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VIDEO: Man Brandishes A Country Pistol Near Anti-CAA Protests Site At Jamia, New Delhi

Man opens fire near Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia during anti-CAA protests.



A young man is seen brandishing a ‘country pistol’ near Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia during anti-CAA protests. He fired once to injure a young man present at the site.

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COVID-19: Govt To Procure 10 Crore Hydroxychloroquine Tablets For Healthcare Workers

ICMR had recommended that the tablet should be used only for healthcare workers.



NEW DELHI: In the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, the Union Health Ministry has placed an order of about 10 crore hydroxychloroquine tablets from various pharmaceutical companies for health care workers.

News agency ANI quoted a health ministry official stating, “We have placed an order of approximately 10 crore tablets for the anti-malarial drug — hydroxychloroquine tablets. Prior to this, we have purchased over 70 lakh tablets.”

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has suggested the use of hydroxychloroquine tablets only for health care workers and caregivers involved in the treatment and direct contact with the suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients.

For those COVID-19 patients, who require Intensive Care Unit care, the Health Ministry has suggested the use of hydroxychloroquine tablets in combination with Azithromycin.

According to the Health Ministry, these drugs are not recommended for children less than 12 years of age, pregnant and lactating women.

On March 26, the Central government had restricted the sale and distribution of ‘hydroxychloroquine’ stating it as an essential drug to meet the requirements of any emergency arising due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The Central government is satisfied that the drug ‘hydroxychloroquine’ is essential to meet the requirements of emergency arising due to pandemic COVID-19 and in the public interest, it is necessary and expedient to regulate and restrict the sale and distribution of the drug and preparation based thereon for preventing their misuse,” an order said.

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COVID-19: FCI Ensures Uninterrupted Food Grain Supplies During The Lockdown

A total of 58 Rakes were loaded on April 2, carrying about 1.62 Lakh Metric Tonnes (LMT) food grain stock.



NEW DELHI: Food Corporation of India (FCI) is ensuring uninterrupted supply of wheat and rice throughout the country during the lockdown period. FCI is fully prepared to meet not only the food grain requirement under National Food Security Act (NFSA) @5 KG/Month/Beneficiary but also any additional demand including the supply of 5Kg/Person for next 3 months to 81.35 Crore people under PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana.

As on April 1, FCI has 56.4 Million Metric Tonnes (MMT) of Food Grains (30.54 MMT Rice and 25.86 MMT Wheat).

Even in this challenging operational environment, FCI is able to meet the increasing demand of food grains by gearing up the pace of supply of wheat and rice throughout the country mostly by Rail.

A total of 58 Rakes were loaded on April 2, carrying about 1.62 Lakh Metric Tonnes (LMT) food grain stock.

Since the day of lockdown (March 24), FCI has moved 410 rakes carrying an approximate quantity of 11.48 LMT.

FCI is conducting e-auctions under Open Market Sales Scheme (OMSS) for providing Wheat to the empanelled Roller Flour Mills/State Government to ease the supply constraint in the market. In the last e-auction held on 31.03.2020, bids for 1.44 LMT wheat have been received.

In view of the outbreak of COVID-19, apart from regular e-auction, District Magistrates/Collectors have been authorized to lift directly from FCI depots at OMSS reserve price to cater to the needs of Roller Flour Mills and other wheat product manufactures.

Till now, 96736 MT Wheat has been allotted in the following states through this route:

Sr. No. State Quantity (in MT)
i Uttar Pradesh 35675
ii Bihar 23880
iii Punjab 18344
iv Himachal Pradesh 11500
v Haryana 4700
vi Goa 1100
vii Uttarakhand 813
viii Rajasthan 684
ix Chhattisgarh 40

Further, e-auction for rice is also conducted. In the last e-auction on 31.03.2020, bids for 77000 MT rice have been received from the state of Telangana, Tamil Nadu, J&K etc.

In addition, considering the emergent situation, States have been allowed to take rice under OMSS @ Rs. 22.50/kg without participating in E-auction to meet any requirement over and above the NFSA allotment and additional allocation done under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana Allocation.

So far, 93387 Metric Tonnes (MT) Rice has been allotted to the following 6 states as per their requests:

Sr. No. State Quantity (in MT)
i Telangana 50000
ii Assam 16160
iii Meghalaya 11727
iv Manipur 10000
v Goa 4500
vi Arunachal Pradesh 1000
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COVID-19 Update: Enough Availability Of PPE Kits, N95 Masks And Ventilators

Hospitals in the country have 11.95 lakh N95 masks in stock as of now.



NEW DELHI: The prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 in the country are being monitored at the highest level and various actions have been initiated in collaboration with the States.

In order to meet the requirement of PPEs, masks and ventilators, factories producing essential items are working round the clock and ordnance factories are trying to produce personal protection equipment for medical personnel.

While Bharat Electronics Limited is going to manufacture ventilators, all drug companies have assured the government that there will not be any shortage of drugs during this crisis and even auto manufacturers are working to develop and produce ventilators.

Medical personnel are being trained and are fully prepared for any emergencies.

Personal protection equipment (PPE) kits are used by medical personnel working in isolation areas and intensive care units to protect them from acquiring infections. They were not being manufactured in the country. With the prospect of a huge requirement of PPEs arising in the near future, the Government of India made proactive efforts to promote their manufacturing in the country.

Ministry of Textiles and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have been working together in this endeavour.

Domestic manufacturers rose to the occasion and so far 11 manufacturers have cleared quality tests.

Orders for 21 lakh PPE coveralls have been placed on them.

Currently, they are supplying 6-7,000 coveralls per day and this is expected to go up to 15,000 per day within the next week.

One more manufacturer has qualified today and an order of 5 lakh coveralls has been placed with him.

As of now, 3.34 lakh PPEs are available in various hospitals across the country. About 60,000 PPE kits have already been procured and supplied by Government of India.

Indian Red cross society has arranged 10,000 PPEs from China which have also been received and are being distributed.

Another 3 lakh donated PPE coveralls are to arrive by April 4. An order for 3 lakh PPEs has been placed with ordinance factories.

Foreign sources of PPE kits are also faced with a huge increase in worldwide demand. They are being approached through the Ministry of External Affairs.

A Singapore based online platform has been identified which can supply 10 lakh PPE kits and an order has been placed through the Ministry of External Affairs to procure them.

Another supplier based in Korea, which has tie-ups with production companies in Vietnam and Turkey has been identified with a daily production capacity of over 1 lakh PPE kits.Orders are being placed on this company through MEA for supplying 20 lakh PPE kits.

N95 masks are being manufactured by two domestic producers.

They are able to supply 50,000 masks per day at the moment, but are ramping up capacities to make 1 lakh masks per day within the next week.

DRDO is also collaborating with local manufacturers to produce about 20,000 N99 masks per day. This supply is also expected to become available in a week’s time.

Hospitals in the country have 11.95 lakh N95 masks in stock as of now.

Additional 5 lakh masks were distributed in the past two days and 1.40 lakh masks are being distributed today. 10 lakh masks would be part of the PPE kits being sourced from Singapore.

Ventilators are required for Covid-19 patients, as they tend to develop acute respiratory disease syndrome (ARDS).

Less than 20 Covid-19 patients are on ventilator support at this moment. As against this, over 14,000 ventilators have been identified in various hospitals across the country for treatment of Covid-19 patients.

A domestic manufacturers Agva Healthcare in Noida has been able to develop suitable ventilators and order of 10,000 ventilators has been placed on him. Supplies are expected to commence by the 2nd week of April.

In addition, an order for 30,000 ventilators has been placed on Bharat Electronics Limited which is going to collaborate with domestic manufacturers in this endeavour.

Indian Auto manufacturers are also preparing to manufacture ventilators.

In the meantime, orders have been placed on international companies like Hamilton, Mindray and Draeger to supply ventilators. Ministry of External Affairs is also approaching suppliers in China for sourcing 10,000 ventilators from them.

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