17042021-TT-01.qxd 4/16/2021 11:25 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.105 | 18 pages | ~6.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 haryana VINESH WINS MAIDEN GOLD IN ASIAN C’SHIP SPORT /thetribunechd OVER 1 CR TO VOTE IN PHASE-V OF BENGAL POLL BACK PAGE CHINA’S GDP GROWS BY RECORD 18.3% IN Q1, HIGHEST SINCE 1993 BUSINESS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com saturday | 17 april 2021 Covax supply to double by May Tribune News Service Vaccine production to be raised to 2 cr doses New Delhi, April 16 Reeling under the record Covid-19 daily surge that touched 2,17, 353 cases today, the government said it would double the production of indigenous Covaxin by May, and increase it nearly sevenfold by August. Hoping to escalate vaccinations as tools to beat the severe disease while hospitals fill up, the Centre also said that Rs 65crore grant would be extended IN BRIEF Set up vax centres at stir sites: SKM SONEPAT: The Samyukt Kisan Morcha has sought that the government should set up vaccination centres at farmers’ protest sites. INSIDE UK approves Nirav’s extradition to India LONDON: The UK government has approved the extradition of Nirav Modi, wanted in India on fraud and money laundering charges. BACK PAGE Ex-CBI chief dies NEW DELHI: Former CBI Director Ranjit Sinha died on Friday at the age of 68 in what is believed to be a Covid-related death, senior officials said. INSIDE 2.17CASES LAKH NEW CICSE DEFERS CLASS X, XII EXAMINATIONS WORK-FROM-HOME FOR GOVT STAFF, STAGGERED HRS PIL IN SC SEEKS VAX FOR ALL ABOVE 18 YRS JAVADEKAR TESTS COVID POSITIVE MASKS MUST TILL VAX MITIGATES IMPACT: ECDC Non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as physical distancing, should be stringently continued until vaccinations can “fully mitigate” the impact of the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and its known variants, says European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) Director Andrea Ammon. PTI to Bharat Biotech’s new Bangalore facility. The government in a statement today said, “The current production capacity of the Bharat Biotech-ICMR jab Covaxin will be doubled by May-June and then increased nearly six to seven-fold by July and August. The production will be raised from 1 crore vaccine doses in April this year to 7 crore vaccine doses a month by July-August. It is expected to reach nearly 10 crore doses continued on page 7 IG meets Guv, firm on his resignation Home, finally Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service CRPF commando Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, who was captured by Naxals, reunited with his family in Jammu on Friday. PTI Tankers with oxygen need no permit: Govt HP unit raided as MP doctor sells fake Remdesivir DBT in Pb successful, ~13.7 crore paid so far Tribune News Service Lalit Mohan Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Dharamsala, April 16 The state drug control authorities today conducted raids at a pharma unit in Kangra district after a doctor was arrested yesterday for selling spurious Remdesivir injections in Indore, MP . Sources said the MP drug control authorities conveyed to their Himachal counterparts that the arrested doctor had confessed that he sourced the spurious injections from a pharma unit in the Damtal area of Kangra district. continued on page 7 New Delhi, April 16 Central government agencies have procured 18.24 lakh tonnes of wheat in Punjab and 36.30 lakh tonnes in Haryana during the ongoing rabi season till April 15, according to Food Corporation of India (FCI) data. An amount of Rs 13.71 crore and Rs 735 crore has been transferred into the accounts of farmers in Punjab and Haryana to date. This is the first time farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been receiving continued on page 7 New Delhi, April 16 Nationwide panic over shortage of medical oxygen to treat Covid patients saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordering seamless movement of oxygen tankers through interstate barriers today even as Maharashtra demanded that supplies be airlifted to save time and lives. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray appealed to the PM to enlist choppers to airlift medical oxygen and drop supplies where these were most needed. Maharashtra’s oxygen demand continued on page 7 A man grieves for his father, who died of Covid-19, in Delhi. REUTERS M’RASHTRA CM WANTS SUPPLIES AIRLIFTED Uddhav appeals to PM to use choppers where needed CENTRE HAILS ARHTIYAS We are transferring MSP directly to the farmers’ accounts in Punjab, which has been possible with the cooperation of the state government and arhtiyas. ❝ Sudhanshu Pandey, FOOD SECRETARY Chandigarh, April 16 Despite Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh rejecting his resignation, IG Kunwar Vijay Pratap today met Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore. The IG called the meeting ‘personal’. He later told the media he would not withdraw his resignation. His meeting with the Governor further stoked the controversy regarding the officer’s role as the key investigator in the Kotkapura police firing case. The High Court quashed the SIT investigation on April 9 and asked Punjab to form a new probe team sans Kunwar Vijay Pratap follow- ❝ As of now, I have no plans to join a political party. Meeting various politicians is part of my job. Kunwar Vijay Pratap, IG ing which the IG resigned on April 14. The Punjab CM issued a statement the next day, saying the resignation had been rejected and that continued on page 7 Act strongly, wary ministers tell CM CHANDIGARH: As allegations of “shoddy” handling of the Kotkapura police firing cases has set off churning within the Punjab Congress, a group of Ministers and MLAs on Friday told the Punjab CM to act strongly against the perpetrators in the sacrilege and firing cases or else lose badly in the next elections. They said the quashing of the SIT probe had cast aspersions on the party’s resolve to take perpetrators to task. INSIDE WHY ACCUSED COPS NOT NAMED IN FIR? Even after four years of the government, the FIR in the case does not name the accused cops or the then Chief Minister. ❝ Navjot Singh Sidhu, CONGRESS LEADER
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