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Curfew in Maharashtra for 15 days from tomorrow, only essential services allowed
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Curfew in Maharashtra for 15 days from tomorrow, only essential services allowed

Deserted road at Marine drive as Maharashtra govt announced weekend lockdown due to surge in Covid cases in Mumbai on 10 April, 2021 | PTI Text Size: A- A+ Mumbai: Maharashtra Government on Tuesday announced a 15-day long statewide curfew from April 14 amid the spike in coronavirus cases in the state. The curfew, which excludes essential services, will come into effect from 8 pm on Wednesday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said in his address via social media to people of the state. Section 144 (prohibitory orders) of the Criminal Procedure Code will be in force till the “lockdown-like” restrictions are in place, Thackeray said. He refrained from terming the new curbs as a lockdown. There is a shortage of me...
Gauhati HC rejects Assam tribunal order declaring man foreigner
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Gauhati HC rejects Assam tribunal order declaring man foreigner

File photo | A man checks his name on NRC list in Guwahati on 31 August 2019 | ANI Photo Text Size: A- A+ Guwahati: The Gauhati High Court has set aside an order of a tribunal of Assam declaring a man “foreigner” and observed that the person does not need to explain the linkage with all his relatives featured in voters lists to establish his citizenship. The Foreigners Tribunal III of Barpeta had ordered that Mohd Haider Ali is a foreigner as he could not establish his linkage with some of his relatives whose names figure in the voters list, though he did so in the case of his parents and grandparents. A division bench of the high court comprising Justices N Kotiswar Singh and Manish Choudhury turned down the...
Mankind won’t defeat Covid unless everyone comes out of it, says PM Modi
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Mankind won’t defeat Covid unless everyone comes out of it, says PM Modi

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | ANI Photo Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday stressed the need for united global efforts to deal with the coronavirus crisis, saying mankind will not be able to defeat it unless everyone comes out of it. In an address at the Raisina Dialogue, the Prime Minister said India tried to protect its 1.3 billion nationals from COVID-19, and, at the same time, tried to support pandemic response efforts of others. “We understand fully, that mankind will not defeat the pandemic unless all of us, everywhere, regardless of the colour of our passports, come out of it. That is why, this year, despite many constraints, we have supplied vaccines to...
Visit Ayurveda practitioners for mild Covid, have Chayawanprash & haldi milk: Niti Aayog – ThePrint
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Visit Ayurveda practitioners for mild Covid, have Chayawanprash & haldi milk: Niti Aayog – ThePrint

Representational image for Ayurveda | Photo: piqsels.com Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Adopt Ayurvedic “immune boosters” such as Chyawanprash and drink haldi doodh (turmeric milk) and kadha (a concoction of various household spices), Dr V.K. Paul, member (health) NITI Aayog, said Tuesday, asking people with mild Covid symptoms to visit Ayurveda practitioners and follow their advice. Dr Paul’s statement comes on a day fresh Covid-19 cases in the country breached 1,60,000-mark for the second consecutive day. “To increase immunity during a pandemic, there is guidance from the government to adopt Ayurvedic products. Specific recommendations to remind you are Chyawanprash twice a day, have turmeric milk once a day...
Renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan in ICU after testing positive for Covid
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Renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan in ICU after testing positive for Covid

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | ww.cpsglobal.org Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, a renowned Islamic scholar and peace activist, was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Delhi late Monday night after he tested positive for Covid-19. The 96-year-old scholar has been admitted to the ICU, however, he has no fever and his blood and oxygen levels are also stable. Zafarul Islam, Khan’s eldest son, said that he was doing much better but was still in ICU. “Nobody is allowed to enter the room or speak to him, but the doctors have told us that he is doing much better now. There is no fever, his oxygen level is stable and his blood pressure is normal,” Islam told ThePrint. According to him, Khan had been unwell ...
Covid crisis due to lack of better planning, not vaccine shortage, says Modi govt
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Covid crisis due to lack of better planning, not vaccine shortage, says Modi govt

Two beneficiaries receiving Covid-19 vaccinations simultaneously in Dadar, Mumbai | Representational image: ANI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Over 1.67 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with states and UTs, the Centre said on Tuesday, underlining that the problem is not of vaccine shortage but of better planning. Addressing a press conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said so far states and UTs have received 13,10,90,370 vaccine doses, out of which the total consumption, including wastage, has been 11,43,69,677. “As per 11 am data, unutilised doses available with states and union territories for administration is 1,67,20,693. From now till April end, 2,01,22,960 doses are in supply p...
EC lets off BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari with warning for ‘mini-Pakistan’ remark
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EC lets off BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari with warning for ‘mini-Pakistan’ remark

File photo of BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari | ANI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Election Commission has let off BJP candidate from West Bengal’s Nandigram Suvendu Adhikari with a light rap for his “mini-Pakistan” remark made at a public meeting last month. In an order issued on Monday night, the poll panel warned Adhikari and said it “advises him to desist from using such statement while making public utterances during the period when Model Code of Conduct is in force”. The order said the commission is of the considered view that Adhikari violated Para 2 and 3 of Part 1 ‘General Conduct of Model Code of Conduct for the Guidance of Political Parties and Candidates’. Adhikari is pitted against West Bengal Chief...
‘Positive dip’ in Kumbh Mela, and Centre’s ‘tika utsav’ decoration
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‘Positive dip’ in Kumbh Mela, and Centre’s ‘tika utsav’ decoration

Nala Ponnappa | Twitter Text Size: A- A+ The selected cartoons appeared first in other publications, either in print or online, or on social media, and are credited appropriately. In today’s featured cartoon, Nala Ponnappa takes a dig at pilgrims not following Covid rules at the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Haridwar while reports indicate that 102 people have tested positive at the gathering. Mika Aziz | TwitterMika Aziz on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s naming of India’s Covid vaccination drive as “Tika Utsav”, amid the nationwide vaccine shortage. Satish Acharya | TwitterSatish Acharya on the burning of day labourer Syed Issaq’s library in Mysore, in an alleged arson case. Manjul | FirstpostManjul takes a swipe at...
Covid-19 pandemic — Hong Kong’s ‘vaccination bubble’ plan, robots battle virus in Rwanda
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Covid-19 pandemic — Hong Kong’s ‘vaccination bubble’ plan, robots battle virus in Rwanda

Government workers wearing PPE walk past police officers in an area under lockdown on Robinson Road in Hong Kong on13 March, 2021. | Justin Chin | Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc in the world. The latest count being more than 13 crore cases and over 29.5 lakh deaths. We highlight some of the important stories from around the world. Hong Kong will extend social distancing rules by two weeks as it tries to find a way to incentivise people to take Covid shot. Meanwhile, health officials in the US are are finding that younger people who have not been vaccinated are helping drive a rise in Covid-19 cases in the country. How Hong Kong is incentivising vaccination...
India & France will advance shared post-Covid agenda through close collaboration: Jaishankar
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India & France will advance shared post-Covid agenda through close collaboration: Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday held extensive talks with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on 13 April | Twitter| @DrSJaishankar Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday held extensive talks with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, covering all aspects of the bilateral strategic ties as well as regional and global challenges. The French minister arrived here on Monday evening on a three-day visit to explore ways to further boost cooperation between the two countries, including in the Indo-Pacific region. After the talks, Jaishankar said India and France will advance their shared post-COVID-19 agenda through “close collaboration”. “A comfor...
Doctors’ association calls out VIP culture in govt hospitals for Covid testing in letter to Modi
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Doctors’ association calls out VIP culture in govt hospitals for Covid testing in letter to Modi

A medic collects a sample of a woman for COVID-19 testing | Representational image | PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA), an association of doctors, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing concerns about the prevailing “VIP culture” in government hospitals amid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country. In a letter to the PM Monday, the association noted that there are separate VIP counters at several Centre-run government hospitals that offer Covid testing only to politicians and ministers. “But doctors have no separate counter for testing,” the letter read, a copy of which was accessed by ThePrint. Signed by FAIMA President Dr ...
Modi govt fast-tracks emergency approval of foreign-produced Covid vaccines
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Modi govt fast-tracks emergency approval of foreign-produced Covid vaccines

Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine |Photographer: Oliver Bunic/Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: With an aim to expand the basket of COVID-19 vaccines and enhance the pace of inoculation in India, the central government on Tuesday said it has fast-tracked emergency approval for foreign-produced jabs that have been granted similar clearances in other countries. The first 100 beneficiaries of such foreign vaccines shall be assessed for seven days for safety outcomes before it is rolled out for further immunization programme within the country, the Union Health Ministry said. The Centre’s decision came after an expert panel recommended that COVID-19 vaccines which have been developed an...
SC adjourns hearing on Zakia Jafri’s plea against clean chit to Modi in 2002 Gujarat riots – ThePrint
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SC adjourns hearing on Zakia Jafri’s plea against clean chit to Modi in 2002 Gujarat riots – ThePrint

The Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned by two weeks the hearing on a plea of Zakia Jafri, the wife of slain MP Ehsan Jafri, challenging the Special Investigation Team (SIT) clean chit to then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots. A bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar said the matter would be listed after two weeks as the petitioner has circulated a letter seeking adjournment in the case. The apex court had on March 16 posted the matter for hearing on Tuesday and said that it would not entertain any more request for adjournment. The bench had last month taken note of the request of senior advocate Kapil Siba...
India records 1,61,736 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours, recovery rate drops to 89.51%
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India records 1,61,736 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours, recovery rate drops to 89.51%

A health worker in protective gear collects a swab sample from a passenger at Nizamuddin Railway Station in New Delhi | PTI File Photo Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: A total of 1,61,736 new coronavirus infections have been reported in a day pushing India’s tally of cases to 1,36,89,453, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate dropped further to 89.51 per cent, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry. The death toll increased to 1,71,058 with 879 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. Registering a steady increase for the 34th day in a row, the number of active cases rose to 12,64,698, or 9.24 per cent of the total infections. The active caseload was at its lowest at 1,35,926 on Februar...
Why Iran’s nuclear programme is back in focus & what’s the 2015 deal US wants to revive
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Why Iran’s nuclear programme is back in focus & what’s the 2015 deal US wants to revive

File photo of the nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz, 300 kilometers south of Tehran, Iran. | Zohreh Soleimani | Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Iran’s top nuclear official, Ali Akbar Salehi Monday called the large-scale blackout and power failure at south Tehran’s Natanz complex, the country’s largest uranium enrichment facility, an act of “nuclear terrorism”. Sunday’s incident occurred a day after Iran unveiled new uranium enrichment equipment. Reports say it could take at least nine months to restore the facility’s production. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Monday blamed Israel for the incident. In the past decade, at least four top Iranian nuclear scientists have been killed, the mo...
Modi govt’s mistakes are to blame for India’s latest Covid crisis
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Modi govt’s mistakes are to blame for India’s latest Covid crisis

People flout social distancing norms as they gather in a weekly market in New Delhi | ANI File Photo Text Size: A- A+ Just a few short weeks ago, Indian government officials were patting themselves on the back. India was the “pharmacy of the world,” they said, and its cheaply produced vaccines would help end the Covid-19 pandemic globally. The federal health minister declared that the country had entered “the endgame” of its own battle against the pandemic. Even the Reserve Bank of India announced in unusually enthusiastic tones that India had “bent [the Covid-19 curve] like Beckham” and that “soon the winter of our discontent will be made glorious summer.” Such boasts sound foolish, at best, today. Covid-19 ...
Modi, Shah, Mamata or Rahul, no one cares about EC Covid warning & rallies continue as usual
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Modi, Shah, Mamata or Rahul, no one cares about EC Covid warning & rallies continue as usual

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a public rally at Barasat, in 24 Pargana North on 12 April. | Photo: ANI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Political parties have escalated their campaign in West Bengal days after the Election Commission (EC) shot off a letter to state and national political parties asking them to follow social distancing norms and Covid-19 guidelines while holding rallies amid the pandemic. On Monday, the BJP lined up three political rallies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while Home Minister Amit Shah addressed two rallies and led two roadshows. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, meanwhile, addressed four rallies. And the Congress too is finally scheduling rallies of party leader Rahul Gandhi, b...
A year on, Delhi Police says probe in JNU violence in final stage, blames students’ groups
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A year on, Delhi Police says probe in JNU violence in final stage, blames students’ groups

Sabarmati was one of the JNU hostels attacked | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Delhi Police is in its final stage of investigations in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) attack case of last year and will soon file the final report on the case, ThePrint has learnt. On 5 January 2020, masked assailants went on a rampage inside the university campus and unleashed violence against the hostel students attacking them with sticks, stones and iron rods. They also broke windows and furniture and destroyed the students’ personal belongings. At least 36 people, including students, teachers and staff were injured in the attack. No arrests have been made in the case yet, but a list of suspe...
Why attack on Iranian nuclear facility should set off alarms in the US
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Why attack on Iranian nuclear facility should set off alarms in the US

File photo of a worker inside a uranium conversion facility outside Isfahan, Iran | Getty Image via Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ Beware the fog of propaganda around the Natanz attack. But beware, too, what the attack portends: a real escalation in the confrontation between Iran and Israel. And finally, beware any claims that the Biden administration is pivoting away from the Middle East. At the time of writing, it is not clear whether the damage to Iran’s largest uranium-enrichment facility over the weekend was the result of a cyberattack or sabotage by human hand. The regime in Tehran says Israel was responsible, and reports in Jerusalem seem to confirm that was indeed the case. Amid the cumulonimbus of conjec...
CBI calls ex-Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh for questioning on 14 April
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CBI calls ex-Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh for questioning on 14 April

Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh | ANI File Photo Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The CBI has called former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh for questioning on Wednesday in connection with allegations of corruption levelled against him by former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh and suspended officer Sachin Waze, officials said. Waze, an assistant police inspector, is under investigation in the case of an explosive-laden SUV found outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence in south Mumbai. The notice calling Deshmukh to join the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe was issued on Monday morning, a day after his two aides Sanjeev Palande and Kundan recorded their statements...