Wearing masks at home considered best protection from asymptomatic carriers

Women advised to be cautious for Bakrid  

With the festival of Id-al-Adha (Bakrid) round the corner, there is concern around women coming together to prepare the feast. The festival entails the gathering of women from several households and neighbourhoods in one home so that the sacrificed food might be evenly dis-tributed.

Due to Covid-19, there is concerti about whether this practice must be adhered to this year and what precautions must the women follow. Despite the number of women cases being lower, it has been found during the course of pandemic that most of them have not been aware or able to understand the prevention aspects properly. They have unnecessarily exposed themselves to asymptomatic carriers which has led to infection. During the festival, it is THE FESTIVAL entails women from several households gathering in one home so that the sacrificed food might be evenly distributed.

FAMILY MEMBERS going out for sacrifice must frequently wash hands, cover their faces advised that due to the dif-ferent rituals, prayers and preparation of different delicacies, women must wear masks at home and follow the norms of social distancing.

Dr Mohammed Shan, senior infection disease specialist, explained, "The pandemic has made it very important that it must be a low-key affair. Hence during the process of sacrifice, there must be very few people. At home too, there must be only family members and large social gatherings must be completely avoided. Having too many people at home during  times of Covid-19 is not advisable."

Family members who are going out for sacrifice must frequently wash hands, cover their faces with masks and shields and also maintain a distance of five feet at the place of sacri-fice. It is very important that when they come home, they first bathe, sanitise themselves and only then meet other family mem-bers. Women must maintain distance from members  who have been out of the home and carry out hand washing frequently during the day of the festival. Sanitisation of homes and kitchens after the festival is very important before the end of the day. Use of hand sanitisers, face shields and masks and also complete plastic shields during the day when inter-acting with different people are advised for women.

OGH LOCKED, SUPDT. OFFICE SHIFTED

The heritage building of the Osmania General Hospital (OGH) has finally been locked by the administration as there have been frequent visitors to the building for the last few days. The crowd could not be con-trolled after the orders to "seal" the building were given by the director of health and medical education. Heritage enthusiasts, political party activists and doctors came to the premises to convene a meeting about the state of the building.

With the security and admin-istration unable to manage these crowds, it was decided to completely shift the doctors' chambers from the heritage building to the other buildings on the premises. Dr P Nat incharge super-intendent of Osmania General Hospital, said, "We have locked the gates. No one can now enter the building. It has been finally sealed." The Telangana High Court will now decide the fate of the building. Doctors, heritage lovers and citizens of the city want the iconic building to be restored.

Expert advice was sought from the Aga Khan Trust who had agreed to support with their expertise, according to sources. But after that the ten-ders for the contract were not called by the government.

 Furnish details of graveyards in TS: HC to Wakf Board

The court also sought information from the board that muthavallis had the power to deny burial in the graveyards they were appointed as caretakers.

The division bench, comprising Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy was dealing with two PILs, which complained against the caretakers of graveyards. Khaja Bilal Ahmed, a resident of Rein Bazaar. brought to the notice of the High Court that the body of one Mohd Khaja Miya, a resident of Marlaguda, was denied burial by the muthavallis of nearly five graveyards in the neighbourhood. However, with the help of some Hindus, the body was buried at Gandhamguda Shamshan Ghat.

Bilal urged the court to take necessary action against muthavallis, who had rejected burial of a Muslim's body in khabrasthans and requested the court to direct the authorities to take immediate steps to shift the buried body of Mohd Khaja from Gandhamguda Smashan ghat to any Muslim grave-yard.

In another PM. Iliyas complained that most parts of several grave-yards in Telangana state have been encroached, and the Wakf Board was silent on framing rules to preserve such lands. He requested the court to order a survey to identify graveyard lands that remained in order to protect them from land sharks. The court directed the board to furnish details about action taken against muthavallis for denial of burial to a Muslim.

COVID CASES SURGE IN RURAL TELANGANA

Rural Telangana is see-ing a surge in cases with 168 cases in Ranga Reddy, 111 in Warangal, 98 in Sangareddy, 91 in Karimnagar and 86 in Medchal Mallcajgiri. A total of 1,473 new cases were recorded on July 27. Many people are opting for testing in private and public laboratories as they develop symptoms of cough, cold and fever.

More than 10,000 sam-ples are tested every day and some opt to test twice to reconfirm their status. Asymptomatic patie-nts who have no symp-toms and are absolutely fine are not sure if the result is right and hence are opting for testing in government and private sectors.

The government has claimed that there are sufficient beds and that people must not panic. Yet finding a bed in the hospital is still a cumbersome task. There were eight deaths recorded, taking the total number of deaths in the state to 471. The total number of cases in the state are 55,532.

Govt says 90% of Sectt demolition completed Media not allowed at demolished temples, mosques sites The state government's bid to make the old Secretariat buildings a thing of the past will be accomplished within days, as out of total eight, six buildings have already been reduced to rubble within a few weeks. Spread over 25.5 acres, the Secretariat complex had been functioning since early 1950s. It also houses the building (G block) called 'peshi', from where the last Nizam used to run the administration.

The state government on Monday allowed media persons to witness the ongoing demolition activity in the old Secretariat amid tight security. However, they were not allowed to move freely. Only a few media persons were allowed to step out of vehicles to capture the demolition activity. No media person was allowed towards the place where temples and mosques had existed.

Heavy machinery is being used to dismantle the buildings while taking all safety measures. Trucks could be seen removing debris. Vehicles of Rajasthan and Telangana (Medchal-Malkajgiri district) are being used, which indi-cates that the contract for demolishing the buildings has gone to a Ralasthani contractor.

The government has claimed that 90 per cent of the demolition is over. So far, 2,000 truckloads of debris have been removed. Officials estimate that as many as 4,500 truckloads of debris are to be lifted. Everywhere steel and con-crete clinkers could be seen accumulated. It seems that within 2-3 weeks, the entire debris will be removed and ground levelled for the new constructions. One of the supervising officers revealed that additional heavy machinery will be reaching tomorrow and the remaining two build-ings will also be razed within two-three days. When journalists entered premises of the Secretariat, they remained stunned for a while when they saw piles of rubble in front of their eyes. The buildings they roamed in and explored different floors while meeting ministers and officials had turned into debris. Many of the jour-nalists could be seen dis-cussing with each other their memories with the Secretariat.

Only one mosque to come up in Secretariat

Convener of JAC for Reinstatement of Secretariat's Mosques Mushtaq Malik says only one of the two demolished mosques will be coming up in the new Secretariat complex, that too not in the original place, as man-dated by Sharia. Speaking to media, Mushtaq Malik claimed that he has accessed the proposed plan of the new Secretariat.

According to it. the Hindu temple will be com-ing up at a prime area within the Secretariat. Only one of the two mosques will be constructed at the place where the petrol pump of the Civil Supplies Department existed.

"Our contention is that the places of mosques, according to Sharia, must not be shifted or removed," the JAC con-venor said. He reiterated that Muslims will not accept one mosque in place of two. He said the TRS gov-ernment has violated the law and demolished the mosques without intimat-ing the Wakf Board. With this, four mosques and two ashoorkhanas have been demolished by the TRS government, he alleged.

Mushtaq Malik criti-cised AIMIM for indirectly supporting the demolition of the places of worship. The main purpose of the party filing a writ petition to protect mosques is to safeguard the govern-ment and not protect the mosques, he maintained. Moulana Mufti Abdul Mughni Mazaheri, city president Jamiat Ulema Hind, Moulana Mufti Abrar and others were present.

MEDIA PERSONS CAN VISIT SECTT AT SPECIFIC TIME: GOVT INFORMS HC

In the petition, on allow-ing the media to cover the demolition of Secretariat, for the purpose of reporting, the Telangana state government on Monday informed the TelanganaI la& Court that it would make all arrangements and provide facility to journalists, for visitation of demolition of build-ings, at a prescribed time, in view of the safety pre-cautions. The court adjourned the case for four weeks.

HC wants action against spurious seeds traders. The Telangana High Court, on Monday, directed the Telangana govern-ment to file a detailed report on the concrete steps that have been initiated to safeguard the farmers of the Telangana State from falling prey to the private companies selling spurious seeds (US341 Chilli Seeds) and expressed it's discontent. ment over the tardy flute-Honing of the Agricultural department officials and observing that the officials of the agricultural dept., should be vigilant in their duties, rather the officials are sleeping over such a vital issue. The Bench was hearing the PIL filed by Cherukuri Satish Kumar, MPP Mulugu district with a prayer to cause an enquiry into the sale of Spurious Seeds US 391 Chilli Seeds to the farmers in Mulugu district due to which farmers are suffering losses.

Mr Sanjeev Kumar, Special counsel to the State, informed the Bench that the license of all those private seed sellers have already been can-celled and the Laboratory reports are awaited so that action can be initiated against them.

Disagreeing with the contentions of the Special counsel, CJ Chauhan observed, "Despite the cancellation of licenses, there is all possibility that the erring seed sell-ers may continue their illegal business damag-ing the lives of the farm-ers. This is an issue of grave    importance,  because, it directly deals with the lives of our farmers and to curb such sale of Spurious seeds. the Agricultural depart-ment should formulate concrete steps to put an end to this menace".

 ELDERS SAY SAFETY STEPS ESSENTIAL

Senior members of the com-munity advocating these steps state that they are essential. Khalida Parveen. a senior member of the community said.  This is being done before the festival so that they are aware of the measures to be taken. Many of them are worried and it is going to be a very low-key festival in most families."

SOMU BECOMES BJP'S NEW CHIEF IN AP

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Jagat Prakash Nadda has appointed the party's senior leader and MLC from East Godavari Somu Veerraju as the presi-dent of the party's Andhra Pradesh unit on Monday.

In a communique, BJP national general secretary Arun Singh said the BJP national president has appointed Somu Veerraju as the new president of the BJP's Andhra Pradesh unit by replacing the existing president Kanna Lakshminarayana, who allegedly created controversy by going beyond the party line on some issues. BJP state vice-president S. Vishnuvardhan Reddy con-gratulated the newly appoint-ed AP BJP chief Somu Veerraju and wished that the party would get strengthened in the state under his leader-ship.

The party has also served a show-cause notice to party leader Lanka Dinakar and a few more leaders for speaking against the party line on sev-eral issues in the state.

 COVID SPREADING AMONG MEDICOS IN ADILABAD

The Covid-19 virus is fast-spreading among government employees at the collectorate in old Adilabad district. It is learnt that some medicos of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Adilabad have also tested positive for corona. News is making rounds that even top district officials gave their samples for testing.

As many as 78 positive cases have been reported from July 25 to 27 in Adilabad district. 18 positive cases were reported on Monday alone. Altogether 14 positive cases were reported so far in the collectorate and collector camp office of Adilabad district.

 KALAM'S CONTRIBUTIONS REMEMBERED ON HIS 5TH DEATH ANNIVERSARY

Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan paid rich tributes to former President of India Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on the occa-sion of Dr Kalam's 5th death anniversary on Monday She said that Dr Kalam always emphasised the building of a teautiRd society' by which he meant to build a society that was tolerant to others' opinion, others' beliefs, others' culture and others' lifestyle. Stating that creating such a beautiful society would be a real tribute to the great soul, the Governor said that late Dr Kalam had inspired and motivated the nation In his own unique way.

The Governor was par-ticipating as the chief guest at the 5th Year Remembrance Day-A Digital Tribute programme organised by the APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation (AKIF), Rameswaram, through the video conference.

Last chance for state, says Court  Reacting that these cases were equally important as the state has been witnessing an alarming increase in Covid-19 cases with 30 out of 33 districts reporting positive cases in double-digit numbers, the court lamented that the government is also non-compliant of its direction in releasing the medical bulletin.

The bench, in its earlier orders, had issued a series of directions which ought to have been implemented by the government. Some of them are: test and treat patients at Gandhi Hospital without insisting upon a test report, take up testing for Coronavirus at Gandhi Hospital, get the health department to create a weblink giving the details of hospitals treating Covid-19 patients, the number of beds available, etc, install live dashboards in all Covid-19 hospitals furnishing vital data, daily health bulletins with the ages of the patients, fix an upper cap on private hospitals treating Covid-19 patients with regard to the charges collected by them for conducting various tests etc. Giving the last chance to the government, the court directed the officials to be present before it on July 28, in case its orders are not implemented.

HC wants action against spurious seeds traders

 The Telangana High Court, on Monday, directed the Telangana govern-ment to file a detailed report on the concrete steps that have been initiated to safeguard the farmers of the Telangana State from falling prey to the private companies selling spurious seeds (US341 Chilli Seeds) and expressed it's discontent. ment over the tardy flute-Honing of the Agricultural department officials and observing that the officials of the agricultural dept., should be vigilant in their duties, rather the officials are sleeping over such a vital issue. The Bench was hearing the PIL filed by Cherukuri Satish Kumar, MPP Mulugu district with a prayer to cause an enquiry into the sale of Spurious Seeds US 391 Chilli Seeds to the farmers in Mulugu district due to which farmers are suffering losses.

Mr Sanjeev Kumar, Special counsel to the State, informed the Bench that the license of all those private seed sellers have already been can-celled and the Laboratory reports are awaited so that action can be initiated against them.

Disagreeing with the contentions of the Special counsel, CJ Chauhan observed, "Despite the cancellation of licenses, there is all possibility that the erring seed sell-ers may continue their illegal business damag-ing the lives of the farm-ers. This is an issue of grave    importance, because, it directly deals with the lives of our farmers and to curb such sale of Spurious seeds. the Agricultural depart-ment should formulate concrete steps to put an end to this menace".

 TPCC sees BJP conspiracy in Rajasthan's power struggle

 Alleging that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is mis-using power vested in the hands of Rajasthan Governor for their political gains, the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee(TPCC)

planned to stage a protest  at Raj Bhavan on Monday  after taking out a rally from Gandhi Bhavan in Nampally on Monday However, the attempt was foiled as police detained Congress leaders, CLP leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and other party leaders who were to participate in the protest.

The leaders criticised the BJP for alleged unde-mocratic acts in Rajasthan, where the party Legislators were  trying to topple the Congress government. They also alleged that the BJP used the Central Bureau of Investigation, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax authorities to threaten Congress MLAs.

The leaders demanded that Rajasthan Governor hold the Assembly session on July 31 and discuss BJP's policies in the Legislative Assembly. Bhatti Vikramarka said that the BJP was mocking the Indian Constitution. He alleged that in Rajasthan the BJP is con-spiring to come to power like they did earlier in Goa, Madhya Pradesh and Manipur. He   criticised the RAjasthan Governor for alleging misusing power and toeing the diktat of the party's national leadership.

 Cops start free last ride service for needy

The Hyderabad city police on Monday launched the Last Ride services to carry the bodies of Covid-19 victims and other bodies free of cost. The services will be available from 8 am to 6 pm every day and it will take care of the final rites in case of non-availability of the family members of the deceased.

Hyderabad  Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar flagged-off the Last Ride vehicle at the city police headquarters. Families that cannot afford to carry the body of the person who died can call on 79954-04040, to avail of the free services. This is meant for even those who were not vic-tims of Covid•19.

 We invite more volunteers to come forward and help the needy persons during the pandemic situation," the Hyderabad police chief added.

INTERMEDIATE SUPPLEMENTARY RESULTS THIS WEEK

Hyderabad: The results of the intermediate-advanced supplemen-tary examinations will be declared this week by Telangana State Board of Intermediate  Education (TSBIE).

Because of the Covid19 pandemic, the government has cancelled the intermediate supple-mentary exams for sec-ond-year students, the intermediate board will declare the results by giving minimum qualifi-cation marks to the stu-dents who pass them in the compartment group. All second-year intermediate students who failed in IPE March 2020 will be passed with minimum   qualification

marks. With the decision of the government, as many as 1,47 lakh stu-dents will benefit and they can apply without delay for admissions into traditional degree and technical courses. Out of the 3,74,492 total who appeared for the exams, around 69.61 per cent of second-year intermediate students passed in the IPE. Although 37,139 candi-dates attended examina-tions in vocational schools, 61.28 per cent of which passed.

Nonetheless. students who failed in the inter-mediate first year would take the supplementary exams in order to graduate. Only low qualifying marks they won't be considered transfer.

ALL SECOND-YEAR intermediate students who failed in IPE March 2020 will be passed with minimum qualification marks. With the decision of the government, as many as 1,47 lakh stu-dents will benefit and they can apply for admissions into traditional degree and technical courses.

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