vijayawada l monday l june 07, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l late city EDITION Delta variant is 40% more infectious than alpha: UK British authorities said the Delta strain is 40% more virulent and leads to twice the number of hospitalisations than Alpha data shows vaccinated are protected While Delta was first found in India, Alpha preceded it and was detected in UK initially. Health secretary Matt Hancock said of the 9,427 cases in hospital due to Delta in the last two days, only seven (0.07%) were from the fully vaccinated group. However, Britain’s former health advisor Neil Ferguson pegged the Delta strain’s virulence at 60% higher than Alpha ■ >50% Cabinet to decide on unlock on june 14 ■ ■ Amid an intensified vaccination drive, the Delta variant would figure on top of the June 14 Cabinet meeting to decide on unlock The Alpha variant was estimated to be 40-80% more infectious than the Covid samples collected in November last year Britain’s R-rate, or rate of infection, has risen over the past week Of england’s population has been fully vaccinated 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 Twitter will not lose legal cover, contend experts Say consequences of it losing intermediary status may not be visible for quite some time K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi summons to Twitter to stand trial, as police investigations do Amid the ongoing face-off be- not happen in criminal defamatween the Centre and social me- tion cases. So, Twitter losing dia platforms, legal experts intermediary status only plays opined that the latter would not out slowly and the consequencbe liable directly for messages es may not be visible for quite posted by users on their web- some time.” sites, in view of Section 79 of Domain expert and lawyer the Information and Technolo- Akur Raheja said, “Though the gy Act, 2000. government is right now conMicroblogging site Twitcentrating on giant social ter was on Saturday media companies only, served a final notice to the scope of new intercomply with the new IT mediary guidelines is rules that mandate the wide enough to bring in platform to appoint Inits preview many SMEs dia-based compliance as well like domain/ and grievance officers hosting or other small As the law among other clauses, online companies. stands failing which it will Many of them could be Section 79 of the unaware of the comface consequences. IT Act protects But Supreme Court pliance requirements advocate K V Dhanan- intermediaries if right now.” jay said, “If we assume they unknowingAnother Supreme that Twitter loses pro- ly host illegal or Court lawyer D K Maunlawful contection under Section hant cited messaging 79, even then it does tent. When alert- platform Telegram’s ed about any not automatically sufcase, which he fought objectionable fer because user A before the Delhi High posts a message that content through Court. “There have user B thinks is defam- a court order or been various litigation by the Centre, atory to him. User B against Telegram, insimply cannot rush to they are expect- cluding a copyright ed to remove it a criminal court lawsuit, which I fought against Twitter on the before the Delhi High ground of criminal defama- Court this January. Telegram tion.” He reasoned that “if undertook before the high court Twitter cannot be shown to be to not only remove the identispecifically aware of such con- fied content but also any future tent on its website, it cannot be content within 48 hours of Telimputed with criminal intent. egram being informed of the Unless a criminal court is pri- copyright infringement. Hence, ma facie satisfied with Twitter in my view the provisions are intentionally hosting the con- working, the intermediaries tent in question, it cannot issue are following them,” he added. base erosion are Dalit-based parties losing ground? TNIE takes a look at why the popularity of parties that espoused the cause of the downtrodden is on a downward spiral and why Mayawati’s BSP seems to be imploding | P7 NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths june 5 june 6 1,20,529 1,14,460 1,97,894 1,89,232 3,380 2,677 June 5 Take 31,20,451 doses your June 6 shot 33,53,539 doses Total doses: 23,13,22,417 Jab-o-meter Clean Ganga crematoriums could have offered dignity to the dead R i c h a S h a r m a @ New Delhi Hundreds of Covid-19 victims whose bodies were thrown into the river Ganga or were buried in the river banks could have got a dignified final farewell if only the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) had finished constructing crematoriums along the serpentine river in time. The NMCG was sanctioned to construct 33 ghats and crematoriums at a cost of `833 crore in Bihar and UP under the Centre’s ambitious Namami Gange Programme. A majority of these projects were sanctioned between 2016 and 2019 with a target to complete them by March 2021. But an analysis of the progress data available with the NMCG shows that just over 51% of the projects have been completed. In the rest, work is either still in progress or tenders are being floated for identifying the contractors. Of the 33 projects, 17 have been completed, 13 are under progress, two are in the tendering stage while one is yet to be tendered. Eighteen of the ghats and crematoriums are in UP and 15 in Bihar. Last month, bodies of suspected Covid patients were found floating in the Ganga. The decomposed bodies were first found in Bihar’s Buxar but later more were discovered in UP districts also. Although an inquiry is still under way to ascertain the @ New Delhi The Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, on Sunday urged the Centre to announce relief packages for sectors facing stress due to the pandemic. In a resolution at its two-day national council meeting, the SJM also expressed concern at the astronomical cost of cost of medicare at private hospitals. Private healthcare providers should realise this is not the time for making profits, and ensure treatment with minimum cost, the outfit said. Incentives for MSMEs The SJM also sought a package for employment linked incentives to strengthen the MSME sector, adding the RBI should announce need-based moratorium to suit every sector and direct the banks for liberal monetary support Continued on P8 33 Total ghats & crematorium projects in UP, Bihar sanctioned H833 cr Funds allocated for the project Progress of projects UP Bihar Fully completed 13 4 75-99% work done 1 3 50-75% work done 1 1 25-50% work done - 3 Less than 25% work 1 3 Tendering process on for 2 others; not even that for one project new rule B a n d h a v i A n n a m @ Guntur Covid-19 has played havoc with many families and a large number of people have been badly affected. But there are several people who fought and survived with their strong determination. Here is a couple, who defeated Covid, with confidence and positive attitude. Suravarapu Gajendra (52) of Koritepadu in the city runs a hotel and his wife Lakshmi Sujatha is a homemaker. Firstly Gajendra de, veloped mild symptoms of virus. But, he did not have a faint idea that it might be Covid. After a week, his condition became severe and his wife too developed Covid symptoms. In the first week of April, both of them tested positive for Covid. Though Sujatha had mild symptoms, the condition of Gajendra was a bit critical as 50 per cent of his lungs were already damaged by then due to the virus. Sharing her bitter experience with TNIE, Sujatha said it was a mistake that they delayed getting tested due to which her husband’s condition became very serious by that time the virus was diagnosed. “I rushed to the Government General Hospital with my husband leaving both my children at home alone,” she said. They did not inform their two sons aged 12 and 16 that they tested positive as they were of the view that they would be back from the hospital in one or two weeks. “We asked our neighbours and relatives to provide food to our children. I could understand that they might fear to come to our house and asking for more would not be fair. But none of them helped us. I called everyone I knew and explained our situation. Both my sons did not have any symptoms and I requested them to look after my children while I was in the hospital. When they refused, I felt alone and could not figure out how to manage my family Sujatha ,’’ said, adding that she felt P5 hopeless initially . Its resolution also sought enhanced fund allocation for the rural jobs scheme, called the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), which was conceived during the UPA regime and mocked at initially by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The outfit also demanded that the government come out with specific packages for varous sectors affected by the pandemic, including construction, fishing and horticulture. “The SJM firmly believes that the mayhem caused by the pandemic can be overcome only by concerted efforts of every section of the society In . this unprecedented difficult situation of the country, the SJM suggests to consider and extend fiscal support to the vulnerable sections of the society in addition to free food grains, besides substantially increasing the fund allocation for MGNREGA to support rural employment,” it said. Now, Discoms will pay you for service deficiency E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada A couple take an infant on oxygen support to Covid-19 ward in SVR Ruia Government General Hospital in Tirupati on Sunday | madhav k 9 Covid-19 positive kids admitted to Ruia, test results of eight awaited D S u r e n d r a K u m a r @Tirupati Amid projections of a possible third wave of Covid-19 and its greater impact on children, nine kids in the age group of 4-10 were infected with the virus and admitted to SVR Ruia Government General Hospital here on Sunday . Of the total, three children are undergoing treatment in the ICU. Non-ICU oxygen beds were allotted to the remaining six children. Ruia Hospital Resident Medical Officer Dr EB Devi told TNIE that eight more children were admitted to Covid suspected ward in Paediatric Block and their test results are awaited. According to the RMO, there are 7 ICU beds, 7 non-ICU oxygen beds and 10 general beds in the Covid suspected ward. The Ruia Hospital authorities have already set up a special paediatric Covid ward with 255 beds. “An action plan to combat possible third wave of Covid will be announced soon. A special team of doctors has also been constituted to treat children. The team is closely moni- andhra pradesh june 5 june 6 Fresh cases 10,373 8,976 Recoveries 15,958 13,568 Deaths 80 90 Samples tested 88,441 83,690 Action plan to face third Covid wave The State government is likely to come up with a plan of action to face the third wave. Plans are afoot to strengthen paediatric health care facilities in hospitals in the State to deal with the third Covid wave as it is likely to impact children more toring the health condition of the children infected with coronavirus,” Dr Devi said. Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) is also setting up 100 beds to treat children infected with Covid in Paediatric Blocks of Sri Padmavathi Hospital. District Collector M Hari Narayanan has instructed us to take all measures to face the possible third Covid wave,” said SVIMS Director B Vengamma. GVMC removes school for spl children from leased premises @ Visakhapatnam The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) authorities have partially demolished and sealed a non-profit school for special children in MVP Colony in the city, leading to a furore. The school organisers claimed no notices were served directing them to vacate the premises. However, GVMC officials defended their action stating that they had orally intimated the organisers several times and through a notice to vacate the premises as the lessee (school management) had occupied the open space, which is meant for a playground, and it was continuing unauthorisedly for the past seven years without lease renewal. The GVMC officials demol- With the latest amendment made by the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) in the licensees’ Standards of Performance (SoP) regulation getting published in gazette, the commission on Sunday noted that the ‘revolutionary’ amendment will enable power consumers get entitled to autom a t i c c o m p e n s at i o n i f distribution companies (Discoms) fail to meet the guaranteed standards. Though some key services have been included in the initiative now, the commission intends to bring other services under the automatic compensation mechanism in the future. The Discoms will have to compensate the consumers for their failure to meet SoP in nor mal fuse-off calls, processing of application and intimation of relevant charges payable for new connection/sanction of additional load/demand, release of new connection/additional load upon payment of all charges, and wrongful disconnection of service/levy of reconnection charges without disconnection. The consumer will have to register a complaint and the Discoms will be liable to pay the compensation automatically The commission has di. rected the Discoms to widely publicise the toll free number for grievance redressal. Explaining why the amendment was made, the APERC said it noticed that compensation claims by consumers, who were aggrieved by Discoms’ failure in meeting the guaranteed standards of performance, were very few. P4 express read no lease renewal E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e State-wise breakup of ghats & crematoriums in five Ganga states Work in State Total Completed progress Tendering process Bihar 15 4 10 1 UP 18 13 3 2 West Bengal 29 24 5 Jharkhand 4 3 1 Uttarakhand 13 11 1 1 The couple beat Covid with determination Announce sector-specific relief packages, says SJM E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e cause, it is suspected that the existing crematoriums in Bihar and UP could not take the load of the pandemic victims and the bodies had to be thrown into the river. Days after the bodies washed ashore, hundreds of bodies were found loosely buried in the river banks in Unnao and Badohi districts of UP, begging the question that had the ghats and crematoriums been completed, would the suspected Covid victims be insulted in death. The bodies were found in six districts of UP — Mirzapur, Kanpur, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Ballia and Ghazipur — and three of Bihar: Buxar, Saran and Patna. status check ished the sheds constructed by the organisers on Saturday evening and sealed the premises on Sunday . Hidden Sprouts, a special school for mentally challenged children, was founded by Kandipilli Srinivas Rao in 2013. What began as a home school for six children, now has 190 students. The two room building in Sector 12 was given on lease by the GVMC at a nomi- nal amount of `3,000 per month. The organiser erected sheds to accommodate more children as the numbers grew and physically challenged and autistic children were also admitted. “The students of different age groups used to spend most of their time here developing their skills and discovering their hidden talent. And now, they have no school,” said SrinP5 ivas Rao. Anandaiah to give medicine from today Nellore: Bonigi Anandaiah of Krishnapatnam is set to distribute his herbal concoctions for Covid-19 in Sarvepalli from Monday. About 5,000 people will be given the concoction initially. His team has readied over one lakh packets of medicine for the Covid-19 infected, and for its prevention. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST Federer withdraws from French Open Paris: Roger Federer pulled out of what was possibly his last French Open on Sunday as a precautionary measure to rest up before Wimbledon, unwilling to risk his knee after an injuryplagued past 18 months. He had battled for over three-and-a-half hours on Saturday night to reach the last 16 in Paris YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID)
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