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Dead body of a journalist’s son found in Bihar




The body of a teenager son of a Bihar journalist was recovered from Nalanda district on Monday, police said.

Senior journalist Ashutosh Kumar Arya’s son, Chunnu Kumar, 15, was found floating in a pond near Hasanpur village. There were deep injury marks found near his eyes, Nalanda Superintendent of Police Nilesh Kumar said.

Arya works for a well-known Hindi daily in Biharsharif.

Preliminary investigation suggests the boy was murdered, Kumar said.

Nalanda is the home district of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

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



131 more coronavirus cases confirmed in China.

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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CBI case against GVK chairman, son for siphoning off Rs 705 crore




The CBI has registered a case against Gunupati Venkata Krishna Reddy, the Chairman of the GVK Group of Companies and his son G.V. Sanjay Reddy, Managing Director of Mumbai International Airport Ltd. among others for alleged irregularities to the tune of Rs 705 crore in running of the airport, officials said.

According to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Airport Authority of India (AAI) had formed a joint venture with the GVK Airports Holdings Limited, promoted by the GVK group under public private partnership firm Mumbai International Airport Ltd. for upgradation and maintenance of the Mumbai Airport.

The FIR said that on April 4, 2006 the AAI entered into an agreement with MIAL for modernisation, upkeep, operation and maintenance of the Mumbai airport with MIAL.

“It is alleged that the promoters of the GVK group in MIAL in connivance with their executives and unidentified officials of the AAI resorted to siphoning of funds using different ways,” officials said.

MIAL is a joint venture of the GVK Group, Airport Authority of India and a few foreign entities.

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