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A medic collects swab sample of a woman in Gurugram for a rapid antigen test | PTI

MHA extends Covid surveillance measures till 31 January, warns about new virus strain

The govt said that despite a dip in daily cases, states need to keep a strict vigil to prevent any rise in cases during New Year and the winter season.
File photo of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | Photo: Ashok Nath Dey | ThePrint

Mamata govt to defy MHA summons over Nadda convoy attack, won’t send Chief Secy, DGP to Delhi

The home ministry had summoned West Bengal Chief Secretary and DGP asking them to present themselves on 14 December for an explanation on the law and order situation in the state.

MHA summons Bengal DGP, chief secy over law & order situation after attack on Nadda’s convoy

The home ministry is yet to receive a report from the state government on the ‘serious security lapses’ during BJP chief Nadda's two-day visit to the state.

States can impose local restrictions, must consult Centre for lockdown —MHA’s new guidelines

Containment strategy should focus on surveillance, containment & strict observance of the guidelines and SOPs issued by the govt, which will be effective from 1 to 31 December.
A cinema hall in India

In Unlock 5, govt allows cinemas with 50% seating, gathering of over 100 people

The new guidelines for opening up of activities are for areas outside Containment Zones only. For schools, states have been given flexibility to take a decision in a graded manner.

Many states, UTs have not provided details of farmer suicides, Centre tells Rajya Sabha

Due to limitation of details, national data on the causes of suicide in farming sector was untenable & not published separately, Union Minister of State for Home Reddy said.
A CRPF jawan stands guard along a street on the first day of the two-day curfew in Srinagar, Tuesday, 4 August, 2020. | PTI

71 civilians, 74 security personnel killed in J&K since removal of Article 370 — home ministry

New Delhi: Since the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on 5 August last year, at least 71 civilians and 74 security personnel have lost their lives in terror-related incidents and ceasefire violations, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) informed Rajya Sabha Wednesday. Answering a series of questions on the Union Territory, Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy said that 45 civilians were killed in terror-related incidents and 26 lost their lives in ceasefire violations. Similarly, 49 security personnel were killed in terror incidents while 25 died in incidents of ceasefire violation. When Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Shreyams Kumar sought information on the number of terror incidents that J&K has witnessed, Reddy noted that these incidents have reduced significantly in the Union Territory. Quoting statistics, Reddy said that before 5 August 2019, 455 terror incidents had taken place in the Valley that year and only 211 were reported after...
Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Supreme Court refuses to pass interim order on pleas seeking stay of final year exams

The bench was informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and the UGC, that he would apprise the court about MHA's stand on the issue.
Rajasthan Deputy CM Sachin Pilot (left) and CM Ashok Gehlot | File photo: ANI

MHA asks Rajasthan Chief Secretary for report on phone tapping allegations

Rajasthan Police's Anti-Corruption Bureau has registered a case in connection with two audio clips about an alleged conspiracy to topple Ashok Gehlot's government.
Medical workers collecting samples for Covid-19 in New Delhi | Representational Image | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Delhi has shown remarkable improvement with 20,000 tests conducted daily, says MHA

Delhi has a recovery rate of 72% and a doubling rate of nearly 30 days, said Home Ministry Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava at a press conference.

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