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.
Schools for higher classes opened in several states on January 04 after a break of more than nine months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bihar reopened schools for students of classes 9-12th. However, schools have to follow all COVID-19 protocols issued by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Meanwhile, schools in Maharashtra also reopened for class 9 and 10 today. Students were seen going to school in Nagpur city. Apart from Bihar and Maharashtra, schools reopened for students of classes 1 to 12 in Puducherry. Half-day classes from 10 am to 1 pm will be held till January 18th after which full-day classes will resume in the union territory.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah released 'National Police K-9 Journal' on January 02 at MHA. Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Director General, Border Security Force (BSF) DG, and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) DG along with other officers were present at the event. K-9 Magazine is the only national publication dedicated to police officers who work with service dogs.
Minister of State for External Affairs, V Muraleedharan appreciated the investigative agencies in overcoming efforts by state government for trying to sabotage the probe in gold smuggling case. He also..