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YSRCP leader stopped from attending Women’s Parliament

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Vijayawada:  Andhra Pradesh police on Saturday detained opposition YSR Congress Party leader Roja as she was proceeding to attend National Women’s Parliament at Amaravati. The actress-turned-politician was detained for more than an hour at Gannavaram Airport here and was later forcibly taken towards an undisclosed location. She informed media houses that she was being taken towards Ongole in a vehicle. Roja entered into heated argument with police officials for detaining her though she was invited to attend the Women’s Parliament and she had the invitation and entry pass.

Several YSRCP leaders including women legislators rushed to the airport and alleged that Roja was Akidnapped. On the other hand, ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) alleged that she was coming to disrupt the event. Roja, a member of Andhra Pradesh assembly, said the incident proved what kind of security women enjoyed in the state. She said the government was trying to prevent her from speaking truth at the conclave. She said Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad Rao had no moral right to organize the Women’s Parliament.

She said the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government was not sincere about women’s empowerment and wanted to know why leaders like Brinda Karat and AMedha Patkar, who were working for the cause, were not invited to the event. She claimed that National Women’s Parliament has turned into a show of family of members of some leaders. She pointed out that daughter-in-law of Chandrababu Naidu and daughters of central minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao addressed the conclave. More than 10,000 women delegates from across India and abroad are participating in three-day Women’s Parliament, which began on Friday.

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Maha’s Covid-19 deaths stay high, recoveries improve

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Maharashtra’s Covid-19 deaths remained on the upswing, staying past the 100-mark although new infections dropped and recoveries improved, health authorities said on Friday.

The state reported 127 deaths, taking up the toll to 47,599, while new infections remained above the 5,000-mark with 5,229 fresh cases taking the tally to 18,42,587.

While 11 of the state’s 36 districts reported fatalities – and all reported new infections – the bulk of deaths came from the Mumbai-Pune regions.

The state recovery rate improved from 92.07 per cent to 92.81 per cent – while the mortality rate stood stable at 2.58 per cent.

Another chunk of 6,776 fully recovered patients returned home – taking the total number discharged from 17,03,274 to 17,10,050 till date – against the 83,859 active cases.

Of the new deaths, Pune again led the state with 25, while there were 16 in Ahmednagar, 14 in Mumbai, nine in Nagpur, eight each in Thane, Sangli, and Osmanabad, five in Aurangabad, four each in Satara and Bhandara, three each in Nashik, Solapur, Jalna, Chandrapur, and Gadchiroli, two each in Parbhani, and Latur, and one each in Raigad, Ratnagiri, Hingoli, Akola, Amravati, Yavatmal, and Buldhana.

Mumbai, remaining in the sub-50 fatality range for over a month now, saw its toll climb to 10,945 now, while fresh cases remained below the four-figure mark, with 813 new infections took its total to 284,509.

Mumbai circle (MMR) saw 23 new deaths, pushing up the toll to 18,625 and with another spike of 1,672 new infectees, the total cases shot up to 636,877.

Pune circle recorded 32 fatalities and the death toll rose to 10,898, while the daily infections increased by 1,062 to 460,110 cases now.

Meanwhile, the number of people sent to home quarantine decreased to 547,504, while the number of those in institutional quarantine also went down to 5,567.

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