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Raju Vernekar

Raju Vernekar

Raju Vernekar is a Media Professional based in Mumbai and is a regular contributor of Imphal Times. He had served as Chief Reporter at Free Press Journal (1996 – 2015 ). His Activities includes writing for different news papers, script writing/production for TV channels, Films Division. Writing poems in Marathi, Hindi, English, Guiding mass media students and helping people to solve their problems. Raju may be contacted at [email protected]

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1 more patient suspected to have exposed to Coronavirus admitted at Mumbai hospital; Air India keeps a jumbo plane to evacuate Indians stranded in China

By Raju Vernekar
Mumbai, Jan 28

A 36-year-old man, who returned from China, was admitted in the isolation ward of the BMC run Kasturba Hospital in North Mumbai for suspected exposure to “Coronavirus”, on Monday taking the number of persons admitted to the hospital to four in Mumbai.
The man, a resident of Tardeo in south Mumbai, has been kept under observation and his blood samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune. Three persons were admitted to Kasturba Hospital for possible exposure to the virus strain and their screening was done last week. With this, the total number of persons under observation in the country has gone up to 15...3 in Hyderabad, 7 in Kerala, 4 in Mumbai and one in Bengaluru.
 In a related development, the national carrier Air India, has kept a 423 seater jumbo plane ready to evacuate 250 odd Indians stranded in Wuhan province in China. The airline is awaiting necessary approvals from the ministries of External Affairs and Health to operate the special evacuation flight, an AI official said. The Ministry of External Affairs will make a request to the Chinese authorities, while the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health will make arrangements for transport and quarantine facilities respectively, he added.
Government has also asked the Civil Aviation Ministry to issue instruction to airlines for managing and notifying anybody reporting illness on all direct and indirect flight to China besides facilitating in-flight announcements and distribution of health cards to all flights with direct or indirect connectivity to China.
Wuhan along 12 other cities have been completely sealed by the Chinese authorities to stop the virus from spreading. The death toll has climbed to 80 with 2,744 confirmed cases. Over 250 to 300 Indian students are reportedly stuck in Wuhan triggering concerns over their well-being.

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Chennai doctors claim formulation of herbal medicine that can cure Coronavirus

IT Correspondent
Mumbai, Jan 28

Dr Thanikasalam Veni of Rathna Siddha Hospital in Chennai has claimed to have formulated a herbal medicine that can cure Coronavirus. Speaking to Imphal Times he said that  ”We have formulated a medicine from an extract of herbs. It is very effective to cure any type of viral fever. Coronavirus has no medicine. In China’s Wuhan province, experts have no idea how to cure the disease. Our herbal extract medicine is used to treat dengue, multi-organ fever and acute liver fever.”
“We want to tell the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Chinese government that our medicine is very effective in treating multi-organ failure in corona fever condition,” Dr. Veni said and claimed that the medicine formulated by him along with his team treats infections caused by the virus within 24 hours to 40 hours.
“When we treated the dengue virus with our medicine, many patients with reduced platelets count, acute liver failure, immunity deficiency and low white blood cell (WBC) were cured within 24-40 hours,” Dr. Veni said and added that “If the Centre and state government and China, require his help, he was ready  to fly immediately to Wuhan with his medicines.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath
and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

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Padma Shri award to singer-musician Adnan Sami kicks up row

The Padma Shri award to the singer Adnan Sami Khan announced by the Union Government, has created a controversy with the Congress and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), opposing the award saying that Adnan is not original Indian.
The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has objected to the Centre bestowing the Padma Shri to Adnan, saying that he is not an “original Indian citizen”. In a tweet, to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amey Khopkar, president of the MNS’s cinema wing, said, “Sami is not an original Indian citizen. MNS is of the view that he should not be given any award. We condemn the decision to honour him with padmashri and demand the decision be withdrawn.”  “ Adnan got citizenship of India in the Narendra Modi regime 4 years back. What was the reason to lift him (Adnan) so fast and high ? Khopkar asked in an apparent reference to Adnan’s video song “lift Karaday” released a few years back.
Whereas Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill took to Twitter to criticise the BJP-led government for honouring Adnan with the Padma Shri, saying that he was given the award because of his “Chamchagiri” (sycophancy) of the Government. The name of the Kargil war veteran and President’s medal winner Mohammad Sanaullah does not find place in the National Register of Citizens (NRC)(published in September 2019), whereas whose father fought against India gets in the India’s civilian award, Shergill said. While the Congress questioned the merit of the award, the NCP labelled it as an insult.
Adnan was born on 15 August 1971 in London, England to Arshad Sami Khan, a Pakistani Air Force vet and diplomat of Pashtun origin and Naureen (originally from Jammu and Kashmir). He first arrived in India on a one-year visitor’s visa granted by the High Commission of India, Islamabad, on March 13, 2001. Thereafter in the intervening 15 years, his visa was renewed several times. He was granted Indian citizenship “on humanitarian ground” with effect from January 1, 2016 after his Pakistani passport expired on May 26, 2015 and was not renewed there.
However even before he was granted citizenship of India, Adnan had acquired eight flats and five parking spaces in Mumbai in 2003, in violation of RBI regulations. Subsequently the  Enforcement Directorate (ED) seized the properties saying that they were acquired without Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s permission in violation of Foreign Exchange Management Regulations for acquisition and transfer of immovable property in India. The permission, the ED     said, was required as Adnan was a Pakistani national at the time. The ED had also imposed a penalty of Rs 20 lakh on Sami, since foreign nationals are required to seek RBI’s permission to buy property in India.
However the appellate tribunal in New Delhi set aside confiscation of Adnan’s property in 2010, saying no foreign exchange was involved in its purchase. However the tribunal increased the penalty on Adnan to from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 50 lakh, for acquiring the properties without RBI’s permission.
Sami was one of the 118 people whose names were announced for the Padma Shri awards, with the Ministry of Home Affairs list showing his home state as Maharashtra.
The awards will be conferred by the President of India in a ceremonial function in March or April this year.
In response Adnan expressed his gratitude towards the government for recognising him. Taking to the microblogging site Twitter, he wrote: ”The greatest moment for any Artiste is to be appreciated & recognised by his/her government. I am overwhelmed with infinite gratitude for being honoured with the ‘Padma Shri’ by the Government of India. It has been a 34 years musical journey.. ‘Bohot Shukriya’!!”
Twitter war between Adnan and Congress spokesman Jaiveer Shergill
Adnan Sami Khan on twitter to Jaiveer Shergill
Hey kid, did you get ur brain from a ‘Clearance Sale’ or from a second hand novelty store? Did they teach u in Berkley that a son is to be held accountable or penalised for the acts of his parents? And ur a lawyer?.Is that what u learned in law school? Good luck with that!
Jaiveer Shergill to Adnan Sami Khan on twitter
“ Uncle,i can reply in ur language but “Indian” culture teaches us to be respectful even to our enemies-u jumped border only recently so guess ur still learning. Objection is to Policy of declaring Indian Soldier as foreigner & giving award to family of a Pak soldier.Good Day.

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Coronavirus: 11 people returned from China

IT News
Mumbai, Jan 27

Even as over 20,000 passengers returning from mainland China and Hong Kong underwent thermal screenings for suspected “coronavirus” at the seven international airports in the country, 11 passengers have been kept under watch in Mumbai and Kerala.
The eleven person include- seven in Kerala, two in Mumbai and one each in Bengaluru and Hyderabad—who are among hundreds of passengers who returned from China in the recent days, are under observation in hospitals to check for possible exposure to the deadly novel coronavirus,  central and state officials said.
A total of 20,844 passengers who travelled in 96 flights from China have been screened at the airports till January 24, underwent thermal screenings at the seven international airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Cochin. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS) in Delhi has set up an isolation ward and kept beds ready for providing treatment to any suspected case of the respiratory infection. Also, on the basis of the details provided by the Indian Embassy in China, around 25 students who have returned to India recently from Wuhan are being closely monitored, the official said.
During the screening at the Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport, six passengers — three from Pune and another three from Mumbai, underwent thermal screening and were admitted to hospitals.
“ICMR-NIV Pune said that 4 samples (2 from Mumbai, one each from Bangaluru and Hyderabad have tested NEGATIVE for “Coronavirus”(nCoV). One of Mumbai patients has tested positive for “Rhinovirus”, one of the routine common cold virus,”.
Till now nearly 1,789 passengers have underwent the thermal screening for the coronavirus since January 19 in Mumbai. The passengers who returned to Mumbai from China, have been admitted to BMC run Kasturba Hospital located at Borivali in North Mumbai as a precaution. They have been kept in an isolation ward and their blood samples collected to check for the new strain of coronavirus..
“The isolation ward has been created for diagnosis and treatment of persons suspected to have the virus infection,” said Dr Padmaja Keskar, executive health officer of the BMC. Two persons under observation at the hospital have mild cough and exhibited cold-related symptoms. Doctors at the airport have been asked to send travellers returning from China to the isolation ward if they show any symptoms of the novel coronavirus, she said and added that “All private doctors in the city have been asked to alert us if they observe symptoms of coronavirus in any person who has returned from China,”.
Apart from Kasturba Hospital in Mumbai, quarantine facilities have also been provided at Naidu Hospital in Pune. Dr. Pradeep Awate, surveillance officer with the Maharashtra Health Department, said cases of coronavirus infection have been detected mainly in China, and a few cases have been found in other countries including South Korea, Japan, Thailand and the United States.
In Kerala, officials said another 73 people were being kept under medical surveillance at their homes in the state. According to Kerala state health ministry officials in Thiruvananthapuram, 7 persons, who had shown mild symptoms of fever, cough and sore throat are under watch in state-run hospitals in different districts. Among them, two of them are in Kochi, while one each is in observation in the state capital, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Pathanamthitta. The Kerala government has advised those under home surveillance to remain at home for 28 days from the date of their departure from China.
The coronavirus is a large family of viruses that causes illnesses ranging from the common cold to acute respiratory syndromes, but the virus in China is a novel strain and not seen before. It has killed 26 people so far, and has caused alarm because of its similarity to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).
According to a union health ministry official, no positive case has been detected in the country so far. Coronavirus cases were first reported from Wuhan, the capital of central China’s Hubei province.

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