Karnataka: Cabinet berths allocated to new Ministers. Here’s the complete list

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January 21, 2021

Bengaluru, Jan 21: After a gap of almost a week of swearing-in, Karnataka Chief B S Yeddiyurappa allocated portfolios to new Ministers and changed portfolios of some of the Ministers.

Governor Vajubhai Vala, on the advice of the Chief Minister, gave his assent to the list of allocation and reallocation.

The following is the list of Cabinet Ministers and their portfolios:

B S Yediyurappa: Chief Minister 1. Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) 2. Cabinet Affairs 3. Finance Department 4. Bangalore Development 5. Energy Department 6. Intelligence from Home Department 7. Planning, Programme Monitoring Statistics Department 8. Infrastructure Development Department and all unallocated portfolios.

Umesh Vishwanath Katti: 1. Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department,

Angara: Fisheries Department and Ports and inland Transport Department.

Basavaraj Bommai: Home Department Excluding intelligence Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Legislation Department, Madhuswamy: Medical Education, Department from Health and Family Welfare Department, Kannada and Culture Department.

Chandrakanta Channappa Gowda Patil Small Scale Industries from Industries and Commerce Department, Information and Public Relations Department.

Aravind Limbavali: Forest Department

Murugesh Rudrappa Nirani: Mines and Geology

N Nagaraja (MTB): Excise Department

Kota Srinivas Poojari: Muzrai Department from Revenue Department, Backward Classes Welfare Department

Dr K Sudhakar: Health and Family Welfare Department (Excluding Medical Education)

Anand Singh: Tourism Department Environment and Ecology Department.

C P Yogeeshwara: Minor Irrigation Department from Water Resource Department.

Prabhu Chauhan: Animal Husbandry Department,

Arabail Hebbar Shivaram: Labour Department.

R Shankar: Municipal Administration, Sericulture

K Gopalaiah: Horticulture, Sugarcane Development and Directorate from Industries and Commerce.

K C Narayana Gowda: Youth Empowerment and Sports, Hajj and Wakf.

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March 1,2021

Bengaluru, Mar 1: In Karnataka’s capital, most fever cases received by pulmonologists over the last few days are seasonal flu or viral infections, but not Covid-19.

Though 458 H1N1 cases and three deaths were reported last year, none have been reported two months into 2021, the health department has said.

While some say the non-Covid fever cases are not alarming, others expect to see a decline in such cases as summer is fast approaching and fever cases are seen mostly in November, December and January.

 “A number of outpatients arrive with viral symptoms, but not all are Covid,” Dr Prasanna Kumar, pulmonologist at MS Ramaiah Hospital, said. 

“The flu season starts in November and flares up in December and January. But once the summer starts, it should ideally go away. A small spike of fever cases is seen during the transition between winter and summer. I think that is what we are seeing now.”

He said the OPD numbers are matching the pre-Covid levels, while the hospital hardly saw five or 10 fever cases during Covid. But the numbers have increased to double digits in the last two weeks.

Senior Pulmonologist Dr K S Satish, member of the state Covid Expert Committee and president of Karnataka Pulmonologists' Association, confirmed that the rise is not unusual. “It is not a cause for great worry,” he added.

“We are seeing (fever) cases now that we usually see in December and January probably because there is still some chill in the air. This is due to usual weather changes and the flu season,” Dr Satish further added, noting that patients report even the slightest symptoms due to increased Covid awareness.

Dr Padma Sundaram, pulmonologist at Manipal Hospital, is not seeing a definite rise in fever cases, though an occasional patient shows up. “One to two cases per day could be seen during the transition months from winter to summer,” she said. “Wearing a mask is probably making a difference since it is also controlling other viral infections.”

She said Influenza A, Influenza B, excess asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are common during the winter season, but not this time. “Since children are not going to school and transmitting (the virus) to their grandparents, the elderly are also protected,” Dr Padma added.

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February 27,2021

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Mumbai, Feb 27: Reliance Industries Ltd boss Mukesh Ambani is back to being the wealthiest person in Asia.

Despite a brutal week for markets, RIL was relatively unscathed as it said it would spin off its oil-to-chemicals business into an independent unit. With a net worth of about $80 billion, Ambani is again richer than Zhong Shanshan, whose bottled-water company tanked a record 20 per cent this week. The Chinese tycoon is worth $76.6 billion, down more than $22 billion from a peak just last week, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Ambani spent most of the past two years leading the ranking of Asia’s richest people, taking over from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Jack Ma. Then the listing of two companies put Zhong on the map: He grabbed the title from Ambani at the end of December and by early 2021 was the sixth-wealthiest person on Earth, surpassing Warren Buffett. Zhong’s Nongfu Spring Co. more than tripled from its initial public offering to a peak in January as investors flocked to consumer shares, while his vaccine maker, Beijing Wantai Biological Pharmacy Enterprise Co., surged as much as 3,757 per cent.

But the rally faded as the Hong Kong and Chinese stock markets were among the world’s biggest decliners this week. Nongfu shares have erased their gains for the year, while Wantai’s posted a record monthly plunge.

Ambani has focused on pivoting his empire to tech and e-commerce, moving away from energy. Last year, he sold stakes in Reliance’s digital and retail units worth $27 billion to investors including Google and Facebook Inc., lifting his fortune by $18 billion. The spin-off announced this week of the oil-to-chemicals unit — which accounted for more than 60 per cent of the conglomerate’s revenue in the last fiscal year — will help the tycoon bring in more investors and expedite a proposed stake sale to Saudi Arabian Oil Co.

Zhong and Ambani are not the only two swapping titles lately. Tesla Inc.’s Elon Musk became the world’s richest person at the start of January before Jeff Bezos regained the No. 1 spot earlier this month as shares of the electronic-car maker fell. Musk lost $15 billion on Monday alone after he tweeted that the prices of cryptocurrencies seemed high — just two weeks after Tesla said it invested $1.5 billion in Bitcoin.

Since then, Musk and Bezos have swapped places twice more. The Amazon.com Inc. founder topped Musk by a $7 billion margin as of Friday.

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March 1,2021

New Delhi, Mar 1: The second phase of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive for age-appropriate population groups began on Monday with the Union Health Ministry calling out eligible people to get an appointment at respective hospitals in the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first ones to receive the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday as vaccination opened for the general population, beginning with people above 60 and those with co-morbidities above 45.

Citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the COWIN 2.0 portal or through other IT (information technology) applications such as Arogya Setu, etc.

The Central government released a new framework for Co-WIN2.0 on Sunday.
According to the new framework, the schedule of vaccination of eligible beneficiaries will be closely linked with the availability of vaccine doses. The states and Union Territories will determine the target number of doses to be administered in a vaccination cycle.

"The target number of doses is to be determined considering the available stocks and the requirement of further vaccine stocks for the second dose since, when a beneficiary is being vaccinated with the first dose, Co-WIN will automatically confirm the appointment of the beneficiary for the second dose at the same vaccination centre," the government said.

To avoid confusion and problems in physical queue management at COVID-19 Vaccination Centre (CVC), the central government has recommended that one particular CVC may be either fully reserved or their full capacity is opened for online self-appointment.
On the other hand, if a CVC has both reserved and open slots, session timings for open slots must be carefully selected to avoid overlap of beneficiaries.

On Saturday, the government informed that from March 1, the nationwide vaccination program is now to be exponentially expanded to all citizens above 60 years of age, and those within the age bracket of 45 to 59 years with specified co-morbidities.

"Health Departments of State governments have already initiated dialogue with these private hospitals so that they can be encouraged to participate in this drive as CVCs. A list of all these private hospitals has been uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the National Health Authority," the government said in a release.

In addition, there would be government health facilities that will be used as CVCs such as medical college hospitals, district hospitals, sub-divisional hospitals, CHCs, PHCs, Health Sub Centres and Health and Wellness Centres. Geo reference maps with GPS coordinates of all these health facilities have been prepared that will serve as CVCs and these Geo referenced maps are being shared with the states, the release said.

The Central government also said that states were informed about the three methods of registration, i.e., advance self-registration, onsite registration and facilitated cohort registration.

States have been informed that private hospitals functioning as CVCs can charge subject to a ceiling of Rs 250 per person per dose along with the electronic and financial management mechanism in this regard. User names and passwords to be provided to the private facilities to facilitate effective use of Co-WIN 2.0, were also discussed during the meeting.

In addition, mapping of private facilities with the nearest cold chain points to ensure a seamless flow of vaccines to them was explained to the states.

The simplified system of certifying people with 20 co-morbidities within the 45-59 years age group was also explained to the states. The simplified one-page certificate is to be signed by any registered medical practitioner. The certificate can either be uploaded on Co-WIN2.0 by the beneficiary while self-registering or a hard copy can be carried by the beneficiary to the CVC.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16, 2021. The vaccination of the frontline workers started on February 2.

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