Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ Congress leader Rahul Gandhi questioned PM Modi over no discussion on high fuel prices, and demanded ‘Kharcha Pe Charcha’.
Accusing the central gvernment of hiking fuel prices by levying taxes, the Congress leader said that getting oil filled in one’s vehicle is no less than an exam and questioned PM Modi for not holding a discussion on the same.
The Congress leader in a tweet on Thursday said, “Due to the central government’s tax collection, filling oil in one’s car is no less than an exam, then why doesn’t the PM discuss it? Kharcha Pe bhi Ho Charcha! (Discussion should also be held on expenses).”
This comes a day after PM Modi interacted with students, teachers and parents at the fourth edition of ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’, via video conferencing.
Meanwhile, fuel prices remained unchanged for the ninth day on Thursday as oil marketing companies decided to keep rates on hold today.
Petrol and diesel prices were cut three times in the month of March, during which petrol became cheaper by 61 paise per litre and diesel prices were reduced by 60 paise per litre.
Virtual hearing in Courts extended till May 31
The virtual hearing of cases in both wings of High Court and all District Courts and Subordinate Courts as well as Tribunals has been extended till May 31.
Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal has extended by May 31 order regarding the virtual hearing of the cases in both wings of the High Court as well as in the District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals in J&K and Ladakh in view of rise in COVID cases.
“Taking note of the daily rising number COVID-19 infection cases and the prevailing situation due to the rapid spread of (the) infection, the High Order No. 259 of 2021/RG dated 26.04.2021 is extended up to May 31, 2021,” read an order
It is further added that daily some Judicial Officer and officials of the District and Subordinate Judiciary are reported to have tested COVID-19 positive. Therefore, the Judicial Officers of the Subordinate Judiciary have been given liberty to work through virtual mode from their respective official residences.
However, for remand purposes or for meeting any judicial exigency, the District Judge shall prepare a sitting roster for District Judges and Magistrates, the Chief Justice added.
On April 26, the Chief Justice had ordered that filing as well as hearing of cases in both wings High Court as well as in the District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals shall be conducted through Virtual Mode till May 15 which now has been extended till the end of this month.
In order to decongest the sections/offices/Courts, the Chief Justice had said the officials shall be permitted to function in batches with 50 percent reduction on rotation basis.
Regarding District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, the Chief Justice ordered that entry of litigants, public and clerks of the Advocates into the Court premises from the very outer gate shall be strictly prohibited.
Complete lockdown for 14 days in J&K, doorstep testing, vaccination demanded
J&K Unit of Shiv Sena Balasaheb Thackeray has urged upon the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha to clamp a complete lockdown for 14 days in J&K along with doorstep testing, vaccination and tracking to break the transmission chain of COVID-19 pandemic.
In a press conference here today, Shiv Sena J&K president, Manish Sahni said that despite the welcome steps like 24/7 control room, availability of medical kit, medicines, oxygen and beds and increasing lockdown, the pandemic is still wreaking havoc.
He said, main reason for COVID spread is ignoring of some basic precautions and there are reports that COVID positive people are moving out for testing and in this way they come in contact with others thereby spreading the pandemic.
“We should not forget that COVID positive people act as super-spreaders,” Sahni said adding that people and the government will have to give more importance to ‘Jaan Hai Toh Jahan Hai’ in letter and spirit.
Shiv Sena Women Wing president, Meenakshi Chhibber; general secretary, Vikas Bakshi and others were also present in the press conference.
COVID-19 news: Admin issues Fresh Guidelines/instructions
JK government on Sunday extended the Corona curfew for a week in 20 districts of the UT. Earlier the curfew was supposed to end at 7 am on Monday i.e 10th of April but now the curfew will remain imposed till 17th May. In between the Samba administration, issued guidelines for the corona curfew. No major change is seen in the order.
Samba Administration has issued guidelines under Section 144 of CRPC 34 of the section, Disaster Management Act and Section 2nd Epidemic Disease Act.
The guidelines issued are –
● All the permissible services in Corona curfew will function from 6 am till 10 am. These services include – medicine shops, testing labs, medical and clinical establishments, cattle feed and fodder, agricultural tools, seeds and pesticide shops, banks, ATMs, cash vans and insurance offices, petrol pumps, LPG agencies, fair price shops and FCI godowns, Wholesalers dealing with essential items, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and FCI mandis.
● There will be no hindrance to the smooth movement of goods and essential supplies, nomads migrating with herds.
● There shall be no restrictions on the inter-state and intra-state movement of essential goods on NH-44 stretch and other routes of Samba.
● All the employees will be only allowed to travel if they’ll be carrying an authorized ID card.
● Local retail grocery shops catering to local residential areas and mohallas, fruits and vegetable shops, milk and dairy shops, meat and chicken shops will be allowed to operate daily between 6 am to 10 am.
● Social Gatherings such as marriages that were earlier 50 have been now restricted to 25 while 20 persons can attend the last rites. For attending marriages invitation cards shall be treated as curfew passes.
Also, the administration has mentioned in the order that anyone found violating the guidelines shall be punishable under the above-mentioned sections.
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