Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar on April 15 took the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Patna. The vaccine was administered at Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS). Bihar CM got the first jab of the vaccine on his 70th birthday on March 01.
Family members of a COVID-19 patient, who died in ICU ward on April 14, allegedly vandalised Mayaganj hospital in Bihar's Bhagalpur. Narrating the incident, patient's nephew Pravin said, "My uncle lost his life due to negligence by doctors and nurses." Further details are awaited.
Two militants belonging to the banned NLFT (National Liberation Front of Tripura) organisation surrendered with arms and ammunition before the police on April 15 in Dharmanagar of North Tripura district. Both the militants wanted in various cases have been identified as Joseph Jamatia and Uttam Kishore Jamatia and deposited three factory made pistols, magazines and ammunition to Deputy Inspector General (DIG) L Darlong in presence of Superintendent of Police (SP) North Tripura district Bhanupada Chakraborty who played an important role in convincing them to come back to normal life. The militants were trained in Bangladesh and were living in Nagaland.
As second wave of coronavirus intensifies in India, hundreds of people in Agartala were seen marketing for 'Chaitra Mela' on the eve of Bengali New Year 'Poila Boisakh' without paying heed to COVID guidelines. Poila Boisakh is the first day of the first month of the Bengali calendar.
As hundreds Myanmarese people took shelter in Mizoram, Chief Minister Zoram Thanga said that he has shared his concern to Home Minister Amit Shah and said that refugees from Myanmar are like family members. "I have expressed my views to Home Minister Amit Shah and told him that those people who came from Myanmar are our brothers and sisters. We have family ties with most of them. And once they came to Mizoram, we have to give them food and shelter from the humanitarian point of view. We want Myanmar to be a democratic government and not the military government. I believe that Indian Government should be more open to Myanmarese people. I have written this to PM Modi. I am sending my delegation to Delhi to discuss. We will request the government to change the foreign policy to accept the Myanmar refugees and not to send them back" says Chief Minister Zoramthanga.
A secret network of activists and volunteers is helping spirit hundreds of defecting Myanmar policemen away from the military's brutal crackdown on dissent and into relative safety in a small northeastern Indian state. Libby Hogan reports.
Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament from the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) K Vanlalvena said on March 24 that the people of Mizoram will not send the Myanmarese refugees back to their native land. "Not only have the government of Mizoram but also all the people of Mizoram do not want to send them back because they are our brothers. Sending them back means killing them. From the point of humanity, we just can't send them. " said K Vanlalvena. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a letter to the four States of the northeast stated that the state governments and UT administrations have no powers to grant "refugee" status to any foreigner and India is not a signatory to the United Nations Refugee Convention of 1951 and its 1967 Protocol.
Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan demanded legal action against Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Viijayan, and used word 'Covidiot' for him. V Muraleedharan said, "'Covidiot' you know what it means. There's no other word that can be used for a CM who continuously violates COVID protocol. As per doctors of Calicut Medical College, Kerala CM tested positive on April 4 and on April 6 voted without following protocols that a primary contact person have to follow even if we consider it was not known to him as COVID positive."
On the auspicious festival of Vishu, devotees offered prayers at Pazhavangadi Ganapathi Temple in Thiruvananthapuram on April 14. Festival celebrates harvest and marks the beginning of Malayalam year. Vishu is dominantly celebrated in states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
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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Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on April 13 informed that Lakshadweep and Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam are now tuberculosis free. 'We have now declared one union territory - Lakshadweep and one district in Jammu and Kashmir - Budgam as tuberculosis free. I think this is a landmark achievement to begin with and I think it has already set the tone for a TB-free India by 2025,' said Union Health Minister.
The Election Commission has issued a second notice to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The Supreme Court today said persons above 18 years of age are free to choose their religion. India has breached another grim milestone as it recorded daily covid cases over 1 Lakh 31 thousand. Bus services were hit in Karnataka for the third consecutive day today. The 7th Fleet of the US Navy says it has sent a warship about 224 kilometres west of India’s Lakshadweep islands to assert navigational rights and freedoms.
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Indian Coast Guard seized Sri Lankan fishing boats, from which 300 kg heroin, 5 AK-47 rifles with 1000 live rounds of cartridges were recovered. The Sri Lankan boats were seized with narcotics and arms at Minicoy Island on March 18. The Coast Guard ships and aircraft conducted an extensive search in the area of Lakshadweep Islands. On March 18, 21, patrolling ICG units detected three suspicious boats off Minicoy Islands and intercepted them. Post boarding, interrogation of the crew revealed inconsistent statements.
Bodies of four COVID-19 patients were allegedly taken in a Nagar Panchayat's garbage van for cremation on Wednesday in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon district. Four COVID-19 patients died in the Dongargaon block of Rajnandgaon district allegedly due to the non-availability of oxygen while under treatment. According to Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), Dr Mithilesh Chaudhary, three patients died at a COVID Care Centre while the fourth died at a Community Health Centre. "As far the vehicle is concerned, it is up to Nagar Panchayat to make such arrangements and take the bodies for cremation," said CMHO. Watch the full video for more details.
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Four COVID-19 patients died in Dongargaon block of Rajnandgaon district on April 14 allegedly due to non-availability of oxygen. Three of them died at a COVID Care Centre while the 4th died at a Community Health Centre. They were taken for cremation allegedly in a garbage vehicle. Garbage vehicle were allegedly used to ferry the bodies of patients who died of COVID-19 in Rajnandgaon. Chief Medical Health Officer (CMHO), Dr Mithilesh Chaudhary said, "We've arranged 10-15 oxygen beds at every COVID care centre in district. Three of them had died last night, they were given oxygen support while being treated, yet to gather info on the fourth. As far as vehicle is concerned, it's up to Nagar Panchayat to make such arrangements."
COVID-19 vaccination in-charge of Odisha, Bijay Panigrahi on April 16 informed that his state is running short of vaccines amid coronavirus cases surge. "We are running short of vaccines. We don't have enough stock to run all 1,500 vaccination sites across Odisha. With this stock, only 700 vaccination sites are possible to operate," Panigrahi said to ANI.
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.
A 14-feet-long king cobra was rescued from a village in Odisha's Badamba. The male adult cobra was rescued by the local forest department officials on April 14. Locals spotted the snake in an abandoned area and informed the forest department. A forest team rushed to the spot and carried out the rescue operation. The 14-feet-long king cobra weighed around 6.6 kg, informed forest department officials. It was later released into the Talachandragiri Reserve Forest of Gopalpur. Watch the full video for more.
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"Total of 77,66,319 beneficiaries vaccinated till 6 pm of Feb 12," informed Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Joint Secretary of Health Ministry in a press briefing. Joint Secretary said, "A total of 77,66,319..