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Telangana governor lauds NRIs’ role in Covid-19 relief

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Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan on Tuesday lauded the efforts of the Indian Diaspora for their role in extending relief material to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Respecting their roots and with great love for the motherland, many organisations and individuals supporting Indians all over the world are extending great help to the needy back home,” she said.

The governor was speaking while handing over 300 oxygen concentrators, donated by the IT Serve Alliance, Dallas, Texas, USA, to their representatives in Hyderabad at Raj Bhavan, here.

The oxygen concentrators will be distributed to the needy IT Serve Alliance staff and their family members working here.

On the occasion, the governor virtually interacted with the IT Serve Alliance national president Raghu Chittimalla and the organisation’s Dallas chapter president, Viswa Kandi.

Tamilisai Soundararajan said that their timely response to provide a total of 500 oxygen concentrators and 20 ventilator beds to the people in India was truly appreciable and inspiring to many others.

She said that it was time that we all rise to the occasion to help the suffering mankind and help it overcome the pandemic through our collective efforts.

Governor’s Secretary K. Surendra Mohan, IT Serve Alliance, Hyderabad chapter, representatives Ravi Teja, V. Adinarayana Reddy, D. Rama Krishna, K. Adi Narayana Reddy and others were present.

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Every 5th person suspected Covid infected: T’gana Guv

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Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Monday called for strict compliance with preventive guidelines saying every fifth person is a suspected Covid infected.

“We are in a situation where almost every 5th person is a suspected Covid infected one. We must ensure the strict compliance with all the preventive guidelines,” she said.

The Governor was interacting with the senior officials of the Raj Bhavan through video conference from Raj Nivas, Puducherry, where she is holding an additional charge as the Lt. Governor.

She gave a call to all the people to strive for ensuring Healthy Telangana State.

“We must be very cautious about the rapid spread of the Covid-19. We need to strictly adhere to all the preventive measures like wearing double mask and other Covid-appropriate behaviour to contain the spread and ensure healthy Telangana,” she said.

She directed Secretary to Governor, K. Surendra Mohan, to constantly monitor the Covid situation and coordinate with the State government for all the necessary steps to contain the pandemic.

The Governor emphasised on the protection of children from getting infected and expressed concern that more number of children were getting infected in the second wave.

Referring to the launch of 2-DG anti-Covid drug by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan termed the drug as a potential ‘game changer’ in the treatment of Covid.

“I hope the 2-DG anti-Covid drug will be effective in preventing the virus growth by stopping viral synthesis as proved during the clinical trials. It is expected that the DRDO’s drug will contribute for the faster recovery of the patients and reduce their need for supplemental oxygen dependence,” she added.

Secretary to Governor K.Surendra Mohan appraised the Governor of the progress in vaccination drive, Covid situation and the measures like imposition of lockdown being taken in the State.

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Telangana Governor calls for setting up more isolation centres

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Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan on Thursday called upon residential welfare societies and colonies to have their own isolation centres to help the Covid infected in their areas to get safely isolated.

“The healthcare system is already overburdened and patients with serious complications need to get priority in hospitalisation. The community isolation centres will help safely isolate those with minor ailments or asymptomatic. They serve like micro containment zones,” she said while inaugurating the isolation centre for Raj Bhavan ‘pariwar’.

“In majority of the cases, it is very difficult to have safe isolation facilities at home and other family members too are at risk of getting infected. In such cases, apartment-wise and area-wise isolation centres will be very useful,” she added.

Expressing concern at the heavy workload and stress being experienced by the doctors and other healthcare workers, the Governor called upon the people to strictly adhere to the Covid-appropriate behaviour and contain the spread of the pandemic.

The isolation centre for Raj Bhavan employees has been established in association with the Art of Living Foundation’s support organisation, the International Association of Human Values.

It will have 10 beds and the inmates will be provided with food, medicines, and other medical support.

The governor thanked the Art of Living foundation chief Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for supporting the initiative of the Raj Bhavan.

The Governor’s husband, and noted nephrologist, Dr P. Soundararajan said that it was every citizen’s duty to follow the preventive norms and reduce the burden on the already overburdened healthcare system and the frontline warriors.

Hyderabad City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar, Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjannar, Advisors to the Governor, International Association of Human Values Projects Director Vishal Arya were among others who spoke on the occasion, while Secretary to Governor K. Surendra Mohan coordinated the event.

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Telangana Governor for using NSS to create Covid awareness

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Telangana Governor, Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan called for utilising services of the volunteers of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Junior Red Cross (JRC) and Youth Red Cross (YRC) to create awareness on Covid-19 prevention and to promote vaccination.

She said that while strictly adhering to the Covid-appropriate behaviour, the volunteers can offer their services in creating awareness about the proper wearing of masks, maintaining social distance and avoiding gatherings among all the sections of the people in their respective places.

Soundararajan, in her capacity as the Chancellor of all the state universities, held a video conference with the Vice Chancellors of different universities and the senior officials of the Education Department.

During the video conference, she pointed out that students of higher educational institutions and volunteers of different wings like the NSS, the NCC, the YRC and the JRC are a great resource for utilisation to promote awareness among the people.

“We may come out with the best medicines, ventilators, or oxygen supplies, but it is very important to prevent the spread of the pandemic by educating different sections of the people. Public education is very vital in the prevention of the pandemics of this nature,” she said.

“Though there is no need to panic, the situation is really alarming. It is anguishing to know that at least 40 per cent of the Covid-19 patients are youth. There is an urgent need to create better awareness about the necessity for the strict adherence to the preventive norms,” she added.

Soundararajan exhorted the Vice Chancellors to encourage their students to launch social media campaigns and to come up with innovative ideas on the promotion of preventive norms and to encourage vaccination.

The Governor also instructed the Vice Chancellors to ensure 100 per cent vaccination of their teaching and non-teaching staff. All the eligible students, who are above 18 years, must also be encouraged to go for vaccination beginning from May 1.

She also reviewed the progress related to online classes, online examination, online valuation, results declaration, and the preventive norms in place in the campuses.

She directed the Vice Chancellors to expedite the networking and registration of all the alumni of their respective universities so as to utilise alumni services for the all-round development of the campuses and for the benefit of the present students.

She suggested the universities to build online and digital library resources for the benefit of those underprivileged students, who cannot access the online classes on time.

Special Chief Secretary, Education, Chitra Ramachandran, senior IAS officers Jayesh Ranjan, Arvind Kumar, B. Janardhan Reddy, Naveen Mittal, Neetu Kumari Prasad, Vikas Raj, Rahul Bojja and the Vice Chancellors of different universities presented their reports to the Governor.

Secretary to Governor, K. Surendra Mohan and other senior officials of the Raj Bhavan were present.

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TS Municipal polls: Governor steps in, seeks SEC report!

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Opposition parties in Telangana are strongly demanding postponement of municipal elections on April 30 keepin in view the increasing corona cases across the state.

However, the ruling TRS is adamant on holding elections for Warangal, Khammam municipal corporations and Siddipet, Atchampet, Jadcherla, Nakrekal and Kothuu municipalities as scheduled on April 30.

TS Election Commissioner C Parthasarathi also issued orders on Thursday that there will be no postponement of elections.

With this, opposition BJP and Congress leaders sought Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan’s intervention to postpone elections to save the lives of people in Telangana.

They submitted representations to Governor. The Governor on Friday (today) called SEC Parthasarathi over phone and sought a detailed report on how he plans to conduct elections in these tough times of corona.

Governor assured opposition leaders that she will take a decision on what to do over municipal polls after she gets report from SEC.

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Tamilisai receives Warrant of Appointment as Puducherry LG

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Puducherry Special Resident Commissioner Krishna Kumar Singh called on Telangana Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, here on Wednesday and handed over the Warrant of Appointment to discharge the duties as the Lieutenant Governor of the union territory following the removal of Kiran Bedi.

The Resident Commissioner met the Governor at Raj Bhavan to handover the Warrant of Appointment, Secretary to Governor said in a press communique.

“Please to receive the Warrant of Appointment to discharge functions of Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry from the Hon’ble President of India,” Tamilisai Soundararajan tweeted.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday night removed Kiran Bedi as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has been given additional charge as the Lieutenant Governor till a permanent replacement is announced.

Bedi has been at loggerheads with Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy ever since her appointment as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.

The development came amid the crisis in Congress government in the union territory following resignation of four legislators during the last one month.

The opposition has claimed that the government headed by Narayanasamy has slipped into minority following series of resignations. The ruling party, however, denied this.

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India’s youngest state becoming strongest: Telangana Guv

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India’s youngest state Telangana, with new schemes, new initiatives, innovations and a successful record, is emerging as the country’s strongest state, said Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan.

Addressing the 72nd Republic Day parade on Tuesday, she said by implementing a plethora of innovative, unique and people-oriented schemes and programs within a short span of time has carved a niche for itself in the history of the country.

The Governor noted that since the responsibility of governing the state was entrusted to Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, who happened to lead the movement for separate statehood for Telangana, it stood first and unique in the country in several sectors due to the planned and systematic efforts, during the past six-and-a-half years and has been providing inspiration to other states to emulate Telangana.

For the second consecutive year, the Republic Day ceremony was held at Public Gardens. Chief Minister Rao, his Cabinet colleagues and senior officials attended the event.

The Governor claimed that the state government with full dedication, determination and commitment has successfully been able to reconstruct and rebuild the state. Telangana has achieved great success in several sectors and has been attracting the attention of the entire country and became a role model.

“Strong foundations are being laid for a Bangaru Telangana, where there is no hunger, no suicides, and where there is bountiful peace and happiness, wealth and prosperity.”

Soundararajan said while the state went through difficulties during 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 began with lot of optimism as the vaccination for Covid has started and is being administered on priority basis.

She claimed that with the combined and well-coordinated efforts of the central and state governments, the spread of the virus was effectively contained. “By strict implementation of the lockdown, and by offering the best medical treatment to the affected, the mortality rate in the state has been brought down to the lowest possible.”

A record number of above 76 lakh Covid tests were conducted across the state by setting up the centres even at the mandal level. In the state 2 lakh tests were conducted for every 10 lakh people, as against national average of 1.39 lakh tests.

The governor said though the state incurred a huge revenue loss of Rs 52,000 crore due to the disruption of activities caused by the pandemic, the state government continued all its welfare and social security schemes for the benefit of the poor.

The governor stated that the state government is taking plan-based measures to bailout agriculture sector from the crisis faced before formation of the state. The agriculture policies and programs launched by the state government have earned international acclaim. The state government has undertaken construction of major irrigation projects to overcome the lack of irrigational facilities faced by farmers for decades together. Irrigation facilities have been tremendously improved, thanks to Kaleshwaram project, the largest multistage lift irrigation project in the world.

The RythuBandhu scheme which is the first of its kind in the country was introduced to help the farmers as investment support for agriculture. It is being continued in spite of COVID resulted financial problems. For the Rabi season, the state government has extended a,7,351 crore assistance under the scheme to cover 60 lakh farmers owning 1.47 crore acres.

The Mission Bhagiratha programme which attracted attention of the entire country, has once for all solved the drinking water problem in the state. For 23,968 habitations in the state, safe and pure drinking water is supplied daily.

The governor said that owing to the IT policy brought in by the state government, world famous IT companies opened their offices in the state. IT companies are of the view that the Telangana is the right destination for operating their businesses as well as for the safety of their data. Amazon Web Services came forward to set up its Data Center Region with an investment of Rs 20,761 crore in Hyderabad. Multinational companies like Microsoft, Google, IBM, Oracle and others have also opened their office campuses in Hyderabad. The government has started IT hubs not only in Hyderabad but also at two-tier cities like Warangal, Karimnagar and Khammam.

The IT exports at the time of formation of the state were Rs 66,276 crore per year and in the last financial year it went up to Rs 1,28,807 crore.

She said work is on at a rapid pace to transform Hyderabad from a metropolitan city into an international metropolis. The lockdown period was put to best use to complete the road works, and bridges construction in the city. About 250 kms of BT roads were laid. The works undertaken under the Strategic Road Development Programme (SRDP) are progressing at a faster pace.

Stating that the maintenance of law and order is on the top of the agenda, the Governor said the state government is acting with an iron hand against anti-social elements and those harassing women.

“It is important to note that 65 per cent of the CCTV cameras installed in the country are in Telangana state. The Police Command Control Centre set up with state-of-the-art technology, which is the first of its kind in the country, will be opened soon in Hyderabad. The entire police department has been revamped for effective maintenance of law and order and for better coordination among the police stations.”

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Don’t attribute motives to Raj Bhavan: Tamilisai Soundararajan

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Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan fired at the Opposition Congress for attributing motives to Raj Bhavan.

The Congress leaders were seeking an attempt to meet the Governor, but were not given an audience. Angry Congress leaders lashed out at the Governor stating that she was acting in a biased manner by not giving appointment. The Congress leaders wanted to discuss with the Governor on the Covid-19 situation and the three farm bills presented by the Central government.

The Governor noted that she is the daughter of Tamil Nadu, but the sister of Telangana. She stated that since the last four months, no one was given an appointment due to the pandemic and attributing motives to Raj Bhavan is incorrect and unacceptable.

The Congress party leaders led by Uttam Kumar Reddy and Mallu Bhatti Vikramaka were trying to get an appointment to meet the Governor to discuss a host of issues, including the plight of Dalits and the growing atrocities against them in the state, the three farm bills issue and the Covid situation. The Congress leaders alleged that Covid cases were increasing in the State due to the negligence of the government and demanded that quarantine centres be set up in mandal headquarters as well in villages. Soundararajan said compared to other States such as Andhra Pradesh or Tamil Nadu, Telangana is doing better. The government has definitely taken up some concrete measures. She was addressing the media at Raj Bhavan. She said in some districts he number of cases are declining. “There are a large number of patients who are recovering. The recovery rate is more in Telangana and the peak has also slowed down in some of the districts,” she said.

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Dr Tamisai expresses shock over SPB demise

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Telangana Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan on Friday expressed shock ismay at the demise of Balasubrahmanyam. She said that Balasubrahmanyam’s demise is a huge loss to the nation and to the field of music. She offered her deep condolences to the bereaved family members and millions of fans all over the world. The Governor prayed for strength to the family members to overcome this grief.

“Deeply saddened and heartbroken at the sad news of passing away of the legendary singer. Through his inimitable soulful singing, he had mesmerized millions of his fans for over five decades. He had sung more than 40,000 songs in different languages. His songs and singing will remain forever in the memory of people as long as music exists on this planet,” she said.

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President dials Governor Dr. Tamilisai

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President Ram Nath Kovind dialled Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan on Friday and discussed about the President’s upcoming video conference on the National Education Policy-2020 scheduled to be held on September 7.
The President has also interacted with the Governor on Covid-19 situation and asked about the measures being taken to contain the pandemic in the State. The President wished the people of Telangana to stay safe and to be in good health and help prevent the spread of the Covid-19.

In his preparatory round of discussions with Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan about the scheduled video conference on the National Education Policy, the President mentioned that quality of education at all levels and improvement of higher education on a par with the global standards are vital.

During the proposed video conference, the President will be interacting with the Governors of the States and Ministers of Education, while all the vice-chancellors of the State universities will also join the meeting and listen to the message by the President and his interaction with the Governors and the Ministers of Education.
The main objective of the proposed video conference is to create better awareness about the National Education Policy-2020, which is being considered as the path-breaking and is potentially capable of transforming the education system to meet the global standards. The NEP-2020 is aimed at creating knowledge economy and to make India as the knowledge superpower.

Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan informed the President of India about the various initiatives and the lead she has taken with regard to the NEP-2020 and other key issues in the higher education sector in the State.
The Governor apprised the President about the webinar she organised with six eminent personalities, including two members of the UGC, of higher education on the topic of “Perspectives about National Education Policy-2020: Road Map for Telangana.”

“A detailed summary report of the webinar outcomes and the suggestions has also been submitted to the Ministry of Education and to the State government,” the Governor informed the President.

Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan has also shared about her series of video conferences with the universities’ vice-chancellors, registrars and other functionaries with an objective to mould the universities into centres of excellence in higher education.

The Governor informed the President about her unique initiatives like “Connect Chancellor,” to encourage students to hone and exhibit their skills and talents, and “Chancellor Connects Alumni,” which is aimed at promoting active contribution and participation of the old students in developing the universities.

The Governor informed the President about her proposed webinar with the eminent personalities in school education system scheduled to be held on September 5 as part of the Teachers Day celebrations.

The President appreciated the initiatives and efforts by the Governor for quality education in universities and at different levels.

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KCR meets Tamilsai Soundarajan on Covid-19 situation in Telangana

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Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao met Governor Tamilsai Soundarajan at Raj Bhavan on Monday to apprise her about the Covid-19 situation in the state.

The Telangana CM has discussed the measures the government has been taking to contain the spread of the virus, testing and treatment being given to the Covid-19 patients in various government hospitals in the state. The CM’s meeting with Governor Tamisai Soundarajan, a gynecologist, comes in the wake of her displeasure over the state government’s response to the pandemic. This is the first time that the Chief Minister has met the Governor after resuming his duties from Pragathi Bhavan nearly two weeks after he moved to his farm house in Gajwel. The CM had moved to his farm house after at least 30 employees contracted the infection.

On several occasions, the Governor was openly critical of the government’s handling of Covid-19 situation in the state, patients being overcharged by private hospitals and lack of equipment in government hospitals. She criticised the government for not testing enough and advised the government to ramp up the testing in the state.

The Governor had visited the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), where several doctors have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, to show solidarity with the medical professionals. She took to her Twitter handle to directly reach out to people.

Last month, she called Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and Special Chief Secretary (Health) Shanti Kumari to Raj Bhavan for a discussion on the pandemic situation in Telangana. The Governor’s public criticism over the state’s response to the pandemic did not go down too well with the Chief Minister. The Governor was former BJP national secretary and president of Tamil Nadu BJP unit.

The KCR government had come under sharp criticism from the Opposition parties. While opposition parties have accused the state government of not doing enough to contain the virus, the Telangana High Court has also made some observations on the government’s performance. With the swell of new coronavirus cases continuing in Telangana amid growing criticism over low testing, the High Court had pulled up the state government directing it to submit a detailed report on medical equipment provided to the frontline warriors. The court also asked the KCR government to increase corona testing by using Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) in view of rise in Covid-19 cases in the state.

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Telangana Guv interacts with pvt hospitals over Covid situation

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At a time when Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao is coming under mounting criticism from the opposition for his alleged failure to check the spread of coronavirus in the state, Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan is asserting herself by calling meetings over the situation.

In a move that is likely to irk the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government, the Governor on Tuesday interacted with the managements of private hospitals treating Covid patients amid increasing public complaints about lack of beds and excessive billing by them.

Soundararajan had tweeted on Monday that she will be interacting with private hospitals regarding Covid management and public grievances about beds, billings, testing etc.

According to a tweet from Soundararajan’s handle, she interacted with various hospitals include Care Hospitals, AKIMS Hospital, Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital, Sunshine Hospitals, Kamineni Academy of Medical Science, Virinchi Hospitals, Global Hospital, Apollo Hospitals, Malla Reddy Narayana Hospital, Yashoda Hospitals and Continental Hospitals.

She had also tweeted on Monday that she called the Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary, Health to discuss the Covid situation prevailing across the state.

However, it is learnt that both the officials conveyed that they will not be able to visit Raj Bhavan due to their prior engagements.

“I am continuously on this job at various levels in the last 3 months,” Soundararajan tweeted in response to a citizen hailing her initiative. She wrote that she gave suggestions to the government, visited Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), discussed with Health University’s Vice Chancellor, member of Telangana State COVID team and superintendents of Covid care government hospitals.

“True” was her reply to a comment by someone that the first citizen of Telangana has taken Covid seriously.

She replied “noted” to various suggestions including the suggestion to re-impose lockdown in Hyderabad in view of the big spike in Covid cases in the state capital.

On Sunday, she voiced concern over the growing number of Covid cases in the state. “Follow 5Ts… Trace Track Test Treat &Teach ……… Revised strategy need of the hour… Focus on preventing fatalities among high risk & vulnerable populations of elders, diabetics, BP, heart, kidney, obese young & cancer,” tweeted Soundararajan, herself a physician.

Some of the Governor’s recent moves and her statements on the handling of the situation and testing have not gone down well with the TRS government.

Some ruling party leaders have taken exception to the Governor holding meetings on subjects like education and health without informing officials.

During a meeting with health experts, she had expressed views on a number of issues including testing. The TRS feels that her remarks are providing ammunition to the opposition to target the government.

Meanwhile, state Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy slammed Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar for ignoring the call by the Governor.

He said that the Chief Secretary violated the Constitution by not attending the meeting convened by the Governor and demanded action against him.

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Tamilsai Soundararajan summons CS over alarming Covid situation in Telangana

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With an alarming rise in corona infections in the state, Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan on Monday had summoned Chief Secretary Somasekhar and principal health secretary to assess the situation.

The Governor, who had often expressed her displeasure over the low testing in the state, on Monday tweeted “Called chief secretary and principal secretary health Telangana State to discuss the Covid situation prevailing across the state.”

The Governor is likely to disucss the measures initiated by the government and availability of the personal protection equipment, N95 masks, clinical management and other infrastructural issues. More importantly, the Governor is likely to ask the government on the number of tests being conducted and the facilities in Gandhi Hospital, Fever Hospital, King Koti Hospital and Chest Hospital.

The Governor had earlier asked the KCR goernment to step up testing. Her tweet comes in the wake of swelling number of corona cases with nearly 1,000 new infections each day. Telangana is one of several states that has seen a surge in new Covid-19 cases after the state had rolled back complete lockdown. The percentage of positive tests has nearly doubled in the past few weeks.

Last week, Telangana had reported 1,850 cases, its steepest single day hike so far. With record number of cases being reported every day, the Governor has called the Chief Secreatry to Raj Bhavan to take stock of the situation.
Telangana is nearing the 24,000 mark, overtaking both Rajasthan and West Bengal in terms of total number of infections so far. The death toll is nearing 300. Earlier, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar said the state has ramped up COVID-19 testing facilities.

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Telangana governor worried over surge in Covid cases

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Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan on Monday said that she is worried about the surge in coronavirus positive cases in Telangana in spite of the efforts to contain its spread.

“Single day’s largest jump of 199 cases, 2 PG medicos & other front line warriors including police, warrants united aggressive fight against Corona. Stepping up Covid fight is needed,” the governor tweeted.

She, however, added that there is no need to panic over the single day surge. “But it is a warning to be cautious & careful. Relaxation in lockdown restrictions doesn’t mean relaxation of safety precautions & practices learned recently. Luckily we are moving towards unlock 1 and not lockdown 5,” she wrote.

The governor’s tweet came a day after Telangana recorded highest single day jump in Covid-19 cases. A total of 199 people tested positive for the virus during 24 hours, ending 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The highest single day surge pushed the state’s tally to 2,698. Five more people died of Covid-19 during the same period, taking the death toll to 82.

The governor in her tweet also referred to the news of two post-graduate doctors from gynecology and dermatology departments at Osmania Medical College (OMC) and General Hospital testing positive on Sunday. The gynecology PG medico was reportedly infected while discharging duties at Government Maternity Hospital in Petlaburj while dermatology PG medico was the primary contact of the former.

With this the number of PG medicos tested positive at OMC has gone up to four. On Saturday, two medicos including the one discharging duties at Government Maternity Hospital in Petlaburj had tested positive.

“Following these cases, we have asked the doctors to be careful during physical interaction with women. We are ensuring strict adherence to safety measures and taking all steps to break the transmission chain,” said Government Maternity Hospital Superintendent Dr Naga Mani.

A traffic police constable in Hyderabad was also tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday. With this the number of policemen who tested positive so far rose to 29. One of them succumbed to the infection on May 21.

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COVID-19: Telangana Governor touts camphor as remedy but not all convinced

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Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has suggested camphor as a remedy for coronavirus but her suggestion drew criticism from many on Twitter, who questioned the scientific basis of her advice.

Some Twitterati commented that she as a doctor should not propagate such ideas as people may start consuming camphor.

“I will be posting current research work in labs abroad on camphor to target viruses and its reference. We may reinvent its use in COVID-19 after further research studies in future,” the Governor tweeted on Saturday.

She had earlier tweeted to suggest use of camphor to treat coronavirus. “Look at new drugs to target SARS nCoV-2 and COVID-19. Compound identified is camphor! In traditional ayurveda medicines, it has been used as a remedy. Camphor was used to fight plague and influenza epidemics. Pray with camphor or make Chakkarai Pongal with Pacchai Karpooram,” wrote the leader from Tamil Nadu.

“Noted. Thanks. Scientific evidence documented very recently. I am confident of what I tweeted,” she tweeted again after a netizen advised her to make sure her idea was correct for COVID-19 situation and cautioned that she may face a lot of criticism in future.

While some hailed her idea and referred to medicinal property of camphor, there were others who voiced concern that people may believe it and start consuming camphor.

Then she posted another tweet: “Word of caution… these are in experimental studies in labs not to be taken for oral consumption directly till approved by authorities. Proud to find camphor used in our traditional medicine getting reinvented for so- called no-cure pandemic threats… wait for clinical use…

“Let us pray with camphor and sweet Pongal with Pachai karpooram. Nothing more than that… at present, please.”

“Madam, I am a resident of Hyderabad. While I appreciate your intention, kindly do give a disclaimer that this hasn’t gone through the rigour of clinical trials. Calling it a good practice is still ‘ok’ but your message may make people feel that it’s the medicine, which’s not true,” tweeted one Sathya Raghu.

“Ma’am… camphor is neurotoxic and causes seizures and encephalopathy,” commented one Dr Ramesh.

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KCR meets Governor on Nizamuddin corona contagion

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With Telangana reporting 97 positive cases of corona, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao met Governor Dr Tamilsai Soundarajan on Wednesday at the Raj Bhavan to discuss the measures the government had initiated to contain and tackle the spread of corona virus in the state.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by state chief secretary Somasekhar and DGP Mahender Reddy. The Chief Minister discussed the situation arising out of the Nizamuddin religious congregation. He told the Governor that more than 1,000 people from the state had attended the religious congregation ‘Tablighi Jamaat’ in Markaz Masjid in South Delhi’s Nizamuddin area. Around six deaths were reported in Telangana, all of whom were people who attended religious congregation ‘Tablighi Jamaat’ in Markaz Masjid. Rao, it is learnt, told the Governor that more than 1,000 people from various parts of Telangana attended ‘Tablighi Jamaat’ and that the government could trace 800 people. The government, he said, has intensified its efforts to trace the remaining people who attended the ‘Tablighi Jamaat’ and also those who came in contact with the infected people. The Chief Minister, it is learnt, told the Governor that Telangana is witnessing a spike in the number of positive cases from the Nizamuddin event with several attendees from the state testing positive. The government officials are identifying people who attended the religious gathering and also those who came in contact with the infected people, he told the governor.

On March 29, the Telangana Governor has donated her salary for one month to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund as a token contribution towards controlling the spread of coronavirus. Soundararajan handed over a cheque of Rs.3.5 lakh to Principal Secretary, Disaster Management, M. Jagadeeshwar.

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Governor Tamilisai showers praises on KCR in her maiden address in Assembly

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Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan in her maiden address to the joint session of the Telangana Legislature on Friday showered praises on Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. She listed out the achievements of TRS government ever since it assumed office in the new state of Telangana in June 2014.

She said, “The greatest advantage for Telangana State is that the leader who led the separate statehood movement himself became the Chief Minister of the newly formed State and leading it from the front and getting marched towards the path of progress and development. The Telangana Society, which was destroyed in all the sectors during the united Andhra Pradesh rule, now under the visionary and dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Sri Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao has been moving forward with perfect planning, sincerity and commitment, ever since he took over the reigns of State six years ago. I have no doubt that this forward movement is yielding good results now.

The governor added, “After continuous and relentless struggle for six decades, the Telangana society could able to achieve a separate Statehood. The Telangana state achieved wonderful progress in several sectors and became number one State in the Country within a short span of time. This is something, I am sure we all should rejoice and feel proud of.”

She went on to say, “If we make a comparison of the situation that existed when the Telangana State was formed and now, the delightful achievements and success, the state achieved in such a short span of time is being observed with admiration by the entire country.”

She said Telangana faced crisis in each and every sector in Undivided Andhra Pradesh.

“Under these trials and tribulations, on 2nd June, 2014, the Telangana State started its journey, under the foresighted leader, who successfully spearheaded the separate statehood movement. Under the stewardship of Chief Minister Sri K. Chandrasekhar Rao, my Government after taking into consideration, its resources, facilities, needs, advantages, disadvantages, strengths and weaknesses, had prepared short-term, medium-term and long-term plans for the overall development of the State and thus launched State’s revitalization and rejuvenation process,” the governor remarked.

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Finally, KCR to meet Governor Tamilisai!

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will finally meet Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan at Raj Bhavan today.

KCR, who used to visit Raj Bhavan almost every week when ESL Narasimhan was Governor, has been avoiding Raj Bhavan, ever since Tamilisai took over as Governor on September 9.

KCR visited Raj Bhavan only on September 9, when Tamilisai took oath as Governor.

It’s been more than two months and two weeks since KCR last visited Raj Bhavan.

This triggered reports that KCR is not happy with Tamilisai, who sees her as a BJP leader but not Governor.

KCR reportedly felt upset at Governor giving appointments to Opposition leaders almost every day to meet her and lodge complaints against him.

With this, KCR has been staying away from Raj Bhavan.

However, KCR has decided to meet Governor today around 3 pm.

KCR wants to brief Governor about the TSRTC strike, the proposed new Revenue Act to be brought by TRS government and upcoming winter session of Legislative Assembly.

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