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DIAT develops low-cost bed isolation system for Covid patients

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With an objective of reducing the spread of coronavirus, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, (DIAT) has developed a Medical Bed Isolation System, ‘Aashray’ that will provide a low-cost and reusable solution to maintain proper isolation of Covid-19 patients.

According to DIAT, the bed isolation system envelopes are made up of specialised material and manufacturing processes with transparent structure. The product is modular and portable in design.

 The isolation system is suitable for institutional, hospital and home/individual quarantine and the envelope is reusable as it is antibacterial-antifungal and can be sanitized, DIAT added. DIAT informed that each envelope is capable of housing one set of bed, table and chair along with some walking space and the width of the envelope can be adjusted as per the availability of space.

It further informed that each envelope is connected to the main duct equipped with UV light and filter circuit of Pre, fine and HEPA filter and suction blower. The cross-flow of air from the top of the envelope towards the main duct is regulated (with a flap valve) as per the comfort conditions of the patient. The virus/contaminants are continuously sucked through the duct and accumulated at the filters which are projected with UV light. The suction blower throws the filtered and contamination-free air to the outside environment.

As per the manufacturer, the cost of the setup for a unit of 10 beds is about Rs 1 lakh and for home quarantine, it will be Rs. 15,000 for a single bed.

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Anubrata Mondal taken to CBI headquarters after medical check-up

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Trinamool Congress’ Birbhum District President Anubrata Mondal, who was arrested in a 2020 cattle smuggling case, was brought to the CBI headquarters after a medical check-up at the Kolkata’s Command Hospital.

Mondal, a close associate of chief minister Mamta Banerjee was sent to CBI custody till August 20 by an Asansol court. The CBI interrogated the TMC leader for several hours in the cattle smuggling scam on Saturday.

Mondal had been summoned several times by the CBI to appear before it but had evaded citing his health. He was finally arrested on August 11 form his residence in Bolpur in Birbhum district.

Earlier, Finance Minister of West Bengal, Chandrima Bhattacharya had alleged that the CBI summons to Mondal was “political vendetta.”

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on September 21, 2020, arrested a former Border Security Force (BSF) Commandant, in connection with an illegal cattle smuggling case across the Indo-Bangladesh border. Anubrata Mondal’s name came under the CBI scanner during the investigation of the case. Mondal was also summoned by the CBI previously, for an investigation into his alleged involvement in connection with the post-poll violence.

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GHMC turns dumping sites into food courts

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With an aim to create employment opportunities for the youth, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has turned the roadside which was once a black spot and dumping ground for garbage into a food street.

The unique initiative was taken up by the GHMC to start a food court on the streets in Hyderabad through which several unemployed people will be able to earn money. Initially, an amount of Rs 19,500 has to be paid for the stall and become the owner of the food stall. One of the beneficiaries, Mohd Shareef said that he got an idli and dosa stall in the Vijay Nagar colony.

“Earlier the road was bad and later the MLA cleaned it and put up the stalls. I was unemployed and now I got the stall and I am employed,” said Shareef.

He further thanked the K Chandrashekar Rao government and the MLA of the area for giving an employment opportunity.

Another beneficiary, Mohd Ghouse said that there was a lot of garbage on the roadside but the MLA of the area cleaned it with a plan to convert the area into food Street.

“I got the food stall because of Jaffer Hussain. There was a lot of garbage earlier, they cleaned it many times but the MLA had come up with a plan to convert the area into food Street. After making it a food street, unemployed like us were given jobs. We thank the Telangana government for giving us an opportunity to get employed,” he added.

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12 BODIES RECOVERED IN BOAT MISHAP, SEARCH UNDERWAY

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A total of twelve bodies have been recovered so far in the August 11 boat capsize incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Banda district, police said. On Saturday, eight bodies were fished out. Rescue operations is being carried out by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Kishanpur Police who employed divers. “NDRF, SDRF and police teams are carrying out rescue operations along with local divers and twelve dead bodies have been found so far and three are still missing. The flow in the river is high which is creating problems in the operation,” Banda SP Abhinandan said.

The mishap took place on Thursday morning when a boat carrying between 30 to 40 people was on its way from Marka to Jarauli Ghat in the Fatehpur district. The passengers were on their way to visit relatives on the occasion of Rakshabandhan.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to provide financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of each of the deceased from the Disaster Relief Fund. The CM condoled the loss of life and directed the DM and DIG in charge of the district to conduct a search and rescue operation im

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WHY ARE YOU AGAINST WELFARE SCHEMES FOR POOR? KTR ASKS CENTRE

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Amid the ongoing debate on freebies culture, Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao on Saturday hit out at the Centre stating that the Narendra Modi-led BJP government has completely ignored the welfare of the people and now started the debate on freebies to make the lives of the common man “more miserable”.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been talking about freebie culture whenever he gets an opportunity. It is very surprising to hear his words. The BJP government at the Centre has completely ignored the welfare of the people during its eight-year rule and burdened the life of the common man. The Modi Government has now started the debate on freebies to make the lives of the common man more miserable,” said KTR.

Slamming the Modi government for imposing Goods and Services Tax (GST), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president said, “The Modi government is imposing GST on essential items like milk and curd. The ever-increasing inflation has broken the back of the poor.”

He further claimed during eight years of Modi’s rule, poverty in the country has increased so much that now we are infamous for having more poor people than that of Nigeria.

“India now ranks at 101st place among 116 countries in the Global Hunger Index – which is a matter of national shame. The statistics released by the Centre make it clear that 35.5 per cent of the children born in the country are malnourished,” he said.

KT Rama Rao said that the 14 Prime Ministers before Modi together were responsible for the country’s debt of Rs 56 lakh crores whereas Modi’s government alone borrowed more than Rs 80 lakh crores.

Recently, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) issued a severe warning that 37 per cent of the country’s annual income is being spent on paying interest for the money borrowed by the Central government, he claimed.

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TWO BANGLADESHI NATIONALS HELD WITH FAKE STAMPS OF VARIOUS MINISTRIES

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Delhi Police apprehended two Bangladeshi nationals from the Palam area of the city and recovered several passports and 10 fake stamps belonging to Bangladesh ministries from their possession, according to an official on Sunday. The arrested Bangladeshi nationals have been identified as Md Mostafa and Md Husain Sheikh, who was staying at Palam Extension, Near Ramphal Chowk. Further investigation into the matter is underway, said DCP Dwarka, M Harsha Vardhan.

Regular special checking drives are being conducted ahead of the Independence Day celebrations. The police said that during one such drive, the personnel checking in the area of Ramphal Chawk working on information went to the house of two Bangladeshi Nationals living near Ramphal Chowk.

“On search, they were found to be in possession of 11 passports of different Bangladeshi citizens and also 10 fake stamps of various ministries and notary of Bangladesh. About the fake rubber stamps, they had no substantive answer,” said the police.

Accordingly, a case under the appropriate sections of the law has been registered against the two at PS Dwarka South.

“They stated that they used to act as agents for Bangladeshi nationals who come for medical treatment. However, the recovery of a large number of fake stamps from them is being investigated,” said the police.

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Strict action should be taken: BJP to SC body over Dalit boy’s death in Rajasthan

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Demanding strict action against a teacher accused of killing a Dalit student of a private school in Rajasthan, National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Tarun Chugh, on Sunday, wrote a letter to National Commission for Scheduled Castes Chairman Vijay Sapanla.

Tarun Chugh wrote in the letter that a Dalit student of a private school in the Jalore police station area of Rajasthan was beaten up because he drank water from a teacher’s pot. The BJP leader asked for justice for the child and demanded a commission team to probe this case.

“I request to the SC commission that strict action should be taken against the accused teacher and strict punishment should be given so that such misdeeds should not happen again,” he said.

The incident took place on 20 July at a private school in Surana village of Rajasthan’s Jalore district, where the teacher allegedly beat up the minor for touching the pot of water in the school.

Condemning the incident, he further said, “I ask for a team of commission to get justice at the earliest to the family. The accused teacher should be punished under the sections of Scheduled Caste Act so that such incident would not take place again in society.”

Meanwhile, the state government announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for the kin of the deceased.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot condemned the incident and said in a tweet, “The accused teacher has been arrested and a case has been registered against him for murder and under sections of the SC/ST Act.”

“The matter has been taken under the case officer scheme for speedy investigation and punishment for the accused. It will be ensured that the victim’s family gets justice at the earliest. The family members of the deceased will be given a relief amount of Rs 5 lakh from the Chief Minister’s relief fund,” he added.

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