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Ex-Delhi Minister AK Walia passes away due to Covid

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Former Delhi Minister A.K. Walia passed away due to Covid-19 on Thursday. Walia was most important minister in Sheila Dikshit-led government and held several portfolios.

A four-term MLA, Walia represented Geeta Colony constituency. The Delhi Congress has described his death as a big loss to the party.

He represented Geeta Colony assembly seat for the first three terms and later won from Laxmi Nagar as Geeta Colony ceased to be an assembly seat after delimitation.

He held an MBBS degree and owns hospital in East Delhi. As minister he held several portfolios including health and urban development in the Congress government.

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WHO has not associated ‘Indian Variant’ with B.1.617: Health Ministry

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Ministry of Health and Family Welfare clarified on Wednesday that WHO has not associated the term “Indian Variant” with B.1.617, now classified as “Variant of Concern”.

Several media reports have covered the news of World Health Organisation (WHO) classifying B.1.617 as variant of global concern. Some of these reports have termed the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus as an “Indian Variant”.

“These media reports are without any basis, and unfounded. This is to clarify that WHO has not associated the term “Indian Variant” with the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus in its 32 page document. In fact, the word “Indian” has not been used in its report on the matter,” it said

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Samajwadi MP Azam Khan critical but stable

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Senior Samajwadi MP Mohd Azam Khan’s condition is now stable though the next 72 hours are crucial for him.

According to Rakesh Kapoor, director Medanta hospital, “The oxygen requirement of the veteran leader has come down but the severity of the ailment continues. He is in the ICU and is being treated by a team of doctors.”

Azam Khan, who was lodged in Sitapur jail, had tested positive for Covid earlier this month. He was admitted to the hospital on Sunday after he complained of breathlessness.

His son Abdullah Azam is also Covid positive and is being treated at the same hospital. However, the director said that his condition is stable and he is recovering.

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Govt’s mega push for positivity is like burying one’s head in the sand: Rahul Gandhi

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Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday slammed the government over its mega push for positivity to fend off criticism nationally and internationally as “burying one’s head in the sand” and a betrayal of citizens.

In a tweet in Hindi, Gandhi said, “The false assurance of ‘positive thinking’ is a joke on those families and health workers who have lost their loved ones and are suffering a crisis of oxygen, hospitals and medicines. Burying one’s head in the sand is not positive – it is a betrayal of our citizens.”

He also attached a news report in Hindi with the tweet.

On the same day, poll strategist Prashant Kishor also slammed the government, describing as “disgusting attempts to push “propaganda” in the name of spreading positivity.

“In the face of a grieving nation and tragedies unfolding all around us, the continued attempt to push falsehood and propaganda in the name of spreading positivity is disgusting! For being positive we don’t have to become blind propagandist of the government,” Kishor said in a tweet.

The remarks came amid reports of a new strategy of the government, the ruling BJP and its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to fight massive national and international criticism of the Narendra Modi government’s handling of the Covid second wave.

On Wednesday, India recorded 4,205 deaths, the highest so far in a day with 3.48 lakh cases of Covid-19.

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