BJP leader Khushbu arrested en route to protest against VCK's Thol Thirumavalavan

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October 27, 2020

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Chennai, Oct 27: Chengalpattu Police today arrested actor Khushbu Sundar and a few BJP cadre near Muttukadu while she was on her way to Chidambaram to take part in the agitation organised by the BJP to protest the remarks of VCK president Thol Thirumavalavan on women quoting Manusmrithi.

The police had denied permission for the agitation at Chidambaram yesterday. Just after the arrest of Khushbu, BJP State general secretary KT Raghavan was arrested near Athur tollgate near Melmaruvathur. Police said both have been arrested as a preventive measure and would be released soon.

Speaking to media persons, a senior police officer said, "The arrest was a preventive measure given the pandemic situation. We had to avoid the mass gathering of people in Chidambaram to stop the spread of the virus. The detained members will be released before evening"

Just after her arrest, Khushbu tweeted: "Arrested.. been taken in police van. we will fight till our last breath for the dignity of women. H'ble PM @narendramodi ji has always spoken about the safety of women and we walk on his path. We will never bow down to the atrocities of few elements out there. BHARAT MATA KI JAI!"

In her second tweet, she targetted the VCK: "Cowards #VCK. Dont rejoice. Its your failure. Arrested bcoz they know we are a force to reckon with. We will not bow down. @narendramodi Ji shall take every step to ensure the respectability of every daughter of this soil. Darpoks VCK, respecting a woman is alien to you."

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December 2,2020

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A US federal judge on Tuesday blocked rule changes ordered by President Donald Trump making it harder for people to get skilled-worker visas.

The US Chamber of Commerce, the Bay Area Council and others had sued the Department of Homeland Security arguing that the changes rushed new restrictions through without a proper public review process.

Skilled-worker visas, referred to as H1-B visas, are precious to Silicon Valley tech firms hungry for engineers and other highly trained talents.

US District Court Judge Jeffrey White granted a motion to set aside two rules by the departments of Labor and Homeland Security that would have compelled companies to pay H1-B visa workers higher wages and trimmed job types that qualify for the visas.

The Trump administration had cited the Covid-19 pandemic and its toll on the economy as reasons for skipping required public notice and review processes, according to court documents.

"This is a major win for our economy and for our ability to recover from the worst downturn in generations," said Bay Area Council chief executive Jim Wunderman.

"The Bay Area and America must continue to be a place where anyone around the world can come to pursue their dream or dream job," he said.

Wunderman added that many thriving Northern California tech firms were founded by entrepreneurs who first came to the US on visas.

"H-1B workers fill an important need in our economy and provide immense benefits not only to the companies they work for but the communities where they live," Wunderman said.

"Closing the door to talent from around the world will drive those skills and the opportunities they create to other countries who are more welcoming. In the end that means fewer US jobs."

Wunderman said the rushed restrictions were part of what he called a concerted effort by the Trump administration to clamp down on all kinds of immigration.

White said in his ruling that the US did not demonstrate "that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on domestic unemployment justified dispensing with the due deliberation that normally accompanies" making changes to the H-1B visa program.

Evidence regarding unemployment rates most relevant to H-1B visa applications did not show a "dire emergency," White said.

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November 30,2020

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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is assisting an inquiry into an alleged adverse reaction during AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine trial, but has found no reason to recommend halting it, a senior official at the regulator said on Sunday.

A 40-year-old man said in a complaint seen by Reuters that he had suffered serious "neurological and psychological" symptoms after receiving the vaccine in a trial being run by the British drugmaker's partner Serum Institute of India (SII).

"There was no immediate cause of concern at this stage," Samiran Panda, head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at the ICMR, the research body involved in trials, told Reuters.

"It doesn't mean that long term assessment will not happen, it is still happening. I am aware of the activity," Panda said.

AstraZeneca did not respond to a request for comment.

Law firm N.G.R. Prasad & R. Rajaram Advocates sent the complaint by the unnamed volunteer, who is seeking 50 million rupees ($676,288) in compensation and a suspension of testing, manufacturing and distribution of the vaccine, to ICMR, SII, AstraZeneca and the Drugs Controller General of India.

"While the Serum Institute of India is sympathetic with the volunteer's medical condition, there's absolutely no correlation with the vaccine trial," SII said.

"(The) volunteer was specifically informed by the medical team that the complications he suffered were independent of the vaccine trial he underwent," it added.

The Drugs Controller General of India, who is responsible for drug and vaccine approval, could not immediately be reached for comment on Sunday.

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November 23,2020

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Kolkata, Nov 23: In a case of mistaken identity due to the blunder of hospital authorities, a 75-year-old Covid-19 patient in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district was declared dead last week, and his family cremated another man’s body that was handed over to them.

Shibdas Banerjee was admitted to Balrampur Basu Hospital in Khardah on November 4, and declared dead on November 13. On Friday, his family was told that he was alive, while they were preparing for his “shraddha” ceremony.

A four-member inquiry committee has been set up and the district health department has initiated a probe.

“The inquiry committee’s report has been sent to the state health department. Necessary action will be taken,” said district Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Tapas Roy.

According to officials, the body that was cremated was that of 75-year-old Mohinimohan Mukherjee. He was admitted to the hospital on the same day as Banerjee.

On November 7, he was transferred to a Covid hospital in Barasat. However, the Khardah hospital sent the Barasat

facility Banerjee’s medical reports, resulting in the case of mistaken identity.

When Mukherjee died, the Barasat hospital authorities informed Banerjee’s family and handed over the body to them. The family saw the body from a distance, and it was wrapped in protective layers as is mandated in case of Covid deaths. As a result, they did not realise the blunder.

After Banerjee recovered on Friday, the hospital staff called Mukherjee’s family, saying he was ready to be discharged. When they saw a different man, they raised an alarm and the blunder came to light.

Banerjee’s family was then informed that he was still alive. The family arrived at the hospital late at night and took him home.

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