Wednesday, 25 May, 2022
TopicEpidemic Diseases Act

Topic: Epidemic Diseases Act

Telangana declares black fungus as notified disease, says health facilities must report cases

All public and private health facilities have to report suspected and confirmed cases of black fungus to the Telangana health department. Currently, there are about 80 cases in the state.

India kept improvising during coronavirus. Age of Pandemics needs a new public health law

An up-to-date legal framework will ensure there is no misuse of police power and human rights are protected. India can't tackle next pandemic with a 19th-century law.

All about the ‘Black Death’ Bubonic Plague that has China on high alert

A city in northern China has reported suspected cases of bubonic plague this Saturday. The disease killed about 12 million in India when it occurred in 1896.

Up to 7 yrs in jail, Rs 5 lakh fine if you injure a health worker treating Covid-19 patients

Modi govt promulgates ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, increasing punishment and fast-tracking investigation and judgments.

Kerala promulgates Covid-19 ordinance to restrict duration of essential services

The Epidemic Diseases Ordinance 2020 allows the Kerala govt to take special measures and frame regulations to tackle an epidemic disease.

Plague of 1896 redefined sedition. Coronavirus mustn’t bring in laws that outlive crisis

Bal Gangadhar Tilak was tried for his articles in Kesari during the bubonic plague. It would fundamentally change how India understood sedition.

Modi govt is using two laws to tackle coronavirus spread. But one of them needs changes

While govt is using Disaster Management Act and 1897 Epidemic Diseases Act in tandem to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, experts say India needs a modern public health law.

Plague passport to detention — Epidemic Act was a medical surveillance tool in British India

The Epidemic Act was enacted to crack down on people — cart-drivers, sweepers, cleaners — who fled municipal limits in the aftermath of the 1896 bubonic plague.

These are the two laws Modi govt has invoked to tackle coronavirus. But it’s not enough

The Disaster Management Act, 2005, and the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 are innovative, but they still fall short of comprehensibly dealing with outbreaks.

On Camera

YourTurn

US President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on 16 August 2021. Biden defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan | Samuel Corum | Bloomberg

US blames failure to shut Pakistan border for Afghan defeat. India, please take note

The US could have used its coercive resources to compel Pakistan to shut down the Taliban’s transborder sanctuaries. It chose not to—costing its victory.
Vendors at a store selling edible oils at Begum Bazaar in Hyderabad, India| Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt to allow duty-free import of soybean, sunflower oil, cool surging prices

The government will permit purchases of 2 million tons each of the two vegetable oils per annum this fiscal year and the next, according to a notification by the finance ministry.

Defence

Naval helicopters | Representational image | indiannavy.nic.in

What’s Combined Military Forces-Bahrain? US-backed coalition India joined on Quad sidelines

India is 35th member of the maritime counterterrorism partnership that also includes Pakistan, Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany and Greece, among others.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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