As the second wave of the coronavirus ravages India and deaths mount, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury has a personal loss to bear. His son, 34-year-old Ashish has passed away due to the disease.
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CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury's son died due to COVID-19 on April 22. Politician announced the sad news on twitter. Sitaram Yechury expressed grief and thanked frontline workers for their efforts. COVID-19 situation remains grim in India as country recorded highest ever 2.95 lakh new cases on April 21.
From DCGI approving new anti-Covid drug, to health ministry issues new rules for hospital admissions, here are the top updates on the coronavirus. DCGI approved a new anti-Covid oral drug, which has been developed by DRDO and Dr. Reddy’s. The medicine has been given emergency use approval by DCGI. Meanwhile, Health Ministry said that a positive Covid-19 report is now not mandatory for a patient to be admitted to a hospital. Also, Supreme Court formed a 12-member National Task Force on medical oxygen. The new panel includes 10 doctors and 2 top bureaucrats from the Centre, who will ensure streamlined delivery of oxygen across India. Watch the full video for more updates on the pandemic.
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BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, on May 05 said that the situation in West Bengal is very serious and such an atmosphere was created in 2001 when CPI(M) was making an exit. "At that time Mamata Banerjee got 60 seats. There was political violence in some areas. This time, it is happening across the state. People of a particular community are being attacked. As Nadda ji said, the situation is similar to what happened at the time of partition," said Adhikari when asked about the post-poll violence in the state.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan met state Governor Arif Mohammed Khan at Raj Bhavan on May 03 after historic victory in Assembly election. He has submitted his resignation to the governor Khan. Vijayan is set to be sworn in as chief minister of Kerala for second consecutive term. Communist Party of India (M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) retained power in Kerala by winning 99 seats against 41 seats of Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in the Assembly polls.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was seen watching election trends of state assembly elections along with party members. Pinarayi Vijayan is contesting from the Dharmadam Assembly constituency and is currently leading. As per early trends, Communist Party of India (Marxist) is leading on 56 seats while Indian National Congress on 24 seats. Communist Party of India is ahead on 15, BJP on 3.
India and the European Union (EU) on Saturday announced their decision to resume negotiations for a balanced and comprehensive trade agreement after a gap of eight years and unveiled an ambitious connectivity partnership, during a virtual meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders of 27 member nations of the bloc. In his remarks, Modi invited the EU to support a proposal by India and South Africa to waive patents on COVID-19 vaccines so that there can be equitable vaccine access for the entire world, officials said. The meeting, participated by leaders of EU member states as well as the top leadership of the EU, also decided to launch negotiations on two other key agreements on investment protection and geographical indications.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited EU member states to participate in India-EU High Level Digital Forum that's likely to be held later this year, informed Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Secretary Vikas Swarup on May 08. "PM also invited EU member states to participate in India-EU High Level Digital Forum that's likely to be held later this year, to enhance digital cooperation between India and EU via linking of start-ups supporting digital economy and for enhancing investments," said MEA Secretary (West).
President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen on May 08 said, "It was a remarkable Summit because it widened the scope and the view on the untapped potential in the relationship of the European Union and India." Prime Minister Narendra Modi today also virtually participated in the meeting of EU as a special invitee, on the invitation of Council's President.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her party's win in the assembly polls and assured the Centre's all possible support to the state government to fulfil people's aspirations and also to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. In a series of tweets, Modi also offered congratulations to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who heads the Left front in the state, and DMK supremo M K Stalin, who led the opposition alliance in Tamil Nadu, for their poll victories. Watch the full video for more details.
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National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah tested positive for Covid-19. In a tweet this morning, the National Conference leader's son Omar Abdullah informed about his father testing positive. He also urged everyone who came in contact with his father recently to get tested. Replying to his tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished him a speedy recovery. "Praying for the good health and speedy recovery of Dr. Farooq Abdullah Ji. Also praying for your and the entire family’s good health @OmarAbdullah," PM Modi tweeted. Omar replied to PM Modi, saying, "My father and the rest of the family join me in thanking you for your wishes and prayers @narendramodi ji." Farooq Abdullah, 85, received the first dose of a Covid vaccine on March 2. Watch the full video for more.
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National Conference president Farooq Abdullah tests positive for COVID-19. The information was confirmed by Abdullah's son, Omar Abdullah, who took to Twitter on Tuesday. "My father has tested positive for COVID-19 and is showing some symptoms. I will be self-isolating along with other family members until we get ourselves tested," Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter. "I request anyone who has come in to contact with us over the last few days to take all the mandated precautions," he further added. The 83-year-old was found infected with coronavirus on March 30. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 death toll in JandK rose to 1,989 on March 28 with four more fatalities, while 309 new cases pushed the infection tally to 1,29,993, as per officials.
During her speech at West Bengal Assembly on May 08, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demanded universal vaccine program across the country. She said, "Rs 30,000 crores is nothing for the central government...There should be a universal vaccine program for all throughout the country." It was her first speech after taking oath as West Bengal CM for the 3rd consecutive time. She also questioned Centre's move to send 4-member MHA team amid post-poll violence reports. She said, "Why is there so much discrimination with Bengal? They sent the central team within 24 hours of oath-taking. Actually, they (BJP) are not ready to accept the public mandate. I never support violence. They are spreading fake news and fake videos."
A 4-member Union Home Ministry team visited Raj Bhavan in Kolkata on May 07. MHA deputed the team to assess ground situation amid post-poll violence in Bengal. The violence has been reported in several parts of West Bengal after Assembly results. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC won the recent-concluded West Bengal polls by majority.
The country is facing unprecedented rise in COVID-19 cases and due to it, Kerala Government imposed a nine-day lockdown to contain disease transmission in the second wave of COVID. On May 08, the streets wore deserted looked and remained silent in Thiruvananthapuram. Only essential services will be allowed during this period. The state-wide lockdown will be enforced from May 8 to 16, 2021.