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Cyclone Tauktae: Indian Navy engages in multiple search and rescue missions along West Coast

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In a swift response to SOS by an Indian vessel adrift in the Arabian Sea, a naval helicopter was dispatched early morning today 17th May, for rescuing the stranded crew of Indian flagged Tug ‘Coromondel Supporter IX’, which was adrift North West of Mangalore, Karnataka. Rough seas, due to cyclone Tauktae, had resulted in flooding of the vessel’s machinery compartments rendering it without propulsion and power supply, and the crew without any support.

The Indian Navy Helo was dispatched early morning 17th May 21 after failed attempts to rescue by boat. Four crew members were winched by helo safely.

On receipt of a request for assistance for a Barge ‘P305’ adrift off Heera Oil Fields in Bombay High area with 273 personnel onboard, INS Kochi was swiftly sailed with despatch to assess the situation and render assistance, as required. INS Talwar is also preparing to sail out.

In response to another SOS received from Barge ‘GAL Constructor’ with 137 people on board about 8 nautical miles from Mumbai INS Kolkata has also been sailed with despatch to render assistance.

Continuing with the preparations to tackle cyclone Tauktae, 11 Indian Navy Diving Teams have been kept on standby and ready for deployment in case of any request from State authorities. 12 Flood Rescue Teams and medical teams have also been earmarked for immediate response and deployment. Repair and rescue teams have been formed to undertake urgent infrastructural repairs post-cyclone if required.

Various ships along the Western seaboard are on standby with aid and relief material for immediate assistance to affected areas as required and to provide assistance to fishing boats/ small boats stranded due to rough weather. Navy’s Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft on surveillance are continuously broadcasting cyclone warnings to fishermen.

As informed earlier, relief operations by naval teams were also undertaken at Kochi, Kerala. Three diving teams along with Quick Reaction Teams from Southern Naval Command were deployed at Chellanam (Kochi) for providing assistance to the local populace, stranded due to flooding.

These teams ferried food, water and provisions to the relief camp, which was inaccessible by vehicles due to heavy waterlogging. Stranded people were ferried in Gemini rubber craft from their houses to relief camps on higher ground at Ernakulam and Chellanam. The Naval team also provided water and essentials to the Cortina hospital, Chellanam which was completely inaccessible due to waterlogging.

source: The Statesman

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Delhi Eases Lockdown Curbs: What’s Allowed, What’s Not?

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Delhi is slated to further ease lockdown restriction from 5 am of Monday, 14 June. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the same on Sunday, 13 June, as per ANI, saying:

“After 5 am tomorrow (Monday), all activities will be allowed except some that will be prohibited and some that will be done in a restricted manner. A detailed order will be issued.”

Will offices be allowed to open?

  • Private offices will run on 50% capacity from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • In government offices, there will be 100% attendance of group A officers and 50% for the rest.

Will public transport be functional?

  • Delhi Metro will be operational at 50% capacity. No standing passengers will be allowed.
  • Intra-state buses will move with up to 50% capacity. No standing passengers will be allowed.
  • Autos, e-rickshaws, grameen sewa, taxis, and cabs can carry up to two passengers at once.

Is inter-state movement allowed?

There are no restrictions on inter-state movement of persons and goods, including those for cross-land border trade under treaties with neighboring countries. No separate permission/e-pass will be required for such movements.

Which markets are allowed to open?

  • All market complexes, stand-alone shops and malls will now be allowed to be open from 10 am to 8 pm.
  • With regard to weekly markets, only one weekly market will be allowed to function each day per zone, and only with 50% of the vendors will be allowed to set up their shops. No weekly market will be allowed to function at roadsides.
  • Salons will also be allowed to resume their services.

Is eating at restaurants permitted?

Restaurants will be open with 50% of their seating capacity. Restaurant owners will be responsible for ensuring that COVID-appropriate behaviour is followed by the personnel at their establishments.

Can marriages take place?

  • Holding marriage ceremonies at public places, including hotels and banquet halls, is prohibited.
  • For marriages organised at homes or the court, a maximum of 20 people can be in attendance.
  • No DJs, catering services, tent services will be allowed to operate for marriages.

What about funerals?

A maximum of 20 people may be in attendance at funerals/last rites related gatherings.

Will schools and colleges reopen?

Schools, colleges and educational institutions will remain shut. Online and distance learning will continue.

What else will remain closed?

  • Swimming pools, stadiums, sports complexes, cinema theaters, multiplexes,
  • spas, gyms, yoga institutes
  • Public parks and gardens
  • Auditoriums, assembly halls, banquet halls
  • Religious places will remain closed to visitors

Further, all social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, and religious gatherings are prohibited.

Source : TheQuint

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Delhi Police files FIR against JNU students for breaking into library, manhandling security guards

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Police said a group of 35-40 students gathered outside the library that is closed for students because of the pandemic. (File)


According to the FIR, guards called Quick Response Team to disperse the students who were protesting and trying to break into the library.

The Delhi Police registered an FIR against a group of JNU students who allegedly broke into the Central Library and manhandled security guards at the premises.

Police said a group of 35-40 students gathered outside the library that is closed for students because of the pandemic. They protested in front of the gate and asked the guard to open the gates of the library but the guards refused to do so. The incident took place on Tuesday morning around 10.40 am.

According to the FIR, guards called Quick Response Team to disperse the students who were protesting and trying to break into the library.

“Students manhandled security personnel and started hitting the library gate with sticks. The glass section of the gate was damaged… The security personnel resisted the attack and didn’t allow the students to enter from the three entrance gates. They (students) then found a small gate, broke the glass pane, and entered the library. The security personnel removed the students from the library,” reads the FIR.

Police said the students continued protesting and manhandled security personnel. They violated Covid norms by protesting and also damaged library gates.

A case under sections of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, DDMA Act, Epidemic Diseased Act, and IPC was registered against unknown persons at Vasant Kunj police station.

Students posted on Twitter and other social media about the incident saying the administration shut the library during the pandemic. They demanded, “immediate reopening” of the central library for students.

Source : indianexpress.com

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Antibody cocktail for Covid showing positive response, say Delhi’s private hospitals

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This treatment, which uses the combination of Casirivimab and Imdevimab and is popularly called an ‘antibody cocktail’, is priced at Rs 59,750 for a dose.

Private hospitals in the city which have introduced monoclonal antibody therapy to high-risk patients are reporting positive responses from those who received it.

This treatment, which uses the combination of Casirivimab and Imdevimab and is popularly called an ‘antibody cocktail’, is priced at Rs 59,750 for a dose. It is meant for treatment of mild to moderate cases in high-risk patients at an early stage of Covid. Because of its high price, it is only being administered at a handful of private hospitals, and no government hospitals.

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, which had introduced the treatment last week, has reported that two patients who received it showed an improvement in their parameters within 12 hours.

The first patient was a 36-year-old healthcare worker with high-grade fever, cough, myalgia, severe weakness and leucopenia, who was given the treatment on the sixth day of the disease. The second patient was an 80-year-old who is diabetic and hypertensive and had high-grade fever, cough, and was administered the drug on Day 5. The hospital has reported that both showed an improvement in their parameters within 12 hours.

“Monoclonal antibody could prove to be a gamechanger in times to come if used at appropriate time. It can avoid hospitalisation in high risk groups and progression to severe disease. It can help escape or reduce the usage of steroids and immunomodulation which would further reduce the risk of fatal infections like Mucormycosis, secondary bacterial and viral infections like CMV,” said Dr Pooja Khosla, senior consultant, Department of Medicineat the hospital.

The first patient was a 36-year-old healthcare worker with high-grade fever, cough, myalgia, severe weakness and leucopenia, who was given the treatment on the sixth day of the disease. The second patient was an 80-year-old who is diabetic and hypertensive and had high-grade fever, cough, and was administered the drug on Day 5. The hospital has reported that both showed an improvement in their parameters within 12 hours.

“Monoclonal antibody could prove to be a gamechanger in times to come if used at appropriate time. It can avoid hospitalisation in high risk groups and progression to severe disease. It can help escape or reduce the usage of steroids and immunomodulation which would further reduce the risk of fatal infections like Mucormycosis, secondary bacterial and viral infections like CMV,” said Dr Pooja Khosla, senior consultant, Department of Medicineat the hospital.

Similarly, BLK-Max Super Specialty Hospital has also reported positive results in two patients.

“We are happy to report that we conducted RT-PCR test on two Covid positive patients 8 days after developing symptoms and it turned out to be a definite negative. They were administered antibodies cocktail therapy within three days of getting their Covid positive reports. This is the fastest ever recovery reported in patients here, particularly senior citizens suffering from comorbidities,” said Dr Sandeep Nayar, senior director and HoD, Chest & Respiratory Diseases at the hospital.

Source : IndianExpress.com

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