Telangana govt widens net as migrants test +ve | Hyderabad News – Times of India

Telangana govt widens net as migrants test +ve | Hyderabad News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: With migrant workers returning from other states testing positive for Covid-19, officials have been left worried about their contacts carrying the virus. In the last week, seven migrant workers have been found to be positive. Travel passes to migrants coming from Mumbai, Surat, Guntur and Kurnool are also not being issued now, due to most number of positive cases coming from these areas.
“The passes will not be issued for migrants coming from areas where many cases have emerged. With migrant workers testing positive there is a strong possibility of rapid spread of the virus among the migrants,” said a senior official from the state health department.

The workers had travelled from Mumbai — which has a high number of positive cases — and therefore the chances of them having transmitted the virus are very high. Three of the returnees, who had come from Mumbai to Yadadri, had tested positive a few days back and four others, who had come to Macheriyal, tested positive on Saturday. Among them, at least three are related and had reached the state two days back. All of them are being treated at Gandhi Hospital.
A massive exercise has been launched by health authorities to find the contacts, which is expected to be in big numbers, of the migrant workers.
Officials have also been directed to not issue travel passes to workers coming from zones with highest number of cases. “We have been given instructions in this regard. Since the number of positive cases being reported in these areas are high, passes are not being given for now to migrant workers to prevent the spread of the virus,” added the official.
They were admitted to the Singareni area hospital three days back and their samples were taken for testing and they were then transferred to the Gandhi Hospital.
“I had gone to Mumbai to stay with my family there and had come with some of my relatives. We hired a cab to come back. All of us work there in factories,” said one of the patients.
Given the poor living conditions of migrant workers who often share rooms and do not always have access to basic precautions such as masks and sanitizers, the health authorities are jittery about allowing migrant workers in. Moreover, all the seven migrant workers (aged 30-80 years) who tested positive in the past week had travelled to the state by road but in groups. A few of workers who were exhibiting symptoms were identified by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) teams, said an official.



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Hyderabad lockdown news: Today’s updates from your city | Hyderabad News – Times of India


Amid prevalent chaos and uncertainty over access to the essential services and commodities during the lockdown, we bring you the latest updates from your city.
*Indian Railways to restart passenger train operations with special trains from New Delhi connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi from tomorrow
* Update at 11.17am: Shramik Special trains to now have up to 3 stoppages in destination state, run with full capacity of around 1,700 instead of 1,200: Railway order (PTI)
* Update at 11.05am: Special evacuation flight AI 1617 carrying 118 Indian citizens from San Francisco lands at Hyderabad airport

* Update at 11.01am: Ensure opening of all private clinics, nursing homes, labs with all medical staff, MHA tells states (PTI)
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Update at 9.54am

: Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla writes to chief secretaries of all the states to cooperate in receiving Shramik special trains and to facilitate the movement of stranded migrant workers
* Update at 9.38am: Death toll due to Covid-19 rises to 2,206; cases climb to 67,152 in India, reports PTI quoting Union health ministry
* Update at 8.32am: Today, technology is helping many in the efforts to make the world free from Covid-19. I salute all those at the forefront of research and innovation on ways to defeat coronavirus. May we keep harnessing technology in order to create a healthier and better planet, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)
*In an attempt to keep the Road Transport Authority (RTA) offices free of crowds and maintain social distancing, slots to book applications for various services have been reduced from 400 to 60 per day for all the services across Telangana.
*It is not just Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH), many other state universities are now in the process of framing its future plans for exams and academic calendar.
*A proposal to keep shops and business establishments open beyond their regular working hours post the lockdown is under active consideration. The proposal, being mulled by the labour department, may benefit both shopkeepers and consumers.
*Telangana has sought 50% subsidy from the Centre on yarn for the textile industry in the state and also urged the GST council to consider waiving the tax on handloom products for two years to support the sector. Industries and MAUD minister KT Rama Rao requested Union textiles minister Smriti Irani
*The increased rates of alcohol introduced after the resumption of sales in Telangana has led to a slump in the purchase of liquor, with only 100 crates of alcohol being sold across the state.





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Rayalaseema farmers warn of drought | Hyderabad News – Times of India


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HYDERABAD: Rayalaseema farmers on Sunday warned of a severe drought this year, raising concerns over the implementation of Krishna River Water Management Board’s decision to deplete water from 814 ft level of Srisailam reservoir to 807 ft.
Rayalaseema Saguneeti Sadhana Samithi (RSSS) said Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers received good inflows in the 2019-2020 water year. “There have been good inflows which give us an opportunity to create reserves for use during lean years. This was explained in the concept of carry-over storage by Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal-1,” Bojja Dasaradharami Reddy, president, RSSS said.
Sources said that carry-over storage system was not followed during water-surplus years. Due to non-implementation of KWDT-1’s suggestions to construct reservoirs for allocated water and carry-over reservoirs to store floodwater, Rayalaseema projects could not utilise its allotted quantity of water from Tungabhadra dam, thus, the unused Tungabhadra water was made to flow into Srisailam reservoir and is being accounted as floodwater in Krishna river. As the Srisailam reservoir’s minimum drawdown level (MDDL) is not being maintained, Rayalaseema is deprived of surplus water.
“KWDT-2 has made provisions to maintain the carry-over storage in Srisailam reservoir and Nagarjuna Sagar Project during water surplus years,” said Reddy. Subsequently, the state revised 834 ft MDDL. However, water is being drawn up to 790 ft level of Srisailam reservoir, said sources.



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Telangana dials Bihar for 20,000 workers | Hyderabad News – Times of India


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HYDERABAD: Though reverse migration of workers has begun from other states, the requirement is far higher than the number of persons who have arrived in the state.
Rice millers and the agriculture sector alone need at least 20,000 hamalis (labourers), particularly those who specialise in loading and unloading paddy and rice and doing other chores at rice mills and paddy procurement centres.
Less than 500 hamalis, who specialise in loading and unloading of paddy and rice, have arrived from Bihar against the requirement of 20,000 persons. The state government has taken up the matter with the Bihar administration as thousands of hamalis who are in touch with rice millers in Telangana have expressed their willingness to come and work in the state.
The crisis being faced by rice millers and agriculture sector presently is shortage of labour, particularly hamalis.
A majority of some 30,000 hamalis who had come from various states were now returning home.
The Telangana government has requested the Bihar government to give permission for the workforce to be transported to Telangana in special Shramik Special trains after conducting Covid-19 tests and maintaining social distancing norm during travel.
Chief secretary Somesh Kumar has also sent a list of workers (hamalis) who are staying in various districts of Bihar and who have given their consent to come to work if provided transportation facility.
A member of the Rice Millers’ Association said the paddy procurement would have been completed by now if hamalis were there.
“Over 30,000 hamalis had gone to Bihar for Holi and could not return due to lockdown. Now, they are willing to come but officials are not allowing them to take the special train to Telangana. All efforts are being made to bring them back,” he said.



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Telangana: Universities discuss academic calendar | Hyderabad News – Times of India


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HYDERABAD: It is not just Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH), many other state universities are now in the process of framing its future plans for exams and academic calendar.
While the Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) is hopeful that the academic session will commence from August as planned, it has sought views from all the state universities on the same. Even the Osmania University is set to convene a meeting on May 18 to discuss its future course of action on exams, evaluation and promotion of students apart from academic calendar for 2020-21.
“Classes in most universities and its constituent and affiliated colleges will continue till May 31. It is only after the extended lockdown concludes that we will be in any position to plan the academic calendar. However, we are hopeful that the academic year will begin by August,” said an official.



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Hyderabad Coronavirus News: Working hours of shops likely to be extended | Hyderabad News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: A proposal to keep shops and business establishments open beyond their regular working hours post the lockdown is under active consideration. The proposal, being mulled by the labour department, may benefit both shopkeepers and consumers.
“We have made this proposal as the lockdown may end on May 29 across Telangana, including the city. The Madhya Pradesh government has already started implementing a similar proposal for shops and business establishments in that state. On similar lines, we have proposed to implement the extended work hour proposal in the twin cities,” joint commissioner of labour (JCL), Hyderabad and Secunderabad, E Gangadhar told TOI.

According to the labour department’s official records, there were 1.20 lakh shops and business establishments, including small, medium and major units across Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The labour department used to issue licences as per the stipulated time.
“Over 90% of shops and business establishments have licences to operate their businesses even on Sundays, national holidays and even nighttimes, particularly during festival seasons. It may help these shops recoup the losses once the government extends working hours,” he said.
Labour officials, however, suggested certain measures like maintaining social distancing norms, sanitisation of premises and wearing masks, both by shopkeepers and consumers.
Regarding social distancing norm, every shop and business establishment has to mark blocks at sales/cash counter and goods delivery counter. In fact, shopkeepers have to reduce their staff to ensure better physical distancing norm, the labour official said.
Sanitisation is another major component which shopkeepers have to follow. They could either arrange sanitisation tunnels or place sanitisers at the entrance for consumers, he said. The shopkeepers have to ensure wearing of masks by both employees and consumers. Wearing of hand gloves too has been suggested, JCL, Gangadhar said.
The labour department would issue a notification once the government approves the proposal, he added.



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Hyderabad lockdown news: Today’s updates from your city | Hyderabad News – Times of India


Amid prevalent chaos and uncertainty over access to the essential services and commodities during the lockdown, we bring you the latest updates from your city.
*Update at 9.28am: Ministry of health & family welfare (MoHFW) issues revised discharge policy for Covid-19 patients.

*Update at 9.18am | Death toll due to Covid-19 rises to 1,981; cases climb to 59,662 in India: Union health ministry
*The Telangana government on Friday began imposing a fine of Rs 1,000 on people roaming in public places without wearing a mask as the state battles to contain new Covid-19 cases.
*In what could be a first-of-its-kind experiment, Telangana police are using artificial intelligence (AI) to track those stepping out without wearing face mask, which has been made mandatory by the government. The new system alerts police after analysing live CCTV footage.
*Close to 900 students from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are stranded in Lovely Professional University (LPU) in Punjab and many of themCoronavirus in Hyderabad,Coronavirus cases in Hyderabad,Hyderabad Coronavirus,Hyderabad Coronavirus news,Coronavirus Hyderabad,Covid 19 in Hyderabad,Coronavirus scare in Hyderabad,Coronavirus update in Hyderabad,Coronavirus news Hyderabadare now wanting to return back home.
*The Covid-19 pandemic hit pharma sector’s ambitions of clocking double-digit exports growth to touch a record $22 billion in financial year 2019-20, as a result of which exports grew only 7.57% to $20.58 billion from $19.13 billion in 2018-19, latest data by apex pharma exports promotion body Pharmexcil show.
*Taking a serious view of the government’s decision to conduct fewer Covid-19 tests, the Telangana high court on Friday wondered how it would get a true picture of the spread of the virus in the state. The court was also upset with the government for directing doctors not to collect blood samples from dead persons and not conduct Covid-19 tests on them.





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Telangana: No mask? Be ready to shell out Rs 1,000 fine | Hyderabad News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: The Telangana government on Friday began imposing a fine of Rs 1,000 on people roaming in public places without wearing a mask as the state battles to contain new Covid-19 cases.
Chief secretary Somesh Kumar sent directives to all collectors to immediately levy the fine after reports of people roaming without mask began pouring in from across the state.

A wine shop owner was on Friday penalised Rs 5,000 by the Sircilla municipality for selling liquor to customers not wearing a face mask.
In the GO issued by the general administration department, Kumar said mask was must in public places to prevent transmission of Covid-19. However, much before the government made the announcement, gram panchayats took a decision in early April itself to impose a fine of Rs 100 on those violating lockdown norms and not wearing a face mask.
Subsequently, municipalities also imposed Rs 500 penalty on those not wearing masks.
Two days ago, Kamareddy municipality fined a person Rs 500 for not following the mask rule, while Khammam district implemented the Rs 1,000 penalty rule in April itself. A few hundred people have been penalised in many districts for not wearing the face mask to date.
Fines were also imposed for not following social distancing norms. Shops were also fined for not maintaining physical distancing, officials said.
In Hyderabad, Health minister Eatala Rajender announced that the state reported 10 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, taking the overall tally to 1,132.
A total of 720 people was discharged and among them was a 75-year-old patient with chronic conditions, while another was undergoing dialysis. The state has reported 29 deaths so far with most of them from Hyderabad
Rajender also announced that 14 districts will move from orange to green zones, completing 80% of the state under the green zone.
“We have written to the Centre, making an appeal on these lines,” he said.
He said except mass public transport, most of the allowed activities in green zones by the Centre will be allowed in these districts.
The minister said the government was following the guidelines given by the ICMR on testing Covid-19 positive cases and it was informed to Union health minister during a video conference on Friday. “The ICMR gave guidelines that only symptomatic first contacts of the patients and those with co-morbid conditions and pregnant women in their families were to be tested. And we are doing the same,” he added.
“Since cases are coming down, the number of their contacts also comes down, hence need for more testing also comes down,” Rajender added.



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