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A burial ground for Covid-19 victims in Delhi.(AFP)

Patients run from pillar to post as city hospitals packed to the rafters

PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 04:40 AM IST
With beds running out fast, people are increasingly taking to social media to seek help with finding space in hospitals.
Funeral pyres at Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi on Friday(PTI)
Funeral pyres at Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi on Friday(PTI)

Funeral homes struggle to keep up with rising deaths

PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 04:31 AM IST
The most deaths in Delhi before this were reported on November 18 last year, when 131 died of the infection.
West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra.(HT PHOTO.)
West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra.(HT PHOTO.)

Amit Shah got his numbers wrong in 11 states: Amit Mitra

By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 04:42 AM IST
West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra said, "This 200 seats was said by Mr Amit Shah. Now what is his track record -- In 11 states, he got his number wrong. In 13 states, the BJP underperformed since 2019."
Union home minister Amit Shah during a roadshow in West Bengal on Friday. (ANI Photo)
Union home minister Amit Shah during a roadshow in West Bengal on Friday. (ANI Photo)

Fate of 45 Bengal seats to be sealed in Phase 5

UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 04:42 AM IST
21 of the seats have been reserved for Schedule Castes; 13 in North Bengal.
Joe Biden spoke at a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday, a day after a gunman opened fire at a FedEx Corp.(Bloomberg)
Joe Biden spoke at a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday, a day after a gunman opened fire at a FedEx Corp.(Bloomberg)

Joe Biden calls spate of mass shootings a ‘National Embarrassment’

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 04:01 AM IST
The president said action is needed and that the number of mass shootings has humiliated the US in the eyes of the world.
Until genome sequencing is sharply stepped up, we won’t know how far the Sars-Cov-2 variants have spread beyond Maharashtra and Punjab (PTI)
Until genome sequencing is sharply stepped up, we won’t know how far the Sars-Cov-2 variants have spread beyond Maharashtra and Punjab (PTI)

Variants not leading to false negative test results, says Centre

PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 03:41 AM IST
The government said the kits used for RT-PCR tests check for more than two genes, which makes them less likely to miss a sample if it contains a variant with mutations that change the signature of genes.
External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar addresses while issuing the joint statement with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar addresses while issuing the joint statement with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)

Jaishankar, Afghan NSA slam Pak’s ‘negative role’

PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 03:35 AM IST
Without naming Pakistan, both Jaishankar and Mohib referred to the negative role of a “neighbour” of Afghanistan, while participating in a virtual discussion at the Raisina Dialogue.
A surging second wave threatens to overwhelm the health infrastructure in most large Indian cities — most, reports suggest, have already been overwhelmed.(PTI representative image)
A surging second wave threatens to overwhelm the health infrastructure in most large Indian cities — most, reports suggest, have already been overwhelmed.(PTI representative image)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 04:42 AM IST
Scientists and pharma companies did try to find a small molecule cure or preventive for Covid-19, an antiviral which can, preferably, be taken orally — but they did not have much luck.
Commuters stand outside the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station during rain on Friday.(PTI)
Commuters stand outside the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station during rain on Friday.(PTI)

After 2 years of rain aplenty, IMD predicts normal monsoon this year

By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 03:14 AM IST
India recorded above-average monsoon rains for two consecutive years, and a normal season this year will significantly help the agriculture sector in particular, and the economy in general, following a year when the pandemic has stressed earnings.
India dropped 10 places in the Democracy Index’s global ranking to 51st place(PTI)
India dropped 10 places in the Democracy Index’s global ranking to 51st place(PTI)

Govt seeks details of parameters to improve ranking on global Democracy Index

By Anisha Dutta
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 04:44 AM IST
The move to monitor indices and work on improving rankings precedes the release of the global index.
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