tirupati l monday l may 10, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l late city EDITION Speculation ends, Himanta biswa sarma to be Assam CM Sarma was elected as the leader of the Legislature Party after the outgoing CM Sarbananda Sonowal proposed his name Helped bjp make inroads into northeast Sarma (52) would take the oath of office on Monday. He was the convener of the North-East Democratic Alliance, a BJP-led front of anti-Congress parties, and Number 2 to Sonowal since 2016. Under his stewardship, the BJP made inroads into the Northeast and became the second party to form successive governments in Assam after its victory in 2021 Assembly election 6 yrs Strategist rewarded for results ■ He established himself as BJP’s chief strategist in Northeast after snatching power from right under the Congress’ nose in Manipur ■ Along with Sonowal, Sarma was a contender for the top job in Assam. His elevation is seen as recognition of his work and skills ■ The NEDA had won 75 seats in the house of 126 in the recent polls Since Sarma quit the tarun gogoi-led congress in 2015 and joined the BJP 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 Centre permits AP to cover all 45+ first State to use 3.5 lakh doses of Covishield and 1.42 lakh doses of Covaxin procured by it for the purpose E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada The Centre has finally agreed to the request of the AP government to complete vaccination of people aged above 45 before taking up inoculation of 18 plus category. A communication to this effect was received from the Centre on Sunday . Disclosing this to mediapersons during daily briefing on Covid updates in the State, Principal Secretary (Health) Anil Kumar Singhal said when the Centre asked the States to procure vaccine from the manufacturers and use it to vaccinate people in the age group of 18-45, the AP government had requested it to permit it People wait in a queue at a vaccination centre in Tirupati on Sunday | Madhav K to first complete the 45+ age group before taking up vaccination of 18+ category . However, the Centre did not permit Double whammy Present tense for Bhopal twins An u r a a g S i n g h @ Bhopal days later despite the best efforts of doctors, Mohan succumbed to n a dilapidated double sto- the infection. rey house in Budhwara, a By the time Mohan was hospithickly populated lower talised, his wife Rita and the twin middle class area of Old daughters, too, had tested posiBhopal, twin girls aged five tive. Five days later on May 3, suddenly start wailing and Rita, who was being treated in ask for their parents. isolation at her parents’ old home, “Where is our papa and mummy also died. “I had gone to immerse , when will they return, have they Mohan’s ashes in the river Nargone to God?” they ask. mada in the neighbouring Family members immediately Hoshangabad district on May 3. rush in, consoling the twins that While returning home I got a call things will be fine that my sister Rita and their parents are had also passed likely to return soon. away said Raikwar. ,” But return they will But the future is not as Mohan and tense for Raikwar’s Rita Barve, the girl’s family of four and the parents, fell prey to twins as they are livCovid-19 in quick ing on borrowed monsuccession. ey An auto-rickshaw . “We have to lie to orphans driver, Raikwar has my nieces everyday not earned a penny in part-1 when they ask us the past 15 days owabout their parents. I ing to the lockdown. NCPCR seized don’t know how long “I have already borof the matter we will able to hide rowed `40,000 and will On May 2, National the truth that their have to borrow more Commission for parents will never reto take care of four Protection of Child turn,” said Mankesh kids now. My two othRights drew the Raikwar, the twins’ er sisters, who live in maternal uncle who attention of all states B h o p a l a n d B u rto children orphaned has taken the responhanpur, are willing to sibility of taking care due to Covid-19, saying take care of the twin of the girls. “Along those abandoned or in nieces, but my 75-yearneed of care must be with their parents, old mother doesn’t they had also tested produced before Child want to leave her Welfare Committees Covid positive, but granddaughters,” he they are fine now,” he said. “Neither my sisadded. ter nor my brother-in-law would Mohan, 42, was an electrician have ever thought they would dewith a semi-government herbal part from this world in a matter products plant in Bhopal’s of days. But we will take care of Barkheda Pathani area. Some- their daughters as long as we time last month he started getting can.” Raikwar added. fever, but instead of getting himThe twins are not the only chilself tested for Covid, he contin- dren who have been orphaned in ued to take medicines from a per- the current Covid surge. More sonal doctor. cases of both parents dying of His condition suddenly wors- Covid are surfacing, leaving beened on April 28 and he had short- hind dependent children. There ness of breath. Raikwar rushed are anecdotal reports of some of him to the state government-run them even being abandoned and Hamidia Hospital, where he was left to fend for themselves. Continued on P7 put on oxygen support. But two I C vid’s the State to do so initially The issue . was discussed at length in the State Cabinet meeting held in the first week of May. The Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy resolved that vaccines , allocated by the Centre and vaccines procured by the State on its own will be first used for vaccinating the 45+ age group. There is an estimated 1.3 crore population in the State aged above 45 years. “We communicated the Cabinet’s decision to complete the vaccination of the 45+ age group first and requested modifications in CoWIN application. I spoke to the Secretary, Ministry of Health. Today, we re- NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Jab-o-meter MAY 8 ceived a communication giving permission to the State to go ahead with its plan. However, they said it would take two days to complete the modifications in CoWIN application,” Singhal explained. According to Singhal, the State has procured 3.5 lakh doses of Covishield from Serum Institute of India and 1.42 lakh doses of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech. They will be used for vaccination once the CoWIN application is modified. The Principal Secretary said the government which is determined to vaccinate the entire population, is going in a systematic manner to P4 achieve the target. andhra pradesh may 8 May 9 Fresh cases 20,065 22,164 Recoveries 19,272 18,832 Deaths 96 92 Samples tested 1,01571 1,05,494 1,73,67,935 total samples tested 12,87,603 8,707 Total caseload hospital infra Dial 104 for info on Covid services 1902 to lodge complaints Total beds in 662 hospitals - 46,625 Available beds ICU beds - 6,673 14,457 Available - 1,372 Oxygen general beds - 23,432 Available - 4,837 General beds Available Ventilators 16,521 8,248 2,975 10,90,632 Total deaths Total cured 1,90,632 helpline 8297-104-104 active cases https://esanjeevani.com/ website to contact doctors through video call and get medical aid - WhatsApp Chatbat number http:/hmfw.ap.gov.in/covid. type Hi, Hello, Covid dashboard.aspx - Covid dashboard to know official info Covid-19 AP App to get all info about Coronavirus NHAI help to AP to set up 42 oxygen plants NHAI will extend help to AP in installation of 42 oxygen plants and four plants will be set up initially, said Commissioner of Health Katamaneni Bhaskar MAY 9 4,01,078 4,03,738 3,18,609 3,86,444 4,187 4,092 May 8 18,93,258 doses Take your May 9 shot 6,71,646 doses Total: 17,01,53,432 Director General of Police D Gautam Sawang inspects enforcement of extended curfew in Vijayawada on Sunday | P Ravindra Babu express read Panel set up to probe Kadapa quarry blast E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Kadapa: Minister for Panchayat Raj and Mines Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy has formed a high-level committee with officials form five departments to probe Mamillapalle limestone mine blast, which claimed 10 lives. Meanwhile, `10 lakh aid was announced to the bereaved families from Mineral Foundation Trust. GST waiver for jabs will jack up cost, says FM Nirmala New Delhi/Kolkata: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday virtually ruled out exempting Covid vaccines, medicines and oxygen concentrators from Goods and Services Tax, saying such an exemption will make the lifesaving items costlier for consumers as manufacturers will not be able to offset the taxes paid on inputs. Talks to build national Oppn front soon, claims Raut Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday said that talks to form a grand alliance of Opposition parties at the national level will begin in the coming days. Raut said he has discussed the issue with Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar. “There is a need to have an alliance of opposition parties in the country,” he said. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH Police to issue e-passes for entry into AP 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) The emergency pass (e-Pass) system that was in place during the nationwide lockdown last year, will be revived in the State to enable people enter Andhra Pradesh during extended curfew hours for their emergency needs, said Director General of Police D Gautam Sawang. The DGP, along with Vijayawada City Police Commissioner Bathini Sreenivasulu and other senior police officials, inspected enforcement of extended curfew in the city on Sunday The DGP appreciated peo. ple for their self-discipline and cooperation to people in smooth enforcement of extended curfew to 43 dead, claim social media The university PRO said a list of deceased being circulated on social media includes the names of faculty members residing outside Aligarh. The list claims 43 AMU profs have succumbed 25 doctors test positive Medical college Principal Shahid Ali Siddiqui told media that 25 doctors at the hospital had tested positive for the infection in the past fortnight. According to the V-C, three doctors were under treatment, while others had recovered. Meanwhile, the college principal claimed the hospital was battling a medical oxygen shortage. The hospital has not received a single oxygen cylinder from outside, he said. contain spread of Covid. “On behalf of the State government, I appreciate the cooperation and selfdiscipline of people. The people need to come together and behave in a responsible way to protect ourselves and our families from the pandemic. I am confident that we will be able to overcome the biggest challenge before us,” Sawang said. Modalities for e-passes soon The police will soon come up with modalities for issuance of e-passes to those who want to enter the State during curfew hours for their emergency needs. One can obtain e-passes from the concerned SP The DGP further said the State police will come up with modalities for issuance of e-passes to those who want to enter the State during curfew hours for their emergency needs. “We are getting a lot of requests and inquiries from the public through Twitter and our other helplines regarding the regulations for entering or travelling outside the State during the curfew hours from 12 noon to 6 am. In the wake of such requests, we took the decision to issue e-passes. We are framing guidelines to issue emergency passes and one can obtain them from concerned SP I also request the pub. lic to travel only if it is necessary P4 and emergency he said. ,” Worry as Covid kills many in Aligarh University faculty E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi The deaths of at least 16 serving and 18 retired teachers, besides other staff of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), due to Covid-19 in the past 18 days have triggered an alarm, with the Vice-Chancellor on Sunday urging the ICMR to study the infection variant on the campus. In a letter to the ICMR, Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor said “a particular variant may be circulating in areas around the AMU campus and surrounding localities, which has led to these deaths”. The latest to fall to the virus was the dean of the AMU’s law faculty Prof Shakeel , Samdani, who died at Aligarh’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College on Friday . Mansoor said the microbiology lab at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College would send samples to the Institute of Genomic and Integrated Biology, New Delhi, for genome sequencing of the variants detected in the town. covid hospitality Unsung hero Helping people navigate healthcare maze Couple convert home into isolation centre M U K E SH RA N J A N @ Ranchi It was the call of humanity that prodded businessman Babu Khan (36) to reach out to Covid patients swarming the Sadar Hospital at Hazaribagh here, desperately looking for hospital and medical assistance. He found them in panic as they did not know how to get hospital beds or an oxygen cylinder or how to approach a doctor in case of an emergency and , decided to offer help. Twenty-two days and 175 cured patients later, Babu continues his selfless service, even giving up the warmth and comfort of his family during the holy month of Ramzan. “I assist the needy in all ways possible. From getting beds to securing Babu Khan at Hazaribagh Sadar Hospital oxygen to arranging free medicine for the needy, I do everything in my power,” Babu said. His day begins at 11.30 am, and he helps people landing at the hospital till 5.30 pm, after which goes to a nearby flat where he has been staying for the past 20 days to break Roza. He returns around 7.30 pm and continues with his work till 3 am when he goes back for Sehri. Babu, who has put his business on hold, said he has not seen his wife and three children since the last 22 days ago. “They are worried for me. I keep in touch via video calls,” he said. What about his own safety? Babu said he takes abundant care. “I wear gloves, masks and take a bath before entering my flat. I sanitise myself regularly too,” he said. , Babu’s service came in for a praise from hospital Superintendent Dr Vinod Kumar, who said: “He does not hesitate to call us over phone in case of emergency .” S T r i m u r t h u l u @ Kakinada A couple in K Jagannadhapuram village in Ainavilli mandal have converted their house into a quarantine centre for the benefit of Covid patients, who have been advised to be in home isolation. Srinivas and his wife Kasi Annapurna tested positive for Covid twice. Having an understanding of the problems and requirements of those who are in home isolation, have offered accommodation to Covid patients in their house. The have even started motivating their relatives and friends to offer quarantine facilities to those who tested positive for Covid. The goodwill gesture of the couple was well appreciated Srinivas and his wife Kasi Annapurna, who converted their house in K Jagannadhapuram into a quarantine facility | Express by people of the village. The couple have a son and a daughter. Annapurna had served as a ZPTC member in the past. However, the couple are more interested in social service rather than any other activity . Srinivas’ brother attended a spiritual programme in Rajasthan last year and when he returned, he and his family members tested positive for Covid. Srinivas and his wife had also contracted the virus. They were hospitalised and recovered. In February, the couple again tested positive and had to be in home isolation. They said that due to ignorance and fear among villagers, they had suffered mental agony and even faced P4 social discrimination.
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