fP the publishers permit sharing of the e-paper's pdf on WhatsApp and other social media platforms r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023 `3 r rni no. mpeng/2010/35815 free press t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE Quality at Value - WEAtHER 37.70c. 23.30c Sunrise : 06.02 Sunset : 06.49 tHougHt foR tHE dAy vol. no. 303 | BhoPal | tuesday | aPril 20, 2021 | Pages 12 Edit www.freepressjournal.in A COUNTRY DISGUSTED WITH POLITICIANS pg- 6 FOR 24x7 UPDATES ARJUN RAMPAL, NEIL NITIN MUKESH, SAMEERA REDDY IN VIRUS’S GRIP Pg-12 vAx for All Above 18 from mAy 1 AgENciES New Delhi The Union Government on Monday announced that everyone above the age of 18 will be eligible to get a vaccine against Covid-19 from May 1. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Modi said that the government has been working hard for over a year to ensure that maximum numbers of Indians are able to get the vaccine in the shortest possible time. "India is vaccinating people at world record pace and we will continue this with even greater momentum." The third phase of vaccination, which will start on May 1, aims at liberalised vaccine pricing and scaling up of vaccine coverage. Private Vaccination providers have to transparently declare their self-set vaccination price and the eligibility through this channel would be opened Vaccination biggest weapon in fight against Covid: PM key points in the liberalized vaccination rules n Vaccine manufacturers will supply 50 per cent of their monthly Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) released doses to the central government and will be free to supply the remaining 50% doses to state governments and in the open market. n Manufacturers will declare prices in advance for the vaccines supplied to state governments and in open market. n Based on this price, state governments, private hospitals, industrial establishments can buy vaccine doses from the manufacturers. n Vaccinations at central government centres, provided free of cost, will continue for previous categories - health workers, frontline workers and those above 45. n The Centre will allocate vaccines from its share to States or Union Territories based on the number of cases. Vaccine wastage can affect the quota of a state. n The second dose for existing priority groups will be priority. up to all adults everyone above the age of 18. Vaccine manufacturers are empowered to release up to 50 per cent of their supply to state Governments and in the open mar- ket at a pre-declared price. On the other hand, states are empowered to procure additional vaccine doses directly from the manufacturers, as well as open up vaccination to any catego- ry of people above the age of 18 for the same. Vaccination will be provided free of cost to the eligible population as defined earlier which include Health Care Workers Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that vaccination is the biggest weapon in the fight against coronavirus and urged the doctors to encourage more and more patients to get vaccinated. The Prime Minister, while interacting with doctors across the country through video conferencing on the COVID19 issue and vaccination progress, appreciated the doctors, medical and paramedical staff for their service towards the country during the coronavirus pandemic. (HCWs), Front Line Workers (FLWs) and all people above 45 years of age at Government of India (GoI) vaccination centres. The division of vaccine supply 50 per cent to GoI and 50 per cent to other than its channel would be applicable uniformly across for all vaccines manufactured in the country. courts step in as govts struggle to tackle covid surge MP HC NOTICES TO CENTRE, STATE PROSECUTE and punish people responsible for Covid spread: PIL JAbAlPUR News Brief Manmohan Singh tests Covid +ve New Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh tested positive for Covid-19 and was admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences here with a mild fever on Monday afternoon. Singh, 88, has been admitted to the AIIMS trauma centre, which is a dedicated Covid facility, sources said, adding his condition is stable. They said Singh had a mild fever in the morning and later tested positive for Covid-19. Delhi lockdown till Apr 26 New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a six-day lockdown in the national capital from 10 pm on Monday till 5 am on April 26 and said it was necessary to deal with the rising number of COVID-19 cases as the city's health system was stretched to its limit. Meanwhile, traders' associations welcomed the six-day lockdown. British PM cancels visit New Delhi: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not visit India next week in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Monday. MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the decision was taken as per mutual agreement by both sides. cAPE cANAvERAl (US) NASA's experimental Mars helicopter ‘Ingenuity’ rose from the dusty red surface into the thin air on Monday , achieving the first powered, controlled flight on another planet. The triumph was hailed as a Wright Brothers moment. "We can now say that human beings have flown a rotorcraft on another planet," project manager MiMi Aung announced to her team. Aung and her team had to wait more than three excruciating hours before The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Monday issued notices to the Union and MP governments on a petition seeking direction to "prosecute and punish" the persons responsible for the coronavirus spread in the central Indian state. The HC also issued notices to the Election Commission of India and the State Election Commission on the petitioner PC Paliwal's contention that top politicians and political workers from MP participated in the electioneering for the Damoh assembly bypoll and elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerela and Puducherry "without caring for a face mask and social distancing". Contd. on P8 prosecute & punish n Notices to the Union and MP governments on a petition seeking direction to "prosecute and punish" the persons responsible for the coronavirus spread in the central Indian state n HC also issued notices to the Election Commission of India and the State Election Commission on the petitioner PC Paliwal's contention that top politicians and political workers from MP participated in the electioneering for the Damoh assembly bypoll and elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerela and Puducherry "without caring for a face mask and social distancing" n Shortage of medical oxygen and medicines, black marketing of antiviral drug Remdesivir, insufficient infrastructure in hospitals, dead bodies waiting for their turn for hours for last rites in crematoriums in Jabalpur and other parts of Madhya Pradesh Hc to mAHA govt: supply 10k remdesivir viAls to nAgpur Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court directed the Maharashtra government to supply 10,000 Remdesivir injections immediately to the city by 8 pm on Monday evening. Hospital sends Covid-19 body to house instead of crematorium OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore In a blatant violation of Covid-19 norms, Super Specialty Hospital ambulance on Monday delivered the body of a coronavirus infected person at his house instead of taking it directly to the crematorium. For nearly two-and-a-halfhours the body remained outside the house until another ambulance came and took it to the crematorium. Dr Niranjan Srivastava, a reader with Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, who was undergoing treatment at Super Specialty Hospital, died of Covid-19 on Monday morning. Body lying outside the house As per Covid-19 protocol, his body was supposed to be sent to the crematorium from the hospital but it was taken to his house in the ambulance. The ambulance kept the body outside the deceased house in Nanda Nagar and went away . Seeing their father’s body, the children started crying and wanted to see the face of their deceased father whose body was warped in a cloth but they were not allowed to do so by senior family members due to fear of infection. Neighbours and close relatives also maintained a distance from the body for fear of getting infected. The ambulance service was called up several times but they did not take the call. Contd. on P8 The day we flew over Mars learning whether the preprogrammed flight had succeeded 178 million miles (287 million kilometres) away In. genuity had hitched a ride to Mars on Perseverance. Applause, cheers and laughter erupted in the operations centre when success was finally declared. There was even more when the first black and white photo appeared on the screens, showing Ingenuity's shadow as it hovered above the wrigHt brotHers moment n Mars has one third less gravity and 99 per cent less air than Earth. Hence flying the helicopter is like flying it at 100,000 feet, although it shall only hover 9 feet in the air at first. n Scientists had a lab in Pasadena closely replicate Mars’s thin atmosphere. They created freezing temperatures to mimic the red planet’s nightly minus 90C (minus 130F). surface of Mars. Next came the stunning colour images HC imposes lockdown, UP says ‘no’ SRAwAN ShUklA LUCKNOW A medic collects swab samples for Covid-19 test from police personnel deployed in Damoh by-election at Government JP Hospital in Bhopal of the helicopter descending back to the surface, tak- Begin a day with these peaceful thoughts daily:- ‘I am a peaceful person, I am a being of peace, Peace is my original quality…’ - Brahma Kumaris The Allahabad High Court on Monday directed the state government to impose lockdown in five worstaffected cities – Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Gorakhpur and Prayagraj -- from Monday at 10 pm till April 26. However, the Yogi Adityanath government has refused to follow the court directions saying that “the government will not impose complete lockdown in any city as of now.” Contd. on HC tells Telangana:• Lockdown or curfew? Decide in 48 hrs The Telangana HC on Monday directed tstate government to take a decision within 48 hours on imposing night curfew or weekend lockdown to check the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The court made it clear that it would pass orders after 48 hours. Local trains suspended after drivers & guards test Corona positive FP NEwS SERvicE Kolkata Passengers had to face problems as 25local trains from Sealdah and 15 trains from Howrah divisions got cancelled as the driver and guards tested Covid positive. Talking to Free Press, Eastern Railways CPRO Eklavya Chakraborty stated that the Eastern Railways will hold review meetings every morning and accordingly will take decision of running the local trains. “Today 25 from Sealdah division and 15 from Howrah division got cancelled as at least 50 guards and drivers tested positive,” mentioned the CPRO of Eastern Railways. en by Perseverance, resulting in even more applause. Details were initially sparse, but NASA had been aiming for a 40-second flight. The helicopter was supposed to rise 10 feet (3 metres), hover for up to 30 seconds, then pivot toward the rover and land close to where it took off. With an atmosphere just 1 per cent the thickness of Earth's, engineers had to build a helicopter light enough - with blades spinning fast enough - to generate this otherworldy lift. Contd. on P8 MP reported 12,897 C-cases, positive rate is now 25.3% OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL Madhya Pradesh reported 12,897 corona cases with 25.3 per cent corona-positive rate on Monday The state’s ac. tive cases went up to 74,558 with 50,942 samples sent for testing, while 313 samples were rejected at the time of testing. The toll went up to 4,636 with 79 deaths. Indore reported 1,698 corona cases and its tally rose to 91,015 and death toll rose to 1,054, while Bhopal’s tally went up to 70,973. Indore’s active cases went to 11,804 and Bhopal’s active cases went to 8,934. Corona patients to be treated in Army hospitals CM HOLDS discussions with PM, Defence Minister OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL BMC staffs were transported in such pathatic condition to Bhanpur on Monday 1,694 new cases and 122 cremations as per corona protocol in Bhopal on Monday Jabalpur reported 877 corona cases with 4,614 active cases, while Gwalior reported 1,157 corona cases with 6,398 active. Ujjain reported 311 corona cases with 2,679 active cases, while Ratlam reported 171 corona cases with 1,156 active cases. Khargone reported 232 corona cases with 968 active cases. Rewa reported 349 corona cases with 1,927 active cases, while Satna reported 184 corona cases with 1,078 active cases. Contd. on P8 The corona patients will be treated at the Army hospitals and in isolation centres. The above decision was taken at a meeting between Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and army officers on Monday . Earlier to holding talks with the Army officers, Chouhan discussed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh over phone about the situation arising out of the spread of Covid19 in the state. The Prime Minister assured Chouhan that there would be no dearth of oxygen, Remdesivir vials and other health facilities. Chouhan also held discussions with the Defence Minister about opening of army hospitals to public. After holding talks with the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister, Chouhan met the Core Commander of Sudarshan Chakra, Atulya Solanki and Brig Ashutosh Shukla. There will be 150 beds at Army hospitals in Bhopal, FREE 3-MONTH RATION FOR POOR In the wake of a surge in COVID- 19 cases in Madhya Pradesh and the subsequent curbs, the state government on Monday announced to provide free ration to all eligible beneficiaries for the next three months. The government also asked officials to invoke the stringent National Security Act (NSA) against those involved in the black marketing of life-saving drugs. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made the announcement at a video conferencing meeting with district collectors. 100 in Jabalpur, 40 in Sagar and 40 in Gwalior. The army officers have assured the Chief Minister that they would provide para-medical staff to look after the patients. If necessary, the government would provide oxygen for isolated patients in the Army hospitals, Chouhan said. Amid ruckus And strike over slApping of junior doctor Oxygen shortage claims 5 more lives in Bhopal OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL In another shocking news for the state capital, shortage of oxygen has claimed the lives of 5 Covid patients at People’s Hospital in the state capital on Monday . The administration remained busy in arranging for oxygen cylinders to hospitals throughout the day after this incident. On Sunday, 22 Covid patients had died at Shahdol Medical College due to a shortage of oxygen. According to People’s Hospital sources, after the death of a Covid patient over low pressure of oxygen at the hospital, relatives slapped a junior doctor. All junior doctors struck work as a mark of protest. It led to a ruckus and high-voltage drama at the Covid centre of People’s Hospital. While the protests and fight were going on, four more patients CR man 'out-races' speeding train to save kid in Thane ThANE Displaying rare courage and presence of mind, a Central Railway employee raced an oncoming express train to save the life of a young boy who had fallen on the railway track, officials said here on Monday . The incident happened on April 17 evening at Vangani Station of Central Railway in Thane and the Pointsman Mayur Shelke's feat earned him an appreciative tweet from Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. As per CCTV footage, a visually-handicapped woman is seen carrying a heavy rucksack walking on the platform when a 6-year-old child accompanying her suddenly seems to stumble and fall on to the railway tracks below. The footage also shows the Bengaluru-Mumbai Udayan Express train speeding on the same track when the Pointsman Shelke is seen running on that track from the opposite direction to help the boy . As the train speed headlong before him, he seemed to hesitate momentarily but , continued to sprint and helped up the child who was trying to clamber on the high platform. Shelke pushed the child up and also desperately hoisted himself as barely a second later the train zoomed onto the platform, but both the kid and his guardian angel were saved by virtually by a hair's breadth. succumbed. Dr Alok Kulshreshtha, who was in-charge of the Covid centre at People’s Hospital till Sunday, said, “I’m not looking after the Covid centre now. So, I don’t know what happened.” Joint collector Rajesh Gupta said, “When I was informed about the low pressure of oxygen supply, I immediately supplied oxygen cylinders to People’s Hospital and the situation normalised. We also supplied to AIIMS and JK Hospital according to their demands.” Rs 3,000 cr drug seized from fishing vessel originating from Pakistan kOchi The Indian Navy has busted an international smuggling racket operating through Arabian sea, seizing narcotics worth Rs 3,000 crore from a Sri Lankan fishing vessel which originated from Pakistan, a Defence spokesman said here on Monday . The Indian Naval Ship "Suvarna", which was on surveillance patrol in the Arabian Sea, also arrested five Sri Lnakan nationals on board the vessel, he said. "This is a major catch, not only in terms of the quantity and cost, but also from the perspective of disruption of the illegal narcotics smuggling routes, which emanate from the Makran coast in Pakistan and flow towards the Indian, Maldivian and Sri Lankan destinations," the spokesman said. Navy sources said the fishing vessel was brought to Kochi on Monday morning.