Bihar’s COVID toll rises 72% after court warrant tally
Daily NEWS Summary | 10-06-2021; Following a recent directive from the Patna High Court, the Bihar government reported its Covid-19 record, which increased by 72.84%. On June 7, the state’s official toll figure was 5,424, but on June 8, the government said the figure had risen to 9,375 after reporting deaths in all 38 districts.
- In May, a division chamber of the Patna High Court criticized the Bihar government and expressed concern about inconsistencies in the dossier in the Buxar district, presented by two senior government officials in two separate affidavits.
- The court had asked the government to verify all the facts before recording them.
- Bihar’s chief secretary, who allegedly obtained the figures from the state health department, had submitted to the court that a total of six deaths were due to Covid-19 in the Buxar district since March 1, while the affidavit of the division.
- The commissioner listed 789 cremations at a single cremation site in the district between May 5 and May 14.
- Based on the court’s instructions, the state health department had sent detailed instructions to district magistrates, civil surgeons, and directors of medical schools and hospitals to verify tolls in their districts and hospitals.
- On June 8, the state government said the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic in the state rose to 9,375 from the 5,424 figure it reported on June 7.
- In the 20-day verification exercise, the state government added 3,951 additional deaths.
- Most of the deaths, according to state health officials, occurred in the second wave of the pandemic since April 2021. Among districts, Patna recorded the highest death toll of 2,303, followed by Muzaffarpur with 609, Nalanda (463 ), Begusarai (454), Eastern Champaran (425), Darbhanga (342) and Madhubani (317).
- The increase in the number of deaths reflects those reported in private hospitals, in transit to health facilities, in home isolation, and those who die from post-COVID complications after testing negative and being discharged from hospitals, said the Secretary Additional (Health) Pratyaya. Amrit. journalists on Wednesday.
11 dead, 7 injured in dilapidated building collapse in Mumbai
Daily NEWS Summary | 10-06-2021; Eleven people, including eight children, were killed and seven others injured after part of a four-story residential structure collapsed into an adjacent two-story structure in West Mumbai on Wednesday night.
- The incident was reported in the Malvani slum in Malad, on the western outskirts of Mumbai, after incessant rains throughout the day.
- Maharashtra government has announced an ex gratia donation of ₹ 5 lakh to the relatives of the deceased.
- According to city officials, the building had serious structural flaws and suffered further damage in Cyclone Tauktae, after which more dangerous modifications were made.
- The collapse also affected adjacent residential structures, prompting the civic corps to evacuate them.
GST Council will meet June 12 to discuss tax cuts on essential COVID products and black mushroom drugs
Daily NEWS Summary | 10-06-2021; The all-powerful GST Council, chaired by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, will meet on June 12 to decide on potential GST rate cuts for essential COVID products and black mushroom drugs, officials say.
- At the previous meeting on May 28, a group of ministers (GoM) was formed to recommend tax breaks on essential COVID products, including PPE kits, masks and vaccines, to the GST board.
- The Group of ministers (GoM) presented its report on June 7.
- Officials said the GST Council will meet on June 12 to discuss the Government of Mexico report and consider tax cuts for black mushroom drugs.
- Some state finance ministers in the GoM have reportedly advocated for lower rates for essential COVID commodities.
- Uttar Pradesh Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna, who is also a member of the Government of Mexico, said on Wednesday that the state supports reducing taxes on essential COVID commodities to facilitate patients, but would agree with the GST board decision on tax rates.
- The GoM on GST concessions on COVID relief items has been tasked with reviewing whether a reduction or waiver of the GST rate is required for medical grade oxygen, pulse oximeters, disinfectants for hands, oxygen therapy equipment such as concentrators, ventilators, PPE equipment, N-95 and masks and temperature control equipment.
- In addition, the panel also examined COVID vaccines, drugs and drugs for the treatment of COVID and test kits for the detection of COVID.
- On May 28, the GST Council left taxes on COVID-19 vaccines and medical supplies unchanged after the BJP and opposition-led states questioned whether the benefits of the tax cut would reach common man.
ICMR Approves New Rapid Antigen Test Kit
Daily NEWS Summary | 10-06-2021; Meril Diagnostics of Gujarat has announced that its Covid-19 self-use rapid antigen test kit, CoviFind, has received approval from the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR).
- The test also delivers results quickly, providing results within 15 minutes, he said. The test kit has no specific storage or refrigeration requirements, which makes it easy and easy to distribute, he added.
- The test kit is priced at 250 and will be available as a single pack, with additional purchase options including a test pack of 3, 5 and 25. Each test kit is equipped with test material including a device. test tube, a sterile nasal swab, and a pre-filled buffer tube with a stopper.
- No additional instrumentation is required.
- The kit will also contain an Instructions for Use (IFU) booklet, which details the step-by-step procedure on administration, handling and disposal after using the test kit, as well as a disposable bag.
- The self-use test will be used in conjunction with the company’s official home test mobile application, “CoviFind App”, which will be available for download from the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store an once the product hits the market.
- The test kit will be available in two weeks at retail pharmacies, online pharmacies and through e-commerce platforms such as Amazon and Flipkart, and the company will try to speed up the process, he said.
- It will also operate a website dedicated to direct ordering of the test kit by individuals and institutions.
Adityanath’s visit to Delhi sparks speculation about the U.P. Cabinet extension
Daily NEWS Summary | 10-06-2021; A few days after the National Secretary General (organization) of BJP, BL Santhosh’s visit to Lucknow during a political and organizational review visit, the arrival of the Prime Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath in Delhi for a visit days, with scheduled appointments with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and meetings with Home Secretary Amit Shah and his party chairman JP Nadda, sparked a stir over a possible cabinet expansion in Lucknow.
- Although Adityanath attendees insisted the visit was linked to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and raised the demand for a larger vaccine allocation to the state, they admitted that “After all that has happened over the past week, of course political issues have been and will be discussed.”
- Santosh’s report to Nadda detailed the work culture at Yogi Adityanath’s main ministerial office, the corrections required, which included being more accommodating to party allies in the state, as the Assembly elections 2022.
- The performance of the BJP in the recently concluded Panchayat elections in the state, where it came second after the Samajwadi Party (SP), was also highlighted as a worrying situation.
- Indeed, the deputy of Apna Dal and leader of Anupriya Patel also met the Minister of the Interior Amit Shah just after the meeting of Yogi Adityanath with the latter.
- Patel has been a BJP ally since 2014 in both Lok Sabha and the Assembly. After the breakdown of the alliance between the BJP and the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj party led by Om Prakash Rajbhar, Apna Dal remains the main ally of the BJP.
- Rajbhar’s party is expected to accompany the Samajwadi party in the legislative elections.
Paytm, MakeMyTrip and Infosys offer to help India with vaccine stocks
Daily NEWS Summary | 10-06-2021; Paytm, Infosys and MakeMyTrip are among companies seeking approval in India to deliver stocks of Covid-19 vaccines online, chief of the government’s technology platform said, as country tries to facilitate booking of photos for its immense population.
- The government relaxed the rules last month to potentially allow third-party apps to offer vaccine stocks and regained control of state purchases after delays and shortages.
- It also encountered initial problems with its own vaccine reservation platform.
- About fifteen state agencies and private companies, including Indian health giants Apollo and Max, and online pharmacy 1mg, have requested to be allowed to offer vaccine stocks, RS Sharma, leader of the government group that operates the CoWIN vaccination registry platform.
- Softbank-backed digital payment app Paytm has more than 100 million monthly active users and MakeMyTrip has 12 million. Its popularity is believed to offer more options for Indians looking to book their vaccines, especially if they are struggling with an unknown government platform.
- Only 3.5% of India’s 1.3 billion people have been completely immune to Covid-19 and health officials say the pace will need to be accelerated to prevent more deadly outbreaks of the virus.
Assam CM calls on minority communities to adopt population control
Daily NEWS Summary | 10-06-2021; Assam’s Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma advised the minority community to adopt decent population control measures to reduce poverty and pressure on the land.
- Reacting to criticism of his government’s desire to free state-owned lands from invasion, the chief minister said illegal occupation of lands belonging to temples, satras (monasteries) and forests could not be authorized.
- Most of those expelled were Bengali-speaking Muslims.
- The prime minister said that population control could go a long way in easing pressure on the land. He cited the examples of the Bodo and Mishing communities that did not occupy forest land in decades due to family planning.
- However, he justified the granting of land settlement certificates to the inhabitants of native forests “because they protect our forest resources.”
Daily NEWS Summary | 10-06-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 2,92,68,330 at the time of this bulletin, with the death toll at 3,63,027.
In an attempt to end the unrest within the Karnataka unit of the BJP, Karnataka Party Secretary General Arun Singh said on Thursday that there were no steps to remove the minister.
- The Head of State, BS Yediyurappa of his position, and that the central leadership of the party was very satisfied with the work done by his government, especially with regard to the management of Covid-19.
Casual and contract employees of municipal corporations across the country would be covered by the Public Employees Insurance Act (ESI) of 1948, Union Labor and Employment Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said on Thursday.
- The minister said that the ESI Corporation (ESIC) had the task of dealing with the matter with the states and territories of the Union, as they were the competent authority under the law to issue a notification in this regard.
- For Delhi, with the central government as the appropriate government by law, the Labor Ministry published the notification on Monday, he said.