Quality at Value VOL. 32 NO. 52| MUMBAI, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL SUNDAY| MAY 2, 2021| 15 PAGES | ` 4 FULFILL COUNTERTERRORISM PLEDGE, TALIBAN TOLD WASHINGTON: Representatives of the extended "Troika," including the US, Russia and China discussed ways to support intra-Afghan negotiations. (Pg 8) CORONAVIRUS CASES 152,441,295 DEATHS 3,199,180 Delhi HC warns Centre of ‘contempt’ over O2 shortage; Modi prays for all Source - Worldometer BOTTAS TAKES POLE, DENIES HAMILTON 100TH A BREATHLESS NATION l 12 die due to O2 shortage in Delhi's Batra hospital l Lockdown in Capital for another week l Maharashtra sees 63,282 new cases FPJ BUREAU & ANI / New Delhi The Delhi High Court on Saturday warned the Central government that it will face contempt charges if Delhi does not get enough oxygen supply The Delhi government on Saturday had . blamed the Centre saying ‘oxygen has become an ego issue”. The HC directed the Centre to ensure Delhi receives 490 MT oxygen on Saturday by any means. The HC told the Centre: "Now the water has gone above our head. Enough is enough. You made an allocation of oxygen to Delhi, you fulfill it." The HC rap comes at a time when four more patients died in Delhi's Batra Hospital due to a shortage of oxygen on Saturday, taking the death toll to 12, said an official. "Fatalities climbed up to 12. One of our senior doctors has also lost his battle to COVID. I am hoping and praying this situation does not occur again with our hospital or any other hospital over the next few days or ever again," Dr Sudhanshu Bankata, Executive Director, Batra Hospital told ANI. India on Saturday reported over 4,00,000 fresh Covid-19 cases for the first time as the tally crossed 19 million-mark, according to Union health ministry’s data. As the national capital continues to grapple with surge in Covid-19 cases and oxygen shortage, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday extended the lockdown by another week. The CM confirmed that Delhi has received 4.5 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines. The state will start inoculating people between 18 to 44 years of age from May 3. Kejriwal said in a tweet that the lives of the patients could have been saved and demanded that Delhi should be given its quota of oxygen. He said Delhi needs 976 tonnes oxygen but only 312 CONTD. ON P6 tonnes oxygen was provided yesterday . While the whole world has taken note of India’s horrific Covid-19 second wave crisis, White House's chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci has suggested a complete lockdown for a few weeks to curb transmission of the Covid19. According to Fauci, a temporary lockdown in India is the need of the hour as it could have a significant impact on the dynamics of the outbreak. “You can shut down temporarily to put an end to the cycle of transmission. So one of the things to be considered is to temporarily shut down," Fauci told The Indian Express. "We are very pained to see BETWEEN THE LINES Actor Bikramjeet dies of Covid-19 NEW DELHI: Actor Bikramjeet Kanwarpal (52), famous for his performance in Anil Kapoor's series 24 and web-series Special OPS, died of COVID19. The actor was a retired Army officer. The news of Bikramjeet’s death was announced by filmmaker Vikram Bhatt on social media. Bhatt had worked with Kanwarpal on many films, including Creature 3D and Horror Story. Powerful quake hits north Japan TOKYO: A strong earthquake struck off northern Japan early on Saturday, causing no risk of a tsunami but leaving three people injured and shaking buildings in Tokyo, authorities said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit at a depth of 47 kilometers (30 miles) off the coast of Miyagi prefecture. Doc on Covid duty ends life NEW DELHI: A 36-year-old doctor who had been attending to Covid-19 patients for nearly a month in the ICU of a private hospital in Delhi allegedly committed suicide. Dr Vivek Rai was a resident doctor at the hospital. He hailed from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. Dr Rai's colleagues said he was on Covid duty for the past one month and was ‘frustrated’ dealing with the condition of ICU patients. India suffering so much. And that's the reason why the rest of the world needs to chip in and help," he added. Fauci emphasised that the most important thing is to get oxygen, supplies, medication, PPE and vaccinations. "To have a country like India, where two per cent of people are vaccinated, is a very serious situation. You Kapoor shifted to ICU, stable FPJ BUREAU / Mumbai (Top) Mass cremation of COVID-19 victims at Ghazipur crematorium in New Delhi; PM Modi PM offers prayers at Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib on 400th Prakash Purab of Guru Teg Bahadur. (Photos: PTI) Shut down India for weeks to break Covid chain: Fauci FPJ BUREAU & IANS New Delhi Actor Randhir absolutely have to get more people vaccinated," according to Fauci. "There is suffering now but I guarantee that we will get it back to normal. Hang in there, help each other," Fauci added. The MoHF on Saturday said that India witnessed the highest spike of 4,01,999 fresh cases of Covid-19 and 3,523 fatalities due to Covid19 infection in the last 24 hours. India has so far administered 15,49,89,635 doses since January 16. India on Saturday started vaccination for those above the age of 18 years. However, the exercise began mainly in six states -- Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Odisha. Veteran actor Randhir Kapoor has been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) days after testing positive for COVID-19. The 74-year-old actor is being treated at the Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai and according to a hospital source, his health condition is currently stable. “He is in the ICU for observation. He is stable. He will be in the hospital for a few days.” a hospital source told PTI. Randhir Kapoor is the eldest son of celebrated actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor. The actor lost his younger brothers Rishi Kapoor (67) and Rajiv Kapoor (58), within a span of one year. Rishi Kapoor passed away on April 30, 2020, after a twoyear battle with cancer, while Rajiv Kapoor died following a heart attack in February this year. 16 Covid patients among 18 killed in Guj hospital fire About 60 patients were admitted to the hospital when fire broke out post midnight; State govt to conduct a probe into incident FPJ BUREAU Gandhinagar At least 18 persons including 16 Covid-19 patients were killed in a fire breakout at a hospital in Gujarat’s Bharuch district in the wee hours of Saturday according , to officials. About 60 patients were admitted to Patel Welfare Hospital when the fire broke out in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) post-midnight. The state government said a judicial inquiry would be conducted into the incident in which the ICU of the hospital, run by a charitable trust, was totally destroyed. The cause of the fire is suspected to be due to a short circuit. "Sixteen coronavirus patients and two nursing staff were either charred to death or died due to suffocation inside a Covid-19 unit," Superintendent of Police Rajendrasinh Chudasama said. The fire was doused within an hour. Local people and the kin of patients helped in the rescue operation during which dozens of patients were shifted to other facilities Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonwalla (40) on Saturday spoke out about the tremendous pressures he was under over the production of COVID-19 vaccines to meet India’s ever-increasing demand. Poonawalla told 'The Times' in an interview about receiving aggressive calls from some of the most powerful people in India, demanding supplies of Covishield -the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccine. "I'm staying here (London) an extended time because I don't want to go back to that situation. Every- thing falls on my shoulders but I can't do it alone...I don't want to be in a situation where you are just trying to do your job, and just because you can't supply the needs of A cop at Patel Welfare Covid Hospital in Bharuch. by ambulance. The four-storey designated Covid hospital, which is situated on the Bharuch-Jambusar highway and 190 km from Ahmedabad, is yet to obtain the NOC for fire, according to an IANS report citing fire officers. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani announced ex-gratia aid of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased in the fire. He also directed Additional Chief Secretary (Labour) Vipul Mittra and Commissioner of Municipalities Administration Rajkumar Beniwal to conduct an inquiry . The government will also institute a judicial inquiry (Photo: AFP) into the tragedy Rupani told , reporters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed grief over the incident. "Pained by the loss of lives due to a fire at a hospital in Bharuch. Condolences to the bereaved families," Modi tweeted. "I am extremely saddened by the fire accident at a hospital in Bharuch. I express my deepest condolences to the families of all the people who lost their lives in this accident and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured," Shah said in a tweet. (With inputs from agencies) Govt permits O2 concentrator imports GST revenue hits all-time for personal use under gift category high of Rs 1.41L cr in April SANJAY JOG / Mumbai Amid rising demand for oxygen in the wake of surging Covid-19 cases, the Centre has allowed import of oxygen concentrators for personal use through post, courier or ecommerce portals under the gift category . The exemption for oxygen concentrators is allowed only for a period till July 31, 2021. The ministry of commerce in the notification said, “In exercise of powers conferred by Section 3 & Section 5 of the FT (D&R) Act, 1992, read with the paragraph 1.02 and 2.01 of the Foreign Trade Policy 2015-2020 as , amended from time to time, the Central Government hereby amends Para 2.25 of Foreign Trade Policy .’’ “Import of goods including those purchased from e-commerce portals, post or courier, where Custom clearance is sought as a gift, is prohibited except for life saving drugs/medicines/oxygen concentrators and Rakhi (but not gifts related to Rakhi). The exemption for oxygen concentrators is allowed only for a period till July 31, 2021 for SANJAY JOG Mumbai personal use,’’ said the notification. As per rules, gifts over Rs 1,000 attract Customs Duty and 28 per cent integrated GST. Meanwhile, the finance ministry on Saturday has reduced integrated GST to 12 per cent for oxygen concentrators for personal use. The ministry in a tweet said, '' Considering increased need for oxygen therapy for #COVID 19 patients, Integrated GST for oxygen concentrators for personal use has been reduced to 12% bringing it at par with the rate for commercial use. It will be applicable till June 30, 2021.'' CONTD. ON P6 ‘Getting aggressive calls from powerful people’ PTI / London PORTIMAO (PORTUGAL): Valtteri Bottas took pole position for Portuguese Grand Prix and denied Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton a record-extending 100th F1 pole. (Pg 9) X, Y or Z you really don't want to guess what they are going to do," Poonawalla told the newspaper. "The level of expectation and aggression is really unprecedented. It's overwhelming. Everyone feels they should get the vaccine. They can't understand why anyone else should get it before them," he said. The businessman indicated in the interview that his move to London is also linked to business plans to expand vaccine manufacturing to countries outside India, which may include the likes of the UK. CONTD. ON P6 ADAR POONWALLA, CEO OF SERUM INSTITUTE OF INDIA paying their GST dues in a timely manner during the month. The finance ministry said the GST revenues during April 2021 are the highest since the introduction of GST even surpassing collections in the last month (March 2021). In line with the trend of recovery in the GST revenues over the past six months, the revenues for the month of April 2021 are 14% higher than the GST revenues of March 2021. CONTD. ON P6 READY FOR SHOTS I'm staying here "(London) because I don't want to go back to that situation. Everything falls on my shoulders but I can't do it alone...I don't want to be in a situation where just because you can't supply the needs of X, Y or Z you really don't want to guess what they are going to do." Undeterred by the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the gross GST revenue collected in April 2021 hit a record high of Rs 1,41,384 crore. Out of which CGST is Rs 27,837 crore, SGST is Rs 35,621, IGST is Rs 68,481 crore (including Rs 29,599 crore collected on import of goods) and Cess is Rs 9,445 crore (including Rs 981 crore collected on import of goods). Despite the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic affecting several parts of the country Indian businesses have , once again shown remarkable resilience by not only complying with the return filing requirements but also A group of youngsters stand in line outside Cooper Hospital, Juhu to get their first vaccine shot on Saturday. The BMC started vaccination for beneficiaries aged between 18 and 44 years in a limited manner from May 1, Maharashtra Din. (FULL STORY ON Pg 3) (PHOTO: BL SONI) EC moves SC over More countries ban arrivals from India Truck carrying 2.40 lakh Covaxin doses abandoned HC’s ‘murder rap’ FPJ BUREAU & PTI / New Delhi The Election Commission (EC) moved the Supreme Court on Saturday against some really critical observations made by the Madras High Court, holding the poll panel responsible for a surge in COVID-19 cases in the coun- try . The Madras High Court had observed that the responsible EC officials should probably be tried on murder charges for their failure to ensure adherence to COVID19 protocols during the election process in four states ana a Union Territory . AGENCIES Melbourne/Washington/Toronto With Covid-19 positive cases touched a new peak of 4 lakh-mark in India on Saturday more countries banned , arrivals from the country . Australian citizens, who wish to return home from India, may face jail term or hefty fine while the US has imposed travel restrictions from India beginning May 4. Canada also banned entry of international students including from India to Ontario. Australian citizens could face five-year jail term or hefty fines up to 66,000 dollars if they try to return home from India after Canberra made the journey temporarily illegal in an effort to curb the spread of Covid. US President Joe Biden has imposed restrictions on travel from India that stops most non-American citizens from entering the US for an indefinite period from May 4. Canada is all set to suspend entry of international students, including from India, to Ontario, the worsthit province which is battling the third wave of the coronavirus. First batch of 1.5L Sputnik V jabs lands in India from Russia AGENCIES Hyderabad/New Delhi The first consignment of Sputnik V vaccines from Russia arrived in Hyderabad on Saturday. (Photo: ANI) As many as 150,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine first consignment landed here from Russia on Saturday, Dr Reddys Laboratories said. The drug maker, which has tied up with Russian Direct Investment Fund for the vaccine, said in a statement that the initial quantity will be used across different channels as a pi- lot to line up the supply chain for the larger vaccination program rollout. Subsequent consignments will arrive in the next few weeks, it further said. "We are pleased to announce that the first consignment of 150,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine has landed in Hyderabad from Russia. The rollout of the consignment will be subject to the necessary clearances, which will be processed over the next few days," Deepak Sapra CEO API and Services, Dr.Reddys, said. In September 2020, Dr Reddys and RDIF entered into a partnership to conduct clinical trials of theSputnikV developed by the , Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the rights for distribution of the first 100 million doses in India. Later it was enhanced to 125 million. in MP for nearly 12 hours FPJ BUREAU & PTI Bhopal A truck carrying 2.40 lakh doses of Covaxin worth Rs 8 crore was left parked for nearly 12 hours after its driver went missing under mysterious circumstances in Madhya Pradesh's Narsinghpur district, police said on Saturday The Tamil Nadu. registered vehicle, which was transporting the vaccine from Hyderabad to Karnal in Haryana, was left abandoned for nearly 12 hours in Kareli area, Narsinghpur superintendent of police Vipul Shrivastava said. The matter came to light on Friday afternoon when the police were informed that a truck, with a mention of vaccine- manufacturer Bharat Biotech on it, was parked near Kareli bus stand, around 16 km from the district headquarters, the official said. According to the police, the truck contained 2.40 lakh doses of Covaxin worth Rs 8 crore. The company then arranged for another driver and the truck set off for Karnal at 8 pm. The driver Vikas Mishra is still missing. "As the engine of the vehicle was on, its refrigerator with vaccine doses was functioning. So, I feel that vaccines were safe," he added.