YK MYK HOW MODI GOVT POLICIES MADE AIR TRAVEL MORE COSTLY OPINION Rs. 5 RANCHI FRIDAY, 7 MAY, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—4 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) COVID AID RECEIVED FROM ABROAD GIVEN TO STATES/UTS NATION Morning India Union Minister’s convoy attacked in West Midnapore KOLKATA: In a shocking incident, the convoy of Union Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan was attacked by a group of unidentified miscreants at Panchkhuri area in West Midnapore district on Thursday afternoon. The BJP alleged that the attack was a handiwork of the TMC goons but it was strongly refuted by the TMC leadership alleging that the BJP leadership is provoking people to resort to violence. The incident took place when Muraleedharan accompanied by BJP state leader Rahul Sinha was going to Ghatal in East Midnapore to meet some of the BJP supporters who were injured in the attack allegedly by the TMC goons. When his convoy was at Panchkhuri that falls under West Midnapore, suddenly there was brick batting on his vehicle and people came with sticks and other things and stopped his vehicle. He posted a video on Twitter and wrote, "TMC goons attacked my convoy in West Midnapore, broke windows, attacked personal staff. Cutting short my trip." Later speaking to the reporters, the union minister said, "The attack was orches- WEATHER TODAY MAX 32 C MIN 22 C Rainfall may occur. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 2,12,42,580 TOTAL DEATH: 2,31,419 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 155,962,448 TOTAL DEATH: 3,258,558 A video grab of the incident. trated by TMC workers. He said that the incident took place in the presence of police, adding that the Mamata Banerjee government has turned a blind eye. I shall give my report to the central government". The Ministry of Home Affairs asked West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to send a report on the lawand-order situation in the state, sources in the government said. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the ruling Trinamool Congress is responsible for this. "The Trinamool violence has crossed all limits. So far 14 BJP workers have been killed and lakhs of people have left their homes. This cannot be democracy". The Trinamool Congress leadership has strongly refuted the allegation. TMC district secretary of West Midnapore Ajit Maity claimed that nothing had happened and BJP was trying to create sensation. Speaking to the media, veteran Trinamool leader Sougata Roy said, "Muraleedharan is a person from Kerala. What was he doing in West Bengal? They are now defeated and so they are trying to create disturbance in different areas. The BJP has won in most of the places where there are disturbances. I ask them to go back. We will take care of the law-and-order situation". SC: Need to prepare for third Covid wave, revamp oxygen formula NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to spell out its plan to deal with a possible third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, even as it held that the Centre's formula to distribute oxygen to state governments, particularly the national capital, was "a gross underestimate". A bench comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah said: "The third surge which is around the corner, according to experts, will affect children. What is the problem in enhancing the supply? It will save from oxygen panic and create a buffer." The top court told the Centre, which claimed though it supplied 730 MT oxygen on Wednesday, that this much oxygen was not required in Delhi. However, it also emphasised need for a speedy vaccination process, and suggested forming a committee of experts for oxygen audit as sought by the Union government. Earlier, during the hearing, the top court observed that Centre's oxygen formula requires complete revamp. If preparations are made right away, we may be able to tackle the third wave for which scientific planning to vaccinate persons would be needed, it said. Elaborating on the third wave, the top court observed that when a child goes to hospital, the mother and father will also have to go. "That is why vaccination will have to be over for this group of people. We need to plan for this in a scientific way and thus make arrangement," it said. The Centre informed the top court that oxygen supplies may dip to 560 MT in the next two days. But the top court said that supplying 700 MT daily will help Delhi build buffer stock and panic will not be there among people. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, submitted that the government must have a solution thereby, to have a minimum fault-prone formula. "We are not saying that formula is cast in stone. We will revisit the formula," he added. MHA'S TEAM TO LOOK INTO BENGAL POSTPOLL VIOLENCE NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sent a four-member team led by an additional secretarylevel officer to West Bengal to look into incidents of violence after the declaration of Assembly election results. The MHA has also asked the West Bengal Governor to send a report on the law and order situation in the state. According to the ministry, the team will review the situation in West Bengal and submit a report on the ground situation. "The MHA team will submit its report on violence within 48 hours," an official said. Earlier, advising the state government to take necessary actions to stop the violent incidents without any loss of time, the Ministry had sought a detailed report on the violence. The ministry also issued a reminder to the government in this regard on Wednesday. 65% MORE WHEAT PROCURED IN RABI SEASON THAN LAST YEAR NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution said on Tuesday that about 65 per cent more wheat has been procured during current Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) as compared to the corresponding period of last year, adding that over 299.16 LMT of wheat has been procured at MSP so far by the central procuring agencies, benefiting 29.46 lakh farmers. Procurement of wheat in the ongoing RMS 2021-22 is continuing smoothly in the procuring states of Punjab, Haryana, UP, MP, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, J&K and Bihar at MSP, as was done in the previous seasons, the ministry said. Till May 3, over 299.16 LMT of wheat has been procured as against 181.37 LMT procured during the corresponding period of the previous year. PATENT WAIVER IN WTO Mfg, timely availability of affordable COVID vaccines: to get boost, says Govt NEW DELHI: India on Thursday said temporary waiver of certain provisions of intellectual property rights under a WTO agreement would be an important step to enable scaling up of manufacturing and timely availability of affordable COVID19 vaccines and essential medical products. In view of the COVID-19 crisis, India and South Africa had on October 2 last year proposed in WTO a relaxation in norms of the TRIPS agreement to ensure quick and affordable access to vaccines and medicines for developing countries. India welcomed the US government''s support for this initiative. "We are hopeful that with a consensus based approach, the waiver can be approved quickly at the WTO. The waiver is an important step for enabling rapid scaling up of manufacture and timely availability of affordable Covid-19 vaccines and essential medical products," the commerce and industry ministry said in a statement. The proposal has received support of more than 120 countries. "We welcome the US government supporting this initiative and joining 120 other countries working towards affordable COVID-19 vac- cines," Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted. The statement also said during his phone call with US President Joe Biden on April 26, Prime Minister Narendra Modi informed him about India''s initiative at the WTO which was aimed at the benefit of humanity. The Biden administration has backed the initiative by India and South Africa at the WTO to temporarily waive patent rules on COVID-19 vaccines, seen as a breakthrough in the global fight against the deadly pandemic by potentially expanding the supply of the vaccines and more affordable doses for less wealthy nations. Announcing the major policy decision after intense internal debate and strong pushback from American drugmakers, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Wednesday said that this is a global health crisis and the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic call for extraordinary measures. In October 2020, India and South Africa submitted a proposal suggesting a waiver for all WTO (World Trade Organization) members on the implementation, application and enforcement of certain provisions of the TRIPS. RIMS gets 528 new Covid beds (Above) The newly opened ward dedicated to house Covid-19 patients at RIMS on Thursday; CM Hemant Soren during inauguration through VC. SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Thursday launched the much-awaited 528-bed temporary Covid facilities at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) online. The RIMS has set up 327 oxygen-supported beds in its multi-level parking space, 73 ICU beds in the Oncology department and 128 oxygen supported beds in its old building. Speaking on the occasion, the CM opined that the temporary facility would be beneficial for the Covid patients. He added that the health department and the RIMS officials' efforts have led to the achievement of the challenging task in 12 days. The CM said that the infected persons would get all facilities in the hospitals, including round the clock doctors, nurses and ward boys. A help desk has also been created for the convenience of the patients, he said. The CM informed that the state government was preparing plans for the medical colleges located in Ranchi, Dhanbad and Jamshedpur where a large number of infected patients are coming. These institutions are being provided more resources to handle the patient load. The CM stated that many patients are requiring oxygen support in the second Covid wave, adding steps have been taken to increase the number of oxygen supported beds and ventilators. He said that oxygen supported beds have been set up at the Ranchi district hospital and also the Risaldar baba hospital in Doranda. He said that 220-bed dedicated Covid centre and 20 oxygen supported beds in district hospital has started in Koderma. The CM said that the government was trying to ensure an adequate supply of beds, oxygen and other medical facilities to the hospitals. He said that arrangement is being improved with the new challenges posed by the second Covid wave. He stated that additional facilities are being added within the limited resources of the state government. It may be stated here that the National Thermal Power Corporation will also set up 108 more bed in RIMS. With it, the number of oxygen supported beds in RIMS will become 800 and the number of ventilators will be 250. Health Minister Banna Gupta, MP Sanjay Seth, MLA Samri Lal, Development Commissioner Arun Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary to the CM Rajiv Arun Ekka and Urban Development Secretary Vinay Chaubey and RIMS Director Kameshwar Prasad were present on the occasion.