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BSP, AAP likely to skip opposition meet on Covid-19 crisis

A source said that the opposition wanted a joint resolution on cash transfers and issue of migrants and labour laws which have been suspended in BJP-ruled states.

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New Delhi, May 21 : The Bahujan Samaj Party and the Aam Aadmi Party are likely to skip the opposition meet convened by Congress’ interim President Sonia Gandhi on Friday afternoon, while the status of the Samajwadi Party is unclear.

The BSP has been critical of latest Congress move of providing buses for the migrants returning to Uttar Pradesh and party supremo Mayawati has asked it to send buses to Punjab. The Congress and the AAP are at loggerheads in the national capital.

Congress new ally’s the Shiv Sena and the Trinamool Congress have given their consent to attend the meet said sources. It is likely that Sena chief and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackarey and Trinamool supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attend the meet.

Amid lockdown 4.0, Gandhi has convened an opposition meet on Friday, through video conferencing, with all major opposition leaders invited. This will be the first meeting of opposition leaders in the lockdown in the wake of Covid-19 cases crossing 1 lakh across India.

The political slugfest between the opposition and the government is on the migrants’ issue.

Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala, while attacking the government, said that “Parliament has been side-stepped by the government and parliamentary oversight seems virtually non-existent”.

The meeting is expected to be attended by the Nationalist Congress Party, the Trinamool, the DMK, the CPI-M , the CPI, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), the National Conference, the AIUDF, and others.

A source said that the opposition wanted a joint resolution on cash transfers and issue of migrants and labour laws which have been suspended in BJP-ruled states.

The leaders will also discuss the financial package announced by the government.

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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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Covaxin consent form says vax administered without ph-3 trial

The vaccine is first offered to the healthcare workers, frontline workers and those above 50 years of age, followed by the below-50 population with comorbidities, and finally to the remaining population based on disease epidemiology and vaccine availability.

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New Delhi, Jan 16 : Amid the vaccinaton drive against Covid-19, it has emerged that there is a separate consent form for those who are administered the ‘Covaxin‘ vaccine manufactured by Bharat Biotech.

The form says that “In phase-1 and phase-2 clinical trial ‘Covaxin’ has demonstrated the ability to produce antibodies against Covid-19, however the clinical efficacy of Covaxin is yet to be established and it is still being studied in phase-3 clinical trial, hence it is important to appreciate that receiving the vaccine does not mean that the other precautions related to Covid-19 should not be followed.”

The form says that in case of any adverse and serious condition, the receiver will be provided utmost care at the health centre and in case of casuality the compensation will be provided by Bharat Biotech.

“The compensation for serious adverse event will be paid by sponsor BBIL if the SAE is proven to be casually related to the vaccine,” it said.

Serious concerns were raised in certain quarters including by opposition parties and Congress leader Manish Tewari has questioned the efficacy of ‘Covaxin’ while the Prime Minister has warned people not to believe in “rumours”.

The world’s biggest vaccination drive come almost a year after the first coronavirus case was detected in India, and since then the deadly virus has claimed over 1.5 lakh lives and infected one crore people. The first case came to the fore on January 30, 2020 in Kerala.

Two vaccines — the Oxford vaccine ‘Covishield’ manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and indigenously developed ‘Covaxin’ by Bharat Biotech — will be administered to priority groups. So far, the central government has procured 1.1 crore Covishield and 55 lakh Covaxin vaccines at a cost of Rs 200 and Rs 206 per dose, respectively.

In Delhi, which has 81 vaccination sites, ‘Covaxin’ has been allotted to six Centre-run hospitals while 75 Delhi government and private hospitals will receive ‘Covishield’.

The vaccine is first offered to the healthcare workers, frontline workers and those above 50 years of age, followed by the below-50 population with comorbidities, and finally to the remaining population based on disease epidemiology and vaccine availability.

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Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake Hits Russia-Mongolia Border Region

The quake was at a depth of 10 kilometers

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AN earthquake of magnitude 6.7 struck the Russia-Mongolia Border Region on Tuesday, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences said.

The quake was at a depth of 10 kilometers, it added.

The epicenter of the earthquake was registered 277 kilometers southwest of the city of Angarsk, in the Russian Irkutsk region, and 30 kilometers from the Mongolian city of Turt, Russian state-owned news agency Sputnik reported. https://bit.ly/2XtgrJs

There were no immediate reports of damage or victims, the report said.

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