In a bid to ward off hunger woes, various individuals and organisations across the country have been distributing food and grocery items to the needy since the Prime Minster has imposed nationwide lockdown. One among them is Aligarh based Manav Upkaar kitchen who has eliminated all social and cultural woes and proved that humanity is above all castes and religions. The kitchen is distributing food to people regardless of their caste, community, religion or social background. Started in the year 2000, the organisation was founded the people from all religious backgrounds with a motive to feed the hungry and serve the cause. The term Manav Upkaar translates to "benefit of the humankind" and therefore this organisation tries to help as many citizens as possible regardless of their socio-cultural backgrounds in various ways. They even perform the last rites of unclaimed bodies as the religion of the deceased to pass on the message that 'Service to Humanity is Service to God'. Currently, the organisation has 900 members who are working day and night to help the needy amid the nationwide lockdown and provide them with two square meals. They even distribute Sevai during Eid and Halwa during Hanuman Jayanti in order to honour the beliefs of every religious community.Their act is not just a wonderful example of humanity but also showcases the harmonious coexistence of different faiths in the country.
Nakhoda Masjid will reopen in Kolkata on June 8 for devotees. Gathering was not witnessed even during Eid in the mosque due to coronavirus-induced lockdown. Nakhoda Masjid will reopen according to MHA's guidelines.
The streets of Vattayal locality in Kerala's Alappuzha district were lying almost barren this Eid-ul-Fitr due to coronavirus lockdown. As Muslims in the area didn't go for any grand celebrations this year adhering to lockdown norms, they chose to pass on the hat for the noble cause which was also joined by their Hindu and Christian neighbours and fully supported by Valiyakulam Juma Masjid. These people, belonging to different faiths got united to collect money for the surgery of a 36-year-old man, Mohammed Rafi, whose both kidneys have failed, thereby spreading a message of communal harmony along with generosity on Eid. On the festive day, this group of samaritans visited every household in order to seek donation for Rafi for whose surgery around 25 lakhs are required.Rising above religious lines, the locals too gave them a warm welcome and donated whole heartedly. There were many who even cancelled their plans to buy costly dresses and have lavish meals on Eid to contribute for this noble cause. Eid that has always been a grand affair for the Muslims, was observed in a very sombre way this year, amid Coronavirus outbreak. But the way few people turned it into a noble affair like those in Alappuzha, made it even more meaningful.
Epitomising communal harmony, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board was working overnight to provide sehri and Iftari to around 500 Muslims quarantined at Aashirwad Bhawan in Katra. Sehri is a small meal taken before the sunrise while iftari is taken after the fast ends at the sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. The shrine even did special arrangements for the Muslims on the occasion of Eid that celebrates the end of holy month of fasting with large meals and other festivities. The migrant labourers have come to Jammu and Kashmir from different parts of the country in special Shramik trains and buses to Udhampur town which is about 40 kms from Katra, where they are staying. The shrine board has spent around Rs 80 lakh on providing food to the needy since March 20 in various quarantine centres at Katra. It has also spent around Rs 1.5 crore in aiding the Covid-19 response. The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is one of the most revered Hindu shrines and is also the second richest after Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in India. All facilities of the shrine board in Katra are well maintained and pilgrims from across the country prefer them over hotels for their cleanliness, hygienic food, comfortable bedding and hospitable staff.
A complaint has been filed against several people in Rajasthan's Ajmer on May 27. They were found offering namaz (prayers) inside a dargah on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr on May 25. Ajmer Police registered compliant against them at Dargah Police Station. The large congregations were prohibited this year on Eid due to COVID-19 outbreak. 7536 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in Rajasthan so far.
Former union minister and senior leader of Congress party, Salman Khurshid, raised questions over the statements given by central government on India-China clash at LAC in Ladakh. Khurshid said, "First the Prime Minister said that nobody has come, nobody has taken our land, then there our statements saying that Chinese are withdrawing, but if nobody has come where are they withdrawing from? Why doesn't the government be a little more specific and a little more transparent in how things have developed since that very unfortunate incident in which our 20 brave soldiers lost their lives?" Disengagement process of both troops has taken place at most of the places in Eastern Ladakh, according to Indian Army sources.
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is doubling the lane of the world's highest motorable road at Khardung La which provides connectivity to the Siachen Glacier as well as the China border. The road at top point remains covered with ice for almost entire year. The double lane will help in preventing accidents of both military and civilian vehicles.
Indian Air Force's MiG-29 fighter aircraft conducted night operations at a forward airbase near India-China border. Chinook heavylift helicopter also joined the night operation. The Indian Air Force has significantly enhanced deployment of frontline jets, attack helicopters and transport fleet in its key bases along the Line of Actual Control. The air activities in the Ladakh area and other places along the China border had gone up extensively soon after the Galwan valley clash on June 15 in which 20 Indian Army personnel lost their lives.
Defence expert PK Sehgal on July 7 shared his expertise on disengagement of troops at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. Emphasising on importance of physical verification, he said that India should not trust China. Sehgal asserted that physical verifications are mandatory in the disputed areas through drones, satellite images and patrolling. India and China have kicked off step-wise disengagement from 60 days long confrontation in Galwan Valley and Gogra-Hot Springs areas of eastern Ladakh, with Chinese soldiers also moving back slightly from the seemingly intractable face-off site at Pangong Tso.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his surprise visit to Leh hailed bravery of Indian soldiers at the border. "Today the head of every citizen of the country bows to you in respect. From Leh, Ladakh to Siachen and Kargil and Galwan's icy waters...every mountain, every peak is witness to the valour of Indian soldiers," said PM Modi to soldiers in Ladakh.
With a spike of 22,252 cases, India's COVID-19 case count crossed seven lakh on Tuesday while 467 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. According to the Union Health Ministry, the total count of cases reached 7,19,665 on Tuesday and the death toll has gone up to 20,160. Of the total count of cases, 2,59,557 are active cases and 4,39,948 patients have been cured/discharged/migrated. The total count has increased from six to seven lakh in five days. The Health Ministry said that the number of recovered patients reached 4,39,947 today and the number was 1,80,390 more than the active cases. India's recovery rate has gone up to 61.13 per cent. Maharashtra continued to remain the worst-affected state, 5134 new positive cases and 224 deaths were reported on July 07. Tamil Nadu, being second in the tally, reported 3616 fresh COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths today. 2008 new COVID-19 positive cases and 50 deaths were reported in Delhi. The Union Health Ministry said that COVID-19 tests in India crossed 1 crore mark as a result of continuously expanding network of testing labs in the country. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that a total of 2,41,430 samples were tested for COVID-19 on July 6 which has taken the total number of samples tested till Monday to 1,02,11,092.
India's COVID-19 tally neared the 7 lakh mark with 6,97,413 cases after 24,248 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. As per the Health Ministry, there are 2,53,287 active cases in the country while 4,24,432 patients have been cured or discharged. 425 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours in the country due to COVID19, taking the number of patients succumbing to the deadly virus to 19,693. As per the Health Ministry, Maharashtra continues to be the most impacted state from the infection with 2,06,619 cases and 8,822 fatalities due to the virus. Tamil Nadu in second place has a total of 1,11,151 cases and 1,510 fatalities. The national capital's COVID-19 cases are also nearing the 1- lakh mark with 99,444 coronavirus cases and 3,067 deaths. The total number of samples tested up to July 5 is 99,69,662 of which 1,80,596 samples were tested yesterday, informed the Indian Council of Medical Research on Monday.
On July 04, India reported 442 deaths and highest single-day spike of 22,771 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, positive cases stand at 6,48,315 including 2,35,433 active cases, 3,94,227 cured/discharged/migrated and 18,655 deaths. As per the Government of India, the recovery rate has further improved to 60.80 percent. The recoveries/deaths ratio is 95.48 percent : 4.52 percent now. The total number of samples tested up to July 03 is 95,40,132 of which 2,42,383 samples were tested yesterday, informed the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).