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Reliance hospital to give free Covid vaccination to kin of kids being treated for cancer

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In a unique gesture, the Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital (HNRFH) will provide free vaccination to the families of children undergoing cancer treatment at the hospital, an official spokesperson said here on Saturday.

For this, the HNRFH has tied up with Access Life Assistance Foundation, an NGO that provides multi-disciplinary supportive care to families of cancer-afflicted children who come to Mumbai for treatment.

The NGO also runs five childhood cancer care centres in Mumbai which accommodate at least 60 families of children suffering from cancers at any given time.

The children face the harsh realities of life but still venture out regularly encountering risks for their chemotherapy and other follow-up cancer treatment.

They are accompanied by their family members to the hospital for the ongoing treatment and are at risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus whenever they step outside.

Accordingly, the families of all such cancer-hit kids shall be given free Covid-19 vaccination jabs to ensure their safety, said the HNRFH official.

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Anil Deshmukh once again skips ED summons

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Former Maharashtra Home Minister and senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Anil Deshmukh, who is being probed in an alleged money laundering case, skipped the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons for questioning once again on Monday.

“Deshmukh has skipped summons and has sent a two-page letter to the agency through his advocate,” an ED official related to the probe told IANS.

This is for the third time Deshmukh has skipped ED summons in connection with the case. The official said the financial probe agency had sent fresh summons to Deshmukh and his son Hrishikesh Deshmukh on Friday asking them to join the probe with the agency on Monday.

On Friday, the Supreme Court did not grant any protection from arrest to Deshmukh on his plea seeking protection from any “coercive action” in the money laundering case registered against him by the ED and scheduled the matter for hearing on August 3.

Deshmukh, who had skipped the previous summonses by the agency, had, in the plea to the top court, challenged these summonses and sought protection for both himself and his son.

Deshmukh has been accused of extortion from a bunch of Mumbai orchestra bars and money laundering, and the matter is being probed by the ED.

It has been alleged that Rs 4.7 crore was collected as “extortion” from the orchestra bars by the now-dismissed Mumbai police officer Sachin Waze allegedly on Deshmukh’s instructions.

Later, this amount was transferred to Deshmukh’s Nagpur-based educational trust by his son, Hrishikesh.

According to the allegation, the transaction was routed via two hawala operators and was showed as a “donation”.

The 71-year-old NCP leader is the president of the trust and his two sons, Salil and Hrishikesh, are trustees.

On May 11, a case was registered against the former minister and on June 25, the ED raided Deshmukh’s residences in Nagpur, Mumbai, and three other places.

In April, the CBI had conducted raids at four premises of Deshmukh after registering an FIR against him in connection with the case.

Param Bir Singh, former Commissioner of Mumbai Police, in his letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, alleged that Deshmukh had indulged in “malpractices” and asked Waze to collect Rs 100 crore every month.

Earlier this week, the top court had adjourned the matter for a hearing on Friday and asked Deshmukh’s legal counsel to provide a copy of the plea to the ED and the Maharashtra government.

The ED had earlier arrested Deshmukh’s personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde after carrying out raids against them and the NCP leader in Mumbai and Nagpur.

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More patients of corona virus are being found in 8 wards including Byculla, Bandra, Bhandup of Mumbai !

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The second wave of corona in Mumbai may have come under control, but there are 8 wards of Mumbai where the growth rate of corona patients is more than the average growth rate of Mumbai. Out of these 8 wards, Bandra area of ​​West Suburban is at number one, while Bhandup at number two and others area are at number three. At present, the average growth rate of corona patients in Mumbai is 0.05 percent. In comparison, the growth rate of corona patients is higher in Bandra, Bhandup, Byculla, Chembur, Colaba, Grant Road, Andheri-West and Dahisar areas. According to the Corona Dash Board of BMC Health Department, the growth rate of corona patients in Bandra West and Bhandup is 0.07 percent. While the growth rate of corona patients in Byculla, Chembur East, Colaba, Grant Road, Andheri West and Dahisar areas is 0.06 percent.

According to the Dash Board, between July 23 and July 29, the number of patients received daily in Bandra West has been between 17 and 27, while the number of corona patients in Bhandup has been between 15 and 28. On July 28, 43 patients were found in a single day in Bhandup. Same is the case with other wards. The daily number of corona patients in Byculla is between 14 and 26. The number of patients is 15 to 17 in Chembur, 6 to 10 in Colaba, 15 to 29 in Grant Road, 22 to 37 in K-West and 10 to 20 daily corona patients in Dahisar.

Dr. Gautam Bhansali, a member of the Covid Task Force, said that even though fewer patients are being received daily in Mumbai, but for the last few days, some areas of Mumbai are witnessing an increase in the number of corona patients. Especially in South Mumbai areas, more patients are being found. It is a matter of relief that moderate symptoms of corona are being found in them. He has expressed the possibility that a possible third wave of Corona may knock by August 20.

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Maharashtra BJP’s end is near: Shiv Sena

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Fuming over a Bharatiya Janata Party legislator’s threat to ‘raze the Shiv Sena Bhavan’, the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA)’s saffron ally on Monday warned that the “BJP’s end is near” and those who cast an evil eye at the party headquarters, “will be found floating in the Worli gutters”.

A BJP MLC Prasad Lad raked up the row by commenting on the posse of police presence outside the Sena nerve-centre in south-central Dadar, and said, “if needed, the Sena Bhavan could be demolished”, sparking an ugly verbal spat with its former ally.

Though Lad apologised later and expressed regards for the Sena founder the late Balasaheb Thackeray, but as the controversy snowballed, Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis quickly detached himself from the fracas, saying the BJP doesn’t believe in “the culture of destructive politics”.

Shiv Sena President and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray himself launched a veiled “Dabangg” Sainik-style fighter attack on Sunday, saying they “are not scared of a slap” but those who dared to do it would be paid back in the same coin and in double measure.

While the divide between the two ex-allies just became deeper, the Sena scoffed at the BJP, saying “people who threaten the party are light-weight lowly ruffians, who simply just cannot digest the Sena Flag fluttering atop the Sena Bhavan”.

In sharp edits in the party newspapers, ‘Saamana’ and ‘Dopahar Ka Saamana’, the Sena said the “chindi-chors” (small-time crooks) who talk of attacking the Sena Bhavan are actually targeting the empire of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, and the ‘Marathi Pride’ of the ‘sons of the soil’, cemented by the Hindu HridaySamrat Balasaheb Thackeray.

It pointed out how the BJP was once a party of “loyal grassroots workers working for the Hindutva ideology, but now it is full of outsiders (defectors from other parties), who have sidelined the original activists to the dump yard — That is why this party (BJP)’s end is looming near…”

Lampooning the BJP, the Sena said during the post-Babri riots of 1992-1993, the Sena Bhavan was the true protector of the Hindus and Marathis who believe in Hindutva, while these “rioters of today were scared of Pakistan and wetting the mattress at home”.

The edit said that Shiv Sena represents justice, hope and aspirations, while the BJP was a traitor party which did not live up to its promise, but despite this, “today, Sena has become the ruling party in Maharashtra”.

Throwing the final gauntlet, the Sena said that those who showed the daring to reach the Sena Bhavan on their feet would not return likewise, “so they should ensure they come with a few who can carry them back on their shoulders”.

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