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After Nagpur lawyer’s petition, Bombay HC issues notice to Centre on PM CARES fund

Nagpur based advocate Arvind Waghmare filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) before the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court seeking details on the donations and the expenditure of the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) fund and making the same public. A Division Bench of Justices SB Shukre and AS Kilor heard the petition filed by Waghmare.

The PM CARES fund is a public charitable trust, which was created by the government amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The Centre, however, requested the court to dismiss the petition filed by Waghmare, who had asked the Centre to make the details of the outflow as well as the inflow of the funds public through their official website ? periodically.

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While Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the chairperson of the fund, ministers from departments of home, defence, and finance are its members. Waghmare alleged that despite the given guidelines of the PM CARES fund that three more people were supposed to be brought on board, no trustees were appointed for the fund since it was created on March 28. He also demanded that the government should appoint or nominate at least two members from Opposition parties for transparency.

Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh who represented the Centre said the petition should be dismissed since the Supreme Court had dismissed a similar plea against setting up of the PM CARES fund in April. The court said the current petition was seeking different details and directed Singh to file an affidavit in response to the plea within two weeks.

Advocate Arvind Waghmare told Nation Next, Hundreds of crores of rupees have been donated to PM CARES fund, which was set up on March 28, 2020. As per the guidelines of the fund, three more trustees should have been appointed, which didn’t happen. I feel three reliable people with a clean track record from the Opposition should be made trustees. Moreover, this is the people’s hard earned money, which has been diverted to this fund. Huge amounts given by companies like Tata, Wipro, etc., as CSR funds have also been diverted to this fund. I feel every detail should be made public.”

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise




Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified




Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

Rahul Gandhi

An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

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