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Rahul Gandhi terms northeast Delhi clashes disturbing

The statement had come after violence broke out in northeast Delhi between pro and anti-CAA activists in which one Delhi Police head constable lost his life.

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New Delhi, Feb 24 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi here on Monday condemned the clashes in northeast Delhi over the new citizenship law and appealed for peace.

“The violence today in Delhi is disturbing & must be unequivocally condemned. Peaceful protests are a sign of a healthy democracy, but violence can never be justified,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Calling for peace, the former Congress chief said, “I urge the citizens of Delhi to show restraint, compassion & understanding no matter what the provocation.”

The Congress had earlier alleged hate speeches by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and inaction on the part of the Delhi Police for total breakdown of law & order.

“The Delhi Police, under the Home Ministry, have failed to control law & order. BJP leaders have been openly delivering hate speeches and threats, but no action is being taken,” it had said.

The statement had come after violence broke out in northeast Delhi between pro and anti-CAA activists in which one Delhi Police head constable lost his life.

The Congress alleged BJP leader Kapil Mishra made hate speeches in complicity with senior leaders. “Such comments can only be made with complicity of senior party leaders and the police,” the Congress wrote on official Twitter handle.

A youth also received bullet injury. Several vehicles and a house in the vicinity were also set ablaze. Tension prevailed in the area.

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If vaccine is reliable, why no govt functionary took shot: Manish Tewari

“While Covishield has not drawn ire of eminent medical experts, the Covaxin has been questioned, and by not allowing people to choose the vaccine that to take it militates the doctrine of informed consent that lies at the heart of medical ethics,” he added

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New Delhi, Jan 16 : Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the world’s biggest vaccination drive in the country, the Congress launched its attack on the Centre saying vaccines were being allowed to be used without the mandatory trials of Phase 3.

Speaking to IANS Congress leader and MP from Anandpur Sahib Manish Tewari asked if the vaccine is so reliable then why no important government functionary has taken the shot?

He said that in the every country of the world the head of the government has taken the vaccine, in US, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have taken the vaccine shots. In UK, Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have taken it and other countries there respective heads of state have done the same thing.”

“In India, why has no responsible functionary of the government taken the vaccine shots first if it is so safe and reliable,” Tewari asked.

He said, “As the vaccine has been rolled out, there are certain disturbing and obfuscated questions with the government using a soaring rhetoric of the vaccine nationalism. The first question about the efficacy… is that in the absence of a regulatory architecture — requiring licencing of the drugs and vaccines for the emergency use… It is perplexing that same has been permitted by the Drug Controller.

“While Covishield has not drawn ire of eminent medical experts, the Covaxin has been questioned, and by not allowing people to choose the vaccine that to take it militates the doctrine of informed consent that lies at the heart of medical ethics,” he added

Modi earlier launched the vaccination drive 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.

Modi said that avoid “rumours” as the Drug Controller General of India has approved the vaccines for emergency use.

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 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 dose”.

“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”.

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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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Ex-minister Mahesh Sharma becomes first public representative to get Covid Vaccine

Showing the list of people who would be getting the vaccine shot at the hospital, Sharma said “my number is on the top which has come from the government.”

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Noida, Jan 16 : BJP Lok Sabha MP from Gautam Buddha Nagar and former Union minister Mahesh Sharma on Saturday became the first public representative to get the Covid vaccine shot as a medical practitioner here at Kailash Hospital.

Sharma was also the first person among several health workers to take the Covid vaccine at the hospital here on Saturday morning.

Ahead of the vaccination drive, preparations were in place at Kailash Hospital, where 100 people will get the Covid vaccines, including Sharma, who is also the owner of the Kailash group of hospitals.

“I’m not getting the Covid vaccine as an MP or public representative but as a doctor,” said Sharma.

“I’m in this profession for the last 35 years and we should hail the work of our scientists who prepared the two vaccines,” Sharma said, adding, “We should also salute the leadership of our Prime Minister and the Covid warriors of our country in last 352 days who have worked to combat the Covid pandemic.”

Showing the list of people who would be getting the vaccine shot at the hospital, Sharma said “my number is on the top which has come from the government.”

After taking the vaccine, Sharma was sent to the observation room for 30 minutes. After vaccination, he said, “I am feeling good and I have not witnessed any side effects.”

He also urged people not to panic as the vaccine, which is made in India, is completely safe.

Senior administrator, S.N. Dubey, who is looking after the preparations of the Covid vaccine at the hospital, told IANS: “We have made full arrangements for the people coming for vaccination today.”

Explaining the arrangements, Dubey said there are seven counters for vaccines and three observation rooms for the people participating in the drive.

Each observation room has 25 chairs and one bed with a monitor system.

He also said that the seven counters have been set up keeping in view the standard operating procedure of social distancing and proper sanitisation was being done.

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