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A health worker wearing PPE, attends to Covid-19 patients at a new 100 beds ICU COVID Ward with Oxygen and Ventilator facilities in Hyderabad on April 27, 2021 | PTI

Modi govt expects second Covid wave surge to come down ‘sharply’ by July

International experience is that during the second wave numbers go up sharply but come down even faster, says NITI Aayog’s V.K. Paul.

Madhya Pradesh BJP suspends 6, gives notice to ex-minister over ‘anti-party activities’

The BJP faced defeat in Damoh Assembly bypoll. The Congress retained the seat with candidate Ajay Tandon who beat BJP rival Rahul Singh Lodhi by a margin of 17,097 votes.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan | Photo: ANI

BJP leaders are upset with Shivraj’s Covid management, say virtual meetings are ‘tamasha’

BJP members say statements by leaders claiming everything is fine are ‘a joke’, flag gaps in Madhya Pradesh's healthcare infrastructure, want complete lockdown.
File image of Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan | Facebook

After Odisha and Bihar, MP declares journalists as ‘frontline workers’

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the journalists were risking their lives while doing their duty during this 'dangerous period of covid pandemic'.
Shivraj Singh Chauhan

Vaccination for 18-44 age group will not begin from 1 May in MP due to shortage, says CM

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Thursday said the manufacturers can not supply enough vaccine doses in time, but vaccination of people above 45 will continue.
At the Inox plant in the Mohasa-Babai Industrial area near Hoshangabad district. | Photo: Revathi Krishnan/ThePrint

First MP oxygen plant should’ve been up by now. But it’s just a heap of sand and stones

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan laid the foundation stone for Inox’s Rs 150 crore private oxygen plant in October 2020, with a promise to make it operational in 6 months.

Maheshwar saree looms go silent again, just as they were recovering from 2020

Business in temple town Maheshwar had only picked up in October last year, but with the resurgence in Covid cases, orders dried up once again. 
The Covid care centre at Bagli government hospital | Photo: Revathi Krishnan | ThePrint

ASHA workers battle tribals’ suspicion for Covid vaccine in MP

In the villages of Udainagar and Punjapura in MP's Bagli district, several tribals have resolved to not get vaccinated. They fear fevers, infection and 'possible death'.
Health Minister Prabhuram Choudhary during his campaigning in Damoh | Twitter/@DrPRChoudhary

The curious case of MP health minister who went missing for a month amid Covid spike

For a month, right up until second week of April, MP Health Minister Prabhuram Choudhary, a doctor by profession, skipped Covid meetings and was missing from capital Bhopal. 
People await vaccination outside the immunisation centre at Bhopal’s Jai Prakash District Hospital. The number of people turning up at vaccination centres in MP is believed to have fallen sharply | Representational image | Revathi Krishnan | ThePrint

Not vaccine hesitancy, here’s what is keeping MP residents away from vaccination centres

Madhya Pradesh is among 8 eight states that account for almost 60% of the total Covid-19 vaccines administered so far. But now an imbalance appears to have emerged.

On Camera

People sit at outdoor dining tables set up outside a restaurant at Covent Garden in London, on 11 May 2021

Why the Covid variant from India won’t halt UK’s reopening plans, at least not yet

The variant from India is now evident in most regions of the UK & it is likely to spread further. Yet there are reasons to be hopeful that this time will be different.
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.