Day: May 1, 2021

Hospital fire kills 18 virus patients as India steps up jabs

NEW DELHI — A fire in a COVID-19 hospital ward in western India killed 18 patients early Saturday, as the country grappling with the worst outbreak yet stepped up a vaccination drive for all adults even as some states said they don’t have enough jabs. India on Saturday […]

GMC Jammu suspends OPD services amid Covid surge

JAMMU, MAY 01: Administration of Government Medical College Hospital Jammu has decided to suspend OPD services, including in its Associated Hospitals in view of increased Covid Patient load. A handout issued here stated that ‘In view of recent surge of Covid 19 pandemic and increase in patient load, […]

Australia bans arrivals from India, says offenders face jail, fines

Australian residents and citizens who have been in India within 14 days of the date they plan to return home will be banned from entering Australia as of Monday and those who disobey will face fines and jail, government officials said. The temporary emergency determination, issued late on […]

EXCLUSIVE Scientists say India government ignored warnings amid coronavirus surge

A forum of scientific advisers set up by the government warned Indian officials in early March of a new and more contagious variant of the coronavirus taking hold in the country, five scientists who are part of the forum told Reuters. Despite the warning, four of the scientists […]

India’s daily COVID-19 cases pass 400,000 for first time as second wave worsens

India recorded more than 400,000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time on Saturday as it battles a devastating second wave, and the country’s massive new vaccination drive was hampered in some areas by shortages of the shots. Authorities reported 401,993 new cases in the previous 24 hours, […]

Seven Indian Navy Ships Deployed for Op Samudra Setu II

DELHI, MAY 1: In support of the nation’s fight against Covid-19 and as part of operation ‘Samudra Setu II’,  seven Indian Naval ships viz. Kolkata, Kochi,  Talwar, Tabar, Trikand, Jalashwa and Airavat have been deployed for shipment of liquid medical oxygen-filled cryogenic containers and associated medical equipment from various countries.  INS Kolkata and INS Talwar, mission deployed […]

Government extends timelines of certain compliances in light of the severe pandemic

DELHI, MAY 1: In  view  of  the  adverse circumstances arising due to the severe Covid-19  pandemic  and also in view of the several requests  received  from  taxpayers,  tax  consultants  &  other  stakeholders from across the country, requesting that  various  compliance  dates may  be  relaxed,  the  Government  has  extended  […]

Import of Oxygen Concentrators for personal use included in exempted category list

DELHI, MAY 1: The Government has included import of oxygen concentrators for personal use, through post, courier or e-commerce portals, in the list of exempted categories, where Customs clearance is sought as ”gifts”. This exemption is valid till 31 July 2021. A notification issued by Directorate General of […]

Poll gone States/UT Gear up for Foolproof Counting while Honouring Covid Protocol Arrangements

DELHI, MAY 1: Chief Election Commissioner Sh Sushil Chandra today reviewed Counting Arrangements with senior officers of the Commission and the CEOs of five States/UTs in a virtual meeting. Sh Chandra directed that all laid down instructions of the Commission must be adhered to. He also directed that […]

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