Metrovaartha http://www.metrovaartha.com/ en-us Thu, 06 May 2021 00:00:00 +0530 FIR registered against comedian Sunil Pal for 'defaming' doctors http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37896/fir-registered-against-comedian-sunil-pal-for--defaming--doctors http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37896/fir-registered-against-comedian-sunil-pal-for--defaming--doctors Wed, 05 May 2021 23:50:32 +0530 ]]>Pal made the alleged derogatory comments against doctors during a show on an entertainment channel. In her complaint to the police, Dr Sushmita Bhatnagar, head of the Association of Medical Consultants, said last month she came across a video on social media in which Pal is seen making derogatory remarks against doctors. Mumbai | Police have registered an FIR against stand-up comedian and actor Sunil Pal for allegedly making defamatory remarks against doctors engaged in COVID-19 management and treatment of patients, an official said on Wednesday.
The FIR against Pal was lodged by the Andheri police on Tuesday on the basis of a complaint filed by Dr Sushmita Bhatnagar, head of the Association of Medical Consultants, he said.
According to the complaint, Pal made the alleged derogatory comments against doctors during a show on an entertainment channel.
In her statement to the police, Dr Bhatnagar said last month she came across a video on social media in which Pal is seen making derogatory remarks against doctors.
Dr Bhatnagar also accused Pal of making derogatory comments against frontline health workers.
Pal, in the video, is heard saying, "Doctors are a form of God, but 90 per cent of the doctors have taken an evil form, and are fraud. Poor people are being scared in the name of COVID all day, they are humiliated and harassed by saying there are no beds, no plasma, no medicine, no this, no that." The police have booked Pal under IPC sections 505-II (statement conducting mischief) and 500 (punishment for defamation) and further investigation was underway, the official said. 

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Delhi govt sets up web portal to streamline oxygen distribution http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37895/delhi-govt-sets-up-web-portal-to-streamline-oxygen-distribution http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37895/delhi-govt-sets-up-web-portal-to-streamline-oxygen-distribution Wed, 05 May 2021 23:24:34 +0530 ]]>Amid an acute shortage of medical oxygen in the national capital, the Delhi government has set up a web portal to streamline distribution of the life-saving gas to coronavirus patients in home isolation, non-COVID hospitals, and nursing homes. The portal -- delhi.gov.in -- will go live on May 6 and those requiring oxygen can apply uploading a few documents. New Delhi | Amid an acute shortage of medical oxygen in the national capital, the Delhi government has set up a web portal to streamline distribution of the life-saving gas to coronavirus patients in home isolation, non-COVID hospitals, and nursing homes, an official order said on Wednesday.
The portal -- delhi.gov.in -- will go live on May 6 and those requiring oxygen can apply with a valid photo id, Aadhar card details, COVID positive report and other documents like CT scan report if available, the order said.
According to the order, district magistrates shall identify "dedicated dealers/depots to distribute such cylinders to individuals who shall not be redirected to refilling plants under any circumstances".
"The district magistrates shall ensure that adequate number of office personnel are assigned to scrutinise all incoming applications and issue e-passes quickly as time is of essence in such cases,” the order said.
“This may be accorded top priority. The DMs shall ensure that the dealers regularly get their cylinders refilled from the designated refilling plants," the order added.
Based on the stock availability, the district magistrates will issue a pass having the date, time and address of the dealer/depot from where the oxygen cylinder can be issued/exchanged, it said.
Before issuing the pass, the district magistrates must ensure that filled oxygen cylinder is available as per the pass issued, it added.
The district magistrates will ensure that the distribution of lump sum allocation is done "judiciously and equitably between individuals, non-COVID hospitals, nursing homes, ambulances and SOS cylinders of COVID hospitals running on LMO (liquid medical oxygen)", the order said.
The order said a provision of lump sum allocation of oxygen (to be given through cylinders) for individuals, non-COVID hospitals, nursing homes , ambulances and SOS cylinders of COVID hospitals running on LMO had already been made against re-fillers with each district being assigned a re-filler.
"However, reports are being received of long queues at cylinder refilling plants also leading to public safety and public health hazard issues," it said.
This portal has been created "to streamline the entire system of distribution of the lump-sum allocation under the supervision of district magistrates and also in order to facilitate the public to access these cylinders with certainty", the order said.

Auto-ambulances with oxygen support launched

Coronavirus patients with mild symptoms requiring oxygen support can now contact auto-ambulances for reaching a hospital as 10 such modified three-wheelers were launched in Delhi.
Launched by AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh in association with TYCIA Foundation on Tuesday, these autorickshaw-turned-ambulances are equipped with an oxygen cylidner and a sanitiser, a statement said.
Their drivers wear PPE kits.
These auto-ambulances have been started with an objective to ensure that patients with mild symptoms and having oxygen levels between 85 to 90 can reach nearby hospitals in time, a statement said.
The auto-ambulance services can be booked through two numbers -- 9818430043 and 011-41236614. There are plans to bring 20 more such auto-ambulances on the national capitals' roads.
The city has so far recorded 12,53,902 coronavirus cases, of which over 11.43 lakh have recovered. The death toll due to the viral disease stands at 18,063, according to Delhi government data.
The number of active cases stands at 91,859. 

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SP says it cut BJP to size in panchayat polls, ruling party calls itself 'overall winner' http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37894/sp-says-it-cut-bjp-to-size-in-panchayat-polls--ruling-party-calls-itself--overall-winner- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37894/sp-says-it-cut-bjp-to-size-in-panchayat-polls--ruling-party-calls-itself--overall-winner- Wed, 05 May 2021 23:18:13 +0530 ]]>Samajwadi Party spokesperson Anurag Bhaduria claimed his party has bagged over 800 out of about 3,000 in zila panchayat seats, breaching also the BJP bastions of Gorakhpur, Varanasi and Ayodhya. But the UP BJP chief Swatantradev Singh countered this. Congress termed the performance of its own candidates as "satisfactory". Lucknow | The ruling BJP on Wednesday rejected opposition claims that it had received a setback in the Uttar Pradesh panchayat polls and called itself the "overall winner", as the counting of ballot papers in the mammoth exercise came to an end.
The election for over 8.69 lakh posts in the three-tier panchayat system, from the village to the district level, was being seen as a curtain-raiser to the 2022 state Assembly polls.
The panchayat elections were not fought on party symbols, but rival parties had indicated their preferences and now claim that they have done well in the polls.
Polling took place on April 15, 19, 26 and 29, in the middle of the current surge in coronavirus cases. Counting of the ballot papers had begun Sunday.
Samajwadi Party spokesperson Anurag Bhaduria claimed his party has bagged over 800 out of about 3,000 in zila panchayat seats, breaching also the BJP bastions of Gorakhpur, Varanasi and Ayodhya.
But the UP BJP chief Swatantradev Singh countered this.
“We fought on more than 3,000 seats for the post of zila panchayat members. The claims of opposition parties that the BJP performed badly in the panchayat election are incorrect. We will remain ahead, and emerge as overall leader in the polls," he told PTI.
But when asked whether the party's tally of zila panchayat members will exceed 918, as predicted by the BJP on Monday, he said,”Nothing can be said now, there could be a dip." On Monday, the ruling party had also claimed that over 45,000 party-supported candidates won the village pradhan posts and over 60,000 were elected to the kshetra (block) panchayats.
The Congress termed the performance of its own candidates as "satisfactory", and said 270 party-backed candidates won at the zila panchayat level.
In addition, party-backed candidates came second on 571 seats and third on 711 seats at the district level, UP Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu claimed in a statement.
They also registered wins at other tiers in the panchayat polls, he said.
But on Tuesday the party had put out a larger number, 389, for its zila panchayat “winners”.
UP Congress spokesperson Ashok Singh said the BJP has been “virtually decimated” in these elections.
“The winds of change, which started blowing in West Bengal have reached the doorstep of UP and in 2022 UP Assembly elections, the Congress will resurrect itself in the state under the leadership of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra," he said.
Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh tweeted that party-supported candidates won 83 zila panchayat seats. The AAP said people in rural UP voted for the “Delhi model” of governance.

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3 arrested in Delhi for selling painted fire extinguishers as oxygen cylinders http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37893/3-arrested-in-delhi-for-selling-painted-fire-extinguishers-as-oxygen-cylinders http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37893/3-arrested-in-delhi-for-selling-painted-fire-extinguishers-as-oxygen-cylinders Wed, 05 May 2021 22:49:05 +0530 ]]>Delhi Police has arrested three persons who allegedly used to paint fire extinguishers as oxygen cylinders and sell them to needy people. The matter came to light Tuesday after a person named Mukesh Khanna, who runs Radha Vallabh Sewa Sangh NGO which serves free oxygen cylinders to Covid patients, filed a complaint at the Farsh Bazar police station. New Delhi | The Delhi Police has arrested three persons who allegedly used to paint fire extinguishers as oxygen cylinders and sell them to needy people, officials said on Wednesday.
The accused have been identified as Ravi Sharma (40), Mohammad Abdul (38) and Shambhu Shah (30), all residents of Alipur, they said.
Police said the matter came to light Tuesday after a person named Mukesh Khanna, who runs Radha Vallabh Sewa Sangh NGO which serves free oxygen cylinders to Covid patients, filed a complaint at the Farsh Bazar police station.
Khanna alleged that one oxygen cylinder distributer, Varsha Engineering at Apni Colony, Alipur, had sold him oxygen cylinders at Rs 5,500 per for 4.5 liters.
When he contacted the same distributor again and asked for more cylinders, the distributer demanded Rs 13,000 for per 4.5 liters cylinder, a senior police office said.
On the complaint, a raiding team reached the location at Alipur where three people were found engaged in painting some gas cylinders in black color, the officer said.
“During enquiry, it was found that distributor Ravi Sharma was removing red paint of fire cylinders which were used for filling of CO2 and was converting them into oxygen cylinders by painting them black with the help of Abdul and Shah,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) R Sathiyasundaram said.
Sharma and his associates have cheated the complainant by selling fire extinguishing cylinders as oxygen cylinders at an exorbitant rate. All three accused persons were arrested, the DCP said.
Police seized 532 fire extinguisher iron gas cylinders of different sizes, 26 oxygen gas cylinder nozzles, two electric grinders used to remove the red paint of the cylinders, three silver color spray-paint cans, one black paint box, one paint-brush, one pipe-wrench and Rs 49,500 cash were recovered from their possession, police said.
During interrogation, it was found that the accused used to collect the empty or expired fire extinguisher cylinders and sell it either as scrap or refill the CO2 for fire-fighting, police said.
Due to the ongoing oxygen crisis in view of the COVID pandemic, they planned a conspiracy to remove the red colour of the original cylinder, repaint it with black, and fix nozzle to make it similar to oxygen cylinder, police said.
The accused also confessed that he has already sold many such cylinders, police added. 

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Marathas are politically dominant caste, adequately represented in govt jobs: SC http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37892/marathas-are-politically-dominant-caste--adequately-represented-in-govt-jobs--sc http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37892/marathas-are-politically-dominant-caste--adequately-represented-in-govt-jobs--sc Wed, 05 May 2021 22:42:01 +0530 ]]>The top court said that Marathas are adequately and satisfactorily represented in public services and their representation in Grade A, B, C, and D categories comes to an average of over 30 per cent in open category posts. New Delhi | The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that the Maratha community is in the mainstream of national life and it is not disputed that they are a politically dominant caste.
The top court said that Marathas are adequately and satisfactorily represented in public services and their representation in Grade A, B, C, and D categories comes to an average of over 30 per cent in open category posts.
A five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said, "One community bagging such a number of posts in public services is a matter of pride for the community and its representation in no manner can be said to be inadequate in public services." It said that the case of Maratha does not satisfy the extra-ordinary situations as indicated in 1992 Indra Sawhney verdict which capped the quotas at 50 per cent.
"The Marathas are in the mainstream of national life. It is not even disputed that Marathas are politically dominant caste," it said, adding that both the State Backward Classes Commission and the Bombay High Court fell in error in treating as exception circumstances, the fact that population of backward class is 85 per cent in the state and reservation limit is only 50 per cent.
"The extraordinary circumstance as opined by the Commission and approved by the high court is not an extraordinary situation as referred to in... Indra Sawhney judgment. The Marathas are a dominant forward class and are in the mainstream of National life," it said.
The bench also comprising justices L N Rao, S Abdul Nazeer, Hemant Gupta and S Ravindra Bhat quashed the Maharashtra government law granting quota to Marathas in education and in jobs saying it violated the principle of right to equality.   It said that the Maharashtra State Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC) (Admission in Educational Institutions in the State and for posts for appointments in public service and posts) Reservation Act, 2018 violates the principle of equality as enshrined in Article 16.   "The exceeding of the ceiling limit without there being any exceptional circumstances clearly violates Article 14 and 16 of the Constitution which makes the enactment ultra vires," it said.
It held that no "extraordinary circumstances" were made out in granting separate reservation of Maratha community by exceeding the 50 per cent ceiling limit of reservation.
It said that to change the 50 per cent limit is to have a society which is not founded on equality but based on caste rule and if the reservation goes above 50 per cent limit which is reasonable, it will be a slippery slope, the political pressure, make it hardly to reduce the same.
The top court observed that "when more people aspire for backwardness instead of forwardness, the country itself stagnates which situation is not in accord with constitutional objectives".

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Meghan wins remainder of copyright claim against UK tabloid http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37891/meghan-wins-remainder-of-copyright-claim-against-uk-tabloid http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37891/meghan-wins-remainder-of-copyright-claim-against-uk-tabloid Wed, 05 May 2021 22:31:37 +0530 ]]>Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, had already won most of her claim for misuse of private information and copyright infringement against Associated Newspapers Limited, the publisher of the Mail on Sunday and the MailOnline website over the publication of a personal letter she wrote to her estranged father. London | Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, on Wednesday won her remaining copyright claim against a British tabloid publisher over the publication of a personal letter she wrote to her estranged father.
Meghan, 39, had already won most of her claim for misuse of private information and copyright infringement against Associated Newspapers Limited, the publisher of the Mail on Sunday and the MailOnline website. The American former actress sued over five 2019 articles that published large portions of a letter she wrote to her father after her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry.
In February, a High Court judge ruled in her favour, saying the publishing of large parts of the handwritten letter was “manifestly excessive” and unlawful. The judge granted the duchess's request for a summary judgment to settle the case, meaning she won that part of the case without having to go to trial.
But the court still had to decide whether Meghan was the “sole author” and copyright holder of the letter.
On Wednesday, the judge sided with Meghan's lawyers regarding the remaining parts of their copyright claim, after lawyers representing Queen Elizabeth II refuted the defense's claims that the letter's copyright belonged to the Crown.
Associated Newspapers Ltd previously said it believed that Jason Knauf, the former communications secretary to Prince Harry and Meghan, was a co-author of the letter, and argued that this meant the letter belonged to the Crown.
Meghan's lawyer Ian Mill told the court that Knauf's lawyers confirmed he did not write the letter, and said that the defense's case on the ownership of copyright in the letter “has been shown to be completely baseless”.
In his ruling in February, judge Mark Warby said the public disclosure of Meghan's “personal and private letter" to her father Thomas Markle was unlawful.
“The majority of what was published was about the claimant's own behaviour, her feelings of anguish about her father's behaviour, as she saw it, and the resulting rift between them," he said. “These are inherently private and personal matters.” Meghan and Harry officially stepped down from royal duties in March 2020 and moved to California with their young son Archie. The couple has said that relentless scrutiny from the British media was one of the reasons they decided to leave the UK.

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Pujara says he does yoga, meditation to stay away from negative thoughts http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37890/pujara-says-he-does-yoga--meditation-to-stay-away-from-negative-thoughts http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37890/pujara-says-he-does-yoga--meditation-to-stay-away-from-negative-thoughts Wed, 05 May 2021 22:27:41 +0530 ]]>Known for his Zen-like approach to batting, India's Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara says he does yoga, meditation and takes advice from a spiritual guru to stay away from negative thoughts. New Delhi | Known for his Zen-like approach to batting, India's Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara says he does yoga, meditation and takes advice from a spiritual guru to stay away from negative thoughts.
In a Youtube interview on 'Mind Matters', the 33-year-old Pujara said handling pressure is important to survive in international cricket.
"Once you are in a negative zone, everything around you becomes negative. I do yoga and try meditation, I do my prayers everyday which helps me to remain in positive mindset," he said.
"There was time when I felt I cannot handle the pressure. When I had issues in my younger days, I used to go to my mother and cried in front of her saying that I had lot of pressure and nervousness and I don't want to play cricket.
"But now I know how to handle the pressure," said the right-handed batsman who has scored 6244 runs from 85 Tests.
He said he took help from a spiritual guru after he lost his mother when he was only 17.
"Mind matters because if you don't have a clear head you are always in doubt. If you are in a happy state of mind you are having a happy life.
"I have a spiritual guru and when I lost my mother, he sad it is tough to accept the loss. He said you need to have faith and faith is something which has kept me going.
"Over a period of time I realised that I can use that word (faith) in my game and in my life also and having faith in God is the most important thing for me." He said he was hurt when he went unsold in the IPL auction for a long time before Chennai Super Kings picked him this year.
"It was tough, it's never easy to be left out and to be unsold in the IPL. It hurt me.
"But that is something I can't control. After a point, I realise I will do things which I can control. I kept on working to get better towards the shorter format." Pujara said players need to consult sports psychologists to handle pressure.
"I have seen many domestic players finding it difficult to handle pressure when they go to international level. I have seen best of the players consulting sports psychologists and they always enhance your performance.
"I have consulted them many times and it has helped me. When you deal with the mental aspect you always have questions and to clear those doubts and I saw a different perspective after consulting sports psychologist. So focus on the process and don't worry about the outcome."

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Wrestler dies after fight with colleagues in north Delhi; Sushil Kumar's role under scanner http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37889/wrestler-dies-after-fight-with-colleagues-in-north-delhi--sushil-kumar-s-role-under-scanner http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37889/wrestler-dies-after-fight-with-colleagues-in-north-delhi--sushil-kumar-s-role-under-scanner Wed, 05 May 2021 22:19:45 +0530 ]]>Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar's role is under scanner after his name emerged in connection with a brawl that led to the death of a wrestler inside the Chhatrasal Stadium complex in north Delhi. Sushil Kumar, the county's only athlete to have won two individual Olympic medals, was named in the FIR. New Delhi | Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar's role is under scanner after his name emerged in connection with a brawl that led to the death of a wrestler inside the Chhatrasal Stadium complex in north Delhi, police said on Wednesday.
Kumar, the county's only athlete to have won two individual Olympic medals, was named in the FIR, they said.
According to police, a 23-year-old wrestler died and his two friends got injured after they were allegedly brutally assaulted by other wrestlers inside Chhatrasal Stadium in northern part of city.
Police said that on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, an information regarding firing inside the Chhatrasal Stadium was received at Model Town police station.
Police reached the spot and found five cars parked in the parking area of the stadium.
During enquiry, it was found that a quarrel had taken place allegedly between Kumar, Ajay, Prince, Sonu, Sagar, Amit and others in the parking area. Thereafter, police registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Arms Act at Model Town police station in this regard, they said in a statement.
The injured were shifted to BJRM Hospital for treatment. They were identified as Sagar, a resident of Model Town, Amit Kumar (27), a resident of Rohtak in Haryana, and Sonu (35), a resident of Sonipat in Haryana, they said.
"The crime scene as well as all the five vehicles were inspected. During inspection, one double barrel loaded gun with five live cartridges were found in one Scorpio and two wooden sticks were also recovered from the spot.
"All the five vehicles and weapons of offence were seized. The crime scene was further inspected by forensic experts of FSL, Rohini," Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (northwest) Guriqbal Singh Sidhu said.
During investigation, information regarding death of Sagar and injury to Sonu was received from Trauma Centre, Civil Lines, following which sections 302, 365, 120B of the IPC were registered, he said.
Several teams have been formed to trace the alleged persons. Technical evidences relating to this incident have been obtained. The details of the recovered vehicles are also being obtained from the concerned authority, police said.
One Prince Dalal (24), a resident of Jhajjar in Haryana, has been apprehended in this case, along with one double barrel gun, they said. Police said they have recovered two double barrel guns, seven live cartridges, two wooden sticks and five cars.
Official sources claimed that the incident took place due to a property dispute in the Model Town area.
"It was not a case of trespassing. The accused took the victims inside the stadium where they assaulted them in the parking area. Sushil Kumar was present at the spot when the incident happened, however, police are investigating his role in the assault," an official source said.
However, Kumar did not answer his phone when contacted to comment on the issue.

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Israeli president asks Opposition leader to form govt after Netanyahu fails to form coalition http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37888/israeli-president-asks-opposition-leader-to-form-govt-after-netanyahu-fails-to-form-coalition http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37888/israeli-president-asks-opposition-leader-to-form-govt-after-netanyahu-fails-to-form-coalition Wed, 05 May 2021 22:14:24 +0530 ]]>President Reuven Rivlin's announcement on live television gave opposition a chance to end lengthy rule of Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is at the helm of politics since 2009 - becoming Israel's longest-serving premier. Opposition leader Yair Lapid, 57, now has four weeks to build a coalition. Jerusalem | Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday asked Opposition leader Yair Lapid to form a new government, after beleaguered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to meet a midnight deadline of forming a coalition.
President Rivlin's announcement on live television gave opposition a chance to end lengthy rule of Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is at the helm of politics since 2009 - becoming Israel's longest-serving premier.
Lapid, 57, now has four weeks to build a coalition.
Earlier in the day, President Rivlin met with Yesh Atid party's chairman, Lapid, and Yamina party's chairman, Naftali Bennett at the President's Residence.
At his request, the rest of the party leaders submitted their recommendations for the second mandate. Lapid received recommendations from 56 lawmakers and Bennett from only his party's seven, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Netanyahu, 71, who is facing trial on a series of graft charges, was tasked by President Rivlin to put together a government on April 6 following inconclusive polls, the fourth in the last two years.
The mandate given by Rivlin to Netanyahu to form a government expired on Tuesday at midnight with no breakthrough in coalition talks.
His Likud party emerged as the single largest party in the 120- member Parliament but did not have the necessary 61-member support to form a government. Likud had won 30 seats in the general election in March.
While tasking Netanyahu with the responsibility of forming the government, Rivlin had said that he was doing so reluctantly and also mentioned his "moral dilemma" given the court proceedings and lack of enough support for the Likud leader.
Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing.
President Rivlin's spokesman in a statement said: "Shortly before midnight, Netanyahu informed the President's Residence that he was unable to form a government and so returned the mandate to the president." Rivlin on Wednesday contacted the parties represented in the Knesset (Israel's unicameral parliament) on the continuation of the process of forming a government.
The President met with Lapid and Bennett. Both reiterated their desire to be given the mandate to form the next government, press releases from the Presidency said.
The Blue and White party, headed by Defence Minister Benny Gantz had recommended that Lapid be granted the Presidential mandate to form a government, a spokesperson for the party said.
Rivlin gave Netanyahu the first chance to form a coalition after 52 members of parliament endorsed him as Prime Minister last month, compared to 45 for Lapid and a mere seven for Bennett.
Netanyahu failed to persuade Bennett to join him in a power-sharing agreement that would have seen the pair take turns as prime minister.
Bennett had dismissed the offer, saying that even with his support Netanyahu could not muster a majority.
Likud blamed Bennett for foiling Netanyahu's chances by refusing to commit to a right-wing government, “which would certainly have led to the formation of a government joined by additional members of parliament.” Though the right-wing bloc in the Israeli political spectrum has repeatedly garnered the majority seats in all the four elections, a lot of determined "friends turned foes" of Netanyahu have prevented a majority for him in the 120-member house.
Netanyahu is Israel's longest-serving leader, having led five governments since 1996. The last, which saw him share power with the then-main Opposition party to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic, collapsed in December, triggering the latest elections.
Until any new government is agreed and sworn into office, Netanyahu remains Israel's Prime Minister. 

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First COVID-19 death in commando force NSG amid allegations of delay in getting ventilator http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37887/first-covid-19-death-in-commando-force-nsg-amid-allegations-of-delay-in-getting-ventilator http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/37887/first-covid-19-death-in-commando-force-nsg-amid-allegations-of-delay-in-getting-ventilator Wed, 05 May 2021 21:30:29 +0530 ]]>The country's federal counter-terrorist commando force National Security Guard (NSG) reported its first coronavirus-linked death on Wednesday when a senior commander succumbed to the infection as officials alleged there was a delay in getting specialised treatment for him. New Delhi | The country's federal counter-terrorist commando force National Security Guard (NSG) reported its first coronavirus-linked death on Wednesday when a senior commander succumbed to the infection as officials alleged there was a delay in getting specialised treatment for him.
Group Commander (coordination) B K Jha was admitted to the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) Hospital in Greater Noida after he contracted COVID-19 and breathed his last early morning, they said.
He was 53.
Officials said his condition deteriorated rapidly last night and as the ventilator ICU at the CAPF hospital was not functional, he was put on a bipap (a non-invasive therapy) support system.  Doctors suggested that he needs a ICU bed and a search was initiated to find one for him at some other hospital, officials said.
"After a long search for a ventilator bed, a private hospital in Noida gave its nod but there was another delay in getting a cardiac ambulance to shift him." "Finally, a cardiac ambulance from NSG arrived but the officer collapsed as he suffered a cardiac arrest while he was being wheeled into it around 3 AM," a senior NSG officer said.
Officials in the CAPF medical setup told PTI that the Greater Noida hospital has "no manpower to run the ICU and hence NSG was asked to rush the officer to a hospital with ICU bed".
"Initially, an ICU bed was found at the Army hospital for him but as the entire medical infrastructure is overwhelmed by the huge number of coronavirus cases, his admission kept delaying from one facility to the other," a senior officer said.
The CAPF hospital has a ambulance with portable ventilator but Jha required a cardiac one.
Some days ago, another doctor from the CAPF medical setup had succumbed as he could not get an ICU bed, officials said.
This is the first death from coronavirus in the NSG. Jha was working with one of the administrative units of the force and was not in the combat wing, they added.
Jha, originally a 1993-batch officer of the BSF cadre, hailed from Bihar.
He joined the NSG on deputation from the Border Security Force in 2018. He had earlier served as the principal staff officer and commandant to the BSF director general.
Both the forces that function under the command of the Union Home Ministry condoled his death.
"DG and all ranks of NSG mourn his death and remember his distinguished service to the Nation. May Almighty rest his noble soul in eternal peace and give strength to his family to bear the loss," the NSG said in its Twitter message.
The BSF said it stands by the family of the officer in these trying times.
The NSG, according to official data updated till Monday, has had over 430 COVID-19 infection cases till now, out of which only about 59 are active.
The 'black cats' commando force was raised in 1984 as a federal contingency special force and its primary task includes undertaking specific counter-terrorist, counter-hijack operations and rendering VVIP protection duties.
The CAPFs like the CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF and SSB and two other forces under the Union Home Ministry, NSG and NDRF, had over 66,000 COVID-19 cases among them, out of which over 7,900 are active, as per the data.
These forces, over 10 lakh in combined strength, have had about 248 deaths due to the pandemic till now. 

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