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No deaths during 2nd wave due to oxygen shortage, claims Centre

The Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Bharati Pravin Pawar, on Tuesday, said that no deaths had occurred in India during the second wave of COVID-19 due to shortage of oxygen.
Pawar claimed the same while responding to a question raised by the Opposition during the Question hour in Rajya Sabha.
In a written reply to the question, she wrote, Health is a matter of the state and Union territories. They regularly report COVID cases, deaths and positives to the Centre.
However, no deaths due to lack of oxygen have been specifically reported by states and UTs.
As per the Opposition, minister’s response contradicted the reality and received a lot of criticism.
During the peak of second wave in India (April-June), there were several reports, which claimed that the hospitals were not admitting COVID patients due to lack of oxygen.
Reportedly, particularly in the states like Goa, Maharashtra, Delhi and Kerala, lack of oxygen came as a nightmare and hundreds of lives succumbed due to lack of healthcare facilities.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi responded to Centre’s comments on Twitter, wrote, “Not only oxygen, but also, there is shortage of truth, empathy and compassion.”
We all know that due to lack of oxygen many hospitals refused to admit patients & many (COVID patients) died. If they say so, then it’s the first govt. that neither listens to nor sees. People should teach a lesson to them, said Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut demanded a probe against Centre and said, I am speechless. What would have happened to the families of those who lost their loved ones to oxygen shortage after hearing this statementA case should be filed against the govt. They are lying.
Several media houses claimed that during the second wave of COVID, India’s health infrastructure collapsed and thousands died on the Centre’s watch and the Modi government failed to procure lifesaving oxygen on time.
Countries like USA, France, England, UAE, Mexico and many others shipped essential drugs, oxygen and other medical supplies to India as the situation at the peak of second wave had worsened.

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Nitin Gadkari meets Amitabh Bachchan to seek support for promoting National Road Safety Mission

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Union Minister Nitin Gadakri met megastar Amitabh Bachchan at the latter’s residence in Mumbai to seek his support to promote the cause of National Road Safety Mission in the country. Apart from the megastar, his son and actor Abhishek Bachchan could also be seen in the pictures. 

Union Minister Nitin Gadakri met megastar Amitabh Bachchan to seek his support to promote the cause of National Road Safety Mission.

Union Minister Nitin Gadakri met megastar Amitabh Bachchan to seek his support to promote the cause of National Road Safety Mission.

Office of Gadkari on Thursday took to twitter to share some pictures with the actor and mentioned, “Union Minister Shri @nitin_gadkari Ji called on Shri @SrBachchan Ji in Mumbai today. Shri Gadkari Ji seeked the support of Shri Bachchan to Champion the cause of National Road Safety Mission (सड़क सुरक्षा अभियान) in India.”

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Man ends life by consuming poison outside Devendra Fadnavis’ home in Nagpur

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Amravati man ended his life by consuming poison outside Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis’ residence in Nagpur.

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Man ends life by consuming poison outside Devendra Fadnavis’ home in Nagpur…

A 52-year-old man from Amravati named Kamlakar Borkar ended his life by consuming poison outside Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis’ residence in Nagpur’s Dharampeth area (Trikoni Park) on Tuesday evening. 

A resident of Kalyan Nagar in Amravati, Borkar worked as a labourer in Nagpur. People present in the vicinity noticed Kamlakar’s body as well as a bottle of poison with him in the evening. However, he didn’t leave any suicide note behind. Cops said Borkar had got separated from his wife due to the former’s alcohol addiction. 

Cops at Sitabuldi Police Station have registered a case of accidental death.

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समाज स्‍वावलंबी झालं पाहिजे: मोहन भागवत

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Anurag Raut | Reporter : Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat recently said the society should become self-reliant.

देशापुढे आज अनेक आव्‍हाने आहेत. देशात मोठ्या प्रमाणात विविधता असून या सगळ्यांना जोडण्‍यासाठी, संघटीत करण्‍याची मोठी जबाबदारी समाजावर आहे. समाजाने ही आव्‍हानांचा सामना करण्‍यासाठी सरकार, संस्‍था, संघावर अवलंबून न राहता स्‍वावलंबी झाले पाहिजे, असे मत राष्‍ट्रीय स्‍वयंसेवक संघाचे सरसंघचालक मोहन भागवत यांनी व्‍यक्‍त केले. 

विदर्भ साहित्य संघाच्या शताब्दी वर्षाच्या निमित्ताने विदर्भ साहित्य संघ – ग्रंथालयाच्यावतीने वर्षभर राबविण्‍यात आलेल्‍या ‘संस्थांची शतकोत्तर आव्हाने’ या व्याख्यानमालेचा समारोप झाला. त्‍यावेळी मोहन भागवत यांनी राष्‍ट्रीय स्‍वयंसेवक संघाच्‍या शतकोत्‍तर आव्‍हानांवर प्रकाश टाकला. विदर्भ साहित्य संघाच्या अमेय दालनात मंगळवारी झालेल्‍या व्‍याख्‍यानमालेच्‍या समारोपीय समारंभाला ते उपस्‍थ‍ित होते. यावेळी मंचावर विदर्भ साहित्य संघाचे अध्यक्ष मनोहर म्हैसाळकर यांची प्रमुख उपस्थिती होती. नरकेसरी प्रकाशनने प्रकाशित केलेल्या सुनील किटकरू लिखित ‘वार्ता ईशान्य भारताची’ या पुस्तकाचे प्रकाशन यावेळी डॉ. भागवत यांच्या हस्ते करण्यात आले. त्‍यांचा मनोहर म्‍हैसाळकर यांच्‍या हस्‍ते सत्‍कार करण्‍यात आला. तसेच, सुनील किटकरू व नरकेसरी प्रकाशनचे धनंजय बापट यांचा मोहन भागवत यांच्‍या हस्‍ते सत्‍कार करण्‍यात आला. 

राष्‍ट्रीय स्‍वयंसेवक संघ हा शतकाकडे वाटचाल करीत असून विपरित परिस्थितीत सर्वांना जोडण्‍याचे काम सातत्‍याने करत आला आहे. प्रामाणिकता, देशभक्‍ती, अनुशासन, ‘स्‍व’चे स्‍पष्‍ट भान, राष्‍ट्राबद्दलच्‍या कल्‍पना व देशाकरीता जगण्‍या-मरण्‍याचा तयारी असलेले लोक संघात आहेत. संघ हा शाश्‍वत असून त्‍याची मूल्‍ये कधीच बदलत नाही. धेयनिष्‍ठा, आत्‍मीयता, अनुशासन आणि आपपरभाव नसणे, हा संघाचा स्‍वभाव असून ज्‍या उद्देशाने डॉ. हेडगेवारांनी संघाची स्‍थापना केली तो उद्देश कार्यपूर्तीपर्यंत तसाच राहील, असा विश्‍वास मोहन भागवत यांनी यावेळी व्‍यक्‍त केला.    

किटकरू यांच्‍या पुस्‍तकावर भाष्‍य करताना मोहन भागवत म्‍हणाले, हे पुस्‍तक जीवंत अनुभवातून आलेले सहज, सोप्‍या भाषेतील हे पुस्‍तक वाचनीय आहे. गुगलमुळे आपण जरी अख्‍ख्‍या जगाची माहिती ठेवत असलो तरी आपला देश, प्रदेशाची आपल्‍याला माहिती नसते. त्‍यामुळे बुद्धीने माहिती मिळते पण मनाची आर्तता कोरडी व्‍हायला लागते. ही आर्तता, ही तळमळ जशी इतर माहिती घेण्‍यासाठी असते तशी ती आपल्‍या देशाबद्दल असली पाहिजे, असे मोहन भागवत म्‍हणाले. 

मोहन भागवत यांच्‍याबरोबर एकत्र बसण्‍याचा हा सन्‍माननीय योग नरकेसरी प्रकाशनमुळे मिळाल्‍याचे सांगत मनोहर म्‍हैसाळकर धनंजय बापट यांचे आभार मानले. राष्‍ट्रीय स्‍वयंसेवक संघाचे अरुणाचल प्रदेशात कार्य करत असताना राष्‍ट्रीय एकात्‍मतेसाठी कार्य करणा-या व्‍यक्‍तीचा समावेश ‘वार्ता ईशान्‍य भारताची’ पुस्‍तकात समावेश करण्‍यात आला असून दुस-या भागात राष्‍ट्रीयत्‍वासाठी कार्य करणा-या संघटनांचा समावेश आहे, असे सुनील किटकरू यांनी सांगितले. 

विदर्भ साहित्‍य संघाचे उपाध्‍यक्ष राजेंद्र डोळके यांनी प्रास्‍ताविक केले. त्‍यांनी विदर्भ साहित्‍य संघाच्‍या स्‍थापनेचा इतिहास सांगितला. कार्यक्रमाचे सूत्रसंचालन विवेक अलोणी यांनी केले तर आभार प्रदर्शन डॉ. राजेंद्र नाईकवाडे यांनी केले.  

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विदर्भ साहित्‍य संघाच्‍या ग्रंथसहवासला मोहन भागवत यांनी भेट दिली. आज मंगळवारी रंगनाथन दिन असल्‍यामुळे मोहन भागवत यांनी त्‍यांच्‍या प्रतिमेला पुष्‍पहार अर्पण केला व प्रा. डॉ. सुधीर बोधनकर यांच्‍यासह भगवद्गीता, ज्ञानेश्‍वरी, रामायण, भारताचे संविधान या ग्रंथांचे पूजन करण्‍यात आले. त्‍यांनी ग्रंथालयाची पाहणी केली व येथील ग्रंथसंपदेचे कौतूक केले.

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