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

Army sets up Covid management cell to assist civil authorities amid rising infections

Officials said the cell will bring in efficiency in coordinating the Army's response to call for help from state governments as well as authorities in union territories.
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.
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.
Liquid Oxygen containers being loaded by Indian Air Force aircraft at Changi Airport in Singapore on 24 April 2021 | Photo: Twitter/@PIBHomeAffairs

Armed forces can turn Delhi’s Covid situation around in 48 hours. Time to call them in

The full potential of the armed forces is not being utilised. They are not in the decision-making loop and military representatives have not been consulted.
Representational image of a healthcare worker handling an oxygen cylinder | Photo: ThePrint

Delhi govt reduces Base Hospital’s oxygen allocation, Army says no need to panic

Due to shortage, less than 1 MT oxygen could be allocated to Base Hospital in Delhi Monday. Army has requested MoD for additional allocation & is also making arrangements on its own.
Armed forces doctors arrive in Lucknow Monday | Twitter/@suryacommand

States seek Army help to fight Covid but ‘overstretched’ forces have limited doctors to spare

Latest demand has come from Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia who Monday wrote to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh calling for the Army to set up 11,000 beds in the national capital. 
T-90 tanks at Republic Day parade | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Light tanks served well in ’62. But Ladakh needs a Stryker-like multipurpose combat platform

The production of Make in India light tanks is likely to have a gestation period of 3-5 years, the same amount of time needed to make a combat platform at home.
Army Chief Gen MM Naravane reaches Ladakh on 27 April, 2021 | Twitter

Army chief Naravane visits eastern Ladakh, Siachen, reviews operational preparedness

Gen Naravane was accompanied by Lt Gen Y.K. Joshi, Army Commander of the Northern Command, and Lt Gen P.G.K. Menon, General Officer Commanding of the Leh-based Fire and Fury Corps.
Doctors giving instructions to army medical personnel during their special duty for coronavirus cases, in Patiala, on 26 April 2021 | PTI Photo

Committed to giving care & treatment for Covid to veterans, says Indian Army

In a statement Tuesday, the army said that the base hospital at Delhi and service hospitals at all military stations are working tirelessly to accommodate maximum veterans.
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Oxygen crisis is about logistics. Bring in the Army to help in Delhi

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If OIC diplomats spoke to Imran Khan freely on blasphemy, here’s what they’d say: Hoodbhoy

PM Imran Khan asked OIC envoys to convince the West that blasphemy against the Prophet hurts the world’s Muslims. This failure is causing endless trouble in Pakistan.
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.

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Last rites being performed at the Brar Square Crematorium in the Delhi Cantonment | By special arrangement

These soldiers are serving 24×7 to cremate veterans, dependents succumbing to Covid

From 4 pyres at Delhi's Brar Square cremation ground, the infrastructure is being raised to deal with 20 bodies at a time due to the increased Covid toll.
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.