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Day: January 16, 2021

At RML hospital in Delhi, spirits high: ‘Worked hard, glad to get the benefit first’
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At RML hospital in Delhi, spirits high: ‘Worked hard, glad to get the benefit first’

Enthusiasm was high at the Centre-run Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, among the few hospitals in the national capital to administer Covaxin on Saturday. While Covishield was given at 75 centres, six centres gave Covaxin to recipients. On Day 1 of the massive exercise, 31 health workers and staff were given the Bharat-Biotech produced vaccine. “We have around 6,500 staff/healthcare workers in the hospital who shall be vaccinated in the coming weeks, with a target of 300 per day,” said Dr Neelam Roy, the nodal official in-charge. Dr A K Rana, medical superintendent of the hospital, who also got the shot Saturday, said doubts and suspicions over the vaccines were unfounded and that they were based on “rock-solid science”. The first individual to be vaccinated was Ramakant Singh...
Resident doctors’ body of Delhi hospital seeks vaccine switch
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Resident doctors’ body of Delhi hospital seeks vaccine switch

The Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital Saturday requested the medical superintendent to vaccinate them with Covishield, developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca and manufactured by Serum Institute of India. The hospital is among six institutes in the capital that are administering Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. In a letter to the medical superintendent, the association said: “Resident doctors are a bit apprehensive about the lack of complete trial in case of Covaxin and might not participate in huge numbers, thus defeating the purpose of vaccination. We request you to vaccinate us with Covishield which has completed all stages of trial before its rollout.” On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Covid vaccination drive and asse...
Two hospital trustees in Surat take vaccine
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Two hospital trustees in Surat take vaccine

Two trustees of the SDA Diamond Hospital, who were not health workers, were also among the beneficiaries of first shots of Covid-19 vaccines in Surat on Saturday. On the first day of the country-wide immunisation exercise at 3,006 session sites, around 100 beneficiaries each from the 3 crore priority group comprising healthcare and frontline workers were administered the vaccine. However, Surat Deputy Health Commissioner Dr Ashish Naik said that the two trustees– Dinesh Navadia and CP Vanani — were included in the list of beneficiaries because they were part of the hospital management committee. Navadia is also the Gujarat regional chairman of the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) and the regional president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) of South Gujar...
Vadodara: Crocodile rescued from 25-feet-deep trench
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Vadodara: Crocodile rescued from 25-feet-deep trench

A team of rescuers pulled out a 12-feet-long crocodile from a 25-feet-deep trench at Asoj village near Vadodara on Saturday after local residents alerted the forest officials about the mugger being trapped in the under-construction drainage line. The crocodile, estimated to weigh 400 kg, was pulled up with the help of a hydraulic excavator machine. Hemant Vadhwana, who has a team of rescuers to help him, reached the spot on Saturday morning to rescue the reptile.“I knew that if we attempt to pull it out with tying ropes, we could injure or strangulate it. So, we decided to use the hydraulic excavator. The crocodile was already injured as it had broken its snout perhaps during the fall into the trench,” Vadhwana said adding that since it is the season of migration of crocodi...
Some CoWIN app delays Delhi vaccination start, but process smooth
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Some CoWIN app delays Delhi vaccination start, but process smooth

Welcomed with balloons, all 100 people listed as beneficiaries at Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket, were administered the Covid vaccine on Saturday. While the immunisation drive was to begin at 10.30 am, simultaneously with the PM’s speech, it started an hour later due to an issue with the CoWin app server. “We completed our entire list by around 5.30 pm,” said medical superintendent Sahar Qureshi. Once it began, the process was smooth. The list of beneficiaries was alphabetical, and they were asked to come by 9-9.30 am. Some received SMSes from the Centre, others got calls from the hospital to arrive on time and bring their Aadhaar card. First in line to get the shot was Ashutosh Chaturvedi (31), a nurse in-charge in the Emergency department: “For 8-9 months, I could no...
Surat: 5 held for submitting fake documents to get loans
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Surat: 5 held for submitting fake documents to get loans

Surat crime branch on Saturday arrested five persons for allegedly submitting fake documents of vehicles to obtain loans to the tune of Rs 8.64 crore from Yes Bank and failing to repay Rs 5.24 crore. Police said that the accused had taken 53 different loans for 52 vehicles of Ashok Leyland and Tata motors from Yes Bank between August 2016 and October 2018. But later, it was found that the documents were fake and the vehicles were not even manufactured. Loan recovery manager of the bank Ashok Bhosle lodged a complaint with Surat crime branch on January 15. Acting on the complaint, Surat crime branch arrested Irshad Pathan, Imran Pathan, both residents of Valak village in Kamrej taluka of Surat, Kapil Kothia, from Mota varachha, Shailesh Jadwani, a resident of Varachha and Mu...
13-Year-Old Raped Twice By 9 In Five Days In Madhya Pradesh: Police
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13-Year-Old Raped Twice By 9 In Five Days In Madhya Pradesh: Police

The incident was reported to cops on Friday after which teams conducted searches.(Representational)Bhopal: A 13-year-old girl was kidnapped and gang-raped by nine men in Madhya Pradesh's Umaria district twice within five days, the police have said. The sickening incident comes at a time when the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government is running the 'Samman' campaign - a fortnight-long public awareness drive about crime against women across the state.At least four such chilling incidents in the last six days against women in various parts of Madhya Pradesh, have raised questions about their safety in the state.According to the police, the 13-year-old girl was first kidnapped by a young man known to her on January 4 and then raped by him and six of his friends for two days.Before letting her go...
Nasa’s Boeing moon rocket set for ‘once-in-a-generation’ ground test – Times of India
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Nasa’s Boeing moon rocket set for ‘once-in-a-generation’ ground test – Times of India

WASHINGTON: Nasa's Boeing-built deep space exploration rocket, Space Launch System (SLS), is set to fire its behemoth core stage for the first time on Saturday, a crucial test for a years-delayed US government project facing mounting pressure from emerging private sector technology. Space Launch System's hot fire test, expected to begin at 5pm EST (2200 GMT) Saturday at Nasa's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, caps a nearly year-long 'Green Run' test campaign to validate the rocket's design. It is seen as a vital step before a debut unmanned launch later this year under Nasa's Artemis program, the Trump administration's push to land humans on the moon again by 2024. Saturday's test will see the rocket's four Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 engines ignite for roughly eight minutes, generatin...
Delhi CM underlines: Experts have assured vaccine safe, don’t believe rumours
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Delhi CM underlines: Experts have assured vaccine safe, don’t believe rumours

The first shots of Covid-19 vaccine were administered to 4,319 healthcare workers at 81 sites in Delhi as the country kicked off a mass immunisation programme. During the inoculation drive, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited Delhi government’s Lok Nayak hospital — which has been the largest Covid facility and at the forefront of the pandemic fight. “Today marks the beginning of the mass vaccination drive for Covid-19 that has kicked off in the entire country. In Delhi, the vaccination drive has started in 81 sites and we will increase it to 1,000 in coming days. I have inspected and met healthcare workers who have been administered the vaccine and they are feeling fine. Don’t believe in any rumour — experts have suggested that the vaccine is completely safe.” Atmaja Pri...
PM Modi hails scientists for ‘hope in despair’, says must stay vigilant
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PM Modi hails scientists for ‘hope in despair’, says must stay vigilant

Hailing the work of healthcare, frontline workers and scientists who, at great personal risk during the pandemic, “brought hope in an atmosphere of dejection”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the world’s largest Covid-19 immunisation drive Saturday as the country began vaccinating an estimated 3-crore priority group with “two Made-in-India vaccines” in the first phase of an exercise that aims to eventually vaccinate 30 crore people. In a televised address during the launch, in which he made fervent appeals and turned emotional while recalling the “nation’s debt” to “those who never returned home” and “sacrificed their own lives trying to save each and every life”, the Prime Minister underlined that people must not lower their guard even after vaccination. He said the ...
No policy changes till May, WhatsApp says will clear the doubts
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No policy changes till May, WhatsApp says will clear the doubts

Instant messaging platform WhatsApp announced late on Friday that it was delaying the implementation of its recent privacy policy changes, which triggered a global backlash, to May 15, instead of the scheduled February 8. The updated policy terms were first announced via an in-app notification to users by WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, asking them to agree to the new terms by February 8 or lose access to their accounts. As both users and privacy activists raised the alarm, WhatsApp clarified that the changes were necessary to help businesses through WhatsApp Business, which was launched by the company in 2018 to facilitate communication between businesses and customers. “We’re now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms. No one will h...
Reconstitute panel with ‘neutral’ people: Farm union tells SC
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Reconstitute panel with ‘neutral’ people: Farm union tells SC

By: Express News Service Written by New Delhi | New Delhi | Updated: January 17, 2021 7:50:19 am A farmers’ organisation has approached the Supreme Court urging it to reconstitute the four-member committee appointed by the court to interact with representatives of farmers and government for an amicable resolution of the differences over the new farm laws. The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lok Shakti) in its plea pointed out that one of the four members, Bhupinder Singh Mann, has backed out of the committee, and the others — Ashok Gulati, Pramod Kumar Joshi and Anil Ghanwat — have already taken positions in support of the farm laws. The farmers’ body wondered how these three members could submit a report without bias when t...
Moeen Ali back in England bubble after clearing COVID test | Cricket News – Times of India
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Moeen Ali back in England bubble after clearing COVID test | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: England all-rounder Moeen Ali on Saturday entered the team's bio-secure bubble here after clearing two COVID-19 tests, thus joining his mates after spending 13 days in quarantine. Ali, 33, tested positive for COVID-19 with mild symptoms upon arrival in Sri Lanka and was isolated from the rest of the touring party. He was originally expected to be in quarantine for 10 days, which was later extended by three days following the Sri Lankan government's reservations over the new UK strain of the deadly virus. "It's great to have Mo (Ali) back," said Sam Curran after stumps on Day 3 of the ongoing opening Test. "When we walked into the changing room (at tea) we saw Mo and there were smiles on everyone's faces. He's obviously had a really tough couple of weeks and no one wants to get in...
Experts on the vaccination drive: ‘Like expecting a baby, seeing it being born’
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Experts on the vaccination drive: ‘Like expecting a baby, seeing it being born’

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolling out the world’s largest vaccination drive against the pandemic that has caused 1,52,093 deaths and upended millions of lives in the country, experts—who have been spending hours ironing out creases ahead of the launch of the inoculation campaign— said they were ecstatic and relieved to execute the herculean task much ahead of time. Dr Randeep Guleria, Director of AIIMS and a member of the Covid task force was among the first ones to take a shot of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin at AIIMS on Saturday. Calling the vaccination programme “a game changer”, he said, “Before this, we did not have any definite treatment strategy. We were giving a lot of drugs but we didn’t have a good antiviral drug. This is one strategy which is going towards fin...
Injecting hope: 1.91 lakh get shots across nation, no post-vaccine complication
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Injecting hope: 1.91 lakh get shots across nation, no post-vaccine complication

ON DAY 1 of the world’s largest immunisation exercise against the coronavirus, 1.91 lakh people were inoculated across the country. Calling it a success, the Union Health Ministry said “no case of post-vaccination hospitalisation has been reported so far”, indicating there was no known incident of severe adverse reaction. In phase one of the immunisation exercise, 3 crore people in the priority group of healthcare and frontline workers are to be vaccinated. On Saturday, 3,352 sessions were held, with the target of vaccinating at least 100 people each. On the break-up of Covishield and Covaxin, the Ministry data showed that while the first vaccine, developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and manufactured by Pune’s Serum Institute, had been supplied to all states and Union territori...
Andreescu’s coach says he tested positive on Australian Open’s Abu Dhabi flight | Tennis News – Times of India
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Andreescu’s coach says he tested positive on Australian Open’s Abu Dhabi flight | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Sylvain Bruneau, the coach of 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, said Saturday he tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving for the Australian Open, a result which sent 23 players into a two-week hotel lockdown. In all, 47 players have been barred from practising in Melbourne after it was revealed that passengers on two charter flights -- one from Abu Dhabi and one from Los Angeles -- tested positive. "I am deeply sorry to share that I have just tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival after travelling from Abu Dhabi," Bruneau wrote in a media statement. "I am extremely saddened and sorry for the consequences now on everyone's shoulders sharing my flight. "The rest of my team is negative and I sincerely hope that any further disruption is kept to a minimum." Bruneau said ...
Andreescu’s coach says he tested positive on Australian Open’s Abu Dhabi flight | Tennis News – Times of India
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Andreescu’s coach says he tested positive on Australian Open’s Abu Dhabi flight | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Sylvain Bruneau, the coach of 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, said Saturday he tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving for the Australian Open, a result which sent 23 players into a two-week hotel lockdown. In all, 47 players have been barred from practising in Melbourne after it was revealed that passengers on two charter flights -- one from Abu Dhabi and one from Los Angeles -- tested positive. "I am deeply sorry to share that I have just tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival after travelling from Abu Dhabi," Bruneau wrote in a media statement. "I am extremely saddened and sorry for the consequences now on everyone's shoulders sharing my flight. "The rest of my team is negative and I sincerely hope that any further disruption is kept to a minimum." Bruneau said ...
Afridi asks former Pakistan greats to follow Dravid’s footsteps in grooming young talents | Cricket News – Times of India
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Afridi asks former Pakistan greats to follow Dravid’s footsteps in grooming young talents | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: In awe of the work being done by Rahul Dravid in grooming talented Indian players, former captain Shahid Afridi has called on Pakistan greats to take a cue and nurture the young cricketers of the country. Speaking at a function in Lahore, Afridi urged former cricketing stalwarts of the country to follow in the footsteps of Dravid, who served as head coach for the India under-19 and India A teams from 2016 to 2019. Afridi noted that Dravid, who is currently heading the National Cricket Academy (NCA), had done a lot of hard work with the young Indian players at the under-19 level. "I think as it is we are facing a shortage of quality talent so what is coming through needs to be groomed properly by our former greats. They can do a lot with these young players," he said. He noted t...
Farmers’ union urges Supreme Court to reconstitute panel for talks: Top developments | India News – Times of India
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Farmers’ union urges Supreme Court to reconstitute panel for talks: Top developments | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A couple of days after one of the four members on the committee appointed by the Supreme Court to hear the grievances of the protesting farmers and make recommendations to resolve the deadlock with the centre, one of the farmers' union requested the top court on Saturday to remove the remaining three members and replace them with others. Meanwhile, the Delhi Police took stock of the arrangements for the Republic Day Parade in view of the threat issued by the farmers to hold a tractor parade in the national capital on the same day. Here are the top developments of the day: 1. A farmer union requested the Supreme Court to remove the remaining three members of the committee it had set up to resolve the impasse over the three contentious farm laws, and select people who can do th...