Centre, public dropped guard after COVID first wave, says RSS chief

The RSS chief, while addressing a lecture series called 'Positivity Unlimited', said, "We are facing this situation because, whether it was the government, administration or public, everyone lowered their guard after the first wave despite clear warnings from our health experts.”

What PM Modi told states, UTs after a top COVID review meet

He said necessary training should be provided to health workers in the operation of such equipment, and power supply should be ensured for smooth operation of such medical devices. Unlike the first wave of COVID-19 cases last year when rural India was not badly hit, the region has been seriously affected by the second wave in several states

Cyclone Tauktae Effect: Rain batters Kerala; west coast on the edge

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Punjab wheat procurement at record high after direct payment to farmers

A Punjab Mandi Board official was quoted as saying that protesting farmers also wanted to take advantage of the MSP (₹1,975 per quintal), believing it may not last. He said more wheat also landed in government mandis due to less private players in the market due to COVID-19

Zomato IPO: What’s on the menu? Should you take a bite?

Zomato enjoys considerable girth in the food delivery market, but its valuation may be difficult to sustain, and the competition could get steep with the entry of Amazon; a deep dive into its finances will stand potential investors in good stead

COVID relief work will continue, says Youth Cong chief after police grilling

A Crime Branch team of the Delhi Police on Friday (May 14) questioned the Indian Youth Congress chief Srinivas BV for alleged illegal distribution of COVID medicines. Srinivas has been actively making pandemic relief efforts. The police had earlier approached AAP MLA Dilip Pandey on a similar matter. Srinivas said he is not worried as he has done nothing illegal.

Karnataka records 6 lakh active COVID-19 cases, the highest in the country

In terms of total active cases, Karnataka has now surpassed Maharashtra, which saw its peak in the last week of April, when it had nearly 6.8 lakh cases. As of May 13, Maharashtra had 5,48,507 cases.Goa and Puducherry have a test positivity rate of 48.1 per cent and 42.5 per cent, respectively.

Karnataka Cong to raise ₹100 cr from local area funds to buy COVID vaccines

Amid shortage of COVID vaccines and reports that states are rushing to import them, the Congress in Karnataka has said the party’s elected representatives will pool in funds up to ₹100 crore meant for local area development to procure vaccines.

Chennai COVID cases, positivity rate down, but too early to call a peak

The number of people turning COVID positive and the positivity rate in Chennai city declined significantly on Thursday (May 13), according to data released by the state health department as well as Chennai Corporation. The city added 6,991 new cases compared to previous days’ average cases of 7,000-7,500, though the number of people tested did not decline.

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Centre, public dropped guard after COVID first wave, says RSS chief

The RSS chief, while addressing a lecture series called 'Positivity Unlimited', said, "We are facing this situation because, whether it was the government, administration or public, everyone lowered their guard after the first wave despite clear warnings from our health experts.”

Israeli air strike flattens Gaza tower housing offices of AP, Al Jazeera

'Now, one can understand the feeling of the people whose homes have been destroyed by such kind of air attacks,' Al Kahlout said. 'It’s really difficult to wake up one day and then you realise that your office is not there with all the career experiences, memories that you’ve had'

What PM Modi told states, UTs after a top COVID review meet

He said necessary training should be provided to health workers in the operation of such equipment, and power supply should be ensured for smooth operation of such medical devices. Unlike the first wave of COVID-19 cases last year when rural India was not badly hit, the region has been seriously affected by the second wave in several states

Is Bhuvi not interested in playing Test cricket? What does he say?

Team India is set to take on New Zealand in the first World Test Championship (WTC) in England, but one name is missing from the list of the 24-member strong contingent: pacer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.

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Five states on high alert as Cyclone Tauktae picks up pace

Cyclonic storm, Tauktae, is an intense system, which is likely to bring extremely heavy rainfall in its path, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday (May 14). Weather scientists said that a low pressure area has developed over Lakshadweep and the Southeast Arabian sea, which is likely to develop into a depression in the next 2...

PM releases 8th installment worth over Rs 20,000 cr to 9.5 cr farmers under PM-KISAN

Newdelhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday released the eighth installment of over Rs 20,000 crore to more than 9.5 crore farmer beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme on Friday via video-conferencing. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, who was present on the occasion, said West bengal has joined the schem...

Naxal killed in encounter in Dantewada; firearms, IED seized

Dantewada: A Naxal was killed in anencounter with security forces in Chhattisgarhs Dantewadadistrict on Friday, a police official said. The gunfight took place at around 7:30 am nearMustalnaar village under Geedam police station limits when ateam of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on an anti-Naxal operation, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhish...

Sterlite Copper oxygen plant develops technical snag; production halted

Chennai: Chennai, May 14: Vedanta Ltd owned SterliteCopper Plant which recently, commenced production of medicaloxygen at its facility in Tamil Nadu has faced a technicalsnag in a cold box leading to a suspension of production, thecompany said on Friday. The facility began production of medical oxygen andthe first set of medical oxygen tankers was dispatche...

India adds 3.43 lakh new COVID-19 cases, 4000 fresh fatalities

Newdelhi: With 3,43,144 people testing positive for coronavirus in a day, Indias COVID-19 tally of cases climbed to 2,40,46,809, while the death toll rose to 2,62,317 with 4,000 fresh fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. The active cases have reduced to 37,04,893 comprising 15.41 per cent of the total infections. The na...

Black fungus has claimed 52 lives in Maha so far: Official

Mumbai: As many as 52 people have dieddue to Mucormycosis, a rare but dangerous fungal infection, inMaharashtra since the COVID-19 outbreak last year, a seniorhealth department official said on Friday. Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, became amuch talked about subject after some recovering and recoveredcoronavirus patients were found infected w...

Bharat Biotech unit to make Pune plant functional by Aug-end

Pune: Biovet Pvt Ltd, an associate firmof Bharat Biotech, is confident of making a plant at Manjariin Pune "fully functional" for vaccine production by August-end, a senior administrative official has said. Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech is the manufacturer ofCovaxin, one of the two vaccines being used in the nationwideCOVID-19 inoculation drive. Pune d...

DCPCR chief advises pregnant women, lactating mothers be brought under COVID-19 vacci...

Newdelhi: Delhi Commission For Protection Of Child Rights chairman Anurag Kundu has written to the Union Health Secretary urging him to include pregnant women and lactating mothers under the coronavirus vaccination process. Currently, they are excluded from the COVID-19 vaccination drive because of a lack of clinical trials data on the effect of coronaviru...

Can you hold on to oxygen concentrators without valid licence: Delhi HC asks Navneet ...

Newdelhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked Navneet Kalra, seeking anticipatory bail in connection with alleged black marketing of oxygen concentrators, whether he could have held on to and sold hundreds of such devices without a licence under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. Justice Subramonium Prasad posed the query during the late night hearing of Kalra...

Centre offers help to firms willing to produce Covaxin

Newdelhi: In view of the severe crunch of COVID-19 vaccines and amid criticism for failing to have delivered the required doses to states, the Centre has said it will provide all assistance to companies that want to produce Covaxin, the country’s indigenous COVID vaccine, to ramp up supply. Speaking to the media on Thursday, NITI Ayog member Dr VK Paul sa...

IMD issues cyclonic storm warning, forecasts heavy rain in

Mumbai: The IMD on Thursday issued awarning that a low pressure area formed over the Arabian Seais likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 16, whichmay bring heavy rainfall to Mumbai, some places in Goa andsouth Konkan region and also Gujarat. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, "A lowpressure area has formed over the southeast Arabia...

Over 2.5 lakh people tested for coronavirus in rural areas in a week: UP govt

Lucknow/noida: COVID-19 surveillance teams in Uttar Pradesh have visited over three crore houses at block levels in districts and tested over 2.5 lakh people in rural areas in a week, the state government said on Thursday. Surveillance teams in the state recently accelerated the pace to trace, test and treat coronavirus patients and started door-to-door campaig...

Fatal Cuddalore boiler blast raises fresh concerns on industrial safety

Four persons were killed, 15 injured and several trapped as fire broke out following a boiler blast at a unit in SIPCOT Industrial Estate, raising concerns on the adherence to industrial safety norms in Tamil Nadu

Doctors in UP’s COVID-ravaged Unnao resign alleging ill-treatment by officials

On May 11, bodies were seen floating in the Ganga at Ghazipur on the UP-Bihar border. According to reports, the dead were likely COVID casualties, and that since crematoriums were full or were overcharging, relatives had disposed of the bodies in the river

VD Satheesan as Oppn Leader? Cong in Kerala all set for makeover

Reports emerged that the All India Congress Committee has received thousands of e-mails supporting V D Satheesan’s elevation as Opposition Leader.

Increase gap between two doses of Covishield to 12-16 weeks, pregnant women can take...

Newdelhi: A government panel has recommended increasing the gap between two doses of Covishield COVID-19 vaccine to 12-16 weeks and said that pregnant women may be offered the choice to take any vaccine, official sources said on Thursday. No change has been suggested for the dosage interval of Covaxin by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation...

Apex drugs body clears Covaxin phase-II & III trials for 2-18 age group

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) on Thursday (May 13) cleared the indigenously produced Covaxin trials on children from two to 18 years. Covaxin maker Bharat Biotech said its phase 2 and 3 trials would be carried out on 525 healthy volunteers. This is the first time in India that a Covid vaccine will be tested on children. Covaxin...

PM missing along with vaccines, oxygen, medicines: Rahul

Newdelhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi launched an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, alleging that he is missing along with vaccines, oxygen and medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic and what remains is the central vista project and the PMs photos. "The prime minister is also missing, along with vaccines, oxygen and medicines. All that re...

States fighting with one another for vaccines portrays bad image of country: Kejriwal...

Newdelhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the fact that the states are left to competing and fighting with one another in the international market for COVID vaccines portrays a "bad" image of India. The Centre should procure the vaccines on behalf of the states, he said in the backdrop of a shortage of the vaccine doses in Delhi and ma...

50 employees Bharat Biotech test COVID-19 positive; Joint MD's tweet draws bouqu...

Hyderabad: Hyderabad, May 13 : Bharat Biotechs JointManaging Director Suchitra Ellas tweet saying 50 of theiremployees tested positive for COVID received bouquets andbrickbats from netizens with some saying Covaxin was savinglives while a few questioned as to why the staff were notvaccinated. Referring to comments by some political bosses overCOVID-19 vaccine...
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