AAP MLA Shuaib Iqbal has proposed President’s Rule in Delhi in view of the ongoing Covid crisis. Speaking to Hindustan Times's Aditi Prasad in the latest edition of InFocus, Iqbal said, "Situation deteriorating in Delhi, people are dying on the roads. This is not the time for a blame game between the Centre and Delhi government," he said. "If the President's rule is imposed for three months, then the central government will take onus. If we are taking aid from the world, why not from our own central government." Watch the full video for more.
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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Odisha is leading an indefinite strike since last 9 days over hike in power tariffs in the state. Party's state head Nishikanta Mohapatra said despite Odisha being a power surplus state, the government has raised the price of electricity multiple times in the state in the last five months. Calling electricity a basic right, Mohapatra urged the government to make power up to 200 units free in the state. Incidentally, AAP does not have any legislators in Odisha, and the protest is being seen as its strategy to make base in the state.
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan hit out at state governments seeking widening of the Covid-19 vaccine net amid a surge in infections. He accused governments of states like Maharashtra and Delhi of playing politics, instead of administering vaccines comprehensively among people currently eligible. He also dismissed claims of vaccine shortage by Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray had recently written to PM Narendra Modi seeking expansion of vaccine net to include those aged 25 and above in order to cover the 'young, working' population. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had a similar demand. The Aam Aadmi Party also questioned the central govt's move to export vaccines. Watch the full video for more.
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Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia visited Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital on May 04 where an oxygen plant is being installed. Deputy CM thanked French government for the oxygen plant. "We are thankful to France that they have sent us an oxygen plant which is being installed here. This will be functional by tomorrow," Sisodia told ANI.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia along with UT Health Minister Satyendar Jain visited Ram Leela Ground on May 04. They were seen inspecting the ongoing new COVID care hospital work at the site. 500 beds hospital are being prepared and will get ready in a week. Delhi has reported around 18,000 cases on May 04.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has written to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh seeking the assistance of the Army in tackling the Covid situation in the capital. Delhi has been witnessing a high number of cases and deaths in the second wave of Covid and the crisis has been compounded by the shortage of oxygen in hospitals. Deputy CM Sisodia said that the government has appealed to all sections to help transport oxygen to the capital. He also reviewed the vaccination programme in Delhi and said that they will keep increasing vaccination as and when they receive more vaccines. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president Chaudhary Ajit Singh passed away at age of 82 years on May 06. He had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 20 and since then he was undergoing treatment at a Gurugram hospital. His son and RLD vice president Jayant Chaudhary confirmed the news of Twitter. The son of former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh, Chaudhary Ajit Singh was a seven-time MP from Baghpat.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with Health Minister Satyendar Jain visited Satyawadi Raja Harish Chandra Hospital on May 06 where an Oxygen Plant has been installed. "This is a 330 litres Oxygen Plant. This has the capacity to fill 50-60 cylinders daily. If supplied through a pipeline, it can cater to 33 patients for 24 hours. This will help the hospital. This is a 200-bed hospital," CM told ANI. Delhi has recorded 335 deaths, 19,133 new infections and 20,028 recoveries in the last 24 hours.
India is fighting the devastating second wave of coronavirus. Different organisations are also doing their bit to ease the pressure on country's health infrastructure. Taking a step in this direction, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has also offered a helping hand in an effort to beat the pandemic. Gurdwara Sri Rakabganj Sahib has been converted into a 250 oxygen beds COVID care centre. The facility will fulfil all the medical requirements of patients including doctors, nurses and medicines. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain also visited the COVID care facility and reviewed the progress on May 05. This COVID care centre will be opened for the public soon. On an average, Delhi is reporting over 20,000 COVID cases every day.
A mass funeral was held in a parking lot adjoining the Ghazipur crematorium in the national capital. With a ceaseless arrival of dead bodies at the crematorium the staff says they have no option but to start setting up pyres in the adjacent parking lot. The crematorium can only accommodate 36 bodies at a time and the body bags arriving are far exceeding that number. The second surge is ripping through the national capital and a struggling health care system that has completely caved in. Shortage of medical oxygen, hospital beds and essential drugs, have compounded the capital’s Covid emergency. Delhi on Friday officially logged 348 Covid-linked deaths.
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Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rahesh Tikait on April 22 at Ghazipur border said that many farmers are struggling to get the second dose of COVID vaccine. "Farmers are at their home. Where else will we ask them to go? Is COVID spreading from here? We have been living here for last 5 months, it's our home now. Many farmers took vaccine but are struggling to get the 2nd dose. We have told officers to set up camp here," said BKU leader. Farmers have been agitating against farm laws at Delhi's border from past 5 months.
To escape scorching heat at borders, protesting farmers are making bamboo huts in tricolour. The protest which started in November against three farm laws, continues. Discussions between farmers and centre have remained inconclusive so far.
Delhi’s top doctor explains who can donate plasma to Covid patients. Dr Sanjay Raina also tells when a person should donate plasma. Dr. Raina said anybody between the age of 18-55 years can donate plasma. Watch the full video for more details.
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24 states including Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have more than 15% positivity rate for COVID-19 in their daily infections, informed Union Health Ministry. "Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Haryana and Bihar have a high caseload," said Arti Ahuja, Additional Secretary (Health) while addressing a press conference in Delhi.
Aam Aadmi Party on April 05 criticised central government over media reports which state that India will be providing COVID-19 vaccine doses to Pakistan. The party asked if lives of Indian people less important than that of Pakistanis. "Reports say that Indian government has signed some agreements, under which India will give 45 million doses of vaccine to Pakistan. I want to ask the Prime Minister that, are the lives of our people less important than those of Pakistan?," said Raghav Chadha.
Aam Aadmi Party on April 05 hit out at Centre for exporting COVID-19 vaccine instead of speeding up the domestic vaccination program, saying the government is more concerned about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's global image than saving people's lives. "Government exported more vaccine doses than it administered to the citizens. To improve his image at global level, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the decision and exported over 64.5 million vaccine doses to 84 countries. Government is more concerned about its image than saving people's lives," said Raghav Chadha, spokesperson, AAP.
India touched the grim milestone of over 4.12 lakh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours and reported 3,980 deaths. Meanwhile, former union minister and RLD chief Ajit Singh passed away due to Covid19, he was 82 years old.
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