BHUBANESWAR l THURSDAY l SEPTEMBER 03, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l JEYPORE 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 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 ■ 8,01,282 ‘USE PLASMA THERAPY WITH CAUTION’ ■ 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 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 PUBG Mobile PUBG Mobile Lite Baidu Exp. Edition Baidu APUS Security Alipay FaceU Cut Cut CamCard Hi Meitu WeChat reading Government WeChat Tencent Weiyun APUS Launcher Pro ShareSave by Xiaomi Learn Chinese AI VPN for TikTok Beauty Camera Plus 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.” @ Bhubaneswar KHURDA and Cuttack have emerged a major concern for the State Government with both the districts contributing 30 per cent (pc) of the daily case count for last one week. Of the 3,219 new Covid-19 cases reported in last 24 hours, 1,131 cases were from the two districts with Khurda accounting for the highest 731 cases and Cuttack 400. August has been the most crucial month so far with the State registering 68.58 pc cases and 55.26 pc deaths. An analysis of the Covid infections revealed that 73,082 cases and 278 deaths were reported last month at an average of 2,357 cases and nine deaths a day . In July the State had regis, tered 26,163 cases and 192 deaths at an average of 844 cases and six deaths a day The biggest single . day spike of 3,682 cases was recorded on August 27. While Ganjam contributed the most in July Khurda topped , the new infection tally in August. The virus infection in Khurda is catching up fast as 18,159 cases have been detected in the district as against 18,238 cases in Ganjam so far. Of the 3,219 new infections spread across 30 districts, 40 pc were local cases with no travel and contact history and the rest were in quarantine. Even as nine districts reported maximum cases, detection of new cases in Nayagarh, Rayagada, Balangir and Sambalpur, which had been witnessing 100 plus cases a day during the last week of July, have dropped. On Wednesday 217 cases were , 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar THE State Government on Wednesday passed a resolution to request the Centre to accord classical status to Odissi music. The second meeting of the Odisha Heritage Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved the proposal of the Culture department. Briefing the media, Culture Minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi said in 1964, Odissi dance was accorded ‘classical dance’ status by the Centre. In 2014, Odia language received the status of 6th classical language of the country by the Union Government. In 2008, the State Government recognised Odissi as classical form of music. “This form of music is very ancient and has a Sashtric basis. It is also different from other forms of classical music,” the Minister said. The Minister said the Heritage Cabinet also approved a proposal for holistic development of the birth place of Pandit Gopabandhu Das, one of the modern makers of Odisha, at Suando in Puri district through a project involving a budget of `11 crore. It also decided to create separate and autonomous directorates for the proper functioning of the Odisha State Archaeology and State Museum with creation of two posts of directors. In order to make the ancient treasures housed in the Odisha State Museum such as coins, inscriptions, palm leaf manu- scripts, anthropological objects, valuable objects related to mining and geology, maritime traditions, ivory objects, arms and instruments, bronze sculptures, and traditional paintings, to a wider audience across the world (especially in the light of the current pandemic), the Odisha State Museum will be developed into a virtual entity with digitisation. A similar model will be followed for Ananda Bhavan Museum, which memorialises Biju Patnaik. A proposal was also passed to increase the financial grants being given by the Department of Odia Language, Literature and Culture to selected artists in various cultural fields. To recognise the importance being given to awardees, the amount for the Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman, Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja Samman, Dharmapada Samman and Byasakabi Phakir Mohan Samman, will be increased from `1 lakh to `5 lakh. Similarly the cash awards of , the various academies will be increased from `50,000 to `2 lakh and the amount of felicitations of the various academies will be increased to `1 lakh. The Cabinet approved to fill up all the existing vacancies in the various academies, institutions and various centres of the Department of Odia Language, Literature and Culture through a transparent process of widely publicised advertisements. If needed, the posts will also be filled up through nomination process. EXPRESS READ Seven proposals worth `3,205 cr get State nod Bhubaneswar: The State Level Single Window Clearance Authority (SLSWCA) on Wednesday approved seven investment proposals worth `3,205.67 crore which are likely to generate employment for 2,494 people in the State. The SLSWCA meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy approved the proposals of MGM Minerals Limited for expansion of its projects with an investment of `801.89 crore. P3 Controversy at Justice Mishra’s farewell as Dave’s mike muted New Delhi: Controversy continued to surround Justice Arun Mishra even on his retirement day with Supreme Court Bar Association president Dushyant Dave alleging his mike was muted on purpose during the virtual meeting. According to Dave, his mike was muted when it was his turn to speak | P7 Khurda, Cuttack big concern as cases near 1.10 lakh EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE No time, says BJP State demands classical status for Odissi music detected in Puri, 194 in Balasore, 185 in Bargarh, 169 in Ganjam, 137 in Mayurbhanj, 117 in Jajpur 117 and 112 in Keonjhar. With this, the total number of confirmed cases in the State climbed to 1,09,780. As many as 51,245 samples were tested including 7,685 tests through RT-PCR in last 24 hours. With 11 more Covid patients, including three from Ganjam, two from Bhubaneswar, one each from Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Puri, Rayagada, Sambalpur and Bhadrak, succumbing to the disease, the death toll reached P5 567. MAN AND MACHINE A farmer plouging his agriculture field on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar on Wednesday | EXPRESS Virus hit, Odisha police struggles EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar THE rapid spread of coronavirus infection in the Twin City has overwhelmed the Commissionerate Police and impacted vital units of the State Police headquarters as well. No one is talking about the men in uniform but their critical functioning is hit. Badly . With the transmission on the fast lane - Cuttack and Khurda now contributing the most caseload - the police personnel are impacted. The two DCP offices have been shut down; many police stations are grappling with new cases every day . Some of the battalions have also been hit. With the personnel testing positive, contact tracing and isolation have forced police to work with a depleted number. Though the State Police and Commissionerate Police had put in place a stringent screening mechanism when the coronavirus outbreak happened, the spike in the two major cities has taken its toll on the workforce. Plain numbers would say at least 460 personnel of the Twin City Police have tested positive. The State Police headquarters too is feeling the pinch for the same reason. Those on duty at offices as well as residences are now facing isolation too. Some of the major establishments of the State Police are now impacted. Sources said, at least 31 personnel of Crime Branch have tested positive. Special Task Force too has felt the heat with its personnel testing positive. As the caseload is expected to rise in next few weeks, the State Police is watching it cautiously . Most of the impacted are those in the frontline, living out of barracks in the two cities, sharing the same dormitories, toilets and bathrooms as well as vehicles for duty A ma. jor challenge for the police has been non-availability of space for isolation for such a large number and medical attention. Going by the unofficial numbers, at least 18 police personnel have died due to Covid-19 so far.
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