HYDERABAD MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION YOGA, CHYAWANPRASH IN GOVT’S POST-COVID CARE LIST The Union health ministry on Sunday issued a care protocol for those who have recovered from the Covid-19 infection SIGNS TO WATCH OUT FOR MONITOR TEMPERATURE, B.P. AT HOME The ‘Post-Covid Management Protocol’ also recommends the daily practice of meditation and breathing exercises. Recovered patients may also take a teaspoon of chyawanprash along with milk or warm water daily. One must watch out for and seek immediate medical help in case of high fever, breathlessness, unexplained chest ache or focal weakness ■ The guidelines also call for regular monitoring at home of temperature, blood pressure, blood sugar and oxygen levels ■ Those with persistent dry cough or sore throat have been advised to do saline gargles or steam inhalation ■ The advisory recommends a balanced and nutritious diet 37.02 lakh PEOPLE HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19 IN INDIA 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 Loads of issues in Govt open to early shots before full Phase 3 vaccine test unusual session S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi Oppn set to raise economy, unemployment, LAC in Parliament; Centre lines up 45 bills On Monday, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan will make a statement on the CovSTATE of the economy tension id-19 situation in the Lok Sabha, , between India and China, GST while Parliamentary Affairs compensation to states, and the Minister Prahlad Joshi will raging Covid-19 pandemic could move an amendment on Quesdominate the monsoon session tion Hour as an exception for the of Parliament beginning Mon- current session. day. While the OpposiThe Lok Sabha will tion is gearing up to put Mandatory take up only unstarred the government on the Covid test questions for which the mat on these issues, the government’s answers All MPs have Centre has a long list of will be tabled in the been asked to House, with no provilegislative proposals to undergo Covid sion for asking any suppush through. test and only This time, Parliament plementary question. those who session will be much With the Bihar Asreceived a different because of the sembly elections close negative report on the heels, the floor restrictions mandated by the Covid-19 proto- will be allowed managers of the BJPto sit in the col, with no Question led ruling alliance are session Hour being allowed. clear that the OpposiO n S u n d ay, b o t h tion will not ease presHouses of Parliament had meet- sure on the government on the ings of their respective Busi- state of economy . ness Advisory Councils (BAC). Meanwhile, the government The Lok Sabha BAC will have bracing to push 45 legislative another meeting on Monday to proposals. Eleven Bills have finalise the agenda for the next been necessitated against Ordi18 sittings, while the Rajya Sab- nances promulgated after the ha would be allowing discus- Budget session of Parliament sions on issues raised by the was adjourned sine die due to Opposition. the pandemic. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Centre is considering “emergency use authorisation” of Covid-19 vaccine, especially for senior citizens and people working in high risk settings, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan revealed on Sunday . “This shall be done after a consensus has been reached,” said Vardhan, while interacting with his social media followers through an online platform, called Sunday Samvaad. The statement indicates that the government is planning to allow vaccination of a section of people even before Phase 3 trials of Covid-19 vaccine candidates are completed and their results analysed for safety and efficacy in a large number of volunteers. Curiously the announcement , Shah back in AIIMS for full check-up Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who had recovered from Covid-19, was admitted to the AIIMS on Saturday night for complete medical check-up before Parliament session begins comes close on the heels of the Trump administration in the US declaring a similar intent. Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration’s office had, however, said drugmakers seeking emergency authorisation for Covid vaccine will have to meet a higher standard of efficacy than normally would be required for such a clearance. Back home, senior officials in the health ministry, said while the Drugs and Cosmetics Act WITH RIDERS Keshavapuram reservoir gets forest clearance permission 2,216 FRESH COVID-19 CASES RECORDED IN TELANGANA V N I L E S H @ Hyderabad The State also saw 11 deaths, which took the toll to 961. Currently, there are 31,607 active cases in the State, of which 24,674 patients are in home isolation PAGE 4 Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao speaks to officials as he inspects the ongoing renovation works at Yadadri Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple on Sunday Ensure Yadadri’s grandeur is preserved for posterity: KCR A SESHACHARYULU @ Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri NEW NORMAL AT EXAM CENTRES In what is being called the “new normal”, students wearing face masks stood in queues in front of exam centres with sanitisers and admit cards in their hands on Sunday in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana, to appear for the NEET | P4 Students follow social distancing norms as they stand in a queue at an exam centre in Hyderabad on Sunday. Right: A student looks worried after her exam centre was changed from Mithila Nagar to Gachibowli | R V K RAO / S SENBAGAPANDIYAN NEET 2020: A HARROWING EXPERIENCE FOR STUDENTS ENS @ Hyderabad/ Warangal/ Khammam/ Karimnagar ALLOCATION of examination centres far away from their native towns, coupled with poor public transport and the fear of Covid-19, added to the pressure and challenge of giving the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for underg r a d u at e m e d i c a l courses, that was conducted across the country on Sunday . Poor public transport played a spoilsport for many students who had to travel from remote places and small towns. Take the case of Shezan from Jadcherla, located around 90 km from Hyderabad. She was allotted Sarojini Naidu Vanita Maha Vidyalaya at Nampally as exam centre. Shezan said, “It would have been good if there was an exam centre in Jadcherla or at least Mahbubnagar. I had to start very early in the morning to ensure that I reach the centre well before exam time.” Another student, K Venu had to travel around 100 km from Nalgonda to Hyderabad to give the exam at Kendriya Vidyalaya-1 Golconda. Venu said, “We hired a taxi as travelling in public transport would mean risking ourselves during the Covid-19 pandemic.” does provide for such an emergency use authorisation, it can be done only by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation — India’s drug regulator — after analysing the limited data from early stage trials. “Also, as of now no vaccine maker or importer has approached the regulator for such an emergency use authorisation in India, which was granted in case of some drugs for Covid-19,” said a top official. A few students from Andhra Pradesh who had exam centres in the border districts of Telangana told Express about the hassles they had to face. B Anusha from Jaggaiahpet of AP who had exam centre in , Khammam, said, “We faced a lot of problems in reaching the centre as there are no buses running from AP to Telangana and my family is not economically well-off to hire a private car.” Meanwhile, mild tension prevailed at an exam centre in Mithila Nagar, Hyderabad, when some students were told that their exam centre was CONTINUED ON P4 changed. It would have been good if there was an exam centre in Jadcherla or at least Mahbubnagar. I had to start very early to ensure that I reach the centre well before time — Shezan, a student from Jadcherla CHIEF Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has desired that the ongoing renovation of the Yadadri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple complex, which reflects spirituality, should be done in such a way that it would last for a very long time. “There is no need for hurry and there should be no scope for lapses. They should be strictly in accordance with the principles of Agama Shastra,” he said, while reviewing the works of the temple with officials and the temple priests for nearly six hours, after going around the temple and having the darshan of Lord Narasimha Swamy He . also offered special pujas. He said that the new infrastructure should facilitate offering of several pujas, services for the presiding deity and provide amenities for the devotees who visit the temple. He also instructed the officials con- Like a ‘necklace’ to the temple The CM suggested that the Ring Road should be developed like a ‘necklace’ to the temple. He also said that a provision should be made for walking and cycling tracks along the Ring Road cerned to ensure that the construction works epitomise the divine grandeur and spiritual aura of the presiding deity . The Chief Minister suggested that the Ring Road should be developed like a ‘necklace’ to the temple. He also said that a provision should be made for walking and cycling tracks, greenery and illumination along the Ring Road. The CM wanted the entire infrastructure to facilitate comfortable darshan to the devo- tees, no matter how great their number will be. He instructed that the Gandi Tank adjacent to the Temple Complex should be filled every two months by drawing water from Kaleshwaram. He said the entire Temple Town and Temple Complex should have greenery in abundance and for this purpose, more trees should be grown in the area. He said special architects should be entrusted with the job of beautifying the Gandi Tank and its periphery as a tourist spot. The Chief Minister also wanted speedy completion of works on the construction of 365 quarters. He suggested that cottages be constructed in another 200 acres. He also instructed the officials to complete as quickly as possible the construction of kalyana katta, bus station, pushkarini railing and roads. CONTINUED ON P4 THE Forest Advisory Committee of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests granted Forest Clearance permission for the construction of Keshavapuram reservoir, meant for meeting the drinking water needs of Hyderabad on a permanent basis. The reservoir, which will have 10 tmcft capacity would , be filled upto five tmcft twice a year with water from Kaleshwaram’s Kondapochamma reservoir. This is one of the conditions laid down by the FAC for according Forest Clearance permission to the Telangana government. The State government has to furnish an undertaking to this effect, mainly for the purpose of forest conservation. Construction of the reservoir will come at a heavy environmental cost as it will require clearing 409.53 hectares of Keshavapuram Reserved Forest, including chopping down as many as 1,39,274 of trees. According to the minutes of the FAC meeting accessed by Express, the State government informed the FAC that even though the proposal is for a 10 tmcft reservoir, only five tmcft water could be stored in it at any given time and the reservoir will be filled twice annually thus re, ducing the requirement of forest land. The Compensatory Afforestation (CA) in lieu of the forest land that will be lost will be 424.46 hectares of non-forest land in three districts of Siddipet, YadadriBhuvanagiri and Suryapet. CONTINUED ON P3 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) DIGITAL MODELS TS using drones to make roads safer A I H I K S U R @ Hyderabad APART from surveillance and sanitisation efforts, drones are also being used by the government of Telangana to make roads safer for commuters. The Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC), in association with IIT Hyderabad, recently took up a drone survey of a proposed road adjacent to Biodiversity Park, which as of now is hazardous due to the presence of boulders and loose rock formations on either side. The proposed road is in Hy- derabad Knowledge City Mad, hapur, where many new office buildings have come up in recent years. Rocky hazard To meet the increasing demand for better connectivity, the TSIIC has recently constructed a new carriageway of around 850 metre connecting the inter nal roads of Hyderabad Knowledge City with the Old Mumbai Highway join, ing the same adjacent to Biodiversity Park. The new road was constructed by drilling the hillock to create a passage. However, there is TSIIC ropes in IIT-H researchers TSIIC roped in IIT Hyderabad to conduct a survey of the area and to recommend the ways in which the area can be made safer. a hazard as there are loose boulders on the hilltop and rock slope falling onto the carriageway. To mitigate this threat, TSIIC roped in IIT Hyderabad to conduct a survey of the area and to recommend the ways in which the area can be made safer. IIT Hyderabad researchers used DJI Phantom 4 Pro, which is equipped with GPS and a camera. Several pictures were taken by the drone which has helped the researchers in analysing from a geological perspective and creating digital elevation models (DEMs). CONTINUED ON P3
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