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June 8, 2021

Agra hospital sealed following outrage over oxygen ‘mock drill’ video, owner booked

The administration of Uttar Pradesh’s Agra city on Tuesday sealed a hospital after its owner was purportedly caught on a video saying that the facility cut off oxygen supply for patients for five minutes in a mock drill in April, The Indian Express reported. The mock drill happened when UP and several other states were grappling with acute shortages of oxygen amid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Arinjay Jain, the owner of Paras Hospital, has been booked under the Epidemic Diseases Act and Section 188 of the Indian…

Key evidence against Kashmiri journalist in jail for 1,000 days comes under cloud, records show

When Kashmiri journalist Aasif Sultan was arrested in August 2018, the police claimed he worked for the banned militant group, Hizbul Mujahideen.He was charged with murder and conspiracy in a case related to an exchange of gunfire between militants and security forces in Srinagar. He was also booked under the stringent anti-terror law, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.Sultan, then 31, was working for a local English magazine Kashmir Narrator. His family and colleagues asserted he has been framed in a militancy case for…

‘It’s an honor, I voted for you!’ Mystery woman fawns over Kamala Harris at Mexico presser, as news org disavows her as reporter

A woman introduced as a Univision reporter lavished praise on Vice President Kamala Harris during a press event in Mexico, even saying she voted for her, but the outlet now insists it has no tie to the self-avowed journalist. Named as “Maria Fernanda at Univision,” the woman was permitted to ask the VP a question at the Tuesday presser, one of just five journalists called on by staffers for Harris. Before doing so, however, the woman took the opportunity to state “it’s an honor because I actually…

How India’s trade deal with the European Union could improve labour and environmental protections

In a summit that concluded in May, India and the European Union announced that they would resume talks to conclude a free trade agreement between them. Talks on an India-European Union free trade agreement first began in 2007 but stalled after 16 rounds of discussion between the parties over six years. The resumption of talks on an agreement has raised hopes for the many Indian manufacturers and exporters who participate in the 60 billion+ euro annual trade with the European Union. The renewed debate about whether the…

Kanpur: 17 killed, four injured in collision between bus and three-wheeler

Seventeen people died and four were injured in a collision between a bus and a three-wheeler in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur district on Tuesday, News18 reported. The accident took place in Sachendi area. Several of those killed in the accident were the workers of a biscuit factory. Kanpur Outer Superintendent of Police Ashtabhuja Prasad Singh told PTI that the loader fell on the other side of the highway when it was hit by the speeding bus. In the collision, the bus overturned and fell into a ditch. Kanpur: 17 people lost their…
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