MONDAY Speculation ends, Himanta Biswa Sarma to be Assam CM 10 MAY, 2021 Sarma was elected as the leader of the Legislature Party after the outgoing Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal proposed his name epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard HELPED BJP MAKE INROADS INTO NORTHEAST twitter.com/TheMornStandard Sarma (52) would take the oath of office on Monday. He was the convener of the NorthEast Democratic Alliance, a BJP-led front of anti-Congress parties, and Number 2 to Sonowal since 2016. Under his stewardship, the BJP made inroads into the Northeast and became the second party to form successive governments in Assam after its victory in 2021 Assembly election LALU PRASAD RETURNS TO CHEER RJD WORKERS Out of jail, RJD boss holds first virtual meeting with rank and file of his party A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R MAY 8 18,93,258 doses @ Guwahati TAKE YOUR MAY 9 SHOT 6,71,646 doses TOTAL: 17,01,53,432 DELHI COVID WATCH MAY 8 MAY 9 Positive cases 17,364 13,336 Recovery 20,160 14,738 Active cases 87,907 86,232 Deaths 332 273 Containment zones 51,338 53,127 Tests 74,384 61,552 Positivity rate 23.34% 21.67 % A deserted view of Connaught Place market during the lockdown due to Covid pandemic in the national capital | PARVEEN NEGI Delhi govt extends lockdown till May 17 CM Kejriwal asserts it will be a stricter lockdown this time as Metro services will also remain suspended this time E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi CHIEF minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced extension of the lockdown in Delhi by another week till May 17, saying restrictions would continue with more stringent measures despite improvement in health infrastructure. Metro services, the lifeline of Delhi-NCR, will remain suspended and no wedding ceremonies will be allowed at public places in this period. The CM said that the decision to extend lockdown was taken based on public feedback. “Jaan hai toh jahan hai (life is more valuable than anything else). This time, the lockdown will be stricter. In the past twothree days, the positivity ratio came down to 23 per cent, which was 35 per cent earlier. A great contribution has been of the people, who extended their full support. Everyone adhered to the norms. We are not doing this as a favour to others. This is a matter DOUBLE WHAMMY PRESENT TENSE FOR BHOPAL TWINS A N U R A A G S I N G H @ Bhopal But two days later despite the best efforts of doctors, N a dilapidated dou- Mohan succumbed to the ble storey house in infection. Budhwara, a thickly By the time Mohan was populated lower mid- hospitalised, his wife Rita dle class area of Old and the twin daughters, too, Bhopal, twin girls had tested positive. Five days aged five suddenly later on May 3, Rita, who start wailing and ask for was being treated in isolatheir parents. “Where is our tion at her parents’ old papa and mummy when will home, also died. “I had gone , they return, have they gone to immerse Mohan’s ashes to God?” they ask. in the river Narmada in the Family members immedi- neighbouring Hoshangabad ately rush in, consoling the district on May 3. While retwins that things will be fine turning home I got a call and their parents are likely that my sister Rita had also to return soon. But return passed away said Raikwar. ,” they will not as But the future Mohan and Rita is tense for RaikBarve, the girl’s war’s family of parents, fell prey four and the to Covid-19 in twins as they q u i c k are living on succession. borrowed mon“We have to ey An auto-rick. lie to my nieces s h aw d r ive r, everyday when Raikwar has not they ask us earned a penny PART-1 about their parin the past 15 e n t s. I d o n’ t days owing to NCPCR seized know how long the lockdown. of the matter we will able to “ I h ave a l On May 2, National hide the truth ready borrowed Commission for that their par`40,000 and will Protection of Child ents will never have to borrow Rights drew the re t u r n , ” s a i d more to take attention of all states Mankesh Raikcare of four kids to children orphaned war, the twins’ now. My two othdue to Covid-19, saying maternal uncle er sisters, who those abandoned or in who has taken live in Bhopal need of care must be the responsibiliand Burhanpur, produced before Child ty of taking care are willing to Welfare Committees o f t h e g i rl s . take care of the “ Along with their twin nieces, but parents, they had also tested my 75-year-old mother Covid positive, but they are doesn’t want to leave her fine now,” he added. granddaughters,” he said. Mohan, 42, was an electri- “Neither my sister nor my cian with a semi-govern- brother-in-law would have ment herbal products plant ever thought they would dein Bhopal’s Barkheda Patha- part from this world in a ni area. Sometime last matter of days. But we will month he started getting fe- take care of their daughters ver, but instead of getting as long as we can.” himself tested for Covid, he The twins are not the only continued to take medicines children who have been orfrom a personal doctor. phaned in the current Covid His condition suddenly surge. More cases of both worsened on April 28 and he parents dying of Covid are had shortness of breath. surfacing. There are anecdoRaikwar rushed him to the tal reports of some of them state government-run Ha- even being abandoned and midia Hospital, where he left to fend for themselves. CONTINUED ON P7 was put on oxygen support. I He established himself as BJP’s chief strategist in Northeast after snatching power from right under the Congress’ nose in Manipur ■ Along with Sonowal, Sarma was a contender for the top job in Assam. His elevation is seen as recognition of his work and skills ■ The NEDA had won 75 seats in the house of 126 in the recent polls ■ KINGMAKER GETS CROWN AFTER DECADES OF WAIT NATIONWIDE MAY 8 MAY 9 Fresh cases 4,01,078 4,03,738 Recoveries 3,18,609 3,86,444 Deaths 4,187 4,092 JAB-O-METER STRATEGIST REWARDED FOR RESULTS of our own lives and health,” said Kejriwal. The lockdown, which was clamped on April 19, will now continue till 5 am on May 17. “After April 26, because a lockdown was imposed, the chain of the Coronavirus somewhat started to break and the cases began to decrease,” Kejriwal said. In its order, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) says that there will be a complete prohibition on marriage ceremonies at public places, banquet halls, hotels and similar places during the period. “Marriages may however be organised in court or at home in which not more than 20 people will be allowed to participate. The movement for the said purpose shall be allowed with the production of soft or hard copy of marriage This time, the lockdown will be stricter. ... We are not doing this as a favour to others. This is a matter of our own lives and health — Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM cards. The DJ, sound system, tentage, catering or similar kind of services will not be allowed for the marriage ceremony the order reads. ,” According to the order, the owners of the marriage halls, banquet halls, hotels, DJ, sound system, tentage, catering, and other service providers will have to either return the advance amount paid by the customer for conducting marriage ceremony during curfew period they will have to mutually agree to organise the marriage at a later date. BJP’S trouble-shooter in the Northeast Himanta Biswa Sharma will take over from Sarbananda Sonowal as the next chief minister of Assam on Monday . The decks were cleared after Sarma was elected as the leader of BJP legislature party in the presence of central observers, including Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, BL Santhosh, Arun Singh and Baijayant Panda. Sarma’s candidature was proposed by Sonowal and seconded by BJP state chief and MLA Ranjeet Kumar Dass and MLA Nandita Garlosa. “As no other name was proposed, Sarma was elected unanimously as the BJP legislature par ty leader,” Tomar said. In a show of unity Sarma , visited Sonowal and later both arrived together in the same vehicle to attend the BJP legislature party meeting. Both the leaders posed together for photos. Later in the evening, Sarma along with Sonowal and other leaders of BJP-led alliance met Governor Jagdish Mukhi and submitted a list Worry as Covid claims lives of many AMU facult EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE deaths of at least 16 serving and 18 retired teachers, besides other staff of the Aligarh Muslim University due to Cov, id-19 in the past 18 days have triggered an alarm, with the Vice-Chancellor urging the ICMR to study the infection variant on the campus. In a letter to the ICMR, ViceChancellor Tariq Mansoor said “a particular variant may be circulating in areas around the AMU campus and surrounding localities, which has led to these deaths”. The latest to fall to the virus was the dean of the AMU’s law faculty, Prof Shakeel Samdani, who died at Aligarh’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College on Friday . Mansoor said the microbiology lab at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College would send samples to the Institute of Genomic and Integrated Biology, New Delhi, for genome sequencing of the variants detected in the town. Meanwhile, the medical college Principal Shahid Ali Siddiqui told media that 25 doctors at the hospital had tested positive for the infection in the past fortnight. According to the V-C, three doctors were under treatment, while others had recovered. However, sources said at least 16 people, including faculty members, were currently under treatment in the Covid ward of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College. Meanwhile, the college prin- 43 dead, claim social media The university PRO said a list of deceased being circulated on social media includes the names of faculty members residing outside Aligarh. The list claims 43 AMU profs have succumbed cipal claimed the hospital was battling oxygen shortage and was dependent on its three plants. The hospital has not received a single oxygen cylinder in the past 12 days despite continuous efforts, he said. The first death of a professor of AMU was recorded on April 20 when the former proctor and dean student welfare professor Jamshed Ali Siddiqui passed away . Earlier, Medical Department Chairman Professor Shadab Ahmed Khan (58) and Computer Department Professor Rafiqul Zaman Khan (55) also succumbed to Covid-19. CONTINUED ON P8 EXPRESS READ India condemns terror attack in Kabul school New Delhi: India strongly condemned the terror attack at a girls’ school that left more than 50 people dead. It said the incident demonstrated the immediate need for a comprehensive ceasefire to make the Afghan peace process meaningful. SIT to probe ‘rape’ of Bengal woman Chandigarh: Haryana Police is probing an allegation that a Bengal woman, who died after showing COVID-like symptoms, was raped by two men whom she had accompanied to a farmers’ protest site at Tikri. An SIT will probe the case which names six as accused. FIERCE NO SIGN OF TRUCE FROM DIDI, CENTRE After Mamata seeks relief for Covid care, Sitharaman comes out with 16 tweets PAGE 8 NO COVER Motorists ride through the rain in Noida on Sunday. Delhi also saw a short spell of rain and hailstorm | PTI of MLAs to stake claim for forming the government. The alliance of BJP, Asom Gana Parishad and United People’s Party Liberal had bagged a combined 75 seats in the 126-member House. “With fragrance of Assam in my heart and love of my wonderful people in my veins, I offer my deepest gratitude to you all. I would not have been what I am had it not been for your pious faith in me,” he tweeted. “On this day, I vow to work with and for each one of you with greater passion.” Sonowal tendered his resignation to the Governor but Mukhi asked him to continue in office till the new government is installed. “Congratulations to Himanta BiswaSarma. I believe that you will carry forward the development journey of Assam that we together began as TeamAssam under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi,” he tweeted. After the meeting of NDA legislature party, Sonowal highlighted how the BJP had managed to restore peace. He praised Sonowal, saying his tenure was “unblemished without a single charge of corruption or any P8 other allegations’’. MUCORMYCOSIS Infection can turn fatal if left uncared: Govt E X P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ New Delhi MUCORMYCOSIS, a fungal infection being found in COVID-19 patients with uncontrolled diabetes and prolonged ICU stay, may turn fatal if uncared for, the Centre said. In an advisory on Sunday, it also said the fungal infection mainly affects people who are on medication that reduces their ability to fight environmental pathogens. The evidence-based advisory for screening, diagnosis and management of Mucormycosis was released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Union health ministry. Warning symptoms include pain and redness around eyes and nose, fever, headache, coughing, shortness of breath, bloody vomits and altered mental status, the advisory stated. In COVID patients with diabetes and immuno-suppressed individuals, mucormycosis is suspected if there is sinusitis, one-side numbness, blackish discoloration over the bridge of the nose or palate, toothache, blurred or double vision with pain, skin lesion, thrombosis, chest pain and worsening respiratory symptoms, it said. UNSUNG HERO Helping people navigate healthcare maze M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Ranchi IT was the call of humanity that prodded businessman Babu Khan (36) to reach out to Covid patients swarming the Sadar Hospital at Hazaribagh here, desperately looking for hospital and medical assistance. He found them in panic as they did not know how to get hospital beds or an oxygen cylinder or how to approach a doctor in case of an emergency, and decided to offer help. Twenty-two days and 175 cured patients later, Babu con- Babu Khan at Hazaribagh Sadar Hospital | EXPRESS tinues his selfless service, even giving up the warmth and comfort of his family during the holy month of Ramzan. “I assist the needy in all ways possible. From getting beds to securing oxygen to arranging free medicine for the needy I do , everything in my power,” Babu said. His day begins at 11.30 am, and he helps people landing at the hospital till 5.30 pm, after which goes to a nearby flat where he has been staying for the past 20 days to break Roza. He returns around 7.30 pm and continues with his work till 3 am when he goes back for Sehri. Babu, who has put his busi- ness on hold, said he has not seen his wife and three children since the last 22 days ago. “They are worried for me. I keep in touch via video calls,” he said. What about his own safety? Babu said he takes abundant care. “I wear gloves, masks and take a bath before entering my flat. I sanitise myself regularly , too,” he said. Babu’s service came in for a praise from hospital Superintendent Dr Vinod Kumar, who said: “He does not hesitate to call us over phone in case of emergency .”
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