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Day: April 19, 2021

Bruck Pharmaceuticals summoned since April 14, say cops
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Bruck Pharmaceuticals summoned since April 14, say cops

Mumbai Police had issued summons to Bruck Pharmaceuticals — the Daman-based company manufacturing Remdesivir that is in the centre of a political row in Maharashtra — to appear before them on April 14. The police had information that the company had allegedly been hoarding Remdesivir, which has been in high demand in the state for Covid-19 treatment. As per the police, no one from the company had responded to repeated communications until the police got a director of the company from his Kandivali residence to BKC police station for questioning on Saturday. However, the police were informed that the FDA had granted the company permission to sell the drug vials to the Maharashtra government on the same day. Airport cargo comes under the jurisdiction of DCP (zone VIII) Manjun...
IPL 2021, CSK vs RR: Spinners to the fore as Chennai Super Kings coast past Rajasthan Royals | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021, CSK vs RR: Spinners to the fore as Chennai Super Kings coast past Rajasthan Royals | Cricket News – Times of India

If pacers were instrumental in Chennai Super Kings logging their first points against Punjab Kings last week, it was their spinners - Ravindra Jadeja (2-28) and Moeen Ali (3-7) - who did the star turn to help the three-time champions score a 45-run win over Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday. After scoring 188-9, CSK restricted RR to 143-9. The huge margin of victory will be a big boost for CSK's NRR (Net Run-Rate). RR remained in hunt thanks to a fine effort by opener Jos Buttler (49, 5x4, 2x6) who kept the CSK bowlers at bay. Buttler's six in the 10th over off Jadeja saw the ball being changed. Subsequently, CSK skipper MS Dhoni was heard on the stump microphone telling his spinners that the dry ball will take spin. That's exactly what happened. Scorecard | P...
Photos: Anushka Sharma gets clicked with her daughter Vamika and husband Virat Kohli as they arrive in the city – Times of India
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Photos: Anushka Sharma gets clicked with her daughter Vamika and husband Virat Kohli as they arrive in the city – Times of India

Anushka Sharma and her cricketer husband Virat Kohli arrived in Mumbai for the next match of his ongoing cricket tournament. The actress was clicked leaving a private airport with daughter Vamika and Virat. The 'Phillauri' actress was donning a white top teamed with blue denim and shoes. She was carrying Vamika in her baby chest bag. The actress was also sporting a face mask and shield as a precaution from COVID-19. Check out the photos here: Anushka and Virat were blessed with their first child in January this year. The duo also stated that they want to maintain distance from the paparazzi when it comes to their daughter. Meanwhile, on the work front, the actress was last seen in Aanand L Rai's 'Zero' co-starring Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. It was released in December 201...
Wife seeks details of Wajid Khan’s property from in-laws
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Wife seeks details of Wajid Khan’s property from in-laws

The Bombay High Court recently directed the mother and brother of late music director Wajid Khan of the Sajid-Wajid duo fame to submit details of his investments and assets along with the audited accounts of the same. Kamalrukh Wajid Khan had approached the court seeking that a will made by her husband in 2012 be probated (certified and executed by a court), where he had allegedly bequeathed most of his assets to her, their children and his mother. Kamalrukh claimed that after his death due to Covid-19 last June, Wajid’s brother Sajid had been trying to transfer all property in his and his mother’s name. A single-judge bench of Justice Gautam S Patel was hearing an interim application filed by Kamalrukh through advocate Zubin Behramkamdin, seeking interim reliefs till proba...
COVID-19: ICC confident WTC final will go ahead as planned in June in UK | Cricket News – Times of India
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COVID-19: ICC confident WTC final will go ahead as planned in June in UK | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI (UAE): The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday said it is confident the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand will go ahead as planned in Southampton in June. This after UK put India to its travel "red list" on a precautionary basis after reporting 103 cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in India. The final of the WTC is to be played in a bio-secure bubble at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton. The final is slated to start on June 18 and continue till June 22 with June 23 kept as the reserve day. "We are currently discussing with the UK Government the impact of countries being on the 'red list'. The ECB and other Members have demonstrated how we can stage international cricket safely in the middle of a pandemic and we are confident ...
Pravin Darekar asked FDA to purchase Remdesivir from Bruck Pharma , says Devendra Fadnavis
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Pravin Darekar asked FDA to purchase Remdesivir from Bruck Pharma , says Devendra Fadnavis

Two days after Mumbai Police summoned a Bruck Pharma director over alleged holding of Remdesivir stock, and Opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis intervened at the police station, the former CM on Monday said that the stock in question was 7,000 vials and it is not in Mumbai but in Daman, and that it would be moved to Maharashtra once the Daman administration gives its approval. While his party colleague Pravin Darekar – who had visited the police station along with Fadnavis — had said that the BJP intended to purchase 60,000 vials of Remdesivir at the cost of Rs 4.75 crore, Fadnavis denied this while speaking to The Indian Express. Asked if the BJP’s intention had been to buy Remdesvir and supply it directly to patients, Fadnavis said, “No, in fact he (Darekar) asked FDA (Fo...
Nawab Malik running malicious campaign against Union govt, sack him: BJP writes to Governor
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Nawab Malik running malicious campaign against Union govt, sack him: BJP writes to Governor

Alleging that NCP leader Nawab Malik was running a malicious campaign against the Centre, state BJP president Chandrakant Patil on Monday wrote to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari seeking that he be sacked as a minister. He also sought that a criminal offense be filed against Malik for allegedly spreading wrong information about the Centre in regard to the pandemic. Malik had last Saturday blamed the Union government over the delay in Remdesivir supply to Maharashtra. He had alleged that the 16 export companies of Remdesivir, which are prohibited from exporting the drug or its active pharmaceutical ingredients, are not being allowed to sell the anti-viral to Maharashtra but have been allowed to sell to Gujarat. In his letter, Patil wrote, “Malik has said Centre has warned com...
Mumbai: Home chefs, caterers supply daily meals to infected families in high-rises
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Mumbai: Home chefs, caterers supply daily meals to infected families in high-rises

On Monday morning, Mumbai-based chef Saransh Goila, founder of Goila Butter Chicken, posted a call for food providers across India who could deliver meals in the neighbourhoods of Covid-19 affected families. By evening, Goila and his team had put up a spreadsheet with details of various home chefs, tiffin providers, cooks and restaurants that affected patients and families in quarantine could use. Many of these services were already supplying meals to quarantining families. By being part of a consolidated list, the aim is to help patients locate services in their area easily. The list focuses on Metros most affected by the second wave, such as Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad, but more will be updated in the coming days. These meal services come at a time when high-rises and hou...
JMM first party to declare name of donor who made contribution through electoral bonds | India News – Times of India
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JMM first party to declare name of donor who made contribution through electoral bonds | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) is the first party that has declared the name of the entity which made donations to it through electoral bonds, poll rights group Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said. The declaration of Rs 1 crore donation was made in the party's 2019-20 contribution report, it said. According to the contribution report of the ruling party in Jharkhand, the donation was made by aluminium and copper manufacturing company Hindalco. In a new report, the ADR said the most common and popular source of income for national and regional political parties in 2019-20 were donations through electoral bonds. "Given the anonymity provided to donors by the scheme, electoral bonds have emerged as the most popular channel of donations to parties in the last two year...
Alexei Navalny transferred to Russian prison hospital, health worsening, lawyer says – Times of India
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Alexei Navalny transferred to Russian prison hospital, health worsening, lawyer says – Times of India

VLADIMIR: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been transferred to a prison hospital, supporters and officials said on Monday, 20 days into a hunger strike that has led the United States to warn Moscow of serious repercussions if he should die in jail. Navalny's lawyer Alexei Liptser said after visiting him in the hospital of penal colony No. 3 in the city of Vladimir, east of Moscow, that his health was deteriorating and he had again been denied access to his own doctors. "All the symptoms that he had before, they remain the same. Numbness in the arms and legs, back pain - they aren't going away...The situation is only getting worse," Liptser told Reuters. Russia's prison service said Navalny, 44, was in a "satisfactory" state and he was being given "vitamin therapy" with his c...
Bhupesh Baghel: ‘Centre couldn’t even advise, provide guideline for second wave’
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Bhupesh Baghel: ‘Centre couldn’t even advise, provide guideline for second wave’

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel spoke to Manoj C G on several issues related to the second wave of Covid and the alleged mismanagement of the pandemic. Excerpts: As a Chief Minister you had dealt with the first wave of the pandemic. How different is the situation now? There are many differences. In the first wave, the infection was not spreading very fast as it is spreading now. Secondly, the symptoms too have changed…in some cases it is even not getting detected in the RT-PCR test…you get to know in a CT scan…and treatment has also changed…Now oxygen dips suddenly. There is a huge change in the behaviour. How is Chhattisgarh coping with the surge? There were reports of oxygen shortage. It is correct that there was a shortage of oxygen in the beginning. But since...
Facebook will let you transfer posts and notes to Google Documents, Blogger and WordPress – Times of India
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Facebook will let you transfer posts and notes to Google Documents, Blogger and WordPress – Times of India

Social networking tech giant Facebook has announced that it will allow its users to port two types of their data — Facebook posts and notes. This, it will allow its users to directly transfer to Google Docs, Blogger and WordPress.com. The Mark Zuckerberg-led firm already allows Facebook users to transfer their photos and videos to Backblaze, Dropbox, Google Photos and Koofr. In order to make use of the new functionality, Facebook users will have to re-enter their password before the transfer starts and encryption of data takes place before it moves between services. Users will be able to find this option under “Your Facebook Information” > “Transfer Your Information.” In a blog post, Steve Satterfield, director of privacy and public policy said, ”We plan to continue expanding our dat...
Cuba’s Communist Party chooses Miguel Diaz-Canel as leader – Times of India
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Cuba’s Communist Party chooses Miguel Diaz-Canel as leader – Times of India

HAVANA: In many ways, Cuba's new maximum leader is nothing like those who have governed the island for the past six decades. Miguel Diaz-Canel was never a guerrilla fighter and was for only a few years, like all Cubans of his generation, a soldier. He rose peacefully and diligently through the approved channels. And he isn't named Castro. On Monday, Cuba's Communist Party congress - as expected - chose Diaz-Canel to be its leader, adding that crucial post to the title of president he assumed in 2018. In both cases, he replaces his mentor Raul Castro, 89, sealing a political dynasty that had held power since the 1959 revolution. Diaz-Canel, who turns 61 on Tuesday, is a relative youngster compared to members of the generation that accompanied Fidel Castro in his battle against the dictat...
Lockdown package should reach weaker segments: Ajit Pawar
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Lockdown package should reach weaker segments: Ajit Pawar

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar Monday said the various welfare schemes announced for the socially and economically weaker segments of the population to cope with the Covid-19 lockdown should be effectively and strictly implemented. While reviewing these schemes, he reiterated that the Rs 5,476 crore package announced by the CM following the lockdown must reach the specified segments at the earliest. He added the finance department has made provisions for adequate funds. There are seven crore beneficiaries of the food security scheme. The scheme, which will cost Rs 90 crore in its implementation, will provide three kg of wheat and two kg of rice to each individual. Two lakh shivbhojan thalis (free meals) will be distributed free of cost. The cost of this scheme...
Vivo V21 with 44MP selfie camera to launch in India, confirms company – Times of India
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Vivo V21 with 44MP selfie camera to launch in India, confirms company – Times of India

BBK-owned smartphone brand Vivo is set to expand its V-series smartphone lineup in India. The company, through its official Twitter handle, has confirmed that it is soon going to launch the Vivo V21 in India. The tweet also confirmed that the Vivo V21 will house a 44MP sensor on the front with support for optical image stabilization (OIS). Also, it is set to be among the slimmest phones from the brand. “Get ready for the best Night Selfies ever with the new #vivoV21, the slimmest phone just for you. #ComingSoon to #DelightEveryMoment” said the company in a tweet. Get ready for the best Night Selfies ever with the new #vivoV21, the slimmest phone just for you.#ComingSoon to… https://t.co/04EiSpgVKK— Vivo India (@Vivo_India) 1618830108000Vivo V21: What we know so farVivo has been teasing ...
‘System incapacitated’, Allahabad HC orders lockdown in 5 districts; UP says no
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‘System incapacitated’, Allahabad HC orders lockdown in 5 districts; UP says no

Saying that the rising Covid cases had “virtually incapacitated” the medical infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad High Court Monday ordered a weeklong lockdown in the badly hit Prayagraj, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur Nagar and Gorakhpur districts, till April 26. Hearing a PIL on the “inhuman” condition at quarantine centres and the state of Covid treatment, a Division Bench of Justices Ajit Kumar and Siddhartha Varma said that while ordering a lockdown was the government’s prerogative, it was disappointed by the measures taken since its last order, calling them an “eyewash”. The Yogi Adityanath government, however, said it was not thinking of a complete lockdown in the five districts as of now. Additional Chief Secretary (Information) Navneet Sahgal said the governm...
Finally, BJP cuts back in Bengal: ‘Now dangerous to hold big rallies’
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Finally, BJP cuts back in Bengal: ‘Now dangerous to hold big rallies’

After the Left, Congress and Trinamool announced that they would not hold big rallies in West Bengal, amidst rising coronavirus cases, the BJP on Monday announced that it would not hold any meeting with more than 500 people, including those addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The decision, at the end of campaigning for the sixth phase, came after the BJP was criticised for going ahead with big rallies and road shows, even as the state is seeing its highest-ever cases, and despite the Election Commission’s recommendation to cut down numbers. Announcing the decision to hold meetings attended by a maximum of 500 people, the BJP said it was essential to break the chain of the coronavirus infection, and that it would leverage its “massive digital footprint” to take acros...
Vaccine makers had sought funding help, market access opens up revenue source
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Vaccine makers had sought funding help, market access opens up revenue source

The Finance Ministry has relaxed rules to make “advance payment” to Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers in order to speed up vaccine procurement processes. The change in rules would effectively enable the Health Ministry to make advance payments of Rs 3,000 crore to Serum Institute of India (SII) and Rs 1,500 crore to Bharat Biotech for procuring vaccines. The government had decided to open up vaccinations to those above the age of 18 years, and to allow manufacturers to release around 50 per cent of doses to the open market. This would allow vaccine makers to charge a higher price than the Rs 150 per dose that they would get under the government’s immunisation programme, which is seen as a point of contention among global vaccine manufacturers. The decisions follow reports of ...
Key virus strain found in October but its gene study stalled; a new variety appears
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Key virus strain found in October but its gene study stalled; a new variety appears

The Indian-origin double mutant strain of the coronavirus, B.1.167, that many experts say could be behind the rapid climb of the second Covid wave, was first detected way back in October 5 last year through genome sequencing of a virus sample. Because both the mutations, E484Q and L425R, were located in the virus’s critical spike protein — that binds it to the receptor cells in the body. Its destructive potential should have raised immediate red flags and led to widespread gene surveillance to look for its prevalence and spread. Instead, the genome sequencing exercise, already running at a snail’s pace, slowed down further between November and January due to lack of funds, absence of clear directives, and, possibly, also disinterest because of the steadily falling Covid cu...
In Mumbai, 90% cases of Covid in non-slums, high rises or buildings
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In Mumbai, 90% cases of Covid in non-slums, high rises or buildings

High rises and other buildings continue to report bulk of the Covid-19 cases in India’s business capital Mumbai, according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Mumbai has about 87,000 active cases, of which over 90 per cent are concentrated in high rise buildings while slums account for just 10 per cent. Latest data compiled by BMC shows that non-slum areas comprising mainly high rises and standalone buildings, have 79,032 active cases. Slums, on the other hand, have only 8,411 out of total 87,443 active cases, as on April 16. Analysts tracking the geographic spread of Covid-19 in the city, said the rapid rise in Mumbai will likely be followed by a sharp fall too. A sharp increase in cases in high rises and standalone buildings, along with a concerted vaccinati...