15052021-TT-01.qxd 5/14/2021 11:17 PM 13 KABUL MOSQUE BLAST LEAVES 12 DEAD WORLD /thetribunechd Page 1 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.133 | 14 pages | ~6.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 haryana /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com saturday | 15 may 2021 Sputnik V arrives in market, each imported dose for ~995 Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 14 Russian vaccine Sputnik V was launched in the Indian market on Friday with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, local partner of the two-dose Covid jab, announcing the soft launch by administering the first dose in Hyderabad today. Each imported dose of Sputnik V will cost Rs 995.40. The cost will drop once domestic manufacturing of the vaccine begins. The vaccine will be made available at 35 centres from next week as part of the pilot test in India. At the launch today, Dr Reddy’s said, “The first consignment of Sputnik V vaccine that landed in India on May 1 received regulatory clearance from the Central Drugs Laboratory, Kasauli, on May 13.” continued on page 11 edit: Tardyvax drive 92% EFFECTIVE, INITIALLY AVAILABLE AT 35 CENTRES 3,43,144 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE CASES 2,62,317 37,04,893 4,000 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS AUS FLIGHT LEAVES 70 BEHIND Seventy of the 150 Australians in India who were scheduled to return home by a repatriation flight were grounded on Friday because either they were Covid positive or a close contact of someone infected, a top Australian diplomat said. BACK PAGE A vaccine centre in Bengaluru. PTI TALKS OVER SINGLE SHOT Dr Reddy’s is learnt to be in talks with Russia for collaboration on single shot Sputnik V which has shown 79.4 per cent efficacy. 13 MORE DIE AT GOA HOSPITAL Thirteen more Covid-19 patients died at the Goa Medical College and Hospital on Friday, taking to 75 the number of people who have succumbed over the last four days. BACK PAGE SCIENTISTS CALL FOR FULLER PROBE INTO WUHAN ‘LAB LEAK’ Leading UK and US scientists have called for more investigation to determine the origin of the pandemic, including the theory of accidental release from a lab in Chinese city of Wuhan. In a letter in the journal ‘Science’, the experts said knowing how Covid-19 emerged was critical for global strategies to mitigate the risk of future outbreaks. PAGE 12 Govt working day and night to ease pain, says Modi New Delhi, May 14 Describing Covid-19 as an invisible enemy, PM Narendra Modi today said he felt pain for those who had lost their dear ones in the pandemic. ❝ Blocks in our resources are being removed on a war-footing. PM Amid Opposition allegations of a “missing” government, the PM said every department was working day and night to ease the pain of the nation. Sounding a warning, the PM said the pandemic was rapidly spreading in rural areas, urging citizens to take all precautions. — TNS Left alone, man carries Twomorebodiesfoundon mum’s body for last rites Gangabanks,patrolling up Lalit Mohan Tribune News Service Dharamsala, May 14 Bir Singh of Bhangwar village, near Ranital, in Kangra had to carry his mother’s body on his shoulders for about 1 km yesterday after none of his relatives, district officials or villagers came forward to help him out in performing the last rites. Some photographs of Bir Singh carrying the body had gone viral on the social media, inviting criticism for the government authorities. Taking a serious note of the incident, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today directed all deputy commissioners to ensure the body disposal protocol for Covid patients dying in home isolation was strictly adhered to across the state. Mukesh Ranjan Follow body disposal protocol: HP Govt Bir Singh carries mother’s body He said the DCs must ensure that the bereaved family of every Covid victim gets full support from the district authorities in performing the last rites of the deceased. continued on page 11 edit: HP emerges as hotspot Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 14 Two more bodies found lying on the banks of the Ganga were cremated by the Ballia district administration in UP after a video of stray dogs mauling the corpses went viral on social media. Ballia residents claimed to have seen 52 bodies at Ujiyar, Kulhadia and Bharauli ghats. With bodies found floating in the Ganga in UP and Bihar, the West Bengal Government has asked officials in Malda to maintain a vigil at the river’s entry point. District authorities in UP and Bihar have been put on the alert after a nudge by the National Mission for Clean Ganga and a notice by the NHRC. The UP Government Centre wants review of BC quota verdict Eid gesture: Malerkotla to be Punjab’s 23rd dist NEW DELHI: Tribune News Service IN BRIEF The Centre has moved the SC seeking a review of the May 5 verdict that took away the power of states to declare backward classes for job/admission quota. BACK PAGE Tsering elected Prez of Tibetan govt-in-exile DHARAMSALA: Penpa Tsering has been elected president of the Tibetan government-inexile. He polled 34,324 votes against 28,307 by rival Kalsang Dorjee Aukatsang. INSIDE Martyr Bhagat Singh’s nephew dies of Covid MOHALI: Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s nephew Abhay Singh died of Covid-related complications on Friday. — TNS Chandigarh, May 14 Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday announced Malerkotla as the 23rd district of the state. The Muslimmajority city is currently a part of Sangrur district. Initially, the sub-divisions of Malerkotla and Ahmedgarh and Amargarh sub-tehsil would be included in the new district. The process of bringing villages under the jurisdiction of Malerkotla district would begin after the conclusion of the Census, the CM said at a state-level function to mark Eid. Capt Amarinder directed the Sangrur Deputy Commissioner to find a suitable building to immediately start the functioning of the KEEP OUTSIDERS AWAY, CAPT TELLS VILLAGES With rural areas showing a surge in Covid cases, the CM on Friday asked villagers to restrict the movement of outsiders, suggesting ‘thikri pehras’. district administration office. The Deputy Commissioner for the newly carved out district would be appointed soon, he said. Announcing other projects for Malerkotla, the CM said a medical college, to be named continued on page 11 NUMBERS GROSSLY UNDER-REPORTED Reports are coming of mass burials on the banks of the river in Unnao. Official numbers from Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Jhansi and Kanpur appear grossly under-reported. ❝ Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, CONG GEN SECY has ordered the authorities to fine those throwing bodies into the Ganga. State CM Yogi Adityanath has ordered patrolling by the SDRF and PAC. Sources said, “Deployment of the SDRF and PAC teams will help in keeping a check on such incidents.” IYC chief quizzed over Covid supplies, Congress cries foul NewDelhi, May14 After a Delhi Police crime branch team today questioned Indian Youth Congress president Srinivas BV over his Covid-related medicine and oxygen cylinder supplies to people, the Congress said the move was the “worst form of revenge”. The police said they were acting on a Delhi High Court order to determine how politicians were procuring essential supplies and to register FIRs if offences were made out. The court had on May 4 asked the police to investigate the issue of politicians procuring and distributing Remdesivir in the capital and take steps as per law. Srinivas said the cops asked him how he procured the supplies to distribute to people. — TNS 27 black fungus cases in Haryana, 5 this week Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 14 Even as Covid continues to devastate people in Haryana as also in other parts of the country, mucormycosis, or black fungus as it is commonly called, is posing a new threat in the state. Since the start of the pandemic, 27 cases of black fungus have so far come to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) and two private hospitals in Two succumb to infection, 12 under treatment SURGERY NEEDED IN MOST OF THE CASES Almost all those who survived the infection had to undergo surgeries of the ear, nose, throat or the eyes. ❝ Dr Dhruv Chaudhary, PGIMS, ROHTAK Gurugram. Of the infected, two have died and 12 are currently under treatment, said NADAL REACHES ITALIAN OPEN SEMIS SPORT A health worker gives a jab to an elderly man in Gurugram. PTI Dr Dhruv Chaudhary, Head of Pulmonary Department of continued on page 11 Four cases every week inLudhiana LUDHIANA: Hospitals in Ludhiana have been receiving three to four black fungus cases every week. Dr Manish Munjal, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, said they had received 20-25 cases of black fungus during the second wave. “The problem is found mostly in Covid survivors who are diabetic, hypertensive or have a kidney ailment.” INSIDE
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