DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES SINCE 1932 REGISTRATION ON COWIN OPENS FOR 18-45 AGE GROUP 1.33 cr sign in as vaccine doors open, states flag stock shortage May 1 launch date a challenge in many places as they await word from Centre EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, APRIL 28 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WEST BENGAL LASTPHASETODAY Repolling in Sitalkuchi Seats 35 of 294 283 Total candidates 35 Women PAGE 6 SC says shift Kappan to Delhi hospital, Centre objects EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, APRIL 28 SAYING THAT the “most precious fundamental right to life unconditionally embraces even an undertrial”, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that journalist Sidhique Kappan, arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police and charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), be shifted to a government hospital in Delhi for better treatment. "...owingtotheapparentprecarious health condition of the arrestee, it is necessary to provide adequate and effective medical assistance tohim andto allayallapprehensionrelatingto his health, it would be in the interest of justice to shift Sidhique Kappan...eithertoRamManohar Lohia Hospital or to All India Instituteof MedicalSciences(AIIMS) or any other Government Hospital in Delhi for the proper CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Amid vaccine shortage, BMC halts shots at its ‘jumbo centre’ in Bandra-Kurla, Mumbai. Reuters ‘Can’t ramp up infra in a Serum cuts year for wave so intense’ rate for states; AMITABH SINHA Surprised by rise: Principal Scientific Advisor PUNE, APRIL 28 ACKNOWLEDGING THAT the “senseof urgency”inrampingup health infrastructure had “declined” after the first wave of infections, K VijayRaghavan, PrincipalScientificAdvisortothe Centralgovernment,hassaidthat even with the best of efforts it would not have been possible to upgrade the infrastructure to a THE EXPRESS INTERVIEW P5 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 First policy shift in 16 yrs: India open to foreign aid, ok to buying from China SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, APRIL 28 IN WHAT marks a major shift in policy in 16 years, India has now startedacceptinggifts,donations and aid from foreign nations as the country reels under a massive shortage of oxygen, drugs and related equipment amid a surge in Covid cases. There have been two other changes in approach that signal thisshift.Indianowhas“noconceptual problem” in procuring oxygen-related equipment and life-savingmedicinesfromChina, a source said, adding that on Pakistan, New Delhi has still not made up its mind on whether to acceptaid—thoughitisunlikely signals delays in delivery KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, APRIL 28 level adequate to meet the unprecedentedrequirementsofthe BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY toacceptit.Besides,stategovernments are also free to procure these life-saving devices and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FROM MAY 1, private hospitals will have to procure doses of Covid-19 vaccine directly from manufacturers to administer themtobeneficiaries,bothinthe 45+ years age group, as well as the newly eligible 18-44 group. However, three days before vaccination is opened to the country's entire adult population, private vaccination sites have started to receive communication from Serum Institute of India (SII) that it will not be able to provide doses to them for the next 5-6 months. Pune-based SII, the world's largestmanufacturerof vaccines, is producing Covishield, the Indian variant of the OxfordAstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. On Wednesday, SII asked Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (HIMSR), one of the largest private vaccination centres in Delhi's Southeast district, to approach “the state government for vaccine supplies which was provided earlier for the category of citizens over 45 yrs of age”. Due to its “current obligation to meet the Government’s existing requirements and to meet the additional demand emanating from state governments under liberated and accelerated CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Delhi RSS leader calls out state BJP: a fire raging, where are you? ABHINAV RAJPUT NEW DELHI, APRIL 28 THE RASHTRIYA Swayamsevak Sangh’s Delhi state executive member, Rajiv Tuli, has hit out at theDelhiBJP for their “virtual absence” in public during the currentCovidsurgethathaswreaked havoc in the national capital. TakingtoTwitter,hewrotein Hindi: “There is fire everywhere in Delhi, has any Dilli wala seen BJP Delhi?” “Where is BJP4Delhi? Or is E E X P L A I NE D THE GOVERNMENT on WednesdayextendedtheCovid19 vaccination drive to a larger andyoungerpopulationgroupby opening up registrations on the Co-WIN platform to those in the 18-44 age bracket. By the end of the day, the number of registrations touched almost 1.33 crore. Given the scale of the ‘rationed’vaccination —anaverage of 25-30 lakh doses a day — the first day registration of about 1.33 crore points to the daunting task the government faces in the coming weeks. Huge pressure is expected since many young men and women will seek vaccination and want to get back to work at the earliest. “Moreover, the large numberof dailydeathshasdone away with whatever little vaccine hesitancy existed amongst people,” said a doctor in AIIMS, who did not wish to be named. India has 59.46 crore people in the 18-44 age group. When the platform was Reflects growing ● unease RAJIV TULI’S remarks are the first by an RSS leader pulling up the party over the pandemic response. It reflects unease in Sangh since distress is over key supplies that cannot be ‘politically’ mobilised — like food, rations last year. thestatebody dissolved?”wrote Tuli, the former prant prachar pramukhof Delhiunitof theRSS. He did not respond to calls and messages seeking comment. When contacted, Delhi BJP presidentAdeshGupta,whowas brought in with an eye on next year’s MCD polls, said he does not know Tuli nor is he aware of his tweets. General Secretary of BJP’s Delhi unit, Harsh Malhotra, said he would not want to comment on Tuli’s remarks and added: “Since April 21, three CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Counting the Covid dead in the capital: on paper, at the pyre, and in between PAGE 1 ANCHOR ANAND MOHAN J NEW DELHI, APRIL 28 THE HARROWING images playing out from cities and towns acrossthecountryshowmourners lined up outside crematoriums,rowsof funeral pyresburningwithhardlyabreak,last-rites arrangements being hurriedly scrambled for therisingnumber of dead. A relative waits for his loved one’s last rites at a cremation ground in Subhash Nagar, Delhi, Wednesday. Praveen Khanna In the capital, currently the GroundZeroof thefiercesecond wave, these images frame a growing gap between the number laid to rest and that put on paper as the official Covid death toll, records accessed by The Indian Express show. Datafromthecapital’s23key crematoriums and cemeteries maintained by Delhi’s three civic bodiesbasedondeathcertificates and hospital reports explain the unprecedented scale of the unfoldingtragedythatgoesbeyond the daily Covid dashboard. The CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM
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