villupuram l monday l may 10, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l 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 Strategist rewarded for results 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 ■ 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 6 yrs 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 Stalin gets cracking on flattening Covid CM asks Ministers to oversee containment measures in districts, ensure full implementation of lockdown e x p r e s s ne w s s e r v i c e @ Chennai CHIEF Minister MK Stalin has allotted ministers for every district to monitor the ongoing Covid-19 containment measures. Speaking at the first Cabinet meeting held at the Secretariat here on Sunday, he said, “The ministers should ensure full implementation of the lockdown. Oxygen is being supplied to both government and private hospitals under challenging circumstances. Ministers should see to it that the life-saving gas is used in a proper manner and not sold in black market at the hospitals.” He said the ministers must ensure that not Chief Minister MK Stalin arrives at Secretariat for Cabinet meeting on Sunday | ashwin prasath even a single patient dies because of Covid-19. Moreover, according to a health ministry’s order, Remdesivir drug is Double whammy Present tense for Bhopal twins 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 . orphans driver, Raikwar has “We have to lie to 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 75need of care must be with their parents, year-old mother they had also tested produced before Child doesn’t want to leave Welfare Committees Covid positive, but her granddaughters,” they are fine now,” he he said. “Neither my added. sister nor my brother-in-law Mohan, 42, was an electrician would have ever thought they with a semi-government herbal would depart from this world in a products plant in Bhopal’s matter of days. But we will take Barkheda Pathani area. Some- care of their daughters as long as time last month he started getting we 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. put on oxygen support. But two Continued on: P7 A nu r aa g S i n g h @ Bhopal I C vid’s now being sold in Salem, Coimbatore, Tiruchy, Madurai, and Tirunelveli districts, apart from Chennai, for patients undergoing treatment in private hospitals. Stalin said, “The ministers would oversee the sale of the drug and ensure that it is not sold in black markets.” Listing out the responsibilities of ministers, Stalin said they should make sure that every patient who arrives at a hospital gets the medical assistance that he/she needs. “Necessary measures should be adopted to provide quality food to patients, doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff,” he noted. In coordination with the local body health, police, and revenue , NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Jab-o-meter MAY 8 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 tamil nadu Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 8 MAY 9 27,397 23,110 241 28,897 23,515 236 express read Health Minister announces 12 more Siddha Covid Centers Chennai: Medical and Family Welfare Minister Ma Subramanian, on Sunday, said that 12 more Siddha Covid Care Centres will be launched in the State for treating Covid patients with mild symptoms. He pointed out that more than 2,000 Covid patients benefitted from the Siddha treatment | P4 R Shanmugasundaram appointed as Adv General Chennai: Senior advocate R Shanmugasundaram was appointed Advocate General (A-G) on Saturday. A G.O. in this regard was released from the Governor’s office. According to court officials, Shanmugasundaram would appear as A-G on Monday, before a Bench, which is expected to hear a suo motu case on Covid management | P4 Pregnant doctor dies of coronavirus in Madurai Madurai: Dr P Shanmugapriya, the medical officer of Anuppanadi Urban Primary Health Centre, who was also eight months pregnant, died due to Covid-19 on Saturday evening. This has sent shockwaves among frontline workers in the distict. The Chief Minister condoled the death of Shanmugapriya | P4 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Unsung hero Helping people navigate healthcare maze M U K E S H R A 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 .” officials, ministers should conduct awareness programmes to encourage the public to take the Covid-19 vaccine in every district, added Stalin. A letter to the party cadre Earlier, writing to his party cadre for the first time after assuming office as Chief Minister, Stalin assured good governance, which would be in sync with the peoples’ aspirations. He assured an honest and a transparent administration and asserted that the government is for all the people. He urged the partymen to work towards resolving people’s problems by taking along workers of other parties in a spirit of friendship. Gagandeep Singh Bedi is new city corporation commissioner e x p r e s s ne w s s e r v i c e @ Chennai GAGANDEEP Singh Bedi, senior IAS officer from the batch of 1993, has been appointed Chennai Corporation Commissioner by the newly formed DMK government, as the city reels under the second wave of the pandemic. According to a Government Order (G.O) from Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu, Bedi, who was the principal secretary of the State Agricultural Department, will replace the outgoing commissioner, G Prakash, who held the post since 2019. Though Bedi is a very senior bureaucrat for the role of corporation commissioner, it appears that he has been appointed, keeping the Covid-19 crisis in mind, given his expertise in handling natural disasters like the 2004 Tsunami and the 2015 Cuddalore floods. The order stated that the post of principal secretary/commissioner of Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) will be equivalent in status and responsibilities to the cadre post of principal secretarycum-commissioner. P2 Worry as Covid kills many in AMU 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 se- 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 quencing of the variants detected in the town. Meanwhile, the 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 oxygen shortage and was dependent on its three plants. The hospital has not received a single oxygen cylinder from outside in the past 12 days despite continuous efforts, he said. Continued on: P8
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