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Only issue left with Pakistan is when POK will be given to India: Ram Madhav

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Aurangabad,Oct 1:BJP general secretary Ram Madhav has said that the only issue left to discuss with Pakistan was ‘handing over of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to India.

He said that in 1994, a “unanimous decision was taken that the only point left to discuss with Pakistan is when they will handover Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to India.” “Only outstanding issue between India and Pakistan with respect to Kashmir is the status of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK),” he added.

Countering Khan’s allegations that thousands have been put under ‘curfew’ by India, Madhav said that there are only 200-300 people put under preventive detention.

“I would also like to say that 200-250 people have been put under preventive detention and there has been peace in Kashmir for two months. You can understand what do the people of Kashmir want and what these 200-250 people want,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

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Medicine as well as rigour needed, avoid rumours: PM Modi

‘Covishield’ and ‘Covaxin’ vaccines will be administered to an estimated three lakh healthcare workers across the country with the first dose on Saturday as India makes history by touching a new milestone in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

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New Delhi, Jan 16 : Launching the world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday warned people to avoid rumours and gave a fresh message of “Ab dawai bhi, kadai bhi” (now medicine as well as rigour).

On the occasion, the Prime Minister said that India’s medical system and vaccine scientists have a lot of credibility throughout the world and people should avoid rumours being spread against the two Indian manufactured vaccines cleared for emergency use.

Noting that India has gained this trust from its track record, Modi said, “Do not believe in rumours being spread against the two ‘Made-in-India’ vaccines.”

As the vaccine against Covid-19 is launched, the Prime Minister gave a new slogan to keep people safe from the deadly disease, saying “Ab dawai bhi, kadai bhi” (now medicine as well as rigour).

‘Covishield’ and ‘Covaxin‘ vaccines will be administered to an estimated three lakh healthcare workers across the country with the first dose on Saturday as India makes history by touching a new milestone in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Prime Minister began the world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination programme on Saturday while virtually launching the two vaccines in India aimed at ending the pandemic which so far has killed 1,52,093 people in the country and ravaged the economy.

Addressing the country digitally, the Prime Minister said that India managed to make two ‘Made-in-India’ vaccines in a very short period which usually takes years.

Lauding the efforts of scientists who are involved in vaccine research, Modi said they deserve special praise for making these vaccines and that “the vaccines will provide us a decisive victory against the deadly pandemic”.

The Drug Controller General of India earlier this month approved ‘Covishield’ and ‘Covaxin’ vaccines for emergency use. The Oxford University and AstraZeneca have developed ‘Covishield’, which has been manufactured in India by Serum Institute of India in Pune while Bharat Biotech has developed ‘Covaxin’.

The Prime Minister said the “whole world is accepting the way India has dealt with this epidemic.”

Modi said that India has set an example with united steps being taken by the Centre and state governments, local bodies, every government institution and social institutions.

The Prime Minister further reminded people to get two doses of the vaccine, explaining that “there should be a gap of almost one month between the first and second doses”.

“Only two weeks after the second dose, your body will develop the necessary strength against coronavirus,” the Prime Minister said.

Noting that this kind of vaccination campaign on such a large scale has never been done in history, Modi said “India is vaccinating three crore people in its first phase of vaccination starting today and the government will bear the cost of the vaccination to be administered to healthcare workers”.

In the second phase, the Prime Minister said “we have to take it to 30 crore”.

“Those who are elderly, who are suffering from serious illness, will get vaccinated at this stage. You can imagine, there are only three countries in the world with a population above 300 million – India, China and the US.”

The Prime Minister got emotional while describing the sacrifice of corona warriors during the Covid crisis.

“At the time of Covid crisis and in the atmosphere of despair, someone was transmitting hope by putting his or her life in danger to save us. It was our doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, ambulance drivers, ASHA workers, sweepers, police and other frontline workers.”

The Prime Minister launched the vaccination drive at a time when India registered 1,05,42,841 Covid infections till Saturday with 15,158 new cases in the last 24 hours, as it continued with its streak of low single-day cases. A total of 1,01,79,715 people have recovered from the disease and currently there are 2,11,033 active cases. The recovery rate stands at 96.56 per cent, while the fatality rate is 1.44 per cent.

After the Prime Minister virtually launched the vaccination programme in India, almost three lakh beneficiaries, belonging to the priority groups, will be administered the silver bullet at over 3,006 vaccination sites across the country. Around 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated at each session site.

Till now, 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.

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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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Govt should admit its mistake on farm laws: Chidambaram

The ninth round of talks between the government and the agitating farmers ended inconclusively on Friday and the next round of meeting has been scheduled for January 19.

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New Delhi, Jan 16 : A day after the ninth round of talks between the government and the protesting farmers ended without a breakthrough, former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram urged “the government to admit its mistake and agree to start on a clean slate” with the farmers.

Chidambaram said as expected the talks failed, and it is the government which is to be blamed because it will not agree to get rid of the disputed laws even after the RTI responses have exposed the government’s “lie” about its claims that there were extensive consultations before the farm law ordinances were promulgated.

“The truth is that no one was consulted. In particular, state governments were not consulted,” he said.

“The only way out of the impasse is for the government to admit its mistake and agree to start with a clean slate,” he added.

The ninth round of talks between the government and the agitating farmers ended inconclusively on Friday and the next round of meeting has been scheduled for January 19.

The meeting of the farmer leaders with the government went on for around five hours on Friday over the three contentious farm laws and the demand for minimum support price (MSP), but ended in a stalemate.

This was the first meeting between the two sides after the Supreme Court order on January 12, which stayed the implementation of the three farm laws and also formed a four-member committee to look into the farmers’ issues.

However, on Thursday, farmer leader Bhupinder Singh Mann, one of the four members on the committee, had recused himself from the panel constituted by the top court.

Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh have been agitating against the three farm laws. They have been protesting at several Delhi borders since November 26. Their main demand is that the government must repeal the three farm laws enacted in September last year.

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