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MK Stalin Declares Journalists In Tamil Nadu As Frontline Workers

The fourth pillar of democracy is risking its life amid pandemic, MK Stalin said.

Chennai:

Journalists, photojournalists and camerapersons working in print and broadcast media in Tamil Nadu would be treated as frontline workers, the soon-to-be Chief Minister, MK Stalin, announced on Tuesday. They would now be eligible for all due rights and concessions given to a frontline worker, including priority COVID-19 vaccination.

The media personnel would also get priority in treatment at government expense and compensation in the event of Covid-related deaths.

Tamil Nadu has around 10,000 newspersons. At least ten of them have died due to COVID-19. At least 500 media personnel have tested positive in Chennai alone.

Welcoming the move, Joint Secretary of the Chennai Press Club, Bharathi Thamizhan, who had made a request on this to Mr Stalin on Monday, said “On taking over as Chief Minister, Mr MK Stalin should also issue a government order towards this to make it official”.

Ahead of polls, the state government had paved way for reporters on the ground to get inoculated, treating them as frontline workers. However, newspersons were not included in the list of frontline workers.

“The fourth pillar of democracy is risking its life amid pandemic and work hard in rain and heat to disseminate information and create awareness among the people,” MK Stalin said.

Tamil Nadu continued to witness a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections, with 21,228 new cases being added on Tuesday, pushing the caseload to 12,49,292. As many as 144 COVID related deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the death count to 14,612, the health department said.

MK Stalin who met senior bureaucrats advised them to ensure availability of beds, oxygen and ICUs besides supplying anti-viral drug Remdesivir and others in key towns as its being done in Chennai.

With positivity rate crossing 10 per cent in districts and use of ICU and oxygen crossing 60 per cent in districts, the state government, last night, also announced fresh restrictions from the 6th to 20th of this month, including closure of all shops except stand alone provision stores, food, milk and vegetable shops which can remain open till noon. Government and private offices can function only with 50 per cent staff. The total lockdown on Sundays would continue.



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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.

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During treatment, five people died, they added. (Representational)

Ambedkar Nagar (UP):

Five people were killed allegedly after consuming spurious liquor in two villages in Jaitpur area in Uttar Pradesh’s Ambedkar Nagar, police said on Tuesday.

The incident came to light on Sunday night when the condition of some people deteriorated after consuming liquor and they were rushed to a hospital, they said.

During treatment, five people — four from Makhdoompur and one from Shivpal village — died, they added.

Four are admitted in the hospital in a serious condition, the police said.

Family members of Jaisraj, a patient admitted in the hospital, said all of them had consumed liquor after which their condition deteriorated.

“Five people have died and we are probing the matter. The liquor was bought by one Sonu of Shivpal village from somewhere in Azamgarh district and 12 people consumed it, ” District Magistrate Samuel Pal N said.

Those involved in the act of selling spurious liquor will not be spared, he said.

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Kerala Woman Killed In Palestinian Rocket Strike In Israel

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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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