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PUNJAB GEARS UP FOR CORONA VACCINATION ON 16 JANUARY

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The Punjab government is fully geared up for vaccination of healthcare workers at 110 sites on 16 January. A total of 20,450 vials was received on Tuesday; each vial has 10 doses of vaccines which is to be given to the beneficiary in two doses 28 days apart.

Disclosing this, Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said that after a long wait, the first batch of corona vaccine namely Covishield was received by the EPI officer of Health & Family Welfare Department, Punjab from Chandigarh Airport. He said that this Covishield vaccine was developed by Oxford University with AstraZeneca and now it is being manufactured in India by Serum Institute. Data of Phase III trials is available and it is allowed in emergency authorisation use in the UK.

The minister said that 5 vaccination sites per district have been selected for the launch.

Giving details of ‘Cold Chain’ preparations made for vaccine, the minister said that currently, the vaccine has been stored at State Vaccine Store, Sector-24 Chandigarh and it would be made available at Regional, District and Block vaccine stores as per SOPs set by the Central government.

He further said that every vaccination session will be managed by a 5-membered team with defined responsibilities as first Vaccination Officer at the entrance to ensure only eligible vaccinators enter the site, second vaccination officer for verification of beneficiaries on CoWIN, third Vaccinator Officer for giving a vaccine as intramuscular, fourth Vaccination Officer deputed at the observation room to monitor any AEFI (Adverse Event Following Immunisation) and fifth Vaccination Officer would mobilise and assist in crowd control. In addition, team supervisors and AEFI management centre with a nodal officer are also deputed for smooth run of a vaccination programme.

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No problem solved by violence, repeal new farm laws: Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi [India], January 26 (ANI): Amid reports of violence during protest by agitating farmers who deviated from the route meant for tractor parade, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that “violence is not a solution to any problem” and called upon the government to take back three new farm laws.
He said in a tweet that whoever suffers injuries it is the country which suffers.
“Violence is not the solution to any problem. If anyone gets hurt, it will be the loss for the country. Take back anti-agriculture laws in national interest,” he said.
Agitating farmers forced their way into central Delhi on the Republic Day using tractors to move away defences erected by the police.
Protesting farmers reached ITO after breaking police barricades placed opposite old Delhi Police headquarters and were seen vandalising vehicles.
Several people including police personnel suffered injuries during the clash between protesting farmers and police.
Protesters also entered the Red Fort premises in the national capital and waved flags they were carrying from its ramparts. A protestor also went up the mast on the ramparts of the historic 17th century monument and raised a flag he was carrying at the place where the Tricolour is hoisted.
The protestors have been protesting on the borders of Delhi since November 26 last year against the three farm laws. (ANI)

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Republic Day: Haryana CM unfurls tricolour in Panchkula

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Panchkula (Haryana) [India], January 26 (ANI): Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday hoisted the tricolour on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day in Panchkula.
“I feel very proud after hoisting the flag on the occasion of Republic Day, and I extend my greeting to the people of Haryana,” said CM Khattar during the flag hoisting ceremony.
The Chief Minister paid tribute to the jawans who died while protecting the country.
He also honoured the widows of the soldiers who were killed in action saying that we all will are in debt to the soldiers for their selfless sacrifice.
He also lauded India’s scientists who have made ‘swadeshi’ COVID-19 vaccines and the government’s decision to help other countries fight the virus.
“We have established a Foreign Cooperation Department to make a direct link between the foreign countries and state in order to export the local goods, which would increase employment in the state,” he added. (ANI)

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Karnataka tableau highlights glory of Vijayanagara

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New Delhi [India], January 26 (ANI): The tableau of Karnataka at the Republic Day parade this year represented the legacy of the Vijayanagara district.
The tableau depicted the Mathanga hills, the origin of the Hanuman as per the legends, the coronation ceremony of Krishnadevaraya and the mural visuals from Hazara Rama temple. Vijayanagara has been carved out as the 31st district of Karnataka, according to an official statement.

Mathanga and Anjanadari Hills located close to Hampi are believed to be the birthplaces of ‘Hanuman’ and ‘Sugriva’. The legends also describe this place as the meeting point between ‘Sri Rama’ and ‘Hanuman’.
Hampi has been tagged as a “World Heritage Site” and enjoys the status of being the largest open museum in the world.
The Vijayanagara Empire was located in the Deccan Plateau region of Karnataka. It was founded in 1336 by the brothers Harihara and Bukka. The capital of the Vijayanagara Empire was Hampi. The rule of the Vijayanagar dynasty is treated as the golden era in the history of Karnataka.
The reign of King Krishnadevaraya was the glorious period of the Vijayanagar dynasty. His coronation ceremony and the Mahanavami festival are two important celebrations, which were even narrated by the foreign travelers in their accounts. (ANI)

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Bihar CM unfurls national flag, extends wishes on Republic Day

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Patna (Bihar) [India], January 26 (ANI): To mark the occasion of Republic Day, Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar unfurled the national flag and extended his wishes on Tuesday.
In a tweet in Hindi, Nitish Kumar said, “Congratulations and best wishes to all of you on the occasion of Republic Day. Today, we take a pledge to keep our independence, unity and integrity intact. This state has maintained mutual brotherhood, harmony and peace. For the future, we must aim to maintain peace and harmony in the state.”
After concluding the Republic Day ceremony in the state, Bihar CM greeted the visitors at the venue.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended his greetings to the people on the occasion of the 72nd Republic Day.
“Wishing all the people of India a Happy #RepublicDay. Jai Hind!” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
India is celebrating its 72nd republic day today. On this day, India adopted the Constitution of India in 1950. (ANI)

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Only female from Indian Army at Republic Day parade, Captain Preeti leads Schilka air defence gun contingent

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New Delhi [India], January 26 (ANI): Captain Preeti Choudhary, the only female participant in the Republic Day parade this year from the Indian Army, led the upgraded Schilka weapon system contingent which featured in the parade for the first time this year.
Choudhary, of 140 Air Defence Regiment (Self Propelled), had last marched on Rajpath in the 2016 Republic Day celebration as a cadet with the National Cadet Corps (NCC).

Speaking about her role as the only woman contingent commandant, she had said that she received the opportunity because the upgraded weapon system belonged to her regiment, not because of her gender.

The upgraded Schilka weapon system, equipped with modern radar and digital fire control computers, has the ability to destroy wartime targets for low-level air defence in all-weather, keeping an accurate eye on targets. The regiment has been given an important place in the Indian Army due to the effective current demonstrations.
140 Air Defence Regiment (Self Propelled) has participated vigorously in the Indo-Pak war of 1965 and 1971, Operation Riddle, Operation Cactus Lily, Operation Trident and Operation Prakram.
140 Air Defence Regiment (Self Propelled) has been honoured with two Veer Chakra, two Sena Medal, two Shaurya Chakra, two ‘Param Vishisht Seva’ Medal, one ‘Ati Vishisht Seva’ Medal, and one ‘Vishisht Seva’ Medal for bravery and excellence. (ANI)

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Anti-farm laws protestors wave flags from ramparts of Red Fort in Delhi

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New Delhi [India], January 26 (ANI): Protesters agitating against the new farm laws entered the premises of Red Fort in the national capital and waved flags they were carrying from its ramparts.
A protestor also went up the mast on the ramparts of the historic 17th century monument and raised a flag he was carrying at the place where the Tricolour is hoisted.
The protestors came to central Delhi deviating from the route which had been decided for tractor march. Violence erupted near ITO area of national capital as tractors driven by protestors tried to scare and even run over police personnel deployed in the area.

Protesting farmers reached ITO after breaking police barricades placed opposite old Delhi Police headquarters and were seen attacking police personnel and vandalising vehicles.
Several people including police personnel suffered injuries during the clash between protesting farmers and police.
Groups of farmers were also seen vandalizing public property and targeting police personnel deployed for Republic Day security.
Reports of farmers breaking barricades to enter Delhi and indulging in vandalism poured from several parts of the city. Delhi Police officials sat on the road in Nangloi to block the area where farmers holding tractor parade have reached. In view of protestors entering parts of Delhi, gates of several metro stations have been closed.
“Entry/exit gates of Samaypur Badli, Rohini Sector 18/19, Haiderpur Badli Mor, Jahangir Puri, Adarsh Nagar, Azadpur, Model Town, GTB Nagar, Vishwavidyalaya, Vidhan Sabha and Civil Lines are closed,” DMRC said in a tweet.
Entry/exit gates of all stations on the green line, Lal Quila, Indraprastha, Delhi Gate and ITO metro stations have also been closed.
Frmer leader and Spokesperson, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Rakesh Tikait said he had no information of violence by farmers.
“Rally is going on peacefully. I don’t have any informatioion of it (violence). We are at Ghazipur and are releasing the traffic here,” he said.
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. (ANI)

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