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Some of the oxygen concentrators seized from Nege Ju and the farmhouse | By special arrangement

Police raid top Delhi restaurants Khan Chacha, Town Hall & Nege Ju, bust O2 concentrator racket

Delhi Police also raided a farmhouse from where 387 oxygen concentrators were seized. From Nege Ju Restaurant and Bar, 32 were seized, 9 from Town Hall in Khan Market, and 96 from Khan Chacha.
MP Tejasvi Surya at a press conference at BJP HQ, in New Delhi in November 2020 | ANI

Did Tejasvi Surya apologise for ‘communal’ remark? His office says no, BBMP staff say yes

BJP's Tejasvi Surya sparked a row earlier this week when he singled out 17 Muslim staff members at a Bengaluru Covid war room and alleged they were running a bed-blocking scam.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2021 | Twitter @BJP4India

PM Modi speaks to Manipur, Sikkim, Tripura CMs on Covid situation in respective states

Modi's interaction with chief ministers is part of his exercise to deal with India's pandemic situation. He had Thursday spoken to CMs of 4 states and L-Gs of 2 Union Territories.

Your govt’s Covid failures have made another lockdown inevitable, Rahul Gandhi tells Modi

In his letter to PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi said the human cost of allowing Covid to continue unimpeded will result in more tragic consequences than any economic calculations.

Mehbooba Mufti appeals to PM Modi to release all political detainees as Covid crisis worsens

The PDP chief said worrying reports about prisoners dying due to Covid and subsequent lack of medical attention have been trickling in.
Maj Gen (retd) G.D. Bakshi | ANI

‘I am alive, please don’t panic’: Maj Gen GD Bakshi dispels death rumours

Major Gen G.D. Bakshi tweeted that he had been flooded by panicked friends and well-wishers who had heard rumours of his death.

EC’s panel counsel in Supreme Court steps down, says values incompatible with poll body

In a letter announcing his resignation, Advocate Mohit D. Ram wrote that while it was an honour to serve the EC, the current functioning of the poll body was not in consonance with his values.
Representational image of Alphonso mangoes | Commons

No juice in alphonso again, 50% price fall makes second wave worse for Maharashtra farmers

Mango farmers say they are not only dealing with a crash in domestic demand, but exports have taken a sharp dip in face of flight restrictions. Grape farmers are looking at raisins for relief.
Indian Army has mobilised two Field Hospitals from North-East by air to Patna to assist the Bihar government in fighting the recent surge of Covid cases | Twitter/@adgpi

Army mobilises two field hospitals to assist Bihar govt in fighting rising Covid cases

Medical officers and other support staff of the two hospitals will be utilised to set up a 500-bed facility with 100 ICU beds at Patna, military officials said.

Air ambulance loses wheel during takeoff from Nagpur, safely belly-lands at Mumbai airport

It safely belly-landed on a foam carpet which was created on the runway by spreading foam using fire extinguishers so that the plane doesn't catch fire during emergency landing.

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Pandemic can’t be allowed to devastate nations because of sophisticated, one-sided WTO rules

For President Joe Biden to take a stand against pharmaceutical companies is no small matter. His presidential campaign was the near sole beneficiary of pharma largesse in 2020.
Health department officials at Majhgaon village in Chhattisgarh’s Bemetara district | By special arrangement

‘Worrying signs’: Covid hits rural India hard, it now has nearly half of all new cases

The total number of daily cases being reported across India is nearly 300 per cent higher as compared to last year, meaning they will exert pressure on rural health infrastructure.

Defence

A file photo of a Covid ward set up at an Army hospital, in Prayagraj. | Photo: ANI

Armed forces plan to hire 400 retired military doctors to assist in fight against Covid

The forces are looking to hire, on a contractual basis for about a year, medical officers who retired in the last four to five years.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Modi govt is in denial & India is back to being a flailing state

Modi government didn’t strengthen the foundations of basic governance in the last 7 years. Now, the PM has retreated and ministers are failing, adding to the Covid disaster.