Following the recent delivery of million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from India on grant, Nepal is expected to begin an inoculation drive against the infection from next week.With the announcement of this valuable vaccination drive starting in next ten days, Nepal's Minister of Health and Population Hridayesh Tripathi requested India for continued support to deliver adequate numbers of vaccines to the Himalayan Nation to inoculate 72 percent of nearly 3 million population. COVISHIELD produced by Serum Institute of India reached the Himalyan nation on Thursday afternoon. The vaccine that arrived Nepal in grant assistance would be first administered to frontline workers. Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra also assured that India would continue to work on the spirit of People first and Neighborhood first Policy.
Hard of hearing people use visual cues, like the movement of another person’s lips, to understand and interact with others. But since the pandemic struck, the use of face masks has interfered with people's ability to communicate clearly.
Sunday's presidential election in Portugal comes at a very difficult moment in the fight against COVID-19. The country is under lockdown and the traditional last round of political campaigning has been scrapped. Now candidates and observers fear a record-low voter turnout, casting doubt on polls.
Ahmedabad-based artist Aejaz Saiyed gave final touch to an artwork featuring United States of America's new President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Mahatma Gandhi. Through his artwork, Saiyed hopes for the peace and good relations between India and US. Meanwhile, Biden took oath as the 46th President of USA on Jan 20. Harris also took oath as the first female VP of USA.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on January 19 said that the government has decided to rename the dragon fruit as 'Kamalam' since it resembles to lotus. According to the CM, the word dragon fruit sounded inappropriate and so the Gujarat government has decided the fruit be called Kamalam. "Farmers say it looks like lotus and that is the reason we have renamed it 'Kamalam. So, the Gujarat government has decided to call the fruit Kamalam," said Chief Minister Rupani. Appreciating the government's decision, a shopkeeper in Ahmedabad said, "It's good that the government has decided to rename the fruit as Kamalam. India and China keep fighting. So, it's better to name it as Indian fruit." Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly radio program Mann Ki Baat in July 2019 had praised the farmers of Kutch for the cultivation of dragon fruit so that India can be self-reliant.
During his address in the foundation stone laying ceremony of Ahmedabad and Surat metro rail projects, PM Modi said that the best example to see the work difference between previous governments and current government is the expansion of metro rail network across country. He further said that there was a time when there was no modern thinking regarding metro network and no metro policy. "Best example to see difference between approaches of previous governments' work and work of current government is the expansion of metro rail network across country. Before 2014, only 225 kms of metro line became operational in 10-12 yrs. In last 6 yrs, over 450 kms of metro network became operational. Work is underway on over 1000 kms of metro network in 27 cities across the nation, as of now. There was a time when there was no modern thinking in nation, regarding metro network. There was no metro policy. As a result, there were different kinds of metro in different cities."