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Tamil Nadu Dy CM’s son OP Ravindranath Kumar asserts AIADMK-BJP alliance will win Assembly polls

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New Delhi [India], February 12 (ANI): In the upcoming Assembly election in Tamil Nadu, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will get a huge victory and form the government for a third successive time, asserted AIADMK MP OP Ravindranath Kumar on Thursday.
During the discussion on Union Budget 2021-22 in Lok Sabha, Kumar, son of Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, O Panneerselvam said, “Next, there is going to be an assembly election in Tamil Nadu, in that election AIADMK in alliance with BJP will register a great win and form the government for the third time. Similar to the people marching now, will also march for the third time after the election in which people will be with us.”
Earlier on Thursday, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that the tenure of Tamil Nadu Assembly is due to expire on May 24, 2021, and the details will be divulged when the Election Commission of India actually announce the elections. Earlier, BJP president JP Nadda had said that the party will fight the forthcoming assembly polls in Tamil Nadu in alliance with the ruling AIADMK and other like-minded parties.
Kumar, Lok Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu’s Theni constituency praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the central government’s efforts in the fight against COVID-19.
“I want to quote APJ Abdul Kalam’s words “All birds in rainy time will return to its nest but eagle will fly above clouds and get rid of rain and move towards its target. Problem is common but facing it makes difference”. Similarly, during COVID-19 pandemic, PM Modi not only saved our countrymen but also made economic growth. After this budget is tabled, Sensex have increased 5 per cent and Nifty 4.7 per cent. Investors gained Rs 6.80 lakh crore. After 1997, on the budget day, Sensex raised this much for the first time and it is an example of a budget of growth and equality,” he said in Lok Sabha.
The lone AIADMK MP urged Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman to allocate Rs 4,000 crore for Covid-19 related activities in Tamil Nadu.
“For COVID-19 vaccination programme, our finance minister has allocated nearly Rs 35,000 crore. In the fight against COVD-19 in Tamil Nadu, till now Rs 7,605 crore has been spent by our Amma ( Jayalalitha ) government. Tamil Nadu is in the front in controlling pandemic, I urge Honorable finance minister to allot Rs 4,000 crore for Covid-19 related activities,” he said.
Kumar also urged Sitharaman to allot two garment parks in Tamil Nadu and lauded her for announcing the Madurai-Kollam highway project in the Budget.
Further, he said, “I also welcome finance minister for having announced new fishing harbor in Chennai and sea paasi park in Tamil Nadu. I urge the central government to do a search on the small fishing harbor and allot funds for that. For Chennai Metro rail expansion of 118 kms, Rs 6,3243 crore allotment is very big for Tamil Nadu.”
Speaking about AIADMK led government in Tamil Nadu, Kumar said, “For the last ten years, Tamil Nadu’s Amma ( Jayalalitha) government is running well. The state has won more than 10 central government awards for good governance. But here (in parliament) DMK representatives falsely cry here and say we have done nothing. It is our Amma government got Mullai Periyar dam, it’s our Amma ( Jayalalitha) government which announced the Cauvery delta region as protective farm zone.”
Lok Sabha continued the proceedings by midnight of Thursday and adjourned till 4 pm on Friday. (ANI)

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SIT to probe Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar murder case

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New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted to probe Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar case where a woman was stabbed to death by a chain snatcher while resisting the robbery, said DCP Northwest Usha Rangnani on Sunday.
“Special investigation team has been set up for speedy probe that will be monitored by me,” said DCP Northwest.
Earlier, the DCP of Northwest Usha Rangnani had informed that ten police teams have been constituted to probe the case.
The Delhi Police have arrested two persons in connection with a case.
According to the police, a 25-year-old woman was stabbed to death by a snatcher for resisting a robbery bid in the Adarsh Nagar area of the national capital.
The woman was stabbed to death in north-west Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar while trying to resist a snatching bid. She was coming home from a market and was holding her child when the incident occurred. (ANI)

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Kumbh 2021: Northern Railways prepares for surge in passengers at Haridwar

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Haridwar (Uttarakhand) [India], March 1 (ANI): With passenger traffic at Hardiwar station expected to go up from March 11, the Northern Railways has built four different colour-coded enclosures for passengers to book tickets to various destinations.
“There might be a surge in passengers coming to Haridwar from March 11. We have put four colour-coded enclosures based on the passenger’s destination at Haridwar station. We have made reserved ticket windows inside enclosures,” said Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Northern Railway Uttarakhand.
A centralised hi-tech control room has also been set up by Indian Railways at Haridwar railway station ahead of Kumbh 2021.
The preparations are underway for Kumbh to be held from 1st to 30th April in Haridwar.
The Uttarakhand government has decided to limit the Kumbh this year to 30 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officers in charge of the Kumbh said that those who attend the religious congregation should do prior registration at a portal and should have a COVID-19 negative report.
Kumbh is not only a religious pilgrimage, but one of the largest mass gatherings at one place. It is celebrated four times over a course of 12 years and spans four locations namely Prayagraj, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik.
The Maha Kumbh is celebrated in a cycle of 12 years at four river-bank pilgrimage sites across India. (ANI)

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Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India], March 1 (ANI): A Naxal carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakhs on his head surrendered before the district administration in Ranchi on Sunday.
Wanted Maoist Zonal Commander Jeevan, having a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, surrendered before district administration in Ranchi.
He reportedly joined the Naxals in 2009.
According to the police, as many as 77 cases of loot, rape, murder, levy collection and involvement in Maoist activities, were registered against him in different police stations in Jharkhand.
He was active mostly in West Singbhum and Khunti districts and was wanted for the last 10 years. (ANI)

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New Delhi [India], March 01 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday 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.
Bharat Biotech’s coronavirus vaccine Covaxin had run into a controversy after it got regulatory approval for emergency use without phase-3 trial results.
However, in January, the company’s Chairman and Managing Director Dr Krishna Ella clarified that the vaccine is safe and Bharat Biotech conducted trials in over 12 countries besides India.
In the picture that PM Modi tweeted, he is seen wearing a gamcha of Assam, which is symbolic of blessings of women from the eastern state. He has been seen wearing it on many occasions.
PM Modi was administered Bharat BioTech’s Covaxin by Sister P Niveda from Puducherry. The second nurse was from Kerala.
The Covid-19 vaccines- Covaxin and Covishield, will be made available to the general public from today.
The PM went to AIIMS without any route on the roads, thus choosing early morning to avoid inconvenience to public.
The first phase of the nationwide vaccination drive against Covid-19 had begun on January 16. The second dose of vaccine had begun from February 13.(ANI)

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PM Modi takes first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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New Delhi [India], March 01 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi on Monday.
“Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19,” tweeted PM Modi.
Appealing people to take the vaccine, PM tweeted, “I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free!”
PM Modi flagged-off the first phase of the pan-India roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination drive on January 16, 2021.(ANI)

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Vaccination drive will be conducted at 10 locations in Indore today

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Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India], March 1 (ANI): Vaccination drive will be conducted at 10 locations in the Indore district of Madhya Pradesh on Monday, out of which three are government hospitals or colleges, Dr Amit Malakar, COVID-19 Nodal Officer told ANI on Sunday.
“COVID vaccination drive will begin on March 1 for people above 60 years and people above 45 years with comorbidities. They need to present a certificate of their comorbid condition signed by a registered doctor of Medical Council,” the doctor added.
Meanwhile, the central government is extending the vaccination drive to all citizens above 60 years and those within the age bracket of 45 to 59 years with specified co-morbidities from March 1. It also upgraded its digital platform Co-WIN.2.0 so that the beneficiaries can now self-register themselves.
The government has supplied two COVID-19 vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, free of cost to the States/UTs to vaccinate Health Care Workers (HCWs) and Front Line Workers (FLWs) and will also be able to cover the next priority group i.e. 60 years plus age group and the age group of 45 to 59 years suffering from Pre-Specified Co-Morbidities.
The States have been requested to operationalise the linkages between the COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs) (both government and private empanelled facilities) with the nearest cold chain points for ensuring smooth vaccine delivery to COVID vaccination centres (CVCs). (ANI)

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