Published on June 13, 2020
1. 8=380´B5A4GA4B4AE4B 9D?CA42A3'!1= dQPX) CWTR^d]cah³bU^aTXV] TgRWP]VTaTbTaeTbRa^bbTScWTWP[UP caX[[X^]PaZU^acWTUXabccXTbX]RT 9d]T$ 20?BD;4 ?=BQ =4F34;78 The Supreme Court on Friday said the state of affairs in Delhi hospitals was “horrific” with regard to dis- posal of the bodies of Covid-19 and sought responses from the Centre and different States on its plea taking suo motu cog- nisance on the treatment given to patients and the handling of the bodies. The court said hospitals are not showing due care to the bodies and not even informing family members about deaths, as a result, they are unable to attend the last rites. “Hospitals aren’t giving due care and concern to the dead bodies. Patients’ families aren’t even informed about deaths. Families haven’t been able to attend the last rites too in some cases. How are dead bodies being treated?” the court asked during the hearing. “It is a horrendous situation. Worse than animals, people are being treated,” the court said. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, SK Kaul and MR Shah also issued notices to the Centre, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. “The situation in Delhi is horren- dous, horrific and pathetic,” the bench said during the hearing. The judges went on to add that Government hospitals in Delhi are not properly dealing with bodies of deceased Covid- 19 victims, adding that patients’ families have not been informed about deaths on some occasions. It also asked the Government why some patients were not getting admission in hospitals despite the Government app showing the availability of beds. “Reports also show that patients are not able to get admitted to the hospital where- as data shows a large number of beds remain vacant. The State is not only duty-bound to provide beds but also ade- quate infrastructure, manpow- er, and staff to attend to the patients,” the SC bench said. The top court further slammed the Delhi Government citing media reports which have shown the “pathetic” condition of patients. “Very sorry state of affairs in Delhi and its hospitals. There is no adherence to the MHA guidelines,” SC said. Not just Delhi but the SC also pulled up Maharashtra, Bengal and Tamil Nadu over the condition of Government hospitals in their States. ?C8Q =4F34;78 AHindu body has moved the Supreme Court challeng- ing a provision of a 1991 law that provides for maintaining “religious character” of holy structures as it existed on August 15, 1947, in a bid to open the litigation route to reclaim disputed religious sites other than the Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya. The petition, which has challenged Section 4 of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, assumes significance in the case of Kashi and Mathura where two disputed mosques stand. The law also prohibits the conversion of any temple into a mosque and vice versa. The PIL filed by ‘Vishwa Bhadra Pujari Purohit Mahasangh’ has sought direc- tions to declare Section 4 of the 1991 Act as ultra vires, meaning beyond its legal power or authority, and unconstitutional. “The impugned Act has barred the right and remedy against encroachment made on reli- gious property of Hindus exer- cising might of power by fol- lowers of another faith,” it said. ?C8Q 14898=6 China has reported 10 new coronavirus cases, includ- ing two more confirmed infec- tions in Beijing, following which the capital city sus- pended plans to reopen schools for Grade I to IIId students. Beijing reported its first Covid-19 case on Thursday after an interval of 56 days. On Friday, the city reported two more coronavirus cases, raising alarm among officials as the capital had returned to near normalcy with the discharge of its last locally transmitted Covid-19 patient from hospi- tal on June 9. ?C8 Q ?0C=0:0C70=3D The Nepalese border guard- ing force on Friday opened fire on a crowd killing a 22- year-old Indian man and injur- ing two others following an altercation, sparking tension on the Indo-Nepal Border along Bihar’s Sitamarhi district. The border guarding force — Nepalese Armed Police Force (AFP) — has detained a person identified as 45-year- old Lagan Yadav after the inci- dent, Indian officials said. Officials said, as per pre- liminary reports obtained from locals, there were protests after the APF troops had objected to the presence Indians in their area in violation of the lock- down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nepal has announced a lockdown in the area till June 14. The incident comes in the midst of a raging boundary row between the two countries with India sternly asking Nepal not to resort to any “artificial enlargement” of territorial claims after Kathmandu released a new political map laying claim over Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura. New Delhi maintains that these were part of Uttarakhand while Kathmandu, in its recent map, had shown them as part of Western Nepal. ?=BQ =4F34;78 With various reports indi- cating that Covid-19 leads to loss of taste and smell, the Government may include the two symptoms as criteria for testing the viral infection which has claimed lakhs of lives across the world. Sources said the issue was discussed in a meeting of the National Task Force on Covid- 19 held recently, but no con- sensus on the matter has been reached yet. “At the meeting, some members suggested including loss of taste and smell in the eli- gibility criteria for Covid-19 testing stating that several patients have been reporting symptoms like these,” a source in the Union Health Ministry said. Initially, the symptoms of infection caused due to SARS- CoV-2 were listed as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. However, with time, loss of smell and taste were also reported as symptoms of Covid-19. There have been various reports since the outbreak of the disease about the loss of taste and smell in Covid-19 patients. For example, in a study of European patients with mild- to-moderate Covid-19, 86 per cent reported problems with their sense of smell, while a similar percentage had changes in taste perception. Dr Nicholas Rowan, an assistant professor of oto- laryngology-head and neck surgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore said first there were anecdotal reports of Covid-19 patients who had lost their ability to smell or taste, later studies started to confirm “there’s a lot of truth to it.” Faridabad: The pathological test laboratory of a Faridabad- based ESI Hospital dedicated to the treatment of Covid-19 patients has been closed after around 70 per cent of its technicians were found infect- ed. Faridabad is one of the worst-affected districts, hav- ing reported 21 Covid deaths and 1,050 patients till date. The lab had to be closed down three days ago, hospital’s Deputy Civil Surgeon, Dr Ram Bhagat said on Friday. The medical tests in the dedicated Covid-19 treatment centre would resume only after the induction of new staffers, he added. He said all work related to the collection of test samples of suspected patients were suspended and the test lab was closed after over 70 per cent of its technicians were found infected with coronavirus. ?=BQ =4F34;78 The country’s total number of positive Covid-19 cases crossed 3 lakh-mark on Friday night while the infections breached one lakh-mark in Maharashtra and Delhi record- ed 2,000-plus cases for the first time in a day. The Maharashtra total tally touched 1,01,141 in the State where 127 more people suc- cumbed to pandemic during the last 24 hours taking the total number of deaths to 3,717. With no let up in the coror- navirus crisis in the State, 3,493 people tested positive for the pandemic in various parts of the State on Friday. Despite the Tamil Nadu Government’s stance that there was no need for any total lock- down of Chennai and the three neighbouring districts to checkmate the spread of coro- navirus disease, the State recorded an all time high of 1,982 persons testing positive for the pandemic on Friday, the highest numbers to be tested positive on a single day. With Friday’s testing, the number of persons tested pos- itive in the State for the pan- demic till date has reached 40,698. Taking into account the number of persons cured of the disease and discharged (22,047) from hospitals across Tamil Nadu, there are 18,281 covid patients across the State as on Friday evening, said a release by the Government of Tamil Nadu. The death toll in Tamil Nadu reached 367 with 18 more persons succumbing to the pandemic on Friday. While 17 of the dead had co-mor- bidities (suffering from other serious ailments) a 38 year old male died without any comor- bidities. Of the 127 deaths report- ed on Friday, Mumbai — which had recorded 97 deaths each during the last two days — accounted for 90 deaths, while there were 12 deaths in Pune, 11 deaths in Thane, three deaths each in Kalyan- Dombivli and Sangli, two deaths each in Nashik and Aurangabad, one death each in Bhayandar, Vasai-Virar, Dhule and Amravati. Delhi recorded the highest single-day spike after 2,137 cases were reported on Friday. ?=BQ =4F34;78 Even as India sees a steep rise in coronavirus cases with the consequent jump in the number of deaths, Maharashtra and Delhi, two of the worst-hit States with a rising graph of the pandemic, have rejected the possibilities of extending the lockdown. It was expected that the States like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Gujarat which are the top four States with a share nearly 2,00,000 coron- avirus cases of a total of 3,00,000 in the country might continue with the lockdown at a time when the pandemic is peaking across these States. While Tamil Nadu and Gujarat Governments are yet to speak up their mind on the issue, Delhi and Maharashtra Governments made it clear that lockdown would not be extended beyond June 30 and activities would be unlocked with “new normal” of social distancing and other standard operating procedures. Reviving and sustaining economy seemed to have over- ridden the logic of “life first” in not continuing the lockdown when there is no sign of coro- navirus curve in any way straightening itself in these two States. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said lockdown would not be extended when asked if there have been dis- cussions to continue it in the national Capital. Jain’s remarks came a day after the city witnessed the highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases as it recorded 1,877 fresh infections on Thursday and total 1,085 casu- alties. Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Office too made it plain that the lockdown in the State will not be extended and also appealed people to avoid crowding in order to halt the spread of coronavirus. At present, the lockdown is imposed in the State till June 30. “Lockdown will not be re- announced. Chief Minister Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has requested and appealed to the people not to crowd any- where. Follow the instructions given by the government and take care of yourself,” the Maharashtra CMO tweeted. A094B7:D0AQ =4F34;78 Fearing a large influx of pri- vate vehicles post lockdown and in an attempt to make coronavirus an opportunity, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has issued an advisory to States, cities and metro rail corpora- tions on public transport sug- gesting to encourage non- motorised transport (NMT), touchless and cashless tech- nologies, rearrange the seating capacity to curb transmission of the virus. In a three-pronged strate- gy for re-opening metros in the short, medium and long-term, the MoHUA emphasised the opportunity for encouraging bicycling and pedestrians. According to the advisory, due to social distancing norms, about 25-50 per cent of the Metro rail and bus rapid tran- sit (BRT) capacity of 10 million passengers daily would be used once it restarts. The advisory stated that roughly 16 to 57 per cent of urban commuters are pedestrians and 30 to 40 per cent use bicycles in the country. 9`daZeR]d¶RaReYjY`ccZWZT+D4 $SH[ FRXUW UDSV HQWUH 6WDWHV IRU PDOWUHDWPHQW WR RYLG SDWLHQWV New Delhi: “In war, you do not make soldiers unhappy. Travel extra mile and channel some extra money to address their grievances,” the Supreme Court said on Friday taking serious note of non-payment of salary and lack of proper accommo- dation to doctors engaged in fight against Covid-19. The courts should not be involved in the issue of non- payment of salary to health care workers and Government should settle the issue, it said. The top court was hearing a plea by a doctor, who alleged that front line healthcare work- ers engaged in fight against Covid-19 are not being paid salaries or their salaries are being cut or delayed. PTI New Delhi: Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Friday consti- tuted a high-level expert committee, which includes Indian Council of Medical Research Director-General Balram Bhargava, to suggest effective steps to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak in the national Capital, officials said. Apart from Bhargava, the six-member panel also includes National Disaster Management Authority members Krishna Vatsa and Kamal Kishore; AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, DGHS Additional DDG Dr Ravindran and National Centre for Disease Control Director Surjit Kumar Singh. 8]fPah^dS^]´cPZT b^[SXTabd]WP__hbPhb B2^]]^]_PhT]c^U bP[PaXTbc^S^Rc^ab RYRcVT`cUd$%*$_VhTRdVdR_U #(UVReYd,5V]YZdVVd#$(TRdVd #*UVReYdW`cWZcdeeZ^VZ_RURj New Delhi: Veteran Urdu poet Anand Mohan Zutshi ‘Gulzar’ Dehlvi passed away on Friday afternoon, five days after he recovered from Covid-19. He died at his Noida home, and was a month shy of turning 94. “His corona test came nega- tive on June 7 and we brought him home. Today he had lunch and around 2.30pm he passed away,” his son Anoop Zutshi said. 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This is the opinion of activists of var- ious Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that work against child labour in the State. While talking to this cor- respondent on the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour on Friday, various activists said that it is a major failure of the government in Uttarakhand including some other states that rescuing a child from child labour does not proceed as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issuedby theMinistryof Labour and Employment in 2017. According to them, the SOP for the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act 2016 clearly states that if a child is being res- cued from any place, the district magistrate or sub-divisional magistrate must be involved in the pre-rescue process but here, only the officials from the State labour department get involved due to which many cases of bonded labour remain unre- ported. Some of them also pointed out that most of the time no proper pre-rescue plan- ning is done as per the standard procedure in case the situation gets out of control from where the child is supposed to be res- cued. The activists mentioned that the standard procedure is to keep the child at a safe place after he or she is rescued from where the officials from police, child welfare committee (CWC) and the labour department record the child’s statement together. But according to local activists, the rescued child is taken here to the premises of all such authorities which takes a lot of time besides affecting the child. Some also stated that though many FIRs have been filed against child labour in State, the right documentation is not available to State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB). Apart from this, they also informed that most of the children under child labour in Uttarakhand are from Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh who are mainly found to work in factories, restaurants or as domestic helpers. DjdeV^eRT]Z_XTYZ]U =RS`fc^RccVUSjR_`^R]ZVd Z_FYR_U`aZ_VRTeZgZded ?=BQ 347A03D= On the directions of district magistrate Ashish Kumar Shrivastava, Dehradun city will remain closed on Saturday and Sunday along with the areas under Clement Town can- tonment board and Garhi cantonment board to con- tain the Covid-19 contagion. As per the orders, all the offices and businesses will remain closed on Saturday and Sunday except the shops and institutions providing essential commodities and services like hospitals, petrol pumps and dairy shops among others. According to Shrivastava, shutting down Dehradun city for two days will help in restraining the transmission of Covid-19 contagion among the locals. In these two days, the municipal corporation will sanitise all the public places of the closed area to minimise the risk of contagion, said Shrivastava. 4UXbQTe^d_ bU]QY^S_cUT V_bdg_TQic ?=BQ 347A03D= Several councillors com- plained to Dehradun mayor Sunil Uniyal 'Gama' about old fogging machines, lack of sanitation workers and incomplete sterilisation of their wards to contain Covid- 19. The second meeting of the councillors -from the wards 51 to 100 was called by 'Gama' on Friday. The main purpose of this meeting was to discuss the plan and suggestions in order to prevent dengue and malaria in the approaching rainy season. As in the earli- er meeting with the first 50 councillors on Thursday, 'Gama' directed the remaining councillors to submit a list of pits and hollow points in their wards that contain stag- nant water so that municipal corporation can take proper measures on time to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes. Moreover, many council- lors also complained that the corporation is not spraying disinfectant in some areas during the sanitation drive due to which the local resi- dents get aggravated and question them. Some councillors of sub- urban wards also demanded an extra fogging machine and extra litres of petrol to prevent the breeding of dengue. According to them, the area of their wards is bigger than the urban wards, therefore they need additional resources including extra san- itation workers. Some also stated that the corporation has provided the councillors with nine year old fogging machines which they had to send regularly for mainte- nance that causes hindrance during the breeding season of mosquitoes. Responding to such complaints, 'Gama' said that the earnings of munici- pal corporation have not been much in last few months therefore he has asked district magistrate for financial assis- tance to buy 75 fogging machines. The corporation is wait- ing for his response, said 'Gama'. He also added the corporation will soon issue the councillors the extra litres of petrol, additional sanitation workers and the new fogging machines. Meanwhile, the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) will also sanitise some wards of Dehradun on Saturday to minimise the risk of Covid-19 contagion in the city. 23PfPXcb3³b PbbXbcP]RTc^Qdh]Tf U^VVX]VPRWX]Tb B^T R^d]RX[[^ab^U bdQdaQP]fPaSb P[b^STP]STS P]TgcaPU^VVX]V PRWX]T ?=BQ 270=3860A7 Six persons died as the Covid-19 death toll climbed to 70 in Haryana on Friday as the spike in the number of Coronavirus infected patients in Haryana are showing no sign of slowing down. The total number of cases reached 6334 with 366 new cases reported, said health officials. Meanwhile, on a positive note, 215 patients were dis- charged from different hospi- tals of the State on the day after their complete recovery from the disease. On Friday, 185 new patients were reported from Gurugram district, taking the total in the district to 2922 while 57 cases surfaced in Faridabad, taking the total in the district to 986. As many as 30 Covid-19 positive patients are critically ill and have been put on oxygen support while 16 patients on ventilator, said the Haryana Health officials. Out of six Covid-19 deaths on the day, four reported from Faridabad, one each from Sonepat and Palwal. With 2475 people cured and discharged from the hospitals, there are 3789 active Covid-19 cases in Haryana now. So far 70 patients of the disease have died in the State. On the day, in Sonepat, 31 new patients were found, taking count to 533 while 28 patients each were reported from Ambala and Palwal. In Kaithal, 11 new patients was reported while five patients each were reported from Nuh and Yamunagar. Four fresh cases were found in Hisar while three patients each were found in Jhajjar and Kurukshetra. Two new cases each were reported Panipat, Fatehabad while one each in Charkhi Dadri and Jind. On the day, 116 patients were cured and discharged from hospitals in Gurugram district while 42 were dis- charged from Faridabad dis- trict. Four patients were dis- charged from Nuh while 10 each in Ambala, Bhiwani and 13 in Palwal. One each was dis- charged from Panipat, Sirsa and Fatehabad, while eight in Yamunagar and six in Hisar. Health officials said that out of 167,501 samples, 155,395 were found negative for the dis- ease on Friday. He added that reports of 5772 samples are still awaited by the department. The State has a recovery rate of 39.07 per cent, fatality rate at 1.11 per cent while tests per million being conducted are 6608. The doubling rate in the State is eight days. HARYANA WORST DOU- BLING RATE AND SECOND WORST IN RECOVERY RATE Haryana is the worst when it comes to the doubling rate of Covid-19 cases and second- worst in recovery rate when compared to states which have more than 2,000 cases. To date, Haryana has recorded 6334 cumulative Covid-19 positive cases. The state’s doubling rate till Friday was eight days, which is the worst. Karnataka and Jammu and Kashmir, on the other hand, have a doubling rate of 13 days, which was the second-worst. The doubling rate is calculated to determine the time taken for the doubling of cases. The national doubling rate is 18 days. Haryana, till Friday, was the second-worst state when it comes to recovery rate in the country among the states which have more than 2,000 cumulative Covid-19 positive cases. The state’s recovery rate is 39.07 per cent as only 2475 of the 6334 have been cured and sent home. Delhi’s recovery rate is 36.70 per cent as 12,731 have been cured of the 34,687 cases. Jammu and Kashmir was third- worst with a recovery rate of 39.79 per cent. The all-India recovery rate stands at 49.47 per cent. Haryana’s recovery rate used to be between 60 to 70 per cent. PUNJAB INCHES TOWARDS 3000 MARK Punjab, since past few days, is again witnessing a spike in Covid-19 positive cases, along with mounting number of deaths, pushing the state’s coro- navirus tally close to 3000- mark. The State on Friday recorded four deaths, besides 99 fresh cases. With this, the state’s Covid death roll has reached 63, while total number of cases stood at 2986. Among the fresh cases, a whopping 63 were reported from Amritsar, which already has the highest number of cases in the state at 592, with 220 active cases, 356 recover- ies and 16 deaths. The district accounts for 19 percent of all Covid-19 cases in the State, and 26 per cent of the state’s deaths. Besides reporting 63 new coronavirus cases, Amritsar also reported three of state’s four deaths in a span of 24 hours — the highest single-day rise the district has witnessed since first week of May. Amritsar had earlier witnessed a massive spike when several pilgrims had returned from Nanded Sahib in Maharashtra and tested positive for the virus. Thirty-one of Amritsar’s 63 new cases were categorized as ILI (influenza-like illness), 19 were contacts of already diagnosed cases, and 13 were new cases. A total of 37 of the new cases were of influenza-like illness (ILI) while 29 are the contacts of positive cases, and sic cases have the source of infection from outside Punjab. Four police officials were also tested positive for the conta- gion. In the past two weeks, a large number of people infect- ed with ILI are testing positive for Covid-19 has the health authorities in Punjab worried. Of the total cases reported in the last 24 hours, 53 (84 per- cent) were reported from four most densely populated dis- tricts — Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar and Sangrur. As many as 12 cases were reported from Ludhiana while five cases each were from Sangrur and Ropar. Three peo- ple got infected in Mohali. Nawanshahr, Fazilka and Hoshiarpur reported two cases each while one case each sur- faced in Barnala and Ferozepur. Four deaths were recorded, three in Amritsar and one in Jalandhar, taking the overall death toll to 63. A total of 23 patients were discharged after they recovered. Of Ludhiana’s 12 cases, four were contacts of already diagnosed cases, four were cat- egorized as ILI, three were new cases and one was catego- rized as ANC (health worker). In SAS Nagar, two were con- tacts of an already diagnosed case, and one was ILI. In Sangrur, one patient recently returned from Delhi tested positive besides three were policemen and one prisoner. Both of Nawanshahr’s cases had recent travel records — one had returned from Delhi and the other from Uttar Pradesh. 11 NEW CASES IN CHANDIGARH 11 fresh cases of Covid-19 were reported in Chandigarh on Friday taking the total number to 345. The fresh cases have been reported from Khudda Jassu village, Daria village, Khudda Lahora village and Bapudham colony, Sector 26 here. All the cases are related to already positive reported cases in the city. “A baby girl aged 1.5 years, an 8-year old girl and 35 years old female, all relatives of already positive male patient from Khudda Jassu has been tested positive for Coronavirus. The male resident is a workplace contact of another positive patient from Sector 16,” the Chandigarh Health Department’s evening bulletin stated. In Bapu Dham, a female child aged five years, two males aged 34 and 63 and a female resident aged 27 have been tested positive. They are family contacts of already pos- itive case of the same house, the bulletin said. Three female residents aged 24, 26 and 48 from Daria village are also tested positive. They are fam- ily contacts of two brothers, residents of Delhi who were tested positive for Covid-19 in the city. In Khudda Lahora, a 28 years old male, who is community contact of Covid- 19 patient from Khudda Jassu is also tested positive, it stat- ed. According to the bulletin, 345 positive cases have been reported in the city till Friday evening. There are 45 active patients in Chandigarh. 5708 samples have been tested so far in the city. '562E9D$''[email protected]:5*:?764E:@?D:?92CJ2?2 KDQGLJDUK VXVSHQGV LQWHU6WDWH EXV VHUYLFHV ?=BQ 270=3860A7 Lighting up hopes for many fighting their battle with Covid-19, a 60-year-old critical patient who was administered convalescent plasma therapy at PGIMER has fully recovered and discharged while condi- tion of another Covid patient at GGS Medical College Faridkot has improved after receiving plasma therapy. In these two significant developments, the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh on Friday dis- charged a recovered patient after successful trail of plasma therapy and Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot conducted Punjab’s maiden convalescent plasma therapy as a part of novel treat- ment modality. The PGIMER is one of the centres of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) national trials on convalescent plasma therapy for Coronavirus positive patients who require oxygen therapy. The tertiary care institute was chosen as one of the ICMR site in the last week of April. On the other hand, the Punjab Government had also last month received the ICMR approval to undertake clinical trials for plasma therapy on COVID-19 patients. PGIMER Director Prof Jagat Ram said, “The 60 years old patient from Kurukhetra was admitted in PGIMER in a seri- ous condition with pneumonia requiring oxygen therapy. After plasma therapy and supportive care, he was taken off the oxy- gen therapy in three day’s time and gradually his condition improved over time. He has fully recovered and discharged on Friday.” This first Coronavirus patient who became eligible to get plasma therapy had enrolled on June 1 while it was on May 9 when a recovered Covid-19 patient had donated convales- cent plasma at PGIMER, he said. Prof. Jagat Ram, said, “It is definitely an encouraging news for all of us and I compliment the entire team for their untir- ing efforts to make it a success. This is the first patient in PGIMER who has received plas- ma therapy which is recom- mended for moderately ill Covid-19 patients. This noble cause needs to be propagated.” He further said, “The suc- cessful trial is a teamwork from the Department of Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology and intensive care, Transfusion Medicine, Virology, Community medicine and Public Health and Endocrinology, PGIMER. For Plasma therapy clinical tri- als we need more donors to come forward. We have to coun- sel the recovered patients and their relatives to convince them to donate blood.” Last month, five patients who have recovered from Coronavirus had come forward to donate convalescent plasma at PGIMER. Giving details about the patient at GGS Medical College Faridkot, Punjab Medical Education and Research Minister OP Soni said that the plasma therapy was given to a seriously ill patient of Covid-19 by a team of doctors at hospital. This hos- pital has become one of the pio- neer institutes in the country to initiate this therapy, as a part of national clinical trial under the ICMR, he said. Soni pointed out that this was the first ever therapy given in Punjab to a patient of Covid- 19. Few days back the plasma of a recovered patient of Covid was collected and stored for this purpose at GGS Medical College Faridkot, said Soni adding that the plasma was given to mod- erate to severely ill patient of this disease. After receiving the plas- ma therapy, patient’s condition is gradually improving and is now under observation, he said. Vice Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Dr Raj Bahadur said that convalescent plasma can be taken from a patient recovered from the Covid-19 disease. Once patient’s report (RT-PCR) becomes neg- ative, he or she can donate plas- ma after 14 days, as his blood contains antibodies which can help to cure the disease, he added. Notably, the convalescent plasma is plasma taken from patients who have recovered from Coronavirus. ?[PbPcWTaP_hU^a2^eXS (caXVVTabW^_TU^a_PcXT]cb ?=BQ 270=3860A7 InviewofsurgeinCovid-19pos- itive patients, the Chandigarh Administration on Friday sus- pendedtheinter-Stateoperations of buses till June 30. Whilethelongroutebusesof Chandigarh Transport Undertakingandotherstatetrans- portundertakingshavebeensus- pended, the tri-city buses being operated by Chandigarh, Mohali andPanchkulawillcontinuetoply. With passengers coming to Chandigarh from other parts of thecountrytestingpositiveinthe pasttendays,theAdministration hasalsoreviseditspolicyforpas- sengers.Aprotocolwasalsofinal- ized for the screening of passen- gerscomingtothetricitybyroad, rail and flight. These decisions were taken duringthereviewmeetingheldby Punjab Governor and UT AdministratorVPSinghBandore on Friday. With 11 fresh cases till the evening, the total cases stood at 345 while active cases were 45 in the city. The UT Administrator expressed concern over the increase in number of new cases which are being detected in per- sons coming from outside Chandigarh or their immediate contacts. “After the feedback of medical experts and senior offi- cers, it has been decided that till June 30, the CTU will not oper- ate its inter-state buses while the consent given to other states for operating inter-state buses to bring passengers to Chandigarh hasbeenwithdrawn,”saidManoj Parida, Adviser to UT Administration. A letter for withdrawing the consentofoperatingtheinter-state buseshasbeenwrittentoPunjab, Haryana and Rajasthan Governments. Thelongroutebusserviceof CTU had begun from June 10 in theunionterritoryofChandigarh. Parida said that the tricity buses being operated by Chandigarh,PunjabandHaryana will continue to ply.
3. 347A03D=kB0CDA30H k9D=4 !! dccPaPZWP]S My mother, Nergis Dalal, a multi-faceted person and a well-known writer, was born exactly 100 years ago on 13 June 1920. On this occasion, almost eight years after her death, many memories surface. She was born Nergis Ghandy at Panchgani, and grew up mainly in Pune. The youngest of seven children, she began her writing career at the age of 17. Her first article was published in the newspa- per Blitz, and after this there was no looking back. Seeing her writing in longhand, her father gifted her with a Royal typewriter, that she used for the next forty years. She married Jamshed Dalal in 1943, and reached Dehradun soon after her marriage. My father, Jamshed, had first come to Dehradun in 1938, when he had been selected for the Survey of India. In 1942 he received a war commission and joined the army in the Corps of Engineers. He remained an army officer, and was seconded to the Survey of India, his parent organisation, in 1951. Nergis had three children by 1952, and I was the last. At the time of my birth, in the approaching winter in Mussoorie, she was reading The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, a long and highly philosophical novel, indicative of the kind of person she was; and a book that prob- ably led to me becoming philo- sophical too! Somehow she managed to continue writing, even while taking care of her children, the house and home, and the requirements of her husband’s career. She could with equal ease cook a delicious meal, participate in the Survey of India womens club, where she was always in demand for demonstrating a recipe, and at the same time write both light and funny pieces on her chil- dren, profound philosophical articles, short stories and nov- els. In her long writing career, extending over six decades, Nergis had written literally thousands of articles published in various newspapers and magazines, more than a hun- dred short stories, five novels, a book on desserts, one on yoga, and a children’s book. Her first novel, Minari was pub- lished in 1967 and explored life and love in a small hill station. Minari was a fictitious place, but the descriptions were based on Mt. Abu, where we had stayed for a few years. This was followed by The Inner Door, which looked at the world of gurus and of yoga. This book originated in her study of yoga, as she had begun practicing asanas and pranaya- ma under the guidance of a guru because of backaches and spondylitis. The result was a total cure, and she continued this practice which kept her fit till almost the end of her life. Her next novel was The Sisters followed by The Girls from Overseas. Of all these The Sisters was closest to her heart. She rewrote and expanded this into her last novel, Skin Deep, a psychological study of non-identical twins, with a Parsi background. The novel explores how societal percep- tions of beauty influence atti- tudes, and how the ‘beautiful’ twin is favoured. Her chil- dren’s book, The Birthday Present, is based on the true story of a dog rescue. Some of her short stories were selected and published with the title The Nude. They include two prize winning sto- ries, and others that were ear- lier published in newspapers and magazines or broadcast over the BBC. Her story The Connoisseur was included in a BTech English syllabus, and is thus widely known. Several theses have been written on her novels and stories, analysing her place in Indo-Anglian lit- erature. Nergis Dalal was per- haps best known for her ‘mid- dles’, the light articles that appeared in the middle of the paper, and that she wrote under different names, including Aries. A small selection were published with the title Never a Dull Moment. Numerous philosophical articles were pub- lished in The Speaking Tree col- umn of the Times of India and elsewhere. There were also articles on writing, writers, ageing, death, the environ- ment, Tibet and Tibetans in India and other themes. Her versatility and wide range of interests are reflected in these. Her articles on Tibetans led to an invitation to meet the Dalai Lama and she and my father were privileged to travel to Dharamsala for a personal meeting. While everyone recognised her as a writer, few people knew how widely read she was, famil- iar with all the classics of Western literature, and with modern works too. She had a good memory and narrated stories to me, both from what she had read, as well as many she invented. She knew a vast number of poems, and when I was going to school would often wake me with a verse from some poem, and in fact recited apt verses at every opportunity. For instance, when returning home from somewhere with my father, while waiting for me to open the door, she would some- times recite from Walter de la Mare’s poem, The Listeners: ‘ “Is anybody there?”, said the traveller, knocking at the moon lit door’, or from Omar Khayyam, ‘Open then the door, you know how little while we have to stay and once depart- ed may return no more…’, or when requesting me to join her in the garden in the evening, it could be verses from another poem, for instance, ‘Let us walk in the garden and gather, lilies of mother of pearl, I had a plan that would have saved the state, but mine were the thoughts of a girl...’ Actually, my father had an equal stock of poems, though of a different kind, and would quote from Shakespeare and other poets. Growing up in this atmosphere, all three of us children too were widely read and knew a vast number of poems. In those early days, it was a form of entertainment to recite poetry to one another, particularly when we were all at home and there was no electricity. When I was around 17 Nergis began reading and studying the Bhagavad Gita, and therefore I delved into it too. That led me to the Mahabharata and then to the study of ancient Indian histo- ry, and its vast and varied texts, which further enriched my reading, and which remain my main focus today. Nergis also cared for ani- mals, fed stray dogs and cats, and spoke against experiments on animals. In addition, she was a talented singer, and a good artist, but she dropped these to focus on her main love of writing. My elder sister, Shahnaz, perhaps inherited her artistic talent, and became an artist. My brother, Ardeshir, became a professor of eco- nomics. On Jamshed’s retirement in 1975, a decision was made to settle down in Dehradun, which was the headquarters of the Survey, where we had often stayed in the past, and where they were staying since his last posting in 1969. Between 1938 and 1975 he had 28 transfers to different places. Nergis had accompa- nied him on all his transfers, even though this meant mov- ing home and family, some- times within a short space of six months. In fact, she wrote in one of her autobiographical ‘middles’ about how she loved travelling and experiencing life in different places. During these years, they had lived in large houses with extensive gardens, but also at times in tents. After his retirement my father wrote a number of arti- cles on Dehradun/ Mussoorie, based on the explorations that he undertook on his many long walks. Unfortunately he died in 1990 after an accident. Nergis continued to write, many of her articles focusing on Dehradun. Her articles on Dehradun’s environment and the defor- estation caused by mining were used in the Supreme Court and helped in reforestation and the closure of mines. She received two citizens awards in Dehradun, including the Pride of Doon Citizens Award in 2004. Right from the beginning of my life, I wanted to be a writer like her. But with The Magic Mountain looming over my head at birth, I was more philosophical and academic, and came to writing late in life. Now, my twelfth book will be published this month, and that too, on a philosopher, Jiddu Krishnamurti. (A PhD in ancient Indian History, the writer lives in Dehradun and has authored more than ten books) A^bWT]3P[P[ ATTQTaX]Vd[cXUPRTcTS=TaVXb3P[P[^]WTa cWQXacWP]]Xe 6dTbc22^[d] ?=BQ 347A03D= The number of novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) affected patients in Uttarakhand increased to 1,724 on Friday with the State Health Department reporting 69 new patients of the disease on the day. In what is of grave concern for the authorities and an indi- cator of worsening condition, five patients of the disease died on Friday which increased the death toll in the State to 21. The health department dis- charged 61 patients from dif- ferent hospitals of the State after their complete recovery. The State now has 947 patients who have won the battle with the disease. On the day, 30 patients were reported from Haridwar district while 17 patients sur- faced in Dehradun district. In Udham Singh Nagar, nine patients were reported while seven patients were reported from Rudraprayag district. Three patients each were reported from Chamoli and Tehri districts on the day. On Friday two persons, found positive for the disease, died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Rishikesh. As per the authori- ties, a 56 year old male and a 25 year old female, a resident of Ghaziabad UP died at AIIMS while a 70 year old male expired at Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) hos- pital. A 58 year old female patient which expired at Mahant Indiresh hospital, Dehradun on Thursday was found positive for the disease on the day. Similarly, swab sample of a 76 year old female admitted in L D Bhatt hospital Kashipur, Udham Singh Nagar was found positive for Covid-19 after her death. On Friday, 29 patients were discharged in Dehradun while 20 were discharged in Rudraprayag district. In Champawat eight patients were discharged while four recov- ered from the disease in Almora district. The additional secretary, state health department, Yugal Kishore Pant said that reports of 1082 samples were found negative for the disease on Friday. He added that reports of 4417 samples are still await- ed by the department. On Friday, a total of 895 samples were collected for COVID -19 testing. The authorities have so far taken swab samples of 42783 suspected patients for COVID-19 test. Out of the total samples taken, 4.53 percent samples have been found pos- itive for the disease. The dou- bling rate of disease in the State is 17.28 days while the recov- ery percent in the State is now at 52.90. A total of 15,102 per- sons are kept in institutional quarantine by the State Health Department. The State now has 751 active patients of the disease. Dehradun with 206 active cases is maintaining its position at top of the table of Covid-19 positive active patients. Tehri district is at second place with 160 active cases. Haridwar dis- trict now is at third place with 123 active cases while Nainital district is at fourth position with 117 active cases. Udham Singh Nagar has 29 while Bageshwar has 22 active cases. Pauri and Pithoragrah districts have 24 active cases each while Rudraprayag has 19 active cases. Chamoli has 12 active cases and Champawat has nine active patients. Uttarkashi and Almora have four and two cases respectively. The State now has 63 con- tainment zones. Haridwar dis- trict has 29 containment zones while Dehradun district has 21 containment zones. The district administration has made nine containment zones in Tehri. Pauri and Udham Singh Nagar have two containment zones each. %(_PcXT]cbU^d]SX] D´ZWP]S*_PcXT]c R^d]caTPRWTb !# ^`cV4`gZUaReZV_edUZV`_7cZURj ?=BQ 347A03D= Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has stressed that priority should be accord- ed to genuinely needy and unemployed persons under the Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana (MSY). He said this while chairing a video confer- ence with district magistrates to review the said scheme along with solar and Pirul (dry pine needles) schemes here on Friday. Rawat said that self employment schemes of var- ious departments should be linked to MSY. Further, nec- essary procedures for solar and Pirul schemes should be completed on time. The CM said that infor- mation about all self employ- ment schemes should be uploaded on the HOPE (Helping Out People Everywhere) portal. This will enable people to learn about the various schemes and derive the intended benefit. The help of public repre- sentatives should also be taken for this. The State gov- ernment is attempting to enable every unemployed per- son to venture into self employment. For this, one woman and one man self employment motivator will be posted in each district. Referring to agriculture, he directed that work be undertaken to facilitate the sale of farmers’ produce. Special focus should be laid on horticulture, fishery, goat and sheep rearing. Attempt should also be made to make available seeds of gin- ger and turmeric among oth- ers at the local level according to the demand. Rawat said that applicants should be provided all infor- mation for preparing their projects. The departments concerned should make guidelines to ascertain how different businesses can be beneficial. He further stressed that solar and Pirul projects should be taken up on priority. Any file related to this should not remain pending with any sub divisional magistrate for more than a week and the district magistrates should also con- duct reviews consistently. He said that currently, self help groups are paid C1per kg by forest department and C1.50 per kg by the develop- er for Pirul. In addition to this, the State Government will also pay C1per kg amounting to C 100 per quintal. 2bcaTbbTb^]^cXePcX]V d]T_[^hTSU^abT[UT_[^hT]c ATUTaaX]Vc^ PVaXRd[cdaTWT SXaTRcTScWPcf^aZ QTd]STacPZT]c^ UPRX[XcPcTcWTbP[T ^UUPaTab´_a^SdRT ?=BQ 347A03D= The Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President, Pritam Singh has said that the increase in prices of Petrol, diesel and cooking gas has hit the people of the country hard who were already reeling under Covid-19 crisis. In a statement, the PCC president said that by increas- ing the prices of petrol and cooking gas regularly amidst the Covid -19 pandemic, the Union government has shown its insensitivity. He said that the economic crisis has resulted in large scale job loss and closure of indus- trial units but oblivious of all this the union Government is piling up the agony by increas- ing the prices of petrol and cooking gas. Singh said that the increase in price of fuel would have a cascading effect on the prices which are bound to sky rock- et. He accused the union gov- ernment of increasing the prices of fuel even as the inter- national prices of crude are decreasing. The PCC president that during the UPA government the international price of crude were around 150 $ per barrel but even then the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas were quite less but now when the international price of crude are very low, the Union Government instead of reduc- ing the prices is affecting reg- ular hike in the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas.’ ?Tca^[SXTbT[ WXZTPS^dQ[T fWPh^] _T^_[T)?aXcP BPhbcWPccWT R^^]_dQ[XR P[aTPShaTT[X]V d]STacWTRaXbXb _aTRX_XcPcTSQh 2^eXS ( ?=BQ 347A03D= The Covid-19 pandemic has put the activities and budget spent by the education department on the State Government’s scanner. The skewed teacher, student ratio, performance of the teachers of the department and prop- er management of the enor- mous budget of the depart- ment has come under strict vigil of the state administra- tion. With an estimated bud- get of C91,448 Crore for the financial year 2020-21, the education sector constitutes a major chunk of the total bud- get of C53,536.97 crore of the State. The concern of the State Government for education and particularly primary education can be understood from the fact that Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh made a special mention of the department in his gen- eral order on austerity released on Wednesday. In the order, the CS specifically mentioned that in view of the big Government spending on primary education, the stu- dent teacher ratio should be maintained strictly in the schools to increase the qual- ity of education and make the Government schools com- petitive with the private schools. Singh directed the department to transfer the surplus teachers into the schools where they are required. He said that the perfor- mance of the teachers should be reviewed every three months. It is pertinent to mention here that the school education department employs more than 75,000 teachers but their deployment has always remained an issue of debate. It is a known fact that in the schools of the State located in and around major cities and towns, the number of teachers is more than required while in the schools located in remote and mountainous areas, large numbers of posts of teachers are vacant. Political interven- tion and favouritism is ram- pant in the department which has seen a gradual deteriora- tion in the quality of educa- tion in the government schools. The rapidly declining stu- dent enrolment in the Government schools of the State bears testimony to the rut that has settled in the biggest department of the State. As per the provisions of Right to Education (RTE), there should be two teachers on student strength 30 to 60 and on every block of 30 students above 60, one addi- tional teacher should be there. Interestingly there is no min- imum number criterion in the RTE. When contacted the edu- cation Director, R K Kunwar told The Pioneer that the department has started the process of rationalisation and the surplus teachers would be sent to the schools where teachers are less. He added that the per- formance of teachers would also be reviewed periodically. CWTcTPRWTa bcdST]caPcX^P]S _TaU^aP]RT^U cTPRWTabc^QT aTeXTfTS PY^a_^acX^]^UcWTBcPcTQdSVTcb_T]c^]TSdST_c 4SdRPcX^]ST_c´bTg_T]bTb PRcXeXcXTbd]STabRP]]Ta ?=BQ 347A03D= The National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) has approved a loan of C3,340 Crore for cooperative farming, dairy development, horticulture development and fisheries in Uttarakhand. For effective implementation of the scheme and to ensure that its benefit reach to the ground level, the Uttarakhand govern- ment has set up a ‘State Integrated Cooperative Development Project (SICDP). The state minister for coopera- tive development and dairy development,DhanSinghRawat chaired a meeting held on the subject at Vidhan Sabha on Friday.Inthemeetingofficialsof the departments concerned and representatives of the social organizations working on the subject took part. Addressing the meeting the Minister said that the project is more of a concept based thing than being merely a funding agency. He said that the objective of the project is to create self employment opportunities in the state. Informing about the project, the managing director cooperatives and project man- ager Anand Shukla said that work under 10 sectors would be undertaken in the ambitious project. He added that initially five pilot projects were under- taken which have shown very encouraging results. He informed that work has started on silage, Damascus rose, apple, gingerandlemongrassprojects. Joint director (JD), Dairy devel- opment Jaideep Arora said that thedepartmentwoulddistribute 10,000 cows to 3000 milk pro- ducers. Under the project three tofivecowsperfarmerwouldbe given. Agrantof25percentwould beprovidedbytheGovernment. The department would also open 500 milk booths in the state.VishalSethiofDevbhoomi Silage said that the silage made from corn when given as cattle feed has resulted in a 30 percent increase in milk yield and the growers of corn too have aug- mented their income. Inthemeetingdiscussionon doublingtheincomeoffarmers, reverse migration, use of fallow land,preparingnurseriesatlocal levels and others were held. The Manager of Himalayan Action Research Centre (HARC) ShaileshPanwar,Mushroomgirl DivyaRawat,RatanSinghAswal and others participated. BcPcTbTcbd_8]cTVaPcTS 2^^_TaPcXeT3TeT[^_T]c ?a^YTRcc^RaTPcT T_[^hT]cX] bTRc^ab =232P__a^eTb[^P]^U C#Rac^D´ZWP]S ?=BQ 70;3F0=8 Utt ara k hand native Subedar Yamuna Prasad Paneru of the Kumaon Regiment lost his life in the line of duty while on a patrol at Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday night. The Governor Baby Rani Maurya and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed grief at his death. Meanwhile, his family living in Haldwani is inconsolable after receiving the news of his demise though they also state that they are proud of his sac- rifice. The 39-year-old Paneru was the first soldier from the sixth Kumaon Regiment to scale Mount Everest. Earlier, during 2002, he succeeded in the army recruitment held at Ranikhet in 2002. As a soldier, he married Mamta in 2010 and they have a seven year old boy and a three year old girl. An adept mountaineer, apart from climbing Mount Everest, he had also scaled Kanchenjunga, Nanda Devi, K2 and other peaks. His elder brother Chandra Prakash Paneru said that they had received a phone call from his unit informing that he had attained martyrdom while on patrol in Kupwara. He recalled that last time Yamuna had returned to Kashmir from Haldwani on October 30, 2019. He was to visit Haldwani during April but was unable to do so due to the lockdown enforced to contain the spread of Covid-19. His family members state that they are proud of his sacrifice [email protected]^Ubeµc VQ]Yi`b_eT_VXYc cQSbYVYSU
4. ]PcX^]#347A03D=kB0CDA30H k9D=4 !! C02:;8=62A=0E8ADB ?=BQ =4F34;78 As gradual disengagement takes place at the Line of Actual Control(LAC) in Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday reviewed the situation with Chief of Defence Staff(CDS)General Bipin Rawat and the three Services Chiefs. Since the complete de-escalation will take some more days, he was briefed also about the next course of action regarding talks at all levels of the two armies to resolve the stand-offs. Incidentally, this was the second meeting between the defence minis- ter and the defence top brass in this week. The first meeting on Monday assessed the talks between Lt General Harinder Singh and Major General Liu Lin last week. The latest meeting took stock of the pace of efforts to reduce tension and an assessment of the ground situation, sources said here. The high-level meeting also reviewed the military build-up by China all along the LAC from Ladakh, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh last month. The Indian forces had also quickly responded by adding muscle to their troop strength besides deploying heavy weapons closer to the LAC as a precaution, they said. Rajnath has all along maintained during the month-long stand-off at four locations in eastern Ladakh that diplomatic and military efforts will find a peaceful way out to end the impasse. He was apprised of the forthcoming schedule of talks which include meetings between officers of two sides at the LAC over a course of 10-12 days to ensure mutual with- drawal of additional troops from operational areas to peacetime loca- tions. Moreover, the latest review came in the backdrop of almost regular interaction at the diplomatic and mil- itary level to end confrontation. Also, India and China in the last two days also gave out almost similar statements favouring early resolution. The minister was also apprised of the tension still prevailing at Pangong Tso(lake)with the Chinese troops not going back. However, the two armies have pulled back from the other three sites including the Galwan valley and the Hot Springs. In fact, in the Hot Springs, the Chinese intruded at least three kms and were now retreating to their original positions, sources said. ?=BQ =4F34;78 Covid-19 may affect the entire nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and the muscles of the infected individual, according to a review of stud- ies which may help better man- age the neurological symp- toms of the disease such as headaches, seizures, and strokes. According to the research, published in the journal Annals of Neurology, nearly half of hospitalised Covid-19 patients have neurological manifesta- tions like headache, dizziness, decreased alertness, difficulty concentrating, disorders of smell and taste, seizures, strokes, weakness, and muscle pain. It's important for the gen- eral public and physicians to be aware of this, because a SARS- COV-2 infection may present with neurologic symptoms ini- tially, before any fever, cough or respiratory problems occur, said study lead author Igor Koralnik from Northwestern University in the US. In the analysis, the scien- tists describe the different neu- rological conditions that may occur in infected patients and how to diagnose them, as well as likely pathogenic mecha- nisms. Koralnik said that this understanding is key to direct appropriate clinical manage- ment and treatment for Covid- 19 patients. There are many different ways Covid-19 can cause neu- rological dysfunction, he said. In addition, they said the virus may cause direct infection of the brain, meninges -- a con- nective tissue lining several parts of the nervous system -- and the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) which acts as a shock absorber for the skull. The reaction of the immune system to the infection may also cause inflammation that can damage the brain and nerves, the scientists added. Since knowledge about the long term outcome of neuro- logic manifestations of COVID-19 is limited, the researchers plan to follow some patients prospectively to deter- mine if neurological problems are temporary or permanent. Prof. Rajinder K Dhamija, Head of Neurology Department, Lady Hardinge Medical College and SSK Hospital, Delhi agreed with the observations of the researchers. He explained that the virus can infect the brain two ways-- through nasal cavity and through the blood supply to the brain. “Once the virus attacks the brain, it can result into blood clotting,” he said adding that there are pervious researches also like those con- ducted in Wuhan, China which have found that neurological manifestations in severely ill patients such as headache, dizziness, impaired conscious- ness, stroke, ataxia and seizure besides loss of smell. ?=BQ =4F34;78 Union Home Ministry on Friday told the States not to block the movement of vehi- cles including goods and pub- lic transport Highways and main roads after 9pm. Centre’s clarification came after series of complaints came on block- ing of transport during curfew time 9pm to 5am in many States and State borders. Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla wrote to Chief Secretaries that curfew time is imposed only to prevent con- gregations and ensure social distancing and not for blocking vehicle movements. Home Secretary said that public and goods transportation should not be blocked during the cur- few time. Centre also told States that loading and offloading of goods also not to be blocked during curfew time. Home Secretary also clarified that movement of people coming by flights, trains or buses after long journey also permitted during curfew time. ?8=44A=4FBB4AE824Q =4F34;78 Ahead of the Rajya Sabha election, the Congress on Friday accused the BJP of indulging in corrupt electoral practices and said it will raise the issue with the Election Commission. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said a dele- gation of party leaders would meet the EC and petition it to highlight instances of its legis- lators in Gujarat being lured and intimidated by the ruling BJP. The election for four Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat will be held on June 19. Singhvi said the party was sure of its victory in Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat and would bag two of the four seats as per its strength in the state legislature. Fearing poaching of its MLAs, the Congress has moved its MLAs to resorts in the state as well as in neighbouring Rajasthan. Our victory is certain, our numbers are sufficient, Singhvi said at an online Press confer- ence. Our means are clean and pure, our strategy is strong, but that should not prevent me from exposing before you those who are doing just the opposite, he also said. He alleged that everybody has not indulged in gutter level politics and everybody is not indulging in corrupt practices. Singhvi also alleged that the BJP was intimidating its MLAs through misuse of power, was creating a non-level playing field and making a mockery of the 10th Schedule. The Congress leader cited an instance of one of its Gujarat MLAs Panjbhai Kunjbhai Vansh, who was being subject- ed to harassment at the hands of the state government in an old case even when he did not have any criminal record. Singhvi said the Congress will not be cowed down by the threats of the ruling BJP and will fight it out in EC and the courts. ?=BQ =4F34;78 Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that he was saddened to see India’s tolerance and acceptance of new ideas “disappearing” and that the “division of people was weakening the structure of the country”. “We are a very tolerant nation. Our DNA is supposed to be tolerant. We’re supp