YK MYK PEOPLE’S EXPECTATIONS FROM CJI-DESIGNATE JUSTICE NV RAMANA TRAILER OF 'RADHE: YOUR MOST WANTED BHAI' LAUNCHED OPINION SCREEN & CINEMA Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI FRIDAY, 23 APRIL, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—346 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) Hemant Sutradhar WEATHER TODAY MAX 36 C MIN 21 C Sky will be partly cloudy. AT A GLANCE PHASE 3 COVID VACCINATION REGISTRATION TO START FROM APR 28 People carry the cutout of PM narendra Modi ahead of his election rally in Kolkata on Thursday. Need to work rapidly to increase production of oxygen, speed of distribution: PM Modi Black marketing of Policemen take out flag march on the Day 1 of week-long lockdown, in Ranchi on Thursday. NEW DELHI: The Union government on Thursday said that the registration for the third phase of Covid vaccination for everyone above 18 years of age will start on April 28. The registration will start on the CoWIN platform and Aarogya Setu App. There will be no walk-in allowed for beneficiaries in the third phase. AT LEAST 100 SIKH DEVOTEES RETURNING FROM PAK TEST POSITIVE CHANDIGARH: At least 100 Sikh devotees mainly from Punjab, who returned from Pakistan after visiting several shrines on the occasion of Baisakhi, on Thursday tested positive for coronavirus on their return to India through the Wagah border near Amritsar, officials said. MORE INSIDE NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting to review the oxygen supply across the country and discuss ways and means to boost its availability. He spoke about the need to work rapidly on multiple aspects - increasing production of oxygen, increasing the speed of distribution and using innovative ways to provide oxygen support to health facilities. The officials briefed the Prime Minister on the efforts undertaken in the last few weeks to improve the supply of oxygen. There has been an increase in demand of oxygen due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country in the second wave of pandemic. According to an official release, the Prime Minister was informed that an elaborate exercise is being done in co-ordination with the states to identify their demand for oxygen and ensure adequate supply accordingly. He was briefed on how oxygen supply to states is steadily increasing. Against the present demand from 20 states of 6,785 MT per day of Liquid Medical Oxygen, the Centre has allocated 6,822 MT/ day to these states from April 21. It was noted that in the last few days, availability of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) has been increased by about 3,300 MT per day with contributions from private and public steel plants, industries, oxygen manufacturers as well as through prohibition of supply of oxygen for non-essential industries. Officers informed the Prime Minister that they are working together with the states to operationalize the sanctioned PSA oxygen plants as soon as possible. PM Modi asked the officials to ensure that oxygen supply to various states happens in a smooth, unhindered manner. He spoke about the need to fix responsibility with the local administration in cases of obstruction. He also asked ministries to explore various innovative ways to increase production and supply of oxygen. The release said that various measures are being undertaken to rapidly increase the availability of cyrogenic tankers through conversion of nitrogen and argon tankers, import and airlifting of tankers as well as manufacturing them. MORE ON INSIDE PG medicines must stop: CM SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Thursday held a discussion with senior government doctors and representatives of private health centres on facing the challenges posed by the second Covid wave. The record increase in patients every day, shortage of oxygen supported beds, oxygen cylinders, ventilators and other medical facilities and management of patients with the limited resources were among the issues taken up in the meeting. The CM said that even as the cases are on the rise reports of black-marketing of Covid related and also general medicines are coming in. He said that the drug controller should ensure an adequate supply of Covid medicines, adding a weekly review of the stock should be done. The CM observed that private hospitals should avoid creating chaos related to medicines and instead make the people aware of the realities. He stated doctors should inform people that some of the medicines are not necessary for all Covid patients, adding advice on the right course of treat- ment must be given. He said people must be told that one could recover from Covid while remaining in isolation in homes. The CM said that Ranchi is registering the highest number of Covid cases in the state while people from other districts are also coming here for better treatment. Under the circumstances, the pressure on the government and private hospitals have increased, he stated. Soren said that though oxygen is available in adequate quantity there is a shortage of cylinders and refilling centres in the state, adding proper direction has been issued in this regard. The drug inspector informed CORONA West Bengal Phase-VI polls: M E T E R 79 pc voter turnout recorded INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,59,65,373 TOTAL DEATH: 1,84,804 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 144,611,669 TOTAL DEATH: 3,075,198 KOLKATA: West Bengal recorded an approximate voter turnout of 79.08 per cent till 6 pm across 43 constituencies in four districts during the sixth phase of the state assembly polls, according to the Election Commission (EC). Among the four districts, Nadia recorded the highest voter turnout of 82.70 per cent till 6 pm. Constituencywise, Tehatta in the Nadia district recorded the highest voting turnout of 84.84 per cent followed by Chapra with 84.71 per cent. Barrackpore constituency in North24 Parganas witnessed the lowest voter turnout with 67 per cent. Voting for the sixth phase of West Bengal assembly polls began at 7 am on Thursday amid tight security and will conclude at 6 pm. PM MODI TO NOW ADDRESS VIRTUAL RALLIES IN WB TODAY Security personnel stand guard as voters stand in a queue to cast their vote in Barrackpur on Thursday. As many as 306 candidates, including 27 women, are in the fray in this sixth phase of the state assembly polls. Over 1.03 crore voters, including 50.65 lakh women and 256 of the third gender, will be deciding the fate of these candidates across 14,480 polling stations in the sixth phase. NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually address the people of West Bengal on April 23 after cancelling his visit for reviewing the prevailing Covid situation, a BJP leader said. In a statement, West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said: "The Prime Minister has had to cancel his visit to Bengal on April 23, in which he was scheduled to address four rallies. that the centre has been intimated about the requirement of 17,000 oxygen cylinders in the state. The representatives offered several suggestions for controlling Covid spread. They said that infected persons must be kept in isolation centres to prevent Covid from spreading to his or her family members. The government should help the hospitals by increasing critical care beds. The state government should take immediate steps for increasing oxygen supported beds and ventilators. Small hospitals should be converted into Covid centres to decrease pressure on big hospitals. The participants asked the government to increase the manpower to face the situation while stating that many doctors and paramedical staff of private hospitals have left the job. Anjuman Islamia Hospital sought to post police at hospitals saying people create bedlam when they do not get a bed. Health Minister Banna Gupta, Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh, Development Commissioner Arun Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary to the CM Rajiv Arun Ekka and other senior officers were present on the occasion. MORE ON PG 3 SC takes Suo Motu cognizance of Covid situation, issues notice to Centre NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday took suo motu cognizance of the "alarming situation" in connection with various health emergencies including oxygen shortage, during the COVID-19 pandemic, and issued notice to the Centre seeking a response on kinds of immediate and effective action it can take to handle such situation. A three-judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde and also comprising Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice S Ravindra Bhat, took suo motu cognizance Keeping in view the of the deficiency of present prevalent sitoxygen, medicines, uation, due to the improper treatment pandemic, the top and other related court felt the necessiissues of COVID ty of a National plan patients. "We take on supply of oxygen, suo motu cognisance", the CJI Bobde essential medicines, injections and vacsaid and observed that the "current situ- cines, and issued notice to the Union of ation is alarming." India and posted the Keeping in view the present prevalent matter for further hearing on Friday. situation, due to the pandemic, the top court felt the necessity of a National plan on supply of oxygen, essential medicines, injections and vaccines, and issued notice to the Union of India (UOI) and posted the matter for further hearing on Friday (tomorrow). The Court asked the Centre to present and apprise it as to whether a national plan can be prepared to handle this worrisome situation. It made these remarks, after noting and taking into record at least six different state High Courts have been hearing the matter on the same issues. Biden to pledge halving US emissions by 2030 at climate summit WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden will pledge on Thursday to cut US greenhouse gas emissions by half by the end of the decade compared to 2005 levels, officials said. The promise will come at an online summit Biden is convening with 40 world leaders aimed at getting the major economies to set more ambitious carbon-slashing goals, the dpa news agency reported. The two-day meeting, which opens later on Thursday, is seen as important preparation ahead of the next UN climate crisis conference, to be held in Glasgow in November. Chinese President Xi Jinping will join the video conference, in what is seen as a goodwill gesture after a rocky start to Beijing's rela- US GOVT SHOULDN'T ATTEND WINTER OLYMPICS IF CHINA CONTINUES RIGHTS VIOLATIONS: USCIRF The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has asked the US government not to attend the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing if the Chinese government continues its crackdown on religious freedoms of minorities in China. The USCIRF recommended the Joe Biden administration to redesignate China as a "country of particular concern", or WORLD CPC. tionship with the new administration in the White House. China is the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide gases, followed by the US, India and Russia, according to the International Energy Agency, a Paris-based group. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Xi would deliver an "important speech" to his counterparts. Biden will announce his intention to cut emissions by between 50 per cent and 52 per cent at the economy-wide level, a White House statement said. The pledge doubles the promise made by former President Barack Obama, but gives the current administration five more years to meet its goal. In 2015, the US had committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 per cent by 2025. SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL CELEBRATED ON #WORLDEARTHDAY NEW DELHI: Each year 22nd April or Earth Day as we know it, brings with it a reminder to do better for our planet and take responsibility for a greener and better future. With an increased consciousness towards our home, our planet thanks to pandemic, this 51st Earth Day comes with the opportunity for us to think about the choices we make which can help make the planet a better place to live. As per a recent YouGov report by Airbnb, an overwhelming 94 percent of Indians look at sustainable and responsible travel when they do leave their homes in 2021, with millennials and Gen Z fuelling this trend. For those of looking to make a difference through daily routines, a little goes a long way when it comes to planet Earth. In fact, one of the most monumental ways in which individuals can make a difference is by adopting sustainable practices in their own homes. So, if you're looking for simple tips to make your home greener, these easy guidelines from expert Airbnb hosts are sure to inspire you. Shop local and use local. While designing and getting his quaint and charming farmstay ready, Airbnb Host Honey, who hosts The Owl's Nest in Dharamshala, made a special effort to use as much local material as possible, with very few exceptions. The minimized need for transportation helped keep the environmental impact to a bare minimum without compromising on the aesthetics or the modern comforts which we've grown used to. Similarly, Airbnb Host, Sanjay, swears by local products. While designing his farm stay, Meena Bagh Ratnari in the gorgeous locales of Himachal Pradesh, he decided to use local products as much as possible. A lot of the furniture has been designed using locally sourced 'waste' wood. This discarded wood was picked up from the wood-mills and is also known as reclaimed wood. While adding to the rustic look and feel of the home, reclaimed wood adds a certain warmth to the ambiance. Nestled in the lap of nature, Meena Bagh Ratnari is the perfect place for those who prefer luxury in serenity, surrounded by nature, tranquillity and farm animals. MEENA BAGH RATNARI. AN APPLE ORCHARD FARMSTAY. GO SUSTAINABLE FROM THE GROUND UP IF POSSIBLE? When talking about the need to adopt a sustainable lifestyle, Honey said, "For me, the transformation into a sustainable being living a sustainable lifestyle had to be more than refusing plastic straws at fancy vegan eateries or refusing plastic bags at overpriced organic produce stores. It had to be 'Real' with visible positive impact and 'Local' enough to bring about a change, however small and however slow, in my community." Which is why it is important that if you are building a new home, sustainable practices need to be a part of the plan from the very beginning. Airbnb Host Rupam, who hosts La Belle Vie Naukuchiatal in Nainital has used stone from the surroundings to build walls of the home which adds to the natural aesthetics of the home. Water harvesting and solar energy are also something that can be included at the time of planning itself. This not only saves the bills but is also a great way to contribute to nature. Joe, who hosts Striking Penthouse With Private Plunge Pool in Goa, recommends adopting upcycling practices during construction as well to create very little wastage. LA BELLE VIE NAUKUCHIATAL REUSE, RECYCLE, REDUCE! Both Joe and Sanjay believe in garbage segregation as a small yet crucial step towards sustainable living. Sanjay encourages composting as well and has specially dedicated composting bays where guests are educated on the benefit and ease of composting.? Each of us can make a huge difference in contributing to the planet, through our daily practices, which is why Rupam encourages guests to reduce waste, save electricity and water as much as possible. One can even choose to be sustainable while doing the interiors of their home. Honey has reused and upcycled a majority of the furniture, fixtures, doors and windows at his beautiful home.