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Bengaluru Hospitals Send Out Appeals For Help As Oxygen Crisis Deepens

The demand for oxygen has multiplied overwhelmingly in Karnataka which is reeling from the second wave

Bengaluru:

Several hospitals in Bengaluru have been sending out appeals for oxygen, some of them even asking patients, who have already been admitted, to find a bed elsewhere as they are running out of the life-giving gas.

On Monday, at least three hospitals indicated that they were short of oxygen – two of them eventually received the supply. But two deaths at Arka Hospital in the city’s Yelahanka were reported to be due to a drop in the oxygen supply. Officials, however, said they were still waiting for a report on the deaths.

The development comes close on the heels of the deaths of 23 COVID-19 patients over the course of less than a day in the state’s Chamarajanagar district with at least some of the deaths being attributed to shortage of oxygen in the district hospital.

The state government says meeting oxygen demand is a huge challenge, while also putting some onus on the hospitals for the shortage.

Deputy Chief Minister Dr Ashwath Narayan said, “Many hospitals have not created capacity for the storage of oxygen. The storage tanks have not been built properly and they are dependent on cylinders. And the cylinders they have with them are not sufficient to cater to their requirements. So many are running short of cylinders. And they have been admitting people beyond their capacity.”

The demand for oxygen has multiplied overwhelmingly in Karnataka which is reeling from the second wave of the pandemic.

“The consumption in the month of March was around 100 metric tonnes. What we are procuring from the government is about 850 metric tonnes. It has scaled up eight and a half times. Even then we are able to procure and supply every day to the hospitals. We are trying our best and it has been addressed very effectively. It has been a very challenging situation. We are doing our best to mobilise and ensure the supply to all the hospitals,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

Bengaluru’s civic body has sought the support of people for the procurement of oxygen concentraters and cylinders to plug the gap in supply.’

“We seek your support as we aim to upgrade the public health infrastructure and manage them,” wrote Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike Commissioner Gaurav Gupta on Twitter.

Chief minister BS Yediyurappa met oxygen manufacturers and suppliers on Monday to ensure that Karnataka gets the oxygen it has been allocated by the Centre. Among the logistical details discussed were reducing the time taken to refill oxygen tankers, providing green corridors for faster movement of oxygen tankers and to convert and use nitrogen and argon tankers to supply oxygen.

Karnataka saw over 44,000 new COVID-19 cases added to its tally in the latest data with more than 22,000 in Bengaluru alone. The IT city’s hospitals have been stretched to bursting point with most having not a single ICU bed available.

There is a centralised number for bed allotment for government quota beds and a dashboard to show their availability. Private hospitals are also expected to come out with a dashboard soon. But patients and their families are still making runs to many hospitals in desperate searches for oxygenated beds and social media is flooded with these appeals.





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No Protection From Arrest For Businessman In Oxygen Concentrators Case

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No Protection From Arrest For Businessman In Oxygen Concentrators Case

The court was hearing the arguments over the anticipatory bail petition filed by the businessman

New Delhi:

A Delhi Court on Tuesday refused to give any interim relief from arrest to businessman Navneet Kalra for the second time in the alleged oxygen concentrator hoarding and black marketing case.

Additional Sessions Judge Sumit Dass also placed his anticipatory bail before the District and Sessions Judge which will now decide which court will hear the plea on Wednesday.

“Bail application placed before the District Judge South East at 10 am tomorrow; they will send it to the concerned court. There is no interim relief or any sort of protection to the accused yet,” the judge remarked.

The court was hearing the arguments on the issue of jurisdiction on the anticipatory bail petition filed by the businessman in connection with the seizure of oxygen concentrators from his upscale restaurants, including ”Khan Chacha” in Khan Market.

During the course of proceedings, Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava said that since the matter was transferred to the Crime Branch after registration of FIR, the court has no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

“On May 7, the court had the power but now since the case has been transferred, it has no jurisdiction over the matter,” Mr Shrivastava apprised the judge.

However, advocate Vineet Malhotra, representing the accused, told the court that on May 7, the case was registered at Lodhi Colony Police Station and hence the court has the jurisdiction over the matter, despite the investigation being transferred later.

“Just because it was transferred, they cannot take away the jurisdiction of this court. The court cannot be bound to their action,” Mr Malhotra said.

The court on Monday had directed the investigating officer of the case to be present in court today along with a copy of the reply to Mr Kalra’s pre-arrest bail.

During a recent raid, 524 oxygen concentrators were recovered from three restaurants owned by Kalra and it is suspected that he has left Delhi along with his family.

These concentrators are the crucial medical equipment used for COVID-19 management.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)



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Kerala Woman Killed In Palestinian Rocket Strike In Israel

Idukki (Kerala):

A Keralite woman working in Israel was killed allegedly in a Palestinian rocket strike on Tuesday, her family members said.

They said the rocket fell on the residence of 31-year old Soumya in the city of Ashkelon while she was talking to her husband Santhosh, who is in Kerala, over video call in the evening.

“My brother heard a huge sound during the video call. Suddenly the phone got disconnected. Then we immediately contacted fellow Malayalees working there. Thus we came to know about the incident,” Mr Santhosh’s brother Saji told PTI.

Ms Soumya, hailing from Keerithodu in Idukki district, had been working as a housemaid in Israel for the last seven years, her relatives said.

Newly-elected MLA and Nationalist Congress Kerala leader Mani C Kappan condemned the incident.

In a Facebook post, Kappan, who is representing Pala seat in the Kerala Assembly, said thousands of Keralites working in Israel were living in fear.

He also sought intervention of the Central and state governments in the issue.

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Title sealed at OT: Manchester City crowned Premier League champions for third time in four years

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Manchester City clinched a third Premier League title in four years, as their arch rivals Manchester United slipped up at home against Leicester City on Tuesday.

United were the closest rivals to City but it was a matter of time for Pep Guardiola and Co. Leicester defeated a much-changed United side 2-1 for a crucial win in their top four bid.

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Premier League champions

Club Wins Winning years
Manchester United 13 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
Chelsea 5 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014–15, 2016–17
Manchester City 5 2011–12, 2013–14, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2020-21
Arsenal 3 1997–98, 2001–02, 2003–04
Blackburn Rovers 1 1994–95
Leicester City 1 2015–16
Liverpool 1 2019–20

City hosted Thomas Tuchel’s side at the Etihad at 1630 GMT just three weeks before they meet again in European club football’s showpiece match, scheduled to be played in Istanbul on May 29. But a defeat in that match meant City had to wait for their celebrations.

City swept aside Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals of the Champions League to give Guardiola the opportunity to win the European crown for the third time as a manager after he won it twice with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.

But he had insisted the Champions League final and the meeting in the Premier League on Saturday were not connected.

City moved to the brink of the title with victory over Crystal Palace last weekend. They could have been crowned champions on Sunday last week had second-placed Manchester United lost to Liverpool but that game was postponed after a protest by fans against United’s American owners.

Reaching the Champions League final for the first time is a huge moment in City’s history but their star manager had said retaining the Premier League after Liverpool interrupted his side’s title series last season was his prime focus.

“Always I’ve said the Premier League is the most important title,” he had said before the match against Chelsea.

“Financially for the club, qualification for the Champions League is the most important title, maybe, but there is no doubt what is the most important thing.

“Of course the Champions League is so special, it’s nice, but this one means consistency and many things.”

City beat Tottenham with an Aymeric Laporte header to lift the League Cup last month but Chelsea ended their hopes of an unprecedented quadruple by winning 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

List of Premier League champions

Year Champions Winning manager
1992–93 Manchester United   Alex Ferguson
1993–94 Manchester United   Alex Ferguson
1994–95 Blackburn Rovers   Kenny Dalglish
1995–96 Manchester United   Alex Ferguson
1996–97 Manchester United   Alex Ferguson
1997–98 Arsenal   Arsène Wenger
1998–99 Manchester United  Alex Ferguson
1999–2000 Manchester United  Alex Ferguson
2000–01 Manchester United  Alex Ferguson
2001–02 Arsenal  Arsène Wenger
2002–03 Manchester United  Alex Ferguson
2003–04 Arsenal  Arsène Wenger
2004–05 Chelsea  José Mourinho
2005–06 Chelsea  José Mourinho
2006–07 Manchester United  Alex Ferguson
2007–08 Manchester United  Alex Ferguson
2008–09 Manchester United  Alex Ferguson
2009–10 Chelsea  Carlo Ancelotti
2010–11 Manchester United  Alex Ferguson
2011–12 Manchester City  Roberto Mancini
2012–13 Manchester United   Alex Ferguson
2013–14 Manchester City  Manuel Pellegrini
2014–15 Chelsea  José Mourinho
2015–16 Leicester City  Claudio Ranieri
2016–17 Chelsea  Antonio Conte
2017–18 Manchester City  Pep Guardiola
2018–19 Manchester City   Pep Guardiola
2019–20 Liverpool   Jürgen Klopp
2020-21 Manchester City Pep Guardiola

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