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CBI raids Crompton Greaves, Gautam Thapar in 2435 Cr. bank fraud


CBI raids Crompton Greaves, Gautam Thapar in 2435 Cr. bank fraud

CBI registered a case against Crompton Greaves Power and Industrial Solution Ltd for causing loss to the SBI led consortium banks worth Rs 2,435 crore

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday carried out searches at several locations in Delhi, Haryana’s Gurugram, and Maharashtra’s Mumbai on the premises linked to Crompton Greaves, industrialist Gautam Thapar, the then CMD of the company, and several others for fraud worth Rs 2,435 crore to State Bank of India and other consortium member banks.

A CBI official spokesperson here said that the agency has registered a case against Crompton Greaves Power and Industrial Solution Ltd, Thapar, who was then CMD, K N Neelkanth, the then CEO and MD, Madhav Acharya, the then ED and CFO, B Hariharan, the then Director, Omkar Goswami, the then non-executive director, Venkatesh Rammoorthy, the then CFO and unknown public servants and unknown others for causing loss to the SBI led consortium banks worth Rs 2,435 crore. The case was registered on the basis of the complaint filed by the SBI.

In the complaint, it was alleged that people named in the complaint had cheated the SBI and other consortium member banks including Bank of Maharashtra, Axis bank, Yes Bank, Corporation Bank, Barclays Bank, IndusInd Bank, etc by way of diversion of bank funds, sham transactions with related parties, borrowing funds from the Bank by misrepresentation, falsifying or fabricating books of accounts, entries, vouchers and financial statements, furnishing false, incorrect or misleading information, siphoning off funds including various loan proceeds.

It said that the allegations were based on a forensic audit report. A CBI official said that the agency carried out searches at the office premises of Crompton Greaves in Mumbai, premises of Thapar, and others in Delhi and Gurugram.

This is the third case against Thapar by the CBI in the last 15 months. On June 9, the CBI had earlier filed a case against Thapar of Avantha Realty and Oyster Buildwell Pvt Ltd among several others for allegedly cheating Yes Bank to the tune of Rs 466 crore.

The CBI also carried out searches at 14 locations including Delhi NCR, Lucknow, Secunderabad, and Kolkata which has led to the recovery of incriminating documents and digital evidence. Thapar is also being probed in another case related to the diversion of public money in Yes Bank, allegedly involving the bank’s former chief Rana Kapoor.




Covid vaccine supply to states depend on population, caseload: Centre


Covid vaccine supply to states depend on population, caseload: Centre

“The distribution of Covid-19 vaccine is done on the parameters- population of a state, caseload or disease burden, and state’s utilization efficiency”

Amid many states raising the issue of Covid vaccine shortages, the Centre on Thursday refuted the claims, saying the national Covid vaccination programme is built on scientific and epidemiological evidence, WHO guidelines, and global best practices.

Anchored in systematic end-to-end planning, it is implemented through effective and efficient participation of states and Union Territories and the people at large, a Health and Family Welfare Ministry statement said.

Brushing aside some media reports on non-transparent allocation of Covid-19 vaccines to states, it said that the allegations were without any basis, and not fully informed.

“It is clarified that the government of India continues to allocate Covid-19 vaccines to states and the UTs in a transparent manner. Information about the vaccine supply by the government of India, consumption by the states and UTs, balance and unutilised vaccine doses available with them, along with vaccine supply in the pipeline is regularly shared through press releases made by the Press Information Bureau, and also through other forums.”

The distribution of Covid-19 vaccine is done on the parameters population of a state, caseload or disease burden, and state’s utilisation efficiency, it said, adding that the allocation is negatively affected by vaccine wastage.

The clarification came at a time when India’s cumulative vaccination coverage has exceeded 30 crores on Wednesday.

A total of 30,16,26,028 vaccine doses have been administered through 40,45,516 sessions, as per the provisional report on Thursday, with 64,89,599 vaccine doses administered in the last 24 hours.

The new phase of universalization of Covid-19 vaccination commenced from June 21 pushing free vaccination to people aged above 18 years — a move to accelerate the pace and expanding the scope of Covid-19 vaccination throughout the country, the state said.

India’s vaccination drive, termed the world’s largest inoculation exercise, began on January 16 this year.




Ram temple trust slams allegations of fraud


Ram temple trust slams allegations of fraud

Ram temple trust slams allegations of fraud

The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has strongly denied allegations of corruption levelled by opposition parties, in land purchase.

In a statement issued around midnight on Sunday, the Trust said, the current sellers had a registered agreement years ago at a price, and after the ‘bainama’ (sale deed) on March 18, they sold it to the Trust.

The statement, signed by Trust secretary Champat Rai, said, “After the Supreme Court order, a lot of people started coming to Ayodhya to purchase land, and as the UP government is also purchasing a lot of land for development works, the land price increased suddenly. The land on which discussion has started is very close to the railway station and therefore, is at a very important location. All the land purchased by the Trust is purchased at a price much lower than the market price.”

AAP MP Sanjay Singh had claimed earlier on Sunday that the stamp papers for the first purchase were bought at 5.11 p.m., and for the second at 5.22 p.m. and, in between, the price of the land had increased manifold.
He demanded a probe by the CBI or ED as it concerns religious beliefs of crores of people.

At another press conference in Ayodhya, Samajwadi Party leader and former MLA, Pawan Pandey, also raised similar questions, “A piece of land was bought for Rs 2 crore in which trustees were witnesses. Did the land start giving out gold that it was bought for Rs 18.5 crore, barely a few minutes later.”
Trustee Anil Mishra is the witness along with Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay, in the deal.

The Trust statement, however, said the propaganda by political people on the issue was misleading.

“The concerned person is political and the matter is politically motivated,” it said.

The statement also claimed that all the sale and purchase is done by proper communication and agreement, and signatures are taken on agreement papers.

“All the court fees and stamp paper purchase are done online and the amount is transferred into the bank account of the seller through online transaction,” it said.

While Sultan Ansari – one of the two property dealers who sold the piece of land to the Trust – did not respond to calls, Ravi Mohan Tiwari said the agreement for the said land was made with the Pathaks several years ago for Rs 2 crore, but its value increased significantly after the Supreme Court decision.

“While I purchased it for Rs 2 crore as per my agreement, the actual price must be more than Rs 20 crore now. But I sold it for just Rs 18.5 crore because it is for a project concerned with our faith,” said Tiwari.

According to the documents provided by AAP and Samajwadi Party leaders, the land over which the alleged fraudulent deal happened is a residential plot of 12,080 square metres. The papers state the property is located in Bagbijaisi village, Haveli Awadh, under Sadar tehsil in Ayodhya.

Meanwhile, elaborating on the meeting of the Trust on Sunday, Champat Rai said, “Till March 31, we have deposited over Rs 3,200 crore in the banks. Over 4 crore people contributed Rs 10 each, and a little less than 4 crore people contributed Rs 100 each. Others contributed Rs 1,000 or more. Rs 80 crore was collected by direct bank transfer. Another Rs 60 lakh was collected by those coming to the Ram Janmabhoomi when there was no lockdown.”

The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra is a Trust that was set up by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in February 2020 to oversee and manage the construction of the temple based on a Supreme Court verdict.

It was awarded around 70 acres of land in the ruling and 12 of its 15 members are nominated by the Centre.




J&K govt suspends 13 officers for unauthorised withdrawal of funds


J&K govt suspends 13 officers for unauthorised withdrawal of funds

The order said till an enquiry is held into the misdoings, the suspended officers will remain attached with the office of the director rural development department.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has suspended 13 officers for unauthorised withdrawal of developmental funds.

An order issued on Friday evening by the principal secretary rural development department said that these officers had withdrawn funds from e-FMS (Electronic Financial Management System) accounts without any authorisation.

The suspended officers include two Assistant Commissioners Development (ACDs) and eight Block Development Officers (BDOs) belonging to the Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS).

The order said till an enquiry is held into the misdoings, the suspended officers will remain attached with the office of the director rural development department.

Unauthorised withdrawal of funds by these officers has been reported from various block development offices in Baramulla and Anantnag districts of the Kashmir division.




Private hospitals in Gurugram to administer 24×7 Covid vax to 18+


Private hospitals in Gurugram to administer 24×7 Covid vax to 18+

Dr. Yadav has said in a letter to all the hospitals that they can start the Covid-19 vaccination for the age group of 18 to 44 years in the hospital for 24×7 a day.

All private hospitals in Gurugram district can now start Covid-19 vaccination drive for 18+ age group of people. For this, Civil Surgeon Gurugram, Dr. Virendra Yadav has given permission to all the hospitals.

Dr. Yadav has said in a letter to all the hospitals that they can start the Covid-19 vaccination for the age group of 18 to 44 years in the hospital for 24×7 a day.

“An individual wishing to take the vaccine will have to make an online appointment for the first and second doses. Instructing the hospitals to do the vaccination work in accordance with the instructions of the government. Also, an emergency medical services should be available at the vaccination sites so that any adverse situation can be handled,” Yadav said.

Yadav said that this decision has been taken with a view to providing vaccination facilities to the people to protect them from the deadly virus.

Apart from this, the number of total active cases in Gurugram district is 452 out of which 414 patients are in home isolation.

The officials said so far, 15,69,758 Covid tests have been conducted in Gurugram, of which 13,85,057 have come negative. In the last 24 hours, around 4,243 tests were conducted in the district.

Also, a total of 8,33,129 people have been administered with Covid jabs in Gurugram.

According to the daily health bulletin, 1,79,140 people have recovered so far in Gurugram.

Apart from this, the Gurugram district on Friday recorded 33 fresh coronavirus cases. Three more deaths were also reported from the city, taking the district’s Covid toll to 866, officials said.




Karnataka’s Covid positivity rate dips below 5%


Karnataka’s Covid positivity rate dips below 5%

The state’s death toll rose to 32,644 and the city’s toll to 15,263 since the pandemic broke out in mid-March a year ago.

For the first time in 2 months, Covid test positivity rate declined below 5 per cent in a day across Karnataka, while case fatality rate was up at 1.92 per cent on Thursday, said the state health bulletin on Friday.

“Positivity rate declined to 4.86 per cent on Thursday from 6.58 per cent on Wednesday across the state,” said the bulletin.

With 159 patients, including 48 in Bengaluru succumbing to the infection across the state, the case fatality rate rose marginally to 1.92 per cent on Thursday from 1.75 per cent on Wednesday.

The state’s death toll rose to 32,644 and the city’s toll to 15,263 since the pandemic broke out in mid-March a year ago.

Out of 1,69,695 tests conducted across the state during the day, 50,320 were through rapid antigen detection and 1,19,375 through RT-PCR method.

With 8,249 new cases registered on Thursday, the state’s Covid tally increased to 27,47,539, including 2,03,769 active cases, while 25,11,105 recovered, with 14,975 patients discharged during the day.

As epicentre of the pandemic in the state, Bengaluru reported 1,154 fresh cases, taking its Covid tally to 11,92,886, including 91,760 active cases, while 10,85,862 recovered with 4,769 patients discharged in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, a record 2,36,719 people, including 90,442 above 45 years and 1,39,484 in the 18-44 years age group were vaccinated across the state during the day.

“Cumulatively, 1,64,68,975 beneficiaries, including senior citizens above 60 years, healthcare workers and frontline warriors have received the shot since the vaccination drive was launched across the southern state on January 16,” added the bulletin.




UP govt hospitals to start non-Covid services from Friday


UP govt hospitals to start non-Covid services from Friday

As per the order, surgical services at district hospitals should also be started with proper care and caution, in view of the Covid infection.

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has announced that OPD services for general patients would start at all community health centres and primary health centres from Friday onwards.

An order issued by Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Amit Mohan Prasad, said: “Amid reports of patients suffering on account of poor availability of non-Covid-19 care, it is important to restore the general patient care. And in wake of the same, several instructions have been passed on to the districts.”

As per the order, surgical services at district hospitals should also be started with proper care and caution, in view of the Covid infection.

“Planned surgeries may be scheduled after an RT PCR/TruNat negative report,” the order said.

Post-Covid care should also be started at all the district hospitals with proper arrangements of physician, physiotherapist and mental health experts.

All health facilities across the must have a fever clinic.

Patients with fever, influenza like illness must be kept away from the other patients. Covid-19 screening should also be provided there.

The order also said that out-patient and in-patient services at community and primary health centres must be started.

In case any patient is undergoing treatment at these centres, the patient must be shifted to the level-2 facility so that services may be started after proper sanitisation activity.

Steps must be taken to ensure that services extended to pregnant women including ante-natal care, child birth and even C-section procedure should be resumed.

Steps must be taken to restart urban health centres, the order said.




UP govt to extend free treatment to post-Covid patients


UP govt to extend free treatment to post-Covid patients

The government order guarantees free continuity of treatment to those already admitted but is silent on cases who get re-admitted to hospital following a post-Covid issue arising after discharge.

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to extend free treatment to those suffering with problems in the post Covid-19 phase.

The move will benefit one in 10 Covid-19 positive patients who get hospitalised for management of the infection but cannot be discharged on account of other complications.

Till date, over 20,000 of the 62,000 active cases are undergoing treatment in the state.

The facility will be provided in all medical colleges, state aided, autonomous and private, and in institutions including the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, King George’s Medical University and Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences.

Principal Secretary, Medical Education, Alok Kumar said: “It has come to the notice of the state government that despite testing negative to the pandemic infection, some patients continue to suffer due to post Covid-19 complications.”

He said that such patients have to continue to stay in hospitals for management and they have to bear the cost of treatment too.

“In public interest, the state government has decided to bear the cost of the extended treatment,” Kumar added.

The government order guarantees free continuity of treatment to those already admitted but is silent on cases who get re-admitted to hospital following a post-Covid issue arising after discharge.

Sources said that the department may come up with a clear protocol on this as well.

“The government is not averse to extending treatment to cases of re-admission as well but then a time frame may be fixed in this regard,” an official said.

A large number of patients who get hospitalized, suffer with, at least, one comorbid condition.

For example, the blood sugar levels of those with diabetes get deranged post Covid-19 treatment which relies on steroids.

A number of such patients require insulin therapy and other administration of medicines through the intravenous route.

“At times, patients recover from coronavirus infection but their organs do not recover from the damage caused by the pandemic virus. Under the present system, the moment they test negative, patient care management becomes chargeable. Some patient families expressed inability to bear the treatment,” said a senior faculty member at the SGPGI.

According to experts, problems like post Covid-19 pneumonia lung fibrosis is a common sequel to the infection and requires high dependency care.

In a number of patients, the virus is known to cause acute renal disease which also requires long term management.

Covid-19 infection is known to adversely impact the heart as well.




Chennai to set up ‘oxygen parlours’ for COVID-19 patients


Chennai to set up ‘oxygen parlours’ for COVID-19 patients

The three regions in Chennai will have a 100-bed hospital with an oxygen facility to treat COVID-19 patients with breathing difficulty and patients with oxygen saturation between 90-92, but who still need oxygen support.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, the Greater Chennai Corporation has decided to implement the concept of “oxygen parlours” to treat COVID-19 patients across three regions of the city.

The three regions in Chennai will have a 100-bed hospital with an oxygen facility to treat COVID-19 patients with breathing difficulty and patients with oxygen saturation between 90-92, but who still need oxygen support.

The corporation has already ordered oxygen concentrators and 2,700 of them will reach the city soon, Greater Chennai Corporation Commissioner Gagan Singh Bedi said.

Moreover, changes have also been made regarding the RT-PCR tests. The report will not be given directly to positive patients.

The decision for patient’s requirement for hospitalisation will be taken by doctors after they check the blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and respiration rate of the patient.

The corporation will also provide a medical kit immediately to all patients who are undergoing an RT-PCR test with symptoms of fever, loose motion, loss of smell and taste, and body pain.

According to officials, this is to ensure that the patient isn’t left unattended till the arrival of the results of RTPCR. Thirty thousand such medical kits are already ready for providing to patients.

Meanwhile, India recorded 3,48,421 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours taking the overall caseload to 2,33,40,938, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.

The country’s active COVID-19 cases stand at 37,04,099.

With 4205 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total death toll is 2,54,197.

(With IANS inputs)




Dos and Dont’s in home isolation – the AIIMS guidelines


Dos and Dont’s in home isolation – the AIIMS guidelines

In his presentation, Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Saurabh Mittal, highlighted how home isolation helps free hospital space and contain spread of disease.

The AIIMS has given guidelines on Covid management in home isolation at a recent training session for 14 experts from tertiary care centres across the country.

In his presentation, Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Saurabh Mittal, highlighted how home isolation helps free hospital space and contain spread of disease.

It was noted that only patients having mild disease, in which there are only upper respiratory tract symptoms and no shortness of breath, are recommended for home isolation, but the decision about whether it is mild will be taken by a doctor.

The availability of requisite facility with attached separate bathroom at the residence is necessary for self-isolation.

However, immunocompromised patients like HIV+ people are not recommended for home isolation and can be allowed it only after proper evaluation by a doctor, while elderly patients with comorbidities shall only so allowed after proper evaluation by the treating doctor, and should have a caregiver on 24X 7 basis, it was stressed.

The caregiver should have link with a hospital for entire duration of home isolation, and the treating physician should be kept updated regarding worsening symptoms. Patients should continue medications for comorbid conditions, and should be hydrated and well rested. Antipyretics should be consumed as per doctor’s prescription.

Mittal said that monitoring of symptoms is the most important segment in home isolation. Patients should make use of pulse oximeter and should promptly report any deterioration of symptoms.

It was also noted that patients must stay in an identified room with attached bathroom which should have cross ventilation. They should stay away from other family members, especially the elderly, and should not share personal items with other members.

Patients should use triple-layer medical mask all the time which should be discarded after 8 hours of use. It should be disinfected with sodium hypochlorite before discarding.

Caregivers should also wear triple-layer mask within the house, and ensure hand hygiene before and after wearing mask and also after contact with patient and his/her immediate surroundings.

Regularly touched surfaces like table-tops, and door knobs should be cleaned with 1 per cent hypochlorite solution or phenyl. Alcohol-based sanitisers are not recommended for disinfecting surfaces.

Potentially contaminated items in immediate environment of the patient should be avoided. Food must be provided to the patient in his/her room, and the utensils and dishes used cleaned with soap and detergent.

Patients should follow the instructions regarding physical distancing, mask use, handwashing, self-monitoring, and constant contact with healthcare provider.

For symptomatic management, a patient may perform warm saline gargles twice a day, and steam inhalation for a few minutes may also be done. Patient can also consume vitamin C and zinc tablets.

The decision to administer Remdesivir should be taken only by a medical professional, and patient should not attempt to procure or administer it at home. Oral steroids should not be taken in mild disease, and only a doctor can take decision about a low dose of oral steroids if symptoms persist beyond seven days.

Patients should seek help of a hospital if they develop difficulty in breathing or oxygen saturation goes below 94 per cent, and also, if they feel persistent pain in the chest or mental confusion or inability to rise.

For patients who are borderline hypoxic, proning is recommended to increase oxygen saturation by two to three points to avoid panic order stress.

Patients under home isolation can end it after 10 days of symptoms’ onset or if there is no fever for three days. There is no need for testing after the home isolation period is over.




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