Supreme Court expresses anguish over fate of children orphaned by COVID-19
Daily NEWS Summary | 28-05-2021; The Supreme Court said on Friday that precious time was wasted when children orphaned, abandoned and traumatized by the Covid-19 pandemic starved to death without food on the streets of “this great country.”
- Supreme Court ordered district authorities across the country to immediately dispatch and identify these children in need of care and provide them with basic necessities such as food, shelter and clothing.
“Days go by without children receiving food … I hope they understand [in the Center and the state governments] the agony these children suffer in the streets … We do not know their age. Of these starving children in how many or how many of them are there in such a large country, ”said Judge L. Nageswara Rao, visibly distraught, accompanied by Judge Aniruddha Bose on the stand.
- Judge Rao said that the actual number of abandoned or orphaned children could be much higher than what has been cited in official and press reports.
- Bhati and lawyer Swarupama Chaturvedi, on behalf of the National Commission for the Protection of Children’s Rights, said that the Commission has an online portal “ Bal Swaraj ” where the district authorities can individually download the numbers of orphans and children who need care and protection in their respective jurisdictions.
- District authorities have already received the password to operate the portal.
- The court ordered the district authorities of each state to upload the details of orphaned children and children in need of care and protection after March 2020, the month the pandemic began in India.
- Furthermore court asked the states to provide the facts and figures for these children separately Sunday night. The court has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday.
- Friday’s hearing was based on an urgent request submitted by amicus curiae attorney Gaurav Agrawal, who recorded a report in The Hindu about the plight of children during the pandemic.
- Agrawal said the pandemic had taken its toll on the lives of many children who had lost their parents or guardians to the virus.
- He said, citing the newspaper’s report, that there had been a marked increase in the trafficking of children, especially girls. Agrawal said the government has an obligation to protect children.
The current vaccination rate guarantees a third wave, which will be much worse: Rahul Gandhi
Daily NEWS Summary | 28-05-2021; In a virtual press conference, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said today that the current vaccination rate “will ensure a third wave of Covid-19” and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, through his “nautanki [Theaters] , has “created space” for the virus to evolve and spread in India.
- He also criticized Modi for not “understanding the virus”, for not having a vaccination strategy and for having waited until 2021 to order vaccines when he could have done last year, he also attacked the prime minister for under prioritizing India’s needs by exporting millions of vaccines before enough Indians could be vaccinated.
- Gandhi also claimed that the Covid-19 mortality figures released by the Center were “big lies.” Although Modi is concerned about his image, “he’s gone; he’s dead, ”.
- He also accused the government of shutting down the information and feedback system. The pressure on social media companies like Twitter and Facebook must be viewed in this context, he observed.
- With only 3% of India’s population fully vaccinated and 97% potentially exposed to the virus, the situation was alarming not only for the country, but for the entire planet.
- Since the virus mutated very quickly, there could come a time when even vaccines might not be as effective as they are now.
- If 50-60% of the Indian population were vaccinated, the threat of a third wave would dramatically disappear and it would certainly not be a fourth or fifth wave, he said.
- The government may believe that its fight against the coronavirus also involved a fight with its political rivals, but the opposition parties were actually an alert system.
Narada case: the four TMC leaders receive provisional bail
Daily NEWS Summary | 28-05-2021; Four West Bengal leaders, including two ministers, who were arrested by the CBI in the Narada case, received provisional bail on Friday by a bench of five Calcutta High Court judges with a personal bail of 2 lakh each.
- One of the conditions of bail granted by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Magistrates IP Mukerji, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Arjit Banerjee said the defendants should not “give an interview to the press or make public comments on cases pending before this court or the court of first instance, concerning the alleged crime which concerns themselves or another co-defendant “.
- The CBI arrested Ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee, MP Madan Mitra and former Minister Sovan Chatterjee on May 17 and a special CBI court granted them bail the same day. But he was suspended by a division chamber of the Superior Court.
- Subsequently, the court placed them under house arrest and constituted the court of five judges.
- The case will now go to a hearing on May 31.
More premature babies in second wave, doctors at Bengaluru hospital say
Daily NEWS Summary | 28-05-2021; More pregnant women appear to test positive for Covid-19 and develop complications during the ongoing second wave. As a result, gynecologists in Karnataka are seeing an increase in premature babies and stillbirths.
- Although data is not yet available at the state level, doctors said they see many pregnant women reporting serious breathing problems. The condition of these patients deteriorates rapidly, making urgent intervention and premature births inevitable, they said.
- A premature / premature birth is one in which the baby is born before the 37th week of pregnancy. This public hospital is a Covid-19 center exclusively for pregnant women.
- A total of 524 pregnant women have been admitted here since March. Of these, 276 women who gave birth in hospital and the rest who were in their first or second trimester were treated and discharged.
- Five of the 45 women who gave birth prematurely succumbed to Covid-19. The hospital has seen a total of 22 maternal deaths during the second wave so far.
- Although five of them gave birth prematurely, three died after giving birth at 32 weeks. The remaining 14 mothers, who had come with serious complications from Covid-19 and extremely low oxygen saturation levels, died despite the procedure.
- Chikkanarasa Reddy, professor of pediatrics at Bowring and Lady Curzon Medical College and Research Institute, said that although seven of the babies born to these COVID-positive mothers tested positive, all have recovered.
Germany recognizes colonial killings in Namibia as genocide
Daily NEWS Summary | 28-05-2021; Germany has agreed to officially recognize the murders of tens of thousands of people in Namibia during the colonial period as genocide and to spend a total of 1.1 billion euros ($ 1.3 billion), mostly on development projects.
- The agreement with Namibia announced on Friday is the result of more than five years of discussions about the events of 1904-1908, when Germany was the colonial ruler of the southern African country.
- Historians say that German General Lothar von Trotha, who was sent to what was then South West Africa to quell an uprising of the Herero people in 1904, ordered his troops to wipe out the entire tribe.
- They say that around 65,000 Herero and at least 10,000 Namas have died.
- Germany says representatives of Herero and Nama participated in the negotiations, although the direct Berlin deals were made with the Namibian government.
- Talks between Germany and Namibia began in 2015, more than a decade after a visit to Namibia in 2004 in which then Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul issued the first apologies of Germany for the murders, which she said were “What today would be called genocide.”
- This reflects Germany’s position that the 1948 Genocide Convention cannot be applied retroactively and that its responsibility is political and moral rather than legal.
- The projects that Germany has agreed to fund are expected to span a period of 30 years and cover areas such as land reform, including land purchase, agriculture, rural infrastructure, water supply. water and vocational training.They will be independent of the continuation of development assistance in Namibia.
Daily NEWS Summary | 28-05-2021; The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 2,76,80,613 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 3,21,362.
- Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M.K. On Friday, Stalin announced the extension of the Covid-19 shutdown across the state for one more week, until 6 a.m. June 7, but with some relaxation.
- At the 43rd meeting of the GST Council, held today by videoconference, it was decided to waive the import duties on coronavirus relief equipment until August 31, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced.