KALABURAGI MONDAY MAY 10, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 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 | P8 ■ 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 Micro-planning needed for vax drive: Experts The inoculation drive should be streamlined to ensure there are no hiccups, they say I F F AT H F AT H I M A & RA N JA N I M A D H AVA N @ B e n ga lu r u WITH vaccine supplies trickling in for the largest population segment, comprising those in the 18-44 age bracket, experts have warned the State Government to streamline the vaccination process and micro-manage it to ensure completion of the vaccination drive without hiccups. They have also called for putting in place a strong containment strategy alongside. This follows major hiccups in vaccination supplies witnessed in the phase-2 of the drive wherein senior citizens had to face problems due to a sudden shortage of stocks with private medical centres and hospitals being asked to directly place orders with vaccine manufacturers. Not only did the situation create anxiety among those scheduled for their second dose, it also delayed administering the first dose to those in the 45-60 age-group. This has resulted in delays in the vaccination programme. While the number of those vaccinated should have been far higher, had the supplies been without hiccups, Karna- taka has so far vaccinated a total of 1,05,21,773 people since the programme was initiated on January 16 this year. The state’s population (as of October 1, 2020) is 6,66,27,000. So far, population segment which has the highest coverage is the 45-60 age bracket, with 37,22,263 getting the first dose and 4,42,409 getting their second dose. The seniors (aged above 60) are the next biggest segment. So far, 35,90,825 have received the first dose while 9,77,935 have received the second shot. At least 6,91,102 health care workers received the first dose and 4,47,584 have got the second one. Among frontline workers, 4,60,941 have had their first dose and 1,78,086 have got the second. It is estimated that there are about 3.26 crore people in the state in the 18-45 age group, requiring 6.52 crore doses to cover both doses. Only 10,627 have received their first dose in this segment which was symbolically launched on May 1. To fulfill the requirements, the state government has placed an order for two crore doses of Serum Institute’s Covishield and one crore doses of Bharat BioP5 tech’s Covaxin. VACCINATIONS FOR 18+ FROM TODAY Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Sunday said vaccination for the 18-44 age group will start in earnest on May 10. “Covid-19 vaccination will be provided to citizens of 18-44 age group at all major government hospitals and medical colleges from Monday, May 10. All centres providing vaccination for this age group will have an exclusive session site earmarked for them. Vaccine will be provided to only those who have registered and who have scheduled an appointment on Cowin portal and Arogya Setu.” Worry as Covid kills many among AMU faculty EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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 Sha, keel Samdani, who died at Aligarh’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College on Friday . Mansoor said the microbiology lab at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical Colle ge would send samples to the Institute of Genomic and Integrated Biology New Delhi, , for genome sequencing 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, CONTINUED ON: P8 he said. IN yet another shocker, the Chamarajanagar District Government Hospital, which has come under intense scrutiny after 24 people died due to shortage of oxygen recently re, corded 20 more deaths in a span of 24 hours. Of them, 15 died during the day on Sunday alone. These include 15 Covid-19 patients who succumbed But two days later despite the best efforts of doctors, N a dilapidated dou- Mohan succumbed to the ble storey house in infection. Budhwara, a thickly By the time Mohan was populated lower mid- hospitalised, his wife Rita dle class area of Old and the twin daughters, too, Bhopal, twin girls had tested positive. Five days aged five suddenly later on May 3, Rita, who start wailing and ask for was being treated in isolatheir parents. “Where is our tion at her parents’ old home, papa and mummy when will also died. “I had gone to im, they return, have they gone merse Mohan’s ashes in the to God?” they ask. river Narmada in the neighFamily members immedi- bouring Hoshangabad disately rush in, consoling the trict on May 3. While returntwins that things will be fine ing home I got a call that my and their parents are likely sister Rita had also passed to return soon. But return away said Raikwar. ,” they will not as Mohan and But the future is tense for Rita Barve, the Raikwar’s family girl’s parents, of four and the fell prey to Covtwins as they are id-19 in quick living on borsuccession. rowed money An . “We have to auto-rickshaw lie to my nieces driver, Raikwar everyday when has not earned a they ask us penny in the past about their par15 days owing to ents. I don’ t the lockdown. PART-1 know how long “I have already we will able to borrowed `40,000 NCPCR seized hide the truth and will have to of the matter that their parborrow more to ents will never take care of four On May 2, National retur n,” said kids now. My two Commission for Mankesh Raikother sisters, who Protection of Child war, the twins’ live in Bhopal Rights drew the maternal uncle attention of all states and Burhanpur, who has taken are willing to to children orphaned the responsibil- due to Covid-19, saying take care of the ity of taking those abandoned or in twin nieces, but care of the girls. my 75-year-old need of care must be “A l o n g w i t h produced before Child mother doesn’t their parents, want to leave her Welfare Committees they had also granddaughtested Covid positive, but ters,” he said. “Neither my they are fine now,” he sister nor my brother-in-law added. would have ever thought Mohan, 42, was an electri- they would depart from this cian with a semi-govern- world in a matter of days. ment herbal products plant But we will take care of their in Bhopal’s Barkheda Patha- daughters as long as we ni area. Sometime last can.” Raikwar added. month he started getting feThe twins are not the only ver, but instead of getting children who have been orhimself tested for Covid, he phaned in the current Covid continued to take medicines surge. More cases of both from a personal doctor. parents dying of Covid are His condition suddenly surfacing, leaving behind worsened on April 28 and he dependent children. There had shortness of breath. are anecdotal reports of Raikwar rushed him to the some of them even being state government-run Ha- abandoned and left to fend midia Hospital, where he for themselves. CONTINUED ON: P7 was put on oxygen support. I A family of migrant workers leaves Bengaluru with their belongings on Sunday, a day prior to the two-week lockdown coming into force on the morning of May 10, in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19 | SHRIRAM BN DK DIST HOME TO 50 CONTAINMENT ZONES With new Covid cases being reported in Dakshina Kannada district on a daily basis, the number of containment zones has been increased to over 50. According to the district health department report, most of the new cases are from Mangaluru City and Bantwal taluk. With the new cases, Mangaluru has the most containment zones at 30, followed by Bantwal with 17. Meanwhile, the task force members are watching these zones. NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JAB-O-METER MAY 8 Across the state MAY 9 5,64,485 32.71% 1,05,21,773 TOTAL ACTIVE CASES 4,01,078 4,03,738 3,18,609 3,86,444 4,187 4,092 POSITIVITY RATE MAY 8 18,93,258 doses TAKE YOUR MAY 9 SHOT 6,71,646 doses TOTAL VACCINATIONS ACHIEVED SO FAR TOTAL: 17,01,53,432 KARNATAKA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 8 47,563 34,881 482 MAY 9 47,930 31,796 490 to the disease, and five nonC ov i d p at i e n t s wh o h a d comorbidities. With the State Government already ordering an inquiry by a retired judge, and the Karnataka Lokayukta launching a separate probe into the deaths of 24 people, both the hospital authorities and the district administration are tight-lipped. On Sunday Chamarajanagar , district registered 930 new Cov- id-19 cases while 561 patients were discharged. The district has 4,748 active cases. Sources pointed out that of the total tests being conducted, about 36 per cent of samples are testing positive, indicating a rapid spread of the coronavirus in rural areas. On Sunday, 2,553 tests were conducted of which a majority of samples from villages turned positive. The virus spread and the increasing HOME CONFUSION Over 1.5 crore houses fall outside village maps, remain illegal B A N S Y K A L A P PA @ Bengaluru WHILE villages and towns are pushing borders and growing extensions, administration and governance still depends on old village maps, many dating back to the early Independence era. This anomaly has resulted in about 1.2 crore legitimate properties lying within the legal village and gramathana boundaries, but about 1.5 crore houses and residential units falling outside the “legitimate boundaries” of villages. With residents using all amenities like village roads, water and power, the onus is on the administration to bring this humongous number of properties on to legitimate maps, and give them legal recognition. The Svamitwa Scheme, recently inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been formulated to address these issues. While Union government authorities have said that panchayats will receive money and support to implement this scheme, experts say they have not addressed the practical challenges of the issue. PRESENT TENSE FOR BHOPAL TWINS A N U R A A G S I N G H @ Bhopal In Bengaluru, a Ward Decentralised Triage and Emergency Response (DETER) Committee has been formed in BBMP limits to curbs cases at the ward level 20 more deaths in 24 hours at Ch’nagar hospital K S H I V A K U M A R @ Mysuru DOUBLE WHAMMY The anomaly has resulted in about 1.2 crore legitimate properties lying within legal village boundaries, but 1.5 crore houses fall outside the boundaries | FILE Most of these new properties are given ad hoc papers and identities, and survive on documents like ‘Form 10’, and need to be regularised, say officials in the survey department. “Every 15-20 years, the number of houses in villages almost doubles, as children move out and build their own homes. This phenomena is seen in rural and urban areas. Yet, over the past 70 years, most town and village maps have not been redrawn to legitimise the ‘illegal’ houses in these extensions. Technically they fall out, side the town or village,” say survey department experts. Most survey maps show that houses in extensions often outnumber the legitimate houses within the legal village or town boundaries. This issue was taken up by the State government with the Union government last September, but the Centre failed to comprehensively address it, say officials. “The Union government only said they would give legal papers to those within the map boundaries, but failed to address the issue of new houses in extensions. The Centre said State governments must take up the issue,” said P5 an official. number of deaths in recent days has created panic among the people. Surprisingly, two villagers tested positive in the remote Padasulanatha and Nagamalai hamlets atop Male Mahadeshwara Hills, which have no transportation facilities or contact with outsiders. This has sent shocks waves among the tribal community in P5 the region. Helping people through the 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 duri n g t h e h o ly m o n t h o f Ramzan. “I assist the needy in all ways possible. From getting beds to securing 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. EXPRESS READ Sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra dies at 78 Bhubaneswar: Rajya Sabha MP Raghunath Mohapatra, who is also one of the leading stone sculptors of India, breathed his last on Sunday at AIIMSBhubaneswar, days after he tested positive for Covid-19, an official at the hospital said. Chinese rocket debris crashes into ocean Babu Khan at Hazaribagh Sadar Hospital 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 .” Beijing: The remnants of China’s biggest rocket crashed into the Indian Ocean on Sunday with no reports of damage. Beijing was slammed by NASA for failure to meet standards about space debris. US Navy seizes arms likely bound for Yemen Dubai: The US Navy announced that it seized an arms shipment of assault weapons, machines guns and sniper rifles hidden aboard a ship in the Arabian Sea, apparently bound for Yemen to support the country’s Houthi rebels. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) YOUR LIFE COACH
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