• Prioritise beneficiaries for 2nd dose, reserve 70% vax for them: Govt to states
    NEW DELHI, MAY 11 (IANS): Aimed to keep to at least those who received the first dose of vaccine safe from Covid, the Centre on Tuesday directed all the states to ensure a second dose for such beneficiaries, instructing them to reserve at least 70 per cent of the vaccines supplied to them from the government of India channel free of cost. In a review meeting on the status of vaccination drive, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan highlighted the need to be followed by all states on
  • UGC says universities must ensure safety before holding online exams
    New Delhi, May 11 (IANS): Amid the current coronavirus crisis across the country, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has said universities must take care of the on-ground situation before deciding on holding online examinations. According to the UGC, before conducting online examinations, the Covid-19 guidelines set by the state and Central governments should be strictly adhered to. The safety of students and teachers must be given primary importance during the pandemic. The
  • 71 bodies fished out from the Ganges in Bihar so far, all floated downstream from UP: Minister
    Patna, May 11 (PTI): The Bihar government on Tuesday said altogether 71 bodies have been fished out from the Ganges in Buxar district, where these were found floating in the river, triggering suspicion that the abandoned corpses could be those of COVID-19 patients. State Water Resources Minister Sanjay Kumar, a key aide of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, came out with a series of tweets, asserting that the bodies had flown downstream from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. "The Bihar
  • Varsities must ensure safety before holding online exams: UGC
    NEW DELHI, MAY 11 (IANS): Amid the current coronavirus crisis across the country, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has said universities must take care of the on-ground situation before deciding on holding online examinations. According to the UGC, before conducting online examinations, the Covid-19 guidelines set by the state and Central governments should be strictly adhered to. The safety of students and teachers must be given primary importance during the pandemic. The
  • Recoveries outnumber new cases in India after 61 days
    NEW DELHI, MAY 11 (IANS): For the first time in 61 days, recoveries outnumbered new Covid cases in the last 24 hours, providing some relief to the country which is reeling under the raging second wave of the pandemic for some time now. In the last 24 hours, India reported 3,29,942 fresh cases, while as many as 3,56,082 people recovered from the disease during the same time period. India's cumulative recoveries stood at 1,90,27,304 on Tuesday, with a national recovery rate is
  • COVID-19: Rahul Gandhi urges people to provide helping hand to needy
    New Delhi, May 11 (PTI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday urged people to provide a helping hand to the needy in these distressing times of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said this while asking them to join the SpeakUpToSaveLives' campaign to strengthen the fight against coronavirus. He also shared an over one-minute video showing shortage of oxygen, ventilators, ICU beds and vaccines and people scrambling to get them. "Our country needs a helping hand in these dist
  • States to receive 7 lakh additional COVID-19 vaccine doses within next 3 days: Centre
    New Delhi, May 11 (PTI): More than 90 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with states and UTs which will receive over 7 lakh additional doses in the next three days, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. The Centre has so far provided more than 18 crore vaccine doses (18,00,03,160) to states and UTs free of cost. Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 17,09,71,429 doses. "More than 90 lakh COVID Vaccine doses (90,31,691) are still available
  • WHO declares Indian Covid variant 'of concern'
    GENEVA, MAY 11 (IANS): The Indian Coronavirus variant, known as B1617, has been declared as a "variant of global concern" by the World Health Organization (WHO), the media reported. The B1617 variant was, till now, deemed a 'variant of interest' by the WHO. The global health body, in a press conference held on Monday, said preliminary studies show the B1617 mutation spreads more easily than other variants and the original virus. The variant has already spread to
  • Raj woman tehsildar performs last rites of Covid+ woman as kin stay indoors
    JAIPUR, MAY 11 (IANS): The fact that Covid-19, besides killing humans, is killing humanity and human sentiments too was proven in Sikar district when the mortal remains of a woman, who died of Covid, lay outside her house for five hours awaiting her final rites but none of her family members or village people came out. The husband, all helpless stood alone and kept pleading with one and all to help him in performing her last rites but there was no response. Finally, the news reac
  • Kashmiris defy logic & lockdown, throng banks, markets
    SRINAGAR, MAY 11 (IANS): How seriously have Kashmiris taken the fast spreading Covid-19 infection? Well, long queues of people outside banks and in markets have betrayed all public seriousness towards the officially announced corona curfew in the Valley. Banks started business on Tuesday after three days of remaining closed on account of holidays. And the people in almost all cities and towns of the Valley seemed to pounce on them in unending queues. Ironically, the official pers
  • Kerala 'Iron Lady' in politics KR Gowri passes away
    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MAY 11 (IANS): Often referred to as the 'Iron Lady in Kerala politics, legendary Communist K.R. Gowri passed away at a private hospital here on Tuesday, said family sources. Gowri was 102-year-old and was admitted to a hospital here for the treatment of her age-related ailments. She was a member of the world's first democratically elected Communist government cabinet led by Communist legend E.M.S. Nampoothiripad in 1957. Starting from the first Kerala
  • Where Himachal tribals stand guard against the pandemic
    SHIMLA, MAY 11 (IANS): With Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur continuing to motivate the panchayat heads to play a crucial role to trace and quarantine all those who returned from other states, authorities of the remote Kaza subdivision have gone one step ahead to ensure the community protection from the pandemic. It has framed its own Covid-19 health protocols that include mandatory rapid test for all those who are coming to the area, even from within the state, as the
  • Bridegroom performs newly-wed wife's last rites in Bihar
    MUNGER, May 11 (IANS): Happiness over a newly-wed couple's marriage in Bihar's Munger district turned into gloom when the bride lost her life within six hours of solemnising the marriage. As a result, the bride's body was taken for cremation on Monday morning from her in-laws' house with the husband performing her last rites. The family of Ranjan Yadav alias Ranjay was happy and excited about the wedding of Nisha Kumari in Khudia village of Munger district. As per th
  • Elderly Covid patients defeat the virus with courage, willpower
    BHOPAL, MAY 10 (IANS): As people are dying of Covid-19, there are also brave warriors across all age groups who have survived against all odds to defeat the virus and give courage to other people. There are many elderly people motivating other Covid patients to overcome the infection. One such example is the 92-year-old Dhairya Prabha Devi Sojatia of Indore whose lungs had been severely infected with Covid-19. She was admitted to the hospital for eight days and finally recovered fro
  • 3 Navy ships arrive with critical medical supplies from foreign nations
    NEW DELHI, MAY 10 (IANS): Three Indian Navy ships arrived at three different ports on Monday carrying oxygen tanks, cylinders and other critical medical equipment and supplies from Singapore, Qatar and Kuwait, in an effort to meet the surging demand for oxygen to treat Covid patients in the country. "As part of the ongoing Operation Samudra Setu II to support the nation's fight against Covid-19, INS Kolkata arrived New Mangalore, INS Trikand entered Mumbai while INS Airavat
  • Vaccination strategy equitable, and ‘overzealous’ intervention to have consequences: Centre to SC
    New Delhi, May 10 (PTI): The vaccination strategy for COVID-19 has been formulated by the Centre in a "just, equitable, non-discriminatory" manner and any "overzealous" judicial intervention may result in unforeseen consequences, the government has told the Supreme Court. In an affidavit filed by the Centre in response to the points raised by the top court, it said as vaccination of the entire country is not possible in one stretch due to the very suddenness of t
  • Centre asks States to ensure special teams to clamp down on black marketing of drugs
    New Delhi, May 10 (PTI): All states must ensure special teams at different levels to mercilessly clamp down on hoarding and black marketing of drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic and send a clear message that trading in human miseries shall not be tolerated, the Centre has told the Supreme Court. In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the Centre has said the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) had communicated to all state drugs controllers (SDCs) that there should be zero tol
  • Need to draw lessons from serious setbacks in polls & put house in order: Sonia
    New Delhi, May 10 (PTI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday said the party has to take note of its serious setbacks in assembly polls, and face the reality to draw the right lessons and put its house in order. Addressing a crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), Gandhi said she intends to set up a small group to look at every aspect that caused such reverses and come back with its findings. The meeting of the top Congress body has been convened to delibera
  • 45 decomposed bodies found in Ganga in Bihar's Buxar
    PATNA, MAY 10 (IANS): Amid the Covid surge that is wreaking havoc across India, the administration in Bihar's Buxar district on Monday found at least 45 dead bodies, most in a decomposed stage, in the Ganga, and claimed they had been thrown into the river in upstream Uttar Pradesh. Ashok Kumar, the Block Development Officer of Chausa in the district, said that the administration has spotted 45 dead bodies at Mahadev Ghat. "Chausa is located on the Bihar-Uttar Pradesh bor
  • Jobless in lockdown, Maha man kills wife, kid and self
    PUNE, MAY 10 (IANS): Unemployed during the lockdown, a Maharashtra man committed suicide after killing his wife and a 14-month-old son in Kadamwak area on the outskirts of Pune, police said on Monday. The incident happened on Sunday when the bodies of the deceased - Hanumantha Daryappa Shinde, 38, his wife Pragya, 28, and their infant son Shivtej - were recovered from their home. Shinde's fathe, Daryappa A. Shinde lodged a complaint with Loni Kalbhor Police Station, said Inve