Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], February 16 (ANI): The rescue operation in the Tapovan-Reni area of Chamoli district has been intensified with over 300 personnel joining the task to search 146 missing people.
“More than 325 personnel comprising engineers, officers, geologists, scientists, security personnel from National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Limited (THDC), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Uttarakhand Purvsanik Kalyan Limited (UPNL) and others are taking part in the rescue operation,” ITBP said.
“Slurry Pump installed in GOC or Transfer Structure area of de-silting basin dewatering,” ITBP added.
The death toll in the avalanche triggered by the bursting of a glacier in Chamoli has gone up to 58 as a total of 11 bodies are recovered from the Tapovan tunnel, whereas 146 people are still missing, said Uttarakhand Police on Tuesday.
Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel along with National Disaster Response Force and other sister agencies have been conducting search and rescue operations in Chamoli district.
Meanwhile, the Alaknanda River at Srinagar in Pauri Garhwal is flowing at the normal level; no alert has been issued by the district administration in this regard, said the Uttarakhand Police.
Uttarakhand Disaster Response Force has put an alarm system to detect the rise in the level of water and alerted about it, in Raini village of Chamoli district.
A glacier burst in the Tapovan-Reni area of Chamoli District of Uttarakhand last week led to massive flooding in the Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers and damaged houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project. (ANI)
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16 lakh earthen lamps lit in Indore; Kailash Vijayvargiya, others participate
Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India], March 1 (ANI): As many as 16 lakh earthen lamps were lit during an event organised by BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya around ‘Pitr Parvat’ here on Sunday, the event is said to be the largest ‘deep daan’ in the world.
Thousands of people arrived at the event, lit lamps and also saw the world’s largest octa metal made Hanuman statue.
Lamps dedicated to Ayodhya were lit first by sadhus following which Kailash Vijayvargiya and Minister Tulsi Silavat lit the lamps along with other devotees.
Kailash Vijayvargiya and his MLA son Akash Vijayvargiya also read Hanuman Chalisa to improve the health of hospitalised MP Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan.
From the road to the top, ‘Pitr Parvat’ was illuminated with the light of the earthen lamps.
Speaking at the occasion Vijayvargiya said, “From the blessings of sants, this event was organised and 16 lakh lamps are lit, which is an amazing visual. I believe that Lord Hanuman is present here, because Lord Hanuman is immortal and whenever devotees call Him he is present in some form.” (ANI)
JDU workers celebrate Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s 70th birthday as ‘Vikas Diwas’
Patna (Bihar) [India], March 1 (ANI): Janata Dal (United) workers on Monday are celebrating Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s 70th birthday as ‘Vikas Diwas’ across state.
Workers also offered prayers at Mahavir Temple near Station Golambar in Patna.
The party workers also distributed laddus (sweets), notebooks, pencils and milk among the poor in Patna.
According to the sources, Nitish Kumar may take the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on his birthday at 1 pm.
They will also cut a 70-pound cake at the party’s headquarters in the state capital here and will also offer milk at his picture.
Besides this, all party workers will gather at their respective polling booths to celebrate the leader’s birthday. (ANI)
Second phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive begins
New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): The second phase of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive for age-appropriate population groups began on Monday with the Union Health Ministry calling out eligible people to get an appointment at respective hospitals in the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first ones to receive the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday as vaccination opened for the general population, beginning with people above 60 and those with co-morbidities above 45.
Citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the COWIN 2.0 portal or through other IT (information technology) applications such as Arogya Setu, etc.
The Central government released a new framework for Co-WIN2.0 on Sunday.
According to the new framework, the schedule of vaccination of eligible beneficiaries will be closely linked with the availability of vaccine doses. The states and Union Territories will determine the target number of doses to be administered in a vaccination cycle.
“The target number of doses is to be determined considering the available stocks and the requirement of further vaccine stocks for the second dose since, when a beneficiary is being vaccinated with the first dose, Co-WIN will automatically confirm the appointment of the beneficiary for the second dose at the same vaccination centre,” the government said.
To avoid confusion and problems in physical queue management at COVID-19 Vaccination Centre (CVC), the central government has recommended that one particular CVC may be either fully reserved or their full capacity is opened for online self-appointment.
On the other hand, if a CVC has both reserved and open slots, session timings for open slots must be carefully selected to avoid overlap of beneficiaries.
On Saturday, the government informed that from March 1, the nationwide vaccination program is now to be exponentially expanded to all citizens above 60 years of age, and those within the age bracket of 45 to 59 years with specified co-morbidities.
“Health Departments of State governments have already initiated dialogue with these private hospitals so that they can be encouraged to participate in this drive as CVCs. A list of all these private hospitals has been uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the National Health Authority,” the government said in a release.
In addition, there would be government health facilities that will be used as CVCs such as medical college hospitals, district hospitals, sub-divisional hospitals, CHCs, PHCs, Health Sub Centres and Health and Wellness Centres. Geo reference maps with GPS coordinates of all these health facilities have been prepared that will serve as CVCs and these Geo referenced maps are being shared with the states, the release said.
The Central government also said that states were informed about the three methods of registration, i.e., advance self-registration, onsite registration and facilitated cohort registration.
States have been informed that private hospitals functioning as CVCs can charge subject to a ceiling of Rs 250 per person per dose along with the electronic and financial management mechanism in this regard. User names and passwords to be provided to the private facilities to facilitate effective use of Co-WIN 2.0, were also discussed during the meeting.
In addition, mapping of private facilities with the nearest cold chain points to ensure a seamless flow of vaccines to them was explained to the states.
The simplified system of certifying people with 20 co-morbidities within the 45-59 years age group was also explained to the states. The simplified one-page certificate is to be signed by any registered medical practitioner. The certificate can either be uploaded on Co-WIN2.0 by the beneficiary while self-registering or a hard copy can be carried by the beneficiary to the CVC.
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16, 2021. The vaccination of the frontline workers started on February 2. (ANI)
Rahul Gandhi extends birthday wishes to MK Stalin
New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday extended birthday wishes to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President MK Stalin.
“A very happy birthday to DMK President Shri MK Stalin. Wishing you good health and much happiness,” Gandhi tweeted.
Earlier in the day, Stalin on his birthday paid floral tribute to his father and former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s at his memorial in Chennai.
He also paid tribute to the party founder and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, CN Annadurai at Anna Memorial.
MK Stalin on Sunday formally expressed his willingness to the party to contest from the Kolathur constituency in the Tamil Nadu Assembly election.
At DMK party headquarters in Arivalayam, Stalin submitted a formal letter to the party’s election committee expressing his willingness to contest from the Kolathur constituency 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). Stalin has joined hands with the Congress, Left parties, Vaiko’s MDMK . This time actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan’s party Makkal Neethi Maiam (MNM) is also in the fray. (ANI)
Andhra govt seeks POSCO India’s confirmation for steel plant proposal
Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], March 1 (ANI): The Andhra Pradesh government on Sunday sought confirmation from steel company POSCO India about its proposal to establish a greenfield steel plant at Krishnapatnam in Nellore.
Special Chief Secretary to GoAP Karikal Valaven, in a letter to POSCO India CMD Sung Lae Chun on Friday, also invited the company’s delegation from South Korea for further discussions.
“Andhra Pradesh has consistently ranked No 1 in Ease of Doing Business among the Indian states, a testament to our strong commitment to industrial growth. With the same enthusiasm, I would like to extend an invite to the delegation from POSCO Head Quarters at Seoul, South Korea to confirm your proposal for setting up an integrated steel plant at Krishnapatnam,” said the letter signed by R Karikal Valaven, Special Chief Secretary.
“The Steel Plant at Krishnapatnam would be an anchor industry in driving the economic activity in the region and the state would support POSCO to the best of its efforts. The Government of AP would be willing to consider further support in the form of fiscal and non-fiscal incentives. The definitive terms can be discussed when your delegation visits AP and I am sure that we will find a common ground on this front,” it added.
This letter gained prominence in the backdrop of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (RINL, Visakhapatnam) privatization plan.
The opposing Telegu Desam Party (TDP) had previously made allegations that the ruling YSRCP government is favouring POSCO to get control of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, which have been vehemently denied.
The YSRCP’s argument is that Visakhapatnam Steel Plant is a Public Sector Undertaking under the control of the Central government and the state government has no role in the Centre’s plans. (ANI)
‘Laga bhi di aur pata hi nahi chala’: says PM Modi after receiving his first COVID-19 vaccine dose
New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): “Laga bhi di aur pata hi nahi chala (Is it already done? I didn’t even notice),” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi just after getting his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, at AIIMS Delhi on Monday.
While a section of the population has been expressing reservations regarding the efficacy of the vaccine, the Prime Minister was seen calmly talking to the nurses while he received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Sister P Nivedita, the nurse from Puducherry who administered the vaccine to PM Modi, told ANI that after receiving the shot, the Prime Minister said, “Laga bhi di aur pata hi nahi chala (Is it already done? I didn’t even notice).”
Even the staff administering the vaccine only got to know who was their patient just minutes ahead of the vaccination.
“I found out today morning that sir (Prime Minister Modi) was going to come, and I was called to administer the vaccine. It was nice to meet him,” Nivedita said.
“Sir (PM Modi) has been administered the first dose of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. The second dose will be given in 28 days. He asked us from where we belong,” she said.
P Nivedita has been working at AIIMS for the last three years.
The second nurse present during the vaccine administration process, who hails from Kerala, said, “We found out today morning itself that sir was going to come here to get vaccinated. It was very nice. Sir was also very comfortable.”
Earlier, 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 PM was seen wearing a gamcha from Assam, symbolic of blessings of women from the eastern state. He has been seen wearing it on many occasions.
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.
The first phase of the nationwide vaccination drive against Covid-19 had begun on January 16. The second phase began on February 13. (ANI)
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