25042021-TT-01.qxd 4/24/2021 11:36 PM Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.113 | 16 pages | ~6.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 haryana ENERGY GOALS PILLAR OF US-INDIA TIES: BIDEN WORLD /thetribunechd THAT EMPTY FEELING SPECTRUM DEEPIKA-LED WOMEN’S TEAM SEEK GOLD BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com sunday,april 25,2021 It’s tsunami, not wave, says HC 20 die in 1 hospital, Delhi begs for O2 No oxygen, 6 die at Amritsar hospital New Delhi, April 24 The Delhi High Court on Saturday asked the Centre about the preparedness to deal with the expected Covid-19 second wave peak in mid-May. Terming the mounting cases as a “tsunami”, it warned to “hang” any person trying to obstruct oxygen supplies to hospitals here. The Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said this during a three-hour hearing on the issue of oxygen crisis in various hospitals in Delhi. “We are calling it a wave, it is actually a tsunami,” the court said, and asked the Centre about the preparedness in terms of infrastructure, hospitals, medical staff, medicines, vaccines and oxygen as on date for the peak. It asked the Centre and the Delhi Government to submit a report by April 26, the next date of hearing, with regard to the national capital on the augmentation of the medical infrastructure, including beds, oxygen, ventilators, medical staff and medicines, to deal with the expected peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, said there might be a rapid rise in the number of cases in May and June. — TNS/PTI Keep villages safe, PM tells panchayats Haryana Govt offices to Customs duty waived on Covaxin price: ~600 for function with 50% staff vax, oxygen, equipment states, ~1,200 pvt clinics New Delhi, April 24 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for ensuring that the pandemic is stopped from spreading to villages “by all means” and every person in rural areas is vaccinated. He noted that the challenge before the country at present is bigger than last year. Appreciating the role of panchayats in the management of Covid, Modi asked the local leadership to work towards “complete implementation of guidelines”. — TNS Chandigarh, April 24 Amid a spike in Covid cases, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today announced that all IT sector and corporate offices in six districts — Faridabad, Gurugram, Hisar, Panchkula, Karnal and Sonepat — would remain closed till May 3. The government offices in all districts will work with 50 per cent staff. He said no lockdown would be imposed in Gurugram and Faridabad, but work from home would be followed wherever CBI registers FIR against Deshmukh over corruption NEW CJI MEETS SR JUDGES, REVIEWS FUNCTIONING New Delhi, April 24 After getting enough prima facie material in the preliminary enquiry (PE) to start a formal probe, the CBI today registered an FIR against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and conducted searches on premises linked to him in connection with corruption allegations. CONDUCTS SEARCHES AT MAHA PREMISES In the FIR, Investigating Officer (IO) RS Gujiyal, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in the CBI, has recommended to the headquarters to register a regular case, as it was prima facie found that there was “commission of cognisable offences punishable under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the IPC against Deshmukh and other unidentified persons”. Agency sleuths raided premises linked to Deshmukh in Mumbai and other places in Maharashtra.— TNS Seeks plan from Centre, Delhi Govt to tackle crisis ❝ We are calling it a (Covid) wave, it is actually a tsunami… will hang whoever obstructs the movement of oxygen. The 480 MT per day is still to see the light of the day. — Delhi High Court Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 24 India grappled with an unprecedented public health crisis on Saturday as critical Covid patients died across cities for want of oxygen, hospitals begged for supplies and several Delhi facilities halted admissions in the absence of life-saving O2 amid a tsunami of infections. The situation across hospitals was worrisome with 20 critical patients dying overnight at Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi where half an hour supply was left this morning and replenishments were delayed. After another world record setting peak of today, the Centre asked the country to be ready for the worst. The signs of things to come were evident today after even AIIMS-New Delhi, continued on page 6 CM says no lockdown, but steps taken to curb Covid spread possible. Chairing a state-level meeting, the CM asked the state industry to work in shifts. “Covid cases have been on the rise and the government is taking steps to control it,” he said. For vaccinating the population above 18 years, government hospitals would administer doses free of cost. — TNS After being sworn in by the President He held consultations with six on Saturday, Chief Justice of India senior judges to review functioning NV Ramana swung into action. in view of the Covid situation. 10 dead, eight go missing in Joshimath avalanche New Delhi, April 24 A day after an avalanche hit the areas north of Joshimath in Uttarakhand, 10 bodies have been found, while eight persons remain missing. The Army has, so far, rescued 384 persons, six of them critically injured. A senior Army official said the rescue operations were launched last night and efforts were on to locate labourers who were in two separate camps. The avalanche hit a location about 4 km ahead of Sumna on the Joshimath- Malari-Rimkhim axis around 4 pm on Friday. A BRO detachment and two labour camps exist nearby for road construction. An Army camp is located 3 km from Sumna. The area had been experiencing heavy rain and snow since Monday. — TNS Won’t let govt derail stir, warns Tikait Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 24 Samyukt Kisan Morcha leader Rakesh Kumar Tikait has alleged the Centre was trying to scuttle the farmers’ agitation by carrying out “operation clean”. Addressing a farmers’ rally at Karandi village in Mansa, Tikait said: “The PART OF HRY HIGHWAYS OPENED: KISAN MORCHA CRACKDOWN LIKELY Section 144 will soon ❝enforced in Sonepat. be Farmers to face action for violating the orders. Ashok Bansal, SONEPAT DC Centre wants to derail the farmers’ struggle by using the pandemic as an excuse. We will not relent till the laws are withdrawn.” “While farmers in Haryana are not facing any problem at procurement centres, in Punjab, the Centre is harassing them with an aim to crush the peasant movement,” he said. Toll 357 in 24 hrs: 1 death every 4 minutes At Ganga Ram, over 100 lives at risk A Covid patient receives oxygen provided by a Sikh organisation at a gurdwara in Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram on Saturday. PTI ACTIVE CASES CROSS 25 LAKH NEED FUNDS TO EXPAND: SII AMID PRICING ROW DAILY CASES 3,46,786 The SII has defended Covishield times the initial TOTAL CASES 1,66,10,481 price at 1.5earlier price wascost saying the DEATHS IN 24 HRS 2,624 based on advance funding and TOTAL FATALITIES 1,89,544 now it had to invest in expansion. New Delhi, April 24 The Centre on Saturday waived basic customs duty and health cess for three months on imported oxygen and oxygen generation and transport equipment as well as imported Covid vaccines. The 16 oxygen and related equipment on which duty has been waived include oxygen concentrator along with flow meter, regulator, connectors and tubing, oxygen canister, filling systems, storage tanks and cylinders. — TNS A man carries an O2 cylinder for a patient in Gurugram. PTI VISHALKUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 24 Six patients, four of them Covid positive, died at a private hospital here today allegedly due to shortage of medical oxygen. While Punjab Medical Education and Research Minister Om Parkash Soni maintained the deaths occurred due to Neelkanth Hospital’s “negligence”, the private facility claimed it had alerted the district administration in advance about oxygen shortage. “The hospital hadn’t reported any such problem till yesterday night,” claimed the minister, adding another private hospital’s oxygen supply demand was fulfilled. However, Neelkanth Hospital managing director Sunil Devgan claimed they had flagged the problem to the nodal officer 48 hours prior to the incident. “We had even asked the attendants to shift NewDelhi, April 24 Bharat Biotech, the maker of indigenous Covid shot Covaxin on Saturday said the vaccine would be priced at Rs 600 a dose for state governments, Rs 1,200 for private hospitals and Rs 150 a dose for the Centre for the expanded inoculation drive starting May 1 when the new jab policy kicks in to cover all adults. Bharat Biotech said it would export the vaccine for USD 15 to 20 a dose. The announcement follows a similar declara- Four of the six patients at Amritsar hospital were Covid positive 1-DAY LOCKDOWN IMPOSED IN KAPURTHALA DIST PB SHUTS STEEL INDUSTRY TO DIVERT OXYGEN FOR MED USE their patients to other hospitals,” he said. Private hospitals have been complaining of shortage ever since the administration started rationing of medical oxygen. CM Capt Amarinder Singh has asked the Amritsar Deputy Commissioner to initiate a probe into the incident. tion by Covishield manufacturer SII with a dose costing Rs 400 to state governments and Rs 600 to private hospitals. Under the new policy from May 1, the Centre will offer free shots to health and frontline workers and anyone above 45 years of age at its hospitals and facilities. — TNS Virus kills two kids in Himachal Shimla, April 24 Covid claimed the lives of 26 persons, including two children, in Himachal Pradesh. A five-year-old died in Kangra and a 10-year-old in Hamirpur. “We did not see children dying in the first wave. Only the aged and those with co-morbidities were at high risk,” observed Dr Malay Sarkar, clinical in-charge, Covid-19. Meanwhile, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) Hospital here has run out of beds. “We now have 91 patients. We have arranged for a few more beds,” a doctor said. Although the IGMC portal showed it had five vacant beds, sources claimed the hospital was refusing fresh admissions. — TNS IN BRIEF IAF flies in 4 oxygen tankers from S’pore NEW DELHI: The Air Force has brought four high-capacity oxygen tankers from Singapore and offloaded them at the Panagrh air base in West Bengal, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs said on Saturday. — TNS J&K announces 34-hr curfew from 8 pm JAMMU: The J&K administra- tion announced a 34-hour curfew from 8 pm on Saturday amid Covid surge. “Complete curfew in the UT from 8 pm on Saturday till 6 am on Monday,” a statement said. — PTI Long queues outside BHEL for med oxygen BHOPAL: Amid acute shortage of medical oxygen due to Covid surge, vehicles and individuals are queuing up outside BHEL’s plant here to get the empty cylinders refilled with the life-saving gas. — PTI
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