Top StoriesEnsure No Obstruction In Transport Of Oxygen To Delhi: Delhi HC To Centre, Warns Of Criminal Action Against Erring Authorities Shreya Agarwal22 April 2021 3:42 AMShare This – x”If government wants they can make heaven and earth meet”: Justice Vipin SanghiThe Delhi High Court on Thursday said that in case supply of Medical Oxygen to Delhi is blocked, then the local authorities responsible for its movement shall be held criminally liable for the same. “We direct that non-compliance will invite criminal action,” the High Court said. A Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli was hearing a writ petition filed by Saroj Super Specialty Hospital, Rohini seeking urgent critical supply of oxygen to it. During the hearing, another hospital appeared before the Bench saying that they have only 3 hours of Oxygen left. A similar petition was filed by Max Hospitals, Delhi yesterday where the Centre had assured that it will raise the allocation of oxygen for Delhi as 480 MT from 370 MT. Today, Senior Advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for the Delhi Government claimed that even though allocation has gone up, in reality, only 80-100 MT has been received by the State. The Bench was informed that the shortage was due to obstruction of Oxygen Tankers being sent from Air Liquidae, Panipat, etc. It was also informed that the Central Government has passed an order under the Disaster Management Act, for uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen across the country. The order provides that there should be free movement of oxygen carrying vehicles into the cities and that the local administration, such as DMs, SSPs will be personally liable for implementation of the order. In this backdrop, the Division Bench also directed the authorities concerned, bound by the order passed under the Disaster Management Act, to ensure strict compliance. Any non-compliance will invite criminal action, it said. “We direct that Central Govt to ensure allocation takes place as planned and transportation of the tankers takes place unhindered. Adequate security to be provided to lorries transporting the oxygen, to move without obstruction,” the Bench ordered. Blocking of Oxygen Tankers Stressing on the gravity of the situation, Senior Advocate G. Tushar Rao told the Court that many Hospitals are issuing discharge letter to untreated patients, as they do not have enough Oxygen supply to support their lives. “This is the fallout. Hospitals saying take the patient out as we can’t supply oxygen. How can they ask the critical patients are already in hospitals to get out?” he told the Bench. The Court noted that many Oxygen Tankers being sent from UP and Haryana, are being blocked by the local authorities, given the requirement in those States. “We have just been informed that the plants are not honoring the allocations made, as they’ve been taken over by locals. Also, 3 of the plants are too far. So you should ensure that your allocations are honoured…What is the point of paper allocation (of oxygen) if they are not being allowed to transport,” Justice Sanghi told the Centre. He also told the officers that it may not be possible to airlift Oxygen Tankers due to technical reasons. “My researcher has prepared a very nice report, have shared with you as well. It has to come either by rail or road due to air compression issues, it can’t be airlifted. The empty tankers can be airlifted back to plants,” Justice Sanghi said. At this juncture, Senior Advocate Rao suggested that the Government may pass an order deploying para-military forces and put a corridor in place, to help the tankers move. Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs also appeared before the Bench and informed that they were able to restore movement of stopped tankers by evening. He further submitted that a Nodal Officer of the IAS Cadre has been appointed to ensure that no hospital faces shortages.Edited by Akshita SaxenaTagsOxygen Supply #Delhi High Court Justice Vipin Sanghi #Justice Rekha Palli COVID-19 Crisis Next Story
After exorcising their past demons with a workman-like three-set win against a No. 12 Cal State Northridge team they had not beaten in 17 matches, the No. 1 USC men’s volleyball team returns to action tonight against No. 11 Long Beach State.Undoubtedly, the Trojans’ first conference win of the season against a team that unceremoniously knocked them out of the first round of the MPSF tournament last season should help the team’s psyche, allowing the players to move past last year’s unfulfilling postseason cameo.“We finally got the monkey off our backs,” said senior setter Riley McKibbin. “We haven’t beaten them in eight years, and I know it was a big win for juniors, seniors and the Trojan Family.”As the Trojans will face an opponent of similar caliber tonight, they cannot bask in this long overdue victory. In fact, Long Beach State edged out No. 3 Pepperdine in five sets to stun the Waves on Wednesday, putting the Trojans on upset alert.Long Beach State, led by junior opposite Jim Baughman who recorded a match-high 21 kills against Pepperdine, will run its offense at a fast tempo, featuring several players with various service repertoires.“They are going to try to run more back row stuff, and they are going to serve really well,” said coach Bill Ferguson. “We are going to have to really be on our game, and make a lot of adjustments as the match goes on.”Ferguson did not wish to dwell too much on scouting reports, however, as he is still in the process of configuring his lineups and refining his system. A common refrain among Ferguson and players alike is that the blocking needs to improve.“We need to continue to get better blocking the ball,” Ferguson said. “We can talk about scouting reports, but for the most part, the most important thing is us and if we’re improving.”If the Trojans continue to serve well, they can disrupt their opponents’ offenses and force them into predictable returns. They will also need to demonstrate the same fervor for digging tough shots that they did against Cal State Northridge.Paramount to that effort is freshman libero Henry Cassiday, who dug 13 shots in Wednesday’s game.“I think the most notable performance was by [Cassiday],” McKibbin said. “It was his first start, and he played really well. He’s really been working on his defense, and he passed really well. That’s one of our key success factors. If we can pass the ball, then we can run a really good offense.”First serve will be at the Galen Center at 7 p.m.
This weekend’s Gaucho Invitational will be one of many non-conference invites for the Women of Troy this season —they travel to Riverside next Saturday for the CBU Mini Invitational. “We know Michigan,” senior goalie Amanda Longen said. “They’re pretty scrappy, they drive a lot, they keep you on the go and they’re persistent the whole way through the game. It will be a really good game for us to experience and for a lot of girls to work on how they defend.” “Alejandra is one of the best young players in the world,” Vavic said. “Her skill set is one-of-a-kind, and she’s unique with her high water polo IQ, scoring ability and her speed.” Several notable players from last season’s championship team have been replaced by fresh faces. The Trojans lost All-Americans driver Brianna Daboub and utility Hayley McKelvey, both of whom graduated last spring. The Trojans’ captains, seniors goalie Amanda Longan and driver Courtney Fahey, play an instrumental role in familiarizing these young players with the system. The team has been focusing on integrating their new talent for this weekend’s invitational. The No. 1 Trojans will take on six opponents this weekend, starting with No. 22 Cal Baptist and Azusa Pacific on Friday. They will then face No. 11 Michigan and Fresno State on Saturday, before wrapping up the invitational with matches against No. 12 UC San Diego and No. 14 Indiana Sunday. As contenders in last year’s NCAA championship tournament, Michigan and UC San Diego will provide an early challenge for the Trojans this season. Stopping Michigan’s senior attacker Julia Sellers should be a point of focus for the Trojan defense, as Sellers led the Wolverines with 81 goals in 41 games last season. Sophomores utility Taylor Onstott and attacker Grace Pevehouse lead UC San Diego’s well-rounded offensive attack. Facing sophomore center Ciara Franke, who had 64 steals last season, will force the Trojans to protect the ball well. Junior driver Kelsey McIntosh scored at least one goal in 18 games last season, giving USC reliable production. (Emily Smith/Daily Trojan) “I think our 2019 class could be one of our best classes ever,” Vavic said. “I think they’re going to make an impact immediately.” Although the Trojans have the potential to gain significant leads over their opponents via talented scorers like junior utility Maud Megens and sophomore driver Paige Hauschild, the team also seeks defensive consistency this season. This young talent includes driver Alejandra Aznar and two-meter Mireia Guiral, a dynamic duo for Spain in the 2018 FINA Youth World Championships. The Trojans will also need to get creative on offense to counter Michigan’s defensive fortitude. Junior goalie Heidi Ritner allowed an average of only 6.25 goals per game, helping the Wolverines to outscore their opponents by wide margins. Although the team enters the season without some of last year’s stars, coach Jovan Vavic is confident in the talented recruiting class he assembled during the offseason. Of Mireia, Vavic said, “She is a gamer. She does everything, she’s dynamic, and she can play both sides of the ball.” After bringing home the national title last season, the USC women’s water polo team will return to the pool this weekend at the Gaucho Invitational in Santa Barbara. “We’ve been trying to work with them to get them to prepare for this weekend and think about the different things they can do,” Fahey said. “Visualizing doing well in the pool, doing the plays correctly and being creative if that’s the right thing to do.” “It’s always our goal to outscore the opponent, but we want to keep the other teams to as few goals as we can,” Fahey said. “I think one of our biggest challenges will be communicating and doing a good job on defense to allow the least amount of goals in as possible.”