Join India in wishing Dr Singh a quick recovery. A day after he wrote to Prime Minister Modi with 5 suggestions on tackling the COVID-19 surge in the country, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh tested positive for coronavirus and has been admitted to AIIMS with mild fever. Dr Singh, 88, has been admitted to the AIIMS trauma centre, which is a dedicated COVID facility, where his condition is stated to be stable. Cutting across political lines, wishes for his speedy recovery have been pouring in. 'Wishing our former Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh Ji good health and a speedy recovery,' Modi tweeted. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, 'Concerned at the news of former PM Dr Manmohan Singh ji testing Covid positive. Wishing him early and fullest recovery.' Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi perhaps summed it up best when he said, 'India needs your guidance and advice in this difficult time.' Join the nation in wishing Dr Singh a quick … [Read more...] about Get Well Soon, Dr Singh! Post Your Wish
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Prime Minister Imran Khan's focal person on digital media, Dr Arsalan Khalid, has said the premier operates his Twitter account himself The focal person, speaking to BBC Urdu , said while the premier publishes tweets himself, on Instagram he publishes some posts himself. The others, according to Khalid, are put up by a team on his behalf. Khalid's clarification comes a day after a clip from a Bollywood movie was shared on PM Imran Khan's Instagram account, which was later removed. The clip, taken from the movie Inquilaab (1984), shows a meeting by members of a political party hatching a plan to destabilise the government. Responding to why the clip was taken down, Khalid said it was posted by a member of the team running the account as the scenes in the clip "accurately reflected the current situation and the restlessness of the Opposition". Dr Khalid said a routine quality control check — that takes place after few hours — led to the deletion of the clip. … [Read more...] about ‘PM Imran Khan posts all tweets himself’
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has rejected an offer from former PM Thaksin Shinawatra to help Thailand secure more Covid-19 vaccines from Russia. Gen Prayut was responding to remarks made by the self-exiled former premier during a live broadcast on the audio-based social networking app Clubhouse on Tuesday. Mr Thaksin noted that Thailand's Covid-19 vaccine rollout had been proceeding too slowly and suggested more vaccine should be sourced from many producers, not just Sinovac and AstraZeneca. He said several high-profile business people in Thailand had the capability and extensive connections to secure more vaccines with manufacturers in countries like China and Russia. The government should ask the tycoons for help, Mr Thaksin said, "or I could talk with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, if you want". Asked to comment on the former premier's s remarks, Gen Prayut said: "I won't answer. Don't relay a question from someone who is not in the country. "I don't know him. … [Read more...] about PM snubs Thaksin offer to help secure vaccines
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has requested the Centre to provide 1,500 metric tonne oxygen every day for the state’s use. “Currently, the Centre has earmarked 300 metric tonnes of oxygen. Since cases are increasing, we may need 500 to 600 metric tonnes of oxygen by this month’s end and 1,500 tonnes by next month. Hence, the CM has appealed to the Centre to provide additional quantity of oxygen,” said Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar . Cremation permitted at family farms The Revenue Department has issued guidelines saying that people can cremate bodies of covid patients at their farm lands provided the covid norms are followed. Deputy Chief Minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan said that henceforth cremation of covid bodies will be allowed in all the 13 crematoriums of the city. “I have discussed the problem related to the cremation with Gaurav Gupta , Chief Commissioner of BBMP , and steps have been taken to make arrangements for the dignified burial of those who lose lives … [Read more...] about State requests Centre for more oxygen
The Preamble to the Constitution of India defines the country as a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic. Over the last few months, this definition has been under attack as self-appointed gau rakshaks attacked, and sometimes lynched, people they suspected had beef in their possession. When a 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death on a train because an argument over seats turned ugly, and because he belonged to a certain religion, the country rose in protest. #Not In My Name, said ordinary citizens, as they took to the streets to reclaim the India they believed in. Text, photographs: Uttam Ghosh/ Rediff.com Video: Hitesh Harisinghani/ Rediff.com It began with a Facebook post, as Delhi-based documentary filmmaker Saba Dewan called for a protest against the series of lynchings in different parts of India. These lynchings were carried out by self-styled gau rakshaks against those they believed had beef in their possession. Mumbai, and 12 … [Read more...] about #Not In My Name: They came for the India they loved!