30042021-TT-01.qxd 4/29/2021 11:24 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.118 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 haryana REIN IN YOUR FRONTLINE FORCES: CHINA TO US WORLD /thetribunechd SEBI EASES COMPLIANCE NORMS AMID COVID RESTRICTIONS BUSINESS BIDEN: WHITE SUPREMACY IS TERRORISM BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com friday | 30 april 2021 TMC in Bengal, BJP in Assam: Exit polls States await supply, pvt clinics LDF set to retain Kerala I DMK sweep in Tamil Nadu I BJP ahead in Puducherry flag crunch for second dose Shubhadeep Choudhury TAMIL NADU (234 SEATS) Tribune News Service Survey New Delhi, April 29 With the Covid-19 situation spiralling out of control and many states struggling for vaccine supplies ahead of the May 1 expansion of the inoculation drive, PM Narendra Modi will on Friday chair a meeting of Council of Ministers —the first amid the second Covid wave. Sources indicated that the meeting might deliberate on the need for restrictions and potential lockdowns in districts reporting high infection positivity rate. The PM is expected to enlist ministerial support to expand the adult Covid vac- Tribune News Service Kolkata, April 29 Three major agencies projected Trinamool Congress’ victory in West Bengal as the exit poll results started streaming in following the conclusion of the final phase of voting in West Bengal on Thursday. While the exit poll predicted retention of power by the LDF in Kerala, lady luck seem to be shining on MK Stalin with the DMK set to bag majority in Tamil Nadu. Times Now-Cvoter predicted 158 seats for the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, 115 for the BJP and 19 seats for the Sanjukta Morcha. The Republic-CNX gave 138148 seats to the BJP 128-138 to , continued on page 9 DMK+ AIADMK+ Others Republic-CNX 160-170 58-68 4-6 P-Marq 1-3 165-190 40-65 ABP-CVoter 160-172 58-60 — PUDUCHERRY (30 SEATS) Survey NDA SDA Others Republic-CNX 16-19 11-13 0 ABP-CVoter 19-23 6-10 1-2 ASSAM (126 SEATS) Survey WEST BENGAL (294 SEATS) Survey TMC BJP CPM+ Others Survey 115 19 2 LDF Times Now-CVoter 74 UPA Others Republic-CNX 74-84 40-50 1-3 KERALA (140 SEATS) Times Now-CVoter 158 NDA UDF NDA Others 65 0 1 Republic-CNX 128-138 138-148 11-21 0 Republic-CNX 72-80 58-64 1-5 0 ABP-CVoter 152-164 109-121 14-25 0 ABP-CVoter 71-77 62-68 0-2 0 ABP-CVoter 58-71 53-66 0-5 Voters queue up outside a polling centre in Kolkata during the final phase of the West Bengal Assembly elections on Thursday. PTI FB‘mistakenly’blocks posts Biotech too slashes Covaxin seeking PM’s resignation rate,willcoststates~400/dose Centre tells states to implement advisory on curbing virus New Delhi, April 29 Facebook blocked posts tagged #ResignModi amid raging criticism of the government’s handling of the Covid crisis, but restored it hours later calling it a mistake. The blocking on Wednesday, Facebook said, wasn’t at the behest of the government. Facebook isn’t the first social media company to censure posts critical of gov- New Delhi, April 29 The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a fresh order to the states and the UTs, asking them to implement the containment measures given in the April 25 advisory. It had advised containment measures in districts where either the Covid positivity rate was over 10 per cent or bed occupancy was over 60 per cent. — TNS No rumblings over Covid mgmt, says RSS ernment handling of the Covid-19 crisis. Twitter had removed or restricted access to several critical posts on orders from the government, which called it fake news. “We temporarily blocked this hashtag by mistake,” Facebook said. — PTI New Delhi, April 29 After the Serum Institute of India cut the cost of Covid vaccine for state governments from Rs 400 to Rs 300, Bharat Biotech has slashed the price for states from Rs 600 a dose to Rs 400 a dose. The indigenous Covaxin maker did not announce any concessions for private hospitals. The SII too had not reduced costs for private hos- Most in India support Covid jab certificate for int’l travel: Study NewDelhi/Geneva, April 29 Amid a raging second wave of Covid-19, a large number of Indians support vaccine certificates for international travel and everyday activities, such as accessing shops, restaurants and offices, a new survey on Thursday showed. Globally too, the survey showed that the public widely supported vaccine certifi- 55% BACK IT GLOBALLY ■ The survey got the strongest support in India at 84% ■ It evinced 5% support in Chile and 70% in Peru ■ Got widespread opposition in Russia (72%) and US (52%) cates for travel and accessing large venues. However, support is divided when it comes to measures More curbs, HP limits wedding guests to 20 Shimla, April 29 The Himachal Government has restricted at 20 the number of persons at weddings and banned community feasts as a precautionary move. All earlier restrictions, including closure of educational institutions and fiveday week in government offices, have been extended till May 10. Temples would also remain closed till May 10. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said: “Sharp increase in cases is a matter of concern. O2 HOARDERS WARNED The Kangra administration is taking steps to check hoarding of oxygen cylinders. Warning hoarders of action, it has told traders, units and hospitals to declare stocks, and be ready for inspection. The government is making efforts to curb the pandemic by taking some stringent steps.” He said if situation remained grim, complete lockdown could be considered by the Cabinet. INSIDE around daily life, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF)/Ipsos survey conducted online across 28 countries among more than 21,000 adults between March 26 and April 9. The survey found that three in four people backed Covid-19 vaccine certificates for travellers entering their country while two in three continued on page 9 J&K HC quashes govt order to re-register vehicles Srinagar, April 29 The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday quashed a government circular on re-registration of vehicles purchased outside the UT and said the life-time road tax paid at the time of purchase couldn’t be levied again. The HC asked the transport department to work out a mechanism for re-registering vehicles that have been in the UT jurisdiction for over 12 months. The circular was issued by the department in April first week. INSIDE Move comes a day after SII cut price to ~300 pitals, which will have to procure their own vaccine doses from the manufacturers from May 1 when the adult inoculation drive begins. The SII is providing vaccines at Rs 600 a dose to private players and Bharat Biotech at Rs 1200 a dose. — TNS of such patients should take hydroxychloroquine prophylaxis as prescribed ■ Patients must use triplelayer medical mask, isolate in well-ventilated rooms; the mask should be discarded after eight hours of use, but only after disinfecting it with 1% sodium hypochlorite Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 29 Not getting ‘Fateh Kits’ on their doorstep, Covid positive patients in Ludhiana have been visiting dispensaries and healthcare centres for the same after desperate calls to the Civil Surgeon’s office. Not only family members, but patients too have been visiting nearby dispensaries. Amid the surge in Covid cases, the district health officials have clearly failed to ensure Ravinder Saini Rohtak, April 29 Amid a spike in Covid deaths, crematoriums in the city are facing an acute shortage of wood, following which prices have risen by up to 25 per cent. Surendra Batra, vice president, Ram Bagh Cremation Ground, said: “More than 15 bodies are being cremated here daily. The demand for wood has gone up three-fold. The contractors are preferring to sell wood at much higher rates in Delhi and Gurugram. Three-fold increase in demand as Covid deaths soar, prices too jump 25% SUPPLIERS SELLING IT AT HIGHER RATE IN NCR Instead of local sale, contractors are selling wood at much higher rates in Delhi and Gurugram. ❝ Surendra Batra, RAM BAGH CREMATION GROUND We are struggling to arrange supplies here.” He said while they had been paying Rs 500 per quintal of wood, the contractors were now demanding Rs 625-650 per quintal. “Even at this price the supply is limited. The fam- New Delhi, April 29 As the oxygen crisis persists in the Capital, the Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Centre to explain why Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra were given more oxygen than they asked for while Delhi’s allocation was not increased as per request of the NCT Government. “We’ve already had loss of DEATHS IN 24 HRS 3,79,257 3,645 1.83 CR Govt recommends Ayush 64 DISEASE BURDEN The Ministry of Ayush has recommended it for mild to moderate symptoms EX-PM MANMOHAN SINGH DISCHARGED FROM AIIMS AT 395, DELHI RECORDS HIGHEST-EVER DEATHS Delhi on Thursday recorded 395 deaths, the highest since the pandemic began, and 24,235 cases with a positivity rate of 32.82 per cent, according to a bulletin issued by the city health department. PTI lives in Delhi due to oxygen…. You have to meet oxygen demand head-on and VIOLATORS BOOKED ■ Newly elected Ropar MC chief challaned by the district police for not wearing mask during installation ■ Day after gathering at Badal village, SAD chief Sukhbir booked for violating protocol ‘ Fateh kits,’ consisting of 18 items — including a pulse oximeter, thermometer, steamer, face mask, sanitiser, gargle solution, cough syrup and multi-vitamins — to those infected. continued on page 9 ilies will have to arrange wood on their own if the issue is not resolved soon,” he said. The district administration has directed the forest officer to halt the auction of wood and create buffer stock so as to avoid inconvenience to people at crematoriums. Manoj Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, said: “The second Covid wave is more intense. The number of deaths is high. It is the duty of the DFOs to provide wood in sufficient quantity to the corporation authorities.” He directed the MC commissioner to earmark more cremation grounds in addition to two at present for Covid victims. Pune, April 29 Forecasting that the Covid19 pandemic was only going to get worse, noted surgeon Dr Devi Prasad Shetty has said India would need an extra 5 lakh ICU beds, 2 lakh nurses and 1.5 lakh doctors in the next few weeks, and also suggested radical solutions to meet the mountainous challenge. At present, India had only 75,000 to 90,000 ICU beds and almost all were already occupied even as the second wave of the pandemic hadn’t even reached its peak yet, he said. Experts say daily Covid count could go up to 5 lakh cases at its peak. “While most of the newspaper headlines and prime time television coverage have been over the lack of oxygen for the patients in ICUs, I am having sleepless nights for the next headline, which is going to be that patients are dying in ICUs because there are no nurses and doctors to take care of the patients,” said Dr Shetty, the chairman and founder of Narayana Health, a chain of 21 medical centres in India, in his online address at the Sym- you can’t duck it,” a Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rekha Palli told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. Noting that the projected demand of Delhi was 700 MT a day while its allocation was only 480-490 MT a day, the Bench refused to accept Mehta’s submission that the incoming quantity of 340-370 MT to Delhi was sufficient. It wondered how Madhya continued on page 9 Release seized Remdesivir for hospitals, HC tells Delhi New Delhi, April 29 The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Deputy Commissioner of AAP government’s revenue department to issue orders for the release of Remdesivir, used in the treatment of Covid-19, as soon as the medicine is seized by the police from hoarders and black-marketeers. A Bench issued the direction to ensure that the seized medi- No ‘Fateh Kits’ patients India may need 5 lakh , approach dispensaries ICU beds in few weeks Packed, Rohtak crematoriums face wood crunch Tribune News Service Tribune News Service NEW CASES ■ The caregiver and close contacts PM to meet Council of Ministers today, 18-plus registrations cross 2 cr Why MP Maha O2 quota exceeded , demand, Delhi plea ignored: HC REVISED NORMS FOR HOME ISOLATION ■ Home isolation permissible in asymptomatic and mild cases ■ They’ll stand discharged after at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms and no fever for 3 days ■ No need for testing after the home isolation period is over ■ No Remdesivir injections to be administered at home, can be taken only in hospital on the advice of medical experts ■ Those above 60 years of age and having co-morbid conditions to be allowed home isolation only after doctor’s advice An elderly woman in Mumbai gets the second Covishield dose. cine plan starting May 1 with Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Rajasthan, Delhi, West Bengal and Assam already saying today that the May 1 target for rollout cannot be met as vaccine orders with manufacturers have been prebooked by the Centre. Delhi today joined the list of states unable to manage vaccines for 18 to 44-yearolds starting May 1, with state Health Minister Satyendra Jain, saying: “We do not have vaccines. We have placed orders for 67 lakh doses.”About three lakh are expected by May 3. continued on page 9 edit: Make or break 75,000 to 90,000 beds available currently cine does not remain as case property, does not lose its effectiveness and can be administered to the patients in need. The court said once a seizure was made, the investigating officer (IO) shall immediately inform the DC of the same. The IO will also ascertain that the seized medicine is genuine and ensure that it is kept in a refrigerated environment. — PTI IN BRIEF FIR against Param Bir over cop’s complaint MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Police have filed an FIR against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh after a police inspector levelled corruption charges against him, a senior official said on Thursday. — PTI Ambulance driver skips ‘roza’ to ferry bodies PRAYAGRAJ (UP): It is rare to find Kin try to break a barricade as they attempt to enter a hospital to admit a patient, in Ahmedabad. PTI biosis Golden Jubilee Lecture Series in Pune recently. He pointed out that for every patient who was tested positive, there were five to 10 persons who were positive but not tested. “That means more than 15 to 20 lakh people are getting infected daily. Statistically, 5 per cent of the positive patients need an ICU bed, irrespective of their age. On an average, a patient in ICU spends at least 10 days there,” he said. — PTI a devout Muslim skip ‘roza’ during Ramzan. But for ambulance driver Faizul in Prayagraj, working in pandemic is more important than fasting. Faizu is not only providing free hearse car services to the needy, but also helping in the last rites of orphans. — IANS Top ULFA(I) man shot in Assam encounter GUWAHATI: A top ULFA (I) mili- tant, Dwipen Saud, was killed in an encounter with security forces in Bongaigaon district of Assam on Thursday and one of his aides held. — PTI
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