Union Minister Ramdas Athawale met President Ram Nath Kovind and sought President's rule in Maharashtra. This comes in the wake of former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh's corruption allegation against State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and Sachin Waze episode. “I submitted a memorandum of demand to President Ram Nath Kovind. I urged President Kovind to impose President's rule in Maharashtra. President Kovind told me that he would think over my demand,” he said. Param Bir Singh had written to CM Uddhav Thackeray suggesting Deshmukh’s involvement in corruption. The state home minister has, however, refuted the former Mumbai Police chief's allegation. Singh was earlier transferred so that cases pertaining to Sachin Waze were probed without obstruction. Waze was arrested in connection with the Mukesh Ambani security threat case.
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MoS for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale, has demanded President's rule in Maharashtra amid investigation in the businessman Mukesh Ambani bomb scare case and Sachin Waze case. "Law and order situation is worsening in Maharashtra. A criminal officer like Sachin Waze was given protection by the Maharashtra government... I demand that President's rule be implemented in Maharashtra. I will also write to Union Home Minister Amit Shah regarding this," said Athawale.
Bollywood celebrities were seen in and around Mumbai. Actor Sara Ali Khan was seen along with her mom Amrita Singh at Mumbai airport. The duo jet off to spend vacations in Maldives. Actor Sunny Leone also spotted at the airport. She kept her airport look casual as she flew to Kochi. Wearing mask, actress Tamannaah Bhatia also got papped at the airport. She will be next seen in Telugu film 'F3'. 'Kukoo'-famed Kubra Sait spotted in Bandra. She played the character of 'Kukoo' in Netflix series 'Sacred Games'.
Amid the alarming daily rise in Covid cases in Mumbai and people continuing to flout rules, the Mumbai mayor has appealed for a complete lockdown in the financial capital of India.
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Jharkhand High Court granted RJD supremo Lalu Yadav bail in the Dumka treasury case, he may now walk out of prison; India's Covid caseload rose to 1.45 crore with 2,34,692 fresh infections - the sharpest-ever daily spike; BMC Mayor said a complete lockdown should be imposed looking at the current Covid-19 situation in Mumbai. All this and more news at 2 pm.
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The Central Government has given permission to Haffkine Institute to produce Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. CM Uddhav Thackeray thanked PM Modi through a tweet by CM office, Maharashtra on April 15, "The Dept of Science and Technology, Government of India, has granted approval to Haffkine Institute to produce Bharat Biotech's Covaxin vaccine on a transfer of technology basis. CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has thanked the Hon'ble PM Shri@narendramodi for approving this request."
Maharashtra reported 67,123 fresh COVID cases, 56,783 discharges, and 419 deaths on April 17. While Maharashtra's capital reported 8,834 new COVID-19 cases, 6,617 discharges and 52 deaths in last 24 hours. On the other side, Karnataka today registered 17,489 new positive cases, 5,565 discharges and 80 deaths. Kerala also reported 13,835 new cases, 3654 recoveries and 27 deaths today. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh reported 11,269 new coronavirus cases, 6,497 recoveries, and 66 deaths in last 24 hours.
Gasping for air, two men wearing oxygen masks share a bed in a government hospital in India's capital New Delhi, victims of the country's growing COVID-19 crisis. At Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP), one of India's largest COVID-only facilities with more than 1,500 beds, a stream of ambulances ferried patients to the overflowing casualty ward on Thursday. "We are definitely over-burdened. We are already working at full capacity," said the hospital's medical director, Suresh Kumar. From an initial 54 beds, the hospital now has over 300 for COVID-19 patients in critical condition. Even that is not enough. Watch the full video for more details.
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External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar met Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France in New Delhi on April 13. Le Drian is on a three-day visit to India from April 13-15. It will be the first high-level physical interaction between India and France since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Indo-Pacific will be the key focus of discussions between the two ministers. During his visit, the French Foreign Minister will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India and France enjoy a strategic partnership since 1998 which has been marked by regular high-level exchanges and growing cooperation in diverse areas. Watch the full video for more.
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As many as 5 million religious pilgrims are expected to flock to the Ganges river as coronavirus cases soar in India. India reported 168,912 new cases Monday, its highest single-day figure for the sixth consecutive day. CNN’s Vedika Sud has your questions live from New Delhi.
AIIMS director Dr. Randeep Guleria spoke on the two main causes behind the spike in Covid cases in India. Dr. Guleria said that a lot of people felt that Covid was over after the vaccine came in January this year. “This gave an opportunity for the virus to spread itself rapidly,” Dr. Guleria said. Dr. Guleria added that religious activities should be done in a restricted manner without hurting sentiments in India. Watch the full video for more details.
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As the number of COVID cases are keep increasing in the country, Delhi AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria on April 17 said that as soon as vaccination started, people stopped taking COVID precautions and virus mutated and it spread more rapidly. "The cause for the surge in COVID cases is multifactorial. But 2 main causes are-when in Jan/Feb vaccination started and cases went down people stopped following COVID appropriate behaviour and at this time the virus mutated and it spread more rapidly," Guleria said. "We are seeing a huge strain in the healthcare system. We have to keep increasing our hospital beds/resources for the increasing number of cases. We also have to urgently bring down the number of COVID-19 cases," he added. India reported 2,34,692 new cases of COVID today (April 17).
Speaking on the COVID situation in the country, AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria on April 17 said that lot of religious activities happening in India and the same time elections are also going on, balance need to be maintained. "This a time when a lot of religious activities are happening in our country and polls are also underway. We must understand lives are also important. We can do this in a restricted manner so that religious sentiment is not hurt and COVID appropriate behaviour can be followed," Guleria said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his second shot of COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS, Delhi on April 08. He received the first dose of Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN on March 01. "I have given the second dose of COVAXIN to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. He spoke to us. It was a memorable moment for me as I got to meet him and vaccinate him," said Nisha Sharma, Nurse. "I am the vaccinator who gave the first dose of COVAXIN to PM Narendra Modi. Today, I got another opportunity to meet him and vaccinate him for the second time. I was elated again. He spoke to us, we even clicked pictures with him," said P Niveda, Nurse. The two nurses who administered COVID-19 vaccine to PM Narendra Modi at AIIMS, Delhi are-P Niveda from Puducherry and Nisha Sharma from Punjab.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday said strict lockdown measures will be enforced in some parts of the state to contain the spread of COVID-19. Thackeray, 60, was speaking after receiving the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 at the government-run J J Hospital here. Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded 13,659 new coronavirus cases, the highest one-day spike this year, which took the state's caseload to 22,52,057. The state has so far reported 52,610 deaths due to the disease, as per official data. Watch the full video for more details.
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Amid increasing cases of COVID-19 virus, several Railway employees in Indore took the first shot of vaccine on April 11. The railway administration is planning to vaccinate 3,000 railway employees and..