Breaking News Live, September 29:
10:30 PM | Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu tests positive for COVID-19. The office of the Vice-President put out a tweet saying that Naidu had undergone a Covid-19 test in the morning and had tested positive for the virus.
The 71-year-old Vice-President is asymptomatic as of now and is in good health, the VP Secretariat informed.
5:50 PM| Three labourers, including a woman, were killed and another worker was injured after a three-storey under-construction building collapsed in Gujarat’s Vadodara city in the early hours of Tuesday, an official said.
3:30 PM| Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) president, Upendra Kushwaha on Tuesday announced that the party will contest Bihar Assembly Elections along with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Janwadi Party Socialist.
2:27 PM| Bypolls to one Lok Sabha and 56 assembly seats on Nov 3 and 7: EC
2:25 PM| In an alarming development reported from United States’ Texas, a six-year-old boy died after being infected with a brain-eating amoeba that was later found in his community’s water supply. Following this, the governor of Texas has issued a disaster declaration.
12:39 PM| The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has opposed the bail pleas filed by actress Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik Chakraborty in the Bombay High Court following their arrest in a drugs case related to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
The siblings were “active members of a drug syndicate that was connected with high society personalities and drug suppliers”, the NCB said in an affidavit filed before the HC on Monday.
12:31 PM| A 19-year-old Dalit woman from Uttar Pradesh succumbed to injuries at a hospital in New Delhi after she was allegedly gangraped by four upper caste men in Hathras district on September 14. The victim was initially admitted to a district hospital 15 days ago with her tongue cut off and spinal cord severely injured, among other serious injuries. She was later shifted to Aligarh hospital for treatment, before moving to Safdarjung Hospital in the national capital. The police said the victim had been dragged into a field and gangraped. She had also been strangled with her dupatta.
12:30 PM| Amnesty International on Tuesday said that its work in India has been halted after the government froze several of the organisation’s bank accounts.
“The complete freezing of Amnesty International India’s bank accounts by the Government of India which it came to know on 10 September 2020, brings all the work being done by the organization to a grinding halt,” the organisation said in a statement on its website.
Congress, other opposition parties, and farmers’ organisations have scaled up their agitation against the new farm laws across the country after the three bills received the President’s nod on Sunday.
In Punjab, farmers continued their ‘rail roko’ agitation for the fifth consecutive day. The protesters under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee have been squatting on rail tracks since September 24 at Jalandhar, Amritsar, Tanda, Mukerian and Ferozepur.
The Bombay high court will take up the bail applications filed by Rhea Chakraborty and her Showik Chakraborty on Tuesday. Both of them have been arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in a drug case linked to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s case has taken a new turn. Last night, it was reported that the AIIMS team, roped in for the investigation of SSR’s death, has submitted their conclusive report to the Central Bureau of Investigation. While the CBI is yet to make an official statement about the medical findings, Times Now reports that the team has found no traces of organic poison in the report. However, AIIMS hasn’t finished the detailed investigation of the Cooper Hospital autopsy report.
India’s coronavirus tally crossed the 61-lakh mark on Tuesday after the detection of 70,589 new cases. Of the country’s 61,45,292 cases, 9,47,576 people are undergoing treatment, 51,01,398 people have been discharged and 96,318 people have died.
The government Monday launched a ‘vaccine web portal’ and the ‘National Clinical Registry for COVID-19’ to disseminate important information on Covid-19, including vaccine development, ongoing clinical trials, and progress made in this area locally and globally. Both portals have been developed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and was launched by Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.