Reportage

April 17, 2021

Vaccine shortage forces PHCs in Tamil Nadu to turn away villagers; Health Minister Harsh Vardhan says ‘no vaccine shortage’

In the last two weeks, states including Maharashtra, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, have reported COVID19 vaccine shortage. Now, primary health centres in Coimbatore and Tiruppur districts of Tamil Nadu are being forced to turn away villagers due to stock-out of vaccine doses. But, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today emphasised “no shortage of vaccine” in India.

Pankaja Srinivasan
April 17, 2021

Running out of breath as scramble for oxygen cylinders begins

India is in the grip of the second COVID19 wave recording 234,692 new cases in the last 24 hours. In COVID19 infections, about 10-15% patients require oxygen support. Amidst surging cases, an acute shortage of medical-grade oxygen cylinders is being felt leading to jacking up of prices. Rural India may face the heat soon, warn experts.

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April 17, 2021

Thousands of tribal women chart their own future after vocational training

About 4,300 women in Dungarpur and Banswara districts of Rajasthan have gone on to set up their own enterprises after undergoing skill development training offered by the Dungarpur Municipal Council and local non-profits.

Madhav Sharma
April 17, 2021

Fighting tuberculosis with nutri-gardens

Rajasthan’s suposhan vatika scheme of creating gardens to grow fruits and vegetables as a means of tackling malnutrition can also play an important role in the central government’s programme to eradicate TB by 2025.

Madhav Sharma
April 16, 2021

Delhi reports biggest ever daily spike in COVID19 infections with 19,489 new cases

The positivity rate of COVID-19 in Delhi has increased to 19.69 per cent while the fatality rate is 1.47 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 141 deaths due to the virus have been reported.

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April 16, 2021

West Bengal Elections: ‘Politicians are busy sowing and reaping their harvest of politics’

The biggest issue relating to farmers in the eight-phase West Bengal assembly elections 2021 is that they are caught between central and state welfare schemes. Most are frustrated the schemes are but a bait to woo their votes.

Gurvinder Singh
April 16, 2021

Kumbh Mela: Two seers’ groups exit gathering after 1,700 people test positive for COVID19 in five days

More than 1,700 people have tested positive for COVID19 in the Haridwar Kumbh Mela area from April 10 to 14. The Uttarakhand government might cancel the mela if the top body of seers requests so, claim news reports.

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April 16, 2021

COVID19 Update: 217,353 new corona cases in India; Delhi the worst-affected city

By reporting 16,699 fresh coronavirus infections a day, the national capital of Delhi has surpassed financial capital Mumbai to become the most COVID-19-affected city in India. Weekend curfew in Delhi. Curfew in Rajasthan from 6 pm on April 16 to 5 am on April 19.

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April 15, 2021

Explained: What’s allowed, what’s not in curfew-like restrictions in Maharashtra

No religious, social, cultural or political functions of any type shall be allowed during the curfew. However, a maximum of 25 people are allowed for marriages and a maximum of 20 people for funerals. More details here.

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April 15, 2021

Hailstorms destroy standing crops in several districts of Maharashtra

Farmers in Beed, Satara and Pune districts report crop losses as heavy rainfall and hailstorm on April 14 damage their crops. Last month on March 21, orchards of grapes, mango, and banana had also suffered heavy damages due to hailstorms in the state.

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