My Metro Covid -19 - Offers for May 2021
My Metro Covid -19 - Offers for May 2021
At 2.81 lakh India sees dip in Covid cases, reports more daily recoveries than infections
In a slight dip in the numbers of daily infection, India recorded 2,81,386 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking India's tally to 2,49,65,463. However, the death toll has not seen any decrease and is at 4,106 taking the total death toll to 2,74,390.
As many as 3,78,741 discharges have been made in the last 24 hours, which is more than the daily cases reported.
Even though cases have dropped below 2 lakhs, the numbers of tests have also dipped. The number was below 16 lakh on Sunday -- a drop of almost 2 lakhs.
Indian Govt releases atmanirbhar anti-Covid drug 2DG
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan release first batch of anti-COVID drug 2DG developed by DRDO.
"With the support of DRDO and in the leadership of Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, this (Anti-COVID drug 2DG) may be our first indigenous research-based outcome to fight against COVID-19. It will reduce recovery time and oxygen dependency," Vardhan said.
"Not just for India but I hope it serves in the fight against COVID, globally in the coming days. I thank and congratulate DRDO and its scientists," the minister said.
10,000 packets of DRDO's Anti-Covid oral drug to be distributed today. The drug, called 2-deoxy-D-glucose or 2-DG, was developed by a DRDO lab in collaboration with the Hyderabad-based pharma giant, Dr Reddy's Laboratories. Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), the country's top drug regulator, has approved the medicine for emergency use.
The medicine was found to be safe for COVID-19 patients in phase 2 trials, conducted between May and October last year. It was found to be effective in cutting short the hospital stays of Covid patients and reducing their supplemental oxygen dependence.
A kind of pseudo glucose molecule in the drug stops the virus in its tracks, the defence body says.The medicine comes in powder form and can be taken with water.
2-DG is one of the few medicines across the world that has been designed specifically to treat COVID-19, which, as of now, has no cure. Doctors use several experimental drugs and procedures, including Remdevisir, Ivermectin, plasma therapy and some steroids, to treat the deadly infection.
PAM setup regulations for above 60 years residence renewal
The Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) has approved a mechanism for expats who are over 60 years old to register their approved academic certificates to help them renew their work permits online in accordance with the legal procedures and regulations that allow for their renewal, reports Al-Qabas daily.
If the employee holds a diploma or university degree and has not previously registered his/her certificates with the labor departments, he/she can do so through the automatic certification approval system, the daily quoting informed sources.
75 MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen from Kuwait reaches Mumbai
India-Kuwait Friendship in action! Supply of Liquid Medical Oxygen from Kuwait continues with the arrival of a consignment of 3 semi-trailers with 75 MT of LMO and 1000 O2 cylinders at Nhava Sheva port, Mumbai (May 15).
Obituary: Mrs. Jaya Wilson
Mrs. Jaya Wilson, Principal of New Indian School, Mangaf, Kuwait passed away today morning.
Earlier she was infected with Covid and recovered from Corona but continued with other complications and died today morning. Her husband, son and daughter are in Lucknow-India.
She joined New Indian School in the year 2017; a beloved teacher and a highly qualified multi talented educationalist. She studied in Stella Maris College, Chennai. St. Christopher’s College of Education, Vepery, Chennai, University of Madras.
She is the sister of Dr. Shantha Maria James, Principal of Indian Central School, Kuwait.
May her soul Rest in Peace.
INS SHARDUL INDIAN Navy Ship arrives in Kuwait to carry emergency medical supplies to India.
(Source : The Economic Times) Yesterday (11-May-2021)). INS Tabar carried two ISO tank containers of 20 metric tonnes each from Kuwait along with 600 oxygen cylinders sent by the Indian Community Association in Kuwait.
The second Naval Ship INS Kochi carried three ISO tank containers of 20 metric tonnes each from Kuwait along with two oxygen concentrators and 800 oxygen cylinders arranged by the Indian Community Association in Kuwait, Bharath Kumar Kuthati, regional passport officer, Bengaluru.
Kuthati along with members of Indian Red Cross Karnataka, received the consignments on behalf of the External Affairs Ministry.
following that, INS SHARDUL arrives in Kuwait to carry emergency medical supplies to India.
Gratitude to the authorities in Kuwait for the requisite support, and to the Kuwait Red Crescent Society & the Indian Community for all the assistance.
KNPC: Technical problem halts output at some Mina Al-Abdullah refinery units
The Kuwait National Petroleum Company announced Tuesday suspending production at some units of the Mina Al-Abdullah refinery due to the stoppage of steam generating units.
The company teams are racing against the time to resume operation at these units and restore the full capacity of the refinery as soon as possible, the company’s deputy CEO for administrative and commercial affairs and official spokesman Ahed Al-Khurayif told KUNA.
He, however, noted that the exportation operations are undergoing as planned and had not been affected by the emergency suspension of production of these units.
Kuwait Amir congratulates public on advent of Eid Al-Fitr
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah congratulated Kuwait’s nationals and expatriates on the advent of the festive celebration of Eid Al-Fitr, according to the Amiri Diwan yesterday.
Separately, the Amiri Diwan sent its best wishes on the occasion to His Highness the Amir, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah along with the Arab and Islamic nations. The Amiri Diwan prayed that the nation remain safe under its wise leadership.
Wednesday is the last day of the fasting month of Ramadan and Thursday will the first day of Eid Al-Fitr, Kuwait Moon Sighting Committee of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs announced on Tuesday.
17,000 to travel during Eid Holidays
With the beginning of Eid Al Fitr holidays Kuwait International Airport came back to life. Departure gates were crowded by travellers who wanted to spend their time on vacation in tourist destination spots. It has been more than a year since the Corona pandemic has disrupted the moment except for emergency or special flights.
With the gradual opening of Kuwait Airport, air traffic witnessed especially departure flights with the majority of travellers who wanted to spend their vacation abroad. The most favored destinations were Dubai, Riyadh, Doha, Bahrain, Turkey and Egypt via transit flights.
Message on the Occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr
Eid Mubarak to All. On this auspicious day, I pray for peace and harmony, for friendship and love and good health for all.
On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, on behalf of the Indian community in Kuwait, I extend my greetings to His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Misha’al Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait, and His Highness Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait. Eid Mubarak also to the Government and the friendly people of the State of Kuwait.
I also extend my warm greetings to all my Indian brothers and sisters in Kuwait. Eid-ul-Fitr is a special festival in India, a land with abundant diversity of religions and beliefs, with people from different socio-cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds living in complete harmony.
This year all across the world, we observe Eid-ul-Fitr in the most difficult of times for humanity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the last few weeks our brothers and sisters in India have been facing many challenges. I am confident that in coming weeks, through our whole of society and whole of government approach, we will be able to overcome these difficult times and defeat this pandemic comprehensively. I thank the Government and the people of the State of Kuwait and the vibrant Indian community in Kuwait for extending their helping hand to save lives in India. Let’s also remember and thank our medical professionals, our doctors and our nurses for their many sacrifices.
At this moment when we celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, let our thoughts be with those in isolation and suffering, let our prayers be for the world to heal quickly and for a compassionate and healthy future. I pray that this festival strengthens our belief in charity, our faith in fraternity and our commitment in compassion.
Once again, Eid Mubarak to all Indian nationals and friends of India in Kuwait. May you all be safe and stay blessed.
Ambassador Met Kuwait Airways Chairman and Secretary General for Public Tenders and Discussed Bilateral Ties
Ambassador met H.E. Mr. Ali M. Aldukhan, Chairman, Kuwait Airways Corporation (09 May). Discussions on bilateral ties, enhancing bilateral cooperation in the civil aviation sector, diaspora related matters, assistance in the fight against covid 19, and issues of mutual interest were held.
Ambassador met H.E. Engineer Osama Ibrahim Al-Duaij, Secretary General, Central Agency for Public Tenders (09 May) and discussed bilateral ties, ways to strengthen cooperation esp. in commercial domain, and issues of mutual interest.
Covid-19 Situation in India and Assistance from Abroad
The address of Ambassador of India to Kuwait HE Shri Sibi Geroge on May 7, 2021 on covid- 19 situvation link given. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFW86BMA7rk). All are advised to go through the remarks to understand the assistance being received from Kuwait and also to know the procedure being followed.
2. Any individuals/ associations/ private companies/ NGOs, who wish to contribute in cash , can make their contribution directly to PM CARES Fund (https://www.pmcares.gov.in) or Chief Minister’s Relief Fund of States/ UTs as the case may be (access respective State Government’s website).
Obituary: Mrs. Lijipriya
Well known person among the Tamil and Malayalam Community in Kuwait, Mrs. Lijipriya passed away in Kuwait on 09th May 2021. Lijipriya was infected with Covid-19 & under treatment for the past few days.
She is one of the popular Tamil / Malayalam singers in Kuwait who sings in the cultural events in Kuwait. She is working as a nurse; also a social worker.
May her soul Rest in Peace.
Embassy of India is pleased to announce the launch of a new ‘Registration Drive’ for stranded Indian nationals who have not been able to return to Kuwait on account of the prevailing restrictions on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This registration drive is for all those stranded Indian nationals who are facing various issues on account of COVID-19 related travel restrictions. These may include those who have had their residencies expired during their stay in India, those who have lost their jobs due to non-return, those who have their house belongings in Kuwait, those whose family members are in Kuwait, those who are looking to rejoin their duties, those who have not received their salary dues/indemnities and so on.
All those who registered in the earlier drive conducted in 2020 may also register for this drive by filling in the google form online (https://forms.gle/sExZK1GKW36BLpVz7). Please note that currently the purpose of this registration drive is to gather updated information on the affected nationals for necessary coordination and follow-up with the concerned authorities of the State of Kuwait to appropriately address the issues.
Any official update on this matter will be shared by the Embassy on its website and social media handles. Please continue to follow Embassy’s website (www.indembkwt.gov.in) and social media account (Twitter: @indembkwt, Facebook: @indianembassykuwait) handles for updates on the above subject. For any queries, please write to email@example.com.
Ambassador’s Address to the Indian Community in Kuwait
My fellow citizens of India in Kuwait,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me begin my address today by thanking His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait and His Highness Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince, for hosting the large Indian community in Kuwait and for looking after our community during the Covid 19 pandemic.
The main topic of my interactive open house session last month, attended by many of you was the evolving Covid 19 pandemic and the many steps that the Embassy has taken in recent months in coordination with the authorities in Government of Kuwait, concerned authorities in Government of India and the various Indian associations and groups in Kuwait to address the many concerns of the Indian community in Kuwait and their families in India. We spoke about (i) Updated Database of Stranded Indians, those who lost their jobs, those who did not get their indemnities; (ii) Free Tele consultations by our Medical Doctors from Indian Doctors Forum; (iii) Food Distribution by Indian Community Support Group (ICSG); (iv) Special Counters at the Embassy for Registration for Vaccination; (v) Vaccine Registration Campaign being undertaken by various Associations; (vi) Registration for vaccines for those without Civil IDs; (vii) Legal Assistance for those in need; (viii) Medical Assistance for those in need; and (ix) Covid 19 Awareness campaign in association with organizations like IDF. This is a work in progress and we are making some progress despite the many challenges of Covid 19 pandemic we face.
I have received a few queries requesting me to cover updates on these issues and topics like CBSE examinations in my address today. I will discuss these in in our next Open House interactive session later this month. In recent weeks, I have also been in engagement with the community in small groups, through various interviews with print and electronic media and also by joining the awareness programs being organized by various associations and groups. Today, I will focus on the evolving Covid 19 situation in India and the assistance being received from abroad. Before I do that, let me thank our doctors, nurses and medical professionals who are making many sacrifices in India, here in Kuwait and all across the world. It is their hard work and sacrifice that continue to save lives.
We are now suddenly faced with a new evolving situation due to spike in Covid 19 cases in India in recent weeks. I would not like to get into the scientific and medical aspects of the pandemic which is for scientists and medical experts to address. We will do a separate session on this in partnership with the Indian Doctors Forum later. The fact is that the second wave of Covid 19 pandemic has now hit our motherland hard. It has implications for us here in Kuwait too as the travel to and from India has been completely stopped. All flights including the air bubble which helped the Vande Bharat mission where Indians in Kuwait could return directly to India has also been stopped.
The latest figures from India as on May 7 is over four lakh new cases in the last 24 hours; ten States including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Bihar, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan report 71.81% of the new cases; ten districts account for 25% of the total active cases in the country. The National Mortality Rate has been falling and currently stands at 1.09%. 3,915 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. Ten States account for 74.48% of the new deaths. At the same time, the cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered has crossed 16.49 Cr today as the Phase-3 of the nationwide drive expands further. There are challenges and the country as a whole is addressing it.
In India, we are now faced with a crisis situation similar to the one some countries and many cities across the globe faced last year. We have not forgotten the many disturbing visuals of 2020 from several countries including developed countries. India, despite having one sixth of the total population of the world, faced the first wave effectively with very low daily infection numbers. The whole of society and whole of government approach adopted by our leadership helped us win the fight against Covid 19 in the first phase. I recall the several discussions we had from this platform when we proudly presented India’s success story in managing the Covid 19 situation in the past one year. In fact, India was at the forefront of helping the world in addressing the challenges posed by Covid 19 crisis.
Through Operation Sanjeevani and Vaccine Maitri, India established itself as a country with internationally relevant healthcare capacities. India established itself as a reliable global pharma hub supplying medicines and equipment to over 154 countries in the face of daunting logistical challenges. Indian HADR operations acquired global dimensions with the deployment Rapid Response Teams to Maldives, Kuwait, Mauritius and Comoros and with Mission SAGAR to Maldives, Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Vietnam and Cambodia. Our network of diplomatic missions played the key role in organizing the Vande Bharat Mission, the largest logistical mission of its type ever undertaken. This has facilitated the movement of more than 7 million people through lockdown and post-lockdown periods. We have also worked on the ‘Air Bubbles’ established with 27 countries.
We are now faced with that kind of a situation that many countries and cities faced in the past. Our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has spoken to the nation on several occasions during last two weeks; our Hon’ble External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar in his interview in London this week covered the topic extensively. I have circulated these speeches to our community and associations through social media. We will continue to share the updates to all community through our associations and social media.
In my various meetings with the community groups and associations I have been briefing them on this, and I am happy to see the ongoing drive to mobilize support for India on these lines. In the meantime, I am getting a series of queries from the community and from our various associations on what more can be done, what should be done, how is it going, how do we ensure that the assistance has reached the destination etc. I have been answering them, talking to them over phone, by email etc. I thought it is important to address the community and brief you on the situation and update you on the assistance from abroad and particularly from our friendly State of Kuwait.
Let me cover the queries that I received in the embassy following categories:
Referring to what our Embassies abroad can do to support our motherland, EAM said and I quote: “Your job is to ensure that the key requirements, today oxygen is the major requirement, pharmaceuticals, Remdesivir, other medicines are a requirement, vaccine supply chain is a requirement, so logistics for all of this is a requirement. I have embassies who are working with shipping lines, with airlines, different countries creating hubs, you know how big the oxygen challenge is, so we are getting liquid medical oxygen, we are getting cryogenic tankers, we are getting oxygen tanks, oxygen cylinders, you have to locate them, organize them, send them and you have seen now that support is flying in from different countries, all of that requires coordination. Now my message to Embassies is keep your eye on that and do not get distracted by the rest of debate…. Your focus should be right now a very serious situation back home, just like government is focused in addressing the pandemic at home single mindedly, you also please do that, we will deal with argument down the road, at the moment keep your eyes and energy focused on this.” Unquote. Government of India has been receiving international donations of Covid-19 relief medical supplies and equipment since 27 April from different countries including United Kingdom, Ireland, Romania, Russia, UAE, USA, Taiwan, Kuwait, France, Thailand, Germany, Uzbekistan, Belgium, Italy, etc.
The ongoing assistance from Kuwait include: Kuwait Air Force Aircraft KAF 3201 Kuwait - Delhi reached on 4 May, 40 Tons of Assistance sent by Govt of State of Kuwait including Ventilators (11), Oxygen Cylinders (282), Oxygen Concentrator (60) and medicines and other medical equipment; INS Kolkata, departed Kuwait on 4 May with Kuwait Govt assistance of Liquid Medical Oxygen (Two 20 MT ISO cryo tankers totaling 40 MT LMO); Donation by Indian Community in Kuwait through Indian Community Support Group - Oxygen Cylinders (200), Oxygen concentrators (4); Kuwaiti merchant Ship departed on 5 May with Kuwait Govt assistance of Liquid Medical Oxygen (Three 25 MT semi-trailers totaling 75 MT LMO) and 1000 Oxygen cylinders; INS Kochi, departed Kuwait on 6 May with Kuwait Govt assistance of Liquid Medical Oxygen (Three 20 MT ISO cryo tankers totaling 60 MT LMO); Donation by Indian Community Oxygen Cylinders (800) & Oxygen concentrators (2); INS Tabar, departed Kuwait on 6 May with Kuwait Govt assistance of Liquid Medical Oxygen (Two 20 MT ISO cryo tankers totaling 40 MT LMO); Donation by Indian Community in Kuwait through Indian Community Support Group - Oxygen Cylinders (600).
The cargo clearance and deliveries are facilitated without delay in coordination with agencies concerned. The deliveries and further installations are also being monitored by the Health Ministry on a regular basis. I invite you to go through the PIB releases every day for regular updates, I will also update it on Mission’s social media platforms. On May 6 the PIB release said, 1841 Oxygen Concentrators; 1814 Oxygen Cylinders; 09 Oxygen Generation Plants; 2403 ventilators/ Bi PAP/ C PAP; more than 2.8 L Remdesivir vials delivered. In fact, I get to see the daily updates on the details of the distribution of all donations received by Government of India. I will be happy to share it with all concerned to know the movement of their donations.
At the same time, in the Ministry of External Affairs, a 24x7 Covid Cell which was created to manage a global effort to assist millions of Indians stranded by successive lockdowns, is in the wake of the second wave of the pandemic, is coordinating and channelizing global efforts to source raw materials for our vaccines, pharma and medical industries, to source oxygen and oxygen producing equipment, and for coordinating the delivery of essential and relief supplies to India.
Let me reiterate that there are many logistics challenges such as having to match specifications of equipment with our units, installation of oxygen plants needing technical assistance, training, maintenance etc. Accessibility and immediate use of resources to save lives is an overriding consideration for determining the distribution of incoming relief material. All possible attempts are made to distribute the material immediately to ensure optimal use.
At the same time, it is important to ensure that all contributions are made to these efforts after due verification. Additionally, please note that as part of the Standard Operating Procedure, all supplies of COVID-19 related equipment that is offered to be sent to India is to be routed through Indian Red Cross Society, which will receive it on behalf of Government of India.
Keeping in mind the need for having a dedicated national fund with the primary objective of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and to provide relief to the affected, ‘Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund)’ is currently in existence. Any clarification or queries with regard to dispatch of emergency medical supplies to India or transfer of funds to PM CARES Fund may be addressed to the Embassy.
These are indeed extraordinarily difficult times. But let us remember that we can overcome this challenge by collective spirit and action. This pandemic is a challenge where we will all sink or swim together. There is no room for one-upmanship because nobody is safe from COVID-19, until each one of us is safe.
Together, through our whole of society and whole of government approach, we will be able to overcome these difficult times and defeat this pandemic comprehensively. Till such time, it is important that we continue to support each other and remain alert. I will be happy to reply to any queries or questions you may have. Please write to me for any further clarifications.
I conclude by thanking His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait and His Highness Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince and His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Hon’ble Prime Minister of Kuwait and the Government and the people of the friendly State of Kuwait for their support in this hour of need for India.
I know it was a rather long address. Once again I thank you for your participation and let’s all remain in touch.
I request all of you to stand up and sing our national anthem together, on this birth anniversary day of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.
Chinese Rocket Segment Plunges Back To Earth, Crashes Near Maldives
A large segment of a Chinese rocket re-entered the Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean on Sunday, the Chinese space agency said, following fevered speculation over where the 18-tonne object would come down.
Officials in Beijing had said there was little risk from the freefalling segment of the Long March-5B rocket, which had launched the first module of China's new space station into Earth orbit on April 29.
"After monitoring and analysis, at 10:24 (0224 GMT) on May 9, 2021, the last-stage wreckage of the Long March 5B Yao-2 launch vehicle has re-entered the atmosphere," the China Manned Space Engineering Office said in a statement, providing coordinates for a point in the Indian Ocean near the Maldives.
"Operators confirm that the rocket actually went into the Indian Ocean north of the Maldives," it tweeted.
Woman from Mali Gives Birth To 9 Babies
A Malian woman has given birth to nine babies in what could become a world record. Halima Cissé had been expecting to have seven newborns: Ultrasound sessions had failed to spot two of her babies.
It appeared to be the first time on record that a woman had given birth to nine surviving babies at once. The five girls and four boys, and their mother, “are all doing well,” Mali’s health minister said in a statement.
The babies were born in Morocco, where Cissé was taken for specialist care in late March. Her multiple-fetal pregnancy has been closely watched in Mali, where the government helped pay for her medical evacuation to Morocco. Camera crews recorded her arrival. Cissé, 25, gave birth by cesarean section – and doctors were surprised to find two more babies than expected, the health ministry said.
Cinemas in Kuwait to open on first day of Eid-Al-Fitr – Those vaccinated allowed
Vice-Chairman of the Kuwait Cinema Company, Hisham Al-Ghanem, said the cinemas in Kuwait will open doors for the public on the first day of the blessed Eid Al-Fitr only for those who have taken the Covid-19 vaccine, reports Annahar daily. Al-Ghanem told the daily the working hours inside the theaters will be determined after receiving the health protocol from the Ministry of Health which is expected within a week. He explained even those who have received even a single dose can enter the cinemas.