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Delhi government notifies medical oxygen production promotion policy




The Delhi government on Friday notified the Medical Oxygen Production Promotion Policy 2021 with an aim to increase the production of oxygen in the national capital through either new manufacturing enterprises or by expanding the production capacity of the existing units.

Under this policy, the Delhi government has set a target to establish liquid oxygen manufacturing facilities of minimum 50 MT capacity.

The government has also planned to set up non-captive oxygen generation plants (PSA/air separation unit technology) of minimum 10 MT and and maximum 100 MT capacity, a notification issued by the Delhi government said.

Apart from these, the policy also includes captive oxygen generation plants of maximum 500 LPM capacity at hospitals and nursing homes to cater to their peak demand for medical oxygen.

The policy provides several incentives to the private sector to set up oxygen production units, storage facilities and oxygen tankers.

For installing liquid medical oxygen (LMO) storage tanks in the hospitals, the Delhi government will provide Rs one lakh per MT. The subsidy will be granted only if the storage tanks are procured and commissioned by December 31 this year.

“100 per cent capital subsidy under this policy shall be provided to the approved units within one month of commissioning. In case an unit wishes to avail 50 per cent upfront payment as advance at the stage of proposal sanctioning, the same shall be provided against a bank guarantee for an equivalent amount, extending up to the date of commissioning. The 50 per cent subsidy for liquid oxygen manufacturing plants and non-captive oxygen generation plants shall be provided only after proof of land is submitted,” the notification read.

Along with capital subsidy, the Delhi government will also provide power subsidy to the liquid oxygen generation plants and non-captive oxygen generation plants at Rs 4 per unit consumed in the manufacturing process for the first five years from the date of commencement of commercial production, said a statement released by the Delhi government.

The policy was approved by the Delhi cabinet on August 3.


NCB targeting Bollywood, Thackeray to write to Modi, says Malik




 Concerned over the manner in which Bollywood is being “targeted” by the Narcotics Control Bureau for the past over one year, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will write to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue, Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik said on Tuesday.

The minister met his NCP colleague and Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil and the CM this evening to discuss setting up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the ongoing fallout of the cruise rave party by the NCB.

“The CM expressed his concerns at how Bollywood’s image is being maligned globally. After Hollywood, it’s the most important film industry, employs millions of people and contributes around 3-4 percent to the national GDP. The CM will write to the PM highlighting the matter,” Malik told media persons.

On the issue of probing the issues revealed by a NCB “Panch Witness” related to the ship raid, Thackeray and Walse-Patil have assured that necessary action like lodging a police complaint would be taken up.

The state government is likely to probe the purported revelations made by “Panch-Witness’ Prabhakar Sail on alleged bribery deals by the NCB through conduit Kiran Gosavi, who is currently absconding.

Malik’s meetings were a followup of a 26-point letter which he placed in the public domain, sent by a NCB whistle-blower on condition of anonymity, highlighting the alleged goings on in the central probe agency.

Meanwhile, Marathi film actress Kranti Redkar-Wankhede, and Yasmeen Wankhede — the wife and sister, respectively, of NCB Mumbai Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede — slammed Malik at a joint press conference.

Accusing Malik of misusing his position and indulging in “kitchen politics”, the duo also dismissed allegations levelled against Wankhede and dared the minister to prove them in a court of law.

They claimed that despite getting police protection, their families are being trolled in a foul manner and getting death threats from all over India, but asserted they are not scared.

Simultaneously, Bharatiya Janata Party activist Mohit (Kamboj) Bharatiya lodged a defamation complaint against Malik, charging him with resorting to falsehoods and misusing his ministerial position.

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45% Covid cases in Gurugram reported from high-rise societies




 As many as 45 per cent of Covid-19 cases have been reported from high-rise societies in Gurugram, according to health department officials.

During the festive season, Covid-19 cases have started increasing again in the district especially in October as compared to September.

Only 150 infected patients were identified in September while in October till date, 151 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the district.

Health officials said Covid norms must be followed during the festive season. However, no case of death of any patient has been reported in October.

According to health officials, lesser space in flats is one of the prime reasons behind the surging Covid cases.

According to a report by the department, of the 139 patients reported till October 21, 63 patients have been identified from high-rise societies. According to officials, it is still necessary to strictly follow the Covid norms during home quarantine and while travelling.

“Tigra and Chandralok areas remain hot spots of Covid-19 in the district. Most high-rise societies are situated in these areas. Of the 139 cases reported till 21st October, 21 cases were reported from Tigra and 22 from Chandralok area,” said a health official.

While issuing an advisory, the health department has appealed to the people to use masks and strictly follow social distancing norms. Those persons who have received the vaccine have also been asked to follow the Covid norms. People have been instructed to avoid entry in crowded areas.

Five new Covid patients were reported in Gurugram in the last 24 hours taking the total number of infected patients to 1,81,359. There are now 45 active Covid-19 patients identified in the district. Of these, 43 patients are in home quarantine and two are being treated at hospitals. The number of people who have recovered increased to 1,80,391.

“It is necessary to take precautions to prevent Covid-19. The danger is not completely over yet. These days most of the infected cases are reported from high-rise societies. Even after receiving the vaccine, people must follow Covid guidelines. The use of masks and social distancing norms are important measures to prevent the infection,” said Jai Prakash, District Surveillance Officer and Deputy Civil Surgeon.

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Delhi High Court denies bail to CBI officer, Deshmukh’s lawyer in ‘document leak’ case





 The Delhi High Court on Saturday refused to grant bail to former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s lawyer Anand Daga and CBI investigating officer Sub-Inspector Abhishek Tiwari in connection with a case alleging leaking of confidential documents to divert the probe against Deshmukh in a corruption case.

In the order, Justice Yogesh Khanna stated that the allegation in the present FIR is based on “tampering of the evidence”.

“Thus, considering the initial stage of investigation, I am not inclined to grant bail to the petitioners herein, at this stage,” he said.

As per the FIR, Abhishek Tiwari, who was assisting the Enquiry Officer in the preparation of the probe report, was in possession of sensitive documents.

On June 28, he visited Pune for investigation and met the co-accused Daga to pass on details regarding the inquiry and the investigation, the FIR stated.

He allegedly shared copies of different documents like memorandum of proceedings, sealing-unsealing memorandum, statements, seizure memos etc. related to the investigation of the case with Daga and also an unknown person through Whatsapp on many occasions.

The CBI had arrested Daga from Mumbai and Tiwari from Delhi. Later, Daga was shifted to a Delhi court on transit remand.

The lawyers of the duo argued that only four days of remand was given to the accused and the trial court refused to extend it.

The petitioners are in custody for 40 days and the CBI did not even file an application for interviewing them, the counsels said in their plea to grant bail.

However, the probe agency submitted that the offences committed by the petitioners are serious in nature and no investigation can proceed if the lawyer of the accused and the Investigating Officer join hands to benefit someone.

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