SII and Bharat Biotech issue joint statement after vaccine dispute
Declaring their important task to save lives and livelihoods of people in India and around the world, Adar Poonawala, SII Executive Director, and Chairman of Bharat Biotech, Krishna Ella, jointly on behalf of the two companies, released a statement on Tuesday communicating their combined intention to develop, manufacture and supply COVID-19 vaccines for India and the world.
- The statement following a series of cross statements made by the two companies over the past two days reads: “Vaccines are a global public health good and have the power to save lives and accelerate the back to health. ” economic normalcy at the earliest.
- The tweet follows a video press conference by Bharat Biotech chairman Krishna Ella on Monday evening criticizing critics who criticize the expedited granting of emergency clearance for the Covaxin vaccine.
- He seems to be referring in particular to Mr Poonawalla’s comment that only Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines are effective, while others are ‘water safe’. In response, Ella called the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine testing process a void.
Vaccine launch within 10 days of authorization – Ministry of Health
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health said today that it is ready to implement the COVID-19 vaccine within 10 days of the date authorization, which aired Jan. 3, but noted that the final decision rests with the government. At a press conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said health workers and frontline workers did not need to register because their database was entered. en masse in the administrative management system of Vaccines Co-WIN.
Supreme Court Approves Central Vista Project
The Supreme Court, in a majority decision today, gave the green signal for the Central Vista multi-crore redevelopment project which plans to renovate the country’s power corridor, including plans for a new Parliament Building, a Common Central Secretariat and a renovated Rajpath stretching from Rashtrapati Bhavan to the Gateway to India.
- The majority opinion of Judge AM Khanwilkar, who headed the three-judge tribunal, and Judge Dinesh Maheshwari, said the land use change under the Delhi Development Authority Act in the area regulated, subject to the pending legal challenge was fair and appropriate.
- The two judges confirmed the Centre’s exercise of the power to change the land use of the 2021 Master Plan. The court found no fault in granting the approval by the Vista Central Committee or the Committee heritage conservation.
- However, Judge Sanjeev Khanna, the third bench judge, said the land use change for the project was flawed and wrong in law. He noted that there was no intelligible disclosure about the project for public participation. Judge Khanna concluded that there had been no prior approval from the Heritage Conservation Committee.
- He concluded that the environmental clearance was a silent order, adding that he did not want to go into the merits of the project, but ordered that the project be referred to the Heritage Conservation Committee. Being numerically superior, the opinion of Judges Khanwilkar and Maheshwari is valid.
- The court, while reserving the case for trial in early November 2020, said it would review whether the project complied with environmental and land use regulations specific to the area that houses the parliament and government buildings Central Secretariat.
- On December 7, the court also allowed the cornerstone ceremony for the new Parliament to proceed as planned after the government pledged to keep construction or demolition of buildings and the demolition of buildings on hold trees in limbo, Central View Area and wait for the court verdict.
Boris Johnson cancels visit amid UK coronavirus crisis
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson canceled a planned trip to India later this month on January 5, citing the need to monitor the situation in response to the pandemic at home.
“The Prime Minister met Prime Minister Modi this morning to express his regret at not being able to travel to India later this month as scheduled,”a Downing Street spokeswoman said.
Johnson was supposed to be the main guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations. India extended the invitation on November 27 during a conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Johnson. On January 4, the UK announced a total coronavirus lockdown, possibly until mid-February, in an attempt to spiral down infection rates. The measures, which include the closure of elementary and middle schools, will go into effect on January 6.
India Riding Against Covid-19 Wave With Recovery, Says Ministry of Finance
As the global economic recovery has been hit by a second wave of infections and tighter shutdowns in several countries, the Indian economy is in decline.
- It balanced against the COVID-19 wave with persistent improvements in economic indicators showing a V-shaped recovery, the Finance Ministry said on Tuesday.
“The new year has started with the approval of the long-awaited Covid-19 vaccine and the launch of vaccination campaigns in several countries. This reinforces optimism on the economic and health fronts despite the continued increase in global cases and the potential challenge of a mutant strain, ”the Ministry of Economic Affairs said in its December monthly economic review.
Noting that the agricultural sector, which recorded growth of 3.4% in the first two quarters of 2020-2021, remained the bright spot of the Indian economy, the review indicated that a 2.9% increase in Rabbi plantations this year, coupled with an acceleration in tractor sales, suggested that Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) had successfully tackled rural distress.
“This increase in rural incomes is reflected in healthy, albeit moderate, sales of passenger cars, two- and three-wheelers and tractors, and a rebound in vehicle registrations for the first time after March 2020,” says review.
CPC recommends winter session of parliament starting on January 29
The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) recommends that the budget session of parliament begin on January 29 and end on April 8.
- In accordance with the Committee’s recommendation, while the first part of the budget session would take place from January 29 to February 15, the second part from March 8 to April 8.
- President Ram Nath Kovind will address the joint session of the two houses of Parliament on January 29, a Friday, and the Union’s budget will be presented on February 1, sources said, citing the CCAC’s recommendations.
- All protocols related to COVID would be followed during the session, the sources said. The final decision on the opening of the session will be taken by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Union.
Laxmi Ratan Shukla resigns, in another blow to TMC in Bengal
In another blow to the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, the Minister of State for Sports and former cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla resigned from the Council on Tuesday. ministers of state. The move comes as the party attempts to address several high-level defections and the resignation of Suvendu Adhikari. Mr. Shukla, a deputy from Howrah North Assembly headquarters, wrote to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee informing her of his decision to resign from the party and cabinet.
- He had sent the letter of resignation to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar. The Trinamool Congress called the development “unfortunate” and said it was like leaving a “battlefield before the polls.”
- Mr. Shukla did not specify the reasons for his decision or his future plans. The BJP state leadership said the party was willing to provide it with a platform if it wanted to continue the policy.
Covid Watch: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stands at 1,03,68,774 at the time of this bulletin, with the death toll at 1,50,051. The total number of cases infected with the new strain of SARS-CoV-2 that was first reported in the UK is now 58 in India and 20 new cases have been identified in NIV Pune, said Jan.5 Ministry of Health.
- After the massive bird deaths, the Rajasthan government issued an alert and established a state-level control room here to monitor the bird flu situation.