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Deaths in Goa due to oxygen shortage? Congress wants CM booked

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A letter written by government resident doctors to a top health official, claiming that patients were dying in Goa’s Covid facilities due to shortage of oxygen has triggered a political war of words in the state.

A day after the letter written by the Goa Association of Resident Doctors leaked into the public domain, the Congress has now demanded that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant should be booked for culpable homicide on account of the alleged deaths.

“It is shocking to know that the oxygen supply in various Covid wards is not even close to sufficient. There is no adequate supply of oxygen from the central system which hampers effective functioning of ventilators and other medical equipment,” state Congress president Girish Chodankar said on Monday.

The Goa Medical College is the apex government health institute in the state. The letter written by the resident doctors’ association was addressed to the dean of the medical college Dr Shivanand Bandekar.

“Government authorities need to book Chief Minister Pramod Sawant holding him responsible for deaths of innocent patients under culpable homicide,” Chodankar also said.

In the letter, the resident doctors had complained about lack of oxygen beds at the Goa Medical College and that several patients had died in the facility due to lack of oxygen.

“The oxygen supply in various covid wards is not even close to sufficient. The central oxygen flow delivers very low flow oxygen at times and that is inadequate to keep NIVs and ventilators working effectively. Also, the oxygen cylinders being used for patients get over in the middle of the night and it takes at least 2-3 hours for replacement cylinders to come and sometimes more than that and for this time period, the patients are kept without oxygen with saturations dropping to less than 60 per cent,” the letter said.

“In the middle of the night when oxygen gets over and patients worsen and sometimes die, it’s the junior doctor on duty who has to face angry relatives,” the letter also said.

Sawant claims that this government is looking to up oxygen generating capacities across the state.

“We will have the state’s first oxygen generating plant in 15 days. We are ensuring there will be no shortage of oxygen,” Sawant said.

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Actress Ayesha Sultana leaves for Lakshadweep to appear before cops

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Lakshadweep film personality Ayesha Sultana, on Saturday, left for the island, to appear before the Kavaratti Police which had served her a notice to appear before them on Sunday evening.

The complaint was registered by Lakshadweep BJP’s unit president Abdul Khader following the TV channel debate on June 7, where she had alleged that the ‘Centre used biological weapons for the spread of Covid in Lakshadweep’, which according to the complainant is anti-national.

At the Kochi airport, Sultana said she has done no wrong while she appeared on a Malayalam TV channel and spoke about the spread of Covid in the island.

“I have done no wrong and I will appear before the police tomorrow as asked by them,” said Sultana, who is accompanied by her counsel too.

Incidentally, she had filed a petition before the Kerala high court seeking anticipatory bail as she feared her arrest.

The court however asked her to appear before the police and in case the police find the need to arrest her, she should be given bail.

The notice that has been served on Sultana by Sub Inspector Ameer Bin Mohammed contains charges under 124 A and 153 B of the CrPC, both of which are non-bailable offences.

Incidentally, following the move by Khader, several BJP leaders and workers in the island have resigned from the party.

Sultana hails from Chelath Island in Lakshadweep, and is based here. Besides being a model, she has worked in numerous films in Malayalam.

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India logs 60K new Covid cases, 1,647 deaths

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India has recorded 60,753 new cases of Covid and 1,647 fatalities in the last 24 hours, according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Saturday.

This is for the second consecutive day in last two months that the death tally has come down below the 2,000-mark. It is also the 12th consecutive day when India has reported less than one lakh new coronavirus cases.

On June 15, India recorded 60,461 cases, lowest since March 29.

The overall tally of Covid-19 cases in the country now stands at 2,98,23,546.

The active cases have come down below 10 lakh. The country has 7,60,019 active cases presently and has witnessed 3,85,137 deaths so far.

According to the Health Ministry, a total of 97,743 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the total discharge to 2,86,78,390 till date.

The Health Ministry said that a total of 27,23,88,783 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 33,00,085 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 38,92,07,637 samples have been tested up to June 18 for Covid-19. Of these 19,02,009 samples were tested on Friday.

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Mumbai police nab 2 crime serial actresses for theft

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Two actresses who have worked in television shows on crime have landed in the police net for alleged theft of a large sum of money, officials said here on Friday.

They are Surabhi Shrivastav, 25 and Mohsina Shaikh, 19 who have been seen in episodes of ‘Savdhaan India’, ‘Crime Patrol’, and other crime-related shows on various channels.

They were arrested in connection with the theft of Rs 3.28 lakh from the locker of a paying guest in Goregaon east suburb of north-west Mumbai.

Sometime ago, the two women had gone to a friend’s home in a posh building in the Royal Palms area of Aarey Colony which provides accommodation as paying guests.

While staying there as paying guests, they allegedly stole the cash from the locker of another woman staying there as a PG, and then quickly left the place.

After her loss, the victim lodged a complaint with Aarey Police Station which probed the case. While scanning the CCTV footage of the society, the police saw the women decamping from the building.

They were picked up and after sustained grilling admitted to the crime, said a police official.

According to police, the two female actors were going through a financial crisis owing to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown that has hit the entertainment industry hard, and they took the opportunity to make some quick money.

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