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Looking at the Tauktae threat, Remdesivir stock sent to coastal hospitals: Vijay Rupani

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Looking at the severe cyclonic storm Tauktae, which is about to hit Gujarat in the evening, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Monday announced that the state government had procured 3 days supply of Remdesivir injections and dispatched it to the covid hospitals on the coastal areas in the state.

Amid the looming threat of the severe cyclonic storm about to hit Gujarat in a few hours from now, the state of Gujarat is also fighting the second surge of the global pandemic. CM Vijay Rupani held a high-level review meeting with all the district collectors via video conferencing at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Gandhinagar on Monday for the possible landfall of the cyclonic storm.

“Extraordinary circumstances have occurred right now, where on the one hand we are fighting against the second wave of Covid-19 and on the other, we have the threat of a cyclonic storm about to hit the state. In these extreme conditions for all those who are availing treatment at covid hospitals, we have ensured an adequate supply of oxygen and power. Yesterday, we have had sent three days supply of the much sought injections Remdesivir to all the hospitals on coastal regions.

“The requirement of oxygen in the state right now is a thousand tonnes against which we have ensured availability of 1700 tonnes, looking at the next 2 days. We are planning in detail and planning in advance regarding the cyclonic threat at covid hospitals,” Rupani told reporters after the meeting.

“We have more than 1,400 hospitals in the state, all the hospitals have been instructed to have power backup in case of failures. The diesel required for the generators for 3 days have also been stored. We have facilitated power generators and alternative arrangements in 1428 covid hospitals in the state,” the CM added.

“744 teams from the health department, 160 ‘ICU on Wheels’ and 607 ambulances of the 108 services are there on the alert to tackle the crisis,” said the CM.

“All the people residing from 0 to 10 kilometres belt area on the shore lines of Saurashtra, Kutch as well as South Gujarat have been evacuated to safer places. Around 1.5 lakh people totally have been shifted. We request once again to all the people of coastal regions not to venture outside and shift to a safer place if living in temporary structures and co-operate with the administration. We are working with ‘Zero Casualty’ approach with regards to the cyclone,” added the CM

Right now there are over 35 cities in the state where the night curfew has been imposed. “Regarding the curfew imposed in the cities of the state for covid-19, we are having another review meeting in the evening where we will decide on what shall be done,” the Gujarat CM told mediapersons.

The Chief Minister also said that the central government had assured full cooperation and support to the state. “We are constantly guided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the home minister Amit Shah regarding the looming threat of Tauktae. The Indian Air Force, the Navy, the Army have been told and instructed… We have had full support and assurance from the central government,” the CM said.

The Chief Minister also informed that there was not a single fisherman from the state who was out into the sea and each of them have been safely called back.

Cyclone Tauktae, gathering momentum and approaching the state of Gujarat, is right now around 180 kilometres away from the southernmost tip of Saurashtra in Gujarat. It is likely to hit anywhere on the coast of Saurashtra region, most probably Mahua near Bhavnagar between 8 pm and 10 pm.

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Punjabi singer Moosewala joins Congress

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Famous Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, who was booked on charges of promoting violence and gun culture in a song, on Friday joined the Congress ahead of the Assembly polls in Punjab.

He joined the party in the presence of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and State Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu.

During the induction ceremony, Sidhu described Moosewala as a youth icon.

“Sidhu Moosewala is joining our family. I welcome him in the Congress fold,” Sidhu told the media.

Describing Moosewala as a “big artiste”, Channi said with his sheer hard work, he has won the hearts of millions of people.

Moosewala, whose real name is Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, is known for his hit Punjabi tracks like ‘Legend’, ‘Devil’, ‘Just listen’, ‘Jatt da Muqabala’ and ‘Hathyar’, among many others.

His name also featured in the Billboard Canadian Albums in 2018.

“I am not entering politics for status or to earn praise. I want to become a part of the system to transform it. I am joining the Congress to raise the voice of the people. I am joining the Congress as the party has leaders who have come from common families,” Moosewala said.

He said he is still living in the same house in his village. His father is an ex-serviceman and his mother is a sarpanch. “Residents of my area have expectations from me,” he added.

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‘MLA not a govt servant’, Kerala HC cancels appointment of late leader’s son

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. (File Photo: IANS)

In a stinging blow to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who had given a government job to the son of late CPI-M MLA K.K. Ramachandran Nair, the Kerala High Court on Friday ruled that a ‘legislator is not a government servant’ and cancelled the appointment.

Nair, a first time legislator after being elected from the Chenganoor Assembly constituency in the 2016 Assembly polls, passed away in 2018 following health issues.

Vijayan, in a surprise decision, decided to appoint Nair’s son R.Prasanth as an assistant engineer in the Public Works Department, which led to a huge criticism from several quarters.

However, a petitioner from Palakkad, Ashok Kumar filed a plea in this regard at the High Court and on Friday a division bench chaired by the Chief Justice S. Manikumar ruled that an ‘MLA is not a government servant as they have an elected term of only five years, and hence a government job under the dying in harness mode is not applicable and cancelled the appointment.

Incidentally, this judgement comes at a time when a petition is before the Lokayukta after Vijayan sanctioned a substantial sum of money from the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund to clear off the debts of Nair.

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SP’s ‘Vijay Rath Yatra’ in Jhansi, Akhilesh to address public rallies at 9 places

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 Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav is taking out a ‘Vijay Rath Yatra’ in Jhansi on Friday, with the focus on Bundelkhand and will also hold public rallies at nine places.

As per information, the yatra will traverse through Laxmi Garden, Elite Square, Jail Square, Court Square, Kunj Vatika Marriage Hall, Mandi Tiraha, University Gate, Medical College Gate, Medical Bypass Tiraha, where he will be welcomed by the party workers.

After this, he will address public gatherings at Mahant Laxman Das Kanya Inter College in Baragaon, Rashtrakavi Maithilisharan Gupt Mahavidyalaya in Chirgaon and Tika Ram Kanya Mahavidyalaya.

Earlier, in Lalitpur, Akhilesh accused the BJP of “fooling” the people. He raised the farmers’ issue and said that only a family man can understand the pain of a family member.

In Bundelkhand, Hamirpur, Mahoba, Banda and Chitrakoot comprise a division (mandal). Jhansi, Lalitpur, Jalon is another division. There are seven districts and 19 Assembly seats in the area.

For Akhilesh, Bundelkhand remains a major challenge because the BJP has a strong hold in the area and it had won all the 19 Assembly seats in the region.

In the 2019 Assembly elections, the BJP wiped out the SP, BSP and Congress in the region.

The SP is busy in stitching together alliances with small parties to give a tough fight to the saffron party.

On October 13, Akhilesh had launched his ‘Vijay Rath Yatra’ as part of the 2022 UP Assembly election campaign.

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