Karnataka govt issues revised guidelines for home isolation of covid patients

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August 11, 2020

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Bengaluru Aug 11: Covid-19 patients under home isolation will stand discharged after 10 days of symptom onset or date of sampling, and no fever for three days, as per the revised guidelines for home care issued by the government of Karnataka. Thereafter, the patient shall be advised to isolate at home and self-monitor their health for further 7 days, it said adding there is no need for testing after the isolation period is over.

The state government in a circular on Monday said, in view of evolving situation of Covid-19 in the state and recent revision of guidelines from Government of lndia, the revised guidelines for home isolation of Covid-19 cases are issued.

According to the guidelines, only those who are asymptomatic or mild symptomatic shall be allowed to be in home care. Health team from district health authority or authorised private institution or agency shall visit the house and assess the suitability of house for home isolation and also do medical triage of the person, it said, alternatively, telephonic medical triage shall be done through an empanelled agency. Dedicated tele-monitoring link shall be established for daily follow-up of the person during the entire period of home isolation or home care, it added.

Noting that the person shall be clinically assigned as asymptomatic or mild case through telephonic triage or by the health staff, medical officer, the guideline said, such cases should have the requisite facility at their residence for self-isolation and for quarantining the family contacts. A caregiver should be available to provide care on a 24 X 7 basis, and a regular communication link between the caregiver and hospital is a pre-requisite for the entire duration of home isolation, it added.

Elderly patients aged more than 60 years and those with co-morbid conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung, liver, kidney disease etc shall be allowed home isolation only after proper clinical evaluation. It further said home isolation shall not be applicable for pregnant women 2 weeks before the expected date of delivery (EDD), however it shall be allowed for lactating mothers after clinical evaluation by a medical officer or family doctor.

On the management of waste for those under home isolation, it said the used facemasks, gloves, toiletries or swabs contaminated with blood or body fluids of Covid-19 patients, including used syringes, if any generated should be treated as biomedical waste and collected in separate yellow bag.

These yellow bags should be handed over to authorised waste collectors or deposited at designated deposition centres. Masks and gloves used by caregivers and other family members shall be kept in a paper bag for a minimum of 72 hours prior to its disposal as general waste after cutting the same to prevent reuse, it added.

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January 19,2021

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Mangaluru, Jan 19: Six youths have been arrested by the police in connection with the case of assault on a head constable reported more than a month ago in the coastal city. 

The attack which took place on December 16, 2020 in Mangaluru was in retaliation to the police firing that had claimed two lives during anti-CAA protest in Mangaluru on December 19, 2019. 

According to police a gang had used a minor to assault police head constable Ganesh Kamath in broad daylight near New Chitra Junction. 

After the attack, the police had arrested two persons, including the minor. Now, six more persons have been arrested in connection with the incident, said City Police Commissioner N Shashi Kumar. In total, eight people have been nabbed till date.

The six arrested are Anish Ashraf (22) from Kudroli, Abdul Khader Fahad (23) from Kudroli, Sheik Mohammed Harris alias Jigri (31) from Bajpe, Mohammed Kayis alias Kayis (24) from Tannirbavi, Rahil alias Chotu Rahil (18) from Kudroli and Mohammed Nawaz (30) from B C Road.

"The accused, who belong to ‘Maya Gang’ or ‘Maya team’, used a minor to commit the offence, thinking that would keep them out of the police nets. Among the arrested, Nawaz and Kayis had coordinated with other gang members to execute the attack. It was a conspiracy against the police for the firing that had claimed two persons in Mangaluru during the protest. Among the arrested, there were a few who were distant relatives and close friends of those who were killed in police firing," said the Commissioner.

“Initially, the gang wanted to commit the crime on December 19. However, they changed their minds having realised the increase in security in the city, and committed the crime three days ahead of the date. Both the teams had met thrice in November and December, to systematically plan their act. 

Though Anish had volunteered to commit the crime, later, they decided to use a minor. Soon after the incident, Nawaz, one of the arrested, had tried to mislead the police during the course of investigation," said the police commissioner.  

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January 12,2021

New Delhi, Jan 12: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a chargesheet in a special NIA Court here against a medical doctor based in Bengaluru in connection with an Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) case.

The chargesheet has been filed under sections 120B read with 124A and 125 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 18, 20, 38 and 39 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against Dr Abdur Rahman (28) who is a resident of Bengaluru in Karnataka.

NIA said that the accused has been chargesheeted for furthering ideology and activities of proscribed terrorist organisation ISIS/ISKP in connivance with co-accused Jahanzaib Sami and others for committing subversive/anti-national activities in India.

Earlier, a chargesheet was filed on September 2, 2020 against five accused persons namely Jahanzaib Sami and Hina Bashir Beigh, Abdullah Basith, Sadiya Anwar Shaikh and Nabeel Siddick Khatri under sections 120B, 124A, 153A and 201 of IPC and sections 13, 17, 18, 38, 39 and 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

NIA said that this case arose out of Delhi Police Special Cell, FIR number 85/2020 dated March 8, 2020 pertaining to arrest of Jahanzaib Sami Wani and his wife Hina Bashir Beigh from Okhla Vihar, Jamia Nagar in Delhi on the same date on receiving an input that they were affiliated to the banned terrorist organisation ISKP, a part of ISIS, and were planning subversive/anti-national activities in India.

NIA had re-registered the case on March 20, 2020 and took up the investigation.
Dr Abdur Rahman was arrested on August 17, 2020 from Bangalore by NIA.

NIA said in its chargesheet: "As a student of MBBS at Bangalore Medical College, Abdur Rahman got radicalised while listening to the online lectures of hardline Islamic preachers including 'Anwar Awlaki'. Subsequently, he came into contact with other radicalised youth and travelled to Syria in December 2013 and participated in various terrorist activities of ISIS."

"After his return to India, he continued to remain associated with the ideology of ISIS. Utilising his knowledge of ophthalmic lasers and medical science, he made efforts to develop applications for medical and military requirements of ISIS. To this end, he was in regular communication with ISIS terrorists located abroad as well as in India including Jahanzaib Sami on Threema, a secure messaging platform," it added.

NIA further stated in the chargesheet: "Consequently, he had achieved significant progress towards developing a medical application for treatment of ISIS terrorists and also a Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Missile application for controlling the trajectory of the missiles for enhancing their effectiveness for furthering the cause of ISIS."
Further investigation in the case is ongoing.

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January 14,2021

Government tells WhatsApp to provide details regarding breach of security

New Delhi, Jan 14: WhatsApp, earlier in the month, released revised terms of service and user privacy policy to its messenger app subscribers. The company said the users must comply with the new change or else they are free to uninstall the application.

WhatsApp clarified that the one-to-one and group chat with friends and family are fully encrypted, but said that the conversation between the users and business/shop owner on the messenger app may be used by its parent company Facebook and subsidiaries for marketing ads and promote its services.

This apparently angered users and lead to the mass migration of subscribers from WhatsApp to rival messenger apps. In the last three days alone, millions of users shifted their base to Telegram and Signal.

Now, the Indian government has stepped in to see if WhatsApp's revised terms of service violate the user-privacy of the citizens and also may seek an explanation from the Facebook-owned company, reported The Times of India.

It has come to light that WhatsApp has a different version of terms of service with the European Union, where all conversation on the messenger is encrypted by default in all types of communication including people-to-business chat. It won't share any data with Facebook or any other sister firms.

Even Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma highlighted the double standards of WhatsApp and slammed the company on Twitter.

How long we will be taken for granted by such blatant double standards ?
Self claimed ad claiming respect of our privacy v/s actual policy.

For India 🇮🇳 For Europe 🇪🇺 pic.twitter.com/bT45XwvsO1

— Vijay Shekhar Sharma (@vijayshekhar) January 13, 2021

It remains to be seen what steps the Indian government will take to see if there is any loophole in WhatsApp's terms of service and if there is, rectify it. 

Also, it would be great if the company confirm that the user privacy policy introduced in India is on par with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation. 

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