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76.16 per cent polling recorded till 5 PM in 4th Phase of West Bengal Assembly polls: EC            India and Netherlands announce launch of strategic partnership in water sector and setting up of fast track mechanism to facilitate bilateral trade            India's cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage nears 10 crore            Teeka Utsav to be organised from tomorrow across the country to control surging COVID-19 cases            Rajasthan govt imposes night curfew in 9 cities till April 30 to curb pace of COVID-19 infection           

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Morning News

0830 HRS
28.02.2021

THE HEADLINES:-

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to share his thoughtsin Mann Ki Baat programme at 11am today.

  • Nationwide COVID-19 Vaccination drive to be expandedfrom tomorrow to cover vulnerable age-groups; Private Sector participationscaled up in the inoculation drive.

  • Vaccination will be free at Government hospitals;Cost of COVID Vaccination capped at 250 rupees per person per dose for privatehospitals functioning as COVID Vaccination centres.

  • Persons with any of the 20 comorbidities includingheart failure with hospital admission in past one year, transplant recipientsand those with end stage kidney disease will be prioritized for COVIDvaccination.

  • Cabinet Secretary asks States and Union Territoriesnot to lower guard, enforce COVID Appropriate Behaviour and deal firmly withviolations.

  • Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank stresseson the need for reforms in the education sector.

  • National Science Day being observed today.

  • ISRO to launch 19 satellites including Amazonia-1 ofBrazil into space this morning.

  • Khadi and Village Industry Commission's e-MarketPortal registers over one crore turnover in eight months.

  • In Boxing, Deepak Kumar wins silver in the 52kilogram category at Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria.

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As the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we beginwith a message of precaution to stay safe and protected by following thesethree simple steps --

  • Wear a facemask.

  • Maintain Do GazKi Doori for social distancing.

  • Focus on handand face hygiene. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughtswith the people in the country and abroad in the Mann Ki Baat programme on AllIndia Radio at 11 am today. It will be the 74th episode of the monthly radioprogramme. It will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshanand also on AIR News website www.newsonair.com and newsonair Mobile App. Itwill also be streamed live on the YouTube channels of AIR, DD News, PMO and Informationand Broadcasting Ministry.
AIR will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after theHindi broadcast. The regional language versions will be repeated at eight inthe evening.

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The nationwideCOVID-19 Vaccination drive is all set to be expanded from tomorrow to covervulnerable age-groups which will include people above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities.The vaccination program was launched on 16th of January covering over one crorehealth care and front line workers. The Union Health Ministry has said, thefacility of on-site registrations will be available so that eligiblebeneficiaries can walk into identified COVID vaccination centres, getthemselves registered and get inoculated. The vaccine will be administered free ofcost at ten thousand government hospitals to these groups while the cost of thevaccine at around 20 thousand private Vaccination Centres will be borne by thepeople. Private Hospitals can charge up to 250 rupees per dosefor COVID-19 vaccine during the Vaccination drive. The Health Ministry hassaid, the States have been given freedom to use all private hospitalsempanelled under State Government Health Insurance Schemes as COVID VaccinationCentres. The states can also use health facilities of all PSUs and allgovernment health facilities as COVID Vaccination Centres. 

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan interacted withHealth Secretaries and Mission Directors of National Health Mission of Statesand Union Territories on the vaccination of age-appropriate groups. During themeeting, states were explained about the three methods of registration whichare Advance Self-Registration, Onsite Registration and Facilitated CohortRegistration. States have been explained that the private hospitals functioningas COVID Vaccination Centres can charge subject to a ceiling of 250 rupees perperson per dose along with the electronic and financial management mechanism.User Names and Passwords to be provided to the private facilities to facilitateeffective use of CoWIN 2.0, were also discussed during the meeting. Inaddition, the states were explained about mapping of private facilities withthe nearest cold chain points to ensure seamless flow of vaccines.

During themeeting, the simplified system of certifying people with 20 co-morbiditieswithin the 45-59 years age group was also explained to the states. The simplified one page certificate will be signedby any Registered Medical Practitioner. The certificate can either be uploadedon Co-WIN 2.0 by the beneficiary while self-registering or a hard copy can becarried by the beneficiary to the COVID Vaccination Centres. The government hasalso released the list containing 20 specified Comorbidities that willprioritize individuals for the COVID-19 vaccination. They include Heart failurewith hospital admission in past one year, Post-Cardiac transplant, Kidney andLiver transplant recipient or on wait-list, Leukaemia, Lymphoma, HIV infection,Diabetes and Hypertension on treatment and severe respiratory disease withhospitalization in the last two years. More from our correspondent:

 

"To ramp up the COVID vaccination capacitysignificantly, large number of private facilities is being involved. Around tenthousand private hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY,  over 600 hospitals empanelled under CGHS andother private hospitals empanelled under State Government Health InsuranceSchemes can participate as COVID Vaccination Centers. Health Departments ofState Governments have already initiated dialogue with these private hospitalsso that they can be encouraged to participate in this drive. Besides, therewould be government health facilities like Medical College Hospitals, DistrictHospitals, Sub-Divisional Hospitals, Health Sub-Centres and Health and Wellness Centres will be used as COVIDVaccination Centers.  Health Ministry hasasked all the private health facilities which will serve as Government COVIDVaccination Centres to follow strict norms of due process, quality and safetyincluding integration with the National Co-Win technology platform. All privatehealth facilities must also have adequate space, cold chain arrangements,number of vaccinators and support staff as well as adequate arrangements foraddressing Adverse Event Following Immunization. WTITH DIWAKER, ANAND KUMAR,AIR NEWS, DELHI".

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Over 1.5 core people have been administered COVID-19vaccine in the country so far. Till now, 77 per cent of health care andfrontline workers have been administered with the first dose of vaccine and 70per cent have received the second dose.

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Amid surge in COVID-19 cases in some parts of thecountry, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba has asked all States and UnionTerritories not to lower their guard, enforce COVID Appropriate Behaviour anddeal firmly with violations. He reiterated that states need to maintain acontinued rigorous vigil in terms of containing the spread and not squanderaway the gains of the collective hard work of the last year. The CabinetSecretary yesterday held separate review meetings with Chief Secretaries ofMaharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal,Telangana and Jammu-Kashmir. These States and Union Territories have beenreporting a high active caseload or an increasing trend in new cases in thelast week.

During a review meeting, it was strongly stressed thatthey need to follow effective surveillance strategies in respect of potentialsuper spreading events. Need for effective testing, comprehensive tracking,prompt isolation of positive cases and quick quarantine of close contacts werealso strongly emphasized. The Chief Secretaries informed about the enforcementof COVID Appropriate Behavior by levying heavy fines and challans.    

Meanwhile, the country's COVID-19 recovery rate standsat 97.14 per cent with recovery of more than 12 thousand people in past 24hours. The Ministry said, more than one crore seven lakh patients have alreadyrecovered from this infection.

A total of 16 thousand 488 new cases were reported inthe country in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative positive cases to overone crore ten lakh. The Health Ministry said, one hundred 13 deaths werereported within 24 hours taking the toll to over one lakh 56 thousand acrossthe country.

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In Bihar, the online registration for vaccination ofthose above 60 or those above 45 years with comorbidities on Co-Win will beginfrom tomorrow. Four members of a family can register on one mobile phone.

Meanwhile, the number of active cases is sharplydeclining in the state. Currently, only 403 patients are receiving treatment atvarious hospitals. 71 patients recovered while 45 fresh cases were recordedduring the last 24 hours. No positive case has been reported from 21 districts.COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 99.26 per cent in Bihar.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has saidthat the Coronavirus infection is under control in the state. He said, however,it is necessary to maintain an effective system of prevention and treatment ofCorona in state. He said, a little carelessness in this regard can do a big harm. Meanwhile, those peoplewho are coming from the the states where high active caseload of Covid-19 has been reported, are beingtested and put under quarantine.  Morefrom our Lucknow correspondent:

 

"Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed toincrease Covid testing to one lakh 80 thousand tests per day in state. At thesame time a total of 3 crore 11 lakh  71thousand 541 samples have been tested so far in the state. Meanwhile, therecovery rate from Covid-19 hasnow increased to 98.2 percent. So far 5 lakh 92 thousand 556 people havegot  recovered from Covid-19 in  state. The Chief Minister has said that theentire process of vaccination should be conducted in accordance with theguidelines and order of the Central Government. The targeted groups of covidvaccination should be informed in advance regarding the date, place and time ofvaccination. So far vaccination to 16 lakh 64 thousand health workers and frontline workers in state has been completed. MSYadav, AIR News, Lucknow".

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Odisha government has issued fresh covid-19 guidelines for March 2021. Theguidelines reiterate government's thrust on basic covid-19 containment measures like social distancing, wearingof face mask and hand sanitizing along with other do's and don'ts.

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Talking to AIR News, NITI Aayog Member and Chairpersonof National COVID-19 Task Force, Dr. VK Paul said, along with governmentfacilities, private facilities will also be engaged for the comfort of thepeople.

 

Dr Paul also explained the process of registrationfor administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank hasemphasized  on the need for reforms inthe education sector. He said that the University of Delhi can furthercontribute to nation-building by advancing Center of Excellence on NationalEducation Policy. The Minister also said that efforts will not only strengthenthe Indian education system but also make the country a global knowledgesuperpower. Mr Nishank was addressing the 97th Annual Convocation of the DelhiUniversity yesterday.

During the convocation, for the first time in thehistory of the University, ove 1.78 lakh digital degrees were awarded.

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National Science Day is being observed today. The dayis celebrated every year on 28th of February to commemorate the discovery ofthe ‘Raman Effect’. On this day, Physicist CV Raman announced the discovery ofthe 'Raman Effect' for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930. The  day is aimed at  spreading the message of importance of science and its application in humanlife.  The theme for National Science Day2021 is ‘Future of Science and Technology and Innovation: Impact on EducationSkills and Work'. A report:

 

"With a view to promote science and innovation,the government will present National Science Communication Awards today. Theseawards are presented every year on  thisday. It was instituted in 1987 to encourage and recognize outstanding efforts in the area of science andtechnology  and inculcating scientifictemper among masses. The  Government isimplementing several schemes to encourage students and youth of the countrytowards the field of science and technology. The "Innovation in SciencePursuit for Inspired Research” is a major scheme in operation to attract,motivate, nurture and train meritorious students to study science subjects andopt careers in Research and Development. In this year's Union Budget, theCentre  also announced allocation of 50 thousandcrore rupees over five years for the National Research Foundation to supportresearchers working across several streams of Science and Technology. Diwaker, AIR News, Delhi".

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Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan will attend anevent to mark the National Science Day in Imphal this afternoon. The Ministerreached Manipur yesterday. More from our Imphal Correspondent:

"The Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan whoarrived in Imphal yesterday is going to inaugurate major healthcare projectstaken up at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Imphal this morning.These projects include a new 3 Tesla MRI Machine in the newly constructed MRIBlock, a 100 bedded capacity PG ladies Hostel, a new Neuro-Surgery ICU and anew block of College of Nursing. When he arrived at Imphal Airport, he waswarmly received by the State BJP leaders, MP and State Cabinet ministers. Healso inspected a Health & Wellness Centre in Imphal West districtyesterday. The Union Minister will leave Imphal this evening for New Delhi. JJThokchom from Imphal for AIR News".

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launchAmazonia-1 satellite of Brazil and 18 Co-passenger satellites through PSLVC51rocket from the Sathish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota at 10:25 this morning. Amazonia-1 is the optical earth observation satelliteof the National Institute for Space Research. This satellite would furtherstrengthen the existing structure by providing remote sensing data to users formonitoring deforestation in the Amazon region and analysis of diversifiedagriculture across the Brazilian territory. We have a report:

 

"All arrangements are in place for thefirst launch of the year at the Space Centre at Sriharikota. Due to Covidreasons, the coverage of the launch is not open for all media. In thisscenario, scientists at ISRO are busy conducting last minute preparations for aperfect launch of the satellite. Eighteen other satellites in the presentmission include Sathish Dhawan SAT built by Space Kidz India and UNITY sat, acombination of three satellites, designed and built by three colleges-SriShakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology Coimbatore, JPR Institute ofTechnology in Sriperumbudur and GH Raisoni College of Engineering in Nagpur.Talking exclusively to AIR,  chairpersonof  Space Kidz India Dr. Srimathy Kesansaid  that the Indian space industry isset to grow more under the aegis of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

PSLV C 51 Amazonia 1 mission is the first dedicatedpslv commercial mission for New Space India limited, a government of Indiacompany under the department of space. Joy,AIR News, Chennai".

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In Tamil Nadu, seat sharing talks between differentalliances are going on. The ruling AIADMK has made the alliance pact with thePMK. Speaking to media persons after signing the agreement last evening, Dr.Anbumani said that his party would contest in 23 seats in the AIADMK alliance.IJK an ally of the DMK announced that it would leave the alliance and join thethird front with Makkal Neethi Maiyam Party headed by actor-politician KamalHasan. Actor-politician Sarathkumar of the All India Samathuva Makkal Katchimet Kamal Hassan yesterday for alliance talks. Speaking to newspersons, KamalHasan said that he will be contesting the elections as a Chief Ministerialcandidate. It may be noted that talks were also held with the Amma MakkalMunnetra Kazhagam headed by TTV Dhinakaran, the nephew of V.K.Sasikala, the confidanteof former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. BJP is in talks with the AIADMK and isyet to announce the seat sharing formula.

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In Gujarat, voting is taking place for election to 81municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats began thismorning. Polling began at 7 this morning and will continue till 6 pm. OurAhmedabad correspondent reports, by-polls to 23 municipalities and 3 talukapanchayats are also being held simultaneously. More from our Ahmedabadcorrespondent.

 

"More than 2 crore 50 lakh voters are eligible tocast their vote in today’s polling. Out of 2729 seats across 680 wards of 81municipalities, 95 seats have been declared unopposed. Thus polling is beingheld on 2625 seats. Out of 980 seats of 31 district panchayats, 25 seats havebeen declared unopposed. Thus, the polling is being held on 955 seats.Similarly, out of 4774 seats of 231 taluka panchayats, 117 seats have beendeclared unopposed. Thus, the polling is being held on 4655 seats. The mainfight is between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress party. However, AamAdami Party, BSP and other political parties have also fielded theircandidates. Counting of votes will take place on Tuesday. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".

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In Delhi, theby-elections to five wards of Municipal Corporation of the city is being heldtoday. The polling is taking place in Rohini, Shalimar Bagh, Trilokpuri,Kalyanpuri and Chauhan Bangar Municipal Wards. The voting began at 7:30 in themorning  and will continue till 5:30 PM.

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Khadi and Village Industry Commission’s e-MarketPortal has registered a gross turnover of over one crore 10 lakh rupees in justeight months of its launch. Minister for Micro, Small and Medium EnterprisesNitin Gadkari lauded Khadi’s successful e-commerce venture. He said that thisportal has provided a wide marketing platform for various Khadi and villageindustry products to a larger population. Mr. Gadkari said, efforts should bemade to reach a turnover of 200 crore rupees per year.

As per the MSME Ministry, Khadi’s online sale thatstarted with just Khadi Face Masks during the COVID-19 lockdown, has evolvedinto a full-fledged e-market platform with nearly 800 products. Online ordershave been received from all 31 States and Union Territories including thefar-flung Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, HimachalPradesh and Jammu and Kashmir among others.

KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that thise-portal has given a big push to Swadeshi. He said that while this has providedartisans an additional platform to sell their goods, it has also displayedpeople’s love for Khadi and their resolve to make India Atmanirbhar.

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In Boxing, Deepak Kumar won the silver medal at the72nd Strandja Memorial Tournament at Sofia in Bulgaria after losing to localfavourite Daniel Asenov at fiercely-contested flyweight final in 52 kilogramcategory. The Indian had stunned reigning Olympic and world championShakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan in his semifinal showdown.

The Boxing Federation of India in a tweet praised theIndian Boxer. It said, the result may not be in favour of Deepak Kumar but theIndian boxer surely won the hearts with his attacking game.

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WEATHER:-

National Capital Delhi witnessedmist this morning. The minimum temperature was around 16 degree Celsius while maximum will be 29 degrees.

Mumbai will have mainly clear skywith temperature varying between 21 and 33 degree Celsius.

Chennai willhave partly cloudy sky. The temperature will fluctuate between 21 and 34 degreeCelsius.

Kolkata will also have partlycloudy sky. Minimum temperature was around 23 degree Celsius while maximum maygo up to 36 degrees.

Jammu will have mainly clear sky.The minimum temperature was around 13 degree Celsius while maximum will bearound 22 degrees.     

In Srinagar, there will be partly cloudy sky becoming generallycloudy towards evening or night. Minimum temperature was around four degreeCelsius while the maximum is expected to rise up to ten degrees.

Leh will have partly cloudy sky. Minimum temperature wasminus four degree Celsius while maximum will be six degrees.

Gilgit will have gvenerally cloudysky. Temperature will hover between six and 17 degree Celsius.

While, Muzaffarabad will have partly cloudy sky becominggenerally cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will vary fromseven to 19 degree Celsius.

In Dehradun, there will be mainly clear sky. The city willexperience temperature between 13 to 30 degree Celsius.

Chandigarh will havemainly clear sky. The temperature is likely to hover between 19 and 31 degreeCelsius.

In Hyderabad, the temperature will hover between 20 and 37 degreeCelsius. The city witnessed mist in the morning.         

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NEWSPAPERSHEADLINES:-

  • The next phase of the vaccination drive hike inPetrol and diesel prices and the Jammu meet of Congress dissenters are some ofthe prominent stories noticed by the Press today.

  • "Vaccine at Rupees 250 per dose in privatehospitals," writes The SundayTribune, while The SundayPioneer reports on the rising number of cases in some states, theheadline quoting the Centre says, "Enforce Covid appropriatebehaviour" adding "States, UTs told to deal firmly withviolations."

  • "Petrol got 4.87 rupees per litre dearer in onemonth, diesel 4.99 rupees" headlines Hindustan Times.

  • Papers have widely noticed the concerns of the groupof 23 Congress dissenters who met in Jammu. The Sunday Pioneer writes, "Congress getting weak, ruesG-23" while The Hindu reports,"Congress rift widens with 'G-23' Jammu meet.

  • The HinduBusiness Line has noticed thePM's remarks on the inauguration of the India Toy Fair. The headline reads,"Make toys that are good for ecology, psychology."

  • Finally, adding another feather to its cap, ISROis all set for its first mission in 2021. The Sunday Tribune writes, "ISRO launches Brazilian satellitetoday."

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