BJP promises free Covid-19 vaccine in Bihar investigation manifesto
On Thursday, the BJP released its manifesto for the Assembly elections in Bihar with the first pledge to be the free distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine, once it has been approved by the Indian Council for Medical Research ( ICMR).
- Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who released the manifesto in Patna, said: “As soon as the Covid-19 vaccine becomes available for large-scale production, everyone in Bihar will receive the free vaccination. This is the first promise mentioned in our investigation manifesto. “
- The announcement sparked a storm of criticism from opposition leaders, who felt that offering free vaccines as a campaign promise during a pandemic was morally unacceptable.
- Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted sarcastically: “The Indian government has just announced India’s Covid access strategy. Please check the state’s election calendar for when you’ll get it, along with a bunch of false promises.
- “Shouldn’t the Covid-19 vaccine be part of the universal immunization program? Will vaccines be decided based on states participating in elections, BJP, states not governed by BJP? Making it an election issue due to a humanitarian crisis it is extremely immoral and unethical, ”said Priyanka Chaturvedi, head of Shiv Sena.
- Congress leader Shashi Tharoor tweeted a video of Sitharaman making the pledge, with the comment: “You give me a vote, I give you the vaccine” … what appalling cynicism! Will the Election Commission hit her and her shameless government? “
- Responding to Tharoor, top BJP Bhupendra leader Yadav tweeted: “Your attempt to distort Smt Nirmala Sitharaman’s statement smacks of desperation. All parties issue manifests.
- Vaccines will be available to all Indians at minimal cost. States can do it for free. In Bihar, we will ”.
- The head of the BJP’s information technology unit, Amit Malviya, provided details. “Like all programs, the Center will provide vaccines to states at a nominal rate.
- It is up to state governments to decide whether they want to give it away for free or not since health is a matter of state, Bihar BJP has decided to give it away for free, ”he said.
- Amid criticism, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami intervened to say that a possible vaccine would also be free in Tamil Nadu, which will go to the polls next year.
Govt. issues warning to Twitter on misrepresentation of Indian map
The government sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey expressing strong disapproval of the misrepresentation of the Indian map and stating that any attempt by the microblogging platform to disrespect the country’s sovereignty is unacceptable.
- In a heavily worded letter, Information Technology (IT) Secretary Ajay Sawhney warned the platform that such attempts not only discredit Twitter, but also raise questions about its neutrality and fairness as a middleman.
- Informatics ministry sources told PTI that Sawhney sent the letter to Dorsey after Twitter showed Leh’s geographic location in Jammu and Kashmir, PRC.
- The IT secretary, in his letter, reminded Twitter that Leh is the seat of the Union Territory of Ladakh and that Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir are both integral parts of India.
US proposes not to issue business visas for H-1B skilled occupations
- The US State Department has proposed not to issue temporary business visas for the H-1B specialty occupations. These visas allow companies to send their tech professionals for a short stay to do on-site work in the United States. This decision could therefore affect hundreds of Indians.
- The proposal, which was made public on Wednesday, less than two weeks before the November 3 presidential election, is likely to affect several Indian companies who send their tech professionals on B-1 visas for a short stay to complete works on site in the USA
- On December 17, 2019, the California Attorney General announced an $ 800,000 settlement against Infosys Limited to resolve allegations that approximately 500 Infosys employees were working in the state on Infosys sponsored B-1 visas rather than visas H. 1B, the State Department said.
Dr. Reddy’s Labs Shut Down Units After Cyber Attack
- One of India’s leading pharmaceutical companies, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, has temporarily closed some of its production facilities following a cyberattack in the early hours of Thursday.
- While a statement from the pharmaceutical company said it had isolated all services in the data center to take the necessary preventive measures, the sources said, as a precaution, the company also temporarily closed some of the facilities of production details of the units were not immediately available.
- In a statement to the stock exchange, the company said: “Following a detected cyberattack, we have isolated all services in the data center to take the necessary preventive measures.” IT Director Mukesh Rathi said: “We expect all services to be available within 24 hours and we do not anticipate any significant impact on our operations from this incident.”
Editors Guild: Sealing of Kashmir Times reprehensible office
- The Publishers Guild of India said Thursday that the closure of the Srinagar offices of the Kashmir Times was “reprehensible” and had troubling implications for the media in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
- On Monday, the J & KUnion Territory Administration sealed off the newspaper’s Srinagar offices. In a statement, the Guild said that newspapers and magazines in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which last year became the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh, “were already devastated by the conflict.”
- Describing the act as vindictive, the Guild called on the government to restore the status quo. The Press Club of India also issued a statement calling for the status quo to be restored.