I apologize for taking these harsh steps which have caused difficulties: PM Modi on coronavirus lockdown


I apologize for taking these harsh steps which have caused difficulties: PM Modi on coronavirus lockdown

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed 63rd edition of his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat'. During 'Mann Ki Baat' while talking about nationwide lockdown, PM Modi said that he apologies for taking harsh steps which have caused difficulties in your lives, especially the poor people.

"I seek forgiveness from all countrymen, and my conscience tells me that you will definitely forgive me as I had to take certain decisions which have put you in a lot of difficulties, especially when I look at my poor brothers and sisters, I definitely feel that that they must be thinking, what kind of Prime Minister is this who has placed us in this difficulty. I especially seek their forgiveness," Modi said.

The Prime Minister, in his first 'Mann ki Baat' since the lockdown came into force, further said that he understood that many people would be "possibly angry at me for being locked in their homes." "I understand your troubles, but there was no other way to wage a war against corona for a country like India with 1.3 billion population. It is a battle of life and death and we have to win it and, therefore, such strong measures were absolutely necessary," Modi said.

He also said that he was hurt when he came to know that some some people were misbehaving with those who are being advised home quarantine. "I was extremely hurt when I came to know that some people are misbehaving with those who are being advised home quarantine. We need to be sensitive and understanding. Increase social distancing but reduce emotional distancing," PM Modi said.

During 'Mann Ki Baat', PM Modi also interacted with Ashok Kapoor of Agra who along with his entire family, which has six people, was tested positive for COVID-19 but all have now fully recovered. While interacting with PM Modi, Ashok Kapoor said, "Thankful to authorities and staff in Agra. I am equally grateful to hospital authorities in Delhi. The doctors were prompt."

The total number of positive coronavirus people in India so far, reached up to 979 on Sunday. Of this at least 867 are active coronavirus cases, 86 people have cured and discharged from hospitals while 25 people succumbed from the highly infectious COVID-19 disease. The data was released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at 10 a.m.

 



Govt inaugurates 24x7 National Teleconsultation Centre at Delhi AIIMS


Govt inaugurates 24x7 National Teleconsultation Centre at Delhi AIIMS

On Saturday, a 24x7 National Teleconsultation Centre was inaugurated at Delhi AIIMS by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. At the 24x7 National COVID-19 Teleconsultation Centre experts will share information and redress the queries of doctors from across the country on the respiratory disease.

Though the National Teleconsultation Centre, doctors in other hospitals and medical colleges will be provided clinical guidance on managing COVID-19 patients by experts through video conference, skype, whatsapp and other modes of communication.

 
 

The CoNTeC, an acronym for the COVID-19 Teleconsultation Centre, is fully integrated with the National Medical College Network to conduct a full-fledged video conference between the 50 medical colleges connected to it.

The CoNTeC would be manned by a mix of specialists to help in managing serious COVID-19 patients. A mobile number 9115444155 can be dialed from anywhere in the country to contact the centre which has six lines that can be simultaneously used.

This comes as the country is in a three-week lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which according to the Ministry of Health and Family Affairs has claimed 25 lives and infected at least 979 others as on Sunday.

 
 
 



Watch: 'King of Isolation' and former NASA astronaut Terry Virts share tips to cope with isolation amid coronavirus lockdown


Watch: 'King of Isolation' and former NASA astronaut Terry Virts share tips to cope with isolation amid coronavirus lockdown

When former NASA astronaut Terry Virts went into the space, living in isolation was a part of his occupation. Space travel that is quite confined doesnt really leave choice to those travelling in the space.


Well, now that most parts of the world are in complete lockdown amid coronavirus outbreak, most of us are locked in our homes and have self-isolated ourselves to avert any contact with the virus.

Quarantine and self-isolation can really get you at times and well, its needless to mention the panic among people around this topic. 'Empty vessels make more noise' and rightly so, the time you spend alone can really be tough as thoughts can really kill sometimes. And boredom is altogether a different issue we have been trying to battle. So how to cope up with isolation you'd ask?

Well, if you are done with watching TV shows or movies on Netflix/ Prime; here's the 'King of Isolation' and former NASA Astronaut Terry Virts sharing his tips on isolation amid such testing (no pun intended) times.

Terry spoke to India Today and recalling his difficult times into the space he said that "attitude is the key during such times." He said, "I could do nothing about it and decided to make the best of it."

Terry is a former NASA astronaut, International Space Station Commander and Colonel in the United States Air Force. He has spent 213 days 10 hours and 48 minutes in space.

On Tuesday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown in the entire country effective from midnight to deal with the spread of coronavirus, allowing only essential services to work.

The total number of positive coronavirus people in India so far, reached up to 979 on Sunday.

The novel coronavirus cases have seen a surge in states and UTs like Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Karnataka, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir apart from Maharashtra and Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

Number of cases also arose in Telangana, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.

The Health Ministry said that 15,24,266 passengers were screened at the airport.

Of this at least 867 are active coronavirus cases, 86 people have cured and discharged from hospitals while 25 people succumbed from the highly infectious COVID-19 disease.

The data was released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at 10 a.m.




Shocking: MP Police writes on migrant's forehead 'I violated lockdown orders, stay away from me'


Shocking: MP Police writes on migrant's forehead 'I violated lockdown orders, stay away from me'

A sea of migrant workers are on the move to their hometown after Prime Minster Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown. As if their woes weren’t enough, a video is doing the rounds on social media in which a Madhya Pradesh Police official can be seen writing on migrant's forehead to stay away from him as he violated lockdown orders.

The video which was shared by a journalist named Sandeep Singh, a Madhya Pradesh Police official can be seen writing 'I violated lockdown orders, stay away from me' on the migrant's forehead. The migrant was travelling from Uttar Pradesh to his home in Chhatarpur in Madhya Pradesh. While going back he was stopped by the police official. The woman police official, without asking any questions to the person, directly writes the inscription on his forehead.


Sandeep Singh संदीप सिंह 'सहर'
@SINGH_SANDEEP_
उत्तर प्रदेश से #छतरपुर अपने घर वापस लौट रहे मजदूर के माथे पर #मध्यप्रदेश पुलिस ने लिख दिया लॉकडाउन का उलंघन किया मुझसे दूर रहना.... @ChouhanShivraj @OfficeOfKNath @DGP_MP

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After the video went viral on social media, many took to Twitter to express their anger. One user said, "This is not done. Can they do the same to that IAS officer who went gallivanting around the country knowing he is suspect of COVID-19? When will we learn to treat poor with dignity?". While other user said, "Is this nazi Germany? Why are police officials numbering people forced to return from villages? NONE of these are public health measures & they won't help in anyway to contain the spread. This is evil."


Vidya

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Is this nazi Germany?

 Why are police officials numbering people forced to return from villages? NONE of these are public health measures & they won't help in anyway to contain the spread. This is evil. https://twitter.com/SINGH_SANDEEP_/status/1243961236938616833 …

Sandeep Singh संदीप सिंह 'सहर'
@SINGH_SANDEEP_
उत्तर प्रदेश से #छतरपुर अपने घर वापस लौट रहे मजदूर के माथे पर #मध्यप्रदेश पुलिस ने लिख दिया लॉकडाउन का उलंघन किया मुझसे दूर रहना.... @ChouhanShivraj @OfficeOfKNath @DGP_MP

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This is not done. Can they do the same to that IAS officer who went gallivanting around the country knowing he is suspect of COVID-19 ? When will we learn to treat poor with dignity? https://twitter.com/SINGH_SANDEEP_/status/1243961236938616833 …

Sandeep Singh संदीप सिंह 'सहर'
@SINGH_SANDEEP_
उत्तर प्रदेश से #छतरपुर अपने घर वापस लौट रहे मजदूर के माथे पर #मध्यप्रदेश पुलिस ने लिख दिया लॉकडाउन का उलंघन किया मुझसे दूर रहना.... @ChouhanShivraj @OfficeOfKNath @DGP_MP

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Suffian صوفیان
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Cruelty at it's peak .. #inhumanity https://twitter.com/SINGH_SANDEEP_/status/1243961236938616833 …

Sandeep Singh संदीप सिंह 'सहर'
@SINGH_SANDEEP_
उत्तर प्रदेश से #छतरपुर अपने घर वापस लौट रहे मजदूर के माथे पर #मध्यप्रदेश पुलिस ने लिख दिया लॉकडाउन का उलंघन किया मुझसे दूर रहना.... @ChouhanShivraj @OfficeOfKNath @DGP_MP

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This is inhumane and disgusting. 
India has deep rooted problem with abuse of power. https://twitter.com/SINGH_SANDEEP_/status/1243961236938616833 …

Sandeep Singh संदीप सिंह 'सहर'
@SINGH_SANDEEP_
उत्तर प्रदेश से #छतरपुर अपने घर वापस लौट रहे मजदूर के माथे पर #मध्यप्रदेश पुलिस ने लिख दिया लॉकडाउन का उलंघन किया मुझसे दूर रहना.... @ChouhanShivraj @OfficeOfKNath @DGP_MP

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It's a long night.
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Seriously? This is so disgusting. https://twitter.com/SINGH_SANDEEP_/status/1243961236938616833 …

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@SINGH_SANDEEP_
उत्तर प्रदेश से #छतरपुर अपने घर वापस लौट रहे मजदूर के माथे पर #मध्यप्रदेश पुलिस ने लिख दिया लॉकडाउन का उलंघन किया मुझसे दूर रहना.... @ChouhanShivraj @OfficeOfKNath @DGP_MP

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Just Mariner (Aaadi) ????⚓????????
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Will the IAS from U.P, who ran from kerala to Kanpur also have similar treatment? #JustAsking https://twitter.com/SINGH_SANDEEP_/status/1243961236938616833 …

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@SINGH_SANDEEP_
उत्तर प्रदेश से #छतरपुर अपने घर वापस लौट रहे मजदूर के माथे पर #मध्यप्रदेश पुलिस ने लिख दिया लॉकडाउन का उलंघन किया मुझसे दूर रहना.... @ChouhanShivraj @OfficeOfKNath @DGP_MP

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The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of coronavirus with a 21-day nationwide lockdown being imposed. The total confirmed coronavirus cases in India rose to 979, including 48 foreigners, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.

There are 867 active cases of the disease as of Sunday, out of the total confirmed cases, while 87 persons have also been cured and discharged or migrated. The number of deaths due to the infection rose to 25.




Can India explore its alternative medicines to slow down Coronavirus?


Can India explore its alternative medicines to slow down Coronavirus?

Mumbai: Well, there is no prescribed treatment to Coronavirus (at least the last time I checked). But the only option left is prevention, prevention and prevention (and if an ailment is diagnosed let your immune system do the fight). That was the whole point of washing hands with soap, wearing masks, social distancing, etc. While modern medicine is working hard for a prescribed treatment or a vaccine, the big question is whether our traditional medicines like Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Naturopathy really help.

Prevention is better than cure

Speaking to The Free Press Journal, Ayurveda Medical Association of India, President, Dr Raju Thomas, said, “There is no vaccine for coronavirus not just in traditional medicines but also in modern medicines. At present, everyone is just talking about prevention. If you are talking about prevention, we could suggest the inclusion of some alternative medicines.” Thomas reiterated that he is not talking about vaccines but prevention or immunity-boosting medicines. But in passing, Thomas mentioned there are medicines and ingredients in Ayurveda that could be helpful.

Dr Rohit Sane, MD and CEO at Madhavbaug said, “Social distancing is a strong message. Along with it, there is a need to talk about boosting immunity as well.” He added social distancing is perceived by many as a means to relax or sleep at home. “If people are not sleeping, they are eating. Rather this time should be used to exercise and stay healthy.” He suggested that amla (gooseberry) is a good ingredient to boost immunity along with the right exercise. He went on to explain, “It is important to reduce consumption of glucose and increase antioxidants levels as glucose allows the virus to grow.” Sane revealed that his institution, Madhavbaug, which has 240 clinics and has around 3 lakh patients, is sharing awareness videos and publishing information about COVID-19. “More information needs to be there for people to not panic.”

Alternative medicines

If you take a cue from China, many say that Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) worked for the Chinese in their fight against COVID-19. They say that TCM was effective for over 90 per cent of the coronavirus patients treated. In a press conference in China, Yu Yanhong, Party chief of the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine had claimed that a total of 74,187 COVID-19 patients, or 91.5 percent of the total confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland, have received TCM treatment. Now, China is mulling over combining traditional Chinese medicine with western medicine for other illnesses as well. It is claimed that TCM drugs helped in slowing the progression of the disease, improving the cure rate and reducing mortality and boosting the recovery of Covid 19 patients (according to Xinhua).

One should not forget that while the herbs used in China might differ from those used in India, some ingredients of the herbs are however similar to those used in Indian traditional medicines.

Thomas, whose association is very active in Kerala, said that his association has been trying to convince Kerala government to support them in encouraging people to use some Ayurvedic medicines as preventive medication.

Extending helping hand

And in case the situation in India gets worse and there is a rise in Coronavirus cases, there is a chance that non-allopathic doctors might have to extend their helping hand. Already in the interiors of Palakkad, Kerala, the officials have taken help of Ayurvedic doctors to check the temperature and for the initial monitoring. “There is no doubt about it. Ayurvedic doctors will come forward if there is a need,” added Thomas. Echoing the same thought, Dr Ajit Kailasrao Funde, President, Maharashtra Council of Homeopathy said, “Our doctors will come forward in times of crisis, but they would need some basic training.” Funde felt that during a crisis, having training before putting them in the frontline is always needed.

In China, the authorities took the help of 4,900 Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) medics to help in the Hubei region, one of the regions badly hit by Coronavirus.

If Ayush had taken off…

India has one government doctor for 10,000 people and one doctor for a population of 1,457. According to the World Health Organisation, there should ideally be one doctor per 1,000 people. At present, there are about 9.26 allopathic doctors (modern medicine) available. But experts feel India needs an additional 5 lakh or more. Meanwhile, India is home to around 7.8 lakh Ayurvedic, Unani and Homeopathic doctors; and a poor healthcare system.

“If there is a large-scale spread of Coronavirus, it will be difficult to tackle it as India is neither equipped in terms of equipment nor in terms of the number of doctors. If the whole Ayush plan had taken off faster, maybe there would have been less pressure in our existing (ailing) healthcare infrastructure and doctors,” said Sane.

In the 2019 budget, the up-gradation of existing state government AYUSH dispensaries and sub-health centres to AYUSH health and wellness centres (HWCs) was proposed. But the programme is expected to reach its peak in 2023.

Failure in documentation

The biggest challenge for India’s traditional medicines have been lack of data and it continues to hurt them at large, while China has been using its learning to help not just its population but other countries in Africa too. This is mainly because they have documented their diagnosis and the medicines that worked.




From lentils to dry fruits: A list of things for your quarantine necessities amid coronavirus outbreak


From lentils to dry fruits: A list of things for your quarantine necessities amid coronavirus outbreak
 



'Little humour doesn’t hurt': Omar Abdullah can't stop laughing at himself after govt announces lockdown on day he gets free


'Little humour doesn’t hurt': Omar Abdullah can't stop laughing at himself after govt announces lockdown on day he gets free

On Wednesday, the Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who was released after nearly eight months in detention, tweeted a picture and mocked the timing of his release.

Omar Abdullah took to Twitter and shared meme in which the National Conference leader can be seen sitting with a grim face. The meme said, "When you spend 236 days in lockdown, and on the day you get out, the government imposes a 21-day national lockdown."

While tweeting the meme Omar Abdullah said, "These are serious & scary times so a little humour doesn’t hurt."


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On Tuesday, Omar Abdullah was released after more than seven months in detention in Srinagar.

In his first tweet since August 5 last year, he said, "232 days after my detention today I finally left Hari Niwas. It's a very different world today to the one that existed on 5th August 2019." "Had lunch with my mum and dad for the first time in almost 8 months. I can't remember a better meal even though I've been in a bit of a daze and don't remember what I ate," added the third generation politician.

Abdullah was among several political leaders who had been put under house arrest after the Central government revoked Article 370 of the Constitution that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir. While Omar Abdullah's father Farooq Abdullah was released earlier this month, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is still under detention.




Coronavirus lockdown: Mayawati urges state govt to provide daily needs to poor at low prices


Coronavirus lockdown: Mayawati urges state govt to provide daily needs to poor at low prices

Lucknow:: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday appealed to all state governments to provide daily necessities at low prices to the poor, amid the countrywide lockdown imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.

"Due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 at present, and to avoid it, keeping in mind the instructions given by PM Modi, I appeal all governments to provide daily necessities, especially to the poor and labourers for free or at very low prices," Mayawati said on Twitter (translated from Hindi).

In his address to the nation on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi announced a 21-day lockdown in the entire country effective from midnight to deal with the spread of coronavirus, saying that "social distancing" is the only option to deal with the disease, which spreads rapidly.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India has reported about 536 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. Eleven people have died so far due to the deadly virus.

 
 
 



Modi’s idea of breaking the chain of coronavirus has miserably failed today.


Modi’s idea of breaking the chain of coronavirus has miserably failed today.

Thousands of people came out on streets in huge numbers at 5:00 pm to celebrate their victory over coronavirus by blowing conch shells, beating thaalis and clapping. There were long processions with dances as if coronavirus has been defeated and left the country. 

All this has put the entire country into a very big risk of spreading the epidemic. Today will written in the history of India as the day of explosion of coronavirus through community transmission. 

People are not at fault. The fault lies with Modi who mixed the idea of self quarantine with his personal PR. He, together with media, made this into a ‘Modi Day’. What a grand idea he gave to people that 130 crore persons would bang thaalis and taalis to thank medicos for their services. 

However, it was never about medicos. It was always about himself. He wanted people to know that it was HIS grand idea. His idea was followed up by Rajat Sharma and the likes who asked people to blow conch shells and bells. Shaina went to the extent of saying that sound of conch shells and bells will kill the virus. 

BJP IT cell circulated the message that corona virus stays on a surface for only 12 hours and a curfew for 14 hours will demolish the corona virus. All this created frenzy at 5:00 pm. 

Modi asked people to clap from balcony. But how many Indians have balcony? Very few. For the rest, streets is their balcony. So they came out on streets. People are not mature. They gave more importance to the idea of blowing conch shells, banging on thaalis and saying ‘Go Corona Go’ and forgot the main purpose of remaining isolated. For them, 5:00 pm was the celebration time as if they had won over Coronavirus. 

With so many people together on streets in all parts of the country, the chances of spreading the epidemic in the community has increased manifold. We are now sitting on the living time bomb! By --Arun Arya IAS




Nirbhaya rape case: Having exhausted all legal options, the four convicts to be hanged in Tihar Jail today


Nirbhaya rape case: Having exhausted all legal options, the four convicts to be hanged in Tihar Jail today

New Delhi: Having exhausted all legal options, the four persons convicted for the gang rape and murder of a 23-year old physiotherapy intern "Nirbhaya" are to meet their inevitable end on Friday at 5.30 am in Tihar Jail. Their last attempts to escape the gallows failed on Thursday.

Pawan Jallad, a hangman from Meerut, has been assigned the task of hanging the four convicts -- Vinay, Akshay, Pawan and Mukesh.

As per prison rules, the four will march to the scaffold with their hands pinioned behind their back. A cotton cap with a flap is then put on their face just before they enter the gallows. Contrary to a perception created by movies, no food is offered to the convicts or any last wish asked for.

 
 

The rule is that the prisoner should not be allowed to see the gallows. He mounts the scaffold and is placed directly under the beam to which the rope is attached. The prisoner is than handed over to the executioner.

The Superintendent gives a signal, on seeing which the executioner pushed the lever to release the trap-door. After the execution, the bodies of the four men will remain suspended for half an hour before being taken down or until the Resident Medical Officer certifies that their "life is extinct".

 
 
 



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