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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 —…

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…