India’s 1st round of covid vaccines for essential service workers likely in Jan; pharmacists to be deployed in 2nd round: Report

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October 19, 2020

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India is likely to begin administering the first round of Covid-19 vaccines to healthcare and essential service workers in January, and pharmacists may be deployed to administer the vaccine in the second phase, according to a Business Standard report.

According to the report, which cites an official, India has enough trained vaccinators to administer the first shots of the Covid-19 vaccine to the first 3 crore people but may need more vaccinators as the government is targeting 30 crore shots by June 2021. The official also said that final-year MBBS and nursing students will need to be deployed in addition to the auxiliary midwife workforce, and healthcare workers.

According to the official, pharmacists are also likely to be roped into the vaccination programme as the government seeks to make it a mass movement.

Jagannath Shinde, chairman, All Indian Origin Chemists & Distributors, said that India's 8 lakh pharmacists will likely be enthusiastic if they are asked to participate in the vaccination programme and that they are already training people to administer insulin injections.

However, regulations do not permit pharmacists to administer vaccines, and changes may be needed to enlist them for the programme.

For training and certifying the vaccinators, the government may fall back to the Healthcare Sector Skill Council, a certifying organisation under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, to prepare the vaccinator force for the programme.

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November 26,2020

Bengaluru, Nov 26: A 62-year-old priest has been arrested for raping a 10-year-old girl inside his daughter's house located within a temple in Devanahalli on the northern outskirts of Bengaluru, a senior police officer said. 

Venkataramanappa was visiting his daughter who lives with her husband in a house located within the premises of Chowdeshwari temple. 

Venkataramanappa lives with his wife in Chikkaballapura. His two daughters are married to temple priests. One of them lives in Devanahalli and another in Yelahanka. 

His son-in-law, the priest at the Chowdeshwari temple, had gone out of town, and Venkataramanappa was officiating him for conducting daily rituals. 

C K Baba, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast), said that around 4.30 pm on Tuesday, Venkataramanappa saw the girl playing near his house. The girl's family lives nearby, and her father runs a scrap shop. 

Venkataramanappa allegedly called her on the pretext of giving sweets, took her into the house and raped her, the DCP said. 

The girl's family grew anxious after she didn't return home, and started looking for her. A woman who sells flowers outside the temple told them that she had seen the girl going into the priest's house. 

As the family walked to the house, they saw the girl coming out crying. She narrated the incident, and a crowd gathered soon after. Police were called, and the girl and her parents were taken to the local government hospital for medical tests, Baba explained. 

Based on CCTV footage and the flower vendor's statement, police picked up Venkataramanappa for questioning. He was booked for rape under the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act, and arrested. Police claim he has confessed.  On Wednesday, a court remanded him in judicial custody.

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November 25,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 25: Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Chauhan said on Tuesday that a law to ban cow slaughter, sale and consumption of beef would be tabled in the forthcoming Assembly session starting December 7.

Speaking to reporters, Chauhan said that the department has been consulting with the experts from various fields besides studying similar laws enacted by other states. “I can assure that our law will be harsher than all the other states which have enacted similar laws,” he said.

Chauhan added that he has held discussions with Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa in this regard and he too is happy with the progress.

Yediyurappa had assured at the BJP state executive committee meeting held in Mangaluru recently that his government is committed to enact stronger laws to ban cow slaughter as well as prevent forcible conversions (‘Love Jihad’).

He added that once the new law comes into force, selling and consuming cow meat and slaughtering of cows will be banned completely, along with transportation of cows to other states.

“Safeguarding cows is our priority. I am very happy that this law will be piloted by me in the Assembly,” he said.

In 2010, Yediyurappa in his first stint as Chief Minister had introduced the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2010.

The legislation would have instituted a blanket ban on cow slaughter and consumption of beef. However, the bill did not get presidential assent and was withdrawn after the Congress returned to power in 2013.

Both the passage of the bill in 2010 and its withdrawal triggered protests by groups on the opposite spectrum of the debate on cow slaughter.

Karnataka already has the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964, which permits slaughter of bulls, bullocks and buffalos that are over 12 years of age and are unfit for breeding and giving milk.

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November 27,2020

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New Delhi, Nov 27: The Indian Navy’s MiG-29K trainer aircraft crashed into the sea on Thursday after which one pilot has gone missing and one pilot has been recovered, news agency reported. The naval force on Friday confirmed that the accident occurred at 5 pm on Thursday.

“One pilot recovered and search by air and surface units in progress for the second pilot,” Indian Navy said in a statement.

An inquiry has been ordered to investigate the incident, the Indian Navy said.

"A MiG-29K trainer aircraft operating at sea ditched at about 1700 hrs on 26 Nov 20. One pilot has been recovered and search by air and surface units is in progress for the second pilot. An inquiry has been ordered to investigate the incident,” the Indian Navy said in a statement.

MiG-29 aircraft operate from aircraft carrier INS 'Vikramaditya'. In the recently concluded Malabar exercise, where navies of India, USA, Australia, and Japan participated, MiG-29s were seen in action.

In February this year, an Indian Navy MiG aircraft crashed while conducting a routine sortie in Goa. The MiG-29K aircraft was conducting a routine training sortie off the coast of Goa when it crashed at around 10.30 am.

The pilot of the aircraft ejected safely and was rescued.

The twin-engine, single-seater aircraft developed a "technical snag" due to which it crashed. The aircraft had flown from the INS Hansa base at Vasco in South Goa.

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