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Despite CM’s Covid claims, no sanitisation, clean water in top 5 containment zones

Sabyasachi Roy Choudhury

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Despite Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s tall claims of bringing Covid situation under control in Delhi, a report has found out that top 5 containment zones in the national Capital have no proper sanitisation and basic civic facilities including clean drinking water. This annual report launched by NGO Praja Foundation also stated that the highest number of civic complaints, as many as 56% of the total, reported in 2019 with respect to garbage, water, sewerage, toilets and sanitation were from the top five administrative zones with maximum number of containment zones.

“This is not just about the pandemic. A high number of infections and deaths are regularly reported due to water contamination, poor sanitation and mismanaged waste. For example, the water quality tests of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) showed 1.3% unfit water samples in 2019, but there were 5,14,052 diarrhoea cases, 1,526 cholera cases and 51,266 cases of typhoid reported in government dispensaries and hospitals in 2018-19. These services are therefore the most basic requirements of good health and of a good quality of life,” said Milind Mhaske, director, Praja Foundation.

A total of 368 areas were sealed on 18 July this year including areas like South district, Najafgarh, Shahdara South, West district and Rohini. These zones were the ones which also reported the highest number of civic issue complaints last year. Data compiled from RTIs to municipal corporations and Delhi Jal Board said that around 23,555 and 465 complaints were filed related to garbage and toilet/sanitation respectively in 2019, while 1.15 lakh and 78,638 complaints regarding water supply and sewerage-related issues respectively were also registered. Around 55%, 58% and 57% of the complaints related to garbage, toilet/sanitation and sewerage respectively had come from these 5 MCD zones.

Multiple agencies and governments in Delhi still grapple with providing basic civic services that are key determinants of health. In the last three years, councillor attendance in ward committees experienced a drastic fall from 74% in 2017 to 61% in 2019. Further, not a single issue was raised in ward committees by the 9 councillors from BJP, 2 from AAP and 5 from Congress. The report also highlighted the issue of male to female disparity in the case of toilets—only one in four public toilet seats are for females. While the toilet to population ratio according to the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) norm for toilets is 1 public toilet seat for 100-400 males and 1 public toilet seat for 100-200 females, Delhi as per data from 2019, has only 1 public toilet seat per 4,373 males and 1 per 10,039 females.

“The major problem in Delhi is not just about providing basic services equitably, but about monitoring. Complaints are one of the most effective ways to understand area wise issues that concern people. But Delhi’s complaint management system is as fractured as its governance. The MCDs and state government, including the DJB have different complaint management systems,» Mhaske said.

Delhi has a long way to go in ensuring adequate, equitable and sustainable water, sanitation and solid waste management facilities, which have a direct bearing on health. According to the report, the maximum number of complaints in 2019 were related to buildings (59,896), solid waste management (23,555) and nuisance due to stray dogs and monkeys (19,013). While complaints related to sanitation/toilets and sewage categories saw a rise of 13% and 389% respectively compared to the previous year. A similar report was also published for Mumbai, in which correlation was made between poor civic amenities and Covid-19 spread.

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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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Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin to meet President Murmu, PM Modi on 17 August

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin who is on a two-day visit to Delhi is scheduled to meet President Droupadi Murmu. Stalin is also scheduled to meet Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar on Wednesday.

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin is on a two-day visit to Delhi. Stalin arrived in Delhi on Tuesday. He will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

Earlier on 15 August, Stalin unfurled the tricolor at Fort St George. While addressing people he said, “These are the urgent and necessary ideals for the nation today. We are administering the Dravidian model government which encompasses all such humanitarian ideals.”

“I am desirous of fulfilling the aspirations of every single individual of Tamil Nadu. I am involving myself every day in that initiative,” Stalin said.

Moreover, Chief Minister MK Stalin and PM Narendra Modi met at the opening ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai.

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Following its defeat in Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is anticipated to extend its social base and make significant organisational changes.

In New Delhi on Tuesday, the state BJP core committee and the party’s national leadership discussed the adjustments.

The conference was called after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar severed his ties with the BJP in Bihar and formed the Grand Alliance led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal this month.

The local leadership, according to BJP leaders, was not seen with the same satisfaction as Prime Minister Narendra Modi. By the second week of September, when the party’s Bihar chief Sanjay Jaiswal’s term ends, the state organisation should have undergone reform. The [Tuesday] meeting’s agenda included choosing a new Bihar BJP president and a formidable opposition leader, according to a BJP leader who asked to remain anonymous.

Extremely Backward Classes (ECB) and Mahadalits, the primary voter bases of Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), have been targeted by the BJP.

According to the estimates, Dalits and Scheduled Tribes make up 17% of the state’s population, while EBC and other backward classes make up close to 50%.

Jaiswal claimed that on Tuesday, they talked about Bihar’s political situation in light of the formation of a new alliance government that has betrayed the will of the people. “In the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, we will win no less than 35 [out of 40] seats and emerge a stronger party in state.”

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Maharashtra train accident: 50 passengers injured as 3 coaches of a train derail

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A major accident took place on Wednesday in which more than 50 passengers were injured. The three coaches of a passenger train derailed in Maharashtra. As of now, no casualties have been reported in the incident.

“Prima facie, the loco pilot of the express – Bhagat Ki Kothi SF Express (20843) – could not control the train, due to which it hit the brake van of a goods train that was standing ahead of it,” a senior SECR official said.

The accident happened after a passenger train collided with a good train at around 2.30 am on Wednesday. The passenger train was going from Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh to Jodhpur in Rajasthan. The injured passengers were referred to government and private hospitals in Gondia for treatment.

“Due to the impact, four wheels of a coach of the express train got off the tracks. But no passenger was seriously injured in the incident. Only a few received minor injuries. One passenger suffering from anxiety was admitted to a hospital,” a senior SECR official said.

Meanwhile, people who were trapped inside the train after the accident was also pulled out. According to media reports, a goods train going from Raipur to Nagpur was hit hard by a passenger train coming from behind. The driver applied the emergency brake, but could not avoid hitting the goods train.

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6 people of the same family found dead in jammu

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In Jammu, six family members were discovered deceased on Wednesday in strange circumstances at their homes. According to news agency ANI, two of the six bodies retrieved were located in one house and four more were discovered in another house in Tawi Vihar, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Jammu city in the Sidhra region. The cause of death is still unknown.

Inquest proceedings have been started in accordance with Section 174 of the CrPC, and the bodies have been moved to the Government Medical College and Hospital for the post-mortem.

The deceased has been identified as Sakina Begum, the widow of the late Ghulam Hassan; her two children, Naseema Akhter and Rubina Bano; her son Zafar Salim; and two relatives, Noor Ul Habib and Sajad Ahmad.

Police have initiated an investigation and further details are awaited.

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