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High Court asks TRAI to respond on plea challenging call drops

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The Delhi High Court on Monday sought a response from the centre and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on a plea by telecom operators for a stay on TRAI’s compensation policy for call drops, under which a rupee will be credited to the mobile users’ account for every call drop (restricted to three per day) starting January 2016.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath asked Centre and TRAI to file their response by December 22 on the plea of two telecom industry bodies, Cellular Operators Association of India and Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India.

Companies termed the order of TRAI as contradictory and destructive and sought quashing of the October 16 order mandating services provider to pay subscribers Re. 1 per call drop experienced on their network, subject to a cap of three a day.

They said the TRAI does not have the power to grant compensation to end-subscribers under the TRAI Act and the decision to grant compensation is “without authority of law, without jurisdiction and is illegal”.

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Delhi DMs asked to identify additional land for cremation, burial

As of date, Delhi has reported 523 covid deaths since the outbreak of the infection. Also the cases count has crossed 20,000 mark, with 11,565 of them active cases.

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New Delhi, June 1 : The various District Magistrates in the national capital on Monday were asked to identify lands for cremation or burial grounds, which are reasonably away from the residential areas.

In a letter to all the District Magistrates of Delhi, Rajesh Goyal, Additional CEO, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) demanded a report on the same by 4 p.m. on June 3.

The letter asked the DMs to identify places, spaces for creating additional capacity for patient beds as well as additional land for cremation and burial grounds.

“As you are aware that in view of the increasing number of Covid-19 patients in Delhi, it is imperative to plan in advance for enhancing the capacity of patient beds and also to identify additional cremation and burial grounds,” the letter reads.

It asked the DMs to identify and provide the information on top priority.

“Indoor air conditioned locations, preferably large multipurpose halls, banquet halls and indoor stadiums etc. for putting up extra beds for Covid-19 patients along with capacity of each such location,” it said.

It also demanded the present locations of cremation and burial grounds as well as “additionally identified locations or lands for cremation and burial grounds which are reasonably away from the residential areas”.

As of date, Delhi has reported 523 covid deaths since the outbreak of the infection. Also the cases count has crossed 20,000 mark, with 11,565 of them active cases.

–IANS

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Unlock 1.0: Status quo for DTC, restaurants in Delhi

For marriage related gatherings, maximum 50 guests are allowed. For funeral or last rites related gatherings maximum 20 persons are allowed, it added.

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New Delhi, June 1 : As the Delhi government on Monday issued guidelines for ‘Unlock 1.0’, it maintained status quo for restaurants, permitted to operate kitchens for home delivery and takeaway of food items, and DTC with not more than 20 passengers at a time.

In an order, signed by Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority extended the lockdown period in the containment zones in the national capital up to June 30, while allowing some more relaxations across the city outside containment zones. Dev, in his capacity as Chairperson, State Executive Committee, said all private as well as government offices will be permitted to function in full strength.

“However, for private offices, as far as possible, the practice of work from home should be followed,” it said.

The order said restaurants will be permitted to operate kitchens for home delivery and takeaway of food items.

The government allowed the intra-state movement of buses — DTC as well as cluster — with the condition that not more than 20 passengers shall be allowed at one time inside.

Before entering into the bus, each passenger will be screened through a thermal gun on ”best effort” basis.

“The Transport Department shall deploy an adequate number of bus marshals inside each bus at all times for maintaining social distancing inside the bus and restricting the number of passengers to 20,” the order said.

The transportation of passengers, other than by buses, shall also be allowed. “After disembarking every passenger, the driver should disinfect the passenger sitting area.”

For shops and markets, the order said all markets and market complexes will remain open.

“Social distancing (2 Gaz ki doori) will be maintained in all cases. If social distancing is not maintained by any shop, then the said shop shall be liable to be closed in view of public health hazard involved in containing the spread of Covid-19 pandemic and the shopkeeper shall also be liable for prosecution under the relevant laws,” the order said.

It said the industrial establishments will be permitted to function.

“Construction activities shall be permitted wherever the workers are available on site or could be transported to the site from within Delhi.”

For marriage related gatherings, maximum 50 guests are allowed. For funeral or last rites related gatherings maximum 20 persons are allowed, it added.

The order said the RWAs cannot prevent any person from performing their services and duties which has been permitted under these guidelines.

The order said the containment zones lockdown will continue to remain in force in the containment zones till June 30.

“In the containment zones, only essential activities shall be allowed. There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services.”

In the containment zones, there should be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance and other clinical interventions, as required by guidelines of Union Health Ministry.

“All other activities will be permitted, except those which are specifically prohibited. However, in containment zones, only essential activities shall be allowed,” the order said.

Also, persons above 65 years of age with comorbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes, it added.

The order said that there will be unrestricted movement of persons and goods within Delhi and no separate permission will be required for these movements.

“In view of the current public health situation in Delhi, the inter-state movement of non-residents of Delhi, into the territory of Delhi shall be allowed only on the production of e-passes issued for essential services or in case of emergent circumstances by authorities of respective State, UT or District Magistrates of Delhi. However, government employees shall be allowed on the production of Government ID cards,” it said.

However, the movement by passenger trains and flights will continue to be regulated as per the SOPs issued.

The order also said that Aarogya Setu enables early identification of potential risk of infection and thus acts as a shield for individuals and the community and advises its use.

–IANS

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Delhi has 6,670 Covid beds, around 4k vacant: Govt

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New Delhi, June 1 : The Delhi government has arranged for 6,670 Covid beds across the city with only 2,692 occupied as of Monday morning, as per the data provided by the government in its ‘Delhi corona’ mobile app.

The mobile app, to be launched on Tuesday officially, says as of Monday morning, 58 private hospitals were offering Covid beds, however, 52 of these have zero occupancy.

It says a total of 6,670 Covid beds are ready with 2,692 occupied while 3,978 vacant.

At least seven government hospitals — including central and the city — were offering 3,916 beds, of which 1,862 beds were vacant.

“Till 9 a.m. on Monday, total 2,054 beds were occupied in the seven government hospitals,” the data said.

Among the six private hospitals having patients were — Max Hospital offering 225 beds with 197 occupied. Indraprastha Apollo hospital offers 144 beds and 117 are occupied as of Monday morning.

Sir Ganga Ram City and Kolmet Hospitals offer 120 and 42 beds respectively, and of these 106 and 33 beds are occupied.

The other private hospitals offering dedicated facilities are — Maa Durga Charitable Trust (81 of 100 beds occupied) and Batra (61 of 66 beds occupied).

As per the data, Delhi has a total 302 ventilators, with 38 occupied till Monday morning.

On Saturday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the government is developing a mobile app to give information on beds and ventilators availability in the city government hospitals and it will be launched on Monday.

However, on Monday, he said it will be launched on Tuesday. Speaking to the media, he said while the health infrastructure in Delhi has been made adequate, family members of coronavirus patients are still confused about where to take them for treatment.

“They are not sure about the beds and ventilators available in the hospitals. For the convenience of the people and to eliminate such issues, we are developing an app that will be launched on Monday,” he said.

–IANS

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