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New Delhi: Dengue, a viral infection, is transmitted through the bite of an infected female Aedes mosquito. Initial symptoms of this infection include fever and joint pain.
With the increase in dengue deaths around the city and lack of proper medical facilities in the government hospitals, the Delhi Government has finally come into action.
On Friday, the government decided to immediately add 795 hospital beds in the national capital by granting temporary registration to 48 new private hospitals and nursing homes for three months to tackle the increasing number of dengue cases.
An official statement quoted Health Minister Satyendar Jain as saying that the government was willing to take help from all quarters in dealing with the dengue situation in the national capital.
Working on the directions of the minister, the department of health issued an order which said: “The concerned hospital authority will have to ensure that only medically sick patients, and fever cases suspected of having dengue and its complications may be admitted to the hospital.”
The hospital authorities have to ensure that they have adequate manpower, equipment and that other accessories are stocked and available to take care of admitted patients.
“The tariff of these temporary beds will be 50 percent less than the respective hospital’s specified charges for the lowest category of economy category patients,” the statement said.
The statement added that none of the hospitals granted temporary registration or conducted any OT and Labour Room procedures till they were inspected by the competent licensing authorities and were given regular clearance.
In the same direction, the Delhi government would also open 50 fever/dengue clinics from Monday to meet the high demands.
“Delhi Govt is going to open 50 speciality fever/dengue clinics from Monday. These will open from 7 am to 9 pm daily,” Jain tweeted.
“These fever/dengue clinics will be opened at the dispensaries of the Delhi government. Doctors will remain present at these clinics to treat patients suffering from fever in the respective area,” a government official told IANS.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met Aam Aadmi Party legislators at his residence on Friday evening and discussed the dengue situation.
He asked the legislators to keep their constituencies in check for the availability of medicines, test kits and cleanliness in hospitals.
“Talk to the people and ask them not to panic and keep calm. Tell them to have as much fluid as they can and make them aware about dengue. Keep a check on the availability of medicines and testing kits in the hospitals,” he said.
On cases of refusal by hospitals, the chief minister said such incidents should be reported to the government, and stern action would be taken.
He also asked the legislators to talk to municipal officials and get fogging done in their areas.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who was also present in the meeting, told the legislators: “There is no dearth of fogging machines. Talk to the concerned people, keep chasing them and get the fogging done.”
In addition, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the central government to fight the dengue menace together, setting aside the political rivalry.
The chief minister said that he had received “a memorandum from LG (Najeeb Jung), saying that he had issued instructions (received) from the central government”.
In his letter addressed to the prime minister, Kejriwal said, “All the ministers and the employees of the government are working round the clock in fighting dengue…”
“…I request you with folded hands not to spread confusion amongst Delhi government employees by asking them not to follow elected government’s order. Allow them to work together as a team,” Kejriwal wrote in his letter.
Kejriwal’s comments came a day after Lt Governor Jung sent a memorandum to all officers posted with the Delhi government, including officers of All India Services, heads of departments, and others.
“The government of India has taken note of the current constitutional position in Delhi and major instances of violation of the constitution, law and rules,” the memorandum said.
It said that change in the pay structure of Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service officers according to the government of India was “illegal and ab initio void”.
The memorandum also added that if any officer complied with the “illegal” orders, disciplinary action and recovery of financial loss caused to the government would follow.
“The orders declared illegal by the government of India should not be complied with. Should any officer choose to do so, both disciplinary action for compliance of illegal orders, and recovery of financial loss caused to the government as a result of such action, would follow,” it said.
Kejriwal’s move to write to the prime minister drew sharp reactions from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said Kejriwal should shed the path of confrontation on administrative matters and work for the development of the city.
“Kejriwal’s manifesto did not carry a starred line that the conditions of constitutional changes apply before delivery of promises. CM should stop fooling people of Delhi,” Upadhyay said here at a press conference.
The BJP demanded the Delhi chief minister to stop resorting to rhetoric of confrontation statements which he had been doing for the last seven months and should concentrate on people’s aspirations for development.
“Former Delhi CMs have run the government under the same administrative guidelines as they exist for Kejriwal but never has Delhi seen such confrontation. Despite constrains, they worked and brought development to the city,” Upadhyay said.
Vijender Gupta, BJP leader and the Leader of Opposition in Delhi Vidhan Sabha, termed Kejriwal’s letter to Modi as mischievous in nature and diversionist in intent. He asked Kejriwal not to play politics on such a serious issue of outbreak of dengue in Delhi.
(With inputs from IANS)
As weather cleared up in Uttarakhand, Char Dham Yatra restored on Friday with more than 16,000 devotees resuming the pilgrimage from the Rishikesh camp.
According to sources, road leading to Badrinath has been repaired and helicopter service has also resumed.
Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami visited Dungi village and met families of people who were missing after the landslip incident, and consoled them.
Dhami assured them of all possible assistance. Two people from the village are still reported to be missing.
Pilgrims were seen leaving from Rishikesh Char Dham Bus terminal and Haridwar bus station for the pilgrimage since morning.
As per the state government, various departments -- Devasthanam Board, police are assisting the pilgrims.
Police Chowki Yatra Bus Terminal, Rishikesh, was announcing passenger-information via loudspeaker.
Free RT-PCR tests of pilgrims were being conducted at Rishikesh bus terminal.
Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board's media in-charge Dr Harish Gaur said pilgrimage was on in Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, while for Kedarnath, helicopter service was also available.
Though the weather was cold in all dhams, thankfully there was no rain, he added.
Portals of the temple in Badrinath will close on November 20, Gangotri on November 5, while that of Kedarnath and Yamunotri on November 6.
Uttarakhand floods, triggered by a major downpour from October 17 to 19, have claimed 65 lives so far, 3,500 people have been rescued while 16,000 evacuated to safety.
Seventeen teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), seven teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), 15 companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and 5,000 police personnel have been engaged in rescue and relief operations.
The state has already been provided with Rs 250 crore Disaster Fund which is being used for relief works.
To prevent spread of the diseases, the Central and state governments have decided to send medical teams to the affected areas.
Snapped power lines will be restored at the earliest, the government assured.
The state government said that as soon as alert for heavy rainfall was issued, the Incident Response System was activated at state and district levels, and pilgrims were halted at safer places. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Uttarakhand, India, Char Dham Yatra, PushkarDhami, Rishikesh.
The Centre has continued the Naga peace talks with the Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) leaders, but negotiations face roadblocks as the Naga leaders are adamant in their main demands for a separate Constitution and flag.
The sources aware of these developments said that the Centre was hopeful that a successful solution of the six decades-long peace talks would arrive at a logical conclusion, but in the recent statements, Naga leaders have accused the Centre of offering post-solution options.
Sources quoting the stand of Naga leaders said that NSCN's stand was loud and clear that it would not follow the forbidden route to the Naga solution that was linked to foregoing the Naga national flag and Constitution, which is the face of the Naga political struggle and identity.
The Naga leaders have also said that the Centre has been using divisive policy and flattery in the name of finding the Naga political solution when the matters heated up.
When the Centre resumed the peace process in September this year and sent the former special director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) A.K. Mishra as the Ministry of Home Affairs' emissary to the rebel outfit's chief negotiator and general secretary T. Muivah, he assured him (Muivah) that the peace talks would be initiated under the original framework signed in 2015, a source in the Naga rebel group said.
"Here we are talking about the Naga national flag and Yehzabo (Constitution), the two issues that are holding up the Naga solution under the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks in Delhi.
"The chequered history of the Indo-Naga political issue is clear enough before us, with accords and agreements that were never meant to be implemented in letter and spirit", an important office-bearer of the rebel outfit said while criticizing the governments' stand.
Accusing the Centre, he further accused the Centre of persuading the Naga people again to accept whatever is being offered to hurry up the Naga talks.
On the invitation of the Centre, the senior leaders of the NSCN-IM including T. Muivah arrived in the national capital on October 6 this year to hold another round of talks with the Centre.
Both, the Centre and the Naga leaders had indicated their keenness on resolving this long pending issue by the end of this year in an amicable manner.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma, who is also chairman of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had been actively involved in the resumption of the peace talks and taking it forward to a logical conclusion.
Soon after the transfer of Nagaland Governor R.N. Ravi, who was appointed as the Centre's interlocutor for the Naga peace talks on August 29, 2014, to Tamil Nadu, the peace talks resumed on September 20 in Kohima when the Centre representative met the Naga leaders and invited them to visit Delhi for further rounds of peace talks.
The NSCN-IM and the other outfits entered into a ceasefire agreement with the Government of India in 1997 and over 80 rounds of negotiations with the Centre have been held in the past in successive governments. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Nagaland, India, Constitution, Politics, Flag.
The series decider for the Test series between England and India will now be played at Edgbaston from July 1 next year, said the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday. India is currently leading the series 2-1 before the fifth Test at Old Trafford was cancelled hours before the start due to concerns over COVID-19 outbreak in the tourists' camp.
"The fifth match of the LV= Insurance Test Series between England Men and India Men has been rescheduled and will now take place in July 2022. The match, which was due to take place last month at Emirates Old Trafford, was called off when India were unable to field a team due to fears of a further increase in the number of Covid-19 cases inside the camp," said an ECB statement.
"With India leading the series 2-1, the concluding fifth match will now take place from July 1, 2022, at Edgbaston, following an agreement between the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)," added the statement.
ECB also said that due to the rescheduled Test, the white-ball series between England and India will now start six days later than originally planned. The T20I series will begin on July 7 at Ageas Bowl with Edgbaston and Trent Bridge hosting the second and third matches respectively on July 9 and 10. It will be followed by the ODI series starting on July 12 at The Oval followed by Lord's and Old Trafford hosting the second and third ODI on July 14 and 17 respectively.
"Ticket holders do not have to take any action as all tickets will remain valid for the equivalent rearranged matchday at their host venue. Host venues will communicate the new fixture details to ticket purchasers and the options available to them, including the timeframe for requesting a refund if they are not able to attend the new match day," further said the statement.
"We are very pleased that we have reached an agreement with BCCI to creating a fitting end to what has been a brilliant series so far. I'm very grateful to all the venues involved for the cooperation they've shown in allowing us to reschedule this match. I'd also like to thank Cricket South Africa for their support and understanding to allow these changes to be possible," said Tom Harrison, the CEO of the ECB.
"We would like to apologise again to fans for the disruption and disappointment of September events. We know it was a day that so many had planned long in advance. We recognise that accommodating this extra match means a tighter schedule for the white ball series. We will continue to manage our players' welfare and workloads through next year while we also continue to seek the optimum schedule for fans, players and our partners across the game."
"I am delighted that the England-India Test series will now have its rightful conclusion. The four Test matches were riveting, and we needed a fitting finale. The BCCI recognizes and respects the traditional form of the game and is also mindful of its role and obligations towards fellow Board Members. In the last two months, both BCCI and the ECB have been engaged in discussions and our efforts were aimed at finding a suitable window. I thank the ECB for their understanding and patience in finding an amicable solution," said BCCI Secretary Jay Shah. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: India, Britain, BCCI, Test Match, Cricket.