NEW DELHI 17 JANUARY 2021 SUNDAY `9 PAGES 24 facebook/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard https://epaper.morningstandard.in PLUS: 12 PAGES A Baby Waits for Rebirth MAGAZINE When Love Conquers All Girls in the Kitchen EXCLUSIVE VOICES Prabhu Chawla TJS George K Jayakumar Ravi Shankar The Year of Self Care Mutant Vs Vaccinator Over 1.91 lakh get Covid vaccine on Day 1, no case of post-jab hospitalisation so far, says govt Covaxin recipients sign consent form since its use was allowed only in clinical trial mode SHOT AND SWEET S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi 25.34 6.44 Israel UAE Bahrain 5.44 UK @ Chandigarh/New Delhi AFTER the raids by the I-T department on commission agents in Punjab for supporting the farmers’ protest, the National Investigation Agency has served notices to at least 12 activists who have supported the stir, including Baldev Singh Sirsa, the president of the Lok Bhalai Insaf Welfare Society . Sirsa was summoned for questioning on January 17, two days before the tenth round of talks. The anti-ter ror agency Sanitation worker Manish Kumar became the first recipient of the Covid-19 vaccine on the launch of the drive at AIIMS in New Delhi on Saturday | SHEKHAR YADAV J&K 2,044 3,352 16,755 1,91,181 SESSIONS VACCINATORS list at some session sites. At some centers, due to the malfunctioning in the software, healthcare workers though not scheduled for Saturday’s session were vaccinated for which a process has been evolved and states are being advised to upload details of such beneficiaries in the Co-WIN database. As per the details shared in the press briefing, the highest number of people, 16,693, were vaccinated in Andhra Pradesh followed by Bihar with 16,401. Two types of vaccines, including Covishield, were sent to all states, and Covaxin supplied to 12 states. The govern- BENEFICIARIES ment for now has procured 110 million doses of Covishield by the SII and 55 million doses of Covaxin by Bharat Biotech. The Centre said adequate quantities of vaccines and logistics were ensured at all vaccination session sites. At sites where Covaxin was administered, beneficiaries were also required to sign on a consent form, which said the vaccine was being rolled out in clinical trial mode. In case of any serious adverse event following immunization, medical care and compensation will be provided by the sponsor, Bharat Biotech, P4&7 the form says. 3.71 US 2.54 Denmark 1.69 Slovenia 1.66 Italy 1.64 Spain 1.57 Ireland 1.15 Germany 0.73 Turkey claimed Sirsa had been called as a witness in connection with a terror funding case registered against the Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), a banned Khalistani outfit. “A notice has been sent under Section 160 CrPC, which is done for witness summons,” an NIA official said. The others who were summoned include Baltej Pannu, a radio and TV journalist working with the US and Canada-based media organisations, activist Jasveer Singh, Jasbir Singh Rode, Bal- winder Pal Singh, Sukhpreet Singh Udhoke, Karnail Singh, Mandeep Singh, Paramjit Singh, Ranjit Singh, Surinder Singh, Pardeep Singh, Inderpal Singh Judge, Naresh Kumar and cable TV operator Jaspal Singh. “I got a phone call last night from an NIA official, who then sent me a copy of the notice through WhatsApp. I will appear before the NIA officials on November 18. I will also join the tractor march on January 26,” Jasveer CONTINUED ON P7 said. Russia France COP POLICING IS NOT THE END In Jharkhand, a SI with Master’s degree in Math coaches students on his own PAGE 5 the state government, DIG rank police officers will be empowered to recruit eligible transgenders in the rank of ASI and constable through set norms of appointments. According to ADG (HQ) Jitendra Kumar, against the sanctioned strength of 1,30,243 police personnel, appointments of 51 transgenders will be made to the posts of ASI and the constables in the ratio of 0.039% of their population. As per the ratio-chart, 41 transgenders will be appointed directly to the post of ASI and 10 of the constable. Like other candidates appearing in exam for jobs in the state police, the transgender aspirants, too, will have to qualify in the written and physical exam. The posts will be reserved for the transgenders in the upcoming police recruitment. C’garh was the pioneer Chhattisgarh was the first state to allow transgenders in the police in 2018, though K Prithika Yashini in Tamil Nadu was the first transgender to be inducted In in 2017 Sikkim Uttarakhand Arunachal Pradesh 120 2,276 Uttar Pradesh Bihar 3,528 18,169 18,328 Mizoram 3,096 Tripura Chhattisgarh 5,592 Odisha 13,746 Telangana 274 8,062 314 Jharkhand 3,653 Kerala 585 9,730 Goa 426 13,594 Manipur West Bengal 123 Maharashtra Don’t Buy What the Devil Sells S O M R I TA G H OS H @ New Delhi 829 Assam 21,291 Karnataka Puducherry Andhra Pradesh 18,412 Tamil Nadu 2,945 355 Meghalaya 509 Andaman & Nicobar Islands 225 Lakshadweep 21 Modi harps on India’s self-reliance in taming virus India’s response to the Covid pandemic has been one of self-confidence and self-reliance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as he launched one of the world’s largest vaccination campaigns on Sunday. In an emotion-laced speech, he also said that the country was paying the debt it owed to the lakhs of healthcare and frontline workers who sacrificed their lives and their safety to save lives | P7 Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister 0.6 Delhi 4,319 Daman & Diu Dadra & Nagar Haveli I have interacted with those vaccinated. No one has any problem. All are happy that they will get rid of coronavirus 0.69 Ladakh 79 561 Harsh Vardhan, Health Minister WORLD 1,517 Nagaland MP 9,219 SADHGURU SPEAKS Only 53% get vaccine in Delhi DAY 1 JAB Himachal Pradesh 10,787 This is the beginning of the end of Covid-19. Our scientists have worked at lightning speed to expedite the development of a vaccine 0.46 E PRESS MAPS X Gujarat Amit Shah, Home Minister Bihar to recruit transgenders up to ASI level BIHAR will soon recruit transgenders in the state police force up to the level of Assistant SubInspector (ASI). The Nitish Kumar government issued a notification on T hursday facilitating such appointments based on population of the community . As per the 2011 Census, there are 40,287 transgenders among 10.41 crore people of the state. According to the resolution of 1,319 Two Sides of the Same Song AIIMS director Randeep Guleria, NITI Aayog’s VK Paul get vaccines under health minister’s watch 9,279 This vaccine represents the determination of self-reliant India. I bow to all our corona warriors EMPOWERMENT R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna Punjab Rajasthan Narendra Modi, Prime Minister NIA summons supporters of farmers in terror funding case EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 265 5,589 Our scientists and experts were assured about the safety and efficacy, so stay away from propaganda, rumours or misinformation WORLD VACCINATION PER 100 PERSONS 16.84 Chandigarh Haryana (Source: ourworldindata.org) ABOUT 63% of the targeted 3 lakh plus healthcare workers scheduled to get the Covid-19 vaccine on the first day on Saturday took the shot, the union ministry of health and family welfare said. The ministry announced that 3,352 sessions were held throughout the country wherein 1,91,181 beneficiaries were vaccinated. The number was first declared to be 1,65,714 as per provisional reports but was later revised. The ministry had earlier said at every 3,006 vaccination centre throughout the country 100 , beneficiaries would be vaccinated on the first day Though . the immediate reasons for the fewer than targeted number of vaccinations achieved was not shared, sources in the government conceded that at most places, less than the invited beneficiaries had turned up. In the first phase, the government plans to vaccinate nearly 1 crore healthcare workers followed by about 2 crore frontline workers comprising police, paramilitary and defence personnel, among others. Additional secretary in the ministry, Manohar Agnani, said on Saturday that no hospitalization post vaccination anywhere in the country had been reported so far. But he mentioned two glitches in the CoWIN software, especially designed for the vaccination drive, which included delay in uploading of the beneficiary Delivering on Some Promises Anand Neelakantan Anuja Chandramouli S Vaidhyasubramaniam Sathya Saran DELHI saw 4,319 healthcare workers turning up to get vaccinated, a little over half of what was expected by the Delhi government. The government had set a target of 8,100 to be vaccinated on Day 1 but the turnout was only 53.32%. It was no less than a festival on Saturday with , hospitals in the national capital decorated for the occasion. At the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Manish Kumar, a sanitation worker, became the first recipient of the vaccine in the national capital. Sending out a strong message that the vaccines were safe, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria followed by NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul also got vaccinated. At the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan Hospital, a nurse from Kerala, Biji Tomy got the first , Covid-19 vaccine. About 51 people across all 11 districts reported adverse events following the vaccination. According to the NDMC, two healthcare workers suffered mild tightness in the chest. They were kept under observation and discharged 30 minutes later after they felt normal. At the central government-run Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, only 31 people turned up. At the Delhi government’s Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, around 50 received the vaccine. The numbers at private hospitals were higher. “When we got the news that our hospital will be a vaccination site, it was a ray of hope. We even did a dry run,” said Sahar Qureshi of the Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital, Saket.
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