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Excise on jewellery will crush small businessmen: Rahul

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New Delhi, April 6 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday supported the jewellers protesting against the imposition of excise duty on non-silver jewellery, saying the government proposal will crush small businessmen.

“We stand with you for your cause. I am not here to make speeches. I feel your pain, I stand with you. It’s not your fight alone, it’s ours too. I and the Congress stand with you,” Gandhi said at a rally of the All India Bullion Jeweller and Swarnakar Federation at Jantar Mantar here.

“This is not an excise duty on you. This is an attempt to crush you. You are being killed. But why are you being killed? Who will benefit from this?”

“Our target is to free you of your pain and fear. We will try to convince (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi ji, make him understand your problems. We will try to convince the leaders of his party (BJP) also. We will put in all our might in this exercise,” the Congress leader said.

Taking a dig at the prime minister, he said: “Modi ji says his ‘mann ki baat’ but doesn’t want to understand the ‘mann ki baat’ of others.”

He said Modi’s ‘Make In India’ scheme would benefit only a few big industrialists and not the common man.

“The idea of ‘Make in India’ is to throttle small businesses through excise. Big industrialists will be benefitted and those people who extract money from your profit through pressure and blackmail,” Gandhi said.

He also invoked Mahatma Gandhi, comparing the ‘charkha’ associated with the Father of the Nation with ‘Make in India’s ‘lion’ symbol, saying that while the former was powered by the strength of small businesses, farmers and labourers, the latter symbolised a handful of five to ten big industrialists.

“When Modi ji talks about Make in India, he actually refers to five to ten big industrialists. Traders associated with jewellery don’t have factories of Rs.10,000 crore. They have small units,” he said.

Jewellers have been holding nationwide protests for more than a month against the government’s budgetary proposal to impose one percent excise duty on non-silver jewellery and making PAN cards mandatory for transactions of Rs.2 lakh and above.

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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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Bharat Biotech to pay compensation if Covaxin causes side-effects

The vaccine maker said in phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials, Covaxin has demonstrated the ability to produce antidotes against COVID- 19

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Hyderabad, January 16: Bharat Biotech, which has received a government purchase order for supply of 55 lakh doses of Covaxin, a COVID-19 vaccine, said the company would pay compensation to recipients in case of any serious adverse effects experienced after receiving the antidote.

In the consent form to be signed by the vaccine recipients, Bharat Biotech said: “In case of any adverse events or serious adverse events, you will be provided medically recognised standard of care in the government designated and authorised centres/hospitals.”

“The compensation for serious adverse event will be paid by sponsor (BBIL) in case if the SAE is proven to be causally related to the vaccine,” the consent form said.

In phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials, Covaxin has demonstrated the ability to produce antidotes against COVID- 19. However, the clinical efficacy of the vaccine was yet to be established and it was still being studied in phase 3 clinical trials, the vaccine maker said.

“Hence it is important to appreciate that receiving the vaccine does not mean that other precautions related to COVID-19 need not be followed,” the consent form said.

According to an industry expert, the company is liable to pay compensation to people in case of serious side effects as the vaccine is being administered while in the clinical trial mode.

The central licensing authority has granted permission for the sale or distribution of Covaxin for restricted use in emergency situations in public interest as an abundant caution, in clinical trial mode.

Meanwhile, Suchitra Ella, joint managing director, Bharat Biotech International Limited, on her Twitter account said: “Covaxin & Bharat Biotech is truly humbled & honoured to be of service to the nation & the fraternity of all first responders of covid who have served public health.” — PTI

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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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