MADURAI 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 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 A n u r aa g S i n g h @ Bhopal I n a dilapidated double storey house in Budhwara, a thickly populated lower middle class area of Old Bhopal, twin girls aged five suddenly start wailing and ask for their parents. “Where is our papa and mummy , when will they return, have they gone to God?” they ask. Family members immediately rush in, consoling the twins that things will be fine and their parents are likely to return soon. But return they will not as Mohan and Rita Barve, the girl’s parents, fell prey to Covid-19. “We have to lie to my nieces everyday when they ask us about their parents. I don’t know how long we will able to hide the truth that their parents will never return,” said Mankesh Raikwar, the twins’ maternal uncle who has taken the responsibility of taking care of the girls. “Along with their parents, they had also tested Covid positive, but they are fine now,” he added. Mohan, 42, was an electrician with a semi-government herbal products plant in Bhopal’s Barkheda Pathani area. Sometime last month he started getting fever, but instead of getting himself tested for Covid, he continued to take medicines from a personal doctor. His condition suddenly worsened on April 28 and he had shortness of breath. Raikwar rushed him to the state government-run Hamidia Hospital, where he was put on oxygen support. But two days later despite the best efforts of doctors, Mohan succumbed to the infection. Five days later on May 3, Rita, who was being treated in isolation at her parents’ old home, also died. | P7 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 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 for treating patients with mild symptoms. | P4 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) 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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