HYDERABAD SUNDAY MAY 30, 2021 `12.00 PAGES 24 LATE CITY EDITION DOMESTIC AIR TRAVEL TO GET COSTLIER AS BASE FARE HIKED Starting June 1, airfare would be 13-16% costlier, while carriers can operate at 50% of ﬂeet capacity from the existing 80% DURATION-BASED HIKE, LOWEST FARE AT `2,300 SLUMP IN TRAFFIC AMID SECOND WAVE Fare for less than 40 minute travel will be hiked from `2,300 to `2,600. Flights between 40- and 60-minute duration will have fares at a lower limit of `3,300. For flights of 60-90 minute duration, fare will be charged at `4,000; 90-120 minutes at `4,700; 150-180 minutes at `6,100; and 180-210 minutes will cost `7,400, the Ministry of Civil Aviation announced ■ ■ ■ The ministry said the revision was made after a surge in Covid cases resulted in a marked decrease in passenger traffic The new fare price limit will not include taxes and the airport development fees, which will be added to the passenger fare New fares will see a rise of `300 to `1,000 depending on duration 2nd hike IN THREE MONTHS. IN FEBRUARY, THE FARE WAS HIKED BY 10-13% 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 Real efficacy of Covaxin, Covishield under ICMR lens Unhealthy practices: 10 more hosps penalised for overcharging, negligence EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad THE office of the Director of Public Health (DPH) informed on Saturday that it received 27 more complaints against 15 private hospitals, mainly of excessive and inappropriate billing, mismanagement and l a ck o f proper medical attention. This is in addition to the 88 complaints received against 64 hospitals on Wednesday informed a press release by the office of DPH. All the 79 hospitals against whom complaints have been received have been issued show cause notices. The press release further said that the permission given to five hospitals to treat Covid19 patients has been revoked. These hospitals are Image Hospital, Ameerpet, Ankura Hospital, LB Nagar, Sia Life Hospital, Kondapur, Panchavati Hospital, Bhoothpur, Mahabubnagar and Sai Siddartha Hospital in Shapurnagar, Sangareddy This is in addition to . a similar action taken against five other hospitals on Friday . The release further stated that any hospital found guilty of violating established protocols/norms/guidelines would be subjected to suitable disciplinary action. Meanwhile, the Health Department in Khammam district seized three private hospitals and revoked the permission given to five private hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients in the district, informed District Medical And Health Officer (DMHO) Dr B Malathi. A task force formed in the district consisting of Health and Police Department officials, along with an IMA representative, has been conducting raids in private hospitals over the past few days, Speaking to Express, Dr Malathi said, ‘’We had given permission to 46 private hospitals in Khammam to treat Covid-19 patients. Action would be taken against any hospital found violating the government norms.” She added that the raids on hospitals would continue. Inaction against corporate hospitals irks citizens However, the Health Department’s moves have invited anger and ridicule from the public. The reason behind it being, although many well-known corporate hospitals have complaints against them, including 88 complaints of excessive and inappropriate billing, the list of ten hospitals penalised till now do not include these CONTINUED ON P2 hospitals. 4,000 vaccinated people across 10 cities in India being tracked S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi JAB-O-METER TELANGANA MAY 28 MAY 29 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 3,527 3,982 19 2,982 3,837 21 @ Khammam IN a heart-wrenching incident indicative of the poor emergency healthcare infrastructure in the State, a Khammam man was forced to transport the body of his dead father on a motorcycle — first to a doctor and later for funeral — due to the lack of an affordable ambulance. The incident occurred at Mallaram village near Madhira town of Khammam district on Friday . Kin of a 70-year-old man, who died on Saturday, ferry the body on a motorbike, in Madhira mandal, Khammam district A health worker administering vaccine to a beneficiary at a drive-through centre on MG Road in Gurugram on Saturday. Such facilities have been started to prevent overcrowding | PTI NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 28 MAY 29 1,86,364 1,73,790 2,59,459 2,84,601 3,660 3,617 PM-CARES to aid Covid-orphaned kids EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Centre on Saturday decided that children who have lost both their parents to Covid-19 will be supported under the ‘PM-CARES for Children’ scheme, which will ensure their educational needs, including higher education. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deliberate on the steps needed to help such Covid-orphaned children. The PM announced a number of benefits to children impacted by the cur rent pandemic. Unable to afford ambulance, family ferries dead dad on bike E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E May 28 28,07,411 doses May 29 28,09,436doses TOTAL DOSES: 21,18,39,768 TAKE YOUR SHOT IN a bid to address concerns that Covid vaccines may not be offering full protection from serious infection, the Indian Council of Medical Research has started a crucial project to measure the real-world effectiveness of Covishield and Covaxin, authorities told TNIE. The exercise, which started earlier this week, is to peruse post-vaccination effects to understand if they run contrary to clinical trial results. Anecdotal reports suggest that a number of people who have taken two doses of both Covishield as well as Covaxin have landed in hospitals after contracting the virus and a few have died. However, there is no Speaking to Express, Pedda Saidulu said his 70-year-old father Eranagula Narayana, a resident of BC colony in Mallaram village, suffered a heart attack on Friday evening. Saidulu tried to get an ambulance to transport his father, a poor farmer, to a rural medical practitioner (RMP) in Siripuram village, located 14 km away. However, after inquiry, he found out that he couldn’t afford to hire an ambulance, and so decided to take his father on his motorcycle. Later, on the advice of the RMP, Saidulu decided to shift his father to a private hospital in Madhira, again on the motorcycle. Unfortunately his fa, ther died on the way . Once again, Saidulu tried to get an ambulance to shift the body of his father but found that as the demand was high for ambulances due to the rampant Covid-19 cases, they were charging high rates. So once again, Saidulu had to shift his father’s body back to Mallaram on the motorcycle. PM CARES will contribute through a specially designed scheme to create a corpus of `10 lakh for each child when he or she reaches 18 years of age. The corpus will then be used to give monthly financial support for the next five years to take care of his or her personal requirements including higher education. Upon reaching the age of 23 years, the beneficiary will get the corpus amount as a lump-sum payment. The scheme will also take full responsibility for the educational needs of such children, as they will be given admission in the nearest Kendriya Vidyalaya or in a private school, where they can get admitted as a day scholar. Additionally PM, CARES will also pay for expenditure on uniform, text books and notebooks of such children. Children in the age group of 11-18 years will be given admission in any Central government residential school such as Sainik School, Navodaya Vidyalaya etc. The scheme will also ensure enrollment of such children under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme with a health insurance cover of `5 lakh. Premium for these children till the age of 18 years will be paid by PMP7 CARES. SULKING BJP PLAYING DIRTY GAMES: DIDI E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Kolkata Relief aid disbursal The West Bengal government will distribute Yaas cyclone relief through special task forces, which will bypass the local civic bodies. The decision follows allegations that people with close ties to the ruling party had wrongfully claimed relief in districts in the aftermath of cyclone Amphan | P8 THE Prime Minister should not play ‘dirty games’ and instead withdraw the letter directing West Bengal’s top bureaucrat to report to Delhi, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday . Not one to cower under attack, the CM added that the BJP failed to digest its defeat in the recent elections and the saffron camp is now pursuing ‘vendetta politics’. Mamata claimed that PM Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah were trying to create problems for her government at every step ever since her party came to power. West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay was served the transfer notice after Mamata, whom he had accompanied, skipped a review meeting with the PM to assess Cyclone Yaas’ damages. “You (Modi and Shah) are not only disturbing me, but also my secretariat. You issued the letter without consulting the state government. Earlier, I wrote seeking Bandopadhyay’s three-month extension as he is assigned to oversee the fight against Covid and the government’s relief operation for cyclone victims. He was scheduled to retire on May 31 and the request was approved. Now you are asking him to report to the DoPT on the same day. Why? Is it because he is a Bengali bureaucrat?’’ asked Mamata. Many saw her statement as an extension of her election ploy of appealing to the Bengali sentiment of the masses. Continuing the same narrative, Mamata said she was ready touch Modi’s feet if needed for the sake of Bengal’s growth and development. BEFITTING TRIBUTE Pulwama martyr’s wife quits cushy job, joins Army V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun “I love you Vibhu!” said Lt Nitika Kaul, wife of martyr Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhaundiyal, after a ceremony at the Officers Training Academy Chennai, on Saturday , . Chief of the Army’s Northern Command Lieutenant General Y K Joshi placed stars on Nitika Kaul’s shoulders. Nitika was married to Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal for 9 months when he was killed in action fighting terrorists in Pulwama, Kashmir in February 2019. “He will always be a part of my life. I feel he is around looking at me, wishing me luck for having made it to the Army,” Ni- tika said. An engineer by training, Nitikia holds a master’s degree in business administration. She has worked with a corporate house as a business analyst for three years but left the job to join the Army She cleared written and in. terview of the Services Selection Board in February 2020 and re- ceived her letter in March 2020. “The day I stepped inside the academy, I imagined he too must have traversed the same path,” said Kaul. Vaishnavi, Nitika’s sister-in-law said, “We are happy but we miss Vibhuti. Nitika has been more than brave. She picked herself quickly and decided to follow in Vibhuti’s footsteps.” concrete official data on such people so far. There have also been concerns that these vaccines may be less effective against the B.1.6.17 variant of SARS-CoV-2, the strain that has been driving the second wave of the pandemic in India. The exercise led by the Chennai-based National Institute of Epidemiology (NIE), under the ICMR, is using a case-control protocol of tracking about 4,000 people at 11 sites across 10 cities in India. Tarun Bhatnagar, a scientist with the NIE and also the principal investigator for the study said while clinical , trials give the efficacy data on whether vaccines will work, effectiveness study will gauge whether vaccines are working in real-world settings in pre- venting serious Covid. “This study is also crucial to determine whether the effect of vaccines is influenced by other factors such as age, prior Covid, number of doses and variants among others,” he added. Besides, the vaccination status of nearly 1,300 severe Covid-19 patients admitted in hospitals will be compared with that of 2,600 persons who are found Covid -ve in tests. “If the vaccines are effective, the proportion of the unvaccinated should be much higher among the 1,300 than among the 2,600,” said an ICMR official. “The study is expected to yield an actual number for effectiveness in percentage terms and the results are expected within the next 2-3 months.” EXPRESS READ Centre to stop distribution of Remdesivir New Delhi: Claiming that the production of Remdesivir — a drug used to treat Covid-19 patients — has been raised by 10 times in India, the Centre on Saturday announced that its allocation to states has been decentralised. The Union government said that while 33,000 vials of this injection were being produced in India each day on April 11, it has now reached 3.5 lakh vials per day | P7 Govt nets `1.8L cr extra revenue via fuel tax hike Chennai: The Centre’s massive excise duty hikes on auto fuels netted it around `1.8 lakh crore in additional revenue during the last fiscal year 2020-21, calculations based on the Union petroleum ministry’s fuel consumption data show. Estimated total excise duty collections on petrol and diesel stand at `3.9 lakh crore, a 77% jump from the previous year’s `2.2 lakh crore | P10 WITH THIS ISSUE SHOWING THE GATES PLUS 12 PAGES
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