Top news of the day: Supreme Court allows Vedanta to produce oxygen at Sterlite plant in Tamil Nadu; Election Commission bans victory processions on or after counting day, and more

Supreme Court allows Vedanta to produce oxygen at Sterlite plant in Tamil Nadu

The court said there should be no political bickering over oxygen generation by Vedanta as the country was facing a national crisis.

Coronavirus | Supreme Court says it can’t be mute spectator in national crisis

However, the apex court will not interfere in the work done by various High Courts across the country to monitor and manage life-saving COVID-19 management amid a second wave of the pandemic, a Special Bench led by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud made it clear.

Assembly Elections | Election Commission bans victory processions on or after counting day amid COVID-19 surge

The decision comes a day after the ECI faced flak from the Madras High Court over the violations of COVID-19 protocols during campaigning for the five Assembly elections. The court blamed the ECI for the second wave of the pandemic in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

India better prepared this year to beat COVID-19 than in 2020, says Harsh Vardhan

He made while inaugurating a series of blood donation camps at 13 locations in Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

No request made for COVID facilities in five star hotel for judges: Delhi High Court

Taking suo motu cognisance of the news reports which said that 100 rooms of Ashoka Hotel in national capital have been converted into a COVID health facility for judges of Delhi High Court on its request, a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said, “No communication has been made to anyone in this regard.”

Dog gnaws at body of COVID-19 victim in Hindon

Family members said that they kept the body in a queue and went to stand under some shade as a staff member of crematorium informed them that their turn would come by 6 p.m..

With Karnataka going into lockdown, people return to Tamil Nadu by foot

The inter-State border at Zuzuvadi in Hosur has started to see a trickle of people walking in with their belongings, with only a few hours left for the total lockdown announced by Karnataka State government.

Seers keep Kumbh Mela’s last ‘Shahi Snan’ symbolic

Till the conclusion of the royal bath, nearly 2,000 seers of 13 akhadas (sects) had taken a dip in the Ganga at Har Ki Pairi ghat which was reserved exclusively for them.

India issues rejoinder to Australian paper over scathing article

Facing a barrage of criticism from a number of international newspapers for its handling of the coronavirus crisis, the government hit out at The Australian newspaper for reproducing an article that portrayed Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a poor light, accusing him of “leading India” into a “viral apocalypse”.

Russian court imposes sweeping bans on Navalny group

Navalny’s organisations are facing an extremist label that would put them on par with the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda.

CEOs of 40 U.S. companies create global task force to help India fight COVID-19

A collective initiative of the U.S.-India Business Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S.-India Strategic and Partnership Forum and Business Roundtable, the task force during its meeting in Washington on April 26 committed to get 20,000 oxygen concentrators to India in the next few weeks, Deloitte CEO Punit Renjen said.

CII sets up task force on oxygen supply chains

The task force would work towards domestic capacity enhancement and imports; logistical issues between States, including transportation, non-availability of cylinders and policy-level interventions, the industry body said in a statement.

IPL 2021 | Australian cricketers will have to make their own arrangements for return: Scott Morrison

Australia has suspended all direct passenger flights from India with immediate effect until May 15 due to the “very significant” spike in COVID-19 cases.

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