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Ready to roll out COVID-19 vaccine in India: Serum

Posted on 3 Jan 2021 07:25:54 GMT - today-s-headlines

Serum Institute of India (SII) on Sunday said it is ready to roll out Covishield vaccine in the country in the coming weeks after receiving approval from the Indian drug regulator.

The Pune-based vaccine major has entered into a collaboration with the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca to manufacture the vaccine.

On Sunday, Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) approved Covishield and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin for restricted emergency use.

"Happy new year, everyone! All the risks @SerumInstIndia took with stockpiling the vaccine, have finally paid off. COVISHIELD, India's first COVID-19 vaccine is approved, safe, effective and ready to roll-out in the coming weeks," SII CEO Adar Poonawalla said in a tweet.

The company has already stockpiled around 50 million dosages of the vaccine and aims to produce up to 100 million dosages per month by March next year.

The approval by the DCGI was given on the basis of recommendations submitted by a COVID-19 subject expert committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO).

"After adequate examination, CDSCO has decided to accept the recommendations of the Expert Committee and accordingly, vaccines of M/s Serum and M/s Bharat Biotech are being approved for restricted use in emergency situation," DCGI Dr V G Somani told a press conference.

This paves the way for the roll-out of at least two vaccines in India in the coming days.

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has already been approved by the UK government.

Besides SII and Bharat Biotech, Pfizer has also applied to the DCGI seeking emergency use authorisation for their COVID-19 vaccines.

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India approves Covishield, Covaxin vaccines for emergency use

Posted on 3 Jan 2021 06:03:05 GMT - today-s-headlines

Eleven months after the first case of deadly coronavirus was detected in India, Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) V.G. Somani on Sunday approved Serum Institute of India's 'Covishield' vaccine and Bharat Biotech's 'Covaxin' for emergency use, paving the way for their roll-out and administration to millions.

This is a major relief for India which has the second highest number of infections in the world, after the US. The Central government plans to vaccinate nearly 30 crore people in the first phase of drive in the next six to eight months.

The vaccine will be first offered to one crore healthcare workers, along with two crore frontline and essential workers and 27 crore elderly, mostly above the age of 50 years with co-morbidities.

The Subject Expert Committee, tasked with vetting the vaccine proposals, had recommended Oxford-Astra Zeneca's 'Covishield' and Bharat Biotech's indigenous 'Covaxin' for emergency use approval on January 1 and 2, respectively. The final call was to be taken by the DCGI.

The expert panel recommended granting permission for restricted emergency use of 'Covaxin' in "public interest as an abundant precaution, in clinical trial mode, specially in the context of infection by mutant strains.

Pune-based Serum Institute of India has partnered with Oxford-AstraZeneca for conducting clinical trials and manufacturing 'Covishield', while Bharat Biotech has collaborated with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for 'Covaxin'.

Serum and Bharat Biotech Pfizer had applied for the accelerated approval on December 6 and 7, respectively.

The UK and Argentina have already approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. More than five crore doses of the vaccine have already been stockpiled by its manufacturer, Serum Institute of India.

Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will play a major role in India's plan to vaccinate its population against Covid-19 due to several factors -- low-cost, ease of storage and transport.

Serum Institute of India this week said it has a stockpiled 40-50 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine. India is likely to receive a majority of these 50 million doses.

As far as Bharat Biotech's Covaxin is concerned, it is India's first indigenous vaccine for coronavirus. The inactivated virus vaccine is being developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology (NIV).

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Comedian Munawar Faruqui, 4 others sent to Judicial custody till Jan 13

Posted on 3 Jan 2021 05:07:14 GMT - today-s-headlines

The Indore district court on Saturday sent Munawar Faruqui, a stand-up comedian from Gujarat, arrested for allegedly insulting Hindu religious beliefs during a New Year show in Indore, to judicial custody till January 13.

Faruqui along with four other event organisers was arrested on Friday for allegedly insulting Hindu deities during a New Year show in Indore.

They were also assaulted when they were taken to jail after court proceedings.

Munawar Faruqui, a stand-up comedian from Gujarat's Junagadh, was arrested on Friday for his performance at a cafe in the popular 56 Dukan locality of Indore. The others arrested include Indore-based Prakhar Vyas, Priyam Vyas, Nalin Yadav, and event coordinator Edwin Anthony.

The case was filed based on a complaint by Eklavya Gaur, convenor of the Hind Rakshak Sangathan and son of BJP MLA Malini Gaur.

Hind Rakashak Sangathan convenor Eklavya Gaur, son of BJP MLA Malini Gaur filed the complaint to the police. Lawyer Dinesh Pandey represented Eklavya Gaur in the court.

"Munawar Faruqui is a serial offender. We got the information about a show of Faruqui in Indore. We reached there and saw that they were making fun of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. We also recorded a video. We stopped the show and asked people to leave the show. They did not take permission for the show. They also violated social distancing rules," Gaur said while talking to media.

"We took them to the police station and an FIR was registered against the accused under the relevant section of the law," he added.

Lawyer Dinesh Pandey said, "The accused organised the show without permission and were passing rude comments on Hindu God and Goddesses. They were arrested on

Friday and were presented before the court on Saturday. The court sent them to jail till

January 13."

"The arrested men have been booked under IPC sections 188, 269, 34 and 295A for organising the event sans permission, flouting COVID-19 safety norms, and hurting religious sentiments," he added.

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Milkman's daughter who studied under cowshed, cracks judicial services exam

Posted on 3 Jan 2021 03:56:43 GMT - today-s-headlines

In a remarkable story of grit and determination, a girl who has studied under a cowshed all her life, emerged as a topper in BA, LLB and LLM and she will soon become a judge as she cracked the Rajasthan Judicial Service Examination.

Although it sounds unbelievable, but it is true that Udaipur's Sonal Sharma (26), daughter of a milkman, who studied in a cowshed on a table made of empty oil cans, will now be posted as a first-class magistrate in a sessions court in Rajasthan.

The routine of this brilliant girl, since she was 10, has been the same - waking up at 4 a.m., helping her father in milking cows, cleaning the cowsheds, collecting dung and distributing milk in the neighbourhood in Udaipur. However, in between, she cycled to her school and then to college from where she visited the library and made elaborate notes as affording any renowned coaching for judicial exams was a distant dream for her.

Even while studying for her judiciary exams, she continued helping her father in his dairy in Pratap Nagar area of Udaipur.

However, on December 23, Sonal received the best gift of her life in the form of a notification regarding her selection in the Rajasthan Judicial Services.

The notification sent Sonal on cloud nine, "I always wanted to be a judge as I considered delivering justice as a rewarding job. Since childhood, I have seen poverty and am aware of the challenges being faced by poor people. Hence I am confident that I will be able to serve my job with honesty," she says.

Sonal will be posted as a first-class magistrate in a sessions court after a year's training at the judicial academy in Jodhpur. The girl with grit and determination used to attend her classes in schools and colleges in footwear smeared with cow dung.

"Initially, it was embarrassing for me to share the profession of my father that he was a milkman. However, today, I am proud of him as well as my family background," she says.

Coming from a humble background, Sonal faced numerous financial challenges and hence could not join any coaching centre. However, she prepared for the exam on her own and studied for 10-12 hours daily. She cycled to her university library and made elaborate notes to save herself from unnecessary expenses of "buying expensive books".

She says she never had any distractions. "I have never logged on to any social media site as I was focussed to attain my goal," she said.

After appearing for the RJS 2018 exam, she missed the general cut-off list by just one mark and was on the waiting list.

"Failing by one mark left me depressed," says Sonal, however, she later found out that seven candidates who cleared the RJS exam did not join. She later filed a petition in the High Court in September 2020 for waiting list candidates to be inducted on seven vacant seats.

On December 23, her wait concluded after she received a notification from the High Court informing her of her selection.

Sonal, in class 12 CBSE exam, had topped the state in Economics and was the all-India topper in Hindi.

Pursuing her post-graduation from Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, she topped her BA, LLB and LLM exams and received two gold medals and the Chancellor's medal at the convocation held on December 22.

Sonal is the second among four children of Khyali Lal Sharma, her proud father who says, "My friends used to advise me that there is no need to educate daughters and they should be married off. However, parents should support their children. I am proud of Sonal."

Sonal now aims to provide a comfortable life to her parents.

"My father has worked hard since years to give us a good life and education and has even taken loans for our education. We have seen him waking up at 4 a.m. and sleeping around midnight as he has been engaged in milking cows and selling milk. So now it is my turn to take care of my parents," she says.

Sonal's elder sister is a translator with the CAG office in Agartala while her brother and sister are pursuing their graduation.

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Maharashtra BJP chief disappointed over language used for BJP leaders in Saamana, writes to editor

Posted on 3 Jan 2021 03:05:22 GMT - today-s-headlines

Maharashtra BJP President Chandrakant Patil has in a letter to Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana's Editor Rashmi Uddhav Thackeray expressed disappointment over the language used for BJP leaders in the newspaper.

"I am writing this to you due to the language used for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, other BJP national leaders and Maharashtra BJP leaders. Being the editor you are responsible for the content and language used in your newspaper," Patil wrote in his letter.

"I very well know about you as a person and I am sure that you are also not fond of such language," he added.

Patil requested Rashmi Uddhav Thackeray to rethink over the language used in Saamana for the BJP leaders.

"If you think that my request is not right and language used in your paper is right then you can happily continue using it," he added

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India successfully cultures UK-variant of coronavirus strain: ICMR

Posted on 2 Jan 2021 15:37:31 GMT - today-s-headlines

India has successfully cultured the new coronavirus strain, which originated in the UK, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Saturday.

In a tweet, the ICMR claimed that no country has yet reported successful isolation and culture of the UK-variant of SARS-CoV-2.

Culture is the process by which cells are grown under controlled conditions, generally outside their natural environment.

"UK-variant of the virus, with all signature changes, is now successfully isolated and cultured at the National Institute of Virology (NIV) from the clinical specimens collected from UK-returnees," the ICMR said.

The research body said vero cell lines were used by the scientists of ICMR-NIV to culture the UK-variant of the virus.

The UK had recently announced that the newly identified strain of the virus found in their population was up to 70 per cent more infectious.

A total of 29 people have tested positive for the new UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 in India so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

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For Horoscope Forecast Check The Predictions By Leading Celebrity Astrologer - Dr Acharya Vinod Kumar Ojha

Posted on 2 Jan 2021 15:35:03 GMT - today-s-headlines

ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 19

You may get the distinct feeling that someone is keeping you in the dark about developments at work. Their motive may be to get an advantage over you, so do your best to find out exactly what is going on. It can be more difficult than usual to pursue private studies. Your powers of concentration are apt to be weak. It might be a good idea to get some physical exercise before settling down to work. Travel is subject to disruptions. If you are setting off on a long-distance trip, make contingency plans in case of a delay or detour. A smile can work where a long face does not, and it will keep your opposition guessing.

 

 

TAURUS

APRIL 20 TO MAY 20

Your health will receive a real boost from some extra exercise. Just keep in mind that moderation should be observed in all things. At the same time, do not be too lackadaisical. Home renovations should be going well; you are bound to be pleased to have more interesting surroundings. However, do not get too carried away or you will not be satisfied until the whole house is transformed. A more open attitude to achieving cooperation at work can be effective. Small groups might work together especially well, giving an almost family-like atmosphere of support. Stay at home tonight to recuperate after this busy day.

 

 

GEMINI

MAY 21 TO JUNE 21

A more creative period is about to begin for you. Do not be surprised if you wake up full of new ideas. Romance is favoured because you are putting out the sort of vibrations that attract the opposite sex to you. Just remember to be a bit discriminating about who you get involved with; for once you can pick and choose. A chance for advancement in your job may come up; jump at it. Even an increase in responsibilities should be well within your scope. Work on your home is likely to be disruptive for some time, and tempers might fray in the uncomfortable conditions. The results, however, will be well worth the inconvenience, so be patient.

 

 

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

Life has come to the point when it is finally clear that you must find a way to balance career and family. Juggling the two means giving less than your best to both. Now you need to focus your energies. A new start bodes well for future self-development plans. You have gained an inner sense of authority which should enable you to take on ever more impressive projects. Money accumulated over the past few months can come in handy for improvements to your home. Discuss with your mate or partner what you both think is vital, then hire a professional as good a job as possible. Do not take out your impatience on children or pets.

  


LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 22

There is no point claiming you can achieve more than is possible just because you want to impress someone. All that might happen is that you may fail and the person you are trying to impress will want nothing more to do with you. A legal case may not have the outcome that you expected, perhaps due to your unreasonably high expectations. There is nothing to do but swallow your disappointment and resolve not to make the same mistake again. Property negotiations could be causing some dissent between you and your mate or partner. Unless you are able to present a united front, you could be outsmarted at every turn.

 

 

VIRGO

AUGUST 23 TO SEPTEMBER 22

The emphasis today is on relaxation. As long as you have done enough advance preparation, it should be possible to sit back and enjoy a pleasurable day. You will probably want friends and family around, and everyone is likely to be in a harmonious mood. Your romantics could be delighted with a surprise organized by a loved one to brighten the day. In fact, this can mark the beginning of a new phase in your relationship. Youngsters may be difficult to control and could get overly excited unless you exert a calming influence. Make a point of calling distant family members who cannot be with you on this special day.

 

 

LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 23 TO OCTOBER 22

Either push yourself forward for promotion or you are apt to be overlooked; the choice is yours. It would be a pity to waste your talents when there is an opening just right for you to put them to full use. If you are looking for romance may want to try a dating agency or personal ads in a magazine or newspaper. In this way you will get to meet a selection of possible partners, and they will be people who are not shy of commitment. Youngsters are likely to need a firm hand. Do not let them wear you down. Older relatives, especially parents, may be rather possessive at the moment, so you need to keep a cool head. Try to be objective with them, but point out that you are now an independent individual.

 

 

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 23 TO NOVEMBER 21

A new course of study could be just what is needed to fill your evenings. Find out what is available at local evening classes. A recent connection with a distant business concern may soon bring you some well-deserved praise. If you get the opportunity, build on this success; it can do your career a world of good. You can inspire friends and co-workers by a more personal touch. Sometimes it is appropriate to divulge information about yourself that can add an extra dimension to your relationships. Spending time at work chatting is not always a waste of time; you can learn a lot about each other's goals and dreams.

 

 

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 22 TO DECEMBER 21

Someone who is working behind the scenes on your behalf is likely to do you a few favours. This is a useful day for catching up on neglected tasks which have been put aside for far too long. The atmosphere at work should seem warmer than usual, with people taking time to look out for each other. For Those who have been temporarily out of work, now is a good time to renew efforts to find another job. Get back in touch with an agency that helped you in the past. If you have moved, a potential employer may have no way of contacting you. Be sure to dress conservatively for an interview or meeting.

 

 

CAPRICON

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 19

A new relationship may be slow to get off the ground, perhaps because both of you have work or family commitments. This is a favourable day to try to arrange to spend time together. It is possible that you will discover that you have more in common than you originally thought. In your business dealings it may be necessary to have more discussions than you anticipated, particularly in relation to beginning a new project. If you are not looking sufficiently to the future, others may have a curious way of reminding you to do so. Sometimes it is not a bad move to be a little impatient; let your feelings show.

 

 

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 20 TO FEBRUARY 18

It may be difficult to even get through breakfast without angry words being spoken. Neither you nor your mate or partner are going to react very well to the beginning of the day. However, it is unfair to take out stress on each other, so try to contain yourself even under provocation. As a big project at work comes to a close, superiors could be looking for someone to blame in case the outcome is less than successful. Make sure you stay out of their sights or you might find yourself being held responsible for more than your fair share of involvement. Your gift of gab can get you out of a tight corner if you forget a promise or do not show up for an appointment.

 

 

PISCES

FEBRUARY 19 TO MARCH 20

A financial transaction that has been hanging fire can be brought to a close at last. You should find that it has been worthwhile holding out to get the terms you want. It is not too soon to start thinking about finalizing plans for the end of the month. It would be a sound plan to have some small presents ready to exchange for surprise gifts that you receive. Try to work out a reasonable budget to cover all eventualities. A certain amount of tension may escalate if a loved one feels you are leaving them behind due to your efforts toward self-development. It is up to them to attempt to keep up with you; they should not hold you back

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Pak's KPK govt approves Rs 2.35 cr to purchase ancestral houses of Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor

Posted on 2 Jan 2021 15:15:13 GMT - today-s-headlines

Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Saturday approved the release of Rs 2.35 crore to purchase the ancestral houses of legendary Bollywood actors Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor located in the heart of this city and declared as the national heritages.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmud Khan formally approved the proposal, allowing the authorities concerned to purchase the ancestral havelis at a rate determined by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Communication and Works Department (C&W) a few weeks back.

Deputy Commissioner of Peshawar Muhammad Ali Asghar, following a report of the Communication and Works Department, has fixed the price of Dilip Kumar's four marla (101 square metre) house for Rs 80.56 lakh while that of Raj Kapoor's six marla house (151.75 square metre) for Rs 1.50 crore.

Marla, a traditional unit of area used in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, is considered as equal to 272.25 square feet or 25.2929 square metres. After procurement, both the houses will be converted into a museum by the KP archaeology department.

The archaeology department had sent a formal request to the provincial government for releasing over Rs 2 crore for purchasing both the historic buildings, where the two greats of the Indian cinema were born and raised in their early days before the Partition.

Raj Kapoor's ancestral home, known as Kapoor Haveli, is situated in the fabled Qissa Khwani Bazar. It was built between 1918 and 1922 by the legendary actor's grandfather Dewan Basheswarnath Kapoor.

Raj Kapoor and his uncle Trilok Kapoor were born in the building. It has been declared national heritage by the provincial government.

Veteran actor Dilip Kumar's over 100-year-old ancestral house is also located in the same locality. The house is in shambles and was declared as national heritage in 2014 by the then Nawaz Sharif government.

The owners of the two buildings made several attempts in the past to demolish them for constructing commercial plazas in view of their prime location but all such moves were stopped as the archaeology department wanted to preserve them, keeping in view their historic importance.

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Akhilesh Yadav must apologise for COVID-19 vaccine remark: UP Deputy CM

Posted on 2 Jan 2021 14:32:14 GMT - today-s-headlines

After Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said that he would not get a vaccine shot against coronavirus since it was a "BJP vaccine", Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said Yadav was questioning the efforts of scientists and doctors and should therefore apologise.

The BJP leader said that the SP national President had made a "childish" statement.

"Renowned scientists and doctors across the world are making efforts to defeat coronavirus. Research is on and vaccine candidates have been readied. Akhilesh is now saying that he will not get the vaccine shot made by the BJP. He should apologise for his statement," Maurya said.

Former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday told the media at the Samajwadi Party office in Lucknow: "I do not trust the coronavirus vaccine given by the BJP. How can I believe in a vaccine given by the BJP? When our government comes to power in 2022, everyone in UP will get the vaccine for free."

Akhilesh also claimed that there was no coronavirus outbreak in the country but the BJP had spread fear about it only to intimidate the opposition.

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Expert panel recommends Bharat Biotech's Covaxin for emergency use

Posted on 2 Jan 2021 13:50:18 GMT - today-s-headlines

The Subject Expert Committee of Central Drug Standard Control Organization on Saturday recommended Bharat Biotech's 'Covaxin' for emergency use in India. The final decision on its approval will, however, be taken by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI).

The committee of experts assessing Coronavirus vaccines had called Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech for a meeting in the afternoon today, a day after the firm was asked to present more data to get a nod, a top source said on Saturday.

On Friday, the Subject Expert Committee of the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) had held that the data provided by Bharat Biotech for its Coronavirus vaccine is not sufficient for grant of emergency use approval and asked for more information.

The expert committee, tasked with vetting Covid-19 vaccine proposals, had convened a meeting to take a call on emergency use authorisation sought by the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech for their respective vaccine candidates.

Notably, the panel recommended emergency licensure for the Serum Institute of India-manufactured 'Covishield'. It become the first vaccine to secure recommendation for emergency use in India. The nod of the DCGI is, however, awaited on the recommendation.

The Pune-based Serum Institute has partnered with Oxford-AstraZeneca for conducting clinical trials and manufacturing 'Covishield' while Bharat Biotech has collaborated with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for 'Covaxin'.

America's Pfizer was the first one to apply for the accelerated approval on December 4, followed by the Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech on December 6 and 7, respectively.

The Central government plans to vaccinate nearly 30 crore people in the first phase of drive. It will be offered to one crore healthcare workers, along with 2 crore frontline and essential workers and 27 crore elderly above the age of 50 years most of whom have co-morbidities .

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Won't get COVID-19 vaccine as BJP govt cannot be trusted: Akhilesh Yadav

Posted on 2 Jan 2021 13:13:37 GMT - today-s-headlines

Amid the dry run of coronavirus vaccine taking place in the country, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said that he will not get vaccinated against coronavirus for now as the "BJP government cannot be trusted".

"I will not take the COVID-19 vaccine at this moment. That too given by the Bharatiya Janata Party. How can I trust BJP's vaccine, not a chance. When our government will be formed, everyone will get a free vaccine. We cannot take the BJP vaccine," said Yadav during a press conference here.

 Further cornering the Centre over dry run which is being taken across all states and Union Territories, Yadav said, "What is the need for dry run in the country. This government was eliminating coronavirus by clapping hands and beating utensils. What is the need for such a large cold chain? What is the need for the vaccine?" SP chief's statement comes after Dr Shekhar Mande, Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) said the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and would not have adverse effects and urged people not to hesitate to take it.

"I want to assure everyone that the vaccine is very safe. It has cleared all safety trials and there are no adverse effects. People should not hesitate in taking the vaccine," Mande told ANI.

Mande also said, "If Harsh Vardhan said the dry run was a success in four states, that is the most authentic voice of the government. This is a very good development and should set the country on track for vaccination as soon as approval is granted."

Reactions over Yadav's statement galored on Twitter. Businessman and columnist Suhel Seth said,"People are alarmed that Akhilesh Yadav called it the BJP vaccine. Remember one thing: 2021 is no magical year. There will be idiots across parties who will say stupid things."

According to the Union Health Ministry, the objective of the dry run is to "assess operational feasibility in the use of COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) application in a field environment, to test the linkages between planning and implementation and to identify the challenges and guide the way forward prior to actual implementation".

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Mumbai-based comedian held for remarks against Hindu deities and Home Minister Amit Shah

Posted on 2 Jan 2021 12:21:13 GMT - today-s-headlines

A Mumbai-based stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui and four others were arrested for allegedly passing indecent remarks against Hindu deities and Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a show at Indore in Madhya Pradesh, a police official said on Saturday.

Police said the comedy show was held at a cafe in 56 Dukan area in the city on Friday.

The complaint in this regard was filed by Eklavya Singh Gaur (36), son of local BJP MLA Malini Laxman Singh Gaur, based on which comedian Faruqui and four others were arrested, police said.

Gaur and his associates had gone to the show as an audience, where they objected to the comments and created a ruckus over it. They also forced the event to stop.

"A case was filed late on Friday night against stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui, a resident of Junagadh in Gujarat and four Indore-based persons based on a written complaint filed by Eklavya Singh Gaur, who also submitted a controversial video footage of the comedy show," in-charge of Tukoganj police station Kamlesh Sharma said.

"All the five accused were later arrested," he said.

As per the complaint, indecent remarks were passed against Hindu gods and goddesses and Union Home Minister Amit Shah during the show, Sharma said.

Four other arrested persons were identified as Edwin Anthony, Prakhar Vyas, Priyam Vyas and Nalin Yadav, the police said.

All of them were booked under IPC sections 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), section 269 (unlawful or negligent act likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life) and other relevant provisions.

Meanwhile, talking to reporters, Gaur said, "After purchasing the tickets, my associates and I went to the comedy show, where Faruqui was performing as the main comedian. The show mocked the Hindu deities by passing indecent comments. The Godhra incident and Union Home Minister Amit Shah were also mentioned inappropriately during the show."

"Such objectionable talks were going on during the comedy show. We made a video of them and stopped the show by taking the audience out of the cafe. Then we caught the comedians and organisers of the show and took them to Tukoganj police station," he said.

Gaur, who is also the convener of local outfit Hind Rakshak, alleged that the instruction to maintain physical distance was also not being followed during the comedy show and it was organised without the permission of the authorities.

At least 100 spectators were sitting in a small hall of the cafe, he said.

Some media reports said that the stand-up comedian was also thrashed by the workers of Hind Rakshak during the ruckus in the cafe.

However, Gaur denied the charge.

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