THURSDAY AIIMS and Union health ministry on Wednesday released guidelines to help doctors better manage COVID-19 patients 03 AIIMS, HEALTH MINISTRY RELEASE FAQs FOR DOCTORS SEPTEMBER, 2020 morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard UNNECESSARY DRUGS TO BE AVOIDED twitter.com/TheMornStandard According to the guidelines, there is no evidence to support the use of antifibrotic agents such as pirfenidone and methylene blue. Doctors have also been asked not to use favipiravir, an antiviral that was approved by the Drug Controller General of India for use in mild to moderate cases | P7 instagram.com/themorningstandard KASHMIR FIVE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES Hindi, Kashmiri, Dogri find place in the list PAGE 8 WHERE INDIA STANDS IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY SLUMP Of the 60 countries that have released GDP growth/ contraction figures for the AprilJune 2020 quarter, India is the third-worst affected China Vietnam Taiwan South Korea Norway Indonesia Australia Israel Sweden US Japan Germany Canada Singapore Austria Colombia Philippines Malaysia Italy France Mexico UK Spain India Peru Macau +3.2 +0.3 -0.6 -3 -5.3 -5.4 -6.3 -7.8 -8.3 -9.1 -9.9 -11.3 -13.0 -13.2 -13.3 -15.7 -16.5 -17.1 -17.7 -18.9 -19.0 -21.7 -22.1 -23.9 -30.2 -67.8 Figures are year-on-year growth of GDP in % Source: Eurostat, Bloomberg A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS l NEW DELHI Army gets better tactical position in Finger 4 area IN a significant initiative, the Indian Army consolidated its tactical positions around Finger 4 on Sunday while they thwarted Chinese attempts to position themselves in new locations on the southern bank of the Pangong Lake. “To consolidate tactical positions, India has picked up ridges which are at heights around the Finger 4 as militarily things would not have been tenable if the situation turned hot,” a senior officer explained. The Indian Army has its administrative camp on the foothills of the Finger. Explaining the significance of the initiative, the officer said, “Heights are important in mountains for movement and reactions. The Chinese till now had an upper hand as they sat on the high ridges. Now we are around them at places where they were not there.” However, the Army sought to deny reports of Indian troops occupying heights at Finger 4, saying what happened on the ground were ‘readjustments’. “As part of the precautionary deployment carried out on 30 August 2020, some readjustments of our positions on north bank of Pangong Tso Lake on our side of LAC had also been carried out,” it said. Chinese troops entered up to Finger 4 and had not agreed to move back to their previous position of Finger 8. The mountain spurs jutting towards the J8.00 l PAGES 12 PUBG TOO ON BANNED LIST India on Wednesday increased its squeeze by banning 118 more mobile apps, including PUBG, citing data privacy concerns and threat to national security | P13 Some of the 118 that have been barred PUBG Mobile PUBG Mobile Lite Baidu Exp. Edition Baidu WeChat reading Government WeChat Tencent Weiyun APUS Launcher Pro ShareSave by Xiaomi Learn Chinese AI VPN for TikTok Beauty Camera Plus Tencent Watchlist APUS Security Alipay FaceU Cut Cut CamCard Hi Meitu Some readjustments in deployment of troops also carried out on the northern bank of the Pangong lake; talks inconclusive M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi l lake are termed as the fingers in military parlance. The Army not only thwarted Chinese attempts but also consolidated Indian military deployments on the higher features overlooking the important Spanggur Gap and also on Rechin La. On Monday Army spokesper, son Colonel Aman Anand had said, “Indian troops pre-empted PLA activity on the southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake, undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwarted Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground.” India had blocked Chinese attempts to occupy heights and positioned its soldiers at Rechin La, which is about 2.5-3 km from Rezang La along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the Indian 224 Total Chineselinked mobile apps banned by India so far 59 Apps were part of the first lot that were banned in June 29. It included TikTok and UC Browser 47 More clones and variants of those banned in June were barred later side. On Tuesday China accused , India of crossing the LAC, which was promptly rebutted. Since then, three Brigade Commander-level flag meetings have taken place but without any consensus on resolving the new tension. In the military movement of Sunday a person, nel of the Special Frontier Force (SFF) lost his life in a mine blast close to the area of operations. The SFF comprises personnel of Tibetan origin. In Washington, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called out China, saying it is engaged in a “clear and intensive intensifying pattern of bullying” its neighbours from Taiwan to the Himalayas. He hoped for a peaceful resolution of the LAC situation. P7 Oppn fumes as Question hour scrapped in Parl session EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi OPPOSITION parties on Wednesday hit out at the Centre for its decision to do away with the Question Hour in the monsoon session of Parliament starting September 14. Reacting sharply to the news, several Opposition MPs said it reflects the autocratic mindset of the BJPled government. The MPs said the government cannot run away from key questions on important issues ranging from Covid-19, lockdown, state of the economy, job crisis and trouble with China on the LAC. According to notifications issued by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats, there will be no Question Hour in the upcoming session. Besides, private members’ bills will not be taken up, while Zero Hour will be restricted. “If this is true, it is not just a violation of a member’s right, but it also means that the government is uncomfortable answering questions on their gove r n a n c e. G ove r n m e n t i s answerable to people and any move to cancel Question Hour reflects the autocratic mindset of Government,” said senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Mallikarjun Kharge. The Congress said questioning the government is the lifeblood of parliamentary democ- racy. By doing away with this tool of accountability, the BJP government seeks to pass laws without any discussion, the party alleged. “Parliament overall working hours remain the same so why cancel Question Hour? Pandemic excuse to murder democracy ,” tweeted TMC MP Derek O’Brien. Congress Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted, “This Govt seeks to reduce Parliament to a notice-board.” IRREGULARITIES D E L H I COV I D WAT C H RICE FIT FOR GOAT, CATTLE FOUND IN MP RATION SHOP, DEPOTS A N U R A A G S I N G H @ Bhopal THE Centre has asked the Madhya Pradesh government to stop distribution of rice in the state through fair price shops and the targeted public distribution system after rice stocks in four depots and one fair price shop in tribal dominated and Maoist-affected Mandla and Balaghat districts were found to be “unfit for human consumption.” In a letter sent to the MP principal secretary (food and civil supplies), accessed by this newspaper, the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution said after inspection, the quality of rice was found to fall in three categories: category 1 was fit for goat, horse and sheep, category 2 was fit for cattle, and category 3 was fit for poultry . The Union ministry was of the view that old and expired rice were supplied to the depots and godowns for distribution to consumers while on paper fresh stock was shown to have been procured. “As per the records of the godowns, the receipt of the stocks from where the samples were drawn were procured in the months May to July 2020 while the condition of the stock represents a different picture altogether. The stocks are 100% recycled old stock and the gunnies used for storage are also at least 2-3 years old,” the Union ministry pointed out. In a late evening action, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that a criminal case would be filed against those involved in irregularities and black mar- keting of rations. While the services of quality controllers in the two districts were terminated, the Balaghat district manager was suspended in the case. Action is being taken against the concerned millers by registering FIR against them. Earlier, former rural development minister Kamleshwar Patel and Congress MLA said “instead of posing for the camera in the name of meeting flood-affected people”, the CM and the state gover nment should act against the erring officials. Teams of the storage and research division of the department of food & public distribution of the union ministry had inspected four depots of state agencies and one fair price shop in the two districts between July 30 and August 2. In total 32 samples, 31 from the depots and one from the ration shop, were collected and they were analysed at the NABL-accredited Central Grain Analysis Lab, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi. “The analysis reports of the total 32 samples were found to be not just beyond below rejection limit as per the uniform specifications issued by the Union ministry, but also beyond the PFA standards as per the FSSAI. The stocks are found to be unfit for human consumption,” Union ministry said. The ministry said the stocks were “in the categories of Feed-I, which is meant to be suitable for livestock feed such as goat, horse and sheep, Feed-II, which is suitable for cattle feed, and FeedIII, which is suitable for poultry feed.” “In this context, concern has arisen regarding the other stock also in Madhya Pradesh. Therefore, it is requested to withhold the rice stock available in the depots for further investigation and recategorisation,” the Union ministry told the state government. The Union ministry said there were “grave lapses by the district officers, officials and authorities” and asked the state government to identify the personnel concerned and initiate action against them. “Besides, the rice millers associated in delivery of such ‘human unfit’ stock should be blacklisted with immediate effect,” the ministry said in its letter to the MP government. Analysis reports of 32 samples were found to be not just beyond below rejection limit as per the uniform specifications issued by the ministry, but also beyond the PFA standards as per the FSSAI Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution STATUS OF CASES Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases Today Cumulative 1,858 1,58,586 19 4,481 -- 16,502 2,509 1,79,569 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital 14,146 4,278 9,868 Covid care centre 10,143 941 6,139* Covid health centre 601 367 234 HOME ISOLATION : 8,407 *3,063 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights TESTING STATUS 7,870 20,965 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted Rapid antigen test conducted in city 16,36,518 86,132 Total tests done so far Tests per million n Containment zones as on date: 894 n received in control room: 156 Calls n number of calls dispatched to Total ambulances: 1,282 n number of calls refused : Nil Total Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for Sept. 02 No time, says BJP 8,01,282 ACTIVE COVID-19 PATIENTS IN INDIA, ACCORDING TO UNION HEALTH MINISTRY PGIMER makes health ID must, NHA frowns istration, undersigned by the director and the medical suA circular issued by Post perintendent, says otherwise. Graduate Institute of Medical “The registration for generatEducation and Research in ing Health IDs is mandatory Chandigarh, a central govern- for all the citizens and Chanment institute, has asked all digarh administration has its staffers to mandatorily get also initiated the registration their health IDs created under on the link shared by GoI and the National Digital Health directed to: get the facility regMission (NDHM). istered, all the doctors regisThe directive has triggered tered and all others and their concern among doctors at the family members to get regisinstitution as the tered on this appliUnion government cation mandatorihas so far mainly it says. ,” tained that creation Dr Jagat Ram, diof digital health IDs, rector of the instiIt is optional for which will allow intute, could not be individuals to get dividuals to store health IDs and even reached for comtheir health records after generating IDs, ment despite multiand reports longitu- they can opt out. We ple attempts but will get in touch dinally, is a volunIndu Bhushan, CEO with PGIMER and tary exercise. of the National repeat these The NDHM, rolled Health Authority instructions out in six Union Terwhich is operationPraveen Gedam, ritories on a pilot alising the NDHM, NHA deputy CEO basis, was launched said “this is a wrong by PM Narendra circular”. “We will Modi on August 15. take it up with the hospital. As per the draft NDHM pol- They can’t do it,” he told this icy, the objective of the mis- newspaper. sion is “…to create a system Praveen Gedam, NHA depuof digital personal and medi- ty CEO who is in-charge of the cal health records which is mission, insisted there was a easily accessible to individu- misunderstanding on part of als and health service provid- the hospital. “It is optional for ers and is purely voluntary in individuals to get health IDs nature, based on the consent and even after generating IDs, of individuals”. they can opt out. We will get in The circular issued last touch with PGIMER and reweek by the PGIMER admin- peat these instructions.” SUMI SUKANYA DUTTA @ New Delhi There won’t be enough time for questions as the two Houses will convene only for four hours daily, BJP leader Anil Baluni said, adding that unstarred questions will be allowed. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had spoken to all parties and they all supported this move, he claimed. “But now they have changed their stand,” he alleged Big bureaucratic reform initiative to build capacity gets Cabinet approval M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi SEEKING to shift the focus of civil servants from rules to roles, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to launch “Mission Karmayogi”, which aims to continuously reskill and add to their capacity . The whole programme will be monitored by the prime minister, who will head an HR Council consisting of experts drawn from India and abroad. To create the necessary infrastructure, a special purpose vehicle will be floated to provide technological support, including building digital resources. The National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building has been designed because bureaucrats generally work in silos with few exchange of ideas, bogged down as they are in file work. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the new programme will radically improve the human resource management practices in the government. Within the ruling dispensation, there is a sense that bureaucrats have not really been delivering as per expectation, hence the new initiative. However, it drew mixed reactions from veteran civil servants. Rooted in Indian culture, learning from abroad The programme aims to ensure that civil servants remain entrenched in Indian culture and sensibilities while learning from the best institutions and practices across the world. Mission Karmayogi will focus on individual civil servants and institutional capacity building, with resources and benefits being made available to the ranks of section officers to secretaries. Officials will be allowed to choose their fields of interest “The main challenge currently is the politicisation of the civil services. The political masters control the civil services, wielding punitive powers to transfer. Despite talented youngsters joining the civil services with a lot of idealism, the civil services have been controlled by the politicians,” said Shankar Sen, a former IPS officer, who had been Director of the Sardar Patel Police Academy Hyderabad. , However, Badal Chatterjee, a former civil servant, concurred with the government, saying the intentions were always there in spirit and the Cabinet has only sought to put them in letter. “Barring individual excellence, bureaucrats have been seen working as babus, sticking with files, while their field experiences and motivation of serving the public is taking a back seat,” said Chatterjee, while speaking to this newspaper. AAP govt to focus on testing at city’s entry points E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Delhi administration has decided to strengthen the testing and isolation strategy of the government. This was the outcome of a meeting on Wednesday chaired by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal at a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA). The national capital has over the last few days witnessed a surge in the number of coronavirus cases with the daily count going past the 2,000 mark. Baijal has directed all stakeholders to use technology for improving contact tracing and containment zone planning. The L-G has reportedly shown his keenness for testing-on-demand facilities at people’s doorstep. “In view of changing scenario it is important to urgently review & strengthen the current Testing, Tracing & Treatment strategies with focus on hot spots, containment zones & rural areas (sic),” Baijjal tweeted. The officials have been told to increase testing of workers at construction sites, entry points into Delhi, ISBTs and railway stations. The Chief Minister has also decided to double the number of tests per day . During the meeting, Baijal instructed the authorities for a “collective and concerted” effort against the pandemic. Sources said the DMRC plan to re-open the metro was also discussed in the meeting. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Chief Secretary Vijay Dev and experts from different fields were also present at the meeting. Revenue minister Kailash Gahlot and Niti Aayog member Dr VK Paul, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director Randeep Guleria also took part in the discussion.
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