Police used water cannon and lathicharge against Youth Congress workers who were holding a protest demanding the resignation of Kerala's Higher Education Minister KT Jaleel over his alleged involvement in gold smuggling case.
Several protests have been held against KT Jaleel in the state by different parties demanding his resignation.
As India is set to start the vaccination program against COVID-19 on January 16, millions of doses of Covishield vaccine, manufactured by Pune's Serum Institute of India, have reached the length and breadth of the country. Himachal Pradesh has received 93,000 shots on Thursday evening as part of the first consignment which was dispatched from SII's Pune facility. The hilly state has more than 800 active cases of COVID-19. Kerala, which is struggling to keep rising cases under control also received the first batch of the vaccine in Mallapuram. The southern state has more than 65,000 active cases of coronavirus, the highest in the country. Ladakh also got 11,500 doses of the Covishield vaccine as part of the first phase of the vaccination program. BJP MP Jamyang Namgyal and state Health Department Director Dr Phuntsog Angchuk received the vaccine at Leh airport. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the vaccination program at 10:30 AM on January 16 with 3 crore health and frontline workers being listed to get the shots in the first phase.
Malappuram District received COVID-19 vaccines, ahead of pan-India vaccination drive. The first consignment of Covishield also arrived at Leh. So far, several states including Karnataka, New Delhi, Telangana, Bihar and Tamil Nadu have received the vaccine. First phase of COVID vaccination is scheduled to begin from Jan 16.
Film theatres re-opened in the state of Kerala on January 13. Movie theatres got re-opened months after being closed in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. Sanitisation was done inside the theatre premises to avoid spread of infection amid coronavirus. People came in large numbers months after reopening of movie halls. Theatres are reopening with 50% occupancy for the moviegoers.
Youth Congress workers held a "MASHAL AKROSH JULOOS" against the cancellation of winter session and farm laws in Dehradun. They accused the government of dictatorship and asked them to roll back the farm laws. Protestors expressed their resentment by shouting slogans against the Central government. One of the protestors said, "If action is not taken then Youth Congress will hold protest across country and BJP will be responsible."
Punjab Youth Congress workers faced water cannons from Police in Chandigarh after they gheraoed the residence of Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar on December 02. The protest by the Youth Congress workers was against Haryana administration's tackling of protesting farmers last month when the disgruntled community from Punjab decided to march towards the national capital for their 'Delhi Chalo' protest against the new agricultural laws. Protesting farmers who were marching towards Delhi faced water cannon and tear gas shells from Haryana Police. The alleged use of force against farmers drew ire of opposition, mainly from Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh who criticised the handling, and later said he will not pick up the calls of his Haryana counterpart. Thousands of farmers have camped in and around the national capital for seven days now to intensify their protest against the new farm reforms which they have termed as "black laws".
Youth Congress workers staged protest outside Raj Bhavan in Kolkata on September 30 demanding justice for Hathras gang-rape victim. Protestors also demanded resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister..