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AoL accuses NGT panel of bias, seeks its reconstitution

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New Delhi, May 30  The Art of Living (AoL) foundation headed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Monday accused an expert committee formed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) of bias and moved an application for its reconstitution.

After hearing preliminary arguments on AoL’s plea, the green court issued notice to environmentalist Manoj Misra, who had moved the tribunal against AoL, for his response.

“The Art of Living objects to the existing expert committee led by Sashi Shekhar, and including A.K. Gosain, Brij Gopal and C.R. Babu, who arrived at an arbitrary figure of Rs.120 crore based on a very brief and mere visual assessment without following the scientific process,” a statement issued by AoL’s chief spokesperson Sonia Madhok said.

Expressing doubts over the findings of the committee — appointed to examine the impact the World Culture Festival in March had on the ecologically fragile Yamuna floodplains — the AoL asserted: “The committee has pre-judged the issue and are under self-imposed pressure to justify that figure, creating a bias for itself.”

The NGT imposed an environment compensation of Rs.5 crore on AoL in March on the basis of a committee report.

Subsequently, the NGT formed a principal committee comprising officials of the environment ministry, National Pollution Control Board, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and Water Resources Ministry, which is yet to submit its report.

The AoL has deposited just Rs25 Lakh of the compensation amount while the committee has so far not submitted its report despite repeated pulling up by the NGT.

The NGT will take up on August 2 arguments on a plea for contempt proceedings against the spiritual guru for his alleged statement terming the environment compensation as politically motivated.

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Delhi reports 51 cases of minor adverse events post vaccination

As many as 1,91,181 people were vaccinated on day one of India’s first phase of the coronavirus vaccination drive.

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Hours after the Health Ministry announced on January 16 that India has reported no case of post-vaccination hospitalisation yet, 51 persons complained of minor adverse events in Delhi. Another person developed severe adverse event following immunization and had to be referred to the AEFI centre.

Out of a total of 4,319 healthcare and frontline workers who were vaccinated on Jnauary 16 in the National Capital, two healthcare workers at NDMC’s Charak Palika Hospital reported mild adverse event post-vaccination including mild tightness in the chest. They were kept under observation by AEFI team and discharged 30 minutes later after they felt at ease. The two other cases were reported from Northern Railway Central Hospital, of which one was referred to the AEFI centre, the Delhi government has informed.

As many as 1,91,181 people were vaccinated on day one of India’s first phase of the coronavirus vaccination drive.

Beneficiaries from 11 states and union territories across India received Covishield or Covaxin shots on the first day of the vaccination drive, namely, Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh.

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AIIMS security guard reports allergy post COVID vaccination, in hospital care

Delhi has reported 52 adverse events following events of which one is serious and could involve the guard hospitalised today.

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New Delhi, January 16

A 22-year-old security guard at AIIMS, New Delhi reported allergic reaction and is learnt to be in intensive care, moments after the government said there was no post-vaccine hospitalisation.

The 22-year-old guard developed headache, rash, respiratory distress, tachycardia after vaccination. He is in ICU and his condition is stable, hospital sources said.

Delhi has reported 52 adverse events following events of which one is serious and could involve the guard hospitalised today.

All beneficiaries vaccinated at AIIMS got indigenous COVAXIN.

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Earthquake of magnitude 4.1 strikes Jammu and Kashmir

They said while the tremors caused panic among people, there were no reports of any loss of life or injury or damage to property.

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Srinagar, Jan 16 : An earthquake of magnitude 4.1 hit Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, but there was no report of any damage, officials said.

At 10:01 pm, the earthquake struck at a latitude of 33.03 degrees north and a longitude of 75.93 degrees east — 93 kms east of Katra, they added.

The depth of the earthquake was 10 kms, the officials said.

They said while the tremors caused panic among people, there were no reports of any loss of life or injury or damage to property.

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