TIRUPATI l THURSDAY l SEPTEMBER 03, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION AIIMS, HEALTH MINISTRY RELEASE FAQs FOR DOCTORS AIIMS and Union health ministry on Wednesday released guidelines to help doctors better manage Covid-19 patients UNNECESSARY DRUGS TO BE AVOIDED ‘USE PLASMA THERAPY WITH CAUTION’ According to the guidelines, there is no evidence to support the use of antifibrotic agents such as pirfenidone (to prevent lung fibrosis) and methylene blue, an oxidation reduction agent. Doctors have also been asked not to use favipiravir, an antiviral that has been approved by the Drug Controller General of India for use in mild to moderate cases | P7 ■ ■ The FAQs said convalescent plasma collected from ABO matched donors can be given to patients at risk of developing severe Covid in early stages of the disease “However, it should also be considered an experimental therapy and should be used with caution,” the document said 8,01,282 ACTIVE COVID-19 PATIENTS IN INDIA, ACCORDING TO UNION HEALTH MINISTRY CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI WHERE INDIA STANDS IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY SLUMP Of the 60 countries that have released GDP growth/ contraction figures for the AprilJune 2020 quarter, India is the third-worst affected China Vietnam Taiwan South Korea Norway Indonesia Australia Israel Sweden US Japan Germany Canada Singapore Austria Colombia Philippines Malaysia Italy France Mexico UK Spain India Peru Macau +3.2 +0.3 -0.6 -3 -5.3 -5.4 -6.3 -7.8 -8.3 -9.1 -9.9 -11.3 -13.0 -13.2 -13.3 -15.7 -16.5 -17.1 -17.7 -18.9 -19.0 -21.7 -22.1 -23.9 -30.2 -67.8 Figures are year-on-year growth of GDP in % Source: Eurostat, Bloomberg Army gets better tactical position in Finger 4 area Some readjustments in deployment of troops also carried out on the northern bank of the Pangong lake; talks inconclusive M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi IN a significant initiative, the Indian Army consolidated its tactical positions around Finger 4 on Sunday while they thwarted Chinese attempts to position themselves in new locations on the southern bank of the Pangong Lake. “To consolidate tactical positions, India has picked up ridges which are at heights around the Finger 4 as militarily things would not have been tenable if the situation turned hot,” a senior officer explained. The Indian Army has its administrative camp on the foothills of the Finger. Explaining the significance of the initiative, the officer said, “Heights are important in mountains for movement and reactions. The Chinese till now had an upper hand as they sat on the high ridges. Now we are around them at places where they were not there.” However, the Army sought to deny reports of Indian troops occupying heights at Finger 4, saying what happened on the ground were ‘readjustments’. “As part of the precautionary deployment carried out on 30 August 2020, some readjustments of our positions on north bank of Pangong Tso Lake on our side of LAC had also been carried out,” it said. Chinese troops entered up to Finger 4 and had not agreed to move back to their previous position of Finger 8. The mountain spurs jutting towards the 118 more apps tied to China banned India on Wednesday increased its squeeze by banning 118 more mobile apps, including PUBG, citing data privacy concerns and threat to national security PUBG, WeChat among the barred list l PUBG Mobile l PUBG Mobile Lite l Baidu Exp. Edition l Baidu l APUS Security l Alipay l FaceU l Cut Cut l CamCard l Hi Meitu l WeChat reading l Government WeChat l Tencent Weiyun l APUS Launcher Pro l ShareSave by Xiaomi l Learn Chinese AI l VPN for TikTok l Beauty Camera Plus l Tencent Watchlist lake are termed as the fingers in military parlance. The Army not only thwarted Chinese attempts but also consolidated Indian military deployments on the higher features overlooking the important Spanggur Gap and also on Rechin La. On Monday Army spokesper, son Colonel Aman Anand had said, “Indian troops pre-empted PLA activity on the southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake, undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwarted Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground.” India had blocked Chinese attempts to occupy heights and positioned its soldiers at Rechin La, which is about 2.5-3 km from Rezang La along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the Indian 224 Total Chineselinked mobile apps banned by India so far 59 Apps were part of the first lot that were banned in June 29. It included TikTok and UC Browser 47 More clones and variants of those banned in June were barred later side. On Tuesday China accused , India of crossing the LAC, which was promptly rebutted. Since then, three Brigade Commander-level flag meetings have taken place but without any consensus on resolving the new tension. In the military movement of Sunday a person, nel of the Special Frontier Force (SFF) lost his life in a mine blast close to the area of operations. The SFF comprises personnel of Tibetan origin. In Washington, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called out China, saying it is engaged in a “clear and intensive intensifying pattern of bullying” its neighbours from Taiwan to the Himalayas. He hoped for a peaceful resolution of the situation on the India-China border. Oppn fumes as Question hour scrapped in Parl session EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi OPPOSITION parties on Wednesday hit out at the Centre for its decision to have do away with the Question Hour in the monsoon session of Parliament starting September 14. Reacting sharply to the news, several Opposition MPs said it reflects the autocratic mindset of the BJPled government. The MPs said the government cannot run away from key questions on important issues ranging from Covid-19, lockdown, state of the economy, job crisis and trouble with China on the LAC. According to notifications issued by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats, there will be no Question Hour in the upcoming session. Besides, private members’ bills will not be taken up, while Zero Hour will be restricted. “If this is true, it is not just a violation of a member’s right, but it also means that the government is uncomfortable answering questions on their gove r n a n c e. G ove r n m e n t i s answerable to people and any move to cancel Question Hour reflects the autocratic mindset of Government,” said senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Mallikarjun Kharge. The Congress said questioning the government is the lifeblood of parliamentary democ- Big bureaucratic reform initiative to build capacity gets Cabinet approval M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi SEEKING to shift the focus of civil servants from rules to roles, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to launch “Mission Karmayogi”, which aims to continuously reskill and add to their capacity . The whole programme will be monitored by the prime minister, who will head an HR Council consisting of experts drawn from India and abroad. To create the necessary infrastructure, a special purpose vehicle will be floated to provide technological support, including building digital resources. The National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building has been designed because bureaucrats generally work in silos with few exchange of ideas, bogged down as they are in file work. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the new programme will radically improve the human resource management practices in the government. Within the ruling dispensation, there is a sense that bureaucrats have not really been delivering as per expectation, hence the new initiative. However, it drew mixed reactions from veteran civil servants. Rooted in Indian culture, learning from abroad The programme aims to ensure that civil servants remain entrenched in Indian culture and sensibilities while learning from the best institutions and practices across the world. Mission Karmayogi will focus on individual civil servants and institutional capacity building, with resources and benefits being made available to the ranks of section officers to secretaries. Officials will be allowed to choose their fields of interest “The main challenge currently is the politicisation of the civil services. The political masters control the civil services, wielding punitive powers to transfer. Despite talented youngsters joining the civil services with a lot of idealism, the civil services have been controlled by the politicians,” said Shankar Sen, a former IPS officer, who had been Director of the Sardar Patel Police Academy Hyderabad. , However, Badal Chaterjee, a former civil servant, concurred with the government, saying the intentions were always there in spirit and the Cabinet has only sought to put them in letter. “Barring individual excellence, bureaucrats have been seen working as babus, sticking with files, while their field experiences and motivation of serving the public is taking a back seat,” said Chaterjee, while speaking to this newspaper. racy. By doing away with this tool of accountability, the BJP government seeks to pass laws without any discussion, the party alleged. “Parliament overall working hours remain the same so why cancel Question Hour? Pandemic excuse to murder democracy ,” tweeted TMC MP Derek O’Brien. Congress Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted, “This Govt seeks to reduce Parliament to a notice-board.” Sudha Rani and her husband Paluru Siddardha feed the poor, orphans and destitutes in Srikakulam I EXPRESS FEEDING the poor and destitute for more than 150 days is no easy task for a family that depends solely on agriculture in a district like Srikakulam, where cultivation is not very profitable. But for Sudha Rani, a hearing and speech-impaired woman, her financial situation didn’t stop her from helping the needy . Rani and her family have been feeding the poor, orphans and homeless at their house in THE state government has consented to entrust the audit of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India from 2020-21 onwards to ensure transparency in the temple trust board’s accounting and auditing systems and retain full confidence of devotees and donors in the same. The CAG will also be requested to conduct a special audit of the TTD for the years 2014-15 to 2019-20 and furnish its report within six months. TTD chairman YV Subba Reddy told TNIE that BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian My associate Swamy had filed a petition in the high court Satyapal Sabharwal to reverify accounts of the TTD during the and I had filed a PIL TDP regime. in Andhra HC “We discussed the issue at the TTD Trust seeking a CAG audit Board meeting on August 28 and passed a reso- of Tirupati Temple lution for re-audit of TTD accounts. Chief funds for the last 5 Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy advised us years& hereafter. to conduct the re-audit not with any other The CM Jagan chartered accountants but to request the CAG gracefully consented. TTD to do it. He was of the view that TTD audit Chm. Subba Reddy should be conducted by CAG during the YSRC & Member & VHS government’s tenure too. Based on his advice, AP leader Govind we have taken this decision,” he explained. Hari piloted it thru Subramanian Swamy and an advocate TTD Board. Task Satya Pal Sabharwal had filed the petition in complete! the high court in 2018 seeking a directive to Subramanian Swamy, free the Tirumala temple from government BJP Rajya Sabha MP control by declaring Sections such as 15, 29, 96 etc of the Andhra Pradesh Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endow- Thank you ments Act-1987 as unconstitutional. In the @Swamy39 garu! Our Hon’ble @ same petition, they had sought an interim in- AndhraPradeshCM junction for an external audit of the TTD ac- @ysjagan garu counts, utilisation of funds and properties strongly believes in including jewellery for three financial years transparency and beginning 2014-2015. corruption free Their plea came in the wake of a controver- governance sy over alleged missing jewels of the Tirumala YV Subba Reddy, temple. TTD chairman The TTD has maintained that the provisions of the AP Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowments Act cited by the petitioners are not unconstitutional. It has also contended that management of the TTD has always been with the state and no religious denomination had any rights over the management of the Tirumala temple at any point of time. It has pointed out that the TTD Trust CONTINUED ON P5 Board is independent. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada THE AP High Court on Wednesday struck down the notice issued by the District Medical and Health Officer (DMHO) to Ramesh Hospitals on technical grounds. The DMHO served the notices after a fire at Swarna Palace hotel — from where the hospital ran a Covid Care Centre — killed 10 patients. Senior advocate D Srinivas, arguing on behalf of the hospital, brought to the notice of the court that the DMHO served notices on the name of M/s Dr Ramesh Cardiac and Super Speciality Private Limited while they were running the hospitals under the name of M/s Ramesh Cardiac and Multi-Speciality Hospital PriP5 vate Limited. Ordinary family’s extraordinary act of kindness Vavilavalasa village of Regidi Amadalavalasa mandal since the lockdown began. Every day , she cooks food, washes the dishes and fetches water from a well a kilometre from her house. Rani’s husband Paluru Siddardha, a farmer from Vavilavalasa village of Regidi Amadalavalasa mandal, has been involved in social service for the past few years. Drawing inspiration from him, Rani decided to feed orphans, widows and neglected elderly people after she There won’t be enough time for questions as the two Houses will convene only for four hours daily, BJP leader Anil Baluni said, adding that unstarred questions will be allowed. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had spoken to all parties and they all supported this move, he claimed. “But now they have changed their stand,” he alleged E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Vijayawada Notice issued to Ramesh Hosp struck down RICH AT HEART RAMESH BABU G @ Srikakulam No time, says BJP CAG to audit TTD accounts as AP govt gives green signal witnessed their plight during the Covid-19 outbreak. With help from her husband, brother-in-law and father-in-law, who are also small farmers, she managed to feed them for 150 days. Inspired by her dedication, several Good Samaritans came forward to help out. “As there is no facility for water supply at our house, my wife brings water from a well about 1 km away,” Siddardha said, and hoped the district administration would provide water supply . BEING HUMAN CM Jagan’s convoy gives way to an ambulance after he noticed it was held up because of his convoy, in Vijayawada | P4 (Right) The Chief Minister blesses an infant as his wife Bharati looks on, in Idupulapaya of Kadapa district on Wednesday ‘Power subsidy DBT won’t hurt farmers but will help them seek accountability’ Power agencies, not farmers, will control accounts When asked if the accounts will not be under the control of the farmers, Kallam replied in affirmation. “The control (of accounts) will be with power agencies. This way, the DBT that the Central government proposed will be implemented, and also the money will reach the power agencies without being diverted anywhere,” he said at a press conference E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Vijayawada RUBBISHING claims that direct benefit transfer (DBT) of free power subsidy for agricultural connections would burden the beneficiaries, the chief minister’s principal advisor Ajeya Kallam said the reform would empower beneficiaries to seek accountability from the power utilities as the subsidy amount would be credited into their accounts. However, he added that the exclusive bank accounts for farmers that would be opened for DBT, wou be operated by the power agencies. The government will implement DBT in one district as per the Centre’s directions. “The Centre circu- lated the draft of Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which is likely to be introduced in Parliament in the upcoming session. In the Bill, the Centre proposed DBT as a provision. Before implementing it, the Centre included it as a reform to avail more borrowing... There won’t be any burden on farmers,” he said on Wednesday . “There is no question of farmers making advance payments. Power utilities will generate farmer-wise power bills to the finance department, which will examine and credit the amount in the exclusive bank accounts that will be opened. From there, it will automatically go to the power utilities,” Kallam added. P5
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