Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to two Lieutenant Governors and ten Chief Ministers over the last three days. The conversations in the phone calls mostly revolved around the respective state's Covid situation.
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Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) on May 08 approved emergency use DRDO's anti-COVID drug which the agency said will be helpful in faster recovery of hospitalised patients. While speaking to ANI, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS-DRDO) scientists spoken about drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG). The drug will be of immense benefit to the people suffering from COVID-19.
Amid an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases, some Samaritans across the Delhi-NCR region have either formed communities or taken it upon themselves to help those in distress. Of late, social media platforms have been flooded with requests for plasma donations. Adnan Shah and Sanjay Raina are two among the many who have been providing assistance to those pleading for help in the national capital region by way of a Twitter handle @PlasmaNCR. The duo claims to be resolving more than 100 plasma requirement SOS calls a day amidst a deluge of requests. Dr Sameer Kaul also joins us on the show to explain the do’s and don’ts of plasma donations.
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In a significant directive to the states and Union Territories, the Union Health Ministry on Saturday said the requirement of a positive COVID-19 test report is not mandatory for admission to a health facility. In its revised national policy for admission of COVID patients to various dedicated health facilities, both public and private, the Union Health Ministry said no patient will be refused services on any account, including oxygen and essential drugs, even if he or she belongs to a different city. "This patient-centric measure aims to ensure a prompt, effective, and comprehensive treatment of patients suffering from COVID-19," the ministry said. Watch the full video for more details.
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Delhi needs 976 MT of oxygen to increase the capacity of hospital, said deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on May 08. "We are getting help for the supply of oxygen from Central govt; Delhi High Court and Supreme Court have also intervened in this regard. We need 700 MT of oxygen to run hospitals in the state and if we want to increase the capacity of our hospitals we need 976 MT of oxygen," said Dy CM Sisodia.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said there is still a shortage of vaccine doses against Covid-19. He said Delhi needs 3 crore doses to inoculate all eligible beneficiaries within 3 months. Kejriwal urged the Centre to provide Delhi with the requisite number of vaccine doses. Kejriwal expressed confidence if the Delhi government gets 80-85 lakh doses per month, the vaccination process can be completed within the set target of three months. The chief minister pointed out the current requirement of doses can also go higher as beneficiaries from the NCR region are also coming to Delhi to get inoculated. Delhi has so far vaccinated 3,666,694 beneficiaries till now of which 114,657 were administered doses in the last 24 hours.
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As a severe shortage of medical oxygen hurts India's Covid-19 patients, Thailand became the latest country to send O2 cylinders and concentrators as aid. A Royal Thai Air Force plane landed in Delhi with a consignment of 200 oxygen cylinders and 10 concentrators on behalf of the Thai government, and 100 cylinders and 60 concentrators as donation from the Indian diaspora. Meanwhile, Gilead Sciences sent 25,600 vials of the remdesivir drug which is used in Covid treatment. Watch the full video for more.
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Eateries, shops in Delhi will now have to mention if meat being served is halal or jhatka. This comes after BJP-led North Delhi Municipal Corporation cleared a proposal in this regard. The proposal was recently moved by the Standing Committee of the NDMC. North Delhi Mayor Jai Prakash said the House 'cleared the proposal in its meeting’. “Eateries, shops in Delhi will have to display if they are serving halal or jhatka meat. We approved a proposal, making it mandatory for all eateries, meat shops to display it. They will have to put up posters stating whether they serve/sell halal or jhatka meat,” Prakash said. Jhatka' method is one in which an animal is slaughtered in one go, while in the 'halal' method, an animal is allowed to die after cutting a vein. A similar proposal was cleared by the House of BJP-led SDMC late January. Officials had said eateries, meat shops will have to display it 'clearly and visibly’.
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Eateries under North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) will now have to put up posters stating whether they serve 'halal' or 'jhatka' meat, as informed by Mayor Jai Prakash on March 31. "In Hinduism and Sikhism, 'halal' meat is prohibited. So we approved a proposal, making it mandatory for all restaurants, dhabas and meat shops in North Delhi Municipal Corporation to put up posters stating whether they serve/sell 'halal' or 'jhatka' meat," said NDMC Mayor Jai Prakash.
Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department organised 'Shikara rally' in Dal Lake in Srinagar on the occasion of 130th birth anniversary of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar on April 14. "Tourism organizes such rally as we are concerned about income of Shikara owners. There are approx 60 Shikaras here and we promote Shikara ride so that people come to Kashmir and enjoy the ride," said Abdul Razak, Shikara Owner. Director Tourism Kashmir, G N Itoo said, "Today 'Shikara Rally' has been organised in Dal Lake on the occasion of 130th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar in context of historical importance and also a message to the people as Dal Lake is a hub of tourism, people should come here and enjoy the ride."
During a public meeting at West Bengal's Purba Bardhaman, BJP chief JP Nadda pointed at CM Mamata Banerjeee for not commenting on 'anti-Dalit' statement by a TMC leader. "Today is Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar's 130th birth anniversary... Just now, a TMC leader used an offending word for Dalit brothers that I can't say here. I am sad by seeing that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has not yet condemned it. This is TMC's anti-Dalit face and we should understand this," said JP Nadda. TMC leader Sujata Mondal Khan made controversial remarks against Dalits as she equated them with beggars.
President Kovind, PM Modi paid homage to BR Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary. PM Modi paid his tribute to Ambedkar while addressing the Association of Indian Universities. He also took to twitter saying Ambedkar gave a strong foundation to independent India. VP Venkaiah Naidu paid floral tribute to Ambedkar at his residence in Delhi. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also paid tribute to the Father of Indian Constitution. BSP supremo Mayawati remembered Ambedkar's legacy on his birth anniversary. DMK chief MK Stalin paid a floral tribute to BR Ambedkar at Koyambedu in Chennai. Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was born on 14 April, 1891 in Mhow of Madhya Pradesh. Termed as the father of Indian constitution, he always worked for the welfare of deprived people. Ambedkar was conferred with Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, in 1990.
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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu paid floral tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary at his residence in Delhi. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also paid tribute to Father of Indian Constitution.
Parents of a 5-month-old baby have managed to raise Rs 16 crore for a life saving injection that their boy needed through crowdfunding. Parents of Dhairyarajsinh Rathod were told their son would not survive as he suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type I. Only a Rs 16 cr injection could help.
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Mumbai City Corporation pressed into service tractor jetting machines modified to spray disinfectants in public floating areas in the city to control the spread of COVID-19. Mumbai reported 3,039 new COVID cases, 4,052 recoveries and 71 deaths on May 07. COVID caseload of the city stood at 6,71,394 with 49,499 active cases.
IPL's 'Mumbai Indians' team snapped at Kalinga Airport in Mumbai as they returned home after suspension of IPL due to surge in COVID-19 cases. Cricketer and son of Sachin Tendulkar, Arjun Tendulkar was also seen along with his teammates. BCCI decided to suspend the IPL tournament after several players tested positive for the virus. 'Mumbai Indians' had won 4 matches out of 7 played so far in the tournament.
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 their family during the drive that started today. As many as 150 railway employees and their family members got their shot of COVID vaccine. Government is running 'Tika Utsav' from April 11, the birth anniversary of Jyotiba Phule till April 14, the birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar.
The third phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive has begun in the country. BLK-Max Super Speciality Hospital launched vaccination centre at Radha Soami Satsang Beas in Delhi and is the one of the largest..