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Second Wave Of COVID Having Hit Several Parts Of India, Tripura Is Also Not Spared: Tripura HC Seeks State’s Response On Several Fronts

first_imgNews UpdatesSecond Wave Of COVID Having Hit Several Parts Of India, Tripura Is Also Not Spared: Tripura HC Seeks State’s Response On Several Fronts Sparsh Upadhyay10 May 2021 6:54 AMShare This – xDealing with the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) Petition initiated last year suo motu to deal with the first wave of COVID affecting the State of Tripura, the Tripura High Court on Monday (May 10) sought certain details regarding COVID management in the State of Tripura. The Bench of Chief Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice S. Talapatra observed, “The so-called second wave of Coronavirus having hit several parts of the country, the State of Tripura is also not spared. Fortunately, however, since the spread across the State was somewhat delayed as compared to other parts of the country, the administration has had a longer notice and therefore more time to prepare to meet with the challenges.” The State administration had filed an affidavit dated May 8, giving details of the availability of medical, paramedical staff, the equipment and other essential supplies to treat the patients who are infected with corona virus. The Court expressed satisfaction with the number of testing per day and hoped this rate of testing shall continue till it is necessary. The Court also observed that it was important to wear masks at all public places, to ramp up testing followed by isolation of those who might have recently been in contact with the corona positive patients and lastly, to vaccinate as quickly and as wide a population as possible in order to control the overall spread of Coronavirus. “Till this is effectively done, treating the patients with different degrees of infection load would require different approaches, treatments and availability of treating staff, medicines and equipment,” added the Court. In this context, the Court requested the State administration to provide by a further affidavit on the next date of hearing. The data which Court required is as follows: – Whether there is any scientific model available with the State Government on the basis of which with reasonable accuracy the peak number of Corona-positive cases per day can be predicted. If so, on the basis of this model it is possible to project the peak requirement of hospital beds with a break up of those required with oxygen and without oxygen. The availability of a total number of such beds with and without the oxygen supply. What could be the maximum oxygen demand in terms of units/quantity at the peak of the spread of the virus and what is the availability of the oxygen with the State administration. The source of continuous supply of such oxygen will also be disclosed.The availability of Remdesivir dozes and other lifesaving drugs including steroids which may be required in emergency for extreme cases of corona infection. The availability of equipment for treating serious cases of coronavirus shall also be stated.Whether the hospitals in the State have any special arrangements for pediatric corona patients and whether any such specialized dedicated ward or arrangement is necessary or would be required in coming days. In the affidavit, the deponent has provided the data about the persons already vaccinated for the first time and also second time. The affidavit also states that the State Government has decided to vaccinate the entire population above the age of 18 free of cost. Click Here To Download HereRead HereTagsTripura High Court Second Wave Of COVID COVID Second Wave Tripura Government High Court Of Tripura Chief Justice Akil Kureshi Justice S. Talapatra Next Storylast_img read more


May 26, 2021 0

Working Together for Water and a Cleaner Lake Taihu

first_imgImagine if a toxic microcystis algae bloom left 2.3 million people (about the population of Paris, France) without drinking water for a week.After years of poor sewage systems, fertilizer runoff and wastewater from industrial processes, this is exactly what happened at China’s Lake Taihu in 2007, near some of our suppliers. Incidents like this have far-reaching consequences, especially when you consider that only 0.5 percent of world’s freshwater reserves are accessible (according to WBCSD) and more than half of the world’s population will live in areas of significant water shortage by 2025, according to the United Nations.Dell’s supply chain sustainability team is keenly focused on the importance of this issue and the role freshwater plays in the social, economic and environmental issues Dell must address – both for ourselves and across our supply chain.A 2016 McKinsey study suggested that 90 percent of air, soil, and land impacts associated with consumer goods are supply chain-related. Meanwhile, organizations such as Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) are highlighting dynamics such as the competition among supply chains for limited water supplies, alongside other key sustainability challenges such as climate change and population growth.We have an opportunity for real impact here, and focus on addressing both our direct water use, as well as driving positive change among our supply base.Dell’s own water useOur offices focus on efficiency programs to reduce water use – everything from reduced irrigation and low-water landscaping to rainwater harvesting and greywater use.For our direct operations, we focus our water conservation efforts in regions where there are water scarcity concerns due to weather or infrastructure issues. Our Dell-operated facilities in India are a great example, where each facility has an on-site wastewater treatment plant because nearby cities lack central treatment facilities.  At four of our largest campuses in the country, we reuse about 80 percent of the wastewater, repurposing it to water landscapes and flush toilets. Of course, we also track the water consumption in the buildings we own or manage, and have implemented water conservation actions globally, such as replacing less-efficient fixtures with low-flow sinks and toilets and converting portions of the landscaping in drier climates to xeriscape or native vegetation.Understanding water in our supply chainWhile we hold ourselves to account for strong water stewardship, we do the same for our suppliers.  In 2014, we surveyed our suppliers’ water use to understand how much water they were using, how they were using it and what they were doing to reduce usage. This allowed us to better map our supply chain both against water use-intensity and geographic water stress.Beyond better information provided by the survey, we also developed a methodology and toolkit for our suppliers to help them monitor and report their own water use. Often, effective monitoring of water use can lead to great improvements at low costs, especially by identifying previously undetected leaks or finding ways to improve wastewater quality via filtering and purification (potentially allowing for greater reuse vs. discharge). We also asked our suppliers to put together 5-year risk mitigation plans focused on water.We first distributed the new methodology and toolkit in 2016 with manufacturers, including those making LED and LCD monitors and hard drives. We are continuing to roll it out to suppliers of processors, connectors, batteries, cable and power units. So far, our program has engaged 150 of the most intensive water-users identified in our survey; last year alone saw 110 projects implemented by them, leading to an aggregated reduction in freshwater use by 815,000 cubic meters – enough to fill 350 Olympic swimming pools. Our suppliers also reduced wastewater discharge by 2.4 million cubic meters – enough to fill up the Great Pyramid at Giza! What about Lake Taihu?Of course, impressive improvements like this only go so far if the communal water supply isn’t cared for. We wanted to show how working together could not just reduce water use, but actually improve water quality.Enter Lake Taihu.In 2017 and again in 2018, we brought together a group of our suppliers, local community representatives, other consumer brands, and industry groups who are present in this water basin to address the ongoing risks and challenges that led to the 2007 algae outbreak.The roundtables provided the basis for discussions on increasing use of recycled water, implementing water metering management, and storing and treating wastewater sludge, with progress on agreed initiatives tracked accordingly. The participants underwent further training on data collection and analysis as well as water risk assessments, with companies such as Dell sharing their in-house tools on monitoring, evaluation and engagement techniques.Dell is also working with our suppliers in the Lake Taihu catchment to become certified to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) International Water Stewardship Standard, a global standard that demonstrates efficacy to water stewardship. We had two of our suppliers in the region certified earlier this year. Dell is also partnering with AWS in the area, to leverage their network to engage more stakeholders and benchmark their mechanisms to treat wastewater effectively.“Collaboration is essential to our efforts to address water risks,” says Jason Ho, Director of Supply Chain Social & Environmental Responsibility, Dell. “Developing and sharing tools to help suppliers and Dell track progress, and connecting suppliers with the right resources for improvement, allows us to partner with our supply chain to holistically address water risks. We’re continuing to align with all our stakeholders on actions to leave the environment better than we found it and looking forward to continuing to extend our activities across Dell’s supply chain.”We are now reviewing the opportunity to increase impact across other watersheds around the world, as well as encouraging suppliers to take a similar approach in their locations.More information about our activities is available on our website. Our Water Policy Principles outline the actions we’re taking to understand and manage the impact of our business on water use and quality.We are committed to driving transparency, accountability and continuous improvement throughout our global supply chain. Explore our approach to Supply Chain Responsibility including our Dell Supply Chain Sustainability Progress Report.last_img read more


February 27, 2021 0

Well designed opulence on offer near the river

first_img30A Taylor St, Balmoral.An elegant entry foyer with polished tiles and custom floating staircase introduces the ground floor. A hallway leads past a deep storage closet and two bedrooms with sunlit windows and built-in wardrobes into a versatile family room with a bar. Sliding glass doors open out onto a terrace with established gardens and a glass-enclosed pool with waterfall and timber decking. A fully-equipped entertaining pavilion resides on the pool’s opposite side, featuring a built-in barbecue and stairs down to a backyard surrounded by native trees. 30A Taylor St, Balmoral.Impeccably appointed for both comfort and space, this Balmoral residence has an additional utility shed under the pavilion, ducted airconditioning and a timeless elegance throughout. Its location, close to schools, public transport, parklands and the Oxford St shopping and dining precinct, is ideal for young families and professionals.Agent Glenn Bool said this was an uber-modern home with low-maintenance beauty and a diverse range of living areas. “It’s rare to find such thoughtfully designed properties with an unfaltering focus on opulence, comfort, convenience and entertainment.” 30A Taylor St, Bulimba goes under the hammer at 9am on-site Saturday.SET to go under the hammer on-site at 9am tomorrow, this contemporary two-storey home just minutes from the Brisbane River is a must see.Located at 30A Taylor Street, Balmoral it’s hard to go past this chic residence. 30A Taylor St, Balmoral.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoThe ground floor also includes a modern bathroom, two-car garage and laundry with external clothes line.Upstairs, the open-plan living and dining rooms sit alongside a kitchen with an island benchtop, gas cooktop, generous cabinetry and wine bar. Louvre windows invite fresh air and natural light inside, while sliding glass doors merge the interior with a street-facing balcony. Polished timber floors course throughout the upper level, past a dramatic void with chandelier to 30A Taylor St, Balmoral.three bedrooms including the main bedroom. This lavish retreat boasts a large walk-in wardrobe and elegant ensuite with dual showerheads, spa bath and double vanity. The two other bedrooms are draped in carpet and possess built-in wardrobes. They are nearby a bathroom with shower and bathtub. last_img read more


October 6, 2020 0