New Delhi: Pfizer India has become the first pharmaceutical firm to approach the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) seeking an emergency use authorisation for its Covid-19 vaccine in the country.
It is to be noted that Pfizer India’s parent company Pfizer has already got emergency-use clearance in the United Kingdom and Bahrain. According to an official source, “Pfizer India has sought permission for emergency usage authorisation of its Covid-19 from DGCI to import and market.”
The application was submitted by Pfizer India on 4 December to the DCGI seeking emergency use authorisation (EUA) for its vaccine in India.
Pfizer India has submitted the EUA application in Form CT-18 for grant of permission to import and market Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine in India.
The extremely low temperature of minus 70 degrees Celsius, required for storing the vaccine poses a big challenge for its delivery in a country like India.
On 2 December, the UK became the first country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. The UK regulator Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has granted a temporary authorisation for the emergency use of coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer. Bahrain on Friday also granted permission for the two-dose vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.
At an all-party meeting recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a Covid-19 vaccine is expected to be ready in the next few weeks, and as soon as scientists give a green signal, vaccination will start in India.
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AAP LOSES LONE PARLIAMENTARY SEAT SANGRUR
Just months after sweeping to power in Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party faced an embarrassing defeat as Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) leader Simranjit Singh Mann claimed victory in the Sangrur by-polls.
Sangrur, which is the parliamentary constituency of CM Bhagwant Mann, voted in favour of Sikh hardliner SAD (Amritsar)’s Simranjit Singh Mann, who got 2,52,898 votes, out of a total of 7,10,825 votes. On the other hand, AAP candidate Gurmail Singh fell short with 2,46,828 votes, followed by Congress’s Dalveer Goldie, BJP’s Kewal Dhillon and Akali Dal’s Kamaldeep Kaur Rajoana.
Several factors can be attributed to Simranjit Singh Mann’s victory in Sangrur, including his connection with slain Punjab singer Sidhu Moosewala and the late Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu. Reports are rife that Moosewala was slated to campaign for Mann and this is the reason voters voted fiercely for him.
Mann has also been an IPS
represented the Samajwadi Party from 2016 to 2022.
After winning the crucial by-poll seat, Lodhi said that he wants to dedicate his victory to the workers of the party as they have been working continuously day and night. Thanking the people of Rampur, he further added that BJP has always been working for the development of the public.
Dinesh Lal Yadav, on the other hand, is a popular Bhojpuri actor and singer turned politician. He joined the BJP in 2019 and lost against former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav in 2019 by-polls by a margin of 259,874 votes.
Calling his victory ‘a victory of people’, Dinesh Lal Yadav tweeted, “You have done wonders, people of Azamgarh. This is your victory. With the announcement of the bypoll dates, the way all of you have showered love, support and blessings to the BJP, this is its victory. This victory is dedicated to your trust and hard work of party workers.”
Crediting BJP’s massive win to ‘double engine government’, UP CM Yogi Adityanath said, “The historic victory in the by-election in the Azamgarh Sadar Lok Sabha seat is the result of the welfare policies of the ‘double engine BJP government’ under the leadership of the respected Prime Minister. This victory is dedicated to all the hardworking workers of the BJP. Thanks people of Azamgarh!,” adding that the double engine victory of the BJP government in Azamgarh and Rampur is giving a far-reaching message for the 2024 elections in the politics of the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter and said, “The by-poll wins in Azamgarh and Rampur are historic. It indicates wide-scale acceptance and support for the double engine Governments at the Centre and in UP. Grateful to the people for their support. I appreciate the efforts of our Party Karyakartas.”
On being asked his reaction to the results, an agitated Azam Khan said, “It can neither be called an election, nor an election result. Polling station of 900 votes, and only 6 votes were cast? The area is of Muslims, and just one vote was casted? What reason should I cite?”
Akhilesh Yadav also shared a cryptic post after the declaration of results, sharing “chronology of the killing of democracy under BJP rule’, wherein he alleged “discrepancies at the time of enrollment, conspiracy to cancel enrollment, suppression of candidates, abuse of party force to prevent voting, pressure on public representatives and dismantling elected government’. He termed it as “the bitter truth of the elixir of freedom.”
Gujarat Police arrest Teesta, say ‘not cooperating’
The Gujarat Police Crime Branch on Sunday arrested activist Teesta Setalvad in connection with a case on her NGO which gave baseless information about the 2002 Gujarat riots to the police. “Former IPS officer RB Sreekumar was arrested yesterday and Teesta Setalvad was arrested on Sunday. Forging of evidence and hindering with evidence will be looked into,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Chaitanya Mandlik, adding that the accused are not supporting the police in the investigation.
Teesta is remanded to police custody till 2 July.
On Saturday, Gujarat Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) team detained Setalvad from Mumbai.
Teesta, who was produced before the court on Sunday, on the other hand, alleged that her arrest was illegal and she was driven from Mumbai to Ahmedabad in a car to intimidate a “human rights lawyer”.
The Supreme Court had on Friday, dismissed as “devoid of merit” an appeal by Zakia Jafri in a plea challenging SIT’s clean chit to the then chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi and others in cases related to the riots. Zakia Jafri is the widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed in the riots.A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar, upholding the Special Investigation Team or SIT’s 2012 clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was the then chief minister of Gujarat, in the Gujarat riots case, said that Setalvad, co-petitioner in the case, exploited the emotions of Zakia Jafri.“All those involved in such abuse of process need to be in the dock and proceeded with in accordance with the law,” the judges said, adding that the appeal was filed under “dictation of someone.”“Antecedents of Teesta Setalvad need to be reckoned with and also because she has been vindictively persecuting this lis [dispute] for her ulterior design by exploiting the emotions and sentiments of Zakia Jafri, the real victim of the circumstances,” the top court said in its order.The case pertains to what came to be known as Gulbarg Society incident, in which 68 people, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, were killed in the riots triggered by the burning of a train coach in which 59 people perished in February 2002.
Talking to media DCP Mandlik said that as of now the investigation is at a primary level and later strict actions will be taken once the investigation is done.“We have done the medical check-up, and the due process was followed by the Crime Branch. The investigation is at a primary level, strict actions will be taken once the investigation is done. We have the primary affidavits and documents submitted by accused,” he added.Earlier in the day, Setalvad was taken for a medical checkup at Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad.“They have done my medical. I have a big bruise on my hand, this is what the ATS did to me. They are taking me to the magistrate’s court,” said Teesta Setalvad had said after the medical checkup.
SENA VS SENA BATTLE INTENSIFIES ON STREETS, REBELS MOVE SC
Both Shiv Sena factions hit streets in various parts of the state even as another minister joins the rebels. Crying foul Eknath Shinde challenges disqualification move in Supreme Court.
The Shiv Sena rebel faction led by Eknath Shinde moved two special leave petitions in the Supreme Court of India on Sunday challenging the notices issued to them. Maharashtra state Assembly Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal had on Saturday began the process of disqualification of 16 rebel MLAs and issued notices to them including their leader Shinde. A day before the Udhav Thackeray-led faction had moved a petition with the office of the Deputy Speaker Zirwal to disqualify 16 rebel MLAs as the rebel faction, hardening their stance, failed to attend a Shiv Sena Legislature Party meeting held in Mumbai. The apex court is likely to hear the petitions on Monday
In their petition, the rebel faction has also challenged Ajay Choudhary’s appointment as Legislative Party Leader in the House, which was promptly approved by Zirwal. Shinde was the Legislative Party Leader before he staged the rebellion, plunging the MVA government headed by Udhav Thackeray into an existential crisis. The rebel MLA and former minister had sought reaffirmation of his appointment as the
Legislative Party Leader by moving a resolution signed by 37 MLAs to the Deputy Speaker.
Citing the provisions of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly [Disqualification on Ground of Defection] Rules, 1986, the summons issued to the rebel MLAs had sought a written reply by June 27 till 5:30 p.m.
The pleas have been filed separately by Shinde and MLA Bharat Gogawale, which have sought to challenge the disqualification notices but also the powers of the Deputy Speaker to appoint Choudhary as Legislative Party Leader and Sunil Prabhu as Chief Whip in the legislature. The Shinde camps alleges that despite knowing the fact that more than two-thirds of the Shiv Sena Legislative Party were on their side the Deputy Speaker arbitrarily appointed Choudhary as Legislative Party Leader in the House.
Amid the deepening political crisis, and escalating power tussle, leaders and workers both factions on Sunday hit streets across the state, even as Maharashtra Cabinet Minister for Higher and Technical Education Uday Samant joined the Shinde faction in Guwahati.
Earlier in the day, Shiv Sena leader and two-time member of Parliament Arvind Sawant told the media that the fight was no longer a political but a legal one. “What is happening in Maharashtra is no longer a political fight. The fight is legal now. As you all know, disqualification notices have been issued to 16 rebel MLAs.”
Sawant was accompanied by Shiv Sena senior counsel Devdutta Kamat. Briefing the legal recourse that the party has now taken, the Supreme Court lawyer said, ““I’m here to brief on our legal position, what is happening and what is the status of those proceedings (we are going for). First of all, we have started proceedings against 16 rebel MLAs. There are many judgments which say that legislators who work against a party outside the House can be disqualified.”
Giving the example of former Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav, Kamat told the reporters how veteran JDU leader was disqualified from the Upper House of Parliament in December 2017 for attending a rally held by opposition parties in Patna. “In that case, Sharad Yadav had attended only a meeting. But in the present case, the way they have rallied against the government after going outside Maharashtra, you can understand that it is a clear case of violation. Many in the media are saying that they (the rebels) have two-thirds numbers on their side. But the law says that you either merge your rebel MLAs with some other party or you will be disqualified,” Kamat further said. “They have so far not done any merger. They should know that till their merger happens they cannot avoid disqualification. Further it is being said that the Deputy Speaker of the House does not have any power. It is patently wrong. In the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker has same rights as those of the Speaker,” he added.
It was evident from day’s developments that Shiv Sena as a party is witnessing a division in its rank and file in the state, according to the allegiance of the local units. One faction is supporting Thackeray, while the other faction is rooting for the rebel faction. Supporters of both factions are taking to the streets across all districts in the state.
As the day progressed supporters of Shinde burnt effigies of Shiv Sena senior leader and spokesperson Sanjay Raut in Thane, which is Shinde’s stronghold. They shouted slogans against Raut even calling him names. Supporters of the rebel faction, as in Thane, took out a huge rally in Patan constituency of Satara on Sunday in response to the rallies and public meetings the faction led by Thackeray is holding to muster support, while denouncing Shinde for betraying Balasaheb Thackeray.
Shiv Sainiks supporting the beleaguered Maharashtra Chief Minister on Monday took out a huge rally in Nashik against rebel leader Shinde. Hundreds of Shiv Sainiks shouted anti-Shinde slogans while holding the saffron flag in their hands. Similar protests against Shindhe were staged in Vidharbh, Marathwada and Aurangabad.
Youth wing of the Shiv Sena hit the streets in Beed in support of the rebel leader Tanaji Sawant vandalizing and damaging several vehicles. Thackeray supporters had vandalized Sawant’s office in Balaji area in Katraj on Saturday after which Sawant had tweeted that once the political issue was settled they would be given a reply in the same language.
All you need to know about DevOps cost
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DevOps a certification course helps in delivering all the necessary skills and knowledge that individuals require for establishing DevOps principles within an organisation. Certified institutions are engaged in making available the best learning solutions and courses that can help with the overall development of an individual. An individual can easily become a DevOps Engineer who becomes responsible for the adoption of DevOps principles.
We have provided all the necessary information that can help you understand the DevOps Certification Cost.
Certified institutes are engaged in making available best-in-class DevOps courses that can help in delivering necessary training and study materials to the students. Such institutes and organisations offer certified courses and quality information for obtaining the necessary skills and abilities.
All the necessary disciplines and principles related to DevOps can be easily understood and adopted through dedicated training and course material is delivered with efficiency. The cost associated with training differs from one institute to another. Moreover, the cost may range from 15,000 to 25,000 in India while the cost of DevOps training in the USA can range from USD 399 to 799.
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Only 18% of individuals struggling with alcohol addiction in the UK seek treatment
Alcohol addiction is a pertinent problem in the UK. Alcoholism means being unable to control the amount of alcohol consumed by drinking compulsively and excessively.
Alcohol addiction has many risks for the individual’s mental and physical health, which is why it is so important that they seek treatment.
Unfortunately, only 18% of individuals struggling with alcohol addiction in the UK seek treatment. In this article, we will go over some reasons why people in the UK do not seek treatment for alcohol addiction, and how to seek help if you find yourself in a similar situation. There is always hope for recovery when it comes to alcohol addiction.
Through various research, we know that more than 600,000 people in the UK suffer from alcoholism. Out of this, 500,000 people have gone untreated. The main cause for this is the denial that is often tied with alcoholism.
Denial is also a symptom of alcoholism, and it comes from the shame and fear of admitting the reality of the situation.
This denial can take several forms. The first kind of denial is blame; the alcoholic blames their behaviour on external factors to justify it.
Another kind is concealing their addiction from friends and family by drinking in secret and lying. Alcoholics also tend to get defensive and dismissive about their addiction and this may come out as anger towards their family and friends.
Alcohol abuse heightens this denial because of impaired judgement and the overpowering need to continue consuming alcohol. Thus, this denial covers up the fact that alcohol abuse is a problem that needs to be fixed. Instead, it gives the individual room to continue showing these kinds of behaviours.
To understand how important it is for people struggling with alcohol addiction to seek treatment, let’s go through some of the short and long-term risks of not seeking treatment.
Although this can be overwhelming for those people that suffer from alcoholism, it can help in the future by pushing you to make lifestyle changes.
Some short-term injuries can be accidents that cause injuries and would require treatment in a hospital. Head injuries are especially common and very dangerous for those that suffer from alcohol addiction.
Other risks include being violent to other people or being the victim of violence because of the loss of senses that comes with being under the influence of alcohol.
Unprotected sex while drunk is also very common, which could lead to things like STIs (sexually transmitted infections) or unplanned pregnancies. The most common short-term risk is alcohol poisoning which is most prone to happen to those who binge drink.
Some long-term risks that come with alcohol abuse are increased risk for cancer like liver cancer, mouth cancer, breast cancer, and bowel cancer. Other than that, strokes, heart diseases, pancreatitis, and liver diseases are also very common long-term risks of alcohol abuse.
Alcoholics also tend to suffer from unemployment, homelessness, and domestic abuse. Thus, it affects the quality of the person’s life by impacting their professional and personal life. Psychological issues like depression, anxiety, and insomnia are also common for alcoholics.
The first step to treating alcohol use disorder is to accept that you need help. You should contact your friends and family and ask them to give you the support you need to prevent you from relapsing.
You can go to a general practitioner so that they can recommend a treatment plan that will work best for you. There are a considerable amount of free services made specifically to help those who suffer from alcohol abuse on the NHS as well.
Counselling is the top treatment option. Be it talking therapy one-on-one or group therapy, counselling is known to be one of the best treatments for alcoholism. Most doctors recommend a combination of the two.
One-on-one therapy is helpful for individual growth but group therapy creates a community where alcoholics feel like they are not alone and have a group of people they can relate to.
Detox Only Programmes
Another useful kind of treatment is detoxification, in which a medical professional provides a medically-assisted detox to help those with alcohol dependence withdraw safely. This form of treatment addresses the physical dependence on alcohol, but doesn’t tackle the root causes of alcohol addiction which are often linked to trauma or childhood abuse.
Two medicines help with alcoholism. The first is Librium which is given in smaller doses and helps the alcoholic deal with the withdrawal symptoms of alcoholism. This is usually only used for a short period.
The second medicine helps reduce any impulses that the alcoholic has to consume alcohol. Its name is naltrexone and it has been very useful to many alcoholics. These must be only used for up to 12 months.
While detox programmes can be cheaper alternatives to residential rehabilitation programmes, it is strongly recommended that individuals consider outpatient care or therapy once they complete their detox programme, alongside joining support groups such as AA to reduce the likelihood of relapse.
Unprecedented transformation of the HR industry
HR, as one of the most paper-intensive and technologically resistant industries, has undoubtedly undergone an unprecedented transformation. The HR industry has changed course and jumped on the technology bandwagon, from handing out pay slips and pink slips to building teams and organisations. HR and technology were once two words that were never used in the same sentence, but today they have integrated and taken the business world by storm.
HR has undoubtedly undergone an unprecedented transformation as one of the most paper-intensive and technologically resistant industries. The human resources industry has shifted its focus from issuing pay stubs and pink slips to forming teams and organisations. HR and technology were never used in the same sentence until recently, but they have now integrated and taken the business world by storm.
EVOLUTION OF THE HR FUNCTION
As the pandemic drove nations to lockdowns and businesses to disruption, HR was thrust to the frontline to facilitate this wave of changes. From handholding employees, as they took up remote work to embracing new technologies such as AI and automation themselves, the purview of HR widened overnight. The HR department made possible the overnight pivot to remote work, organisation-wide move to the cloud and years’ worth of digital transformation within months. As organisations’ appetite for technology grows, the demand for HR tech is building up simultaneously to catalyse change.
MASTERING REMOTE WORK MANAGEMENT
Today, an organisation’s workforce is dispersed across different geographies owing to remote work arrangements. To enable employees to carry out diverse tasks remotely, HR teams must provide them with facilitating tools and technologies. At the same time, they require the right tools and technologies to carry out HR tasks remotely. On top of that, HR teams need to maintain the organisation’s culture even when people can no longer see each other in person. Technologies such as cloud computing, unified communication tools, performance management software and video conferencing technologies help HR teams master remote work management.
BRAVING TALENT MARKET CHALLENGES
Remote work mandate meant for the talent market proliferation of job opportunities, wider talent pools and a shift to virtual hiring practices. This resulted in a surge in demand for video interviewing, virtual onboarding and AI-based technologies. In an ever-evolving talent market, a slew of challenges such as the war for talent and the ‘great resignation’ has erupted. As a result, organisations are increasingly investing in automation, AI and data analytics to optimise their hiring processes and enjoy time and cost savings. Additionally, such HR technologies enable recruiters to hire higher-quality candidates faster.
RE-ENVISIONING EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE
As the resignation pile mounts up and the stack of resumes becomes less than a handful, HR teams across the globe are racking their brains in the quest for a cure-all. Technology allows HR teams to rethink their employee experience and reinforce their talent retention strategies. From improving the employee onboarding process to supporting greater work-life balance to elevating employee wellbeing, technology is helping HR to reshape the employee experience. Consequently, investments in tools and technologies such as intelligent chatbots, video conferencing, recommended learning and development, etc., that enhance employee experience are continuously rising.
CONTINUOUS RESKILLING AND UPSKILLING
The global pandemic ushered in a period of great reshuffling, which meant new technologies, tools, innovations and even new jobs. As many jobs, skills and practices become obsolete, HR leaders must upskill and reskill their workforce to take on new responsibilities and challenges. Technologies that enable faster learning paths, interactive and engaging journeys and performance tracking saw an uptick in demand. As digital transformation becomes a permanent fixture on CEO agendas, constant reskilling and upskilling are becoming a priority for HR leaders. As a result, giving rise to persistent demand for new learning and development technologies.
Technology is enabling organisations to inch closer to the future of work and evolve with it. The coming together of HR and technology can catalyse this wave of change. By making the most of this window of opportunity, HR can evolve from an auxiliary authority to an enabling force.
Yogita Tulsiani is the MD & Co-founder of iXceed Solutions, which is a global tech-recruiter provider.
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