WARANGAL SUNDAY MAY 23, 2021 `12.00 PAGES 24 CITY EDITION YAAS MAY TURN INTO A VERY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM: IMD WIND SPEEDS UP TO 165 KMPH, HEAVY RAINS Days after Tauktae pummeled the west coast and wreaked havoc, Yass’ formation sent the National Crisis Management Committee into a huddle on Saturday. Attending the meeting, the IMD said the cyclone will pack wind speeds up to 155-165 kmph, accompanied by heavy rainfall and storm surges in the coastal districts and recommended large scale evacuations It is likely to reach north Bay of Bengal near West Bengal and the north Odisha and Bangladesh coasts by May 26 morning ■ 6th 85 NDRF TEAMS, ARMY, SHIPS ON STAND-BY ■ ■ While the NDRF will deploy 85 teams, the army, navy and coast guard, along with ships and aircraft, will also chip in for rescue Covid-appropriate shelters set up, with adequate stocks of food grains, drinking water, medicines and other essential supplies Works on to ensure uninterrupted oxygen and medicine supplies NAMED BY OMAN, IT IS THE 6TH STORM OVER NORTH INDIAN OCEAN THIS YEAR 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 ‘Strict’ lockdown hits relief work The cops, in their overzealous implementation, even stopped blood donors and people carrying oxygen supplies Cops clamp down on delivery agents EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad Several motorists argue with the police after their vehicles are seized during lockdown hours at Begumpet in Hyderabad on Saturday | S SENBAGAPANDIYAN AFTER OUTRAGE, KTR PROMISES RESPITE Following uproar by the public over the rude behaviour of the police across the State, IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao on Saturday said he would discuss it with the DGP. In a Tweet, KTR said, “Received several complaints on police stopping the food delivery services & others in distress. Will discuss with @TelanganaDGP and resolve asap”. me.” Ironically, Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar V Ramdas, who was returning had himself donated blood to from to the Thalassemia and thalessemia patients on Friday , Sickle Cell Society in Rajen- and through a tweet, had urged dranagar where his 5-year-old people to come forward and doson Naveen had undergone a nate blood. transfusion, on Saturday, was “We are procuring passes stopped by the police. His bike daily for donors or sending our was confiscated and its keys vehicle to bring them to our were broken. A video centre. Today, 30 doof the same has gone nors were scheduled viral on social meto donate blood, but dia. After that, they only two could turn were slapped with a up. We urge the govchallan by the Langernment to not delay ar Houz Police. Dethe relief for these spite showing them young children with ID cards of being thalassemia by trouthalessemia patients, bling the donors,” they were fined unsaid Aleem Baig of der the Disaster Thalassemia Society Management Act. which caters to 3,000 They ended up be- Syed Houz displays his patients. daughter’s ID card coming one of the The decision of many unwitting victhe Telangana potims of strict policing during lice, to strictly crack down on lockdown. commuters post 10 am, hit CovIn another similar instance, id-19 relief work in many ways. Syed Houz, who came with his Several volunteers who have daughter Ameena Begum and been transporting essentials donor to the society, said, “I like home-cooked free food for was on my way to the society Covid-19 patients, medicines for my daughter to undergo a and other essential equipment, blood transfusion. The police were stopped and slapped with stopped us at Hassan Nagar, hefty challans under the Disasand despite showing them the ter Management Act. CONTINUED ON P3 thalessemia ID card, they fined D O N I TA J O S E @ Hyderabad Steroid overuse sparked black fungus cases, says Centre; tally at 8,848 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Centre on Saturday released a national list of mucormycosis (black fungus) infection case count among the convalescing Covid patients, placing the number at 8,848. It blamed uncontrolled and irrational use of steroids as part of Covid-19 treatment regimen for the infection, but said it was not an outbreak. Admitting that the supply of Amphotericin B, a drug used to treat the infection, was limited, it said efforts were on to ramp up the production capacity . “Amphotericin B’s availability and supply is being raised. The department of Pharma is coordinating with the Ministry of Health to provide license to five additional manufacturers. The existing manufacturers are working towards increasing their production capacity ,” said Lav Agarwal, joint secretary of the health ministry . Meanwhile, stating that Cov- id was not responsible for black fungus cases, Dr VK Paul, NITI Aayog’s member (health), said: “Steroids are wonder drugs that help save lives, but when irrational doses are given, they have a negative impact. One of them is black fungus.” Stating that the infection existed even during pre-Covid times, he said: “It is an uncommon illness that primarily affects the diabetic, but it has not spread in the form of an outbreak.” As per official data, 23,000 vials of Amphotericin B have been sent to the worst-hit states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra and Telangana, among others. According to AIIMS, New Delhi, chief Dr Randeep Guleria, persistent headache or swelling on one side of the face were some of the symptoms of the rare infection. He said discolouration in the mouth and decreased sensation in any part of the face, too, were signs that convalescent patients must consult a doctor. IN a rude shock to many delivery agents from various firms, police personnel on Saturday, as part of enforcing a stricter lockdown, stopped many of them, seized their vehicles, beat them up and forced them to walk back home. Delivery agents from Amazon, Flipkart, Swiggy Zomato, , Grofers and other firms were stopped at checkposts across the city To make things worse . for the agents, their employers stopped answering their phone calls after the incidents. “The police told us that we can only collect our vehicles by paying a `1,000 fine, that too after 5 pm,” said Feroz Ahmed, a Zomato delivery agent, while holding a food parcel that was to be delivered. “Now I have to pay the fine, I have already paid the restaurant for the food that I collected, and I also have to pay a penalty of `300 to my company for not delivering the parcel,” the agent said. Another delivery agent, who was walking back home after the police seized his vehicle, lamented “My family is in dire need of money. I just joined Swiggy today and already my ILL-FATED IN A MATTER OF DAYS, COVID SHATTERS DOC’S FAMILY Nancy wanted to be a paediatrician It is learnt that the young doctor’s aim was to pursue higher studies and eventually become a paediatrician. Among her immediate family, the pandemic has only spared Nancy’s 25-year-old brother Delivery agents show challans issued by the police for delivering food items during lockdown hours, in Hyderabad on Saturday | RVK RAO TELANGANA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 21 3,464 4,801 25 MAY 22 3,308 4,723 21 account balance is negative. I also have to pay the penalty to collect my vehicle.” According to the police, many food delivery agents are not following Covid protocols during deliveries and are taking advantage of the permission they have to deliver. Some of them are accompanied by EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad In a cruel twist of fate, a 27-yearold MBBS graduate preparing for NEET, who had recently lost both her parents to Covid-19, herself too succumbed to the virus two days ago. Dr Nancy Prem, 27, passed away due to post Covid-19 complications. “During end of April, Nancy’s father contracted Covid-19 in Vizag, where he works. Soon after, her mother also tested positive. Her father’s condition deteriorated and he needed to be hospitalised, but was unable to get a bed. As a result, he had to be provided ICU AT LONG LAST AFTER 2 YEARS, TS VARSITIES GET VICE-CHANCELLORS their friends riding pillion with them, while some are found roaming on the roads even while not delivering food. The police said they have received instructions from higher-ups to restrict the movement of food delivery boys. “The government should take stern action against firms whose delivery agents were not informed about the new restrictions,” said Shaik Salauddin, president of the Telangana Gig and Platform Workers Union. support. On May 3, he passed away,” said Sankeerthana P, Nancy’s cousin. “While our family was just coping with the loss, my aunt also passed away within a few hours of my uncle’s death. That just rattled us all,” she added. As if this much grief was not enough, Nancy then tested positive. “She was diagnosed with a heart disease two years ago and so was a little weak. While Covid-19 in itself had not been so harsh on her, the grief of losing her parents and her pre-existing condition made it worse. Last week, she improved a bit, but then collapsed two days ago and passed away Sankeerthana added. ,” Vice-Chancellor OU, worked as Dean of Mahatma Gandhi University, Nalgonda. He worked with the Political Science dept for 28 years EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE INDIA’s second Covid wave is a warning for things to come in low- and middle-income countries that have escaped the pandemic till now, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). “The ongoing catastrophic second wave in India, following a terrible wave in Brazil, is a sign the worst may be yet to come in the developing world,” said a report co-authored by IMF’s Chief Economist Gita Gopinath and economist Ruchir Agarwal. In the first wave, India’s healthcare system held up fairly well but this time, the country’s medical infrastructure seems to be crumbling under the case load, the discussion paper noted. According to the note, the vaccine coverage in India is expected to remain under 35% of the population by the end of 2021. To get to 60% coverage, India will need to immediately place sufficient vaccine orders of about 1 billion doses through contracts that incentivise investment in additional capacity and augmentation of May 21 13,83,358 doses May 22 15,52,126 doses TOTAL DOSES: 19,49,51,603 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT the supply chain, it added. “In this context, the recently announced financing of about $600 million to the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech to boost production capacity in the near term is a welcome step,” the report said, adding that authorities estimate two billion doses will be available by the end of 2021. “India is a warning of possible events in other low- and middle-income countries that so far have seemingly escaped the pandemic, including in Africa,” the report said. For India, current bilateral purchases of vaccine plus coverage from Covax will cover about 25% of its population by the first half of 2022. Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access, or Covax, is a worldwide initiative for equitable access to Covid vaccines. The IMF report said India continues to face vaccine production bottlenecks, including due to ongoing shortages of critical raw materials. According to IMF, urgent steps should be taken to eliminate constraints on cross-border exports of critical raw materials and finished vaccines. NATIONWIDE MAY 21 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 22 2,59,551 2,57,299 3,57,295 3,57,630 4,209 4,194 EXPRESS READ Nepal Prez dissolves House, snap polls in Nov Kathmandu: Nepal’s President on Saturday dissolved the House of Representatives for the second time in five months and announced snap elections in November, rejecting both embattled PM K P S Oli and the Opposition alliance’s claims to form a government. Drop mention of Indian variant, social media told New Delhi: The Centre has asked social media companies to remove any content which mentions or refers to the term ‘Indian variant’ of coronavirus, in a bid to curb spread of misinformation around Covid19. Digital platforms said they have received the latest advisory. WITH THIS ISSUE THE UNSCRUPULOUS INDIAN PLUS 12 PAGES Boosted by RBI’s dividend gift, FinMin asks PSUs to ramp up capital spending E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Professor D Ravinder Yadav The worst is yet to come for developing nations, says IMF A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi THE State government announced the appointment of 10 Vice-Chancellors for State universities, following the approval of the Governor and Chancellor of the universities Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan on Saturday . After two years of delay, Osmania, Kakatiya, Telangana, Satavahana, Palamuru, Mahatma Gandhi, JNTU-Hyderabad, Telugu University, Dr BR Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU) and JNAFAU-Hyderabad will finally have permanent Vice-Chancellors, with P3 a tenure of three years. ENCOURAGED by the morethan-expected dividend handout from the Reserve Bank of India, the finance ministry has asked Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) to exceed their Capex target by 20-25% than what was originally given in the budget and also to use reserve to increase dividend. The ministry has sent an internal note to the top management of CPSEs in this regard, a senior official told TNIE. “Last year, many CPSEs failed to increase their capex in the first half. It was only after the FM nudged them to do so in several meetings. Learning from the lessons from the first wave, they have been asked to be prompt and scale up so that it will help economic recovery, the official said. Last year, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her meetings with CPSE heads constantly followed up to increase capital spending to make up for the curb in expenditure. It worked. CPSEs in the oil and gas sector alone recorded a capex of `5,610 crore in April, higher than what they had spent the previous year. As the government is likely to miss the divestment target, it is banking on extra dividend. On Friday RBI announced it , would transfer `99,122 crore as surplus to the Centre for the nine months ended March 31. BUTTERFLY EFFECT Ayurvedic meds fly off shelves in Karimnagar People purchase Ayurvedic medicines, which have been selling like hot cakes in Karimnagar, at a medical shop in the town on Saturday N A V E E N K U M A R TA L L A M @ Karimnagar A day after nearly 50,000 people descended on Krishnapatnam village in Andhra Pradesh in search of an Ayurvedic ‘Covid-19 cure’ promised by a doctor, Karimnagar district witnessed a newfound demand for Ayurvedic medicines. Dealers said that Ayurvedic immunity boosters and herbal ingredients have been selling like hot cakes in the district. A few sellers have even exhausted their supplies, which would be replenished only on Monday . The Ayurvedic medicine prepared by Krishnapatnam doctor Bonigi Anandaiah triggered a massive demand in Andhra Pradesh and the neighbouring CONTINUED ON P2 states. RAMDEV MISLED PEOPLE: IMA It urged the Centre to take action against the Yoga guru for making unscientific statements against modern medicine | P7
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