25052021-TTB-01.qxd 5/25/2021 12:06 AM Page 1 13 WHO: END ‘SCANDALOUS’ VAX INEQUITY WORLD /thetribunechd chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.5 no.143 | 16 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com tuesday | 25 may 2021 Production low, vaccine drive falters; Delhi shuts 400 centres Pfizer, Moderna order book full | Micro-plan inoculation, states told VACCINE PUSH Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 24 The rollout of the muchawaited Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines in India could take time as the Centre today acknowledged delayed procurement timelines, noting that the order books of both the firms were full and domestic supplies would depend on surplus stocks. “We are coordinating with Pfizer and Moderna and facilitating them with regulatory approvals and procurement issues. The order books of both Pfizer and Moderna are already full. So, it will depend on their surplus stocks as to how much they will provide to India. They will get back to the Government of India,” Joint Secretary, Health, Lav Agarwal continued on page 9 Jaishankar in US on five-day visit Covid-19 patients at an isolation centre in New Delhi on Monday. PTI SPUTNIK V PRODUCTION STARTS IN INDIA FRESH CASES 2.22 LAKH ACTIVE CASES: 27,20,716 Domestic pharma major Panacea Biotec DEATHS IN 24 HRS in collaboration with the RDIF has begun the production TOTAL DEATHS: 3,03,720 of ‘Sputnik V’ Covid-19 vaccine in India. The firm will produce 100 ONSITE JAB REGISTRATION AT GOVT million doses per year in India. CENTRES FOR 18-44 GROUP 4,454 New Delhi, May 24 External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived in New York on Sunday for a five-day visit. His focus will be on vaccines, including two meetings with vaccine manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna, to sort out wrinkles in exports to India, the MEA said. The minister’s first day of engagement was devoted to interactions at the UN where India is expected to provide revised timelines of vaccine delivery to poorer countries. In Washington, Jaishankar will have to wait for US Secretary of State Tony Blinken to return from his trip to the Middle East. — TNS Delhi copsserve notice Probe bulk drug deals on Twitter India offices by Gambhir, others: HC TOOLKIT ROW New Delhi, May 24 The Special Cell of the Delhi Police, probing the alleged Congress “toolkit” against the Modi government, descended on Twitter offices in Delhi and Gurugram this evening. Police officials said two teams at the Twitter offices in Delhi’s Lado Sarai and in Gurugram served notice on its officials, asking them to join the probe in the “toolkit” case. The notice to Twitter is meant to clarify “its classification of a tweet” by BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra as “manipulative”, said a senior Delhi Police official, adding that the Special Cell had Ramdev sends 25 posers to IMA NEW DELHI: Having been forced to withdraw his statement questioning the efficacy of allopathic medicines, yoga guru Ramdev on Monday asked the IMA if allopathy offered permanent relief for ailments such as hypertension. In an ‘open letter’on Twitter, he posed 25 questions, asking if allopathy had medicines for cirrhosis. — PTI edit: baba black sheep Himachal extends curfew till May 31 Special Cell team at Twitter’s Delhi office on Monday. PTI BID TO MURDER FREEDOM OF SPEECH: CONGRESS asked Twitter to share the information it had with regard to the alleged “toolkit” and explain why it had used the “manipulated media” tag for it. — TNS New Delhi, May 24 The Delhi High Court on Monday directed the drug controller to inquire into the issue of politicians buying Covid drugs in bulk amid shortages and observed that while BJP MP Gautam Gambhir must have been distributing the medicines to the best of his intention, the gesture unintentionally did a disservice. The court also directed the Delhi Drug Controller to conduct a similar inquiry into allegations of procuring and hoarding medical oxygen against AAP MLAs Priti Tomar and Praveen Kumar. A Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh Gautam Gambhir Says not doubting intent, but gesture did disservice amid med shortage CENTRE RESPONSE SOUGHT ON ~4L RELIEF BACK PAGE said the drug controller shall examine how it was possible for someone to procure over 2,000 strips of Fabiflu, which is already in shortage. — PTI Stalemate ends, Hisar admn to withdraw cases against farmers Deepender Deswal Tribune News Service Hisar, May 24 In a major boost to farmers, the district administration today agreed to withdraw all cases registered against them over the May 16 clash in the district. The decision, taken at a meeting between farmers’ leaders and district and police officials in the mini secretariat here, ended the weeklong stalemate between the two sides. After attending the meeting, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait told continued on page 9 BKU leader Rakesh Tikait leads a protest in Hisar on Monday. PTI AGREEMENT REACHED AFTER 2-HOUR MEETING ■ FIR against 350 farmers IN BRIEF CISF DG among 3 on list for CBI top post NEWDELHI: CISF Director Gener- al Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, SSB DG Kumar Rajesh Chandra and Special Secretary VSK Kaumudi were shortlisted for the CBI Director’s post during a meeting on Monday. BACK PAGE Mid-air wedding: Crew off-rostered NEW DELHI: A mid-air wedding took place on board a chartered flight on Sunday with guests violating Covid social distancing norms. The crew has been taken off the roster. — PTI lodged on May 16 to be withdrawn as per legal process ■ Admn to award compensa- tion to farmers whose vehicles were damaged ■ Farmers accept admn appeal not to damage public property 191 cases pending against sitting, former MPs, MLAs Police probing Sushil’s ‘links’ with Bawania gang Saurabh Malik Shimla: Despite a decline in Covid cases, the HP Government today extended curfew in the state till 6 am on May 31. Also, there will be no relaxation in the existing curbs. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by CM Jai Ram Thakur here. The next review meeting is slated for June 1. — TNS New Delhi, May 24 The police are probing if one of the three vehicles, impounded from Chhatrasal Stadium following the brawl involving Olympian Sushil Kumar that left a wrestler dead, is linked to the Neeraj Bawania gang. A source said the police had impounded three vehicles, including a Scorpio and a Honda City, on May 4. The source said the police were probing if Sushil had any links with members of the Bawania gang. The police are gathering the details of the Scorpio. The wrestler was arrested on Sunday after being on the run for over 18 days following the death of wrestler Sagar Dhankar of injuries sustained in the brawl. — IANS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 24 Just about three months after the Punjab and Haryana High Court made clear its intent to speed up cases involving sitting and former parliamentarians and legislators of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, it was today told that no less than 191 cases were pending in the two states and the union territory. Of the total, 163 cases were pending against sitting and former MPs and MLAs in Punjab. In Haryana, 21 cases, including eight against ex-MLAs of the state and two against ex-MLAs of continued on page 9 UP POLL: BJP, RSSDRAW IMAGE MAKEOVER PLAN BACK PAGE Special courts for lawmakers were mooted by NN Vohra panel CASES UNDER TRIAL PUNJAB 163 HARYANA 21 CHANDIGARH 7 FACING CRIMINAL CASES IN PUNJAB MPs: Bhagwant Mann | Sukhbir Singh Badal | Ravneet Bittu | Balwinder Singh Bhunder Former MPs: Simranjit Singh Mann | Sucha Singh Langah | Dharamvira Gandhi | Prem Singh Chandumajra | Dhian Singh Mand Today’s issue is of 16 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune.
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