Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s interview to a private TV Channel. Excerpts via BJP India:
Leftover phases of elections cannot happen on one day. It is Constitutional right of every candidate to get at least 14 days for campaigning after filing his nomination. Mamata Didi doesn’t know the Constitution!
I will intervene and start an inquiry of phone tapping as soon as CM Mamata Banerjee writes a letter to the Home Minister of India. The words spoken on the call, however, are very serious.
The Election Commission is already investigating the Sitalkuchi incident. But the media should go to the end of this. A few days before the incident, she had come to the region and asked her goons to gherao the Central forces.
All CCTV footage close to the Sitalkuchi incident are with the Election Commission. District Magistrate acts under EC during polls, and these CCTVs are under DMs. We are not aware of the stage of the probe.
There has not been a single new seed of jute in Bengal in 42 years. For 38 years, no new variants of rice has come up in Bengal.
Mamata didi keeps saying “Khela Hobe!”. What does it mean? 140 people died during Panchayat polls in Bengal! Is that the reference? Is she trying to scare us or the people of Bengal?
Rahul Gandhi – Former Congress President:
In view of the Covid situation, I am suspending all my public rallies in West Bengal.
I would advise all political leaders to think deeply about the consequences of holding large public rallies under the current circumstances.
P Chidambaram , Former Finance Minister :
- Dr Manmohan Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi containing five specific suggestions to fight the pandemic.
- He has requested the PM to accept them immediately and act on them promptly.
- Whether the government is open to good suggestions will be known from the action taken on the letter.
- Also, whether the government is serious about containing the spread of the pandemic will also be known from its response.
Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh writes to PM Modi on ramping up vaccination programme :
Key to our fight against Covid19 must be ramping up vaccination effort. We must resist temptation to look at absolute numbers being vaccinated, focus instead on percentage of population vaccinated
Advisory has been issued to all States & UTs to ascertain that measures to curb COVID19 transmission don’t affect Largest Vaccine DriveDr Harsh Vardhan – union health minister
Uninterrupted & smooth functioning of Covid Vaccination Centres must be ensured.
Ministry of Railways via PIB India:
Railways is getting fully ready to transport Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) and Oxygen Cylinders across the key Corridors.
Availability of oxygen is a key element in the treatment of certain medical conditions in the Covid infection.
It may be noted that Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra state governments had approached Ministry of Railways to explore whether Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) tankers could be moved by Railways.
Railways immediately explored the technical feasibility of transportation of LMO. LMO has to be transported through Roll On Roll Off (RO RO) service with road tankers placed on flat wagons.
Due to restrictions of height of Road Over Bridges (ROBs) and Over Head Equipment (OHE) at certain locations, out of the various specifications of road tankers, the model of road tanker T 1618 with height of 3320 mm was found feasible to be placed on flat wagons (DBKM) with height of 1290 mm.
In order to ensure that parameters of Transportation are tested, trials were conducted at various locations.
This DBKM wagon was placed at Kalamboli goods shed in Mumbai on 15.04.2021 and a T 1618 tanker loaded with LMO was also brought here. Joint measurements were taken by representatives of Industry and Railways.
Based on these measurements, route clearances were taken and it was found that it would be possible to undertake movements as RO RO as ODC (over dimensional consignment) with speed restrictions on some sections depending on overhead clearances.
In order to enable commercial booking and freight payment for RO RO movement of LMO in cryogenic tankers, Ministry of Railways has brought out a circular on 16.04.2021 providing all the necessary details and guidance on the matter.
On 17.04.2021 April, a meeting was held between Railway Board officials and with State Transport Commissioners and representatives of industry on the subject of “Issues related to transportation of Liquid Medical Oxygen.
It was decided that the tankers would be organized by Transport Commissioner, Maharashtra. These empty tankers would be moved from Kalamboli/Boisar, Railway stations in and near Mumbai, and sent to Vizag and Jamshedpur/Rourkela/Bokaro, for loading of liquid medical oxygen tankers from there.
In pursuance of the above decision, instructions have been issued to Zonal Railways to ensure readiness to receive the trailers and load them back.
Ramps have to be built at Vizag, Angul and Bhilai and the existing ramp at Kalamboli is to be strengthened.
The Kalamboli ramp would be made ready by 19.04.2021. Ramps at other locations would also be ready in a couple of days by the time the tankers reach those locations.
On 18.04.2021 a trial was organised at Boisar (Western Railway) where a loaded tanker was placed on a flat DBKM and all the required measurements were taken.
Railways have already placed DBKM wagons at Kalamboli and at other locations in expectation of movement of tankers to various locations. Railways are awaiting advice from Maharashtra to move the tankers.
Tentatively a movement plan has been made for dispatching 10 empty tankers on 19.04.2021.
Transport Secretary Maharashtra has assured to provide the tankers by 19.04.2021.
Zonal Railways have been informed regarding the demands from State Governments. CFTMs and PCOMs are in touch with the Industry and State Governments.
Railway Board has directed concerned GMs to be fully prepared and proactively assist the State and Central Government Agencies in movement of Oxygen by Rail and has also nominated ED/TT/F as Nodal Officer in Railway Board.
Dr RP Nishank, Union Education Minister :
Given the current Covid19 situation, I have advised National Testing Agency postpone the JEE (Main) – 2021 April Session.
I would like to reiterate that safety of our students & their academic career are Ministry of Education’s and my prime concerns right now.
The dates of JEE (Main) – 2021 April session will be announced later on and at least 15 days before the examination.
Ravi Shankar Prasad – Union Minister:
PM Narendra Modi envisioned India Post as fulcrum of financial inclusion.
Glad to note that India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has been named among the World’s Best Banks 2021 list by Forbes.
In just about 2 years of operations, IPPB has built upon the legacy of India Post.
@IPPBOnline is delivering state of the art financial and payment services across the country.
Till date ₹12,122 Crore has been disbursed at doorstep of citizens using AePS.
I am proud of the earnest and tireless efforts of every India Post Office worker behind this.
Delhi facing acute shortage of oxygen.arvind kejriwal – cm, delhi
In view of sharply increasing cases, Delhi needs much more than normal supply.
Rather than increasing supply, our normal supply has been sharply reduced and Delhi’s quota has been diverted to other states.
OXYGEN HAS BECOME AN EMERGENCY IN DELHI
Raghav Chadha – AAP leader:
Chaired a meeting of all HODs of LNJP hospital and discussed proper patient management and streamlining of operations.
Healthcare workers, our warriors in this fight against Covid-19, are putting in their 100%.
Expressed utmost gratitude to them on behalf of Kejriwal Sarkar.
Inspected wards at LNJP in order to assess bed occupancy/availability, oxygen related infra, patient management etc.
Lapses/scope for improvement identified & directions given to course correct wherever necessary.
Kejriwal Govt putting everything that it has got in this fight.
During my inspection at LNJP, I interacted with several Covid patients.
They were satisfied with treatment being offered.
Some complaints expressed by a handful were duly resolved there and then.
Checked quality of food offered to patients. Hygienic, nutritious meals served to all
I wish….manish sisodia – dy cm, delhi
these classrooms were having kids studying, playing, shouting….
instead of covid beds ….
Delhi govt school at Rouse Avenue is being converted into Covid Hospital with 125 beds with the help of ‘Doctors for You’.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal reviewed the progress at site.
Visited DRDO’s upcoming Covid Hospital near airport.manish sisodia – dy cm, delhi
Salute to DRDO for creating this facility within 5 days time.
With this center, 250 ICU beds with ventilators will be added for critical ill patients from tomorrow.
Another 250 beds would to be operational in next 4-5 days.
Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister :
All possible support is being extended to States to fight COVID19 by taking steps to;
- Double Remdesivir production & supply
- Ensure uninterrupted supply of oxygen
- Continuously supply COVID19 vaccines
- Enhance healthcare infra
- Production being doubled to 74.1L/month by May
- Express permission given to 20 manufacturing plants to increase production
- Exports prohibited
- Prices capped
- Strict monitoring to curb any malpractice, hoarding & black Marketing.
- Projected demand of high-burden States mapped with supplies
- Oxygen production being maximised & diverted from industrial use to medical use.
- Expediting installation of 162 PSA plants across the country
- 24*7 coordination cell assisting the States
Number of beds for COVID19 patients to be enhanced by –
- Setting up temporary hospitals
- Dedicating wards at hospitals under Union Ministries Additional ventilators being provided by GoI –
Largest Vaccine Drive
- COVID19Vaccine supplies of small States being replenished every 7 days & every 4 days for big States
- Steps taken to quickly enhance basket of vaccines available
- Production of Covaxin to increase 10x by Sep 2021
Shashi Tharoor – MP, Congress leader :
I am pleased to say that I have had an excellent conversation with Kerala Governor Arif Mohd Khan, who heard me out sympathetically & has promised to consider the matter in his capacity as Chancellor/Visitor of all state universities.
Irresponsible to conduct physical exams now.
Following our conversation, & at his request, I have also sent him my own representation in writing so that it is a matter of official record.
‘Spiritual blossoming’ simply means blossoming in life in all dimensions—being happy, at ease with yourself and with everybody around you: