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Need large scale, high-speed concrete action to combat climate change, says PM Modi

Addressing a virtual climate summit of 40 global leaders, PM Modi said he and President Biden are launching the 'India-US climate and clean energy Agenda 2030 partnership'.
File photo of farmer leader Dr Darshan Pal (centre) | ANI

Farmers at Delhi-Haryana border won’t get Covid tested, say vaccine shouldn’t be a compulsion

Agitating farmer union leaders say those at the protest site are free to decide if they want to be tested for Covid or receive the vaccine, agree to 'passively' support govt efforts.
A United Arab Emirates Aircraft | Bloomberg

UAE bans travel from India for 10 days from 25 April as Covid cases continue to climb

Passengers who have transited through India in the last 14 days will not be permitted to board from any other point to the UAE.
Representational image of a healthcare worker handling an oxygen cylinder | Photo: ThePrint

Oxygen tankers unable to reach hospitals in Delhi, Sisodia tells Harsh Vardhan

Police and senior officials of the administration in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana are stalling tankers carrying oxygen, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.
A view of deserted Marine Drive after curfew-like restrictions were imposed across Maharashtra, in Mumbai on 20 April.| Photo: ANI

‘Lockdown’ Maharashtra could have stricter curbs as state struggles to ramp up vaccinations

The Uddhav Thackeray government has already tightened restrictions on movement of people in Maharashtra from 8 pm Thursday, including on inter- and intra-district travel.
File photo of Mithilesh Kumar Tiwari | Facebook

Bihar BJP VP’s tweet on Yechury son’s death from Covid angers many, Omar Abdullah calls him out

Former BJP MLA Mithilesh Kumar Tiwari deleted the offensive tweet after a severe backlash.
File photo of devotees on the Amarnath Yatra | PTI

Registration of Amarnath yatra temporarily suspended due to Covid

The 56-day yatra to the 3,880-metre-high shrine is scheduled to start from the twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal on 28 June and culminate on 22 August.
Workers load empty cylinders of medical oxygen in New Delhi, 21 April 2021 | PTI Photo

Centre directs states to ensure uninterrupted supply, transport of oxygen

The directive under the stringent Disaster Management Act 2005, comes in the wake of reports that some states blocked supply of medical oxygen to other states.

West Bengal sees 57.03% voter turnout, sporadic violence in sixth phase of polls

Long queues were seen outside most polling booths with security personnel asking everyone to adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols amid the surge in cases, an EC official said.
Patient wearing oxygen masks inside the ambulance | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Over 2,500 ambulance calls daily from Covid patients in Delhi for past 1 week: Official data

The cumulative figure of 17,924 calls in the past one week don't include the ones made by patients to private ambulances.

On Camera

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during an election campaign rally at Joynagar in South 24 Parganas district on 1 April 2021 | PTI

Modi owns India’s unfolding Covid disaster

India's Covid tragedy was avoidable, and is largely the fault of a boastful, incompetent government. Yet, Modi may suffer few political consequences for his devastating missteps.

India’s ‘casino’ type midcap rally could take a break, large stocks found safer amid Covid

Investors say they are avoiding midcaps based on global economic cues, valuations. While Sensex flirts with technical correction, expensive smaller stocks could have more to lose.

Defence

Medics from armed forces at the Base Hospital in Delhi gets the Covid vaccination | Source: Army

Army, Navy, IAF, Coast Guard & BRO to complete 100% vaccination for personnel soon

Around 18% of all Army personnel, 10% of Air Force and 30% Navy personnel are left to receive the second Covid vaccine dose. Defence forces have so far seen 44,000 Covid cases.
Illustration by Soham Sen

There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture

Between premature victory mood that allowed Kumbh & elections, and lack of urgency on vaccines, Modi govt has walked into its biggest crisis. The way out needs realism, humility and one ‘Ram baan’ weapon.