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Cong’s 10-point norm for Haryana ticket aspirants

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Ashok Arora, Subhash Goyal

Chandigarh, Sep 22 The Congress has issued 10-point criterion for the ticket-seekers for the Haryana Assembly elections to be held on October 21.

According to the norms, they must wear khadi, be tee-totallers, follow the ‘Gandhian way of life’, believe in secular values or must not discriminate on the basis of caste, creed or religion in their public or personal life.

The candidates will have to sign an undertaking that they will not go against the party-line and policies at any public forum, according to the application form issued by the Congress.

Khadi was a way of life and every congressman must follow Gandhian ideals, said former state party chief Ashok Tanwar.

The party recently had to face a lot of dissenting voices from within over the abrogation of Article 370. It’s different thing that the Congress maintains that it has inner-party democracy and everyone has a right to speak his/her mind.

The Congress has set up a screening committee under Madhusudan Mistry to scrutinise forms filled by ticket-seekers. It will recommend panel of candidates to the central party election committee for final decision.

The Congress is gearing up to take on the BJP, which is seeking second term. The Congress appears to be a divided house with two factions — former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Ashok Tanwar — fighting a turf war.

In the 2014 Assembly elections, the Congress won only 15 seats with the BJP cruising to a majority at 47.

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MiG-29K crashes in Arabian Sea, 1 pilot missing

A search operation by air and surface units is in progress to find the second pilot.

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MiG 29K Indian Airforce

Mumbai, Nov 27: A MiG-29K trainer aircraft operating from the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya in the Arabian Sea, ditched on Monday evening, officials said here on Friday.

One of the two pilots on board has been rescued while the other pilot is still missing.

A search operation by air and surface units is in progress to find the second pilot.

The government has ordered an inquiry into the incident which happened around 5 p.m. on Thursday and further details are awaited.

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Covaxin Phase-3 trials begin in AIIMS

Covaxin, India’s indigenous COVID-19 vaccine by Bharat Biotech is developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) – National Institute of Virology (NIV).

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COVAXIN Corona Covid vaccine

New Delhi: The Phase-III human trials of indigenous Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin began at All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Thursday.

M V Padma Srivastava, the chief of Neurosciences Centre and three other volunteers received the first dose of Covaxin.

Around 15,000 volunteers at AIIMS will be given the shot as part of the clinical trials.

Bharat Biotech announced the commencement of Phase-III trials of Covaxin on November 16. The Phase-III trials will involve 26,000 volunteers across India, conducted in partnership with ICMR.

It is the largest clinical trial conducted for a COVID-19 vaccine in India. This is India’s first Phase-III efficacy study for a COVID-19 vaccine, and the largest phase III efficacy trial ever conducted in India.

Trial volunteers will receive two intramuscular injections approximately 28 days apart. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive Covaxin or placebo. The trial is double blinded, such that the investigators, the participants and the company will not be aware of who is assigned to which group.

Covaxin has been evaluated in 1,000 subjects in Phase-I and Phase-II clinical trials, with promising safety and immunogencity data. Volunteers who wish to participate in this trial should be adults over 18 years of age.

Covaxin, India’s indigenous COVID-19 vaccine by Bharat Biotech is developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) – National Institute of Virology (NIV).

This indigenous, inactivated vaccine is developed and manufactured in Bharat Biotech’s BSL-3 (Bio-Safety Level 3) bio containment facility. Covaxin is a highly purified and inactivated vaccine, manufactured in a vero cell manufacturing platform with an excellent safety track record of more than 300 million doses supplied.

This multicenter phase-III study is conducted at the following sites across India. Participating Volunteers who undergo vaccination in the Phase-III trials, will be monitored to detect occurrence of COVID-19 disease.

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Langar preparations under way to serve thousands of protesting farmers

Other special committees are serving food to thousands of union members

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Langar Farmer Protest

Chandigarh, November 27 :A large group of farmers from Punjab and Haryana on Friday continued their ‘Delhi Chalo’ march against the Centre’s farm laws from a road toll plaza at Panipat, about 100 km from the national capital.

Amid the protest by the farmers, langar preparations by special committees are under way to feed scores of farmers.

Langar preparations under way to serve thousands of protesting farmers. Tribune Photo

Other special committees are serving food to thousands of union members.

Farmers’ unions have got thousands of litres of milk in the morning from Punjab and Haryana villages.

Langar preparations under way to serve thousands of protesting farmers. Tribune Photo

“We have enough ration while more stock is lying in villages. Thousands of more members are reaching here within an hour,” said Harjeet Bhutal, a youngster.

Another leader, Rajpal Mangwal, said they had made all arrangements to break all barricades of Haryana police.

Farmers from Muktsar are also preparing food at outer bypass in Bahadurgarh town.

Farmers from Muktsar prepare food at outer bypass in Bahadurgarh town. Tribune Photo

Over 50 tractor trollies from Punjab are parked along Bahadurgarh bypass. They are waiting for other farmers to march to Delhi.

Farmers from Ropar district prepare langer on NH-44 in Sonepat. Tribune Photo

Farmers from Ropar district in Haryana have also made preparations for langer on NH-44 in Rai of Sonepat district.

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