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Bharatiya Janata Party leader shot dead in Odisha




A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was shot dead by unidentified men in Odisha’s Khordha town late on Sunday, police said on Monday.

Khordha Mandal President Manguli Jena was shot at near Khurda BJP MLA candidate Kalucharan Khadayat’s residence.

He sustained critical bullet injuries and was admitted to the Khordha district headquarters hospital. He was declared dead on arrival by doctors.


‘Coronil’ controversy: Plea seeks FIR against Ramdev for false claims



Yoga Guru Ramdev. (File Photo: IANS)

Days after yoga guru Ramdev launched ‘Coronil’, claiming that it can cure coronavirus, a plea has been filed in a Delhi court seeking direction to the police to register an FIR against him, Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, Acharya Balkrishna and others for making money by taking advantage of people’s miseries.

A plea, moved by advocate Tushar Anand, stated that the accused hatched a conspiracy to cause wrongful loss to the public by making misrepresentations with an intention to cause wrongful gain to themselves. The matter will come up for hearing on Friday.

“The accused have shown their malafide intentions which is likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life by misrepresenting and alluring innocent consumers to buy the medicine with a belief of getting cured from the deadly Covid-19,” it stated.

The applicant sought a direction from the court to the Station House Officer (SHO) of Vasant Vihar Police Station to register FIR against Ramdev and the others under the Indian Penal Code for offences such as cheating, malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life and criminal conspiracy.

Anand also sought a case to be registered under relevant sections of Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Drugs and Magic Remedies Act.

On June 23, Patanjali Ayurved launched Coronil tablet and Swasari Vati medicine claiming that they can cure Covid-19 within seven days.

However, the AYUSH ministry expressed unawareness about the development and Patanjali was stopped from advertising the medicine within a few hours after its launch.

Patanjali earlier also claimed that the two Ayurveda-based medicines have shown 100 per cent favourable results during clinical trials on Covid-19 patients, except those on a life support system.

The Ayush ministry on Wednesday permitted Patanjali to sell Coronil as long as it is advertised as an immunity booster and not a coronavirus ‘cure’.

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Mumbai centre treats corona patients for just Rs 1K/day



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Amid unending complaints of fleecing by private hospitals and medicos, a centre in north-Mumbai stands out like an oasis of hope for panicky COVID-19 patients.

Since the past couple of months, the Pawan Dham charitable centre in Kandivali west has become a refuge for those infected by corona, even as this middle-class region was recently declared a new ‘hotspot’ after Dharavi slum was on the steady route to ‘recovery’.

“At the Pawan Dham, patients are being charged Rs 1,000 per day for full COVID-19 treatment. This includes lodging-boarding, but they have to pay for certain variables like external tests, etc.,” North Mumbai Bharatiya Janata Party MP Gopal Shetty told IANS.

The brainchild behind the project, Shetty says it was the outcome of the desire of the Jain spiritual leader Namramuni Maharaj, who wanted it to serve the needy masses during this global pandemic.

Accordingly, Pawan Dham — originally a religious-cum-social services centre — was converted into a private dedicated Covid-19 treatment charitable facility, informed its member, Nitin Sunderji Shah, a businessman who oversaw the implementation of the project.

“There are 70-beds in this centre and so far we have already treated and discharged around 200 completely cured patients from here,” Shah said, adding that with the good reputation it has earned, there is already a long waiting list of patients seeking admission.

The centre is manned by a 70-strong army of corona warriors comprising medicos, nurses, support staffers, management functionaries and others who dedicatedly serve in three shifts.

“Till date, only one critical patient had to be shifted to a government facility. Otherwise, all those who approached the centre in time have happily gone home, fully recovered,” Shetty pointed out.

On how the centre manages the treatment with such nominal charges, both Shetty and Shah claim its the cheapest such facility in the country, possible “with the blessings of Namramuni Maharaj, who inspired many to willingly come forward with donations” to run the centre for the yeoman services it is rendering in these difficult times.

A Patient Nikhil J. Shah — who spent around Rs 8,000 for eight days at the centre and returned home fully recovered this week — said the treatment comprised an initial counseling by the doctors to “prepare” the patient for the entire COVID-19 course.

“Many get terrified when they test positive and believe they’re going to die. So, it’s imperative to calm them first to enable them to respond to the treatment well and also keep their equally jittery families free of worry,” explained Shah.

Incidentally, Health Minister Rajesh Tope On Thursday ordered CCTVs to be installed in the COVID-19 ICU wards in all hospitals following complaints of ‘overbilling’, besides a check on ambulance operators who fleece needy patients for ferrying them even short distances.

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Odisha’s COVID-19 death toll rise to 27



Odisha’s COVID-19 cases rise to 108.

The death toll due to COVID-19 in Odisha has increased to 27 as two more patients succumbed to the deadly virus, informed the health department on Thursday.

The two deaths were from Ganjam and Angul districts. Both the patients died while undergoing treatment in Covid hospitals.

“Regret to inform of the deaths of two Covid-19 positive patients, 49-year-old male of Ganjam district and 57 year old male of Angul district, while under treatment in hospital,” said the department.

Meanwhile, 229 persons tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours taking the total number to 7,545 in the state.

Of the total fresh cases, 193 have been detected from different quarantine centres while remaining 36 are local contacts.

The number of active cases in the state stands at 2,157 while 5,353 patients have recovered so far.

Due to rising Covid-19 cases in the state capital, the state government has restricted the entry of visitors to the state secretariat.

All the passes issued to visitors for Lok Seva Bhawan, Kharavel Bhawan, Krushi Bhawan and Rajib Bhawan have been temporarily suspended, said the home department.

Any request for entry of outsiders and for such pass holders will only be entertainment on the request received from the office of the Secretaries of the concerned Department to the Special Secretary of the Home department.

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