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Lucknow’s SGPGI Charges for Covid-19 Tests, PPE Kits – Director Clarifies

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Lucknow: In what may be termed as a controversial move by a government hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Sciences (SGPGI) Lucknow has started charging people for Covid-19 tests. Not just the tests, but if a patient requires to undergo an operation, then he will also have to shell out charges for a minimum of 15 PPE kits, N95 masks, and gloves among other essentials used for protection from coronavirus. However, the charges for virus tests at SGPGI have been capped at Rs 1,500 per person.

Money is being charged from people who are Covid-19 negative, while the test is free if the person is positive.

SGPGIMS Lucknow

SGPGIMS Lucknow

“Yes, we have decided to charge for the corona test as the government is paying only for the corona positive patients, so all these tests are not free. We cannot afford the cost of testing all patients anymore. Charges here at PGI are lowest in the city.,” SGPGI Director Dr. Radha Krishna Dheeman said.

Meanwhile, attacking the move by SGPGI, Congress Spokesperson Anshu Awasthi said, “This exposes the dual face of the BJP. On one hand, they claim that poor people are getting benefits under Ayushman Bharat Yojana and on the other hand a government hospital is charging money for COVID testing and PPE kits. This is shameful, they should understand that a person goes to a medical facility like PGI only when he is having serious health issues, and with people already facing an economic crisis due to lockdown, it will be a double blow for them. This should immediately be stopped, the government must ensure free Covid-19 testing at government hospitals or else tomorrow many more government-run facilities will start charging for coronavirus testing.”

Samajwadi Party MLC Sunil Singh Sajan alleged that it was a loot at every level and the government should specify where the funds are diverted if government hospitals have to charge money from patients. “It is open loot, everyone is looting poor people in whatever way they can. People are already facing bad times and now if a government hospital is charging money for Covid-19 testing then where are the funds going? The government must come clean on this issue and issue a clarification on why a government hospital like PGI has to charge for tests and PPE Kits from the patients. What is the difference left between private and government hospitals?” asked Sunil Singh Sajan.

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A man in New Zealand finds insects in his Domino’s pizza

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A man in West Auckland, New Zealand says he was left feeling sick after allegedly discovering maggots (insects larva) on his takeaway pizza order from Domino’s.  However, the Domino’s Pizza outlet where Reginald Thalari says he bought the pizza denied the claim.

On Tuesday afternoon, Thalari purchased four pizzas from Domino’s Pizza outlet in Avondale for his employees. But it was after they had eaten a few slices that Thalari alleges they made a stomach-churning discovery.

“It was disgusting. We ordered four pizzas but when we opened the box with pepperoni we saw maggots on the ham.  I felt like spewing, to be honest. If someone says would you like some pizza I think I’ll turn them down next time.”

However, a Domino’s spokesperson said that it is extremely unlikely maggots would have been in store pre-purchase and said it would be “impossible” for eggs to survive the temperature of their ovens.

“Domino’s takes food health and safety extremely seriously, and ensures these standards are upheld through regular audits and inspections of stores throughout the year,” the spokesperson said.

The Domino’s Pizza spokeswoman further said that “Upon learning of this customer’s experience, we contacted the customer directly and have organised a deep clean of the store, as well as for our pest control company to further inspect,”

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Singer Shobhit Sahay won hearts with his song ‘Mehrbaan Alvida’

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Music can evoke many emotions in you. Songs help you express feelings for which you can’t find words. Singers play a key role in giving that effect to a song with their beautiful voices. In a country like India, many young singers are leaving people impressed with their impeccable talent. Shobhit Sahay from Muzaffarpur is one such talented singer/vocalist who is here to rule hearts.

Currently, Shobhit Sahay is grabbing headlines and making people fall in love with his song ‘Mehrbaan Alvida’. His melodious voice has elevated the song’s mood along with the catchy music. The song is trending on the internet and has crossed more than 100K views recently. Shobhit is over the moon with such a positive response to his latest release.

Along with being a good singer, Shobhit Sahay is also popular among the netizens as a social media influencer. Shobhit has thousands of followers on his Instagram account, where he shares videos covering various tracks. A few months ago, legendary singer Stebin Ben praised Shobhit for his amazing vocal skills. Shobhit also runs a YouTube channel where people can’t get enough of his talent and music skills.

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Shobhit Sahay with Stebin Ben

Shobhit shares about his journey and love for music, “I have been into music since childhood. I used to listen to singers like Arijit Singh, Stebin Ben, Jubin Nautiyal and others. They captivate your mind with their soulful voice. They made me believe in my dreams and I am happy that people enjoy my work, especially my latest songs. I hope I keep making more original songs and people keep showering me with such good love.”

Thanks to the success of Mehrbaan Alvida, singer Shobhit Sahay has got the attention of many top Bollywood composers. Currently, various music composers have approached his to sing either for a movie or web show. Shobhit is excited about the way his singing career is shaping. Soon, he will announce his new project on social media.

About the enormous love and appreciation she receives on social media, the singer expresses, “I am incredibly amazed by the support and fondness of my Instagram followers. Their constant comments, appreciation, likes, and sharing of my content is what made me so strong in the world of social media. Deeply overwhelmed with the response. I hope I keep giving my best and make my followers and music lovers happy.”

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Top military officer of India, CDS General Bipin Rawat passed away in chopper crash

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General (retd) Bipin Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff General, passed away on Wednesday when an Indian Air Force helicopter ferrying him and 13 others crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu, the Indian Air Force said.

The crash took place as Rawat was on his way to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington. It is being speculated that the crash took place due to low visibility in foggy conditions.

“With deep regret, it has now been ascertained that Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident,” the Indian Air Force (IAF) said in a Twitter post late Wednesday.

“Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was on a visit to Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (Nilgiri Hills) to address the faculty and student officers of the Staff Course today,” the IAF said in a second post.

Rawat, a former Indian army chief, took office as the first CDS on 1 January 2020 at the start of a three-year term. He was the one point defence advisor to the Defence Minister. He was also entrusted with carrying out some of the country’s key defence reforms – creating synergy among the three services by merging their 17 different commands into four or five joint commands. The new commands were to focus on specific borders.

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