Former Indian captain and current BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly has reached the Apollo Hospital in Kolkata after experiencing discomfort in chest. This comes just weeks after Ganguly underwent treatment for a heart related ailment. Ganguly was admitted to Woodlands hospital in Kolkata on January 2 after he had complained of chest pain and dizziness. He later underwent angioplasty after he was diagnosed with three blockages in the coronary artery.
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee declined to speak at an event where ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans were raised in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The event was organized to celebrate Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's 125th birth anniversary in Kolkata. Slogans were raised after it was announced that Banerjee would address the programme. “I think a government programme should have some dignity. This is a government programme and not a political party's programme. I am grateful to the Prime Minister, Culture Ministry for organizing an event in Kolkata. But it is not right to invite someone and insult them. In protest, I won’t speak. Jai Hind, Jai Bangla,” wrapped up Mamata. BJP leader and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s grandnephew condemned Mamata’s behavior at the event. He said, “Jai Shree Ram isn't a statement where one should react in a very allergic manner. So, I think the honourable Chief Minister (Mamata Banerjee), with due respect to her, need not have reacted adversely to a slogan whether it's Jai Hind or Jai Shree Ram.” Watch the full video for more.
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The Bangabandhu-Bapu Digital Exhibition is part of events marking the 100th birth anniversary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation of Bangladesh, and the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between India and Bangladesh. Their struggle and conviction led to the liberation of their countries and the exhibition tells the story of their resilience and unflinching spirit. The exhibition is currently on display at the Vigyan Bhavan and will be taken to different locations in Bangladesh and India and the UN before culminating in Kolkata in 2022.
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Nepal on Wednesday began its nationwide inoculation drive after receiving one million Covishield vaccines, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), from the Indian government last week. Front line workers such as doctors, nurses, hospital cleaners, members of the security forces and those managing the bodies of people who succumbed to COVID-19 are first in line to get the jab. Dr Sagar Kumar Rajbhandari, the Director of Sukraraj Tropical Infectious Disease Hospital received the first jab of Covishield, marking the start of the "Anti-COVID" drive in the Himalayan Nation. Nepal received a batch of one million doses of Covishield vaccines from India on grant assistance last week which also would be administered to the elderly as well as those suffering from chronic diseases. The Government of Nepal on January 15 approved the use of COVISHIELD developed by Serum Institute of India for emergency use.
Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla on January 22 informed that there is no impact of fire on the production of 'Covishield' vaccine. "The extent of the damage is more than 1,000 crores. The supply of COVID-19 will not be affected due to the fire (at Serum Institute of India facility). No actual vaccine was being made at that facility. The fire has no impact on the production of 'Covishield' vaccine and no damage has occurred to the existing stock either," said Adar Poonawalla. A major fire had occurred at Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) on January 21 that claimed 5 lives also.
While addressing at an event in Hyderabad on January 23, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said, "By freedom, Netaji didn't mean merely emancipation from political bondage, but also equal distribution of wealth, the abolition of caste barriers and social inequalities, destruction of communalism and religious intolerance." "You love and practice your religion but don't hate others," he added.
While addressing at an event in Hyderabad on January 23, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said, "Nationalism doesn't mean only saying 'Jai Hind' or singing 'Jana Gana Mana' or 'Vande Matram'. 'Jai Hind' means every Indian's 'Jai ho' which is possible when their needs are taken care of, they are fed properly, have clothing and don't face discrimination." "Nation doesn't mean geographical boundaries, everything in the nation, their welfare, is nationalism. Ours is a glorious civilization which embodies value of share and care. Our forefathers have given to us philosophy of 'world is one family'," he added.
Speaking to ANI in Hyderabad on January 23, the Health Medical and Family Welfare Minister of Telangana, Eatala Rajender spoke on COVID- 19 vaccination drive. Rajender said, "The COVID-19 vaccine is 99% safe and it is important to get vaccinated. I believe that everyone will come forward for it in coming days."
Sasikala, close aide of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, was released from jail on January 27, after serving a four-year jail term. She had been convicted in a disproportionate assets case, and incarcerated at Parappana Agrahara central jail in Karnataka's Bengaluru. She had been ousted from Jayalalithaa's party AIADMK in 2017. She was set to be the CM before she was convicted and jailed. The development comes just months before Assembly elections in the state. Watch the full video for more.
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After spending four years in jail in connection with disproportionate assets case, former All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader VK Sasikala has been released from the Central Prison, Bengaluru on January 27. Sasikala has been officially released as on 11 am today. She was shifted to Victoria Hospital on January 21 and was tested positive for COVID-19. As per protocol, she will be discharged on 10th day if she is asymptomatic and free of oxygen support for at least 3 days, said Bangalore Medical College. However, Sasikala will remain in the hospital as she is being treated for the COVID-19 infection. Sasikala's advocate, Raja Senthoor Pandian informed, "All formalities have been completed. She is set free from all legal formalities. She will remain at the hospital as per medical advice."
Air Commandore Shailender Sood spoke on the Aero India show 2021. Sood said that the Aero India show will be the first global airshow organized amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sood added that this will show is being organized on a hybrid mode. Aero India will be held from February 3 to February 5 this year in Bengaluru. This will be the 13th edition of the aero show. It will be held at Air Force Station, Yelahanka. Watch the full video for more details.
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Union Health Ministry Additional Secretary Manohar Agnani informed that 23,28,779 beneficiaries have been vaccinated for COVID-19 till January 27 across country. He further informed that so far 16 people have been admitted to the hospital. "23,28,779 beneficiaries have been vaccinated for COVID-19 till January 27 across the country, including 2,99,299 people vaccinated today. Vaccination drive was held across 28 states and UT today. Total of 16 people have been hospitalised and in the last 24 hours, there was one hospitalisation who has been admitted in the Chennai's Apollo hospital," said Additional Secretary Manohar Agnani during a press conference on January 27.
The England cricket team arrived in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai on January 27 for the Test series against India. The first and second Test will be played in Chennai, beginning February 5. The squad led by Joe Root will be under a mandatory six-day quarantine period. Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer had arrived on Sunday and are in quarantine. On Monday, England beat Sri Lanka in the 2nd Test, clinching the series 2-0. India & England are set to lock horns in four Tests, three ODIs, and five T20Is. The first Test will be played at the M A Chidambaram stadium and the second from February 13. Chennai had last hosted a Test match in December 2016 against England. Watch the full video for more.
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England cricket team has arrived in India for the upcoming tour which will start with four-match test series on February 05 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The English cricket team and staff landed at the Chennai International Airport. Joe Root-led team will play four tests, five T20Is and three ODIs against the 'Men in Blue' helmed by Virat Kohli. England's India tour will conclude on March 28.
Bihar BJP spokesperson and Associate Professor of AS College, Azfar Shamshi, was shot at by miscreants while he was going to his chamber on January 27. He has been referred to Patna for treatment. Shamsi had a dispute with another professor of the college. Speaking to mediapersons, Munger SP Manavjit Singh Dhillon said, "We were informed that Azfar Shamsi (also an Associate Professor) was shot by 2-3 men while he was going to his chamber. He's under treatment. His statement has been recorded, he had dispute with another professor of the college whom we have arrested, he will be questioned." Further details are awaited
A missing agriculture officer, Ajay Kumar, was found dead in Patna's Sahebnagar on January 24. The Prima facie probe revealed that he attacked with a shovel. According to police, it was a planned murder. Probe reveals that the main accused attacked the officer with a shovel on Jan 18 and later tried to dispose of the body. It was a planned incident," said City SP Jitendra Kumar. BJP MP from Pataliputra Ram Kripal Yadav expressed his condolences over the killing of the agriculture officer in his constituency and demanded strict action against the perpetrators. "I am saddened to know that an agriculture officer was killed in my parliamentary constituency. I extend my condolences to his family. I demand that the administration take strict action against the accused," said Yadav.
On the killing of IndiGo manager in Patna, Bihar DGP SK Singhal said, "An important aspect which has emerged is that there was a conflict over airport parking contract. Prima facie it appears that the incident occurred due to this reason. It's clear that contract killers were hired for it." On evening of January 12, IndiGo station manager Rupesh Kumar Singh was shot dead outside his residence in Patna. The incident brought the law and order situation of Bihar in question once again.
Along with the rest of the country, the northeast region celebrated the 72nd Republic day. Northeast tableau was displayed in India's capital New Delhi during the annual parade. In Manipur, Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla graced the 72nd Republic Day celebrations as chief guest and unfurled the national flag and also took the salute of the march past at the historic Kangla in Imphal. In Assam, Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi unfurled the national flag on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day at Veterinary College Playground, Khanapara. In Nagaland, the 72nd Republic Day was celebrated at the DDSC ground in Dimapur. 5 contingents took part in the parade. Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) speaker, Sharingain Longkumer graced the event. Meanwhile in Tripura, Governor Ramesh Bais unfurled the national flag at the Assam Rifles parade ground. Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb, CS Manoj Kumar, MP Pratim Bhowmik, and other dignitaries were also present. In Mizoram Governor, PS Sreedharan Pillai unfurled the national flag at Aizawl Lammual.
India dispatched consignments of SII's Covishield to Myanmar, Seychelles and Mauritius. India is sending Covid-19 vaccines as part of donation program to neighbours and key partners. Bhutan, Maldives,..
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