Himanta Biswa Sarma to be Assam’s new chief minister
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-05-2021; Himanta Biswa Sarma will succeed Sarbananda Sonowal as the 15th chief minister of Assam, his election at today’s legislative party meeting ending weeks of speculation.
- Outgoing Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal proposed his name as head of the BJP legislative party shortly after submitting his resignation to Governor Jagdish Mukhi on Sunday.
- Sarma, who became the BJP’s main poll strategist after leaving Congress in 2015, has been named Sonowal’s successor.
- The replacement of Sonowal by Sarma is recognition that the latter not only put out many fires for the BJP in Assam, such as the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), but also his role as Minister of Health and Finance of Assam, in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic
- A Doctor of Philosophy from Gauhati University, Mr. Sarma is a lawyer by training and has been actively involved in student politics as General Secretary (for three terms) at Cotton College and the All Assam Student Union.
- He joined Congress in the 1990s and became a member of the Jalukbari Constituency Justice by defeating Asom Gana Parishad’s Bhrigu Phukan in 2001.
- Since then he has represented Jalukbari on behalf of Congress until 2016 and 2016 to today on a BJP ballot. He went on to become a minister in congressional-led state governments and also rose to the post of man of action in Tarun Gogoi’s government, with much of the credit for the 2011 Congressional victory in the state at his door.
- Mr Gogoi and Mr Sarma clashed over the former’s plans to promote his son, Lok Sabha MP Gaurav Gogoi, into politics, while Mr Sarma had been named successor.
- The differences became too great and the Congress High Command was unwilling or unable to resolve it. Either way, Sarma jumped out of the ship and joined the BJP, despite the party’s attack on Mr Sarma a few months earlier over a CBI investigation against him in the Louis Berger case.
Mallikarjun Kharge writes to Naidu, Modi, offers 6 suggestions
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-05-2021; Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately call an all-party meeting to collectively forge a holistic plan to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
- In a letter to the Prime Minister, he alleged that the Union government appears to have abdicated its duties to the people and that the situation requires a collective and consensual effort.
- He also sent his set of six suggestions for tackling the crisis caused by the pandemic, saying the PM’s office alone could not cope with them.
- Mr Kharge said he was writing to express his deep concern and sense of distress over the unprecedented crisis facing the country.
- By calling for free vaccination, he said, Parliament had allocated 35 billion rupees in the Union budget to ensure free vaccinations for all.
- Despite this, the Union government allowed private companies to set exorbitant and differential prices for vaccines and outsourced the purchase of vaccines to state governments that were already in conditions of exhaustion.
- It is heartbreaking to see millions of ordinary Indians struggling to access basic medical care, oxygen, medicine, ventilators, hospital beds and even crematoriums and cemeteries, he said, adding that ordinary Indians sell their land, their jewelry and spend their savings on insurance. treatment for your loved ones.
- Rajya Sabha opposition leader also called for a free vaccination campaign for all citizens and urged him to use the 35 billion crore crore allocated by Parliament for this purpose.
The Union Minister complains to the U.P. CM in response to Covid
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-05-2021; On May 8, the independent Minister of State at the Ministry of Labor and Employment, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, expressed his concern over the response to COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh in a letter to the minister in Chief Yogi Adityanath on May 8.
- Mr. Gangwar complained that officers did not answer phone calls and that patients were forced to go to various facilities before being admitted to the hospital.
- Gangwar, who is an MP from Bareilly’s Lok Sabha, attended a review meeting called by the prime minister in Bareilly on May 8, where sources said the letter containing suggestions and complaints has been forwarded.
- In a tweet on Sunday, Gangwar said the prime minister met with elected officials and officials in Bareilly to review the ongoing second wave of COVID-19 and made suggestions to improve the health care provided to residents.
- In the letter, Mr. Gangwar said that suppliers were selling essential equipment that hospitals need, such as ventilators, at higher prices than before. He said the government should set the prices for these machines.
- Mr. Gangwar wrote that it was important for COVID-19 patients to receive medical care as soon as possible, but he had learned that when patients went to a government hospital, they were first asked to go to a government hospital.
- Go to a district hospital and get a referral. Patients’ oxygen levels keep dropping as they had to visit various locations before being admitted, he wrote.
- Calling it a source of concern, he asked the prime minister to investigate the matter.
- He said those who had stored oxygen cylinders in their homes without needing them, and those who were selling them, should be identified.
- Mr. Gangwar complained that “key” agents involved in the COVID-19 response in Bareilly did not respond to phone calls, resulting in “inconvenience” for patients.
- The minister suggested that all private Bareilly hospitals should care for COVID-19 patients.
Customs Duty Exemption for Covid Relief Equipment
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-05-2021; On May 9, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the GST exemption on domestic supplies and commercial importation of COVID-19 drugs, vaccines and oxygen concentrators would make these items more expensive for consumers as manufacturers would not be able to offset taxes paid on inputs.
- Earlier today, Ms Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider exempting organizations, agencies and individuals that provide equipment and medicines related to the management of the COVID-19 pandemic from fees and other taxes.
- Ms. Sitharaman said: “Effective May 3, 2021, a total exemption from all tariffs has been granted for injections of Remdesivir, API Remdesivir, and a chemical for the manufacture of this drug.
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-05-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 2,26,20,994 at the time of this bulletin with a death toll of 2,45,386.
16 staff members and former AMU professors die from Covid-19; After the deaths of 16 of its professors, other retired staff and teachers living near the COVID-19 campus, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) wrote to the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) to request sample analysis. to find out what’s behind the outbreak.
Trinamool calls for virtual hearings of parliamentary committees: The Trinamool Congress wrote to Rajya Sabha Chairman Mr. Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Chairman Om Birla urging them to allow parliamentary committee meetings to be held virtually to allow them to address issues of public concern amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
- This is TMC’s third letter on the matter, the party said, adding that the first letter was written in July 2020 and the second letter in August 2020.
The US space agency NASA on Sunday criticized China for failing to meet “responsible standards” for its space debris, hours after the disintegration of the remnants of the country’s largest rocket and an uncontrollable rocket over the Indian Ocean near the Maldives.
- Debris from the Chinese Long March 5B rocket entered Earth’s atmosphere at 10:24 a.m. Beijing time and fell into an area of open sea at 72.47 degrees east longitude and 2.65 degrees north latitude said the China Manned Space Engineering Office.