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Day: April 24, 2021

‘Heartbreaking’: Greta Thunberg on India’s Covid-19 crisis | India News – Times of India
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‘Heartbreaking’: Greta Thunberg on India’s Covid-19 crisis | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on Saturday called the Covid-19 situation in India "heartbreaking" and asked the global community to step up and "immediately offer assistance." Thunberg retweeted a tweet from Sky News and wrote "Heartbreaking to follow the recent developments in India. The global community must step up and immediately offer the assistance needed. " Heartbreaking to follow the recent developments in India. The global community must step up and immediately offer t… https://t.co/RX4ljru3FK— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) 1619272652000A record single-day rise of 3,46,786 coronavirus cases pushed India's tally of infection to 1,66,10,481, while active cases crossed the 25-lakh mark on Saturday. The death toll rose to 1,89,544 with a record 2,624 more fata...
IAF brings oxygen containers from Singapore, Navy on standby
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IAF brings oxygen containers from Singapore, Navy on standby

With the Covid-19 situation across the country worsening, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a review meeting with the armed forces, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and senior officials of the ministry on Saturday and “directed them to extend all possible assistance to the civil administration”. The meeting — Singh’s second this week — took place even as the Indian Air Force (IAF) has been roped in to transport necessary medical equipment across the country and bringing oxygen containers from Singapore. The Navy has been kept on standby, and the other forces are creating new facilities in different districts for Covid-19 patients, the ministry stated. In a statement, the Defence Ministry said that Singh reviewed efforts of the ministry and the thre...
IPL 2021, RR vs KKR: Morris-led pace attack powers Royals to six-wicket win over KKR | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021, RR vs KKR: Morris-led pace attack powers Royals to six-wicket win over KKR | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Chris Morris' four-wicket burst in the death overs and skipper Sanju Samson's measured innings gave Rajasthan Royals a much needed win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL on Saturday. Royals pacers, who were smart with their change of pace, restricted KKR to 133 for nine after Samson opted to bowl first. Scorecard | Points Table | As it happenedRoyals lost their openers, Jos Buttler (5) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (22), in the powerplay but they never lost control of the chase and got over the line in 18.5 overs for their second win in five matches. For KKR, it was their fourth loss in five matches. Morris, the most expensive player in the IPL auction history, proved his worth with figures of four for 23 in four overs. That's that from Match 18 of #VIVOIPL as @rajasthanroyals win by ...
Covaxin rates: Rs 600 for states; Rs 1,200 for hospitals
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Covaxin rates: Rs 600 for states; Rs 1,200 for hospitals

Bharat Biotech has decided to charge state governments Rs 600 for a dose of its Covaxin vaccine against Covid while private hospitals would have to procure it at Rs 1,200 a shot. The rates, higher than what the Serum Institute of India is planning to charge for Covishield, will mean states will have to pay four times what the Centre will be paying to procure its shots. It will also export the jabs at $15 to $20 (around Rs 1,124 to Rs 1,499) a dose. Of the 13.81 crore vaccinated so far, 9.24 per cent have received Covaxin. Its safety and efficacy results from its final analysis will be available in June. “Bharat Biotech is honoured to develop, manufacture and supply Covaxin… at Rs 150/dose, distributed free by the Government of India,” stated the vaccine maker in its announc...
Uttarakhand: 10 die in glacier break in Chamoli, 400 rescued
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Uttarakhand: 10 die in glacier break in Chamoli, 400 rescued

The glacier burst near Niti Valley in Chamoli district on Friday evening resulted in an avalanche that killed 10 people, with the Army managing to rescue close to 400. The Uttarakhand Police said eight people were unaccounted for, with bad weather affecting rescue operations. In a statement issued Saturday, the Army said that at around 4 pm on Friday “an avalanche hit a location about 4 km ahead of Sumna on the Sumna-Rimkhim road”, an area with little habitation or communication facilities around 90 km from Joshimath, that has been seeing heavy rain and snowfall for the past five days. A BRO detachment, two labour camps for road construction and an Army camp are located nearby, the Army said. Given the blizzard, rescue could begin only late Friday evening, with 55 people br...
Price, distribution: States want clarity from Centre
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Price, distribution: States want clarity from Centre

In the run-up to the next phase of vaccination beginning May 1 for all above 18, state governments and private hospitals, which have to procure directly from the 50% basket in the open market, have begun placing orders and drawing their specific roadmaps. Given the limited doses available, some Opposition states have red-flagged differential pricing and the silence of the Centre on how private manufacturers will decide on distribution. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel Saturday wrote to the Union Health Minister that all states should get the vaccine at the same price; that the Centre should use price-control measures and the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) to keep the vaccine price at a minimum; and a mechanism should be created to collect vaccines from BPPI...
Oxygen in short supply, demand for concentrators shoots up
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Oxygen in short supply, demand for concentrators shoots up

With requirement of medical oxygen exceeding its supply owing to rise in Covid-19 cases in the country, hospitals are turning their attention towards the next best alternative: oxygen concentrators. Manufacturers of the device — which generates oxygen from air — in India say they are flooded with orders but have run out of raw material, and have little capacity to scale up production. The fact that the concentrator market is import-dominated with only about half-a-dozen companies manufacturing them in India doesn’t help matters either. Across India, industry estimates show, 40,000 imported and manufactured oxygen concentrators were annually sold before the pandemic hit. However, now the monthly demand has touched 30,000-40,000 units, said an official of Phillips, one of the...
EC observers ordered detainment of TMC workers night before voting exercise: Mamata Banerjee | India News – Times of India
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EC observers ordered detainment of TMC workers night before voting exercise: Mamata Banerjee | India News – Times of India

Mamata Banerjee has said that she will move the Supreme Court against the EC special observers.BOLPUR: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday alleged that she has come to know that three special observers of the Election Commission (EC) have "ordered police officers to detain TMC workers" ahead of the voting exercise, and said that she would move the Supreme Court against this "conspiracy". The TMC supremo, while addressing party members at an auditorium in Bolpur, Birbhum district, said she had chanced upon WhatsApp conversations of the special observers, and asserted that she "might be show-caused (by the EC), but can't be silenced". Mamata Banerjee was earlier asked to furnish reasons for her alleged appeal to Muslims to vote en bloc for her party, and her remarks aga...
Will move top court against Election Commission observers, says Mamata
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Will move top court against Election Commission observers, says Mamata

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday alleged that three special observers of the Election Commission were ordering police officers to detain Trinamool Congress workers during polling hours, and added that after the polls she would approach the Supreme Court against the poll panel. In an address to party workers at Gitanjali auditorium in Birbhum district’s Bolpur city, Banerjee said she would not be silenced and displayed transcripts of purported WhatsApp chats between the EC officials and district administrators. “These officials are giving orders to detain our men on the night before the polls and keep them in custody till 4 pm. This WhatsApp conversation has been given to me by people in BJP,” Banerjee claimed. The chief minister objected to the observers allege...
Welcome to Asansol, city of brotherhood now riven by a new divide
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Welcome to Asansol, city of brotherhood now riven by a new divide

The massive blue arch runs right across the road, it is unmissable. “Welcome to Asansol, The City of Brotherhood.” One of West Bengal’s key cities after Kolkata, being on the edge of coal fields and industry has meant brotherhood: Hindi speakers, local Bengalis, and a 25 per cent Muslim population. Until April 2018, when beginning in Raniganj on the outskirts and spreading across the city, communal clashes across Asansol during Ram Navami processions left two dead and cleaved fault-lines in the city. Three years later, the board still stands, but tension over religious conflict has been weaved into the political fabric. Ashok Kumar Mondal, who lives near BC Roy Road, that was hit hard in the violence, says the word “brotherhood” means memories of 2018. A car mechanic, Monda...
India taps channels for urgent supplies, US hints ready to help
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India taps channels for urgent supplies, US hints ready to help

With the Covid-19 surge crippling the healthcare system, hectic diplomacy is on with major countries for urgent supply of vaccines, oxygen-related equipment such as tankers, ventilators and other critical life-saving devices. The Sunday Express has learnt that meetings are underway in Washington DC over the weekend with key stakeholders, including in the government and private sector. Sources in New Delhi said they were “cautiously optimistic” of positive outcomes of those meetings. Earlier this week, Washington had indicated that it would not be a lifting a ban on exports of key ingredients required in vaccine manufacture, a setback for Delhi from a “close strategic partner”. But there has been a change in approach in the last 24 hours, and a decision to help India is expe...
At PM-CMs meet: Covid surge peak likely mid-May, challenge until July, infra gaps in key states
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At PM-CMs meet: Covid surge peak likely mid-May, challenge until July, infra gaps in key states

The ongoing Covid surge is expected to peak in mid-May, with the daily count likely to reach 5 lakh, and may subside by June-July; heavily populated states are at “particular risk”; and, health infrastructure in states is not adequate enough to cope with the “very serious scenario”. These are the key points flagged during a presentation made by NITI Aayog member Dr V K Paul, who heads a key Central panel, during the Prime Minister’s review meeting with Chief Ministers on Friday, The Sunday Express has learnt. The presentation also notes the various measures taken by the Government to “break the chains of transmission”: “revised, liberal” vaccination policy; improving “production and availability” of oxygen; “augmentation of availability” of remdesivir; and, various outreach...
Nadal storms into 12th Barcelona Open final, seeks Tsitsipas revenge | Tennis News – Times of India
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Nadal storms into 12th Barcelona Open final, seeks Tsitsipas revenge | Tennis News – Times of India

Rafael Nadal. (Getty Images)BARCELONA: Rafael Nadal trounced compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta to reach his 12th Barcelona final where he will face Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Greek star who stunned the great Spaniard from two sets down in this year's Australian Open. Top seed Nadal, an 11-time champion in Barcelona, eased to a 6-3, 6-2 win over world number 13 Carreno Busta in 90 minutes. It was Nadal's eighth win in eight meetings against his 29-year-old Davis Cup teammate and his 65th in Barcelona. "Tomorrow will be a very tough one. Stefanos is playing probably better than ever," said Nadal, who broke serve four times and hit 13 forehand winners in the semi-final. "Not one set lost in Monte Carlo and here, so it will be the toughest opponent possible. I hope to be ready. It is going to be ...
Housing scheme for Covid warriors in Navi Mumbai
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Housing scheme for Covid warriors in Navi Mumbai

A SPECIAL housing scheme will be built in Navi Mumbai by the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) to provide affordable homes to “Covid Warriors”, including uniformed personnel working on the frontline during the pandemic. The urban planning authority announced that under the scheme, 3,075 homes will be made available in Taloja for two categories — Economically Weaker Section and Lower Income Group. The scheme will include government employees who have worked during the pandemic, duties including those involved conducting surveys, tracing and tracking of those infected with Covid-19 as well as prevention, testing, treatment and relief activities. Those eligible for houses under the scheme include healthcare and other staff, including police personnel, anganwa...
Watford seal Premier League promotion with victory over Millwall | Football News – Times of India
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Watford seal Premier League promotion with victory over Millwall | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Watford bounced back to the Premier League at the first time of asking after Saturday's 1-0 win over Millwall sealed promotion. Brentford's win at Bournemouth earlier in the day meant that only three points would be good enough for Xisco Munoz's men to be promoted alongside Norwich, who came down with them last season. 𝗪𝗘 𝗔𝗥𝗘 @premierleague!!! https://t.co/dxknsabvj7— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) 1619279603000Ismaila Sarr's early penalty gave Watford the perfect start, but they had to withstand a nervy finale to guarantee their place back in the prestige and riches of the English top-flight. Welcome back to the Premier League, @WatfordFC! 🎉 https://t.co/5GSzm1aY4j— Premier League (@premierleague) 1619279674000Prior to Munoz's appointment on December 20, automatic promotion...
Almost all jails in Maharashtra overcrowded, prison officials struggle to enforce ‘equitable distribution’
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Almost all jails in Maharashtra overcrowded, prison officials struggle to enforce ‘equitable distribution’

EVEN AS the Bombay High Court has suggested shifting undertrial prisoners from crowded jails to other jails for an “equitable distribution” in light of an alarming rise in Covid-19 case, data from the prison department shows that nearly all prisons in the state are filled to capacity or are overcrowded. Apart from open prisons, where convicts who have finished a substantial term of their sentence are lodged, only three jails in the state — Nanded, Jalna and Nandurbar — have fewer inmates than the official capacity of the facility. There are currently 230 active cases among inmates and 110 among staffers across state jails. Earlier this week, the High Court while hearing a suo motu PIL based on news reports highlighting an increase in Covid-19 cases in the jails, directed ma...
Mumbai third sero survey: 36% have Covid antibodies
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Mumbai third sero survey: 36% have Covid antibodies

A sero survey conducted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in March 2021, the third of its kind in Mumbai since the coronavirus outbreak last year, shows 36.3 per cent of the population has antibodies against Covid-19, lower than last July’s 40.5 per cent. The latest survey, which covered 10,197 people, found a sero positivity of 41.6 per cent in slums, and 28.5 per cent in non-slum areas. The percentage of slum population with antibodies has consistently declined over the last three sero surveys, while the rise in antibodies in non-slum population in this survey is indicative of recent infection trends. ExplainedRise & fall of antibodiesAntibodies are formed within a week to three weeks of infection, but their levels start declining after a few months o...
Shiv Sena attacks Centre: ‘Country seems to be turning into burial ground, crematorium’
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Shiv Sena attacks Centre: ‘Country seems to be turning into burial ground, crematorium’

Taking on the Union government, the Shiv Sena on Saturday said that it needs to introspect instead of blaming the states for the current Covid-19 crisis in the country. An editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana said that against the promise of “achhe din”, the question today is whether this was hell. The party said the country’s health system had created a false impression of defeating Covid-19. “But despite knowing that the second wave would come and would be terrible, what did the central government do to become self-sufficient in terms of facilities?,” said the editorial. Under the rule of those who promised to bring “achhe din”, it added, there are no beds, oxygen, vaccines and medicines. “There is only anguish.” “(PM) Modi and his colleagues wanted to make the countr...
WFI turns down Narsingh Yadav’s request for fresh trial | More sports News – Times of India
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WFI turns down Narsingh Yadav’s request for fresh trial | More sports News – Times of India

Narsingh Yadav. (File Pic- TOI Photo)NEW DELHI: Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has turned down Narsingh Yadav's request to hold a fresh trial for next month's World Olympic qualifier in Sofia. With this, the 31-year-old Maharashtra wrestler's dream of qualifying for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics has also ended. The 2015 World Championships bronze-medallist had missed the 2016 Rio Olympics after failing a dope test. He was suspended for four years, but rescheduling of the Tokyo Olympics due to Covid-19 pandemic gave him a chance to fulfill his dream of participating in the Games. On his comeback, he couldn't dominate the 74 kg event in the national championships and domestic selection trials. He missed the Asian Olympic qualifier. For the World Olympic qualifier in Sofia from May 6 to...
‘Politics aside’: Youth Congress leader starts assistance campaign for patients, families
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‘Politics aside’: Youth Congress leader starts assistance campaign for patients, families

“We have kept politics aside and just want to help people…” says Indian Youth Congress (IYC) leader BV Srinivas, who helped thousands of migrants reach home last year during the lockdown, and is now part of a nationwide IYC campaign to assist families in arranging medicines, hospital beds and even plasma donors. From arranging a Remdevisir injection to getting a hospital bed for a Covid-19 patient, Srinivas and a team of 1,000 volunteers in every state have been helping people who approach them since March. “This year on March 1, Rahul ji visited Delhi for a meeting during which he discussed that the cases may go up in the coming days. So it was then decided to start #SOSIYC and from March 27, we have been actively helping the people who are running from pillar to po...