PM Modi To Review Preparations As Cyclone Tauktae Intensifies Off Gujarat

<!– –> PM Modi will hold a meeting today to review preparations to deal with Cyclone Tauktae New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold an important meeting today to review preparations to deal with impending Cyclone Tauktae, government sources said. Top officers from across government departments, including the National Disaster Management Authority, will attend the meeting, they told news agency Press Trust of India. The India Meteorological Department or IMD had said on Friday that the depression in the Arabian Sea is likely to intensify into a “very severe…

Martin Bashir leaves BBC amid inquiry into his interview with Princess Diana

Written by Michael Levenson Journalist Martin Bashir has left the British Broadcasting Corp. as it prepares to publish the findings of an investigation into accusations that he used dishonest tactics to secure a major 1995 television interview with Diana, Princess of Wales. In an email to colleagues Friday, Jonathan Munro, the BBC’s deputy director of news, said that Bashir had stepped down from his position as the BBC’s religion editor and was leaving the corporation. “He let us know of his decision last month, just before being readmitted to hospital…

3.26 Lakh Fresh COVID-19 Cases In India, 3,890 Deaths In 24 Hours

<!– –> New Delhi: India’s Covid caseload has reached 2.43 crore with 3.26 lakh new cases reported in the last 24 hours. Up to 3,980 people have died of the infection during the period. World Health Organization has called the situation in India “hugely concerning”. The country’s cumulative COVID-19 recoveries have surpassed two crore mark with 3.53 lakh patients recuperating in a day. This is the fourth time in the last five days that recoveries have outnumbered daily cases. More than 18 crore vaccine doses have been administered in the country till…

Go maskless? Some Americans skeptical of new guidelines, other say it’s high time

allowing people to go without masks in most places provided one more topic of disagreement among Americans who have found little common ground throughout the pandemic. Some cited caution and confusion, while others who have rarely worn masks rolled their eyes at the advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors and can mostly avoid wearing them indoors. The looser mask guidance does not apply to situations such as public transportation and prisons. The…

Dengue: How to the identify, treat and prevent the mosquito-borne disease

Rain brings respite from the scorching summer heat, but it also brings some troubles in the form of diseases like dengue, malaria, chikungunya, viral respiratory illness, diarrhoea among others. Dengue fever is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with a dengue virus, said Dr Puneet Gupta, pulmonologist who consults on Practo. “With multiple cities including Delhi recording a high number of dengue-related cases every year, it is important that we know about the disease and how to prevent it,” he told indianexpress.com. Symptoms Symptoms, which usually begin…

Australians Back Home As India Travel Ban Ends, 72 Barred From Flight

<!– –> The plane touched down in Darwin on Saturday morning with over 70 Australians onboard. (Representational) A plane carrying more than 70 Australians fleeing virus-stricken India landed in the country’s north Saturday, the first since a controversial ban on arrivals ended. The plane touched down in Darwin on Saturday morning after picking up vulnerable passengers from New Delhi, but 72 of its booked passengers were barred from flying after 48 tested positive for Covid-19 and others were deemed close contacts. Initially planned to carry 150 travellers, just over half…

Odisha Government Floats Global E-Tender For Supply Of COVID-19 Vaccine

<!– –> Odisha State Medical Corporation has asked bidders to supply the vaccine in 4 phases (Representational) Bhubaneswar: Odisha State Medical Corporation (OSMC) has invited online global bids from manufacturers through e-Tender portal for supply of 3.80 crore COVID-19 vaccines. In a bid to increase the vaccination drive against COVID-19, the Odisha Government has floated a global e-Tender for the supply of COVID-19 vaccine to the State. Bidders are required to supply the vaccine in four phases and State shall issue separate purchase order for each of them. “Odisha State…

China lands on Mars in latest advance for its space program

China has landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time in the latest advance for its space programme. The official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday that the lander had touched down, citing the China National Space Administration. Plans call for a rover to stay in the lander for a few days of diagnostic tests before rolling down a ramp to explore an icy area of Mars known as Utopia Planitia. It will join an American one that arrived at the red planet in February. China’s first Mars landing follows…

India Covid Latest News LIVE Updates: India’s Cumulative Vaccination Coverage Crosses 18 Crore Mark

<!– –> India Coronavirus: As on day-119 of the vaccination drive, total 10,79,759 vaccine doses were given India crossed a significant landmark in its fight against the COVID-19 after the cumulative number of coronavirus vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 18 crores on Friday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family welfare. The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 18,04,29,261 as per the 8 pm provisional report, ANI reported.  Meanwhile, World health experts issued a grim warning on Friday that the second…

India’s Cumulative Vaccination Coverage Crosses 18 Crore Mark: Centre

<!– –> As on day-119 of the vaccination drive, total 10,79,759 vaccine doses were given. (File) New Delhi: India crossed a significant landmark in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic after the cumulative number of coronavirus vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 18 crores on Friday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family welfare. The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 18,04,29,261 as per the 8 pm provisional report. The Ministry in a press statement stated, a total of 3,25,071 beneficiaries of…

Cyclone Tauktae Likely To Intensify Into Cyclonic Storm By Today Morning

<!– –> The IMD has issued a warning for fishermen to not venture into the sea till May 17. (Representational) Kochi: Cyclone Tauktae near Kochi is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by Saturday morning, informed the Indian navy on Friday. In a tweet by the Spokesperson of the Indian Navy, it informed, “#CycloneTauktae-Update 1-Deep depression 240 Nm NW off Kochi on 14th evening very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm Tauktae by 15th morning.” Indian Navy assured full support to State administrations as Cyclonic Storm Tauktae approaches…

Delhi Cabinet Nod For Financial Aid For Drivers Of Autos, Taxis Hit By Lockdown

<!– –> In 2020, Rs 78 crore was given as financial aid to more than 1.56 drivers of auto and taxis (File) New Delhi: The Delhi Cabinet on Friday approved Rs 5,000 financial assistance to all individuals holding public service badge (drivers) of para-transit vehicles and others in the wake of the lockdown here amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. The city transport department in a statement, also said, beneficiaries of the 2020 scheme need not reapply but will get the Rs 5,000 directly transferred to…

1st Oxygen Expresses For Andhra Pradesh, Kerala On The Way

<!– –> The first Oxygen Express to Tamil Nadu delivered 80 MT on Friday morning (File) New Delhi: The first Oxygen Expresses from Indian Railways for Andhra Pradesh and Kerala are on their way with 40 MT and 118 MT of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) respectively, informed officials. Meanwhile, Indian Railways has delivered 7900 MT of LMO in nearly 500 tankers to various states across the country so far. Oxygen Expresses started their deliveries on April 24, 2021 in Maharashtra with a load of 126 MT of LMO. Oxygen Expresses…

Rajasthan MLA Suggests Taking Services Of Quacks To Treat COVID Patients

<!– –> The MLA suggested that services of quacks. (Representational) Kota: A Congress MLA wrote to Rajasthan Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma, urging him to avail services of quacks to treat COVID patients in rural areas. In a letter dated May 13, Sangod legislator Bharat Singh Kundanpur said as doctors can’t reach each of the around 40,000 villages in the state and resources are inadequate to meet the challenge, services of quacks should be utilised as people have faith in them. “While a large number of people have died from…

West Bengal Governor To Visit Violence-Hit Nandigram On Friday

<!– –> Jagdeep Dhankhar today visited Assam’s Dhubri district. Kolkata: West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday said he would visit places in Nandigram, where post-poll violence was allegedly reported. Earlier in the day, Jagdeep Dhankhar took stock of the situation in a camp in Assam’s Dhubri district, where several people from Bengal’s Cooch Behar have taken refuge to escape the clashes. Mr Dhankhar’s tour of Cooch Behar district on Thursday had led to a war of words between him and Trinamool leaders, with the ruling party claiming that he…

‘Possibility of India-UK FTA higher now than ever’

On doubling India-UK trade Despite the huge amount we do with India, there has been a bit of unfulfilled promise. We’ve got 850 Indian companies in the UK and these employ over 116,000 employees, so there’s a huge amount of activity that goes on between India and the UK. Having said that, there are barriers in our trade, but I’m sure that with goodwill on both sides, if we move down the path of a free trade agreement, the mere act of removing some of those barriers will no doubt…