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Tuesday, May 11, 2021PM salutes scientists on National Technology Day

New Delhi, May 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday praised the scientists and those passionate about technology on National Technology Day.

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said,“On National Technology Day, we salute the hardwork and tenacity of our scientists and those passionate about technology. We remember with pride the 1998 Pokhran Tests, which demonstrated India’s scien

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021Centre, states doing everything possible to tackle COVID crisis: Rajnath

Lucknow, May 11: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the Centre and the state governments are doing everything possible to tackle the COVID-19 crisis, while asserting that only those who perform commit mistakes.

The Lok Sabha MP from Lucknow visited a 255-bed COVID hospital built by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) at the Haj House here.

Speaking to reporters, Singh said,

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021ED files case against Anil Deshmukh

Mumbai, May 11: National Spokesperson of NCP and Minorities Minister Nawab Malik on Tuesday says that the ED has registered a money laundering case against former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh for political motives and conspiracy to defame him.

Mr Malik in his reaction stated that forrmer Home Minister Deshmukh has been accused of corruption by former Commissioner of Police Paramveer Singh.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021Three COVID-19 recovered patients in Meerut diagnosed with 'black fungus'

Lucknow, May 11: Three COVID-19 recovered patients in Meerut have been diagnosed with Mucormycosis or black fungus, a rare form of fungal infection that could affect vision and can be fatal if not diagnosed at the right time.
"All three of them were infected with Covid for some time and have been administered steroids to strengthen their lungs,” Dr Sandeep Garg, Nephrologist and Renal Transplant

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021COVID-19 vaccine formula should be shared with other companies in India: Kejriwal

New Delhi, May 11: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday suggested Centre that in order to meet the high demand of vaccines, not only just two, but more companies should also be engaged in making vaccine and vaccine formula should be shared with other companies in the country.

Addressing a digital press conference here, Mr Kejriwal suggested that not only just two companies

make v

 

Tuesday, May 11, 202148 Gurugram RWAs keen to open small Covid care centres

Gurugram, May 11: Following the guidelines given by the Gurugram district administration to open small Covid care centres in the residential society premises, around 48 Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) in Gurugram have expressed a desire to open a Covid centre in their residential societies.

Patients with pre-symptomatic, asymptomatic and very mild symptoms may be housed in these centres.

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021NHRC asks Centre, states to set up universal Covid dashboards

New Delhi, May 11: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday emphasized that the Centre and States need to put their acts together in order to meet the urgent response needed amid the second wave of the pandemic raging through the country by setting up universally functional Covid-19 dashboards.

The dashboard will help in providing real time information in public domain on the av

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021BJP President alleges Congress for creating false panic to derive political mileage

NEW DELHI: BJP's National President Jagat Prakash Nadda has alleged that the Congress leaders are misleading people and creating false panic among citizens to derive political mileage. In a letter written today to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Mr. Nadda said while India is fighting COVID 19 with utmost courage, the opposition party is engaged in creating confusions. He asserted that under the

 

Tuesday, May 11, 202111 COVID-19 patients die as oxygen supply delayed at Tirupati hospital

MAY 11: Tragedy struck the renowned Ruia Hospital in Andhra Pradesh’s Tirupati on Monday as 11 COVID-19 patients lost their lives due to an interruption in oxygen supply, Chittoor District Collector Harinarayan said.

The district authorities attributed the deaths to a five-minute delay in the arrival of an oxygen tanker at the hospital.

However, with the oxygen supply restored immediately,

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021Rain, thunderstorm likely in J&K till Friday: MeT

JAMMU: Rain and thunderstorm occurred in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday even as the weather office forecast wet weather during the next three days indicating that the locals will miss this year’s Eid festivities because of the ongoing lockdown and inclement weather.

“Light to moderate rain occurred in J&K during the last 24 hours. Rain and thunderstorm is likely to occur in J&K, Ladakh from May

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021Centre provides over 18 crore COVID vaccine doses free of cost to states, Union Territories

JAMMU: The Union Government has provided over 18 crore COVID vaccine doses free of cost to the States and Union Territories so far. Of this, the total consumption of doses including wastages is over 17 crore nine lakh. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said that more than 90 lakh 31 thousand vaccine doses are still available with the States and Union Territories to be administered.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021Bharat Biotech begins Covaxin supplies to 14 state

NEW DELHI: India’s Bharat Biotech has started the direct supply of its COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covaxin’ to 14 states, including Maharashtra and Delhi, from May 1, 2021, says Suchitra Ella, the Joint Managing Director of Bharat Biotech.

The firm based in Hyderabad has started supplying its Coronavirus vaccine to the states on the basis of the allocations that the company received from the Central Gov

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021Country needs a helping hand in these distressing times: RaGa

New Delhi, May 11: Amid the raging pandemic the Congress has initiated a campaign #SpeakUpToSaveLives to strengthen the fight against Covid-19.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi joined the campaign and said: "Our country needs a helping hand in these distressing times. Let's all do our bit to save lives. "

The Congress has been accusing the government of mishandling the crisis.

It has alleged

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021Oxygen Express with 120MT of LMO reaches Bengaluru

New Delhi: Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday said that Oxygen Express with six containers of medical oxygen has arrived in the Karnataka capital from Jharkhand to provide relief.
In a tweet, Goyal said, "In order to provide relief to Covid-19 patients, Oxygen Express from Tatanagar has reached Bengaluru via Green corridor, with six containers of medical Oxygen."
He also attached a

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021India records 3.29 lakh fresh COVID-19 cases, 3,876 fatalities

NEW DELHI: The single-day rise in new coronavirus infections in India fell to 3.29 lakh after 14 days taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,29,92,517, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

A total of 3,29,942 infections were reported in a span of 24 hours, while the death toll climbed to 2,49,992 with 3,876 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021Central and State governments fully prepared to deal with Covid: Anurag Thakur

Dharamshala: The Center and the State Governments are fully prepared to deal with Covid-19 pandemic and oxygen, PPE kits and essential medicines are being made available regularly in the districts, Union Minister of state for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur said on Monday.
He said this while presiding over a meeting of Covid with Kangra District Administration and Health Department t

 

Monday, May 10, 2021750-bed COVID hospital set up by DRDO opens in Varanasi

Lucknow, May 10: A 750-bed hospital set up by the DRDO for COVID-19 patients on Banaras Hindu University's campus in Varanasi opened on Monday, an official statement said here.

Currently, a 250-bed ICU facility is functional and the capacity of the Pandit Rajan Mishra Covid Hospital will gradually be expanded to 750 beds with anticipated patient inflow.

All beds at this temporary facility s

 

Monday, May 10, 2021Western Command dedicates 3 Covid hospitals to Nation under Op Namaste

Chandigarh, May 10: As part of the continued fight against the raging unprecedented rise in COVID -19 cases, Western command dedicated three Covid Hospitals to the nation under the Indian Army Operation Namaste.

Western Command General Officer Commanding in Chief Lt General R P Singh announced the operationalisation of first Western Command 100 bedded COVID Hospital in co-ordination with Chand

 

Monday, May 10, 2021PM Modi congratulates Himanta Biswa Sarma on taking oath as Assam CM

New Delhi, May 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Himanta Biswa Sarma on taking oath as 15th Assam Chief Minister.

Mr Modi also congratulated other ministers who took oath today.

Taking to twitter, he said, 'Congratulations to @himantabiswa Ji and the other Ministers who took oath today. I am confident this team will add momentum to the development journey of Assam and

 

Monday, May 10, 2021COVID-19 surge: Virtual hearing in J&K, Ladakh courts extended till May 31

JAMMU: Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal on Monday extended till May 31 virtual hearing of cases in both wings of the High Court in J&K and Ladakh as well as in the District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals in view of the prevailing COVID-19 surge.

“Taking note of the daily rising number COVID-19 infection cases and the prevailing situation due to the rapid spread of (the) infection, the High O

 

Monday, May 10, 2021Country registers more than three lakh recoveries daily during past many days; Recovery rate further improves to 82.38 per cent

The country is witnessing a declining trend in the active number of Covid cases. And as a positive sign, with this, the Covid recovery rate of the country is also consistently improving. However, several states and Union Territories are still registering higher numbers of cases in the country.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry today said that the active cases comprise 16.52 per cent of

 

Monday, May 10, 2021Ayush Ministry adds 7 more centres for free distribution of Ayush-64 to Covid patients

NEW DELHI: Government has said that seven more centres will be opened in Delhi to distribute Ayush 64 to asymptomatic, mild and moderate COVID-19 patients from today. Ayush Ministry said, those COVID-19 patients who are in home isolation or staying at some government isolation centres can benefit from this initiative. It said, the Ministry has started free distribution of AYUSH 64 at many locatio

 

Monday, May 10, 2021Tech glitches force SC to adjourn Covid-19 hearing to May 13(

NEW DELHI : The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned for May 13 the hearing in the suo motu case involving the distribution of essential supplies and services during the COVID19 pandemic.
The virtual hearing was postponed due to some technical glitch.
A three-judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice Dr Dhananjaya Y Chandrahud and also comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and Shripathi Ravin

 

Monday, May 10, 2021Mamata's 43 ministers take oath sans festivities

Kolkata, May 10: Amid a raging Covid-19 pandemic, 43 Trinamool Congress ministers comprising 24 cabinet ministers, 10 Ministers of State with Independent charge and nine MoS took oath at an austere ceremony held in the Raj Bhawan on Monday.

While three ministers Amit Mitra, Bratya Basu and Rathin Ghosh took their oath virtually. The rest -- 40 ministers were divided into three groups -- Cabin

 

Monday, May 10, 2021Delhi riots: HC grants 3-week bail to Natasha Narwal to perform last rites of father

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Monday granted bail to JNU student Natasha Narwal, arrested last year in May in connection with the communal riots in north-east Delhi to perform the last rites of her father who succumbed to COVID-19.

A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and A J Bhambhani granted interim bail to Narwal, a Pinjra Tod activist, for three weeks subject to her furnishing of a perso

 

Monday, May 10, 2021Hospitals directed no COVID patient be refused admission for lack of valid ID, Centre tells SC

New Delhi: All central and state government hospitals managing COVID patients have been directed to ensure that no patient is refused admission due to lack of a valid identity card and a positive test report for coronavirus, the Centre has told the Supreme Court.

In an affidavit on the points raised by the top court, the Centre submitted that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has intim

 

Monday, May 10, 2021Virat Kohli gets vaccinated for Covid-19

MAY 10: India captain Virat Kohli got first shot of vaccination for Covid-19 ahead of England tour on Monday. The 32-year-old shared a picture him getting the vaccination and wrote, "Vaccinate as soon as you can please. Stay safe.".

Team India will very soon leave for England tour consisting of the World Test Championship (WTC) final verus New Zealand and 5 Tests against Joe Root's men startin

 

Monday, May 10, 202174% new Covid cases reported in 10 states; Maha, K'taka on top

NEW DELHI, MAY10: Ten states, including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, account for 74.53 per cent of the new Covid-19 cases registered in a day, the Union Health Ministry said.
India registered a record single-day rise of 3,49,691 new coronavirus infections pushing the total tally of Covid-19 cases to 1,69,60,172, according to the ministry data updated on Sunday morning.
Karnataka, Keral

 

Monday, May 10, 2021Centre issues advisory on management of fungal infection among Corona patients.

NEW DELHI: Centre has issued an advisory on the management fungal infection among Corona patients. It said, the fungal infection Mucormycosis mainly affects people who are on medication that reduces their ability to fight environmental pathogens. The infection, being found in COVID-19 patients with uncontrolled diabetes and prolonged ICU stay, may turn fatal if uncared for, the Centre said.

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Monday, May 10, 2021Dos and Dont's in home isolation - the AIIMS guidelines

NEW DELHI: The AIIMS has given guidelines on Covid management in home isolation at a recent training session for 14 experts from tertiary care centres across the country.

In his presentation, Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Saurabh Mittal, highlighted how home isolation helps free hospital space and contain spread of disease.

It was noted that only patien

 

Monday, May 10, 2021Himanta Biswa Sarma sworn as CM of Assam

Guwahati, May 10: Himanta Biswa Sarma today took oath as the chief minister of Assam in a function held at Guwahati.

The oath of office was administered by Governor Jagdish Mukhi at Sankardev Kalakeshtra at a ceremony attended by limited guests.

Along with Mr Sarma, 14 cabinet ministers were administered the oath of office.

Mr Sarma has replaced the outgoing Chief Minister Sarbanabda Son

 

Monday, May 10, 2021COVID care centre at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib to open with 300 beds

New Delhi, May 10: The Guru Tegh Bahadur COVID Care Centre at the Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in central Delhi is starting operations from Monday afternoon with 300 beds.

Manjinder Singh Sirsa, president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, said 100 more beds will become available on Tuesday.

"The COVID care centre is being managed by 50 doctors from the Delhi government-run Lok N

 

Monday, May 10, 2021India fastest country globally to administer 17 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses

New Delhi, May 10: India is the fastest country globally to administer 17 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.

China took 119 days while the US took 115 days for reaching the same landmark. The vaccination drive in India was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers getting inoculated and vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2. Subse

 

Monday, May 10, 2021India got 3 lakh Remdesivir vials from abroad

MAY 10: India has cumulatively has received three lakh Remdesivir vials, 6,738 oxygen concentrators, 3,856 oxygen cylinders and 16 oxygen generation plants from the global community in the last 13 days, an official statement said on Sunday.

A total of 4,668 ventilators or Bi PAP were also sent to India from April 27 to May 8.

The major items received on Saturday from Canada, Thailand, the N

 

Monday, May 10, 2021COVID-19: India records 3,66,161 fresh cases, 3,754 more fatalities

NEW DELHI: After recording over four lakh fresh cases for four consecutive days, India witnessed a single-day rise of 3,66,161 COVID-19 cases on Monday, which pushed its tally to 2,26,62,575, according to the health ministry.

The death toll due to the viral disease climbed to 2,46,116 with 3,754 more people succumbing to it, the ministry’s data updated at 8 am showed.

The number of active c

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021Reliance Retail 2nd fastest growing retailer in world

New Delhi, May 9 (PTI) Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Retail Ltd has been ranked second fastest growing retailer in the world in the 2021 ranking of global retail power houses by Deloitte, down from top rank secured the previous years.
It has been ranked 53rd in the list of Global Powers of Retailing, improvement from 56th earlier, according to the Deloitte report.
The list is topped by U

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021Oxygen Express: Nearly 4,200 MT of liquid medical oxygen delivered across India

New Delhi, May 9: The Railways has delivered nearly 4,200 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen in more than 268 tankers to various states since April 19, the national transporter said on Sunday.

So far, 68 'Oxygen Express' trains have completed their journeys, it said.

Till now, 293 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) has been unloaded in Maharashtra, 1,230 tonnes in Uttar Pradesh, 271 tonnes

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021HoD, Director of institution should know about patient's medical records: HC

New Delhi, May 9: In the medical field, the Head of Department (HoD) and the Director of an institution or hospital should know about the sickness of a patient and nature of treatment being provided, the Delhi High Court has held.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jasmeet SIngh said that sharing a patient's ailment and treatment details by the treating doctor with the HoD or the D

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021273 COVID deaths, over 13K cases in Delhi

New Delhi, May 9: Delhi recorded 273 more coronavirus deaths on Sunday, the lowest since April 21, and 13,336 new infections with a positivity rate of 21.67 per cent, the Health Department said.

The number of new cases, the lowest since April 12, can be attributed to a smaller number of tests -- 61,552 -- conducted on Saturday.

Over 1.29 lakh beneficiaries were vaccinated on Saturday, the h

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021Maratha activists hold protest against SC's quota verdict

Thane, May 9: Maratha quota activists on Sunday staged a protest at Diva in Thane district of Maharashtra against the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the law granting them reservation in admissions and jobs.

At least a dozen office-bearers and activists of the Bharatiya Maratha Sangh (BMS) tonsured their heads and displayed banners opposing the SC verdict at Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021HP CM inaugurates oxygen plants at Hamirpur, Chamba

Hamirpur(HP), May 9: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Sunday virtually inaugurated Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Oxygen Plants at Dr Radhakrishnan Government Medical College Hamirpur and Pt. Jawaharlal Lal Nehru Government Medical College Chamba.

While the plant at Chamba has a capacity of 400 PLM, the plant of Hamirpur has a capacity of 300 PLM.

While inaugurating both t

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021Marriage only at home or court, strict rules in Delhi from Monday

New Delhi, May 9: Delhi, gasping for oxygen with overloaded health management of the state administration for the last few weeks, will witness more stringent restrictions after a fresh round of lockdown will come into effect from Monday morning.

Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), in order to combat the spread of the second wave of Covid infections, has decided to put some more restric

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021BJP announces Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma as Assam Chief Minister

Guwahati, May 9: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma to be the next Chief Minister of Assam.

The decision was taken after the newly elected legislators met today at Guwahati under three central observers of the BJP.

Meanwhile, the sitting Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal resigned from his on May 9. He met with the governor of Assam, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi at

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021CRPF DIG under probe for misbehaving with lady doctor

New Delhi: An enquiry was initiated on Sunday against a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for allegedly misbehaving with a lady doctor of the force deputed in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.

The enquiry was set up after the victim lodged a complaint against Surinder Prasad, the DIG Range Muzaffarpur in Bihar, on Sunday morning with concerned officials in the CRPF.

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021TV journalist Vipin Chandh dies of Corona

Television journalist Vipin Chandh, the chief reporter of Manorama News here, died of COVID-19 related complications in the city early on Sunday, his family said.

He was 42 and is survived by his wife and child.

Chandh, who was very active in reporting even during the second wave of the pandemic, had tested positive for the virus two weeks ago and was in home quarantine.

Later, he was ad

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021PM Modi speaks to CMs of four state on Corona situation

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to the chief ministers of Punjab, Karnataka, Bihar and Uttarakhand on the COVID-19 situation in their states, official sources said.

Modi has been speaking to state chief ministers and lieutenant governors of union territories for the last few days to asses the pandemic situation there and offer suggestions.

Chief ministers have also b

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021UP govt extends weekend curfew till May 17

Lucknow, May 9: Uttar Pradesh government has again extended the weekend curfew by a week and now it will end on May 17 at 0700 hours.

Officials here on Sunday said that as per the direction of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath the weekend curfew which commenced on April 30, has been extended till May 17 morning.

The weekend curfew commenced on April 30 (Friday) at 2000 hrs till Tuesday, May 4

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021Chinese rocket renters over Indian Ocean: PSI

MAY 9: The US Space Force's 18th Space Control Squadron has now confirmed that the Chinese long march rocket CZ-5B-Y2 reentered over the Indian Ocean.

Sharing this to TNN, Planetary Society of India (PSI) Director N Sri Raghunandan Kumar said the exact pinpointed location was not mentioned but they say 'north of the Maldives' at 50E 22.2N which is in the Rub al Khali desert of Saudi Arabia.

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021Covid Lockdown Extends In Delhi Till May 17

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced that the Covid-induced lockdown in Delhi has been extended till May 17.

The previous lockdown was scheduled to end at 5 am tomorrow.

Stating that lockdown has greatly helped contain the spread of the virus, Kejriwal said that the Delhi government decided to extend it by a week after taking into consideration views of various sect

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021Health Ministry revises national policy for admission of patients to various categories of Covid facilities

NEW DELHI: The Health Ministry has revised the national policy for admission of COVID patients to various categories of COVID facilities. This patient-centric measure aims to ensure prompt, effective and comprehensive treatment of patients suffering from COVID19.

As per the same directive to all States and UTs, requirement of a positive test for COVID-19 virus is not mandatory for admission to

 

Sunday, May 9, 20212 central observers appointed to elect Bengal BJP party leader

New Delhi: The BJP has appointed two central observers for the election of the leader of party MLAs in the West Bengal Assembly.

By winning 77 seats in the 294-member West Bengal Assembly in the recently concluded polls, the BJP has emerged as the main opposition party in the state.

In a statement on Saturday, the party said: “The Parliamentary Board of the BJP has appointed central observe

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021PM Modi pays tributes to Tagore, Gokhale, Maharana Pratap on their birth anniversaries

New Delhi, May 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tributes to Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore on his 160th birth anniversary.

Tagore was born on May 7 but his birthday is celebrated in West Bengal, where he was born and is revered, according to the traditional Bengali calendar, and this year it falls on Sunday.

"On Tagore Jayanti, I bow to the great Gurudev Tagore. May his ex

 

Sunday, May 9, 20214,092 Covid deaths in India as fresh cases go over 4L again

NEW DELHI: The coronavirus continues to pummel India as the country on Sunday recorded 4,03,738 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours with 4,092 fatalities, taking the total number of cases in the country to 2,22,96,414, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

It is the fifth time after May 1 that India has crossed the four-lakh-mark of new Covid cases. On Friday, India recor

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021Army inducts 1st batch of women in military police

New Delhi: The Indian Army on Saturday inducted the first batch of women into the Corps of Military Police, the first time women have joined the military in the non-officer cadre, officials said. Women have been serving as officers in select branches of the three services since the early 1990s.
“The Corps of Military Police Centre & School (CMP C &S) at Bengaluru held the attestation parade of

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021Positive Corona test report not mandatory for admission in hospitals: Govt

In a significant directive to the states and Union Territories, the Union Health Ministry on Saturday said requirement of a positive COVID-19 test report is not mandatory for admission to a health facility.

In its revised national policy for admission of COVID patients to various dedicated health facilities, both public and private, the Union Health Ministry said no patient will be refused ser

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021DCGI approves DRDO's anti-COVID oral drug '2-DG' for emergency use

New Delhi, May 8: The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved the emergency use of DRDO's anti-COVID-19 therapeutic oral drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) as adjunct therapy in moderate to severe COVID-19 patients.

On May 1, the DCGI granted permission for 'Emergency Use' of this drug.

Being a generic molecule and analogue of glucose, it can be easily produced and made available in

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021Record 994.83 MT oxygen supplied in UP

Lucknow, May 8: On the instructions of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, oxygen supply in Uttar Pradesh has been increased and during the past 24 hours, a record 994.83 metric tonnes of oxygen has been supplied throughout the state.

Apart from this, 78.46 MT of oxygen has been supplied through air separators units under self- production.

Giving a detailed account of the supply o

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021PM Modi to address EU leaders; India, EU to launch Connectivity Partnership

New Delhi, May 8: India on Saturday will launch a Connectivity Partnership with the EU, aiming at furthering the cooperation on transport, energy, digital and people-to-people contacts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will collectively interact virtually with all leaders of EU member nations in the India-EU Leaders meeting in Porto, Portugal, as the meeting is first such gathering in the EU+27 fo

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021180 districts in country have not seen a single corona virus case in last seven days: Dr Harshvardhan

NEW DELHI, MAY 8: Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harshvardhan has said that 180 districts in the country have not seen a single corona virus case in the last seven days. He said, only 0.39 percent patients are on ventilator support and 3.70 per cent are on oxygen supported beds. The Health Minister today chaired the 25th Group of Ministers meeting on Covid-19.

During the meeting, steps

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021PM Narendra Modi lauds Maharashtra's efforts in fight against COVID-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded Maharashtra's efforts in the fight against COVID-19. During the telephonic conversation with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, the Prime Minister said that Maharashtra is fighting a good battle against the second wave of Coronavirus.

The Chief Minister requested more oxygen for the state of Maharashtra. He also informed the Prime Minister about the plans to

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021First batch of 83 Women soldiers inducted into Indian Army

Bengaluru, May 8: The first batch of 83 Women Soldiers were inducted into the Indian Army and their attestation parade was held at the Dronacharya Parade Ground of Corps of Military Police Centre & School (CMP C &S) here today.

The Commandant of the CMP Centre & School, Brigadier C Dayalan, while reviewing the parade complimented the newly attested women soldiers for their impeccable drill and

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021Delhi can be vaccinated in next 3 months if we get 80-85 lakh vaccine doses per month: Kejriwal

New Delhi, May 8: Requesting the Centre to ensure adequate availability of COVID-19 vaccines to Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said if 80-85 lakh doses of vaccines are provided per month, the city government can achieve its target of vaccinating the entire National Capital in three months.

Addressing a digital press conference here, Mr Kejriwal said Delhi has a population of

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021SC orders release of prisoners to decongest jails amid COVID-19 second wave

New Delhi, May 8: Taking note of an "unprecedented surge" in COVID-19 cases in the country, the Supreme Court on Saturday passed directions for decongestion of prisons and ordered forthwith release of all those prisoners who were granted bail or parole last year in view of the pandemic.

A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices L Nageswara Rao and Surya Kant said that all those

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021Normal life remains affected due to COVID restrictions in J&K

Srinagar, May 8: Normal life remained affected in many areas in Jammu and Kashmir on the tenth day on Saturday with the imposition of the lockdown in the wake of an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, officials said.

Roads across the valley continued to wear a deserted look as public transport remained off the roads and markets were shut, they said.

The officials said in the wake of the l

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021Hospital staffer held for sale of fake Remdesivir worth Rs 30K

New Delhi, May 8: The complicity of hospital staff in the black marketing of medicines and selling fake injections amid the Covid-19 crisis has shaken people's belief in the healthcare system in the national capital. The Nangloi police have uncovered a similar nexus where a person working as a dialysis staffer at a hospital in New Delhi's Shalimar Bagh area has been arrested for selling fake Remd

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021In 7 years, Modi govt bogged by 11,424 LoC ceasefire violations: RTI

Mumbai: In a glaring indicator of the growing tensions in India’s immediate neighbourhood, it has now emerged that there were a whopping 11,424 Ceasefire violations (CFVs) on the border under the seven years of the NDA government, compared with just 523 CFVs during the UPA’s 10-year rule.

Year-wise, the border infringements shot up astronomically from just 1 in 2004 to a staggering 4,645 in 20

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021Two lionesses of Etawah safari park test positive for COVID-19

Etawah, May: Two lionesses at the Etawah safari park have been found infected from COVID-19, the director of the park said here on Friday.

The samples of four-year-old lioness Gauri and nine-year-old Jennifer were sent to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) Bareilly and the reports came out to be positive, the director, K K Singh, said.

Both the lionesses were having an appetite

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021States to get over 53 lakh Covid vaccine doses in next 3 days: Health Ministry

New Delhi, May 8: The Union Health Ministry on Saturday said that the states and union territories will get more than 53 lakh (53,25,000) vaccine doses within the next three days.

So far, over 17.49 crore free vaccine doses (17,49,57,770) have been received by them.

As per Ministry data this morning, the total consumption, including wastages, is 16,65,49,583 doses.

More than 84 lakh vacc

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021Kangana contracts COVID-19

Mumbai, May 8: Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut on Saturday confirmed that she has tested positive for coronavirus.

Taking to Instagram, the actress revealed that she got tested on arriving in Himachal Pradesh and results came out positive.

Kangana Ranaut wrote, "I was feeling tired and weak with slight burning sensation in my eyes for past few days, was hoping to go to Himachal so got my tes

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021PM reviews Covid situation in three NE states

Imphal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday spoke to Chief Ministers of Tripura, Manipur and Sikkim on the Covid situation in these three northeastern states.

Officials said that the Prime Minister took stock of the situation related to health care facilities and vaccination in these states.

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb thanked the Prime Minister for sending 60 oxygen concentr

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021Minor fire on board of INS VIKRAMADITYA

Karwar, May 08: There was a minor fire on board the Indian Navy's Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya in the early hours Saturday, and no harm suffered by both the Navy personnel as well as to the vessel.

According to official sources, a minor fire was witnessed on board of the Aircraft and immediately put down by the Navy personnel.

"The duty staff observed smoke emanating from the part of t

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021Two killed as car rams into stationary lorry

Hyderabad, May 8: Two persons, including a detective Inspector, were killed on the spot when the car in which they were travelling rammed into a stationary lorry at Abdullapurmet in Ranga Reddy district in the wee hours of Saturday.

The accident occurred when the deceased along with their son were proceeding to Hyderabad after visiting Suryapet, police said.

They were identified as Lakshman

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021Record 4,187 COVID-19 deaths, 4,01,078 new cases reported in a day in India

NEW DELHI: A record 4,187 COVID-19 fatalities in a day took India’s death toll to 2,38,270, while 4,01,078 new infections were reported during the period, pushing the tally of cases to 2,18,92,676, according to Union Health Ministry data on Saturday.

Registering a steady increase, active cases have reached 37,23,446 which comprise 17.01 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVI

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021Mehbooba appeals to PM to release all political detainees

Srinagar: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Friday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release all political detainees languishing in jails in and outside Jammu and Kashmir immediately in the wake of the worsening COVID-19 situation.
Throughout the world, most countries have released prisoners on parole in view of the alarming COVID crisis. A democratic and civilised country like India sho

 

Friday, May 7, 2021SC dismisses plea seeking stay on Central Vista project construction

New Delhi, May 7: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking a stay on the construction work underway for the Central Vista project in New Delhi as the matter is pending with the Delhi High Court.

A Bench of Justices Vineet Saran and Dinesh Maheshwari, however, granted liberty to petitioners to approach before the Delhi High Court for early hearing.

"We hope and trust t

 

Friday, May 7, 2021Gangster Chhota Rajan dies of COVID-19

New Delhi, May 7: Underworld don and gangster Chhota Rajan succumbed to novel coronavirus at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here on Friday.

The 62-year-old gangster was admitted to AIIMS on April 26.

 

Friday, May 7, 2021SC asks states to release prisoners in view of 'alarming' COVID-19 surge: report

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Friday asked respective state governments to release prisoners from jails in view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, which it termed as “alarming”, NDTV reported.

“The Covid situation is alarming and we have to decongest the prisons,” the NDTV report quoted Chief Justice NV Ramana as observing adding that orders passed last year will have to be repeated.

In

 

Friday, May 7, 2021Delhi HC asks response of Centre, Delhi govt in PIL to vaccinate students appearing for board exams

New Delhi, May 7: Delhi High Court on Friday sought the response of the Centre and Delhi Government in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking vaccination to all class 10 and 12 students who would be appearing for board exams in the 2020-21 session.

The bench headed by Chief Justice D N Patel and comprising Justice Jasmeet Singh was hearing the PIL filed by Advocates Jyoti Aggarwal, Sanjiva

 

Friday, May 7, 2021No lack of oxygen now at COVID centre in south Delhi: ITBP

New Delhi, May 7: Oxygen supply at the 500-oxygenated bed COVID care centre in south Delhi has been "normalised" and there is no lack of the life-saving gas for patients there, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) said on Friday.

This for the first time that a comforting development of adequate oxygen supply has been reported from the facility since it was opened about two weeks ago on April

 

Friday, May 7, 2021Over 125 lakh MT wheat procured in Punjab so far

Chandigarh, May 7: Over 125 lakh metric tonne wheat has been procured in Punjab so far in the ongoing rabi marketing season.

An amount of Rs 21,472 crore has been paid to the farmers so far, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Friday.

I am happy to share that despite the challenge of #COVID-19, we have procured more than 125 Lakh MT wheat till date and paid Rs 21,472 crore to our farmers

 

Friday, May 7, 2021M K Stalin sworn in as Tamil Nadu CM

MAY 7: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by Governor Banwarilal Purohit at Raj Bhawan on Friday.

After a gap of 10 years, the DMK with Stalin at the helm comes back to power for a sixth time in its history by winning the 2021 Assembly elections securing a comfortable majority on its own.

The 68-year-old Sta

 

Friday, May 7, 2021Rahul writes to Modi, criticises govt's Covid, vax strategy

New Delhi: Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying his government’s lack of a clear and coherent Covid and vaccination strategy, as well as its hubris in declaring premature victory as the virus was exponentially spreading, has placed India in a highly dangerous position.

He also said that government’s failures have made another national lo

 

Friday, May 7, 2021Centre has to supply 700 MT oxygen to Delhi daily, says SC

New Delhi, May 7: The Supreme Court on Friday said the Centre has to supply 700 MT of oxygen to Delhi every day till further orders.

A bench comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah said: "We want 700 MT to be supplied to Delhi on daily basis. Don't make us go firm."

Senior advocate Rahul Mehra, counsel representing the Delhi government, mentioned before the top court the supply o

 

Friday, May 7, 2021Over 90 lakh Covid vaccine doses still available with states: Centre

New Delhi, May 7: More than 90 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses (90,30,670) are still available with the states and UTs, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

As per the Ministry's data this morning, of this, the total consumption, including wastages is 16,44,77,100 doses.

States with negative balance are showing more consumption (including wastage) than vaccine supplied as they have not rec

 

Friday, May 7, 2021Lioness at UP's Etawah Lion Safari tests positive for coronavirus

Etawah, May 7: After 8 lions of Hyderabad zoo got infection of Corona, now the authorities of the Etawah Lion Safari were in worry after a Lioness was tested positive of Covid 19.

After two Lioness got ill, the safari authorities sent samples of all 14 animals to IVRI Bareilly. Last night in the report of a Lioness, who was ill was found to be positive.

IVRI joint director Dr KP Singh confi

 

Friday, May 7, 2021Need to sensitise states that speed of vaccination doesn't come down: PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook a comprehensive review of the COVID-19 related situation in the country and stressed the need to sensitise states that the speed of vaccination doesn't come down.

Mr Modi reviewed the progress on vaccination and the roadmap for scaling up production of vaccines in the next few months. He was informed that around 17.7 crore vaccines have been su

 

Friday, May 7, 2021India reports 4,14,188 COVID-19 cases, 3,915 fatalities

New Delhi, May 7: India has registered 4,14,188 new COVID-19 cases within the past 24 hours, marking the largest daily increase since the start of the outbreak, the Health Ministry said on Friday.

With this the cumulative tally in the country has reached 2,14,92,198.

Within the same period, the death toll has risen by 3,915 to stand at 2,34,083. More than 17.61 million patients have recover

 

Friday, May 7, 2021PM speaks to LG to review situation

Jammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha to evaluate the coronavirus crisis in the Union territory.
Modi reviewed the progress of vaccination and the roadmap for scaling up production of vaccines in the next few months, the PMO had said.
He also spoke to chief ministers of four states, including Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha Jharkhand, li

 

Friday, May 7, 2021Task force to track employees assault on their rights': Farooq

Srinagar: National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Thursday termed the formation of a task force to monitor Jammu and Kashmir employees an "assault on their rights", saying termination of some of them in a pandemic is deplorable and callous.
Abdullah called the measure of scrutinizing the Jammu and Kashmir employees with a task force an "arbitrary and unwarranted infringement" of la

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021Delhi receives 730 MT of oxygen, Kejriwal thanks Modi

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expressed his gratitude for receiving oxygen supply.

In the letter, Kejriwal also said that at least this much oxygen should be provided to Delhi daily. Kejriwal wrote that Delhi consumes 700 tonnes of oxygen per day.

"Delhi's daily requirement of oxygen is 700 tonnes. We were constantl

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021No need for tests after 10 days of home isolation in mild COVID-19 cases: New guidelines

The Union Health Ministry has issued revised guidelines for home isolation for patients with mild or asymptomatic symptoms.

The new revised guidelines said, “Patient under home isolation will stand discharged and end isolation after at least 10 days have passed from onset of symptoms (or from date of sampling for asymptomatic cases) and no fever for 3 days. There is no need for testing after t

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021Nearly 750 beds in various military hospitals set aside for civilians: Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that armed forces and other organizations of Defence Ministry are continuously engaged in mitigating the suffering of people during the present Covid crisis. He said, new Covid facilities and Oxygen plants have been set up and additional health professionals have been deployed for the treatment of Covid patients.

Mr. Singh said, nearly 750 beds in vario

 

Thursday, May 6, 202112 states and UTs show early signs of reduction in Covid-19 cases: Govt

New Delhi: The Government has said that 12 States and Union Territories are showing early signs of reduction in COVID-19 cases. These States and Union Territories include Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand and Ladakh. Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Joint Secretary in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Lav Agarwal said, around 2.4 per cent day on day growth i

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021'Harsh but can’t be expunged’, SC quashes EC plea against critical remarks of Madras HC

New Delhi, May 6: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to expunge critical remarks of the Madras High Court holding the Election Commission responsible for the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.

A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud also noted that the High court’s observations against the poll panel were harsh and at times off the cuff remarks are susceptible to misinterpretation.

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021Centre sends 4-member team to W Bengal post-poll violence report

New Delhi, May 6: Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday rushed a four-member probe committee to West Bengal to assess the ground realities amid the post-poll violence, a source in the government said here.

Though the names of the team members, headed by an Additional Secretary level officer, have not been disclosed, but it is likely to probe the actions taken by the state government and reasons

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021Defence Ministry approves 50 AFMS hospitals as dedicated and mixed COVID hospitals

NEW DELHI: Indian Army has clarified that the Defence Ministry has approved a total of 50 Armed Force Medical Services, AFMS hospitals including 42 Army, five Air Force and three Navy designated as Dedicated and Mixed COVID Hospitals.

Besides the entitled clientele of the AFMS, serving personnel, dependents, veterans, and their dependents, civilians may also be admitted subject to referral b

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021Centre reviews preparedness of 5 states of eastern India to address needs & challenges of COVID-19 pandemic

NEW DELHI: Centre reviewed the preparedness of five States of eastern India to address the needs and challenges of the current phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan along with Member, Health, NITI Aayog Dr Vinod K Paul chaired a high-level meeting with the States of Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand. The review meeting assessed the arrangements pu

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021COVID health care centre jointly set up by Army- UT Admin in Srinagar

Srinagar, May 6: In view of the surge in corona positive cases in Srinagar and adjoining districts, Union Territory (UT) administration and Chinar Corps of Indian Army on Wednesday jointly operationalised a 250-bed dedicated COVID Health Care Centre at Rangreth in the central Kashmir district of Badgam.

Srinagar has reported 1311 positive cases while 701 patients have recovered on Wednesday.

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021New high of 4.12L COVID-19 cases, 3,980 deaths in a day in India

New Delhi, May 6: With 4,12,262 fresh cases and 3,980 deaths in last 24 hours, India on Thursday recorded maximum fresh cases and fatalities in a day, another grim record, taking the total caseload in the country to 2,10,77,410, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

Not only has it been 15th straight day with India recording more than three lakh cases but also the second time after

 

Thursday, May 6, 20215 officers deployed for mitigation efforts

Jammu: Five Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) officers have been deployed on special duty in different hospitals in Jammu and Srinagar for assisting in coronavirus mitigation efforts, an official order said on Wednesday.
The order, issued by the General Administration Department (GAD), said the deployment has been made in the interest of the administration.
The five KAS officers have been de

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021Third wave inevitable, says centre

New Delhi: Principal Scientific Advisor to Centre K VijayRaghavan on Wednesday said that the “third phase” of the COVID-19 is inevitable.
VijayRaghavan, while briefing the media personnel over the COVID-19 situation in the country said, “Variants are transmitted same as original strain. It does not have the properties of new kinds of transmission. It infects humans in a manner that makes it more

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021MHA directs states, UTs to ensure no fire incidents take place at hospitals

NEW DELHI : The ministry of home affairs on Wednesday directed states and union territories to put in place a plan of action and ensure that no fire incident occurs in any of the health facilities (particularly COVID-19 dedicated facilities) both in the government and private sector.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, in conversation with the chief secretaries of states and administrators of unio

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021Rules for provisional pension liberalised: GoI

NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today said that Government has decided to extend the payment of provisional pensionup to a period of one year from the date of retirement in view of the pandemic situation. At a meeting held online with sen