BKU spokesperson Rakesh Tikait refuted the allegation that farmers violated COVID-19 protocols at Iftar. Reacting to the viral video, Tikait mentioned, "People were sitting at a distance from each other. The gathering of 50 people is permitted by the government. There were 22-35 people. Nobody met with each other, no one shook hands." Watch the full video for more details.
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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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Union Minister Smriti Irani arrived in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi to meet the family members of deceased BJP MLA Dal Bahadur Kori, who died of COVID-19. She hugged his wife and consoled her, at the latter's residence. She is on a visit to her Amethi constituency to assess the ground situation of COVID management.
A video went viral which showed PPE-clad health officials in Himachal Pradesh's Manali Vridh Ashram grooving to the steps of a regional folk song to cheer up the COVID-19 patients. Senior citizen patients also danced on the tunes of folk song.
A mass funeral was held in a parking lot adjoining the Ghazipur crematorium in the national capital. With a ceaseless arrival of dead bodies at the crematorium the staff says they have no option but to start setting up pyres in the adjacent parking lot. The crematorium can only accommodate 36 bodies at a time and the body bags arriving are far exceeding that number. The second surge is ripping through the national capital and a struggling health care system that has completely caved in. Shortage of medical oxygen, hospital beds and essential drugs, have compounded the capital’s Covid emergency. Delhi on Friday officially logged 348 Covid-linked deaths.
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To escape scorching heat at borders, protesting farmers are making bamboo huts in tricolour. The protest which started in November against three farm laws, continues. Discussions between farmers and centre have remained inconclusive so far.
Two Afghan refugees, a couple, involved in supply of heroin were arrested by the Anti-Auto Theft Squad (AATS) of Delhi Police in the West district of national capital on May 07. Authorities arrested the heroin suppliers with 125.84 kgs of drug worth Rs 860 crore (as per international market) and a car from their possession, police said. The accused were sent to five-day police custody.
Germany has sent an Oxygen Plant with the capacity of generating 4,00,000 litres of oxygen. The Plant will serve DRDO operated Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID Hospital. German Ambassador to India Walter J Lindner inspected the plant today. Speaking to ANI, German Ambassador to India Walter J Lindner said that India gave so much to world during COVID pandemic so it is just the act of returning this help. "India gave so much to world during Corona crisis. So it's just the act of returning this help. When we got to know that India needs mostly oxygen, we had our military getting into gear and they brought in big oxygen plant. I think on Monday morning we have a test run," German Envoy.
As India faces a severe medical oxygen shortage even as Covid-19 cases continue to mount in record numbers, the Supreme Court set up an expert task force to handle the issue. The panel, consisting of 10 eminent doctors and 2 top bureaucrats from the Central government, has been tasked with ensuring delivery of oxygen across the country in a streamlined fashion. Recently, the apex court ruled against the Union government in 2 cases concerning oxygen supply to Karnataka and Delhi. Watch the full video for more.
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