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Vadtal Swaminarayan Temple offers free tiffin service to Covid patients

At a time when the country is struggling with the explosive outbreak of Covid-19, a section of individuals and organizations have been coming forward to offer whatever help they can. Among these is the Vadtal Swaminarayan temple in Kheda district that has been offering its services to Covid patients and their families. For some time...

Delhi, UP extend lockdown till May 17 to curb spread of COVID

With the COVID-19 spread still out of control, two states—Delhi and Uttar Pradesh have decided to extend the lockdowns imposed earlier till May 17. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also clarified that lockdown restrictions will be stricter this time and even metro services will not operate during this period. While the lockdown earlier imposed...

COVID-19: UP govt providing oximeters & thermal scanners for cows

At a time when the rickety health infrastructure of Uttar Pradesh (UP) is collapsing due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Yogi Adityanath government is providing oximeters and thermal scanners for cows housed in the state’s gaushalas. As part of its cow protection agenda, the UP government in a press statement said that instructions...

Centre tweaks COVID testing guidelines to reduce burden on labs

The Union government has revised the COVID-19 testing rules to reduce the burden on laboratories and testing centres across the country that are struggling to manage the huge inflow of samples resulting in a delay in delivering test reports. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in its latest advisory has said that no person...

COVID-19: IAF airlifts 9 cryogenic oxygen containers from Dubai, Singapore

With the COVID-19 pandemic aggravating with each passing day, the demand for medical oxygen has gone up manifold. The government is struggling to ensure the required flow of oxygen to states and the Indian Air Force (IAF) has been pushed to service to augment the supply of medical oxygen. In a positive development, the IAF...

Overseas players leave IPL as COVID-19 goes out of control in India

Several overseas players have left the Indian Premier League (IPL) midway as COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to surge with each passing day. Although the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has levied strict measures to safeguard the players and the tournament amid the second wave in the country, several overseas players have...

US trashes India’s request to lift ban on raw materials required for vaccine manufacturing

In a development that could further slow down the already slow vaccination drive in India, the US has refused to lift the ban on the export of raw materials required for the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines in India and pharmaceutical companies across the world. The US government has said that the vaccination drive in the...

PM Modi criticises Kejriwal for televising his meeting with CMs, Delhi CM apologises

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday interrupted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to object to his discussion with the CMs being televised by the latter’s office. Notably, PM Modi was interacting with chief ministers of 11 states and Union Territories combating a massive surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths. “My belief is that if there...

Provide a national plan on medical supplies, SC tells Centre amid raging COVID-19 pandemic

With the COVID-19 crisis aggravating with each passing day, the Supreme Court on Thursday took suo motu cognisance of the issue and issued a notice to the Union government seeking details regarding oxygen and medical supplies and method and manner of vaccination. Notably, the development comes after several high courts initiated suo motu proceedings in...

Rahul Gandhi tests positive for COVID-19

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19. He also urged people who have come in contact with him in the recent past to get tested for the viral infection. Gandhi took to Twitter to inform people about his health status. He said, “After experiencing mild symptoms, I have...

IFFCO to set up oxygen plant in Kalol unit, to supply free oxygen to hospitals

The Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) is going to set up an oxygen plant with 200 cubic meters per hour capacity in its unit in Gujarat’s Kalol. It will provide free oxygen to hospitals suffering from a shortage of oxygen amid the unprecedented surge in COVID-19 infections in the state. The plant will generate...

UK PM Boris Johnson cancels India visit due to surge in COVID cases

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cancelled his trip to India due to the COVID-19 situation prevailing in the country. This is the second time in a row when Johnson cancelled his trip to India. Last time, the Union government had invited him as the chief guest for the Republic Day celebration which he had...