India’s inoculation drive, after administering nearly 86 lakh doses on 21 June, has slowed down. While the number plummeted to just 17 lakh on 27 June, as per the latest data shared by the Health Ministry, 37,23,367 vaccine doses were administered on Sunday, taking India’s cumulative vaccination coverage to 37.60 crore. Meanwhile, Maharashtra, Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand are constantly bickering about vaccine shortage, saying they are left with no option but to shut down vaccination centres.
As vaccine numbers have come down, politics has returned in full fervour. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has alleged that that the vaccination figures of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are fake. “We have administered over 87 lakh Covid-19 vaccines (first dose). Vaccination in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat is fake. BJP members can’t question their leaders as they will be called traitors,” Baghel said. The Chhattisgarh CM was in Delhi on Sunday to meet his party leadership.
The Central government, on the other hand, has brushed aside such allegations, saying more than 1.44 crore (1,44,03,485) balance and unutilised Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states/UTs and private hospitals to be administered.
The Union government, however, drew flak from former Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya, who said that India’s current vaccination rate was “simply not good enough”. He said that the country needs to achieve daily rate of at least 5 to 6 million jabs if the government wanted to inoculate eligible population by end of this year.
“India’s current vaccination rate of 3 to 4 million per day is simply not good enough. We need to up our game to achieve daily rate of at least 5 to 6 million jabs. Not clear whether the cause is hesitation or insufficient production,” Panagariya said.
The slowdown in vaccination drive has raised the concerns as healthcare experts have already warned about a potential third wave hitting country in September-October. Almost all of them hold that the ferocity of upcoming Covid-19 wave in India would solely depend on vaccination coverage and Covid-appropriate behaviour.
Meanwhile, India reported 41,506 new cases in the last 24 hours. Less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 14 days in a row, taking the country’s active caseload at 454,118. Positivity rate has remained less than 3% for 20 consecutive days, and has remained below 5% for 34 consecutive days now, the Health Ministry data stated.
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PM Narendra Modi extends greetings on occasion of Raksha Bandhan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday extended greetings on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
Taking to Twitter PM Modi said, “Greetings to everyone on the special occasion of Raksha Bandhan.”
Earlier, PM Modi’s Pakistani sister, Qamar Mohsin Shaikh, sent the sacred thread, Rakhi, to PM Modi. Sheikh also wished her luck for the 2024 general elections.
“I hope he (PM Modi) will call me Delhi this time. I have done all the preparations. I made this rakhi by myself by using a Reshmi ribbon with embroidery design,” Shaikh said.
Moreover, Shaikh also wrote the letter and prayed for PM Modi’s long and healthy life.
Talking about the 2024 elections, Shaikh said, “There is no doubt he will be the PM again. He deserves this because he has those capabilities, and I wish him to be PM of India every time.”
Moreover, in 2021, PM Modi’s sister Shaikh sent a rakhi and a Raksha Bandhan card.
Moreover, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also extended greetings to the people of the country.
“Warm wishes to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Rakshabandhan,” Shah tweeted.
Earlier on Wednesday, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami tied rakhi from a large number of women.
Women tied rakhi to CM Dhami at his residence and Chief Sevak Sadan auditorium and wished him a long life.
“The festival of Rakhi is a symbol of the sacred relationship of brother and sister. The festival communicates zeal and enthusiasm in life along with mutual brotherhood. Festivals are our identity. Festivals play an important role in maintaining the ancient culture,” Dhami said.
However, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon day of the Savan month. It marks the bond of love between the siblings and this year it will be celebrated on August 11.
J&K: Terrorist attacks on army camp; 3 soldiers martyred, 2 terrorists killed
Militants attacked Rajouri military camp in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday in which three soldiers were martyred and two terrorists were killed.
Meanwhile, ADGP Jammu, Mukesh Singh confirmed the terror attack on the army camp. He said that there is an army camp in the Pargal area of the Darhal sector adjoining the LoC. As soon as they entered the area, the terrorists attacked late Wednesday night, in which two jawans were also injured.
According to ADGP Pargal is 25 km away from the Rajouri district. Taking advantage of the darkness of night, the terrorists started firing indiscriminately at the soldiers. Five jawans were seriously injured in the attack, they were taken to the hospital. Doctors declared three jawans brought dead and two injured jawans are admitted to the hospital.
Moreover, security forces said that the terrorists have launched an attack and there may be more terrorists in the area. Due to this, SOG and Army personnel have started a search operation around the military camp. Alert has been declared in all areas around the LoC. Security forces have also intensified patrolling.
However, on Wednesday there was an encounter between terrorists and security forces in Budgam. In the last 24 hours, this is the second encounter in the valley. Security forces had killed all three terrorists during an encounter in Budgam. TRF commander Latif Rather was also among the slain terrorists. The other two terrorists are said to be Pakistanis.
According to ADGP (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar, Latif and his two accomplices were entrusted with the responsibility of target killing in Kashmir by their masters. Latif Rather was the mastermind of the murder of Kashmiri Hindu Rahul Bhatt, besides TV actor Amrin Butt and female teacher Rajni Bala.
CONGRESS, LEFT LEADERS CONVERGE FOR RJD MEET
CPI ML, Congress, and Rashtriya Janata Dal leaders arrived at the residence of Rabri Devi, wife of party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in Patna on Tuesday.
The meeting of the RJD convened by its leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, the son of Lalu Yadav also saw leaders of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and leaders of Congress who are part of Mahagathbandhan or the grand Opposition alliance in the state, according to Ajit Sharma, Congress Bihar legislature party leader.
The RJD leaders arriving for the meeting were asked to hand over their mobile phones ahead of the meeting
NITISH’S DECISION A GOOD START: AKHILESH
As Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar ended the alliance with BJP, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday termed the move as a “good start” towards taking a stand against BJP by political parties and people.
While talking to mediapersons in Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh, Yadav said, “It’s a good start. On this day, the slogan of ‘Angrezo Bharat Chhodo’ was given and today the slogan of ‘BJP Bhagaon’ is coming from Bihar. I think soon, political parties and people in different states will stand against BJP.”
Chirag Paswan seeks President’s Rule in Bihar
Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) leader Chirag Paswan on Tuesday demanded President’s rule in Bihar followed by fresh elections after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar resigned from his post and broke his alliance with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).
Hitting out at Kumar, Paswan said, “Today, the credibility of Kumar is zero”. He said that fresh assembly elections should be held to allow people to give a fresh mandate.
“We want President’s rule to be imposed in Bihar and the state should go for a fresh election. Do you (Kumar) have any ideology or not? In the next polls, Janata Dal (United) will get zero seats,” said Paswan.
BJP MEETING GOES IN VAIN
The meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party over the rift in National Democratic Alliance concluded at the residence of Deputy Chief Minister Tarkishore Prasad in Patna on Tuesday.
But it was all in vain as Nitish Kumar resigned from the Chief Minister post and formed the new ‘Mahagathbandhan’ or Grand Alliance with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
After the meeting, party leaders Bhikhubhai Dalsaniya, Renu Devi, Mangal Pandey, Nitin Navin, Amrendra Pratap Singh, and Samrat Chaudhary left Prasad’s house.
Rumours of a growing rift between the BJP-JDU), that is, the NDA alliance in Bihar intensified after Kumar skipped a key meeting of the NITI Aayog, headed by Prime Minister.
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