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Pradeep Singh Kharola appointed as Air India CMD

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New Delhi, Nov 28: IAS officer Pradeep Singh Kharola has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India on Tuesday. 

As per the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), Kharola is an IAS officer of the Karnataka cadre of 1985. He will have the rank and pay of a Secretary in the government.

Kharola served as Managing Director of the Metro in Bengaluru.

Interestingly, the appointment comes just days after the incumbent CMD of Air India Rajiv Bansal was given a three- month extension.

Bansal, who is currently Financial Advisor to the Petroleum & Natural Gas Ministry, had been allotted additional charge as Air India’s CMD. He had replaced Ashwani Lohani in August after the latter was appointed the Chairman of the Railway Board.

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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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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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Farmers reach near Delhi borders; face water cannons, tear gas

Bhartiya Kisan Union (Haryana) leader Gurnam Singh welcomed Punjab farmers to Haryana, urged them to maintain peace

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© -/AFP via Getty Images Police block a road and use a water cannon to disperse farmers marching to New Delhi to protest against the central government's recent agricultural reforms, on the outskirts of Ambala on November 26, 2020.

New Delhi/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.

The Delhi Police has enhanced deployment of tear gas, security personnel, stationed sand-laden trucks and water cannons and used barbed wire for fencing at the Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) to prevent the protesters from entering the city. Police were also deployed on Delhi’s border with Faridabad and Gurgaon.

Hundreds of farmers staged a dharna at Tikri border in Delhi and decided to wait for other farmers before entering the national capital.

The farmers accused the Delhi police of detaining protesters and deflating the tyres of their tractors.

A major traffic jam occurred at the Gurugram-Delhi border due to the barricade’s put up by the Delhi police. Tribune photo/Chandan Sukh

A senior Delhi Police official said the forces have used tear gas shells to disperse a group of farmers who had reached the Singhu border point which connects Delhi with Haryana.

The officer said the forces are using tear gas to disperse protesting farmers, but at the same time they are also “informing them that in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, any kind of rally and dharna is not allowed in the national capital.”

“The permission has been denied for any kind of dharna or protest in view of surge in COVID-19 infections in the city and whoever tries to enter Delhi the police is empowered to take legal action against such person,” said another police officer.

Security has been strengthened at the border and sand-laden trucks and water cannons have been stationed, the officer said, adding that barbed wire is also being used for fencing at the Singhu border to prevent the protesters from entering the national capital.

Punjab farmers, representing over 30 farm bodies, have announced they will go to Delhi through several routes—Lalru, Shambhu, Patiala-Pehowa, Patran-Khanauri, Moonak-Tohana, Ratia-Fatehabad and Talwandi-Sirsa. Tensions appeared to have been escalating at all the border points.

Farmers have assembled near the borders in tractor-trolleys laden with rations and essentials for their proposed Delhi march. Authorities in Haryana have imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in several parts of the state to prevent assembly of the protesters.

However, farmers’ bodies have announced that they will hold a dharna wherever they are stopped from moving towards the national capital.

Punjab farmers are demanding the repeal of the new farm laws, which, they said, should be replaced with another set of legislations framed after wider consultation with the stakeholders. They also want a guarantee on the minimum support prices (MSP).

Despite the security arrangements, two groups of farmers reached near the Singhu and Tikri borders as Delhi Police fired tear gas shells at them to prevent them from entering the city. Police used water cannon and tear gas on farmers near Karahans village on NH-44, but the farmers managed to break the first barricade. 

Preparations of langar has been going on by special committees of BKU Ugrahan in Sangrur. Tribune photo.

Bhartiya Kisan Union (Haryana) leader Gurnam Singh welcomed farmers from Punjab to Haryana and urged them to maintain peace and not attack the police. He asked them to follow the lead of farmers from Haryana.

In Jhajjar, Delhi police used tear gas shells and water cannon to stop the farmers at the Tikri border, adjacent to Bahadurgarh.

Jhajjar: Farmers from Muktsar (Punjab) prepare food at the outer bypass in Bahadurgarh. Tribune photo

In Karnal, farmers from Punjab continued to march towards Delhi. They were marching on tractors and SUVs on the National Highway-44 and the Kaithal-Karnal roads. Police have erected fresh barricades near Karan Lake to stop the farmers. Farmers staged a dharna when Taraori police tried to stop them from moving ahead. However, after a brief faceoff, farmers were allowed to go ahead. The Taraori police were trying to divert them.

Karnal police have registered two FIRs -one against BKU president Gurnam Singh Charuni and another against unknown farmers of Punjab for breaking barricades in Karnal on Thursday.

BKU Ugrahan members have started preparations to start march for New Delhi from Khanauri border of Punjab-Haryana.

In Sangrur, preparations have started at the Khanauri border to start the march for New Delhi. BKU Ugraha members, in around 4,000 vehicles, will start the march in around two hours.

Farmers entered Haryana from Dabwali border. Tribune photo.

Farmers managed to enter Haryana by breaking the barricading at Dabwali border. The youth gathered near the barricading chanted ‘jo bole so nihal’ slogans. Farmers removed big cement pillar stones kept at tge Punjab side, removed the first layer of obstruction kept by police to keep farmers away from entering Haryana. Youths are carrying sticks in their hands with them at Dabwali border. A massive jam occurred at the Dabwali border as more than 6-7 km long convoy of trucks and tractors lined up as part of the march.—with PTI

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