Kin of govt doctors who succumbed to Covid yet to get compensation


Kin of govt doctors who succumbed to Covid yet to get compensation

The DMK government after assuming office had announced a solatium of Rs 25 lakh each to the families of the deceased front line doctors but they are yet to provide the compensation.

The Covid-19 pandemic which created havoc across the globe also claimed the lives of several health professionals. According to information received from the state chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) around 100 doctors died due to the virus in Tamil Nadu. The families of these doctors are yet to receive the solatium announced by the government.

Nizhal Mozhi, the wife of frontline worker, Dr. Manimaran, 39, who passed away due to Covid, three months ago while working in Trichy Government hospital, said that she is facing a tough future ahead.

The couple has two school-going children and Nizhal Mozhi said that she is not able to meet her expenses as well as the educational expenses of her two small children.

Speaking to IANS, Nizhal Mozhi said: “We had taken housing loans from the banks, and they are calling on a day-to-day basis. If only the government sanctions the one-time solatium it had announced, then I could at least settle our dues and then keep the balance money for the education of our children.”

The previous AIADMK government had announced a one-time compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the families of the frontline doctors. But only two families received the amount and that too, Rs 25 lakh for each family.

The DMK government after assuming office had announced a solatium of Rs 25 lakh each to the families of the deceased front line doctors but they are yet to provide the compensation.

The IMA has demanded that the solatium amount be raised back to Rs 50 lakh.

State Health Minister Ma Subramanian told IANS: “The government has already directed the health department to speed up the process and almost all the files as per my information are in the final stage and will immediately disburse the amount. The department is following up on the matter.”

Families of late doctors Kalyanaraman and Sugumar have received the solatium amount and the IMA and the Legal coordination committee of government doctors have pressed for the money to be transferred immediately to the families.




Not respecting our orders: SC to Centre on tribunal vacancies


Not respecting our orders: SC to Centre on tribunal vacancies

Justice Chandrachud told Mehta that NCLT, NCLAT are critical to the economy, and they are important for rehabilitation of corporate entities. He added that important cases are not being heard because of vacancies.

The Supreme Court on Monday strongly criticized the Centre over the delay in filling up of vacancies at various tribunals and also for enacting the Tribunal Reforms Act, which is apparently identical to the earlier law struck down by the top court. The top court told the Centre that there was no respect for its judgment and such circumstances were testing its patience.

A bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and L. Nageswara Rao said the new Act is the replica of what was struck down in the Madras Bar Association cases.

Justice Ramana said the court is “extremely upset” with the situation. He pointed out that the court was happy with the government for clearing appointment of judges to the apex court. “We do not want any confrontation with the government”, he added.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta requested the bench to adjourn the matter till Thursday as the Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, was not available due to some personal difficulty. This contention did not go down well with the bench, instead the judges on the bench shot a volley of questions at Mehta.

“How many people have you appointed (in the tribunals). We set up special benches (to hear the tribunal appointment matter), by disturbing other benches,” said the Chief Justice. The bench pointed out that recommendations for the appointment were made one-and-a-half year ago in accordance with the law, which existed then. “Why no appointments have been made. Tribunals are on the verge of closure,” said Justice Rao.

Justice Chandrachud told Mehta that NCLT, NCLAT are critical to the economy, and they are important for rehabilitation of corporate entities. He added that important cases are not being heard because of vacancies and by not appointing members at these tribunals creates a very critical position.

Justice Chandrachud added that he had chaired a selection committee for the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. “Names which we recommended are either deleted, and there’s no clarity why! We sit together with bureaucrats and make these decisions. It is a waste of energy,” said Justice Chandrachud. Justice Rao said: “See the burden we have to face now. You are emasculating these tribunals by not appointing members”.

The Chief Justice further added, “They are bent upon not to respond to the judgment (of the top court)”. The bench has posted the matter for further hearing next Monday.

If orders are not implemented, the top court said it has following options: Stay the Tribunal Reforms Act, close down tribunals, the top court appoints the people to fill up vacancies and initiate contempt of court proceedings.

On August 16, the top court had given 10 days to the Centre to make appointments in various tribunals and cautioned it about the consequences, if appointments were not made.




At 38,948, India sees slight decline in daily Covid cases


At 38,948, India sees slight decline in daily Covid cases

The active cases in the country stand at 4,04,874, which accounts for 1.23 percent of the total cases, while the recovery rate is 97.44 percent.

After registering over 40,000 Covid cases daily in the past few days, India witnessed a slight decline with 38,948 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours, pushing the total to 3,30,27,621, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.

At the same time, the country registered 219 new deaths due to Covid, taking the cumulative fatalities to 4,40,752. The mortality rate stands at 1.33 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry.

A total of 43,903 Covid infected patients recovered or were discharged in the last 24 hours taking the tally of Covid recovery to 3,21,81,995. The Covid recovery rate was reported at 97.44 percent, according to the health ministry’s report.

The active cases in the country stand at 4,04,874, which accounts for 1.23 percent of the total cases.

As per the ministry’s data, India’s daily Covid positivity rate was reported to be at 2.76 percent for the last week, while the weekly positivity rate was at 2.58 percent. It has remained below 3 percent for the last 73 days.

A total of 53,14,68,867 Covid samples were tested so far in the country, of which 14,10,649 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, the ministry’s data said.

India has so far administered 68.75 crore doses of Covid vaccines, including 25,23,089 doses in the last 24 hours.

Kerala continued to witness a high number of cases with 26,701 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, till Sunday evening. Several of its districts recorded a high number of new cases. Kozhikode recorded the highest number of cases with 3,366 followed by Thrissur (3,214), Ernakulam (2,915), Malappuram (2,568), Palakkad (2,373), Kollam (2,368), Thiruvananthapuram (2,103), Kottayam (1,662), Alappuzha (1,655), Kannur (1,356), Idukki (1,001) and Pathanamthitta (947), the Kerala government’s press release said on Sunday.

On Sunday, a 12-year-old boy was reported to have died of the Nipah virus in Kerala. The centre has rushed a team from the National Centre for Disease Control to Kerala to provide support to the state.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak with healthcare workers in Himachal Pradesh through video conferencing today. Himachal Pradesh has successfully covered its entire eligible population with the first dose of Covid vaccination, the Prime Minister’s Office had said.




2 killed, 4 missing as rains continue to pound Telangana


2 killed, 4 missing as rains continue to pound Telangana

A 23-year-old youth was washed away in a stream while taking selfie in Mahabubnagar district. A drum beater was drowned in an overflowing stream in Vikarabad district.

Two persons were killed and four were missing in separate incidents in Telangana as heavy rains continue to lash parts of Telangana.

The Hyderabad Meteorological Centre has forecast heavy rains at few places in the state on Monday and Tuesday.

Heavy to very heavy rain very likely to occur at isolated places in Adilabad, Kumaram Bheem Asifabad, Mancherial, Nirmal, Nizamabad, Jagtiyal, Nalgonda, Suryapet, Janagaon, Ydadari Bhuvanagiri, Rangareddy, Hyderabad, Medchal, Malkajigiri, Vikarabad, Sangareddy, Mahabubnagar and Nagarkurnool district, it said.

Incessant rains for last two-three days have paralysed normal life in some areas. Overflowing rivulets, lakes, streams, tanks and other water bodies led to inundation of low-lying areas and disrupted vehicular traffic.

Two persons were killed and four went missing in separate incidents since Sunday. A 23-year-old youth was washed away in a stream while taking selfie in Mahabubnagar district. Shivaprasad was taking selfie while standing on the bund of Dondubi Vagu. According to police, he accidentally fell into the stream which was in spate and drowned. His body was recovered some distance away.

Shivaprasad was accompanied by his cousin Geeta Madhu. Though she raised an alarm, people near the stream could not rescue him despite their best efforts.

A drum beater was drowned in an overflowing stream in Vikarabad district. Goraiah (35) along with seven other drum beaters were trying to cross the stream on return to their village Dornal after beating drum (dappu) at a local festival. Two of them Goraiah and Krishna were washed away while crossing check dam. While Krishna was saved by one of them, Goraiah was washed away. After six-hour-long search operation, divers recovered his body.

Four persons went missing in different parts of the state and feared killed. A 30-year-old was washed in flood water along with his motor bike in Sangareddy district.

In Siddipet district, two persons were washed away in a flooded stream. A group of 10 people belonging to a family had gone to the stream. Four of them got into the water for a bath. While two persons were rescued by a local resident, the other two were washed away. Search was on for them.

Continued rains inundated low-lying areas in several towns and villages. Water entered the houses in few colonies in Karimnagar.




Allahabad University bans single-use plastic on campus


Allahabad University bans single-use plastic on campus

The university administration has roped in senior faculty members and research scholars to lead efforts to make the central varsity campus free of single-use plastic in all forms.

The Allahabad University (AU) has decided to not only stop using single-use plastics on the campus but also spread awareness on the issue outside the campus. The university administration has roped in senior faculty members and research scholars to lead efforts to make the central varsity campus free of single-use plastic in all forms.

On the initiative of vice-chancellor Prof Sangita Srivastava, a dedicated team has been formed on the campus named ‘Committee for the elimination of single-use plastic’, headed by Prof Mohan Prasad.

The committee formed for the task also includes professors and heads of the departments (HODs).

Events like awareness drives and visits to departments to motivate teachers and students to embrace a more environment-friendly style of working by shunning single-use plastics have been planned.

According to the public relations officer (PRO) of AU, Jaya Kapoor, “The university administration is determined to make the campus free from single-use plastics and therefore the same has been banned on the campus”.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) in September 2019, had issued guidelines to higher education institutions across the country to impose a ban on single-use plastic.

The move had come ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching a mass movement against single-use plastic from October 2, which had marked the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The guidelines had mandated that every higher education institution in the country should ban single-use plastics in canteens, hostels, and shopping complexes in the institution’s premises and carry out awareness drives and sensitization workshops on the harmful impacts of single-use plastics.

The guidelines also mandated all students to avoid bringing non-biodegradable plastic items to the institution and install necessary alternative facilities like water units to prevent the use of such plastic.




Bommai likely to get Cabinet expansion nod after meeting Nadda


Bommai likely to get Cabinet expansion nod after meeting Nadda

It has been decided to create more than two Deputy CM posts, and in the first phase 12 to 15 cabinet ministers will take oath

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is likely to get consent for cabinet expansion after meeting the party chief JP Nadda on Monday.

Bommai is scheduled to meet Nadda in the first half of the morning hours.

Bommai’s predecessor BS Yediyurappa was thwarted from forming his own cabinet the travails of which he had recounted during his announcement of resignation, terming his tenure as “trial by fire”.

Bommai, BYS’s Lingayat choice and endorsed by the BJP’s top brass, had taken several Cabinet decisions but had flown to Delhi to seek the approval of the central leadership to avoid fissures and bickering over his choice.

Party sources said that the list of ministers will be finalised. Chief minister Bommai had earlier requested the high command to approve the appointment of 12-13 ministers as the state is facing multiple issues in the form of floods, heavy rainfall and the Covid crisis.

Chief minister Bommai, who was expecting a call on Monday, was called again to New Delhi on Sunday within 24 hours of his return from his maiden trip after taking charge.

He had already held a long meeting in an undisclosed location with a BJP top leader who is also a Union Minister in connection with cabinet expansion.

The list is going to be finalised in the meeting with party Chief Nadda and the state cabinet will be expanded in one or two days, sources explain.

Chief minister Bommai had submitted a tentative list of the cabinet ministers to the BJP high command. However, the party top leaders did not give consent and the high command has changed the list, sources said.

It is also learnt that, it has been decided to create more than two Deputy CM posts, and in the first phase 12 to 15 cabinet ministers will take the oath.

Chief minister Bommai is also likely to meet Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi and National Organising Secretary BL Santhosh, both hail from Karnataka.




Refusing to discuss issues, BJP diminishing democracy: Chidambaram


Refusing to discuss issues, BJP diminishing democracy: Chidambaram

Amid the continued deadlock in Parliament, former Finance Minister and Rajya Sabha MP P. Chidambaram on Thursday attacked the government for running away from discussion in the House on issues raised by the opposition.

He said in a statement, “Owing to the stubborn refusal of the government to discuss matters raised by the Opposition (Pegasus, Farm Laws), Parliament is deadlocked – and diminished.”

“Owing to the refusal of the BJP members to sign the attendance sheet, a Parliamentary Committee has been stymied – and diminished, and perhaps on the way to be disbanded. What will be celebrated on August 15? A diminished democracy?”

A united opposition is attacking the government in Parliament on the issue of the Pegasus snooping row.

The opposition MPs have moved notices for adjournment motions in both the Houses.

In the Lok Sabha, Congress MP’s Manickam Tagore and Manish Tewari have already moved notice for adjournment motion.

On Wednesday, only the Juvenile Justice Bill could be passed amid the din. The opposition forced repeated adjournments and in the Lok Sabha many opposition members tore papers.

In the government Business in the Upper House, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is to move the Bill to amend the Factoring Regulation Act, 2011, as passed by the Lok Sabha for consideration.”




Govt not allowing MPs to discuss issues of national importance: Rahul


Govt not allowing MPs to discuss issues of national importance: Rahul

“Modi government is not allowing the opposition to do its work. Don’t waste more time of Parliament…,” Rahul tweeted

Amid the logjam over the Pegasus snooping in Parliament, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday once again attacked the government, accusing it of not allowing the opposition to work and discuss issues of national importance like Pegasus, Farmers agitation and inflation.

In a tweet in Hindi, Rahul Gandhi said, “The foundation of our democracy is that the parliamentarians should be the voice of the people and discuss the issues of national importance.

“Modi government is not allowing the opposition to do its work. Don’t waste more time of Parliament, let there be discussion on inflation, farmers issue and Pegasus.”

Parliament has witnessed repeated adjournments over the Pegasus issue.

Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday accused the government of “curtailing” the voice of opposition in Parliament and said that it has used Pegasus weapon against the people of the country.

He also alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inserted Pegasus weapon in phones which is being used to hit the soul of India’s democracy.




Cong MPs give adjournment notices in LS to discuss Pegasus


Cong MPs give adjournment notices in LS to discuss Pegasus

The Pegasus issue has forced repeated adjournments during the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

Amid the logjam over the Pegasus scandal, several Congress MPs on Thursday gave adjourned notices in the Lok Sabha to discuss the issue.

Congress Lok Sabha MP from Punjab, Manish Tewari gave adjournment motion notice demanding discussion on ‘Pegasus project’ issue.

Congress MP from Tamil Nadu B. Manickam Tagore also gave adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha demanding discussion on the Pegasus issue in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

The Pegasus issue has forced repeated adjournments during the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

The issue triggered a stormy start to the Monsoon Session after a global collaborative investigative project revealed that Israeli company NSO Groups’ Pegasus spyware was targeted over 300 mobile phone numbers in India including that of two ministers in the Narendra Modi government, three Opposition leaders, constitutional authority, several journalist and business persons.

It snowballed on last Tuesday after it came to fore that in July 2019, phone numbers of Karnataka’s then deputy chief minister G Parameshwara and the personal secretaries of then chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and former chief minister Siddaramaiah, were selected as possible targets for surveillance.




AIMIM leaders in Bihar extend support to Mukesh Sahani


AIMIM leaders in Bihar extend support to Mukesh Sahani

Akhtarul Iman, an AIMIM leader of Bihar, backed Mukesh Sahani and criticised the Yogi Adityanath government of Uttar Pradesh for not allowing him to go out of the Varanasi airport.

Mukesh Sahani, the animal husbandry and fisheries minister of Bihar, who is facing the heat of the NDA, has now received the support of AIMIM leaders in Bihar.

Akhtarul Iman, an AIMIM leader of Bihar, backed Sahani and criticised the Yogi Adityanath government of Uttar Pradesh for not allowing him to go out of the Varanasi airport.

“Sahani is a minister of Bihar government and the way Yogi Adityanath government had treated him is not acceptable. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and speaker Vijay Sinha should take cognisance of that incident,” Imam said on Wednesday.

Imam along with his party’s other four MLAs demanded a discussion on the floor of the house post-lunch session and also requested the speaker to pass a censure motion in the Bihar Vidhan Sabha.

“The way Yogi Adityanath government had treated a minister of the Bihar government is extremely unfortunate,” Imam said in Vidhan Sabha.

The censure motion demand of AIMIM was ruled out by speaker Vijay Sinha. Due to this, the AIMIM leaders raised slogans inside the house for a while that led to disruption of proceedings for a few minutes.

Sahani went to Varanasi on Sunday to establish statues of bandit queen Phulan Devi in 18 divisions of Uttar Pradesh. Sahani, through Phulan Devi statues, was trying to get political ground in Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming election. The district administration of Varanasi, however, stopped him inside the airport.

AIMIM, after an impressive show in the Bihar assembly election 2020, is also seeking a political ground in Uttar Pradesh.




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