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Day: April 29, 2021

Shiromani Akali Dal chief booked for violating Covid norms
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Shiromani Akali Dal chief booked for violating Covid norms

Shiromani Akali Dal president and former Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal has been booked for violating Covid-19 guidelines over a get-together of party workers at his place. A case has been registered against Sukhbir at Lambi police station in district Tarn Taran under Section 188 of the IPC. Over 100 Akali Dal workers had gathered in clear violation of Covid curbs at the home of Ferozpur MP Sukhbir Badal in Badal village to ‘celebrate’ the appointment of new chief of the Students Organisation of India (SOI). The gathering was organised by new SIO president Robin Brar to thank Sukhbir for appointing him to the post. Robin Brar too has been booked in same case along with SAD’s former Malout MLA Harpreet Singh and others. The FIR reads that the crowd of 100 to 150 gathe...
IPL 2021,DC vs KKR: Prithvi Shaw’s stunning six fours in an over sets up DC’s 7-wicket win over KKR | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021,DC vs KKR: Prithvi Shaw’s stunning six fours in an over sets up DC’s 7-wicket win over KKR | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Opener Prithvi Shaw smashed six fours in the first over in a stunning batting display on his way to a blistering 82 as Delhi Capitals crushed Kolkata Knight Riders by seven wickets in the IPL on Thursday. Chasing 155 for a win, Shaw sent all the six legal deliveries from opening bowler Shivam Mavi to the boundary, driving, punching and sweeping at will. Scorecard | Points Table | As it happenedMavi's first delivery saw Dinesh Karthik diving full-length to his left to take a fine catch only to find later that it was a wide ball. Shaw then sent all the next six balls to the fence one after the other. Shaw shared a 132-run stand for the first wicket with senior partner Shikhar Dhawan (46 off 47 balls), who played second fiddle throughout, as the duo annihilated the KKR bowlers. ...
15.21 crore vaccine doses administered so far, 20 lakh in a day: Health ministry | India News – Times of India
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15.21 crore vaccine doses administered so far, 20 lakh in a day: Health ministry | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered across the country has crossed 15.21 crore with over 20 lakh shots being given till 8 pm on Thursday, the Union health ministry said. Also, the total registrations on CoWIN portal for phase three vaccination has crossed 2.28 crore in just two days, according to data till 9:30 pm, it said. The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 15,21,05,563 according to the 8 pm provisional report. These include 93,85,676 healthcare and 1,24,12,904 frontline workers who have taken the first dose and 61,89,635 healthcare 67,04,193 frontline workers who have taken the second shot. In the age group of 45 to 60 years, 5,17,23,607 got the first dose and 34,02,049 the second dose, while 5,18,72...
These Covid warriors make the toughest of all calls — to inform the families of those who died
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These Covid warriors make the toughest of all calls — to inform the families of those who died

“MA’AM, I beg you to arrange for an ambulance. We have been waiting since morning to take the body,” a man tells her. It’s late into her 8 am-3 pm shift, and she responds: “Give me 10 minutes, an ambulance is returning from the crematorium.” Then, as she walks away from the scene, her eyes filling up, she confides: “These deaths come to me in my dreams.” When Dr Shubhangi Daore completed her degree in dental surgery two years ago, she imagined a happy, relaxed, and comfortable life. But for the last eight months, the 25-year-old has been handling the job that everyone shies away from: making that dreaded call to the families of Covid patients who have died. It’s not just that. Inside a makeshift command room of the Covid Jumbo Centre in Mumbai’s Dahisar, she arranges video ...
Exit polls show dead heat in Bengal, LDF in Kerala, DMK sweep in Tamil Nadu
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Exit polls show dead heat in Bengal, LDF in Kerala, DMK sweep in Tamil Nadu

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad / Mumbai / New Delhi, New Delhi | Updated: April 30, 2021 5:55:52 am EXIT POLLS broadcast by various television networks Thursday showed a dead heat race in West Bengal with many pollsters giving the ruling Trinamool Congress an edge, and some giving the BJP an advantage. In Kerala, almost all polls predicted the ruling CPI(M)-led Left front to buck the four decade political trend of the incumbent being voted out of power. In Tamil Nadu, almost all polls predicted a landslide victory for the DMK-Congress-Left alliance with some predicting a complete rout of the ruling AIADMK. AIADMK went into the Assembly elections for the first time without its stalwart leader late J Jayalalithaa. If the exit pol...
Scarred once, migrants in Goa crowd trains to rush back home
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Scarred once, migrants in Goa crowd trains to rush back home

On Thursday afternoon, daily wage worker Mohammed Gulzar had his first meal 19 hours after he boarded the Vasco-Patna Express from Vasco-Da-Gama Railway station in South Goa. The train had then reached Bhusawal in Maharashtra and his home in Jharkhand’s Godda district was still a couple of days away. Having boarded the train on Wednesday in an unreserved compartment along with 35 others from his village, ‘social distancing’ was too distant even for one’s imagination, said 24-year old Gulzar. “There is hardly any place to stand in the train. There are just too many people and the crowd has not let up since the time we boarded. Our compartment will be emptied only at Patna, the last stop,” he said. He is nevertheless relieved to be on his way home while he still can even if ...
All fingers crossed in Bihar as second wave goes rural, scales last year’s peak
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All fingers crossed in Bihar as second wave goes rural, scales last year’s peak

AMIDST A sharp rise in Bihar’s Covid numbers, officials and health experts have flagged an increasing trend of cases being reported from rural areas. Official figures show that in many predominantly rural districts, the number of active cases is almost 9-10 times of what it was in the first wave’s peak in September last year. As of now, Bihar has over 1 lakh active cases. Patna tops the chart with over 17,000 active cases during the current wave. But five other districts with a large rural population have recorded an increase of over 4,000 active cases this month: Gaya (7,703 active cases), Muzaffarpur (5,406), Saran (4,778), Begusarai (4,675), Aurangabad (4,364). In sharp contrast, in September-end 2020, during the peak of the first wave, Bihar had 12,686 active cases with...
Bias in oxygen supply, says Delhi; HC tells Centre can’t duck this
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Bias in oxygen supply, says Delhi; HC tells Centre can’t duck this

To drive home its demand for oxygen, the Delhi government on Thursday submitted data before the Delhi High Court, and suggested that while oxygen provided to the national capital by the Centre was well short of target, some states were getting more than what they had asked for. Even as Solicitor General Tushar Mehta repeatedly insisted that Delhi’s submissions about the alleged discrimination not be recorded, the court turned down his pleas and said it was for the Centre to resolve this crisis. “You can’t duck it,” the court said. On his claim that sufficient supply was reaching Delhi, the Division Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said to Mehta: “That may not be correct at all. That we cannot accept. We are very clear on that. We are living here. It is people c...
Stocks unsure, many states say can’t open vaccination on May 1
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Stocks unsure, many states say can’t open vaccination on May 1

By: Express News Service | Bhopal, Chandigarh, Kochi, Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: April 30, 2021 7:24:17 am With just a day to go for opening up the vaccination drive for those in the 18-45 age bracket, one state after another is coming out to announce it won’t be able to start. The reason: inability to procure vaccine stocks, and imperative to give the second dose to those over 45 before extending it to the 18-45 group. Late evening, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, said his state would not start the vaccination for 18-45 age group on May 1 but continue with vaccinating people over 45 years. In a video message posted late night, he said, “On contacting the manufacturers of Covishield and Covaxin va...
Judge to Secy: In city of power, almost powerless in the face of scarcity
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Judge to Secy: In city of power, almost powerless in the face of scarcity

In this city of power, scarcity is hardly a headache for some — strings are pulled or a contact is called to cut in line or do a favour. But the relentless second Covid wave and the crippling shortage of oxygen and beds have turned many a power equation upside down. Of course, the well-heeled VIPs are still better off — they tap into their social circles and social media networks and celebrities amplify their SOS — but so acute is the shortage that there’s a growing number of cases where even that doesn’t help. The Indian Express has confirmed cases involving the head of a Constitutional authority, members of the higher judiciary and top bureaucrats, who have struggled to get hospital beds or medicine either for themselves or for their family as Covid ravages the city. In ...
Aandra Pradesh to conduct Class 12 exams, TDP opposes
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Aandra Pradesh to conduct Class 12 exams, TDP opposes

The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to conduct the examination for Class 12 students as per schedule from May 5 to May 19. “We will follow all the Covid-19 protocols to make sure the exams are conducted in a safe environment. Intermediate exams are very important for the future of students,” said Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh. The minister said 1,452 examination centres have been set up across the state and students can download their hall tickets on April 29. He said that East Godavari district has 146 examination centers, the highest, while Guntur has 60. A Covid Special Officer has been appointed for each district and all the test centres will be sanitised every day. Suresh said the students would have suffered in future if they were to get passed without an ...
IPL 2021: Ruturaj Gaikwad making it count for Chennai Super Kings | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Ruturaj Gaikwad making it count for Chennai Super Kings | Cricket News – Times of India

5, 5 and 10 were Ruturaj Gaikwad's scores from his first three outings at IPL 14. Despite the below-par start to the season, Chennai Super Kings' coach Stephen Fleming was ready to throw his weight behind him.CHENNAI: 5, 5 and 10 were Ruturaj Gaikwad's scores from his first three outings at IPL 14. Despite the below-par start to the season, Chennai Super Kings' coach Stephen Fleming was ready to throw his weight behind him. "We have faith in his abilities and will continue to back him," is what Fleming had repeatedly mentioned. The 24-year-old Maharashtra batsman's turning point arrived in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders when he raced to a 42-ball 64 and hasn't looked back. He has subsequently managed scores of 33 and 75 against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderaba...
Fresh fighting between Chad rebels, government forces – Times of India
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Fresh fighting between Chad rebels, government forces – Times of India

Government troops and rebels clashed on Thursday in a region of western Chad. AP PhotoN'DJAMENA: Government troops and rebels clashed on Thursday in a region of western Chad where president Idriss Deby Itno was killed earlier this month, a spokesman said. The fighting in the desert region of Kanem, near Chad's border with Niger, pits Libya-based rebels against forces loyal to a new military junta led by Deby's son. Fiercely criticised for authoritarianism and inequality, Deby was seen as a trusty ally by many Western countries including the former colonial power France, especially in the fight against jihadism in the wider Sahel region on the southern fringes of the Sahara desert. "Fighting is continuing in Kanem -- we are going to have continue to fight, otherwise they will destabilise...
AP Inter Hall Ticket 2021 for 1st year & 2nd year released @bie.ap.gov.in; Download here – Times of India ►
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AP Inter Hall Ticket 2021 for 1st year & 2nd year released @bie.ap.gov.in; Download here – Times of India ►

NEW DELHI: Board of Intermediate Education, Andhra Pradesh on Thursday released the Admit Card for AP Inter 1st and 2nd year examinations on its official website. Candidates, who are to appear for the examination, can download their admit card through candidate login on the official website - https://bie.ap.gov.in/. AP BIE Inter first and second year examinations are to begin from May 5, 2021. Around 10.66 lakh students including first year and second year students are set to appear for the examination this year. Congratulations!You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view result The AP Govt is providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits for the invigilators, who are to perform duties during the examination. Special rooms are being set up for the Covid-19 positive candidat...
Russian vaccine developer plans to sue Brazilian regulator for defamation – Times of India
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Russian vaccine developer plans to sue Brazilian regulator for defamation – Times of India

The Russian developer of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine said that it would sue the Brazilian health regulator Anvisa for defamation. AP PhotoMOSCOW: The Russian developer of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine said on Thursday that it would sue the Brazilian health regulator Anvisa for defamation, accusing it of knowingly spreading false information. Anvisa's board on Monday rejected requests to approve Sputnik V for import. Anvisa's medicines and biological products manager Gustavo Mendes said there was evidence an adenovirus used in the vaccine could reproduce, and that this was a serious defect. Viral vectors are commonly used to transport genetic information for a protein from a pathogen - in this case, the novel coronavirus - that will elicit an immune response in the recipient of...
MP: Class 9 and 11 results date postponed; Now results will be on May 15 in place of Apr 30 – Times of India
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MP: Class 9 and 11 results date postponed; Now results will be on May 15 in place of Apr 30 – Times of India

BHOPAL: Surge in the Covid cases has affected the school exam results also. Final exam results of Class 9 and 11 in government schools of Madhya Pradesh, which were supposed to be declared on April 30, will be declared on May 15. School education department issued orders on Wednesday. Notably, for the first time, like class 10 and 12 the results of class 9 and 11 exams will also be available online. Officials said that the school education department is working with only 10% staff after state government orders due to which the results preparation has affected. As the results are to be prepared on the basis of test and half-yearly examination the staff requires more time to complete the task. Incidentally, MP school education department has cancelled the final exams of classes 9 and 11...
Quinton de Kock: We feel very safe inside IPL bio-bubble, says Quinton de Kock | Cricket News – Times of India
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Quinton de Kock: We feel very safe inside IPL bio-bubble, says Quinton de Kock | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Mumbai Indians' senior player Quinton de Kock on Thursday said he feels "very safe" inside the IPL bio-security bubble, two days after leg-spinner Adam Zampa called it one of the "most vulnerable" before taking a flight back to Australia. "To be honest, we trust in our doctors, so we are pretty safe in our bubbles. At least we feel very safe and it is quite easy," de Kock said after winning the match against Rajasthan Royals. "We still take precautions and I felt safe. I don't know about other guys. I am speaking for myself. It is being easy to get on with the game and practice and everything," the South African added. A day after deciding to quit the league midway citing personal reasons, Zampa had said the bio-bubble put in place for the ongoing T20 event was the "most vuln...
Massive additional capacities to ramp up coronavirus vaccine production: Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla | India News – Times of India
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Massive additional capacities to ramp up coronavirus vaccine production: Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Massive additional capacities to ramp up coronavirus vaccine production are being created in India and the country will continue to work with its international partners to boost the manufacturing, Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Thursday. His comments came as India looks at significantly expanding the vaccination programme across the country amid a devastating wave of coronavirus pandemic. At a media briefing, the foreign secretary said international cooperation in vaccine production was crucial and India is working with its partners like the US, Japan, Russia and many others on it. "As we speak, massive additional capacities in vaccine production are being created. Bharat BioTech is ramping up production, its tripling and quadrupling production. SII (Serum I...
PM Modi reviews Army’s efforts in combating pandemic
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PM Modi reviews Army’s efforts in combating pandemic

Army Chief General M M Naravane on Thursday briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the Army’s efforts in helping the country fight the pandemic. The two “discussed various initiatives being taken by the Army to help in Covid management”, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement. According to the statement, Gen Naravane apprised Modi that “medical staff of the Army is being made available to various state governments”, and that the Army is “setting up temporary hospitals in various parts of the country”. Gen Naravane also told the Prime Minister that the Army “is opening up its hospitals for civilians, wherever possible” and that “citizens can approach their nearest army hospitals”. The Army, he said, “is helping with manpower for imported Oxygen tankers and veh...