RANCHI/THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Two more states have withdrawn the general consent to CBI for conducting probe in their territory.
Jharkhand has taken the decision and revoked the general consent to CBI, just a day after Kerala took a similar step. Clearly, the list of state governments that don't want CBI to investigate cases in their regions, is getting longer.
Now, the central investigative agency can't directly go to these states for probe in a case or for conducting a raid. Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Tripura, West Bengal are among these states. Earlier, Tripura and Mizoram too had taken similar decision.
Not all states have cited reason but earlier some of the major states ruled by opposition parties took the decision as they feared that CBI could be used by ruling party at the centre to harass leaders of opposition parties. Hence, the states where opposition parties are at the helm, have denied the permission.
Of course, it's a credibility crisis too for the agency. The number of states that have stopped CBI, has now gone up to eight. Andhra had also withdrawn the consent but with the change of regime, it again gave consent. It is necesaary for the central agency to get the permission of state before conducting investigation in the territory.
NEW DELHI: The impact of Coronavirus pandemic on Indian railways has been such that even in the festive season, just 10% of the total trains are being run, currently, in India.
The Indian Railways that runs 13,000 passenger trains is just running 1,308 trains. The result is that compared to 2.8 crore (28 million) daily travellers till last year, just 19 lakh (1.9 million) people are travelling by the trains in India, right now.
This is the situation after more than seven months of pandemic in India. Railways is suffering a huge loss due to the lack of passengers. However, officials say that they are conducting a daily review of the demand and taking decision in this regard.
The Railway officials claim that they would be running more trains on the occasion of the festivals, especially, Diwali. However, due to fewer trains, large number of people have shifted to air travel. There is high fare for passenger flights, several times the normal fare, due to lack of trains.
NAGPUR: One of the worst hit cities as far as pandemic is concerned, Nagpur has recorded 1 lakh Coronavirus cases ever since the virus hit the region. Apart from Mumbai, Pune and Thane, now Nagpur is the fourth city in Maharashtra that has registered more than 1 lakh cases.
The good news is that the cases are now coming down and the percentage of death has been less than 3%. In all, 1,00,199 cases have been recorded. Among them, nearly 92,000 have recovered (91,959 to be precise on October 26-27, 2020.
At the moment, Nagpur has 5,536 cases and among the 1 lakh odd cases registered so far, 2,700 persons have died. Experts say that after a period of spurt, the cases are now falling. Pune has recorded 3.3 lakh cases so far and is at the top. This is followed by Mumbai (2.52 lakh) and Thane (2.2 lakh).
Over all, India has recorded more than 79 lakh cases out of which more than 72 lakh have recovered and around 1.2 lakh have died so far, as per the latest update on October 27, 2020. Experts hope that the figure would fall but still warn that there is need for caution and that people must follow the norms of social distancing, in the winter season too.
Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai are the three cities outside Maharashta that have recorded more than 1 lakh cases each in the last eight months viz. 3.63 lakh, 3.29 lakh and 1.97 lakh. East Godavari (district) too crossed the figure of 1 lakh sometime ago. The four remaining cities are in Maharashtra.