vijayawada l sunday l may 16, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l late city EDITION israel’s air strike razes media building in gaza Israeli air strikes pounded the Gaza Strip on Saturday and razed a building housing media outlets like AP, Al Jazeera intel on hamas militants prompted strike The Israelis flattened the 13-floor building after issuing an evacuation warning. Israel claimed Hamas activists were holed up in the building. Israeli air and artillery strikes on Gaza since Monday have killed 139 people and wounded 1,000 more. Palestinian armed groups have fired 2,300 rockets at Israel, killing 10 people. Over 560 Israelis have been wounded | P9 ■ 0ne West bank, syria & Lebanon on the boil ■ ■ Violence raged in West Bank during what Palestinians mark as Nakba, the ‘catastrophe’ of Israel’s creation in 1948, on Saturday In the north, where Israel is at war with Syria and Lebanon, tensions were rising; 3 rockets were launched from Syria on Friday UN Security Council will meet on Sunday to address the violence hizbollah militant killed in bid to infiltrate israel from lebanon 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 Cairn goes after Air India to get $1.72 bn from Centre Covid +ve? Consult doc. Don’t panic & rush for O2, ICU E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E To be worried if you have Covid symptoms and have tested positive is entirely understandable. But please do not panic. And, for your own sake, do not self-diagnose and/or self-medicate. Consult your physician on the way forward. If the symptoms are mild, there is no need to rush to hospitals seeking admission and it is pointless worrying about arranging oxygen and drugs like Remdesivir. For, most people infected with novel coronavirus get cured on their own with minimal medical intervention. Only a small percentage of patients need medical oxygen support and round-the-clock attention in a hospital. Ditto with Remdesivir. It’s not for everyone. TNIE spoke to doctors across India and they say they have E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi The retrospective tax dispute between Cairn Energy Plc and the Indian government has taken a curious turn with the UKbased company filing a law suit in a US district court seeking to make Air India liable for enforcement of the $1.2-billion arbitration award it won in December 2020. An international arbitration court in December last year had ruled against India’s decision to retrospectively tax the capital gains made when Cairn UK Holdings Ltd sold shares in Cairn India Holdings Ltd, a Jersey company, to Cairn India Ltd, an Indian company The ar. bitration court also awarded Cairn $1.2 billion damages plus interest and costs, which come to around $1.72 billion. India has challenged it in an appropriate court in The Hague. Why did Cairn sue Air India? “The nominal distinction between (Govt of) India and Air India is illusory, and serves only to aid India in improperly shielding its assets from creditors,” the lawsuit says. The implication is that it could lead to seizing of Air India’s overseas assets such as airplanes to recover the dues from the Indian government. While many see Cairn’s move as a pressure tactic, the company claims it is to protect shareholders’ interest. Meanwhile, sources said the government has not received any notice on the matter. W IT H T H IS ISS U E The Coming Wave ...and how to brace for it PLUS 12 PAGES Health workers checking on Covid-19 patients at the newly-built 500 ICU bed Care Centre in New Delhi on Saturday | PTI Second wave weakening, situation stable: Centre Active infections down for fifth day in a row; national recovery rate improved to 83.88%; Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, UP show drop in cases E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi The Centre on Saturday said the second wave of Covid-19 has started weakening with recoveries surpassing the fresh cases and the overall test positivity rate coming down to 19.8% from 21.9 % last week. “Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh have reported a decline in active cases. The cause of concern is Tamil Nadu where a rise in the number of active cases has been reported in the past one week,” said Lav Agarwal, joint secretary Union , health ministry . Currently 11 states have over , 1 lakh active cases, while 17 have less than 50,000 cases. V K Paul, member (health), Niti Aayog and chairman of the national Covid19 task force, said the overall Covid-19 situa- tion in the country is showing signs of improvement. “It is evident we can see a certain amount of stabilisation of the second wave of the pandemic. Some states have shown a clear pattern, in some states Continue 02 Exp: CM CM Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday shot off a letter to PM Modi requesting him to continue running of Oxygen Express from Jamnagar till the Covid-19 caseload in AP came to manageable levels there are concerns and, in some others, there is a trend towards an increase,” said Paul, adding that it’s a mixed picture. “But overall, the situation is stabilising and we hope and we will work towards ensuring further stabilisation and rapid decline of this pandemic,” he added. The details shared by the government showed that 10 states account for 85% of the total Covid cases in the country and 24 states have a test positivity rate of more than 15%. Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Daman and Diu, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh have reported a major drop in case positivity rates. On Saturday India registered , a total of 3,26,098 Covid-19 cases that took the overall tally to 2,43,72,907 but the active Covid cases came down by 31,091 compared to Friday This is the fifth . day in a row that active infections have come down. The active cases now stand at 36,73,802 and comprise 15% of the total infections, while the national recovery rate has improved to 83.83%. come across panicky patients and their attendants insisting on ICU or oxygen beds, irrespective of the condition of the patient. Their angst may have been triggered by scary reports of deaths due to oxygen shortage and scarcity of certain lifesaving drugs. But this further burdens the country’s already creaky health infrastructure. Let’s bear in mind that 85% of Covid patients do not require hospitalisation. However, the scare around the ongoing second wave of the disease is such that many people start scouting Moderate cases require clinical monitoring and only severe disease needs constant monitoring in Intensive Care Units in hospitals N Dwarakanath, superintendent, GITAM Covid hospital, Vizag First suspected black fungus case in State reported in Kakinada E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kakinada A suspected black fungus case was reported at a private hospital in Kakinada. A 55- year-old man was reportedly infected with black fungus after his recovery from Covid-19. If confirmed, this will be the first black fungus (Mucormycosis) case in the State. The patient, who worked as a medical representative earlier, joined the office of a Chartered Accountant in the city after undergoing heart bypass surgery . According to his family members, he tested positive for Covid on April 25. He was admitted to a private hospital in the city and had recovered from Covid. He was discharged from the hospital a few days ago. On Fri- day, he felt uneasy and his colour turned red. On the advice of a family friend, he was rushed to a private hospital in Rajamahendravaram, where he was diagnosed with suspected black fungus. Later, he was shifted to a private hospital in Kakinada. His daughter had made frantic efforts to get six Liposomal Amphotericin B 50 mg vials for treatment of black fungus. But the injection was not available anywhere in Kakinada. His family members tried to get it from different sources, but in vain. Later, his daughter approached the district collectorate for help. But the collectorate authorities informed her that the injection was not available in East GodaP4 vari district. for hospital beds as soon as they test positive. Doctors in Karnataka say there have been instances of families of Covid-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms pulling strings to get ICU beds. What they actually end up doing is to block admission of serious patients who really need critical care to survive. “It should be the doctor, and not the patient, who decides which bed he has to be allotted based on his condition,” said Dr K Vijay Kumar, MD, SAI Super Speciality Hospitals, Rajamahendravaram, Andhra. “It has become another job for the already overburdened doctors to educate attendants about the patient’s condition,” said Dr C Arunkumar, medical superintendent, KIMS hospital, Hubballi, Karnataka. Continued on P5 andhra pradesh may 14 May 15 Fresh cases 22,018 22,517 Recoveries 19,177 18,739 Deaths 96 98 Samples tested 89,087 89,535 covid tracker 1,78,80,755 total samples tested 14,11,320 Total caseload 9,271 11,94,582 Total deaths Total cured 2,07,467 active cases hospital infra Covid hospitals in State - 584 ICU beds - 6,406 | Available - 290 Oxygen general beds - 23,180 Available beds - 1,521 helpline Dial 1902 to lodge complaints 8297-104-104 WhatsApp Chatbat number for info on - type Hi, Hello, Covid to Covid know official info about services Coronavirus https://esanjeevani.com/ - website to contact doctors through video call and get medical aid 104 http:/hmfw.ap.gov.in/covid.dashboard. aspx - Covid dashboard Covid-19 AP App to get all info medical board to examine ‘wounded’ raju Cabinet pushing papers HC rejects bail plea, directs MP to approach lower court first E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Saturday constituted a three-member medical board headed by superintendent of the Government General Hospital, Guntur, to examine wounds allegedly inflicted on YSRC rebel MP K Raghu Rama Krishnam Raju by police to check the veracity of the allegation. However, it rejected the MP’s request for the presence of his family members and the family doctor during the medical examination. Similarly, his request for allowing his personal security guards to be with him and ruled that the State police shall offer necessary protection if he was admitted as an in-patient in the hospital. The hearing will be resumed at 12 pm. Sunday . A division bench of the high court, comprising Justice Praveen Kumar and Justice Lalitha delivered the verdict on a letter sent to the Chief Justice by Raju’s counsel B Adinarayana Rao claiming that the MP was beaten up while he was in the custody of the CID Friday night. The bench was constituted by the Chief Justice to look into the allegation and the request of the MP’s advocate to issue habeas corpus. At the time of the constitution of the bench and the hearing, the MP was not yet remanded in judicial custody The re. mand report submitted by the police in the CID court was returned on technical grounds. The MP’s advocate sought declaration of his detention beyond 5 p.m. as illegal arguing that his remand was not accepted by the magistrate. How- Rebel YSRC MP K Raghu Rama Krishnam Raju speaking on phone at CID court premises in Guntur; (below) his wounded feet The high court rejected the YSRC MP’s bail petition and directed him to approach a lower court. Disposing of his house motion petition, Justice K Suresh Reddy ruled the plea was not maintainable under the guidelines for hearing cases during summer vacation. However, he clarified if the lower court rejected the bail application, the petitioner could file an appeal in the high court. Appearing for Raju, advocate B Adinarayana Rao argued there was no law which says a petitioner has to approach a lower court first. Additional Advocate General Sudhakar Reddy argued the plea was unsustainable under CrPC Sections 437 and 438. MP remanded in custody till May 28 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada K Raghu Rama Krishnam Raju, rebel YSRC MP of Narasapuram, was remanded in judicial custody till May 28 by the VIth Additional Munsiff Magistrate Court in Guntur on Saturday evening. He was arrested on Friday evening for his alleged ‘hate speeches’ against certain communities and spreading ‘disaffection’ among the people against the government. A case was registered against him under Section 124A (sedition), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), and 505 (incite, any class or community of persons to commit any offence) r/w 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. A team of CID officials arrested Raju from his residence in Hyderabad and brought him to the CID office in Guntur late Friday night. Initially, the court rejected the remand report produced by the CID officials, but later accepted it when a letter informing the arrest of Raju to the Lok Sabha Speaker was furnished. Raju’s counsel submitted to the court that the CID had used third-degree methods against the YSRC rebel MP during the custody on Friday night and he was unable to walk. Further, the MP underwent a bypass heart surgery and needs to be medically ex, P4 amined, the counsel said. ever, later in the evening, the amended remand report was accepted and the MP was sent to judicial custody by the CID court. The division bench proceedings went on around the same time in the evening. In its ruling, the bench directed the medical board to examine the MP forthwith and the police to produce him before the board. The examination of the accused shall be videographed and the footage handed over to the principal district judge, Guntur district in a sealed cover, it said, adding that if the MP’s statement was recorded by a magistrate, the same shall also be handed over to the principal district judge in a sealed cover. The judge has been directed to forward both the covers to the vacation officer of the high court. The bench further left the decision on whether to treat the MP as an inpatient to the medical board headed by the Guntur government hospital superintendent and comprising head of the department of general medicine of the hospital and another government doctor to be nominated by the superintendent. Senior advocate Adinarayana Rao, in his letter to the Chief Justice, submitted that Raju was severely beaten up by the CID police so much that he was unable to walk. Stating that he requires immediate medical assistance, he urged the Chief Justice to constitute a medical board. He also requested for personal appearance of the MP in court and pleaded that his letter be treated as a habeas corpus petition since he had no time to file a proper P4 petition. in the shadow of PMO tarakhand government for Dehradun-Mussoorie ropeway The Union Cabinet has met at project. The absence of any role least five times since the second of the Cabinet in the health criwave of the pandemic began in sis is in sharp contrast to allate March or early April, but most all critical decisions being not a single decision was relat- driven by the PMO to control ed to the ongoing surge, at least the pandemic. After the PM that is what can be concluded canceled all public rallies for from the information the latter phases of the government has the Bengal elections, Empower made available. he reached out to a ASHA staff All that the Cabinet number of CMs either In yet another has done since April 1 on the phone or virtuPMO-driven is take insignificant ally to take stock of meeting, the PM decisions on metro the pandemic. The PM asked senior projects, memoranalso held a video conofficials to dum of understandference with 10 of empower ASHA ing with other nations them on April 23. and Anganwadi a n d p r o d u c t iv i t y Besides, the PM has workers, besides linked schemes. been holding scores calling for For instance on of virtual meetings April 20, when the sec- distribution plan with stakeholders to on oxygen | P7 ond wave was about to deal with specific ispeak and patients sues concerning oxywere scurrying for non-existent gen, medicines, vaccines, hospihospital beds and oxygen, all tals, which are attended by the that the Cabinet cleared was the officials and experts. The nonsecond phase of Bengaluru’s involvement of the Cabinet in metro project and MoUs with the Centre’s response has raised New Zealand, Australia, Bang- eyebrows and suggestions that ladesh and Brazil. In the last the Cabinet system of governmeeting on May 12, the Cabinet ance is being weakened. 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