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.
Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal on December 25 informed that the recent proposal sent by China's People's Liberation Army has been refused. He further assured that there is no need to worry as under the leadership of PM Modi, people of Ladakh feel safe. MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal said, "Till Modi Ji, Amit Shah Ji are in central government and Rajnath Ji is Defence Minister, people of India don't need to worry. With steps taken by government in border areas, whether it is Ladakh or Arunachal Pradesh, not even an inch of land can be invaded by outsiders. The proposal sent by PLA has been refused. As a local of Ladakh and representative of people, we have been witnessing the drama by neighbouring countries since long. For the first time, under the leadership of PM Modi, people of Ladakh feel safe."
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal paid floral tribute to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 96th birth anniversary.
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.
Zoji La pass which normally shuts down for travelers around November 20 due to heavy snow on roads, has remained opened because of the efforts by the Border Roads Organisation. The BRO officials continuously cleared the ice from roads in bone chilling cold and made the route available for the travelers. Zoji La pass, national highway one delta is the most important route between Srinagar and Leh.
A cyclothon was organised by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in Leh on December 22. It was held at 11,500 feet under 'Fit India Campaign'. Lok Sabha MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal flagged off the cyclothon. The purpose of the event is to keep jawans fit in the areas where temperature is less than -20 degrees.
Leh recorded a freezing -18 degrees Celsius night temperature which is the coldest of the season. The dripping temperature poses a lot of difficulties and challenges in the daily lives of the people living in Leh, Ladakh. The majority of the households, specially belonging to the rural areas depend on the traditional heating system using wood and dry dung fuel to battle the freezing cold winter. LPG run heaters, kerosene and even electric heaters are also majorly used. Despite the freezing cold weather, the silver lining for which all the Ladakhis look forward to is the formation of ice rings on the water bodies during the winter. Despite chilly weather, sports enthusiasts reach Leh for sports activities such as ice skating and ice hockey. Ice hockey has become a major sport in Ladakh in the last decade and is enjoyed and loved by people from the all over Ladakh.
The Congress proposed that the TMC should merge with it instead to put up a united fight against the BJP. The BJP, which has emerged as a potent force in the state, said the TMC's suggestion amounted to admission that it was not in a position to take on the saffron party on its own in the assembly polls in West Bengal due in April-May. "If the Left Front and the Congress are genuinely anti-BJP, they should rally behind Mamata Banerjee in her fight against the communal and divisive politics of the saffron party," senior TMC MP Sougata Roy said. Reacting to the TMC's proposal, state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury blamed the West Bengal's ruling party for the growth of the BJP in the state. "We are not interested in aligning with the TMC. Why is the TMC now interested in an alliance with us after poaching our MLAs over the last 10 years. If Mamata Banerjee is in keen on fighting the BJP, then she should join the Congress as it is the only pan-India platform to fight against communalism," he said. Watch the full video for more details.
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Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury on January 15 offered Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee to join his party to stop Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form the government in the state in upcoming WB assembly elections. He said, "They felt it'll be difficult for them to survive without Congress. They came to power with Congress' help but then left no stone unturned to finish Congress. They weakened secular parties like Congress and Left in WB, which made a communal party like BJP rise." "She (Mamata Banerjee) should come to Congress as there's no option other than Congress to stop BJP. If they can feel this, they should join forces under Congress' leadership. Congress had kept secularism intact for 100 years in this nation by facing BJP and its ancestors," he added. Adhir statement comes after Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Saugata Roy asked Left and the Congress to support CM Banerjee in her fight against BJP if they are "genuinely" anti-BJP.
The preparations for upcoming election are in full swing in Leh as Ladakh will witness it's first-ever election after it became UT. Political parties have started their campaigns for Ladakh Autonomous..