Declare mucormycosis an epidemic, says center to states
Daily NEWS Summary | 20-05-2021; Union government has asked states to declare mucormycosis, the fungal infection reported in patients with Covid-19, an epidemic.
- In a letter to the United States, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Lav Agarwal, said that declaring the black fungal infection seen in patients with Covid-19 as an epidemic would lead to an examination by health centers and to report all these cases to the Government.
- Treating the fungal infection required a multidisciplinary approach involving eye surgeons, otolaryngologists, general surgeons, neurosurgeons, and maxillofacial dental surgeons, and the use of amphotericin B as an antifungal drug, he said.
- Government issues an aerosol advisory, saying that ventilation is essential to reduce the transmission of Covid-19 indoors
- Aerosols could be carried in the air up to 10 meters and better ventilation of indoor spaces would reduce transmission, a government advisory to stop the spread of Covid-19 said Thursday.
- This advice, published by the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer of the Government of India, said it was necessary to remember simple measures that could reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
- Recommended for adding outside air in offices, homes, and public spaces. Droplets and aerosols were the main modes of transmission of the virus. When droplets fall up to 2 meters from an infected person, the aerosols can travel up to 10 meters.
- The ventilation in the cabins could be improved by adding “jaali or other simple air outlet”, in addition to installing exhaust fans. “It is advisable that air vents / jaali with exhaust fans be installed by gram panchayats in houses where there is no cross ventilation,” the notice says.
- For workplaces, It is recommended keeping the doors and windows open while the air conditioners were on. Hospitals must ensure that vaccinations are carried out in well-ventilated areas, and public transportation, such as buses, must keep windows open and use exhaust fans.
The CMs who insulted were not allowed to speak at the meeting with the PM, says Mamata
Daily NEWS Summary | 20-05-2021; West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee harshly criticized on Thursday the fact that senior ministers were not allowed to speak in a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- Banerjee said that she believed that she would be allowed to speak and raise issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic, but she was shocked and amazed that she was not allowed to speak.
- She also added that she had listed several points that she wanted to raise with Modi.
- Banerjee said the Center did not provide vaccines, drugs, oxygen and remdesivir and states were unable to obtain them in markets due to unavailability.
- Referring to the slowness of vaccination, Mr. Banerjee said: “If the states accept their [prime minister’s] vaccination formula, it will take 10 years to vaccinate people.”
- Banerjee also asked how many core teams were sent to Uttar Pradesh when bodies of Covid-19 patients were found floating in the Ganges River.
- She also accused the Center of engaging in a “politics of blood feuds” during the period of the pandemic.
Sonia urges the prime minister to provide free education to children who lost their parents in a pandemic
Daily NEWS Summary | 20-05-2021; Congress President Sonia Gandhi urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide free education to children who have lost their parents to Covid-19.
- In a letter to Modi on Thursday, she highlighted the plight of children who had lost both parents or the paying parent during the pandemic.
- They ended up with “the trauma of loss and no support for an education or a stable future,” she said.
- Navodaya Vidyalayas are co-ed schools affiliated with the CBSE in which talented students in grades VI to XII, after passing a residency selection test, receive free education, including textbooks, school uniforms and teaching training facilities.
- Gandhi described the Navodaya Vidyalayas as one of the most important legacies of her husband, Rajiv Gandhi, and said there were as many as 661 such schools across the country. “
- His [Rajiv Gandhi’s] dream was to make high quality modern education accessible and affordable for talented young people, mainly from rural areas,” she said.
In letter to Twitter, Congress requests suspension of accounts of BJP leaders for posts of “bogus tools”
Daily NEWS Summary | 20-05-2021; Days after filing a police complaint against BJP President JP Nadda, Union Minister Smriti Irani, spokesman Sambit Patra and BL Santosh party official for disseminating a so-called ‘fake toolbox, Congress officially wrote to Twitter on Thursday to delete their tweets and permanently suspend their accounts.
- Over the past three days, Congress and the BJP have engaged in a bitter war of words after BJP spokesman Sambit Patra accused Congress of preparing a toolkit to destroy the Prime Minister Narendra Modi image during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
- The BJP alleged that congressional social media volunteers were instructed to refer to the mutant virus as the “Modi strain” or “Indian strain.”
- Congress responded with a police complaint against Patra and other senior officials for allegedly using a false document to attack Congress.
- The opposition party claimed that the member of the Investigations Department of the Indian Congress Committee (AICC) forged a real document on the Central View Project to prepare a false document.
- “Since Twitter policy and rules are intended to discourage deceptive / synthetic / manipulated media that can cause harm, we humbly ask that you immediately remove any tweets in Schedule 1, or other similar material on the Twitter platform.
- In addition, he is urged to fully investigate the matter and permanently suspend the Twitter accounts of the aforementioned persons, ”reads the Congressional complaint, presented by the head of the AICC’s research department, Rajeev Gowda, and Rohan Gupta.
- Calling it a “preplanned criminal conspiracy”, the complaint stated that the toolkit was prepared “with the clear intention of causing social unrest, community disagreement in order to fuel hatred and increase violence in the community in various regions of India “.
Government’s Responsibility to Keep Documents in the National Archives, Says Culture Minister
Daily NEWS Summary | 20-05-2021; Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel said on Thursday the government was responsible for the materials at the National Archives and would continue to keep them safe during the Central Vista redevelopment project.
- Patel said the historic National Archives building housed all “important” documents and would not be affected during the renovation, which had been proposed to demolish the annex building and replace it with a new one.
- The National Archives was moved from Calcutta to the current building in 1926 and the annex was added after independence.
- As part of the Central Vista renovation project, it was proposed to replace the annex building of the National Archives with a new building for researchers, in accordance with the draft master plan prepared by the Centre’s consultant for the project, HCP Design, Planning and Management Ltd. in 2019.
Daily NEWS Summary | 20-05-2021; The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 2,59,95,248 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 2, 90,619.
- Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday asking him to accept the state government’s recommendation in September 2018 and issue orders to hand over the life sentences of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi murder case.
- He also urged the convicts S. Nalini, Murugan, Santhan, A.G. Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas and P. Ravichandran were immediately released.