After two months of lockdown and witnessing decline in the cases of COVID-19, the UP government has announced to withdraw certain restrictions. The restaurants and malls can re-open with 50% capacity during weekdays, the government declared. However, the curfew timings have been extended and rescheduled from 7PM to 9PM on the weekdays. Besides, the weekend curfew will continue in the state.
A live-in couple, Geeta and her partner had filed a petition in the Allahabad HC in order to stop Geeta's husband & family members from interfering in their 'peaceful live-in relation'. However, the Court rejected the plea and said, ''We fail to understand how such a petition can be allowed since it would be permitting illegality in the society." It is against the ''Hindu Marriage Act'', the bench added.
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Gullu Chaudhary, a boatman rescued a 21-day-old baby girl wrapped in a red cloth floating in the Ganga river in a wooden box decorated with Hindu gods' pictures. The incident that occurred in northern Uttar Pradesh seems like a case of intentional abandonment which is a common practice for baby girls. However, the baby is being monitored in the hospital and will be sent to a shelter home later.
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Ironic! Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has announced that the UP govt will adopt a 22-day old baby girl who was abandoned floating in the Ganga river. However, the baby was discovered by a boatman near Dadri Ghat in Ghazipur on June 16, and was covered with Hindu deities inside a wooden box. According to reports, the girl has been named 'Ganga' & now will be take care by government.
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A temple of 'Corona Mata' at Juhi Shukulapur village in Uttar Pradesh has been demolished on June 11, within a week of its construction. The villagers claim that Lokesh Kumar Srivastava, who lives in Noida had initiated the temple work through donations. However, the UP police demolished it after a complained was filed by Nagesh Kumar who jointly owns the land.
Taking a jibe at the opposition BJP's claims of Maharashtra's COVID-19 deaths being underreported, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said that there are no rivers in Mumbai to dump bodies. Pednekar said, “All Covid deaths in Mumbai are recorded at three places, so the data can't be hidden". Recently, BJP-ruled Bihar and UP were also criticised for under reporting COVID deaths and burying dead bodies along riverside.
The Uttar Pradesh Police on May 30 arrested two people for allegedly dumping a COVID-19 patient's body in the Rapti river in Balrampur district. The matter came to surface after a video went viral wherein two man, including the nephew of the deceased, could be seen dumping the body in the river. The police said the accused have been booked under the Disaster Management Act and the Epidemic Diseases Act.
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Commemorating the Hindi Journalism Day on May 30, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath announced financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh for the kin of journalists who succumbed to COVID-19. Lauding journalists, CM Adityanath stated, "During such challenging and testing times, all journalists and media workers have risked their lives to bring to us relevant and authentic information." He further assured his support to all journalists.
In an interesting incident, 21 prisoners in Uttar Pradesh have denied to avail parole due to the COVID-19. The prisoners cited "better care in jails", including better health care and nutritious food, as prime reason to deny the parole that was being granted on the order of the Supreme Court. Earlier in 2020, nearly 11,000 prisoners were released on parole or interim bail in the state.
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The UP government on May 29 launched the Mukhyamantri Bal Seva Yojna for the children who lost the bread earner, or both their parents to COVID-19. The government will provide Rs 4,000/month financial support to the child’s guardian until they attain adulthood. However, the government will send the children with no guardians to children’s homes. The announcement came after SC directed to identify and provide relief… read-more
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