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Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar to release tribute song for health workers




Akshay Kumar in a still from 'Kesari' based on the battle of Saragarhi | KesariFilm/Facebook
Akshay Kumar in a still from ‘Kesari’ based on the battle of Saragarhi | KesariFilm/Facebook

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New Delhi: Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar and producer Karan Johar are all set to release a reprised version of the song Teri Mitti from the movie Kesari at 12.30 pm Friday, as an ode to frontline healthcare workers battling Covid-19.

The remodelled song has been produced by Zee music.

A snippet of the song posted Thursday by Kumar, Johar and Parineeti Chopra on Twitter goes like this: “The uniform which was khaki on the borders of India, is now white.”

Sharing the snippet, Johar wrote: “They are fighting to keep us safe and for that we are forever grateful. A tribute from our hearts to theirs, #TeriMitti.”

Kumar, who was the protagonist in Kesari, noted: “Someone once rightly said that during tough times, only your close ones support you. And during this difficult period, our doctors in white are at the forefront protecting us. They are no less than our soldiers.”

The original Teri Mitti song was released in 2019 and starred Chopra and Kumar in the lead roles. The movie is a historical action drama about the Battle of Saragarhi.

Also read: Akshay Kumar, Virat Kohli, Mukesh Ambani pledge support to PM CARES to help fight Covid-19

B-town’s previous initiatives

Earlier this month, Kumar, along with other Bollywood actors, starred in a song called Muskurayega India in an attempt to give hope to Indians amid the testing times of Covid-19.

The song begins with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first televised address to the nation on Covid-19, assuring citizens of emerging victorious from these trying times.

PM Modi had on 14 April extended the nationwide lockdown till 3 May due to a surge in Covid-19 cases. The novel coronavirus has so far infected more than 16,000 people in India and led to the deaths of over 680.

Also read: How to stay healthy in times of coronavirus? Shah Rukh Khan posts Bollywood-style message


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Andhra doctor, suspended for alleging PPE shortage, now beaten by cops for ‘creating nuisance’




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Bengaluru: A doctor with a government hospital in Andhra Pradesh, who was suspended for questioning the shortage of PPE kits, was admitted to a mental health facility Sunday, a day after he was allegedly manhandled by the police and arrested for creating nuisance in Visakhapatnam.

Dr Sudhakar Rao, a government civil surgeon, was beaten, his hands tied behind his back and dragged by police officers Sunday. During the incident, Sudhakar allegedly verbally abused the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in an inebriated state. Videos of the incident have since been widely shared online.

“The police control room received a call about a person creating nuisance on Beach Road Hospital in Visakhapatnam. The Fourth Town police was rushed there and found that the person was the suspended doctor, Sudhakar.

“When the police tried to control him, he snatched the mobile phone of an officer and threw it away. He is suffering from mental disorder and he was drunk. He was sent for a medical examination,” Vishakapatnam Police Commissioner R.K. Meena told the media Sunday.

Sudhakar was admitted to a mental hospital Sunday after doctors at the King George Hospital in Vishakapatnam said he suffered from anxiety.

“Since the doctor is in anxiety and talking irrelevant things, I have referred him to a mental care hospital in Visakhapatnam,” said Dr Radha Rani, medical superintendent, King George Hospital.

A statement released by the hospital said: “Dr Sudhakar was brought to the KGH casualty ward at 6.30 pm. From the smell, it was found that he was in a drunk condition. Under the influence of alcohol, he did not cooperate with anybody there and kept abusing all. Still, his pulse, BP were checked. Pulse was 98, BP 140/100. Blood samples were sent to forensic lab to ascertain alcohol content in his blood.”

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‘Treatment towards Sudhakar was inhuman’

Sudhakar, who spent more than 10 years at the Narsipatnam Government Hospital in Andhra Pradesh, was suspended from his duties in March after he openly criticised the Reddy government for failing to provide PPE kits and N95 masks to doctors treating Covid-19 patients.

He had alleged that the state government was giving N95 masks and PPE kits meant for doctors to politicians and the police.

A video of Sudhakar criticising the government was also shared widely. In the clip, he can be heard saying: “We are putting our lives at risk here. We are asked to use the same mask for 15 days and a fresh mask will be provided only twice a month.”

Speaking to ThePrint, Dr P. Gangadhar Rao, member of the National COVID Committee of the Indian Medical Association, said the manner in which Sudhakar was manhandled by the police was “inhuman” and “violated” human rights.

“We strongly condemn the way he was taken into custody. He was not carrying a weapon, he was alone, the number of policemen outnumbered him. Why treat him like that? We also saw a video where a policeman beats him with a lathi,” said Dr Gangadhar.

He added that Rao was one of the most experienced anaesthetists the Andhra Pradesh government had.

“Our next step of action is to get Sudhakar to write an unconditional apology for having used filthy language, abusing the chief minister and the government. We will then take our appeal to the CM seeking that he be reinstated,” Gangadhar said.

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