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After transient setback, Karunanidhi’s vital signs are normalising: Hospital

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Chennai, July 29 (IANS) DMK President M. Karunanidhi on Sunday night suffered a “transient setback” in his health but his vital signs are normalising, said the hospital where he was admitted early on Saturday following a dip in his blood pressure.

“There was a transient setback in the clinical condition of Karuanidhi, DMK President and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. With active medical support, his vital signs are normalising. He continues to be closely monitored and treated by the panel of expert doctors,” Kauvery Hospital, where he was admitted, said in a bulletin around 10 p.m.

The medical bulletin was issued as anxiety spread late in the evening over the health of 94-year-old five-time Chief Minister following rumours and thousands of DMK cadres from the city and districts started surrounding the hospital.

Karunanidhi’s son M.K. Stalin, daughter Kanimozhi and other members of the family also rushed to the hospital and senior Congress leaders P. Chidambaram and S. Thirunavukkarasar called the hospital and left without talking to the media.

Earlier on Saturday and thoughout Sunday, leaders from various political parties who had visited the hospital, had talked to the media after the visit, expressing their hopes that Karunanidhi would returned to normal health.

DMK General Secretary K. Anbazhagan, who is older than Karunanidhi, visited the hospital late in the night on hearing about the setback.

Even after the late night bulletin, the DMK cadres who had thronged the hospital appeared still unconvinced and it was left to former Union Minister A. Raja to address them in Tamil to convince them of the latest health condition of Karunanidhi.

Raja said: “It was true that there was a setback in the health of Karunanidhi for sometime. But with active medical support the setback was set right. He is in a good condition and being continuously monitored and treated by expert doctors. Don’t believe rumours.”

The cadres received this bit of news with a round of applause but still were not ready to leave the hospital area and police had a tough time keeping the crowd under control. Police also carried out a baton charge to disperse a section of the crowd which was uprooting the barricades.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister K.Palaniswami cut short his visit to Salem and was returning to Chennai.

Earlier on Sunday, party leaders said Karunanidhi’s condition continued to be stable and doctors are confident of his recovery.

The 94-year-old veteran politician was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of Kauvery Hospital here at 1.30 a.m. on Saturday after his blood pressure dropped. Following treatment, Karunanidhi’s blood pressure has stabilized but he continues to be in ICU.

On Sunday, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu visited him in hospital and enquired about his health from his family members.

Naidu later tweeted: “Met his family members and doctors and enquired about his health. Doctors said he is stable. Wish him a speedy recovery.”

Accompanied by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Naidu also met Stalin at the hospital.

The party also released a picture of the dignitaries visiting the ailing leader.

Other leaders who called at the hospital where CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien and BJP General Secretary Murlidhar Rao.

On Saturday night too, the hospital said Karunanidhi’s condition was stable with active medical support.

For the past two years, Karunanidhi was away from active politics owing to his health condition.

Recently Karunanidhi was admitted to Kauvery Hospital for change of the tracheostomy tube.

With a large number of party cadres assembled outside the hospital for second day in succession, a large police contingent was deployed near the hospital.

Policemen who are on leave have been asked to rejoin duty and leave is granted only in exceptional cases.

Bound to his wheelchair for the past couple of years, Karunanidhi, an atheist, was the most multifaceted wily politician who strode Tamil Nadu’s literary and political scene leaving his mark in the socio-economic fabric of the state in the last seven decades.

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Coronavirus: Karnataka’s Covid tally crosses 5 lakh

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Bengaluru, Sep 19 : With 8,626 fresh cases across the state on Friday, Karnataka’s Covid-19 tally crossed the 5 lakh mark, while 10,949 people were discharged after treatment in the last 24 hours.

“The number of positive cases across the state is 5,02,982, including 1,01,129 active cases, while 3,94,026 cases were discharged since March 8,” said the health bulletin.

With 179 patients succumbing to the infection during the day, the state’s toll has gone up to 7,808.

Bengaluru, which is the epicentre of the disease in the state, registered 3,623 cases during the day, taking its tally to 1,87,705, including 41,914 active cases, while 1,43,198 patients were discharged till date, with 2,725 in the last 24 hours.

With 37 deaths during the day, the city’s toll has increased to 2,592.

“The number of patients in the intensive care units (ICU) across the state is 814, including 271 in Bengaluru Urban district, Dharwad 74, Ballari 67 and Hassan 62,” the bulletin said.

Mysuru saw 600 new cases, Udupi 493, Dakshina Kannada 456, Ballari 296, Shivamogga 257 and Belagavi 221.

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One dead, 22 fall sick after consuming ‘local alcohol’ in Andhra

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Visakhapatnam, Sep 18 : One person died and 22 others fell sick after consuming suspected ‘local alcohol’ in three villages of Andhra Pradesh’s Vizianagaram district.

“There were 22 cases reported. The complaint basically is swelling in the leg, pain in the stomach, and reddishness in the eyes. There was no other symptom. By the time this came to us, one person died,” Visakhapatnam District Collector V. Vinay Chand told IANS.

Chinaraba, Kotaparthy and Kakaravalasa are the three villages where the sickness afflicted the unsuspecting tribals.

Chinaraba has a population of 248, Koaparthy 95 and Kakaravalasa 125. Most of the ailing tribals are in their 30s and 40s.

Kakaravalasa is 52 km north west of Vishakhapatnam.

All the 22 who fell sick, were shifted to the King George Hospital (KGH) in Visakhapatnam for treatment.

Though the health department conducted a medical camp in the tribal village, they did not improve, necessitating them to be shifted to KGH.

“The condition of all of them is stable and they are being continuously monitored. They have all been tested for Covid, they have all turned negative,” said Chand.

The health department has collected more blood samples from the tribals for further testing, those results are expected in a day.

Chand said the tribals were also diagnosed with malnourishment.

Though the reason for the tribals’ ailment hasn’t been established, officials are suspecting the consumption of local alcohol.

“It is suspected that there was some consumption of liquor. The tribals normally consume locally available liquor. However, this is yet to be confirmed,” the Collector clarified.

According to Chand, tribals were known to be consuming various types of locally available alcohol, however, he said if that liquor was contaminated or illicit is not clear.

“There are a lot of stories going around, I’m not really sure until we get more information and I cannot confirm or negate anything. Probable reason was any consumption of locally available toddy, but that is also subject to confirmation,” the officer observed.

The medical camp will continue for the next 7 – 10 days in the tribal villages. Medical staff are educating the tribals on personal hygiene, washing hands and drinking warm water.

They were also advised on coronavirus, told to refrain from consuming stored meat and also explained the adverse effects of alcohol.

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Liquor mafia operating in Punjab, Centre should probe: Congress MP

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New Delhi, Sep 18 : Charging that a liquor mafia was operating in Punjab under political patronage, a Congress MP from the state on Friday demanded the Centre”s intervention and probe into the matter through the CBI or independent agencies.

Congress MP Shamsher Singh Dullo raised the matter during the Zero Hour in the Upper House of Parliament, saying “no action” has been taken in the matter despite 136 people losing their life in the state recently after consuming spurious liquor.

Dullo said, in the recent hooch tragedy in the state, 150 people were hospitalised in addition to 136 deaths.

While several people have turned blind after drinking spurious liquor, kidneys of many have been impacted but no action has been taken against the perpetrators of the crime, he said, demanding compensation for the family of those killed and impacted.

He charged that the “liquor mafia in the state was operating under political patronage” and there was a police nexus.

Nine illegal distilleries were being run and supplying liquor to neighbouring Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh among other states, the MP said.

He said neighbouring countries were involved in it and demanded the Centre”s intervention to probe the issue through the CBI a retired high court judge or any independent agency so that culprits could be booked.

Dullo said he met the governor of the state but no action has been taken and that the matter pertains to inter-state illegal racket and theft of taxes.

Raising another issue during the Zero Hour, Tiruchi Siva (DMK) demanded 90 per cent representation in jobs to residents of the state in local enterprises, saying at present there is an unequal representation of states in Central government jobs.

In the recently conducted exams in the state for various central government undertakings including Chennai Petrol, the percentage of locals was minimum, he said.

In Tamil Nadu alone, 84 lakh people have registered themselves with employment exchanges and the percentage of unemployment was 7.6 per cent despite the youth there being qualified and securing top ranks in the UPSC, he said.

He also noted that highly qualified people had applied for the post of sanitary workers due to high unemployment in the state.

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