Two weeks after the BMC placed a bulk order for 27 lakh Favipiravir tablets , the Covid-19 oral drug , at Rs 78 per tablet, the state government’s Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) is receiving the medicine for Rs 58 per unit, Mumbai Mirror can reveal. Glenmark, which manufactures Favipiravir, has now reduced the price of the drug. Opposition parties have alleged that the BMC is losing money each day it buys the same tablets at a higher price. Samajwadi Party MLA Rais Shaikh said the BMC has already lost Rs 1.2 crore of public money. “I’m told that 17,500 strips have been delivered to Sion Hospital. So given the BMC’s price of Rs 78 per tablet, we have lost Rs 1.2 crore of public money. I have already written to Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal that buying such a high quantity at such a high price was not needed,” Shaikh said. Mirror reported earlier this month that the BMC had decided to buy 27 lakh tablets of Favipiravir, the first oral … [Read more...] about BMC shells out high price for Favipiravir, when state government buys COVID-19 oral drug for Rs 54 per tablet
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Video Player Close A woman receives a shot of COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Prayagraj, India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh, on April 10, 2021. (Str/Xinhua) Reasons commonly cited behind the COVID-19 explosion in India: - Complacency, casual behavior among people at large - Gigantic size of the country's population and its dense distribution at places - Double mutation of virus by Pankaj Yadav NEW DELHI, April 18 (Xinhua) -- India is at present reeling under the second COVID-19 wave, with over 200,000 new cases being registered each day recently and the national tally feared to cross the 15-million mark early next week. India reported another fresh high of 234,692 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the total tally to 14,526,609, according to the data released by the federal health ministry. Amid local media reports of bed and oxygen shortages, both central and state governments claim adequate medical facilities and supplies at both … [Read more...] about World Insights: Casual manner, double mutant variant aggravate COVID-19 situation in India
Following a turbulent childhood, Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, rose up against the tides of time and achieved both fame and fortune. He became a member of the British Royal Family and has since received numerous accolades for this service to the monarchy and the country. But while the Duke will always be remembered for his achievements and immeasurable support from his wife, he will also be cherished for his cheerful personality and inappropriate but humorous gaffes. That said, here are some of the most witty and comical quotes by Prince Philip. Funny quotes and quips - On his visit to the Caribbean hospital, 1966: "You have mosquitoes. I have the Press." - In 1967, on being asked if he would like to visit the Soviet Union: “I would like to go to Russia very much – although the bastards murdered half my family.” - During the 1981 recession: “A few years ago, everybody was saying we must have more leisure, everyone’s working too … [Read more...] about 10 most witty and humorous quips by Prince Philip, the late Duke of Edinburgh
NRI businessman and Lulu group chairman M A Yusuff Ali, who had a miraculous escape on April 11 after his helicopter crash-landed on marshy land in Kochi, has undergone a spinal surgery at a hospital in Abu Dhabi, the company said. IMAGE: Lulu group chairman Yusuff Ali receiving Abu Dhabi’s highest civilian award from UAE crown prince Sheikh Mohammed biz Zayed. Photograph: Courtesy, Yusuff Ali on Twitter. It said Yusuff Ali underwent the surgery at Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. "An expert team of 25 doctors led by renowned German neurosurgeon Prof Dr Shawarbi performed the surgery and Yusuff Ali is recovering well in the hospital," the Lulu group said in the statement issued on Thursday night. The Gulf-based Indian businessman, who suffered injuries in the crash-landing, had returned to Abu Dhabi on Monday by a special aircraft sent by the Royal Family there. Yusuff Ali, his wife, two other passengers and two pilots were shifted to a hospital in … [Read more...] about Lulu group chairman Yusuff Ali undergoes spinal surgery in UAE
A MODERNA vaccine haul set for Britain has been delayed after the US drug firm confirmed it would miss dose deadlines in the UK & Canada. It came after Canada revealed it would only receive around half of the expected 1.2 million doses by the end of the month. The company announced in a statement: “The trajectory of vaccine manufacturing ramp-up is not linear, and despite best efforts, there is a shortfall in previously estimated doses from the European supply chain. “Vaccine manufacturing is a highly complex process, and a number of elements, including human and material resources, have factored into this volatility.” Swiss drug makers Lonza have increased three new production lines to produce the active ingredients for the Moderna vaccine to aid supply outside of the United States. Meanwhile experts said Covid variants could "scupper" the UK's roadmap out of lockdown. Imperial College's Danny Altmann said "we should be terribly concerned" after 77 cases of a … [Read more...] about Coronavirus UK news – Britain’s fourth Covid jab DELAYED as Moderna misses deadline due to ‘Europe supply chain issues’
ANGELA Scanlon sees her beautiful, brilliant red hair as her crowning glory. It’s what makes her stand out in a crowd, it’s part of what makes her who she is. But getting to this point has been a battle – the path to self-acceptance (or to her “f**k it” moment) has, at times, been tumultuous. “I love my hair, it’s part of my identity,” she says, “but it has definitely been a journey and something I had to fight for. “When I was a kid it felt a bit special. I’m one of four girls and three of us have red hair, so if we went on holidays we were like the travelling circus! It was quite exciting. "But as a teenager you want to copy and paste your friends, you want to be part of that collective, and I always felt like it was a club I couldn’t enter. "I longed to have bronzed, tanned skin and be blonde and have dreadlocks like Faye from Steps . So I did grapple with it.” She recalls being approached at a party a few years ago by a woman who complimented her on her hair, … [Read more...] about I felt so vulnerable as a new mum I threw myself into work but I won’t make that mistake again, says Angela Scanlon
OUR Mum of the Year competition is back for 2021 – and after one of the toughest years in history, we want to pay homage to the best mums in Britain. During the pandemic they’ve been busy juggling childcare, homeschooling and work, with the added stress of worrying about the health of elderly relatives and vulnerable friends. It’s never been a harder time to be a mum, so this year it’s even more important to honour the amazing women in our lives. Nominate her for our Fabulous Mum Of The Year Award and she could win an overnight stay for two at a Champneys spa of her choice complete with a Gold package, which includes four relaxing treatments for the ultimate pampering experience. Two runners-up will Champneys goodie bag worth £50 plus a £100 M&S voucher and £200 Nutmeg at Morrisons voucher, and all three mums will enjoy a makeover with our glam squad before taking part in a photo shoot for the magazine. And you could win a £200 TU at Sainsbury’s voucher, £200 F&F … [Read more...] about Win a £250 Primark voucher for entering Fabulous’ Mum Of The Year
THE rap world is in shock again as it was revealed Black Rob has passed away on April 17, 2021. The Whoa! star posted a tribute video to DMX - who died on April 9 - from a hospital bed, and sadly he was unable to recover from his illness. Who was Black Rob? Black Rob - real name Robert Ross - was born July 12, 1969 in New York. He grew up in East Harlem before linking up with record label Bad Boy - famed for having artists including The Notorious B.I.G., Craig Mack and more recently Machine Gun Kelly. The height of the rapper's career came when he created hit single Whoa! which peaked at number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. But his life was not without crime, pleading guilty to criminal possession and being sentenced to at least seven years in prison in 2006 - with his time cut short when he was released in 2010. How did Black Rob die? The New York native had numerous health problems in the latter years of his life, suffering a mild stroke around late 2014 and … [Read more...] about How did Black Rob die?
ELLEN DeGeneres did not host her iconic and long-running show on April 16, 2021. The Ellen DeGeneres Show launched in 2003 and has been on the air for 18 seasons. Why was Ellen not on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today? Ellen DeGeneres did not host because she has a guest host doing the Friday shows, which has been set in the schedule for over two seasons now. “Throughout the season, I’ve had wonderful people filling in for me as guest hosts,” DeGeneres previously told her audience, according to Gossip Cop . “It’s a tradition that dates back to Johnny Carson, he would have guest hosts all the time. And I like to follow tradition, especially if it involves me missing work." She added: “I mean, I’m a hero. I work day in and day out to bring you some of the best entertainment a show can ever offer, so I decided that once in a while I need to take a day off … to run errands or buy a house." Who filled in for Ellen? Comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish filled in for … [Read more...] about Why was Ellen not on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today?
* China and the United States agree that stronger pledges to fight climate change should be introduced before a new round of international talks at the end of the year, the two countries said in a joint statement on Sunday. * The United States has ordered its non-essential staff in Chad to leave the African country as rebel fighters approached the capital on Sunday after early election results showed President Idriss Deby on course to extend his three-decade rule. * Iran has started the process of enriching uranium to 60% fissile purity at an above-ground nuclear plant at Natanz, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Saturday, confirming earlier statements by Iranian officials. * A new understanding is emerging at talks aimed at salvaging Iran's nuclear deal with global powers, Tehran's chief negotiator said on Saturday according to Iranian state media, as China's delegate also reported progress. * Israel and Greece have signed their biggest ever defence procurement deal, which … [Read more...] about World News in Brief: April 18