Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 18 (ANI): Maharashtra reported 5,427 new COVID-19 cases and 38 deaths on Thursday.
The state Health Department said that 2,543 patients have been discharged in the past 24 hours.
The total count of cases in the state is 20,81520 and includes 19,87,804 recovered cases.
The state has 40,858 active cases and the death toll has gone up to 51,669. (ANI)
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Odisha acid-attack survivor Pramodini Roul marries long-time friend
Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], March 3 (ANI): An acid attack survivor Pramodini Roul entered into wedlock with her long-time friend Saroj Sahoo in Bhubaneswar on Monday.
Roul described it as the “best day” of her life.
She hails from the state’s Jagatsinghpur district and decided to brush aside the traumatic memories of the acid attack. She shared her story from being a bedridden girl to the woman who chased the culprit and put him behind the bars. Roul had survived a deadly acid attack in 2009 when she was only 16 years old.
Sahoo and Roul met each other in 2014 in a hospital where the latter was admitted for her treatment and since then Sahoo had been taking care of her.
Expressing her joy of beginning a new life and receiving support from all, Roul said, “Nothing better could have happened to me than marrying Saroj. He is not only my husband today rather is my constant strength in all my ups and downs. I would like to give a message to every acid attack survivor that they should not feel hopeless, rise up and dream big because you are no less.”
“I feel grateful to everyone who has come forward to be a part of my happiness. I thank the entire Odisha and the country for standing by my side during my bad days” she added.
The wedding took place at her village Kanakpur in Jagatsinghpur district on Monday evening.
Sahoo said that he did not realize when his friendship had turned into love.
Roul has acid thrown on her face by an army official Santosh Kumar Bedanta on May 4, 2009. She spent seven months in a hospital in Cuttack after the attack.
She was bedridden for 5 years in her house. When her condition deteriorated she was admitted to a private hospital in Cuttack thereafter she met Sahoo.
He proposed to Roul in 2016 and the engagement was conducted in Lucknow in 2018. Many survivors of acid attack also participated in the marriage. (ANI)
Kerala CM takes first shot of COVID-19 vaccine, appeals people to come forward for inoculation
Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], March 3 (ANI): Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday took the first jab of COVID-19 vaccine at a COVID-19 Vaccination Center, District Medical Office in Thiruvananthapuram.
“COVID-19 vaccination was a good experience. I experienced no pain of even the needle going inside the body. One can barely know when the vaccination is over,” he said.
“Unlike other vaccinations, there is no pain of the medicine going into the body,” he added.
The Chief Minister appealed to all eligible people to come forward and get themselves vaccinated.
“I took half an hour rest, no physical discomfort has been noticed. Other ministers who took the vaccine jab also shared similar experiences,” he said.
Citing examples of vaccination drive against polio and smallpox, Vijayan said: “Vaccination has defended humanity from many viruses. I am saying this as there is a campaign by a few against the vaccination.”
“Any hesitancy from your part can be a threat to the society and hence an injustice,” he said.
India on March 1 commenced its second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive to inoculate people above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities against the coronavirus.
On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi.
Several Union Ministers, including Amit Shah, S Jaishankar, Jitendra Singh, Dr Harsh Vardhan have also received their first COVID-19 vaccine jabs.
More than 1.56 crore (1,56,20,749) vaccine doses have been administered through 3,12,188 sessions in the country, as per the provisional report till 7 am today, the Union Health Ministry informed. (ANI)
UP Police arrests man from Himachal in connection with rape, murder of 13-yr-old girl
Bulandshahr (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 3 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Police on Wednesday arrested a man from Himachal Pradesh in connection with the alleged rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl in Bulandshahr.
“On February 28, a man had filed a missing complaint of his 13-year-old daughter. He alleged that a man named Harendra had kidnapped her. On Tuesday, the victim’s body was recovered from the accused’s house in Bulandshahr and around 7:30 today, we arrested him from Himachal Pradesh,” said Santosh Kumar Singh, SSP, Bulandshahr.
The police said the accused attempted to rape the girl when she went to her house to drink water in Bulandshahr.
“During the investigation, the accused confessed that the girl had come to his house to drink water, and that’s when he attempted to rape her. When she cried for help, he killed her and buried the body in his house premises (in Bulandshahr),” the SSP said.
“The girl was having a meal with her mother and sisters in a field. The girl had gone looking for water and went missing,” he added.
According to the police, the man was living in the house with his father, where the girl had gone looking for water. The accused’s father has already been arrested. (ANI)
No new COVID-19 death in 24 States/UTs in last 24 hrs
New Delhi [India], March 3 (ANI): In a remarkable achievement in India’s fight against the pandemic, twenty-four States and Union Territories including Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan did not report any COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry informed on Wednesday.
The 24 States and UTs include Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Goa, Bihar, Puducherry, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Daman and Diu & Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Tripura, Nagaland, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Ninty-eight deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. Four States account for 88.78 per cent of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties – 54. Kerala follows with 16 daily deaths and Punjab reported 10 deaths in the last 24 hours.
86.58 per cent of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in six States.
Maharashtra has reported the maximum number of single day recoveries with 6,332 newly recovered cases. 3,512 people recovered in Kerala in the past 24 hours followed by 473 in Tamil Nadu.
India’s total coronavirus active caseload has reached 1,70,126 today. The present active caseload now stands at 1.53 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.
14,989 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 7,863. It is followed by Kerala with 2,938 while Punjab reported 729 new cases.
While Kerala, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Jammu and Kashmir showed a reduction in the active cases in the last 24 hours, Maharashtra, Punjab, Delhi, Karnataka and Gujarat displayed a rise in the active cases during the same time period, the health ministry said.
More than 1.56 crore (1,56,20,749) vaccine doses have been administered through 3,12,188 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today.
These include 67,42,187 Health Care Workers (HCWs) (1st dose), 27,13,144 HCWs (2nd dose), 55,70,230 Front Line Workers (FLWs) (1st dose) and 834 FLWs (2nd Dose), 71,896 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and 5,22,458 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years.
As on Day-46 of the vaccination drive (March 2, 2021), a total of 7,68,730 vaccine doses were given. Out of which, 6,52,501 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 10,527 sessions for 1st dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 1,16,229 HCWs and FLWs received 2nd dose of vaccine.
More than 1.08 crore (1,08,12,044) people have recovered so far. 13,123 patients recovered and were discharged in the last 24 hours. (ANI)
BJP will be wiped out from Delhi in 2022: Sisodia following AAP’s win in MCD by-polls
New Delhi [India], March 3 (ANI): Following Aam Aadmi Party’s win in four out of five municipal wards in New Delhi, AAP leader Manish Sisodia on Wednesday said that the result is a message for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and that the latter will be wiped out in 2022 civic body polls.
“The people of Delhi have expressed their confidence in us. They are fed up with BJP and this election is an indication of that. In the 2022 Delhi municipal polls, BJP will be wiped out,” Sisodia said.
The Deputy Chief Minister also congratulated the party workers over the win and tweeted: “Congratulations to the Aam Aadmi Party workers on winning 4 out of 5 seats in the MCD by-election. The people of Delhi are now saddened by the BJP’s rule. In next year’s MCD election public will bring Arvind Kejriwal’s honest and working politics.”
Commenting on the results, AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said people are now fed up with BJP’s “misrule” in the MCD and are desperate to make AAP win.
“The people of Delhi once again voted in the name of work. Congratulations to all. People are now fed up with the misrule of the BJP for 15 years in the MCD. People are now desperate to form the Aam Aadmi Party government in the MCD as well,” Kejriwal tweeted.
The MCD by-polls, which took place on Sunday, were held in five wards — Ward No 32N, (Rohini-C), Ward No 62N, (Shalimar Bagh North) in North Delhi and Ward No 02-E (Trilokpuri), Ward No 08-E (Kalyanpuri) and Ward No 41-E (Chauhan Bangar) in East Delhi — and registered a 50.86 per cent voter turnout. Twenty-six candidates from BJP, Congress, AAP and other parties were in the fray.
AAP candidates Dhirender Kumar won Ward 08-E (Kalyanpuri) by 7,043 votes, Sunita Mishra from Ward No 62N (Shalimar Bagh North) by 2,705 votes, Ram Chandra from Ward No 32N (Rohini-C) by 2,985 votes and Vijay Kumar from Ward No 02-E (Trilokpuri) by 4,986 votes.
Congress leader Zubair Ahmad Chaudhary was declared the winner by 10,642 votes from Ward 41-E Chauhan Banger.
Elections for 272 wards in three municipal corporations are due to be held in 2022. (ANI)
Fuel price hike results in increased sale of e-vehicles
Ludhiana (Punjab) [India], March 3 (ANI): With the fuel price hike, e-cycle, e scooter and e-rickshaw sale has increased in the last two-three months, one of the directors of Avon Cycles, Omkar Singh Pahwa said on Wednesday.
“Our company is growing at a pace of 15 per cent to 20 per cent every year in the sale of e-bikes and e-vehicles, especially after the fuel price hike. That bike is a great option to avoid traffic in big cities, the reason people are preferring e-bike. If the prices of petrol and diesel will keep going up, the market of the bike will get double in the coming time. This will benefit the industry immensely,” Pahwa told ANI.
With the prices of petrol inching closer to Rs 100 per litre, the demand for battery-operated scooters is on the rise. People want to save on fuel costs and as a result, the sale of e-scooters has increased considerably in Ludhiana.
Hero MotoCorp, which holds 70 per cent of the total sale, followed by Avon and other bicycle manufacturing companies, sold 14,000 e-bikes in 2019 and 30,000 e-bikes in 2020, which shows the rise in demand for battery-operated vehicles.
The number of inquiries from prospective buyers about e-scooters has also witnessed a three-fold rise from the past two-three months, after the hike in petrol and diesel prices, there is a growth of 20 per cent to 25 per cent in the e-vehicle business said the director of Hero MotoCorp, Abhishek Munjal.
“For the last two-three years, we have seen double the growth in eBike sale, so that we are likely to keep doubling every year in the coming years if the rates of petrol and diesel keep increasing. We are happy to say that Hero Group has the highest share of 70 per cent of e-bikes in India and we have created many new models to help people to travel 20 to 25 kilometers in cities,” said Munjal.
“The e-bikes are economic and good for health also,” he added. (ANI)
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