Zydus Cadila’s Covid-19 vaccine ZyCov-D, was approved by India’s drug regulator in August for emergency use in adults and those aged 12 years and above. Now according to the sources, the vaccine will only be administered to adults as of now under the government’s national anti-coronavirus vaccination programme.
The health ministry gave green signal to initiate the preparatory work for the inclusion of ZyCov-D in the national COVID inoculation drive.
Zydus Cadila’s ZyCov-D is the first vaccine cleared by India’s drug regulator for inoculation of those aged 12 years and above.
The vaccine has to be administered in three doses in 28 days apart, with each dose comprising a shot in both arms. It is world’s first DNA-based needle-free COVID-19.
According to the reports, “The Ahmedabad based pharma company has brought down the price to Rs.358 for each dose which includes Rs.93, the cost of a disposable jet applicator, following repeated negotiations by the government.”
The Indian government is currently procuring two other vaccines – Covishield at Rs. 205 per dose and Covaxin at Rs. 215 per dose for the national COVID-19 immunisation programme. Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V are being given to only those above 18 years of age and they are two-dose regimens. According to the sources, Zydus Cadila can provide around two crore doses in November.
India registered 11,271 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, 4.9 per cent lower than on Saturday, bringing the total caseload to 3,44,37,307.
Nagaland Ambush: Amit Shah calls it mistaken identity
Nagaland Ambush: The Nagaland ambush by Army personnel killing 14 civilians has already created enough ruckuses in the country so much that both the houses in the Parliament echoed this incident. The opposition targeted the Union government and its ways. Calling it a blatant failure of intelligence, the opposition parties demanded explanation from Union home and defence ministers.
Union home minister Amit Shah today told Parliament the Union government regretted the deaths of 14 civilians in Nagaland after a botched Army operation. Amit Shah read out statements in both Houses as opposition MPs shouted objections and demanded repeal of AFSPA. “Government of India expresses regrets over the incident and condolences to those killed… a SIT has been formed and has been directed to complete investigation in a month. Situation is tense but under control. All agencies have to ensure such incidents do not happen in future,” Amit Shah told.
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In the Lok Sabha, after Amit Shah made his statement, furious opposition MPs protested the perfunctory nature of the home minister’s speech and reiterated demands for a discussion on the Nagaland violence, as well as repeal of the contentious AFSPA. Several Opposition parties including Congress, DMK, SP, BSP, NCP walked out after Home Minister Amit Shah delivered a statement on the Nagaland incident in Lok Sabha on Monday.
“Army had received info on the movement of extremists in Oting, Mon. On that basis, 21 commandos laid an ambush in suspected area. A vehicle reached there, it was signalled to stop but it tried to flee. On suspicion of the vehicle carrying extremists, it was fired upon,” Shah said. Underlining that it was a case of mistaken identity, Amit Shah said that the Army has taken up an investigation into the reasons behind the incident at the highest level.
“Government is monitoring the incident minutely and necessary remedial measured are being taken to ensure peace in the area. In a bid to avert any more incidents in the affected area, additional forces have been deployed,” the Union Home Minister further said. “Further, it has been decided that all agencies should ensure that such unfortunate incidents do not take place again in the future while taking up such drives,” he added.
NV Ramana: CJI expresses concern over degrading Telugu films!
NV Ramana: Supreme Court of India Chief Justice NV Ramana, is not just a Telugu man but lover of Telugu language. He has always given time for the language and never minced words to talk about the greatness of the language and how people could benefit with the proper usage of the language. He has always got high regards for veteran Telugu poets and scholars and quotes them on several occasions. But for a change the CJI was pained by the way Telugu was being treated by film industry!
Ramana is said to be feeling sad over the thinning off the importance of his mother tongue Telugu. He also made some interesting pieces of advice to Telugu filmmakers, writers, actors and singers, and suggested them that they shouldn’t look down upon the local language. The CJI wants them to learn and speak it in an appropriate way and pass it on to the upcoming generations with proper pronunciation and diction through the movies, dialogues and songs.
Indeed something that is totally lacking on Telugu film industry. Unfortunately the industry is dependent on imports and these are just artists without lip. So it is difficult to expect actors to learn Telugu, but definitely the writers, filmmakers and lyricists should respect the language and deliver their work that would be looked upon by people.
He reportedly regrets that our filmmakers and actors are not giving importance to our language, tradition and culture these days despite it being their duty, being in such a powerful audio visual industry. Ramana adds that one should not forget their roots and quotes an example from veteran actors NTR and ANR that they too lacked lots of skills in their initial days, but overcame it by paying some special attention. Therefore the CJI suggests having some training sessions for the people who are bad at the language so that it can help and survive our culture.
“Our youngsters are in the negative view that learning a couple of International languages can get them bigger jobs and can make a great career, whereas it is not the case with the local language,” which CJI Ramana said “is an complete myth.”
Nagaland Ambush: Will a new rebellion start?
Nagaland Ambush: In what could be termed as a major failure on part of the armed jawans, the incident in Nagaland has left the entire nation in shock and is likely to have its repercussions in days to come. The uninitiated attack on civilians by an army patrol mistakenly opened fire on miners returning home after work, killing six. Seven more civilians and an Indian soldier died when angry locals confronted troops. Indian security forces have killed at least 13 civilians in a botched ambush near the Myanmar border, officials say.
The army has been battling separatist militants in the north-eastern state of Nagaland for years. But it is not the first time Indian security forces have been accused of wrongly targeting innocent locals in their operations. Officials in the security establishment said the incident was the result of an Army operation in which the victims may have been mistaken for insurgents from the Yung Aung faction of the banned National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang).
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Following intelligence inputs, the Army had planned an operation to ambush “certain elements” of the NSCN (K) faction who were travelling in a Bolero, sources said. The security personnel laid a cordon and spotted a similar vehicle on the route around 5.30 pm, they said.
It was dark when the vehicle was flagged down, and the driver sped away following which the forces opened fire, said sources. Apart from six killed in the vehicle, two more were injured and taken by security personnel for medical treatment, they said.
Sources indicated that as local villagers came to know about the incident, they surrounded the security personnel. Around 7.30 pm, they said, several villagers armed with machetes attacked the personnel, and managed to snatch some guns from them. The forces initially fired in the air in warning, which was followed by firing from both sides that resulted in the death of one soldier and eight more civilians, including one Sunday. At least three other soldiers were injured in the clashes, sources said.
Following the incident, on Sunday evening protesters threw stones at the Assam Rifles camp and tried to set fire to parts of it, local media reported. Nagaland’s chief minister called the killings “highly condemnable” and said they would be investigated.
With the anger and frustration among the local people and tribal communities still on rage, the state government is expecting a bigger retaliation from the people in coming days. According to a senior journalist from North East, this incident could be the triggering factor of the birth of a bigger rebellion in the region. It is time the Union government takes a proper call that doesn’t hurt the sentiments of public and come out with amicable solution.
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