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Indore : Narrow escape for Kamal Nath, Cong leaders after elevator drops

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Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India], February 22 (ANI): Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and few other Congress leaders had a narrow escape on Sunday after the elevator at a private hospital in which they were travelling in malfunctioned and dropped a few feet from the ground floor. Investigation into the incident has been ordered.
Nath was at the DNS Hospital in Indore, along with Sajjan Verma, Jitu Patwari, and other Congress leaders.
“Today (Sunday), there should be an investigation into the lapses in security of Kamal Nath in Indore. By God’s grace, he is safe but the issue of investigation into the lapses is important,” Jitu Patwari tweeted in Hindi.
The hospital director said,” Incident occurred due to overload; no injuries caused.”
“Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan called Kamal Nath on the phone and asked about the lift accident at the private hospital in Indore. Indore Collector has ordered an inquiry into the accident,” MP CMO tweeted.
More information is awaited in this regard as to what caused the glitch in the elevator. (ANI)

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BJP gears up for PM Modi’s first mega rally in Bengal after poll announcement

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is going the extra mile to ensure that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at the Brigade Parade ground in Kolkata on 7 March witnesses a historical crowd. It is going to be the first rally of the Prime Minister after the announcement of Assembly poll schedules in West Bengal.

According to BJP sources, from party MPs to booth level workers all have been asked to go door-to-door to invite people to attend the Prime Minister’s mega rally. There would be nukkad sabhas (local level meetings) to invite people to the rally. A social media campaign will be launched to make the PM’s mega rally successful.

“This rally will be seen as a reflection of the mood of the voters ahead of the polls and that is why such an effort is being made. There will be three stages—one for PM Modi and senior leaders and the other two on each side of the main stage for state leaders and candidates,” a senior BJP leader told ANI.

According to party sources, many folk artists have been invited to perform at the event. This mega rally can be seen as an attempt to counter the Left-Congress

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Capt Amarinder picks Prashant Kishor for Punjab poll plan

Poll strategist to take a token salary of Rs 1, eyes chance to enter Priyanka Vadra’s team.

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Election strategist Prashant Kishor, who has helped several politicians win elections, will now work with Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. The CM took to Twitter to announce that Kishor has joined him as his Principal Advisor, nearly 12 months before the northern state goes to polls.

With this, Kishor’s efforts, which were going on for the last six months, came to fruition. Kishor will get the rank and status of a Cabinet minister and will take a token honorarium of Rs 1 as pay.

In the tweet, Captain Amarinder said, “Happy to share that @PrashantKishor has joined me as my Principal Advisor. Look forward to working together for the betterment of the people of Punjab!”

Another tweet of the Punjab government said, “#PunjabCabinet clears the appointment of Shri @PrashantKishor as Principal Advisor to the Chief Minister @capt_amarinder Singh in the rank and status of a Cabinet Minister.”

Kishor will be putting in place a comprehensive electoral strategy for the Congress in Punjab. Now, Kishor will be looking forward to entering the team of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for the Uttar Pradesh polls.

However, it will depend on the results of West Bengal and Punjab. Kishor is claiming Mamata Banerjee’s victory in West Bengal polls. Normally, Kishor is seen working with the party which happens to be in a strong winning position. As regards Punjab, Amarinder Singh appears to be on a strong footing, with the Akalis getting weak.

Informed sources say that like previously, BJP and Sangh might indirectly help Amarinder Singh in the upcoming Assembly elections. It is certain that Kishor will have his eyes on UP now. Even last time, apart from helping Amarinder Singh, Kishor was active in UP as well. Congress did get success in Punjab, but its performance in UP was miserable. Kishor does not go by any ideology. He will be helping Congress in Punjab, but in Bengal he will be against it, as he is still with the TMC there. Even in Delhi, he had helped Kejriwal against the Congress.

After the bad experience in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi is never in favour of Kishor. Moreover, UP leaders do not subscribe to Kishor being the advisor of the party in the state. But despite these reservations, Amarinder allowed Kishor’s entry in Punjab.

What is believed is that the Congress will see a lot of upheaval following the results of five state elections. The party’s dissenters are already up in arms against the high command, leading to internal battles getting worse. A tussle between one of the dissenters Anand Sharma and Bengal PCC chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury over alliance in West Bengal has given ample indications about what is in store for the Congress. If Kerala, Assam and Tamil Nadu results suit Congress, then Rahul Gandhi will have his own way. But if results are not favourable, then the party will have to be dependent on others. This will be a situation that Prashant Kishor will try to take advantage from.

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High drama at Tirupati airport, Naidu detained and sent back

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As a large number of cops arrived at the Renigunta airport and arrested TDP leaders, tension mounted amid rising political temperatures in Chittoor district. Police also blocked former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s visit to Tirupati. Naidu was prevented from coming out of the airport. Police also served notices to the TDP chief, saying that there was no permission for his visit because of the coronavirus guidelines and election code in force. They also pointed out that Naidu›s tour would have a debilitating impact on the municipal election process in the town.

Along with this, the police placed TDP leaders across the district under house arrest.

Due to the blockade, Naidu staged a sit-in at the Tirupati airport after police denied him permission to hold protest rallies at Chittoor district headquarters. After a request from the district administration, Naidu came back to Hyderabad from the airport itself. He had planned to protest in Tirupati against the alleged high handedness of YSRCP in urban body elections across Andhra Pradesh.

Tirupati Urban SP Venkata Appalanaidu said that the TDP chief was not allowed to visit Chittoor and hold protests as the election code was in force. Speaking at a press conference, the SP said that Naidu, who reached Renigunta this morning as part of a visit to Chittoor, was stopped at the airport by the police. “Despite the TDP leaders being given notices last night, they went on to hold protests,» the SP said. Permission from the Election Commission and the police is required for such activities. “Since the area where the TDP wanted to protest is a crucial area in Tirupati, permission was not granted to avoid clashes,” the SP said.

On the other hand, TDP state president K. Atchannaidu expressed his ire over the development. Speaking in Visakhapatnam, he wondered when the ruling party MPs are moving all over the state in an unrestrained manner, how come the government machinery could not find Covid-19 or State Election Commission norms then.

Calling out Chandrababu Naidu for his alleged “theatrics” at the Renigunta airport on Monday, state minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy played down the whole episode by saying that it was a mere PR stunt orchestrated by Naidu to gain relevance following the dismal performance of the yellow outfit in the recently concluded panchayat elections. He said: “He knew that permission was not given due to Covid restrictions; the dharna potentially causing inconvenience to the citizens, as the MCC is in place due to the municipal polls. Despite that, he decided to travel. This is only to run a propaganda against the government using certain media outlets controlled by him. Why would he travel, knowing that permission wasn’t given? This shows that it was merely a PR stunt.”

Earlier in the day, Superintendent of Police for Chittoor S. Senthil Kumar also addressed the media to set the record straight, amid many allegedly false claims being made by TDP leaders, with an intention to mislead the people of the state. He said, “The district police denied permission due to the following circumstances. The party was planning to gather 5,040 supporters. This violates all Covid regulations. Secondly, these many people gathering in the city would cause a lot of inconvenience to the citizens. Therefore, TDP was asked to look for another protest site outside the city which they refused to do. Thirdly, the MCC is in place due to the municipal elections and a protest of this nature violates the same. The police have no objection if the party obtains permission from the SEC. Despite laying out the following reasons, the TDP chief and his party intentionally did what they did. Hence, the detention.”

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No glitches, corona vaccine registration only on Co-WIN portal, Arogya Setu: Govt

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Dispelling rumours of a glitch in the Co-WIN platform, the Union Health Ministry on Monday clarified that the Co-WIN app is “only for administrators” and that people who want to book an appointment for Covid-19 vaccination should visit the Co-WIN website instead.

Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration chairman R.S. Sharma said that the confusion was created by spreading misinformation that vaccination registration is being done through the mobile application.

The Co-WIN platform has been created to track the delivery, distribution and utilisation of the Covid-19 vaccine in real time.

Speaking to ANI, Sharma said, “There has been no glitch right from the start. What happened was that some people spread misinformation that there is a Co-WIN app. So, people started searching for the app which is not ours. That is why there was some confusion among the people. After clarifying there is no Co-WIN app, we have given an extension in Aarogya Setu app for registration and provided a portal ‘cowin.gov.in’.”

Reassuring that the Co-WIN portal is functioning without any issues, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “There are many people in the country who can’t access or face difficulties in booking. All these systems will be streamlined within one week. As of now, there is no issue with the Co-WIN portal.”

The second phase of the nationwide vaccination drive against the coronavirus disease started on Monday. This phase is directed at senior citizens and people over the age of 45 with co-morbidities. Since morning, 17 lakh people had registered on the Co-WIN portal to receive the vaccine.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday too. He visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) early in the morning to take his first dose and appeal to everyone eligible to get themselves inoculated.

RS Sharma also hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for receiving the jab, adding that this will send a strong message and reduce vaccine hesitancy among people. “Vaccine hesitancy is a social perspective. But today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the jab on the first day itself is a big message and people will be encouraged for taking the vaccine. Gradually, it will end the vaccine hesitancy,” he said.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik also received their shots.

The Empowered Group chairman further said, “We have given the instruction to all, whether private or public, that as soon as a vaccination is completed, a certificate must be given to the person on the spot. That certificate will also be made available digitally as well on Aarogya Setu.”

Dispelling rumours of a glitch in the Co-WIN platform, the Union Health Ministry on Monday clarified that the Co-WIN app is “only for administrators” and that people who want to book an appointment for Covid-19 vaccination should visit the Co-WIN website instead.

Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration chairman R.S. Sharma said that the confusion was created by spreading misinformation that vaccination registration is being done through the mobile application.

The Co-WIN platform has been created to track the delivery, distribution and utilisation of the Covid-19 vaccine in real time.

Speaking to ANI, Sharma said, “There has been no glitch right from the start. What happened was that some people spread misinformation that there is a Co-WIN app. So, people started searching for the app which is not ours. That is why there was some confusion among the people. After clarifying there is no Co-WIN app, we have given an extension in Aarogya Setu app for registration and provided a portal ‘cowin.gov.in’.”

Reassuring that the Co-WIN portal is functioning without any issues, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “There are many people in the country who can’t access or face difficulties in booking. All these systems will be streamlined within one week. As of now, there is no issue with the Co-WIN portal.”

The second phase of the nationwide vaccination drive against the coronavirus disease started on Monday. This phase is directed at senior citizens and people over the age of 45 with co-morbidities. Since morning, 17 lakh people had registered on the Co-WIN portal to receive the vaccine.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday too. He visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) early in the morning to take his first dose and appeal to everyone eligible to get themselves inoculated.

RS Sharma also hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for receiving the jab, adding that this will send a strong message and reduce vaccine hesitancy among people. “Vaccine hesitancy is a social perspective. But today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the jab on the first day itself is a big message and people will be encouraged for taking the vaccine. Gradually, it will end the vaccine hesitancy,” he said.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik also received their shots.

The Empowered Group chairman further said, “We have given the instruction to all, whether private or public, that as soon as a vaccination is completed, a certificate must be given to the person on the spot. That certificate will also be made available digitally as well on Aarogya Setu.”

“They can download the link and get it printed as well. This will be a digitally signed certificate. After every vaccination, a certificate will be issued. After first vaccination, a provisional certificate will be provided and a final certificate will be issued after the second dose,” he added.

Those who could not attend the scheduled vaccination drive can reschedule, cancel, or take a reappointment for the same.

Meanwhile Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan pointed out that in the next few days the “walk-in system” for people will be further streamlined in states to ensure smooth functioning. “We have given some relaxation to state governments. In the next few days, the walk-in system will be streamlined, a provision is in place for this. A certain number of people can go to the centres after taking appointments through booking,” he said.

Citizens can register for vaccination using the Co-WIN portal with their mobile number. Features for adding beneficiaries, editing details and booking appointment(s) will be available in the citizen’s account. The records would be locked and will not be valid for editing/deleting details once the person gets vaccinated. Documents like Aadhaar card, electoral photo identity card, passport, driving license, PAN card, NPR smart card or pension document with a photograph can be used for online registration.

Sharma also said that digital and paperless authentication is possible only through the Aadhaar Card. If a person brings Aadhaar, he or she does not need to bring a hard copy of documents. In case of driving license, passport and other ID proofs, a photograph of the document will be taken along with a photo of the person.

Responding to questions about data privacy and safety, he said, “Data privacy is also important for us and it is a fundamental right. We are just asking for name, gender and age related data. It is not extremely sensitive data. This is important for us so that a person who gets a particular vaccine should get the same vaccine in the second dose as well. Whatever data we have is safe.”

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Chinese hackers target India’s Covid vaccine makers: Report

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A Chinese state-backed hacking group has in recent weeks targeted the IT systems of two Indian vaccine makers—Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute of India (SII)—whose coronavirus shots are being used in the country’s immunisation campaign, cyber intelligence firm Cyfirma told news agency Reuters.

China and India have both sold or gifted Covid-19 shots to many countries. India produces more than 60 per cent of all vaccines sold in the world.

Goldman Sachs-backed Cyfirma, based in Singapore and Tokyo, said Chinese hacking group APT10, also known as Stone Panda, had identified gaps and vulnerabilities in the IT infrastructure and supply chain software of Bharat Biotech and SII, the world’s largest vaccine maker.

“The real motivation here is actually exfiltrating intellectual property and getting competitive advantage over Indian pharmaceutical companies,” said Cyfirma Chief Executive Kumar Ritesh, formerly a top cyber official with British foreign intelligence agency MI6.

He said APT10 was actively targeting SII, which is making the AstraZeneca vaccine for many countries and will soon start bulk-manufacturing Novavax shots.

“In the case of Serum Institute, they have found a number of their public servers running weak web servers, these are vulnerable web servers,” Reuters quoted Ritesh as saying, referring to the hackers. “They have spoken about weak web application, they are also talking about weak content-management system. It’s quite alarming.”

SII and Bharat Biotech declined to comment. The government-run Computer Emergency Response Team, with whom Cyfirma said it had shared its findings, had no immediate comment.

The US Department of Justice said in 2018 that APT10 had acted in association with the Chinese Ministry of State Security.

Microsoft said in November that it had detected cyber attacks from Russia and North Korea targeting Covid-19 vaccine companies in India, Canada, France, South Korea and the United States. North Korean hackers also tried to break into the systems of British drugmaker AstraZeneca, Reuters reported.

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PM MODI LEADS INDIA’S COVID VACCINATION DRIVE 2.0

The Prime Minister takes Covaxin—developed by Bharat Biotech and ICMR—shot at AIIMS, becoming the first beneficiary in the second vaccination phase.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the Covid-19 vaccine shot at Delhi’s AIIMS hospital early on Monday, becoming the first beneficiary in the second phase of nationwide vaccination against coronavirus. PM Modi took a dose of the indigenous Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

“Took my first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against Covid-19. I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India Covid-19 free,” said PM Modi on Twitter after being administered the vaccine.

The leader was vaccinated by two nurses—Rosamma Anil from Kerala and P. Niveda from Puducherry. Both the nurses were thrilled by the experience and later remarked as to how the PM had said “Vanakkam” to them and even joked to ease the mood.

“Are you going to be using a thicker needle, the kind veterinarians use? Well, politicians are thick-skinned, you might need it for me,” the PM joked to the nurses. This was met with laughter and clarifications that the syringe was the standard one.

Both the nurses were informed of their task only early in the morning, once they had come in for their shift. “This is one of the biggest days of our lives. He asked where we were from and after getting jabbed, was surprised that it was done so quickly,” said P. Niveda.

Rosamma Anil, the other nurse involved in the procedure, said that she was flattered by the humility the leader showed. “When I told him I was from Puducherry, he tried speaking to me in Tamil. Later, while leaving post the observation period, he came to meet us again and said thank you, Vanakkam.” Analysts say that political symbolism was also visible as the PM was seen wearing Assamese gamcha and the two nurses were also from poll-bound Kerala and Puducherry. 

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also got himself vaccinated on the first day of phase two of the nationwide Covid-19 inoculation drive. He was vaccinated by doctors in Medanta hospital in Gurugram. 

Minister for External Affairs (MEA) S. Jaishankar, too, was vaccinated on Monday. “Got my jab. For the curious, it was #Covaxin. Felt secure, will travel safely,” he tweeted after getting the shot.

The move by the Prime Minister to get vaccinated first and that too by the home-grown Covaxin certainly set the ball rolling in terms of the second phase of vaccination drive that was launched on 1 March.

“PM Modi taking the jab on the very first day would instil confidence among the public and remove any hesitancy and doubts that they might have about the vaccine. People should come forward to get themselves inoculated and get India rid of the disease,” said AIIMS director Randeep Guleria.

The second phase of India’s vaccination drive against Covid-19 began on Monday, with the Union Health Ministry saying that those eligible for immunisation can register and book appointments from 9 am to 3 pm on 1 March.

From Monday, people eligible for the next phase can walk up to a vaccination centre to be registered for a dose. The decision will allow anyone above the age of 60 and those older than 45, but with comorbidities that make them more vulnerable to Covid-19 to approach government and private hospitals for shots. While the doses will be administered for free at government facilities, private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 per dose.

Those with any of the 20 specified comorbidities will have to produce a medical certificate attested by a registered medical practitioner at the time of vaccination at the chosen vaccine centre. The conditions include congenital heart disease that leads to pulmonary arterial hypertension, end-stage kidney disease, or cancers such as lymphoma, leukaemia and myloma, decompensated liver cirrhosis (deterioration of liver function due to scarring), primary immune deficiency conditions, and sickle cell anaemia. 

The vaccine type available at a vaccination centre, however, will not be displayed to citizens at the time of online registration. “A Covid vaccination centre shall usually have only one type of vaccine throughout the vaccination drive. This is necessary to avoid mixing of vaccine types in first and second dose of a beneficiary,” said the government’s guidelines.

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