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Good Samaritan Jumps Into Water, Saves Toddler Who Fell Out Of Car

A car was left dangling over the guardrails of a bridge in the crash where a toddler fell in water.

A man in Ocean City, Maryland, is being hailed a hero for jumping into water to save a toddler. The 23-month-old girl fell out of a car and into the bay on Sunday after an accident that left the vehicle dangling off the guardrails of a bridge. Several other people were injured in the crash, the Ocean City Fire Department said in a statement released on social media. 

Fire and police units were dispatched to the bridge on Sunday afternoon after being informed that  one vehicle was half over the guardrail, and multiple patients were injured after the collision.

“During the collision, one pediatric patient was ejected from the car teetering over the guardrail and landed into the Assawoman Bay,” the fire department said.

The toddler was saved by the timely action of a man who noticed her lying in the water face down. 

“He just jumped into action,” Ryan Whittington, firefighter and medic at Ocean City Fire Department, told CNN. “He saved a 23-month-old child. There’s no doubt in our mind that if he had not did what he did when he did it that we would be having a different headline to this story,” Mr Whittington said.

The good Samaritan who jumped in to save her does not wish to be identified. Mr Whittington said he was driving on the bridge and his car had also been involved in the crash.

On Facebook, many praised the “humble hero” and said his act of bravery should be recognised by an award. “The good Samaritan that jumped over to save that baby, risking their own life, is an absolute hero!” wrote one Facebook user. “Let’s get this hero’s face all over social media and the news. They deserve to be recognised for their amazing actions,” another said. 

The girl was flown to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital. Seven other people who suffered injuries in the crash were also taken to hospital.

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Oxygen Concentrators Prices Should Be Fixed To Prevent Black Marketing: Court

It was “high time” that Maximum Retail Price of oxygen concentrators be fixed, court said.

New Delhi:

The Delhi High Court Wednesday told the Centre it was “high time” that Maximum Retail Price of oxygen concentrators and other equipment in demand for COVID treatment was fixed to immediately stop their hoarding and black marketing.

The high court made the observation while issuing contempt notices to all the persons named in the cases filed after May 2 in connection with hoarding and black marketing of medicines and equipment required for treating COVID-19, and directed them to appear before it virtually on May 19.

A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said the notices would be served to the accused through the police stations where the cases have been registered.

It said the notices would also go to those persons whose names were added in the 40 odd cases during the course of the investigation.

The high court passed the direction after it was informed by advocate Sanjeev Sagar that in the hearings before the trial courts, in connection with these cases, the public prosecutors as well as the judicial officers appeared to be unaware of the May 2 order of the bench to book those engaged in hoarding and black marketing.

The high court in its May 2 order had also said that such individuals, booked for black marketing and hoarding be brought before it for taking contempt of court action against them.

The bench was then informed that a trial court has said that offences cannot be “made up” against such individuals and the option was to book them for contempt of court if they are selling medicines or equipment at exorbitant rates.

The bench was shown media reports which said that the concerned trial court, while hearing the anticipatory bail filed by businessman Navneet Kalra in connection with the seizure of oxygen concentrators from his upscale restaurants, had said that first a law has to be made to regulate the prices and people cannot be penalised in a hurry because the high court wanted steps to be taken.

Amicus curiae and senior advocate Rajshekhar Rao said the trial court cannot be blamed as Maximum Retail Price has not yet been fixed for a majority of the imported equipment and the central government has to inform the high court what steps it has taken.

Mr Rao said a lot of people will escape prosecution in the long run as no maximum retail price has been fixed for the imported medicines and equipment for COVID treatment.

The lawyer for the central government said the issue was under consideration and sought time to inform the bench as to what decision has been taken.

The high court said that as early as June last year the process to fix prices of domestic and imported oxygen concentrators and other equipment was started, but was left unfinished.

“It is high time that MRP of oxygen concentrators and all of the other equipment in demand (for COVID treatment) be fixed so that black marketing and hoarding is immediately stopped.

The court asked Mr Sagar to prepare a note on the issue of price fixation, for informing public prosecutors and judicial officers in the subordinate courts, and said it will be circulated by the Delhi government.



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Maharashtra’s oxygen production capacity is 1,300 metric tons per day while demand is 1,800. (File)

Mumbai:

The Maharashtra cabinet today approved a proposal to make the state self-sufficient in oxygen production under which special incentives will be offered to manufacturers.

The “Maharashtra Mission Oxygen” aims to ensure a production of 3,000 metric tons of life-saving gas per day in the state, said a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office.

At present the production capacity in the state is 1,300 metric tons per day while the demand is 1,800 metric tons on account of coronavirus pandemic.

During the possible third wave, the demand for medical oxygen could rise to 2,300 metric tons, the statement said.

Under the scheme, incentives will be given to industrial units for producing oxygen including 150 per cent waiver in GST in Marathwada and Vidarbha and 100 percent in rest of the state. There will be similar waiver in stamp duty and electricity duty too.

Health Minister Rajesh Tope announced during the meeting that Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) and Air Separation Units (ASU) plants will be set up to boost oxygen production.

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



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Mamata Banerjee’s election win was not a nail-biting one, but it has given her Trinamool Congress a vigorous shakedown that it had not seen in the years that it has been in power.

The elections may have netted her more legislative seats than in 2016 (213 vs 211), but there were times during the election campaign when it seemed her grip on power was slipping with Narendra Modi rousting up his BJP supporters all over West Bengal.

Modi and his party were so bent on snatching the West Bengal elections that he and his top deputies, including the formidable Home Minister Amit Shah, rallied from one end of the state to another, courting votes for BJP and throwing the dangers of corona infection to the wind.

To BJP and Narendra Modi, Mamata Banerjee was a foe who needed to be weeded out and her grip on West Bengal permanently unclasped by creating fears of unbridled “illegal” immigration from Bangladesh under Mamata Banerjee’s leadership and misrule.

Narendra Modi even travelled to remote villages in Bangladesh to woo a vote bank of Bangladeshi Hindu migrants in West Bengal whose ancestors had migrated from those areas (this vote bank was a counter to the purported Muslim vote bank in West Bengal that supports TMC).

In the end, however, the strident Mamata Banerjee was able to overcome BJP and its all-out effort to dismantle her from her seat. She became the chief minister of West Bengal for the third time around. Her win proved her grit and her invincibility, more precisely her astute politics with which she could deflect her opponents.

TMC’s rise

All this is good for Mamata Banerjee and her party. But going forward, can she manage to keep her state’s economy going with a contentious central government that continues to be led by a Prime Minister who was hell-bent to oust her? As it is, her relationship with the BJP led-government has been sour since Modi became the Prime Minister.

She has had spats with Modi on many issues, such as central government interference in her administration (CBI investigations of police in West Bengal), her allegations of the central government’s reluctance to help West Bengal economically, opposition to the Modi-initiated Citizenship Act, and many other subjects that Mamata felt undermined West Bengal.

Mamata had risen to power in West Bengal after dismantling 34 years of leftist rule under the Communist Party of India (Marxist). In doing so, she had shown her adroitness and political skill to muster opposition against a party of formidable strength that had grown roots in all sections of West Bengal society – rural and urban.

The strategy that Mamata had followed in bringing down the Communist rule was not through the replacement of the Left cadres with her own TMC acolytes, but through mass rallies in all parts of the state highlighting the misrule of the Communist Party and the highhandedness of its workers.

Her ability to generate wide-scale opposition to the Communist rule garnered support from the masses and she gained popularity as a capable political leader. TMC and its allies sailed through in the elections of 2011 and Mamata became chief minister. In the next elections in 2016, TMC did not have to seek an alliance with any other party. With 211 seats, TMC became the single largest party in the assembly.

Mamata Banerjee’s TMC may have gained two seats more than in 2016 (it could even be two more after elections are held in the two constituencies where elections were delayed due to the deaths of candidates). But contrast this with BJP, which won 77 seats, which is a quantum leap from a meagre three seats won in 2016.

In percentage, this is even more impressive. The BJP won 37% compared with 47% secured by TMC. In 2016, BJP had won only 10% of total votes. If BJP can make such a deep inroad in West Bengal in five years, can a takeover in the next elections be ruled out?

For the next five years, Mamata Banerjee’s chief worry should not just be how to manage relationships with the BJP-led Centre, but also how to retain her party’s grip in West Bengal politics and prevent further spread of Saffron politics in her state.

Bilateral relations

Next, let us look at the ramifications of Mamata Banerjee’s election on West Bengal’s neighbour – Bangladesh. None, in my view. Bangladesh’s relationship with India is on a country-to-country basis, not with West Bengal, which is not a sovereign entity. There cannot be any exclusive relationship of a country with one component of another country.

West Bengal is one of 28 states of India. Any relationship of a state with a foreign country is managed by the Indian government. West Bengal cannot enter into a treaty or agreement with a foreign country no matter how close that country is or how its borders crisscross. Bangladesh’s relationship with West Bengal is through the Indian government.

However, we do care about who governs the neighbouring states since political leadership in that country shapes and governs mutual relationships. There is a human element in every relationship, even between countries. The leaders develop personal relationships which can resolve many disputes without contention.

It is helpful if our neighbouring Indian states have good leaders and are helpful to us even though they have to operate through their central government.

There are many outstanding problems that Bangladesh has with India, including our perennial water-sharing issues that involve West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee may be a well-wisher of Bangladesh, and we wish her well too. But as much as we have friendly feelings for each other, her third election win does not solve our problems with India.

Our problems are bilateral, of one sovereign country with another. These have to be resolved by each country’s government on appropriate levels.

Teesta water-sharing is only one of many that we need to resolve. On this, we hope that a newly re-elected Mamata Banerjee will cooperate with her leader at the centre to ratify the water-sharing agreement.

Her election may not bring any direct result in Bangladesh, but we can hope in her new term she will change her stance on this unresolved issue and prove her friendship with Bangladesh.

This article first appeared in Dhaka Tribune.



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