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67% INDIANS HAVE ANTIBODIES BUT 40 CRORE STILL VULNERABLE: ICMR

As India registers lowest Covid-19 cases in 125 days, Centre tells Parliament that no deaths due to lack of oxygen were reported by states during the second wave.

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The latest ICMR Sero Survey has found that while two-thirds of the general population have Covid-19 antibodies, approximately 40 crore people are still vulnerable. 

The fourth round of national serosurvey was conducted in 70 districts in June-July and included children of 6-17 years of age. The survey warns that state heterogeneity in terms of Covid-19 antibodies indicates possibilities of future waves of infection. The ICMR suggested that one should not travel until fully vaccinated to contain the pandemic.

The Sero survey, however, shows that more than half of the children between 6 and 17 years were found to be seropositive (having Covid antibodies). 

The issue of Covid-19 management also rocked Parliament, where Health Minister Manuskh Mandaviya was fielded by the government as Opposition leaders gave adjournment notices to discuss the topic. 

The Health Ministry in a written response in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday said that no state reported any deaths due to lack of oxygen during the second wave of Covid-19 infections.

The statement came in response to a question raised by Congress MP K.C. Venugopal in the Rajya Sabha. Venugopal had asked whether “it is a fact that a large number of Covid-19 patients died on roads and hospitals due to acute shortage of oxygen” in the second wave. He had also sought a response from the government on the total demand for oxygen by the states and LMO supplied to states during the last three months.

In response, the Centre said that health is a “state subject” and it is the responsibility of states to report Covid-19 cases and deaths to the Union Health Ministry on a regular basis. “However, no deaths due to lack of oxygen has been specifically reported by states/UTs,” said the Health Ministry.

Putting record straight on allegations of underreporting of deaths, the Union minister said that the states/UTs were reporting Covid 19 deaths and not the Central government, therefore allegations were absolutely uncalled for and unwarranted at the very first place. 

“We learned from the second wave of coronavirus and are working towards fixing the system so that such a situation does not happen in future and hence the government has announced a ‹Covid Management Response Package› of more than Rs 23 thousand crore. Provision has been made in this package to ensure that there is no problem in the supply of health equipment and medicines, provision of paediatric beds in the district hospital, separate paediatric ward, and buffer stock at the district level,” Mandaviya added.

Meanwhile, India reported 30,093 new cases in the last 24 hours, lowest in 125 days as per the data from the Health Ministry. 

With an increased recovery rate of 97.37 per cent, India witnessed 45,254 recoveries from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the recovery tally to 3,03,53,710, the ministry informed on Tuesday. With the new cases reported in the last 24 hours, as many as 3,11,74,322 cases have been reported in the country so far. The active cases have further declined to 4,06,130, which is the lowest in 117 days. The active cases constitute 1.30 per cent of total cases.

The daily positivity rate remained below 3 per cent for 29 consecutive days and stood at 11.65 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate remained below 5 per cent and stood at 2.06 per cent.

The Covid-19 death toll climbed to 4,14,482 with 374 fresh fatalities in the last 24 hours. Testing capacity substantially ramped up as 44.73 crore samples have been tested.

India’s cumulative Covid vaccination coverage surpassed 41.52 crore (41,52,25,632), as per the 7 pm provisional report on Tuesday. More than 31.79 lakh (31,79,469) vaccine doses have been administered on Tuesday, as per the 7 pm provisional report. 

It is noteworthy that three states—Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh—have administered more than 1 crore cumulative doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the age group 18-44 years. Also, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Uttarakhand and West Bengal have vaccinated more than 10 lakh beneficiaries of the age group 18-44 years for the first dose of Covid vaccine.

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Telangana CM KCR slams BJP; advises people not to fall prey to BJP’s policies

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Tuesday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and advises people not to fall prey to BJP’s policies.

Earlier on Tuesday KCR inaugurated the District Collectorate office in Vikarabad.

“There is a need to protect Telangana so that the foxes do not come and eat it again. We need to see if it does not go back to the old system. We cannot let the conditions deteriorate again, and do not fall prey to their political interests. I fought for 14 years during the agitation. I went to the brink of death and achieved this state. We are implementing many welfare schemes. All these schemes should continue. Industries, IT, and agriculture should be advanced,” KCR said.

Speaking on the occasion KCR said, “Those at the Centre say that what we give are freebies. Some people with flags blocked my bus. What did they get done? Has BJP done any good for 8 years? People should discuss it. If we do not have a politically conscious society, we will be robbed. We were crushed in the hands of the united rulers. Farmers ate curd rice and died after consuming pesticides back then. We have to be vigilant and see those days do not come again.”

Meanwhile, attacking BJP KCR said no one has benefited from the central government.

“If you are fooled by the BJP flag, they will put meters for electricity in the fields and fill the bellies of big people. Should not the electricity in fields be given for free? Gas and petrol prices have increased. Banks are being robbed. Lakhs of crores of rupees have been looted,” KCR alleged.

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Rohingyas to get flats in Delhi: Hardeep Singh Puri promises basic amenities

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In Delhi’s Bakkarwala neighbourhood, apartments and police protection would be made available to Rohingya refugees. The minister of home affairs held a high-level meeting where the decision was made. Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri praised the choice and predicted that those who made a profession of  “spreading canards on India’s refugee policy deliberately linking it to CAA will be disappointed.”

The minister stated, “India has always welcomed those who have sought refuge in the country. In a landmark decision all Rohingya Refugees will be shifted to EWS flats in Bakkarwala area of Delhi. They will be provided basic amenities, UNHCR IDs & round-the-clock Delhi Police protection.”

Taking to Twitter he said, “India respects & follows @UN Refugee Convention 1951 & provides refuge to all, regardless of their race, religion or creed.”

All 1,100 Rohingyas would reportedly be housed in a total of 250 units that are part of the EWS (Economically Weaker Section). They are currently living in the Madanpur Khadar camp.

The social welfare department of the Delhi government has been ordered to ensure that basic amenities like a fan, three times meals, a landline phone, television, and recreational facilities, among others, are provided while the Delhi Police has been asked to provide security, according to the report. According to the report, the Delhi government previously used these apartments for the Covid camp.

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Supreme Court hearing for Monday on freebies promises by political parties during elections

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The Supreme Court adjourned for Monday on the hearing of a plea against distributing freebies from public funds.

The apex court asked the parties to file their suggestions by Saturday on spending the public money in the right way.

Earlier on 10 August, the top court distributing and promising freebies by political parties is a “serious issue”. The amount should be spent on infrastructure etc.

A bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Krishna Murari had told the parties, “Economy losing money and welfare of people, both have to be balanced. That is why this debate and there must be someone who can put their vision and thoughts. Please submit something.”

Meanwhile, Supreme Court is strict on the tendency of political parties to announce free schemes in elections. In the last hearing, the central government had presented its stand to the Supreme Court.

Moreover, The Supreme Court is contemplating setting up an expert committee to probe the matter. The Supreme Court had said that the expert committee should also have representatives from other parties including Finance Commission, NITI Aayog, Reserve Bank, Law Commission, and political parties.

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Eshwarappa slams Congress, says “supports anti-nationals”

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On Wednesday, KS Eshwarappa, a former minister for the state of Karnataka and current member of the BJP, directly attacked the Congress, claiming that the party supports anti-nationals not just in certain regions but throughout the entire nation. In the midst of racial unrest in Shivamogga, the BJP leader declared, “I want to attack directly.” Both the PFI and the SDPI are being supported by the Congress.

Eshwarappa stated, “The man who removed Savarkar’s portrait is an SDPI employee whose wife is a Congress councillor.”

Eshwarappa warned Muslims in India on Tuesday, saying it was their responsibility to participate in Hindu holidays. According to the previous minister, Hindus would manage Muslims’ young if Muslims failed to do so.

“The government is making all attempts to maintain peace. I’m not saying all Hindus and Muslims are involved in such things. Hindu society is strong; it is not weak. If Hindu society really stands up, Muslim goondas will not survive, but Hindus don’t want to take the law into their own hands and want the government to take action,” Eshwarappa said on Tuesday.

On August 15, tension rose in Shivamogga when fights broke out near Amir Ahmad Circle between two groups over a picture of Savarkar. The opposing side desired to mount a picture of Tipu Sultan. Prem Singh, a young man, was stabbed during the tense situation. The atmosphere was still tense on Tuesday as Mohammed Zabiullah, a suspect in Prem Singh’s stabbing, was shot  by police after they claimed he had attacked them.

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‘Shameful that atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits continue today’, says Anupam Kher

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Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Tuesday condemned the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit by a terrorist in the Kashmir Valley.

“Shameful that atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits continue today. They’re killing even their own people. They are killing everyone who stands with India. This has been happening for the past 30 years. The more you condemn it, the less it’s. We’ll have to change the mindset,” Kher said.

Earlier on Tuesday, a Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead at an apple orchard in Jammu and Kashmir by terrorists. In the Chotipara area, the incident took place.

Meanwhile, the deceased have been identified as Sunil Kumar Bhar and his brother Pintu who sustained injuries.

The areas have been cordoned and the injured person has been shifted to the hospital.

Moreover in June 2022, a bank manager named Vijay Kumar has shot dead and on 31 May a female Hindu teacher, Rajni Bala was shot dead by terrorists in the Kulgam district.

However, Anupam Kher a Kashmiri Pandit starred in this year’s hit movie ‘The Kashmir Files’. The movie showed the life of Kashmiri Pandits during the 1990 Kashmir insurgency.

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Raju Srivastava on ventilator, manager informs about slow recovery

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Comedian Raju Srivastava was hospitalised on August 10 after having a heart attack. Later, Raju had an angioplasty for the same, and he is currently on a ventilator. Raju’s management said in a new media exchange that the actor is gradually getting better.

Raju’s manager, Nayan Soni, stated, “Raju’s condition is slowly getting better. He is responding to the treatment. There is an improvement in his health and he can now move his body parts a bit. He continues to remain in the ICU and on a ventilator. Doctors have informed us that it will take about a week for him to regain consciousness.”

In a message posted on Raju Srivastava’s official Instagram profile last week, his family stated that his status was “stable” and urged people to “ignore any rumour or fake news being propagated.

The statement on social media read, “Dear all, Raju Srivastava Ji’s condition is stable. We are praying for his speedy recovery. The doctors are treating him and are doing their best. Thanks to all the well-wishers for their continued love and support. Please ignore any rumours or fake news being circulated. Please pray for him.”

According to reports, actor Amitabh Bachchan sent Raju an audio message wishing him a swift recovery ” It’s enough Raju. Rise up Raju, and keep teaching us all to laugh.”

The movies Maine Pyar Kiya, Baazigar, Bombay to Goa, and Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya are some of movies featuring Raju. He also made an appearance in Bigg Boss’ third season. He gained notoriety for his superb comic timing after his appearance as a stand-up comedian on the programme The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. He is the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council’s chairman.

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