DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, MAY 17, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES NEW HEALTH MINISTRY GUIDELINES No proof of fraud, Srinivas, Gambhir, others were actually helping: Delhi Police to HC O2 bedsinvillages,push totesting:Centredraws up3-tierresponseplan SOFI AHSAN NEW DELHI, MAY 16 IN A preliminary report on allegations of blackmarketing and illegal distribution of Covid-19 medicines against various politicians, including All India Youth Congress President Srinivas B V, the Delhi Police has told the Delhi High Court that the persons have been helping people voluntarily and without discrimination. Besides Srinivas, police had questioned AAP MLA Dilip Pandey, BJP MP Gautam Gambhir and others. “The enquiry conducted so far has revealed that all the personsallegedtohavebeenhoarding medicines etc, have been actually helping people in getting medical aid in the form of medicine, oxygen, plasma or hospitalbed, the person enquired into have not charged any money for the help provided and thus no onehasbeendefrauded.Thedistribution/help has been voluntary and without discrimination,” said the Crime Branch in a status report before the court. Srinivas and the others were questioned by the Crime Branch after a petition before the court alleged that a “medical mafiapolitician nexus” was indulging in illegal distribution of medicines. On May 4, a divisionbench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli, while declining the prayer CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY The blueprint: 30-bed Covid centres in villages, linkages with district hospitals KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, MAY 16 FLATTENED An NDRF team clears a road after strong winds from cyclone Tauktae brought down trees, in Panaji, Sunday. PTI Situation in control, prepared for third wave, says UP CM LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, MAY 16 THE PANDEMIC situation in Uttar Pradesh is not alarming or out of control, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Sunday. UP is even prepared for a third wave of Covid-19, if it comes, Adityanath said. Extra test kits and medical kits, and surveillance teams trained in Covid management have been despatched to villages to check ‘Not hiding the spread of anything’ the pandemic in rural areas, the Chief Minister said. “We are hiding nothing. Everythingistransparent...Every detail of testing, recoveries and deathsareuploadedonthe(government's Covid) portal,” Adityanath told a group of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Fallout of Kumbh surge, Ayodhya locks down with cops, CCTVs watching DIPANKAR GHOSE COVID IN THE COUNTRYSIDE UTTAR PRADESH AN EXPRESS SERIES PART- 8 AYODHYA Lucknow ACTIVE CASES 2,661 1,679 APRIL27 MAY14 AYODHYA, MAY 16 THEY ARE glaring at each other, refusing to relent. RameshwarKumar,48,hasto head back to Lucknow for work. And all his life, he has bowed his head before Hanuman Garhi, or the Ram Janmabhoomi, before leaving his hometown. On the other side, Constable Devraj Singh has the unenviable task of stopping Kumar. “Icannotletyougo.Thereisa government order. This is a pandemic,” says Singh. As Kumar finallyturnsaway,Singhexclaims: “What a time this is. Even faith is affected.” Inthelanesof Ayodhya,there is an eerie silence. The temple CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Anxiety in auto hubs: Farmers clash with plants shut, how long police at Khattar before workers leave? event, dozens injured NEW DELHI, MAY 16 WITH COMPANIES in Haryana's Manesar industrial hub closed for longer than maintenance shutdowns,workerslivinginadjoining villages are beginning to turn restless. Unlike a year ago, the workers have stayed put thus far — however, this may change if the Covidsituationdoesnotimprove and the shutdown extends for another2-3 weeks, companyofficials and union leaders watching the labour dynamics in this industrial ecosystem said. If the smaller vendors supplying to the big manufacturers E E X P L A I NE D SANDEEP SINGH Vulnerable ● ecosystem STATE LOCKDOWNS have impacted the automobile industry ecosystem of plants, vendors, transport and logistics operators, and a wide network of showrooms. Any plans to resume operations quickly will be hit if last year's exodus of workers is repeated. start laying off workers, an exodus to UP, Bihar, Odisha and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, MAY 16 SEVERAL HUNDRED farmers clashed with the police in Hisar where Haryana Chief Minister ManoharLalKhattarinaugurated a 500-bed hospital for Covid-19 patientsaroundnoononSunday. Over 20 police personnel had to be taken to hospital for treatment,andasmanyas70farmers received injuries. Asimilarclashhadhappened onJanuary 10thisyearinKaimla village in Karnal when farmers had stormed the helipad where Khattar was to land. Then too, several on both sides met with injuries. At the site of the clash. Express On Sunday, as the Chief Ministerlandedaround10amin Hisar, farmers who have been sitting for months in protest against the three farm laws at a toll plaza in Mayyar, started marching towards the open ground venue at OP Jindal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 As storm approaches, Mumbai civic body moves Covid centre patients to hospitals PAGE 1 ANCHOR JAYPRAKASH S NAIDU MUMBAI, MAY 16 AS CYCLONE Tauktae made its way northward along the coast of Karnataka and Maharashtra on Sunday evening, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation(BMC)scrambledto move patients from Covid Centrestogovernmenthospitals in the city. Until late in theevening, a total 603 Covid-19 patients had been moved out of three jumbo `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Patients being moved from the BKC Jumbo Covid centre in Mumbai to hospitals elsewhere on Sunday. Pradip Das facilitiesinthecity,including243 from the BKC facility, 184 from theDahisarfacility,and176from Mulund. Some were discharged, the rest were admitted to hospitals runbythestategovernmentand the civic body. According to the India Meteorological Department's10 pmbulletin,Tauktaewaslocated about 220 km south-southwest of Mumbai at 8.30 pm, and was moving north-northwestward at a speed of about 19 km/hour. Already classified as a very severe cyclonic storm, Tauktae was very likely to intensify further over the next 24 hours, and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 REPORTP7 EXPRESS NETWORK CONGLEADERRAJEEV SATAV,46,DIESOF COVID-RELATED COMPLICATIONS P7 ‘...At times State has backed mob attacking civil liberties. Courts must protect liberties’ JUSTICE GOVIND MATHUR FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE OF ALLAHABAD HIGH COURT PAGE 10 WITH AT least 516 districts returning a positivity rate of more than 10 per cent, and increased mortality being reported in rural India, the Centre on Sunday directed states to set up a threetier health infrastructure to managetheepidemicinthehinterland, including makeshift 30bed Covid CareCentres (CCCs) in villages, each equipped with at least two oxygen cylinders. TheHealthMinistrysaidthat schools, community halls, and panchayat buildings should be turnedintoCCCstomanagemild cases of the disease. Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs), and Sub-district Hospitals—whichconstitutethe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DELHI LOCKDOWN FOR ANOTHER WEEK PAGE 3 SHAHID JAMEEL QUITS GENE SEQUENCING PANEL PAGE 6 The Covid ward at CHC Nim Ka Thana in Sikar. Deep Mukherjee In rural Rajasthan, amid shortage of oxygen, ventilators kept idle DEEP MUKHERJEE SIKAR/ KOTPUTLI, MAY 16 SUPPORTED BY A pillow and slouched over his hospital bed, Jagdish Prasad Mittal, 79, watcheshissonManojfrantically dialling people, enquiring if an ICUbedisavailableinanyhospitalalongthe120-kmstretchfrom their hometown Nim Ka Thana in Rajasthan’s Sikar district to Jaipur, the state capital. Opposite him at the Covid ward of the Community Health Centre (CHC) in Nim Ka Thana, anotherseptuagenarianMariam Bano gasps for breath, her body suddenly convulsing. Bano’s grandson Syed Yunus cries for the duty doctor who rushes alongwith nursingstaff to check on her. But a few moments later, acurtain isdrawnaroundBano’s bed. She is declared dead. On May 14, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot took to Twitter to say that with 2.11 lakh active cases, Rajasthan is fourth in the country in terms of active cases. A day after, he said given the rapid spread of cases in rural areas, there is a need to strengthen healthcare services right up to the lowest tier. Travellingacrossvillages,and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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