Modi to launch vaccination campaign on January 16
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the COVID-19 vaccination campaign across India on January 16 at 10:30 a.m. via video conference, a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday.
- They added that it will be the largest vaccination program in the world that will cover the entire country around the world. A total of 3,006 session sites in all states and UTs will be virtually connected at launch.
- Around 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated at each session site on the opening day. The immunization program will use Co-WIN, an online digital platform developed by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, which will provide real-time information on vaccine stocks, storage temperature and tracking individualized beneficiaries of the vaccination program against covid19.
- This digital platform will help program managers at all levels to conduct immunization sessions. A dedicated 24/7 1075 call center has also been set up to handle inquiries related to the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine launches and Co-WIN software.
- Adequate doses of COVISHIELD and COVAXIN have already been delivered nationwide to all States / UTs with the active support of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
- These were also provided by state governments / UTs to districts. All preparations have been made to start the program according to the principles of Jan Bhagidari.
No Foreign Leader as Main Guest for this Year’s Republic Day
For the first time in decades, India’s Republic Day festivities will be held in Rajpath without a foreign leader as the main guest.
- Due to the global COVID-19 situation, it was decided not to have a foreign head of state or government as the main guest of the R-Day, Anurag Srivastava, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said at a regular press conference in New Delhi on Thursday.
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was supposed to be the main guest on this year’s Republic Day. However, he had to cancel his visit due to the COVID-19 situation in his country.
- Foreign leaders have graced the Republic Day parades every year except 1952, 1953, and 1966. The then President of Indonesia, Sukarno, was the first major guest to honor Republic Day in 1950.
- In 2020, the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, was the main guest. In 2018, the entire leadership of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), made up of 10 heads of state, was present at the Republic Day parade.
Donald Trump becomes the first American president to be impeached twice
The United States House accused President Donald Trump for a historic second time on January 13 of “incitement to insurgency” by siege Death of the Capitol by the mob in a rapid and shocking collapse of his last days in power.
With the Capitol secured by armed National Guard troops inside and out, the House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump. The process unfolded at lightning speed, with lawmakers voting just a week after violent pro-M loyalists.
Trump stormed the United States Capitol, prompted by the president’s calls to “fight like hell” against the election results. Ten Republicans voted to impeach Trump, joining Democrats who said he should be held accountable and worryingly warned of a “clear and present danger” if Congress leaves him unchecked before Democrat Joe Biden takes office on January 20. .
Trump is the only president of the United States to have been indicted twice. The Capitol uprising stunned and infuriated lawmakers, who were dispatched to seek safety as the crowds descended.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi invoked Abraham Lincoln and the Bible, imploring lawmakers to keep their oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies, “foreign and domestic.”
As soon as possible, Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell will begin impeachment next Tuesday, the day before Trump is ready to leave the White House, McConnell’s office said. The legislation is also aimed at preventing Trump from running again.
BKU leader Mann withdraws from SC committee on farm laws
Bhartiya Kisan Union President Bhupinder Singh Mann said on Thursday he was resigning from the four-member committee appointed by the Supreme Court to resolve the deadlock between the Farmers and the Center on New Agricultural Marketing Laws.
- Farmers unions and opposition parties had expressed doubts about the composition of the panel, insisting that its members supported all three laws in the past.
- Mann said that he was grateful to the Supreme Court for making him a member of the group, but that he would resign from any position to prevent farmers’ interests from being compromised.
- The Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the implementation of the three central laws until further orders and announced the formation of a committee to hear farmers’ complaints and government opinion.
- In addition to Mann, Shetkari Sanghatana (Maharashtra) President Anil Ghanwat, Pramod Kumar Joshi from the International Food Policy Research Institute, and agricultural economist Ashok Gulati were appointed to the group.
Google is removing some personal loan apps from the Playstore amid concerns
Google said Thursday that it removed some personal loan apps from its app store after reviewing hundreds of those apps for violating user security policies. This move follows reports of numerous such claims, not coming from licensed lenders, targeting vulnerable borrowers to offer loans at very high interest rates, and then using extreme measures to collect the debt. ‘money.
Covid Watch: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stands at 1,05,19,719 at the time of this bulletin’s publication with the death toll at 1,51,917.
The Indian economy will suffer lasting damage from the coronavirus crisis and, after an initial strong rebound in fiscal year 22 (fiscal year ending March 2022), growth will slow to around 6.5% annually over the years 23-26, Fitch Ratings said Thursday.
“A combination of scarring on the supply side and restrictions on the demand side, such as the weakness of the financial sector, will keep the level of GDP well below its pre-pandemic trajectory,”
they said in a comment on the Indian economy.
Fitch said the coronavirus-induced recession in India was one of the worst in the world, amid tight shutdown and limited direct budget support.