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2 Tablighi Jamaat members test negative for coronavirus in Punjab

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Mansa, April 22: Two Tablighi Jamaat members have tested negative for COVID-19 after being admitted at a hospital here, the state Special Chief Secretary KBS Sidhu said on Wednesday.

“2 Tablighi Jamaat members who were admitted on April 3, found to be negative. One discharged, while the repeat sample of the other will be taken today. 25 Contacts found to be Negative — No new positive,” Sidhu tweeted.

The first person to have been tested coronavirus positive from village Gaggarpur in Sangrur district has recovered, said KBS Sidhu said.

“Last evening, our first positive case from village Gaggarpur came negative in a retest. Now, we have 2 positive cases, down from 3,” Sidhu tweeted.

A total of 245 COVID-19 positive cases have been reported from the state of Punjab, as per the data released by the Union Ministry of Health. 39 have been cured and discharged, while 16 persons have succumbed to coronavirus.

As per the latest update by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases stands at 19,984, of which about 245 cases were reported from Punjab

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Patanjali chasing profits, exploiting people’s fear: Madras HC

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Chennai, Aug 6 : Coming down heavily on yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved Ltd for “chasing profits by exploiting people’s fear and panic” to sell its immunity booster tablet Coronil, the Madras High Court on Thursday slapped a penalty of Rs 10 lakh on it.

The court also refused to vacate the interim injunction restraining Patanjali from using the name Coronil for its tablet in a trade mark infringement case.

The case was filed by city-based company Arudra Engineers Private Ltd that had registered the trademarks “Coronil-92 B and Coronil-213 SPL” in 1993 and holds rights over them till 2027.

The company sells an anti-corrosion product – a chemical agent that undertakes to sanitise and clean heavy industrial machinery and containment units at factories.

Apart from Patanjali, the other defendant in the case was Divya Yog Mandir Trust that makes the tablet.

The court order came in the petition filed by Patanjali and Divya Yog to vacate the interim injunction against the use of the name Coronil for its tablet.

The court said: “Insofar as costs are concerned, the defendants have repeatedly projected that they are Rs 10,000 crore company. However, they are still chasing further profits by exploiting the fear and panic among the general public by projecting a cure for the coronavirus, when actually their ‘Coronil Tablet’ is not a cure but rather an immunity booster for cough, cold and fever.”

“The defendants must realize that there are organisations which are helping the people in this critical period without seeking recognition and it would only be appropriate that they are made to pay costs to them,” it ruled.

The court ordered Patanjali and Divya Yog to pay jointly Rs 5 lakh each to the Dean, Adyar Cancer Institute, Chennai and to the Dean, Government Yoga and Naturopathy Medical College & Hospital, Chennai.

In both the organisations, treatment are accorded free of cost without any claim to either trademark, trade name, patent or design, but only with service as a motto, the court said.

“Costs to be paid on or before 21.08.2020, and a memo in this regard, to be filed before the Registry, High Court Madras, on or before 25.08.2020,” it ordered.

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10K count takes Andhra’s covid tally near 2L mark

Deaths were reported from all 13 districts of the state. Anantapur and East Godavari districts reported the highest tally of 10 deaths each followed by Guntur and Chittoor with nine and eight deaths, respectively.

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Vizianagaram: Andhra Pradesh continued to report in excess of 10,000 Covid cases for the third day in a row. While it did not touch the previous highs in terms of single day Covid count or deaths, the state health officials reported substantially high 10,328 cases and 72 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 9 a.m. Thursday.

The highest single-day count of 10,376 cases was recorded on July 31 while the single largest death count of 77 was reported on Wednesday.

Compared to the 10,128 cases on Wednesday, Andhra Pradesh reported 10,328 cases on Thursday morning. The latest update takes the overall Covid tally stopping short of the 2 lakh mark at 1,96,789 cases.

On Thursday, three districts reported fresh cases in four-digit figures, while the remaining ten districts reported three-digit covid numbers. East Godavari topped the list with 1351 new cases followed by Kurnool with 1285 cases.

Deaths were reported from all 13 districts of the state. Anantapur and East Godavari districts reported the highest tally of 10 deaths each followed by Guntur and Chittoor with nine and eight deaths, respectively.

Three of the districts reported six deaths each while another three districts reported three deaths each, and two districts reported two deaths each.

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Deadly cobra comes home for dinner!

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Agra, Aug 6 : A slithering serpent triggered a state of panic amongst members of a family as soon as they spotted the uninvited guest comfortably perched in a drawer of the almirah in their bedroom, perhaps waiting for dinner time to move out.

The local police man contacted the NGO Wildlife SOS which sent its team to nab the reptile. A two-member team from the NGO geared up with necessary rescue equipment and rushed to the location. After ensuring that the occupants were at a safe distance, the team carefully extricated the distressed cobra from the almirah and transferred it in a safe transport carrier. It took 30 minutes minutes for the rescue operation. The reptile was safely rescued by the team and was later released back in its natural habitat.

Baijuraj M.V, Director Conservation Projects for Wildlife SOS, said, “We are glad that more and more people are reaching out to us for help, rather than taking matters in their own hands. Snake sightings increase in the monsoons and our teams work round the clock to ensure no call for aid goes unanswered.”

Kartick Satyanarayan, CEO and Co-founder of Wildlife SOS, said “Being one of the four most venomous snake species to be found in India, our team had to exercise a lot of caution while conducting the rescue in order to avoid any unnecessary casualties. Sometimes these rescues can be dangerous and risky, but our team is trained to handle and carry out such sensitive operations, in the interest of public safety and protection of urban wildlife.”

The cobra was kept under observation for a few hours and later released back in the wild.

India is home to a variety of snake species ranging from extremely venomous snakes like the Cobra and Common krait to relatively harmless and non-venomous ones like the Common sand boa, Red sand boa, Wolf snake & Rat snake. Largely misrepresented and often perceived as dangerous, reptiles are met with fear and hostility, leading to incidents of human conflict with this species.

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