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Gujarat eases Rs 50,000 Covid ex gratia disbursal after rap by apex court | Ahmedabad News

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AHMEDABAD: Two days after the Supreme Court took the state government to task over “trying to overreach its directions” on the disbursement of compensation to the kin of Covid-19, the government of Gujarat on Saturday issued two notifications for ease of disbursing Rs 50,000 ex gratia for Covid deaths.
Significantly, the notification by the health & family welfare department clearly stated that cases Covid-19 is established as cause of death either through death certificate or positive RT-PCR or other tests before 30 days of death would be termed death due to Covid.

If there are any discrepancies, the Covid-19 Death Ascertaining Committee (CDAC) would approach the respective hospital to expedite the process to obtain required documents.
Another notification by the revenue department stated that the Rs 50,000 compensation would be disbursed from the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF). As per the notification, district collectors are appointed as nodal officers for the process who are mandated to complete the process within 30 days of receipt of the application.
On Thursday, the bench of Justice M R Shah and Justice B V Nagarathna ordered the Gujarat government to simplify its procedure for disbursal of compensation among the Covid-affected families. The bench had sought response from the state authorities by November 22. The directive had asked the government ‘to take remedial steps and come out with a clear and simplified formula/notification so that the amount of compensation as ordered by this court is paid to the victim at the earliest and without any further harassment.’
The SC had frowned upon the state government’s October 29 notification to form a Covid-19 death ascertaining committee (CDAC) at municipal corporation and district levels. The powers to ascertain whether a person died due to Covid-19 infection were given to the registrar of birth and death at respective units (municipal corporation/municipality/village panchayat). The committee’s certificate was a prerequisite to proceed further for the compensation even as the state government had not clarified the amount or modalities.
The SC had asked the state authorities to adhere to its directives on October 4 and had warned that any deviation would be viewed very seriously. The court was upset with the state government forming a scrutiny committee for issuing death certificates, which has made the affected families run from pillar to post.
According to official figures, the state has so far recorded the death of 10,091 persons during the pandemic, whereas some quarters of public health experts believe that the number could be much more. “The number is less due to the one condition followed by the state to ascertain Covid deaths – the person should not have any other comorbid health conditions. The elder patients and many young patients also had several comorbidities including hypertension and diabetes,” said a public health expert.
“It would be interesting to see how many applications are made and scrutinized under the compensation scheme. Some had not bothered to obtain a death certificate with ‘Covid’ mentioned in it due to stigma attached to it. Also, there was no benefit announced then.”

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Murder plot, Christmas favorites: Waco stages bring variety of holiday plays | Arts & Theatre

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Braziel, who co-founded the theater troupe with Collin Selman, serves as the production’s stage manager with Luann Jennings as its director. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Dec. 10-11, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 12, at Jubilee Theatre, 1319 N. 15th St. In keeping with another Silent House mission, the Friday night performances will be translated into sign language. Tickets are $15 and available through Silent House’s website, silenthousetheatre.com.

Waco Civic Theatre starts its holiday lineup on Thursday with its production of Barbara Robinson’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” in a four-performance run directed by Tredessa Thomas.

The show, which concerns a church’s Nativity pageant that unwinds when it includes a rowdy bunch of siblings in its casting, is the first of three holiday shows by the community theater.

After this weekend’s production, the WCT will stage “A Little House Christmas,” directed by Krystal Marshall, and “The Most Wonderful Show of the Year,” written and directed by Melissa Green.

Executive director Eric Shephard said the triple-billed December wasn’t intentional, but developed from an overflow of actors and directors interested in doing something for the holidays after a prolonged pandemic break from the stage. “It’s sort of like, ‘Let’s do all the theater we can manage to do,'” he said. “It’s hard to say no to an opportunity when it arose.”

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Netflix reveals release date for Vikings: Valhalla, other shows

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There’s a ton of good genre stuff either on right now or about to drop, from The Wheel of Time to The Witcher to The Book of Boba Fett and beyond. And it looks like 2022 will be just as packed. Netflix has unveiled its genre lineup for the new year, and it’s robust.

So what sci-fi, fantasy and history shows are coming to Netflix next year? The biggest news is probably that Vikings: Valhalla — Netflix’s sequel series to History’s Vikings — will premiere on February 25. The announcement also came with some new images:

The reveal was short on other specific release dates, but there were a few, including Archive on January 14, In From The Cold on January 28, and Raising Dion season 2 February 1. As usual, Netflix is very busy.

The Umbrella AcademyStranger ThingsThe Sandman and more are all coming to Netflix in 2022

There were a lot of other shows and movies Netflix confirmed are coming out in 2022 but didn’t give exact premiere dates for, including Magic: The Gathering, Resident Evil, The Sandman, The Umbrella Academy season 3, The Witcher: Blood OriginAlice in Borderlandi season 2, All of Us Are Dead, Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, First KillLocke & Key season 3, Stranger Things season 4 and The Cuphead Show!

A bunch of these came with neat little synopses. For example:

  • The Umbrella Academy season 3: After putting a stop to the 1960s doomsday, the Umbrella Academy returns home to 2019, convinced they have fixed the timeline. But after a brief moment of celebration, they realize things aren’t exactly how they left them… Welcome to the Sparrow Academy.”
  • Stranger Things season 4: “Top-secret government experiments and a dangerous gateway that connects our world to a powerful yet sinister realm? Sounds like Hawkins.”
  • The Sandman: “A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy by Neil Gaiman
    (Good Omens, Coraline) that follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic — and human — mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.”
  • Resident Evil: “A live action, scripted series building on Capcom’s legendary video game franchise starring Lance Reddick as Albert Wesker. Nearly three decades after the discovery of the T-virus, an outbreak reveals the Umbrella Corporation’s dark secrets.”
  • Magic: The Gathering: “An all-new animated event series…following the lore of the compelling characters, and fantastic worlds that have entertained and delighted fans for more than 25 years.”
  • Locke & Key season 3: “The Locke family uncovers more magic within Keyhouse, while a new threat – the most dangerous one yet – looms in Matheson with plans of his own for the keys.”

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