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‘Stop panchayat poll in Kotia’, Odisha’s Koraput Collector urges Andhra’s Vizianagaram counterpart

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Koraput (Odisha) [India], February 13 (ANI): Koraput (in Odisha) district collector Abdaal Akhtar on Friday wrote to his Vizianagaram (in Andhra Pradesh) counterpart Dr M Hari Jawaharlal requesting the latter not to conduct the gram panchayat election in Kotia, the disputed area as the matter is currently sub-judice in the Supreme Court.
Recently Andhra Pradesh has announced to hold the panchayat elections in three villages — Talaganjeipadar, Patusineri, and Phagunseneri which are part of disputed villages in Kotia Gram Panchayat of Koraput district of Odisha.
Akhtar has requested Jawaharlal to ‘desist from going ahead with any plan to allegedly conduct election inside Kotia gram panchayat of Koraput as the matter is sub-judice’.
“I am to bring to your attention that in Contempt Petition No. 172/2021 arising out of Original Suit No. 10/1968 (The State of Odisha Vs. M.Hari Jawaharlal and Others), the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has been pleased to issue notice to the State of Andhra Pradesh and post the case to Friday, the 19th February, 2021. In its oral observations, the Court has also observed that should the State of Andhra Pradesh go ahead with its plans as regards the subject mentioned above, necessary consequences will follow. The same was pronounced in the presence of counsel for the State of Andhra Pradesh. A copy of the associated case documents have been handed over to the counsel for the State of Andhra Pradesh,” Akhtar wrote in the letter.
“I am to therefore, request you that considering the Sub-Judice nature of the matter and the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India’s oral observations, you may kindly desist from going ahead with any plan to allegedly conduct elections inside Kotia GP of Pottangi Block in the District of Koraput, Odisha,” the official said in the letter.
The Odisha Government has moved the Supreme Court seeking contempt of court proceedings against Andhra Pradesh, mentioning in its petition that the apex court in 1968 had ordered to maintain status quo in the disputed area of Kotia.
The Supreme Court on Friday sought replies from the Andhra Pradesh government for holding the elections in three villages of Kotiya gram panchayat in Koraput district of Odisha.
A bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar was seeking a reply after hearing the contempt petition filed by the Odisha government against the Andhra Pradesh stating that holding elections in Koraput is a clear “violation” of the Apex Court’s earlier order.
The Odisha state government, in its petition, before the Supreme Court, alleged that the Andhra Pradesh government has allegedly notified panchayat polls in three villages of Kotiya gram panchayat in Koraput.
The Odisha government, in its petition filed before the Apex Court, submitted that Andhra Pradesh had allegedly willfully and deliberately violated the Supreme Court order of December 2, 1968, and the judgement of March 30, 2006, by transgressing into Odisha’s territory.
The Odisha government claimed in its petition that the Apex court had in its verdict in 1968 and 2006 had asked both the states — Odisha and Andhra Pradesh — to maintain a status quo with regard to the boundary dispute related to Kotia group of villages in Koraput district.
Kotia dispute is a long-pending border issue between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, both the state claims over the area which consists of 21 small tribal hamlets along with the border. (ANI)

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Indian Navy to commission third Scorpene-class submarine INS Karanj in Mumbai on March 10

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 1 (ANI): Indian Navy will be commissioning its third Scorpene-class submarine INS Karanj, in Mumbai on March 10.
The submarine has been constructed at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited under the ‘Make in India’ program.
The Indian Navy has already inducted two submarines of the class named INS Kalvari and INS Khanderi from the same shipyard.
According to the agreement with the Government of India, a total of 6 submarines are to be built in this shipyard. Of which, the trials of Vela and Wazir are underway, while the construction of the 6th submarine is going on.
The sixth boat of the Scorpene or the Kalvari class had been named Vahsheer.
India has plans of going ahead with the construction of another six larger and more capable submarines under Project-75 India. (ANI)

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TN polls: DMK to release election manifesto on March 7

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], March 1 (ANI): Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president MK Stalin on Monday expressed confidence of forming the next government and announced that the party will be releasing its manifesto for the upcoming state elections and party’s vision for Tamil Nadu.
The state is set to go to polls on April 6 and results will be announced on May 2.
“Within 2 months there’s going to be a change in the government,.. that people are eagerly waiting for. We have planned to make Tamil Nadu become advanced in the next 10 years,” said Stalin.
“DMK is working for people irrespective of being or not being in power,” he further said.
He said that a massive public meeting will be conducted in Tiruchirappalli on March 7 where he will divulge the plans formulated by DMK to advance the state.
“We will make sure that our plans reach 2 crore houses all over the state,” he said.
On Sunday Stalin had submitted a formal letter to the party’s election committee expressing his willingness to contest from the Kolathur constituency for the third consecutive time in the upcoming State Assembly elections.
The 234-members Tamil Nadu assembly elections will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will be done on May 2.
Ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is contesting the polls in a pre-poll alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). DMK has joined hands with Congress. This time actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan’s party Makkal Neethi Maiam (MNM) is also in the fray. (ANI)

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CBI probe into WB coal mining scam: SC asks Centre to respond on plea challenging Calcutta HC order

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New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): Supreme Court has on Monday sought response of the central government within a week on a plea challenging the order of the Calcutta High Court that allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe a case pertaining to illegal mining and transportation of coal through Railways in West Bengal, without the state’s consent.
A bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Dr D Y Chandrachud, asked the Solicitor General (SG), Tushar Mehta, to file a detailed report within a week and posted the matter for further hearing to March 10 after going through the appeal filed by the prime accused, Anup Majee.
In this particular illegal coal mining case, in West Bengal, the CBI had already interrogated Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of State Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee.
On the appeal of Majee, the state government had filed an affidavit and stated that the CBI didn’t have the jurisdiction to probe this case, as the state had not given its consent to CBI to go ahead with its investigation. But the same case is still being investigated by the CBI, the state government said in its reply. (ANI)

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Six states contribute to 87 per cent of new COVID-19 cases in India

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New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday said six states in India continue to report an increased number of daily new cases and have contributed 87.25 per cent of the fresh infection in the country.
The ministry said Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, have shown a surge in new cases in the last 24 hours.
“15,510 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 8,293. It is followed by Kerala with 3,254 while Punjab has reported 579 new cases,” it said.
According to the health ministry, the eight states are displaying an upward trajectory in the daily new cases.
Meanwhile, India’s total active caseload is 1,68,627 today and the present active caseload now stands at 1.52 per cent of total positive cases.
Five states account for 84 per cent of total active cases in the country.
Maharashtra alone accounts for 46.39 per cent of India’s total active cases, followed by Kerala with 29.49 per cent.
Total 21 states and UTs have reported less than 1,000 active cases whereas Arunachal Pradesh has reported no active cases in the last 24 hours.
Fifteen states and UTs have registered more than 1,000 active cases.
Also, Kerala and Maharashtra are the two states with more than 10,000 active cases, while the rest of the 13 states and UTs have between 1,000-10,000 active cases.
“So far, a total of 1,43,01,266 vaccine doses have been administered to beneficiaries through 2,92,312 sessions. These include 1st dose of 66,69,985 HCWs, 2nd dose of 24,56,191 HCWs and 51,75,090 FLWs who have taken the 1st dose,” it said.
The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination has commenced from today for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.
A simplified process of registration has been set up, whereby potential beneficiaries can have the option of advance self-registration, on-site registration or facilitated cohort registration.
More than 1.07 crore (1,07,86,457) people has recovered so far. 11,288 patients have recovered and got discharged in the last 24 hours.
The ministry said 85.07 per cent of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in six states.
Kerala has reported the maximum number of single-day recoveries with 4,333 newly recovered cases. 3,753 people recovered in Maharashtra in the past 24 hours followed by 490 in Tamil Nadu.
106 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
“Five states account for 86.79 per cent of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (62). Kerala follows with 15 daily deaths and Punjab has reported 7 deaths in the last 24 hours,” it added.
Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry, Assam, Manipur, Sikkim, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Lakshadweep, Meghalaya, Ladakh (UT), Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Uttarakhand and Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli have not reported any COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours.
The Centre is continuously engaging with the states and UTs manifesting a higher caseload of active cases and those reporting a rise in the daily new COVID cases.
All the states and UTs have been advised to maintain a continued rigorous vigil for containing the spread of COVID-19. The need for effective testing, comprehensive tracking, prompt isolation of positive cases and quick quarantine of close contacts are strongly emphasised. (ANI)

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PM Modi’s COVID-19 vaccination will help us in getting over hesitancy: AIIMS Director

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New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi undergoing COVID-19 vaccination will go a long way in getting over vaccine hesitancy in the country, said All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi Director Dr Randeep Guleria on Monday.
“PM Modi took the COVID-19 vaccine and showed the nation that we must do the same when our turn comes. It will go a long way in getting over vaccine hesitancy. I request all those over 60 years of age and those above 45 with comorbidities to register soon and get vaccinated,” the AIIMS Director told ANI.
“It is the only way to come out of the pandemic, bring mortality down and get the economy back on track… This will be a gamechanger and will motivate more people to come out and get vaccinated,” he added.
Guleria further said that by taking the Made in India, Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN vaccine, the Prime Minister showed the nation that both vaccines were safe.
“He (PM Modi) took the Made in India, Bharat Biotech COVAXIN, and showed that both vaccines are safe and efficacious. We must come forward and take whichever vaccine is available. The controversy about the efficacy of one of the vaccines has also been laid to rest today,” the AIIMS Director said.
He further lauded the Prime Minister’s calm demeanour which put the nurses at ease.
“The Prime Minister wanted to put the nurses at ease so he talked and joked with them. This really helped in a big way because the nurses were not aware of who they were going to vaccinate and were a little tense. The Prime Minister’s attitude put the nurses at ease,” he added.
Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the first dose of Covaxin, India’s homegrown coronavirus vaccine developed by biotechnology firm Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research, addressing the hesitancy over the COVID-19 vaccine.
Soon after receiving the first dose of the vaccine, Prime Minister tweeted, “Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS,” PM Modi tweeted with his picture of receiving the jab. Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19.”
The Covid-19 vaccines – Covaxin and Covishield, will be made available to the general public from today. As many as 1,43,01,266 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far. (ANI)

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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar gets first dose of covid-19 vaccine on his birthday

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Patna (Bihar) [India], March 1 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday, who turned 70 on Monday, took first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Patna and assured the people of the state that his government will provide vaccination free of cost.
“Vaccination will be absolutely free in the entire Bihar state. Such facility will be made available even at private hospitals, it will be facilitated by the state government,” Nitish Kumar said on Monday.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the first dose of Covaxin, India’s homegrown coronavirus vaccine developed by biotechnology firm Bharat Biotech and Indian Council of Medical Research, addressing the hesitancy over the COVID-19 vaccine.
PM Modi took the first dose of the vaccine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi.
“Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS,” PM Modi tweeted with his picture of receiving the jab.
“Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19,” the Prime Minister added. (ANI)

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