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Prince blamed for shooting one of Europe's biggest bears

May 6, 2021
Newsdesk

Environmental campaigners suspect a Liechtenstein prince shot dead probably the biggest bear alive in the EU on a hunting expedition in Romania in March. They say Prince Emanuel von und zu Liechtenstein had been granted a permit to shoot a female bear that had caused damage to some farms. | Read more|

Coronavirus: How India descended into Covid-19 chaos

May 6, 2021
Newsdesk

On Monday, a senior official from India's federal government told journalists that there was no shortage of oxygen in Delhi or anywhere else in the country. As he spoke, several small hospitals - only a few miles from where he stood in the capital - were sending out desperate messages about them running out of oxygen, | Read more|

I Know What It Takes to Defeat Narendra Modi

May 6, 2021
Mahua Moitra

KOLKATA, India — I am a member of the Indian Parliament, and on Sunday, the political party I belong to, the All India Trinamool Congress, defeated the party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in elections for the West Bengal State legislature. Our party and my leader, Mamata Banerjee, the only female chief minister of | Read more|

Covid: Reused nose swab scam busted in Indonesia airport

May 5, 2021
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Several employees of a pharmaceutical company have been arrested in Indonesia for allegedly washing and reselling used Covid nasal swab test kits. Up to 9,000 passengers at an airport in Medan may have been tested with the reused swab sticks, say police. | Read more|

IPL 2021 postponed due to COVID-19 scare

May 4, 2021
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The BCCI has decided to suspend the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) for the time being. As per news report of Indianexpress, the cricket board office bearers went into a huddle on Monday evening after the IPL bubble was breached. They decided to postpone the tournament. | Read more|

Kangana Ranaut’s Twitter account suspended permanently

May 4, 2021
Newsdesk

Actor Kangana Ranaut’s Twitter account has been ‘permanently suspended for repeated violation of Twitter rules’, a company spokesperson has said. The move came after the actor commented on the alleged violence in West Bengal following the assembly election results. As per news report of Indianexpress, in a series | Read more|

PM Calls Bengal Governor, Expresses Concern Over Post-Poll Violence

May 4, 2021
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialed the Governor of West Bengal to discuss the political violence in the state and deteriorating law and order situation following the counting of votes. At least 12 people had died in the post-poll violence -- a figure that may be higher than the number of those killed during the month- | Read more|

Foreign Covid Aid Pours In, But "Teething Problems" In Distribution

May 4, 2021
Newsdesk

As the world responds to India's Covid SOS, questions have emerged over whether foreign aid, including a vast number of oxygen machines and life-saving drugs, is reaching its destination. Government officials admit to "teething problems" in distributing foreign aid. To tackle one of them - delays at customs - the gover | Read more|

Oxygen Concentrators Lying With Customs, High Court Demands Details

May 3, 2021
Newsdesk

The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre to provide details of oxygen concentrators that are lying with the customs department pending clearance, by 3 pm today. Amid the terrible oxygen crisis in Delhi, triggered by the savage second wave of coronavirus, oxygen concentrators are hugely sought after medical equipment b | Read more|

"Don't Hoard Oxygen": Government To Embassies Amid Row Over SOS

May 2, 2021
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Foreign missions should not hoard oxygen and other essential supplies, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Sunday, as at least two of them turned to the opposition Congress for help amid the unprecedented coronavirus crisis in India that has crippled its healthcare system. | Read more|

Scientific Advisers Say Centre Ignored Warning Of Surge: Report

May 2, 2021
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A forum of scientific advisers set up by the government warned officials in early March of a new and more contagious variant of the coronavirus taking hold in the country, five scientists who are part of the forum told Reuters. Despite the warning, four of the scientists said the federal government did not seek to impo | Read more|