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Karnataka resident doctors go on strike over Covid allowance payment | Latest News India

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Bengaluru: The Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) on Monday went on an indefinite strike demanding payment of Covid-19 risk allowance. As part of the strike, the resident doctors across the state have decided to withdraw from all the elective services, including outpatient department (OPD) and elective operation theatre, in all medical colleges affiliated with the KARD. They, however, added that emergency services will not be part of the strike.

“We have worked hard to manage the Covid-19 pandemic, even by compromising all our academics and against the risk of being infected under adverse conditions. As a result, postgraduates have lost half of their course duration without learning the bare minimum of clinical and other skills,” said KARD’s president In-charge Dr Tejas J.

KARD is an association of house surgeons, postgraduates, and super speciality residents of government medical and dental colleges in Karnataka.

In May, the Karnataka government announced a Covid allowance of 10,000 per month from April 2021 for all resident doctors. The association said that the funds have not been released by the government even after six months, terming it a “blatant disregard” towards the doctors serving on the frontlines.

Highlighting an almost 400% hike in academic fees, the association stated that the matter was made even worse by forcing them to pay up the entire sum upfront without any concession during “these troubling times”. It added that innumerable symbolic protests, letters to concerned authorities and a pan-state protest bore no fruitful result. “It is unfortunate to note that the assurance given by the minister of medical education has not been fulfilled. The intent to address the issue is not visible as resident doctors were excluded from the package of Covid-risk allowance announced recently by the Government of Karnataka,” read a statement from the association.

“We are left with no option but to display our dissent in this regard with a Pan-Karnataka indefinite strike from November 29, 2021, comprising of withdrawal of all the elective services including OPDs and elective OTs (Excluding emergency services) in all the medical colleges affiliated with KARD,” it added.

Meanwhile, housekeeping staff, ward attendees, lift operators, data entry operators and security personnel employed in Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI), staged a protest on Monday, demanding timely payment of wages.

The workers claimed that they have not been paid the October salary. Maitreyi from Karnataka General Labour Union, affiliated with the All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), said workers are unable to pay their house rent and do not have money to purchase food for their families.

“The workers have not been paid the salary for October 2021. As per labour laws, the workers are to be paid their monthly salary on the 7th of every month. However, as BMRCI has failed to ensure payment of salary for October, the workers are struggling to make ends meet. Without the monthly salary, they are unable to pay school fees of their children or attend to medical emergencies,” she said.

Ramesh Krishna K, Medical Superintendent of Victoria hospital, however, claimed that the payment of salaries was delayed as the outsourced agency had not paid the workers. “I have informed the dean and director about this, and we are in the process of resolving the issue,” he said.

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‘Gravesend’ cast members among heroes honored for saving teen’s life in Brooklyn

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The heroes who helped save the life of a teen pinned under a car earlier this month were honored Monday with a City Council citation.

Some of the heroes included the cast and crew of a Brooklyn-based TV show called “Gravesend.”

Three weeks ago, the cast was shooting a scene near the corner of Avenue X and West 2nd Street when an out-of-control car jumped the curb and slammed into a teenage boy, pinning him underneath.

The heroes worked together to lift the car and get the boy out. They also stayed with him until the ambulance arrived.

Council Member Mark Treyger and Council Member-elect Ari Kagan met the heroes in the heart of Gravesend to present them with the award.

Officials say the teen is still in the hospital recovering from serious injuries but is expected to be OK. His mother sent her gratitude for everyone’s actions.

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Dev Kharoud is back in action with ‘Gandhi 3’; release date announced

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D.S.P Dev, Blakia, Rupinder Gandhi are some of the films which have made Dev Kharaud outshine in the Punjabi movies. He has a slew of pictures that are set to be released soon. Now, the actor has made a very special announcement for his fans as he has announced the release date of his upcoming movie ‘Gandhi 3’.

Ever since the announcement of the film was made everyone was eager to know when the film will be released. Finally, Dev Kharoud took to his Instagram account to reveal the release date of the movie.

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The film will be released on September 9th, 2022, and is directed by Mandeep Benipal. Also, the film is the third installment of the Rupinder Gandhi films in which Dev Kharoud portrayed Rupinder Gandhi’s character. After the release of Rupinder Gandhi and Rupinder Gandhi 2; fans demanded to release the film’s third installment as well.

Dev Kharoud has released a new poster for his upcoming film Gandhi-3. With the poster, he announced that the film will be released on September 9 of next year. Dev Kharoud wrote the story for this film, which is directed by Mandeep Benipal.

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Mandeep Benipal will direct Gandhi 3, who has previously directed films starring Dev Kharoud, including Daakuan Da Munda and its upcoming sequel.

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Dev Kharoud also has numerous other films in his kitty. Shareek, Bai Ji Kuttange are some of the other films in the works.

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