Published on May 30, 2020
1. @D0:478CBA7C0: CA4AB54;C8=34;78 =Tf3T[WX) 0TSXdX]cT]bXch TPacW`dPZT^U#$PV]XcdSTWXc A^WcPZX]7PahP]P^]5aXSPh caT^ab^UfWXRWfTaTUT[cX]cWT ]PcX^]P[RP_XcP[cWT=PcX^]P[ 2T]caTU^aBTXb^[^VhbPXS ;2DBCBF0AB?B4 C7A40CB0HB3620 =Tf3T[WX) 0eXPcX^]aTVd[Pc^a 3620XbbdTSVdXST[X]TbU^a bcPZTW^[STab[XZT_X[^cb^]W^f c^STP[fXcW[^RdbcbfPab bPhX]VcWTh_^bTPcWaTPcc^ PXaRaPUcX]cWTRaXcXRP[[P]SX]VP]S cPZT^UU_WPbT^UPU[XVWc A08=1A8=6B4A2DAH 3F=8=34;78 =Tf3T[WX) ;XVWcc^^STaPcT aPX][PbWTScWT]PcX^]P[2P_XcP[ ^]5aXSPhQaX]VX]VcWTTaRdah bTeTaP^cRWTbQT[^f]^aP[ Bca^]VfX]SbbfT_cPRa^bbcWT RXchP]SPUTfPaTPbaT_^acTS WPX[bc^aCWTBPUSPaYd]V ^QbTaePc^ahaTR^aSTS$ aPX]UP[[P]SPPgXd^U STVaTTb2T[bXdb 20?BD;4 ?=BQ =4F34;78 Two days before lockdown 4.0 ends, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday discussed about the views of Chief Ministers on further opening up several sectors of economy with strict social dis- tancing norms if the lockdown were to be continued beyond May 31. For the past three days, the Home Minister was collecting inputs and suggestions from all Chief Ministers. Highly placed officials say the Centre may give more power to the States to decide on opening up the economic activities and defin- ing containment zones. Many Chief Ministers have reportedly preferred the con- tinuation of the lockdown, but there is a near consensus on opening up many sectors as well as malls and public trans- ports, including metro services. While all Chief Ministers urged the Home Minister to speed up economic activities and gradual return of public life, they also expressed their apprehension about being flooded with surge of patients when the country relaxes the strict lockdown norms. As per sources, two special Covid-19 panels set up by the Centre have submitted their recommendations for the exit strategy. The panels have sug- gested that the Centre should do away with all lockdown curbs except keeping schools, colleges, movie halls and reli- gious places closed till situation improves. The panel has also recom- mended not to reopen inter- State travel and said that the efforts should be directed towards strengthening con- tainment measures in the worst-hit districts. The worst-hit 13 districts are: Municipalities of Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi/New Delhi, Ahmadabad, Thane, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata/Howrah, Indore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Chengalpattu (Tamil Nadu) and Thiruvallur (Tamil Nadu). These 13 districts are hav- ing 70 per cent of the positive cases in India. The Centre and the States of these 13 cities have already decided a plan on the geographical definition of con- tainment zones. The Home Minister also apprised the Prime Minister of the outcome of the talks between the Cabinet Secretary and 13 Municipal Commissioners and District Magistrates from the sensitive cities. The Central Government is expected to announce its decision on the lockdown with- in the next two days. Prime Minister may speak up on this on May 31 scheduled “Mann Ki Baat”, said officials. At present, the current lockdown rules prohibits open- ing up of hotels, malls, public transports in containments zones. A094B7:D0AQ =4F34;78 Deaths of large number bats due to brain haemorrhage, caused by excessive heat in the last few days in Delhi, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have sparked fears as bats are sus- pected to be linked to the ori- gin of coronavirus in Wuhan in China. The forest department offi- cials suspect that bats are dying due to rise in temperature and non-availability of water as the heat has dried up the lakes and ponds in several parts of the country. The post-mortem report of the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly said bats died due to brain haemorrhage, caused by excessive heat in Gorakhpur’s Belghat area early this week. IVRI Director RK Singh said there were no traces of coronavirus or rabies in the dead bats. “The bats have a high immunity level and are not affected by any pathogen - - virus or bacteria -- though they can be carriers of the virus,” he said. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Delhi Government, Ishwar Singh told The Pioneer that severe heat- wave could be the reason behind death of bats but due to coronavirus pandemic. The caracass of these bats will be sent for postmortem to know the exact reasons of the death, he said. The Animal Husbandry Department of the NDMC has picked up the bat remains from the Motilal Nehru Marg area in Delhi to know the exact reasons of the death. ?0AE4B7B70A0Q 6DAD6A0=4F34;78 All exit points of Delhi on Friday saw traffic snarls after all adjoining NCR cities, latest being Gurugram, sealed their borders with Delhi fol- lowing a spike in the coron- avirus cases in the national Capital. Commuters were caught unawares on Delhi-Gurugram border on Friday morning as the Haryana Government on Thursday night decided to seal its border with Delhi. Vehicles were stuck in bumper-to-bumper jam for around 3 to 4 km ever since the barricades were placed around 8 am. Movement of vehicles involved in supply of essential services was allowed after the border was sealed. Those with passes issued by the Government were also allowed to move. ?=BQ ;D2:=F In yet another sensational incident in Uttar Pradesh, a priest and his son were found dead outside a temple in Rasoolpur Sarai village under the limits of Nakhasa police station in Sambhal district on Friday. The local residents sus- pected that the two were mur- dered, but the local police claimed that investigation pointed that both the priest and the son committed suicide due to depression and illness. They sent the bodies for post- mortem and were waiting for report before heading further with the investigation. Reports said that some local residents reached the Shiv temple in Rasoolpur Sarai vil- lage for darshan on Friday morning when they found the priest missing. As they went nearby to look for him, they were shocked to see both the priest and with his son both were lying dead. ?=BQ =4F34;78 India on Friday overtook China in terms of corona- related fatalities and raced towards 5,000 death count even as the number of fresh cases saw third straight day of spikes with Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh registering huge numbers. India has reported a total of 1,73,140 coronavirus cases and 4,975 deaths till Friday after it reported 7,783 infections and a massive 264 death count from across the country on Friday. China which had reported the first Covid-19 case in December last year has registered over 82,995 cases and around 4,634 deaths. Data shows 10,652 people have been treated and dis- charged so far. The recovery rate stands at 42.89 per cent. According to the Ministry’s website, more than 70 per cent of the deaths are due to comor- bidities. On Friday, Delhi, Haryana, Karnatakata, and Uttarakhand reported biggest single day spike as Covid-19 continued to spread viciously across the country. Maharashtra continue to remain headache for the health authorities, as it contributed another day of big spike record- ing 2,682 positive cases on Friday, with Mumbai alone contributing a total of 35,458 cases to the States tally. Coronavirus has infected a total 62,228 people in the finan- cial capital of the country. The fatalities in the State have shot up to 2,098. Tamil Nadu, after slipping to the third position on Thursday, again disturbingly surged ahead on Friday to acquire second slot among the worst hit States. It witnessed high number of coronavirus cases at 874 tak- ing the total count to 20,246 cases on Friday. At least 9 people have died due to coronavirus infection in the State taking the death toll to 157. Delhi recorded its biggest spike in Covid-19 tally in sec- ond consecutive day at 1,106 fresh cases while the number of active coronavirus patients stood at 17,387. It witnessed 82 deaths bringing the total fatal- ities to 357 in the State. The national Capital had recorded over 1,000 cases in a day for the first time on Thursday since the outbreak. ?=BQ =4F34;78 The coronavirus-led disrup- tion of Indian economy slowed down the GDP to 3.1 per cent in January-March and to an 11-year low of 4.2 per cent for the full fiscal 2019-20 amid a drop in consumption and investment. The slowdown is also result of overall economic decel- eration even before the Government imposed a lock- down to curb the spread of Covid-19 infections from March 25, 2020. The GDP is expected to continue on the downward journey and gain speed in the next few quarters. The GDP growth stood at 5.7 per cent in the corre- sponding quarter of 2018-19, according to data released by National Statistical Office (NSO) on Friday. The Indian economy grew at 4.2 per cent during 2019-20 as against 6.1 per cent in 2018-19. ?=BQ =4F34;78 India on Friday denied that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump recently held a tele- phonic talk over the issue of Ladakh and China. This asser- tion came hours after Trump said he had spoken to Modi and “he is not in a good mood on what is going on in China.” Contradicting the US President’s claim, sources said, “There has been no recent contact between Modi and US President Trump. The last con- versation between them was on 4 April, 2020, on the subject of Hydroxychloroquine.” Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday held a telephonic con- versation with his US counter- part Mark T Esper at the latter’s request. The two Ministers briefed each other on the respective experience of fight- ing the Covid-19 pandemic and vowed to continue the excellent bilateral cooperation in this regard, the Defence Ministry said. The two leaders reviewed progress on various bilateral defence cooperation arrange- ments and expressed their commitment to further pro- mote defence partnership. To this end, Singh invited Esper to visit India. Singh also accept- ed Esper’s condolence over lives lost in eastern India dur- ing Cyclone Amphan recently, and briefed him on India’s relief efforts. The two Ministers also exchanged views on regional developments of shared secu- rity interest. Trump made the remarks about talking to Modi on Thursday while reiterating his offer to mediate between India and China on what he called a “big conflict” going on between the two nations. He was appar- ently referring to the tension on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh with four stand-offs now on between the armies of India and China. BD944C:D0AQ A08?DA Chhattisgarh’s first Chief Minister Ajit Jogi suc- cumbed to cardiac arrest in a hospital here on Friday at the age of 74, doctors and his fam- ily members said. Jogi suffered another car- diac arrest around 1.30 pm and doctors battled for over two hours to revive him but were unsuccessful. He breathed his last around 3.30 pm, said a medical bulletin from the Shree Narayana Hospital. Jogi, who was admitted to the hospital on May 9 after a heart attack, had slipped into coma the next day. Condolences poured in for the veteran politician. 3T[WX7PahP]P:cPZPP]SDZWP]SaT_^acQXVVTbcbX]V[TSPhb_XZTdQPXaT_^acbWXVWTbcfXcW!%'!]TfRPbTb :_UZRdfcaRddVd4YZ_RZ_T`c`_RgZcfdTRdVdUVReYd ?C8Q 07430103 Renowned astrologer Bejan Daruwalla died at a private hospital here on Friday evening, his family said. He was 90. While speculation was rife that Daruwalla was admitted to Apollo Hospital here a few days ago after he tested positive for coronavirus, his son Nastur denied it, say- ing his father was being treat- ed only from pneumonia. According to his website, Ganesha Speaks, he had pre- dicted that Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Moraji Desai, Narendra Modi will Prime Minister. %HMDQ 'DUXZDOD GLHV RI OXQJ LQIHFWLRQ Kolkata: West Bengal Fire Services Minister Sujit Bose has tested positive for coro- navirus, making it the first such case in the Mamata Banerjee-led State Cabinet, a well-placed source in the Government said on Friday. Bose has been advised to undergo home quarantine after his test results came. 14=60;8=8BC4A C4BCB2A=0E4 ?C8Q 14898=6 China on Friday rejected US President Donald Trump’s offer to “mediate” between India and China to end their border standoff, say- ing the two countries are capa- ble of properly resolving their differences through dialogue and did not require the help of a “third party.” ,QGLD KLQD FDSDEOH RI UHVROYLQJ ERUGHU LVVXH %HLMLQJ UHMHFWV 7UXPS¶V KHOS RIIHU 2[Ze;`XZ _`^`cV BC055A4?AC4AQ =4F34;78 As lockdown 4.0 ends on Sunday, the Delhi Government recommended to the Union Home Ministry for lockdown 5.0 as the num- ber of Covid cases in the national Capital rose by 1,106 with total tally touching 17,387 and 82 people dying on Friday. The Delhi Government believes that places where large gatherings take place, like cinema halls, should remain closed. “Schools and colleges should also remain closed,” said Health Minister Satyender Jain. The Delhi Government wants to speed up all eco- nomic activities and for this the Government had allowed DTC to resume operations keeping social distancing, bus station hygiene, sanitisation of buses, autos and cabs in mind. While the decision on metro is pending but the City Government wants DMRC to start its operations. During discussion with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Delhi Chief Minister is reported to have requested for the resump- tion of Metro services. “The Delhi Government has put a request before Centre for Delhi Metro. 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In a letter written to the Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, the Chief Minister said that a Central Agriculture University was established at Imphal in Manipur in 1993 with con- stituent colleges in six States of North-Eastern Himalayan Region. He said that in 2014 the Union Government planned to open one more Central Agriculture University at Pusa in Bihar. Thakur said that the North Western Himalayan Region of the country with a population of 3.1 crore and area 3,31,953 square kilometers comprise the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and the States of Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand. He said that the region being rich in bio diversity and natural resources like minerals, water and forests was suited for cultivation of various crops. He said that Himachal Pradesh being a key State in this region and major river basins like Satluj, Ravi, Beas, Chenab and Yamuna fall in the State and the State offers huge potential in agriculture and allied sectors, the exis- tence of an institute of high- er learning and research in the form of Central Agriculture University would go a long way to bring much needed prosperity to the people of the entire North-Western Himalayan Region. Chief Minister said that Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwavidalaya, Palampur was centrally located and well connected by air, road and rail. He said that it has adequate existing infrastructure and sprawling campus of about 615 hectares with constituent colleges of Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Community Science and Basic Sciences including a network of about 12 regional research stations/sub stations and eight Krishi Vistar Kendras located on 233 hectares of land in different agro-climatic zones of the State. 1H08CB707 The developmental journey of India in the last six years under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been amazing, unimaginable and really praise worthy. This time, in contrast to atmosphere of anxiety, stag- nation and hollow promises of pre 2014 era, the public has seen the ability to reach targets ahead of time with strong lead- ership, trust in people, their cooperation and self-confi- dence. In the history of the country, the six year tenure of the Modi government will be written in golden letters. Similarly, the first year of Modi Government 2.0 is also the story of India's never-ending classic footprint on the inscrip- tions of the time that no one could have imagined. Undoubtedly, the Modi gov- ernment has bridged the gap of six decades in six years and has laid the strong foundation of a self-reliant India. Making India the world's foremost economy from the “Fragile Five”, taking India out of the shadow of terrorism and preparing the country for a decisive fight against this menace, making sanitation a habit and culture of every Indian, pledging to transform the villages and lives of poor farmers in the true sense, India has now seen its ability to con- vert challenges into opportu- nities in the very first term of the Modi government. The first year of the second term has assured the people of the coun- try that their dreams would be realised. Nothing is impossible when there is courage and determination to do some- thing, having a Prime Minister like Narendra Modi. The BJP led Central Government has implemented every promise in its manifesto. So far, the peo- ple of the country used to consider the election mani- festoes to be just a bundle of lies to deceive and mislead the public by some political parties. The resolution of Central Government has not only val- idated the importance of man- ifesto, but also has strengthened the roots of democracy. Several milestone and his- toric decisions like abolition of Sections 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir, paving the way for construction of Shri Ram Temple, liberating Muslim women from the curse of triple talaq and also giving citizenship rights to the deprived sections of society through the Citizenship Amendment Act, (who were suffering for the past 70 years) on one hand: the Modi government has rectified the historical mistakes after independence, on the other hand. Through the world's largest health insurance scheme 'Ayushman Bharat', about 50 crore poor people of the coun- try are relieved of the burden of treatment, empowerment of crores of poor women through Ujjwala scheme, finan- cial assistance of Rs 6,000 annually to farmers, housing to every poor and access to banks through Jan-Dhan account are some of the all-encompassing decisions of a New India. In this way, the Modi government has become an unprecedented example of coordination between ‘creation and reform'. It must be kept in mind that all the important Bills were passed by both the Houses of Parliament, despite BJP not having majority in the Rajya Sabha. This demonstrates that our democracy has become quite mature. The decisive assault on terrorism and corruption by the Modi government has instilled a different kind of con- fidence in the country. Terrorism has been blunted through the UAPA and NIA Act. India's aggressive Foreign Policy and Defense Policy have put the country in the front row and there has been a complete change in the world view about the country. In the first year of the sec- ond term of the Modi govern- ment, many decisions were taken giving a boost to India's economy in spite of the global recession. These include paving the way for FDI in civil avia- tion, reducing corporate tax, merger of banks, moratorium on NBFC loans, reforms in the Companies Act, easy loan arrangements for the develop- ment of MSME sector among others. The Bru-Reang Refugee problem pending for years was also resolved in the first year of Modi government 2.0, under the Bodo Accord. Similarly, the landmark decision was taken to create the post of Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), again pending for decades. The inter- ests of farmers and business- men of the country were pro- tected by opposing the RCEP, whose importance is further underlined by China's role in the corona virus situation. Foreign investment was not only attracted by creating a Defense Industry Corridor, but it has also saved millions of crores of foreign exchange. The Modi government, working on the principle of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas, made “social upliftment” as its core mantra. Pension Schemes for farmers, labourers and small entrepre- neurs, creation of a new Ministry of Jal Shakti, one Country - one Ration Card, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, the decision to increase the MSP of crops more than one and a half times, develop- mental scheme for Aspirational Districts , Ujjwala and Saubhagya Yojana as well as the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for Open-Defecation free India have established that econom- ic growth especially in terms of GDP can also be achieved with the help of welfare schemes for the poor. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has learned to take problems as a challenge and turn them into opportu- nities. The mention of Modi Government 2.0 cannot be complete without mentioning its decisive battle against Corona virus. The decisive leadership of Narendra Modi has shown a different path to the world to overcome this pandemic. The Modi Government has announced special economic package of more than Rs 20 lakh crore for people, economy, employment, agriculture and industries affected by lock- down that has been imposed to prevent corona virus infection and this has heralded a New Dawn for a Self-Reliant India. So far, more than about Rs 60,000 crore have been trans- ferred to the accounts of the poor, laborers, farmers, wid- ows, elderly and differently- abled people in just two months through various schemes. A provision of free ration for the poor for five months has been made and a separate provision of Rs 40,000 crore have been made under MNREGA. Through this, the Modi Government has pre- pared a blueprint to realise not only a strong 'New India' but also the resolve of a self-reliant India. A glimpse of self-reliant India was also seen in the last one and a half month as to how India is capable of overcoming challenges. While we were completely dependent on imports for PPE kits, ventilators and N-95 masks in early April, today we are able to do mass- production of the same. Now, around five lakh PPE kits and 2.5 lakh N-95 masks are being made in the country every day. The indigenous versions of the ventilator are being manu- factured by many institutions in the country at prices much lower than the market price. More than a million corona beds have been made available and we have also achieved a capacity of one and a half lakh tests per day. In times of crisis, we have supplied essential medicines to more than 55 countries of the world, which have been appreciated by all the countries. India has succeed- ed in stopping the spread of corona to a great extent due to the lockdown at the right time. In order to smoothly run the economy of the country during the corona crisis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has awakened the soul of the coun- try by giving a slogan of swadeshi and self-reliance. At the same time, he has advo- cated for promoting local enter- prises by giving the slogan of 'Vocal for Local'. Under the leadership of our Prime Minister, we are con- stantly taking our steps forward in every field which will make India truly independent. Under his leadership, India is moving towards becoming a nation where there will be no exploita- tion. Equal and right oppor- tunities for education, employ- ment, medical facilities and advancement will be available for everyone. In the last six years, India has been moving fast towards becoming a self- reliant nation by bridging the gap of six decades, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the hero of this journey. (The author is the Union Home Minister of India) 2dV]WcV]ZR_e:_UZRScZ^^Z_XhZeYdV]WT`_WZUV_TV +LPDFKDO 0 XUJHV HQWUH WR FRQYHUW 6.+3.9 LQWR HQWUDO 8QLYHUVLW ?=BQ 270=3860A7 With Punjab on Friday reporting 20 coronavirus positive cases having source of infection from other states, the state Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu asserted that there was a need to reduce the domestic flights especially from Mumbai and Ahmedabad where higher numbers of COVID-19 cases have been reported to contain the spread of contagion in the State. “Most of the cases report- ed in Punjab are having the travelling history from other States and countries. So as to prevent the community spread level, there is a need to put focus on passengers, especial- ly coming from high risk states and countries,” said Sidhu while presiding over the Department’s review meeting. The Minister said that he would discuss this key issue with the Chief Minister in the Cabinet Meeting to be held on Saturday. Notably, the state reported 39 fresh cases on Friday, of which 23 have source of infec- tion from outside Punjab — 21 from other states and two from foreign countries. Sidhu said that Punjab has registered only 2.8 percent pos- itive cases among 72,468 sam- ples. “It is on record that only 151 positive persons (not known) in the State don’t have any travel history. Of the 99.9 percent contact tracing, 1476 persons with travel history have been found positive, which is about eight percent,” he said. At the same time, the Minister issued the instructions to ensure maximum sampling of passengers to trace the affected persons. The Minister said that the State would conduct a thor- ough audit of all deaths to fur- ther control the death rate in Punjab. “So far, 40 unfortunate instances have been reported, occurring mostly in patients over 50 years. Almost all were afflicted with serious underly- ing illness like end-stage kidney disease and Cancer, HIV besides uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure,” he said/ Sidhu instructed the Director Health Services Dr Avneet Kaur to table the file of vacant posts of Medical and paramedical staff, that would be put up in the next Cabinet meeting to overcome the short- age of staff. “Earlier, the people didn’t have the faith in the Health Department. But, with the quality health services provid- ed by the State Government in the health establishments, now they have full faith in state healthcare services,” he said. The Minister also asked the officers present in the meeting to further strengthen the man- agement and control of COVID-19. He added that the Government has enhanced the penalties in case of violation of instructions and guidelines issued to contain the spread of corona virus. The Civil Surgeons have been directed to strictly ensure compliance of guidelines in their jurisdiction, he added. 3XaTRcTScWT3XaTRc^a 7TP[cWBTaeXRTb 5PX[hFT[UPaT3a ?aPQWSTT_:Pda 9^WP[c^Tg_TSXcT Xd]XbPcX^] _a^VaP ?=BQ 270=3860A7 In a big jump, Haryana on Friday reported its highest single-day surge yet, with 217 new COVID-19 cases, taking the State's case tally to 1,721. Of these, 762 cases were active. So far, the total number of deaths due to the infection is 19 in the State, even as cases con- tinued to pour in from four dis- tricts in the National Capital Region (NCR). Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday expressed concern on the spread of COVID-19 in various NCR districts of the state say- ing the state government is working with complete dili- gence in this regard. Necessary steps are being taken and mon- itoring is being done by the Health Department to safe- guard the people of the state. COVID-19 testing facilities and other necessary equip- ments have been increased in many districts of the state, he said, adding that people can keep themselves safe by fol- lowing social distancing norms besides which wearing masks is also mandatory. A total of 59 patients have recovered from various hospi- tals of the State over the last 24 hours. According to the State gov- ernment’s health bulletin, 217 fresh cases were reported from Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonepat, Nuh, Palwal, Panchkula, Sirsa, Fatehabad, Bhiwani, Rohtak, Narnaul, Hisar, Rewari, Charkhi Dadri, Kaithal and Kurukshetra. Of the total fresh cases, worst-hit NCR districts of Gurugram reported 115 cases, Faridabad 31 cases and Sonipat 19. The other districts which reported cases were Palwal (7), two new cases each from Nuh and Bhiwani; one each from Panchkula, Sirsa and Kurukshetra; three cases each from Narnaul, five new cases each from Hisar, Rewari and Charkhi Dadri; seven new cases from Kaithal. Total num- bers of active COVID-19 cases in the state are 762, while 940 patients have recovered. The state has a recovery rate of 54.62 per cent, fatality rate at 1.10 per cent while tests per million being con- ducted are 4,376, the bulletin said. According to the bulletin, Haryana has tested 1,10,940 people, out of which 1, 05, 169 were found negative while reports of 4,050 samples were awaited. As many as 59 patients walked out of hospital from dif- ferent districts of the State on Wednesday. So far, 940 patients have been cured and dis- charged from hospitals in Haryana, including the 14 Italian nationals. Meanwhile, with a sharp increase in the number of corona virus cases in Delhi- NCR, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij on Friday suggested that the lockdown should con- tinue beyond May 31 and jus- tified the strictness at the Delhi border, saying a free movement +DUDQD UHSRUWV D ELJ MXPS RI QHZ RYLG FDVHV 6WDWH WDOO ULVHV WR ?=BQ 270=3860A7 Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday assured the industry of State Government’s full support to ensure 100 percent opera- tionalisation over the next few days, pointing to the huge opportunity they had to grow in view of the increasing num- ber of companies looking to shift from China. “The State Govt is already in touch with several countries to invite them to invest and set up industrial units in Punjab,” said Capt Amarinder, adding that he was confident that the State would be able to attract a lot of industry from China. Promising to take their suggestions into account to facilitate the revival of state’s economy post-COVID lock- down, the Chief Minister underscored the role being played by industry in the devel- opment of Punjab, and their continued efforts to restore normal business in these diffi- cult circumstances. Interacting with industry stalwarts at a video conference on ‘Action Plan to Revive Punjab Economy post-COVID Lockdown”, the CM thanked them for taking on the difficult challenge of resuming opera- tions in the midst of pandem- ic, and despite difficulties caused by various curbs in place to pre- vent the spread of coronavirus. With 78 percent industry already having resumed oper- ations, and 68 percent of the migrant labour choosing to stay back in the State, the Chief Minister directed the Industry Department to expedite the process of providing clearances and ensuring further ease of business to put the industry back on track at the earliest amid the easing of restrictions amid the continued lockdown. Exuding confidence of early resumption of remaining industry over the next few days, the Chief Minister dis- closed that no train had left with migrant labour from the State on Friday, which was a good sign and indicative of the fact that the workers were sat- isfied with the arrangements made for their care during the curfew or lockdown. The state Industry Minister Sunder Sham Arora said that in addition to the large number of workers who had chosen to stay back in Punjab, there were many who wanted to come back in the light of opening up of an increasing number of industrial units. '(Y^Tecdbi bU_`U^UT(QR_eb cdQicRQS[Y^@e^ZQR ?A0=0E?A0CHDB7Q A0=278 First time in the country amid the COVID-19 crisis the State government airlifted 60 labourers, who were stuck in Leh, and brought them back home via Delhi on Friday. Incidentally, the airlifting took place only after a day when 180 labourers were sent by a special flight from Mumbai to Ranchi with the help of Air Asia and NLS Bangalore alumni associ- ation. Chief Minister Hemant Soren welcomed the labourers at Ranchi airport on their arrival and had conversation with a number of them. The CM, later speaking to media persons, said that more labour- ers of Jharkhand will be brought back to State through special flights. Several people are stuck in Andaman, who will soon be brought back, he added. “In areas where the choice of train or other means of transport is limited, the migrant labourers will be brought back by air. In this con- nection, the state officials are in constant contact with the Central Government. The State Government was constantly striving to bring the migrant laborers by airplane. In this regard, several letters have been written to allow the Union Home Ministry. I am happy that the migrant labourers in Jharkhand are back by plane,” he said. The CM said that the process of bringing migrant labourers safely will continue until all are back. “So far, about 4.5 lakh labourers have been brought back through special trains and buses in the State. Our state will bring back the aspiring labourers as soon as possible. Our government is in constant touch with those states where migrant labourers are stranded,” he added. The labourers upon arrival were welcomed by the State administration and were given food and water following which they were sent to Dumka by special buses arranged by the State administration. Notably, the migrant work- ers stranded in Batalik- Kargil sector, working in a BRO pro- ject reached out to CM on Twitter to assist them to return on May 10. 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3. dccPaPZWP]S347A03D=kB0CDA30H k0H !! ?=BQ 347A03D= Some locals have expressed their concern stating that the disinfectant solution of one percentage sodium hypochlorite is currently being used after excessive dilution in water. According to them, excessive dilution will not be effective on the virus present on the surface of any area. They also stated that some council- lors are not sanitising their areas. Rejecting all the allega- tions, chief municipal health officer Dr Kailash Joshi said that the corporation monitors all sanitisation work and dis- infectant is not being diluted unnecessarily but even if it is diluted, the solution works effectively even with slightly less percentage of sodium hypochlorite. On the com- plaints of locals about the delay in sanitisation in their areas, Joshi said that the councillors and supervisors are making sure to sanitise all the areas of every ward but it might be tak- ing some time in a few places due to large areas of the wards as there are limited resources provided to councillors. A few weeks back, the cor- poration decided to give the responsibility of disinfecting 100 wards to the respective councillors rather than doing the task itself. According to Dehradun municipal commis- sioner Vinay Shankar Pandey, MCD sanitised the whole city several times but later this responsibility was given to the councillors so that they can dis- infect their wards as per the requirement. The corporation has provided them with enough disinfectant and equipment to sanitise their wards, stated Pandey. Though, he added, con- stant use of disinfectants in open areas does not have any effect on novel coronavirus as per World Health Organisation (WHO). However, MCD is still monitoring the sanitation work including spraying of disinfectants in the wards, added Pandey. Daily we receive the pictures with the time stamp of sanitisation of the wards from the supervisors of various areas of the city, informed Pandey. The officials from the corporation also informed that MCD also ster- ilises market areas on every Sunday besides sanitising con- tainment zones and quarantine centres. 23aTYTRcbP[[TVPcX^]b^USXbX]UTRcP]c QTX]VSX[dcTSTgRTbbXeT[h ?=BQ 347A03D= Since dengue is likely to increase in the rainy season, Dehradun mayor Sunil Uniyal 'Gama' instructed officials to begin a proper cleaning of drains in the city. Last year, there were cases of dengue fever in Dehradun and to minimise the risk of the disease this year, the mayor chaired a meeting with munic- ipal commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey and chief municipal health officer Dr Kailash Joshi on Friday. In the meeting, he direct- ed officials to commence the work of filling the open pits besides the cleaning of drains in the city as soon as possible. He also instructed the officials to commence a sanitisation drive in the containment zones of the city to minimise the risk of Covid-19 infection in those areas. Recently, ‘Gama' had directed councillors of all the wards to keep an eye on peo- ple under home quarantine in their respective wards. On the question of the resources provided by MCD to carry out this work, the mayor said that he asked councillors to provide their support to dis- trict administration in the cur- rent crisis and the councillors are supporting through their work with their own available resources. He added that he has instructed councillors to report to the police immediately if they find any quarantined per- son violating the rules and regulations set by administra- tion. Ph^aSXaTRcbTPbdaTb c^_aTeT]cST]VdTX]3^^] ?=BQ 347A03D= In the biggest single day jump yet, 216 new patients of novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) were detected by the state health department in Uttarakhand on Friday. With this jump, the num- ber of Covid-19 patients in Uttarakhand has leapfrogged to 716. On May 23, the health department had reported 92 patients which was highest number in a single day till Friday. Five patients who were positive for the disease have so far died in the state and 102 have recovered from the dis- ease. On the day, 84 patients were reported from Nainital district while 73 patients sur- faced in provisional state cap- ital Dehradun. In Almora dis- trict 21 new patients were reported while eight cases each surfaced in Bageshwar and Tehri districts. Five patients each were reported from Pauri, Hardiwar and Udham Singh Nagar dis- tricts. In Rudraprayag district two patients were reported while one patient of Covid-19 surfaced in Udham Singh Nagar district. On a positive note, 23 patients were discharged from different hospitals of the State after their recovery. In Udham Singh Nagar district six patients were discharged while three were discharged from Dehradun. Similarly one patient was discharged from Nainital district after his recov- ery. In Nainital district 82 patients reported on the day had recently arrived from Gurugram and Delhi. In Dehradun, 55 cases are those who were tracked at border check-post before their quar- antine. What is causing con- cern is the fact that travel his- tory of 11 positive patients reported on the day is not known. Nainital district now has 209 active cases and holds the dubious distinction of being at top of the table of active cases in the state. Dehradun with 120 active cases is at second spot while Tehri district with 70 active patients is at third position. Almora has 42 active cases while Haridwar reports 41 active cases of the disease. Udham Singh Nagar district has 37 active cases and Pauri has 26 active patients of the dreaded disease. Pithoragarh has 21 active patients while Bageshwar has 16 active cases. Uttarkashi now has 13 active cases. Similarly Chamoli and Champawat have 11 and eight active cases. Rudraprayag dis- trict is at bottom of table with five active patients of Covid-19. The additional secretary, state health department, Yugal Kishore Pant said reports of 1080 samples were found neg- ative for the disease on Friday. He added that reports of 4758 samples are still awaited by the department. On Friday, a total of 1439 samples were collect- ed for COVID -19 testing. The authorities have so far taken swab samples of 26951 suspected patients for COVID- 19 test. Out of the total samples taken, 2.82 percent samples have been found positive for the disease. On Friday, the rate of recovery from the COVID- 19 in the state slid further down to 14.24 percent. The doubling rate of the disease now stands at 3.87 days for the state which means that the Covid-19 patients are getting double in less than four days. #'4`gZU*aReZV_edW`f_U`_7cZURj 2D=C9D?BC %8=D´:70=3 ?=BQ 347A03D= To fund its anti Covid-19 operations, the Uttarakhand Government has decided to deduct a day’s salary of its employees every month for the Chief Minister’s relief fund. The deductions would be made every month till the end of the financial year 2020-21 and would be applicable to all State Government employees and the employees of state corporations and bodies. However the pensioners would remain exempted from this deduction. The decision of salary deduction was taken in the meeting of the State Cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat here at the secretariat on Friday. Cabinet Minister and Government spokesman, Madan Kaushik said that the cabinet decided not to make any cuts in the allowances of the employees as was antici- pated. He said that the deduc- tion of five days per month till the end of this financial year would be made in the remu- neration of all the position holders. He clarified that the deduction of 30 per cent would be made in the basic salary of all MLAs. The minister how- ever added that if the Congress MLAs don’t want any cut in their salary then they should give a written intimation about this. In a decision aimed at pro- viding relief to the workers who were quarantined, the state government decided that the employers would have to pro- vide salary of 28 days to them and sanction leave for the peri- od of quarantine. For the shops and business establishments employing more than 10 employees, the owner would have to make arrangement for sanitiser and adopt necessary safety measures. In an effort to provide impetus to horticul- ture, the cabinet gave its con- sent to the Chief Minister’s integrated horticulture scheme on the day. Under the project, 50 per cent grant would be provided by the state government to the farmers not covered under centrally sponsored Horticulture mission. Similarly for the fruits, seeds, potato and ginger cultivation not covered under the horticulture mission, 50 per cent grant would be pro- vided to the farmers. For purchase of AC van costing about Rs 26 lakh and construction of cold storage of capacity 30 metric tonnes (Cost Rs 15 Lakh), the state govern- ment would provide a grant of 50 per cent. On the day, the state cabi- net also approved changes in the Uttarakhand minor min- erals collection policy 2016. After the amendment, the validity of the mining leases of Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) would get increased from present one year to five years. The cabinet approved the proposal to hand over the power to make procurement worth Rs 3 Crore to the Principals of the government medical colleges. Similarly the state cabinet also decided to extend the power bestowed on district magistrates (DM) to make recruitments on out- source in health department till February 28, 2021. For making labour union in any industrial units, the minimum number of the total worker strength was increased from existing 10 per cent to 30 per cent by cabinet on the day. The cabinet also increased the charges for the certified copies of land registries in an attempt to make people use digital copies. In view of the problem arising out of not holding the election of members of district plan committees, the cabinet promulgated an ordinance allowing the district magis- trates (DM) to take decisions after approval from minister in charge of district. In absence of committee, the meetings of the district plan committees were not being held. The cabinet also approved the proposal to allow the DM to nominate the District Panchayat presidents, block Pramukhs and village Pradhans – where these posts are still vacant- from among the elected Panchayat repre- sentatives. 2018=4C3428B8=B 2WXTUX]XbcTa´b X]cTVaPcTS W^acXRd[cdaT bRWTTc^WT[_ UPaTab PNS/ Dehradun The decision to deduct the salary of the employees for a period of one year has not gone down well among the employees and their asso- ciation. After the decision to freeze their dearness allowance (DA), the salary deduction of one day has rubbed the employees wrong way. The officiating general secretary of the Rajya Karmchari Sanyukt Parishad, Arun Pandey said that the government has opted the easiest way of controlling its expense. He said that the government should have sought the advice of the employee associations and they would have suggested other effective ways to reduce expenditure. Pandey said that the government decision would adversely affect the employees who at present are at forefront of the war on the Covid-19. 4_[^hTTb d]WP__hfXcW bP[PahRdcU^a ^]ThTPa 0SPh´bbP[Pah^UD´ZWP]ST_[^hTTb c^QTSTSdRcTS^]cW[hU^a hTPa ?=BQ 347A03D= Perturbed by piling up of swab samples of suspected patients at the existing testing facilities; the Uttarakhand Govt has decided to rope in the pri- vate hospitals and laboratories to increase its testing capacity. The State Govt would bear the cost of the samples tested by these private labs. Senior Cabinet minister and govern- ment spokesperson, Madan Kaushik said on Friday that ini- tially the State Govt would fol- low the neighbouring Uttar Pradesh (UP) in reimbursing these labs for the samples test- ed by them. He said that the State Govt would invite tenders from these labs for quoting the price of one test and based on them, the lowest price would be offered to all these labs. Kaushik clar- ified that the private labs should have been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). He accept- ed that increase in backlog of the samples at the existing testing facilities prompted the government to take this deci- sion. As per the report of the state health department released at 2 pm on Friday, results of 4758 swab samples are awaited from different labs of the state. The huge backlog was causing delay in testing of the samples of the suspected patients. “The rate of sample testing in Uttarakhand is 2278 samples per ten lakh of population which is better than neigh- bouring Uttar Pradesh ( 1139) and Kerala (2011). The nation- al rate of 2586 samples per ten lakh of population and Uttarakhand needs to test more samples to come equal to national average,’’ he said. At present the swab sam- ples for Covid-19 are tested at Government Medical College Haldwani, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh, Government Doon Medical College (GDMC), Dehradun and Government Medical College, Srinagar. A private laboratory (Ahuja Lab) in Dehradun has also been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to conduct tests. ?X[X]Vd_^UbP_[Tb D³ZWP]S6^eca^_TbX]_ec_[PhTab c^X]RaTPbTcTbcX]VRP_PRXch ?=BQ 70;3F0=8 Atigress and a leopard were found dead in different parts of Kumaon on Friday. According to officials, both the big cats are believed to have died due to injuries sustained in fight with other big cats. According to departmental officials, during routine patrol on Thursday evening, the Forest department personnel spotted an injured tiger near the Jhirna water source in Jhirna range of Corbett nation- al park. The department team started monitoring the injured big cat. On Friday, when the personnel went to check the condition of the big cat they found the tigress dead near a water source. The body of the tigress was sent to Ramnagar for post mortem examination. The sub divisional officer Kunda Singh Khati informed that it appeared as if the tigress had been injured in a fight with another big cat. All the body parts of the tigress were found intact. The body of tigress esti- mated to be about seven years old was sent to the Corbett national park veterinary hos- pital in Ramnagar where the post mortem was conducted. In another case, a leopard cub was found dead in the Ramnagar range of the Terai west forest division. Ramnagar ranger Harendra Rawat informed that department per- sonnel received information on Friday morning about the body of a leopard cub being spotted in Udaipuri area. The ranger reached the site, took possession of the body and informed senior officers. According to the sub division- al officer Shishpal Singh Rawat, the leopard cub is estimated to have been nine to 10 months old and is believed to have died as a result of a fight with another leopard. There were deep claw marks on the dead cub’s head. The exact cause of the leopard’s death will be known after the post mortem report is received, he added. After the post mortem, the car- cass of the cub was destroyed by the department personnel. 1XVRPcbQT[XTeTS c^WPeTSXTSSdT c^f^d]Sb bdbcPX]TSX]UXVWc fXcW^cWTaQXV RPcb CXVaTbbU^d]SSTPSX]2^aQTcc[T^_PaSU^d]SSTPSX]CTaPXfTbc 2^a_^aPcX^]^]Xc^abP[[ bP]XcXbPcX^]f^aZP]S SXbX]UTRcP]cXb]^cQTX]V SX[dcTSd]]TRTbbPaX[hQdc TeT]XUXcXbSX[dcTScWT b^[dcX^]f^aZbTUUTRcXeT[h TeT]fXcWb[XVWc[h[Tbb _TaRT]cPVT^Ub^SXd Wh_^RW[^aXcT 3a:PX[PbW9^bWX ?=BQ 347A03D= The chairperson of State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) Usha Negi has sent a letter to Uttrakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat in which she provided some suggestions and guide- lines on various issues during the lockdown including com- plaints of parents against sev- eral private schools, school management and Education department. In her letter, she suggested that the government should collaborate with social work- ers to arrange online classes in an open area for the poor stu- dents who cannot afford smart phones, computers or inter- net. According to her, the school management should also provide online psycho- logical counselling to chil- dren in order to make their mind stable and calm during current crisis. Negi also sug- gested that all the schools should create a separate fund for situations like natural dis- asters or calamities so that finance would not be a prob- lem during such crisis in future and the management would be able to pay its staff and manage the school fees of students. In one of the suggestion for the education department, Negi recommended that to motivate children to help and contribute to their State dur- ing hard times, they should be encouraged to donate as minimum as one rupee in CM Relief Fund so that they are motivated to become responsible citizens of the country. The collected amount can be used for the education of poor children besides other educational purposes, added Negi. Apart from this, she has suggested several other guidelines to CM and requested him to consider the recommendations. 635 ZULWHV WR 0 VXJJHVWLQJ YDULRXV JXLGHOLQHV CXVaTbb [T^_PaS ?=BQ 347A03D= With various parts of the state experiencing light to moderate rain, not only are the people experiencing some relief from the heat but the forests too are benefiting from the change in weather. According to the forest depart- ment, there was no active for- est fire point in the state on Friday evening. Meanwhile, similar weather is forecast for Saturday with the possibility of hail/lightening/intense shower at isolated places in the state. According to the State meteorological centre, the state is likely to experience partly to generally cloudy sky on Saturday with light to moder- ate rainfall/thunderstorm very likely to occur at many places. Further, gusty wind ranging from 30 to 40 kilometres per hour are also likely to occur at isolated places in the state on the weekend. Additionally, hail/lightning/intense shower are also likely to occur at iso- lated places in the mountain- ous regions of the state on Saturday. In Dehradun, the meteorological centre has fore- cast partly to generally cloudy sky with the possibility of rain/thunderstorm likely to occur. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be about 30 degrees Celsius and 20 degrees Celsius respectively in Dehradun. Meanwhile, the maximum and minimum temperatures recorded at various places on Friday were 31.4 degrees Celsius and 21.6 degrees Celsius respectively in Dehradun, 34 degrees Celsius and 23.8 degrees Celsius in Pantnagar, 19.8 degrees Celsius and 10.3 degrees Celsius in Mukteshwar and 21.2 degrees Celsius and 12 degrees Celsius respectively in New Tehri. On Friday evening, the meteoro- logical centre reported that the maximum temperature had fallen by four to six degrees Celsius in the plains and four to nine degrees Celsius in the mountains during the past 24 hours. The maximum tem- perature is likely to decrease further by two to three degrees Celsius during the next two days. The change in weather has come as a boon for curbing for- est fires. According to the for- est department, there were no active forest fire points in the state on Friday evening. During the forest fire season this year, there have been 109 incidents affecting 134.93 hectare area so far. ^aTaPX]U^aTRPbc PgcT_bTcc^ Sa^_UdacWTa 2[^dSbVPcWTaX]cWTbZXTbPQ^eT=PX]X[PZTX]=PX]XcP[^] BPcdaSPh ?X^]TTa_W^c^
4. ]PcX^]#347A03D=kB0CDA30H k0H !! 2E83 (DC1A40: ?=BQ =4F34;78 The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday issued separate Provisional Attachment Orders attaching assets worth USD 50.90 million (equivalent to C385.44 crore) of accused Rajiv Saxena under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in Agusta Westland chopper scam and Moser Baer Bank Fraud case. The attached assets include a villa in upscale Palm Jumeirah, Dubai worth 20 million AED and balances in five Swiss bank accounts amounting to USD 45.55 million of Saxena. Saxena was deported to India from UAE on January 31 last year for his involvement in the multi-crore VVIP chopper scam and was arrested under PMLA. Investigations under PMLA were initiated by ED on the basis of separate FIRs registered by CBI in connection with the Agusta Westland Chopper Scam and Moser Baer Bank Fraud cases. The CBI had registered the Agusta Westland chopper scam under IPC Sections relating to criminal conspiracy and cheat- ing besides relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act against former Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi and others. The CBI had registered a separate FIR against Moser Baer India Ltd. and its Directors, unknown public servants and unknown private persons under IPC Sections relating to crimi- nal conspiracy, forgery and cheatings and provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act in a bank fraud case. “Investigation under PMLA revealed that accused Rajiv Saxena is a Hawala operator and accommodation entry provider who runs the accommodation entry business in Dubai through numerous companies known as Matrix Group companies and has laundered proceeds of crime in the cases of Agusta Westland Chopper Scam and Moser Baer Bank Fraud case,” the ED said in a statement. Saxena created structures for laundering proceeds of crime generated by accused of both cases either for the kick- backs in Agusta Westland case or defrauding banks by mis-util- ising the loans given to Moser Baer India Ltd and its sub- sidiaries. Saxena manages the proceeds of crime and tainted funds of many high profile and high net worth individuals. In the case of Agusta Westland helicopter scam, Letter of Request to Swiss Confederation was sent to restrain his Swiss bank accounts and ensure that Saxena did not shift/transfer/dispose-off the suspected proceeds of crime. Saxena has admitted to laun- deringtheproceedsof crimenot only of Agusta Westland deal but also various other defence deals. The proceeds of crime have also been transferred to the per- sonal accounts of Rajiv Saxena and his wife Shivani Saxena (also an accused in Agusta Westland case). In Moser Baer Bank fraud case, proceeds of crime belong- ing to Deepak Puri, amounting to USD 16.33 million have also been attached. The accounts of Moser Baer India Ltd. were classified as a Non-Performing Asset in the year 2014. “Investigation in the case has revealed that the pro- ceeds of crime generated by Deepak Puri out of bank fraud were received and kept by Rajiv Saxena till 2018 through accounts maintained for Deepak Puri and also equity has been transferred from an undisclosed entity based in Bahamas. From the analysis of digital evidences and accounts of Puri family maintained by Saxena,, it was revealed that the amount of USD 16.33 million is proceeds of crime in the hands of Saxena belonging to Deepak Puri and is parked in the accounts of companies of Matrix Group,” the agency said. Likewise, proceeds of crime belonging to Ratul Puri, nephew of Congress leader Kamal Nath, and transferred to Rajiv Saxena from an undisclosed foreign entity have also been attached. 0A270=09HC8Q =4F34;78 Underlying ailments are already known to have expedited the Covid-19 attack. However, now the researchers have found that one in ten Covid-19patientssufferingwith diabetes dies within 7 days of hospital admission, and one in five is intubated and mechani- cally ventilated. Age, though, is the biggest determiningriskfactorfordeath amongthosewitheitherformof diabetes who get Covid-19, said the researchers as they found that two-thirds (65 per cent ) of Covid-19 patients with diabetes admitted to hospital are men, and the average age of all patients is 70 years. Under-40s have a very low risk compared with those over 40, and especially compared with older, said the researchers in their study published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]). The findings hold impor- tance for India which is known as diabetes capital of the World. There are around 50 million people with diabetes in India whose number is likely to touch to 87 million by 2030, because of various reasons, sedentary lifestyle being the major one. Professor Bertrand Cariou and Professor Samy Hadjadj, diabetologists at l'institut du thorax, University Hospital Nantes, INSERM, CNRS, and University of Nantes, France, and colleagues in their study said that blood sugar control did not seem to impact a patient's outcome, however the presence of diabetic complica- tions and increasing age increase the risk of death, and increased BMI is associated with both increased risk of needing mechanical ventila- tion and with increased risk of death. The study analysed 1,317 patients admitted to 53 French hospitals (public and private) between 10 and 31 March 2020. The majority of hospitalised subjects had type 2 diabetes (89 per cent) (caused by sedentary lifestyle) while only 3 per cent had type 1 diabetes (autoim- mune factor), with other types of diabetes in the remaining cases. In 3% of cases, diabetes was actually diagnosed during hospitalisation for Covid-19. Microvascular complica- tions (eye, kidney and nerves) were found in 47 per cent of the subjects in the study, while macrovascular complications (arteries of the heart, brain, legs) were present in 41 per cent. Across all patients, by day 7 one in five (20.3 per cent) had been intubated and placed on a ventilator in intensive care, and one in 10 (10.3 per cent) had died. A further 18 per cent had been discharged home at this point. The presence of microvas- cular or macrovascular com- plications each more than dou- bled the risk of death at day seven. Advanced age also sub- stantially increased the risk of death, with the group of patients aged 75 years and more than 14 times more like- ly to die than younger patients aged under 55 years, while patients 65-74 years old were three times more likely to die than those under 55 years. The presence of the respi- ratory condition obstructive sleep apnoea almost tripled the risk of death at 7 days, as did the presence of dyspnoea symptoms (shortness of breath). The study also confirmed that insulin, and indeed all treatments for modifying blood sugar, are not a risk fac- tor for severe forms of Covid- 19 and should be continued in patients with diabetes. Encouragingly, there were no deaths in patients under 65 years old with type 1 diabetes, but the authors highlight there were only 39 patients with type 1 diabetes in this study and other work is ongoing to establish the effect of Covid-19 in this specific population. X]cT]SXPQTcXR2^eXS (_PcXT]cbSXTbfXcWX]SPhb^UW^b_XcP[XbPcX^] ?=BQ =4F34;78 Persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are more likely to die from Covid-19 than those with- out IDD, according to researchers from Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical University. More so, because usually individuals with IDDhaveahigherprevalenceof comorbid circulatory, respira- tory, and endocrine diseases. Published in ScienceDirect's Disability and Health Journal, the study says that the disparity is likely related to a higher prevalence of comorbid diseases among those with IDD, and/or a higher percentage of people with IDD are living in con- gregate residential settings. IDDs are disorders that are usually present at birth and that negatively affect the tra- jectory of the individual's physical, intellectual, and/or emotional development. Many of these conditions affect mul- tiple body parts or systems.. The study, Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Covid-19 Case-Fatality Trends: TriNetX Analysis, included 30,282 people who were identified as Covid-19 positive in the TriNetX Covid- 19 Research Network Platform. “More attention is needed to this vulnerable health pop- ulation in order to ensure their safety and well-being during this pandemic, includ- ing ca