Jharkhand High Court grants bail to Lalu, paving way for his release from prison
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-04-2021; Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) jailed leader Lalu Prasad was released on bail by the Jharkhand High Court on Saturday in the Dumka Treasury case linked to a multi-crore fodder scam. The decision will pave the way for his release from prison after 39 months.
- Prasad is currently admitted to the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, for treatment.
- Previously, he was released on bail in three other ₹ 950 crore fodder scam cases related to fraudulent transactions at Deoghar and Chaibasa treasuries.
- He was convicted and imprisoned in four fodder fraud cases for fraudulently withdrawing money from treasuries in different districts of Jharkhand (in undivided Bihar) from 1990 to 1996, while he was Chief Minister of Bihar.
- Prasad has been held in Birsa Munda central prison in Ranchi since December 23, 2017.
- The Aparesh Kumar Singh court of the Jharkhand High Court has granted bail to the head of the RJD in the Dumka Treasury case for fraudulent withdrawal of ₹ 3.13 crore.
- Previously, the lower court found Prasad guilty in the Dumka Treasury case under Sections 120 (B), 420, 409, 467, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Seizure Act.
Four Sikhs killed in mass shooting at FedEx facility in United States
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-04-2021; At least eight people, including four Sikhs, were killed and five others injured in a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in the US state of Indiana.
- The shooter, identified as Brandon Scott Hole, 19, of Indiana, died by suicide after the shooting early Friday morning, bringing the death toll to nine.
- About 90% of the workers in this delivery service are said to be Indo-Americans, mostly from the local Sikh community.
“It’s very heartbreaking. The Sikh community is devastated by this tragic incident, ”community leader Gurinder Singh Khalsa told PTI by phone after meeting with relatives of employees at FedEx facilities.
- Maninder Singh Walia, a community activist, said the four Sikhs who died were Amarjt Kaur Sekhon (female), 48, Jaswinder Kaur (female), Amarjit Kaur Johal (female) and Jaswinder Singh (male). The ages of the last three deaths were not immediately available.
- Biden issued a proclamation in honor of the deceased. He ordered the national flag to fly at half mast in the White House and in all federal buildings.
- It is the worst Sikh massacre in the United States following the mass shooting at Oak Creek Gurdwara in Wisconsin on August 5, 2012, in which six members of the community were killed.
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-04-2021; India currently reports the highest growth rate of 7.6% in new Covid-19 cases, which is 1.3 times higher than the 5.5% growth rate reported in June 2020, the Minister of Health, Harsh Vardhan.
- Further minister added that this was causing an alarming increase in the daily number of active cases and also a strong growth of 10.2% in the number of deaths linked to Covid-19.
- Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a review meeting with senior officials on the Covid-19 situation and the ongoing vaccination exercise in the country.
- Senior officials from various ministries attended the meeting. The meeting comes amid a huge surge in cases across the country, with reports pouring in from many states about shortages of hospital facilities and essentials like oxygen supplies.
- A record one-day increase of 2,346,692 cases and 1,341 deaths raised the number of Covid-19 in India to 1,45, 26,609 and the number of deaths from the viral disease to 1,75,649, the Health ministry said on Saturday.
- The number of active coronavirus cases in the country also surpassed the 16 lakh mark, ministry data updated at 8 a.m.
- By registering a constant increase for the 38th consecutive day, the number of active cases rose to 16,79,740 in the country, representing 11.56% of its total number of cases, while the national recovery rate of Covid- 19 fell to 87.23%.
Center Blocks Remdesivir Supply in Maharashtra, NCP Chief Nawab Malik Says; BJP denies the allegations
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-04-2021; The leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Minister of State, Nawab Malik, alleged that the central government did not allow companies producing Remdesivir to sell the shares for export in Maharashtra, which faces a serious shortage of this drug, used to treat Covid 19 patients, amid a sharp increase in cases.
- Further minister tweeted that 16 export-oriented units in India have 20 lakh Remdesivir vials as the central government banned exports.
- He claimed that these units were seeking permission to sell the drug in India, but the central government refused.
- Speaking to the media, he claimed that Minister of State Uddhav Thackeray had been trying to contact Prime Minister Narendra Modi since Saturday morning for help to streamline the supply of oxygen and Remdesivir, but the CM was informed that Prime Minister Modi was busy campaigning in West Bengal.
Modi Calls For Kumbh Mela Reduction Amid Rise In Covid-19 Cases
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-04-2021; Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called for a reduction in the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, with Juna Akhara, a large congregation of Hindu seers, announcing that they will end their participation in the event at his request.
- In a tweet on Saturday morning, Modi said that he spoke with Swami Avdheshanand Giri by phone and, after asking about the health of the Hindu seers gathered for the Kumbh, he suggested that the event be stopped.
- Swami Avdheshanand Giri, who leads the Juna akhara, later announced that “protecting the lives of the Indians was more important amid the growing pandemic” and that the akhara had today performed ritual immersion of the deities, which generally occurs at the end of Kumbh.
- Modi’s suggestion to reduce the Kumbh follows a large increase in cases in Uttarakhand, the state hosting the event.
Sonia Gandhi insists on reducing the vaccination age to 25 and over
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-04-2021; Congress President Sonia Gandhi, speaking to the Congressional Working Committee (CWC), said the government should reconsider its priority for vaccine candidates by lowering the vaccination age to 25 years or more, especially for people in this age group with comorbidities.
- The CWC met on Saturday to discuss the current COVID-19 situation in the country.
- Gandhi said that the second wave of Covid-19 caught us by surprise once again, even though the government has a year to prepare.
- She also urged the government not to take a contradictory position. She urged the government to remove the GST on drugs and medical equipment needed to combat Covid-19.
- She said the high GST rate was also pointed out by the chief ministers of Congress during a recent meeting with her. Medications such as Remdesivir and medical oxygen, as well as other basic supplements, were subject to the 12% GST.
- Even basic equipment like oximeters and critical life-saving equipment like ventilators were subject to 20% GST. New partial curfews and travel restrictions to control the situation would once again restrict economic activity, pushing daily gambling to the limit, Gandhi stressed.