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‘Israel will send team of experts to help India amid Covid crisis’: Envoy Ron Malka

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Israel’s Ambassador to India Ron Malka said they will be sending a team of experts to help the country tackle the second wave of Covid-19. "We are sending teams of experts to India. For example, we are going to send a team for rapid testing, and a team to develop very easy producing oxygen concentrators. India also received the second consignment of Covid-19 medical aid from Israel. The flight with 1300 oxygen concentrators, 400 ventilators and other medical equipment landed in UP’s Ghaziabad. "This equipment that we sent is from the heart of the people of Israel to the heart of India. Organisations from private sectors and companies are also collecting equipment and sending it to India," Malka added. Watch the full video for more.

Union Minister Pratap Sarangi sustains injuries in road accident in Odisha

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Union Minister Pratap Chandra Sarangi sustained injuries after the car in which he was travelling was hit by a tractor in Nilagiri area of Odisha's Balasore district on May 9. The local police rushed to the spot and the minister was taken to Nilgiri Hospital in Balasore district for treatment. The police also confiscated the tractor. The tractor lost its balance and hit the minister's car, as per reports. The minister said he escaped with minor injuries on nose and was fine. In a tweet, he said that his PA, PSO & driver of the car were also fine. Watch the full video for more.

Covid update: 23 Delhi patients 'missing'; black fungus alert in Gujarat

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From almost 2 dozen patients reportedly going 'missing' from a Delhi hospital, to Gujarat government taking steps against rising cases of 'black fungus' - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. 23 patients at Delhi's Hindu Rao Hospital, run by a civic body, reportedly left the facility without informing. Ten states and Union Territories in India account for over 71% of all new cases. Meanwhile, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir extended restrictions amid high cases. Watch the full video for the other updates on the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.

Watch: Bodies found floating in Yamuna river in UP amid Covid crisis

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Amid a severe wave of Covid-19 infections, several bodies were spotted floating in the Yamuna river in Uttar Pradesh. Locals in Hamirpur spotted the corpses and alerted the police. A local councillor claimed that amid Covid infections, people were fearful and not helping each other, so bodies were being dumped in the river. Police said that people in Kanpur were responsible. Watch the full video for more.

Watch: BJP ends suspense, announces Assam CM name; Himanta Sarma gets top job

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A week after results of the Assam Assembly elections were announced, the Bharatiya Janata Party finally ended the suspense about who will be the new Chief Minister. Himanta Biswa Sarma, a minister in the outgoing government has been selected for the top post. He will be replacing Sarbananda Sonowal who may be accommodated in the Union Cabinet in the future. The announcement was made during a meeting of the BJP legislative party, which was also attended by Union minister and BJP central observer Narendra Tomar. Watch the full video for more.

Watch: India receives 3 oxygen generators, 1000 ventilators arrive from UK

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India received Covid-19 medical aid from the United Kingdom on May 9. The flight carrying oxygen generators and ventilators landed in Delhi. The United Kingdom sent 3 oxygen generators and 1,000 ventilators. Following the delivery, the Ministry of External Affairs expressed gratitude to the UK. Each generator has the capacity to produce 500 litres of O2/min, enough to treat 50 people at a time. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had said, "The UK is sending surplus oxygen generators from Northern Ireland to India. This life-saving equipment will support the country's hospitals as they care for vulnerable Covid patients." Watch the full video for more.

‘EU stands with India in challenging time of Covid’: European Commission Chief

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressed solidarity with India and said that European Union (EU) stands with the country in the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic. "It was for us a very historical moment to make sure that EU stands firmly at the side of India in this challenging time and assure PM Modi of our solidarity and support with all that's needed at moment, from oxygen generators to medicines and ventilators," she said at a press briefing in the presence of European Council President Charles Michel and Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa. Watch the full video for more.

Covid plasma therapy: Who needs it; who can donate; the risks | Doctor explains

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As India struggles with its worst Covid wave, requests for plasma donations have flooded various social media platforms. Oncologist Dr Sameer Kaul speaks to Hindustan Times and explains the dos and don’ts of plasma donation; who can donate and the risks involved. Kaul says, “Plasma therapy is not a panacea for Covid-19. It specifically helps patients who are early in the disease and have moderate Covid.” Watch the full video for more.

Watch: Zero new Covid cases in these Indian districts in recent weeks

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Amid India's worst Covid wave yet, a sliver of hope emerged. The Union government revealed districts without new cases in weeks. 32 districts have not seen any new cases in almost a month. The Union health minister revealed the stats during ministers' meet. “For the last 7 days, 180 districts haven't seen new cases. 18 districts haven't seen new cases in the last 14 days. 54 districts haven't seen new cases in the last 21 days and 32 districts have not seen new cases in the last 28 days,” said Harsh Vardhan. However, India did add over 4 lakh new cases in just 24 hours. India currently has over 37 lakh active cases and over 2.38 lakh deaths. Watch the full video for more.

Covid update: Decongesting jails; DRDO's new oral drug; task force for oxygen

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From DCGI approving new anti-Covid drug, to health ministry issues new rules for hospital admissions, here are the top updates on the coronavirus. DCGI approved a new anti-Covid oral drug, which has been developed by DRDO and Dr. Reddy’s. The medicine has been given emergency use approval by DCGI. Meanwhile, Health Ministry said that a positive Covid-19 report is now not mandatory for a patient to be admitted to a hospital. Also, Supreme Court formed a 12-member National Task Force on medical oxygen. The new panel includes 10 doctors and 2 top bureaucrats from the Centre, who will ensure streamlined delivery of oxygen across India. Watch the full video for more updates on the pandemic.

India, EU to re-launch free trade talks: What PM Modi, EU leaders discussed

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India and the European Union (EU) on Saturday announced their decision to resume negotiations for a balanced and comprehensive trade agreement after a gap of eight years and unveiled an ambitious connectivity partnership, during a virtual meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders of 27 member nations of the bloc. In his remarks, Modi invited the EU to support a proposal by India and South Africa to waive patents on COVID-19 vaccines so that there can be equitable vaccine access for the entire world, officials said. The meeting, participated by leaders of EU member states as well as the top leadership of the EU, also decided to launch negotiations on two other key agreements on investment protection and geographical indications.

Watch: Canada sends 25k Remdesivir vials, 50 ventilators for India | Covid

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India on Saturday thanked Canada for the shipment of 50 ventilators and 25000 vials of Remdesivir to fight the COVID pandemic. In this regard, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi on Saturday said, "It would further deepen our strategic partnership." Several countries have come forward to help India as the country fights the second wave of Covid-19. Watch the full video for more details.

Oxygen shortage: What Supreme Court's new task force will do | Covid

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As India faces a severe medical oxygen shortage even as Covid-19 cases continue to mount in record numbers, the Supreme Court set up an expert task force to handle the issue. The panel, consisting of 10 eminent doctors and 2 top bureaucrats from the Central government, has been tasked with ensuring delivery of oxygen across the country in a streamlined fashion. Recently, the apex court ruled against the Union government in 2 cases concerning oxygen supply to Karnataka and Delhi. Watch the full video for more.

‘Small time flu’: Kangana Ranaut on Covid-19 after testing positive

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Actor Kangana Ranaut on Saturday said she has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is under home quarantine. The 34-year-old actor, whose Twitter account was permanently suspended for repeated violations of rules earlier this week, shared her diagnosis on Instagram. "I was feeling tired and weak with slight burning sensation in my eyes for past few days, was hoping to go to Himachal so got my test done yesterday and today the result came I am covid positive. Watch the full video for more details.

‘Maintain 700 MT oxygen’: Manish Sisodia highlights Delhi’s demand | Covid

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Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday urged the Centre to maintain 700 MT of medical oxygen supply to Delhi, claiming that the quantity received by the city has dipped in the past two days. Delhi has a current need of 700 metric tonnes (MT) of oxygen. On May 5, Delhi received for the first time 730 MT of oxygen, thanks to the Centre, he said. He hoped the Centre will cooperate with the Delhi government and ensure daily 700 MT supply of oxygen in view of the COVID-19 crisis. Watch the full video for more details.

Blood clots in Covid patients: Top doctor decodes early signs & prevention

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As India continues to battle the second wave of coronavirus, top doctor decodes complications related to blood clots in Covid patients. Dr. Ambarish Satwik of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital talks about how different cases of blood clots have been observed in some Covid patients. Dr. Satwik also opens up about prevention and early signs of blood clots in Covid patients. Watch the full video for more details.

Wearing your mask right? Top doctor explains how to avoid Covid infection

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India is in the midst of a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and many experts have already warned of an imminent third wave. Dr. Rommel Tickoo, Director (Internal Medicine) at Max Healthcare and Dr. Ambarish Satwik, vascular and endovascular surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital speak to Hindustan Times and bust myths on prevention, medicines, clotting, hospitalisation, etc. In this episode of InFocus, Dr. Satwik explains how to wear a mask in a proper manner and avoid Covid infection. Watch the full video for more.

Covid: Seeking plasma donor? Volunteers explain challenges, how you can help

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Amid an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases, some Samaritans across the Delhi-NCR region have either formed communities or taken it upon themselves to help those in distress. Of late, social media platforms have been flooded with requests for plasma donations. Adnan Shah and Sanjay Raina are two among the many who have been providing assistance to those pleading for help in the national capital region by way of a Twitter handle @PlasmaNCR. The duo claims to be resolving more than 100 plasma requirement SOS calls a day amidst a deluge of requests. Dr Sameer Kaul also joins us on the show to explain the do’s and don’ts of plasma donations.

Positive Covid report not mandatory: Centre modifies hospital admission rules

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In a significant directive to the states and Union Territories, the Union Health Ministry on Saturday said the requirement of a positive COVID-19 test report is not mandatory for admission to a health facility. In its revised national policy for admission of COVID patients to various dedicated health facilities, both public and private, the Union Health Ministry said no patient will be refused services on any account, including oxygen and essential drugs, even if he or she belongs to a different city. "This patient-centric measure aims to ensure a prompt, effective, and comprehensive treatment of patients suffering from COVID-19," the ministry said. Watch the full video for more details.

Watch: Portable oxygen generator made by Hyderabad start-up amid Covid crisis

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A Hyderabad-based start-up claims to have developed a portable and affordable oxygen generator. India is currently facing an acute shortage of medical oxygen amid a huge rise in Covid-19 cases. The Phi Factory co-founder Praveen Gorakavi said that the machine can support two patients for six hours, or one for twelve hours. It can prove to be crucial in saving lives while patients await medical care. Watch the full video for more.

Covid vaccine shortage in Delhi, claims CM Kejriwal; seeks 2.6 crore doses

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said there is still a shortage of vaccine doses against Covid-19. He said Delhi needs 3 crore doses to inoculate all eligible beneficiaries within 3 months. Kejriwal urged the Centre to provide Delhi with the requisite number of vaccine doses. Kejriwal expressed confidence if the Delhi government gets 80-85 lakh doses per month, the vaccination process can be completed within the set target of three months. The chief minister pointed out the current requirement of doses can also go higher as beneficiaries from the NCR region are also coming to Delhi to get inoculated. Delhi has so far vaccinated 3,666,694 beneficiaries till now of which 114,657 were administered doses in the last 24 hours.

Watch: What Thailand sent to India amid Covid crisis, oxygen shortage

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As a severe shortage of medical oxygen hurts India's Covid-19 patients, Thailand became the latest country to send O2 cylinders and concentrators as aid. A Royal Thai Air Force plane landed in Delhi with a consignment of 200 oxygen cylinders and 10 concentrators on behalf of the Thai government, and 100 cylinders and 60 concentrators as donation from the Indian diaspora. Meanwhile, Gilead Sciences sent 25,600 vials of the remdesivir drug which is used in Covid treatment. Watch the full video for more.

Tamil Nadu to go under complete lockdown starting May 10 as Covid-19 cases rise

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Tamil Nadu govt decided to impose a lockdown for two weeks, starting May 10. Decision comes as daily cases of Covid-19 rise unabated across the country. During lockdown, residents can buy groceries, vegetables, meat products till 12 noon. Authorities announced that Amma canteens will also function during this period. Cabs, autos are allowed to ply for purposes of weddings, funerals, exams, jobs interviews. All government & private offices have been asked to allow their staff to work from home. Movement of healthcare workers, caregivers & volunteers has been allowed. However, they will need to show valid identity proof to police, if required. Until lockdown begins, all shops will remain open on Saturday, Sunday from 6am to 9pm. Tamil Nadu is among the 10 states that are reporting a spike in daily cases of infection. Tamil Nadu has over 1.3 lakh active Covid cases, while the death toll stands at 15,171.

Covid-19 is airborne: Doctors spell out fresh tips to prevent infection

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India is in the midst of a second wave of the Covid pandemic and many experts have already warned of an imminent third wave. In the latest edition of InFocus, Dr. Rommel Tickoo, Director (Internal Medicine) at Max Healthcare and Dr. Ambarish Satwik, vascular and endovascular surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital spell out fresh tips to prevent infection. Watch the full video for more.

IAF aircraft with oxygen containers from Singapore lands in WB's Panagarh airbase

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IAF continues its efforts towards Covid relief as India fights a devastating second wave. IAF IL-76 aircraft airlifted 3 cryogenic oxygen containers from Singapore on Saturday. As per official statement, the oxygen tankers landed at Panagarh Air base, West Bengal. An IAF C-17 is also bringing 3 oxygen containers & 3 pallets of respirators from Israel. The IAF aircraft will reach Hindan Air base in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. Meanwhile, IAF aircraft are already ferrying oxygen tankers within the country. With over 4.1 lakh new cases, India again reported highest single-day spike on Thursday.

Dr. Naresh Trehan on de-stressing techniques for heart patients amid Covid pandemic

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The second wave of the Covid pandemic is raging in India. Renowned cardiologist Dr. Naresh Trehan explained how Covid is affecting heart patients in the country. He also spoke on the role of anxiety & how people can use de-stressing techniques. Watch a small snippet of Hindustan Times' Covid special with Dr. Naresh Trehan. The full interview premieres at 11 am on 9th May, 2021.https://youtu.be/BW5lzh3YOak

Covid: India extends 'deep appreciation' to nations providing priority requirements

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India extended 'deep appreciation' to nations providing priority requirements to battle Covid-19. It said that the pandemic 'sharpened our awareness' of the depth of global interdependence. India added that it provided vaccines, medical equipment to over 150 countries last year. “Covid sharpened world’s awareness of depth of global interdependence. The world is only as resilient as the least resilient country. It's imperative for countries to coordinate responses to pandemic challenges. The pandemic has also underlined the need of global solidarity,” Foreign secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla said. He added, “Over past year, we provided vaccines, medical equipment to over 150 countries. We extend deep appreciation to those providing priority requirements.” India provided Covid vaccines to its neighbours as well as nations in Latin America, Africa. As per May 7 MEA data, a total of 66.37 million Made-in-India vaccines have been sent to 95 nations.

Covid in heart patients: Dr. Naresh Trehan on warning signs & preventive steps

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As the Covid wave in India continues to rage, renowned cardiologist Dr. Naresh Trehan talks about the warning signs and preventive steps for heart patients. Speaking exclusively to Hindustan Times’ Kumkum Chadha, Dr. Trehan explained how the virus can affect heart patients. Dr. Trehan talks about cases of heart attacks in patients who do not have a pre-existing history of heart-related ailments. Watch the full interview for more details.

News 3rd Wave

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There may not be a third wave of coronavirus in the country if strong measures are taken and effectively implemented at the state, district and city-level, the country's top scientific officer said on Friday, two days after he warned that this wave was inevitable. K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser, said the "insidious asymptomatic transmission" can be stopped if the guidance about precautions, surveillance, containment, treatment and testing is followed. "If we take strong measures, the third wave may not happen in all places or indeed anywhere at all. It depends on much how effectively guidance is implemented at the local level in the states, districts and cities everywhere. Watch the full video for more details.

Covid: Doctors bust myths on prevention, medicines amid 3rd wave warning

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India is in the midst of a second wave of the Covid pandemic and many experts have already warned of an imminent third wave. So how could the third wave be different from the first two? What can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones from the imminent third wave of the Covid pandemic? Dr. Rommel Tickoo, Director (Internal Medicine) at Max Healthcare & Dr. Ambarish Satwik, vascular and endovascular surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital answer all your questions in the latest edition of In Focus.

How Covid affects patients with diabetes: Top doctors explain dos & don’ts

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Top doctors explain how Covid affects patients with diabetes. Dr Naval K Vikram of AIIMS explains the dos and don’ts for diabetic patients. Doctor also explains the use of steroids in some Covid cases. This comes at a time when vaccination in the country has been opened for 18-44 years of age. Watch the full video for more details.

'Don't panic': Top doctor says second jab acting more like booster dose

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Top doctors explain what one should do after taking the first vaccine dose. Dr Jagadish Hiremath of Ace Healthcare asked people not to panic while waiting for their second vaccine dose. This comes at a time when vaccination in the country has been opened for 18-44 years of age. Watch the full video for more details.

Watch: Cops raid Khan Chacha restaurant, 96 oxygen concentrators seized

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Delhi police raided a restaurant in Delhi’s Khan Market area and seized over 95 oxygen concentrators from a restaurant. Cops seized 96 oxygen concentrators from Khan Chacha restaurant in Khan Market. A video of the raid was released where oxygen concentrators can be seen in boxes inside the restaurant. This comes when Delhi is facing acute shortage of oxygen amid the ongoing Covid wave. Watch the full video for more details.

Watch: ITBP IG takes stock of arrangements at Delhi's Sardar Patel Covid centre

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ITBP IG, Anand Swaroop visited Delhi's Sardar Patel Covid care centre on Friday. Swaroop reviewed ground arrangements at the covid centre in Chhatarpur. Senior ITBP officials regularly visit the centre to meet patients, take stock of arrangements. The IG visited the facility for the fourth time in the past 6 days to see the patients. At present, Sardar Patel CCC is managing over 400 Covid patients on oxygen support. The covid facility was jointly established by Delhi govt and ITBP on April 26, 2021. Last year too, during the first wave, the facility was set up to serve Covid patients. Oxygen supply at the centre has been normalised and there's no lack of oxygen for patients. The centre provides medical treatment, medicines, food, etc to patients free of cost. Services inside the centre are managed by doctors, ITBP medical staff and NGO volunteers.

Covid side-effects more severe in cancer patients? Top oncologist answers

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As the second wave of Covid wreaks havoc across the country, top oncologist Dr. Nitesh Rohatgi spoke on the impact of the infection on cancer patients. He said that cancer patients are at higher risk of the bad effects of Covid infection. Speaking on the post-Covid management of a cancer patient, DR. Rohatgi said that majority of the patients have recovered well but have complained of severe fatigue syndrome, sudden dizziness and dehydration. Watch the full video for all the details.

Watch: Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli start fundraiser for Covid relief, share video

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Actor Anushka Sharma & her cricketer husband Virat Kohli have shared a video on Instagram. The couple have started a fundraiser together, to raise money for Covid-19 relief in India. “Hi guys, things have been very tough for India as we fight the pandemic and it really pains us to see our country suffer like this. We are grateful to all the people who have been fighting the pandemic day in and day out for us. Their dedication is appreciable. Now, they need our support and we need to stand by them. So, Anushka and I have started a fund raiser at Keto to raise funds for Covid-19 relief. We request you all to join this initiative and donate. Every little bit makes a difference. To our family, friends and fans, this is the time to stand together and move ahead. We will overcome this crisis together. We will also emerge victorious if we fight this battle together. Stay safe, Jai Hind,” Anushka and Virat said. The couple is aiming to raise ₹7 crore, they have also donated ₹2 crore to the cause. Actor Priyanka Chopra & her singer husband Nick Jonas also started a fundraiser last week. Priyanka & Nick have collected ₹6.6 crore as Covid relief for India so far. Other actors including Sonu Sood, Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone are also doing their bit.

Watch: Hemant Soren’s ‘Kaam ki Baat’ jibe at PM Modi; BJP leaders lash out

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Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren is facing backlash from the BJP after he mocked the Prime Minister with ‘Kaam Ki Baat’ jibe. After PM Modi’s phone-call with him on the Covid situation in his state, Soren tweeted that PM Modi did his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ but not ‘Kaam Ki Baat’. BJP leaders lashed out at the Jharkhand Chief Minister accusing him of lowering the dignity of the office of the Chief Minister. BJP leader Babulal Marandi said that Soren is a failed CM and added that he should wake up and work for the state. Watch the full video for all the details.

Meet wildlife conservationist Krithi Karanth

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Krithi Karanth, director and chief conservation scientist at the non-profit organisation Centre for Wildlife Studies in Bengaluru, has been working in the field for 23 years. Her work focuses on keeping the peace between the wildlife in India’s shrinking reserves and populations whose lives and livelihoods are affected by their proximity to these reserves. The Wild Seve programme she launched in 2015 helps people file for compensation from the government for damage done by wildlife. The Wild Shaale programme launched in 2018 aims to get children excited about and to empathise with wildlife. Karanth, 42, recently won the Wild Innovator Award, a $100,000 prize given out by the US-based Wild Elements Foundation. In its inaugural year, the award was handed out to 10 women worldwide. Karanth was the only Asian.

Watch: IAF airlifts oxygen containers from Singapore & Bangkok amid Covid crisis

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Indian Air Force continues to work on overdrive to fulfill India’s oxygen requirement. The Indian Air Force airlifted 3 cryogenic oxygen containers from Singapore and 4 cryogenic oxygen containers from Bangkok to Panagarh Air base in West Bengal. The aircraft is also carrying 30 concentrators donated by the India-Thai Chamber of Commerce. Several hospitals in India have been struggling with shortage of oxygen as the Covid pandemic wreaks havoc in the nation. Watch the full video for all the details.

Watch: DMK president MK Stalin sworn in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

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DMK president MK Stalin was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on Friday. Governor Banwarilal Purohit administered oath to 68-year old Stalin at Raj Bhavan in Chennai. Along with the DMK chief, 33 other ministers from his party also took the oath. The names include 19 former ministers & 15 new faces excluding Stalin's son Udhayanidhi. AIADMK's O Panneerselvam, Congress' P Chidambaram, MDMK chief Vaiko attended ceremony. The ceremony witnessed adherence to Covid-19 guidelines including wearing masks. DMK had fought the elections with its allies & got an absolute majority on its own.

Switzerland, Netherlands send oxygen concentrators, other medical supplies to India

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Switzerland sent medical supplies, including oxygen concentrators and respirators to India. A cargo aircraft carrying over 13 tonnes of medical supplies left Zurich for New Delhi. The supplies worth CHF 3 million (over Rs 24 crore) arrived at Delhi airport on Friday. The consignment comprises as many as 600 oxygen concentrators & 50 respirators. The medical supplies provided by Switzerland will be received by Indian Red Cross. Supplies will then be distributed to hospitals by the Health Ministry which is coordinating aid. Meanwhile, the first shipment from the Netherlands also arrived at Delhi airport on Friday. Aid contained 449 ventilators, 100 oxygen concentrators & other medical supplies. MEA informed that remaining medical equipment would be shipped over the coming days. India is currently dealing with a devastating second wave of Covid-19 pandemic. Several countries have come forward & an international aid operation has been launched to help India fight the coronavirus crisis.

4-year-old boy falls into 90-ft deep borewell in Rajasthan, rescue ops underway

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A four-year-old boy fell into a nearly 90-foot-deep open borewell in Rajasthan. The incident took place in a village in the state's Jalore district on Thursday. Police said the child, identified as Anil Dewasi, is alive and rescue efforts are underway. Police said rescue was delayed due to absence of required expertise for the operation. Operation began after teams of NDRF and SDRF reached the spot in Lachhri village. Police said a camera lowered into the borewell located the boy at a depth of 90 feet. Oxygen was pumped into the borewell and food was also dropped inside for the child. As per police, borewell was dug two days back in a farm owned by the child's father.

Covid crisis: 3 held for black-marketing of oxygen flow meters in Ghaziabad

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Yet another black marketing attempt came to light in Ghaziabad amid Covid crisis. Police said three men were arrested for alleged black-marketing of oxygen flow meters. Acting on tip-off, personnel from Ghantaghar Kotwali Police Station nabbed the trio. “Three men arrested for alleged black-marketing of oxygen flow meters. Eight flow meters, cash worth Rs 1 lakh & a car were seized from them,” a police official said. Police added that Salman, Imran & Javed - all residents of Delhi - were selling a meter for Rs 15-20,000.

‘CT-Scans have much less radiation…’: Top doctors explain relevance in Covid

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Top Doctors Dr MS Kanwar (Apollo Hospital) and Dr Amit Thadani (Niramaya Hospital) explain the merits of CT-Scans for Covid-19 positive patients in this latest edition of InFocus.. Earlier on Tuesday, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had issued a new Covid-19 testing advisory that recommends using more rapid antigen tests. This came in the wake of the massive surge in cases that has put huge pressure on India’s healthcare system. ICMR has also suggested reducing RT-PCR tests to take the load off the existing laboratories. Watch the full video for more details.

CT-Scans vs. RT-PCR vs. Rapid Antigen: Which test to go for and when

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Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) issued a new Covid-19 testing advisory on Tuesday that recommends using more rapid antigen tests in the wake of the massive surge in cases that has put huge pressure on India’s healthcare system. ICMR has also suggested reducing RT-PCR tests to take the load off the existing laboratories. CT-Scans vs. RT-PCR vs. Rapid Antigen: Which test to do and when. Top Doctors Dr MS Kanwar (Apollo Hospital) & Dr Amit Thadani (Niramaya Hospital), join us to address your queries at 6pm. Do start sending in your questions.

‘Close down everything’: Madhya Pradesh govt extends ‘Janta curfew’ till May 15

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Terming coronavirus as a big health crisis before humanity, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday said the only way to break the chain of transmission and contain COVID-19 cases is for people to "close down everything" till May 15. Chouhan also announced providing free treatment for COVID-19 for patients from poor financial background, common citizens and middle class population in Madhya Pradesh, an official of the state's public relations department said. Watch the full video for more details.

‘If minister is not safe…’: Javadekar condemns attack on Muraleedharan in Bengal

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Union Minister Prakash Javadekar slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over violence in the state. Javadekar slammed TMC over the attack on Union Minister V Muraleedharan. Earlier in the day, the minister’s convoy was attacked. Muraleedharan alleged that his convoy was “attacked by TMC goons”. Slamming Mamata over the violence, Javadekar alleged that the attack is a “conspiracy by Mamata Banerjee against BJP supporters”. Watch the full video for more details.

‘3 CT scans = Hiroshima bomb radiation’: Top doctor warns of overuse amid Covid

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AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria had warned against CT scans in mild Covid cases linking its radiation to cancer risk. Backing Dr Guleria, Dr Naval Vikram, Dept of Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi and Dr Jagadish Hiremath, Founder, ACE Healthcare also cautioned against the overuse of CT scans. They pointed out its harmful effects and urged everyone to be very careful. Watch the full video for more.

‘If Delhi gets 700 MT oxygen daily…’: Kejriwal on deaths due to oxygen shortage

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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal thanked the Centre on Thursday for supplying Delhi with 730 metric tonnes of oxygen and requested hospitals to increase COVID beds that they had to cut down due to shortage of the life-saving gas in the past few days. If 700 MT of daily oxygen supply is ensured by the Centre, Delhi government can set up around 9,000-9,500 more oxygen beds, he said. Kejriwal said Delhi received 730 MT of oxygen on Wednesday and the city would require daily supply of 700 MT till the second coronavirus wave lasts. He urged hospitals that were forced to cut down number of oxygen beds due to shortage of the gas in recent days, to increase it now to previous level. Watch the full video for more details.

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