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Day 1 of lockdown in Karnataka witnesses chaos


Apart from police stopping and resorting to caning, they also abused and seized thousands of vehicles across the state claiming the lockdown guidelines issued by the state government had banned the usage of vehicles.

Karnataka’s first day of two-week lockdown on Monday was witness to people agitating over the tough rules, several instances of police adopting crude policing tactics to tame erring people and finally even police were forced to give-up caning and started appealing people with folded hands not to flout lockdown rules.

Karnataka police adopted crude policing methods — like mild caning, forcing people to do sit-ups, making people sit or stand under hot sun during noon so on and so forth. Some of the policemen even administered oath to errant people who violated lockdown rules.

However, in Yadgiri district, almost rural folks from 10 villages gathered and celebrated local deity’s fest, flouting all Covid norms with police staring blankly at them and could do nothing about it except in the last filing a complaint against those participated.

Finally in one rare case, a police Inspector in Davangere was seen appealing with his eyes welled up to chaotic crowd with folded hands saying he would not be able to beat up people anymore as at least now people should behave to protect themselves. “How much can we thrash to our own people? Our men are already tired of Corona duty for the last one year. This is one of the longest duties on-field ever the police has been involved. There is no respite, fatigue is set in. We policemen are praying that somehow this Corona should end,” he said on a local news channel.

All across the state, the first day of the lockdown witnessed chaotic scenes including the capital Bengaluru. In most cases police tried to enforce it without applying mind or using discretion, leading to an explosion of protests from across the state.

In one such incident, on Mysuru Road on the outskirts of Bengaluru hundreds were stranded who were heading to Sirirangapattana in Mandya district where many Hindus go to immerse ashes and perform last rites and citing rules police prevented and sent back many to Bengaluru.

While in Koppal district, a 7-month old pregnant woman had to walk for about 8 km to meet her doctor for a check-up due to lockdown rules and ban on vehicle movement had forced her to take this step.

Apart from police stopping and resorting to caning, they also abused and seized thousands of vehicles across the state claiming the lockdown guidelines issued by the state government had banned the usage of vehicles.

According to them, people are asked to go only on foot to buy essentials. In most of Karnataka, where the people have to travel 1 km to 15 km to buy daily essentials, this order met with protests.

Karnataka has clamped a complete lockdown until May 24, to comprise the huge unfold of Covid-19 throughout the state from Monday. People are allowed to step out solely to purchase important issues between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.




Delhi left with just one stock of Covaxin: Satyendar Jain


The Minister’s remarks came a day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the Centre to direct manufacturers to increase vaccine supplies to the capital between May and July.

Flagging the acute shortage of Covid-19 vaccine doses in the national capital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Monday said that Delhi has only one day’s Covaxin stock left and its Covishield doses will last for just three to four days.

The Minister’s remarks came a day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the Centre to direct manufacturers to increase vaccine supplies to the capital between May and July.

“Covaxin doses can last up to one day only, while Covishield doses can last up to three to four days. We really want the entire population of Delhi to be vaccinated and are conducting a mass vaccination drive,” Jain told reporters amid his visit to Guru Teg Bahadur COVID Care Centre at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in central Delhi.

According to the Delhi government’s data shared by AAP MLA Atishi, the capital has so far received 5.5 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccines for the 18-44 category, and over 43 lakh doses for 45-plus, and healthcare and frontline workers.

Till Sunday evening, Delhi had 4.65 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccines available for those above 45, and healthcare and frontline workers, while 2.74 lakh doses were available for the 18-44 age category, Atishi had informed via a digital press conference.

Meanwhile, the city has administered around 39 lakh doses have been administered in the national capital so far.

Speaking on the falling positivity in the test samples, Jain said the dip in the positivity rate and the number of new infections over the last fortnight is a “glimmer of hope”.

“We can see a ray of hope now that in the past few days, not only is the positivity rate decreasing but a downfall in the number of cases is also being observed. The number of cases has reduced from around 28,000 to 13,000 now. The positivity rate has come down from a high of 36 per cent to around 20 per cent,” the minister stated.

He, however, said there’s no room for any leniency and urged everyone to keep their guard up.




Convent school converts its auditorium into 40-bedded Covid care


The Mount Carmel School in Dwarka has set up a 40 bedded centre equipped with oxygen concentrators, healthcare staff, medicines and other medical facilities at its auditorium which started functioning Monday onwards.

Citing the rising burden of Covid-19 on the crumbling medical infrastructure of the national capital, a convent school based in the South-West district of Delhi has converted its space into a Covid care facility.

The Mount Carmel School in Dwarka has set up a 40 bedded centre equipped with oxygen concentrators, healthcare staff, medicines and other medical facilities at its auditorium which started functioning Monday onwards.

The facility was inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today who said that the centre will be linked to a large hospital if the need arises.

“We may be able to link this Covid Care Centre with to one of our big hospitals in the city, based on assessing the needs and requirements of the centre. This Covid Centre started under the aegis of Mount Carmel School Society, is a mark of humanity and generosity. The availability of beds and other facilities give us confidence that we have the recourses to fight this deadly crisis,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Sisodia spoke on the current health crisis of Covid-19  reigning in the capital and said that signals have started to appear that the city is gradually coming out of its worst scenario.

“We see that nations across the world are experiencing one of the worst crisis ever. The period from 22 April to 5 May was the most challenging for Delhi. We received the highest number of cases and the infection rate was staggering in the city. We responded immediately by increasing hospital beds in the city however, scarcity of oxygen has been one of the most challenging problems we have faced.

“The decreasing positivity rate shows that we are slowly coming out of the crisis and all the credit goes to the doctors and the corona warriors for ensuring such a decline,” he added.




India records 3.66 lakh cases, 3,754 deaths in last 24 hours


India recorded 3,66,161 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours taking the overall caseload to 2,26,62,575, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.

The country’s active COVID-19 cases stand at 37,45,237.

With 3,754 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total death toll is 2,46,116.

In the last 24 hours, 3,53,818 recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1,86,71,222.

Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh remain the worst affected states by the pandemic.

According to government data, 17,01,76,603 as many as people have been vaccinated.




Rahul Gandhi slams Centre over foreign aid amid pandemic


Rahul Gandhi on Sunday had hit out at the Narendra Modi-led Central government for poor handling of the Covid situation.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday slammed the union government over the foreign aid to India amid pandemic and alleged that the government did not do its job properly.

Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “GOI’s repeated chest-thumping at receiving foreign aid is pathetic. Had GOI done its job, it wouldn’t have come to this.”


Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “GOI’s repeated chest-thumping at receiving foreign aid is pathetic. Had GOI done its job, it wouldn’t have come to this.”

Rahul Gandhi on Sunday had hit out at the Narendra Modi-led Central government for poor handling of the Covid situation.

“Shehron ke baad ab gaon bhi parmatma-nirbhar (After cities, villages also left to the mercy of God,” he said in a tweet, attaching an image of a Hindi caption reading “Covid-19: Mahamari ki dusri lahar ab gaaon mein barpa rahi hai kehr (Covid-19: The second wave of the pandemic now overwhelming villages)”.

Gandhi had earlier tweeted the country doesn’t need a new house for the PM but needs oxygen, attaching photos of people in line for the life-saving gas, and work on the Central Vista.

In another tweet which displayed a graph on the Covid surge and falling vaccinations, he had termed the situation “The Movid pandemic.”

Rahul Gandhi on Sunday had hit out at the Narendra Modi-led Central government for poor handling of the Covid situation.

“Shehron ke baad ab gaon bhi parmatma-nirbhar (After cities, villages also left to the mercy of God,” he said in a tweet, attaching an image of a Hindi caption reading “Covid-19: Mahamari ki dusri lahar ab gaaon mein barpa rahi hai kehr (Covid-19: The second wave of the pandemic now overwhelming villages)”.

Gandhi had earlier tweeted the country doesn’t need a new house for the PM but needs oxygen, attaching photos of people in line for the life-saving gas, and work on the Central Vista.

In another tweet which displayed a graph on the Covid surge and falling vaccinations, he had termed the situation “The Movid pandemic.”




Manish Sisodia orders enquiry after 23 Covid-19 patients went missing from Hindu Rao


The Statesman tried to contact Prakash for clarification on the matter but the leader remained unavailable for the comment.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has ordered an enquiry into the matter of 23 Covid-19 patients who went missing from the Hindu Rao Hospital, sources told The Statesman.

For the unversed, it was reported that 23 Corona patients left the Hindu Rao Hospital between April 19 and May 6 without informing the medical facility.

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation, which controls the Hindu Rao said that the hospital authorities have informed the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) and police about the missing patients for the enquiry.

“23 COVID-19 patients have left Hindu Rao Hospital without informing in the last couple of weeks. We have informed the DDMA and police about this. We have all their details and most of them are either home quarantined or admitted to other hospitals,” told Jai Prakash, Mayor, North MCD.

The latest incident has taken a political turn as leader of opposition in MCD, Durgesh Pathak has demanded FIR against the people involved in the matter including Mayor Prakash.

“You (MCD) have given 200-250 beds to the people of Delhi and you are unable to even make proper arrangements for those 200-250 beds. There is no water, no food, no proper treatment, patients are agonized and anxious and from that 23 patients have left your hospital and you have no idea about it,” he said.

“I demand, the Aam Aadmi Party demands that action should be taken against whoever is responsible for this, including the mayor, who lied to the public,” Pathak demanded.

The AAP leader was referring to an alleged statement by Prakash as a lie. According to Pathak, Prakash had stated in the media that a complaint regarding missing patients has been filed by the North MCD, which the Delhi police later refuted.

The Statesman tried to contact Prakash for clarification on the matter but the leader remained unavailable for the comment.




Lockdown extended for 7 days amid surge in Covid-19 cases


According to the new Covid-19 guidelines, only essential services will be allowed to operate in Jammu and Kashmir.

Amid the surge in Covid-19 cases, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday extended the lockdown in all 20 districts by 7 days till 17 May. This might help to control further spread of the virus.

An official spokesman said that the extended lockdown will be strict and the number of guests in marriage ceremonies has been reduced to 25.

According to the new Covid-19 guidelines, only essential services will be allowed to operate in Jammu and Kashmir.

The week-long lockdown announced earlier was to end on 10 May at 7 am and it has now been extended till 17 May.

Normal life remained affected as the lockdown entered the 11th day on Sunday. Markets remained shut and public transport was off the roads. Security forces have sealed several roads by putting barricade to prevent the movement of people.

Meanwhile, police has arrested 106 persons in Kashmir for violating the curfew restrictions. 29 vehicles have been seized.




Free distribution of AYUSH-64 at 7 Delhi locations from Monday


Patients or their representatives can visit these centres with the hard or soft copies of the patient’s RT PCR positive report and Aadhar Card to get a free pack of AYUSH 64 tablets.

As a token of its commitment to serve the out of hospital COVID patients, the Ministry of Ayush has started free distribution of AYUSH 64 at many locations in Delhi since last Saturday. From Monday onwards, many more centres will become operational. Those COVID-19 patients who are in home isolation or are staying at some government/NGO arranged isolation centres can benefit from this initiative of the Ministry of Ayush.

Patients or their representatives can visit these centres with the hard or soft copies of the patient’s RT PCR positive report and Aadhar Card to get a free pack of AYUSH 64 tablets. Replenishment, if and when required, will also be provided free of cost.

The seven centres where Ayush 64 will be available to asymptomatic, mild and moderate void-19  patients from Monday onwards are All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), Sarita Vihar (9.30 am – 1.00 pm); Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, Ashoka Road (all seven days, 8.30 am – 4.30 pm); Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, Abul Fazal Enclave Part-1, Jamia Nagar, Okhla (9 am – 5 pm); Unani Medical Centre, Room no. 111-113, Main OPD Building, First Floor, Gate no. 7, Safdarjung Hospital (9 am – 4 pm); Unani Speciality Clinic, Dr. M A Ansari Health Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia (9 am – 4.30 pm); Central Ayurveda Research Institute, Street no. 66, Punjabi Bagh (9.30 – 4 pm) and Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy, opp. D-block, Janakpuri (9 am – 12 pm).The Naturopathy Hospital of CCRYN in sector 19 in Rohini will also start distributing free AYUSH 64 from Wednesday (9 am – 12 noon).

Apart from this, a sale counter is also set up at the reception of Ayush Bhawan, B- block, GPO complex where both AYUSH 64 and AYURAKSHA kits are available.




Mamata Banerjee takes oath as West Bengal CM for third consecutive term


She arrived at Raj Bhavan early morning today in Kolkata for the oath-taking ceremony.

Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday took oath as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for a third consecutive term. She was administered the oath by Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.

She arrived at Raj Bhavan early morning today in Kolkata for the oath-taking ceremony.

The newly-elected MLAs of the Trinamul Congress unanimously elected Banerjee yesterday as the legislative party leader at a meeting , its secretary-general Partha Chatterjee said.

The TMC legislators elected the speaker in the outgoing House, Biman Banerjee, as the pro-tem speaker in the new Assembly.

“The newly-elected members will take oath in the Assembly from 6 May,” Chatterjee told reporters at the party headquarters  after the meeting of the legislators.

She also said on Tuesday that her party would arrange a grand celebration after the pandemic is over and would organise the meeting at Brigade Parade ground where other chief ministers and Opposition leaders of different states would be invited.

Mentioning that all the national leaders, including Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Akhilesh Yadav called her to congratulate her on the electoral success, Banerjee said, “There is a lot of time to think on this. This is a time when we should fight Covid and I am only focused on that. The Prime Minister didn’t call me. That doesn’t matter though. He might be busy, but he had called me before.”

In the West Bengal Assembly Elections, TMC again won more than 200 seats, breaching the halfway mark and forging a powerful majority in the state assembly.




PM speaks to Bengal Guv over post-poll violence


He demanded immediate punishment of perpetrators behind violence and killings and accused Miss Banerjee of vitiating the civil society by her utterances.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed his concern and anguish over West Bengal post-poll violence in a conversation over telephone with state Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, asking him to restore law and order. In a tweet, Dhankar informed,

“PM called and expressed his serious anguish and concern at alarmingly worrisome law and order situation @ MamataOfficial.”

“I share grave concerns @ PMOIndia given that violence vandalism, arson, loot and killings continued unabated. Concerned must act in overdrive to restore order,” Dhankhar added.

Violence and arson have been reported in the aftermath of the Bengal Assembly elections in which the ruling TMC secured a hat-trick with a mammoth mandate. BJP candidates were allegedly targeted, their houses set ablaze allegedly by TMC activists and clashes have also resulted in deaths. The vehicle of Suvendu Adhikari, who defeated chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram, was also reportedly attacked.

At Natabari, the car of BJP candidate Mihir Goswami was learnt to be damaged after the Election Commission announced his victory defeating Rabindranath Ghosh, minister and senior TMC leader. The Union home ministry on Monday had sought a detailed report from the state chief secretary on the violence.

In another development, BJP national spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia has in a petition before the Supreme Court demanded a CBI investigation into the spate of violence in West Bengal. The party had allegedly blamed TMC goons for violence in the state. Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra termed the violence as state sponsored. He said people following a particular ideology were being targeted at the behest of the ruling dispensation. He termed the development worrisome, unfortunate, shameful and condemnable.

“Bengal is burning. At the indication of Mamata government our workers were being murdered, women leaders humiliated in the most abominable manner,” Patra said, adding that there could no room for such inhuman actions in a democracy.

He demanded immediate punishment of perpetrators behind violence and killings and accused Miss Banerjee of vitiating the civil society by her utterances.





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