19052021-TT-01.qxd 5/18/2021 11:24 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.137 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 haryana BIDEN BACKS ISRAEL’S ‘RIGHT TO DEFEND’ WORLD /thetribunechd TOP PERFORMER, KERALA HEALTH MINISTER DROPPED BACK PAGE SENSEX LEAPFROGS 612 PTS, RECLAIMS 50,000 MILESTONE BUSINESS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com wednesday | 19 may 2021 Cyclone-battered barge sinks off Mumbai coast, 90 missing Record 4,329 daily deaths, but recoveries go up 4% in 2 weeks 662 rescued from six vessels in Arabian Sea NewDelhi, May18 India on Tuesday logged the highest single-day deaths since the Covid outbreak last year as 4,329 persons succumbed to the virus even as the national caseload breached the 2.5-crore mark with cumulative recoveries standing at 2.1 crore. The national Covid toll reached 2,78,719 on Tuesday, though the overall fatality rate remained stable at 1.1 per cent. In a positive trend, the government said, the virus R0 (reproductive number) — the expected number of cases directly generated by one infected person in a population — had fallen below 1. MULTIPLE RESCUE OPs FOR VESSELS ON HIGH SEAS AjayBanerjee Tribune News Service NewDelhi, May18 The lives of 662 persons have been saved in five separate operations in the Arabian Sea while the search continues for 90 more men who were aboard a barge that sank near the offshore Bombay High oil rigs in the early hours today. Those saved were on six separate vessels, which had been adrift since Monday following Cyclone Tauktae. All were connected with oil drilling or new projects at Bombay High. A Navy helicopter rescues stranded men from a barge in Arabian Sea Ships or barges of this size, when adrift at sea, pose a threat to other ships, shorebased installations and oil rigs, said sources. The barge ‘P305’ sank near the oil rigs, some 70 km west of Mumbai. A total of 183 men of the 273 on board the P305 had been rescued by 7.30 pm P305: Sunk. 183 rescued. Ops on to trace 90 persons Gal Constructor: Ran aground 90 km off Mumbai. All 137 safe Support Station-3: 196 on board, being towed to harbour Sagar Bhushan: 101 on board, being towed to harbour Deshbhakt, Greatship Aditi: 45 crew on both vessels. Propulsion restored on Deshbhakt, Aditi being towed to harbour on Tuesday. Indian naval ships Beas, Betwa and Teg joined INS Kochi and Kolkata continued on page 9 Edit: Ill-Prepared for cyclone Tribune News Service FORMER IMA CHIEF KK AGGARWAL DIES Hailed for posting informative videos on Covid throughout the pandemic, Padma Shri awardee and leading cardiologist Dr KK Aggarwal succumbed to the virus on Monday night. BACK PAGE VAX SUPPLY TO EXPAND IN BIG WAY: MODI P12 2,63,533 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS 2,78,719 ACTIVE CASES 33,53,765 TOTAL CASES: 2,52,28,996 “We are now accelerating the rural response. In many states the pandemic curve is stabilising. There is, however, a continued on page 9 Kids largely without symptoms, but must wear masks: Centre New Delhi, May 18 The government on Tuesday said children aged 10 years and above must wear masks and practise social distancing in the face of growing evidence that kids could get asymptomatic Covid and also transmit the virus. VK Paul, Member, Health, NITI Aayog, officially acknowledged for the first time today that children were getting asymptomatic infection, which was transmissible. He noted that selfprotection and home care continued on page 9 To spurvaxdrive,~10L for Pb 7 HP kids orphaned, kin offer foster care 31 die in 18 days at Rohtak village, govt rules out Covid villages with 100% coverage ~2,500 MONTHLY ASSISTANCE FROM GOVT Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 18 With villagers reluctant to get vaccinated against Covid, Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh today announced a special development grant of Rs 10 lakh to every village that achieved 100 per cent vaccination under the state’s “Corona Mukt Pind Abhiyan”. Capt govt initiative to counter jab hesitancy He urged villagers to get vaccinated as soon as possible and undergo testing even in case of mild symptoms. He was interacting virtually with village panchayats continued on page 9 Shimla, May18 Their world came down crashing within a week as two siblings in this quaint Fatehpur village of Kangra district lost both their parents to Covid within a gap of six days. Overcome with grief, the teenaged boy (a student of Class X) and his seven-yearold sister are clueless how the life will treat them in Himachal Government is providing ~2,500 per child per month as financial assistance under the Foster Care Scheme to the relatives taking care of such children, till they turn 18. future. Their paternal uncle and aunt are taking good care of them, but the tragedy of having been orphaned haunts them. While their mother died on April 29, their father succumbed to the virus on May 5. In all, seven children have been orphaned in the state due to Covid. Three of them are from Una (two from Haroli, one from Amb), two from Fatehpur in Kangra and one each from Solan and Hamirpur. continued on page 9 Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Rohtak, May 18 At least 31 persons have died at Madina village in the district this month, forcing the administration to double testing even as it denied any death due to the virus. Gram panchayat members, however, maintained that a majority of the deceased AUTHORITIES IN DENIAL A majority of the deceased were elderly. The deaths were not related to Covid. Dr Joginder, SMO ❝ were suffering from fever. The members claimed the number of deaths was more than the official figure. continued on page 9 IN BRIEF SC judge recuses from hearing Param Bir plea NEW DELHI: SC judge Justice BR Gavai has recused from hearing Mumbai police ex-chief Param Bir Singh’s plea seeking transfer of inquiries to an agency outside the state. — PTI UK HC upholds banks’ petition in Mallya case LONDON: UK High Court has upheld a plea filed by a consortium of Indian banks in favour of waiving their security over Vijay Mallya’s assets in India, moving them a step closer to recover loans from him. — PTI HC sets deadline for decision in DGP case CHANDIGARH: Punjab & Haryana HC has set a three-month deadline for Haryana ACS (Home) to decide plaints by IPS officer Y Puran Kumar against DGP Manoj Yadava. — TNS
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