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No salaries, protective gears for corona warriors

Aditya Nair

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Frontline corona warriors like doctors, nurses and police personnel have been hailed for working during the pandemic. A group of workers who have largely gone unnoticed but have equally been at the frontline of the fight against the virus are ASHA workers and Civil Defence personnel. ASHAs (accredited social health activists) are local women trained to act as health educators and promoters in their communities. The Civil Defence personnel have been deployed to stand with the ASHA workers and ensure rules, regulations are followed by all individuals. 

During the nationwide lockdown, these workers were working to conduct surveys, visit homes of quarantined individuals to stick posters and even home deliver medicines to Covid-19 positive patients. With no proper salary structure, both ASHA workers and Civil Defence personnel live off the work done by them during the month i.e. commissions. When the pandemic hit and the nation went into lockdown, both groups were thrust into the frontline with one of their major tasks being to conduct surveys so as to establish contact tracing of Covid-19 positive patients and deliver essentials to those in quarantine.

Seeing the extreme danger that these workers were putting themselves in, the Centre as well as state governments had offered incentives to these warriors for their selfless service. The on-ground reality, though, remains entirely different.

“Since March we haven’t been paid our dues. They said something about incentives to work during corona but now we are left asking for our basic pay. We get paid Rs 753 a day. Our job is to ensure the safety of ASHA workers and maintain law and order. Now we’re been pushed into doing the same job as an ASHA worker. We are giving medicines to Corona positive patients, we conduct surveys and we are even sticking posters outside homes,” said Artee Chowdhury, a civil defence service person.

 The ASHA workers also tell a similar tale of how they’ve not been paid their dues and have been offered abysmally low incentives. “We earn only Rs 3,000 a month, we were told a Rs 33 incentive for each day of working since March. Even if you keep aside the fact that we haven’t been paid, do you think Rs 33 a day is enough to ensure I can get immunity boosting medicines for my children? Do you think it is enough for me to buy a mask and gloves daily? We aren’t given any protective equipment,” said Shiksha Rana, an ASHA worker in Delhi’s New Ashok Nagar.

 Maharashtra-based Priyanka Praveen Kudle too has a similar story. “I live and work in a village called Nerle, in Maharashtra’s Sangli. I take great pains to ensure my family stays safe. I enter through the back door and my husband keeps a bucket of hot water outside. I wash my clothes, take a bath there itself and only then enter my house,” she said. Kudle was sent to a 7-km-away nearby village of Islampur, where 11 coronapositive patients were detected. She was tasked with contact tracing and helping quarantine the individuals. She was assured Rs 250 a day up to a maximum of Rs 2,000, she hasn’t been paid since March.

We tried to reach out to Delhi Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot, but he did not respond to our queries and state health minister Satyendra Jain is currently unavailable as he’s recovering from Covid-19 himself.

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What is the logic of Coupon Code Sites?

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Coupons, which include discount prices and special offers offered to customers by companies and encourage consumers to buy, are now offered by both physical and online shopping addresses.

In the past, coupon codes were written on papers prepared by companies for customers. In the modern world, with more and more people visiting online shopping addresses, companies have started to offer promo codes online to sell their products.

One of the most important advantages of having a discount coupon is that you can buy one product at an advantageous price and the other product completely free or half price. You can also shop at any other time convenient for you by using coupon codes. Some discount coupons can take weeks or even months to expire. This will give a customer enough time to follow up on the best discount deals, or will come back to buy that item when he has enough money.

With all these advantages, discount coupons are becoming increasingly popular on forum pages and social media platforms. There are a wide variety of online platforms where you can find discount coupons that come with a wide variety of deals such as discounts for one product, discounts on multiple purchases, free shipping. If you want to find the advantageous prices and coupon codes offered by companies from many different sectors in a single address, we have suggestions for you!

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If you want to view the discount opportunities of hundreds of different companies from many different sectors you can think of, including clothing, technology, decoration, books, games, travel and online shopping stores, on a single platform, you can find the opportunities you are looking for on Couppo.com.

With its easy and understandable design, you can easily view the discount opportunity offered to you by clicking the “show code” or “get deal” links written under the companies listed on the homepage. Since the discount campaign prepared by each company may differ, you should open the company you want to shop on a separate page and learn the terms and details of the campaign.

After you get the discount code, you can get a discount on the cart amount by adding this code to the “enter coupon code” section on the order completion page while shopping at that brand’s online store.

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White House condemns attack on Salman Rushdie; calls it ‘reprehensible’

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The White House on Saturday called the attack on Salman Rushdie “reprehensible”. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris wished the renowned author a speedy recovery.

In his statement, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said, “Today, the nation and the globe witnessed a heinous act against the author Salman Rushdie. This violent act is abhorrent. The Biden-Harris Administration as a whole is hoping for a quick recovery for him.”

Meanwhile, Sullivan went on to say that “We are grateful to law enforcement for its prompt and effective work, which is ongoing, and to good citizens and first responders for aiding Mr. Rushdie so quickly after the incident.”

Earlier, New York State Police identified the suspect as Hadi Matar. Matar hail from Fairview, New Jersey, and is 24 years old.

“The suspect has been identified as Hadi Matar, 24, from Fairview, New Jersey. Earlier today, approx at 10:47 am, the speaker Rushdie, 75, and Henry Reese, 73 has just arrived at the stage of the institution and shortly thereafter the suspect jumped out of the stage and attacked at least once in the neck and at least once in the abdomen,” Major Eugene J. Staniszewski said.

Known for his free speech, Salman Rushdie received death threats for his book ‘The Satanic Verses. The book was released in 1988 and after 30 years of a fatwa, Rushdie was attacked. Rushdie was stabbed in the neck when he was on stage at the Chautauqua Institution. Rushdie is of Indian origin and is currently a citizen of Britain.

However, the Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit community on Lake Chautauqua in southwestern New York province.

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J&K government sacked four government employees, has relations with terrorists

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The Jammu and Kashmir government, using Article 311 of the Indian Constitution, has sacked four employees. The employees who have been sacked have links with terrorists and terrorist organizations.

The who have been sacked are Assbah Arzoomand Khan, Muhit Ahmed Bhat, Majeed Hussain Qadri, and Saeed Abdul Mueed.

Meanwhile, Assbah Arzoomand Khan is an officer of the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service. Khan joined the service in the year 2011 and is the wife of terrorist Farooq Ahmed Dar also known as Bitta Karate. Bitta Karate is counted among the big terrorists of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front.

Muhit Ahmed Bhat is a scientist at the University of Kashmir. He is accused of organizing programs in the university in support of Pakistan and terrorists and mobilizing students for terrorism.

Majid Hussain Qadri is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kashmir. He is accused of being associated with the terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Syed Abdul Mueed was posted as IT Manager at Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute. He is the son of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin. This is the third son of the Hizbul chief, who has been dismissed from service by the government on terrorism charges. Before this, two of his sons have been removed from service.

However, Article 311 of the constitution empowers the government to dismiss an employee without assigning any reason. After Manoj Sinha became the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, till now more than 40 employees have been sacked considering it a threat to the security of the country.

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Fifth case of Monkeypox in Delhi, 22-year-old woman admitted to LNJP

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The fifth case of monkeypox has been reported in Delhi on Friday. The Medical Director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital Dr. Suresh Kumar informed about the fifth case of monkeypox.

On Friday a 22-year-old woman tested positive and she is currently under observation in the hospital.

“One patient has been admitted in LNJP and her sample tested positive, at present 4 patients are admitted and one has been discharged. A total of five cases of Monkeypox have been reported in Delhi. She came positive yesterday. A team of doctors are treating her,” Dr. Kumar said.

Meanwhile, the patient traveled one month ago and has no recent travel history.

Earlier on 24 July, Delhi confirmed its first case of monkeypox. A day after it was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Central government had also released guidelines to check the virus spread in India. Close contact with sick persons, dead or live wild animals, and others have been advised to avoid.

However, on 14 July the first case of monkeypox was reported in India from Kerala’s Kollam district.

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‘I appeal to all countrymen to hoist the Tiranga at your home’, say Amit Shah

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday unfurled the tricolor at his residence in Delhi. Shah also urged countrymen to hoist the flag at their homes from August 13 to 15. Under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the countrymen are being encouraged to hoist the tricolor at their homes.

Taking to Twitter Shah said, “Tiranga is our pride. It unites and inspires everyone Indian. On PM Narendra Modi Ji’s clarion call of Har Ghar Tiranga, today hoisted a Tiranga at my residence in New Delhi and paid tributes to our valorous heroes who sacrificed everything for the Motherland.”

“I appeal to all countrymen to hoist the Tiranga at your home from 13th-15th August and to be a part of this campaign of awakening the spirit of patriotism in every heart. Also, upload your picture with the Tiranga on http://harghartiranga.com and inspire others for the same,” Shah said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign. He called upon the people of the country to join it. PM Modi said that the tricolor not only has three colors, but it is also a reflection of our commitment to the present, our past glory, and our dreams for the future.

However, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the government to celebrate 75 years of Independence. The national flag will be hoisted in every house of the country till 15th August.

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Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi tests positive for COVID-19

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Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Congress general secretary in charge of communications and senior party leader, Jairam Ramesh informed.

Taking to Twitter Jairam Ramesh said, “Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has tested positive for Covid-19 today. She will remain in isolation as per Govt. protocol.”

In the last three months, Gandhi has tested positive for Covid for the second time. As per government protocol, the party chief will remain in isolation.

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot expressed concern and said, “Concerned about the health of Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji as she tested positive for #COVID19. Wish her a speedy recovery. May she get well soon. Prayers for her good health and well-being.”

Earlier on Wednesday (August 10), Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi tested positive for COVID. Taking to Twitter Vadra tweeted, “Tested positive for COVID (again!) today. Will be isolating at home and following all protocols.”

Moreover, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday tested positive for COVID.

“I have tested positive for #COVID19. I request those who came in contact with me recently to take care,” Kharge tweeted.

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