Covid cases in India cross 13lakh mark

Four proactively testing states make up for 60% of India's new Coronavirus caseload India has surpassed the 13lakh mark for the coronavirus cases by recording 48,896 new cases on Friday alone. The surge in Covid19 cases was led by four fairly rich states  Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka  by contributing as much as 60 per cent of the new case load on Friday. According data posted by, a portal that collates Covid19 case details from states, Maharashtra has recorded 9,615 new cases on Friday, followed by Andhra Pradesh with 8,147 cases, Tamil Nadu with 6,785 and Karnataka with 5,007 cases. Together, the top four states in the list have recorded 29,554 cases on Friday, while the rest of the country accounted. The Centre has asked all states to avoid large congregation, ensure social distancing and webcast the Independence Day events as the coronavirus cases continue to spiral. In an advisory, the home ministry said Covid19 warriors like doctors, health and sanitation workers.

the balance 19,342 cases. These states, however, have been proactive conducting tests. The four states have till not tested 66 lakh people, which is 42 per cent of India's overall testing figure of L54 crore  reflecting poorly infection containment strategy adopted by other highly and densely populated should be invited in the ceremony as a recognition of their noble service in the fight against the pandemic.  states in the country. The spread of Coronavirus cases intensified from July 1, when the total number of cases was 6.01 lakh. In 24 days, the number of Covid19 infections increased by 7.34 lakh and the daily addition of cases has touched nearly 50,000 since a few days.


IT and industries minister K.T. Rama Rao on Friday launched Mahindra University in Hyderabad in a virtual mode along with Anand Mahindra, the chairman of the Mahindra Group.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister said, "Technology , as we experience today, has the ability to simplify any prevailing business or societal complexity. The idea of integrating technology and humanities with curriculum of mainstream higher education will lead to success of not only young people but the entire nation. Mahindra University, supported by the prestigious Mahindra Group, will surely address the growing demand for futureready talent."

Anand Mahindra, who is also Chancellor of the university, said, "High quality education gives transformative powers to individuals and nations alike. Mahindra University will strive to deliver a more balanced education, combining latest technology with liberal arts, to create next generation leaders who have a holistic world view."

Vineet Nayyar, chairman, Mahindra Educational Institutions and Board of Management, Mahindra University, said, "With the education landscape continuously evolving, there is need for a dynamic and empowering approach to education that goes bey°. nd business and is at par with technological demands of the industry."

 KCR plan clicks in very first year Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao's dream, the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project, has already increased the availability of irrigation water, changing the face of the barren Godavari basin in. It was only recently that the Kondapochamma Sagar reservoir, one of the main stages of the project, was completed. Incessant rains in the catchment areas of the Godavari and the Pranahitha rivers have pushed up the water levels in the three main barrages of Kaleshwaram.

With abundant availability of water at Lakshmi barrage (Medigadda), Parvathi barrage (Sundilia), and Saraswathi barrage (Annaram), irrigation engineers have begun releasing water to canals andfIlling up irrigation tanks, even as more than two months remain for the monsoon season to end.

According to the irrigation department, the water level at the Lakshmi barrage was 98.90 metres against its FRL of 100 inetres on Friday. It has 12.7 thousand million cubic feet (tmc ft) against the flail storage of 16.17 tmc ft. At Parvathi barrage, water stood at 127 metres against its foil level of 130 metres. the 8.38•mc ft project has 4.8 tmc ft water now. The Saraswati barrage has 8.8 tmc ft against its capacity of 10.87 tmc ft. Thanks to the Kaleshwaram water and rain, agricultural fields in the undivided districts of Adilabad, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Medak, Warangal and Nalgonda are witnessing farming.

Data disparity hampers India's Covid fight

 The disparity in providing realtime Covid19 data across different states as well as their inability to access public health systems for treatment is reflecting on the people's unwillingness to go for testing, a study published in MedRXiv of the British Medical Journal has stated.

The study is yet to be peer reviewed but is creating ripples in the medical world, and has started a debate among public health specialists over the gaps in realtime data collection. Dr K.K. Aggarwal, past president of Indian Medical Association, said, "To end this confusion we have been insisting on a national health emergency where data collection is unified at the Central level. As that has not happened, each state is reporting its own data."

Analysts who reviewed the mechanism of data col lection and representation found that there were discrepancies and omissions. Age, gender and comorbid conditions were not recorded in the public medical bulletin.

The areas and localities where Covid19 cases were present were not in the public domain. There is no clear dashboard and only aggregate numbers were broadcast. Graphical representation of trends, reporting about the dead and analysis of the cause of death were missing, the study said. Of the 29 states surveyed, the study found that Telangana, UP, Bihar, Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar were the worst in data recording. The first case in each of these states was reported at least 30 days prior to May 19. There was a month's time to assess and build a highquality data system but it was not done. Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu in South India are comparatively better at

reporting, but there is still room for improvement. A senior analyst and public health specialist, on condition of anonymity, said the discrepancy in data will have a long term impact in India as the coordination among states has been lacking.  These gaps allow mischief mongers to take advantage and create social and economic disruptions," he said.


Justice Challa Kodandaram of the Telangana High Court said that affairs between two private individuals cannot be regulated by the state. He was hearing a petition asking the the government to allow mediapersons to cover the demolition of the Secretariat. Mediapersons also complained that government officials were preventing owners of neighbouring buildings overlooking the Secretariat from allowing the media to cover the demolition from their premises.

He said the government must not interfere with mediapersons who are provided access by owners of the surrounding buildings. Advocate General B.S. Prasad said no one was allowed to cover the demolition, and the government would provide a daily bulletin. Justice Kodandraram said the court will convene a special session at 10.30 am on Saturday and pass an order.

 Probe Continental Hospital

The Telangana High Court on Friday directed the Director of Public Health and district medical and health officer, Ranga Reddy district, to conduct an inquiry against Continental Hospitals and take action, following a complaint that it had charged tl lakh per day to treat a Covid19 patient and had reffised to hand over the body till the bills were cleared. Justice T. Vinod Kumar was dealing with a petition filed by Kondapuram Lavanya.

Her counsel Balaji Yelamanjula said the hospital had charged around t9 lakh for nine days. As per the govern. ment orders, the highest charges for ICU with ventilator and isolation would be 19.000 per day. Counsel said the hospital had not informed the police or GHMC about the death of the patient on July 22, which is mandatory. Counsel said the hospital demanded the balance amount, till the petitioner approached the court.

Vikram Pusala, counsel, representing Continental Hospitals, said the body was handed over to the family in the presence of the police. He said the body was not taken by the family members on Thursday. Justice Vinod Kumar faulted both the petitioner and the hospital management for the handling of the issue. He asked the hospital why it had not followed the protocol of handing over the body and asked the petitioner why she had not approached the specified helpline.

The judge also deprecated advocates for rushing to the media even before cases are taken up, garnering needless publicity even in a human tragedy


The Cyberabad police on Friday deployed patrolling teams exclusively to attend to distress calls received on Dial 100 from women facing domestic violence. The teams will work in the three zones of the commissionerate, attend to the victim and forward the case to the She Teams for fltrther assistance to the victim.

Cyberabad police commissioner V.C. Sajjanar said the teams would work in three shifts and comprise a head constable rank officer, a woman constable, a male constable and a driver. The teams, on a pilot basis, have started flinctioning at Jagathgirigutta. Rajendranagar  and Miyapur police stations, and their services will be extended to police stations in Balanagar, Madhapur and Shamshabad zones.

Victims will be provided legal as well as clinical psychologists at the Bharosa centre. Women facing domestic violence were asked to call the police through Dial 100, or reach out to the police on WhatsApp on 9490617261, 9490617444 and 9490617261. They can also email their problems or complaints to Bharosa.cyberabad®gm the commissioner said.

Responding to complaints that Twitter is not taking action against posts spreading hate against Islam, the Telangana High Court asked why it had allowed itself to be a platform for hatemongers. A division bench of Chief            Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy was dealing with a petition filed by advocate Khaja Aijazuddin seeking action against Twitter. The bench said deletion of hate tweets was not sufficient and it should not allow such malevolent posts. It allowed the petitioner to serve personal notice to Twitter. Earlier, the court had issued notices to the Union home ministry, TS police and Twitter for allowing posts linking Covid19 with Islam.

The petitioner said the tweets by some users were provocative and hurt the feelings. It manifestly insulted the religion and that trending such tweets may disturb communal harmony.

KTR gifts 6 ambulances, 100 donated soon after Minister K.T. Rama Rao, who celebrated his birthday on Friday, started a movement of sorts when he promised he would present six ambulances for government hospitals in the districts and that they could also be used to conduct Covid19 tests. Within minutes, pledges were made to deliver 100 ambulances to the government for use in the districts, on behalf of district and constituency units of the TRS. Rama Rao's announcement at Pragati Bhavan when a slew of TRS leaders went to greet him, was instantly met with support from the gathering that included health minister Etala Rajendar, and several Cabinet colleagues. TRS leaders said they would follow the example, with Rajendar saying he would ensure five ambulances are gifted by the party from his constituency and Karimnagar district. Every ambulance will be equipped with oxygen and a ventilator. Rama Rao thanked all the TRS leaders who stepped up with the offers and said he never expected such a response. He expressed the hope that the new fleet of ambulances, when pressed into service, would be a great help to society.

The birthday of Rama Rao was marked by acts of kindness and generosity by his friends, wellwishers and TRS leaders and cadres who enthusiastically joined his *Gift a Smile' movement. While his Cabinet colleagues, Mends and family members greeted him at Pragati Bhavan and on Twitter, the #GiftASmile,

 Two hundred and seventy students graduated from the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Hyderabad on Friday. Addressing the NIPER's eighth convocation ceremony conducted online, IT minister K.T. Rama Rao congratulated the graduates and reiterated the critical role pharmaceutical professionals play in the healthcare industry, especially in battling the Covid19 pandemic. He encouraged the students to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities and become Job creators.  One of the first which has become part of the minister's birthday celebrations over the past few years, generated great response with many chipping in to help the needy instead of lavishing gifts.

Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav participated in several programmes organised in connection with Rama Rao's birthday The minister along with Jubilee Hills MLA Maganti Gopinath inaugurated a blood donation camp and distributed fruits to patients at Nitourer Hospital. He also distributed notebooks to RTPCR kits approved for Covid19 testing by ICMR is kora Hyderabad," he said.

 Hyderabad is home to the first and only life sciences cluster, Genome Valley, with more than 200 life sciences companies. We have more than 800 life sciences companies and this sector currently employs 1.2 lakh pharmaceutical professionals:"

K. Satish Reddy, the NIPER board of governors chairman, spoke about transformational changes the pharmaceutical industry is undergoing during the pandemic and said pharmacy students have several challenging opportunities.  

TRS leader Talasani Sai Kiran Yadav, as part of the programmes taken up by the Talasani Foundation, sponsored health insurance coverage totaling t20 crore to 1,000 outsourced personnel of GHMC's Disaster Response Force. Music director S.S. Thaman released a special song as a tribute to #GiftASmile and highlighted the helping hand extended by the minister on various occasions.

Congress recalls PV's nation building works

The Congress' birth centenary celebrations of former prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao began here on Friday with former President Pranab Mukherjee and former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh paying tribute in an online meeting, along with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi.

Former ministers P. Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh also participated in the meeting organised by the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee. Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy read out messages sent by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on the occasion.

Sonia Gandhi said the event "is an occasion for us to recall and pay tribute to a most scholarly and erudite personality. Through his bold leadership, our country was able to overcome many challenges successfWly. The Union Budget of July 24. 1991, paved the way for the economic transformation of our country" Rahul Gandhi said Narasimha Rao's contribution continues to shape modern India. His remarkable political journey reflected his grit and determination. On this day India embarked on a bold new path of economic transformation, he said.

PVNR Centenary Celebrations Committee chairperson Dr J. Geetha Reddy described Narasimha Rao as the father of land and economic reforms.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee recalled that almost three decades ago Narasimha Rao presented the first budget with Dr Singh as his finance minister, which brought radical reforms in the Indian economy.

 That government took off just after the sad demise of Rajiv Gandhi. His dream was of a strong, united, technologically sophisticated, but humane India. I had dedicated the budget to his inspiring memory," he recalled. Chidambaram said that Narasimha Rao allowed people to take decisions if they enjoyed his confidence. He believed in their decisions and actions.

 Govt hiding deaths: MLA Cong MLA shows video of many bodies burnt at graveyard

A video showing a series of burning pyres at the ESI graveyard in Erragadda shared online by Congress MLA from Mulugu Danasari Anasuya, popularly known as Seethakka, raised questions on the number of Covid19 deaths being declared by the state government.

In a tweet, Seethakka said the video was shot on July 21. On that day, the government reported seven Covid19 deaths but more than 30 bodies were burnt at the graveyard that day, she said accusing the state government of providing wrong statistics on Covid19 from the word go.

Though there have been repeated allegations that the government was hiding the number of those losing their lives to Covid19, the government has been maintaining that it had nothing to hide on this front. As on Friday, the total Covid19 deaths in the state were listed at 455 but this is not the right number. Congress party leaders believe. Venkat Balmoor, state president of NSUI, the Congress' student wing, said it was not just on July 21 that a large number of bodies were burnt at the Erragadda graveyard.


Rural Telangana state saw nearly 1,000 Covid19 cases, cases with Karimnagar reporting 100. Ranga Reddy 135, Sangareddy 102 and Pedappalli 98. Of the total 1,640 cases on Friday the GHMC area reported 683 cases.

The state also recorded eight deaths, taking the toll so far to 455. The total cases in the state now stand at 52,466 of whom 40,334 have recovered, according to the state health department bulletin. No district is free from Covid 19 and people have  TS ALSO recorded eight deaths, taking the toll so far to 455. The total cases in the state now stand at 52,466. been advised that they must not opt for any unnecessary travel.

In case of influenzatype symptoms it is very important to seek medical advice and not stay at home due to stigma of the disease, said experts. Delayed cases are leading to complications and people were urged to seek medical assistance as that will help to bring Covid19 under control faster.

GAME I IS ON UAE to decide on allowing spectators in stadia; players to follow Covid rules IPL starts Sept 19 in UAE, final on Nov. 8

 After much pull, the BCCI has finally pushed its way through, and will hold the annual Indian Premier League, its blue riband event, in the United Arab Emirates from September 19 to November 8. Defending champions Mumbai Indians will take on Chennai Super Kings to kickstart the party on a Saturday night.

IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel revealed the dates on Friday, setting off cheer among cricket circles, moreso fans, who have been deprived of exciting action ever since sporting activity was shut down, courtesy the Covid19 pandemic that has gripped the world. Contrary to speculation, there will be no cutting corners for the centrepiece event. teams will play each other twice over 56 matches followed by the three playoffs (Qualifier 1, Eliminator and Qualifier 2) contested by the top four before the winnertakesall final scheduled for 8 pm start on a Sunday. Games in the glitzy league will start at 4 and 8 pm India time with some double headers lined up at weekends. Matches will most likely be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. All  three cities boast of quality cricket infrastructure and have hosted international matches before. Whether spectators will be allowed at the stadia remains unclear.

The Governing Council will meet shortly to draw up operating standards and protocol to counter the fastspreading Coronavirus. The players will no doubt be confined to biobubbles with rigorous restrictions in place, as is the case with the England and West Indies teams currently playing a Test series in the UK.

Kings XI Punjab coowner Ness Wadia pitched for stern precautions.  They should not be compromised," he said. Teams are likely to arrive in the UAE midAugust for the players to get acclimatised to the conditions and have sufficient time to tune themselves up for the gruelling grind via training sessions at the expansive ICC Academy in Dubai. It's not a first though. Having played the first half of 2014 IPL in the UAE owing to general elections back home, the BCC!, players and the franchisees know the game only too well.