New Delhi [India], February 12 (ANI): The Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi Police to file a status report on a social activist’s allegation of misbehaviour and pushing by a caretaker of a shelter home at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Counsel for the petitioner, social activist Rachna Malik, submitted that the petitioner’s complaint to the police apropos the misbehaviour and pushing by the caretaker at AIIMS has yielded no response.
“Let the Station House Officer (SHO) concerned file a status report in a week’s time,” the court said.
A single-judge bench of Justice Najmi Waziri, while taking note of the circumstances, said that the SHO, Safdarjung would be a necessary party.
Advocate Gautam Narayan, Additional Standing Counsel for Delhi Government has been asked to assist the Court and hence he accepted notice on behalf of the SHO.
The court also directed the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board to ensure that appropriate measures are initiated against the persons who are alleged to have misbehaved with the petitioner and file a reply in two weeks in this regard.
The bench was hearing a petition filed by Malik seeking to initiate Contempt Proceedings against the official of Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) official and Night Shelter for willfully and deliberately disobeying the directions given by this Court in its Order from May 27 last year, titled ‘Karan Seth v Union of India and Ors’.
Malik was represented by lawyers Aneesh Renganathan and Swadha Gupta.
The petitioner said despite detailed orders passed by the Division Bench of High Court on May 27, 2020 and September 7, 2020 there has been a series of breaches of the said directions. In particular, she has not been permitted to visit the night shelter at AIIMS.
The counsel for the petitioner submitted that the petitioner was pushed by a caretaker at the night shelter at AIIMS and her endeavour to bring it to the notice to the senior authorities has not been successful.
She also complained about mismanagement and illegal activities being carried out in the night shelter at AIIMS, in addition to non-provision of facilities.
The court said in the circumstances, AIIMS would be a necessary party and is impleaded as one of the respondents. Counsel for AIIMS stated that the table, chair and almirah were bought by the petitioner herself.
“While she may do it herself, let AIIMS provide the said facilities to her in right earnest by 5 pm on February 12. Additionally, the area for her interaction with the users of the night shelter shall be kept clean and SOPs apropos the pandemic shall be observed by AIIMS. Since the petitioner is assisting the most vulnerable sections of society – those who use the night shelter at AIIMS – it is expected that the authorities would facilitate her endeavour to assist the needy persons,” the Court said.
The petitioner desired to visit other nights shelters, including the one maintained by the DUSIB at Sarai Kale Khan. The court directed the DUSIB to ensure that there is no obstruction in her visits to the said place, as she has been working as a committed social worker for a significant period of time and her work has been noted in the orders of the Division Bench.
The Court listed the matter for further hearing on February 25. (ANI)
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President Kovind to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands today
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind will visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Friday.
He is expected to stay there for a period of 4 days.
“The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, will visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands from February 26 to March 1, 2021,” read the press release by the President’s Secretariat.
The details of his visit are not yet known.
“It is a matter of pride that the 1,32,000-seater Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Motera has become the world’s largest cricket stadium,” said President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium and the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave in Ahmedabad, President Kovind also noted that the stadium also provides world-class facilities for various sporting activities. (ANI)
West Bengal: Forest department personnel rescues elephant in Midnapore city
Midnapore (West Bengal) [India], February 26 (ANI): A good news pours in as forest department personnel on Thursday rescues an elephant who entered Midnapore city.
“On Thursday night, an elephant entered into Midnapore town and hid inside Midnapore Medical College and Hospital premises. A number of people rushed to see the elephant. As soon as we received the information, a police force deployed to control the situation. Forest officials and police covered the hospital and surrounding area,” Chief Conservator of Forests of western Circle, AP Singh said.
“Later that elephant was tranquilized by forest officials. The elephant was loaded using a crane in a truck and transported to the Arabari forest,” he said.
Singh said, “The elephant now transported to Arabari forest and will be kept under observation. After that, it will be released. No casualty was reported during the tranquilize process.” (ANI)
Vaccinating oldest against COVID-19 saves both most lives, most years of life: Study
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): A recent study by Joshua R. Goldstein, Thomas Cassidy, and Kenneth W. Wachter states that vaccinating the oldest against COVID-19 saves both the most lives and the most years of life.
The study was released by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“Researchers report that vaccinating the oldest individuals against COVID-19 not only saves the most lives but, counterintuitively, also saves the most years of remaining life, because COVID-19 mortality increases more rapidly with age than the rate at which remaining life expectancy decreases with age,” read the study.
Many competing criteria are under consideration for prioritizing COVID-19 vaccination. Two criteria based on age are demographic: lives saved and years of future life saved. Vaccinating the very old against COVID-19 saves the most lives, but, since older age is accompanied by falling life expectancy, it is widely supposed that these two goals are in conflict. The study shows this to be mistaken.
The age patterns of COVID-19 mortality are such that vaccinating the oldest first saves the most lives and, surprisingly, also maximizes years of remaining life expectancy. The study demonstrates this relationship empirically in the United States, Germany, and South Korea and with mathematical analysis of life tables. Our age-risk results, under usual conditions, also apply to health risks.
Margaret Keenan received the first vaccination against COVID-19 given in the United Kingdom just a week before her 91st birthday (1). In contexts where vaccine allocation is based on age, prioritizing the very old, who have the highest risk of dying, averts the most deaths. But, from the point of view of saving years of remaining life, it seems that it might be better to target younger people, who are less likely to die quickly of another cause if they can be protected from the coronavirus.
Common intuition suggests a trade-off between saving the maximum number of lives and saving the most future life. Such a trade-off is central to philosophical and ethical discussions and epidemiological and public health studies often report both numbers of deaths and numbers of years of life lost (YLL) in quests for balanced health intervention priorities.
The study shows that this intuition about demographic trade-offs is wrong in the case of COVID-19. While it is true that remaining life expectancy declines with age, this decline is overwhelmed by the exponentially increasing risk of death. For COVID-19, it turns out that vaccinating first the oldest old saves the most lives and also the most life left. Early guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list those aged “65+” as one priority group among several. But, even in terms of YLL, the oldest old in this group should be first in line.
Naturally, many complex considerations besides age impinge on vaccination strategies, and the study defers to epidemiologists, ethicists, and experts in health-related sciences for comprehensive studies that include transmission dynamics and other priorities. The study’s aim in this report is strictly demographic. The study takes one–narrow but central–aspect of the picture and shows that formal demography can avert one common misunderstanding. (ANI)
In democracy, Centre can never dare to make such laws that will harm farmers: Tomar
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday said the Centre can never dare to make laws that will harm farmers.
“In a democracy, a government can never dare to make such a law that will harm farmers,” said Narendra Singh Tomar at Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela 2021 in Delhi.
The Union Minister in a tweet in Hindi informed: “The three-day Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela organized by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) is inaugurated today. This time the theme of this fair is ‘Atmanirbhar Kisan (translated as a self-reliant farmer)’.”
“If the farmers of the country are strong, then the village will be strong. If the village will be strong, then the agricultural sector will be prosperous. If the agricultural sector will be prosperous, then India will be prosperous. Only then will India be established as the best nation in the world in the coming tomorrow,” said Tomar in Hindi.
“I call upon the farmers of the country to explore the advantages of this new agricultural research along with government schemes, make agricultural sector atmanirbhar and make our country atmanirbhar,” said Union Minister.
“This fair is called Krishi Kumbh, in which a large number of common farmers, progressive farmers have come forward from all over the country,” he tweeted.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar earlier on Thursday reiterated that the central government is ready to talk to protesting farmers at any time.
This comes as farmer leader Rakesh Tikait had on Tuesday announced plans for marching to the Parliament with 40 lakh tractors in order to intensify pressure on the central government to withdraw the three farm laws.
Since November 26 last year, farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital, against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. (ANI)
Himachal Pradesh: 5 houses gutted in fire in Shimla
Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], February 26 (ANI): Five houses were gutted in fire in the Nankhari area of Shimla on Thursday.
Locals were gathered at the spot and were seen dousing the fire.
More details awaited.
Yesterday, a fire broke out at a three-storeyed house in Raila village of Kullu district.
On February 10, a similar incident took place wherein a fire broke out in some houses along a hillside in Shimla. (ANI)
COVID-19: Rajasthan govt makes COVID test mandatory for travellers arriving from Maharashtra, Kerala
Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], February 26 (ANI): Amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country, the Rajasthan government on Thursday tightened restrictions for travellers arriving from Maharashtra and Kerala.
The state government has made it mandatory for travellers from these states to produce a negative COVID-19 test report upon their arrival in the state.
“Travellers from Maharashtra and Kerala to Rajasthan should provide negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours on their arrival,” read the statement by the government.
On February 24, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) deputed high-level multi-disciplinary teams to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir for supporting them in public health measures for targeted COVID response and management.
According to the official release, the three-member multidisciplinary teams will work closely with the states and UT administration and ascertain the reasons for the recent surge in the number of COVID19 cases. They will also coordinate with health authorities of the states and UT for requisite COVID19 control measures to break the chain of transmission.
The health ministry has advised states and UTs for regular critical review of the emerging situation with concerned district officials to ensure that gains made so far in COVID management are not lost. (ANI)
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