YK MYK BENGAL POLL CAMPAIGN ISSUES SHOW STATE IS NOT UNIQUE ADITI RAO HYDARI: I AM DYING TO GO BACK TO THEATRES OPINION SCREEN & CINEMA Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI MONDAY, 19 APRIL, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—342 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) WEATHER TODAY AFTER CBSE, JEE EXAMS POSTPONED DUE TO COVID SURGE MAX 36 C MIN 21 C Sky will be clear. Railways is getting fully ready to transport Liquid Medical Oxygen & oxygen cylinders across key corridors. ANI AT A GLANCE India records highest single-day rise of 2,61,500 cases, 1,501 deaths VACCINATION KEY TO FIGHT COVID, MANMOHAN TO MODI NEW DELHI: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, putting forward five suggestions to the government including ramping up the vaccination program and giving approval to the vaccines cleared by European agencies or USFDA. PG 7 FUTURE RETAIL BOARD, LENDERS APPROVE DEBT RESTRUCTURING PLAN MUMBAI: The board of Future Retail along and its lenders have approved a resolution plan to restructure the existing secured financial debt from the banks under the resolution framework for Covid-19 related stress. In a regulatory filing, the company said that the board approved the plan in its meeting on Saturday. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,48,77,438 TOTAL DEATH: 1,77,491 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 141,431,385 TOTAL DEATH: 3,026,506 Ranchi’s Main Road witnessed lower footfalls than usual as most of the people remained confined to their homes on Sunday. Hemant Sutradhar CM announces closure of all Edu centres in State NUMBER OF PERSONS ALLOWED IN MARRIAGE CEREMONY FIXED AT 50 SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Sunday announced that all educational institutions shall remain closed due to the acute health situation arising out of Covid. Notably, a day after holding all-party meeting the CM held discussion with alliance partners of mahagathbandhan on the prevailing conditions. The CM said that all schools, colleges, ITI institutions, coaching institutions, training institutes and Anganwadi centres would remain closed. He further stated that all examinations, including competitive and entrance exami- nations, would be prohibited in the state. The CM said that number of persons allowed in a marriage ceremony, which was earlier fixed at 200, has been reduced to 50. The CM said that based on consultation with the opposi- tion and the ruling parties several decisions have been taken at the initial stages. He informed that the government would review the situations whenever need arises, adding the regular monthly meeting would also be held in this regard. The CM observed that every citizen is now aware of the severity of Covid in the state. He said the state government was trying its best to strengthen the health care system with its limited resources. Efforts to increase the number of oxygen attached beds is going on, Soren stated, adding that the number of beds at all the medical college and hospitals of the state has Night curfew in Bihar from Sunday night, says Nitish PATNA: Amid the worsening Covid situation, the Bihar government has decided to impose night curfew from Sunday (April 18) across the state to break the chain of infection. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took the decision after meeting officials of the crisis management group. He had earlier participated in an allparty meeting under the chairmanship of Governor Phagu Chauhan on Saturday. "As per the decision of the crisis management group, we have imposed night curfew in the state. Besides, all educational institutions will remain closed till May 15. We have directed top officials of the district to implement the restrictions and take strongest possible action against the violators," he said. Nitish Kumar, however, said that competitive exami- nations such as the BPSC, the SSC and technical selection commission examination will be completed on scheduled time. The night curfew starts from 9 p.m. and ends at 5 a.m. Marriages, cremation, burial and travelling are exempted, but for cremation/burial, only 25 persons are allowed and for marriages, 100 persons. The Chief Minister also announced that cinema halls, theatres, malls, gyms, swimming pool, parks, restaurant and eateries will stay closed till May 15. Restaurants and eateries can only provide home delivery. been increased. He said it is uncertain for how long the current surge in cases will continue but the government has taken several decisions to break the chain of spreading. The CM also appealed to people to take the current situation seriously, adding all age groups including children, adults and old aged persons are getting infected. He asked the youths not to roam around in city without purpose. He said that one should always think that the person he or she is meeting is positive and take the precautions accordingly. He said that one can protect his or her family only by remaining safe. NEW DELHI: A record singleday rise of 2,61,500 coronavirus infections has taken India's total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,47,88,109, while active cases have surpassed the 18-lakh mark, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday The death toll increased to 1,77,150 with a record 1,501 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed Registering a steady increase for the 39th day in a row, the active cases stand at 18,01,316, comprising 12.18?per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 86.62 per cent, the ministry said The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,28,09,643, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.20 per cent, the data stated India's COVID-19 tally had crossed 20 lakh on August 7,?30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and?50 lakh on September 16 It went past 60 lakh on September 28,?70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29,?90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19 RLYS TO CREATE GREEN CORRIDOR FOR FAST MOVEMENT OF OXYGEN NEW DELHI: Amid demand of oxygen across the country after Covid surge, the railways is getting fully ready to transport Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) and Oxygen Cylinders from one place to another. The railways has geared up to run oxygen Express trains through green corridor for fast movement of LMO as availability of oxygen is key in the treatment of certain medical conditions due to Covid infection. Ministry of Railways said that some state govts had approached it to explore whether LMO tankers could be moved by the railways. PAGE 7 According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 26,65,38,416 samples have been tested up to April 17?with?15,66,394?samples being tested on Saturday. NEW DELHI: After postponing the CBSE board examinations, the Union Education Ministry has decided to postpone the Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE) in India and abroad. Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has asked the National Testing Agency (NTA) not to conduct the JEE Mains examination in view of the rising Covid cases. The JEE Mains examination was scheduled to be held on April 27, 28 and 30 this year. According to the Education Ministry, the students will be informed about the next date of examinations 15 days in advance. On the entrance test, Nishank said, "JEE (Main) 2021 April session date will be announced later. It will be announced at least 15 days before the exam and all students will be informed about it." The Union Education Minister said, "In view of the Covid surge, I have advised the NTA to postpone the examination for the JEE (Main) April 2021 session. I would like to reiterate that the safety of our students and their academic career is my major concern right now." The results of the JEE Main Exam Season 2, which was held in March this year, have been declared. The entrance exams were also conducted for the first time in foreign cities like Kuala Lumpur and Lagos. These exams were conducted in 12 foreign cities. RAM NAVMI CELEBRATIONS IN AYODHYA SCRAPPED ‘India to become top EV producer in due course’ AYODHYA: The Ayodhya administration has decided to call off the 'Ram Navmi Mela' on April 21, which attracts a huge gathering of pilgrims on the last day of Navratri. Ayodhya's borders will be sealed and nobody, including seers from Haridwar Kumbh, will be allowed entry. Hundreds of seers were scheduled to come to Ayodhya to offer prayers at Ram Janmabhoomi temple on Ram Navmi. Devotees will celebrate Ram Navmi at home. PAGE 7 NEW DELHI: Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday said that India will become the top electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing hub in due course of time. In his address at Amazon's Smbhav Summit 2021, the minister said that lithium-ion batteries will be fully manufactured in the country in the next six months. "India is moving ahead towards making electric vehicles. In due course of time, we will be the number one electric vehicle maker in the world," Gadkari said. Noting that India has got tremendous capability for making green power, he said that: "We are power surplus... This is time for Indian economy to use electric as power." Gadkari flagged off a fleet of electric vehicles of Amazon India virtually. In a statement, Amazon India said that with the latest development, it reaffirmed its commitment towards the electrification of its last mile delivery fleet to reduce its dependence on non-renewable resources. Amazon India recently announced that it is working with Mahindra Electric to add more electric vehicles (EV) in its delivery fleet. American export controls risk Indian vaccine production NEW DELHI: Production lines in India, making at least 160 million doses of Covid vaccine a month, will come to a halt in the coming weeks unless America supplies 37 critical items, The Economist reported. A report in The Economist said last week, the billionth dose of Covid-19 vaccine was produced. It is a sign of how greatly manufacturing capacity has expanded over the past six months that the next billion doses could be produced by May 27th, according to Airfinity, an analytics firm. "Yet this ambition is at risk from American export controls on raw materials and equipment. Production lines in India, making at least 160 million doses of Covid vaccine a month, will come to a halt in the coming weeks unless America supplies 37 critical items," the report said. Earlier, the world's largest vaccine maker, Serum Institute of India's (SII) Chief Executive Adar Poonawalla on Friday appealed to US President Joe Biden to lift the US embargo on exporting raw materials for Covid-19 vaccine production. SII is manufacturing Covishield, developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. The vaccine is not only being used in India but also exported to a number of countries. Tagging the Twitter handle of the President of the United States, Poonawalla wrote, "Respected @POTUS, if we are to truly unite in beating this virus, on behalf of the vaccine industry outside the US, I humbly request you to lift the embargo of raw material exports out of the US so that vaccine production can ramp up." With the number of new Covid-19 cases nearly doubling over the past two months, approaching the highest infection rate the world has seen during the pandemic, the unequal distribution of vaccines is not only a moral outrage, but economically and epidemiologically self-defeating, the head of the UN health agency told a special ministerial meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Friday. "Vaccine equity is the challenge of our time," World Health Organisation (WHO) DirectorGeneral Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the gathering in his opening remarks. "And we are failing." Driving that point home, he said that of the 832 million vaccine doses administered, 82 per cent have gone to high or upper middle-income countries, while only 0.2 per cent have been sent to their low-income peers. In high-income countries alone, one in four people have received a vaccine, a ratio that drops precipitously to 1 in 500 in poorer countries. Rapidly spreading variants, the inconsistent use and premature easing of public health measures, fatigue with social restrictions and the "dramatic" inequity in vaccine coverage; all have led to an alarming spike in new cases and deaths, he said. The WHO chief called on countries with enough vaccines to cover their populations "many times over" to make immediate donations to COVAX. In March, the WHO called on all countries to drop restrictions on the export of vaccines and vital components, as a rush for Covid-19 jabs puts pressure on global supply, Irish Times reported. Several countries around the world have imposed bans or restrictions on exports of doses and key vaccine ingredients amid a scramble for stock, causing logjams in complex international pharmaceutical supply chains that could slow progress to end the pandemic, the global health body warned, as per the report. "Some countries have imposed legal restrictions on the export of critical supplies. This is putting lives at risk around the world. We call on all countries not to stockpile supplies that are needed urgently to ramp up production of vaccines," the WHO chief said.