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Jharkhand CM flags off Sanjeevani trucks for emergency supply of oxygen to hospitals in Ranchi | India News – Times of India
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Jharkhand CM flags off Sanjeevani trucks for emergency supply of oxygen to hospitals in Ranchi | India News – Times of India

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren flags-off a fleet of Sanjeevani Vahan, vehicles carrying oxygen for COVID-19 patients, in Ranchi.RANCHI: At a time when hospitals pan India are battling for oxygen, Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren on Tuesday launched 'Sanjeevani Vehicles' - oxygen trucks to rush to any hospital in state capital Ranchi in case of an SOS. Similar vehicles are planned to be deployed at other districts including Dhanbad and Jamshedpur. Flagging off the vehicles, Soren said the entire country was adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and Jharkhand was no exception. He said the state government which is closely monitoring the situation has taken the initiative of 'Sanjeevani Vehicles' under which the trucks with oxygen centre will rush to any hospital in case ...
10-minute call decided IPL fate
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10-minute call decided IPL fate

An online meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council lasted just 10 minutes on Tuesday morning before it was decided to postpone the tournament indefinitely. BCCI secretary Jay Shah told attendees that it was untenable to carry on because of the breach in the IPL bio-bubble. The secretary told the GC members that the safety of the players was most important and the only option was to postpone the tournament. A member in the meeting wanted the tournament to go on, but the majority was in favour of postponement for now. Covid-19 cases were detected in Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals on Tuesday to go with those in Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings the previous day. Once Shah spoke to the officials, the next course of action was as clear as ...
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal: ‘Who would have imagined such a situation will arise? Had we known, we could have held the IPL overseas’
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BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal: ‘Who would have imagined such a situation will arise? Had we known, we could have held the IPL overseas’

The BCCI officials endured some sleepless nights with Covid-19 cases coming over the last few days. With several members among IPL franchises testing positive, the Board had no option but to postpone the tournament. In a chat with The Indian Express, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal spoke on this and several other issues. Excerpts: What happened over the last three days? We were continuously reviewing the situation with regards to Covid-19 and safety of the players. We had two cases first and then got news that an official and another member of the franchise had been infected. Today, we got to know that a few more players were being tested. So, keeping health and safety in mind, it was best to postpone the tournament. Nothing else matters for us other than safety, it’s the paramo...
Take action to curb post-poll violence, Mamata tells officials
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Take action to curb post-poll violence, Mamata tells officials

CHIEF MINISTER Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday summoned Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, Home Secretary Hari Krishna Dwivedi and Director General of Police P Neerajnayan and directed them to control post-poll violence at the earliest. Kolkata Police Commissioner Somen Mitra was also present in the meeting. A concerned Banerjee had on Monday told the newly elected MLAs to control their cadres immediately. On Tuesday, she directed the officials to “restore the situation” and said the administration should make necessary arrests immediately . During the meeting, she also took stock of the present law and order situation in the state. She said that in areas that have witnessed tension, police surveillance and patrolling should be increased. According to a senior police officer,...
Vaccines falling short, Maharashtra Health Minister’s Jalna got extra doses
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Vaccines falling short, Maharashtra Health Minister’s Jalna got extra doses

From April 7 to 9, when several districts in Maharashtra had to shut down their vaccination centres on account of shortage of vaccines, Jalna stood out, with a surplus that would last at least 10 more days. Home to Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope, Jalna district received 60,000 vaccine doses more than its allotment of 17,000 when fresh supplies of 26.77 lakh doses were received by the state from the Centre on March 31 — and distributed to all districts. Sources said Tope called Health Department officials and asked them to increase the allocation to his district to 77,000 doses. Tope told The Indian Express “no particular district was preferred” and that if Jalna got more stocks, this was done “to encourage more vaccination”. “We distributed doses to primary health ...
Vaccines falling short, Maharashtra Health Minister’s Jalna district got extra doses
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Vaccines falling short, Maharashtra Health Minister’s Jalna district got extra doses

From April 7 to 9, when several districts in Maharashtra had to shut down their vaccination centres on account of shortage of vaccines, Jalna stood out, with a surplus that would last at least 10 more days. Home to Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope, Jalna district received 60,000 vaccine doses more than its allotment of 17,000 when fresh supplies of 26.77 lakh doses were received by the state from the Centre on March 31 — and distributed to all districts. Sources said Tope called Health Department officials and asked them to increase the allocation to his district to 77,000 doses. Tope told The Indian Express “no particular district was preferred” and that if Jalna got more stocks, this was done “to encourage more vaccination”. “We distributed doses to primary health ...
IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra moved to ‘designated’ medical facility after testing COVID positive | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra moved to ‘designated’ medical facility after testing COVID positive | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Delhi Capitals on Tuesday informed that star spinner Amit Mishra has been moved to a designated medical care facility after he tested positive for coronavirus. The franchise medical team is in constant touch with Mishra and is ensuring his safety. The side also wished Mishra a speedy recovery. "Delhi Capitals leg spinner Amit Mishra has tested positive for COVID-19. He has been moved to a designated medical care facility, as per BCCI & IPL guidelines," Delhi Capitals tweeted. "The Delhi Capitals medical team is in constant touch with Mishra, and ensuring his safety and well-being. We wish him a speedy recovery," it added. 🚨 OFFICIAL STATEMENT 🚨Delhi Capitals leg spinner Amit Mishra has tested positive for COVID-19. He has been moved… https://t.co/kbPWwmKoQL— Delhi Capital...
Maharashtra: Two Covid deaths within 10 days, Nalasopara family counts its losses
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Maharashtra: Two Covid deaths within 10 days, Nalasopara family counts its losses

Until a few weeks back, Nalasopara-based Shaikhs were one happy household, making plans for a wedding in the family. But things took a turn for the worse towards the end of April when three sisters in the family started showing symptoms of Covid-19. What followed was a hectic scramble for a hospital bed, key drugs like remdesivir and tocilizumab, ventilator, and a huge sum of money for treatment. However, it all came to naught with two sisters succumbing to the infection one after the other, and the third still in a severely ill condition. Brothers Ahmad Shaikh, an auto driver, and Ali, a paan stall owner, are crestfallen at the loss of their siblings, one of whom, 35-year-old Shakeela, Shaikh saw gasping for breath and succumbing to the disease in front of him outside a mu...
Maharashtra: 15 days into the ‘lockdown’, autorickshaw drivers yet to get promised relief of Rs 1500
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Maharashtra: 15 days into the ‘lockdown’, autorickshaw drivers yet to get promised relief of Rs 1500

A fortnight after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced an economic package for rickshaw drivers to compensate for the loss of daily wages during the recently enforced lockdown, a bulk of the state’s 7.5 lakh autorickshaw drivers are yet to receive the relief money. The delay in payment is being attributed to the inability of the State Transport Department to put in place a system for distribution of the relief amount that each permit holder is eligible to receive. The Department, presently, does not have the account details of all the permit holders to enable the transfer of the money. The Maharashtra government had in April announced a Rs 107 crore package for the 7.5 lakh autorickshaw drivers under which each one of them would have got Rs 1500 as a relief...
Under CBI lens, 6 firms owned by Maharashtra former minister Anil Deshmukh’s sons
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Under CBI lens, 6 firms owned by Maharashtra former minister Anil Deshmukh’s sons

A Kolkata-based company is among over half-a-dozen firms owned by the two sons of Anil Deshmukh, former home minister of Maharashtra, that have come under the scanner of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), sources have told The Indian Express. The Kolkata firm has been operating from an address that’s a known hotspot of shell companies, the sources added. The CBI is investigating Deshmukh for corruption and alleged “attempt to obtain undue advantage for improper and dishonest performance of the public duty”. The agency is also probing Deshmukh for exercising “undue influence” over transfers, postings of police officials in the state and influencing the performance of officials as alleged by former Mumbai Police commissioner Parambir Singh. As part of its corruption p...
Bengal violence to scare our workers, says BJP; gets support from Congress, CPM
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Bengal violence to scare our workers, says BJP; gets support from Congress, CPM

Calling upon Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee to play the role of the Chief Minister of the entire state and not just of her party, the BJP on Tuesday sought stringent moves to end the violence in West Bengal after a bitterly fought, highly polarised election campaign. Sources said the central BJP leadership, worried that the violence could possibly force its cadre to switch ranks to the TMC, is trying to pull out all the stops — from Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialling West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar and expressing serious anguish to BJP president J P Nadda rushing to the state to meet families of workers killed and injured in the clashes. On Tuesday, the party also approached the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe into the violence. The BJP’s offensive again...
Odisha scrambles to cope as Chhattisgarh surge hits rural districts
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Odisha scrambles to cope as Chhattisgarh surge hits rural districts

A 23-YEAR-OLD spent three days under a banyan tree outside his village in Kalahandi because there was no provision for isolation in his small, thatched home. A 48-year-old struggled for 48 hours to save his mother’s life in Bargarh but failed for want of an official letter. At a hospital in Jharsuguda, a security guard is the key contact for families outside and Covid patients inside. These snapshots from the last five days tell the story of how rural districts on Odisha’s western border with Chhattisgarh, which has been ravaged by the virus, have struggled to combat the second wave with limited resources and inadequate manpower. On Tuesday, Odisha decided to set up checkposts in the southern districts bordering Andhra Pradesh and Telangana following reports of a new virule...
BJP and SP claim wins in UP rural polls, AAP gets toehold
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BJP and SP claim wins in UP rural polls, AAP gets toehold

With barely a year to go for Assembly elections in UP, both the ruling BJP and opposition SP claimed to have performed up to expectations in panchayat polls held across the state. However, Vijay Bahadur Pathak, the BJP vice president in charge of its campaign, acknowledged that the results “might not have been as much as expected in some places” as a majority of party-backed candidates for Zila Panchayat ward member seats lost — including in strongholds such as Ayodhya, Prayagraj, Mathura, and Varanasi. The polls are not contested on party lines and with the results announced late Tuesday, no party has made any official claim regarding the number of seats won. But the BJP had officially supported candidates for about 3,000 seats of Zila Panchayat ward members and lost more ...
For lack of oxygen, units making oxygen cylinders shut down
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For lack of oxygen, units making oxygen cylinders shut down

IT seems like a case of the right hand not knowing what the left is doing. The ban on industrial oxygen has had a significant fallout: over the past 10 days, production has come to a halt in the country’s largest oxygen cylinder manufacturing units, mostly in Gandhidham, Gujarat. Reason: these cylinder-manufacturing units were included in the ban on use of industrial oxygen and despite a Ministry of Home Affairs “clarification” on April 27 that liquid oxygen should be supplied to oxygen-cylinder manufacturers, the ban is yet to be lifted. Representatives of the All India Industrial Gases Manufacturers Association (AIIGMA) said that the clutch of large units located in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Gandhidham, Kutch, account for over two-thirds of the country’s oxygen c...
Election Commission divided: One EC objects to panel asking court for gag order on media
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Election Commission divided: One EC objects to panel asking court for gag order on media

The Election Commission (EC) is split down the middle over its response to the censure by the Madras High Court on its role in conducting elections during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Indian Express has learned that the poll panel’s plea in the Madras High Court to gag the media from reporting oral observations of judges and its subsequent Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court against the Madras High Court’s “murder-charges” remark were not unanimously approved by the Commission. One of the Election Commissioners, it is learnt, strongly objected to the contents of the affidavit filed in Madras HC and the SLP. He is said to have advised against calling for a gag on the media. His feedback,being currently discussed by several officials within the ...
‘Lucky Ali is on his farm in Bengaluru with his family and doing well,’ informs Nafisa Ali, rubbishing the death hoax – Times of India
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‘Lucky Ali is on his farm in Bengaluru with his family and doing well,’ informs Nafisa Ali, rubbishing the death hoax – Times of India

Fans went in a tizzy after reports of ace singer Lucky Ali passing away started doing the rounds on social media on Tuesday evening. While many started expressing their condolences, others branded it as fake news. ETimes got in touch with his actress-friend Nafisa Ali who confirmed that there was no truth to the claims and that the singer was doing absolutely fine. “I chatted with Lucky Ali 2-3 times today. He is fine. He does not have COVID. In fact, he has antibodies. He is busy planning his music and concerts. We were talking about virtual concerts happening and all such things. He is on his farm in Bengaluru and his family is there with him. I just spoke to him, everybody is fine,” Nafisa informed. Lucky Ali might be away from the limelight but his music videos keep surfacing on...
Jagmohan (1927-2021): The officer and the politician, combative and uncompromising
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Jagmohan (1927-2021): The officer and the politician, combative and uncompromising

JAGMOHAN, who passed away Tuesday at 93, was a rare exception in Indian politics who changed political masters, but never his core beliefs. Always referred to simply by his first name Jagmohan — few were aware of his surname Malhotra — the able, innovative, but high-handed and combative civil servant turned politician, succeeded in making a radical switch from the Congress to the BJP, without in any way compromising on his thinking or tough style. Two of his main backers, Sanjay Gandhi and the RSS, both appreciated these qualities and he was decorated with a string of Padma awards by different governments, including the Padma Vibhushan in 2016. Jagmohan came to the notice of Sanjay Gandhi in the early 1970s when he was appointed Vice Chairperson of Delhi Development Authori...
At least 6.9 lakh patients across India, including 1 lakh ICU cases, may need oxygen | India News – Times of India
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At least 6.9 lakh patients across India, including 1 lakh ICU cases, may need oxygen | India News – Times of India

BENGALURU: As SOS calls over shortage of oxygen continue to pour in from hospitals across cities, towns and even districts spread around the country, estimations made based on the Centre’s plan for oxygen shows, as on date, nearly 6.9 lakh patients across India may be in need of Oxygen, including more than 1-lakh that may need to be treated at ICUs. While not all of these would need oxygen beds at the same time, experts TOI spoke with say it would be prudent to plan the supply of oxygen accounting for the upper limit. While the Centre and states have been carrying out a mapping exercise to determine oxygen requirement, cases of states reporting insufficient allocation have become commonplace in the last fortnight or so. According to the Centre, for an estimation of the required oxygen s...
IPL’s foreign contingent to start returning home from Wednesday | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL’s foreign contingent to start returning home from Wednesday | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian Premier League's (IPL) foreign contingents will start leaving for home from Wednesday, a senior Indian cricket board (BCCI) official has told Reuters, following the tournament's abrupt suspension due to the COVID-19 crisis in the country. Several top international cricketers are scrambling to return home after the Twenty20 tournament was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday. "We have been working on their travel plans in consultation with their respective boards so that each of them reach home safely," the BCCI official said requesting anonymity. "Some of them will return home tomorrow." IPL chairman Brijesh Patel said the league would facilitate a smooth passage for all the foreigners. "Franchises will make their arrangement to send them back. We will extend whatever...
Exclusive! ‘Drishyam 2’ runs into trouble; legal suit filed against its producer – Times of India
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Exclusive! ‘Drishyam 2’ runs into trouble; legal suit filed against its producer – Times of India

ETimes was the first to report that 'Drishyam 2' (February 24, 2021) is going to be made. Its official announcement which also said that Kumar Mangat will helm it with Panorama Studios came only this morning. We now have it that 'Drishyam 2' has run into rough weather. Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, who co-produced the first part starring Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Ishita Dutta in main roles with Mangat, have legally objected against Mangat's move as they claim that the film's rights belong to them too. 'Drishyam 2' starred Malayalam superstar Mohanlal and a few recent reports had that Ajay Devgn and Tabu will reprise their roles in the Hindi sequel of 'Drishyam'. The first part in Hindi was released in 2015, directed by late filmmaker Nishikant Kamat and produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, ...