The first phase of vaccination will start on January 16
India’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign is expected to start on January 16, with priority given to around three million healthcare workers and frontline workers, the Ministry of Health added that this will be followed by the voluntary vaccination of over 50s and population groups under 50 with co-morbidities, totaling around Rs 27 million.
- The announcement followed a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the state of the pandemic in the country and the readiness of EU states and territories for vaccine deployment.
- Emergency use authorization or expedited approval has been granted by the national regulator for two vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, whose safety and immunogenicity have been established, the statement said.
- The prime minister was also briefed on the Co-WIN vaccine distribution management system, the statement said. “The digital platform will provide real-time information on vaccine stocks, their storage temperature and individualized monitoring of COVID-19 vaccine beneficiaries,” the ministry said.
- He added that this platform will help program administrators at all levels through the automatic assignment of sessions for pre-registered beneficiaries, their verification and the generation of a digital certificate once the vaccination schedule is completed. More than 79 lakh beneficiaries have already registered on the platform.
The army detains a Chinese soldier south of Pangong Tso
A Chinese soldier was arrested in the early hours of January 8 on the Indian side of the Royal Line of Control (LAC) in the area south of Pangong Lake to the east of Ladakh, the army said on Saturday.
- Troops from both sides have been deployed throughout the Latin America and Caribbean region since a clash erupted in May last year due to the unprecedented mobilization and advanced concentration of Chinese troops.
- In a similar incident in October last year, a Chinese soldier identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long was detained in the Demchok area and later turned over to the PLA.
- In a preemptive move on August 29-30, the army seized control of some unoccupied heights in the Chushul sector of Thakung to Rechin La in the Indian perception of LAC, thwarting the PLA’s attempts to dominate the heights and to change the Status Quo.
- Since then, the two camps have deployed troops and tanks very close to a few hundred meters in this area. The military has deployed around 50,000 troops, along with tanks and other equipment, along the disputed border in eastern Ladakh to match Chinese deployments since the fighting began.
Fears that a Boeing 737-500 plane crashes after losing contact in Indonesia
There are fears that a Sriwijaya Air plane from Indonesia will crash into the sea after the Boeing 737 lost the contact with air traffic control in the capital, Jakarta, and flight tracking data suggest the plane sank in a steep dive just four minutes after takeoff.
- It is not known how many passengers and crew were on board Sriwijaya Air’s Boeing 737-500 when it left Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
- It had a capacity of about 130 people. However, 62 passengers and crew were listed in an unconfirmed manifesto, including seven children and three infants, local media reported.
- Typical flight time is around 90 minutes over the Java Sea between Java Island and Kalimantan, the Indonesian section of Borneo Island.
- Data from FlightRadar24 indicates that the aircraft reached an altitude of nearly 11,000 feet (3,350 meters) before dropping to 250 feet. Then he lost contact with air traffic control.
- The low-cost airline, which has around 19 Boeing jets flying to destinations in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, said it was investigating the loss of contact.
- In October 2018, 189 people were killed when a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX plane crashed into the JavaSea about 12 minutes after take off from Jakarta on a routine hour-long flight.
- This crash, and a subsequent fatal flight to Ethiopia, saw Boeing fines $ 2.5 billion for allegations of fraud against regulators overseeing the 737 MAX, which was grounded around the world after the two crashes. deadly.
Former Gujarat Chief Minister Madhavsinh Solanki Passed Away
Former Gujarat Chief Minister and former Union Minister Madhavsinh Solanki died in Gandhinagar on Saturday. He was 94 years old. Four times as prime minister, he was a pillar of Congress in Gujarat, where the party won the Assembly elections for the last time under his leadership in 1985.
- The party won 148 seats in the Assembly, which is still a record. in state politics. He was also a Union Minister in the government of Rajiv Gandhi.
- Solanki dominated Gujarat politics for decades and was seen as a powerful politician and mass leader in the state. His theory of social engineering KHAM (Kshatriya, Harijan, Adivasi, Muslim) proved to be a powerful basis in electoral politics that won the landslide victories of Congress over two decades.
- Solanki’s son, Bharatsinh Solanki, has also served as Union Minister in the UPA and has served as President of the Gujarat Congress twice.
Trump permanently banned from Twitter; says “he will not be silenced”
Twitter banned President Donald Trump’s report citing “the risk of further incitement to violence.” The social platform is under increasing pressure to take more action against Trump in the wake of the deadly insurgency on the US Capitol.
- Twitter initially suspended Trump’s account for 12 hours after posting a video repeating false accusations of voter fraud and praising the rioters who stormed Capitol Hill.
- Trump responded by vowing that he and his base of support would not be silenced. At the time of the final suspension, he had 88.7 million followers and was following 51 people.
- Twitter also began deleting new tweets posted by Trump on the government’s official @POTUS account and suspended the account for his presidential campaign.
- The company said accounts used by Trump to try to circumvent the ban could also be subject to permanent suspension under its “ban circumvention” policies.
Covid Watch: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,04,40,293 at the time of this bulletin, with the death toll at 1,50,971.
Pakistan’s counterterrorism court called on the Punjab Police Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) to arrest the banned leader of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Masood Azhar, before January 18 in a terrorist financing case, it said a court official on Saturday. Following the Pulwama terror attack in February 2019, Pakistani police in Punjab launched an offensive against terrorist financing and arrested six JeM militants in Gujranwala, about 130 km from Lahore.