Delhi government ‘overstated’ oxygen requirements 4 times during peak wave 2, according to audit report
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-06-2021; A report presented by a Supreme Court appointed oxygen audit team led by AIIMS director Dr. Randeep Guleria said the Delhi government had “overstated” its oxygen needs four times during the peak days of the second wave of the pandemic.
- But the report also cites the Delhi government’s version that oxygen supply to neighboring states was “erratic and unreliable” at the time. The report is attached to an affidavit filed by the Health Department with the Supreme Court.
- The Delhi Oxygen Audit Subgroup, led by Dr. Guleria, noted in its interim report that there was an “obvious discrepancy” in the allegations of oxygen consumption in Delhi. Oxygen consumption has been described as four times higher than what is actually needed.
- “There was an obvious discrepancy [approximately four times] in the sense that the actual declared oxygen consumption [1140 MT] was approximately four times the consumption calculated according to the bed capacity formula (289 MT),” read the report.
- However, the subgroup referred to the Delhi government’s version that the timing of the oxygen supply was wrong during those crisis days in May.
- Delhi needed an adequate supply of liquid medical oxygen to treat Covid-19 patients. He had to replenish his oxygen supply and avoid an “emergency situation that the state had regularly witnessed after April 24”.
- At one point, according to the report, the Center was “distraught” over the discrepancy in the loaded liquid medical oxygen data.
- The report said it was unclear “on what basis the Delhi government requested an allocation of 700 MT from the Supreme Court when the data collected contained so many serious errors and an oxygen audit was required to report.”
- On May 5, the court ordered the Center to burn the midnight oil and prepare a “comprehensive plan” for the daily supply of 700 tons of oxygen to Delhi.
- On May 7, it warned the “Compliance” Center if it did not provide 700 MT every day to Delhi. The orders came amid a large number of deaths during the second wave of the pandemic.
- But the subgroup’s report noted that “the Delhi government used the wrong formula and made exaggerated statements on April 30” in court about daily oxygen requirements.
- “Some hospitals could not differentiate between KL and MT and the same was not examined when projecting 700 MT,” the report says.
- It was “obviously there was an excess of oxygen in Delhi … The tankers in Delhi were unable to discharge the oxygen and remained idle because the oxygen tanks in various hospitals were completely full.”
- The report referred to a study by the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization according to which the liquid medical oxygen tanks in Delhi were 71% full on the morning of May 10 and that it was not possible to accommodate the “additional 700 MT , if provided “.
Optional exams in August for those unhappy with the CBSE assessment, according to the Minister of Education
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-06-2021; Students in class 10 and 12 who are not satisfied with the grades awarded according to the Central Council of Secondary Education (CBSE) formula will have the opportunity to take their board exams in August, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said.
- However, Nishank canceled his scheduled interaction with the students, failing to respond to his questions about private applicants for CBSE, entrance exams, and the current CBSE curriculum.
- The minister’s office said that while still hospitalized with post-Covid-19 complications, he was unable to interact directly with students as expected.
- Further Minister posted a short audio message on Twitter detailing the Center’s decision to cancel the Class 10 and 12 board examinations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the tabulation policy that the CBSE uses to calculate the results. based on internal scores and previous test scores. The board will announce the results before July 31.
- Nishank previously said that he would interact with the students and invited them to submit questions, concerns, doubts and suggestions via Twitter or Facebook.
- Several of these requests have come from students, especially private candidates registered with the CBSE, seeking to clarify their exams.
IT minister blames Twitter for blocking his account for copyright infringement
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-06-2021; Social media platform Twitter temporarily blocked the account of Union Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday afternoon after receiving a complaint for violating US law.
- Rules the law on information and technology by not giving it notice of action and by taking “arrogant and arbitrary” action against those who do not adjust their agenda.
- The incident comes amid a dispute between the Center and Twitter over the company’s failure to comply with new IT law rules that came into effect a month ago.
- Prasad said his account had been locked for almost an hour. He shared a screenshot of the Twitter notice saying that he had received “a notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for content posted to his account,” and he warned that “the accumulation of multiple notices DMCA could result in the suspension of your” account .
- Indicating that the Twitter action was caused by sharing a clip of news from his interview in a television channel, he added that no channel where presenter has previously filed any complaint about copyright violations regarding said clips that are shared in social networks .
- The Minister concluded his Twitter thread by reiterating forcefully that “whatever a platform does, it will have to fully comply with the new IT rules and there will be no commitment in this regard”.
Center can reduce fuel consumption by ₹ 4.5 per liter without loss of revenue: ICRA
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-06-2021; The Union government has the option of lowering taxes on gasoline and diesel by Rs.4.5 per liter without losing revenue, in order to ease inflationary pressures, rating agency ICRA said on Friday.
- Stressing that consumer sentiment has been affected by the second wave of Covid-19 in the country, ICRA said record retail fuel prices “are weighing on disposable income and consumption” and fueling inflationary pressures.
- Retail price inflation broke the central bank’s comfort zone of 6.3% in May.
- The revenue loss implied by the tariff cuts would be offset by the increase in fuel consumption expected for 2021-2022, making it a revenue neutral measure, noted the chief economist of the agency, Aditi Nayar.
Maharashtra records first death from Delta strain more
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-06-2021; An 80-year-old patient from Ratnagiri district in Konkan region became Maharashtra’s first death due to the Delta plus variant of the new coronavirus, Health Minister Rajesh Tope confirmed on Friday.
- District officials said the deceased, who belonged to the Ratnagiri Sangameshwar taluk, also suffered from other age-related comorbidities.
- Tope, speaking to Jalna, said that of the 21 “Delta plus” patients identified so far in seven districts of Maharashtra, only one had succumbed to the infection; the others were stable and some had been discharged from the hospital.
- While urging people to strictly observe the appropriate behavior of Covid-19 following the spread of the new variant, the Minister of Health has ruled out suggestions of an immediate strict stop.
- “The Delta variant is not new … with one death, the remaining 20 cases are closely monitored by authorities.
- Although there are not currently a large number of patients, we are collecting more samples in each of the 36 districts and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) is helping the state government with this, Tope said.
- He observed that the proportion of cases in which Delta plus variants were detected was only 0.005%.
- “So while the Delta plus type has not yet grown significantly and is not of immediate concern, the properties of the variant are serious,” Tope said.
- The highest number of cases of the Delta plus variant was found in Ratnagiri, followed by seven in Jalgaon, two in Mumbai and one case in each of the districts of Palghar, Thane and Sindhudurg.
The native aircraft carrier, called INS Vikrant, is the largest ship made in India
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-06-2021; The native aircraft carrier (IAC) that will be christened INS Vikrant, named after its unarmed brother, can carry a total of 30 aircraft (fighters and helicopters).
- The largest ship made in India and priced at over Rs 20 billion, it has an overall length of 263m and a beam of 63m. The imposing vessel has 15 decks and a displacement (weight) of 40,000 tons.
- Powered by four gas turbines, it should reach a speed of 30 knots (about 55 km / h). Its resistance is 7,500 nautical miles at a speed of 18 knots (32 km / h), according to sources from the Navy.
- The ship can carry up to 1,500 people and has 2,300 compartments (in her hull), while a total of 2,100 km of cables have been used inside her.
- Cochin Shipyard Limited, which built the IAC, is expected to hand it over to the Indian Navy in 2022. After successful tank tests in November 2020, preparations for sea trials are underway.
- India is estimated to need three carriers, one in each of the western and eastern naval commands, while the third can be docked for maintenance, if necessary.
Pakistan was once again on the gray list, or the list of countries under “heightened surveillance” within the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), because the Paris-based United Nations watchdog deemed it insufficient to prosecute high-ranking terrorist leaders appointed by the United Nations Department of Security.
- Advice groups, has a list that includes LeT, JeM, al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Announcing the decision at the end of its last plenary session held virtually June 21-25, the FATF said that despite completing 26 of the 27 assigned tasks,
- Pakistan’s failure to complete the final conviction task for terrorists and Terrorist entities meant that he would not be hit off yet.
Covid updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 3,01,665,593 at the time of this bulletin, with the death toll at 3,93,887.