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7 Jun
You increased the Excise duty on Petrol from Rs. 9.48/litre in 2014 to Rs.32.90/litre now.

When global crude oil prices fell, you raised taxes & did not pass the benefits to people.

Now instead of blaming global crude price, try to ameliorate some pain of people!
Also in MMS era UPA spent around 10-11% of revenue as fuel subsidies, so they systematically deregulated petrol prices.

But Modi Govt instead of passing the benefits to deregulated petrol prices to people started taxing heavily.

Now
Look at Union Budget 2021-22, the total revenue receipts is 34.12 lakh crores & the excise duty from fuel comes 3.35 lakh crores, that is almost 10%.

Since you lack imagination to tax & also help your cronies, you gone for the shortcut of taxing heavily every single person!
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4 Jun
Rather than using numbers as a critical tool to inform policymaking, Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata party treat data as an important input for a political narrative about Modi leading India to its rightful place in the pantheon of world powers.
Inconvenient figures that may undermine these claims are either twisted, or buried.

The BJP’s creative use of numbers has made a bad situation worse.

ft.com/content/bd99a1…
“The BJP understands that the common man in general doesn’t really understand data.

They decide what the dominant narrative should be;

they try to find data that would support it, and they try to suppress data that would counter it.”

pointed out @ShivamShankarS
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17 May
Covid-19 vaccination drive moves at a slow pace in populous states.

This @htTweets article quotes me on vaccination data

hindustantimes.com/india-news/vac…
“This data shows the enormous task ahead for us is to completely vaccinate 97% of the remaining population. We still need 2.4 billion doses to vaccinate the unvaccinated,” said Jamesh Wilson, a Kerala-based independent researcher, who juxtaposed the vaccination data.
@MoHFW_INDIA data showed that progress of vaccination was abysmally low in Bihar, UP and Madhya Pradesh, which account for 32.2% of India’s population.

These States combined have so far vaccinated only 1.51% of their population with both doses. Only 5.91% people got single jab.
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16 May
I created a map with death per lakh of population (DPL) of Indian States using @MoHFW_INDIA data

Population of as of March 2001 (projected) from National Commission on Population Report, 2019 (Table 8) is used.

Official DPL of various states is quite baffling #Thread
Highest DPL is from Goa (131.88), followed by Delhi (103.27) & Maharashtra (64.70)

DPL of Bihar is 3.04, followed by UP (7.47), Telangana (7.76) & Madhya Pradesh (8.18).

This huge disparity between DPL shall be analysed with anecdotal evidence now before us recently.
Take first Delhi, though Delhi recorded 2nd highest DPL, many activists as well as media outlets bring how Delhi tried to suppress the death numbers.

Latest story is from @the_hindu where they allege that 4500 numbers are missing from official data thehindu.com/news/national/…
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16 May
UP has a population of 23.09 crores..

Out of that single dose vaccine is 1.15 crores (4.98%) & if we take second dose of 32.57 lakhs (1.41%)
Compare this with its neighbour Uttarakhand, another BJP ruled State

They vaccinated 16.88% of their population with single dose & 5.96% got second dose.
Even Mamaji in MP fared in comparison with model CM Bisht.

8.75% of first dose & 2.00% got second dose.
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13 May
'Central government to improve the country’s healthcare system “instead of the temple, idols and the new residence of the Prime Minister”
Pandit Rajan Mishra's Son m.thewire.in/article/the-ar…
"If a person like Panditji, a Padma Bhushan awardee, who could have survived if he had got the facilities, did not get them, then what about the common man?” Rajnish Mishra said, speaking to The Telegraph on Wednesday.
“Father is not coming to see the hospital now nor is Ramji coming to see his temple in Ayodhya. At present, the country needs a hospital with good facilities,” Rajnish said, speaking to Dainik Bhaskar.
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13 May
#KSEBL Reservoirs Statistics in the backdrop of probability of cyclogenesis in Arabian Sea.

KSEBL own 59 dams.

Out of which only 33 numbers are qualified as large dams, rest are diversion structures for augmentation.

We have only 18 reservoirs formed under above dams.
The combined live storage capacity of these 18 reservoirs is 3532.47 MCM.

The biggest reservoir is Idukki with 1460 MCM and the smallest one is Sengulam with 0.39 MCM.
The above 18 reservoirs are divided based on storage capacity as follows:

Major ones (5 Nos.) - Idukki, Idamalayar, Kakki, Banasurasagar and Sholayar (92.3% of total capacity)

Medium ones (6 Nos.) - Madupetty, Anayirankal, Ponmudi, Kuttiyadi, Pamba & Poringalkuthu (7% of total)
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11 May
Some heavy rains can be expected in Western coast of Kerala
Kozhikode, Kannur and Chalakudy are having some heavy spells
Next 24 hours rainfall for the above places
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11 May
Kerala today reported 37, 290 #COVID19 cases with a TPR of 26.77% as 1.39 lakh samples were tested.

Most worrying factor is that 79 deaths are reported today and the total fatalities so far is 5957.
Cumulative Positive cases is 19,67,405 and active cases as of today is 4,23,957.

A total of 9,93,313 are in quarantine/isolation and out of which 34,149 people are in hospitals.
Critical Patients

There are 2687 people in ICU & 1400 people are under ventilator support.
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10 May
Modi offers beguiling accounts of Hindu identity and Indian greatness, with the aid of allied newspapers and television networks, as well as on Twitter, where he has sixty-eight million followers and a phalanx of trolls.  newyorker.com/magazine/2021/…
When the pandemic struck, last year, Modi summoned his loyal media barons and editors, who, according to the Prime Minister’s Web site, promised “inspiring and positive stories” about his government’s fight against the coronavirus.
The country suffered tens of thousands of covid-19 deaths in 2020, but forecasts of even more dire outcomes did not materialize. In January, at Davos, Modi boasted that India had “saved humanity from a big disaster by containing corona effectively.”
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10 May
Ram Rajya in Kejriwal’s Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have given the mantra of looking for opportunity in the crisis but it’s Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who makes the most of it! newindianexpress.com/cities/delhi/2…
When Covid’s current phase was knocking at the doors of the country & Capital, city’s FM Manish Sisodia was presenting a `69,000 crore ‘patriotism’ budget.

The highlights of this budget were installation of 500 flag masts and planning programmes on the lives of freedom fighters
There was announcement of ‘Desh Bhakti’ curriculum but nothing to showcase by the way of strengthening the health infrastructure of the city.

Kejriwal knows that he doesn’t need to work beyond planning right optics, as Delhi being the Capital will not be allowed to collapse.
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10 May
Look at some graphs. This graph shows Daily COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per 100 people
The following chart shows the total number of COVID-19 vaccination doses administered. 

Now look at the claim of Ministry of Fudging, you make your conclusions.
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10 May
My plumber who applied for an e-pass to fix some sanitary works at my parent's home, but Police rejected his application!

Why should promise that plumbers and electricians are allowed when Police outrightly reject the applications?

#Kerala #lockdown2021
I have helped him to register for e-pass and looking It every hour and today morning seen his application rejected.

It is true that more than 2 lakhs people applied for e-pass, but the rejection looks so arbitrary considering the exempted people who are denied the e-passes.
lt is difficult for these small plumbers, electricians, home makers to prove that their request is genuine as they have no documents to prove that they are engaged in the respective profession. They have other IDs but that does not indicate their profession.
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9 May
After his colleague finished, Dr Nair would carry out a three hour procedure to remove the patient's eye.

"I will be removing her eye to save her life. That's how this disease works," Dr Nair told me.

Mucormycosis: 'black fungus' maiming Covid patients

bbc.com/news/world-asi…
Mucormycosis is a very rare infection. It is caused by exposure to mucor mould which is commonly found in soil, plants, manure, and decaying fruits and vegetables. "It is ubiquitous and found in soil and air and even in the nose and mucus of healthy people," says Dr Nair.
It affects the sinuses, the brain and the lungs and can be life-threatening in diabetic or severely immunocompromised individuals, such as cancer patients or people with HIV/AIDS.
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8 May
Kerala today reported 41971 #COVID19 cases & 64 deaths.
Test positivity rate is 28.25% as Kerala tested 1,48,546 samples.
Ernakulam District still reports more than 5K cases daily (5492).

127 health workers are also infected with #COVID19
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25 Apr
Covid Diary: I was having such fun during lockdown with photo shoots with peacocks and mocking rivals in rallies. But now I have to put on dull, sober masks and pretend I am solving nation’s problems

@rupagulab's scathing sarcasm
nationalheraldindia.com/blog/reality-b…
Dear Diary, I hate international media. Hate them! Hate them! Hate them! They have revealed that I am fudging Covid numbers and have reported on our crematoria operating 24x7, and bodies being burnt on pavements and car parks.
They have also publicly shamed me for holding election rallies in West Bengal and called me reckless, irresponsible, and a super-spreader—just a little more polite than the bad things my party louts called the Tablighi Jamaat in 2020.
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25 Apr
Get educated, read beyond WhatsApp

On October 21, the Central Medical Services Society, an autonomous institution under the @MoHFW_INDIA floated a tender online calling for bidders to establish Pressure Swing Adsorption oxygen plants in 150 district hospitals across the country
It seems unlikely that the delay in kickstarting the tender process was caused by a lack of funds: the outlay for 162 oxygen plants (12 plants seem to have been added later) is just Rs 201.58 crore.
On the status of 162 oxygen plants for which contracts were given in 2020, all it said was that they were “being closely reviewed for early completion of 100 percent of the plants”.
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24 Apr
At the beginning of March, the Hindu nationalist government of Narendra Modi claimed the country was in Covid-19’s “endgame”.

India is now in a living hell!

Guardian Edit

theguardian.com/world/commenti…
Nations have either banned flights from India, suggested avoiding travelling there or insisted visitors quarantine on their return.

Yet little more than six weeks ago, Mr Modi, with not even 1% of the population vaccinated, declared that the country was the “world’s pharmacy”
Superspreading took place when thousands filled cricket stadiums and millions of Hindus took a dip in the Ganges during the Kumbh Mela festival.

Like Donald Trump, Mr Modi would not give up campaigning while the pandemic raged.
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21 Apr
A new report by a leading US digital forensic company offers ‘irrefutable’ proof of arrested activist Rona Wilson’s devices being hacked & explains how 22 files were planted.

This is a must read investigation from @Article14live

article-14.com/post/in-bhima-…
These files have, since 15 November 2018, been cited, initially by the Pune Police and then by the National Investigation Agency(NIA), as key evidence.

This evidence led to Wilson and 15 others—including lawyers, academics and artistes—being arrested and jailed without bail!
The files were never created, opened or used by anyone who directly handled Wilson’s computer, but the HACKER used a software to PLANT THEM, said the new report from Arsenal Consulting.

They analysed an electronic copy of Wilson’s computer on a request from his lawyers.
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19 Apr
Is it vaccine hesitancy or vaccine shortage?

Only data can answer!

Like demonetisation, Govt now says they will let all above 18 can have vaccine?

What is your plan to give 2nd dose of vaccine to already vaccinated people?
When you make an offer to people, you should spell out your plans.

Let us be clear about the stocks..

If there is a demand-supply gap is there, how you are planning to address it?

Is it available to import at short notice? Still you control it or let the States to take a call
Do you have the man power to do vaccination now as the existing health professionals are stretched with treating the #COVID19 patients?

Do we create a demonetisation model ATM queues & create stampede and super spreading?
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