Nine European countries authorize Covishield
Daily NEWS Summary | 01-07-2021; At least nine European countries have recognized the Covishield vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India (SII), a knowledgeable sources said. The confirmation came on Thursday when the European Union launched the ‘Green Pass‘ scheme, which will allow travelers vaccinated with an authorized set of vaccines to travel within the EU area that covers 27 countries.
- Recognition by the nine countries is a “national” process for the states and not for the European Union, which is based in Brussels.
- The list of EU member states that have recognized Covishield as a valid vaccine includes Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and Spain. Apart from that, Estonia has confirmed that it will recognize all vaccines authorized by the Indian government for Indian travel to Estonia, an informed source said.
- Switzerland, which is not a member of the EU, also allows Covishield as a Schengen state. Supporting Germany’s decision, Ambassador Walter J. Lindner said: “Confirming that Germany fully recognizes a double injection of Covishield as valid proof of the COVID vaccine.”
- However, Germany has implemented a travel ban for Indians, as India has been recognized as a “country with variant viruses”.
- “This (confirmation), however, does not change any existing travel or visa restrictions for travelers from areas of concern / virus variant areas,” Lindner said, clarifying the German position on travel from India.
- The authorization of the nine European countries came on a day when the EU introduced the “Green Pass”, which is intended for travel within the 27 member states of the European Union.
- However, the authorization of the nine countries is unlikely to result in an automatic authorization of Covishield as the equivalent of the ‘Green Pass’, which recognizes Comirnaty from Pfizer / BioNTech, Spikevax from Moderna, Vaxzevria from Oxford-AstraZeneca and Janssen from Johnson. & Johnson.
- The European Medicines Agency (EMA) that created the authorized list has not yet listed Covishield, which is based on the AstraZeneca formula, as an acceptable vaccine.
- The approval of Covishield by nine European countries has shown that some EU member states are developing individual policies tailored to their health and international requirements.
- Air France, for example, has said that Indian passengers who have taken EMA-authorized doses (Comirnaty from Pfizer-BioNTech, Spikevax from Moderna, Vaxzevria from Oxford-AstraZeneca and Janssen from Johnson & Johnson) must undergo 7 days of ” mandatory quarantine “.
“These passengers must present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate showing that at least 4 weeks have passed since the first dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or 2 weeks have passed since the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Moderna, or from the first dose of these vaccines if the passenger has proof that they have already been infected with Covid-19 ”,Said the officials
In the year of the pandemic, education moved to the internet, only 1 in 5 Indian schools had internet access
Daily NEWS Summary | 01-07-2021; In the school year that ended with the closure of schools due to Covid-19, only 22% of schools in India had internet facilities, according to data from the Ministry of Education released on Thursday.
- Among public schools, less than 12% had internet in 2019-2020, while less than 30% had functional computing facilities. This has affected the type of digital education options available to schools during the pandemic, as well as blended learning plans in the coming days.
- The Unified District Information System for Education Plus (UDISE +) report gathers data from more than 15 lakhs from schools across the country.
- While the first wave of Covid-19 entered India in early 2020, schools were closed in mid-March, just a few weeks before the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
- The vast majority of the country’s 26 million rupee schoolchildren have not set foot in a school since, instead relying on various forms of distance education.
- Availability of digital education, whether through live synchronous teaching in apps like Zoom, or through recorded lectures, emails, WhatsApp, or educational apps, was highly dependent on access by the school, teachers, and parents. to the necessary infrastructure.
- In many states, teachers came to school and taught in their own empty classrooms, using their blackboards and labs, while facing a computer screen that communicated the lessons to their students at home.
- However, UDISE + data highlights the digital divide that has made it a viable option only in certain states. In many Union Territories, as well as in the State of Kerala, more than 90% of schools, both public and private, had access to working computers.
- In states such as Chhattisgarh (83%) and Jharkhand (73%), the installation of computer equipment in most public schools has paid off, while in others such as Tamil Nadu (77%), Gujarat (74%) and Maharashtra (71%), schools had higher levels of computer availability than public schools.
- However, in states such as Assam (13%), Madhya Pradesh (13%), Bihar (14%), West Bengal (14%), Tripura (15%) and Uttar Pradesh (18%), less than one of each five schools had working computers. The situation is worse in public schools, with less than 5% of UP public schools having them.
- The connectivity gap is even more pronounced. Only three states, Kerala (88%), Delhi (86%) and Gujarat (71%), have internet facilities in more than half of their schools.
- This will make it difficult for most schools to implement blended learning options as schools attempt to reopen with tiered assistance after the pandemic.
Akhil Gogoi released, criticizes government for “abuse” of NIA and UAPA
Daily NEWS Summary | 01-07-2021; Assam’s MLA and Raijor Dal President Akhil Gogoi were released from prison on Thursday after a special court of the National Investigative Agency (NIA) acquitted him of all charges in the second of two cases related to the violence against citizenship (amendment) in the state in December 2019.
- The activist-turned-politician, representing the Sibsagar assembly constituency in eastern Assam, was released in the first case on June 25. He had been in prison since December 2019 and had spent the last few months in the Gauhati Hospital and Medical College due to ailments.
- The NIA had continued prosecutions under the relevant articles of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Amendment Act (UAPA) on suspicion of criminal association, sedition, incitement to hostility between groups on grounds such as religion, race and language, claims against integrity and support for a “terrorist organization”.
- The cases were registered on the basis of two FIRs filed at the Chabua Police Station in Dibrugarh District and at the Chandmari Police Station in Guwahati. The Chandmari case had the additional charge of having ties to a Maoist organization.
The journalist is not expected to dramatize the incident and make the news: Allahabad HC
Daily NEWS Summary | 01-07-2021; A journalist is not supposed to dramatize a sensational and horrific incident and make headlines by putting his story in a pitiful and life-threatening state, the Allahabad High Court noted.
- The court made this observation when rejecting the request for bail of a journalist from Lucknow, co-accused of having encouraged the suicide of a person and having filmed it outside the U.P. Vidhan Sabha last year.
“The journalist watches the anticipated or sudden events that occur in society and makes them known to everyone through various news media without any falsification, that is his business,”the court said on June 21.
- Reporters Shamim Ahmad and Naushad Ahmad reportedly contacted a man at risk of being evicted from his El home and instigated him to set himself on fire in front of the State Assembly so that they could film the incident and broadcast it on television.
- He allegedly assumed that if the tenant of the house did as they suggested, no one could force him to vacate the house. The man allegedly poured oil and set himself on fire while the accused scribes filmed him. The person passed away in a hospital on October 24, 2020.
- An FIR has been filed in this case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.
- Judge Vikas Kunvar Srivastav said that from the details and statements recorded in the case, it has been established prima facie that the accused Shamim Ahmad tempted the deceased only if he attempted to commit suicide in front of the U.P. Editing, the act filmed on video would prevent him from being expelled.
Trump Organization CFO resigns ahead of scheduled charges
Daily NEWS Summary | 01-07-2021; The Trump organization’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, surrendered to authorities early Thursday ahead of the expected charges against him and the company of former President Donald Trump, according to multiple media outlets.
- Weisselberg was seen entering the Lower Manhattan courthouse at around 6:20 a.m. with your attorney.
- New York prosecutors are expected to announce the first criminal indictment on Thursday in a two-year investigation into Trump’s business practices, charging his namesake company and Weisselberg with tax offenses related to employee benefits.
- Charges against the Trump Organization and its CFO, Allen Weisselberg, remained sealed Wednesday night, but were due to be revealed before an afternoon arraignment in Manhattan state court, according to two people close to the folder.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 3,042,772 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 3,99,823.