Government used ‘Indian double mutant strain’ in Supreme Court affidavit
Daily NEWS Summary | 30-05-2021; The government used the term “Indian double mutant strain” in an affidavit filed with the Supreme Court a few days before formally opposing the assignment of nationality to the virus variant.
- A May 9 affidavit refers to the “Indian double-strain mutant” and details steps taken by the Indian Council for Medical Research and the National Institute of Virology to develop Covaxin.
- The affidavit was filed in court three days before a Health Department statement on May 12, despite media reports calling variant B.1.617 an “Indian variant.”
- The ministry condemned these media reports as unfounded and unfounded. He said that the World Health Organization (WHO) had not associated B.1.617 with the term “Indian variant”. Instead, he viewed the virus as a variant of “global concern.”
- WHO also clarified in a tweet that it “does not identify viruses or variants with the names of the countries that are reported for the first time. We refer to them by their scientific names and ask everyone to do the same for reasons of consistency. ”
- But the May 9 affidavit is contrary to the WHO, even in that sense. In fact, the affidavit calls the variants “British variant, Brazilian variant, South African variant” and tops the list with the “Indian double mutant strain.”
- Health Department was one of many departments consulted before the May 9 affidavit was filed in the Supreme Court.
- The introductory paragraph of the affidavit submitted by the Ministry of the Interior indicates that the document was submitted in accordance with the instructions received from the Ministry of Health and Family, Department of Promotion of Industry and Domestic Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Department of Pharmaceuticals Ministry of Chemical Products and Fertilizers, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Ministry of Railways.
- Congress leaders such as Pawan Khera and Jairam Ramesh pointed out the discrepancy between the May 9 affidavit and the official objection from the Health Ministry on May 12.
Body of a COVID patient dumped in a river in Uttar Pradesh, reserved by his family
Daily NEWS Summary | 30-05-2021; The family of a person who died of COVID was searched in Uttar Pradesh’s Balrampur district after they were caught on video dumping his body into a river in broad daylight.
- A video, shot by someone driving on the bridge from which the body was dumped, was widely shared on social media.
- It comes as the Uttar Pradesh government tries to reject criticism about countless bodies of alleged COVID-19 victims found floating in the Ganges in various districts.
- In the Balrampur video, two men, one of them wearing personal protective equipment, are seen carrying the body, which is wrapped in a bag, to be thrown over the Rapti river bridge.
- V.B. Singh CMO Balrampur said that an FIR was filed against the family of the person whose body was thrown into the river. Singh said the body was that of Premnath Mishra of Siddharthnagar, who was admitted to hospital on May 25 and died three later on May 28.
- Mr. Singh said that, at first glance, it appeared that the family had thrown the body into the river and that appropriate action would be taken.
- Since the bodies were seen floating in the Ganges, the police have set up pickets and boat patrols to prevent such alienations and have even offered people a support sum of ₹ 5,000 for cremation.
Public sector banks to loan people up to 5 lakh for COVID-19 treatment
Daily NEWS Summary | 30-05-2021; Public sector banks (PSBs) have announced that they will provide unsecured loans of up to 5 lakh to individuals to cover the cost of COVID-19 treatment and that of their family members.
- This follows the second continuing wave of the pandemic that swept across the country and unleashed untold miseries on families from all income groups.
- This is one of three new loan products announced by them on Sunday to provide new credit support to vaccine manufacturers, hospitals / clinics, pathology labs, oxygen manufacturers and suppliers, ventilators, vaccine importers. and associated pharmaceutical logistics companies with COVID and people suffering from COVID-19.
- According to these announcements made at a joint press conference of the Indian Banking Association (IBA) and the State Bank of India (SBI), people including employees, non-employees and retirees can benefit from loans personal unsecured ₹ 25,000 at 5 lakh comply with COVID-19 treatment.
- The repayment term is 5 years and SBI would charge 8.5% interest per annum. Other banks are free to decide your interest rate.
- PSB have also offered to provide up to Rs 2 million as a commercial healthcare loan to existing hospitals, nursing homes to set up oxygen factories as well as a back-up system under ECGS.
- Limited to an interest rate of 7.5%, these loans are 100% guaranteed by the National Credit Guarantee Trustee Company Ltd (NCGTC) under ECGS 4.0, which was announced by the Department of Financial Services and the Government of India. The term of the loan is 5 years.
- Banks have also provided commercial loans for sanitation facilities. Up to Rs 100 million each would be advanced to companies in metropolitan cities to set up / expand health care infrastructure and to manufacturers of health products such as vaccines and ventilators.
- While Tier 1 businesses and urban centers can get loans of up to Rs 20 million, Tier II-IV businesses can get loans of up to Rs 10 million. The loan term is 10 years.
- All these devices offered by the PSBs will be part of the COVID loan portfolio and fall under the priority lending sector.
Chinese space station speeds up with cargo docking
Daily NEWS Summary | 30-05-2021; China has taken another milestone to complete construction of its first space station at the end of next year after launching and docking a cargo spacecraft on Sunday morning.
- The Tianzhou-2 cargo vessel, described by Chinese state media as “the Chinese space station delivery man,” was launched on a Long March-7 rocket from Hainan Island on Saturday evening and docked eight hours later to that of the space station first basic module called Tianhe, or “celestial harmony”.
- The launch was a third milestone for China’s space program in recent weeks. China landed a spacecraft on Mars on May 15 with its first Martian rover, Zhurong.
- The Tianhe module, with which the cargo spacecraft docked on Sunday, was launched on April 29.
- Tianzhou-2 spacecraft was carrying a variety of supplies, the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) said, and will be followed by the launch of another cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-3, and two manned missions, Shenzhou -12 and Shenzhou. -13 later this year, each with three astronauts who will spend several months in orbit.
- Shenzhou-12 is expected to launch in mid-June.
- The six missions that will follow this year, including the second and third space station modules, Wentian and Mengtian, will be closed to complete construction of China’s first space station, which is expected to be completed in 2022.
- CMSA said Tianzhou-2, with a maximum take-off mass of 13.5 tons and a payload capacity of 6.9 tons, is the largest cargo spacecraft in service.
- The spacecraft is carrying cargo and a thruster that will replenish supplies from the Tianhe module, the agency said.
- The official China Global Television Network broadcaster said its supplies include food for the crew that will continue on the Shenzhou-12 and Shenzhou-13 missions, including “famous Chinese stir-fries such as pulled pork with gravy. with garlic and chicken Kung Pao “.
India sent a plane to Dominica for the extradition of Mehul Choksi, says Prime Minister of Antigua
Daily NEWS Summary | 30-05-2021; The government was silent on the case of Mehul Choksi‘s deportation to the Caribbean islands, even when the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda claimed to have information that India had sent a plane to the Caribbean Dominique to provide documents and take care of those who were fleeing entrepreneur.
- Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne said India is doing everything it can to ensure that Choksi, who is wanted in the Punjab National Bank fraud case for 13,578 million rupees, is deported to India, and said officials.
- Indians were in Roseau, the capital of Dominica, escorting him aboard. a Qatar Airways private jet now parked at nearby Douglas-Charles Airport, which landed there on May 28.
- According to publicly available information on flight tracking sites, the plane, a Qatar Executive-A7CEE flight, arrived in Dominica from Doha to Delhi to Madrid, indicating that it began its journey on May 27, the day previous.
- From Choksi’s production in eastern Dominica. Supreme Court of the Caribbean.
- The Foreign Ministry and the Interior Ministry declined to comment on the matter.
- Choksi, who had been fleeing India since 2018, disappeared from Antigua last Wednesday and was arrested by Dominican authorities on Friday, seriously injured in what his lawyers described as an “attempted kidnapping.”
Daily NEWS Summary | 30-05-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India is 2,80,16,974 at the time of publication of this bulletin with a death toll of 3,28,453.
- Serum Institute of India(SII) informed the government that it could manufacture and supply nine to 10 crore doses of Covishield in June, official sources said Sunday amid complaints from states about shortages of coronavirus vaccines.
- In a recent letter to the Union Interior Minister Amit Shah, SII said its employees were working 24 hours a day despite various challenges due to the pandemic.
- Ministry of Finance has expanded the scope of the 3 lakh crore emergency credit line guarantee scheme (ECLGS) to cover loans of up to 2 crore for the establishment of oxygen production plants at the site of health facilities and introduced the struggling civil aviation sector.
- With the capital-intensive aviation sector under the program, the government also lowered the outstanding loan limit by Rs 500 million to qualify for the emergency credit.
- However, the maximum extra help for each borrower was limited to 40% of the outstanding amount, or Rs 200 million, whichever is less.
- On Sunday, the Bihar government said it would provide ₹ 1,500 each month to children who lost their parents to COVID-19 in the state. Children will receive financial assistance up to the age of 18 and will be housed in public nurseries.