Daily NEWS Summary; China arrests three bloggers for ‘insulting’ PLA men killed in Galwan
Chinese authorities said they detained three people for “insulting” Chinese soldiers who died in the clash in the Galwan Valley last year, a day after Beijing officially confirmed the deaths.
- Among those arrested was Qiu Ziming (38), an investigative journalist who previously worked for The Economic Observer. Mr. Qiu was arrested on Saturday in Nanjing, where he lives, after questioning China’s official account of the Galwan confrontation.
- On Friday, the Chinese army announced the honors for five soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), including four killed and one regimental commander wounded, in the clash of June 15, 2020, which marked the worst violence at the border between India and China since 1967. Twenty Indian soldiers have lost their lives in the clash.
- In messages to his 2.5 million subscribers on Weibo, the Twitter equivalent used in China, he suggested the deaths may have been over four because, according to the official account, some of the soldiers died when they came to the aid of troops in difficulty who he believed would also have suffered casualties.
- He also questioned why the announcement took eight months, while India, on the contrary, quickly recognized the 20 dead Indian soldiers. India’s quick announcement, he wrote, suggested that “in India’s opinion they won and paid a lower price.”
- A second blogger was arrested in Beijing on Sunday for comments made during a group chat on WeChat, the Chinese messaging and social media app.
- Police in the capital said they received a report “from a 28-year-old man surnamed Chen who posted insulting comments in a panel discussion of PLA soldiers who died in the illegal army raid”.
- A third person, identified as a 25-year-old man surnamed Yang, was arrested in southwest Sichuan Province, Mianyang City, after Internet users denounced him for posting “slander against soldiers of the PLA, who fought in the Chinese border dispute with India “.
Two other MLAs resigned in Pondicherry before the ground test
Two other Congress-DMK alliance MLAs in Pondicherry resigned on Sunday, giving Chief Minister V Narayanasamy another shake, a day before he was faced with a floor test in the assembly to demonstrate his majority.
- The resignation of Congressman K Lakshminarayanan and lawmaker DMK Venkatesan further reduced the strength of the ruling alliance to 11, while the opposition has 14 MPs in the 33-member assembly, which has seven vacant seats.
- Mr. Lakshminarayanan and Mr. Venkatesan presented their resignation letters separately to Assembly Speaker V P Sivakolundhu at his residence in Pondicherry, they both said.
- Speaking to reporters, Lakshminarayanan said that “this government led by Narayanasamy has lost the majority”. He said he had also resigned from the party’s membership.
- Venkatesan later told the media that he only left the post of MLA and was still at DMK.
- Four congressmen, including former ministers A Namassivayam (now BJP) and Malladi Krishna Rao, had resigned, while another party lawmaker was previously disqualified. Mr Narayanasamy’s confidant, A John Kumar, resigned this week.
- The governor of Telangana, Tamilisai Soundararajan, handed over the additional post of Pondicherry, had ordered Thursday Narayanasamy to demonstrate the majority by ordering a ground test on February 22.
Djokovic wins ninth Australian Open title, third in a row
Novak Djokovic won another Australian Open title, making him nine championship wins in nine finals. The Serbian continues to gain ground over Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam standings, now with 18 overall, two behind the men’s record shared by his two rivals.
- Djokovic exhausted Medvedev with a combination of excellent serve and his usual relentless return and base supremacy, scoring 11 of 13 games in a row for a third consecutive trophy at Melbourne Park.
- Some stats from the Associated Press – The 33-year-old Serbian improved to 18-0 in the hard-court semi-finals and final at the Australian Open.
- Looking at the big picture, Djokovic has won six of the last 10 majors and is confident he will remain No.1 in the table until at least March 8. That will give him 311 weeks in first place, breaking a mark from Federer. Medvedev, ranked No. 4, was in his second Grand Slam final, he was a finalist for Nadal at the 2019 US Open, but is still trying to win his first championship.
- Djokovic ended the 25-year-old Russian’s 20-game winning streak. Medvedev had also won his previous 12 games against Top 10 opponents.
UP Police FIR registration against 8 Twitter identifiers
Unnao police on Sunday presented an FIR on charges of rioting to eight Twitter users for spreading “false” stories about the alleged poisoning of three Dalit girls in Asoha on February 17, in which two were killed and one in hospital. are in critical condition.
- Police said Twitter operations spread false information that the girls were raped, which was not found in the autopsy report, and that the final rites of the two girls were performed without the consent of their families, which also was rejected for the police.
- An FIR has been registered under article 153 of the IPC and article 66 of the Information Technology Law against @NilimDutta, @themojostory, @janjagranlive, @SurajKrBaudh, @VijayAmbedkarUP, @ Abhaykumarazad97, @Rahuldiwkr and @BhimSenaChief.
- Unnao SP Anand Kulkarni said further action would be taken in the case and the FIR under the same sections against Congressional leader Udit Raj for a tweet, after police received legal advice. He said the tweets could have affected law and order in the village.
The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stands at 1,10,05,310 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1,57,796.
- The Center wrote to the states – Kerala, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and J&K – that they are witnessing a daily increase in the number of daily Covid-19 cases leading to an increase in the proportion of RT-PCR tests while ensuring that these negative Rapid Antigen tests are retested by RT-PCR.
- The Center also called on states to seek strict and comprehensive surveillance and strict containment to slow the spread of the virus.
- In its statement issued on February 21, the Health Ministry said that more than 74% of active COVID-19 cases in the country were in Kerala and Maharashtra, with an increase in cases seen in some states.
- They added that over the past four weeks in Kerala, the average weekly cases have fluctuated from a high of 42,000 to a low of 34,800 and the weekly positivity here has ranged from 13.9% to 8.9%.
- In Maharashtra, over the past four weeks, weekly cases have shown an increasing trend from 18,200 to 21,300 and the areas of concern are the suburbs of Mumbai, where weekly cases have increased by 19%.
- Data released by the ministry indicates that the Punjab is also rapidly assuming a critical dimension with the COVID-19 infection registering a positivity rate of 1.4% to 1.6% over the past four weeks.
WHO says traditional drugs for Covid-19 treatment are not allowed
The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a tweet that it had not certified any traditional medicine for the treatment of COVID-19. This statement follows Patanjali Ayurved’s recent claims that his product, Coronil, has been certified by the world health body.
- Ayush ministry had recommended additional therapies, including the Coronil tablet, as a “supportive measure (immune booster) in Covid-19.” Patanjali Ayurved introduced Coronil based on Ayurveda on June 23, 2020.