GHMC elections hold key to BJP's

TS power dream fulfil its dream of coming in power in 2023.

BJP leaders hope to benAs the BJP plots to occupy efit from the weakening the main Opposition spa Congress and the Telugu ce against the TRS, win Desam. They point out ning more seats in the that a number of distil*. GHMC polls early next stoned grassrootlevel year will be an important leaders of the Congress step ahead of the 2023 and TD in the GHMC area Assembly elections. are looking to the BJP. The GHMC's 150 wards Soon after the Assembly constitute 25 of the and Lok Sabha polls, the Assembly's 117 seats. BJP leadership in the The BJP has not lost state had encouraged hope in this regard leaders of other parties to despite the disaster in the join it. Subsequently. 2018 Assembly elections however, the BJP stopped when it lost four of the welcoming leaders from five Assembly seats it had other parties in view of won in 2014. opposition from its own The BJP has just four cadres at the city and corporators in the current state level.

GHMC. But it won the A senior BJP leader Secunderabad Lok Sabha pointed out that the party seat in 2019. has active and committed BJP cadres feel that workers at the division increasing their number level in the municipal corin the GHMC polls will poration. State BJP chief not be an easy task. The Bandi Sanjay Kumar has biggest challenge before already made up his mind will be to regain the hold to tap these workers for over Hyderabad. It will building a movement have to do a lot of ground towards capturing the work towards preparing GHMC.

In the GHMC 2016, the dent also plans to revamp TRS won 99 seats, fol the city unit by inducting lowed by the MIM (44), young leaders as officeBJP (four), Congress (two) bearers to face both the and TD (one). BJP work 'MS and its ally MIM in ers are of the opinion that the corporation polls, the if the party fails in putting senior BJP leader told up a good show, it cannot Deem Chronicle.

India Covid cases cross 14 lakh

India on Sunday surpassed another undesirable milestone of 14lakh Covid19 cases, by recording more than one lakh additional cases in three days. The country added 52,961 cases on Sunday, the highest oneday tally so far, taking the total number of cases to 14,36,806 according covidl9lizelia.com. Of this, 9,17.234 people have recovered, while 4,84,750 are under treatment.

Experts believe that the official figure on the number of patients is heavily understated as a large number of asymptomatic cases are unnoticed because of dismally low number of tests. Out of the over 130 crore population, only 1.63 crore or 1.25 per cent of the people have been tested for Coronavirus, though the practice of testing and isolation was considered the only way to stop the march of the deadly disease.

In terms of tests per million, a metric used to compare the performance of different countries, India stands at a lowly 137, by conducting 11,798 tests per million, or 10 lakh cases. The US, whose President Donald Trump ranked India next to his country in terms of tests, stands at 23. The US has conducted 1,61,185 tests per million —nearly 1.5 lakh per million more than India.

While Monaco tops the testing metric with 9.73 lakh testing per million, India — called a global economic power and IT superpower — fares worse than abysmally poor countries like Iraq, Rwanda, Nepal, Ghana and Jamaica. The United Kingdom has conducted 2.14 lakh tests for every million people, which places it in 14th rank. Countries like Australia, Canada, Russia,  Denmark, Mauritius and even the Maldives have conducted over one lakh tests — which is nearly 10 times more than India's. In terms of deaths per million, India stands at 91st rank in the descending order. That means there are 123 countries which have lower deaths record than India's 24 deaths per million.

Countries with fairly higher population density like Indonesia, Bangladesh, Japan, Sri Lanka, Singapore and African coum tries have reported lower deaths per million metric. In terms of cases per million, India fared better than 100 countries while there are 114 countries which performed well in containing the spread of Coronavirus. The website worldometers reports that India has one Covid19 positive case per 962 people and one death for every 42,089 people.

IDENTITY I CRISIS Gandhi, OGH, King Koti Hospitals need a patient ID for admission; undesignated hosps don't provide one `Official process' lands Covid +ve man in trouble A patient who tested positive for Covid19 at an undesignated private nursing home at Chandrayangutta is not being admitted at Gandhi Hospital as the private unit did not give him the mandatory patient ID.

The patient has complained of breathlessness and low pulse rate, but will have to wait till the official process is completed and he gets the ID on Monday before he can be admitted at Gandhi Hospital.

According to the 50yearold patient, he had been suffering from fever for five days. He visited Dr B. Uday Chary, general physician at a nursing home in Chandrayangutta. The patient underwent multiple tests including for malaria, dengue and chikungunya, and was finally administered the rapid antigen test for Covid19 test at 3 pm on Sunday. He tested positive, and the doctor asked him to rush to Gandhi Hospital but refused to give the result in writing.

The nursing home is not on the list of designated Covid19 testing or treatment centres. The patient immediately contacted Dr Veena of the Aliabad Urban Primary Healthcare Centre (UPHC) for an official Covid19 certification. The doctor had left for the day. The staff at the designated UPHC at Lalita Bagh, Uppuguda, said they cannot conduct tests after 12 noon, and directed him to the OGH or the King Koti Hospital.

In the meantime, the patient's attendant checked his pulse on an oxime ter and noticed the rate had come to 70. The attendant dialled the 108 service, and an ambulance reached at 5 pm. The driver said he cannot take the patient to any designated government hospital for treatment as he did not have an official ID. He said that he had already carried 39 patients on Sunday from 5 am in Shalibanda police station limits.

The patient was rushed to Osmania General Hospital in an autorickshaw where the staff told him that he could only be tested on Monday morning, and the results would be out after three days as there were hundreds of samples lined up.

The patient then went to the King Koti hospital, where also he was denied admission. He was told to report at 9 am, when he would be tested. If his sample tested positive, he would be shifted to Gandhi Hospital. The patient was taken to his residence Aliabad and put on an oxygen cylinder that was rented locally.  If any unfortunate incident happens to the patient, who is to be blamed," asked an agitated local.

HYD MAYOR BONTHU TESTS COVID POSITIVE

City Mayor Bonthu Rammohan tested Cov id19 positive on Sunday, after undergoing a rapid antigen test here on Saturday. He has not shown any symptoms of the disease. All his family members tested negative. Rammohan has been put in selfisolation for 17 days. Since he is asymptomatic, authorities said that they would not test his primary and secondary contacts. Rammohan cleared two previous tests. It was not clear why the third test was performed on the Mayor and his family.

After announcing the result, Rammohan told the media that he was feeling healthy and had no ailments, and would go into selfisolation as a precautionary measure.  Covid attacks second time Recovered ESI staffer develops cough and cold, tests positive again.

 A staff nurse at the ESIC Hospital in the city has tested positive for Covid19 for the second time nearly a month after he was declared Coronavirusnegative, prompting concerns over reinfection among patients who had been declared clear of the disease. This is the second known case in the city of a previously recovered patient testing positive for Covid19. Deccan Chronicle had reported on July 11 that

It was on June 15 that a male staff nurse in his early 30s, at ESIC Hospital in Sanathnagar, tested positive for Covid19 during a random test along with few of his colleagues. He was placed under institutional isolation and discharged on June 26. He told Deccan Chronicle "When I was first detected with the virus, I did not have any symptoms. Later I tested negative and resumed my job."

He was tested for the disease again last week after he developed a mild cough and cold and on July 20, the results came in posi tive. Four days later, his wife, also a nurse at the hospital, and their twoandahalfyearold daughter, as also his mother, tested positive for Covid19. The secondtime Covid19 patient said, "I was in under the impression that once I got the disease and got better, I will develop immunity and will not get it again."

IT WAS on June 15 that a male staff nurse in his early 30s, at ESIC Hospital in

Sanathnagar, tested positive for Covid19 during a random test along with few of his colleagues. He was placed under institutional isolation and discharged on June 26. His second experience as a Covid19 positive patient has been worse, he said. "I was having very high fever, body aches. For two days, I required oxygen support?' He is still undergoing treatment at the hospital as is the rest of his family, he said.

When asked about the potential for recovered Covid19 patients developing the infection again, or getting reinfected, a senior consultant of internal medicine at Apollo Hospitals, Dr Ash ish Chauhan, said, "We are still in a learning stage about Coronavirus.

infections and with respect to its acute presentation as still we are finding new symptoms in almost every other patient." Dr Chauhan said it was difficult to predict if recovered patients were likely to develop chronic complications of it there would be postinfection cardiac or neurological issues.

Man electrocuted during shrine work

A 20 year old  man who was decorating a  temple's arch at LB Nagar  was electrocuted on Sunday. LB Nagar police said the victim, Pyarasani Lokesh, of YSR Nagar in Thattiannaram, Hayathnagar, was working on decorating the Renuka Yellamma temple at Bandlaguda when the incident occurred. Lokesh was taken to a nearby hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.

Youth killed in road accident

A 26yearold man died and his wife and two kids suffered injuries when their bike was hit by a car on National Highway 44 at Palamakula in Shamshabad. The driver of the car is absconding.

Shamshabad police said the victim, Boinpally Venugopal Goud, 26, was a private company employee from Ayyavaripally in Shadnagar mandal. On Saturday, Venugopal along with his wife Gouthami and two children went to his inlaws'  house in Peddashapur. They were returning in the evening when the speeding car has rammed into the bike. Police is searching for the absconding vehicle driver Mayor to donate plasma later After completing the home quarantine, Mayor Bonthu Rammohan will undergo the test again and donate plasma after getting a clean bill of health, he said. The mayor

said a special camp would be organised at Telangana Bhavan, the TRS headquarters, for recovered Covid19 patients to donate plasma. While in isolation, Rammohan is reviewing the progress of different works being executed by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) through videoconferences. He said since rains have been lashing the city, he had directed officials to intensify antilarval and fogging operations to curb the mosquito menace and to take up measures to contain the spread of seasonal diseases.

BURGLAR ARRESTED UNDER PD ACT

A burglar from Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh was detained under the Preventive Detention Act by the Rachakonda police and was lodged at Cherlapally central prison on Sunday Police said the accused, Bramhadevara Rajasri Ganesh alias Vijay, 37, of Thiruchanur, was a resident of Abids. 

He was arrested by the Ghatkesar police for burglaries at Nagaram in Suryapet district and Medipally, but secured bail.

He then burgled 10 more houses. The LB Nagar police arrested him in October last but he secured bail again. In December, Rachakonda police commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat invoked the PD Act on Ganesh, but he was absconding. On July 12, Nandalur police in Kadapa district arrested Ganesh in a burglary. A police team from LB Nagar went to the Rayachoti subjail and brought Ganesh to the city with the court's permission.

VARSITIES TO START 2 NEW COURSES

Two new major undergraduate courses will be introduced in the upcoming session by universities. The threeyear BSc in Data Sciences and BCom in Business Analytics are being developed keeping in view the market requirements. Other than this, the education department has decided to introduce vocational courses specifically for the government colleges like B.Sc. in dairy technology, crop production, fisheries, forestry and office management.

 Other courses are designed to give a boost for students looking to pursue agriculture and animal husbandry", said Navin Mittal, commissioner of collegiate education. Speaking on the mode and approach during the pandemic for the new courses, Prof. R. Limbadri, vicechairman, TS Council for Higher Education said the fUture would most likely see a blended approach.  There are some topics in the sciences that cannot be undertaken online, while others can. Conducting physical classes is not a possibility anymore. Therefore, students must be ready for a blended form of education from now on." He added that state governments are awaiting UGC guidelines to start the academic calendar.

THE EDUCATION department has decided to introduce vocational courses specifically for the government colleges like B.Sc. in dairy technology, crop production, fisheries, forestry and office management

KCR is cheating Dalits after using them: Uttam

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao has deceived Dalits after winning power, said TPCC president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy. He was speaking to the media after being arrested while on his way to Mallaram in Malharrao mandal of Jayashankar Bhupalpally district as part of the party's 'Chalo Mallaram' call. He was arrested at Pembarthy in Jangaon district and lodged at the Lingala Ghanpur police station.

Reddy said the govern. ment had ordered the arrests of several Congress leaders who intended to visit Maltaram. They were to visit the family of Rajababu, who was recently killed in Mallaram under Manthani constituency, he said and added that several atrocities have taken place against Dalits and Adivasis since the TRS government came to power in 2014. The promises of double bedroom and three acre land to Dalits have been completely forgotten by the Chief Minister. The state government is misusing public money while supporting contractors who are also TRS leaders," he noted.

Mulugu MLA Seethakka was under house arrest in Hanamkonda after police officials reached her apartment in the early in front of his nineyearold son and wife. If possible the state government must try to stop such incidents instead of obstructing the opposition leaders," she said. Several Congress leaders across erstwhile Warangal district have been put under house arrest, including Warangal Urban District Congress Committee President Naini Rajender Reddy, Greater Warangal Congress Committee president Katla Srinivas Rao, TPCC secretary E.V. Srinivas and senior leader Errabelli Swarna. TPCC dharna at Raj Bhavan today . The TPCC will stage a dharna in front of Raj Bhavan here on Monday in protest against Rajasthan Governor Kali* Mishra not allowing the demand of the Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot government to convene a session of the State Assembly.

TPCC president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, hours and prevented her from leaving the premises.  A Dalit has been murdered addressing "Speak up Democracy," an online initiative of the AICC, appealed to Congress leaders to reach Raj Bhavan by 10 am on Monday. He alleged that while the people of the country were facing the Covid.19 pandemic and suffering a monthslong lockdown, the BJP was resorting to horsetrading to usurp power from an elected government.

KALESHWARAM DAM GETS GOOD INFLOWS

The Sriramsagar Project (SRSP) and Medigadda (Lakshmi) barrage, the main barrage of the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation scheme (KLIS) have been receiving good inflows due to heavy rains in Maharashtra and local catchment areas.

According to irrigation department engineers, the SRSP received 20,000 cusecs of water on Sunday morning which increased to 26,287 cusecs. The project has 37.849 tine ft water. Project officials are letting water into the Kakatiya, Lakshmi and Saraswathi canals and to the Alisagar and Gutpa lift irrigation schemes as well as Mission Bhagiratha for drinking water.

The Medigadda barrage has almost reached its fUll reservoir level of 100 metres and officials released 1.3 lakh cusecs of Pranahitha water downstream. ACCORDING TO officials, the SRSP received 20,000 cusecs of water on Sunday morning which increased to 26,287 cusecs.

TS reports 1,593 new Covid cases, toll rises to 463

There has been no letup in the rising Covid19 cases in the state with 1,593 fresh cases reported on Sunday. Eight more people have been declared dead, taking the toll to 463 as on 8 pm on Saturday. The total number of Covid19 cases has been put at 54,059.

Even as GHMC area continued to register the most cases per day with 641, the rest of the state witnessed yet another surge with 952 cases reported from the districts. Warangal Urban district is fast emerging as one more hotspot with 131 new cases. while Ranga Reddy district, that envelops Hyderabad city, recorded 171 fresh infections.

The past fortnight has witnessed urbanised areas in the districts, in addition to rural areas, contributing more to the increasing Covid19 cases. Of the total 17,081 beds that the government says it has for accommodating Covid19 patients, those available for occupancy, as on Saturday 8 pm, fell to 14, 947 from 15,216 on Friday evening, indicating that more patients may now be requiring hospitalisation. In yet another indication of possible the severity of Coronavirus infections among the fresh cases being reported over the past few days, the health department said 1,190 beds with oxygen supply, and 317 ICU beds were occupied as on Saturday evening. On Friday, the number of people needing supple. mentary oxygen was 620 while the number of patients in ICUs was 235. Interestingly, the bulletin which till Friday reported that the state had 471 ventilators in goyernment Covid19 hospitals, on Sunday reported a dramatic increase saying 1,117 beds were available with ventilators at these hospitals.

The data released on Sunday morning was on NO. OF PATIENTS AT HOME NOT MATCHING Even if it is assumed that of the 10,130 unaccountedfor patients, about 4,000 were in private hospitals, that still left 6,130 patients unaccounted for. If this last lot of patients was under home isolation, this number does not match the estimates of those staying at home after testing positive because the last time officials spoke on this matter they put the number at upwards of 10,000.

Even as the bulletin is not clear on these issues, further queering the pitch are the patient numbers being displayed on the GHMC's Covid19 page. On Sunday, it listed the Covid19 patient numbers in the corporation limits as 75,198. Even as some health department officials say that this could be so because every tested patient gets a number, this argument raises even more questions because as per Sunday's bulletin, the total number of tests conducted is 3,53,425.

Some of the other numbers released in the bulletin left other issues unclear. Also on Thursday Dr Srinivasa Rao said the total oxygen beds in government hospitals were 4,663 and beds with ventilators 1,251. Sunday's Covid19 bulletin puts the oxygen beds at 3,537 and the number of ventilator beds at 1,117.

Covid19 cases between 5 pm on Friday and 8 pm on Saturday

The health department, which used to release the bulletin late in the evening every day, had announced on Saturday night that it was not releasing the bulletin on Saturday and that it would issue the bulletin in a revised format on Sunday morning.

No fee cap in pvt hosps for insured Covid patients

The state health department on Sunday reiterated that private hospitals treating Covid19 cases do not have to adhere to the ceiling limits on what they can charge the patients as long as such patients have some kind of an insurance that is acceptable to the hospital treating them.

In a press release, the Director of Public Health reiterated: "The rates are not applicable to patients subscribing (to) insurance schemes as well as patients being treated under various agreements/MoUs entered into the hospitals and differ. ent sponsored groups or corporate entities."

This provision was introduced in a second government order issued on July 6 on the subject of fixing CovidI9 treatment rates at private hospitals. The order was issued making amendments to the first government order issued on the subject on June 15. The Director of Health said these orders make it clear as to what the patients can be charged by private hospitals. In the June 15 order, the government capped the daily charges for 'routine ward + isolation' at t4,000, 'ICU without ventilator + isolation' at !7,500, and 'ICU with ventilator + isolation' at !9,000. These charges were to include routine investigations such as Xrays, blood tests and so on, as well as drugs, along with consultations.

What was excluded from the caps were several interventional procedures such as CT and MRI scans and the Covid19 testing charges. In the second order issued on July 6, the government said it was excluding 'highend drugs like immunoglobins, Meropenem, 'foci!iv umab, etc., along with parenteral nutrition' which were originally included by using the word 'drugs' in the June 15 orders. All of these, it said in its July 6 amended order, could be charged at the maximum retail price.

Gullible donors deposited money in fraudsters' account: Police

Three filch funds donated to patient The Chandrayangutta police has registered a case on three persons, including a selfproclaimed activist from the city, who allegedly duped people on the pretext of collecting donations for a patient ostensibly suffering from a brainrelated ailment. The scam unravelled when a city resident made a donation to the woman and realised that she never got the money.

Mohammed Imran, 28, a resident of Salala in Barkas, saw a video on a Facebook page titled 'Hyderabad Youth Courage', on July 16. In the video, one Salman Khan, who runs the Facebook page and claims to be an activist, requested the public to donate money for the treatment of a woman patient named Yasmeen Sultana. The video contained the bank account number of one Asra Begum and mobile numbers for the electronic transfer of donations.

On July 20, Imran deposited 269.700 in the bank account. He attempted to contact the phone numbers provided on the FB page but they were not reachable. The woman who was admitted to a hospital reportedly died while undergoing treatment. The money is said to have not reached her family members.

Suspecting that the donation did not reach the patient, Imran complained to the police. Chandrayangutta inspector Rudra Bhaskar said that a case was registered into the complaint lodged on Saturday It is suspected that there could be a large numbers of victims who deposited huge amounts in the account provided on the social media platform by the suspects. Inquiries are underway to identify the depositors," the police official said.

In June 20, the Punjagutta police had registered a case against Salman and his associates who entered a private hospital and created a ruckus for not admitting a patient for treatment.

1,627 FRESH COVID CASES REPORTED IN AP, TOLL CROSSES 1,000 MARK

Making it tough for the administration and health officials, Covid19 positive cases are nearing one lakh in Andhra Pradesh with 7,627 new positive cases reported in the past 29 hours taking the overall tally to 96, 298 and 48,956 being active cases.

Corona deaths crossed the 1,000 mark with 56 patients succumbing during the period and increasing the toll to a staggering 1,091. The highest number of positive cases of 1,213 was registered in Kurnool district and the district continues to be the most affected with a total 11,570 cases. Of them, 5,373 remain active cases. 

CHIRANJEEVI BATS FOR GREEN LUNG SPACE TSS.

Film actor Chiranjeevi on Sunday said that lungs are of great importance, and it has become clear during the Covid19 crisis. Green lung spaces are also important, the actor said and called all those who take the Green India Challenge real heroes. Jubilee Hills Housing Society, Jubilee Hills International Centre, organised the plantation of 1 lakh trees in the premises of Jubilee Hills Society along with Green India Challenge patron, Rkiya Sabha MP Joginapally Santosh Kumar. Pawan Kalyan, film director Boyapati Sreenu and Anil Ravi Pudi participated.

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