New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Ashwani Kumar has written a letter to Chief Justice of India seeking suo moto intervention to ban political rallies, protest assemblies, religious and festive congregations of more than 50 people until Covid-19 situation is under control.Citing media reports, Kumar said Covid cases in the country have crossed the two-lakh mark per day, with no signs of the surge abating in the near future. "Considering the gravity of the threat to human life and the constitutional responsibility cast upon this court to protect and secure the lives of citizens, the court may issue suo-motu directions to the central and state governments to ban political rallies, protest assemblies, religious and festive congregations of more than 50 people until the situation is under control," he wrote to the Chief Justice. Kumar also sought a ban on the export of COVID vaccines and permitting the import of vaccines after ensuring their efficacy to treat the viral disease. "The court may issue suo motu directions to make the vaccines available to all age groups and to facilitate in-situ vaccination as far as possible, but especially of the old and the infirm," he said.He also criticised super-spreading events including political rallies, religious congregations and festive events. Kumar cited the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar as a such super-spreading event, where almost 2,000 people have tested positive for the Coronavirus. "Other instances include the election campaigns being held in different states, where political leaders have held massive rallies flouting Covid rules. Festivals have also been celebrated where there have been gatherings in huge numbers, once again flouting the Covid rules. Such events have contributed significantly to the resurgence of Corona cases throughout the country", the letter added. Kumar said "Even so, no purposive and effective action has been taken by the central and state governments on a uniform basis across the country to stop such gatherings. There is laxity even in enforcing the limited restrictions announced by some of the state governments from time to time."--IANSss/ash
New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) As many as 37 vaccinated doctors at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital have tested Covid positive, hospital sources said on Thursday.Majority of these doctors have mild symptoms while a few have been hospitalised as they complained of uneasiness.Of the 37 doctors, 32 are in home isolation and five are admitted in the hospital.All the doctors were infected while serving Covid patients at the hospital despite many having already received both doses of the vaccine during first phase of inoculation that was started on January 16 covering health care workers. --IANSrak/vd
Mumbai - Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar has been admitted to hospital with Covid-19. Akshay took to social media on Monday to share the health update.
"Thank you everyone for your warm wishes and prayers, they seem to be working. I am doing fine, but as a precautionary measure under medical advice, I have been hospitalised. I hope to be back home soon. Take care," Akshay Kumar tweeted.
On Sunday, the actor tweeted to inform that he has tested positive for Covid-19 and is living under home quarantine.
Akshay Kumar is currently shooting for his upcoming film "Ram Setu". Meanwhile, 45 crew members from the sets of the film have reportedly tested Covid positive, following which the shoot has been halted, Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) president B. N. Tiwari told indianexpress.com.
Mumbai, April 4 (IANS) Bollywood star Akshay Kumar announced on Sunday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and has isolated himself.Akshay shared on Twitter that he has contracted the virus and is under home quarantine."I wish to inform everyone that earlier this morning I tested positive for Covid-19. Following all the protocols, I have immediately isolated myself. I'm under home quarantine and have sought necessary medical care," he tweeted.He then requested those who have come in contact with him to get themselves tested."I would sincerely request all those that have come in contact with me to get themselves tested and take care. Back in action soon," the actor added.Akshay had started shooting for his next titled "Ram Setu".The film also features Jacqueline Fernandez and Nushrratt Bharuccha. It is directed by Abhishek Sharma.--IANSdc/ksk/
New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind was admitted to the Army's Research and Referral (R&R) Hospital in New Delhi on Friday morning owing to chest discomfort.The President, 75, complained of chest discomfort in the morning and thereafter he was rushed to the military hospital.The President, who underwent routine tests and was put under observation, is now in a stable condition, the hospital said.In a statement, the hospital authorities said: "He is undergoing routine check-ups and is under observation. His condition is stable."Sources said the President will stay in the hospital till the time the entire medical diagnosis is complete. The doctors are taking care of things, said the hospital authority. --IANSsk/ash
Hyderabad, President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday said that yoga is also a path to spiritual calmness and is not associated with any religion, region or people.
He, along with Kamlesh Patel (Daaji), Guide of Heartfulness and President of Shri Ram Chandra Mission, unveiled the 'yoga for unity and well-being' initiative, with an aim to unite people across the world by practicing yoga and meditation for 100 days for a healthier and happier life.
Baba Ramdev of Patanjali Yogpeeth, Ayush Secretary Rajesh Kotecha, and Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana Founder Chancellor Dr H.R. Nagendra were present to support this initiative.
"Yoga is an approach to holistic well-being which includes physical and mental fitness. Its benefits lead to freedom from psychological stress and bodily ailments. It results in a high level of positive energy. It is also a path to spiritual calmness. It is not associated with any religion, region, or people but belongs to the entire world and all of humanity," said the President
He noted that as the world moves to attain progress through science and technology, there is a need to restore the balance between human beings and nature through sustainable methods. The concept of health according to yoga goes beyond physical well-being, he added.
Daaji pointed out that India is home to a multitude of practices to explore one's purpose in life. "I am proud that the Heartfulness Institute has facilitated the united effort of organisations from across the globe for people to easily learn yoga and meditation. I urge everyone to take the time to attend these sessions, which are free of charge, from the comfort of their homes to metamorphose their lives," he said.
People around the world can tune in every morning into a virtual session to learn asanas by instructors of leading yoga institutes possessing a legacy of hundreds of years, all under the unifying banner of 'yoga for unity and well-being'. Additionally, attendees can listen in to the lecture series on every Wednesdays and Saturday evenings.
Daaji will conduct special meditation sessions for seekers to experience transformation through transmission (life energy). The series will come to an end on International Yoga day.
Ramdev said that it is the beginning of a new era for yoga and meditation in a post-pandemic world. "While many have started practicing yoga and its asanas, they are unaware of its full potential to expand our collective consciousness. This series will not only unify practitioners for the goal of collective well-being but also enable them to explore the full potential of a yogic lifestyle and access to wider base of yoga institutes that have perfected and continue the traditional and authentic methodologies."
Kotecha said that the Ministry of Ayush is working in close collaboration with various reputed leading yoga institutions for making IDY a true mass movement.
Yoga for unity and well-being will be conducted from March 15 to June 21.
Through this series, Heartfulness Institute is uniting the leading traditional yoga schools and bringing their practices onto a single platform. The entire series is free of cost for participants.
There will be over 75 yoga practice sessions from different lineages, 30 weekly lectures by Yoga experts, and weekend master classes with Daaji will be conducted, starting from March 15 for the next 100 days on the Heartfulness YouTube channel and social media platforms. Participants can register on https://heartfulness.org/en/yoga4unity/ for free access to all the sessions.
The event is supported by the Ministry of Ayush, the UN Information Centre - UNIC - India & Bhutan, Yoga for Harmony and Peace, and the Association of Indian Universities. (IANS)