Covid Supplies Price Hike To India Due To Import Of Raw Materials: China

<!– –> Chinese companies have received Indian orders for over 70,000 oxygen concentrators (Representational) Beijing: China on Friday said the prices of some of the COVID-19 medical supplies like oxygen concentrators being procured by Indian companies from Chinese manufacturers have gone up as they had to import raw materials from Europe to meet the excess demand from India. Responding to a question from the official media here on India’s Consul General in Hong Kong Priyanka Chauhan’s recent remarks calling on China to stop surging prices of medical supplies to India,…

Maharashtra Daily Covid Cases Drop Below 40,000 For First Time Since March 31

<!– –> Maharashtra now has 5,19,254 active coronavirus cases. (File) Mumbai: Maharashtra on Friday reported 39,923 new COVID-19 cases and 695 deaths, the state health department said. The number of new infections dipped below 40,000 for the first time since March 31 when 39,544 cases had been recorded. On Thursday, the daily case count was 42,582. The state’s caseload now is 53,09,215, while the death count has reached 79,552. Of 695 fatalities reported on Friday, 311 had occurred in the past 48 hours, 142 last week and the rest before…

When, Where And How Much – Your Questions About Sputnik V Answered

<!– –> Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines were developed by Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute. New Delhi: The first doses of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine were administered in India on Friday in a soft launch that is expected to be scaled up in the coming days. The vaccine will cost Rs 995.40 including tax for a shot, the company said, as well as announcing a single-dose variant Sputnik Light that could be approved in the next few weeks. Deepak Sapra, the CEO of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, which is manufacturing the vaccines…

“Shameful Bengal Citizens Taking Shelter In Other States”: Governor

<!– –> Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said history will judge the bureaucracy of West Bengal, police Guwahati: It is a matter of “shame” for West Bengal that its citizens are taking shelter in other states, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said on Friday while visiting the areas of Assam bordering Bengal to meet people who fled fearing violence. “Nothing can be more shameful for us than people of West Bengal taking shelter in other states,” Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar told journalists. Mr Dhankhar interacted with those who had taken refuge in a camp…

Vice President, Lok Sabha Speaker Block Parliamentary Panel Virtual Meets

<!– –> The Rajya Sabha secretariat said physical meetings can take place once things are normal. New Delhi: Rejecting calls from the opposition as well as some parties that support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla have refused to allow parliamentary committees to function virtually because of the pandemic. With legislative work at a standstill, the presiding officers of the two houses of parliament have rejected requests to allow virtual meetings, citing technicalities and confidentiality clauses. They suggested that once the…

Afghan police say Kabul mosque bombing kills 12 worshipers

The death toll in a bombing that ripped through a mosque in northern Kabul during Friday prayers has jumped to 12, Afghan police said. Spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said the imam of the mosque was among the dead, adding that another 15 people were wounded. The bomb exploded as prayers had begun. No one claimed responsibility for the bombing, but initial police investigations suggest the Imam may have been the target, Faramarz said. An image circulating on social media showed three bodies lying on the floor of the mosque, which showed…

Body Of Kerala Woman Killed In Palestinian Rocket Strike To Be Brought Home On May 15

<!– –> Soumya Santhosh had been working as a housemaid in Israel for the last seven years. (File) Idukki: The body of Soumya Santhosh from Kerala, who was killed in a Palestinian rocket attack in Israel on May 11, will be brought in Idukki on Saturday. Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said on Friday that the body is being repatriated from Israel to Kerala via New Delhi. “The mortal remains of Ms Soumya Santhosh, who was killed in rocket attacks from Gaza, are being repatriated today from Israel…

Why is the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine so important?

Medical experts have recommended getting both doses of the COVID vaccine to prevent getting infected. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one can be considered “fully vaccinated” only after they take the second dose of the vaccine. But why is the second dose of the COVID vaccine so important? According to AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria, the first dose of the vaccine does not produce protective immunity but prepares the immune system to fight against COVID-19 infection. It is the second dose that triggers the immune system…

Centre Orders 53 Lakh Remdesivir Injections, 46,000 Ventilators: RTI

<!– –> Curiously, Telangana got more vials of Remdesivir than what it had ordered New Delhi: Amid the grim COVID-19 situation in the country, the Union government has ordered the procurement of 53.70 lakh Remdesivir injections and 46,386 ventilators to tackle the calamity. Out of the order placed till Wednesday, various manufacturers, however, have been able to supply only a little over 38.05 lakh injections and only 43,979 pieces of ventilators to various states, Union territories and the central government’s facilities, says the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare…

Palestinians flee as Israeli artillery pounds northern Gaza

Palestinians grabbed their children and belongings and fled neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Gaza City on Friday as Israel unleashed a heavy barrage of artillery fire and airstrikes, killing a family of 6 in their home. Israel said it was clearing a network of militant tunnels ahead of a possible ground invasion. Palestinians grabbed their children and belongings and fled neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Gaza City on Friday as Israel unleashed a heavy barrage of artillery fire and airstrikes, killing a family of 6 in their home. Israel said…

International Day of Families 2021: Theme And Significance Amid COVID-19

<!– –> International Day of Families 2021: The pandemic expanded use of digital platforms The International Day of Families is marked every year on 15th May. A United Nations-designated day, the International Day of Families, focuses on key issues central to the well-being of families across the world like health, education, children’s rights, gender equality, work-family balance and social inclusion among others. The coronavirus pandemic has suddenly pressed the pause button on the daily routine of people’s lives. Lockdowns forced families to stay at home. Schools have been closed and offices shut.…

K P Oli sworn in as Nepal PM for third time

K P Sharma Oli was sworn in as Nepal’s Prime Minister for the third time on Friday, days after he lost a vote of confidence in Parliament. President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy to Oli, 69, at a ceremony at Shital Niwas, after he was re-appointed to the post on Thursday night as the Opposition parties failed to secure majority seats in Parliament to form a new government. Oli, the Chairman of CPN-UML, lost a crucial trust vote in the House of Representatives on Monday.…

More Bodies Found Near Ganga In UP Cremated After Dogs Maul Them: Report

<!– –> The district authorities did not tell the exact number of bodies found in the area. (Representational) Ballia, Uttar Pradesh: Two more bodies found lying on the banks of the Ganga were cremated by the Ballia district administration, after a video of a few stray dogs dragging and mauling the corpses went viral on social media. Fefna senior police official Sanjay Tripathi said he got the information about the corpses on Thursday afternoon, following which a team of Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Rajesh Yadav reached Sagarpali village and cremated…

COVID-19 in children: How to manage asymptomatic or mild cases in home isolation

In the second wave of the pandemic, many children are also being infected with COVID-19. As a result, parents are quite worried about how to take care of them when they are in home isolation. In the wake of this, the Health Ministry has laid out some guidelines for identifying the level of severity of the infection and the required treatment for Covid positive children, especially when they are in home isolation. Asymptomatic cases According to the Health Ministry, asymptomatic children are usually identified while screening, if other family members…

Australia resumes repatriation flights from India for stranded citizens amidst disastrous virus spread

The repatriation flights facilitated by the Australian government for its stranded citizens in India resumed from Friday, according to foreign minister Marise Payne. Payne said that a flight on Friday departed from Sydney to pick up Australian passengers in New Delhi before arriving back in Darwin on Saturday. “It has also carried life-saving oxygen equipment to India to support its COVID-19 response,” she said. Payne said the passengers would have to undergo a strict quarantine to make sure they are not carrying the variant of the coronavirus first identified in…

Ukraine opposition leader and Putin ally under house arrest

A top Ukrainian opposition politician with close links to Russian President Vladimir Putin was placed under house arrest Thursday, days after being charged with treason. Viktor Medvedchuk, who heads the Opposition Platform for Life party, the largest opposition force in parliament, denies the charges brought against him last week and says they’re politically motivated. Medvedchuk, who has close personal ties with Putin, the godfather of Medvedchuk’s daughter, could face 15 years in prison if tried and convicted. Prosecutors had asked a court in Kyiv to put Medvedchuk in jail, but…

2 Indian Men Freed From Detention Van After 8-Hour Protest In Scotland

<!– –> London: Two Indian men being held in a detention van on “suspected immigration offences” walked free with the help of a human rights lawyer after an eight-hour protest by their neighbours in the Scottish city of Glasgow. Sumit Sehdev, a chef, and Lakhvir Singh, a mechanic, both in their 30s, have reportedly been in the UK for 10 years. Six UK Immigration Enforcement officers, backed by Police Scotland, removed them from their home in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow on Thursday and put them into a van heading…

“Eid Mubarak To All”: Bharat Biotech Says Covaxin Sent To Several States

<!– –> Suchitra Ella did not provide details on the quantum of supplies. New Delhi: Covaxin maker Bharat Biotech, under fire over supply-related issues, today said it has dispatched the Covid vaccine to several states like Kerala, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Odisha. “Our work is highly stringent, realtime and technical, no work from home,” tweeted Suchitra Ella, the Co-Founder and Joint Managing Director of the Hyderabad-based vaccine major. “Covaxin goes to Gandhinagar, Guwahati, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru & Bhuvneshwar. thank all our employees @ BHarat bio who worked…

Venezuela sets date for regional elections as opposition weighs participation

Venezuelan Electoral Council President Pedro Calzadilla said on Thursday that the country would hold regional and local elections on Nov. 21, despite the opposition’s call this week for presidential and parliamentary votes as well. The mayoral and gubernatorial elections will be the first overseen by the new council, named earlier this month, which includes three members linked to President Nicolas Maduro’s ruling Socialist Party and two members close to the opposition. Previous boards had been made up solely of Maduro loyalists. The naming of the new board prompted some opposition…

Petrol, Diesel Prices Reach Record Highs With 4th Hike In Rates This Week

<!– –> Fuel prices in Delhi climbed to an all-time high of Rs 92.34 a litre for petrol and Rs 82.95 for diesel New Delhi: Petrol and diesel prices today touched record high levels across the country after rates were increased for the fourth time this week. Petrol price was hiked by 29 paise per litre and diesel by 34 paise a litre, according to a price notification by state-owned fuel retailers. The increase propelled rates in Delhi to climb to an all-time high of Rs 92.34 a litre for…

Pfizer got no response to offers to supply vaccine to Brazil last year, exec says

Pfizer Inc repeatedly offered to sell its COVID-19 vaccine to Brazil’s Health Ministry between August and November last year, but got no answer from the government, Pfizer’s chief executive for Latin America told lawmakers on Thursday. A Senate commission is investigating whether President Jair Bolsonaro’s government mishandled the pandemic by failing to secure vaccines in time to curb a surge that has killed more than 430,000 Brazilians — the worst COVID-19 death toll outside the United States. Pfizer executive Carlos Murillo said that on Sept. 12 the company’s CEO sent…

Took Covishield Jab In 1 Or 2-Month Gap? Needn’t Worry, Says Panel Member

<!– –> The government said the gap between the two doses of Covishield should be 12-16 weeks. New Delhi: Increasing the gap between Covishield doses was a decision based on science, not vaccine shortage, says a member of the group that recommended the big change. The government has launched a detailed study to compare the benefits of increasing the dose gap, said NK Arora, chairman of the Covid working group. Yesterday, the government said the gap between two shots of Covishield should be 12 to 16 weeks. It had been…

Chinese firm’s COVID-19 drug claims draw scientists’ skepticism

Chinese biotech firm Kintor Pharmaceutical Limited saw its stock price jump by more than 20% the day after it announced on April 25 that it had “completed the first patient enrollment and dosing” in a late-stage U.S. clinical trial of its experimental COVID-19 treatment. It was the company’s latest announcement about the progress of the drug, Proxalutamide. The Hong Kong-listed company’s stock price has nearly quadrupled since March 1 as some analysts wrote about the big sales potential for a COVID-19 treatment. Kintor has seen its market capitalization soar to…

Texas lawmakers approve abortion ban as early as 6 weeks

Texas would ban abortions after as early as six weeks “before many women even know they are pregnant” and allow private citizens to enforce the rule through civil lawsuits against doctors and others under a measure given final approval by state lawmakers. The Senate vote sends the bill to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign it into law. That would bring Texas in line with about a dozen other GOP-led states that have passed so-called “heartbeat bills” that federal courts have mostly blocked. The Texas measure is…

UN Security Council to meet on Sunday about Israel, Gaza

The UN Security Council will publicly discuss the worsening violence between Israel and Palestinian militants on Sunday, diplomats said, reaching a compromise over US objections to a meeting on Friday. Diplomats said the United States, a close ally of Israel, had initially suggested a virtual public meeting could be held on Tuesday. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday he hoped waiting a few days would allow for “diplomacy to have some effect and to see if indeed we get a real de-escalation,” adding that Washington was “open…

“Those Who Work Make Mistakes”: Anupam Kher After “Image-Building” Barb

<!– –> Actor Anupam Kher has often defended the Narendra Modi government and the BJP (File) New Delhi: Actor Anupam Kher tweeted a six-line poem in Hindi on Friday morning – an apparent attempt at damage control after comments to NDTV earlier this week seemed to criticise the Narendra Modi government’s handling of the Covid pandemic. “Only those who work make mistakes. Those who spend time idly looking for the evil in others… their lives soon come to an end,” he tweeted. On Wednesday Mr Kher, who has often praised…

COVID-19 and kidney health: Some guidelines for people suffering from chronic kidney disease

For people living with comorbidities, the pandemic has been particularly difficult, because their immune system is already in a compromised state, making them behave extra cautiously while stepping out. Dr Atul Ingale, director, nephrology, Fortis Hiranandani Hospital Vashi, says the vulnerable population needs to be protected, “especially those with Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD) and those on dialysis; they are at higher risk for more severe illness from COVID-19”. Why are patients with CKD more at risk? According to Dr Ingale, people with CKD have weaker immune systems, making it harder…

Gaza Attack Live: Israel threatens Gaza ground invasion

Rockets are launched from Gaza Strip to Israel, Friday, May 14, 2021. (AP Photo) Gaza Attack Live Updates: Amid heightened tensions in the Gaza Strip, clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants intensified on Friday with both sides launching air strikes at each other. Clashes between Arab and Jewish mobs on the streets have also prompted Israeli leaders to warn of a possible civil war.   Even as cross-border fighting enters its fifth day, there appears to be no end in sight. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the campaign “will…

Coronavirus Has “Right To Live” Like Rest Of Us: Ex-Uttarakhand Chief Minister

<!– –> Trivendra Rawat was trolled on social media for his unusual observation on coronavirus. (File photo) Dehradun: Former Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Thursday said that coronavirus is a living organism which has a right to live. “Seen from a philosophical angle, coronavirus is also a living organism. It has the right to live like the rest of us. But we (humans) think ourselves to be the most intelligent and are out to eliminate it. So it is constantly mutating itself,” he told a private news channel.…

Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of violating its territorial integrity

Armenia’s prosecutor general on Thursday opened a criminal case into “an infringement of territorial integrity” by Azerbaijan, Russia’s news agency RIA said, after Armenia’s defence ministry accused Azerbaijan of moving forces into its territory. Armenia and Azerbaijan remain at loggerheads after the latest bloody conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave last year that locked in territorial gains for Azerbaijan and was eventually brought to a halt by a Russian-brokered ceasefire. Armenia’s defence ministry said Azeri armed forces on Thursday “carried out another provocation against the sovereign territory of the Republic of…

Delayed second Pfizer COVID-19 shot produces more antibodies: Study

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine generates antibody responses three-and-a-half times larger in older people when a second dose is delayed to 12 weeks after the first, a British study said. The study released on Friday is the first to directly compare immune responses of the Pfizer shot from the three-week dosing interval tested in clinical trials, and the extended 12-week interval that British officials recommend in order to give more vulnerable people at least some protection quickly. After Britain moved to extend the interval between doses, Pfizer and vaccine partner BioNTech said…

Indian-Americans have been pillar of support in fight against COVID-19: Ambassador Sandhu

Indian-Americans have been a pillar of support for India in its fight against COVID-19, Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu said here. Sandhu, India’s Ambassador to the US, held a virtual interaction with some of the prominent Indian-American leaders from across the country on Thursday, during which he appreciated their overwhelming support. “Interacted with Indian American community leaders across the US this afternoon. Diaspora in the US has been a strong pillar of support in our fight against the pandemic. Appreciate their efforts,” Sandhu said in a tweet later. The outpour of…

US: 9 wounded, 3 critically, in shooting in Providence, Rhode Island

Nine people were wounded in a shooting in Rhode Island’s capital in what police there believe to be the largest shooting in city history. Of the nine, three were critically wounded in the shooting just before 7 pm on Thursday, Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh T. Clements told reporters at the scene. He said multiple guns were used and it involved an “ongoing feud” involving groups known to authorities. He said the shooting began with gunfire emanating from a vehicle, targeting a home. A person or people inside the home…

Happy Eid ul Fitr 2021: Wishes, Quotes, Eid Mubarak Messages And Eid SMS

<!– –> Eid ul Fitr 2021: Here are Eid Mubarak greetings and wishes for you Eid Mubarak! Eid ul Fitr is being celebrated today after the cresent Shawwal moon was sighted. Shawwal is the tenth month of the Islamic calender and the first day is marked as Eid-ul-Fitracross the world.  Many countries and some states in India like Kerala and Kashmir celebrated Eid ul Fitr on Thurdsay. Amid the coronavirus-forced strict restrictions and lockdowns, Eid ul Fitr celebrations are a low-key affair. Muslim clerics have urged the faithful to pray…

Qatar Sends Consignment Of Medical Supplies To India

<!– –> Several countries have come forward to help India as the country fights the second wave of COVID-19. New Delhi: Qatar on Thursday sent a consignment of medical supplies including 200 oxygen concentrators, 40 ventilators and 4,300 Remdesivir vials to India as the latter reels from a devastating COVID-19 crisis. Taking to Twitter, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi expressed thanks to Qatar Amir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani and the government. “Taking forward our deep-rooted friendship & multi-faceted cooperation. Grateful to H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin…

Israel fires artillery into Gaza, Palestinian rocket attacks persist

Israel fired artillery and mounted more air strikes on Friday against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip amid constant rocket fire deep into Israel’s commercial centre. As hostilities entered their fifth day, with no sign of abating, the Israeli military said in a statement shortly after midnight that air and ground forces were attacking the Hamas-run enclave. Rocket barrages from Gaza swiftly followed. Although the statement gave no further details, Israeli military affairs correspondents who are briefed regularly by the armed forces said it was not a ground invasion, and…

India Coronavirus Latest News Live Updates: India’s Cumulative Vaccination Coverage Nears 18 Crore Mark

<!– –> India Covid Vaccine: The gap between 2 Covishield doses has been increased to 12 to 16 weeks. New Delhi: The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country reached nearly the 18 crore mark as per the 8 pm provisional report, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday. “The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 17,91,77,029 as per the 8 pm provisional report today”, read a press release by the Ministry. 4,37,192 beneficiaries of the age group 18-44…

Poll Body Sets Up Panel To Identify Shortcomings In Recent Assembly Polls

<!– –> The election results of the recently poll gone states/ UTs were announced on May 2.(File) New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (EC) on Thursday has formed a core-committee to identify shortcomings from recently held Assembly polls in states and to push for reforms — from strengthening legal framework to ensure compliance of Covid-19 protocols to regulating poll expenditure by political parties. “ECI push for wide-ranging reforms. Sets up a Core Committee headed by Secretary-General to identify learning, experiences and shortcomings from recently poll gone states in furtherance…

PM Modi Condoles Death Of Times Group Chairperson Indu Jain

<!– –> Saddened by the demise of Times Group Chairperson Smt. Indu Jain Ji, PM Modi said (File). (File) New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed anguish at the death of Times Group Chairperson Indu Jain, and said she will be remembered for her community service initiatives, passion towards India’s progress and deep-rooted interest in culture. Indu Jain died on Thursday at the age of 84, Times Now, the flagship news channel of the group, reported. In a tweet, Times Now called Indu Jain a “lifelong spiritual seeker,…

Covid Patient Raped By Nurse In Bhopal Hospital, Died In 24 Hours: Police

<!– –> A case was registered at the Nishatpura Police Station and the accused was arrested. (Representational) Bhopal: A coronavirus patient was raped by a male nurse at a government hospital in Bhopal and died within 24 hours, the police said on Thursday, in a shocking incident made public only after a month following the arrest of the suspect. The 43-year-old woman who was admitted to the Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre on April 6 had complained about the incident, identifying the accused in a statement to a doctor,…

Plea In Supreme Court Seeks Special Team To Probe Case Of Bodies In Ganga

<!– –> The plea said the states have failed to keep a check on its crematoriums (File) New Delhi: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in the Supreme Court on Thursday sought direction for setting up a Special Investigating Agency to supervise the probe into around 100 corpses found floating in the river Ganga in Bihar’s Buxar and Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao and Ghazipur districts. The petition filed by two lawyers — Pradeep Yadav and Vishal Thakre — sought direction to constitute an SIT directing the respondent authorities to conduct postmortems…

US CDC says vaccinated people can avoid masks in most places

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday advised that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors and can avoid wearing them indoors in most places, updated guidance the agency said will allow life to begin to return to normal. The CDC also said fully vaccinated people will not need to physically distance in most places. The agency also hopes the guidance will prod more Americans to get vaccinated. The revised guidance is a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, but the agency…

GoAir Rebrands As Go First After 15 Years Of Flying

<!– –> The airline said that at the heart of the latest revamp is the full embrace of ULCC model Mumbai: After being in the skies for 15 years, Wadia Group-owned GoAir has rebranded itself as ”Go First” as the airline focuses on ultra-low-cost business model amid the aviation industry grappling with pandemic headwinds. The announcement on Thursday also comes amid reports that the airline was preparing for an initial share sale to raise funds for its ambitious expansion plans. The Go First as ULCC (ultra-low-cost carrier) would operate single…