YK MYK TOTAL LOCKDOWN SHOULD HAVE BEEN DECLARED EARLIER OPINION RANCHI SUNDAY, 9 MAY, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—6 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) MAX 31 C MIN 22 C Rainfall may occur. AT A GLANCE COVID+VE REPORT NOT MANDATORY FOR ADMISSION TO FACILITIES NEW DELHI: Requirement of a positive coronavirus disease (Covid-19) report is now no longer mandatory for admission to a Covid health facility, Union health ministry said on Saturday. The ministry's revised national policy for admission of Covid patients to various categories of Covid facilities mentioned that a "suspect case shall be admitted to the suspect ward of CCC, DCHC or DHC as the case may be". INDIA'S DAILY DOMESTIC OXYGEN PRODUCTION INCREASED TO 9,400 MT NEW DELHI: The production of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) has been maximized to meet the present demand of Covid-19 patients and the domestic production currently exceeded 9,400 Metric Tonne per day, the government said on Saturday. SPORTS Morning India Rs. 5 WEATHER TODAY BRISBANE CONFIDENT OF GETTING 2032 OLYMPIC GAMES DCGI approves DRDO’s anti-COVID drug for emergency use NEW DELHI: The Drugs Controller General of India has approved an anti-COVID19 drug developed by the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) for emergency use, the Defence Ministry has said. An anti-Covid-19 therapeutic application of the drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) has been developed by INMAS, a lab of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in collaboration with Dr Reddy's Laboratories (DRL), Hyderabad. Clinical trial results have shown that this molecule helps in faster recovery of hospitalised patients and reduces supplemental oxygen dependence. A higher proportion of patients treated with 2-DG showed RT-PCR negative conversion in Covid patients. The drug will be of immense benefit to the people suffering from Covid-19. "Pursuing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for preparedness against the pandemic, DRDO took the initiative of developing anti-COVID therapeutic application of 2DG," the ministry said in a statement on Friday. In April 2020, during the An anti-Covid-19 therapeutic application of the drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) has been developed by INMAS, a lab of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in collaboration with Dr Reddy's Laboratories (DRL). Clinical trial results have shown that this molecule helps in faster recovery of hospitalised patients and reduces supplemental oxygen dependence. A higher proportion of patients treated with 2-DG showed RT-PCR negative conversion in Covid patients. The drug will be of immense benefit to the people suffering from Covid-19. first wave of the pandemic, INMAS-DRDO scientists conducted laboratory experiments with the help of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad and found that this molecule works effectively against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and inhibits the viral growth. Based on these results, the Drugs Controller General of India's (DCGI) Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) permitted the Phase-II clinical trial of 2-DG in COVID-19 patients in May 2020. The DRDO, along with its industry partner DRL, Hyderabad, started the clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of the drug in COVID19 patients. In Phase-II trials (including dose ranging) conducted during May to October 2020, the drug was found to be safe in Covid-19 patients and showed significant improvement in their recovery. Phase-IIa was conducted in six hospitals and Phase IIb (dose ranging) clinical trial was conducted at 11 hospitals all over the country. The Phase-II trial was conducted on 110 patients. INSIDE NO NEW COVID-19 CASE REPORTED IN 180 DISTRICTS IN LAST 7 DAYS: HARSH VARDHAN PAGE 5 MORE ON PG 5, 7 HC orders release of seized O2 cylinders CONDITIONAL EXEMPTION FOR EXPERIMENTAL DRONE DELIVERY OF VACCINES NEW DELHI: The Centre is providing conditional exemption for experimental drone flights for vaccine delivery as part of its endeavour to enhance the scope of drone usage in the country and assist the fight against Covid-19 pandemic, said an official statement. The Ministry of Civil Aviation and Directorate General of Civil Aviation have granted conditional exemption to the government of Telangana for conducting experimental Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flights for delivery of vaccines. Exemption has been granted from Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021. This exemption shall be subject to complete adherence to the conditions and the directions or exemptions issued by the ministry. This exemption shall be valid for a period of one year from the date of approval of the SOP or until further orders, whichever is earlier, said the statement from the Civil Aviation Ministry. SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Jharkhand High Court (JHC) on Saturday ordered that all oxygen cylinders seized during police raids in the state be released for medical use in the hospitals. Notably, the court held hearing despite it being a holiday on Saturday and passed the order in an interlocutory application filed by the state government on the issue. Advocate General Rajiv Ranjan who appeared on behalf of the government said, “On the application of Jharkhand government the High Court has been pleased to order the release of oxygen cylinders lying seized in different districts of the state. This would release approximately 250 oxygen cylinders for use in the fight against Covid.” The cylinders, which have been seized for different reasons, are lying stocked at various police stations in the state. The JHC order will alleviate the shortage of cylinders in the state to a certain extent. Earlier, the Jharkhand The cylinders, which have been seized for different reasons, are lying stocked at various police stations in the state. The JHC order will alleviate the shortage of cylinders in the state to a certain extent. police had written to the chief secretary requesting that the cylinders seized by the police in various operations be released through court orders for use in the hospitals. Government lawyer Piyush Chitresh said,” With the JHC order the release of cylinders at the district level would be facilitated. The order is effective till three months after which the cylinders would be returned.” It may be stated here that the HC is frequently hearing the public interest litigations regarding preparedness to handle Covid cases in the state. The court has passed several orders related to supply of oxygen, medicines and beds in the hospitals. INDIA HAS GOT 3L REMDESIVIR VIALS, OVER 6K OVYGEN CONCENTRATORS FROM ABROAD CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 2,19,24,328 TOTAL DEATH: 2,38,696 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 157,639,653 TOTAL DEATH: 3,286,534 NEW DELHI: India cumulatively has so far received three lakh Remdesivir vials, 6,608 oxygen concentrators, 3,856 oxygen cylinders and 14 oxygen generation plants from the global community in the last 12 days. The global community has also dispatched 4,330 ventilators or Bi PAP to India from April 27 to May 7. The major items received on Friday from the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), Switzerland, Poland, the Netherlands and Israel include Oxygen Concentrators (2,060), Remdesivir (30,000), Ventilators (467), and Oxygen Generation Plants (three). A Coordination Cell has been created in the Union Health Ministry to coordinate the receipt and allocation of foreign Covid relief material. First batch of women Military Police inducted into the Indian Army. Corps of Military Police Centre & School held the attestation parade of the first batch of 83 women soldiers at the Dronacharya Parade Ground in Bengaluru on Saturday. ANI SC forms National Task Force to streamline oxygen allocation NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Saturday set up a 12-member National Task Force (NTF) to facilitate public health response to Covid19, including streamlining of oxygen distribution in the country, based on scientific and specialised domain knowledge, . A bench comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah said: "A consensus has emerged that there is a need to ensure that the allotments of medical oxygen to the states and UTs are made on a scientific, rational and equitable basis. At the same time, it must allow for flexibility to meet unforeseen demands due to emergencies which may arise within the allocated territories." The top court said: "It is necessary that an effective and transparent mechanism is set up within the Union Government for the purpose of allocating medical oxygen THE TOP COURT SAID: "IT IS NECESSARY THAT AN EFFECTIVE AND TRANSPARENT MECHANISM IS SET UP WITHIN THE UNION GOVERNMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF ALLOCATING MEDICAL OXYGEN TO ALL STATES AND UTS FOR BEING USED DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. to all states and UTs for being used during the Covid-19 pandemic. "The Union Government has agreed to set up a National Task Force to streamline the process. This Task Force would be tasked inter alia with formulating a methodology for the scientific allocation of oxygen to the states and UTs." The SC bench said the establishment of this task force will enable the decision makers to have inputs which go beyond finding ad-hoc solutions to the present problems. "The likely future course of the pandemic must be taken into contemplation at the present time. This will ensure that projected future requirements can be scientifically mapped in the present and may be modulated in the light of experiences gained," said the bench. "The rationale for constituting a task force at a national level is to facilitate a public health response to the pandemic based on scientific and specialised domain knowledge. We expect that the leading experts in the country shall associate with the work of the task force both as members and resource persons," the top court noted in its order. The bench added: "The Union Government has made its suggestions on the possible names for inclusion in the composition of the task force, while leaving its final composition to the court. The National Task Force which is being constituted in pursuance of the above suggestion shall consist of the following members... "(i) Dr Bhabatosh Biswas, Former Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Health Sciences, Kolkata. VARIETY SPECIAL CMYK 10 SCREEN & For TV, e-paper & news visit: www.live7tv.com Morning India CINEMA SUNDAY, RANCHI, MAY 9, 2021 ANSHUMAN JHA 'HAD TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL' PLAYING GAY CHARACTER IN NEW FILM MUMBAI: Actor Anshuman acter, I had to be extra careJha plays a homosexual boy ful and sensitive towards the in the upcoming film "Hum portrayal. I do not want to Bhi Akele Tum Bhi play Veer (his role) in Akele", and he says a caricaturish he was careful to manner, on in The actor plays avoid stereothose stereoa homosexual boy in types and carityped ways," the upcoming film "Hum catures that Anshuman Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele", often accomtold IANS. and says he was careful to pany the por"Honestly, avoid stereotypes that trayal of gay playing a gay often accompany the characters in man with senportrayal of gay charfilms. sitivity was a acters in films. "I did feel genuine chalresponsible as an lenge and I did a actor when I took this certain amount of character because being a research work, and interactheterosexual man who was ed with people. I have playing a homosexual charfriends in the LGBTQ com- munity, too, so I have a certain amount of insight. I hope the audience sees it in my performance," he added. The film directed by Harish Vyas is about a homosexual boy and a lesbian girl on a road trip that lets them discover the essence of love in friendship. While Anshuman plays the gay boy, Zareen Khan essays the lesbian girl. "I think acceptance of different voices is important, and that was the most important part of the story. I remember Harish sir shared the story of the film in a few lines to me in a cab as we rode from the New York airport to our destination. He told me it is a story of a boy, and a girl and a road trip. I said ok, what else? He said they are soulmates. The boy is gay, and the girl is a lesbian. During the journey, they discover pure love and friendship that they share for each other. I was just hooked there. It was a fascinating story for me, and the dimension between the boy and the girl from the LGBTQ community also shows their side of the story, and how they struggle in our society for acceptance," said Anshuman. The film has been screened at various international film festivals and has also won a few awards. Anshuman bagged Best Actor (jury) at the Rajasthan International Film Festival and the film received the Best Film Audience Choice Award at the HBO South Asian Film Festival. "Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele" releases on Disney+ Hotstar VIP and Disney+ Hotstar Premium on May 9. "Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele", featuring Anshuman Jha and Zarine Khan, has a rendition of the poem "Bulla ki jaana main kaun" by Bulleh Shah that, Anshuman says, fits the film's theme of discovering identities. "It is our tribute to the poem by Bulleh Shah and my favourite track from the album. While we all love Rabbi's rendition, Bulleh Shah's poem is universal and timeless and perfectly fits our film on discovering identities," the actor said. The film follows the story of a homosexual man and woman who, on a road trip, form a friendship and a connection of love which isn't defined by gender and sexualities. It's a celebration of "love is love" and the idea that love is universal. MUMBAI: Hollywood star Drew Barrymore has urged everyone to help India amid the Covid-19 second wave. The actress addressed the issue on her popular talk show, "The Drew Barrymore Show". "Hello everyone and Namaste India! This one's a special message to the people of India. A lot of you guys already know of my deep-rooted connection with the country and how I've always loved India for its culture, its people and so much more!" she said. Barrymore added it "holds a very special place in my heart", and that in her visits, she has met so many "wonderful people" who have truly inspired her as a person, which propelled her to write a chapter in her book, too. "Today, as we cope with the worldwide situation, my heart goes out to the people of India who're trying hard to hold it together. My sincere wishes and prayers to you to stay strong and believe that we will come out stronger together," she said. The actress added: "I came across a couple of articles online that truly invigorated a sense of faith and positivity in me, like a 110-year-old Covid-19 survivor in India, or how a man donating his entire life's savings towards relief. Countless people, celebrities and organisations coming together and pledging support, people starting food centres and relief groups -- and this is truly the need of the hour." "A small contribution could really help and make a giant difference, and even save a life! I'm doing my bit and urge you to do MY HEART GOES OUT TO PEOPLE OF INDIA WHO'RE TRYING TO HOLD IT TOGETHER DREW BARRYMORE whatever is in your capacity.” Most importantly, I'm sending you a lot of love, healing and prayers and faith in the light at the end of this dark tunnel." "Namaste. Thank you so much and all of my love," Barrymore conclude on the show that airs on Zee Cafe in India. Many international celebrities including James McAvoy, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Jada Smith have helped and also urged fans to help the people in need. 'REFRESHING TO SEE INDEPENDENT PRODUCTIONS, GLOBAL CINEMA ON INDIAN SCREENS' NEW DELHI: Actor and entrepreneur Masumeh Makhija, who is part of Shiladitya Bora's upcoming film 'Bhagwaan Bharose', and has appeared as a child actor in 'Banegi Apni Baat' (1994) and several TV commercials, finds it refreshing that independent productions and international cinema are finding a home on Indian screens. Excerpts from an interview with the '3 Storeys' actor about her work: You started your career at the age of 11 and now you are an actor, entrepreneur and producer. How has the journey been so far? Makhija: It has been an exciting journey since the beginning as a child actor and having the privilege to work in amazing films like 'Maqbool', 'Chupke Se' and 'Three Storeys'. I am looking forward to exploring new more challenging directions as an actor, producer and writer. What are you currently working on? Makhija: The film titled 'Bhagwaan Bharose' directed by Shiladitya Bora and produced by Platoon One films. It explores a very hard-hitting subject that has immense relevance in contemporary India. What is keeping you going during these trying times? Makhija: Yoga and meditation are my anchors. It isn't easy being locked down again but I am grateful that my family and I are safe and healthy. It is important to stay positive and help however and whenever we can. I was lucky enough to spend the lockdown with my family. We were all caught up with our busyness before the lockdown, It truly puts priorities into perspective. You are the CEO and Founder of 'The Creative Tribe', how are things going on that front? Makhija: 'The Creative Tribe', is a film and advertising production company, which I started with my business partner a few years back. We have created and worked on several popular campaigns which speak with a young, vibrant voice. Over the past few years, we have collaborated with many agencies, including Mirum on 'Mutual Fund Sahi Hai' campaigns and also designed campaigns for brands like AGL Tiles, PGIM and Reliance Digital. Besides, we have been working with platforms to create AFP's and branded content. One of the highlights was creating and writing 'Eat.Love.Live with Masumeh' a lifestyle program for Disney+ Hotstar, which garnered more than 6 million organic views. KANGANA RANAUT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, ISOLATES SELF MUMBAI: Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut on Saturday informed her fans via a social media post that she has tested positive for COVID19 and is currently under home quarantine. The 'Queen' actor confirmed the news through her Instagram handle. "I was feeling tired and weak with slight burning sensation in my eyes for past few days, was hoping to go to Himachal so got my test done yesterday and today the result came I am covid positive," she wrote. Informing her fans that she has quarantined herself, Kangana further said that she is certain, she will demolish the virus soon. "I had no idea this virus is having a party in my body, now that I know I will demolish it, people please don't give anything any power over you, if you are scared it will scare you more, come let's destroy this Covid -19 it is nothing but a small-time flu which got too much press and now psyching few people. Har Har Mahadev," Kangana wrote. The 34-year old star has been making headlines because of her controversial comments on the recently held West Bengal elections won by Mamta Banerjee. In order to protect their terms and policies, Twitter permanently suspended her account on May 4. After being suspended on the micro-blogging site, Kangana shifted to post the same content on her Instagram. Following this, a new FIR was filed against her by an activist and spokesperson Riju Dutta for allegedly spreading hate propaganda and inciting communal violence in West Bengal. Meanwhile, on the work front, Kangana's much-awaited project 'Thalaivi' which was slated to get a theatrical release on April 23, this year got postponed due to the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in India. Apart from this she also has 'Tejas', 'Dhaakad', and 'Manikarnika Returns: The Legend Of Didda' in the pipeline. Kangana has also signed up to play the role of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in an upcoming political drama. LIZAA MALIK HELPS EMPLOYEES IN DELHI AMID COVID-19 CRISIS NEW DELHI: Actress Lizaa Malik is in the city to help her employees, who have tested positive for Covid-19. "It's a precarious time for everyone. Things are falling off for a lot of people. We have about 50 of our employees who tested positive. This is the time we have to stand for them and I am not turning away," Lizaa said. Lizaa added she, along with her business partner, is providing for ICU beds and anything else that might be required -- be it financially or emotionally. "We are in it together and we will stand strong. I request everyone to follow all the SOPs and take care of themselves. Stay indoors if it's not an emergency. And this too shall pass. We have to fight this battle together," she said. CMYK PAGE 10 Dietary add-ons to boost mothers’ daily nutrition and health NEW DELHI: Mothers are the pivot of a family's health and nutrition, often acting as caregivers to their partners, children and ageing parents. Their own health, however, often takes a backseat while prioritising others. A new survey on women's health from MDVIP and Ipsos reveals that the Covid-19 crisis has been especially trying on women's physical and mental health. Over 2 in 5 admit they've developed unhealthy habits such as overeating and drinking (44 per cent), and over half say they have felt more stressed, anxious or depressed during the pandemic (53 per cent). Many have delayed seeking medical care due to the pandemic. While lifestyle changes and healthy habits are essential for long-term and sustained wellbeing, mothers can start with changing what's on their plate. After all, we are what we eat! Leading nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar shares her top magic foods to include in one's diet and live healthier, in her new audiobook "Secrets of Good Health" on Audible. As per Rujuta, while Gondh laddoos are traditionally a lactation food, they are beneficial to all women even as part of their daily diets. She says, "Gondh makes our bones stronger and thus makes us look lean. Therefore all women should MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL eat them during winters in the form of a laddoo as they also make for a good mid-meal snack." Additionally for all the women who suffer from the issue of unpredictable periods, should definitely include gondh in their daily diet to help manage the problem. "Whenever I feel a desire to eat something sweet, I eat dry coconut with jaggery," says Rujuta. Coconut is filled with essential fatty acids that can reduce wrinkles. Not just this, including coconut in the daily diet promotes hair growth. Madhuri Ruia, nutrition specialist and pilates expert, suggest adding nutrient-rich almonds as well. "The first food I recommend mothers should definitely add to their daily diet is almonds. Almonds can be eaten during any time of the day, as they are healthy and are also known to be a nutrient dense snack enriched with Vitamin B2, Vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, protein etc. -- each of which are important for maintaining a healthy life. Besides that, almonds are also a rich source of protein. They contain healthy fats and vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) which have been shown to impart anti-aging properties," shares Madhuri. For Madhuri, next comes probiotic-charged yoghurt. "Yogurt is rich in probiotics, which are microorganisms that are known to be good for a person's gut and help strengthen the immune system. Eating yogurt every day can increase the level of good bacteria in a person's gut and can improve the first line of defense against pathogens. Additionally, yoghurt is high in calcium, minerals, and vital vitamins that are important for the body, and help protect one from seasonal flu," adds Madhuri. Healthy diets can also keep mums' bodies in balance, fight fatigue and slow down ageing. Raghav Gupta, Founder Of Oateo Oats names oats, and nuts and berries as quick hacks for optimum nutrition for moms. Self-care and better nutrition can sometimes come simply in the form of a bowl of overnight oats. There have been multiple studies that have proven how diets rich in wholegrains can lower risk of disease, boost immunity and also contribute to overall physical fitness. Oats is one such grain that is packed with essential nutrients. "Nutritionally, 100 grams of oats have as much protein as two whole eggs, a high concentration of Beta Glucan which is a unique dietary fibre and also micronutrients like Iron, Magnesium. Oats can specially be beneficial for breastfeeding mothers," he says. Finally, for a sweet delight on your plates, add berries such as strawberries, raspberries and local variants like jamun, karwanda -- packed with antioxidants and vitamins like Vitamin C, manganese, folate and copper.