News Flash – 6 January 2020

National News



Private Security Agencies must Follow PSAR Act



Hyderabad: Due to increasing cases of several agencies engaging security personnel without valid private security agency license, the Controlling Authority and Principal Secretary, in a notice issued to government home department on Sunday, stated that all private security agencies operating in Telangana must strictly follow Private Security Agencies Regulation (PSAR) Act. As per the notice, PSAR Act 2005 (29 of 2005) was enforced in Telangana in 2008. Section 4 of PSAR Act 2005 states that, “Persons or private security agencies must not engage or provide private security guard without license. No person shall carry on or commence the business of private security agency, unless he holds a license issued under the Act.” Further, a subsection of the Act states that any person who contravenes the provisions of Section 4 shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine which may extend to Rs. 25,000, or with both”.



43 Test Positive for Swine Flu in Last Fortnight


Hyderabad: The number of swine flu cases in the state has risen. In the last fortnight, 43 cases have been reported, with many of these being from Hyderabad. Experts say that the number of cases may surge further in January, and an alert has been sent to hospitals to be prepared for the same. “While all district and area hospitals have been alerted on the possibility of swine flu cases increasing, currently cases are mostly being reported from private hospitals in and around the city. We have been expecting a surge in cases mostly in the month of January. As of now, out of 100 samples, less than 7% have turned out to be positive for the H1N1 virus,” said a senior official from the state health department. Since the beginning of November, when swine flu cases usually begin to rise, hospitals have already been alerted thrice to prepare isolation wards. However, this year, the rise in cases has begun late, with most cases being reported over the last fortnight. Usually the H1N1 virus become more active with a decrease in temperature, with the common symptoms being cough, cold, fever, body pain and breathlessness. Patients having cough or sore throat with high grade fever are in the high-risk category, which includes pregnant women, children, elderly and those with comorbid conditions. “Such patients should be immediately shifted to Gandhi Hospital and Paediatric cases should be shifted to Niloufer Hospital, where adequately trained teams, other requisite equipment and treatment facilities are ready,” stated a recent advisory.



3 more Infants Die at Kota Hospital, Toll 110



Jaipur: Three more infants died at Kota’s JK Lon hospital, taking the death toll to 110 in the past 36 days. A day after deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot visited the facility which falls under Kota Government Medical College (GMC) and advocated to fix responsibility for the infant deaths, there were reports of replacing the Paediatric department head Amritlal Bairwa. Dr Vijay Sardana, principal and controller of Kota GMC, however, denied the reports. “We have not received any such information from the government about JK Lon’s Paediatrics HoD being replaced,” he told TOI on Sunday. After the infant deaths came to light in the last week of December, the hospital hurriedly removed its medical superintendent, Dr H L Meena, from his post and appointed Dr Suresh Dulara in his place. Dr Dulara said, “Dr Bairwa has not completed his two-year tenure as the Paediatrics HoD yet.” The investigation report issued by the facility even gave a clean chit to its staff, citing the children who had died were already critical.



The infant deaths not only brought to light that at least 50% of the life-saving equipment at the hospital was lying defunct but also highlighted that the place was reeling under staff shortage. A letter issued by the hospital’s Paediatrics department to the Kota GMC mentioned that out of 33 sanctioned posts — professor, associate professor, assistant professor, senior resident, resident doctor and junior postgraduate — seven are lying vacant. Two out of three professor posts and all four associate professor posts are vacant, while two posts of senior resident and one resident doctor post are yet to be filled. With more than 100 infant deaths leading to massive outrage, the GMC made arrangements to fill the vacant posts and deployed more doctors at the hospital’s Paediatric department to tackle the crisis. “One professor and four assistant professors have been added to the existing healthcare staff,” said Dr Sardana.



Flat Burgled, 80 Sovereigns of Gold Stolen



Chennai: Burglars climbed a drainage pipe inside a gated community on Saturday and escaped with 80 sovereigns of jewellery from an apartment at Thirumullaivoyal. Police have collected fingerprints and CCTV camera footage from the scene and have launched a hunt for the suspects. Police said burglars broke into the house of Arunkumar, 53, who works in Dubai. His wife Vyjayanthimala, 49, and son Vigneshwaran, 20, a college student, reside in the apartment off Tirumalai Vasan Road. On December 10, Vyjayanthimala left for her daughter’s house in Bengaluru along with her son and returned home on Saturday. She found the safe broken open with the room was ransacked and 80 sovereigns of gold stolen.



International News



Red Alert in Australia


Australia: Thick smoke from bushfires envelope Bemboka in New South Wales (NSW). Cooling temperatures and calmer winds brought some relief on Sunday to Australian communities raked by wildfires. But NSW fire service said 150 fires were still active in the state. The fires have killed at least 24 people and destroyed nearly 2,000 homes. In NSW alone, the fires have killed nearly 500 million birds, reptiles and mammals. A fundraiser for fire services launched by the Australian comedian Celeste Barber on Friday raised more than US$13 million in 48 hours.

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