Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Mindat falls to Myanmar Army, Resistance withdraws

KOLKATA: Myanmar's military has finally taken control of the small town of Mindat in the country's western Chin state, after three weeks of savage fighting.
The local militia Mindat Defense Force (MDF) says its fighters have retreated from the town in nearby hills after three weeks of brave resistance.

Plea in SC against FIRs for posters questioning PM for Covid vax exports

NEW DELHI: A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking quashing of multiple FIRs registered by Delhi Police for putting up posters criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for exporting Covid-19 vaccines.

Drink cow urine to be safe from corona, says BJP Bhopal MP

BHOPAL: Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Madhya Pradesh's capital Bhopal, Pragya Thakur has claimed that she was not infected with the coronavirus because she regularly drinks cow urine. She said she will continue to be safe as long as she consumes 'gomutra'. The Congress has taken a dig at the MP's statement.

Govt has failed but gratitude to heroes serving others: Rahul

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has hailed the heroes who are continuously serving the people even though the government has failed.Rahul Gandhi on Monday tweeted, "While GOI has failed not just in managing Covid crisis but also in standing with the people, there are numerous individual stories of strength and altruism everyday. Immense gratitude to these heroes dedicated to serving others and showing the world what India truly stands for."

Transparency should be maintained on vax supply: Sisodia

NEW DELHI: Amid the shortage of anti-Covid vaccines, the AAP-led Delhi government on Monday wrote to the Centre and demanded full transparency in the vaccine allocation system.

Yogi issues fresh directives for Covid management

LUCKNOW: With a definite decline in Covid cases in Uttar Pradesh, chief minister Yogi Adityanath, on Monday issued special directives to Team 9 (a high-powered panel of ministers and bureaucrats involved in Covid management that reports directly to the chief minister) to manage the pandemic situation.

Shah urged to drop sedition charges against 3 Kashmiri students

SRINAGAR: The J&K students association on Monday appealed to Union Home Minister, Amit Shah and Karnataka Chief Minister, B.S. Yediyurappa to drop sedition charges on 3 Kashmiri students and revoke their suspension.

Three booked under NSA for black marketing of Remdesivir in Bhopal

BHOPAL: Three persons were charged under the stringent National Security Act (NSA) for alleged black marketing of Remdesivir injections in Bhopal. The Madhya Pradesh government will ensure strict punishment for those indulging in black marketing of Remdesivir injections and other essential medicines for the treatment of Covid-19 infections.

Retired police officer 'Gabbar Singh' dies of Covid in Hyd

HYDERABAD: Retired police officer K.S.N. Murthy, who was popularly known as Gabbar Singh, died of Covid-19. He was 78 and survived by wife and two sons.

Law and order deteriorates in Kolkata after CBI arrests

KOLKATA: Amidst a sit-in-demonstration by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the at Nizam Palace in South Kolkata- areas particularly in and around the CBI regional office turned with a battleground as the Trinamool supporters started throwing bricks and burning tyres in protest against the arrest of Trinamool ministers and MLA in Narada case on Monday.

SC directs MP K. Raju's medical examination at Army Hospital

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday directed that Lok Sabha MP Kanumuri Raghurama Krishnam Raju, belonging to YSR Congress party, arrested by Andhra Pradesh police on sedition charges should be medically examined at Army Hospital, Secunderabad, in the presence of judicial officer.

UP MLA worries about sedition charge if he talks too much

LUCKNOW: Rakesh Rathore, a BJP MLA from Sitapur district, has hit out at his own government in Uttar Pradesh, saying that lawmakers like him do not have any freedom to speak the truth.

Cyclone Tauktae: Rough winds, rains damage Goa's Covid facilities

First black fungus patient in Meerut dies

MEERUT(UP): A 59-year-old patient from Muzaffarnagar has become the first to succumb to Mucormycosis or black fungus in Meerut.
He had recently recovered from Covid.

Gunfight erupts on outskirts of Srinagar

SRINAGAR: A gunfight erupted between terrorists and security forces at Khanmoh area on the outskirts of Srinagar on Monday, officials said.The firefight took place after a joint team of the police and the army cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists.

Killing 18 bulky animals by lightning an absurd argument: Assam engineers’ forum

GUWAHATI:Tragic death of 18 wild Asiatic elephants due to electrocution by lightening within seconds can be justified only with an absurd argument, asserted All Assam Engineer’s Association (AAEA), demanding a high-level scientific investigation into the Nagaon incident that took reportedly place on 12 May night. The forum of engineering graduates termed it as a matter of concern (caveat) for the wildlife and entire human race, if such a massive thunderbolt hit the planet.

Gehlot had malafide intentions so ventilators were not used: BJP

JAIPUR: BJP National General Secretary and in-charge of Rajasthan Arun Singh on Sunday accused Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot of having mala fide intentions 'due to which he intentionally did not use the ventilators allotted under the PM Care for Rajasthan'.

Death rate higher': Assam CM asks senior docs to work late night

GUWAHATI: With the Covid related mortality rate seen higher in the night, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday asked the authorities to engage senior doctors on duty at this time.

Directly transfer Rs 6K to poor in states under lockdown: Adhir to PM

NEW DELHI: Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to transfer Rs 6,000 per month to the accounts of eligible poor.

Nadda discusses relief work for Cyclone Tauktae with BJP MPs, MLAs

NEW DELHI: BJP president J.P. Nadda on Sunday discussed relief, rescue operations and overall preparedness in view of Cyclone Tauktae with the party MPs, MLAs and state office bearers of Goa, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Daman and Diu, and Gujarat.

J&K Police refutes Mehbooba Mufti claim on arrest of Sehrai's sons

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police denied on Sunday that the two sons of recently-deceased separatist leader Ashraf Sehrai have been detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA).

J&K: 66.26 lakh families to receive free 5 kg ration per person under PMGKAY

SRINAGAR: The Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs has started distributing an additional free 5 kg of foodgrains per person for the months of May and June, through its PDS (ration ghats) among the 66.26 lakh Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Priority Household (PHH) cardholders in J&K.

Corona curfew' extended in Bhopal till May 24

BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to extend the 'Corona curfew' in Bhopal till May 24. This is one of the precautionary measures taken by the state government to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infection. Earlier, the curfew in Bhopal was in force till May 17.

Big B warns against effects of cyclone Tauktae in Mumbai

MUMBAI: Veteran Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has warned against the effects of cyclone Tauktae in Mumbai.The effects of the #CycloneTauktae have begun .. rains in Mumbai .. please be safe and protected .. prayers as ever," Bachchan tweeted early on Sunday.

Rahul, Priyanka mourn Cong leader Rajeev Satav's death

NEW DELHI: Congress leaders have expressed grief on the demise of Rajeev Satav, Congress In-charge of Gujarat, who lost his life due to Covid on Sunday.Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "I'm very sad at the loss of my friend Rajeev Satav. He was a leader with huge potential who embodied the ideals of the Congress. It's a big loss for us all. My condolences and love to his family."

Lockdown extended till May 24 in Delhi: Kejriwal

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has extended lockdown period for one more week, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday.We have been witnessing good recovery following the lockdown. Coronavirus cases have been on a decline. We don't want to lose the gain that we have made in the last few days. We are extending the lockdown for one more week. Instead of tomorrow, lockdown is extended till next Monday, 5 a.m. in Delhi," he said.

Rajeev Satav was upcoming leader with much potential: PM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed condolence over the sudden demise of Rajeev Satav, Congress in-charge of Gujarat who lost his life due to Covid on Sunday, saying he was an "upcoming leader with much potential".

PM dials UP, Chhattisgarh, Raj, Puducherry CMs on Covid

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to the Chief Ministers of four states including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over Covid-19 management measures and vaccination drive.

Dhankhar-TMC confrontation peaks in Bengal

KOLKATA: West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has warned the state's newly-elected Trinamool Congress government to "not force me to use my constitutional powers", sparking a fresh artillery exchange with the ruling party.

Arrest me too, Rahul tweets poster criticising Modi

NEW DELHI: Amid reports of people being arrested for putting posters against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has dared the government to arrest him.

Shah talks to 4 CMs about preparedness on cyclone Tauktae

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday chaired a review meeting with the Chief Ministers of Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Union Territory of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli to assess preparedness to deal with the cyclonic storm "Tauktae".

Facebook post case: NIA raids 4 places in Tamil Nadu

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday conducted searched at four locations in Tamil Nadu in connection with an incriminating Facebook post by accused Mohammed Iqbal, an extremist advocating ideology of ISIS and Hizb-Ut-Tahrir, a fundamentalist organisation.

India records 3.11 lakh new Covid cases, 4,077 deaths

NEW DELHI: Witnessing a decline in the last 24 hours, India on Sunday reported 3,11,170 new Covid-19 cases, and 4,077 fatalities, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

Congress MP Rajeev Satav loses battle to Covid

PUNE: Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member from Maharashtra, Rajiv Satav, passed away in a hospital here after a 23-day long battle with Covid-19, party officials said here on Sunday.

UP govt to give allowance to those affected by curfew

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government will provide a maintenance allowance of Rs 1,000 for one month to the poor and weaker sections of the society.The beneficiaries-- about one crore - will include small shopkeepers, daily wage labourers, rickshaw / e-rickshaw pullers, barbers, washermen, cobblers, confectioners etc. who have suffered a loss of income in the Corona curfew.

Hailstorm affects J&K orchardists, vegetable growers

SRINAGAR:Thunder accompanied by hailstorm occurred at isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday as farmers and orchardists continued to wail and weep watching their fruit and vegetable crops getting damaged, officials said on Sunday.

Yogi's oxygen policy to generate jobs as well

LUCKNOW:The Yogi Adityanath government's UP Oxygen Production Promotion Policy, 2021, is designed to augment production of medical and industrial oxygen, and generate jobs as well.

YSRCP MP alleges he was beaten in CID custody, approaches HC

GUNTUR: YSRCP MP K. Raghu Ramakrishna Raju, who was sent to 14-day remand till May 28 by a CID court here, has alleged that he was beaten by the CID police while in custody. His lawyers have approached the Andhra Pradesh High Court with a habeas corpus petition.

K'taka to utilise DMF's fund to purchase cryogenic tankers, oximeters

BENGALURU: Karnataka on Saturday decided to utilise the District Mineral Foundation's (DMF) fund to purchase 10 each oxygen tankers, 1,000 oxygen concentrators, pulse-oximeters, emergency medical needs and set up oxygen plants to tide over the second Covid wave crisis.

2 Oxygen Express trains reach Karnataka with 240 tonnes of LMO

BENGALURU: The second and third Oxygen Express trains, carrying 120 MT liquid medical oxygen (LMO) each from Odisha and Jharkhand, respectively, chugged into the Whitefield railway station in the city's eastern suburb on Saturday, an official said.