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Follow us BAD, TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2021; PAGES 12 3RNI No. TELENG/2018/76469Established 1864Published FromHYDERABAD DELHI LUCKNOWBHOPAL RAIPUR CHANDIGARHBHUBANESWAR RANCHIDEHRADUN VIJAYAWADA*LATE CITY VOL. 3 ISSUE 229*Air Surcharge Extra if Applicablewww.dailypioneer.comFocus on vaccination rather thanfighting with Twitter:NCP to CentreIn briefAP govt extendsCovid curfewtill June 20he Andhra Pradesh governmenton Monday further extendedthe COVID curfew across thestate till June 20. The curfew duration,however, has been curtailed by twohours a day and will be in force from 2PM to 6 AM after June 10. The COVIDcurfew, first imposed on May 5, wassupposed to end on June 10 but, at ahigh-level review meeting on thepandemic situation, Chief Minister Y SJagan Mohan Reddy decided to extendit for ten more days. A CMO releasesaid all government offices wouldfunction from 8 AM to 2 PM daily tillJune 20. Coronavirus cases haveshown a significant decline in AP inthe last two weeks.TCBSE tells schoolsto complete Class 12practicals onlinehe Central Board of SecondaryEducation (CBSE) Mondayasked schools to conduct theirpending class 12 practicals andinternal assessments only in onlinemode, and submit marks by June 28.In a letter sent to schools, CBSEExamination Controller SanyamBhardwaj said that it has beenobserved that some schools have notbeen able to complete the schoolbased assessments in various subjectsdue to the Covid pandemic. "Thus, theschools with pending practicals andinternal assessments are permitted toconduct the same now in only onlinemode and upload marks on the provided link latest by June 28," he said.TTwitter seeks moretime to complywith new IT ruleswitter is learnt to have approachedthe government seeking moretime to comply with the new ITrules. According to sources, themicro-blogging site has said that itintends to comply with the rules butneeds more time due to the pandemicsituation in India. "Twitter has writtento Meity seeking more time to complywith the IT rules. It has said that it isunable to do so because of thepandemic," a source told PTI. Theresponse from Twitter comes after thegovernment issued a strongly-wordedfinal notice to the company regardingits non-compliance with the new rules.TCovishield producesmore antibodies thanCovaxin: Studyhe Covishield vaccine producesmore antibodies than Covaxinthough both generate a goodimmune response , says a pan-Indiastudy of healthcare workers who hadreceived both doses of the preventives.The yet-to-be-published study, postedon the preprint repository MedRxiv onJune 4, covered 515 healthcareworkers (HCW) -- 305 men and 210women -- from 22 cities in 13 states.Covishield, from the OxfordAstraZeneca stable, is manufacturedby the Serum Institute of India inPune. Covaxin is the indigenouslymanufactured vaccine by Hyderabadbased Bharat Biotech in collaborationwith ICMR and National Institute ofVirology. Both vaccines elicited goodimmune response after two doses.TTODAYALMANACMonth & Paksham:Vaishakha & Krishna PakshaPanchangamTithi : Trayodashi: 11:23 amNakshatram : Kritika: Full NightTime to Avoid : (Bad time to startany important work)Rahukalam : 03:30 pm – 05:08 pmYamagandam : 09:00 am – 10:37 amVarjyam : 07:10 pm – 08:58 pmGulika : 12:15 pm - 01:52 pmGood Time : (to start any important work)Amritakalam : NILAbhijit Muhurtham : 11:49 am – 12:41 pmHYDERABADWEATHERForecast: Scattered thunderstormsTemp: 36/24Humidity: 61%Sunrise: 05:41 amSunset: 06:49 pmCurrent Weather ConditionsUpdated JUNE 7, 2021 5:00 PMP5lifetime highsALL ADULTS TO GET FREE COVIDVAX FROM JUNE 21: PM MODIPNS n NEW DELHIThe Central government will provide free coronavirus vaccines tostates for inoculation of all abovethe age of 18 from June 21, PrimeMinister Narendra Modiannounced on Monday, whileasserted that vaccine supply wouldbe increased significantly in thecountry in the coming days.The Centre has decided to buy75 percent of jabs from vaccinemakers, including 25 percent of thestate quota, and give it for free tostate governments, the PrimeMinister said in an address to thenation.Private sector hospitals can continue to procure 25 percent of vaccines, but their service chargewould be capped at Rs 150 per doseover a fixed price of the vaccine,Modi said.The change in the government'svaccine strategy comes days afterthe Supreme Court asked theCentre to place on record all relevant documents and file notingsreflecting its thinking culminatingin the Covid-19 vaccination policy, and states questioning the central government over the allegedCentre to provide vax to states;service charges for private hospitalscapped at Rs 150 per dose80 Cr Indians toget free ration tillDiwali: PM Modip to 80 crore poorUIndians will receivefree rations till Diwali,Prime Minister NarendraModi announced today.This will be part of theextended PradhanMantri Garib KalyanYojana.2“For all people, whetherit is the poor, the lowermiddle class, the middleclass, or the uppermiddle class, underthe Central govtprogramme,everyone willget freevaccines”shortage of vaccines.Justice DY Chandrachud hadquestioned the vaccine procurement policy and also raised theissue of the digital divide questioning the policy of mandatory registration on CoWIN App for jabs."It has been decided today thatthe Central government will takeTransformed TS as ricebowl for country: KCRPNS n HYDERABADExtending this greetings to thepeople on the occasion of WorldFood Safety Day, Chief Minister KChandrashekhar Rao on Mondayhailed the efforts put in by the stategovernment to turn Telanganainto a rice bowl for the countryfrom a region that faced famineand starvation in the undivided AP.The measures taken by the Stategovernment to increase productionof meat, eggs and fish besides fruitsand vegetables under variousschemes yielded good results inproviding nutritious and qualityfood to people, KCR said.He said that the government wastaking all measures to stop adulteration of food items and dealingwith a stern hand against the spurious seeds, fertilisers and pesticides to ensure food grains are safefor consumption.The Chief Minister said thatwithin a short span of time,Telangana state was able to createtwo crore acres of fertile lands thatwere being cultivated for twocrops. “The State stood first in theproduction by producing 3 croremetric tonnes of food grains.Opposition Congressasked the government tostop creating confusionover the 25 percent doses assignedto states and this will be implemented in the next two weeks.From June 21 (International Dayof Yoga), the Centre will providefree vaccines to states.Till now,crores of people got free vaccines,now the 18 years segment will beadded to this," Modi said.Eatala likely to joinBJP on June 13K VENKATESHWARLUn HYDERABADFormer health minister EtelaRajender is likely join the BJP onJune 13 in the presence of BJPnational chief JP Nadda andUnion Home Minister Amit Shahin Delhi.It’s learnt that the BJP top leaders gave Etela an appointment forSunday. However, Amit Shah'spresence at the joining ceremonyis not yet confirmed as he has beenfacing health problems, it is learnt.It’s learnt that former MLA EnuguRavinder Reddy and formerKarimnagar ZP chairperson ThulaUma would also join the BJP alongwith Etela on the same day.According to sources, the former minister may tender his resignation from the Assembly beforehe leaves for Delhi on June 11.22Kids face heart attack risk post Covid MIS-CNiloufer hospital has treated 30 cases of MIS-Cso far, 10 suspected cases still under treatmentNAVEENA GHANATEn HYDERABADDelayed detection of post-CovidcomplicationMultisystemInflammator y Syndrome inChildren (MIS-C) can lead to aheart attack.First detected in the UK in children infected with Covid, MIS-Cis a condition where differentbody parts, including the heart,lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, orgastrointestinal organs, canbecome inflamed. These symptoms emerge after 3-4 weeks ofrecovery. Doctors point out thatearly treatment will lead to a 100percent survival rate.All municipalities tohave veg, non-vegmarkets, FSTPsPNS n HYDERABADBuoyed by transformation of villages under the Palle Pragathi programme, the Telangana State government is now focusing onimproving town and cities underPattana Pragathi with all amenities,said Municipal Minister KT RamaRao on Monday. The Minister, wholaid stone and inaugurated variousdevelopment works in Jagtial district said that 42% to 43% of people were now living in towns andcities hoping for better educationand employment opportunities.2According to Hyderabad-basedpaediatrician Dr Kishore Reddy,“MIS-C can be serious, even deadly, but most children who werediagnosed with this condition havegotten better with medical care.Detection of MIS-C, if delayed, canaffect the heart around the coronary vessels. These will get dilatedwhich leads to reduced blood flow,eventually leading to heart attack.In some kids, kidneys and the braincan get affected. It’s important forparents to be alert.”Doctors pointed out that they arewitnessing bleeding abnormalitiesin children apart from fluctuatingblood pressure and hands and legsbecoming cold.State-run Niloufer Hospital hasso far treated 30 cases of MIS-Cand currently has about 10 suspected cases. As per the data compiledby the Indian Academy ofPaediatrics Intensive Care Chapter,more than 2,000 cases of MIS-Chave been reported in the countryin the wake of Covid first wave.2Keerthy Suresh’sP8HEAVYWEIGHTS take Nifty, Sensex to"For all people, whether it is thepoor, the lower middle class, themiddle class, or the upper-middleclass, under the Central government programme, everyone will getfree vaccines," the Prime Ministersaid.While BJP leaders and ministerslauded Prime Minister Modi for thenew vaccination policy, many others on social media were seencrediting the Supreme Court andJustice Chandrachud for the changein the strategy. OppositionCongress asked the government tostop creating confusion with changing policies and demanded thatevery citizen should get Rs 6,000 intheir accounts along with free vaccination. Modi said the Centre andstates will make necessary preparations in the coming two weeks asper new guidelines.While elaborating on the reasonsfor the change in the vaccinationpolicy, Modi said as the coronacases started declining, questionsarose about the lack of choice forstates and some people questionedwhy the central government isdeciding everything.2Good Luck Sakhito release in theatresTelangana likely tolift daytime lockdownML MELLY MAITREYIn HYDERABADThe Telangana government isseriously considering further easing of lockdown norms in the Statewhile enforcing Covid-appropriatebehaviour with all seriousness.The strict lockdown imposedfrom May 12 with relaxation from6 am to 10 am has been effectivein resulting in a declining trend.The positivity rate too has beencoming down in the State.While the State reported 4,723positive cases on May 12 with 87percent recovery rate and 31deaths, the number of positivecases came down to 1,436 on June6 with 14 deaths. The recovery rateimproved to about 95 percent.The positivity rate which was at4.5 percent soon after impositionof lockdown, came down to 2.1percent as on June 3, according tothe Director, Public Health.When the lockdown wasextended last week from June 1 to9, the idea was to improve the positivity rate in rural areas.After the household fever surveyand outpatient services provided inall the government hospitals —from PHCs to district hospitals —the positivity rate was also foundto be improving in rural areas andsteps were taken to provide decen-The Union Health Ministry hasrevised the list of drugs to be usedto treat Covid-19, dropping the useof ivermectin, hydroxychloroquineand anti-viral favipiravir from thetreatment guideline.This was after a section of doctors and medical researchers questioned the lack of scientific evidence that these drugs are helpfulin treating Covid patients.The guidelines for the management of Covid patients, released bythe Union Health Ministry andFamily Welfare skip mention ofivermectin and doxycycline, twowidely prescribed medicines acrossthe country, as well as hydroxychloroquine which was soughtSNCN ACHARYULUn HYDERABADTelangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS)president and Chief Minister KChandrasekhar Rao on Mondayshot two birds with one stone —giving a major shock to TDPnational president N ChandrababuNaidu by successfully wooing theTDP’s Telangana unit chief LRamana to join the TRS fold andoffset any losses that his party mayincur by the exit of Etela Rajender.To pull off the coup, KCR pressedinto service Telangana PanchayatRaj Minister Errabelli Dayakar Raowho reached out to Ramana. The‘Sometimes dynastybetter than nasty’:Mamata’s nephew’sdig at BJPPNS n KOLKATATrinamool MP AbhishekBanerjee - newly promoted asGeneral Secretary - took a swipeat the BJP Monday over its useof the "dynasty" tag in attacks onhim and criticised the oppositionfor its use of "agencies and muscle power" in campaigning forthe April-May election that theylost.He mocked them for being"rattled" by his appointment andnot practicing what theypreached ; he said they hadn'tpassed a law on "dynastic politics" because they were "importing dynastic turncoats"."You ran a campaign on'dynasty'. People gave you ananswer. I want to tell the BJP.sometimes a dynasty is betterthan being nasty," Mr Banerjeesaid, referring to a campaign littered with crass comments andsexist swipes.The latestSOPs alsolist clearlywho shouldbe usingRemdesivirandTocilizumab,along withwho exactlymust takesteroidsafter during the first wave. Theguidelines also skip the use ofantibiotics.A typical prescription for Covidin India includes azithromycin,doxycycline, ivermectin, hydroxy-n Low positivity rate,declining cases, vaxto high risk groupsfavour relaxationn Need to boostrevenues to spendon medical andhealth facilities andbe prepared forthird wavetralised isolation centres in ruralareas.The special drive taken by theGovernment to v