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Tamil Nadu government working closely with CII to boost Oxygen production




Tamil Nadu government has been working closely with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to augment the Oxygen production and to divert it to the health facilities across the state.

The Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd (CPCL) has installed a capacity of 1,400 normal cubic metres per hour (Nm3/hour) of Oxygen.

The CPCL is however producing only 800 Nm3/hour and to increase the production it has to install a compressor. This will take a couple of weeks for the plant to become fully operational.

The CII, has already communicated with all the industry bodies across Tamil Nadu to divert the production of Industrial Oxygen to the health facilities.

The CII has already constituted a Covid task force which has been monitoring the industrial units of the state and already established contact with around 30 major hospitals.

Tamil Nadu’s Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan told IANS: “We are already in touch with the Industry bodies including CII for Oxygen requirements. Currently, we have the Oxygen required for the state but we are anticipating more requirements and hence are trying to source maximum Oxygen.”

Covid -19 active cases in Tamil Nadu has crossed 1 lakh and hence the requirement of Oxygen is around 350MT per day while during last year at the peak of Covid, requirement was around 260 MT.

In the state, the gap of demand and supply is very near and hence the government is increasing the production of Oxygen as it does not want any shortage if the Covid cases surge again.

Tamil Nadu is producing 400 MT of Oxygen per day but the central government has diverted 80 MT of Oxygen per day to other states and this is a cause of concern.

Union Territory of Puducherry has a production capacity of 120 MT of Oxygen per day and Tamil Nadu is taking 40 MT of Oxygen from Puducherry on a daily basis.

The number of people who require Oxygen has gone up to 3 to 4 times and also the requirement of Oxygen to patients have gone up from 4 to 6 litres to 10- 15 litres.

CII Tamil Nadu Chairperson, S Chandrakumar said, “We are in total support of the government and have already set up a Covid task force for the requirement of Oxygen and we have already associated with 25 to 30 large hospitals of Tamil Nadu.”

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Daily Covid cases down 85%, active cases 65%: Health Ministry




There has been sharp decline in both new and active Covid-19 cases across India for the last few days, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Addressing a digital press conference on current situation, Joint Secretary, Health, Lav Agarwal said that in the 24 hours, India has reported 86,490 new cases, while on May 7, daily cases were at 4.14 lakh, but had come down to 2.67 lakh on May 19 and had come down below the 2 lakh mark.

“Observing the decline of Covid cases per day, we have analysed that India has witnssed around 85 per cent reduction in daily cases, which is a big development for all of us but, we have to continue work on strict Covid behaviour,” he said.

According to the Health Ministry, the daily Covid positivity rate has declined by 33 per cent.

India has also witnessed a sharp decline in active cases in the last few days. As per the ministry, active cases, as on May 10, were reported at an average of 37.45 lakh, but now have reduced to 13 lakh, or a dip of around 65 per cent.

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Waseem Rizvi’s ‘New Quran’ out




UP Shia Central Waqf Board member and its former chairman, Waseem Rizvi, has printed and self-published the first compilation of what he has calls ‘The Real Quran’.

Rizvi said he will send the book to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) chief.

Rizvi’s book has omitted 26 Quranic verses that he claims, were promoting terror. He claimed that these verses were added after the death of Prophet Muhammad.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had levied a fine of Rs 50,000 on Rizvi and dismissed his plea, seeking the apex court’s intervention into removing these 26 verses.

He has re-filed the petition in the Supreme Court.

In a video, Rizvi said, “I have printed the first Real Quran, how it should have been after Prophet Muhammad. I will send this copy to AIMPLB chief to study so he may realize how much of a difference this book will make to end terrorism and violence.”

He said that he has also sent a copy of ‘The Real Quran’ to the Prime Minister with a request that it should be made a part of the curriculum on all madrasas. He said that it will be available in the market soon.

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Patiently waited for a year on Galwan but no clarity: Sonia Gandhi




Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, in a statement on Tuesday, said that the Congress party joins a grateful nation in remembrance of the supreme sacrifice made by 20 brave soldiers of the Bihar Regiment in Galwan Valley, including their commanding officer, who lost their lives in the confrontation with PLA troops of China on the night of 14-15 June 2020.

Her statement has come on the first anniversary of the Galwan Valley standoff.

“Having patiently waited for the government to come clean and inform the nation about the circumstances in which the unprecedented incident happened and reassure the people that the sacrifice of our brave jawans was not in vain, the Congress Party reiterates its concern that no clarity is yet available and the Prime Minister’s last word on the subject a year ago was that no transgression had occurred,” she said.

She added that the Congress has repeatedly sought details of the episode in light of the PM’s statement, as well as details of what progress has been made towards restoring the status quo ante prior to April 2020. “The disengagement agreement with China appears to have worked entirely to India’s disadvantage so far,” the statement said.

“The Congress Party urges the government to take the nation into confidence and ensure that their performance is worthy of the commitment of our soldiers who are standing bravely and resolutely at the borders.”

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