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HOW TO REGISTER ON CO-WIN: HEALTH MINISTRY RELEASES GUIDELINE

Registration for next phase of Covid vaccination on Co-WIN 2.0 app begins today.

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The Union Health Ministry on Sunday released a detailed guideline on how to self-register for Covid-19 vaccine on Co-Win app.

The next phase of the world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination drive for the age-appropriate population groups will commence from Monday onwards. Registration will open at 9 am on Monday and citizens will be able to register and book, and appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the COWIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as Arogya Setu etc, according to an official release.

This information was shared during the orientation workshop organised by the Union Health Ministry and the National Health Authority (NHA) for the 10,000 private hospitals under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, more than 600 hospitals empanelled under CGHS and other private hospitals empanelled under State Government’s Health Insurance Schemes, on Co-WIN2.0.

The private empanelled Covid Vaccination Centers (CVCs) were also trained on various aspects of the process of vaccination and management of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) through video conference with the support of the National Health Authority (NHA).

The participants were explained that all citizens that are aged, or will attain the age of, 60 years or more as on 1 January 2022 are eligible to register, in addition to all such citizens that are aged, or will attain the age of, 45 years to 59 years as on January 1, 2022, and have any of the specified 20 comorbidities.

There will be only one live appointment for a beneficiary at any point of time for each dose. Appointments for any date for a Covid vaccination centre will be closed at 3:00 pm on that day for which the slots were opened.

“For example, for March 1, the slots will be open from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm on March 1, and the appointments can be booked anytime before that, subject to availability. However, on 1st March an appointment can also be booked for any future date for which vaccination slots are available. A slot for second dose will also be booked at the same COVID Vaccination Centre on 29th day of the date of appointment of the 1st dose. If a beneficiary cancels a first dose appointment, then appointment of both doses will be cancelled,” the GoI release said.

The eligible persons will be able to register at the Co-WIN2.0 portal through their mobile number, through a step by step process. With one mobile number, a person can register as many as four beneficiaries. However, all those registered on one mobile number will have nothing in common except the mobile number, the release added.

The Photo ID Card Number for each such beneficiary must be different. The photo identity documents, which can be used by citizens for availing of online registration includes Aadhar Card/Letter, Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), Passport, Driving License, PAN Card, NPR Smart Card and Pension Document with a photograph.

A User Guide for the Citizen Registration and Appointment for Vaccination has also been uploaded on the websites of the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the National Health Authority (NHA). A list of all these private hospitals has been uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and National Health Authority. These can be accessed online on the health ministry website.

It was also explained that the Central government shall procure all the vaccines and supply them free of cost to the States and UTs who in turn will disburse them further to the Government and Private COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs).

It was re-iterated that all vaccines provided to beneficiaries at the Government Health Facilities will be entirely free of cost, while Private Facilities cannot charge the beneficiary a sum above Rs 250 per person per dose (Rs 150 for vaccines and Rs 100 as operational charges). Private Hospitals are to remit the cost of vaccine doses allotted to them in a designated account of the National Health Authority (NHA). The payment gateway for the same is being enabled by NHA on their website.

The government has supplied two Covid-19 vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, free of cost to the states/UTs to vaccinate healthcare workers and frontline workers and will also be able to cover the next priority group i.e. 60 years plus age group and the age group of 45 to 59 years suffering from pre-specified co-morbidities.

The states have been requested to operationalise the linkages between the Covid-19 Vaccination Centres (both government and private empanelled facilities) with the nearest cold chain points for ensuring smooth vaccine delivery to Covid vaccination centres.

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Police busts Pak-backed module aimed to carry out attack on I-Day

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Thwarting yet another possible terrorist attack around Independence Day, Punjab Police have busted a Pak-ISI backed terrorist module with the arrest of four members associated with Canada-based gangsters. The accused were associated with Arshdeep Singh alias Arsh Dala and Austraila-based gangster Gurjant Singh alias Janta. They were apprehended from Delhi during the intel-led operation carried out by the Counter-Intelligence unit of Punjab Police with the help of Delhi Police.

The Police have also recovered three hand-grenades (P-86), one IED and two 9mm pistols along with 40 live cartridges in possession of the arrested persons, said Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav here on Sunday.

This is the third such module of cross-border smuggling of arms and explosives that has been busted by the Punjab Police in less than a week.

Those arrested have been identified as Deepak Sharma of Preet Nagar in Moga; Sandeep Singh of village Kotkaror Kalan in Ferozepur; Sunny Dagar of village Ishapur in Najafgarh in Delhi; and Vipin Jakhar, a resident of Goyla Khurd in New Delhi, where all of them were taking shelter.

Disclosing more details, DGP Gaurav Yadav said that following reliable inputs that associates of Arsh Dala are being harboured by Vipin Jakhar at his accomodation in village Goyla Khurd in New Delhi, teams of Punjab Police’s SSOC Mohali along with Dwarka Police conducted a raid at their premises on Friday, and managed to arrest them after recovering two 9mm pistols (foreign-made) along with 40 live cartridges.

“Working on the leads obtained during the questioning of the arrested persons, the police teams have also recovered one IED and three hand-grenades on Saturday from the locations pinpointed by them in Punjab,” he said, adding that the arrested accused also revealed that they were being tasked by Arsh Dala to execute criminal activities in areas of Delhi and Punjab ahead of Independence day to disrupt the peace and harmony.

The investigations so far revealed that Deepak Sharma, who is a history sheeter and was wanted by the Punjab Police in two cases including murder of Moga-based Jaswinder Singh alias Jassi, who was killed in March 2022 and another for firing in the house of Panchayat Secretary of Village Dala, Moga in June 2022, said the DGP. While, accused Sandeep, who recently came back to India from Dubai, had provided logistic support to Deepak to carry out firing at the house of Panchayat Secretary.

He said that accused Sunny Dagar, who is out from jail on parole, is an active member of Neeraj Bawana Gang and Tillu Tajpuriya gang in Delhi and NCR region and has been facing various cases of heinous crimes including murder, attempt to murder, extortion, theft etc. Meanwhile, the Police have procured remand for five days of all the arrested persons after producing them at the local Mohali Court on Saturday.

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Security In Delhi Beefed Up Amid Threat Alerts

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Delhi Police have tightened the security and vigilance at all eight borders of the city as well as the busy markets in view of the Independence Day celebration. The security near the Red Fort has been beefed up with many layers of protection as the inputs received from International Border are not only specific but are considered strong enough. For enhanced security at the Independence Day programme, the police personnel have deployed anti-drone system to ensure protection against drone attacks. This anti-drone system was manufactured by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Bharat Electronics (BEL).

The Red Fort is shielded with a Radar system to ensure its safety from the Drones, as it is another threat apart from the Technological dangers for security. The police personnel are also taught the ways to combat suspected objects flying in the sky, the police said.

The police received some specifically strong alerts concerning the security in Delhi on August 15. The Intelligence agencies have issued a high alert for a terrorist attack in the city on Monday:

It has been informed that on the basis of the interrogation with the terrorists nabbed from different states including Punjab, a number of Drones from the Pakistan border– carrying numerous Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)– have reached various parts of the country.

In another alert, it was revealed that deadly weapons including Pistol, Hand Grenades, and AK 47 have been sent to India with the help of Drones from Pakistan.The Police further, quoting the Intelligence forces, said that the terrorists can also lead to several lone wolf attacks on Independence Day. In the attack, a single person can attack the mob with a sharp-edged weapon or a big vehicle.

The police have completely banned the flying of Kites (for as long as the Independence Day programme continues) around the Red Fort after the alert regarding some terrorist attack via a flying object like a kite was issued to the police by the agencies.Delhi Police has further received another input to be vigilant as some suspicious object put along with the crutches can attack the Fort, hence the police have been advised to ensure a very strong screening.

“The terror outfits namely SFJ, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), ISIS Khurasan Module are planning to conduct a massive attack during August 15,” Intelligence agencies informed the police.

The police are also keeping a vigilant eye over suspicious activities and persons as the terror modules are also involving local criminals.

This year, special kind of Alarm Cameras are installed around the Red Fort, which starts alarming the nearby stationed police personnel of any suspected movement.Apart from around 250 eminent personalities who are expected to arrive at the Red Fort on Monday, nearly 8,000-10,000 people are also likely to attend the programme, hence the police have installed 1,000 cameras with high-resolution quality in the nearby areas.

The special cell of Delhi Police has successfully projected the pictures of around 1,000 suspicious persons, anti-national elements, and terrorists to the other unit of the police force, to ensure that every unit and department stays cautious.

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INDIA’S WARREN BUFFET RAKESH JHUNJHUNWALA DIES AT 62

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed grief on the sudden passing away of ace stock market investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala. “Rakesh Jhunjhunwala was indomitable. Full of life, witty and insightful, he leaves behind an indelible contribution to the financial world. He was also very passionate about India’s progress,” prime minister Modi tweeted “His passing away is saddening. My condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”

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World Has Seen New India Rising: President Murmu

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In her maiden address to the nation on eve of Independence Day, President Droupadi Murmu said that the makers of modern India enabled each and every adult citizen to participate in the collective process of nation-building and asserted that India can be credited to have helped the world discover the true potential of democracy.

“We Indians proved skeptics wrong. Democracy not only grew roots in this soil, it was enriched too,” the President said, adding that India can be credited to have helped world discover true potential of democracy.

The President recalled that India adopted universal adult franchise right since the beginning of the Republic and highlighted that India can be credited to have helped the world discover the true potential of democracy.

She said, “In most other well-established democracies, women had to wage long-drawn struggles to get the right to vote. But India adopted universal adult franchise right since the beginning of the Republic. Thus, the makers of modern India enabled each and every adult citizen to participate in the collective process of nation-building. Thus, India can be credited to have helped the world discover the true potential of democracy.”

India is among the fastest growing major economies in the world, the President said, adding that India has made unprecedented progress in the development of physical and digital infrastructure.

“The pandemic has uprooted lives and also economies in the entire world. When the world has been battling the economic consequences of the great crisis, India got its act together and is now moving forward. India is among the fastest growing major economies in the world. India’s start-up ecosystem ranks high in the world. The success of start-ups in our country, especially the growing number of unicorns is a shining example of our industrial progress,” the President said. 

Ms. Murmu further stated that Country’s growth is becoming more inclusive and regional disparities too are reducing.

On the health side, Ms.Murmu said, “world has seen new India rising in recent years, more so after outbreak of Covid-19.”

The President also said, “National Education Policy aimed at preparing future generation for next stage of industrial revolution, reconnecting it with heritage.”

Ms. Murmu said “Keyword for India today is compassion for downtrodden, for needy and for those on margins.”

The President said, “Gender inequalities are reducing, women are breaking many glass ceilings, “our daughters are the biggest hope for nation”.”

“Government and policy

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World Looks At India For Managing Diversity: RSS Chief

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said the whole world looks towards India for managing diversity. He was speaking at a function on ‘[email protected]: My Vision My Action’ in Nagpur city of Maharashtra.

“The world points at India when it comes to managing diversity efficiently. The world is full of contradictions but managing dualities will only come from India, he said. Bhagwat said there have been many historical events which were never told to us nor taught in a proper way.

For instance, the place where Sanskrit grammar was born is not in India. Did we ever ask a question why? he said. “It is chiefly because we first forgot our own wisdom and knowledge and later the land was conquered by foreign invaders who mainly came from north west region,” he said.

We unnecessarily gave importance to caste and other similar structures,” Bhagwat said.

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Farooq Abdullah tests positive for COVID-19, the party informed

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President of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Farooq Abdullah tested positive for COVID on Saturday.

Earlier on Saturday, Abdullah’s party said, he is recovering and has self-isolated.

“Dr. Farooq Abdullah tested positive for COVID-19 a couple of days ago, with mild symptoms. He’s recovering well and his doctors have been advised to rest while he recovers,” the party said.

Last year on 30 March after he received his first dose of vaccine against coronavirus Abdullah was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Congress general secretary in charge of communications and senior party leader, Jairam Ramesh informed.

Taking to Twitter Jairam Ramesh said, “Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi tested positive for Covid-19 today. She will remain in isolation as per Govt. protocol.”

In the last three months, Gandhi has tested positive for Covid for the second time. As per government protocol, the party chief will remain in isolation.

Earlier on Wednesday (10 August), Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi tested positive for COVID. Taking to Twitter Vadra tweeted, “Tested positive for COVID (again!) today. Will be isolating at home and following all protocols.”

Moreover, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge Tuesday tested positive for COVID.

“I have tested positive for #COVID19. I request those who came in contact with me recently to take care,” Kharge tweeted.

However, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was also reported ill and canceled his visit to the party’s ‘Netratv Sankalp Shivir.’

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