KCR tells party to canvass 18 lakh jobs he created


Hyderabad: The ruling TRS has decided to take up an aggressive campaign on the jobs created during its reign to counter the opposition parties in the upcoming graduate MLC elections for two seats, according to TRS chief and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao on Monday.

“The ‘18 lakh jobs created in the last six years’ will be the main poll plank of TRS to attract and seek votes of graduates and youth in these elections”, Rao said.

 

The party supremo instructed his two MLC candidates – Surabhi Vani Devi and P. Rajeshwar Reddy – to counter the criticism of the opposition parties that the TRS government had failed to create many jobs for youth in the last six years, by aggressively bringing this out during their poll campaigns.

According to sources, CM Chandrashekar Rao gave a detailed account of TRS government’s achievements in providing jobs to youth. As per the CM’s presentation, 1.31 lakh jobs were provided in the government sector, 2.11 lakh jobs created in the IT/ ITES sector and 14.59 lakh jobs were provided in the private sector, due to the faster approvals given to industries under the TS-iPASS since he assumed office more than six-and-a-half years ago.

 

The TRS government has decided to distribute pamphlets, put up banners and other harness public display mechanisms. Besides the two candidates, senior party leaders and cadre were told to strive hard to highlight the 18 lakh jobs provided by the TRS government. They were asked to distribute these pamphlets, particularly among graduate voters, in educational institutions and hold debates on the issue at several platforms.

In the ongoing MLC elections, all the Opposition parties are targeting TRS on the issue of lack of jobs to students and youth in Telangana.

 

Opposition parties argue that the ‘tagline’ of Telangana statehood agitation was “jobs, funds and water”. Students and youth had sacrificed their lives and careers to fight for Telangana statehood, with a hope of getting jobs, once the statehood was achieved.

They argue that the TRS government had failed to fulfil their aspirations by failing miserably in filling lakhs of vacancies in government departments. However, the TRS government rubbishes these claims and has gathered data from all sectors to prove how many jobs they had provided so far.

 

The data gathered, say TRS sources, claims that 1.31 lakh vacancies were filled in various government departments since 2014, of which 32,000 vacancies were filled in police department, 35,000 were recruited through TSPSC, 9,350 panchayat secretary posts and 350 jobs in universities, 5,500 driver and conductor posts in TSRTC, besides 9,000 posts in the electricity department.

In addition to these, services of 24,000 artisan posts in the electricity department had also been regularised by the TRS government.

Mr Rao asked party leaders and cadre to extensively campaign about the state government’s readiness to issue job notifications to fill over 50,000 posts in February but due to the poll code, it could not be done. This will be issued immediately after poll code ends in March, he advised them.

 

A senior leader told Deccan Chronicle, “the TRS government has not only filled vacancies in the public sector but has also created lakhs of jobs in the private sector by attracting investments through its industry-friendly policies. About 2.11 youth got jobs in the IT sector. In all, 14,000 new industries came to the state through TS-iPASS, which created 14.59 lakh jobs in the private sector, a major chunk of which was bagged by Telangana locals. We challenge the opposition parties to prove this wrong. We will not seek votes if they prove us wrong.”

 

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Centre issues Letter of Comfort to Bharat Biotech for 45 lakh doses of Covaxin


The Hyderabad-based vaccine maker will be supplying over eight lakh doses of Covaxin to some of the friendly countries free of cost

 

Hyderabad: Bharat Biotech has secured a fresh Letter of Comfort from the Centre for another 45 lakh doses of its COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, sources said on Tuesday.

 

Out of those 45 lakh doses, the city-based vaccine maker will be supplying over eight lakh doses of Covaxin to some of the friendly countries such as Mauritius, Philippines and Myanmar, free of cost as good will gesture.

They also said the company will be dispatching 20 lakh doses of the earlier order in a couple of days, from here.

“The company was given a fresh letter of comfort recently for supplying another 45 lakh doses of Covaxin. The doses will be dispatched as when the Ministry places orders with the company,” sources told reporters.

After having received the government purchase order for 55lakh doses, Bharat Biotech shipped the first batch of vaccines (each vial containing 20 doses) to Gannavaram (Vijayawada), Guwahati, Patna, Delhi, Kurukshetra, Bangalore, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Chennai and Lucknow.

 

Bharat Biotech has also donated 16.5 Lakh doses to the union government.

Sources further said the supplies from the company depend on the orders being placed by the government.

“This is not like a regular tender where there are timelines to supply goods. The order will be dispatched in bits and pieces. It is not possible to dispatch all the doses in a single shot due to various reasons. The dispatches depend on the ministry’s call,” they said.

Every fortnight, the Centre convenes a meeting through video conferencing with vaccine manufacturers and other stakeholders to ensure the proper supply-chain management is in place.

“The doses (over eight lakh) which the company promised to supply to various countries will be monitored through the Ministry of External Affairs,” they added.

 

The Central Licensing Authority has granted permission for the sale or distribution of Covaxin for restricted use in emergency situations in public interest as an abundant precaution, in clinical trial mode.

Covaxin is India’s totally indigenous COVID-19 vaccine developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research and National Institute of Virology.

The inactivated vaccine is developed and manufactured in Bharat Biotech’s BSL-3 (Bio-Safety Level 3) biocontainment facility, one of its kind in the world.

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About 3 lakh healthcare workers to get Covid-19 vaccine shots on January 16


New Delhi: Around 3 lakh healthcare workers will be inoculated at 2,934 sites across the country on the first day of the massive nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive which is set to begin from January 16, official sources said.

Each vaccination session will cater to a maximum of 100 beneficiaries and the Union Health Ministry has advised states not to organise “unreasonable numbers of vaccination per site per day”.

 

“States have been advised to organise vaccination sessions taking into account 10 per cent reserve/wastage doses and an average of 100 vaccinations per session each day.

“Therefore, any undue haste on the part of states to organize unreasonable numbers of vaccination per site per day is not advised,” the ministry said on Wednesday.

It also said that states and UTs have also been advised to increase the number of vaccination session sites that would be operational every day in a progressive manner as the vaccination process stabilizes and moves forward.

 

“Around 3 lakh frontline healthcare workers will be inoculated at 2,934 sites across the country on the first day of January 16,” a source said.

The government on Tuesday hinted that vaccine recipients, for now, will not have the option to choose from the two vaccines — Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, Covishield, manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII) and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech — that have been approved for restricted emergency use in India.

According to the Health Ministry getting vaccinated for COVID-19 will be voluntary.

 

In a response to a question, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan at a press conference on Tuesday said, “At many places in the world more than one vaccine are being administered. But, presently, in no country vaccine recipients have the option of choosing the shots.”

According to the government, the shots will be offered first to an estimated one crore healthcare workers, and around two crore frontline workers, and then to persons above 50 years of age, followed by persons younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities.

 

The cost of vaccination of healthcare and frontline workers will be borne by the central government, officials had said.

All 1.65 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines — 1.1 crore of Covishield and 55 lakh of Covaxin — procured by the Centre have been allocated to all states and UTs in proportion to their healthcare workers database, it said.

According to official sources, most of the 1.1 crore Covishield doses from Pune-based SII have been shipped to 60 consignee points across India from where they will be sent to smaller centres.

Of the 55 lakh doses of indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech ordered by the Centre, the first tranche of 2.4 lakh doses has been dispatched to 12 states.

 

Covaxin has been sent to 12 sites — one each in Ganavaram, Guwahati, Patna, Delhi, Kurukshetra, Bengaluru, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Chennai, Lucknow and Hyderabad, an official source said.

Covaxin has been developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Health Ministry officials said that there will be a gap of 28 days between two doses of COVID-19 vaccines and its effectiveness can be seen only after 14 days, and urged people to keep following COVID appropriate behaviour.

The ministry which has listed series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on COVID-19 vaccine also stated that it was advisable to receive a complete schedule of the anti-coronavirus vaccine irrespective of past history of coronavirus infection as this will help in developing a strong immune response against the disease.

 

On whether a person with an active COVID-19 infection be vaccinated, AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said a person with active and symptomatic COVID-19 infection may increase the risk of spreading the same to others at the vaccination site and thus infected individuals should defer vaccination for at least 14 days after the symptoms are resolved.

Elaborating on the possible side-effects of COVID-19 vaccine, Guleria said that as is true for other vaccines, some will have some degree of side effects in some individuals which could be in form of mild fever, pain at the site of injection, body ache, etc.

 

States have been asked to making arrangements to deal with any COVID-19 vaccine-related side effects as one of the measures towards safe vaccine delivery.

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Pune gets 1.13 lakh vaccine doses, 8 hospitals in district to vaccinate healthcare workers


Of the 9.63 lakh Covishield vaccine doses for Maharashtra, a total of 11,240 vaccine doses have been set aside for the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS). A total of 7,930 vaccine doses have been allocated for AFMS in Pune while 1,610 have been set aside for Mumbai. Another 15,130 vaccine doses will be set aside for central government healthcare workers and the remaining for state healthcare workers, according to state authorities.

The highest number of vaccine doses have been sent to Mumbai (1,39,500), followed by Pune (1,13,000), Thane (74,000), Nagpur (42,000) Ahmednagar (39,000), Kolhapur (37,500) and Aurangabad (34,000).

A meeting on this issue was held on Wednesday and the allocation of vaccine doses will be made as per the central government’s protocol, said Pune District Collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh. Accordingly, Pune district has received a total of 1.13 lakh vaccine doses.

Dr Amit Shah, PMC’s immunisation officer, said the civic body has received 48,000 vaccine doses, which have been kept at its vaccine store centre at Narayan Peth. Instead of the 16 vaccination centres identified to inoculate healthcare workers in the first phase, the civic body has now identified eight hospitals, including Sassoon General Hospital, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Ruby Hall Clinic, Noble Hospital and Bharati Hospital, and the civic body-run Kamala Nehru Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Hospital and Sutar Hospital.

Private hospitals authorities said they expected the vaccine doses to be sent either by January 15 or on the day of the vaccination, January 16.

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Most of Assam’s 19 lakh NRC rejects can cast votes in 2021 polls


Unless foreigners tribunal declares a person as foreigner, his or her name will be there in the voter list even after exclusion from the NRC

Guwahati: In a significant move the election authorities in Assam has made it clear that 19 lakhs people, whose names were excluded from National Register of Citizens (NRC) but not facing any trial in the foreigners tribunal prior to publication of the final citizenship register on August 31, 2019 would be able to exercise their franchise in the forthcoming assembly polls in 2021.

“The Election Commission is clear that unless they (NRC excludes) are declared as ‘foreigners’ by the foreigners tribunal and accordingly, electoral registration officer deletes such names from voter list, they will have the right to vote,” joint chief electoral officer, Assam, Lakhinandan Saharia, told reporters.

 

The state election authorities clarified that if an NRC excluded has not been able to move the foreigners tribunal or his or her case is not subjudice before the tribunal, the election authority won’t intervene. The draft electoral rolls for the 126 assembly constituencies in Assam were published in November 2020, containing 2.24 crore voters. Corrections are being made to finalize the list of voters by mid-January, state election authorities said.

“The principle is simple. The competent authority to decide whether a person is Indian or foreigner, lies with the foreigners tribunal. The Election Commission has no role in this. Unless foreigners tribunal declares a person as foreigner, his or her name will be there in the voter list even after exclusion from the NRC,” the election authorities said.

 

According to NRC officials, 1,032 ineligible persons identified by it in last year’s updated NRC are either ‘declared foreigners’, marked as ‘D voters’ or having cases pending at FTs.

It is significant that NRC authorities have not been able to issue rejection slips to the 19 lakh entries excluded from the updated NRC. The rejection slip is necessary for these excludes to take a judicial course to prove their citizenship before the foreigners tribunal.

The confusion has also prevailed following the NRC state coordinator’s recent directive to deputy commissioners to reverify names that figured in the updated NRC published on August 31 2019.

 

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BSE-NSE Bulk deals: Adani Logistics sells over 11 lakh shares of Snowman Logistics


Adani Logistics sold more than 11 lakh shares of Snowman Logistics through a bulk deal on Wednesday. On the other hand, Adhesh Broking House bought 1.08 lakh shares of Pansari Developers. RattanIndia Power, Indiabulls Housing Finance, DHFL, 3i Infotech, Tera Software and Ujaas Energy also witnessed bulks deals.

Earlier in the day, the Sensex and Nifty extended their gains for the second straight session as market participants lapped up IT and FMCG shares amid firm global cues. The 30-share BSE Sensex surged 437.49 points, or 0.95 per cent, to 46,444.18. Likewise, the broader NSE Nifty surged 134.80 points, or 1 per cent, to 13,601.10.

Here’s who bought and sold what in some of the key bulk and block deals of the day:

>> Adani Logistics sold 11,36,974 shares of Snowman Logistics at Rs 53.04 per share.

>> Mahalaxmi Brokerage sold 2,61,000 shares of Veto Multicorp at Rs 83.17 per share.

>> Standard Chartered Bank sold 1 crore shares of 3i Infotech at Rs 5.15 per share.

>> Uday Narayan Singh bought 88,000 shares of BCPL at Rs 57.10 per share.

Here are all the BSE bulk deals:

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Here are all the NSE bulk deals:

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One lakh autos to remain off the road in Ahmedabad


By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |

Updated: December 8, 2020 5:12:28 am





ere are over two lakh autorickshaw drivers in Ahmedabad. (Representational)

The Ahmedabad Autorickshaw Drivers’ Union has extended its support to the December 8 Bharat Bandh call given by farmers’ associations protesting against three farm legislations.

On Monday, the auto-rickshaw drivers’ union said more than one lakh three-wheelers will remain off the road in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

Ashok Punjabi, the head of Gujarat Autorickshaw Drivers’ Action Committee, said they backed the bandh call and urged the Union government to fulfil all the demands of the farmers.

“Autorickshaw drivers are also sons of farmers and we will be supporting them on Tuesday in their bandh call. There will be a voluntary strike called by the autorickshaw drivers in Ahmedabad and anyone found operating their vehicle will be greeted by flowers and requested to join us. Nobody will be forced to be a part of the strike. There are over two lakh autorickshaw drivers in Ahmedabad and we expect that more than one lakh will be a part of tomorrow’s bandh.”

The Minority Coordination Committee (MCC) in Ahmedabad has also come out in support of the farmers’ bandh call.

Mujahid Nafees, the convener of MCC, said in a statement, “The MCC expresses its complete solidarity with the ongoing farmers’ nationwide protests and endorses the Bharat Bandh call given on December 8. The call has come after several rounds of failed negotiations between the protesting farmers in Delhi and the Union government. The MCC calls upon all sections of the society to stand with the historic struggle of farmers and participate in the Bharat Bandh.”

On Monday, Gujarat Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia announced IPC section 144 that bars gathering of more than four persons at any public place will remain imposed statewide on Tuesday.

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West Bengal opts for Rs 1.1 lakh crore borrowing option to meet GST compensation shortfall


West Bengal has taken up the Rs 1.1 lakh crore borrowing option offered by the Centre to meet the shortfall in goods and services tax (GST) compensation, but has asked Centre to borrow the remaining shortfall of Rs 72,000 crore till January 2021, as well.

West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra has written to Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman saying that the state will take the option due to acute fiscal stress on the state’s finances. He also sought that the GST Council meeting be convened at the earliest to discuss the alternative borrowing mechanism.

“Considering the acute financial stress on the state’s finances due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the Amphan cyclone, West Bengal is willing to go along with your new proposal,” Mitra said in his letter written on Friday.





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I-T refunds worth Rs 1.32 lakh cr issued to 39.75 lakh taxpayers


NEW DELHI: The Income Tax department has
issued
refunds
worth over
Rs
1.32
lakh crore
to over 39
lakh
taxpayers so far this fiscal.

This include Personal income tax (PIT)
refunds amounting
to
Rs 35,123 crore and corporate tax
refunds amounting
to
Rs 97,677 crore during this period.

“CBDT issues
refunds of over
Rs 1,32,800 crore
to more than
39.75
lakh
taxpayers between April 1,2020
to November 10,2020. Income tax
refunds of
Rs 35,123 crore have been
issued in 37,81,599 cases and corporate tax
refunds of
Rs 97,677 crore have been
issued in 1,93,813 cases,” the
I
T department tweeted.





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Over 7 lakh Bihar voters opted for NOTA: Election Commission


The ruling coalition won 125 seats in the 243-member state assembly against 110 clinched by the opposition Grand Alliance

New Delhi: A little over seven lakh voters in Bihar used the ‘none of the above’ or NOTA option in the assembly elections, according to the Election Commission.

Nitish Kumar-led NDA was back in power in Bihar on Wednesday with a slender majority.

 

The ruling coalition won 125 seats in the 243-member state assembly against 110 clinched by the opposition Grand Alliance to pave the way for a fourth successive term for Kumar in office.

According to figures released by the EC, 7,06,252 people or 1.7 per cent of the voters opted for the option whereby they preferred not to vote for any candidate while exercising their democratic right.

Over 4 crore votes were polled in the three-phase elections. Out of nearly 7.3 crore voters, 57.09 per cent had cast votes in the polls.

The ‘NOTA’ option on electronic voting machines, introduced in 2013, has its own symbol — a ballot paper with a black cross across it.

 

After the Supreme Court order in September, 2013, the EC added the NOTA button on the EVMs as the last option on the voting panel.

Prior to the apex court order, those not inclined to vote for any candidate had the option of filling, what is popularly called, ‘form 49-O’.

But filling the form at the polling station under Rule 49-O of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, compromised the secrecy of the voter.

The Supreme Court had, however, refused to direct the EC to hold fresh polls if the majority of the electorate exercises the NOTA option while voting.

There were several seats in Bihar where NOTA option got more votes than the winning margin of candidates.

 



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