी मौत हो गई। वह अपने जीजा इस्लाम खान के साथ अहमदाबाद से अपने घर लौट रही थी। अलविना विक्षिप्त थी तथा उसका इलाज चल रहा था।

Japan lifts nationwide coronavirus state of emergency, declaring 'unique' strategy a success

May26 (Shaina): Japan has lifted a nationwide state of emergency, with the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declaring the country's 'unique' approach to coronavirus has mostly contained its spread in just six weeks.
The disaster declaration was implemented on April 7 across Japan, but it largely depended on voluntary compliance, with almost no penalties if people did not comply with Government requests.

Mr Abe asked that citizens work from home, schools stay closed and non-essential businesses shut their doors or limit their trading hours.

The lockdown was gradually lifted in 42 of Japan's 47 regions.

After six weeks of falling infections, the Government overnight lifted the state of emergency in the remaining five regions, including the capital Tokyo.

Mr Abe said Japan had set the highest benchmark in the world for lifting its state of emergency.

"Japan did not implement a mandatory stay-at-home policy with penalties after it declared a state of emergency," Mr Abe said.

SOURCE- OZI Indian Tv News Channel

हालात बेहतर रहे तो जून-जुलाई तक अंतरराष्ट्रीय उड़ानें भी होंगी शुरू: नागरिक उड्डयन मंत्री

  नई दिल्ली : भारत के नागरिक उड्डयन मंत्री हरदीप सिंह पुरी शनिवार को अपने आधिकारिक फेसबुक पेज पर लाइव हुए। इस दौरान उन्होंने लोगों के प्रश्नों का जवाब दिया। एक प्रश्नों के उत्तर में उन्होंने बताया कि अगस्त-सितंबर से पहले हम इंटरनेशनल फ्लाइट्स सेवाएं शुरू कर सकते हैं। फ्लाइट शुरू करने से पहले कोरोना के हालात का आकलन किया जाएगा। उन्होंने कहा कि अगस्त-सितंबर तक इन्तजार क्यों करना? अगर हालात बेहतर होते हैं और हम इस संक्रमण के साथ हम जीने का कोई रास्ता निकाल लेते हैं और हम कुछ प्रबंध करने की स्थिति में होते हैं तो जून मध्य या जुलाई में अंतरराष्ट्रीय उड़ानें क्यों नहीं शुरू कर सकते।
नागरिक उड्डयन मंत्री हरदीप सिंह ने कहा कि इंटरनेशनल फ्लाइट सेवाएं शुरू करने के लिए एयरपोर्ट अथॉरिटी और एयरलाइंस कंपनियां पूरी तरह से तैयार हैं।
नागरिक उड्डयन मंत्री हरदीप सिंह पुरी ंने बताया कि अभी तक वंदे भारत मिशन के जरिए 25 हजार 465 भारतीयों को वापस लाया गया है। मई के आखिर तक ये आंकड़ा 50 हजार के करीब हो जाएगा। लॉकडाउन के बीच भारत से 8000 लोगों को विदेश पहुंचाया गया है। ये लोग विदेशों में नौकरी करते थे। इससे कहीं ज्यादा लोग विदेश जाना चाहते थे, लेकिन कई देश हैं जो फिलहाल अपने ही नागरिकों को ले रहे हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि आरोग्य सेतु ऐप पर जिन यात्रियों का स्टेटस ग्रीन है, उन्हें क्वारैंटाइन करने की कोई जरूरत मुझे समझ नहीं आती है।
नागरिक उड्डयन मंत्री हरदीप सिंह पुरी ने बताया कि 25 मई से 33 फीसदी घरेलू उड़ानें शुरू हो रही हैं। अभी जो आंकड़े आए हैं, उसके मुताबिक बुकिंग के पहले दिन काफी लोगों ने टिकट लिए हैं। फ्लाइट की काफी डिमांड है। लॉकडाउन के बीच मंत्रालय ने लाइफ लाइन उड़ान शुरू की थी। इसके जरिए एक हजार टन मेडिकल उपकरण व अन्य जरूरी सेवाओं की सप्लाई देशभर में की गई।
नागरिक उड्डयन मंत्री ने कहा कि घरेलू उड़ान के लिए डिटेल एसओपी जारी कर दी गई है। एयरपोर्ट पर 2 घंटे पहले आने होगा और मास्क पहनना अनिवार्य होगा। सभी को सोशल डिस्टेंसिंग पालन करना होगा। यही नहीं उन्हें सेल्फ डिक्लेरेशन देना होगा कि उनमें कोई लक्षण नहीं है, तभी बोर्डिंग पास मिलेगा। उन्होंने बताया कि अगर डिमांड अच्छी रही और राज्यों के साथ तालमेल ठीक रहा तो जल्द ही घरेलू उड़ानों की संख्या बढ़ा दी जाएगी।
पब्लिक के प्रश्नों का नागरिक उड्डयन मंत्री हरदीप सिंह पुरी ने दिया उत्तर:-
*   भारत दुनिया का पहला ऐसा देश है जिसने सबसे पहले चीन से आने वाली फ्लाइट्स पर रोक लगाई थी। इसका कारण सबको पता है।
*   कोरोना संकट के चलते देश के 30 एयरपोर्ट पर दूसरे देशों से आने वाले 15 लाख 28 हजार लोगों की स्क्रीनिंग हुई।
*   घरेलु उड़ानों में खाना अभी नहीं मिलेगा। हां, पानी जरूर उपलब्ध होगा।
*   IOC कार्ड होल्डर भी वंदे भारत मिशन के जरिए भारत आ सकेंगे।
*   सभी को कोरोना टेस्ट की जरूरत नहीं है। टेस्ट कराना सभी यात्रियों के लिए अनिवार्य नहीं किया जा सकता।
*   हम ज्यादा फ्लाइट चलाने के लिए तैयार हैं। अगर राज्य सरकारें अनुमति दें तो ऐसा संभव है।