18052021-TT-01.qxd 5/17/2021 11:21 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.136 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 haryana BLINKEN: WORKING TO END ISRAEL-GAZA CONFLICT WORLD /thetribunechd WHOLESALE INFLATION SPIKES TO 10.49% IN APRIL BUSINESS RAJNATH REVIEWS PREPARATIONS FOR CYCLONE RELIEF BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com tuesday | 18 may 2021 Daily cases below 3L after 26 days Didi leads protests 244 dists still with over 20% positivity rate | ICMR to scale up testing to cover villages against CBI arrests Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 17 In sustained signs of a retreating second wave of Covid-19, daily infections fell below 3 lakh for the first time in 26 days while weekly positivity rate dropped from 22.61 per cent on May 10 to 18.17 today. The country saw 2,81,386 new cases today, revealing consistent trends of an average decline in daily cases since May 9. The weekly decline in positivity rate was seen after 15,73,515 tests in the last 24 hours. Chairing the 26th meeting 2,81,386 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS 2,74,390 ACTIVE CASES 35,16,997 4,106 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS INDIA EXPLORES IMPORT OF ANTI-BLACK FUNGUS DRUG The wailing relatives of a Covid victim in Delhi. MUKESH AGGARWAL of the Group of Ministers on Covid today, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan noted the decline in new cases and hailed Covid warriors for their Production of anti-mucormycosis (black fungus) drug Amphotericin-B is being scaled up and avenues for import are being actively explored, says S. Aparna, Secretary (Pharma). services. “India’s Covid-19 new cases have dropped to less than 3 lakh for the first continued on page 9 edit: cautious relief 23K adverse events post vaccination: Govt New Delhi, May 17 The national expert committee monitoring adverse events following Covid immunisation (AEFIs) on Monday said the rate of vaccine side-effects in India was negligible and the risk of clotting after the administration of Covishield shots was “miniscule but definitive”. The committee, in a report to the government, said since vaccinations began on January 16, over 23,000 adverse events had been reported continued on page 9 In Himachal, over 30% Was threatened byCM’s positivity rate in 6 dists politicalsecretary:Pargat Pratibha Chauhan ALARMING COUNT Tribune News Service Shimla, May 17 The Covid situation in Himachal Pradesh seems to be getting from bad to worse as the positivity rate in six of the state’s 12 districts has crossed the alarming level of 30 per cent. The overall positivity rate has risen to 28.9 per cent from 26.3 per cent a fortnight ago while the fatality rate has gone up from 1.42 per cent to DIST Kangra Sirmaur Solan Mandi Hamirpur Shimla POSITIVITY FATALITY RATE RATE 38.1 37.2 33 31.9 31.5 30.5 1.73 1.17 1.75 1.38 1.46 2.61 (FIGURES FROM MAY 10-16) 1.52 per cent in a week. As many as 439 deaths were reported between May 10 continued on page 9 Chandigarh, May 17 The ongoing tussle between Capt Amarinder camp and his baiters over delay in justice in the sacrilege and subsequent police firing cases spilled out in the open today with Jalandhar Cant MLA Pargat Singh alleging he was threatened with a police case by the CM’s political secretary. In another development, the Punjab Women Commission Chairperson has asked the Chief Secretary to submit a Shubhadeep Choudhury Tribune News Service Kolkata, May 17 Protests erupted in West Bengal after three Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders, including two Cabinet ministers and an MLA, and a former minister were arrested this morning by the CBI in connection with the Narada sting case. In a dramatic move, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee landed in the CBI office at Nizam Palace here, where her arrested colleagues were kept, and offered to court arrest protesting the detention. Mamata argued that the permission of the Assembly Speaker should have been taken before arresting the TMC leaders. She spent nearly six hours at Nizam Palace continued on page 9 NARADA CASE CM Mamata Banerjee leaves the CBI office in Kolkata. PTI CM HOLDS 6-HOUR DHARNA, ASKS: ‘WHY NO SPEAKER’S NOD’ WB GOVERNOR JUSTIFIES APPROVAL FOR PROSECUTION CBI COURT GIVES BAIL TO ALL 4, HIGH COURT ORDERS STAY Dhindsa, Brahmpura IN BRIEF float SAD (Sanyukt), HC says netas can’t target Sukhbir Badal ‘hoard’ Covid drugs Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 17 Ranjit Singh Brahmpura and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa today announced to launch a new political party—Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt). The outfit was formed after the dissolution of Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali), formed by Brahmpura, and the Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic), launched by Dhindsa. “We have decided to launch the Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt) today. The organising structure of the party will be set up soon,” said Dhindsa and Brahmpura in a joint statement after a meeting in Chandigarh. Dhindsa is the president of the new party, while Brahmpura will be its patron. Coming down heavily on SAD president continued on page 9 NEW DELHI: The Delhi HC on Monday said political leaders had no business “hoarding” stocks of Covid drugs, already in shortage and the drugs must be surrendered. — PTI Plea in SC against FIRs over anti-PM posters NEW DELHI: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking quashing of FIRs registered by Delhi Police for allegedly pasting posters critical of PM Modi in connection with vaccination drive. — PTI 1st batch of DRDO’s Covid drug released NEW DELHI: First batch of Covid drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose was released by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and handed to Health Minister Harsh Vardhan at a function here. — TNS 46 isolation centres in Rohtak without facilities Ravinder Saini Pargat Singh Charanjit Channi REPORT SOUGHT IN HARASSMENT CASE INVOLVING MINISTER CHANNI status report in an old case of alleged harassment of a Punjab-cadre woman IAS officer by minister Charanjit Singh Channi, another member of the camp that has opened a front against the CM. INSIDE COVIDCARE Tribune News Service Rohtak, May 17 Isolation centres have been set up in 46 villages in Rohtak district, but not a single Covid patient has reported there over the past three days. Villagers avoid coming to these centres citing non-availability of proper facilities. The BREAKDOWN A vacant isolation centre at Rohtak’s Bainsi village. TRIBUNE PHOTO authorities, however, say the centres are meant for providing isolation space to those who can’t do so at home. “How can patients move to isolation continued on page 9
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