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Punjab CM r’s Impromptu Bhangra At College Event

ChanniCHANDIGRAH: The Chief Minister, in a yellow turban and an all-white outfit, was seen breaking into bhangra on stage Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi was seen dancing at an event in Punjab’s Kapurthala today. The Chief Minister, in a yellow turban and an all-white outfit, was seen breaking into bhangra on stage in a video tweeted by the Punjab CMO.
The Chief Minister, along with the students dressed in vibrant folk-dance attire, was seen dancing to the tune of ‘Bhangra Boliyan’ by Punjabi singer Gurman Birdi. Mr Channi took oath as the Chief Minister of Punjab on Monday, becoming the first Dalit to hold the top post in the state. The swearing-in came two days after Amarinder Singh’s resignation, just four months ahead of an election in Punjab.

“Chief Minister @CHARANJITCHANNI enjoying Bhangra with the students of IK Gujral Punjab Technical University, Kapurthala,” read the tweet by the Chief Minister’s office.  The Chief Minister, along with the students dressed in vibrant folk-dance attire, was seen dancing to the tune of ‘Bhangra Boliyan’ by Punjabi singer Gurman Birdi.
Mr Channi took oath as the Chief Minister of Punjab on Monday, becoming the first Dalit to hold the top post in the state. The swearing-in came two days after Amarinder Singh’s resignation, just four months ahead of an election in Punjab. Several prominent Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, Harish Rawat and Navjot Singh Sidhu were present at the oath-taking ceremony.
Mr Channi, a three-time legislator from Chamkaur Sahib assembly constituency in Rupnagar district, is known to be close to Mr Sidhu. His appointment is likely to help the party attract the votes of Dalit community in the elections. Nearly 32 per cent of the state’s population, counting both Sikhs and Hindus, is from the scheduled caste community. Several prominent Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, Harish Rawat and Navjot Singh Sidhu were present at the oath-taking ceremony.
(With Agency Report).

UP govt pays ex-gratia to kin of over 2,000 staff who succumbed to Corona during panchayat polls

YogiLUCKNOW: The Yogi Adityanath government has disbursed over Rs 600 crore as compensation to the families of nearly 2,000 employees who died of Covid-19 while on the Uttar Pradesh panchayat polls duty .

Citing the state government order dated August 26 transferring Rs 606 crore to the State Election Commission and ordering District Magistrates to transfer Rs 30 lakh each to the families of over 2000 state government employees who had succumbed to the Covid-19 during the poll duty.

“The District Magistrates (DMs) would transfer the money within a week through RTGS in bank accounts of the next-of-kin of the deceased employees,” the News18 report cited the UP govt order signed by Additional Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar Singh.
The order was sent to the state election commission and all DMs. It listed the names of all 2128 state government employees who had died after being on panchayat polls duty — 2097 of them due to Covid-19 and 31 employees due to non-Covid-19 reasons.
Initially, the state govt said that a few employees had died due to Covid-19 during the poll duty, citing the State Election Commission report that death is counted only if it occurred during the time an employee left his house for duty and returned back. According to the order, the state government has expanded that criterion on “compassionate grounds” to consider 2128 deaths of employees for compensation.

CM Jagan Mohan objects to the baseless reports

Jagan-1-696x392AMRAVATI (AP) : Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy objected to the baseless reports published by a section of media and said that they were written with jealousy, as the State is being applauded for effectively controlling Covid-19.
During a review meeting on Covid here on Monday, the Chief Minister said that the stories were written in  such a way to create panic among the people and stated that legal action must be taken on the two media houses. He said that a publication had highlighted that patients died due to lack of oxygen in Ashram Hospital, but in reality medical oxygen is abundant in the state.
The articles are completely baseless, written with a mischievous mindset, without any humanity. He said that people would have believed it if this was written during peak situations, but now the cases were declining, registering an average positivity rate of less than five percent. In the current scenario, over 70 percent oxygen beds and ventilators are available in the state.
Officials informed the Chief Minister that 750 tonnes of medical oxygen was used when Covid was at its peak and now the daily usage has come down to just 180 tonnes. All the oxygen allocations given to the State are being stored at Visakhapatnam steel plant and can be used when required. The Chief Minister questioned how there would  be a shortage of oxygen when the production is surplus in State.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister also criticised a media house for writing an article misquoting him. He said that the post of Chief Minister is being devalued and degraded by such writings. While the government is seriously conducting review meetings, such media houses are making fun as if the officials are attending the review for timepass.
He said that the state has a good reputation in dealing with Covid, by successfully controlling it, which was possible only because of the efforts put by all the officers and staff by working together relentlessly. Starting from the village level to State level, it was made possible by the ANM, volunteers, collectors, district and zonal officers, and medical staff. The officials said that legal action will be taken against the two media houses for defaming the government.

Oxygen tank leaks at Nashik hospital, 22 COVID-19 patients dead

Nashik_OxygenLeakNASHIK: In a major tragedy, at least 22 COVID-19 patients died after an oxygen tank leaked in a hospital in Maharashtra’s Nashik. The oxygen supply at the Zaki Hussain Hospital in Maharashtra’s Nashik was halted for almost 30 minutes after the oxygen tanker just outside its premises reported a massive leak. As a result, at least 22 patients in the hospital died, said Nashik district Collector Suraj Mandhare.

All the victims were on ventilators and in need of constant oxygen supply. Zakir Hussain Hospital is a Covid-dedicated facility. Around 150 patients were either oxygen-dependent or on ventilators.Visuals from the hospital show the oxygen rapidly flowing out and engulfing the area in white fumes. The fire fighting team rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control.
“As per the information available with us, 11 patients who were on ventilators at the hospital in Nashik have died. The leakage was spotted at the oxygen tank, which was supplying oxygen to these patients. The interrupted supply could be linked to the deaths of the 11 patients in the hospital,” Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope told ANI.
The incident happened at the Zakir Hussai Hospital of the district. Providing details about the incident, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that many people are said to be in critical. “So far 22 people have died in the oxygen leak accident, while many people are being told the condition is serious.” He informed that the patients died due to a lack of oxygen in the hospitals. All these patients were on ventilators.

 Attendants and families of patients panicked after the oxygen supply was halted Panic struck patients and their family members as the oxygen supply was stopped. Heart wrenching visuals showed families trying to help the patients as they gasped for breath. Fire trucks were rushed to the spot to stop the leak. Videos showed water sprayed to control the leak; the firefighting team also wore protective gear.
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An official of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office said that the victims’ families will be compensated with ₹ 5 lakh each. A high level probe into the matter will be launched, the official added. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences to the families of the victims. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Majeed Memon tweeted that people responsible for the leak must be punished “Leakage of Oxygen from tanker in Nasik has caused loss of several litres of oxygen and panic in the Hospital. Those responsible for negligence must be identified and punished,” Mr Memon tweeted.
(Agency Inputs with Bureau Report).

Covid cases surge: Jharkhand: One week lockdown announced in state from April 22 to 29

JH-2RANCHI :Amid an exponential rise in Covid-19 cases, Jharkhand will be placed under lockdown from April 22, Chief Minister Hemant Soren announced on Tuesday. The restrictions will remain in place from 6 am April 22 till 6 am April 29.
The Jharkhand government on Tuesday declared one-week lockdown starting from April 22 to check the spread of coronavirus cases, Chief Minister Hemant Soren said.

Decision to enforce lockdown from April 22 to April 29 was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by the chief minister here. Soren said the period will be observed as “health safety week”.
Identified offices of central government, state government and also those in private sector have been exempted from the total shutdown while others will remain shut, Soren said in a statement.

He appealed to the people not to venture out of their home unless and until it is necessary in this period. Agriculture,industries and mining operations will function during the time.
Religious places will remain open but devotees in fixed numbers will be allowed there during this time period, he said. The chief minister said that curfew under section 144 of the CrPC will be in force across Jharkhand during this time to prevent gathering of more than five persons at a public place. The detail of the curbs during the lockdown will be issued this evening, he added. Like other parts of the country, Jharkhand is also witnessing a spike in coronavirus cases in its second wave.
As per the last health bulletin, Jharkhand had a total of 1,33,479 positive cases, while 1456 patients have lost their lives. There are 28,010 active cases in the state.

Bihar,Tamil Nadu impose night curfew as Covid cases surge

New_Flyover_At_PatnaPATNA/CHENNAI: Bihar and Tamil Nadu have decided to impose night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am and 10pm to 4 am, respectively as COVID-19 cases continue to spike in both states. Bihar has extended closure of schools/colleges/coaching centres until May 15. The Tamil Nadu government imposed statewide night curfew from 10 pm to 4 am beginning April 20. There will be bans inter and intra-state travel during night curfew; full lockdown to be imposed on Sundays across the state, ANI reported.
The Bihar government on Sunday decided to impose a night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am as part of new measures to check the spread of the killer virus, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced.A decision has also been taken to extend the closure of schools/colleges/coaching centres till May 15 from April 30 decided earlier, he told reporters. Religious places of all faiths will remain shut till May 15 in view of the sudden spike in coronavirus cases in Bihar, the chief minister said. Earlier, they were closed till April 30.
The government offices with one-third strength will function only till 5 pm while shops/mandis/business establishments will be closed at 6 pm, an hour earlier than what was decided last week, he said. Attendance in the funeral was reduced to 25 from 50 earlier and likewise gathering in marriage/shraddha was curtailed to 100 from 200 earlier.Chennai

Amid rapid increase in the corona positive cases, the Tamil Nadu Government on Sunday announced stricter restrictions that included night curfew from April 20 and total lockdown on all Sundays, till further orders. The government’s fresh restrictions to prevent spread of the virus, came hours after Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaiswami held a meeting with Chief Secretary Rajeev Ranjan, Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan and senior officials of the government.

An official release here said night curfew will be imposed all over the State from 2200 hrs to 0400 hrs and total lockdown will be in force on all Sundays. All public, private, taxis, autos, cab services, inter-state and inter-district bus services will also be not allowed during the curfew period.

However, cabs, autos and taxis will be allowed for emergency medical services, airports and railway stations during the curfew period, apart from essential services like, milk and newspaper distributions, hospital, medical laboratories, pharmacies, ambulances, hearse vans, freight vehicles, print and TV media and petrol bunks. On Sundays, no vegetable or meat shops will function, cinema theatres will have no movie screenings. Only 100 people would be allowed to visit weddings from the time this new regime comes into force.
(With Media Reports).

AAP Alleges BJP Attack At CM Arvind Kejriwal’s Home, Security Cameras Broken

CMKejariwalNEW DELHI :Intensifying the political battle in Delhi, AAP on Sunday, alleged that the BJP leaders who were staging a dharna outside CM Arvind Kejriwal’s house, broke his residence’s CCTV cameras.
Taking to Twitter, AAP shared a video of the alleged destruction where a few women are seen breaking something by bashing it against the wall. AAP and BJP have blamed each other for the lack of funds in the three BJP-run civic bodies in the city.

leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sitting on strike in front of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence here broke CCTV cameras installed at his house, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said on Sunday.
“BJP leaders sitting on strike broke CCTV cameras installed at the Chief Minister’s house,” CMO was quoted as saying in a statement.
Intensifying the political battle in Delhi, AAP on Sunday, alleged that the BJP leaders who were staging a dharna outside CM Arvind Kejriwal’s house, broke his residence’s CCTV cameras.

Aam Admi Party(AAP) on Sunday alleged that leaders and workers of the BJP mobbed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s home, vandalising property and breaking CCTV cameras, in an escalating showdown involving the city’s municipal bodies.

The BJP workers have been protesting outside the homes of ministers since Monday demanding funds for the civic bodies which they control and had attacked Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s home on Thursday while the police stood by.

Earlier in the day, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Raghav Chadha, Atishi and others were detained while on their way to Home Minister Amit Shah and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s residences as part of their party’s counter-protest.

While the BJP claims that the Delhi government owes around ₹ 13,000 crore to the north, south and east municipal corporations, the AAP alleges a ₹ 2,500 crore-fraud by the opposition party in the civic bodies.
The AAP asked why the BJP was allowed to protest but it was denied permission citing COVID-19 rules. The AAP, which had planned a protest outside Mr Shah and Mr Baijal’s residences asking for a CBI probe into its allegations, questioned why the Delhi Police refused permission for its demonstration citing COVID-19 restrictions while allowing those by the BJP.
On Saturday, mayors and senior leaders of the three BJP-led municipal corporations had continued their picket outside Arvind Kejriwal’s residence, shouting slogans and banging plates as a protest. The Delhi Police reports to the BJP-led central government.
AAP released security camera footage, showing an “attack by BJP goons” on Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s residence with the support of police personnel while Mr Sisodia was not home but his family was.
Shocking visuals from videos posted online by Mr Sisodia and AAP leaders Atishi and Raghav Chadha showed dozens of men marching up to the Deputy Chief Minister’s residence and forcing their way past a handful of policemen as they enter Mr Sisodia’s home.
(With Agency Inputs).

 

Andhra Paradesh to invest RS 17,300 Crore on on health services, infrastructure

JaganAMRAVATI(AP): The State government would be spending Rs 17,300 crore to revamp existing government hospitals and for setting up 16 new medical colleges in AP under Nadu-Nedu initiative.
Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, who held a review meeting on the initiative, here on Thursday, directed officials to finalise the tenders for new medical colleges by January, directed officials to finalise the tenders for new medical colleges by January.

He instructed the authorities to study the best practices in the construction of hospitals and implement them in the state. In addition to these, the chief minister also stressed about following environment friendly initiatives and setting up of green buildings. He directed the authorities to immediately release Rs 5,472 crore for revamping the existing hospitals under the programme.

Meanwhile, the officials informed that the tenders for medical colleges in Paderu, Piduguralla, Machilipatnam and Pulivendula, will be finalised by the end of November, and for Bapatla, Narsapuram, Eluru, Anakapalli, Markapuram, Madanapalle and Nandyal medical colleges the tenders will be done by December. Similarly, tenders for Vizianagaram, Rajahmundry, Penukonda, Amalapuram and Adoni medical colleges will be finalised by January. For all these medical colleges it is estimated that Rs 7,500 crore will be utilised.
Discussing the Aarogyasri referral programme, Jagan stated that the village/ward secretariats will be acting as referral centres on a temporary basis until the establishment of YSR Health Clinics. The list of empanelled hospitals has to be displayed at all secretariats and the health assistant or ANM will be guiding the patients in receiving treatment from the best hospital.
As the Aarogyasri programme will be made available to the remaining six districts from 13 November, the chief minister directed the authorities to add any treatment or procedures to the list if necessary.
The Chief Minister sought details on the establishment of new medical colleges, development of village clinics, primary healthcare centres, community health centres, area hospitals and district-level hospitals under the Nadu-Nedu initiative.
Reiterating that all the hospitals in the state should have better medical facilities, the Chief Minister said that there will be no compromise on the quality of infrastructure or the services being provided in the hospitals.
He stated that the hospital authorities should be accountable and responsible in all aspects and directed them to ensure that all facilities are in place and make sure that patients coming to the hospital should experience the feel of corporate hospitals. He said that there shouldn’t be any complaint on sanitation or other facilities.
He instructed the authorities to study best practices in the construction of hospitals and implement them in the State. In addition to these, the Chief Minister also stressed on following environment friendly initiatives and setting up green buildings.

Reiterating that all the hospitals in the state should have better medical facilities, the chief minister said that there will be no compromise on the quality of infrastructure or the services being provided in the hospitals.
He stated that the hospital authorities should be accountable and responsible in all aspects and directed them to ensure that all facilities are in place, and make sure that patients coming to the hospitals should experience the feel of corporate hospitals. He said that there shouldn’t be any complaints about sanitation or other facilities.
He directed the authorities to immediately release Rs 5472 Crore for revamping the existing hospitals under the Nadu-Nedu programme.
Meanwhile, the officials informed that the tenders for medical colleges in Paderu, Piduguralla, Machilipatnam and Pulivendula,will be finalised by the end of November, and for Bapatla, Narsapuram, Eluru, Anakapalli, Markapuram, Madanapalle and Nandyal medical colleges the tenders will be done by December.
For Vizianagaram, Rajahmundry, Penukonda, Amalapuram and Adoni medical colleges the tenders will be finalised by January. For all these medical colleges it is estimated that Rs 7500 Crore will be utilised.
Discussing on Aarogyasri referral programme, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy stated that village/ward secretariats will be acting as referral centres on a temporary basis, until the establishment of YSR Health Clinics.
The list of empanelled hospitals has to be displayed at all secretariats and the health assistant or ANM will be guiding the patients in receiving treatment from the best hospital.
As the Aarogyasri programme will be made available to the remaining six districts from November 13, the Chief Minister directed the authorities to add any treatment or procedures to the list if necessary.
(With Bureau Report).

Police open fire at Durga Visarjan procession in Munger

LIPIPATNA: The violence, as per reports, broke out after Kotwali police asked Hindus not to delay the idol immersion procession of Shadipur Badi Durga.
Traditionally, the idols are immersed after three days of Vijayadashami but this time, in view of the first phase of Assembly polls in the state on Wednesday, the administration had insisted on the immersion by 5 am on Tuesday.
Durga puja organizers, as instructed, had taken out the procession allegedly with DJs close to midnight as they headed for the immersion. The situation turned ugly around 11.50 pm when police officials used brutal force on Hindus going for Durga Puja Visarjan.

As violence gripped the town of Munger in Bihar during the Durga Puja immersion ceremony and led to the death of one participant, SP Munger Lipi Singh defended the police brutalities on the devotees, claiming that the stone-pelting from devotees provoked the ensuing violence. She also asserted that 20 policemen were injured by stone-pelting from the crowd.
Singh further added that one of the members of the crowd opened fire which led to the death of the 18-year-old devotee. However, the videos of the incident that are being shared on various social media platforms do not jibe with the assertions made by SP Munger. On the contrary, they demonstrate that Singh’s claim about devotees indulging in violence and stone-pelting is a far cry from reality.

In several videos of the incident, devotees can be seen rushing to protect their Goddess as police personnel rain batons on the peaceful devotees, presumably to protect her from the police assault.
After the backlash, there are unverified claims of SP Lipi Singh being suspended from services. However, there is no confirmation on that regard yet. We shall update the report once we get an update.
Meanwhile, The official Twitter account of Munger Police stands deactivated after the police found itself in a centre of a furore over the brutality unleashed by its personnel on the devotees who participated in the Durga Puja immersion ceremony in the town.

Snapshot of archived version of Munger Police’s Twitter account
While the Twitter account that was created in April 2020 was not verified, it regularly posted updates and tweets regarding Munger Police.
Police open fire at Durga Visarjan procession in Munger
Several videos of the incident had gone viral on the internet in which police officials of Munger Police were seen mercilessly charging the devotees with batons. An 18-year-old man was killed and several others were injured in the ensuing violence.

The violence, as per reports, broke out after Kotwali police asked Hindus not to delay the idol immersion procession of Shadipur Badi Durga. Traditionally, the idols are immersed after three days of Vijayadashami but this time, in view of the first phase of Assembly polls in the state on Wednesday, the administration had insisted on the immersion by 5 am on Tuesday.
Durga puja organizers, as instructed, had taken out the procession allegedly with DJs close to midnight as they headed for the immersion. The situation turned ugly around 11.50 pm when police officials used brutal force on Hindus going for Durga Puja Visarjan.

Singh further added that one of the members of the crowd opened fire which led to the death of the 18-year-old devotee. However, the videos of the incident that are being shared on various social media platforms do not jibe with the assertions made by SP Munger.

On the contrary, they demonstrate that Singh’s claim about devotees indulging in violence and stone-pelting is a far cry from reality. In several videos of the incident, devotees can be seen rushing to protect their Goddess as police personnel rain batons on the peaceful devotees, presumably to protect her from the police assault.
(Bureau Report with agency Inputs ).

Nitish , Chirag Paswan, Tejashwi Yadav In 1 Frame

38vpull_nitish-kumar-chirag-PATNA: A memorial for Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan this evening brought together three bitter rivals in the middle of an acrimonious campaign for the Bihar election.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar sat with his biggest critics, Chirag Paswan and Tejashwi Yadav, delivering a rare image for the cameras in poll season. Nitish Kumar briefly chatted with both in the glare of flashbulbs and mobile phones.
This is the first time the Chief Minister was seen speaking to Chirag Paswan; the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader told NDTV recently that Nitish Kumar had cold-shouldered him completely whenever they met since his father’s death.  Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, a long-time political associate of Nitish Kumar and a key BJP ally, died on October 8.
Chirag Paswan had alleged that when his father’s body arrived at Patna airport, the Chief Minister had not acknowledged him even when he touched his feet. He had earlier also complained to the BJP leadership that Nitish Kumar had “insulted” his father and had not said a word to either him or his mother on Paswan senior’s health.

Today, Chirag Paswan’s office said he touched Nitish Kumar’s feet again and took his blessings. A video of Nitish Kumar, Chirag Paswan and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav sitting together was widely shared online.
On the election campaign, however, none of the three pulled any punches. At a rally earlier today in Gopalganj, Nitish Kumar ripped into Tejashwi Yadav’s promise of 10 lakh jobs.
“Where will you get the money to pay the salaries? From the same scam for which you are behind bars? Where will you get the money? Will you print fake money or will you get it from jail,” the Chief Minister sneered, not naming Tejashwi Yadav’s father Lalu Yadav, who is serving a jail term in a corruption scandal involving the swindle of government funds meant for cattle fodder.
Yesterday, Tejashwi Yadav had said: “What Nitish Kumar Ji did with Chirag Paswan is not good. Chirag Paswan needs his father at this time more than ever before but Ram Vilas Paswan ji is not among us and we are sad about it. Nitish Kumar did injustice to Chirag Paswan.”
Nitish Kumar is fighting for a fourth straight term as Bihar votes on October 28, November 3 and 7. His ally-turned-rival Chirag Paswan, however, says he will work to defeat Nitish Kumar and form a government with the BJP.
(NDTV).