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PM Modi to meet with CM of these 7 state to discuss about rising corona cases.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet the chief ministers of seven states, which are majorly contributing to the country’s COVID-19 caseload on Wednesday.

The meeting comes just before the completion of Unlock 4 — the last phase of the unlocking, which is scheduled to end on September 30. The country went under a nationwide lock down from March 25.

The prime minister held several virtual meetings with the chief minister of various states to discuss the COVID-19 situation.

It is learnt that the chief ministers of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh will attend the meeting.

The seven states are worst-hit and account for 63 per cent of the country’s total caseload.

Maharashtra, Delhi and Punjab are reporting a case fatality rate of at least 2 per cent. The cases have also been surging in these states.

Center is sending its team to states to help state governments in containment, surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management. Recently, a team was sent to J&K. The Covid-19 situation of Delhi is also being monitored by a Center-Delhi government joint team. It will be assessed whether these seven states need central guidance at this point of time.

A team was recently sent to Jammu & Kashmir. Delhi’s COVID-19 situation is being monitored by a joint team of Center and the Delhi government. The meeting will assess whether the seven states need any further central guidance.

On Tuesday, India crossed the 5.5 million-mark in terms of number of corona virus disease cases. But the Union health ministry said that the country’s active cases are less than a fifth of the total tally.

Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 18,390 fresh Covid-19 infections, pushing the total to 1,242,770. The state surpassed 60 lakh Covid tests with its highest number of samples tested in a 24-hour period with 105,026 tests. Active number of cases in the state stood at 272,410.

Delhi, on the other hand, has recorded 3,816 fresh cases on Tuesday, taking the tally to over 2.53 lakh, while the death count climbed to 5,051.


J&K: Modi Govt’s New Land Policy for state Overturns 7 Decades of Land Reform.



Modi Govt. on Tuesday notified the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Adaptation of Central Laws) Third Order, enabling a host of new changes to the former state.

Under the new arrangements, no domicile or permanent resident certificate is required to purchase non-agricultural land in the UT. The Union home ministry has also notified the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, paving way for the acquisition of land in J&K by all Indian citizens. Previously, article 35-A of J&K Constitution, watered down on August 5, 2019, placed prohibitions on the sale of land to those who were not state subjects.

The latest order also empowers the government to declare any area in J&K as ‘strategic’ and intended for the direct operational and training requirement of the armed forces at the behest of an army officer of or above the rank of a corps commander.

If all of this is part of the BJP’s long-standing agenda of ending J&K’s ‘special status’, there is another change that many in the rest of India may not realise the significance of: the government’s order has also abolished the historic Big Land Estate Abolition Act, 1950 – under whose aegis the former state witnessed the radical redistribution of land which paved way for rural prosperity and ended landlordism in J&K.

The fresh enactments have provoked anger in the Union Territory, where suspicions abound that the Centre is gradually disempowering the local population and consolidating control through untrammeled executive power. For more than two years now, J&K has been without an elected government. All the changes being introduced in the UT have been steamrolled by Centre rather than being legislated by elected representatives of the people.

The MHA has revoked 12 state laws as a whole while another 26 have been adapted with changes or substitutes. Laws which are repealed as a whole include the Jammu and Kashmir Alienation of Land Act, Jammu and Kashmir Big Landed Estates Abolition Act, Jammu and Kashmir Common Lands (Regulation) Act 1956, Jammu and Kashmir Consolidation of Holdings Act 1962, Jammu and Kashmir Right of Prior Purchase Act, and the Jammu and Kashmir Utilization of Lands Act.

“The changes represent the operational aspect of the big measure taken in August last year,” said Sheikh Showkat Hussain, a Kashmiri political analyst. “They have taken the repealing of Article 370 and 35-A to its logical conclusion. It was bound to happen. The order is very long. It will take time even for experts to parse through it before they finally wrap their minds around the kind of alteration that has been wrought. But prima facie, the changes enunciated in the order seem to correspond to the larger objectives being plotted with respect to the demographics of J&K.”

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