Friday, 14 May, 2021

Judiciary

File photo of Bombay High Court | Commons

Bombay HC suggests appointing nodal officers for celebrities helping people get Covid drugs

Maharashtra had appointed nodal officers to keep an account of the procurement & distribution of Remdesivir and other drugs in state-run, municipal and private hospitals & centres.

Delhi will need more oxygen, AAP govt tells SC why requirement shot up 38% to 976 MT a day

In affidavit, Delhi has said it is preparing to increase non-ICU beds with oxygen by 15,000 & ICU beds by 1,200, and so its oxygen requirement will rise from 707 MT to 976 MT.

HC questions inadequate aid for kin of polling officers who died of Covid after UP poll duty

Hearing a PIL on spread of Covid in UP, two-judge HC bench said state EC and govt must rethink amount of compensation and come back to court on next hearing.

SC to hear Centre’s plea on widening Chardham highway that leads to China border on Friday

The strategic 900-km Chardham highway project aims to provide all-weather connectivity to the four holy towns of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, in Uttarakhand.

Plea against Central Vista construction another attempt to stall project: Centre to Delhi HC

In the affidavit filed on 10 May, Modi govt has said that DDMA has permitted construction activities, during the prevailing curfew, where the labourers are residing on-site.
Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Invoking Patents Act for production of Covid vaccines, drugs can have consequences: Govt to SC

The Centre says it would be counter-productive to invoke the Patents Act now, especially when it was engaged at diplomatic levels to procure Covid vaccines and medicines.
A Covid patient at Shehnai Banquet Hall, temporarily converted into an isolation ward, near Lok Nayak Hospital in New Delhi | Photo: PTI

HC issues notice to Delhi govt on order reserving hotels linked to hospitals for govt officials

The Delhi High Court will hear a petition against the Arvind Kejriwal govt, filed by Dr Kaushal Kant Mishra, an orthopaedic surgeon with Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, on 14 July. 

HC asks Centre, Delhi govt to prevent hoarding of medicines, equipment for Covid treatment

The bench was hearing a PIL seeking directions to declare medicines and medical equipment meant for Covid treatment as essential commodities under the Essential Commodities Act.

Pinjra Tod activist Natasha Narwal gets 3-week bail to perform last rites of father

The Delhi High Court granted the relief as her brother is also infected with Covid and the state did not oppose the plea moved by her through an advocate.
Beneficiaries above 18 years old wait for their turn to get the Covid-19 vaccine, at Radha Swami Satsang vaccination centre in New Delhi on 6 May 2021 | ANI

‘Overzealous’ intervention may have consequences — Centre tells SC on vaccination strategy

The Centre also said that vaccinating the entire country is not possible in one stretch due to the suddenness of the pandemic, limited availability of doses & vulnerability.

On Camera

Workers unloading boxes of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin in Uttar Pradesh's capital Lucknow Sunday | Photo: ANI

Covid vaccine patents can be waived without hurting firms like Bharat Biotech. Here’s how

It is time countries acted with a humanitarian approach at WTO and relaxed IPR provisions for Covid-19 vaccines. And it can be done without disincentivising R&D efforts.
A volunteer shows an oxygen concentrator machine at Guru Tegh Bahadur Covid Care Centre at the Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in New Delhi, on 10 May 2021 | PTI

Commerce ministry exempts public procurement of Covid supplies from Make in India preference

The order issued by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade said the exemption shall be applicable till 30 September.

Defence

Representational image for the National Investigation Agency | Twitter

NIA arrests People’s Liberation Army leader for killing Assam Rifles official in Manipur

Mayanglambam Siromani, 32, was arrested for alleged involvement in an ambush on a road-opening party of 4th Assam Rifles in Manipur's Chandel on 15 November 2017.
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.