Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday questioned his West Bengal counterpart and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee and asked her why she got irritated with slogans of “Jai Shri Ram”.
Addressing a public meeting in Jalpaiguri, Adityanath said, “Didi is so angry that if you say Jai Shri Ram, she will put you in jail. Irritation can be from BJP or me, but why Shri Ram? Anyone who dares to fight Ram has to face bad results. TMC’s plight in West Bengal is certain.” “On May 2, Bengal will get freedom from the TMC government. TMC goons will be taken by the law. Surely, the parties like Congress, CPM and TMC will definitely give protection to the criminals, but they will be sent behind the bars,” he added.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and TMC are at loggerheads in the poll-bound West Bengal. The top leadership of BJP has been holding rallies and roadshows in the last few months intending to topple the incumbent TMC government.
West Bengal has witnessed three out of the eight phased polls to the 294-member state Assembly. Counting of votes will be held on 2 May.
With ANI inputs
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PGI Chandigarh’s busy helpline becomes a huge problem for patients
The teleconsultation helplines of many premier health institutions like Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh and PGI, Rohtak remain engaged for most of the time which has emerged as a huge problem for the patients of several states including Haryana.
PGI’s helpline 0172-2755591, which was supposed to provide timely consultation and treatment to needy patients operational from 8 am to 9.30 pm, remains engaged for most of the time which has surfaced as a cause of concern. Thus, connecting to the above-mentioned number for teleconsultation is not less than a tough task.
It is pertinent to mention that generally, 10,000 patients visit the institute a day and among these 20% hail from Haryana. Thus, not connecting to the helpline has led to a surge in the problems of the people of the state. Presently, 4000 patients visit the PGI per day via connecting to the helpline as well as the PGI’s website. Out of these patients, nearly one-third of the total patients visiting PGI get registered for treatment physically with the help of the above helpline while the rest get treatment via teleconsultation.
It is worth mentioning that initially six different lines were provided on the above helpline (landline number) but in wake of the increasing patient load, the administration decided to extended these lines from 6 to 20 but it also proved insufficient. Regarding the same, Dr Sandeep Pandey who holds the portfolio of the head of the Central Registration Department (CRD) PGI said that the institute continues to put its best to provide timely health facilities to the patients at home as well as by physical OPD. The Daily Guardian also checked the status of the helpline on different days by making calls and what came to the surface was that lines continue to remain engaged up to an hour or more than this sometimes.
DURING COVID PEAK, PGIMER GOT MAXIMUM ORGAN REPLANTATION QUERIES
As they say, Necessity is the mother of invention, in the case of replanting the amputated organs this phrase deems fit. After the famous case of ASI Harjeet Singh, whose severed hand that the PGIMER team of Plastic surgeons replanted and it became a national story, PGIMER got trafficked with severed organ cases in peak Covid period. People from far-off places started approaching PGIMER either physically or by phone calls. This made the PGIMER Plastic Surgery department think of a solution to the emerging problem before them. A problem that every sufferer and his/her family faces when these accidents happen that where should they go, and how to preserve the organ, and by when one shall reach the hospital so that an affected organ could get replantation?
PGIMER Plastic Surgery department initiated a Data Bank of such centres where plastic surgeons are working.
The department chalked down the list of such centres from across the country and started a Helpline number 7087007677, that will help the needy one in many ways like when there is any damage to the organ then which centre nearby their location, can preserve their organ in Golden Time. “Golden Time is the duration of time in which an affected organ can be replanted and maximum benefit can be targeted. Like if a hand gets chopped, it is better to reach the hospital within three hours with a preserved chopped hand. There are different time duration for different kinds of severed organs, in our helpline, we make attendants understand how to preserve organs in case there is no speciality available around them or where they can go in case they are far from our centre,” says Dr R.K. Sharma, Head Plastic Surgery, PGIMER, Chandigarh.
VALIDITY OF SACHAR COMMITTEE CHALLENGED IN SC
Members of Sanatan Vedic Dharm, on Thursday, filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the validity of the Justice Rajinder Sachar committee report on the social, economic and educational status of the Muslim community and sought directions to prevent the government from relying on the Sachar Committee Report.
The petition has been filed through advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain stated that the notification dated 9 March 2005 issued from the office of Prime Minister Government of India nowhere mentions that same was being issued after any cabinet decision. Thus, it is clear that the then Prime Minister on his own whims issued the direction appointing the committee to enquire into the social, economic and educational status of the Muslim community whereas, by virtue of Articles 14 and 15, no religious community can be treated separately.
The power to appoint a commission to investigate into the conditions of socially and educationally backward classes vests with the President of India under Article 340 of the Constitution of India, the plea said.
The petitioner further stated that It is relevant to mention that the entire Muslim community has not been identified as a socially and educationally backward class and therefore, Muslims as a religious community cannot be treated as a special class entitled to benefits available to backward classes. The appointment of the Sachar Committee was made in violation of Article 77 of the Constitution of India and is unconstitutional and illegal, it added
The petitioner also said that the order appointing Sachar Committee was not issued in accordance with provisions contained in Article 77 of the Constitution of India. It is only the President of India who can appoint a commission in the exercise of the powers under Article 340 of the Constitution of India to investigate the conditions of socially and educationally backward classes and to make recommendations to improve their conditions, it said.
The Muslim community is not entitled to any special treatment for the simple reason that they were the rulers for a long number of years and even during British rule they enjoyed and shared the power, whereas SC/ST category and OBCs of Hindu community were suppressed, tortured, butchered, converted either by force or by allurement and had to face atrocities in the pre-independent era, the plea said.
In case the Prime Minister of India was interested to initiate any scheme for the betterment of socially and educationally backward classes he should have introduced beneficial schemes for the betterment of SCs/STs. Term of reference would show that the intention of the then Prime Minister was to bring beneficial scheme for the Muslim community in the garb of the report of Sachar Committee, it added.
The Constituent Assembly has rejected the move to give reservation to any community on a religious basis, as admittedly the principle of secularism, was adopted by the Assembly with cheers where there is no room for showing any favour or dis-favour to any religion, religious denomination or community. It is well established that a thing which cannot be done directly cannot be achieved indirectly, the plea said.
HIMACHAL ASSEMBLY’S MONSOON SESSION TO BEGIN FROM 2 AUGUST
The monsoon session of the Himachal Assembly session is going to begin on 2 August. A total of 10 sittings will be held this time in the session.
The monsoon session of Himachal Vidhan Sabha will start from 2August. The session will last for 10 days. The Assembly Secretariat is preparing for the security and other arrangements. The deployment of adequate police personnel the CCTV vigil will also monitor the session.
During this season after almost six decades the august house, former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who has been the Chief Minister six times, will not be there.
The opposition is gearing up to storm sessions with a strategy to surround the government in the assembly session on the various issues related to the general public.
At present, opposition have issues with the price of petrol and diesel along with the hike in consumer goods, inflation, and the Covid mismanagement in the state.
Whereas, the government is also prepaying with a long list of development work has done during the regime and prepaying to debate issues id the public interest in the floor of the house and to give befitting counter reply to the opposition.
The government’s failure in handling the pandemic with the problems faced by the people, will drow the attention of the house.
Natural calamity, loss of life and property would also call the attention of the house.
As per the information, govt is working on bringing several new bills in the session, in which 33% reservation for women in cooperatives and the school fees control law is currently the priority of the government.
Himachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker Vipin Singh Parmar said, that about 900 questions have been received by the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat, to date. Parmar said that during the session, the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat is preparing to discuss important issues related to the state in the larger public interest. For this, he will call an all-party meeting before the session for better coordination and floor management. Parmar said that during the session, the corona protocol will be strictly followed.
There will be 10 sittings in the session which will run from 2 to 13 August. Parmar told The Daily Guardian that there will be mourning on the first day. Condolence resolution will be brought in the house on the death of former CM Virbhadra Singh and Jubbal Kotkhai MLA Narendra Bragta.
Reportedly, 5 and 13 August are private member days. Amid Covid restrictions, the session has been kept for 10 days to complete the left out meetings in the budget session. As per the rules, it is necessary to have a minimum 35 sittings in the Assembly session in a year.
So far, 564 starred and 254 unstarred questions have been placed. There have been four discussions under Rule 101 and 5 under 130. The Speaker has called an all-party meeting on 1 August to conduct the session in a better way in which an attempt will be made to reach an agreement to run the session smoothly.
The Speaker, Vipin Singh Parmar, told that this time the visitors coming to meet the CM will be allowed to enter but the Covid protocol will be taken care of. Other people including the members coming to the assembly will also have to follow thermal scanning and corona protocol.
JHARKHAND HC ORDERS SIT PROBE INTO DHANBAD JUDGE DEATH CASE
The Jharkhand High Court on Thursday ordered an SIT probe into the death of Dhanbad Additional District Judge (ADJ) Uttam Anand. Taking cognisance of a letter filed before the court by the Dhanbad Principal District Judge in the case, Chief Justice Ravi Ranjan ordered the formation of a Special Investigation Team, under the leadership of Additional Director General of Police Sanjay Latkar, to look into the matter.
During the hearing, Chief Justice Ranjan expressed his displeasure over the delay in the registration of FIR following the incident. If at any point in time it appears to the court that the investigation is not heading in the right direction, then the case will be handed over to the CBI.
Speaking to media, Amol Vinukant Homkar, IG said that an FIR has been registered under section 302 of the IPC (murder). “SIT, being headed by City Superintendents of Police (SP) Dhanbad, has been formed. Crime Investigation Department (CID) and Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) team have also been deputed to help them in the investigation. The probe is on under the supervision of Sr SP Dhanbad and Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Bokaro,” he added
“For further investigation, an SIT has been formed under the leadership of Additional Director General of Police (ADG) (Ops) Sanjay Anand Lathkar. Further investigation will be done carefully. Action will be taken as per the further facts that come up,” added Homkar.
“Based on facts that came up during investigation and CCTV footage, two people and auto involved in the crime were identified. Two people — Lakhan Kumar Verma and Rahul Verma have been arrested and the auto has also been seized from their possession, he added
During the day the Senior advocate Vikas Singh, who is also the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), mentioned this matter and said that this is a “brazen attack” on the independence of the judiciary.
A bench of Chief Justice N. V. Ramana and Justice Surya Kant told Vikas Singh that “we are aware of the incident and appreciate the efforts of SCBA. I have spoken to the Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court. He has taken up the case and has asked the officers to be present there. The matter is going on there. Leave it there.”
According to the police, Judge Uttam Anand was taking a morning walk when a vehicle crushed him near the Magistrate Colony in Dhanbad. He was admitted to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, said the police.
As per the police, initially, the body could not be identified. However, later, Anand’s family approached the police following which the body was identified.
INDIA RECEIVED HELP FROM 52 NATIONS DURING SECOND WAVE
NEW DELHI: International community came forward with offers of solidarity and assistance for specific medicines and equipment that were not immediately available in the country during the second wave of COVID-19 and material from 52 countries have been received till date, the government told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan said in a written reply that India has imported 31.5 lakh units of Sputnik Component 1 and 4.5 lakh units of Sputnik Component 2 vaccine till date.
“During the unprecedented crisis of the second wave of COVID pandemic, the International community came forward with offers of solidarity and assistance for specific medicines and equipment that weren’t immediately available in country till such time our own domestic production improved,” he said.
“Foreign materials from 52 countries have been received till date including from government to government, private to government, private to private, Indian community associations and companies,” he added.
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