Maharashtra govt wasted 5 lakh doses of Covid vaccines due to lack of planning: Javadekar
Thursday, 8 April 2021 () Union minister and senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar alleged on Thursday that five lakh doses of the Covid-19 vaccines were wasted in Maharashtra due to a lack of planning by the state government.
In view of rise in COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra government imposed weekend lockdown. Marine Lines and Marine Drive wore deserted look due to lockdown. The lockdown will remain from 8 pm on Friday till 7 am on Monday. On an average, Maharashtra is reporting over 50,000 cases daily.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar rejected claims of shortage in Covid-19 vaccine supply. Javadekar accused the Maharashtra government of wasting five lakh doses during the vaccination process. This comes as health ministers of some states said that there is a shortage of vaccines and demanded more doses from the Centre. Maharashtra Health minister Rajesh Tope accused the Centre of supplying less number of vaccines. Tope said that the state has only two days of stock of Covid-19 vaccines. Watch the full video for more details.
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Union Minister and BJP leader Prakash Javadekar lashed out at Maharashtra government over extortion allegations against Anil Deshmukh and Sachin Waze case. "It is clear that Maharashtra's Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) is actually 'Maha Vasooli Aghadi'. Its common minimum programme is 'collect money through police'," said Prakash Javadekar.
Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan met US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry on Wednesday. The dignitaries held talks on several issues including energy and technology. The meeting took place in New Delhi. John Kerry is on a four-day visit to India, from April 5 to April 8. Kerry earlier met union ministers S Jaishankar, Nirmala Sitharaman and Prakash Javadekar. Kerry is here to prepare for US President Joe Biden’s Climate Change Summit on April 22.
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As the second wave of COVID-19 hit India, demand of medical oxygen increased in Maharashtra's Pune. The suppliers are facing difficulties in procuring the liquid oxygen from the manufacturers. Maharashtra government on April 13 announced the imposition of Section 144 in the state from today in view of rising COVID-19 cases. Maharashtra had reported 60,212 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.
Soon after Maharashtra government announced strict restrictions including Section 144 to contain COVID-19 spread from April 14, migrant workers started to return to their hometowns. Sharing their plight, one of the migrants said, "We are heading to our villages since this lockdown was announced. We have faced a lot, if we get stuck this time as well, what will we do? Government does not care about the poor." A huge queue of migrants was seen at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in Mumbai.
Amid surge in COVID-19 cases, Himachal board examination for 10th and 12th classes started on April 14. Schools have been given strict instructions to follow COVID norms to ensure safety of the children. Over 2.5 Lakh students are appearing in both standards of the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education. Principal of Girls School Narendra Kumar Sood said, "Today examination of 10th and 12th board had begun. Hindi paper for 10th in morning session and English for 12th in evening session. Guards have also been ordered for thermal scanning and sanitization of the children before entrance. Social distancing would be maintained. We have followed all COVID norms so that it won't affect the children and examination."
Devotees took a holy dip at the Har Ki Pauri ghat in Uttarakhand's Haridwar on the occasion of the third 'Shahi Snan' in Kumbh on April 14. The first bath was held on March 11 on the occasion of Mahashivratri, while the second took place on April 12. Haridwar remains heavily crowded, despite skyrocketing cases of COVID-19.
Clash broke out between BJP and TMC workers during a roadshow of party state president Dilip Ghosh's in West Bengal's Bardhaman on April 13. Party workers of BJP, TMC pelted stones at each other. TMC Party office was also vandalised. Police rushed to the spot and handled the situation. The fifth and sixth phases of the ongoing Assembly elections in the state will take place on April 17 and April 22. Counting of votes will take place on May 02.
Addressing a press conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said so far states and UTs have received 13,10,90,370 vaccine doses, out of which the total consumption, including wastage, has been..
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