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Supreme Court Seeks Data On Compensation Paid To Families Of Covid Dead

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Supreme Court Seeks Data On Compensation Paid To Families Of Covid Dead

Court had said no state shall deny compensation if death certificate doesn’t mention Covid as cause. File

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The Supreme Court today asked the centre to gather information from the states on the progress made on disbursal of compensation of Rs 50,000 to the families of COVID-19 victims and pulled up the Gujarat government for issuing a notification, constituting a scrutiny committee contrary to its directions.

A bench of Justices MR Shah and BV Nagarathna, which sought to know from Solicitor General Tushar Mehta how many people have got the payment, said he should collect the data from all the states, and a grievance redressal committee should be set up before the next date of hearing on November 29.

The bench was hearing an application seeking quashing of the October 29 resolution issued by the health and family welfare department of the Gujarat government, forming a ‘COVID-19 death ascertaining committee’.

At the outset, Mr Mehta, appearing for the Gujarat government, said that an amended resolution has been issued under the court’s direction of November 18 but it also needs some modification.

The bench said it wants to know who has issued the first notification and accountability has to be fixed.

Mr Mehta said he is ready to take responsibility.

Justice Shah asked why the Solicitor General should take the responsibility. The officer concerned, who has drafted the notification, must take the responsibility, the judge said.

Mr Mehta said senior IAS officer Manoj Aggarwal of the State is connected to the virtual hearing and he will assist the court.

The bench asked Mr Aggarwal as to who had drafted the notification and whose brainchild was the document.

Mr Aggarwal, who is the Additional Chief Secretary, said the file goes through different departments and finally the competent authority gives the approval.

The bench then asked in this case which is the competent authority. Mr Aggarwal replied it is the Chief Minister.

“Your chief minister may not know many things? Mr Secretary, you are there for what? If this is your application of mind, then you don’t know anything. Do you understand our order? It appears to be a bureaucratic attempt to delay the proceedings,” the bench observed.

Mr Mehta said that there are genuine concerns about fake claims being made and that’s why a scrutiny committee was constituted to ascertain the claims.

The bench said, “This court has never asked for the setting up of a scrutiny committee. It will take more than a year for genuine victims to get their claims and get a certificate from the scrutiny committee. Kin of victims are required to come with a certificate from hospitals but which hospital has been giving the certificate for COVID deaths.”

The bench said that at least 10,000 people have died according to the data of the state and just because false claims are being made does not mean the genuine persons will have to suffer.

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Alia Bhatt announces Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani release date with video, watch Jaya Bachchan recreate K3G scene

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Actor Alia Bhatt announced the release date of her upcoming film, Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, directed by Karan Johar. The film will hit the screens on February 10, 2023. The announcement was accompanied by a video, showcasing a montage of some behind-the-scenes clips. We got a glimpse into Dharmendra, Ranveer Singh, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi and Alia’s characters as Karan Johar directs them, as well as the fun that ensues backstage.

Alia captioned her post, “Loading it up with music, dance, an ensemble cast, a dash of drama and a whole lot of love just for you! #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani releasing in cinemas on 10th February, 2023! See you there to make this kahani complete.” The team has completed 50 days of shoot. In the video, Alia sports stunning sarees, while Jaya Bachchan does aarti ritual — reminding many of her role in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Karan Johar is seen explaining scenes to the cast, and there’s much hugs, love and laughter.

Ranveer also announced the film’s release date. He wrote, “Isse kehte hai full entertainment ka dhamaka!
We’re coming to you with love in our hearts blessed with parivaar ke sanskaar. #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani releasing in cinemas on 10th February, 2023! #RRKPK.”

Going by the little that we see, the cast already has strong chemistry. Dharmendra, had earlier praised Ranveer Singh. He told Times Of India, “Ranveer looks so natural in all his films. Bada hi pyaara ladka hai (He is such an adorable boy). Whenever we bump into each other at a function, woh aake mere paas baith jaata hai (he sits beside me). Likewise, Alia is also brilliant at her work,” he stated. The film was announced on Ranveer Singh’s birthday. In one of the scenes, Ranveer is seen kissing Dharmendra’s hands while Jaya looks on. The film is again set in a lavish house, a staple for Karan Johar’s brand of cinema.

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Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with COVID-19 Response Team on the Omicron Variant

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Following up on the regular briefings he had on COVID while traveling, the President met in person today with his Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and members of his White House COVID Response Team. Dr. Fauci and members of the COVID Response Team updated the President on the latest developments related to the Omicron variant. Dr. Fauci informed the President that while it will take approximately two more weeks to have more definitive information on the transmissibility, severity, and other characteristics of the variant, he continues to believe that existing vaccines are likely to provide a degree of protection against severe cases of COVID. Dr. Fauci also reiterated that boosters for fully vaccinated individuals provide the strongest available protection from COVID. The COVID Response Team’s immediate recommendation to all vaccinated adults is to get a booster shot as soon as possible; all adults are eligible for a booster if they were vaccinated six months ago or more with Pfizer or Moderna, or two months ago or more with Johnson & Johnson. Importantly, those adults and children who are not yet fully vaccinated should get vaccinated immediately. The President will provide an update about the new variant and the U.S. response on Monday.

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7 Children in Goa Juvenile Detention Centre Contract Covid-19

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Seven kids in a Goa juvenile detention centre contract Covid. (Representational Image: PTI File)

The area has not been declared as a micro-containment zone as the “infection spread is within one house”, the official said.

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  • Last Updated:November 29, 2021, 12:42 IST
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Seven children at a state-run juvenile detention centre in Goa have tested positive for coronavirus, a senior official said on Monday. All protocols were being followed and a team of doctors was monitoring the infected children’s health regularly at the facility, located on the outskirts of the state capital Panaji, North Goa District Collector Ajit Roy told PTI. “There is nothing to worry,” he said.

The seven children from the ‘Apna Ghar’ juvenile detention centre tested positive for the coronavirus infection over the weekend, he said. The area has not been declared as a micro-containment zone as the “infection spread is within one house”, the official said.

According to sources, a child, who was to be taken to Madhya Pradesh following release from the facility, initially tested positive for the viral infection. “Later, all other children at the facility were tested and reports of six of them also came out positive,” a source said.

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