West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee visited the Kalighat temple on Sunday. The TMC supremo offered prayers at the temple after victory in assembly polls. Mamata was accompanied by her nephew & TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee. Meanwhile, many leaders including PM Modi have congratulated her for the TMC win. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also congratulated Mamata for her victory. Bengal Guv Jagdeep Dhankhar also took to Twitter to congratulate Mamata. Congress' Rahul Gandhi congratulated Mamata & people of Bengal for defeating BJP. Punjab CM Amarinder Singh & Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik also congratulated Mamata. Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut congratulated the 'Tigress of Bengal' on Twitter. Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati also congratulated Mamata for the good performance of TMC.
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Terming Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee "Tigress of Bengal" after the TMC was looking set to return for the third straight term, Shiv Sena congratulated the leader on party's performance in the 2021 West Bengal Assembly elections. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said the democracy has won in West Bengal and the people of the state proved that they did not vote under any pressure. As per the latest Election Commission trends, TMC was leading on 205 seats while BJP was ahead in 79 constituencies.
U.S. states are set to begin using the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech to inoculate young adolescents against COVID-19 after advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) backed the plan in a unanimous vote on Wednesday. Freddie Joyner has more.
Parliament has been suspended for a short period following a prorogation ceremony. Black Rod Sarah Clarke, the senior House of Lords officer tasked with leading the prorogation ceremony, arrived in the Commons at 2.20pm to request MPs attend the Lords.
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Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut demanded for special session of Parliament to keep an open discussion with government of all states due to prevailing COVID-19 situation. "I have demanded a special session of Parliament because I have been speaking to political leaders of the country. They say situation of COVID-19 is grim in their states too. So, if government calls a special session, there will be open discussion on the COVID-19 situation of all states," said Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.
In a first, a drive-in vaccination facility was set up at Mumbai's BMC centre in Dadar. The Kohinoor public parking of the centre was converted into a vaccination centre, wherein people can sit in their cars and get inoculated. Shiv Sena leader Rahul Shewale said, "Similar facilities will be set up at other multipurpose parking sites by BMC." Inspired by drive-in COVID testing, this facility is far more convenient for people as there is no fear of maintaining social distancing.
Twelve major opposition parties have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Delhi government has said that People under the age of 45 won't get shots of Covaxin from tomorrow with limited stocks left for the next four days. Maharashtra is likely to extend its lockdown till May 31. Main Opposition party, the Nepali Congress, has decided to stake a claim for the prime minister's post.
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While Covid-19 cases and deaths continue to wreak havoc in the country, the new fear of mucormycosis or black fungus is causing more worries. Maharashtra has reported more deaths caused by the black fungus while the government has said there may be 2,000 cases of mucormycosis in the state. On Monday, Odisha also reported its first case of mucormycosis while Delhi, Gujarat and a few other states have already detected cases of the feared black fungus.
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Noida police arrested 7 people for black marketing of Remdesivir injection, which is an antiviral drug that is being used for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Amid the COVID crisis, its high demand has led to medicine's black marketing. 9 vials with wrapper of Remdesivir has been recovered, ideally the medicine within the injection is used for treating pneumonia. In past few days, several people have been arrested in parts of country for Remdesivir injection's black marketing.
India on Saturday thanked Canada for the shipment of 50 ventilators and 25000 vials of Remdesivir to fight the COVID pandemic. In this regard, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi on Saturday said, "It would further deepen our strategic partnership." Several countries have come forward to help India as the country fights the second wave of Covid-19. Watch the full video for more details.
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