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Over 10,000 Indians stranded in Kyrgyzstan

However, under the apparently grim scenario, only three flights may not be sufficient to bring back all the 10,000-plus stranded students from Bishkek.

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Mumbai, March 29 : Over 10,000 Indian students from across India are stranded in the Osh State University (OSU), Kyrgyzstan who desperately want to return, a student from the varsity said on Sunday.

Reacting to a report by IANS on March 28 via email, the medical student Darshan Shinde narrated the plight of the Indian students at the university.

“We were removed from our hostel and kept in other hostels, with four persons in one small room. We are locked here and our passports are not given to us,” rued Shinde.

Besides, the hostel has reportedly kept suspected cases of COVID-19, and the student apprehends that the food stocks in the local markets would disappear soon.

His response came after Union Minister of State for Social Welfare Ramdas Athawale on Saturday informed IANS about the students languishing there in the midst of the Cornavirus pandemic.

“They called me up with urgent requests to help evacuate them. Of these students, I am informed that around 205 are from Maharashtra alone, according to their families,” Athawale said Saturday.

The central minister said that Kyrgyzstan’s Avia Traffic Co., in the capital Bishkek, is ready to operate at least three flights to India and send the stranded students home.

“They are ready to operate two flights to New Delhi and one to Mumbai to bring back these stranded students. I shall be speaking with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Minister for External Affairs and other officials to grant landing permission to the flights on priority basis despite the lockdown and the ban on flight operations,” Athawale said.

He is hopeful of getting the relevant clearances from the Indian government to enable the launch of evacuation proceedings within a couple of days or so as their near and dear ones are getting panicky in view of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

However, under the apparently grim scenario, only three flights may not be sufficient to bring back all the 10,000-plus stranded students from Bishkek.

Meanwhile, Wardha-based education consultant Dr Kishor Saste had estimated that there may be around 2000 Indian students studying medicine in OSU, and more than 500 – including some 125 girls – from Maharashtra alone.

OSU is ranked among the distinguished medical universities globally and is increasingly popular among Indian students in a big way since a couple of decades, besides affordable costs, and good weather conditions, according to Saste.

Incidentally, Kyrgyzstan with a population of around 6.3 million has around 55-plus COVID-19 positive cases with medical emergency situation declared in several parts of the country.

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163 new COVID19 cases in Bihar, tally 2,737

Death toll in the state is 13, with Patna, Vaishali and Khagaria accounting for two fatalities each and one death reported from Munger, Rohtas, Begusarai, East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Siwan and Saran districts each.

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Patna, May 25 : With 163 fresh cases on Monday, the COVID-19 tally stood at 2,737 in Bihar, where the number of infection has seen a rapid rise in the recent past mainly on the account of the influx of migrant workers, the health department said.

The department put the number of migrants testing positive since May 3 at 1,754, which is close to 80 per cent of the total number of cases reported during the period. Special trains carrying them from far and wide began reaching the state on May 2.

The majority of the infected migrants are returnees from Delhi (411), Maharashtra (403), Gujarat (276), Haryana (146), Rajasthan (95), Uttar Pradesh (89), Telangana (81) and West Bengal (76), according to a break-up provided by the department.

Among the 163 cases reported during the day, Patna district accounted for 11, which caused its tally to reach 211. Two of these were reported from Lodipur and Samanpura localities of the state capital, while the remaining were from rural areas of the district, the worst-hit in Bihar.Advertisement
Bihar had reported 180 new cases of COVID-19 from 15 districts on Sunday.

Cases have been reported from all 38 districts of the state and nine of these — Patna, Rohtas, Begusarai, Munger, Madhubani, Katihar, Khagaria, Buxar and Jehanabad — have tallies in three-digits. Only Sheohar has reported less than 10 cases.

Death toll in the state is 13, with Patna, Vaishali and Khagaria accounting for two fatalities each and one death reported from Munger, Rohtas, Begusarai, East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Siwan and Saran districts each.

The number of samples tested so far is 66,148.

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Gujarat’s health infrastructure has completely collapsed, says AAP

He said that now it is high time for the BJP to come in front of the people and say why they have failed to better health infrastructure in Gujarat.

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New Delhi, May 26 : Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party on Monday said that the health infrastructure of Gujarat has completely collapsed and accused the state’s ruling BJP of indulging in corruption.

AAP’s Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh said the Gujarat High Court’s observations have revealed the “fraud” behind BJP’s Gujarat Model.

He said that Gujarat HC has observed that the condition of the Ahmedabad Civil hospital is “pathetic” and the hospital is “as good as a dungeon, maybe even worse”.

“Heath infrastructure of Gujarat completely collapsed. In Gujarat, the N-95 masks which cost around Rs 49 are being sold at Rs 65. This means that corruption is happening in Gujarat in the health sector. The Gujarat government which is led by the BJP has also failed the poor migrant labourers,” he claimed.

Noting the BJP is ruling Gujarat for the last 25 years, he said: “It has always talked about the Gujarat model of development both across the globe and India. Till date, 865 people have died in Gujarat due to coronavirus and the number of deaths in Gujarat is the highest among all the states of India.”

Singh said “it is crystal clear that the health infrastructure of Gujarat has completely failed. These are not my personal observations, these are the observations made by the Gujarat High Court.”

He said that now it is high time for the BJP to come in front of the people and say why they have failed to better health infrastructure in Gujarat.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah are from Gujarat. The Central government earlier sent a team of experts to Gujarat to look into the health infrastructure of the state but until today has not revealed the findings of the team. I think that this is high time the BJP should come clean about the real situation of Gujarat,” said Singh.

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Number of containment zones in Delhi increases to 91

So far, 41 zones have been de-contained, as per the data shared by the Delhi government on Monday, including 10 in the East district, the highest.

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New Delhi, May 25 : With four new additions, the total number of containment zones in the national capital reached 91 on Monday, the Delhi government said.

While one zone has been sealed in North-West and South-East districts each, two new containment zones have been formed in the South-East district, the government said.

So far, 41 zones have been de-contained, as per the data shared by the Delhi government on Monday, including 10 in the East district, the highest.

There are 16 containment zones in the North district, followed by South district (15), South-East district (14), South-West district (12), North-West district (11), Central district (8), Shahdara (6), North-East district (4), New Delhi district (3). East and West districts have just one active zone each.

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