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Revised pays for government employees in Kerala by February 26

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Kerala’s 10th pay revision commission will be implemented latest by February 26, benefiting about 1.5 million government employees and pensioners, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Thursday.

“I assure the house that before February 26th, the 10th pay commission would be implemented,” Chandy told the assembly after Left legislator A.K. Balan raised the issue.

Balan said the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) governments had always been dilatory in revising the pays of employees and pensioners.

“During (Chief Minister) A.K. Antony’s tenure (2001-04), the benefits of the employees were cut and it led to a 32-day strike. At the time you (Chandy) were the convenor of the UDF. The UDF is always harsh to the employees.”

The last hike was effected in February 2011 when V.S. Achuthanandan-led Left government was in office, Balan said.

Chandy contradicted Balan, saying the benefits were cut only temporarily and subsequently restored during Antony’s tenure.

“Don’t forget that before Antony laid down office, he had restored all the benefits when the state’s finances improved,” said the chief minister.

The Chandy government appointed the 10th pay revision commission in 2013. After it submitted its first recommendation in July, Chandy appointed a sub-committee of his cabinet colleagues to study the report.

The second set of recommendations of the pay commission is expected soon. The cabinet will then finalise the revised salaries.

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LNJP, GB Pant to shut OPD services amid spike in corona cases

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New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) The Delhi government on Friday announced the shutting down of the out patient department (OPD) services of its two premier hospitals — Lok Nayak and G.B. Pant — amid the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the city.

In an order, the Medical Director, however, said the medical emergency services at both the hospitals will continue.

“The order will come into effect from April 4,” it said.

The two hospitals were earmarked for dedicated treatment of coronavirus patients.

According to the order, the medical emergency of LNH will continue from the ground floor of the general emergency of the casualty block.

“All obst and gynae services will commence from the old gynae block.”

It said G.B. Pant hospital will continue to provide emergency services to neurology as well as cardiology patients and will manage the Cardio and Neuro emergency patients referred from LNH.

Delhi has so far reported close to 300 patients infected by the deadly coronavirus.

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13 people got infected from first corona patient in Bihar

Three personnel of the private hospital in which this patient was admitted have tested positive for the virus.

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Patna, April 3 : There is a steady increase in the number of people contracting coronavirus in Bihar with 13 people in the state getting infected after coming in contact with the first coronavirus patient. This patient, who lived in Munger, died during treatment on March 22. He had a travel history to Qatar.

He had returned from Qatar on March 13.

Principal Secretary in the Health Department, Sanjay Kumar, said that 13 people including two family members got coronavirus infection after coming in contact with this patient. The number is expected to go up.

Three personnel of the private hospital in which this patient was admitted have tested positive for the virus.

Twenty nine people have been found to be suffering from COVID-19 in Bihar so far including seven from Munger.

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Delhi riots: Police arrest PhD student, family cries foul

On the other hand, the student’s family say that Haider was only called for questioning. He was not expected to be arrested. They claimed he had nothing to do with the violence.

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New Delhi, April 2 : A PhD student has been arrested by Delhi Police teams probing the anti-CAA violence in northeast Delhi. The arrested student is alleged to have been involved in plotting the violence on February 24-25.

The arrested student’s name is Miran Haider, a student of Jamia Millia Islamia. Haider has been arrested after a long-running investigation. However, no official information has been given by the Delhi Police regarding this so far.

According to police sources, “The police teams involved in the investigation of the riots in North East Delhi are expected to get more information from the arrested accused.

On the other hand, the student’s family say that Haider was only called for questioning. He was not expected to be arrested. They claimed he had nothing to do with the violence.

It is noteworthy that the police has arrested over 1,500 people so far for the riots. Those arrested include Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. More than 50 people died in the violence. The case was investigated by the Crime Branch. Two DCPs and more than 10 ACPs led several teams to investigate the riots. The investigation is still ongoing.

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