Friday, April 23, 2021


Center's vaccine policy for 18+ unfair to states, says Punjab CM, seeks GoI funding

CHANDIGARH: Terming the new vaccination policy for 18+ age group as unfair to the states, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday sought Centre-State parity in vaccination for 18+ age group from May 1, while calling for urgent steps to ensure adequate Oxygen supply.

AIPEF urges PM to treat power employees as frontline workers

CHANDIGARH: All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has urged the Prime Minister to grant the status of front line workers to power sector employees who are maintaining round the clock power supply in pandemic conditions.

At least 100 Sikh devotees returning from Pak test positive

CHANDIGARH: At least 100 Sikh devotees mainly from Punjab, who returned from Pakistan after visiting several shrines on the occasion of Baisakhi, on Thursday tested positive for coronavirus on their return to India through the Wagah border near Amritsar, officials said.

Another grim record, India reports 3.32L cases and 2,263 deaths

BJP MLA asks govt to acquire SII, compares Poonawalla with dacoit

GORAKHPUR: Radha Mohan Das Agarwal, a senior BJP MLA from Gorakhpur, has compared Serum Institute of India (SII), CEO, Adar Poonawalla with a 'dacoit' and also asked the government to 'acquire' the company under the Epidemic Diseases Act.

SPSTI hosts webinar on "Water in Classroom and World"

CHANDIGARH: The Society for Promotion of Science and Technology in India (SPSTI) in association with Chandigarh Chapter of National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) jointly conducted a webinar on "Water in the Classroom and the World". The webinar was organized to popularize the theme "Restore the Planet Earth" of the World Earth Day 2021 and was supported by Haryana State Council for Science, Innovation & Technology, Govt. of Haryana.

Act against hospitals denying cashless claims to Covid patients: IRDAI

CHENNAI: India's insurance sector regulator has directed general and health insurance companies to take action against hospitals if they don't provide cashless facility for Covid-19 claims.

On India's request for vaccine raw materials, US says first obligation is to Americans

NEW YORK: It is in the world's interest that Americans are vaccinated and the US has to first to take care of the requirements of its own people, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price has said about Washington's restrictions on exporting raw materials for making the Covid-19 vaccines.

Yogi govt does away with referral system for admission of Covid patients

LUCKNOW: The Yogi Adityanath government has finally succumbed to public pressure and has done away with the referral system for admission of Covid patients in hospitals.

Zach Braff opens up about 'Scrubs' movie

MUMBAI: Actor Zach Braff, who is known for playing John "JD" Dorian in the popular sitcom "Scrubs", said while there is no plan of a reboot of the show yet, talks of a film version with actor Donal Faison is very much on.

Modi announces US-India partnership to fight climate change

NEW DELHI: Warning that the Covid-19 pandemic is a grim reminder of the dangers of climate change, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced a global initiative in cooperation with the US to mobilise investments for the greening of the world and promote collaboration to fight global warming.

Pakistan reminds India to appoint counsel for Kulbhushan Jadhav

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan has once against called on the Indian side to cooperate with its courts and appoint a counsel for Kulbushan Jadhav to implement the judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Farmer help desks set up ny Punjab Mandi Board in grain markets for online portal registration

CHANDIGARH: In a bid to facilitate farmers facing various hardships on account of introduction of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) system for the first time during the current Rabi Marketing Season, the Punjab Mandi Board has set up ‘Farmer Help Desks’ in the grain markets across the state for online registration on new portal for making payments directly into their bank accounts.

Biden to pledge halving US emissions by 2030 at climate summit

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden will pledge on Thursday to cut US greenhouse gas emissions by half by the end of the decade compared to 2005 levels, officials said.

Phase 3 Covid vaccination registration to start from April 28

NEW DELHI: The Union government on Thursday said that the registration for the third phase of Covid vaccination for everyone above 18 years of age will start on April 28. The registration will start on the CoWIN platform and Aarogya Setu App. There will be no walk-in allowed for beneficiaries in the third phase.

RCB win toss, elect to bowl against RR

MUMBAI: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won the toss and elected to bowl against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Wankhede Stadium here on Thursday.

Free of cost vaccines for people above 18 years: Goa CM

PANAJI: Goa will offer free of cost vaccination to people above the age of 18 years, when the mass vaccination programme rolls out for all citizens of major age from May 1, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Thursday.

Apple pips Samsung to take 2nd spot in India tablet market

NEW DELHI: Riding on the surge in remote work, learning and fun activities at home during the pandemic, Apple dethroned Samsung to take the second position in the India tablet market with a market share of 29 per cent in the January-March quarter of 2021, a new report revealed on Thursday.

Industry federations extend support to Covid vaccination drive

NEW DELHI: Healthcare and Industry federations came forward on Thursday to support the government's Covid vaccination strategy and to scale up last-mile delivery for the entire population.

Political parties direct cadres to be health volunteers in Covid times

CHENNAI: With the surge in Covid infections and the daily cases in the state touching around 11,500 the political parties have called upon their cadres to become health volunteers. While the BJP has a miniscule presence in Tamil Nadu, the RSS has a strong cadre and has deputed them to create awareness among the public and in emergency situations to transport patients to the hospitals and even the bodies to the crematoriums.

Pfizer offers Covid jabs at 'not-for-profit' price in India

NEW DELHI: US pharma major Pfizer on Thursday offered to supply the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a "not-for-profit" price, media reports have cited.

BJP is guilty of gross criminal negligence: Jaiveer Shergill

NEW DELHI: As the daily Covid cases crossed three lakhs on Thursday, Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill alleged that the BJP is guilty of gross criminal negligence and is not doing "Jansevaa" but is "Jaanlevaa" Sarkar.

CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury's son Ashish passed away due to COVID-19

NEW DELHI: CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury's son Ashish passed away on Thursday morning due to COVID-19. He was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Gurugram.

India plans to import oxygen containers, press IAF into service

NEW DELHI: India is deliberating on importing oxygen containers and equipment from friendly foreign nations to address the oxygen crisis faced by the country in the middle of the raging second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Punjab CM writes to Union Health Minister for ensuring uninterrupted oxygen supply

CHANDIGARH: Faced with shortage of medical oxygen supply for Covid-19 patients, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday urged the Centre to ensure uninterrupted oxygen supplies, with at least 120 MT daily allocation for the state, while reiterating his request for urgent steps to set up two pending PSA plants approved by it two months ago.

National and interfaith leaders join for prayer at Sikh Satsang Gurdawra in Indiapolis

INDIANAPOLIS:Shock-waves continue to ripple through Hoosier Sikhs and our friends across the USA and the other communities in American and around the world, following the mass shooting on April 15 night at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis that claimed eight innocent lives and injured several others.

IAF roped in to bring in oxygen cylinders, medicines to Delhi-NCR

NEW DELHI: The Centre has roped in the Indian Air Force to airlift oxygen cylinders, regulators, and essential medicines as the national capital region faces shortage of oxygen cylinders and medicines.

DCB Bank acquires 9% equity stake in Techfino Capital

MUMBAI: Private sector lender DCB Bank Ltd on Wednesday said that it has acquired a minority equity stake of around 9 per cent in Techfino Capital Private Ltd (TCPL).

Mamata to write to PM on non-uniformity of vaccine prices

KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is going to write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the 'non-uniformity' of vaccine prices.

Amid lockdown, Maha Congress wants 'jab at home' for people

MUMBAI: In a unique suggestion, the Maharashtra Congress on Wednesday demanded Covid-19 'Vaccination At Home' - on the lines of the polio campaign - for all eligible people as they cannot reach the inoculation centres owing to the ongoing lockdown restrictions.

SRH thump Punjab Kings by nine wickets

CHENNAI: SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) bowlers put up an inspired performance to lead their team to a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the Indian Premier League here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday.

Don't hoard oxygen, taking it casually is harmful, warns AIIMS chief

NEW DELHI: Emphasising on judicious use of oxygen, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria said if a person's oxygen saturation is 93 per cent to 99 per cent, then that person does not need oxygen, and taking it will instead be harmful.

21.57L active Covid cases in India, double of last year

NEW DELHI: Union Government on Wednesday said that there are more than 21.57 lakh active Covid cases in the country, which is double the maximum number of active cases India had last year.

Drug syndicate with links to India, US busted in Canada, 33 held

NEW DELHI: A drug syndicate active in Canada's Ontario, British Columbia and the US' California has been busted with the arrest of 33 people who were charged with over 130 criminal offences, officials said.

130 FIRs registered against violators of COVID-19 norms in last 24 hours across Punjab after launch of fresh Covid restrictions

CHANDIGARH: With the Punjab Government having ordered fresh restrictions following the rapid surge in COVID-19 cases, the Punjab Police has fanned out in the field enforcing the various newly announced restrictions, including night curfew and number limits on gatherings in public places and homes as well.

Vijay Inder Singla gets his first COVID jab, appeals Punjabis to get vaccinated at earliest

SANGRUR: Punjab school education and PWD minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla, on Wednesday, took the first jab of COVID vaccine here at Civil Hospital Sangrur. While appealing to frontline workers and other people to get vaccinated against COVID, the cabinet minister said that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab government has established 3,251 vaccination centers in the state and more than 26.10 Lakh people have already got the vaccine.

Punjab CM okays reward policy for inputs on drugs under NDPC Act

CHANDIGARH: Underlining his government’s zero tolerance policy towards drugs, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday approved a Reward Policy to encourage information and inputs leading to recovery of drugs under the NDPS Act.

Covishield to be sold at Rs 400 to State, Rs 600 to pvt hospitals

NEW DELHI: Covishield will be sold at Rs 400 per dose to the state government and Rs 600 to private hospitals, Serum Institute of India (SII) said on Wednesday. Covishield is known as AstraZeneca vaccine across the world.

Where is the leadership and planning, Priyanka ask Modi

NEW DELHI: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra speaking exclusively to IANS has questioned the government on its response to the rapidly rising Covid numbers in the country. She has accused the government of lack of planning to handle the crisis. Here are some highlights from the rare interview from the Congress party leader.

Vaccine strategy is no less than demonetisation: Rahul

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attacked the Centre's vaccine strategy and alleged it's akin to demonetisation.

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