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Revived grass root democracy in J&K despite attempts by a country to derail the process: India

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GENEVA: India on Tuesday said it has revived grass root democracy and provided a new momentum to social and economic development in Jammu and Kashmir despite persistent attempts by a neighbouring country to infiltrate terrorists to derail this process.

Speaking during a debate at the 45th Session of the Human Rights Council, India’s permanent representative

Indra Mani Pandey

also expressed regret over the UN human rights chief

Michelle Bachelet

‘s reference to the region.

Pandey said that India remains committed to upholding all human rights. He said the human rights agenda and discourse must be pursued in a transparent and impartial manner with respect for national sovereignty and territorial integrity and non-interference in internal affairs of States.

Referring to the abrogation of the

Article 370

in 2019 that revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Pandey said that since the changes, people in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir have been enjoying the same fundamental rights as people in other parts of India.

“We have been able to revive grass root democracy and provide a new momentum to social and economic development, despite the challenge posed by COVID-19 pandemic and persistent attempts by one country to infiltrate terrorists to derail this process by all possible means,” he said, in a veiled reference to

Pakistan

.

“Over the past one year, the Government’s efforts aimed at socio-economic development and ensuring better governance have yielded unprecedented results.

“By extending coverage of positive and affirmative federal legislations and repealing discriminatory or outdated local laws, the Government has reaffirmed its commitment to delivering socio-economic justice to disadvantaged people in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir, including women, children, minorities and refugees,” he said.

“We regret that the High Commissioner in her oral update made a reference to the situation in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.

He noted that as the largest and most vibrant democracy, India has been, since independence, an ardent supporter of human rights.

“We have encouraged OHCHR to continue engaging States in a constructive manner, while emphasising the need to specifically avoid politicisation of the discourse on human rights, which is not conducive to achieving our collective goal of promoting and protecting human rights,” he said.

“We urge the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to recognise the enormity of challenges that we face due to our large and very diverse population of 1.3 billion and act as our partner in a cooperative and constructive spirit in our endeavour to secure for our people all their basic human rights,” he said.

He added that India will continue its constructive engagement with the Council and OHCHR for the promotion and protection of human rights. PTI ZH AKJ

The Times of India is an Indian English-language daily newspaper owned by The Times Group. It is the third-largest newspaper in India by circulation and largest selling English-language daily in the world. according to Audit Bureau of Circulations.

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Covid roundup: PM reviews situation in worst-hit states, Oxford vaccine trial in US & more

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With spike of 83,347 cases, India’s Covid-19 tally crosses 56-lakh mark

With a spike of 83,347 new cases and 1,085 deaths in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 count stood at 56,46,011 on Wednesday. India’s Covid-19 death toll stands at 90,020. Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state in the country with 2,72,809 active cases 33,407 deaths while Karnataka

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BJP used former Bihar DGP to malign Maharashtra: Congress

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Former Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey, who has taken voluntary retirement from service, arrives to address a press conference, in Patna, Wednesday, Sept. 23 (PTI)

MUMBAI: The Congress on Wednesday accused the BJP of using former Bihar director general of police (DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey to defame Maharashtra, and said he was now being “rewarded”.

While Pandey has dismissed speculation that his ‘political ambitions’ prompted his actions or statements in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, the Maharashtra BJP dubbed the state Congress’s allegations as “baseless”.

“The Bihar DGP who was used for this defamation is being blatantly rewarded. His voluntary retirement says it all,” said Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant here.

While a government officer has to give three months’ notice before resigning, Pandey’s resignation was accepted immediately, he said.

“He is expected to be rewarded,” Sawant said.

The BJP had no sympathy for actor Sushant Singh Rajput but sensed a political opportunity to use his death for the coming Bihar elections and now for the proposed new film city in Uttar Pradesh, he claimed.

“The Sushant case has now been cast aside. There is a new narrative about an alleged Bollywood-drugs nexus. Drugs nexus is a pretext but the real reason is (they want) to control and arm twist the film industry,” the Congress spokesperson alleged.

The Congress has no objection to the Narcotics Control Bureau probing the drugs angle in the Rajput case, he said.

“NCB has an office in Mumbai, why didn’t it probe it earlier? No arrest was made by the NCB in the FIR related to Sushant Singh Rajput death case. All arrests were made in the alleged drug consumption case which has nothing to do with the death case,” he said.

The Union government stated in Parliament that the NCB had no actionable inputs to link the Mumbai film industry with drugs, the Congress spokesperson said.

Speaking to reporters in Patna earlier in the day, Pandey dismissed allegations linking his alleged pro-active stand in the Rajput case to political ambitions.

While in Delhi, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut alleged while speaking to a Marathi newschannel that “he ran a political agenda and is going to be rewarded for it”.

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Pandemics caused by new virus infect humans in multiple waves: Govt

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NEW DELHI: Pandemics caused by a new virus have the propensity to infect human population in multiple waves and some countries which initially successfully contained the Covid-19 outbreak are now reporting a resurgence of cases, the Lok Sabha was told on Wednesday.

Government of India has accordingly advised states to upgrade health infrastructure based on the case growth trajectory in respective states and districts, besides taking stringent containment measures, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey said in a written reply.

He was responding to a question on whether the government has anticipated and is ready for the second wave of Covid-19 during the winter months in India.

“Pandemics caused by a new virus have the propensity to infect human population in multiple waves, each time affecting a cohort of susceptible population.

“Some countries, which had initially successfully contained the Covid-19 outbreak earlier are now reporting a resurgence of cases,” the minister said in his reply.

Giving details of the steps taken by the government to provide funds and medical equipment for Covid-19 care management, Choubey said states and UTs are being provided required technical and financial assistance to manage the public health challenge.

With public health and hospitals being a state subject, the primary responsibility of strengthening the healthcare system lies with respective state governments, the minister said.

All the states and UTs are provided with necessary financial support under India Covid-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package.

During FY 2020-21, Rs 4256.81 crore in funds were released to states and UTs.

In addition, states are being supported in terms of supply of logistics. So far 1.42, crore PPE kits, 3.45 crore N-95 masks, 10.84 crore tablets of hydroxychloroquine, 30,841 ventilators and 1,02,400 oxygen cylinders have been supplied to states, UTs and central government hospitals (as reported on September, 20), the minister said.

For appropriate management of Covid-19 cases, Government of India has advised state governments to set up three-tier arrangement of health facilities exclusively for Covid-19.

These are Covid Care Centres with isolation beds for mild or pre-symptomatic cases; Dedicated Covid Health Centre (DCHC) with oxygen-supported isolation beds for moderate cases and Dedicated Covid Hospitals (DCH) with ICU beds for severe cases.

DCHCs or DCHs may be full hospitals or a separate block in a hospital with preferably separate entry/exit/zoning. In addition, the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has set up large dedicated Covid-19 field hospitals with capacity ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 isolation beds, the minister said.

These temporary hospitals have been set up in Delhi, Bihar (Patna and Muzaffarpur).

All states, including Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, have accordingly taken action to create such infrastructure, Choubey said on whether the Union government has any plans to start exclusive Covid-19 treatment and care blocks in states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu where a large number of people got infected.

Hospital infrastructure in the country for managing coronavirus cases is being continuously monitored by Government of India. States have been advised to prepare for requisite surge capacities to manage cases in accordance with existing and projected growth rates, he said.

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