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GALLERY: #DelhiAgainstJehadiViolence Rally By Delhi Peace Forum

Thousands of patriotic, nationalistic, peace-loving citizens of the city took out a massive rally in the heart of Delhi.



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Zoom App IS NOT SAFE: Amit Shah-Headed MHA Issues Advisory For Users

The Ministry of Home Affairs has put out a detailed two-page long advisory for Zoom users in India.



NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday said the Zoom meeting app is not a safe platform for video conference, issuing a set of guidelines for the safety of private users who “still would like to use Zoom for a private purpose“.

According to the advisory, MHA has deemed Zoom as an unsafe platform and it is asking individuals using the video conferencing app to adhere to certain security settings in a bid to safeguard their meetings from malicious attackers.

The Ministry said, “Zoom is not a safe platform.”

The government said it will prevent unauthorised entry in the conference room and even malicious activity by authorised participants on terminals of the other participants. It would also avoid DOS attack by restricting users through passwords and access grant.

Most of the settings can be done by login into users zoom account at website or installed application at PC/Laptop/Phone and also during the conduct of the conference. However certain settings are possible through certain mode/channel only,” the guidelines from the Union home ministry read.

The ministry in a two-page long document is asking to enable security settings, such as the Lock Meeting feature, while on a conference call to safeguard their data.

The ministry has also detailed a list of checks or the features that users can adhere to in order to safeguard their meetings and their data from hackers.

Read the complete MHA Advisory Here:

Here is the list of checks shared by the MHA:

  • Setting a new user ID and password for each meeting.
  • Enabling the Waiting Room feature in order to ensure that a user can enter only when the host conducting the meeting permits him to.
  • Disabling join before host feature.
  • Allowing screen sharing by host only — Disabling “Allow removed participants to re-join” feature.
  • Restricting file transfer option.
  • Restricting recording feature.
  • Ending the meeting and not just leaving it.

The MHA said that that adhering to these safety practices would not only prevent unauthorised entry into the meeting rooms, but it would also DOS attacks and prevent authorised people to carry out malicious tasks within various conferences.

It is worth noting that the document on the usage of Zoom app comes weeks after the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) issued an advisory on the safety issues of the video conferencing app.

Insecure usage of the platform (Zoom) may allow cyber-criminals to access sensitive information such as meeting details and conversations,” the cyber-security agency said in its advisory urging users to enable features such as Waiting Room and Scheduling Privilege while using the video conferencing platform.

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COVID-19: India Goes Past 10,000 Total Cases, 1,000+ Patients Now Cured/Discharged

PM Modi is going to address the nation again today on the future shape of the lockdown.



NEW DELHI: According to figures released by the health ministry on Tuesday morning, coronavirus cases in India climbed to 10,363 and the death touched 339, with Maharashtra recording the most number of cases i.e. 2,334.

On Monday, 1,253fresh COVID-19 cases were reported in the country. Delhi recorded its biggest daily spike with 356 cases. The national capital has recorded 1,510 cases so far, becoming the city with the most number of infections. Four people died of COVID-19 on Monday, taking the Capital’s death toll to 28.

The tally of COVID-19 cases first jumped in India after the detection of hundreds of patients who attended gatherings of the Tablighi Jamaat, a Muslim missionary group, in New Delhi’s Nizamuddin last month.

Once the Tablighi Jamaat cluster – the largest single source so far in the country – was identified and isolated on March 30, daily cases have surged.

Until March 24, there were 536 COVID-19 cases in India. The number rose to 2,520 by April 2; 5,305 by April 7; and the latest tally stood at 10,444, according to HT’s dashboard. Of these, 355 people have died of the disease that rages uncontrolled across several nations and has left at least 117,000 dead across the world.

Maharashtra is the worst affected state with 2,334 coronavirus cases. Delhi (1,510), Tamil Nadu (1,173), Rajasthan (873), Madhya Pradesh (604), Telengana (562), Uttar Pradesh (558) and Gujarat (539) are among the other worst- affected states.

Of the total 339 deaths, Maharashtra tops the tally with 160 fatalities, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 43, Delhi at 28 and Gujarat at 26, shows the Health Ministry’s figures.

More than 2 lakh COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far, Press Trust of India reported, citing an official from Indian Council of Medical Research or ICMR.

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COVID-19: Maharashtra Becomes The First State To Record More Than 100 Deaths

Maharashtra leads in most cases (1500) and most deaths (108).



MUMBAI (Maharashtra): The death rate due to corona infection in Maharashtra crossed 100. On Friday, 10 people died in Mumbai. With this, the figure of deaths in the state increased to 108.

The number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra reached 1,574 on Friday with 210 more persons testing positive. Of 210 new patients, 132 were detected in Mumbai, the state health department said.

As of Thursday evening, 840 i.e. 62% of the males and 38% of the females are female. At the same time, the number of men among the dead is 66. In terms of percentage, 68% of males and 32% of females have died. While the death rate of women is 5.94%, that of men is 7.89%.

Maharashtra accounts for about 20% of the total infected cases in the country and 42% of the total deaths.

The mortality rate (CFR) of corona infected in the state is 7.11% while it is 3.10% in the country.

Maharashtra, however, can take solace from the fact that it lags behind Punjab (7.92%) and Gujarat (7.69%) in terms of mortality. At the same time, the most special is that in Kerala, where the first case of coronavirus was reported, there have been only 2 deaths and the death rate is only 0.56%.

74 out of 108 deaths in the state i.e. around 70% of deaths in Mumbai. 

After this, Pune comes second. So far 27 people have lost their lives here. The special thing is that since Tuesday, the figures of the dead have increased rapidly in Pune. The number of dead here was only 6 on Tuesday, which increased to 25 by Thursday evening. That is, 19 people died in Pune in just two days. The highest deaths occurred in Pune at Sassoon Hospital and Kasturba Hospital in Mumbai.

The first death from infection in Maharashtra occurred on 17 March. But after April 2, the death toll rose sharply. Where 13 people died due to infection in 14 days from March 17 to April 1. At the same time, 98 people died in two days from April 2 to April 10.

Elsewhere, as per the state health department, 38 persons tested positive in Pune, 17 in Mira Bhayander, six in Nagpur, two each in Kalyan Dombivali, Thane and Buldhana, three each in Pimpri-Chinchwad and Akola, one each in Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Ratnagiri and Vasai-Virar.

One patient admitted in Mumbai is from out of the state, it said.

On Wednesday, the state administration made the wearing of facial masks compulsory for Mumbai and Pune metropolitan regions with immediate effect until further orders to check the spread of COVID-19 in these two worst hotspots in the country.

The BMC plans to set up institutional quarantine facilities for more than 11,000 people in 24 wards in Mumbai, the worst-hit by COVID-19 in the country so far.

All India Concern:

On Friday the total number of novel coronavirus cases in India crossed 6,700 even as the death toll climbed past 200.

This comes after the country recorded 896 cases and 37 deaths in the last 24 hours — a record increase. In the last 48 hours the number of cases has increased by 1487, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

Timeline of deaths in Maharashtra

The date How many deaths
17 March 1
March 21 1
25 March 2
27 March 4
29 March 2
31 March 2
1 April 1
2 April 7
3 April 6
4 April 6
5 April 13
6 April 7
7 April 12
8 April 16
9 April 17

Deaths corresponding to ages:

age years) Number of patients
1-10 33
11-20 85
21-30 283
31-40 256
41–50 273
51-60 212
61–70 142
71–80 51




Why Such High Numbers in Maharashtra:

Chennai scientist Tarun Bhatnagar at the National Institute of Epidemiology, said, “The logical explanation is that the more tests, the more cases will be found.” He said that the states which are testing more number of suspected cases with the current guidelines will find more cases.

Maharashtra had conducted 20,877 tests till Tuesday, which was 16.8 per cent of India’s total samples.

An analysis by Giridhar R. Babu, Professor Lifecourse Epidemiology of the Public Health Foundation of India, shows that Maharashtra has conducted 92.4 tests per 10 lakh people.

Health experts believe that more than one disease, age, the severity of illness, late hospitalization and poor health facilities are responsible for more deaths.

Many cases in Mumbai are of hospital-related infections: For example, a patient who was admitted for other diseases. His test report later came back positive for coronavirus. The infection by then had spread among health workers.

In Wednesday’s press conference, the Joint Secretary of the Union Ministry of Health, Luv Agarwal, said that if cases are found late, they can play a role in the higher number of deaths. This is why early identification of cases is important.

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