Author: Adam Zampa

V.J. Kurien will retire as the managing director of Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) on Wednesday. District Collector S. Suhas has been given the additional charge of the airport, said a press release from CIAL here. Mr. Kurien was instrumental in turning the people’s venture greenfield airport into a great success. The model has been critically acclaimed. He also turned the airport into a facility depending solely on solar energy for its power requirements. The effort brought the airport the Champion of the Earth Award in 2015. The award is the highest recognition from the United Nations for environmental protection…

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Nalin Kumar Kateel, BJP state unit president cut short his visit to Vijayapura district, to pay his last respects to C.M. Udasi, senior MLA who died in Bengaluru on Tuesday. He said that he would visit the family members of the late leader. Mr. Kateel was here to inspect the new office building in the city. He said he would return by evening, after cancelling some meetings. Some party leaders accompanied him during his visit to the work site. However, Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, MLA, who has been openly critical of CM B.S. Yediyurappa and his son B.Y. Vijayendra, was not…

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Interns at West Bengal’s first privately-run medical college — 132 of them — are protesting over the amount they receive as monthly stipend, saying the sum was a pittance compared to what their counterparts in other institutions earned. “This month we received ₹7,016. How do you expect us to survive on this amount, that too when we have to spend for personal protective equipment and transport from our own pocket?” asked an intern at Kolkata’s KPC Medical College — also serving as a prominent COVID-19 hospital — who did not want to be named but who was a part of…

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Finding it difficult to procure vaccines independently, small and medium-sized private hospitals in Karnataka now want the State government to regulate supply by appointing a State nodal officer for vaccines.Upset that a few hospitals, especially large chain corporate facilities, have grabbed the lion’s share of the 25% quota made available for the private sector in each State, doctors from small and medium-sized hospitals allege that they have been deprived of vaccine supply due to this.No vendor involvedAs of now, vaccines are directly supplied to hospitals from the manufacturers and there are no distributors/vendors involved. “The companies are not even accepting…

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Karnataka on Tuesday reported 9,808 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total to 27,17,289. Of these, 2,028 cases are from Bengaluru Urban. This is the first time after the second wave of COVID-19 peaked in the State in mid-April that Karnataka has reported less than 10,000 cases.The number of deaths too has reduced drastically. With 179 deaths, the toll rose to 32,099. This is apart from 21 deaths of patients due to non-COVID-19 reasons. With the total number of deaths reported in the daily media bulletins also including a backlog from previous months, the number of fatalities were still high…

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As COVID-19 cases dip in the State and ahead of the current lockdown ending on June 14, informal discussions have started in the government on the nature of restrictions that could be in place when the lockdown ends.Government sources aware of the development said that Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurapppa on Tuesday held informal discussions with Health Minister K. Sudhakar and Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan on this. A final decision could be made by the weekend depending on the circumstances and the TAC report.Indications are that while the stand alone stores could be allowed to function, the timing could…

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They have been operating flights under govt.’s Vande Bharat Mission for repatriation of stranded Indians As nearly 21 pilots have succumbed to COVID-19 during the second wave, a welfare association has moved the Bombay High Court demanding that it determine suitable compensation in case of death of a pilot operating flights under the government’s Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) for repatriation of stranded Indians. In its public interest litigation (PIL) petition, the Federation of Indian Pilots, which represents over 5,000 pilots from different airlines, has claimed “tremendous mental trauma” among the pilots due to the recent spate of deaths in their…

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Headmasters in government and government-aided schools and office staff are to come to schools from June 14, a communication from the Commissioner of School Education stated.They have to report for work in schools from June 14, in view of the impending admission process, awarding of marks for Class 12 students, distributing of certificates and other official duties, the communication added.

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The Cabinet on Tuesday decided to take up a project on creating the health profile of Telangana on a pilot basis in Mulug and Sircilla districts.In a wide range of decisions on health sector, the Cabinet also extended the services of diagnostic labs to district headquarterd hospitals in all districts. Earlier, the labs were sanctioned for hospitals in only 19 districts and they would be inaugurated on Wednesday. They will have ECG, digital X ray, ultrasound, 2 D Echo and mammogram for screening cancer in women. For investigation and treatment of allergies, exclusive centres will be set up in Hyderabad,…

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The State Development Policy Council (SDPC), which was recently reconstituted by Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, held its first meeting at the Ezhilagam complex in Chennai on Tuesday.SDPC Vice-Chairperson J. Jeyaranjan chaired the meeting, and it was attended by all members of the panel. The Vice-Chairperson and the new members also called on Mr. Stalin at the Secretariat.As per the subject allocation, Mr. Jeyaranjan has been allocated agriculture policy and planning, while full-time member R. Srinivasan would be in charge of plan coordination. Details of allocation to part-time members are as follows: M. Vijayabaskar (Education and Employment) and Sulthan Ahmed Ismail…

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