Introspection, Feedback Needed For Assessing Congress’ Poll Performance: Ashok Chavan

<!– –> We will talk to elected MLAs and other candidates who fought on party ticket, Ashok Chavan said Mumbai: Maharashtra Congress leader Ashok Chavan on Thursday said “introspection and feedback” were necessary for the evaluation of the party’s performance in the recent Assembly elections. Mr Chavan, a minister in the Maharashtra government, is heading a committee set up by Congress president Sonia Gandhi to evaluate the party’s dismal performance in elections in Assam, West Bengal, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The committee is holding meetings with leaders of the…

Punjab Hospital At Fault: Centre On Reports Of 130 Broken Ventilators

<!– –> Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital in Faridkot had complained about the ventilators. New Delhi: Reports suggesting ventilators supplied by the union government financed from the PM CARES Fund to a state-run hospital in Punjab’s Faridkot are lying unused because of technical glitches which have not been resolved are “unfounded”, the centre said on Thursday. In a statement, the union health ministry said it was the lack of infrastructure at the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College (GGSMC) and Hospital that has resulted in the life-saving machines not…

Human Catastrophe Unfolding In India, Nepal Is A Warning: Amnesty

<!– –> On May 6, India reported more than 400,000 new cases in one day, Amnesty said. New Delhi: Governments across South Asia should treat as a warning the “human catastrophe” unfolding in India and Nepal, and immediately address healthcare shortages and strengthen their systems to respond to the rapid surge of COVID-19 cases, the Amnesty International said on Thursday. With India’s and Nepal’s healthcare systems struggling to cope with the massive surge in cases, the human rights organisation expressed its concern over the lack of preparedness in other countries…

Posing As Remdesivir Dealers, Online Fraudsters Cheat Maharashtra People

<!– –> The action was taken based on a complaint lodged on Wednesday. (Representational) Mumbai: Maharashtra Cyber, the state police’s cyber wing, has registered a case against online fraudsters who cheated people by posing as dealers of Remdesivir and Tocilizumab, drugs used in the treatment of COVID-19, an official said on Thursday. In several of these cases, the unidentified accused sent water and fake medicines in vials labelled with the manufacturer’s name and logo, after receiving money through online transactions, the official said. The action was taken based on a…

Nowhere to run: Fear in Gaza grows amid conflict with Israel

Screams and flying debris enveloped Umm Majed al-Rayyes as explosions hurled her from her bed in Gaza City. Groping in the dark, the 50-year-old grabbed her four children and ran as Israeli bombs struck their apartment building Wednesday, shattering windows, ripping doors to splinters and blasting away concrete. While casualties mounted this week in the most severe outbreak of violence between Israel and the Gaza Strip since a 2014 war, al-Rayyes and other Palestinians in the line of fire faced an all-too-familiar question: Where should we go? “This whole territory…

Oli set to be Nepal PM again as Oppn parties fail to stake claim

With opposition parties failing to stake their claim to form government by the deadline set by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister KP Oli is all set to be re-appointed as Prime Minister barely three days after he lost the vote of confidence in Parliament. The Chief of the Nepali Congress, Sher Bahadur Deuba, informed his party colleagues and other allies shortly ahead of the deadline that he could not manage a majority to stake the claim for the post as such has decided to withdraw from the race. While…

In Bihar, Covid Lockdown Violators Made To Crawl, Perform Frog Jumps

<!– –> Upon completion of the tasks, the men were cautioned and set free Patna: No it is not a military training drill or even an exercise routine. Close to dozen young men were made to crawl on their elbows and perform frog jumps right in the middle of a market in Bihar’s Kishanganj for violating lockdown rules. The masked men, surrounded by several policemen, were seen huffing and puffing their way to the finish line, as could be seen in the undated video slowly going viral. The video shows…

Now Half-Burnt Bodies Found Floating In Ganga Near Varanasi

<!– –> Bodies were found floating in the river Ganga in Varanasi. More bodies were found floating in the river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh today, this time in Varanasi. Some of the bodies were half-burnt when they washed up on the banks, possibly pulled off pyres and thrown into the river, officials say. Bodies have been floating in the river or washing up on the banks in towns in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar with disturbing regularity in the country’s Covid crisis. Around six-seven corpses were spotted in Ramnagar in Varanasi…

UP Hospital Sealed For Overcharging Covid Patient

<!– –> Commissioner Jayant Narlikar asked the district magistrate to probe the matter. (Representational) Gorakhpur: A private hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur was sealed by the district administration after it was found to be charging hefty fees to a COVID patient, an official said on Thursday. District Magistrate Vijyendra Pandiyan on Wednesday ordered the sealing of Badrika Hospital and Research Center at Gorakhpur Medical College road after the patient’s family member filed a complaint at the commissioner zone office against the hospital for overcharging. A case was also registered against…

Fact check: Drinking tea cannot prevent COVID-19

Among several health tips doing the rounds on social media for prevention and cure for COVID-19, people have been debating whether drinking tea can prevent the infection. MyGov India recently tweeted saying this is a myth. “…there is NO scientific evidence that it can prevent #COVID19 or make you recover from it faster! Don’t be misled by rumours, trust authentic sources and be responsible while forwarding such news,” it wrote. Yes, tea is ❤️ but there is NO scientific evidence that it can prevent #COVID19 or make you recover from…

Heavy Rain Likely In Goa, Gujarat, Kerala, Konkan Region: 10 Key Updates

<!– –> All India Weather Alerts: Heavy rain and cyclonic storm likely in many places, says IMD All India weather updates: Heavy rain and a cyclonic storm are likely at several places in the western parts of India, warned the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its latest weather forecast on Thursday. The stormy weather is due to a low pressure area over the Arabian Sea. According to the IMD, this is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 16, and some places in Goa and south Konkan region may…

“French Embassy Procured Moderna Vaccine. How?” Maharashtra Minister

<!– –> Nawab Malik asked why the Centre cannot procure the vaccine for the people of India. Mumbai: Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik on Thursday claimed that the French embassy in India has procured Moderna anti-coronavirus vaccine and it is being administered to its nationals at Navi Mumbai even as only three other vaccines are permitted in the country. The Minority Affairs Minister sought to know from the Centre how a “non-permitted” vaccine is allowed to be administered to the residents of France and their relatives living here. Mr Malik, who…

Is it Covid or the Flu? New combo tests can find out

In January, a man in his 60s with heart disease and diabetes went to a South Dakota hospital with a cough and fever, worried he had Covid. A nurse swabbed the inside of his nose, and the sample went into a small device resembling an inkjet-printer cartridge, which was then placed into a machine about the size of a printer. This so-called quad test, now available at thousands of hospitals and clinics around the country, could detect not only the coronavirus, but two types of influenza and the respiratory syncytial…

Young people are unsure of what happened on 9/11, an award will try to fix that

Before the pandemic, about half a million people visited the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, each year. The visitor center details the events of the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when passengers and crew members stormed the cockpit of a hijacked jetliner and thwarted terrorists, possibly preventing an attack on the U.S. Capitol. A wall of phones is central to the exhibit. Pick one up and guests will hear a goodbye message left by one of the 40 passengers and crew members for their families before the plane…

“He Sang For Dying Mother” On Call With Doctor, Social Media Heartbroken

<!– –> A man sang a popular Hindi movie song on video call for his dying mother. (Representational) New Delhi: A doctor’s Twitter thread describing a dying Covid patient’s son singing to her on a video call has gone viral on social media and has moved many to tears. In a Twitter thread, Dipshikha Ghosh says she video-called the relatives of her patient Sanghamitra Chatterjee –“who is not going to make it” — and her son Soham Chatterjee asked her to spare a few more minutes. He then sang to…

Getting the vaccine? It doesn’t have to be dull

For many Americans, gone are the days of staying up late to constantly refresh government websites or of lingering at pharmacies at closing time for a chance at a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Shots are now available across the United States at walk-up sites, which experts say are critical to helping get more people inoculated. Even in other parts of the world, like in Europe, where vaccinations are picking up after a slow start, the shots are becoming more available and in more convenient locations. And the vaccines aren’t being given…

Jab For Covid-Recovered After 6 Months, Suggests Government Panel: Report

<!– –> Those who test Covid +ve should not go for vaccination for 6 months after recovery, the advisory said New Delhi: Those who test positive for COVID-19 should not go for vaccination for six months after recovery, a government panel has recommended, according to sources quoted by Press Trust of India. The same panel has also said the gap between two doses of Covishield should be increased to 12 to 16 weeks and pregnant women should be able to choose their vaccine, PTI said today. No change has been…

Mixing Astra and Pfizer shots triggers more fatigue, headaches

Mixing doses of two leading Covid-19 vaccines increased patients’ side effects such as fatigue and headaches in early findings from a study that has yet to show how well such a cocktail defends against the virus. People who got a first dose of AstraZeneca Plc’s shot followed by Pfizer Inc.’s vaccine four weeks later reported more short-lived side effects, most of them mild, researchers from the University of Oxford reported in The Lancet medical journal. That was also true when the order of the shots was switched. Researchers and public…

Eid ul Fitr 2021: Low-Key Eid Celebrations In Kashmir Amid COVID-19

<!– –> Eid ul Fitr 2021: Here is a look at muted Eid celebrations in Kashmir amid Covid-19 Srinagar: Today Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated in Kashmir. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Eid celebrations were a low-key affair. The faithful observed Eid ul Fitr by offering prayers at local mosques early in the morning. Prayer gatherings were small and people were seen wearing masks. Rules of maintaining social distance were also followed in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Former chief minister Omar Abdullah, took to Twitter and posted Eid Mubarak greetings. Many…

China wants to boost births. But it’s wary of losing control

Written by Sui-Lee Wee When Fan Jianhua had her third daughter last year, she was afraid that she would be fined for violating China’s birth limits. Fan was already heavily in debt paying for treatment for her 6-year-old, who has leukemia. To her relief, when she registered her new baby with the police, she did not have to pay the $7,500 fine. “I was really happy and could finally relax,” said Fan, 34, a stay-at-home mother in the central city of Danjiangkou, in Hubei province. Slowly, in fits and starts,…

Moyamoya disease: Symptoms, risk factors, treatment of the rare blood vessel disorder

Moyamoya disease is a lesser-known disease that mainly affects children and is more common in East Asia, particularly Japan. It is a rare cause of stroke among children. According to Mayo Clinic, Moyamoya disease is a rare blood vessel (vascular) disorder in which the carotid artery in the skull becomes blocked or narrowed, reducing blood flow to the brain. Tiny blood vessels then develop at the base of the brain in an attempt to supply it with blood. This may cause a ministroke or a transient ischemic attack, stroke, or…

Climate change is making big problems bigger

Written by Christopher Flavelle Wildfires are bigger and starting earlier in the year. Heat waves are more frequent. Seas are warmer, and flooding is more common. The air is getting hotter. Even ragweed pollen season is beginning sooner. Climate change is already happening around the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday. And in many cases, that change is speeding up. The freshly compiled data, the federal government’s most comprehensive and up-to-date information yet, shows that a warming world is making life harder for Americans in ways that threaten…

Drop in Xinjiang birthrate largest in recent history: Report

Xinjiang in far western China had the sharpest known decline in birthrates of any territory in recent history. Xinjiang in far western China had the sharpest known decline in birthrates between 2017 and 2019 of any territory in recent history, according to a new analysis by an Australian think tank. The report from the Australian Strategy Policy Institute obtained exclusively ahead of publication by The Associated Press, showed the 48.74% decline was concentrated in areas with many Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other largely Muslim ethnic minorities, based on the Chinese government…

Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper Plant Begins Producing Medical Oxygen, Sends 1st Batch

<!– –> Sterlite said oxygen supplied is of 98.6% ‘purity’ and has got necessary certifications for use. Chennai: Vedanta Ltd owned Sterlite Copper has commenced production of medical oxygen at its facility in Tamil Nadu and the first batch of ‘medical grade oxygen’ was dispatched today, authorities said. The Sterlite copper smelter plant was given approval by the then AIADMK government on April 26 at an all-party meeting to produce medical oxygen at its facility for a period of four months at the facility in Tuticorin about 600 kms from…

California governor says mask mandate to end after June 15

California Governor Gavin Newsom has said the nation’s most populous state would stop requiring people to wear masks in almost all circumstances on June 15, describing a world he said will look a lot like the world we entered into before the pandemic. California has required people to wear masks in public places since June 18. The guidance requires people to wear a mask when gathering indoors with people who are not vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people can meet indoors without wearing a mask. They can also not wear a mask…

12-16 Week Gap Between Covishield Doses, Recommends Government Panel

<!– –> New Delhi: The gap between two doses of the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine can be increased to 12-16 weeks, a government panel recommended on Thursday. No change has been suggested for dosage interval for Covaxin – the second vaccine in use in India. The increase in dosage interval for Covishield comes amid an acute nationwide shortage of doses as manufacturer Serum Institute struggles to keep pace with demand This is the second increase in dosage interval for Covishield in three months; in March the centre told states and UTs…

When can a COVID patient discontinue home isolation?

Medical experts recommend COVID-19 positive patients who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms to stay in isolation at home. But how long is it necessary to isolate oneself? Does one continue to be in home isolation even after all symptoms have subsided? In a revised set of guidelines, the Health Ministry recommended that a COVID patient can discontinue home isolation “after at least 10 days have passed from the onset of symptoms or from the date of sampling of asymptomatic cases” and there is “no fever for three days”. The…

As Gaza war escalates, new front opens in Israeli cities

Written by Patrick Kingsley A new front opened in the military showdown between the Israeli army and Palestinian militants in Gaza on Wednesday as a wave of mob violence between Jews and Arabs spread across several Israeli cities, leading to riots and attacks in the streets as rockets and missiles streaked across the sky. Israel said it assassinated 10 senior militants and continued to pound both military and residential areas across the Gaza Strip with airstrikes, while Hamas, the Islamist group that rules Gaza, and its allies continued to fire…

US-approved vaccines effective against B1617 variant of COVID-19: Official

COVID-19 vaccines approved by the United States like Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson have effectiveness against the B1617 variant of the virus that is predominant in India, which is experiencing one of the worst outbreaks of the pandemic, a top American health official said. The observation is based on the latest data about the variant and the three major vaccines approved by the United States, said Dr Francis Collins, Director of National Institute of Science. “The data is coming in, and it looks very encouraging that the U.S.-approved vaccines,…

Delhi Gets Light Rain, Thunderstorm Predicted Later In The Day: IMD

<!– –> Weather today: Delhi received moderate rainfall on Thursday morning, more rain is likely New Delhi: Delhi woke up to a brief spell of rain and gusty winds on Thursday morning. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), light to moderate rainfall and thunderstorm with wind speed of 30-50 kilometer per hour are expected in parts of Delhi and the neighbouring areas including Noida, Gurgaon, Meerut, Rohtak, Panipat and other places over the next few hours.    Delhi | The national capital receives brief spell of light rain pic.twitter.com/vhLtQESiLA —…

Joe Biden signs cybersecurity executive order after Colonial Pipeline attack

US President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that advances federal cybersecurity capabilities and encourages improvements in digital security standards across the private sector which has been hit by a spate of cyber attacks. The executive order establishes a series of initiatives designed to better equip federal agencies with cybersecurity tools. It follows a cyberattack against the Colonial Pipeline that caused some internal computer systems to be disabled with ransomware. This led Colonial to shut the pipeline, triggering fuel shortages and panic buying in the southeastern United States.On…

Oxygen Shortage In India’s Covid Crisis Sparks Hunt for $1,000 Machines

<!– –> India has reported more than 300,000 daily infections for 21 consecutive days. Raphael Koch, a retailer of medical devices in the small Swiss town of Wil, has been busy for the past two weeks fielding a flurry of phone calls. Most are from Indians or India-based companies looking for oxygen concentrators, with some even wanting as many as 500 at once. But Mr Koch’s Oxymed store barely has any stock left of the little known machines that separate the critical gas from air and assist patients with low…

Brazil poll projects Lula would beat Bolsonaro soundly in 2022

An opinion poll published on Wednesday found Brazil’s former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva would handily defeat far-right President Jair Bolsonaro by 55% to 32% in a run-off vote if the 2022 elections were held today. In a first-round vote, Lula would get 41% of votes compared to 23% for Bolsonaro, the poll by Datafolha showed, while no other potential challengers polled above 7%. If no presidential candidate gets more than 50% of Brazil’s first-round vote in October 2022, the top two finishers advance to a second-round run…

Israeli president warns of civil war as Jews, Arabs clash over Gaza

Israel’s president warned of a civil war between the country’s Arabs and Jews on Wednesday as fury and fear over shelling exchanges with Palestinian militants in Gaza ignited violence in Israel’s streets. Appeals by religious and political leaders for calm, and police reinforcements and mass-arrests, appeared to do little to stem riots in several ethnically mixed towns. Israeli TV showed what it described as “near-lynchings” of Jewish and Arab motorists. The strife was touched off by sometimes violent pro-Palestinian protests by members of the Arab minority incensed at an Israeli…

Adar Poonawalla Promises To Deliver 1.5 Crore Covishield Doses To Maharashtra After May 20: Minister

<!– –> Adar Poonawalla has promised Uddhav Thackeray to deliver 1.5 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Mumbai (Maharashtra): Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla has promised Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to deliver 1.5 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine Covishield to Maharashtra after May 20, said the state health minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday. The Maharashtra state cabinet held a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the Covid management. Interacting with reporters, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said, “Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla has promised the Chief Minister to…

Biden spoke to Netanyahu, believes Gaza conflict will conclude soon

President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he was hopeful that a cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians would end soon, after a phone conversation he had with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “My expectation and hope is this will be closing down sooner than later, but Israel has a right to defend itself,” Biden told reporters at the White House. Biden did not explain the reasons behind his optimism. He said his national security team had been in frequent contact with counterparts in Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the…

India Covid Latest News LIVE Updates: Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech To Increase Vaccine Production By August

<!– –> Coronavirus: Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield is being manufactured by the Pune-based Serum Institute. New Delhi: Amid multiple states reporting a shortage of COVID-19 vaccine, Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech have submitted to the Centre their production plan for the next four months, informing they can ramp it up to 10 crore and 7.8 crore doses respectively by August, official sources said on Wednesday. The sources said the Union Health Ministry and the office of Drugs Controller General of India had sought from both the firms their production plan for June,…

Religious, Political Events Among Factors Behind Covid Spike In India: WHO

<!– –> India Coronavirus: India is reporting around 3.5 lakh cases and 4,000 deaths daily. United Nation: The World Health Organisation has said a recent risk assessment of the situation in India found that “resurgence and acceleration” of COVID-19 transmission in the country had several potential contributing factors, including “several religious and political mass gathering events which increased social mixing”. The WHO, in its COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update, published Wednesday, said that viruses in the B.1.617 lineage were first reported in India in October 2020. “The resurgence in COVID-19 cases…

Cameroonian Woman Held In Delhi For Duping With Promise Of Delivering Remdesivir

<!– –> Woman was arrested for duping people on the pretext of providing Remdesivir injections. New Delhi: The Delhi Police has arrested a Cameroon national for allegedly duping people on the pretext of providing Remdesivir injections, officials said on Wednesday. The accused has been identified as Ashwingwo Ashelly Azenmbuh, a resident of Kumba in the west African nation of Cameroon, they said. Forty names and phone numbers of victims were found in the message box of the recovered phone. Police have identified 23 victims who have been cheated of around…

Jailed Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Taken To Hospital Following “Blood Pressure Fluctuation”

<!– –> Dera chief was in August 2017 sentenced by a special CBI court in Panchkula to 20 years in jail (File) Chandigarh: Jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh took ill Wednesday and was moved to PGIMS Rohtak on the advice of prison doctors, officials said. The 53-year-old chief of the Sirsa-headquartered sect would be kept under the observation of a team of doctors in the government hospital, the officials in the prisons department said. Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who has been lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail since…

Government Can’t Swing Like Pendulum: Delhi High Court On Nursing Homes Order

<!– –> New Delhi: A government cannot swing like a pendulum from one side to the other and there has to be a sense of equilibrium, the Delhi High Court told the Delhi government when it said it was sometimes forced to recall its actions as a result of judicial intervention. The Delhi government, during hearing of a plea regarding overcharging by private hospitals, said that it can initiate audits of these institutions and also take strict action, but the court should not stay the same if any of them…

Around 130 Ventilators Sent By Centre “Faulty”: Punjab Official

<!– –> The Faridkot Medical College is facing problems because the ventilators, he said (Representational) Chandigarh: Around 130 ventilators out of the total 809 life saving machines sent by the Centre to Punjab for COVID-19 management are “faulty”, said a senior official of the state health department on Wednesday. “Around 130 ventilators are non-functional even after their installation,” the official said. He further said that the state government had been raising the issue of “faulty” ventilators with the Centre consistently. The department had also raised the issue of slow installation…

Rights Body To Probe Alleged Gang-Rape, Death Of Farmer Activist In Haryana

<!– –> An FIR was registered by the woman’s father against six accused persons. (Representational) New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has decided to investigate the case of alleged rape and death of a woman activist from West Bengal, at Tikri border where the farmers protest is going on against Centre’s three farm laws. The alleged incident happened at the Delhi-Haryana border but the farmer activist woman died in a hospital in the Jhajjar district of Haryana due to COVID-19 infection. Seeking an urgent intervention and direction of…