GHMC stops anti-larval ops lets city risk dengue, malaria

Despite an alarming increase in mosquito menace, the GHMC has completely stopped the antilarval operations citing the number of Covic1•19 cases, according to the corporation's entomology staff.

They will only spray sodium hypochlorite for containing the spread of Covidl9 even as vectorborne diseases have been increasing.

Fourteen dengue cases have been reported in pri FOURTEEN DENGUE cases have been reported in private hospitals and the civic body is reluctant to reveal the number of cases in government hospitals.

Private hospitals and the civic body is reluctant to reveal the number of cases in government hospitals. Outsourcing staff working in the GHMC entomology wing said that with over 500 Cov id19 cases being reported in the city daily, they had been directed to spray disinfectants at 40 houses per circle.

Though we work 24/7, it would be impossible to take up containment activities given the number of Covid19 cases. Senior officials have unofficially asked us to take up only containment activities," an entomology wing worker told Deccan Chronicle, requesting anonymity.

Dr A. Rambabu, chief entomologist, rubbished the claims and said the entomology staff was deli berately tarnishing the image of the GHMC. He said the corporation had deployed 16 teams consisting of 104 workers to take up antilarval operations. The entomology staff has been simultaneously spraying disinfectant against Cov id19 with one hand and pyrethrum on the other to prevent mosquito breeding."

INDIA CROSSES 11LAKH MARK IN COVID CASES

Coronavirus cases in India crossed the 11•lakh mark on Sunday, with the country emerging as the world's secondlargest contributor to the daily addition of new infections. The active cases in the country stand at 3.74 latch.

On Saturday, India reg• istered 37,407 new cases the second highest in the world trailing just behind the US which added 63,259 cases, according to data with worldometers. The only two other countries that reported the addition of new cases in a four•digit number were Brazil and South Africa.

 School, college dropouts run hospital, get arrested

 Two persons, who dropped out from a school and a college, have managed to successflilly run a 30bed hospital in Mehdipatnam area of the city for three years. Their luck ran out on Sunday when the police arrested them on finding that one of the two, who claimed to be a medical doctor, had submitted false identification when seeking registration of the hospital.

 Incidentally, the licence issued to the hospital by state health department is valid till 2022.

Police said Sameer Hospital. located on the Asifhagar road in Mehdipatnam, was being run by Mohd Shoaib Subhani and Mohd Abdul Mujeeb. Mujeeb, who discontinued education after Class X, posed as a qualified doctor.

He had earlier worked as the managing director of a private hospital in Humayunnagar. With the knowledge of running a hospital, MWeeb roped in Subhani, a degree college dropout, to join him in opening the Sameer Hospital.

Despite knowing that Mujeeb is not a doctor, Subhani applied for registration of the hospital on both their names. He got the registration in the name of Sameer Hospital (Regd.No.07FAPMCE1095) from district medical and health office (DM & HO)," said West Zone Task Force inspector B. Gattu Mallu.

 The two also hired consulting doctors to treat patients." Mr Mallu said.

Following a tipoff on Saturday night, the two men were taken into custody. The registration certificate issued by the District Medical & Health Office (DM&HO) has been seized from the hospital premises.

Mujeeb and Subhani have been handed over to Asifhagar police for flu. ther investigation.

Inspector Mallu said Mujeeb posing as a doctor had not only cheated public but also put the lives of people in danger by treating patients.

Govt school kids suffer in absence of online classes 14.8% rural students don't have cable TV connection, reveals a survey

the infrastructure to accom set in each school makes it citing the lower spread of Telangana State United modate online education difficult to accommodate the virus in their areas. A Teachers' Federation for students without prop 100200 students at one major reason for this is Private schools are bat (TSUTF) last month, coy er internet services, but time?' access to midday meals tling demands to cancel ering 1,868 villages in 489 headmasters feel other Another problem is the for children. Daily wage online classes and cut the mandals in all 33 districts, wise.  lack of training for teach earners who lost their jobs  fee, but the Covid19 relat The survey said that 39.6 Rajasekhar Gaddam, ers. R. Sharada, incharge during the lockdown can ed lockdown has brought per cent of families did gazetted headmaster of a headmistress of the barely manage a meal per education to a halt in goy not have smartphones and Zilla Parishad High Government Girls High day, said Sharada.

 Governmet schools. 14.8 per cent did not have a School in Khammam dis School in Masab Tank, Sadanand Singaraju,  Government schools have cable TV connection for trict, said, "The facilities said, Most private school headmaster of a ZP high 55 lath students as per children to watch lessons developed by the school teachers have easy access school in Warangal Rural data of 2017. on government education education department are to the Internet and a com district, said,

Among the challenges, al channels. Only 36 per not up to the mark. There puter. Teachers in rural ment should aim at proone that stands out the cent of schools had TV are inconsistencies in areas have had no expo viding facilities in areas most for government sets, but they are not in a service to schools in differ sure to the technology." where it is possible to do schools is the lack of usable condition in 10.4 ent districts. There is not Parents of students, so immediately. A commuinfrastructure for online per cent of schools. Enough electricity supply especially in the rural nity teaching facility can classes in rural areas, as The government says it in the rural areas and the areas, are demanding that be set up for a small vilwas suggested in a survey is ready to implement availability of just one TV regular classes be started, lage of 50.60 families."

 Z50,000 reward declared for info on kitten killer

An unidentified man who set afire a kitten and posted a video of his action on social media is now the subject of a virtual manhunt launched by animal rights group, Humane Society International's India chapter.

The society also offered a reward of 150,000 to anyone who can identify the miscreant. The video has no human voices but the hapless kitten's desperate mewing can be heard.

The kitten itself seems as though it is already weak because it does not attempt to run fast or be able to do anything other than cry out weakly, before dropping to the ground and taking its last breath.

It seems like an accelerant was sprayed or poured on the kitten which is seen immediately catching fire.

Humane Society International  India, told Deccan Chronicle.

That someone could set fire to a tiny, helpless kitten, and burn it alive means humanity has failed its moral test. No person who can get away with doing this will stop just at this.Unless we act immediately. 

We have reported this instance to appropriate authorities and we hope that investigation will begin immediately" Sengupta asked for any information that will help the society and the police identify this person to be shared on india@hsi.org or +91 7674922044.

GHMC WAITS  FOR THINGS TO GET WORSE

He said the corporation had shortlisted 39 lakes and floated tenders worth Z49 crore for deweeding and antilarval operations there using 11 drones in water bodies including the Musi river.

He said larvaeeating gambusia fish were released in 24 ponds to stop mosquito breeding. However, sources said that the GHMC had only prepared an action plan and could only execute it after finalising the tenders. Though instructions were given to zonal commissioners, they were yet to deploy additional staff; they had not even drafted an action plan.

 MAN  SAYS TRIPLE  TALAO TO WIFE ON PHONE, HELD

The LB Nagar police arrested a man for alleged telephonic triple•talaq to his wife on Sunday The practice has been banned by law. The accused, Abdul Samee, works as a lab technician at a primary health care centre in the city and hails from Mahbubnagar district. He married in 2017, and they have a two•yearold son. LB Nagar police said that the complainant said Samee had been harassing her for additional dowry and had pronounced triple talaq and dropped her at her parents' house at midnight on March 25. The woman had earlier lodged a complaint against him with the woman police station alleging harassment.  On March 23, he asked her to give divorce. When she refused, he allegedly told her that he can divorce her and said 'talaq' three times," said a police official.

 Crucial meet on irrigation depts' merger today

 Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, who is determined to bring the different branches of the irrigation department under one roof, will hold a meeting on Monday to give final shape to the strategy.

Mr Rao, who had launched the statehood movement highlighting the neglect of the irrigation sector, had taken irrigation as a priority sector to create massive irrigation potential keeping in view the availability of water in the Godavari and Krishna that flow through the state.

With the government's efforts resulting in the increase in the quantity of the irrigation water, Rao has decided to revamp the department and strengthen it.

According to the Chief Minister's office, the irrigation department is scattered in different wings uch as major, medium, small, the Irrigation Development Corpo ration and also projectwise and packagewise wings. Mr Rao felt that all these wings should come under one umbrella for effective monitoring.

Hence, it was decided that the irrigation department would be recast into 1520 regional departments and each one will have one chief engineer in charge. During the review of CM TO DECIDE ON SECTT DESIGN TOMORROW

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao will hold a meeting on Tuesday to take a final call on the design of the Secretariat. According to the Chief Minister's office, Mr Rao is of the view that the new Secretariat should reflect the pride, prestige and grandeur of the Telangana culture and life.

The Chief Minister has already examined the designs proposed for the new Secretariat. He has also had a look at the Secretariat model. He will discuss these during Tuesday's review meeting and take a decision on the outer structure and the facilities that it should contain.

Later, the issue will be taken up at the State Cabinet meeting for a final decision which will be followed by the process of floating tenders. the irrigation department last week. Mr Rao had asked officials to prepare a draft proposal in this regard which will be placed before him on Monday.

Congress all set to honour PV

Congress Committee (TPCC) president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy stated that elaborate arrange ments were being made for the birth centenary celebrations of former prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao from July 24.

He was addressing a press conference after a meeting of the TPCC committee for the  celebrations on Sunday The meeting was chaired by committee chairman Dr J. Geetha Reddy.

Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the inaugural would be held on July 24 at Indira Bhavan.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee, MCC president Sonia Gandhi, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar and senior leaders will send their messages. Narasimha Rao's brother P.V. Manohar Rao, chief patron of the committee, will also speak on the occasion. Narasimha Rao's son P.V. Prabhakar Rao and daughter Vani Devi will send their messages.

Uttam Kumar Reddy, along with other leaders, released the poster of the 'Chalo Mallaram' programme being organised by the TPCC Scheduled Caste department on July 26.

He said the programme was being organised to protest the atrocities against Dalits under the TRS government. He said a Dalit youth. Revuli RAja, was murdered in Mallaram in Malhar mandal of Bhupaipally district.

 BIG I THREAT Debris from Himalayas causes fracture line under Bay of Bengal

Vizag coast faces tsunami risk: Experts.

The chances of increased seismic activities or even a tsunamilike event could be on the cards, east of northern Andhra Pradesh. When and if at all such an event occurs will be determined by a recently discovered fracture line under the Bay of Bengal.

This comes after a research team from the University of Hyderabad (UoH), in collaboration with National Institute of Oceanography (MO) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) uncovered the presence of the once active fracture line. It has a maximum activity focussed in the vicinity of offshore Visakhapatnam.

The researchers said the fracture line may possibly become active In ftiture and result in a major coastal hazardous event associated with seismicity and tsunami In and around the Visakhapatnam region. A continental collision that occurred between India and Asia around 90 million years ago led to the formation of the Himalayas, which in turn was responsible for major changes in regional and global climactic condi tions.

Interactions between the Himalayas and the Asian climate initiated erosional process in the Himalayan and Tibetan regions.

River systems carried copious amounts of material to the Bay of Bengal with a thickness reaching 22 kin in the Bengal offshore basin.

This huge sediment load had its mechanical impact on the eastern margin of India.

The research team of Prof K.S. Krishna and Dr M. Ismaiel from the UoH, Dr K. Srinivas from the NIO and Dr D. Saha from the ONGC analysed seismic reflection data to address a causeeffect relationship between the sediment load and response of underneath heterogeneous igneous rocks in the Bay of Bengal. They found the presence of a 300km fracture line offshore of north AP and about 100 km away from the coastline.

The fracture was reactivated 6.8 million years ago and continued the activity progressively until 0.3 million years before cessation," Prof Krishna told Deccan Chronicle.

 Excessive vertical throws (106 and 392 metres) occurred at the ages of 16 and 6.8 million years ago over a distance of 300 km offshore of north Andhra Pradesh and may have prompted the generation of intensive tsunami events.

The fracture line may become active whenever differential stresses on either side cross the threshold level and may turn out to be a geohazard event. Its timing is not easy to predict, but will recur in a short time in the geological sense.

 'EVEN COP  COULD NOT GET 02 CYLINDER'

When we got there. I made my father wait in the ambulance and ran to the casualty ward. The situation there was horrifying. A security guard told me there was one empty bed but I would have to bring oxygen if my father needed it. Just then, I saw a police constable walking toward me. I thought he could help and told him my problem. After listening to me, he handed me a slip with a phone number. He told me he was there for his mother, who needed oxygen herself. He asked me to call the number if I wanted an oxygen cylinder. I realised that even policemen were as helpless as me.

At around 5 pm, after many hours of running around the city with no lunch or even water, a family doctor, who was guiding me through the day, told me to return home. He told me to get a large oxygen cylinder with a gauge. My father would have to stay on oxygen and take some general medicines. He promised to guide me through the process. Over the next 10days, I sat by my father's bed, carefully monitoring his blood oxygen levels, pulse rate, temperature and fed him whatever he was able to eat. It was touch and go. On some days, he would sweat profusely and looked extremely weak. But today (Sunday), he is all right. He is able to sit up. He still needs some oxygen supply when he sleeps, but he has largely recovered.

 I don't want anyone to face the trouble I faced during those few hours. Not a single government hospital or helpline number helped me when I needed them. Only my friends and neighbours did; they checked up on me and my father regularly.

 WOMAN KILLED  BY STALKER COLLEAGUE

A woman working at a family care services centre was murdered by her colleague for misting his sexual advances, at LB Nagar on Saturday evening.

According to the police. the victim, a native of Yadadri Bhongir district, was working at the Family Care Service Centre located in Janapriya Colony of LB Nagar. She was provided accommodation at the office premises.

On Saturday noon, when she was at the office premises, one Venkateshwar Rao reached the office. At around 6 pm, the centre owner Chandrasekhar Reddy went out on some work. When he returned, Hemalatha was found lying unconscious with a veil tied to the neck.  As she was shouting and resisting Rao hit her on the face and strangled her. Rao then switched off his phone," said the LB Nagar police, who registered a case on the complaint of the woman's father. Rao is absconding.

 PM TALKS TO CM ON COVID19 CONTAINMENT

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao on Sunday to enquire about the Covid19 situation in the state.

Reviewing the  Coronas, irus situation that has affected laths of people with Chief Ministers. Modi and Rao discussed the precautionary measures that are being taken in the state.

Mr Rao explained about the strategies and preventive measures being adopted by the state to combat the pandemic. He told Modi how the state was focussing on the districts where the number of positive cases was high.

Sources said that the Prime Minister assured the Centre's support to the state government as per requirements.

MR RAO explained about the strategies and preventive measures being adopted by the state to combat the pandemic.

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