New Delhi, Apr 21 (ANI): In an exclusive interview with ANI on April 21, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that the Centre has time to speak to ISI but not to the opposition. "This government can speak to ISI. They're speaking to ISI in Dubai. Can't they talk to Opposition leaders? I don't think there's any Opposition leader who's not giving them constructive and positive suggestions." She further said, “Manmohan Singh ji was prime minister for 10 years. Everyone knows how dignified a person he is. If he's giving suggestions when nation is facing pandemic, then suggestions should be taken up with same dignity with which they were offered.”
New Delhi, Apr 21 (ANI): On Uttar Pradesh government saying they have increased COVID-19 testings, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that they did antigen tests more instead of RT-PCR test to lower their numbers, during in an exclusive interview with ANI on April 21.“Their own Sero-survey in October-November said, 5 crores people came in contact with the virus. They recommended ramping up of testing. UP Government started 70% antigen tests which means only 30% RT-PCR test is being done. Why did they not ramp up? Why the antigen tests? To lower their numbers? Even today reports are coming that private labs are being told to stop the testing. Why? What is important - people's lives or your numbers and the image of your government?,” said Priyanka Gandhi.
New Delhi, Apr 21 (ANI): In an exclusive interview with ANI on April 21, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra questioned Centre for conducting election rallies during the peak of COVID-19. “Even today they're busy with campaigning. They're laughing from the stages (at rallies). People are crying, screaming for help, seeking oxygen, beds, medicines and you're going to huge rallies and laughing! How can you?,” questions Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
Tears, cheers and cries of jubilation in Minneapolis on Tuesday, as ex-policeman Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.Near the intersection where Floyd was killed last May, now renamed in his honor, one woman fell to the ground in relief, while others demanded further action."I feel like the fact that we were able to secure justice for George Floyd means that we can secure justice for every black person who was killed by police."Chauvin's conviction on all three charges - second-degree murder, manslaughter and third-degree murder - ends a three-week trial which has become the focal point of a national movement for racial justice."A measure of justice isn't the same as equal justice."Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. President Joe Biden praised the verdict from the White House Tuesday evening, but urged more work to be done."It was a murder in the full light of day and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the vice president just referred to. The systemic racism that is a stain on our nation's soul, the knee on the neck of justice for black Americans."In a statement released on Twitter, former President Barack Obama wrote that "we know that true justice is about more than a single verdict in a single trial."And speaking to reporters after the verdict, George Floyd's brother Philonise said his fight wasn't over just yet."I'm a put up a fight every day because I'm not just fighting for George anymore. I'm fighting for everybody around this world... People from Brazil, from Ghana, from Germany, everybody, London, Italy, they're all saying the same thing - we won't be able to breathe until you are able to breathe. Today, we are able to breathe again."Marchers across the country answered that call to action on Tuesday, as they took to the streets in the wake of Chauvin's conviction, continuing to shout George Floyd's name.
New Delhi, Apr 21 (ANI): In an exclusive interview with ANI on April 21, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hit at Centre for not executing proper planning to fight with second wave of COVID-19 and called it “government’s failure.” She also said that the government had time to tackle the situation but they ignored it. She said, “India's production capacity for oxygen is one of the largest in world. Then why is there a shortage? You had 8-9 months (between first and second wave), your own Sero-surveys indicated that a second wave is imminent, you ignored it. You had time. Today, only 2000 trucks in India can transport oxygen. How tragic it is that oxygen is available but it's not reaching where it should. 1.1 million Remdesivir injections were exported in last 6 months. Today, we're facing shortage.” She further said, “Government exported 6 crores vaccines between Jan-March. During this time 3-4 crores Indians were vaccinated. Why were Indians not prioritised? Vaccine shortage is due to bad planning, Remdesivir shortage due to no planning, oxygen shortage due to no strategy. It's Government's failure.”
The Columbus Dispatch reported a crowd of protesters had gathered near a home on the city's southeast side where the shooting occurred, just minutes before the guilty verdict was announced against the police officer charged with murdering George Floyd last year.Police involved in the shooting were answering an emergency-911 call reporting an attempted stabbing by a female suspect, interim police chief Michael Woods said.Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther confirmed the fatal shooting, saying on Twitter that "a young woman tragically lost her life."
China's President Xi Jinping will attend a U.S.-led climate change summit on Thursday.It will be the first meeting between Xi and Biden since the advent of the new U.S. administration.One of Biden's first moves since taking office was to re-enter the United States into the 2015 Paris Agreement.The need to tackle climate change has been one of the few issues Washington and Beijing have been able to agree on.They continue to be at loggerheads over alleged human rights abuses and China's economic clout over other nations.Last week, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry traveled to Shanghai to meet with his Chinese counterpart.It was the first high-level visit to China by a Biden administration official, and both agreed concrete actions to reduce emissions.China's foreign ministry says Xi will attend the summit via video and will deliver a speech.He's one of dozens of world leaders Biden has invited to the two-day virtual event.
Veteran actor Kishore Nandlaskar died on Tuesday, April 20, due to Covid-19 complications. He was 81. The actor was seen in several Marathi and Hindi movies.
After Delhi Govt sent S.O.S. to Centre over oxygen shortage, it has been decided that UP Govt will be sending around 130 metric tonnes of oxygen cylinder to Delhi. Congress accuses Centre of exporting oxygen despite being warned in March 2020. Several hospitals across the country are struggling to keep patients their patients breathing as there is a shortage of medical oxygen supply in several parts of the country. States in fact have been sending to SOS as well because of lack of medical oxygen. India has witnessed a massive spike in Coronavirus cases in the second wave. Delhi has witnessed a massive crisis in terms of oxygen supply. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has stated that several hospitals in Delhi have a limited amount of supply of oxygen. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also tweeted regarding the same information stating that there are only a few hospitals that have a very limited amount of oxygen supply.
Even amidst the spike in COVID cases in the state of Punjab, the Bhartiya Kisan Union has given a call to march in protest towards the national capital, urging more farmers to do so today. Despite this step being extremely risky as the states are going into a complete lockdown as the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic hits the country, farmers are planning to come out to the borders in order to protest, increasing the risk of spreading the infection as large gatherings may lead to a major COVID hotspot. Watch the full video to know more about this story.
Hathras (UP), Apr 21 (ANI): A criminal, with Rs 1 lakh reward on his head, arrested in encounter in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras earlier today. Criminal Gaurav Sharma is being hospitalised after being injured. He was absconding since March 2021 after shooting dead a man, who had filed a molestation case against him in 2018, in Sasni. Gaurav Sharma’s accomplice also arrested by the police. Hathras SP Vineet Jaiswal said, “Criminal, Gaurav Sharma was injured after being shot. He has been hospitalised. His friends and he had shot dead a man, named Amrish Sharma in March; 4 were arrested in the matter. His friend was also wanted in a murder case in Morena, MP. I will give a reward of Rs 25,000 to the team that arrested them.”
Mumbai, Apr 21 (ANI): COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Maharashtra. The streets wore deserted look in Mumbai as State government has imposed lockdown-like restrictions in view of coronavirus till May 01. Section 144 has also been imposed across the state. Currently, Mumbai has 82671 active cases of coronavirus.
As the nation struggles to keep its COVID patients alive, with the lack of medical oxygen, ICU beds, anti-viral life-saving drug Remdesivir and other facilities in several parts of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a special address to the nation amid this second wave of COVID-19. Modi, in his special speech late last night, said that the government is trying to meet the huge demand for oxygen. Listen in to the excerpts from his address and also take a look at the various political reactions to the PM's speech. Stay updated with the latest news only on Times Now.
Here are the top headlines of the day: 1. Amid surge in second wave of Coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges states to use lockdown as the last resort. Calls for united effort to battle for COVID. 2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi responds to the shortage of oxygen, assures uninterrupted supplies. 3. After Kejriwal sends SOS over shortage of beds and oxygen in hospitals, supply re-instated to several hospitals in Delhi. 4. Despite the pandemic, farmers will not give up on the protest against the new farm laws, Kisan unions from Punjab promise to march to Delhi. 5. Yogi government vindicated as Supreme Court panel rules out evidence against police in Vikas Dubey panel case. Watch the video to know more.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday called the guilty verdict in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd "a giant step" toward justice in the United States.
On Frankly Speaking with Navika Kumar, Home Minister Amit Shah joins in an exclusive conversation to discuss the political spectrum of the country and how the political atmosphere has been created. Kumar talks about the BJP's opposition alliances which follow the Islamist idealogy. Kumar questions Shah on his view about how the Congress party and MP Rahul Gandhi is carrying the elections in Kerala. Shah explains that the views and political agendas are 'extremist' and also states that the Congress is confused. Tune in to Times Now's exclusively interview with the Home Minister to know more about his views. Watch!
According to the newspaper, police involved in the shooting were answering an emergency-911 call reporting an attempted stabbing by a female suspect.Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther confirmed the fatal shooting, saying on Twitter that "a young woman tragically lost her life."The police officers involved had body worn cameras and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) had opened an inquiry into the case, he said."We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available," the mayor said on Twitter. "I'm asking residents to remain calm and allow BCI to gather the facts."Family members have identified the girl killed in the shooting as Makiyah Bryant, aged 16.
Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted Tuesday of murdering African-American George Floyd after a racially charged trial seen as a pivotal test of police accountability in the United States.
New Delhi, Apr 21 (ANI): ‘Ram Navami’ is being celebrated across the country on April 21. ‘Aarti’ was performed at Delhi’s Jhandewalan Temple by priests on the occasion and no devotee was allowed inside the temple due to COVID-19.
"While this is not justice because it won't bring George Floyd back, it is the start of accountability on the part of the police," said Eliza Orlins, a candidate for Manhattan district attorney. "And this shows a real willingness on the part of jurors in Minnesota and prosecutors to bring these types of cases. And it's absolutely crucial in this next step towards really bringing about the transformational changes we need to see."A 12-member jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty of all charges including second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter after considering three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses, including bystanders, police officials and medical experts. Deliberations began on Monday and lasted just over 10 hours.In a confrontation captured on video, Chauvin, who is white, pushed his knee into the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man in handcuffs, for more than nine minutes on May 25, 2020, as he and three fellow officers arrested Floyd, who was accused of using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes at a grocery store.Chauvin had pleaded not guilty to the charges of second-degree unintentional murder involving "intentional infliction of bodily harm," third-degree unintentional "depraved mind" murder involving an "act eminently dangerous to others," and second-degree manslaughter involving a death caused by "culpable negligence."
New Delhi, Apr 21 (ANI): Police personnel checked vehicles and IDs of people who are commuting in Delhi amid the 6-day lockdown imposed in the national capital in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdown will continue till 5 am of 26th April. On April 21, Delhi reported over 28,000 COVID cases, highest ever single-day spike.
Uttar Pradesh has decided to offer Coronavirus vaccine free of cost from May 1 when the third phase of vaccination kicks in. Everyone above the age of 18 will be eligible to get vaccinated. This is going to be a significant development as Uttar Pradesh has decided to give free Coronavirus vaccine to everybody. The development came in last night on Tuesday after a cabinet meeting with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who had tested positive for Coronavirus. Following Uttar Pradesh, Assam too has now declared that it is going to provide free COVID vaccine to everybody from 18 years of age from May 1. Amidst the significant move and decision, the real question stands that how has the vaccination drive been in the state of Uttar Pradesh and Assam? Watch the video to know more!
In the latest development with respect to the essential drugs required to treat COVID-19, it is reported that the government has waived off import duty on Remdesivir which is used for treating COVID-19 patients. Several states have accused the centre for not supplying the Remdesivir drug to them and for not managing the case load. The question now lies is how will it help in boosting the supply of Remdesivir in India and ensuring that all the states have a requisite supply to cater to the increasing case load. Several states have complained for the shortage of the anti-viral drug. The Health Ministry has come out stating the fact that Remdesivir is not a magic pill but it can be used to reduce the hospital stay. Watch the video to know more!