Maha Covid-19 situation 'grim', Centre has assured help: Sharad Pawar
Thursday, 8 April 2021 () NCP president Sharad Pawar on Thursday said the Centre has assured to help Maharashtra where the Covid-19 situation is currently "grim".In a live address on Facebook, Pawar, whose party shares power in Maharashtra with the Shiv Sena and Congress, said he spoke to Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday and the latter assured to support Maharashtra and other states to tackle the situation.
A central team of health experts visited Mumbai's Bandra Kurla Complex COVID-19 vaccination centre to assess the situation in the city. Team member Kunal Kumar said, "The Centre and State are discussing the issue (vaccine) and we will work as per their decisions. We are doing our best to manage the...
Reacting to the resignation of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, the BJP said the NCP leader Sharad Pawar must have understood the implications of giving a clean chit to Deshmukh who tendered his resignation to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on April 05. "Sharad Pawar Ji is a senior political leader of the country. He ought to have understood the implications of giving a complete clean chit to Anil Deshmukh," said Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad while also pressing for a fair investigation. Anil Deshmukh is facing allegations of corruption levelled by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar underwent an emergency endoscopy for the removal of a stone from his bile duct and is now doing fine, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said. Pawar, 80, was admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital on Tuesday after he experienced abdominal pain. The NCP chief is likely to remain in the hospital for the next three to four days. Earlier, NCP leader Nawab Malik had said that Pawar was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday evening, a day ahead of the scheduled surgery for a gall bladder issue, after he experienced pain in his abdomen. Politicians from across the spectrum had conveyed their best wishes to the NCP chief wishing him a speedy recovery. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Strict restrictions will be implemented in Maharashtra from April 14 8pm due to surge in COVID-19 cases. State DGP, Sanjay Pandey in a press conference, informed that if anyone has any emergency, they will be allowed movement. "Shops selling essential items and public transport will remain operational. There is no provision of movement passes this time. We have given instruction to all our units that if anyone has an emergency they should be allowed movement," said Maharashtra DGP.
Amid increasing COVID-19 cases in state, Maharashtra government on April 13 announced a series of strict restrictions in the state till May 1 including the imposition of Section 144. Bollywood industry is also feeling the heat. According to All Indian Cine Workers Association president, the industry is bearing loses as spot boys and other daily wagers have returned to their hometown due to no work. "We support lockdown, but there has to be a way for us. Government talks about others but not daily wagers in our industry," he said. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on April 13 announced a series of strict restrictions in the state till May 1 including the imposition of Section 144 from Wednesday in view of rising COVID-19 cases but said he will not term the new restrictions as "lockdown".
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on April 14 said that COVID vaccines are in sufficient amount in the country and state governments need to deploy the doses at the vaccination centres in time. "There is no shortage of vaccines and Government of India gives vaccines to every state. It is job of states to provide doses to vaccination centres in time bound manner with meticulous planning," said Harsh Vardhan. He also said that production of Remdesivir, the anti-drug for COVID-19, has increased and strict actions will be taken against those who'll try to do black marketing of it.
Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan clarified again that there is no shortage of vaccines in the country. The health minister said it is the State government’s responsibility to check and distribute vaccines at different centers and plan meticulously. Dr. Vardhan also said that Remdesivir production went down when cases of coronavirus went down in the country. The health minister added that antiviral drug production is being ramped up in the country. Watch the full video for more details.
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Even as the nation is struggling against a fresh wave of Covid-19 infections, the Union government announced some good news regarding another disease. Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said that 2 regions in India - the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, and Jammu & Kashmir's Budgam district - have been declared tuberculosis free. Vardhan was addressing a World Health Organisation meeting on the issue. Watch the full video for more.
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Soon after the Bombay HC directed the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry within 15 days into the corruption allegations against Anil Deshmukh. Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh resigned on Monday hours. Anil Deshmukh’s resignation from the post of Maharashtra home minister has triggered a fresh wave of turmoil in the ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi. However, if sources are to be believed, the NCP already has a leader lined up to replace Anil Deshmukh. Dilip Walse Patil, the current minister for labour, and excise, will most likely replace Anil Deshmukh as Maharashtra home minister.
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Soon after Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, state minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik informed that Anil Deshmukh no more wanted to remain in his post. "After the high court order, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh met Pawar Ji and party leaders and said he doesn't want to remain in the post because the inquiry will be there. He went to tender his resignation to the CM. Party has requested to the CM to accept his resignation," said Nawab Malik. Anil Deshmukh's resignation comes amid corruption allegations by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. In his resignation letter to Maharashtra CM, Home Minister said he doesn't find it morally correct to continue as the home minister after Bombay High Court's order.
The country is reeling under second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions have been imposed differently in several states. Amid this, government control room set up in Ranchi for counselling migrant labourers has reported an increase in queries as migrants are in dilemma. Control room head, Shika Pankaj informed ANI that migrants are not sure about coming to their hometown or staying back amid restrictions in several states. "The fear in them is evident but they are not able to take a decision," Shika added.
Additional testing sites and pop up centres have opened in the borough in an attempt to identify those with the virus. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi has insisted chair of the lobbying inquiry, Nigel Boardman, has been given "carte blanche" to look into the scandal.
He added Prime Minister Boris Johnson recognised there was a public interest into understanding how things came about. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi says the government is right to consult on whether Covid vaccines for care workers could be made compulsory.
He explains it has a duty of care to the elderly to consider such a move when dealing with such a deadly virus. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has criticised the inquiry into the lobbying scandal insisting it is "not looking at lobbying rules, or much at all".
He said every day brings new evidence of "the sleaze at the heart of Conservative government". Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Prime Minister Boris Johnson departs 10 Downing Street for Parliament for PMQs.
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Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has said that there is a political conspiracy behind arrested cop Sachin Vaze naming Anil Parab in his latest letter. ‘There have been efforts from day one to topple the Maharashtra government. The faces of those who are trying to topple the government are coming to light. A new trend has come to light wherein people who are in jail write letters. People in jail write letters and they are considered as evidence,’ Raut said. Waze had written a letter to the NIA claiming that Maharashtra ministers had asked him to illegally collect money for them. BJP leaders had cited the allegations to demand Anil Parab’s resignation. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar, who has been diagnosed with gallbladder disease, was operated at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope informed..