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New Delhi, Apr 28 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 2100 hours: NATION DEL54 VIRUS-PM-OXYGEN Govt to procure 1 lakh portable oxygen concentrators, 500 more PSA oxygen plants from PM Cares Fund New Delhi: The government will procure one lakh portable oxygen concentrators and install 500 more pressure swing adsorption oxygen plants from the PM Cares Fund, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, asserting this will help improve access to oxygen, especially in district headquarters and tier-2 cities.

DEL80 SII-LD POONAWALLA-SECURITY SII CEO Adar Poonawalla gets 'Y' category security cover New Delhi: Serum Institute of India's CEO Adar Poonawalla has been accorded 'Y' category security across India by the CRPF in view of 'potential threats' to the businessman, involved in the production of one of the COVID-19 vaccines in India, the Union government officials said on Wednesday.

DEL77 VIRUS 2NDLD ITBP-CENTRE Less than half of the beds in ITBP COVID centre taken as O2 supply 'limited' New Delhi: Less than half of the total 500 oxygen beds at the ITBP operated COVID care centre in south Delhi have been occupied till Wednesday as the border guarding force said the capacity to admit coronavirus patients at the facility is 'limited' due to oxygen supply issues.

DEL70 BIZ-LD SERUM-VACCINE-PRICE CUT Serum Institute cuts vaccine price for states to Rs 300/dose New Delhi: Serum Institute of India (SII) -- the maker of the most used COVID-19 vaccine in the country -- on Wednesday announced a cut in price of the jab it plans to sell to states to Rs 300 per dose from the earlier Rs 400.

DEL65 VACCINE-LD REGISTRATION People complain about glitches on CoWIN as registration starts for COVID vaccination for above 18 New Delhi: As the registration of all citizens above 18 years of age for vaccination against COVID-19 started on the CoWIN portal at 4 pm on Wednesday, many people took to social media to complain about the technical problems they faced trying to register themselves for the third phase of the inoculation drive that is scheduled to begin from May 1.

DEL64 CONG-VACCINE Rahul Gandhi slams govt over 'high' COVID vaccine prices New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday hit out at the government over the 'high' COVID vaccine prices, saying the system has once again failed Indian citizens.

DEL78 VIRUS-CAPFS Over 580 CAPF, central forces personnel infected by COVID-19 in 24-hr span New Delhi: More than 580 personnel of the central armed police forces (CAPFs) and two other central forces under the command of the Union home ministry have been detected positive for coronavirus infection in a 24-hour span, officials said on Wednesday.

DEL59 EC-COUNTING-LD CURBS Negative Covid-19 report or full vaccination must for candidates to enter counting halls: EC New Delhi: Candidates or their agents will not be allowed inside counting halls without a negative coronavirus report or without having both Covid-19 vaccine doses, the Election Commission said Wednesday in its latest guidelines for counting of votes on May 2.

DEL79 PM-LD PUTIN India, Russia to establish a '2+2 ministerial dialogue' between foreign, defence ministers New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday thanked President Vladimir Putin for Russia's help and support in India's fight against COVID-19 as the two leaders agreed to establish a '2+2 ministerial dialogue' between foreign and defence ministers to add further momentum to the bilateral strategic partnership.

LEGAL LGD33 SC-VIRUS-ORDER SC seeks Centre's reply on oxygen demand in country, steps taken to augment availability New Delhi: Taking note of resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the Supreme Court has asked the Centre to apprise it of projected demand of oxygen in the country, how it intends to allocate it to “critically-affected” states and the monitoring mechanism to ensure smooth supply.

LGD21 SC-2NDLD JOURNALIST SC directs UP govt to shift arrested scribe Kappan to Delhi hospital for better treatment New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to shift journalist Siddique Kappan, suffering from various ailments and arrested last year on way to Hathras where a young Dalit woman had died after being gang raped, to a hospital in Delhi for better medical treatment.

FOREIGN FGN39 UK-VIRUS-INDIA 400 oxygen concentrators enroute to India as UK Parliament focuses on COVID crisis London: Britain has confirmed that following the first tranche of vital medical equipment a further 400 oxygen concentrators will be sent to India over the course of Wednesday and Thursday to help the country meet an overwhelming demand amid a “horrific” second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Aditi Khanna FGN33 VIRUS-UN-LD INDIA India declines UN's offer of assistance from integrated supply chain, says it has 'robust system' United Nations: India has declined assistance offered by the United Nations of its integrated supply chain for COVID19-related material, saying the country has a 'robust system' to deal with the required logistics, a spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said. By Yoshita Singh PTI SRY