New Delhi: The government is putting in all efforts to ramp up the production of Amphotericin-B in the country as well as importing 7 lakh vials of the drug through Indian companies, informed Minister of State for Chemical and Fertilisers Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday. It is being done to fulfil the requirements for the high demand for medicine caused by a sudden surge in black fungus cases. Speaking exclusively to ANI, Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, “The way we have prepared is that we are trying to produce 8 lakh vials of Amphotericin-B in India monthly and 7 lakh vials of the injection have been ordered by the government of India from abroad. Looking at that, I think 15 to 16 lakh vials of Amphotericin- B injections are likely to be available in June in the country.”
Speaking about the shortage of Amphotericin-B in the market, he said, “You may have noticed that the cases of black fungus have suddenly increased after the second week of May and in 15 days the tally of cases reached 10,000. At that time, medicine for black fungus was produced by six companies that used to produce 2.5 lakh monthly.”
He further informed that after the government’s order to increase the production, the monthly production has now reached 4 lakh vials.
“We have given license to five more companies for the production of Amphotericin-B and very soon the production of the medicine will reach 8 lakh vials monthly in the country,” stated Mandaviya.
The shortage of Amphotericin-B, the drug used for the treatment of Mucormycosis, commonly known as Black Fungus, a post-Covid complication, shall be resolved soon after ramping up production of the medicine, he added.
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Jammu and Kashmir: 1 terrorist killed in Budgam encounter
In the ongoing encounter in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, one terrorist was killed on Wednesday.
“The encounter broke out in Budgam in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday between terrorists and security forces,” police said.
Taking to Twitter Kashmir Zone Police said, “Encounter has started at Waterhail area of Budgam. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow.”
Earlier today, terrorists of proscribed terror outfit The Resistance Front (TRF)/Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were trapped by security forces. They were trapped in the ongoing encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police trapped Lateef Rather who killed several civilians including Rahul Bhat and Amreen Bhat.
“3 terrorists of terror outfit LeT (TRF) including terrorist Lateef Rather trapped in the ongoing encounter. Terrorists Lateef is involved in several #civilian #killings including Rahul Bhat and Amreen Bhat,” Kashmir Zone Police said.
Earlier on 12 May, Chadoora Tehsil Office employee Rahul Bhat was shot dead by terrorists in his office. While Amreen Bhat Kashmiri TV actress was killed in Budgam’s Chadoora on May 26.
Prophet row: SC extends protection, transfers all FIRs against Nupur Sharma to Delhi Police
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court combined and forwarded all FIRs filed to the Delhi Police against BJP spokeswoman Nupur Sharma, who has been suspended. The apex court also granted Sharma temporary protection while the Prophet’s comment controversy is being investigated.
The court also gave the suspended BJP leader permission to file a petition with the Delhi High Court to have FIRs filed in other states over her remarks dismissed. After allegedly uttering some offensive remarks about the Prophet Mohammad during a debate on a TV channel, Sharma has become embroiled in a significant scandal.
Protests quickly ensued, both inside and outside the nation, and several Muslim countries officially registered their objections with the relevant Indian embassy. The BJP then suspended Sharma and expressed distain for her comments. A statement was also made in this regard by the ministry of external affairs.
Large-scale upheavals were also caused in various regions of the nation. Also murdered by radical Muslim groups in Rajasthan and Maharashtra were two people who sent messages of support for Sharma on social media.
Sharma had received harsh criticism from the apex court for her remarks made on May 26 during a TV discussion debate, but it later granted her protection in the case.
Nitish Kumar calls Lalu Yadav before oath ceremony; RJD supremo congratulates him
Ahead of Nitish Kumar’s oath-taking ceremony RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav called him and discussed the political developments. Prasad congratulated him as well.
RJD supremo hailed Kumar’s decision to split from the NDA and reunite with the Mahagathbandhan.
“Nitish Kumar called Lalu Prasad Yadav amid political developments in Bihar, discussed several issues, Lalu Yadav congratulated him and his decision to break away from the BJP and join the Grand Alliance,” a family member said.
Earlier in the day Nitish Kumar was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the eighth time. The oath ceremony was held at the Patna Raj Bhavan on Wednesday.
After a huge political turmoil in the state, Kumar broke the alliance of BJP-JDU on Tuesday. Later Kumar announced to form of a new “Grand Alliance”.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, his wife Rajshri, former CM Rabri Devi, and RJP leader Tej Pratap Yadav.
“Seven parties including 164 MLAs along with independent MLA in our Mahagathbandhan,” Nitish Kumar said at a joint presser with RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav.
Meanwhile, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav also took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state.
However, on Tuesday Nitish Kumar submitted his letter of resignation as chief minister to Governor Phagu Chauhan at Raj Bhavan.
Tejaswi all set to combat unemployment, promises bumper jobs in a month
Tejashwi Yadav, the new deputy chief minister of Bihar, said the nation must follow the example set by his state. After Nitish Kumar severed ties with the BJP, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader took the oath for the top two positions in the state alongside him. He promised that within a month, hundreds of jobs would be available for the underprivileged and young people.
Yadav claimed that his battle had been with unemployment and that the job offers would be grand in a previously unheard-of way.
“Bihar took the necessary action for the nation. We have led the way for them. We have been fighting against unemployment. Our CM understood how the underprivileged and young felt. Within a month, we’ll offer kids and the poor bumper jobs.” The newly appointed deputy chief minister predicted that it would be an enormous event that had never occurred before.
He claimed that the Mahagathbandhan, or grand alliance, is so powerful that the BJP would be the only party left standing as the opposition in the Assembly.
He further added, “A difficult decision taken by CM Nitish Kumar is a decision which was needed (to be taken). Communal tensions were being spread by BJP, they were trying to kill regional parties.”
Omicron’s new sub-variant detected in Delhi
A new sub-variant of COVID’s Omicron variant was detected in New Delhi on Wednesday. The variant is more transmissible.
The new sub-variant has been identified as BA-2.75. This sub-variant was detected in a study report of 90 samples sent for genome sequencing.
Meanwhile, Dr. Suresh Kumar, Medical Director of LNJP Hospital said that the new variant has more transmissibility. These can infect even those with antibodies.
“Omicron’s subvariant BA-2.75 has been found in the report. It has more transmission rate. This has emerged in the study report of 90 samples sent for genome sequencing. This new sub-variant also attacks people already having antibodies and also those who have taken the COVID vaccines in their body,” Dr. Suresh Kumar said.
However further details into the matter are awaited.
Shiv Sena condemns the Maharashtra government, says “Murder of democracy”
The Shiv Sena issued a statement to condemn the coliation of Eknath Sindhe’s party and the Bhartiya Janta Party, in its mouthpiece “Saamana”, following the Cabinet expansion.
The Saamana editorial said that it amounted to “murder of democracy and the constitution” and noted that the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a number of disqualification applications against various Shinde-camp parliamentarians on Thursday.
They also mocked Governor BS Koshyari, who sworn in the ministers on Tuesday.
“…but the governor has sworn in an illegal government 40 days ago and has insulted the constitution by giving oath to the ministers of this illegal government,” the editorial said. “It is the murder of democracy and the constitution to administer an oath to some of the legislators whose disqualification petitions are being heard by the Supreme Court. But such murderers have been let loose in the country and matters of state are being run through them. “
The Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut wrote an editorial in the mouthpiece opposing the idea that the “pleasure of the nine ministers who defected to the Eknath Shinde camp will be short-lived.”
The spokesperson added that the Maharashtrian people will “never forgive” the “defectors” for their “treachery.”
The state administration hasn’t yet responded to the development.
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