YK MYK GLOBAL MEDIA BLAMES MODI FOR PANDEMIC SECOND WAVE SUNIEL SHETTY: I MADE MISTAKES BUT THAT IS FINE OPINION SCREEN & CINEMA Morning India Rs. 3 KOLKATA SUNDAY, 25 APRIL, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—337 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) Basic customs duty on oxygen, vaccines exempted WEATHER TODAY MAX 39 C MIN 27 C Sky will be partly cloudy. AT A GLANCE OXYGEN EXPRESS DELIVERED 150 TONNES OF O2 IN LAST 24 HRS NEW DELHI: The Oxygen Express trains being run by the Indian Railways have delivered nearly 150 tonnes of the life-saving gas in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Railways said on Saturday. In the wake of severe shortage of oxygen for Covid-19 patients in many parts of the country, the Indian Railways has launched the Oxygen Express initiative to transport Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) across the nation. IAF's C-17 aircraft arrived at Singapore's Changi International Airport to load 4 containers of cryogenic oxygen tanks, on Saturday. The aircraft will offload these containers at Panagarh airbase. City stadiums to be converted into Covid-19 facility CBI FINDS PRIMA FACIE 'COGNISABLE OFFENCE' AGAINST DESHMUKH MI NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI: In a shocking development, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said on Saturday that its preliminary enquiry (PE) has found that a prima facie 'cognisable offence' is made out against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and others pertaining to alleged corruption and misuse of power. The CBI said that Deshmukh and some unknown others had attempted to CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,66,82,955 TOTAL DEATH: 1,89,932 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 145,493,666 TOTAL DEATH: 3,102,536 KOLKATA: A portion of the iconic Salt Lake Stadium in the North 24-Parganas district of Bengal is expected to be converted into Covid-19 safe house. This development comes after a sudden surge in the Coronavirus cases at Bidhannagar. Though it has not yet been confirmed as to whether the stadium would be turned into a Covid-19 facility, the authorities surely have taken it into consideration. If it is indeed converted into a Covid-19 facility, the Salt Lake Stadium would be the third stadium in Bengal to double up as a health centre. The renowned Eden Gardens had served as a safe house for police personnel while the newly built Kishore Bharati Krirangan continues to be a Covid-19 centre. According to the sources, Kishore Bharati Stadium could also soon turn into a Covid hospital once Medica Super Specialty Hospital gets the final nod from the State Government. The hospital is planning to set up a 200-bedded temporary Covid unit there. Sources said the hospital had filed a tender with the Government and a response is expected in a day or two. A team from Medica has already inspected Kishore Bharti Stadium. Two spacious green rooms have the capacity to accommodate around 100 beds EC observers ordering detention of TMC workers during polling hours : Mamata MI NEWS SERVICE Bolpur: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday alleged that the three special observers of the Election Commission (EC) were ordering police officers to detain TMC workers during the polling hours, asserting that she would move the Supreme Court against such a "conspiracy" after the elections. Addressing party members at the Gitanjali auditorium in Bolpur in Birbhum district, Banerjee said that she can't be silenced even if she is show-caused. "Enough is enough. I don't have any issue if they (EC observers) are working for free and fair elections but they have been working only to help the BJP. They want to finish off Trinamool," the Chief Minister alleged. "These officials are giving orders to detain our men on the night before the polls and keep them in custody till 4 pm. This WhatsApp conversation has been given to me by people in BJP," she said, showing the transcript of a purported chat between the special observers with DMs and SPs.Banerjee said that her party, TMC, will not take this lying down and move the Supreme Court against such a "conspiracy and partisan approach" after the elections. "However, these three retired people won't be able to influence the elections. Their partisan conduct will help BJP win only seveneight seats. I personally don't believe BJP will cross the 70-mark," she claimed. Banerjee also hit out at the EC over the spike in COVID-19 cases in the State, maintaining that the movement of lakhs of people from one district to another for poll-related works was the reason behind it. The Central forces personnel and the people who came from other States for campaigning were also not made to undergo RT-PCR tests, she claimed. each. One of the room is airconditioned. The AC green room is likely to be reserved for the HDU ward and the other room will house 100 general beds. However, after 24 NorthParganas underwent Assembly polls amidst the deadly spike in Coronavirus cases in the country the situation gets worse. India is now one of the worsthit nations. The country registered cases in excess of 3 lakh and more than ten thousand people are losing the battle against the virus on a daily basis. This, however, is not the first time a stadium is being converted into a Covid hospital. The State Health Department itself had initiated one such unit at the Canning stadium in South 24-Parganas during the peak of the first wave. The 55bedded stadium hospital is catering to positive patients at present. Last year, KMC had converted Gitanjali stadium into a safe home during the peak of the pandemic. The stadium had the capacity to accommodate over 400 asymptomatic patients. NEW DELHI: The Union government on Saturday decided to grant full exemption from Basic Customs Duty and health cess on import of oxygen and oxygen related equipment for three months. The government also exempted basic customs duty on import of Covid vaccines with immediate effect for a period of three months. The decision came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting to review steps taken to boost oxygen availability in the country. He emphasized that there was an immediate need to augment the supply of medical grade oxygen as well as equipment required for patient care both at home and in hospitals. The Prime Minister stressed that all ministries and departments need to work in synergy to increase availability of oxygen and medical supplies. The Prime Minister was briefed that basic customs duty was exempted on Remdesivir and its API recently. It was suggested that import of equipment related to providing oxygen to patients needs to be expedited. In order to augment their production and availability and to meet the rising demand, it was decided to grant full exemption from Basic Customs Duty and health cess on import of items related to Oxygen and Oxygen related equipment for a period of three months with immediate effect. Items exempted from basic customs duty and health cess are medical grade oxygen, oxygen concentrator along with flow meter, regulator, connectors and tubing, Vacuum Pressure Swing Absorption (VPSA) and Pressure Swing Absorption (PSA) oxygen plants, Cryogenic Oxygen Air Separation Units (ASUs) pro- WILL HANG ANYONE BLOCKING OXYGEN SUPPLY: HC NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court said on Saturday that if any official at the central, state or local administration was obstructing in the picking up or supply of oxygen, then it would "hang" that person. The observation by a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli came during hearing of a plea by Maharaja Agrasen Hospital over shortage of oxygen for seriously-ill COVID patients. The court told the Delhi government to give it one instance of who was obstructing the oxygen supply and said "we will hang that man". "We will not spare anyone," the bench added. The court told the Delhi government to inform the Centre also about such officials of the local administration so that it could take action against them. SEE PAGE 5 ducing liquid/gaseous oxygen, Oxygen Canister, Oxygen Filling Systems, Oxygen Storage tanks, Oxygen cylinders including cryogenic cylinders and tanks, Oxygen Generators, ISO Containers for Shipping Oxygen, Cryogenic Road transport tanks for Oxygen. UNION GOVT’S PROCURED VACCINE TO BE GIVEN FREE TO STATES NEW DELHI: A day after Chief Ministers raised about price uniformity of the vaccine to be administered from May 1, the health ministry has issued clarification on the issue. "It is clarified that the Govt of India's procurement price for both #COVID19 vaccines remains at Rs 150 per dose. GOI procured doses will continue to be provided TOTALLY FREE to States," said a tweet by the Health Ministry. Many Chief Ministers have written to the Prime Minister and Congress interim President Sonia Gandgi had also written to PM Modi expressing concern over different pricing for vaccines. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel in a meeting with the Prime Minister had urged that vaccines to states should be given at the rates of the Centre. "Provide vaccine availability action plan to the states for operating vaccination campaign for the age group above 18 years soon. Producing states should not obstruct supply of life saving medicines," Baghel had said which is mentioned in the statement issued by the state government. Justice NV Ramana sworn-in as new Chief Justice of India NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday administered oath of office to 48th Chief Justice of India Justice N.V. Ramana in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, VicePresident Venkaiah Naidu and other dignitaries at Rashtrapati Bhavan. As the Chief Justice of India, Justice Ramana will have a term till August 26, 2022. Before his elevation to the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014, Justice Ramana was the chief justice of the Delhi High Court. Justice Ramana was appointed as judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court in 2000. He has also been the acting Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh high President Ram Nath Kovind administering the oath of office to Justice NV Ramana, as the Chief Justice of India, at a swearing-in ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday. ANI Court. On April 6, the President had signed on the appointment of Justice N.V. Ramana as the next Chief Justice of India. Justice Ramana took over as Chief Justice after the retirement of Justice S.A. Bobde on April 23. In October 2020, a huge controversy had erupted as the Andhra Pradesh chief minister had written to the then Chief Justice alleging state's High Court was being used to "destabilize and topple his democratically elected government". The letter alleged that Justice Ramana was trying to control the High Court and also trying to influence cases, which impact the state government. However, an in-house inquiry did not find any merit in these allegations. Justice Ramana has presided over several highprofile cases in the top court. HEALTH HACKS FOR THE WORK-FROM-HOME LIFE THE WORK-FROM-HOME ROUTINE IN 2020 BROUGHT MANY FAMILIES CLOSER AS THEY FOUND THEMSELVES UNDER THE SAME ROOF FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME. AS CURFEWS RESTRICT MOVEMENT AND PEOPLE HAVE TO HOME SHELTER, SETTING HEALTH GOALS CAN HELP YOU ACHIEVE WELLNESS AS A FAMILY WHILE YOU STAY SAFE. MADHURI RUIA, NUTRITIONIST AND PILATES EXPERT SHARES HOW YOU CAN BECOME EACH OTHER'S CHEERLEADERS BY ENCOURAGING A HEALTHIER, HAPPIER LIFESTYLE: INVEST IN INDOOR FITNESS TOOLS The lockdown has turned up the heat on indoor fitness, pushing everyone to strive for a healthier way of living. Investing together in online fitness classes or even props like resistance bands and dumbbells is the perfect way for you and your siblings to stay on top of your fitness routine. Motivate each other daily and take consistency to another level by following the habit-forming 21/90 rule. This will not only boost self-confidence, but will also leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed after a long day's work. TAKE MINI BREAKS The solution for WFH stress is to take work-free breaks during the day. The lockdown made us realise that there is more to life than deadlines and virtual calls. These uncertain times have encouraged us to take a pause, be grateful and enjoy each moment as it comes. Small things like taking a 15-minute break with your family members every three hours for a cup of coffee, a game of catch or a quick comedy show will instantly liven up the mood, making the day feel lighter and less mundane. The little moments help clear the headspace, which improves productivity, helping you, work better. EMBRACE A NUTTY START TO THE DAY While we focus on staying fit and toning our bodies, one thing that we often forget is to provide it with the right nutrition. Starting your day with nuts like almonds will give your body the energy boost it needs during the day. Almonds are rich in Vitamin B2, Vitamin E, magnesium, and phosphorus; nutrients that are known to provide energy that help keep you active. A handful of almonds may have satiating properties that promote a feeling of fullness, which helps limit unhealthy snacking.