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Explained: How the second wave of coronavirus engulfed India | India News – Times of India
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Explained: How the second wave of coronavirus engulfed India | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday crossed the grim milestone of 3 lakh coronavirus cases per day becoming only the second country after the US to do so. On Thursday, India reported 314,835 Covid-19 cases. This was the highest number of single-day cases reported by any country till now. The US, during its third wave of the pandemic, had reported 300,310 new cases on January 2, 2021. The US and India are the only two countries to have reported more than 100,000 cases per day consistently. Brazil had reported its highest 100,158 cases on March 25. The abrupt and sudden manner in which the second wave arrived in India can be seen in the below charts. On February 1, India reported 11,427 cases. In less than 60 days, the number reached over 70,000 and breached the three-lakh mark in the next 20 ...
Seven dead, 931 test positive in Mohali
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Seven dead, 931 test positive in Mohali

Mohali district recorded the highest ever Covid-19 cases in a single-day, as 931 more people tested positive for the infection on Thursday. The district’s tally of cases went up to 39,247, with 7,171 active cases. As many as seven people succumbed to the disease in the district during the day, bringing the death toll to 524. DC Girish Dayalan said that a maximum of 350 cases were reported from Mohali (Urban), followed by 210 from Dhakoli, 190 from Kharar, 65 from Derabassi, 40 from Kurali, 39 from Gharuan, 21 from Boothgarh and 16 from Lalru. The DC said that a total of 748 patients have also been cured and were discharged from home isolation and hospitals. He added that a total of 31,552 patients have been cured here so far. Health department urges people to get vaccinate...
SC move follows censure of Centre, it did same with migrants last year
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SC move follows censure of Centre, it did same with migrants last year

Nearly a week after at least six High Courts began hearing cases related to inadequacies in the officialdom’s response to the surging Covid pandemic and censured the Centre and state governments, the Supreme Court, on its own, suggested it would transfer these cases to itself to avoid what it called “confusion and diversion of resources.” The High Courts have issued a slew of orders and made critical observations on the way the crisis is being managed by governments. On April 16, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court took cognizance of lack of availability of Remdesivir in the district. It revived a public interest litigation it had taken up on its own motion in 2020 on the government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis. Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainer...
IPL 2021: Stylish Devdutt Padikkal steals thunder from captain Virat Kohli in emphatic 10-wicket victory for Bangalore | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Stylish Devdutt Padikkal steals thunder from captain Virat Kohli in emphatic 10-wicket victory for Bangalore | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Devdutt Padikkal managed to overshadow none other than the great Virat Kohli with an elegant hundred in Royal Challengers Bangalore's successful 178-run chase against Rajasthan Royals, in a virtual cakewalk of an IPL contest here on Thursday. It hardly happens that someone as brilliant as Kohli, plays a second fiddle, allowing the talented left-hander use his sinewy wrists to caress the balls to all parts of the ground during a mind-blowing maiden IPL century -- an unbeaten 101 off 52 balls. RCB never looked in any tearing hurry and yet the target was achieved in only 16.3 overs with all 10 wickets intact. As it happened | ScorecardKohli went on the offensive once Padikkal had ensured victory as his contribution was 72 not out off 47 balls in their unbroken opening stand of 181....
Virat Kohli becomes first batsman to complete 6,000 runs in IPL | Cricket News – Times of India
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Virat Kohli becomes first batsman to complete 6,000 runs in IPL | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday became the first batsman to complete 6,000 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Playing in his 196th IPL match at the Wankhede Stadium, Kohli achieved the feat in the 13th over against Rajasthan Royals. Milestone 🔓6000 Runs in #VIVOIPL for 👑 Kohli 👏👏Live - https://t.co/dch5R4juzp #RCBvRR #VIVOIPL https://t.co/WxLODwE2zD— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 1619111478000Kohli (72*) and opener Devdutt Padikkal (101*), who scored an elegant hundred, put up a dominating show to power RCB to a 10-wicket crushing win over RR while chasing 178. The student and the master at work. Fabulous viewing. These Southpaws make it look easy - @devdpd07 @imVkohli… https://t.co/qtAQWZVlvb— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) 1619113658000Kohl...
China says ready to help but India looks elsewhere for oxygen | India News – Times of India
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China says ready to help but India looks elsewhere for oxygen | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With India reeling under the Covid-19 pandemic, China said Thursday it stood ready to provide India with necessary support and assistance to get the situation under control. However, while India is looking to import oxygen from abroad as the union health ministry had said last week, official sources said China was not among the countries India was looking to source oxygen from. India for now has identified potential sources mainly in the Gulf and Singapore. Describing Covid-19 as a common enemy of all mankind that necessitated international solidarity and mutual assistance, the Chinese foreign ministry said Thursday Beijing had taken note of the recent "grave situation in India with a temporary shortage of anti-epidemic medical supplies". India had sourced medical equipment f...
Variable vaccine prices anti-people, favour firms: Mamata Banerjee
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Variable vaccine prices anti-people, favour firms: Mamata Banerjee

In another letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the Central government’s different vaccine prices for states and itself were “anti-people” and favoured manufactures, and demanded that the shots be administered free of cost across India. This is was her third letter to Modi on the Covid vaccine strategy in the last one week. “Why should the prices of vaccine be different in cases of state governments? GOI gets the vaccine from manufacturers at Rs 150 per dose while you have fixed for us, the states, a price of Rs 400 per dose! States will need to pay 167 per cent more… This is anti-federal and anti-poor. States will buy vaccine for the poor and young. Hence, your policy is both anti-poor and anti-youth. Such peculiar differe...
Lyricist Sameer Anjaan on Shravan Rathod’s demise: He was not a music director but like a brother to me – Times of India
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Lyricist Sameer Anjaan on Shravan Rathod’s demise: He was not a music director but like a brother to me – Times of India

Shravan Rathod of the music composer Nadeem-Shravan has passed away today. He took his last breath at Raheja hospital in Mahim, Mumbai. Lyricist Sameer Anjaan and composer duo Nadeem-Shravan were a hit team of the 90s and have several hits to their credit. Sameer was like a family to the Rathods and was always by the family's side. On Shravan's demise, Sameer said, "I have lost a brother, he was not a music director but like a brother to me. We are the hit musical team of the 90s Mera naam ab adhura ho gaya. He was a fantastic human being I have known in my life; he has helped a lot of people any friend or acquaintance who needed any support, Shravan was there for him. Kabhi Dost uska uske ghar se khaali haath nahi gaya. He was a giver always ready to bail you out." Sameer went to ad...
Sassoon General Hospital to commission oxygen-generating plant in a few days
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Sassoon General Hospital to commission oxygen-generating plant in a few days

In view of the acute shortage of oxygen at healthcare facilities, Maharashtra’s largest government-run facility, Sassoon General Hospital, will soon commission an oxygen-generating plant. S Chockalingam, administrator at Sassoon Hospital, said the pressure swing adsorption (PSA) method will be used to generate oxygen at the plant. The plant, once commissioned in a couple of days, will generate 2,000 litres of oxygen per minute, which will take care of at least 200 Covid-19 patients requiring oxygen support. At present, Sassoon Hospital has two liquid oxygen tanks with capacities of 15 kilolitres and 13 kilolitres each. Meanwhile, the supply of oxygen has been erratic for the past two to three days with several large hospitals making judicious use of their limited stock. Oxy...
Realme 8 Pro Illuminating Yellow colour variant launched in India: Price, availability and more – Times of India
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Realme 8 Pro Illuminating Yellow colour variant launched in India: Price, availability and more – Times of India

At the launch event of Realme 8 5G, the smartphone brand today launched a new colour variant — Illuminating Yellow — of its Realme 8 Pro smartphone. This colour joins the Infinite Black and Infinite Blue colours of the Realme 8 Pro. Realme 8 Pro Illuminating Yellow price and availability The new variant of the Realme 8 Pro has been launched in two storage variants. The base variant is priced at Rs 17,999 and packs 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The top-end variant packs 8GB RAM and 128GB storage and is priced at Rs 18,999. Interested buyers will be able to get their hands on the device starting April 26 through Flipkart and Realme’s official website. Realme 8 Pro Illuminating Yellow specs and featuresPrevious teaser images of this model have revealed that the camera model and the ‘...
The full story of Shravan Rathod’s demise: Wife and elder son cannot have his last glimpse – Times of India
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The full story of Shravan Rathod’s demise: Wife and elder son cannot have his last glimpse – Times of India

Exactly at 8: 30 pm, music director Shravan Rathod ('Raaz', 'Dhadkan' ) of the Nadeem-Shravan duo passed away. The end came at Mumbai's Raheja Hospital in Mahim. Shravan was on a ventilator for the past 48 hours, but the team of doctors attending to him failed to save him despite their best efforts. Senior lyricist Sameer Anjaan was his best friend and has done 176 films with him. Sameer said, "God knows what lies in store, I have been reduced to half. I spent most of my mornings and evening with Shravan." Sameer revealed that Shravan had a multiple organ failure. "There was septicemia in his full body as a consequence of COVID having made deep inroads into his systems ." ETimes has it that the tragedy is compounded by the fact that Shravan's wife and elder son will not be able to ha...
Pope warns Earth heading for self-destruction without action – Times of India
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Pope warns Earth heading for self-destruction without action – Times of India

ROME: Pope Francis warned Thursday that the world is “on a path of self-destruction” if political leaders fail to courageously use the Covid-19 pandemic as a chance to make the planet a fairer and greener place. In a video message released on World Earth Day, Francis said political leaders have an opportunity to “come out better” following lessons learned about the social injustices laid bare during the pandemic. “Both global catastrophes, Covid and the climate, show that we don't have time to waste," Francis said. “Time is pressing on us and, as Covid-19 has shown, we do have the means to meet the challenge. We have the means. It's time to act, we're at the limit.” Francis has made his environmental appeal a hallmark of his papacy, denouncing how wealthy countries have plundered God's ...
Nadal downs battling Nishikori to reach Barcelona quarter-finals | Tennis News – Times of India
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Nadal downs battling Nishikori to reach Barcelona quarter-finals | Tennis News – Times of India

BARCELONA: Rafael Nadal needed to go the distance for the second successive day in Barcelona, defeating Japan's Kei Nishikori to make the last-eight and stay on course for a 12th title at the tournament. The world number three triumphed 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 over 2014 and 2015 champion Nishikori and next face Britain's Cameron Norrie, a fellow left-hander, for a place in the semi-finals. Nadal, who suffered a surprise quarter-final exit at the Monte Carlo Masters last week, had also required three sets to beat Belarusian qualifier Ilya Ivashka, ranked at 111, in his Barcelona opener on Wednesday. Former world number four Nishikori, now down at 39 in the rankings, was left to regret converting just two of 13 break points carved out against the man who also beat him in the 2016 Barcelona final. W...
Citing security, J&K sets up force to act against govt staff without probe
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Citing security, J&K sets up force to act against govt staff without probe

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has set up a Special Task Force (STF) to initiate action against government employees suspected of activities against “security of the State”. The order has been passed under provisions of Article 311(2) (C) of the Constitution that give the administration power to terminate an employee without constituting an inquiry against him or her on grounds of security of the State. “Sanction is hereby accorded to the constitution of a Special task Force… for identifying and scrutinizing cases of government employees, to initiate the process under Government Order No. 738-JK(GAD) of 2020 for action in terms of provisions of Article 311(2) (C) of the Constitution of India,” reads the order issued by the General Administration Department on Wednesda...
Beds, oxygen, medicines: How Chhattisgarh dropped Covid ball
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Beds, oxygen, medicines: How Chhattisgarh dropped Covid ball

In the second Covid-19 wave sweeping the country, Chhattisgarh is among the worst-hit states in terms of both cases and deaths, ranking only behind Maharashtra and Delhi on days. However, data show that between the last peak of August 2020 when it was seeing around 4,000 cases daily and now, when its daily caseload is 17,000-plus, the state has added just two Covid hospitals amounting to 722 extra beds. Documents accessed by The Indian Express also show that the government Covid centres had 497 ventilators in August 2020, about half the number, 937, mentioned by the state on a government portal. Of these, only 384 are in dedicated Covid hospitals, apart from 23 in Covid care centres. The total number of ICU beds for Covid-19 patients in government hospitals in the state is ...
April, November last year: Officials, House panel flagged oxygen need, shortage
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April, November last year: Officials, House panel flagged oxygen need, shortage

Almost drowned by the alarm bells ringing across the nation over the critical shortage of oxygen in the second Covid wave is the fact that the warning signs came clear and early: in April one full year ago and then again in November. The first was just a week after the national lockdown began, on April 1, 2020, by one of the 11 Empowered Groups of Officers, set up by the Centre for planning and implementing an effective Covid response. This was the Empowered Group-VI (EG-VI) tasked to coordinate with the “Private Sector, NGOs & International Organizations for response related activities.” In its second meeting, held on April 1 last year, it red-flagged oxygen shortage. The minutes of the meeting said: “In the coming days India could face a shortage of oxygen supplies. T...
Dumping Donald Trump’s policies, Joe Biden leads world again in fight against climate change – Times of India
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Dumping Donald Trump’s policies, Joe Biden leads world again in fight against climate change – Times of India

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden on Thursday pledged to cut US greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 52 per cent by the end of this decade. With this, Biden reverses the hands-off policy of his isolationist and science-sceptic predecessor Donald Trump, restoring a global approach in an interdependent world in the throes of a pandemic. Forty world leaders -- including heads from China, India, Russia, Japan, and UK -- pitched their views and ideas at a virtual summit where Biden, introduced by his vice-president Kamala Harris, called the need for addressing global warming "a moral imperative, an economic imperative." "The signs are unmistakable. The science is undeniable. The cost of inaction is mounting," he said in his opening remarks, vowing that US would do its part to cut its 2005...
Modi announces India-US partnership on climate and clean energy, pitches for ‘back to basics’ philosophy to fight climate change | India News – Times of India
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Modi announces India-US partnership on climate and clean energy, pitches for ‘back to basics’ philosophy to fight climate change | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced launch of the ‘India-US climate and clean energy Agenda 2030 partnership’ which can be a template of green collaborations to help developing countries access to affordable green finance and clean technologies, and appealed world leaders to make current decade as “decade of action” against climate change. “Together, we will help mobilise investments, demonstrate clean technologies, and enable green collaborations,” said Modi while addressing virtual leaders’ summit on climate, convened by US president Joe Biden. Modi also urged nations to adopt “sustainable lifestyles” and a guiding philosophy of “back to basics” as an important pillar of economic strategy for the post-Covid era, even as few countries including the US, Japan a...
Neeraj Chopra and Co’s Turkey training cum competition trip suspended due to 14-day hard quarantine | More sports News – Times of India
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Neeraj Chopra and Co’s Turkey training cum competition trip suspended due to 14-day hard quarantine | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's Olympic bound athletes' training-cum-exposure trip to Turkey has been "suspended" as the contingent wouldn't be allowed to train owing to a mandatory 14-day hard quarantine in that country. Olympics-bound javelin throwers Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh were to be among the group to travel to Turkey this month, along with the quartermilers both men and women but the tour has been put on hold. "Our athletes will have to undergo a 14-day hard quarantine if they have to go to Turkey. This would mean that they will not be allowed even to go out of their rooms, they will not be able to train," a reliable team source told PTI on conditions of anonymity. "This is a competition period and athletes cannot be rested that long during this phase. They have to train, so there is n...
Nine and counting: UAE, Singapore shut out fliers from India
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Nine and counting: UAE, Singapore shut out fliers from India

At least nine jurisdictions — the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, France, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Oman — have imposed fresh restrictions on travel to and from India on account of the surge in Covid-19 cases. Experts watching the sector closely said India currently poses the “biggest risk” of exporting new variants of the coronavirus to countries around the world, and that they expected more borders to be closed for travel from India. As of Thursday morning, India had 22,91,428 active cases of coronavirus infection, an increase of 1,33,890 cases over the previous day, according to government figures. The UAE on Thursday became the latest country to close its borders for travellers from India, after Singapore imposed a tra...