BHUVANA IYER – Mumbai Uncensored, 17 January 2022
The Bombay High Court recently issued a few notices that directly impacted it’s functioning amid the ongoing surge of Covid19 cases in the city. The HC’s functioning, to some extent, has been adversely affected by the virus as it has decided to now hear cases only for three hours a day – this decision has been criticised by a few.
Notably, the HC last week notified that unlike it’s usual working hours from morning 10:30 to 5 in the evening, it will now function between 12 noon and 3 in the afternoon. This, the notice issued by the HC administration stated, has been decided in view of the rising Covid19 cases.
Apart from this, the HC, by virtue of another notice, has decided to impose hefty costs on advocates, if they circulate non-urgent matters for hearing. It has said that it would hear only urgent matters during these three hours sessions, daily till January 28. And that if any not so urgent matter is pressed for hearing by any advocate, then s/he will have to face heavy costs. It further clarified that if not heavy costs then cases of such litigants will be adjourned to a longer date.
It wouldn’t be out of place if an advocate has already moved the Supreme Court challenging the decision of the HC to reduce it’s working hours.
However, the actual reason for this is because of the fact that over 10 judges of the Bombay HC at it’s principal seat in Mumbai, have been infected by the Covid19 virus.
According to a reliable source, more than 50 staffers of the HC, too, have been infected as on date.
“Around 8 to 10 judges sitting in Mumbai are down with the virus. If we look at overall (all the seats including Nagpur, Aurangabad and Goa) the number goes up till 16,” the source said.
“In Mumbai alone, 50 staffers, who include clerks, stenos, personal assistants etc have been infected with the virus. Moreover, nearly eight judicial officials (Registrars and others) have been infected too,” the source added.
This, the source said, “have made a huge impact on the functioning of the HC. And accordingly, a decision has been taken to reduce the working hours and also to hear only urgent matters.”
Notably, out of the total 60 sitting judges of the HC around 34 are sitting at the principal seat in Mumbai. Whereas, the total sanctioned strength is 94.
A new surge of covid 19 cases rocks china.
Manas Kapur – Mumbai Uncensored, 17th March 2022
As most nations across the world open up and continue ‘ordinary existence’ with a fall in Covid-19 cases, China is right now seeing its most terrible flare-up of the infection in two years.
On Sunday, the nation detailed 3,100 new privately communicated cases in a day, which is the most noteworthy in two years. A few neighbourhood specialists have credited the flood in cases to the Omicron variation.
With the ascent in cases, a large number of individuals in various pieces of China are presently living under lockdown.
Subsequent to fixing 1,000 new cases for two days straight, new privately sent cases in China flooded to more than 3,100, the National Health Commission covered Sunday. This is the most noteworthy in two years.
Some nearby wellbeing specialists have ascribed the flood in cases in China to the Omicron variation, which is more contagious however goals less extreme side effects than the first Covid-19 infection, the South China Morning Post report said.
To contain the spread of the infection, the Chinese government put the cutting edge Shenzhen city under lockdown. The city has a population north of 17 million.
Shenzhen will seal all networks, towns and suspend transport and metro administrations from Monday to Sunday, it was accounted for on Sunday.
On Saturday, Jilin city was to some extent secured while Yanjim, a metropolitan area of 700,000 individuals, was put under lockdown on Sunday.
In the interim, Changchun, a modern base of 9,000,000 individuals, was secured on Friday while a couple of different urban areas have been shut down since March 1.
Aside from absolute lockdowns, specialists are additionally forcing neighbourhood checks on schools, cafés, shopping centres and other public spots to control the spread of the infection.
In Shanghai, for instance, specialists have briefly closed down schools, organizations, eateries and shopping centres.
As a component of its reaction to the new flare-up, China has chosen to permit the utilization of quick antigen tests to analyze Covid-19 interestingly. This has been done to support the early revelation of cases.
The city of Shenzhen, in the meantime, will complete three rounds of citywide Covid-19 tests this week.
Recently, a top Chinese authority asserted that China had been probably the best entertainer in checking the Covid pandemic and credited the accomplishment to its rigid zero-case strategy of limiting public and worldwide travel with proactive neighbourhood lockdowns any place the infection surfaced.
Notwithstanding, with a few urban communities including Shanghai and Beijing currently seeing a flood in cases, the country’s Covid control system has gone under question.
The circumstance in Hong Kong has likewise crumbled further. Authorities affirmed 27,647 new Covid-19 cases and 87 passes in Hong Kong on Sunday.
‘WORST SINCE WUHAN’
Giving an account of the circumstance, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post said China was near the very edge of its greatest Covid-19 emergency since Wuhan.
The Covid initially broke out in Wuhan in December 2019 preceding it spread to practically all areas of the planet, asserting more than 6 million lives up to this point.
Covid-19 vaccination: Supreme Court directs Delhi Govt to list what it has done for homeless
Bhavana Iyer – Mumbai Uncensored, 5th February 2022 :
The Supreme Court directed the Delhi Government to apprise it of the steps taken by it to vaccinate homeless people against the coronavirus disease within three weeks. The Court of Justice DY Chandrachud was seized of the plea seeking rehabilitation of beggars and homeless so as to ensure that basic amenities including food, shelter and medical facilities including vaccination are provided to them. The direction came after the Delhi government failed to file any response despite a notice being issued to it in July, last year.
ASG Aishwarya Bhati submitted that the affidavit submitted by the Union was back on 8th of August 2021. Thus, the figures have been changed since then, she, therefore, seeks to file an updated Affidavit with the current figures of the people who have been vaccinated. She roughly states, “the figure so far, the first dose is concerned, 77lakhs people get it without documents, (those who don’t have identity documents) while in the second doze about 14lakhs of persons.”
The Bench earlier while issuing notice to the Union of India and Delhi Government observed that in the context of COVID19, the beggars, vagabonds, and the homeless are entitled to medical facilities as others. The bench also showed its displeasure in the Prayer A of the petition, seeking to restrain the beggars, vagabonds and homeless people from begging at the streets and further granted permission to amend the plea so as to bring conformity as prayer A will not be pressed. Said, “this was a socio-economic issue that could not be remedied by the court.”
The Court had refused to take an elitist view to restrain the beggars, vagabonds and the homeless people from begging at the traffic junctions, markets and public places and expressed that this is a human problem, several socio-economic problems drove people into begging. Their poverty could not be wished away by passing an order to remove them from public places or streets. The Government should take measures to ensure that the beggars are fully vaccinated.
As the result, the petitioner has filed an application seeking amendment of the petition which prays the indulgence of the Apex court in order to provide rehabilitation of beggars and the vagabonds with the help of Social Welfare Departments and the District Magistrates of the states to ensure food, shelter and basic amenities including COVID19 vaccination to them.
The affidavit filed by the Union of India on 09.08.2021 states that the Co-Win software has aggregated data regarding vaccination of all persons without prescribed identity cards. Although, segregated data is not available for individual subunits like vagabonds and destitute. However, a total of 4,82,079 vaccine doses have been administered to people without prescribed identity cards as of 8th August 2021.
The affidavit further assured that the Government of India has taken all possible steps to ensure that the National Covid-19 vaccination Program is equitable and accessible to all sections of society, equally focusing on the weakest sections of society that lack access to various resources.
In the time of the COVID19 pandemic, the Government of India has regularly provided guidance and advisories to all States/UTs ensuring that groups like beggar vagabonds/the homeless etc. are able to utilize the services of Covid-19 vaccination like all other citizens of India.
Global Outlook 2022: Preventing the Lost Decade for Children
What can be done to improve life of children as we enter the third year of the Pandemic?
Akankshya Mukherjee, Mumbai Uncensored, 2nd February 2022 :
With us entering the year 2022, we also enter the 3rd year of the Pandemic and the harm done to children is evident. The record in child poverty has risen. The only progress is on routine vaccinations. There has been disruption in education for this generation.
The global community in 2022 need to re-cast the COVID 19 situation not just focusing on the virus mitigating but also its effects on the society in particular children. The consequences of school remaining closed is showing increased amount of learning loses, negatives ideas such as copying answers and a further increase compared in child labor and marriages. The main reason for this can be the lack of global cooperation, which has eventually led to a risk for the G20 to vaccinate at least 70% of the population by mid- year.
Further, this has also impacted in delayed virus containment, escape variant, and allow costs for children to accumulate. Also, inequities have been set for new forms such as access to COVID mRNA doses and boosters to remain restricted, and grant access to life-saving treatments. With an impact on climate change there have been triggered warnings about disasters, increasing rate of vulnerability and stability to a better a life can be expected.
But the youth and children have greater expression of optimism when it comes to critical analysis. For 2022 and the future present opportunities provided to them matter the most as it helps them to groom themselves capable for a work life. Taking an example of infrastructure development and technology for the pandemic can help us develop the next revolution for children’s survival.
Currently the human rights for children, is under threat it was not seen in the history for this generation. The response globally so far is inadequate and deeply unequal. As we commemorate the UN’s 75th year, reports suggests that its time to take impactful decisions especially for the future of children. Without action, the world faces a lost decade for children, leaving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) an impossible dream.
In less than two years, 100 million more children have fallen into poverty, a 10% increase since 2019.
The deep disparity in recovery from the pandemic is widening the gap between richer and poorer countries. While richer countries are recovering, poorer countries are saddled with debt and development gains are falling behind. The poverty rate continues to rise in low-income countries and least developed countries.
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore says “The world stands at a crossroads. Do we rally and unite to protect years of progress on child rights? Or do we allow the unequal recovery from COVID-19 to further marginalize the disadvantaged and increase inequality even more? As we commemorate UNICEF’s 75th year, we will continue to strive to create a world where we open opportunities for every child. This is an ambitious undertaking that depends on new and strengthened partnerships with governments, civil society, our UN sister agencies and business. But together, we can build on the foundation of 75 years of results for children”.
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