A 100-bed quarantine centre being set up inside the Patliputra Sports Complex for COVID-19 patients, in Patna on Sunday, May 31, 2020. (PTI)Migrant workers quarantined at a government high school in Sitamarhi district of Bihar assaulted government officials and police on Thursday after their isolation period was extended when some of them tested positive for the novel coronavirus. An FIR has been registered against around 50 migrant workers. Incidentally, the 14-day quarantine period of a few migrant workers at the centre was to end today (Thursday). “Our purpose for not releasing the migrant workers who had completed their quarantine period was to stop the possibility of any further spread of the coronavirus in the area.
June 05, 2020 22:41 UTC
A senior doctor at AIIMS has criticised the Centre’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, and said its response has been driven by clinicians and bureaucrats rather than epidemiologists and public health experts. In a letter to the editor of the Indian Journal of Public Health, Dr Anoop Saraya, head of the gastroenterology department at AIIMS, said the success of any advisory group of scientists depends on a “culture of openness, independence, and diversity of opinion”. “Unfortunately, this culture of openness has been conspicuous by its absence when it comes to the government’s scientific advisory bodies on the pandemic, perhaps because most of them comprise government employees.”Making public the discussions and decisions of scientific advisers would give the wider scientific community a chance to offer constructive criticism and perhaps help in course-corrections, he wrote. Addressing the pandemic calls for engagement of citizens, governments and organisations and individuals involved in policymaking, he said. The “leadership group lacks social scientists and community voices.”
June 05, 2020 22:41 UTC
Mishra, who unsuccessfully contested February’s Assembly polls in Delhi on a BJP ticket, had been hauled up by the Election Commission of India for communal and incendiary remarks. I’m making one thing clear on all our behalf — we will hold our peace until Trump leaves. Facebook had taken down a video of the speech that Mishra had uploaded. Despite Delhi High Court’s nudge, the police are yet to book Mishra. During the Delhi riots, poultry seller Faizan died in hospital after being tortured along with four others by the police and made to sing the national anthem while they were writhing on the ground in pain.
June 05, 2020 22:18 UTC
The home ministry on Friday replaced its entire media and publicity wing following serial bloopers that embarrassed the top brass. “Home minister Amit Shah was very unhappy with the media wing’s repeated lapses that entangled the ministry in controversies. The media wing pleaded “human error”. “Initially, the publicity material did not mention the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that was passed by Parliament. Nor had the media wing earned itself any brownie points with its tortuous officialise that mired the home ministry’s lockdown advisories to the states in confusion.
June 05, 2020 22:07 UTC
Out of the total, the earnings — excluding expenditure — from sale of tickets during these years were Rs 2,179 crore, Rs 3,027 crore and Rs 3,582 crore respectively. It repaid around Rs 680 crore, including interest, to JICA in 2016-17, Rs 797 crore in 2017-18 and Rs 1,062 crore in 2018-19. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlinesFor all the latest Delhi News, download Indian Express App. © The Indian Express (P) Ltd
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Mashrafe Mortaza (Wikipedia)Former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has accused the country’s cricket board of trying to push him into retirement after a couple of poor series, claiming that he was even offered a farewell match. Mortaza said he has been left hurt by the “lack of respect” towards his achievements. “Honestly speaking, it seemed that there was a rush to bid me farewell and it was certainly hurting,” Mortaza was quoted as saying by a cricket website. All I know is that I have given my life to cricket even though I was torn apart and bleeding inside,” Mortaza said. “I wanted to retire after the last game in the World Cup but it did not happen.
June 05, 2020 22:06 UTC
An official said omitting the health department’s role would ease the burden on Swasthya Bhavan and reduce delay in releasing bodies. (Shutterstock)The health department’s clearance is no longer required to hand over the body of a Covid-19 patient to the Calcutta Municipal Corporation for cremation. Till now, if a person died after testing positive for Covid-19, the hospital where the death occurred needed to fill in a declaration form and attach to it the death certificate and result of the Covid-19 test. The health department would then give permission to the CMC and the hospital for cremation. An official said omitting the health department’s role would ease the burden on Swasthya Bhavan and reduce delay in releasing bodies.
June 05, 2020 21:56 UTC
Ganguly’s help would make a world of difference to his daughter’s treatment, he said. In Texas, it was 1.30am on June 3 when Ganguly was reading the report. “I was devastated seeing his picture and knowing about how he was struggling to reach his daughter. She reached out to Banerjee and by 8.30am on June 4 (IST), Biplab had given his bank account details to her. The rest would reach him in some time.”Banerjee said his daughter’s dialysis costs between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000.
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The shortfall was made up by taking into account the impact of the Reserve Bank of India’s monetary measures assessed at Rs 8.01 lakh crore. “At a 30 per cent run-rate, the expenditure in the first quarter would be Rs 9.25 lakh crore. The austerity move comes at a time when revenues are expected to contract by more than Rs 4 lakh crore in 2020-21. The disinvestment target of Rs 2.1 lakh crore is also unlikely to be achieved, exerting pressure on the country’s fiscal deficit. Interest payments amount to over 23 per cent of the overall expenditure of Rs 30.4 lakh crore in this year’s budget.
June 05, 2020 21:33 UTC
However, on reaching Rangpo, their nightmare began as the authorities refused them entry since none of them was able to produce either the voter ID card or the COI. They insisted on either the voter ID card or COI. The family again tried to enter Sikkim the following day, but without much luck and another night in the mosquito-infected stall. Jacob Khaling, the political secretary to chief minister P. S. Tamang (Golay), said the government had been bringing back Sikkimemse people stuck outside if they registered online and possessed either a voter ID card or COI. Let us also be humane Sikkimese and allow the family to enter Sikkim.
One good outcome of the pandemic-induced quarantine in the United States of America are drive-through, or drive-in, outings, which have started again. The trend of drive-in movie theatres was popular in the 1950s and 1960s, but eventually faded away as people started watching films at home. It will take place every weekend, starting in July, and will be a combination of a drive-in movie theatre and a live music concert featuring local NYC artists. According to Hollywood Reporter, there are about 320 drive-in movie theatres across the country that have been steadily reopening as states lift stay-at-home orders. Keith Urban and DJ D-Nice are among the first major artists to perform drive-in shows.
The Mamata Banerjee government made efforts to acquire land in 2015 when the stretch had turned into a nightmare for motorists. In October last year, the NHAI started the much-awaited widening of the 67km stretch of NH12 from Baro Jagulia to Krishnagar. Just before that, widening of an adjoining 26km stretch from Baro Jagulia to Barasat had been undertaken. The NHAI had planned to repair the stretch while widening it but the lockdown-induced delay has turned it into a nightmare for motorists. However, the bituminous layer will be laid only after monsoon.”“However, the job on the stretch between Baro Jagulia and Barasat will take at least two months to complete.
The Bankura Sammilani Medical College and Hospital administration on Friday revoked the termination of 35 house staff after they had purportedly agreed to obey orders from the authorities. Initially, 26 house staff had been terminated on Wednesday but similar action was taken against nine others a day later. “We have rolled back the decision as the house staff have agreed to obey the duty roster and render proper services. The terminated house staff wrote to us seeking a discussion and we held the meeting,” said Partha Pratim Pradhan, principal of the medical college. The hospital has altogether 48 house staff.
(PTI)Bengal on Friday reported 427 new Covid-19 cases, the highest 24-hour rise, taking the total number of patients past 7,000 and active cases beyond 4,000. The total cases rose to 7,303, which was 4,813 a week ago and 1,456 a month ago. With 9,686 tests reported on Friday, yet another record for 24 hours, Bengal’s tests per million count increased to 2,795. The total number of recovered cases rose to 2,912 with the release of 144 infected persons following cure. The total number of cured cases has seen a rise of 11 times in a month.
“We want to create an impact in Bengal politics with Amit-ji’s rally and that can happen only with an astronomical audience count,” said a state BJP leader. “As of now, our plan is to make sure that at least 10 lakh people listen to Shah,” said a source. According to a BJP leader, the challenges facing them while preparing for the virtual rally are as unprecedented as the event itself. The state BJP prepared a list of 1,800 people, including old and new state office-bearers, district presidents and observers, of whom 1,200 will be shortlisted and sent direct link of the rally. “We have asked the workers at the grassroots to form WhatsApp groups so that we can ensure involvement of all of them,” said state BJP president Dilip Ghosh.
June 05, 2020 21:10 UTC