Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh), June 23 (IANS) Now known as 'Bappi Lahiri of UP', this man from Kanpur is making news for having got himself a mask made of gold.Manoj Sengar, also known as 'Manojanand Maharaj' has spent Rs five lakh to get the gold mask.According to him, the mask has a sanitizer solution inside it which will work for 36 months. He has named it the 'Shiv Sharan mask'.Manoj, like Bappi Lahiri, has a passion for gold.He wears four gold chains which together weigh around 250 grams.He has a conch shell, fish and Lord Hanuman's locket in his possession -- all made from gold.Even today, Manoj wears gold jewellery weighing nearly two kilograms.Apart from this, he has a pair of golden earrings, a golden cover for his revolver and three gold belts.He is also known as the 'Golden Baba' of Kanpur.Manoj said that his love for gold had earned him threats from anti-social elements."I take all precautions and I have two armed bodyguards to protect me all the time," he said.--IANSamita/dpb
Kathmandu, June 8 (IANS) Coronil, the so-called immunity booster kit manufactured by yoga guru Ramdevs Patanjali group in India, has landed in a controversy in Nepal after the Himalayan nations Department of Ayurveda and Alternative Medicine imposed a ban on its distribution.The Health Ministry of Nepal, however, has remained silent over the ongoing controversy regarding the distribution of Coronil kits, which have also landed in controversy in India and Bhutan. The controversy erupted in Nepal after the Patanjai Yoghpeeth on last Thursday handed over Coronil kits, sanitisers, masks and other immunity booster medicines worth crores of rupees to outgoing Health Minister, Hrydesh Tripathi. The day after he received the support from local officials of the Patanjali Yogpeeth Nepal, Tripathi was removed as the Health Minister. "The Coronil kits provided by the Patanjali Yogpeeth did not receive permission from the Department of Drug Administration, so we have decided not to distribute it," Basudev Upadhyay, the Director General of the Department of Ayurveda and Alternative Medicine, said in a press conference. "The Coronil kit could be beneficial for the treatment of respiratory disorders, but it has not taken permission from the Department of Drug Administration, so we cannot distribute it," Upadhyay added.As per the Nepali law, any drug can be imported only after obtaining permission from the DDA.Meanwhile, the spokesperson at Nepal's Health Ministry, Krishna Poudel, told IANS that he is not aware about the distribution of Coronil kits in Nepal. "We do not know if the outgoing Health Minister Tripathi accepted the support. We have heard that it is yet to get permission from the DDA," said Poudel."Coronil is not registered with the DDA and it cannot be distributed or sold out without registration," DDA spokesperson Santosh K.C. told IANS. "We have not received any document for its registration as well as seeking permission for selling out in Nepal. We do not know how the former Health Minister accepted the donation. We have not received any letter from the Health Ministry to grant permission for its distribution," he said. Meanwhile, Patanjai Yogpeeth said that the consignment of 1,500 Coronil kits was provided upon the request from the government of Nepal.Officials at Nepal's Health Ministry said that officials from Patanjali Yogpeeth in Nepal and India had approached former Health Minister Tripathi directly, handing over some documents that received permission from the government of India for its distribution and provision of selling for the general public as an immunity booster. The Bhutan government had already rejected the support provided by Patanjali.--IANSstr/arm
Chandigarh, May 25 (IANS) Amid the ongoing row over Baba Ramdev's statements against allopathy, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij announced to provide one lakh Ayurveda-based Coronil kits to coronavirus patients in the state free of cost.Vij informed in a tweet that half of the cost of the kits has been borne by Patanjali and the other half by the state government from the Covid Relief Fund.Each kit contains three items -- Coronil tablets, Swasari Vati and Anu Taila.Thanking the Haryana government, Baba Ramdev said other states should also come forward to make the state free from coronavirus."Patanjali is committed to stand for a cause," he added.Last week a video went viral on social media in which Baba Ramdev is allegedly heard saying "allopathy ek aisi stupid aur diwaliya science hai' (Allopathy is a stupid science). --IANS vg/ash
The Maharashtra government on Tuesday said it will not allow the sale of Coronil, an "anti-Covid" medicine manufactured by Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurveda.
The Maha Vikas Aghadi government has pointed out that the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has questioned the trials of Coronil while the World Health Organisation (WHO) has refuted Patanajali Ayurveda's claims.
Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said that the doubts have been raised on the 'clinical trials' of Coronil and also regarding false claims on its efficacy for Covid-19 treatment.
"Launching such a drug hurriedly and being endorsed by two senior Central ministers is highly deplorable. Sale of Coronil without proper certification from competent health organisations like WHO, IMA and others will not be permitted in Maharashtra," the minister said.
In June 2020, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Patanjali Ayurveda had launched what it claimed to be India's first Ayurvedic medicines 'Coronil' and 'Swasari' to treat coronavirus.
The company followed it up with the launch of Coronil and a scientific research paper in the presence of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on February 19.
इंडियन मेडिकल एसोसिएशन (आईएमए) ने पतंजलि के कोरोनिल का समर्थन करने के लिए सोमवार को केंद्रीय स्वास्थ्य मंत्री हर्षवर्धन को आड़े हाथों लिया। कोरोनिल को कोविड-19 के उपचार के उद्देश्य से दोबारा लांच किया गया था, हालांकि विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन (डब्ल्यूएचओ) ने पतंजलि के इस दावे पर सवाल उठाया है। आईएमए ने कहा कि मेडिकल काउंसिल ऑफ इंडिया की संहिता के अनुसार, जो हर आधुनिक मेडिकल डॉक्टर के लिए बाध्यकारी है, कोई भी डॉक्टर किसी भी दवा को प्रमोट नहीं कर सकता है। हालांकि, यह आश्चर्य की बात है कि स्वास्थ्य मंत्री, जो खुद एक आधुनिक चिकित्सा डॉक्टर हैं, दवा का प्रचार करते हुए पाए गए।
आईएमए ने कहा कि देश के स्वास्थ्य मंत्री की उपस्थिति में बनाई गई एक अवैज्ञानिक दवा का गलत और मनगढ़ंत प्रक्षेपण, जिसे बाद में डब्ल्यूएचओ ने खारिज कर दिया, पूरे देश का अपमान है।
एसोसिएशन ने योगगुरु रामदेव द्वारा संचालित आयुर्वेदिक दवा फर्म पतंजलि के एक कार्यक्रम में एक चिकित्सक व स्वास्थ्य मंत्री के रूप में उपस्थिति के लिए केंद्रीय स्वास्थ्य मंत्री की नैतिकता पर सवाल उठाया।
एसोसिएशन ने राष्ट्रीय चिकित्सा आयोग (तत्कालीन एमसीआई) के तहत एक अनुच्छेद का उल्लेख किया जो एक चिकित्सक को किसी दवा को प्रमोट करने की अनुमति नहीं देता है।
आईएमए ने कहा कि धारा 6: 1: 1 के तहत, कोई डॉक्टर किसी भी व्यक्ति को किसी दवा के संबंध में अनुमोदन, सिफारिश, समर्थन, प्रमाण पत्र, रिपोर्ट या बयान अपने नाम, हस्ताक्षर के साथ नहीं दे सकता है, चाहे वह मुआवजे के लिए हो या किसी अन्य उद्देश्य के लिए।
एसोसिएशन ने कहा कि वह "मेडिकल काउंसिल ऑफ इंडिया के आचार संहिता के प्रति असम्मान" पर स्वत: संज्ञान लेने एवं हर्षवर्धन से स्पष्टीकरण मांगने के लिए एनएमसी को पत्र लिखेंगे।
गौरतलब है कि 19 फरवरी को आयोजित एक कार्यक्रम में, जहां हर्षवर्धन और केंद्रीय परिवहन मंत्री नितिन गडकरी भी मौजूद थे, पतंजलि ने कोरोनिल टैबलेट को "कोविड-19 के लिए पहली साक्ष्य-आधारित दवा" बताया था।
इस कार्यक्रम में आयुर्वेदिक फर्म के सह-संस्थापक बाबा रामदेव ने दावा किया था कि आयुर्वेदिक दवा को विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन (डब्ल्यूएचओ) से प्रमाणन मिला है, जिसे बाद में संयुक्त राष्ट्र के एक आधिकारिक ट्वीट में इनकार कर दिया गया था।
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday came down heavily on Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan for endorsing Patanjali's Coronil which was relaunched as treatment of Covid-19, a claim questioned by the World Health Organisation.
"As per the code of the Medical Council of India, which binds the code of conduct of every modern medical doctor, no doctor can promote any drug. However, it is surprising that the health minister, who himself is a modern medicine doctor, was found promoting the drug," the association said.
The IMA said that the false and fabricated projection of an unscientific medicine made in the presence of the country's health minister, later rejected by the WHO is a slap and insult to the whole nation.
The association questioned the Union Health Minister's ethics as a physician and health minister of the country for making an appearance at the launch event organized by Ayurvedic drug firm Patanjali run by Yogaguru Ramdev.
The association mentioned a clause under the National Medical commission (erstwhile MCI) which prohibits a physician from promoting a drug.
"Under section 6:1:1, a physician shall not give to any person, whether for compensation or otherwise, any approval, recommendation, endorsement, certificate, report or statement with respect of any drug, medicine, with his name, signature, or photograph in any form or manner of advertising through any mode nor shall he boast of cases, operations, cures or remedies or permit the publication of report thereof through any mode," the IMA specified.
The associations said that it will write to the NMC for seeking suo moto explanation for Harsh Vardhan's "blatant disrespect to the code of conduct of Medical council of India".
In a grand launch event held on February 19, where Harsh Vardhan and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari were also present, Patanjali had billed Coronil tablets as the "first evidence-based medicine for COVID-19".
In the event, Baba Ramdev, co-founder of the ayurvedic firm had claimed that the ayurvedic medicine has received certification from the World Health Organization (WHO), which was later denied by the UN body in an official tweet.
At the launch event of Coronil, Patanjali said, "Coronil has received the Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product (CoPP) from the Ayush section of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation as per the WHO certification scheme."
Hours later, the WHO South-East Asia tweeted: "WHO has not reviewed or certified the effectiveness of any traditional medicine for the treatment of COVID-19".
Now when the WHO rejected the claims, Patanjali's CEO Acharya Balkrishna made a clarification on Twitter. He wrote: "We want to clarify to avoid confusion that our WHO GMP compliant COPP certificate to Coronil is issued by DCGI, Government of India".
Balkrishna also added that "WHO does not approve or disapprove of any drugs. Instead, it works for building a better and healthier future for people all over the world". (Agency)