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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

 

Friday, May 7, 2021India welcomes US for waiving patent protections for vaccines

New Delhi: India on Thursday welcomed the US administration’s support for waiving patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines and expressed the hope that a waiver can be quickly approved at the World Trade Organization (WTO) through a consensus-based approach.
US Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai announced the Biden administration’s support on Wednesday following pressure from a group of 1

 

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, 2021Moderna's 3rd booster jab effective against Covid variants

MAY 6: A third booster shot of US pharmaceutical Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine can rapidly increase the level of antibodies in previously inoculated people, according to data from its Phase 2 study.

The trial has showcased that antibodies generated by a single 50 mg dose of its booster shot were effective against coronavirus. Moreover, it worked against the original form of the virus, as well as

 

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, 2021Ladakh reports 251 fresh COVID cases, 131 recovered

Leh, May 6: Ladakh has reported 251 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 14,811, while 131 people have recovered from the infection, officials said on Thursday.

The total number of active cases in the union territory has reached 1,494, including 1,264 in Leh district and 230 in Kargil district, they said.

A total of 151 people have died due to the infection in Ladakh, including

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021Global Covid-19 caseload tops 154.7 mn

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 154.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.23 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 154,763,588 and 3,237,435, respectively.

The US continue

 

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, 2021India-China relations going through difficult phase: MEA

London: India's relationship with China is going through a "very difficult phase" but recent discussions have yielded positive results in terms of easing the flow of logistics during the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Wednesday.
During a virtual session here, Jaishankar was asked about India-China relations and the outcome of his recent discussio

 

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

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021Gold declines Rs 317 on muted global trends

Jammu, May 5: Gold dipped Rs 317 to Rs 46,382 per 10 grams in the national capital on Wednesday, in line with a decline in the yellow metal's prices overseas, according to HDFC Securities.

In the previous trade, the precious metal had closed at Rs 46,699 per 10 grams.

In contrast, silver jumped Rs 2,328 to Rs 70,270 per kilogram from Rs 67,942 in the previous trade.

In the international

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021Rupee snaps 2-day winning streak, ends 6 paise down at 73.91 against dollar

Jammu, May 5: The rupee snapped its two-day winning streak and closed 6 paise lower at 73.91 (provisional) against the US dollar on Wednesday.

At the interbank foreign exchange market, the domestic unit opened higher at 73.80, but failed to maintain the gains and fell to 74.04 before ending at 73.91, a loss of 6 paise over its previous close.

On Tuesday, the rupee had settled at 73.85 again

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021Germany airlifts oxygen equipment to India

Jammu, May 5: A German military cargo aircraft with a mobile oxygen production unit for India has departed from an airport in northern Germany to help Indian hospitals that are overwhelmed with coronavirus pandemic patients.

The plane will have a layover in Abu Dhabi and is expected to arrive in India on Thursday.

We're proud to contribute significantly with our airlift in the global fight

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021Mary Kom, 2 other Olympic-bound women boxers to train at ASI Pune for Olympics

Jammu, May 5: Six-time world champion M C Mary Kom, along with two other Olympic-bound boxers, will train at the Army Sports Institute in Pune leading up to the Tokyo Games after the national camp for women in Delhi had to be disbanded owing to COVID-19 cases among pugilists and support staff.

Mary Kom (51kg) will join another Olympic-bound boxer Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), who is already at the

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021Abhishek Banerjee thankful 'Paatal Lok' broke his comedic actor image

Jammu, May 5: Actor-casting director Abhishek Banerjee says after starring in back-to-back comedy films, he was scared of getting typecast but his role of the fearsome killer Hathoda Tyagi in the series "Paatal Lok" helped him break out of that image.

Banerjee, who turned 36 on Wednesday, has emerged as one of the most successful faces on OTT platforms with movies such as "Unpaused" and "Ajeeb

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021BCCI to help arrange charter flights for IPL's Australian players via Maldives or SL: CA

Jammu, May 5: Cricket Australia's interim chief executive Nick Hockley on Wednesday said that the BCCI is working to arrange a charter flight for IPL's Australian recruits, who are likely to stay in Maldives or Sri Lanka before heading back home because of a travel ban on the COVID-19 ravaged India.

The IPL's 40-strong Australian contingent, comprising players, support staff and commentators,

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021RBI unveils loan restructuring scheme for individuals, small businesses

Jammu, May 5: In a bid to provide succor from scourge of COVID-19 pandemic, the Reserve Bank on Wednesday came out with Resolution Framework 2.0 under which individuals and small businesses having exposure up to Rs 25 crore can opt for loan restructuring if they had not availed the earlier scheme.

In case of those who had availed the loan restructuring under the earlier scheme, RBI permitted t

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021Global Covid-19 caseload tops 153.9 mn

Jammu, May 5: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 153.9 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.22 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Wednesday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 153,953,421 and 3,223,436, respectively.

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021Over 94 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses still available with states: Centre

Jammu, May 5: More than 94.47 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs which will receive over 36 lakh fresh doses in the next three days, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

The Government of India has so far provided nearly 17.02 crore vaccine doses (17,02,42,410) to states and UTs free of cost. Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 16,0

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021Railways continuously engaged in delivery of medical oxygen across country through Oxygen Express trains

Jammu, May 5: Railways is continuously engaged in delivery of medical oxygen across the country through its Oxygen Express trains. Oxygen Express carrying around 244 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen reached Delhi this morning.

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said that trains carrying oxygen tankers reached Delhi from Hapa and Mundra of Gujarat. He said, this will ensure smooth supply of oxygen

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021Govt identifies 581 sites for setting up medical oxygen plants in various states

Jammu, May 5: Government has identified 581 sites for setting up additional Pressure Swing Absorption (PSA) medical oxygen plants in various states. In a series of tweets, Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) will be the nodal agency for executing civil and electrical work for these plants and will complete them on war footing.

He

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021ICMR issues advisory for Corona testing; recommends measures to reduce pressure on diagnostic labs

Jammu, May 5: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued advisory for COVID-19 testing during the second wave of the pandemic. It said, at present, the laboratories are facing challenges to meet the expected testing target due to extraordinary case load and staff getting infected with COVID-19.

In view of this situation, it is imperative to optimize the RTPCR testing and simultaneou

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021India, UK adopt Roadmap 2030 to elevate bilateral ties to comprehensive Strategic Partnership

Jammu, May 5: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson have adopted an ambitious ‘Roadmap 2030’ to elevate bilateral ties to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’. The Roadmap will pave the way for a deeper and stronger engagement over the next ten years in the areas of people to people contacts, trade and economy, defence and security, climate action and health.

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021IPL 2021 postponed

New Delhi: BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla on Tuesday clarified that the IPL 2021 season has been postponed and not cancelled. Earlier in the day, the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended indefinitely due to a Covid-19 outbreak in its bio-bubble.

Speaking to Star Sports, Shukla said that the decision on the completion of the tournament will be taken in due course of

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021Yoga Day promotional activities being conducted through digital & electronic platforms

The Ministry of Ayush and the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports have tapped into the spirit of International Day of Yoga to encourage the public to pursue Yoga as a daily routine for good health and well-being. The two Ministries came together to organise a virtual event on Sunday to mark 50 days in the countdown to International Day of Yoga 2021.

In view of the COVID surge all the Yoga Day

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021Less oxygen allotment at Delhi base hospital, Army complaints to govt

NEW DELHI: Indian Army on Tuesday raised an issue of less allotment of oxygen to its base hospital in the national capital by the Delhi government.

The force stated that the hospital has a daily requirement of 3.4 MT of oxygen. The Delhi government allocated 1 MT till Monday.

All of a sudden on Tuesday, the allotment was reduced to 0.4 MT.

A senior Army officer stated that the matter has

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021Twitter permanently suspends Kangana Ranaut's account

New Delhi, May 4: Twitter has permanently suspended Kangana Ranaut's account following a controversial tweet related to violence in Bengal after the Assembly elections.

The action against the actor was taken by the social media site after her tweet that seemed utterly disrespectful for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and politically motivated in which she said, "This is horrible...

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021Anyone able to communicate, is distressed, says head of Psychiatry at AIIMS

New Delhi, May 4: It was during the first lockdown last year that Delhi-based Rasika Bhardwaj (name changed) got in touch with the Psychiatry department at AIIMS through their tele-medicine services. She just could not stay still. The fear that everything was falling apart consumed her.

"Leave alone concentrating on work, even bathing seemed like an impossible chore. Maybe the lockdown was a p

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021Free ration for 2 months to 72L ration card holders in Delhi: Kejriwal

NEW DELHI, MAY 4 : In a move towards helping needy people in the national capital amid lockdown imposed across the city, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced free ration for the next two months to 72 lakh ration card holders.

Kejriwal, however, clarified "it doesn't mean that the lockdown will continue for the next two months", expressing hope that the restrictions will be

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021India registered more than 3 lakh Corona recoveries: Govt

India has registered more than 3 lakh Corona recoveries during the last 24 hours, government said on Tuesday.

Ministry of health tweeted: “India registered more than 3 lakh #COVID19 recoveries in the last 24 hours. Together, we can win the battle against COVID-19.”

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce

Seattle, May 4: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda announced that they are getting divorced and are about to put an end to their 27 years of marriage.

The couple would continue to work together at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private charitable foundation.

In a statement on Twitter, the couple said they will continue their work at their foundati

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021Over 1 crore 66 lakh people recovered from COVID-19 infection in country so far

NEW DELHI: The number of total active cases of COVID-19 in the country further swelled up today to comprise nearly 17 percent of the total reported cases. The Health Ministry has informed that currently over 34 lakh 47 thousand people are reported to be suffering from the viral pandemic and are either hospitalised or are under home isolation.

In the last 24 hours, the nation registered 3 lakh

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021Three Govt officials dismissed over alleged anti-state activities in J-K

Srinagar: Three government officials including an assistant professor were dismissed from service over alleged anti-state activities in Jammu and Kashmir, drawing strong criticism from PDP president Mehbooba Mufti who said the government has "misplaced priorities" during the pandemic.

It's the first such action after the administration formed a committee last month that is empowered to look in

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021COVID: Omar Abdullah tweets SOS from Ayodhya teacher's family as district faces oxygen scarcity

Ayodhya, May 4: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to amplify the plea for medical assistance from the family of a COVID-positive school teacher in Ayodhya, which is grappling with a shortage of life-saving oxygen as the number of cases mounts.

BJP MP from Faizabad Lallu Singh acknowledged that there is a shortage of oxygen in the district.

The District Wo

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021Social distancing not enough to cut Covid risk indoors: Study

Are you maintaining a distance of two-metres with your colleagues at work, co-passengers in public transport? You may still be at risk of contracting the Covid infection, says a study.

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the US, stated that the two-metre rule was originally developed when the prevailing belief was that Covid-19 transmission occurred solely through he

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021Light to moderate rain likely in J&K, Ladakh

Srinagar, May 4: Dry, pleasant weather continued in Kashmir and Ladakh on Tuesday as the Meteorological Department (MeT) forecast light to moderate rain for the next few days.

"Light to moderate rain/thundershower may occur at isolated to fairly widespread places during May 5 to 8.

"There is no forecast of any major rainfall till next 10 days", a statement issued by the MeT department said.

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021Over 15 crore 89 lakh people vaccinated against COVID-19 in country so far

NEW DELHI: India's vaccination drive against COVID-19 continues with added momentum and has crossed the cumulative tally of over 15 crore 89 lakh doses so far. In the World's largest vaccination programme the nation administered more than 17 lakh doses of COVID vaccine in the last 24 hours.

The Health Ministry has informed that in a span of 108 days since the beginning of the vaccination dri

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021EAM S Jaishankar hold talks with US counterpart Antony Blinken in London

NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had a meeting with his US counterpart Antony Blinken in London yesterday on the sidelines of G-7 Foreign Ministers' meeting. The two leaders had detailed discussion on the global Covid challenge, focussing on expanded vaccine production capacity and reliable supply chains.

The meeting also covered issues of Indo-Pacific, UN Security Council, M

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021Modi condoles death of ex-J&K Governor Jagmohan

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condoled the death of the former Governor and termed his death as ‘monumental loss for the nation’.

Condoling his death, PM Modi in a tweet said, “Jagmohan Ji’s demise is a monumental loss for our nation. He was an exemplary administrator and a renowned scholar. He always worked towards the betterment of India. His ministerial tenure was marke

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021PM holds meeting with Chief of Naval Staff

New Delhi: The Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh on Monday briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the efforts made by the Indian Navy to aid civil administration in Covid management.

He informed the PM that the Indian Navy has reached out to all state administrations and have offered help in terms of hospital beds, transportation and the Naval hospitals have been opened for use of c

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021India records 3,57,229 COVID-19 cases, 3,449 more die

New Delhi, May 4: India recorded 3,57,229 new COVID-19 cases within the past 24 hours, pushing the active caseload to 1,99,25,604, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said on Tuesday.

Within the same period, the death toll has risen by 3,449 and now stands at 2,22,408. More than 15.68 million patients have recovered since the start of the epidemic.

As many as 3,20,289 we

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021MBBS students to handle Covid cases

New Delhi: The Centre on Monday said that final-year MBBS students as well as BSc and GNM-qualified nurses can be deployed for Covid duties. It added that the medical personnel completing 100 days of Covid duties will be given priority in forthcoming regular government recruitments.

The move is expected to reduce the workload on the existing doctors and nurses who are treating Covid patients n

 

Monday, May 3, 2021Javadekar slams Congress on World Press Freedom Day

NEW DELHI: On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said the Constitution has given freedom of the press as part of fundamental rights and it was only during Emergency when it was “muzzled” by the Congress.

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNES

 

Monday, May 3, 2021COVID-19 management not our prerogative, EC tells SC

New Delhi, May 3: The Election Commission, rattled over the strong high court observations related to conducting of just concluded assembly elections, told the Supreme Court on Monday that COVID-19 management was not its prerogative and it does not run the governance of the state.

A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah was told by senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for the EC,

 

Monday, May 3, 2021Govt to give priority in future recruitment to medics completing 100 days of COVID duty

New Delhi, May 3: The Prime Minister's Office on Monday announced that the government will give priority to the individuals in forthcoming regular Government recruitments providing minimum 100 days of services in Covid duty.

Apart from preference in recruitment, the PMO also said that Medical personnel completing 100 days of COVID duties will be given Prime Minister's Distinguished Covid Natio

 

Monday, May 3, 2021SBI allocates Rs 71 Cr to combat 2nd wave of Covid-19

NEW DELHI: State Bank of India (SBI), the country's largest lender, has allocated Rs 71 crore, to undertake various support initiatives to help the country combat the second wave of Covid-19.

The bank has dedicated Rs 30 crore to setup 1,000 bed makeshift hospitals, 250 bed ICU facilities and 1,000 bed isolation facilities across some of the worst-hit states. These facilities would be set up i

 

Monday, May 3, 2021Vice President urges media professionals to act as protective shield to our society against disinformation

NEW DELHI: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has greeted the media fraternity on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day. Mr. Naidu said that in the age of information, media professionals play a critical role in bringing out reliable and verified facts. He said that media professionals act as a protective shield to our society against disinformation.

Mr. Naidu urged media professionals to alw

 

Monday, May 3, 2021Centre provides over 16 crore 54 lakh vaccine doses free of cost to states, UTs so far

NEW DELHI: The Union Government has provided over 16 crore 54 lakh vaccine doses free of cost to States and Union Territories so far. Of this, the total consumption of doses including wastages is over 15 crore 79 lakh. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said that more than 75 lakh vaccines doses are still available with the States and Union Territories.

The Ministry has assured that m

 

Monday, May 3, 2021Petrol dealers urge LG to open one side of road at Singhu border

New Delhi, May 3: Petrol pump owners have urged Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Delhi police to at least open one side of the road at the Singhu border so that fuel retail business could resume after months of closure.

In a letter written to LG, the Delhi Petrol Dealers' Association has said that police should open one side of the road particularly Delhi-Panipat side as farmers have agreed to giv

 

Monday, May 3, 2021Covid-19: 24 die of Oxygen crisis in Chamarajanagara

Chamarajanagara, May 3: A total of 24 people have died in the last 24 hours due to non availability of Oxygen in various hospitals, government said here on Monday.

Chamarajanagara Deputy Commissioner Ravi said that while23 people died in government Hospital, one person succumbed in a private hospital. The deaths have taken place since 0800 hrs on May 2 till 0800 hrs on May 3.

It is being sa

 

Monday, May 3, 2021Policy paralysed govt can't defeat virus: Rahul

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has attacked the Union Government for policy paralysis, and said the government should face it and not fake it.

Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "A policy paralysed GOI cannot secure victory over the virus. Face it. Don't fake it."

India continued to report a dip in the number of Covid cases with 3,68,147 fresh cases and 3,417 fatalities recorded in last 24 ho

 

Monday, May 3, 2021Traffic allowed from Srinagar to Jammu after three days

Srinagar, May 3: Traffic was on Monday allowed from Srinagar to Jammu after three day up convoy to allow free movement of vehicles , carrying darbar move employees on the national highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.
However, the historic Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, remained closed th

 

Monday, May 3, 2021Modi, Johnson launch Roadmap 2030 to boost India-UK partnership Tuesday

New Delhi, May 3: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a virtual Summit with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson on Tuesday and the two leaders will unveil a roadmap to elevate strategic ties and expand cooperation over the next decade.

India-UK Strategic Partnership since 2004 has been marked by regular high-level exchanges and growing convergences in diverse areas.

"T

 

Monday, May 3, 2021V Prez Venkaiah Naidu greets media fraternity on World Press Freedom Day

NEW DELHI: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has greeted the media fraternity on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day. Mr. Naidu said that in the age of information, media professionals play a critical role in bringing out reliable and verified facts. He said that media professionals act as a protective shield to our society against disinformation.

Mr. Naidu urged media professionals to alw

 

Monday, May 3, 2021Northern Command to set up support system for former personnel, their families in J-K, Ladakh

Udhampur (J&K), May 3: The Northern Command of the Indian Army is setting up a robust support system to take care of its former personnel and their families in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh in the wake of the worsening COVID-19 situation in the country.

A defence spokesperson said Northern Command chief Lt Gen Y K Joshi has issued necessary directions to the formations for this.

A network of

 

Monday, May 3, 2021Australian PM defends ban on citizens returning from India; says it's in best interests'

Melbourne, May 3: Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday defended his government's decision to ban and impose a jail term and a penalty for Australians trying to return from India, saying it is in the country's best interests and to prevent a third wave of infections.

The Australian government, for the first time in history, recently imposed a ban on its citizens from returning ho

 

Monday, May 3, 2021Global Covid-19 caseload tops 152.4 mn

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 152.4 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.19 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Monday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 152,475,547 and 3,198,397, respectively.

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Monday, May 3, 2021Double masks can keep covid at bay: Doctors

At a time when the new variants of Covid are proving highly contagious with some studies suggesting the virus may spread through air as well, the doctor here recommend use of double masks preferably by wearing them tightly.

Though N-95 masks are considered gold standard, doctors suggest that even simple surgical masks worn with other type masks can also be effective.

Last year during the fi

 

Monday, May 3, 2021India reports 3.68L new COVID-19 cases, 3,417 deaths in 24 hrs

NEW DELHI: India continued to report a dip in the number of COVID-19 cases with 3,68,147 fresh cases and 3,417 fatalities recorded in last 24 hours, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said here on Monday.

It is the 12th straight day when India recorded more than 3 lakh cases while over 3,000 casualties have been reported for the past six days.

India’s total tally of Covid-19 cases

 

Monday, May 3, 2021Our first priority is COVID : Mamata

Kolkata, May 2: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) Mamata Banerjee on Sunday reiterated that her first priority is COVID, and she will continue to fight against the pandemic.

Addressing a press conference, the chief minister claimed that she would seek assistance from the Centre and prioritise her efforts to minimise the impact of the second wave.

Ms Banerjee said this

 

Monday, May 3, 2021UK to send 1K more ventilators ahead of PM Modi-Johnson talks

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to agree a "huge range" of commitments to deepen cooperation between the two countries, including on combating the coronavirus pandemic, Downing Street said on Sunday.
The government confirmed the talks schedule as it said that 1,000 more ventilators will be sent from the UK's su

 

Monday, May 3, 2021Kashmir leaders hail victory of Mamata in West Bengal polls

SRINAGAR: As Mamata Banerjee lead All India Trinamool Congress party registers a landslide victory for the third consecutive term in the 2021 West Bengal Assembly elections, reaction poured in from major mainstream politicians of Jammu & Kashmir. Former Chief Minister and Vice President of the National Conference, Omar Abdullah while congratulating Mamata wrote on twitter, Heartiest congratulatio

 

Sunday, May 2, 2021UK in last lap in fight against COVID-19, says minister

Jammu, May 2: The UK is very close to turning the corner in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic and it is important to remain careful in the last lap of the process, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Sunday.

The senior Cabinet minister was defending the government's roadmap out of the lockdown, which is now set to ease further on May 17 when greater indoor interactions are expec

 

Sunday, May 2, 2021Rahul diagnosed with appendicitis, Agarwal to lead Punjab in his absence

Jammu, May 2: Punjab Kings skipper K L Rahul has been diagnosed with acute appendicitis and has flown to Mumbai for surgery and further treatment, the IPL franchise announced on Sunday.

Mayank Agarwal will lead the side in Rahul's absence, starting with tonight's match against Delhi Capitals here.

"K L Rahul complained of severe abdomen pain last night and after not responding to medication

 

Sunday, May 2, 2021Phase-3 vaccination: Over 86,000 received first dose on May 1

New Delhi: A total of 86,023 beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years received their first dose of COVID vaccine across 11 states on May 1, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 15.68 crore as the phase-3 of the nationwide vaccination drive commenced on Saturday.

The ministry said, "86,023 benef

 

Sunday, May 2, 2021Mamata Banerjee pays tribute to Satyajit Ray on his 100th birth anniversary

Jammu, May 2: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday took to Twitter and paid tribute to legendary director Satyajit Ray on his 100th birth anniversary.

Celebrities and netizens have also taken to the social media to pay tribute to the icon.

Banerjee began her tribute with one of the most popular lines of Ray's musicals -- "Goopi Gyne Bagha Byne" -- Maharaja Tomare Selam (Salu

 

Sunday, May 2, 2021India receives more foreign aid of medicines, medical equipment & oxygen

Jammu, May 2: India has received more foreign aid of medicines, medical equipment and oxygen. Another flight from US arrived in India last night carrying over one thousand oxygen cylinders, regulators and other medical equipment.

The third shipment in a period of two days adding to the oxygen capacities in India. The Ministry of External Affairs thanked US for its support.

Hundred oxygen

 

Sunday, May 2, 2021Messi backs social media boycott by English soccer

Jammu, May 2: Lionel Messi used his social media platform with 200 million followers to call for action against online abuse.

The Barcelona forward's message on Saturday coincides with a four-day boycott of social media by soccer leagues, clubs and players in England to protest against online racial abuse and discrimination.

Messi was not silent. Instead, he used his Instagram post to send

 

Sunday, May 2, 2021Will try to keep soft interest rate regime as long as possible: SBI chief

Jammu, May 2: State Bank of India (SBI) will try to keep the interest rates benign as long as possible with a view to supporting the economic growth, its chairman Dinesh Kumar Khara has said.

On the impact of the second wave of COVID-19 on non-performing assets of the bank, the SBI chief said that as the lockdown was not pan-India, one will have to wait and watch to assess its impact on the ba

 

Sunday, May 2, 2021GST collection hits all-time high of over Rs 1.41 lakh crore in April

Jammu, May 2: The gross Goods and Services Tax (GST) revenue collected in the month of April is at a record high of one lakh 41 thousand 384 crore rupees. Of which CGST is 27 thousand 837 crore, SGST is 35 thousand 621 crore, IGST is 68 thousand 481 crore and Cess is nine thousand 445 crore rupees.

Finance Ministry said, the revenues for the month of April this year are 14 per cent higher tha

 

Sunday, May 2, 2021Match-winning knock against teams like CSK stuff people will speak about: Pollard

Jammu, May 2: Big-hitting Mumbai Indians batsman Kieron Pollard feels proud of his match-winning knock against arch rivals Chennai Super Kings in the "El Clasico of IPL", saying this was a kind of performance people would speak about for long.

Pollard singlehandedly took Mumbai Indians to a four-wicket win over CSK by smashing a blistering 34-ball 87 not out in a last-ball thriller on Saturday

 

Sunday, May 2, 2021Dilip Kumar admitted to hospital for routine check-up, to be discharged today

Jammu, May 2: Legendary actor Dilip Kumar has been admitted to a hospital for a regular health check-up and will be discharged today, his wife and veteran actor Saira Banu said on Sunday.

The 98-year-old actor was admitted to the suburban Khar-based Hinduja Hospital on Friday afternoon, Banu said.

"All the tests have been conducted by the team of doctors and sahab (Kumar) is fine. He will b

 

Sunday, May 2, 2021Fauci suggests a few weeks' lockdown in India

New Delhi: Top US epidemiologist Anthony Fauci has suggested a lockdown for a few weeks in India as an immediate step to contain the spread of the coronavirus as its deadly second wave shows no signs of ebbing.
Fauci, in an interview to The Indian Express, said another most important thing in the immediate is to get supplies of oxygen, medication, PPEs.
He said looking at the magnitude of the

 

Sunday, May 2, 2021Russian vaccine arrives in India

Hyderabad : A flight carrying the first lot of Sputnik V vaccines from Russia, landed in Hyderabad, Telangana on Saturday.
Last month, the Drug Controller General (DCGI) had issued permission for Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories to import the Russian vaccine to India for emergency use.
The rollout of the Russian vaccine is expected to augment India’s third phase of the vaccination drive which commenced

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021Gautam Gambhir arranges 200 oxygen concentrators for people in Delhi


New Delhi: The East Delhi MP said the oxygen concentrators will be provided free of cost and the step has been taken to strengthen the city’s fight against the deadly second wave of COVID-19 which has cost so many lives.

The Delhi High Court had earlier this week questioned if Gambhir had license to procure and distribute Fabiflu in large quantities.

The BJP leader’s office, in a statem

 

Saturday, May 1, 20217 Covid patients die due to Oxygen crisis in Gurugram hospital

MAY 1: At least 7 patients died allegedly due to shortage of Oxygen supply in Kriti Hospital of Gurugram, located in Sector-56, on Friday night.

Attendants of the deceased created ruckus inside the hospital premises. Some family members also staged protest outside the hospital.

Reportedly the deceaseds' families approached the police and with their intervention the lives of remaining Covid

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021BSF seizes Rs 52 cr worth heroin from Punjab border

Jalandhar, May 1 : Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday said it foiled an attempt of few persons from Pakistan side of the border at Ferozepur sector to push contraband into India and recovered from the site several packets of heroin, having a value of Rs 52.50 crore in the international market.

A spokesperson of Punjab Frontier's Headquarter of the BSF here, said the alert BSF troops obser

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021Lata Mangeshkar gives Rs 7L to Maha CMRF for Covid

Mumbai: Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has expressed his gratitude to the renowned singer for her public-spirited gesture to help the Covid-19 efforts.

The CM also appealed to people to contribute whatever they can for the Covid-19 war and the ongoing free vaccination drive for 18-44 age group which was taken up in the state from today, May 1, which is also Maharashtra Day and International

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021Ladakh adds 103 COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths

LEH, MAY 1: Ladakh's COVID-19 tally climbed to 13,969 with 103 fresh cases while the death toll mounted to 143 as three more people succumbed to the disease, officials said on Saturday.

The number of active cases in the union territory, however, dropped to 1,450 from 1,597 on Friday as 247 more patients were discharged, the officials said quoting a bulletin issued by the Directorate of Health

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021Over 79 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses available with states/UTs: Centre

JAMMU: More than 79 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses are available with the states and Union territories and over 17 lakh doses will be supplied to them in the next three days, the Union health ministry said on Saturday.

The Centre has so far provided nearly 16.37 crore vaccine doses to states/UTs free of cost. Of this, the total consumption, including wastages, is 15,58,48,782 doses, according to

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021Israel bans travel to 7 countries including India

MAY 1: The Israeli government on Friday decided to ban travel of Israeli citizens to seven countries over high Covid-19 morbidity and fear of the spread of variants of the virus, according to a joint statement issued by Prime Minister’s Office and Health Ministry.

The seven are Ukraine, Ethiopia, Brazil, South Africa, India, Mexico and Turkey, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The ban will t

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021Rahul Gandhi launches medical advisory helpline

New Delhi, May 1: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday launched 'Hello Doctor', a medical advisory helpline for Covid patients and urged the doctors to come forward and extend their support.

Taking to Twitter, Mr Gandhi said, 'India needs to stand together and help our people. We have launched "Hello Doctor’ a medical advisory helpline. Please call +919983836838 for medical advice. Dear Dr

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021SC allows counting of votes in UP Panchayat polls

New Delhi, May 1: The Supreme Court on Saturday refused to put a stay on the counting of votes for the Uttar Pradesh Panchayat elections.

The four-phase panchayat polls in Uttar Pradesh ended on Thursday and the counting is scheduled to begin from Sunday morning, May 2.

"We reject the request for deferring the counting by recording the submissions of the SEC that all protocols will be obser

 

Saturday, May 1, 202115 oxygen concentrators from Thailand arrived in Delhi as assistance to India in fight against COVID-19

NEW DELHI: Fifteen oxygen concentrators from Thailand arrived in Delhi today as assistance to India in the fight against COVID19. India has welcomed the gift of oxygen concentrators from its ASEAN partner. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi also thanked the Indian community in Thailand who have generously donated another 15 oxygen concentrators.

Sources said Thai Prime Mini

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021Crisis over shortage of Remdesivir, Fabiflu to end by next fortnight

New Delhi: "An unprecedented surge in demand of some crucial medicines, used in treating Covid patients, has created a mess. Now companies like Cipla or Cadila, and others have increased production of vials manifolds. We promise supplies will be sufficient, "Rajiv Singhal, General Secretary of All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists(AIOCD), representing over 9.50 lakh chemists across the

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021Global Covid-19 caseload tops 150.9mn

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 150.9 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.17 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Saturday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 150,972,476 and 3,176,054, respectively.

The US continue

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021K'taka witnesses biggest single-day spike of 48,296 Covid cases

Bengaluru, May 1: Battered by the onslaught of the second of the Covid-19 pandemic, Karnataka reported an all-time high single-day spike of 48,296 Covid cases in the last 24 hours, including a staggering 26,756 infections in Bengaluru alone, the state health bulletin said on Friday.

“With 48,296 new cases registered on Thursday, the state’s Covid tally shot up to 15,23,142, including 3,82,690

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021Centre releases Rs 8,873.6 cr fund to states to fight Covid

New Delhi, May 1: The Finance Ministry has released an amount of Rs 8,873.6 crore in advance towards central share of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for FY22 to help states in their fight against Covid-19.

The advance release of 1st instalment of central share towards SDRF has been released as a special dispensation on the recommendations of the home ministry.

Normally, the first i

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021Guj: 18 COVID-19 patients killed in hospital fire

Ahmedabad, May 1: At least 18 coronavirus patients died after a fire broke out at a hospital in Gujarat's Bharuch in the early hours on Saturday.

This COVID-19 designated hospital is situated on the Bharuch-Jambusar highway, around 190 km from Ahmedabad and is being run by a trust.

According to an hospital source, there were around 50 other patients at the four-storeyed Welfare Hospital whe

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021PM Modi greets people of Gujarat, M'rashtra on statehood day

New Delhi, May 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the people of Gujarat and Maharashtra on their statehood day and wished them more strength to fight Covid-19 successfully.

Taking to Twitter, he said, 'Today, Gujarat and Maharashtra mark their Statehood Days. Both states are home to outstanding people, who have made landmark contributions to national growth. May these states f

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021Over 60 passengers airlifted b/w Kargil & Jammu

Srinagar, May 1: Airlifting of passengers between border town of Kargil and Jammu and Srinagar continued even though the national highway, connecting Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir was through for one-way traffic on Saturday.

Chief coordinator Kargil courier Er Aamir Ali said today 61 passengers were airlifted in the courier service .

He said 9 passengers were airlifted from Ka

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021PM offers prayers to Guru Teg Bahadur at Sis Ganj Sahib

New Delhi, May 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday morning visited Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib in the national capital and offered prayers on the 400th Prakash Purab of Guru Teg Bahadur.

According to sources, Prime Minister Modi visited the Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib in Chandni Chowk area without security route or special security arrangements at the Gurudwara.

"On the special occasion o

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021Devotees pay obeisance in Punjab to mark 400th Prakash Purb

Chandigarh: Amid the coronavirus surge, thousands of devotees on Saturday paid obeisance at gurdwaras across Punjab to commemorate the 400th Prakash Purb celebrations of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib.

Religious fervour was seen at Harmandar Sahib, the holiest of Sikh shrines also known as Golden Temple, in Amritsar and other historic gurdwaras across the region as devotees began to assemble since ea

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021With over 4 lakh nCoV cases in 24 hrs, India sets new grim world record

New Delhi, May 1: India has set a grim, global record with 401,993 new COVID-19 cases within the past 24 hours, marking the largest daily increase since the start of the outbreak, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said on Saturday.

The total number of those who tested positive for the coronavirus in India has reached 19,164,969, according to the ministry.

Within the sa

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021Light rain In Valley

Srinagar: World famous health resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam received light rains even as mercury hovered above normal in most parts of Kashmir Valley, officials said on Friday.
A meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a low of 11.4°C against 11.6°C on the previous night. The temperature was 2.1°C above normal for this time of the season in the summer capital of J&K, he

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021Loyalty bonus announced for NHM contractual staff

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government has announced grant of loyalty bonus for contractual staff of the National Health Mission (NHM) for the financial year 2020-21 for their service through the pandemic.
According to an order issued by the health and medical education department, the sanction has been accorded for 10 per cent experience-loyalty bonus to those employees who have completed mini

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021Delhi-Katra expressway: Farmers stage protest against ‘inadequate’ compensation

Chandigarh: A large number of farmers in Punjab took out a tractor march in Patiala on Friday, claiming they were being offered much lesser compensation than the prevailing market rate for their land being acquired for the Delhi-Katra expressway.
The farmers marched towards the Patiala residence of the Punjab chief minister, but police stopped them midway.
Some of the protesters then blocked th