FREE PRESS Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023 INDORE BHOPAL UJJAIN MUMBAI `4 RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 - PUNE VOL. NO. 294 | BHOPAL | SUNDAY | APRIL 11, 2021 | PAGES 14 WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN FOR 24X7 UPDATES INFO ANTARCTIC ICE SHELF MAY COLLAPSE IF WE CONTINUE TO HEAT UP THE PLANET Pg- 6 Quality at Value WEATHER 38.80c. 21.00c Sunrise : 06.10 Sunset : 06.45 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY ‘BEAUTY STANDARDS SHOULD BE THE LAST THING TO THINK ABOUT’ Pg-12 9-DAY LOCKDOWN IN INDORE, UJJAIN, JABALPUR & 11 DISTS DECISION ON BHOPAL will be taken after discussion with crisis management group OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal 793 CORONA CASES IN BHOPAL ON SATURDAY The government has placed 11 districts under complete lockdown till April 19, as the number of corona patients has spiraled. Apart from that, the lockdown has been extended in Indore, Ujjain, Rau, Mhow and Shajapur to April 19. Barwani, Vidisha and Rajgarh districts are under complete lockdown till April 19. , Jabalpur city Balaghat, Seoni and Narsinghpur will be under lockdown from the evening of April 12 to the morning of April 22. Four districts - Chhindwara, Betul, Khargon and Ratlam - have already been placed under lockdown. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan took the decision after holding discussions with the crisis management committees on Sat. urday Chouhan is going to hold a meeting with the crisis management committee on Sunday for taking a decision on the state capital. At present, only Kolar area in Bhopal is under complete lockdown for nine days. CONTD. ON P8 CENTRAL, state government and local bodies' employees. Active cases may be over 1 lakh by month-end: CM BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that there may be more than 1, 00, 000 active corona cases in the state by month-end. He told journalists on Saturday that there had been about 32,000 active cases. According to Chouhan, the number of cases may continuously increase. He again urged people to take coronarelated precautions. He said 60MT oxygen was about to come to the state three days ago, now it would go up to 180MT. Chouhan said that order for 1, 00, 000 injections had already been placed and the state began to receive them. He said for making the injections available in government and private hospitals, there had been a tieup with various firms. According to Chouhan, arrangements have been made for 35, 000 injections in private hospitals. AGENCIES New Delhi Actor Satish Kaul dies of Covid-19 MUMBAI: Veteran actor Satish Kaul, who was best known for his role of Lord Indra in BR Chopra's "Mahabharat", passed away in Ludhiana on Saturday. He died owing to Covid-19 complications. The late actor, said to be in his early to midseventies, had also acted in the popular show "Vikram Aur Betaal", and was often hailed as Amitabh Bachchan of Punjabi cinema in his heydays. TRUCKS & VEHICLES carrying goods and important items from other states. INDUSTRIAL workers, materials for industries, readymade goods, officers and officials of industries. 87% new Covid deaths in 10 states News Brief EXEMPTIONS MEDICINE stores, ration shops, hospitals, nursing homes, petrol pumps, banks, ATMs, milk and vegetable outlets. Bhadbada crematorium on Saturday faced space crunch for last rites of bodies as Bhopal reported 57 corona deaths during the day Amid a rersurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic, ten states in the country account for 86.78% of new deaths with Maharashtra recording maximum 301 casualties followed by 91 daily deaths in Chhattisgarh. The information came when daily deaths continue to show an upward trend with 794 fatalities due to the viral disease in the last 24 . hours across the country A total of 1,68,436 people have so far died due to the pandemic. Data for the last 24 hours shared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHF) shows Punjab at the third rank with 56 deaths followed by Karnataka (46), Gujarat (42), Delhi (39), Uttar Pradesh (36), Rajasthan (32) and both Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh reported 23 each. Corona consumes 57 lives, toll mounts to 142 in 3 days BHOPAL: The second wave of the corona virus has walloped the city with more intensity than it did last year, consuming 57 lives on Saturday. Thirty-four bodies were cremated at Bhadbhada cremation ground and 17 at Vishram Ghat. Similarly, six bodies were buried at the Jehangirabad burial ground. The city which is under 60hour has seen 142 deaths in the past three days. 500 Google staffers ask Pichai to stop protecting harassers AGENCIES San Francisco More than 500 employees have sent an open letter to Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, demanding that the company stop protecting the harassers and provide workers an environment free from their abusers. The letter came after former Google engineer Emi Nietfeld wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times, alleging that she was forced to have oneon-one meetings with the man who harassed her. "My harasser still sat next to me. My manager told me H.R. wouldn't even make him change his desk, let alone work from home or go on leave," she wrote. The letter that was published on Medium late on Friday, read that "This is a long pattern where Alphabet protects the harasser instead of protecting the person harmed by the harassment. The person who reports harassment is forced to bear the burden, usually leaving Alphabet while their harasser stays or is rewarded for their behaviour". The employees said that Alphabet has a history of such workplace harassment. Andy Rubin, the creator of Android mobile software, was awarded a $90 million exit package after a woman accused him of coercing her into performing oral sex. Amit Singhal, a former was executive, search awarded $35 million when he was forced to resign after a sexual assault investigation. EXAMINEES, officials managing examination centres and related work. AMBULANCE, fire brigade, tele-communication, power supply, cooking gas services. CITIZENS and health workers going to hospitals, nursing homes for vaccination. PEOPLE going to bus stands, railway stations, airports. DISTRIBUTION of newspapers. HOTELS with in-room dining services. IT COMPANIES, BPO, mobile companies and their support staff. OTHER activities that the district magistrate thinks essential may be exempted. Indonesia ’quake kills 7 in Java AGENCIES MALANG A strong earthquake killed at least seven people, injured 12 others and damaged more than 300 buildings on Indonesia's main island of Java and shook the tourist hotspot of Bali, offi. cials said Saturday No tsunami warnings were posted. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.0 quake struck off the island's southern coast at 2:00 p.m. local time (0700 GMT). It was centered 45 kilometers (28 miles) south of Sumberpucung town of Malang District in East Java province, at a depth of 82 kilometres (51 miles). Rahmat Triyono, the head of Indonesia's earthquake and tsunami center, said in a statement the undersea tremblor did not have the potential to cause a tsunami. WEALTHY SPACE TRAVELLERS READY WITH TICKETS AND TRAINING All-civilian spacecraft crew ready to take off into outer space WASHINGTON Several hundreds of people have already booked their tickets and begun training for a spectacular voyage: a few minutes, or perhaps days, in the weightlessness of space. The mainly wealthy first-time space travellers are getting ready to take part in one of several private missions which are preparing to launch. BON VOYAGE 600 rich people have booked flights on Virgin Galactic The cost per flight is approximately $200,000 to $250,000 400 future Virgin Galactic passengers already trained for outer space voyage The era of space tourism is on the horizon 60 years after Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space. Two companies, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, are building spacecraft capable of send- ing private clients on suborbital flights to the edge of space for several minutes. Glenn King is the direc- Soul consciousness awakens divinity leading to noble to thoughts and feelings. tor of spaceflight training at the National Aerospace Training and Research Pennsylvania. Centre, Nearly 400 future Virgin passengers Galactic trained for outer space voyage. "The oldest person I trained was 88 years old," King said. The training program lasts two days -- a morning of classroom instruction and tests in a centrifuge. CONTD. ON P8 32,707 active corona cases in state OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL State reported 32,707 active cases on Saturday taking corona positive rate to 13.2%. During the day, 37,538 samples were sent for testing and 392 of them were rejected. Indore reported 912 corona cases taking its tally to 77,592 and toll to 994. Bhopal tally now stands at 57,334 cases and toll at 658. Indore has 7,425 while Bhopal has 5,088 active cases. Bhopal's adjacent districts like Vidisha reported 72 corona cases, Sehore 49 and Raisen 48 corona cases. Jabalpur reported 369 corona cases with 2,217 active cases while Gwalior reported 323 corona cases with 1,782 active cases. Ujjain reported 150 corona cases with 1,216 active cases while Betul reported 130 corona cases and Ratlam 140 cases. CONTD. ON P8 M Brahma Kumaris 90% DEATHS after Remdesivir jab, says ACS OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL Additional chief secretary Mohd Suleman has said 90% of Covid-19 patients died, after they were given the shots of People struggling to get Remdesivir Remdesivir. He made the statement for their patients in Bhopal at a press conference on Positivity rate is 31% in . Saturday According to Mohd Suleman, WHO reKatni, 24% in Bhopal port says Remdesivir has s the corona pandemic not reduced the number of is spreading very fast to deaths, besides this shot every nook in the state, the failed to provide quick relief positivity rate is also to a patient. increasing. In Katni, the There is an acute shortpositivity rate is 31% and, age of Remdesivir injecin Bhopal, it is 24%. tion which the kin of the Barwani, Narsinghpur and corona patients are buying Jhabua have reported 20% in black market. positivity rate. Similarly, in Suleman said that after Seoni, it is 16%, and in AIIMS in Delhi had alIndore, Khargon and Betul, lowed the jab of Remdethe rate has gone up to sivir, the state government 15%. In Bhopal and Indore issued an order on April 8 together, the rate of to use that injection in govcorona patients has gone ernment hospitals. up to 61%. Immediately after that, the government had ordered for CRS of private firms, he 1, 00, 000 injections, he said. added. He said that the deAs the process to buy such mand for oxygen was also an item in bulk was timeincreasing and that 64MT taking, 50,000 injections oxygen was needed till were being bought through March 22. CONTD. ON P8 A MINISTER CONFUSED OVER TOLL FIGURE edical Education Minister, Vishwash Sarang, was confused over the figure of deaths before journalists. Forty-one people died of corona in Bhopal on Saturday. The government records, however, showed only one. Sarang said records that he had only showed the deaths in government. He could not say whether 40 other people had died in private hospitals. Sarang said that the government had no intention to hide the figures of death and that he would try to provide the correct numbers. 5 killed during Bengal polls, including 4 in CISF firing 76.16% POLLING in fourth phase KOLKATA/COOCH BEHAR In the first major outbreak of violence during West Bengal assembly elections, five persons were killed, including four in a firing by CISF personnel, while five candidates were attacked during the fourth phase of polling in 44 seats on Sat, urday triggering a political firestorm. An estimated 76.16 per cent of 1.15 crore voters exercised their franchise till 5 pm, an official said. Four people were killed as central forces opened fire allegedly after coming under attack from locals, who "attempted to snatch their rifles", in West Bengal's Cooch Behar district, police said. The Election Commission ordered stopping the voting exercise at polling station number 126 of the constituency Sitalkuchi where the incident happened when polling was . underway "According to preliminary reports, four persons were killed as CISF personnel opened fire after coming under attack in a village. "A scuffle took place, and locals gheraoed them and attempted to snatch following rifles, their which the central forces opened fire. Further details are awaited," a police official said. CONTD. ON P8 Security personnel keep vigil at a polling station after Election Commission ordered stopping of the voting exercise at polling station number 126 in Sitalkuchi, where clashes erupted between locals and central forces in Cooch Behar district on Saturday from Bengal fter elections, Didi play new game on the TMC. Brothers will vouch "Asisters, this toalso aawill exitthat people ofbut her 'bhaipo' Bengal should 'khela' is and Didi will exit Bengal, 'bhaipo' will play new game: PM understand. People have decided that 'khela shesh hobe'. The game of violence will end. Cut money game will end. The game of extortion will end. The game of syndicates will end," PM Modi said at a public rally in Krishnanagar. uestioning the central forces' version of firing on voters killed four people, self-defence in Cooch Behar QinBengal CM Mamata Banerjee thatSaturday said her on West Cooch Behar killings: Mamata orders CID probe government will initiate a CID probe into the incident. Banerjee said there is no video footage or any other proof to substantiate claims of the central forces. "Where does this theory come from? Who was injured on their part? Is there any footage? After killing those people, they were supporting the act," she told reporters. polling for 44 controversy erupted on Saturday amid BJP releasing in West Aassembly seatsTrinamoolBengal, with thethe strategist an Congress' election audio clip where Modi, Mamata equally popular: Kishor’s purported audio Prashant Kishor is purportedly heard saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "as popular as" Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the state. Sharing excerpts of Kishor's chat with some journalists, BJP's IT cell chief Amit Malviya claimed that "TMC's election was just thrown away!"