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‘COVID-19 5 tools of success’: Did Delhi govt succeed or flunk?

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New Delhi, June 28 (IANS) Recently, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed his government has 5 tools to win the Covid battle in Delhi – beds, testing, oximeter, plasma therapy and survey.

This, even as Delhi”s Covid-19 tally is spiralling with increased speed. However, the BJP is unwilling to buy Kejriwal”s logic, with Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta crediting Union Home Minister Amit Shah for the better Covid infrastructure in the national capital Kejriwal has been boasting of. So, where did the Delhi government score and where did it flunk?

But all the 5 tools of Kejriwal”s success were only announced this weekend, way too late in the fight against coronavirus and whether they can yield results are a matter of outcome. However, that did not stop the Delhi CM from claiming, “From today, we have started conducting door-to-door surveys and screening to know about the exact status of corona in the national capital. We have also bought 4,000 oxygen concentrators for Covid-19 patients, and 20,000 tests are being conducted daily.”

But many within the BJP and even outside say Kejriwal”s tall claims are detached from reality and the ramping up of a deteriorating health infrastructure only started after Shah took charge of the battle against coronavirus, after the Delhi government faced severe criticism from the Supreme Court.

BJP MP Gautam Gambhir tweeted this morning, “SIMPLE QUESTION. After 14th of June meeting in Delhi of Amit Shah, Testing increased four-fold, Test prices reduced, Bed prices reduced, Started mapping at home, Made a 10,000-bed center. If ”you” did it all, then why not before 14 June?”

In fact, the Supreme Court was so angry at the Delhi government”s handling of the pandemic in the national capital that it dubbed it as “horrendous”.

As Kejriwal tom-toms about extra beds, the BJP cites how the Delhi Chief Minister, on June 7, announced a ban on “outsiders” from availing treatment in Delhi hospital owing to shortage of beds. As he looks back at the Delhi government”s diktat, East Delhi MP Gambhir dubs it as an example of an “idiotic order” which was later overruled by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.

Shah took command and held a series of meetings with the Delhi CM, mayors and the L-G followed by a surprise visit at LNJP Hospital in Delhi where he directed the Delhi Chief Secretary to install CCTVs.

As he visited the 10,000-bed Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre at Radha Soami Satsang Beas at Chattarpur in south Delhi and reviewed the preparedness, on Saturday, around 2,000 beds are already being made operational. More than 1,000 doctors, nurses and paramedic staff of the ITBP and other paramilitary forces have been deployed at the facility. An additional 1,000 paramedical, assistant and security staff has also been posted there.

As Kejriwal talked about his “5 tools for success”, the BJP is adamant to not cede an inch to its credit, which they claim has been salvaged at the Centre”s intervention. Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta said, “After the intervention of Modi government, the situation in Delhi has improved otherwise the Kejriwal government had turned its back on the public.”

Kejriwal claimed on Saturday, “Delhi conducted the highest number of tests in a single day yesterday- 21,144. We have increased testing 4 times.” But Gupta claims that happened only after Shah”s intervention and the credit should not go to the Delhi government. He added on Sunday that the Delhi CM has “lost his right to remain as a CM” of the national capital.

Giving a statistical comparison, Gupta said, on June 14, a total of 9,937 beds were available in Delhi, but at present with the Centre”s intervention, about 30,000 beds have been arranged in Delhi.

However, even with the previously “horrendous” handling, the Delhi government had its share, however small, of successes. In April, Operation SHIELD was run in Delhi”s Dilshad Garden area under which 123 medical teams screened more than 15,000 people living in 4,032 houses in the east Delhi area which proved to be very successful.

Also, however belatedly, the Delhi government has attached 77 banquet halls for COVID-19 treatment that will help set up 11,229 beds to further ramp up medical infrastructure to deal with the Covid-19 situation in the city.

But as one weighs the successes and failures of the Delhi government, AAP”s claim of “5 tools of success” hasn”t left many impressed with the ruling party of Delhi, given the optics of Shah now driving Delhi”s fight against coronavirus.

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Jitin Prasada urges Yogi to restore Parshuram Jayanti holiday

Parshuram Jayanti had earlier been declared a public holiday but when the Yogi government came to power, the holiday was cancelled.

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Former Union minister and senior UP Congress leader Jitin Prasada has written a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, urging him to declare a holiday on Parshuram Jayanti.

Parshuram Jayanti had earlier been declared a public holiday but when the Yogi government came to power, the holiday was cancelled.
In April 2017, the chief minister had cancelled 15 public holidays, including Parshuram Jayanti. The government also cancelled the birth and death anniversaries of several eminent people.

In his letter, Jitin Prasada, who has been leading a campaign against atrocities on the Brahmin community, said that Parshuram is revered as the Lord of Justice and is also seen as the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu.

He said that Parshuram is held in high esteem by the Brahmin community. Prasada has urged the chief minister to restore the holiday on Parshuram Jayanti.

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Uttar Pradesh: 6-yr-old brutally raped, accused on the run

Dr S.K. Garg, the principal of the Meerut Medical College where the girl is admitted, said that she will need treatment for a long duration and more surgeries.

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Hapur (UP), Aug 10 : A six-year-old girl, who was kidnapped and brutally raped in Hapur district on Thursday, remains in a critical condition even as the police continue to hunt for the accused.

The police have released three sketches of the accused on the basis of the statements of the girl’s parents and neighbours.

The girl was kidnapped from outside her home in the Garh Mukhteshwar area, reportedly by a man on a motorcycle.

The police launched a hunt for the girl after her parents lodged a missing complaint.

She was found the next morning, unconscious and soaked in blood, behind bushes not far from her village. The girl was rushed to a specialised hospital in Meerut where the medical examination confirmed rape.

She has already undergone one surgery and doctors say she is stable but not yet out of danger.

The doctors said that the girl was brutalised in a manner that is shockingly similar to the Nirbhaya gang rape case of 2012.

Dr S.K. Garg, the principal of the Meerut Medical College where the girl is admitted, said that she will need treatment for a long duration and more surgeries.

Hapur SP Sanjeev Suman said that they have not yet been able to record the victim’s statement because of her medical condition. He said that six police teams have been formed to arrest the accused.

Meanwhile, protests are being held by the Samajwadi Party and Congress over the incident.

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Deception, disinformation part of China’s game plan with India

The former diplomat predicted that Beijing will insist that it is on its own territory and defend its position at all cost while accusing Indian troops of being the aggressors.

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New Delhi, Aug 10 :: China’s game plan for the stand-off along the Line of Actual Control with India in Ladakh will include a combination of pressure, deception, disinformation and continuation of its long-term expansionist policies.

This was deduced by the Delhi Policy Group (DPG), one of India’s oldest think tanks on strategic and international issues of critical national interest, from the statements from a series of meetings between senior Army commanders, foreign ministers and ministries and the special representatives on the border question of the two countries.

In his paper on ‘China’s post-Galwan Posture’, former ambassador Nalin Surie, distinguished fellow for diplomacy at DPG, said that over six weeks after the brutal, unprovoked, illegal and fatal attack by Chinese troops on Indian soldiers in East Ladakh, the situation there remains tense and fragile.

“Chinese obduracy has ensured that the rebuilding of confidence, let alone trust, in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is in serious doubt,” he said.

India and China have made no headway in de-escalation in the Pangong Tso lake region of Ladakh, where both sides have built up forces and are preparing to dig in for the long haul.

Surie in his paper said that the “Chinese game plan to extricate itself from a situation of its own creation which has won it no friends except Pakistan” would contain “a mix of pressure, deception, disinformation and not having to abandon its long term and long held objectives”.

The former diplomat predicted that Beijing will insist that it is on its own territory and defend its position at all cost while accusing Indian troops of being the aggressors.

China will also insist that India should compromise its position and “meet the Chinese side halfway”, Surie said.

The third line of attack, Surie said, will be to repeatedly “warn India not to misjudge or make a strategic calculation of the current situation and not underestimate China’s firm determination to safeguard its territorial sovereignty”.

The Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong warned of this on July 10, and reiterated his advice at a public forum in New Delhi on July 30.

China has concerns at the growing congruence of interests in the Indo-Pacific and Indian Ocean region between India and the US and other QUAD countries, particularly post the Chinese attacks in East Ladakh, the DPG paper said.

Besides, the growing distrust between the Trump administration and China, Beijing may also be worried about Russia’s neutrality.

As a result, Surie said that the Chinese will also put pressure on New Delhi by claiming that India will greatly suffer from economic decoupling.

“India’s decisions on Chinese Apps, Chinese tenders for projects and investments in India have undoubtedly caused considerable disquiet. Given the state of the world economy and the future prognosis, loss of one of the largest and fast growing markets in the world is not going to be easily digested by China,” the former Ambassador said.

Part of China’s response will be to strengthen its economic assistance and cooperation with our neighbours and other economic partners, Surie said.

Incidentally, the Chinese embassy in New Delhi threatened Strat News Global, an independent media portal of “severe consquences” if it did not “delete a video” comparing Xi Jinping with the Nazi tyrant Adolf Hitler.

Strat News Global founder and editor-in-chief Nitin Gokhale revealed this on Twitter, confirming Surie’s analysis that China will use pressure, deception and disinformation in the long haul with India.

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