BHUBANESWAR l MONDAY l SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l JEYPORE 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 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 plementary question. This time, Parliament those who With the Bihar Assession will be much received a sembly elections close different because of the 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 Opposition will not ease presO n S u n d ay, b o t h Houses 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 Odisha adds 1L Covid cases in one month WITH 3,913 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, Odisha became the 10th State in the country to cross 1.5 lakh mark. The State that took five months to register 50,000 cases, added more than one lakh cases in just one month. The first case was detected on March 15 and the tally had touched 50,672 on August 12 | P2 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 Candidates maintain social distance before entering a NEET examination centre at KV 1 in Bhubaneswar on Sunday | BISWANATH SWAIN @ Bhubaneswar RECOVERED Shah back in AIIMS for full check-up 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 TOTAL CASES Pandemic concern for Assembly session as MLAs, ministers afflicted E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bhubaneswar WITH at least three dozen MLAs and six ministers testing positive, Covid-19 shadow looms large over the Monsoon session of the State Assembly which is constitutionally mandatory by Sep, tember 30. Though only 17 days are left, the Assembly Secretariat is yet to issue a notice on convening the session. Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro has also not called the customary all party meeting. As per rules, notice should be issued 15 days before any session of the Assembly The deadline for the notice expires on September . 15. Sources, however, said that the Assembly can be convened within a short notice as there will be no question hour during the session. On the other hand, the sitting arrangements in the Assembly have almost been finalised. It has been stipulated that at the most 70 to 80 MLAs will attend House proceedings on any given day . While members who have tested positive will not allowed into the House, legislators above 65 years are likely to choose the option of attending the proceedings through video conferencing. If the present situation persists, one third of the MLAs attending the house on any given day will be given seats in the visitors’ gallery while two-third will have seats in the House. The lobby will be closed for any outside entry . Leader of Opposition Pradipta Nayak told this paper that an all party meeting is likely to be called by the Speaker shortly to discuss all matters related to the Monsoon session. Nayak said that the Assembly is going to follow the Parliament in conduct of the sesssion amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Narasingh Mishra, however, criticised the Speaker and the State Government for not consulting the Opposition before deciding on the Monsoon session of the Assembly “It is very unfortunate that they have not . consulted the Opposition. It seems the BJD and BJP have joined hands like they are doing on every issue,” he said. The Congress veteran said issue of notice before 15 days of the session is mandatory “But I don’t know what is in the mind of the . Government or the Speaker,” he said. Meanwhile, Braja Kishore Pradhan, BJD MLA from Talcher is latest to have tested Covid-19. At least 21 MLAs of the ruling BJD and six ministers have earlier tested positive. Several BJP MLAs have also been infected by the virus. 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. P7 Day before NEET 2020, girl ends life EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 3,913 679 1,15,279 1,50,807 DEATHS 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 comes close on the heels ODISHA RECORDS MORE THAN 88 PC TURNOUT FOR NEET ODISHA COVID UPDATE FRESH CASES 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 interact- ing 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 MORE than 88 per cent medical aspirants from Odisha appeared the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) 2020 on Sunday amid special meas, ures in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. The test was conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) at 83 centres in seven cities of the State. Rourkela recorded highest turnout of 90.10 per cent, while Bhubaneswar was lowest with 87.19 per cent. Cuttack reported 88.50 per cent attendance, while Sambalpur and Angul reported 88.10 and 88 per cent respectively . Despite fear of Covid-19 spread, the turnout of candidates for NEET was much higher than JEE (Main) held between September 1 and 6. Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare department, PK Mohapatra said the State Government and district administrations left no stone unturned for smooth conduct of the exams. “Adequate measures were taken at all seven cities for safety of the students,” he said. As many as 37,459 students from the State had enrolled for NEET. Around 1,766 out of 1,960 candidates appeared at five centres in Rourkela, while 13,412 out of 15,393 candidates turned up at 30 centres in Bhubaneswar. Similarly, 3,443 out of 3,887 candidates in Balasore; 3,506 out of 3,947 in Berham- pur; 4,319 out of 4,902 in Sambalpur and 5,265 out of 5,949 in Cuttack appeared the threehour test that commenced at 2 pm and continued till 5pm. Around 1,104 students also appeared in Angul. To ensure social distancing, entry and exit of candidates into the examination centres was done in a staggered manner from 11 am. The gates, however, remained opened till 1.30pm. Candidates were provided mask and sanitiser and were scanned with thermal gun before their entry into the classrooms. Sourabh Kumar Panda, a candidate from Nabarangpur, who appeared the test in Bhubaneswar expressed satisfac- tion on the arrangements. The district administrations facilitated free transport, accommodation and breakfast, lunch and dinner to him and his father for three days. “Though I was apprehensive about our travel in this situation, I was pleased with the measures put in place by the State Government,” Sourabh said. Khurda Collector Sanat Kumar Mohanty said only 12 students were allowed to sit in each classroom, while students with high temperature or any other symptoms were allowed to appear the test in isolation rooms. Candidates tested positive for Covid-19 will be allowed to appear the test at a later date, to be decided by NTA, he said. BARIPADA: A day before the NEET 2020 exams, a medical aspirant allegedly committed suicide at Baripada town on Saturday . The 19-year-old girl was found hanging from a fan in her study room on Saturday evening. Her death is being attributed to extreme anxiety and fear of failure. The girl has reportedly left a suicide note holding no one responsible for her death. The note recovered by police read, “I am sorry I am tired. I , am worried if I do not get a (medical) seat, all your hard work for me will go in vain.” Her uncle Arun Kumar Sahu said his niece had gone to Kota in Rajasthan since last year for medical coaching. She had taken the tests in 2019 but was not successful. Due to the Covid-19, she had come back to Baripada a few months back and been preparing at home. “Due to mental stress and anxiety, she might have committed suicide. She appeared to be in a state of mental distress for last few days,” Sahu said. He further informed that his niece used to spend most of her time in the study room on the upper floor of their house. On Saturday evening, when her mother went upstairs, she found her daughter hanging by an apron from the ceiling fan. Her parents immediately rushed her to PRM MCH, where the doctor declared her brought dead. Investigating officer of the case Saroj Mishra of Baripada Town police said a case of unnatural death was registered. The suicidal note was seized from the spot. ENS EXPRESS READ Candidate choice: BJP to gain from BJD rift Bhubaneswar: The rift in BJD over selection of candidate for the upcoming Tirtol by-election is likely to benefit BJP which has intensified efforts to woo voters.\ The intra-party squabbling in the ruling party came to the fore in BJD meetings which were held recently. Sources said BJD conducted meetings at Dhayankuda Mutt in Biridi, residence of a party leader of Raghunathpur and Muni Goswami Mutt in Tirtol last Thursday to select a suitable candidate and chalk out strategies for the by-poll | P4 City police feels virus heat but up for fight WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Bhubaneswar: As Bhubaneswar struggles to break the Covid chain, Commissionerate Police is grappling with the crisis as many of its senior officers in the Capital are down with coronavirus infection. However, it has not deterred its enforcement activities. An Additional DCP ranked officer, at least five ACPs and five inspectors in the Capital have tested positive. An inspector has been admitted to a hospital as a precautionary measure. Police stations like Badagada, Kharvel Nagar, Tamando and others in the Capital have witnessed a surge in Covid-19 cases among the staff | P2 OLLYWOOD LEGEND Covid claims another stalwart, ‘Hakim Babu’ Ajit Das no more D I A N A S A H U @ Bhubaneswar THE ‘Hakim Babu’ is no more. The soft-spoken Ajit Das, whose endearing screen persona charmed millions of fans over four decades, departed for the heavenly abode on Sunday He . was 71. Das had tested Covid-19 positive and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in B h u b a n e sw a r wh e r e h e breathed his last. Ajit made his foray into Odia film industry with ‘Sindura Bindu’ in 1976 in the role of a villain but as his career took off, he went on to be one of the most adorable character actors of Odia cinema. In four decades of his career, the actor-turneddramatist not only gave Odia film industry meaningful cinema but also shaped classical theatre in Odisha. After the initial roles with grey shades, he played the lead in ‘Punar Milana’, a remake of Hindi film ‘Choti Behen’ releasing in 1977. Ajit went to play hero in films of 80s like ‘Megha Mukti’, ‘Devajani’, ‘Bata Abata’ and ‘ shara Akasha’. A What fetched him critical acclaim was the 1985 film based on eminent writer Bibhuti Pattnaik’s novel ‘Hakim Babu’, AJIT DAS JANUARY 20, 1949 SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 directed by Pranab Das. His performance fetched him the State Film Award for Best Actor and the moniker of ‘Hakim Babu’. The film also won the National Award for Best Re gional Cinema. Pranab fondly calls how Ajit was initially reluctant to play the role of the protagonist Kanhu Majhi in ‘Hakim Babu’. “The film was on based on Juang tribals of Keonjhar and Kanhu’s character was that of a tribal boy who becomes a Collector and returns to help his people. Bijay Mohanty and Ajit were good friends and worked together. When Ajit refused the role which he thought would not fit into the character, Bijay evinced interest. But I was confident that no one could play Kanhu’s character better than Ajit and I forced him to do it”, he says. In fact, Pranab’s directorial debut ‘Sesha Pratikhya’ in 1979 also had Ajit in the lead. It was an experimental cinema in black and white and Ajit’s character ‘Uday’ was well appreciated. “With his death, the State has lost a brilliant and humble actor”, Pranab said. Gadadhar Putty who directed him , in ‘Ashara Akasha’, said Ajit P5 was a director’s actor.
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