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Night curfew in Gujarat to curb Covid spread ‘not enough’, High Court tells govt
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Night curfew in Gujarat to curb Covid spread ‘not enough’, High Court tells govt

Measures like night curfew and shutdown of commercial activities are “not enough” and “further steps to break the chain” of Covid-19 infection are required, the Gujarat High Court told the state government Tuesday during its hearing of a suo motu public interest litigation on the surge in the cases of the viral disease and its management. The court also noted the state government’s May 3 affidavit was “lacking in various points and directions” that was given to it by the HC in an order dated April 27. While refraining from passing any directions, the HC asked the central and state governments to submit date-wise oxygen demand and its distribution among a slew of other details before it by May 10. The court is expected to hear the matter next on May 11. The division bench o...
Exclusive! Late actor Bikramjeet Kanwarpal’s childhood friend Vandana Shah: ” I’d named him Bizbiz because he wanted to join showbiz” – Times of India
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Exclusive! Late actor Bikramjeet Kanwarpal’s childhood friend Vandana Shah: ” I’d named him Bizbiz because he wanted to join showbiz” – Times of India

Actor Bikramjeet Kanwarpal, who was known for his performance in Anil Kapoor's series '24' and web-series 'Special OPS', died of COVID-19 complications on May 1. The 52-year-old actor was a retired Army officer. "But did you know that Bikramjeet was a part of the Kargil war? He was such a brave man and the interesting thing about him was that he loved the movie industry and used to keep saying since our childhood days that he wants to join showbiz. Hence, I used to call him Bizbiz," says his childhood friend, celebrity divorce lawyer Vandana Shah in an exclusive chat with ETimes. Reminiscing more about Bikramjeet's early days, Ms Shah said, "Bikramjeet's father was an Army officer posted in Himachal and my Dad was in the Airforce. So we had that fauji-fauji connection. In Shimla, where...
US chamber of commerce to provide ventilators to India by month end | India News – Times of India
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US chamber of commerce to provide ventilators to India by month end | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The Global Task Force on Pandemic Response, a newly formed US-based public-private partnership organized by the US chamber of commerce announced the sourcing, shipping and delivering of 1,000 ventilators and 25,000 oxygen concentrators by this month end to India. Supported by Business Roundtable, the task force is working with the Chamber’s US-India Business Council and the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum to take these immediate actions to help address the Covid-19 surge in India. The first ventilators procured by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation arrived in India on Wednesday. The remaining ventilators are expected to arrive by June 3. Medtronic will manufacture the ventilators and handle end-to-end shipping, installation and ongoing and virtual training. Delivery of 2...
Supeme Court stays Delhi HC notice against Centre, but wants plan on oxygen
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Supeme Court stays Delhi HC notice against Centre, but wants plan on oxygen

The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the contempt notice issued by the Delhi High Court against the Centre in the matter of supply of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to Delhi, stating that “the aim is not to haul up officers for contempt” and that such action will not bring oxygen. While granting the stay, a Bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah made it clear that it was not stopping the High Court from monitoring Covid-19 management-related issues, and directed a meeting between officials of the Centre and Delhi government by Wednesday evening to discuss issues related to oxygen supply. The Bench was hearing a plea by the Centre against the High Court’s direction asking it to show cause as to why contempt should not be initiated against it for failing to comply with ...
Year later, One Nation, One Ration off to slow start
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Year later, One Nation, One Ration off to slow start

AROUND ONE month ago, Anuj Kumar, a brick kiln worker in Gujarat’s Sathara, heard from a local NGO worker that the government had started a new scheme – One Nation, One Ration Card (ONORC). “The purvata mamlatdar [provisions official] asked me to link my Aadhaar, which I did. Still, nothing came of it. Yeh sab kehne ki baat hai (They just say such things). Us poor, we never get anything,” he said. A native of Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur, Kumar was preparing for a 25-hour bus ride to his hometown with his family of 10 in fear of a lockdown. In Rajasthan’s Bhilwara, a brick kiln trade union wrote to the district logistics officer on March 9, stating that 20,000 migrant workers in about 200 factories were unable to receive rations under the ONORC, despite a month passing sinc...
Exclusive! ‘Rashmi Rocket’ editor Ajay Sharma’s oxygen levels had improved and he suddenly collapsed: Producer Pranjal Khandhdiya speaks – Times of India
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Exclusive! ‘Rashmi Rocket’ editor Ajay Sharma’s oxygen levels had improved and he suddenly collapsed: Producer Pranjal Khandhdiya speaks – Times of India

Ajay Sharma, who has edited films like 'Jagga Jasoos' and 'Ludo', died on Tuesday, May 4. His death has come as a big shock to not just Taapsee Pannu and the entire unit of 'Rashmi Rocket' but also to many others who knew him in the industry. ETimes has it that Ajay had stabilised on Saturday and was texting and talking to team 'Rashmi Rocket' on Sunday saying that he was breathing normally. Pranjal Khandhdiya, the producer of 'Rashmi Rocket' (Ronnie Screwvala and Neha Anand are two other producers on the film), when contacted, told us, "Ajay told us over the weekend that his oxygen levels had in fact improved. We got to know this morning that late at 1 am he had collapsed, he just slipped away." Pranjal tells us that it was very tough to admit Ajay to a hospital. "Ajay was in Delhi la...
Premier League: Man United-Liverpool game rearranged for May 13 | Football News – Times of India
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Premier League: Man United-Liverpool game rearranged for May 13 | Football News – Times of India

Manchester United's postponed home Premier League match against Liverpool has been rearranged for May 13, the league said on Wednesday. The match was called off on Sunday after United fans protesting against the club's American owners, the Glazer family, stormed into the stadium which was closed to spectators due to COVID-19 restrictions. The rescheduling of the game means United must play two games in the space of two days as their home game against Leicester City has been moved forward a day to May 11. United's penultimate league game at home to Fulham has been scheduled for May 18, allowing the club to host a limited number of fans in line with the government's plan to ease lockdown restrictions in England. Liverpool's trip to West Bromwich Albion will take place on May 16 as planned...
Madras HC censure on Covid polls: Dissenting EC was keen to put views in affidavit, denied
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Madras HC censure on Covid polls: Dissenting EC was keen to put views in affidavit, denied

So sharp was the difference in opinion between the two Election Commissioners over the response to the censure by the Madras High Court that the dissenting EC wanted to put his views on record in a separate affidavit, The Indian Express has learned. However, the Election Commission rejected his suggestion and didn’t file his affidavit with the Madras High Court. The dissenting EC’s subsequent request to attach his separate affidavit to the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed in the Supreme Court against the Madras High Court’s “murder-charges” remark was also ignored. The Indian Express had first reported Wednesday that the poll panel’s plea in the Madras High Court to gag the media from reporting oral observations of judges and its SLP in the top court were not unanimously ...
World chips in: French oxygen plant at Apollo, US oximeters in Safdarjung
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World chips in: French oxygen plant at Apollo, US oximeters in Safdarjung

White House’s Covid-19 testing kits in New Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital; an Italian oxygen plant in the ITBP hospital in Greater Noida; a French oxygen plant at Indraprastha Apollo hospital in New Delhi; and Irish oxygen concentrators in PGI, Chandigarh. Amid a rising Covid curve, as help pours in from the global community and as India departs from its 16-year-old policy of not accepting foreign aid, oxygen-related equipment and life-saving medicines from abroad have started reaching hospitals in Delhi and beyond. At least 14 countries have already started sending their material in aircraft and ships, and they are being sent out, mostly to government hospitals. According to sources, the supplies are being sent as per requirement spelt out by the Health Ministry. From the US...
Plan panel, not a plea: top officials advise CM Thackeray on Maratha quota
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Plan panel, not a plea: top officials advise CM Thackeray on Maratha quota

Top bureaucrats in the Maharashtra government have advised the state’s political leadership to undertake a fresh study which shows the Maratha community to be a socially and economically backward group. This can then be submitted to the National Commission for Backward Classes, a body that received constitutional status in August 2018. The Maharashtra State Reservation for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, which received the state Governor’s assent in November 2018, granted 13 per cent reservation to the Maratha community in public education and government employment. This law — which took the total reservation in the state beyond 50 per cent — was struck down by the Supreme Court Wednesday. The bureaucrats have also advised the government against init...
‘Sterile’ test swab sticks, made in Ulhasnagar slum
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‘Sterile’ test swab sticks, made in Ulhasnagar slum

Every morning for the last four days, 9-year-old Naitik Sharma has woken up, had poha for breakfast, and sat by his doorstep for hours to do just one task – insert two earbud-like long sticks in a plastic packet. For 1,000 packets, he earns Rs 20. These plastic sticks, one thicker than the other, with cotton buds at each end, are swab sticks used to collect nasal and throat samples for RT-PCR tests. Under Medical Devices Rules, 2017 (Form MD-5), which deals with low to moderate risk devices, the sticks require a sterile environment for production. Sharma places the sticks on the floor and uses his bare hands to pack them. Dozens of slum households at Sant Gyaneshwar Nagar in Ulhasnagar, 50 km east of Mumbai, have been packing RT-PCR nasopharyngeal kits since last week throu...
Police raids to trace wrestler Sushil Kumar in murder case
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Police raids to trace wrestler Sushil Kumar in murder case

DELHI POLICE have launched raids to locate top wrestler and two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar for questioning over his alleged role in the murder of a 23-year-old former junior national champion, who was beaten to death in a clash involving two groups on the Chhatrasal stadium premises in North-West Delhi late Tuesday night. “We are probing the role of Sushil Kumar as allegations have been made against him. We sent our team to his house but he was found to be missing. We are looking for him. Several teams have been formed to trace the accused persons,” Additional DCP (north-west) Dr Guriqbal Singh Sidhu said. “In the initial probe, it has come out that…Sushil Pehelwan (Kumar) and his aides committed this crime…,” reads the FIR in the case registered on the basis of a ...
Centre turns up heat on violence, Mamata shunts top officials
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Centre turns up heat on violence, Mamata shunts top officials

As the Centre shot off another letter to West Bengal on Wednesday warning that any delay in sending a report on the post-election violence in the state would be viewed “seriously”, Mamata Banerjee transferred 30 top officers, including DGP P Nirajnayan, in her first action after being sworn in again as Chief Minister, warning that violence of any kind will not be tolerated. Following a meeting with top officials, Banerjee said “inefficiencies” had crept into the administration during the long poll process when the Election Commission held control, and said violence was being reported from areas where the BJP had won in the Assembly elections. In the letter to West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay, the Union Home Ministry said the state had not responded yet to a r...
Finally, Centre flags surge link to double mutant
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Finally, Centre flags surge link to double mutant

OVER a month after the Centre said that the “double mutant variant” of the Coronavirus (B.1.617) hasn’t been detected in numbers “sufficient” to link it to the current surge, it admitted otherwise Wednesday. It said that the “surge in cases seen over the last one and a half month in some states” shows a “correlation with the rise in (presence) B.1.617.” However, the Centre added a key caveat: the epidemiological and clinical correlation of B.1.617 and the surge is not “fully established”. Significantly, the Centre included B.1.617, under the category of “Variant of Concern,” along with B.1.1.7 (UK variant); B.1.351 (South Africa variant), and P1 (Brazil variant). Having said that, the data reveals a telling pattern. Of the about 13,000 samples sequenced, 3532 were found to ...
Uddhav asks PM, President to take urgent decision on quota
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Uddhav asks PM, President to take urgent decision on quota

Terming the Supreme court quashing the Maratha reservation “unfortunate”, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray threw the ball in the court of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind to take “an urgent decision” towards restoring the quota. Thackeray, in his address to the state on Wednesday night, said that he would also write a letter to them on the same and appealed to the Maratha community to maintain peace. Thackeray said the state government’s decision to grant the quota was in response to a demand from the Maratha community, and it had been passed by all political parties in the state legislature. “The state’s decision based on the Gaikwad committee recommendations has been rejected by the SC. Maharashtra decided to give reservation only to p...
Cheteshwar Pujara says he does yoga, meditation to stay away from negative thoughts | Cricket News – Times of India
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Cheteshwar Pujara says he does yoga, meditation to stay away from negative thoughts | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Known for his Zen-like approach to batting, India's Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara says he does yoga, meditation and takes advice from a spiritual guru to stay away from negative thoughts. In a Youtube interview on 'Mind Matters', the 33-year-old Pujara said handling pressure is important to survive in international cricket. "Once you are in a negative zone, everything around you becomes negative. I do yoga and try meditation, I do my prayers everyday which helps me to remain in positive mindset," he said. "There was time when I felt I cannot handle the pressure. When I had issues in my younger days, I used to go to my mother and cried in front of her saying that I had lot of pressure and nervousness and I don't to want play cricket. "But now I know how to handle the press...
Most rail coaches converted into isolation centres lying unused in three districts
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Most rail coaches converted into isolation centres lying unused in three districts

Acceding to the request from three districts – Palghar, Nandurbar and Nagpur – the Central and Western Railway have so far provided 53 coaches to be used as isolation facilities, comprising 932 beds for Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms. But as on Wednesday, 822 of them – 88 per cent – are lying unused. Of the 110 Covid-19 patients admitted at these facilities, most have been discharged or shifted to hospitals. Only 28 beds are occupied. While claiming that they are seeing a decline in Covid-19 cases, district officials said they will continue to use the coaches till the number sees a huge drop. As reported by The Indian Express, Palghar Collector Manik Gursal had on April 30 written to the Western Railway (WR) seeking rail coaches urgently citing lack of infrastructure ...
Proposal to name Navi Mumbai airport after Bal Thackeray faces opposition from locals
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Proposal to name Navi Mumbai airport after Bal Thackeray faces opposition from locals

CIDCO’s proposal to the state government on naming the Navi Mumbai airport after the late Shiv Sena supremo, Bal Thackeray, has set off a row with Project-Affected Persons (PAPs) and other locals insisting the airport be named after social activist and former Parliam-entarian late Dinkar Balu Patil. Last month, the Board of Directors of the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) had sent out the proposal to the state government for final approval. Patil had led several protests for farmers and land owners in Panvel district when the urban development body had acquired land in the area for the construction of the city. In a massive protest in 1984, four farmers had died after which the Gaothan scheme was launche-d allowing a farmer to carry out construction acti...
Nitin Raut seeks revival of defunct firm to manufacture drugs, oxygen
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Nitin Raut seeks revival of defunct firm to manufacture drugs, oxygen

In a letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray, Energy Minister and NCP leader Nitin Raut has sought that the Maharashtra Antibiotic and Pharmaceutical Limited (MAPL) in Nagpur MIDC be revived to set up manufacturing units for drugs and medical oxygen as well as a jumbo Covid-19 hospital. Raut, also the Nagpur district Guardian Minister, pointed out the infrastructure of MAPL was laying idle, which could be immediately converted into a hospital and a large medical oxygen production unit. “Also, life saving drugs and vaccines can be produced in a very short period.” The MAPL was started in 1980 through a joint venture between the state government and Hindustan Antibiotics Limited (HAL). While Maharashtra State Industrial and Investment Corporation Limited has a 33 per cent stake in MAP...
Mike Atherton doesn’t see IPL being rescheduled | Cricket News – Times of India
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Mike Atherton doesn’t see IPL being rescheduled | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Former England captain Mike Atherton doesn't see a window this year to complete the suspended Indian Premier League. The world's biggest T20 league was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday after multiple COVID-19 cases were detected in the tournament's bio-bubble. "Just don't see where the gap (in the schedule) is. India come to England for five Test matches in the summer -- and that ends around mid-September. Then the T20 World Cup (in October-November), which is supposed to be in India - but who knows, they may have to move that tournament to the UAE," Atherton told Sky Sports. "There is maybe a gap there, but all countries will already have their pre-T20 World Cup preparations baked in now -- England are due to go to Bangladesh and Pakistan, for example -- and you're also asking...