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Kejriwal well-wisher of terrorism, Congress opposed Somnath temple reconstruction: Adityanath
Times of India | 11 hours ago | |
Times of India
11 hours ago | |

SOMNATH: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday dubbed Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal as a 'namoona' or buffoon, and accused him and his party of supporting terrorism and corruption. Speaking at an election rally in Somnath town in Gir Somnath district of Gujarat for BJP candidates, he also accused main opposition Congress of not respecting other people's religions because of its "Muslim vote bank". "A 'Namoona' (buffoon) from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) who is visiting Gujarat now a days is a true well-wisher of terrorism. He had also opposed the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. He had sought proof from our brave soldiers when the Indian Army carried out a surgical strike in Pakistan," said Adityanath, who is among the Bharatiya Janata Party's star campaigners. "When the Pakistan government itself was admitting that the strike had broken their back, AAP kept on asking for evidence. Support for terrorism and corruption is in their genes," the UP CM claimed. "Professional rioters" as well as goons and criminals who enjoyed the patronage of Congress and its allies used to harass common citizens, poor people and traders in his state, Adityanath said. "But now riots no longer take place in Uttar Pradesh. Our bulldozers have made Uttar Pradesh riot-free," he said. "Do you believe that Congress would have removed Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir? Would Congress or AAP give consent for the construction of Ram temple? It was (prime minister Narendra) Modi ji and BJP government and Gujarat who stood by you in your difficult times. They gave you free treatment, vaccines and ration during COVID-19 pandemic," he said. Neither Congress nor AAP will respect your faith and neither of them are capable of protecting you, he told the audience. "Only the BJP can do that because we believe in Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas (progress for all by taking along all)," Adityanath said. The Congress party and the country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru opposed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's proposal to rebuild the Somnath temple, he alleged. "Because of its Muslim vote bank, Congress never wanted to respect your faith. That is the reason why Congress was against rebuilding the Somnath temple. But with his strong will, Sardar Patel went ahead with the construction. Even attempts were made to stop President Rajendra Prasad from attending the event. Can you support such a party?" Adityanath asked. He also accused the Congress of insulting Dr B R Ambedkar and trying to defeat him in elections. Reacting to Adityanath's swipes at him, Kejriwal took to Twitter and said people should vote for the BJP only if they wanted foul language, hooliganism, corruption and dirty politics. "And if you want schools, hospitals, electricity, water connections and roads then give your vote to me," said the Delhi chief minister who too is in Gujarat for campaigning. Gujarat will go to the polls in two phases on December 1 and 5.

Kejriwal well-wisher of terrorism, Congress opposed Somnath temple reconstruction: Adityanath
Measles Outbreak: What's Needed To Prevent Spread In Children
Ndtv | 1 day ago | |
Ndtv
1 day ago | |

Mumbai and other districts in Maharashtra have reported a sharp rise in measles cases (AFP)New Delhi: Increasing measles cases in several states have raised concern whether it could spread to more areas. Measles cases have been reported from Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala and Maharashtra.Mumbai and other districts in Maharashtra have reported a sharp rise in measles cases, prompting the centre to ask states to consider administering an additional dose of measles and rubella vaccines to children aged nine months to five years in vulnerable areas.Doctors have explained certain steps that could help in preventing the spread of measles.First, at least three doses of measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR, vaccination are needed to protect children, say doctors.The first dose is when a child is nine months old. The second is on turning 15 months old. And the third on turning five or six years old.Infected children should be isolated from others to prevent spread of the virus. A good diet, proper hydration and maintaining hygiene along with taking antibiotics will help fight measles infection, say doctors.MMR vaccine in a two-dose schedule has also successfully eliminated measles, mumps and rubella from many developed countries.Mumbai on Thursday recorded 19 new cases of measles and one death.In a letter to all the states and Union Territories, the Health Ministry said the measles case surge is of particular concern.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"It is also clear that in all such geographies, the affected children were predominantly unvaccinated and the average coverage of Measles and Rubella Containing Vaccine (MRCV) among the eligible beneficiaries is also significantly below the national average," Health Ministry's Joint Secretary P Ashok Babu said in the letter.As the viral disease is known to surge between November and March, the Health Ministry said a fever and rash surveillance mechanism needs to be worked out for early case identification.Featured Video Of The DayGujarat Elections: Women, Youth And Their 'Mann Ki Baat'

Measles Outbreak: What's Needed To Prevent Spread In Children
  • Centre Deploys Teams To Look Into Surge In Measles Cases In 3 Cities
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    A surge in cases of measles among children have been seen in these three cities. (Representational)New Delhi: The Centre has deployed high-level teams to Ranchi (Jharkhand), Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and Malappuram (Kerala) to assess and manage increase in number of measles cases among children there.In an official statement, the health ministry said the teams will probe the rising trend of measles cases.They will assist the state health authorities in investigating the outbreak and facilitate operationalization of requisite control and containment, it said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comA surge in cases of measles among children have been seen in these three cities.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayWhatsApp's Secret New Feature Will Make Your Life Easier

Lumpy Skin Disease: Maharashtra government pays Rs 20 crore to those whose cattle died in outbreak
The Indian Express | 1 day ago | |
The Indian Express
1 day ago | |

The Maharashtra government has paid a compensation of Rs 20.12 crore to 7,909 cattle owners whose cattle died in the recent Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) outbreak, a statement issued by the animal husbandry department said.Though the disease has been declining in the state, a total of 20,361 infected animals have died to date ever since the outbreak in September, the statement added.Lumpy Skin Disease is a rapidly spreading infectious disease in livestock but it is curable if treated promptly. Till November 24, the disease has been reported in 3,741 epicentres in 34 districts in the state. Out of the 2,98,285 infected livestock, 2,19,657 livestock have recovered after treatment, the statement said.Maharashtra Animal Husbandry Commissioner Sachindra Pratap Singh has now issued instructions to implement a ‘Majha Gotha, Swachh Gotha’ campaign to control the disease spread, especially as the state-level task force had found that both the practices of sending cattle for grazing in herds and taking them for watering at public watering facilities were also responsible for the spread of the disease.In an official statement, Singh has also called for stepping up awareness among animal owners to stop both of these practices till Lumpy Skin Disease is brought under control. He has appealed to farmers and Gram Panchayats to follow the insect vector control, disinfection and isolation guidelines published by Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Science University on October 7 this year in the form of a campaign.The government and private veterinary practitioners should treat animals infected with Lumpy Skin Disease as per the revised protocol of Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Science University dated October 17, he added.Farmers have also been urged to avail free treatment and vaccinations for their affected cattle at their doorstep, by providing details of the disease symptoms to nearby government veterinary dispensaries. Instructions have also been issued that the vaccine should be administered on a mission mode to calves of cows not infected with LSD, calves of cows not vaccinated and the cattle class animals that have not been vaccinated yet.Meanwhile, 138.47 lakh animals have been vaccinated for free. The state has completed 98.96% of the vaccination of cattle and 144.12 lakh vaccine doses have been made available to date.Lumpy Skin Disease is a cutaneous viral disease of bovines that is not transmitted to human beings either from animals or through cow milk.

Lumpy Skin Disease: Maharashtra government pays Rs 20 crore to those whose cattle died in outbreak
Days ahead of Gujarat polls, PM Modi has a developmental pitch in Palanpur
The Indian Express | 2 days ago | |
The Indian Express
2 days ago | |

With days to go for the Gujarat Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while campaigning in Palanpur, an area which the Congress won with a margin of over 17,000 votes in 2017, pitched five Ps —paryatan, paryavaran, paani, pashudhan, ane poshan (tourism, environment, water, animal husbandry and nutrition) — as the way forward for the development of the state.“I remember that during a speech at the Vibrant Gujarat summit in 2004, our former president APJ Abdul Kalam had expressed his concern that India, despite such great cultural heritage, ranked 30th in the world in terms of tourism. This needs to change… If I talk about Gujarat, it has created new possibilities of development. At Dharoi, the Narmada river flows into the Sardar Sarovar dam, but no one thought it to be as an area that can be developed for tourism. However, now, with the Statue of Unity, thousands of tourists from across the world come here,” the Prime Minister said.Delighted to be among the energetic people of Palanpur. Addressing a @BJP4Gujarat rally. https://t.co/8hegd4dVND— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 24, 2022He added: “To make a 500-room hotel, crores of rupees are needed but we started the initiative of homestays. 500 such establishments are there near the statue. Today, tourists can live at people’s homes, ensuring income (for the homestay proprietors)… So many people have also kept a taxi with their homestays so that they can organise a tour for the visitors. A new business has been set up around the Statue of Unity. Imagine what can be done here (in Palanpur),” PM Modi said.Addressing the issue of animal welfare, the PM stated, “Everyone knows about the free Covid vaccines we gave out but not many have an idea about the free vaccination drive that we carry out for animals. We spend Rs 13,000 crore to free them of diseases.”Asking the people to think about the future when they go to exercise their franchise, Modi said: “When you go to vote, consider your future for the next 25 years. Your future will be ensured by Gujarat’s bright future for the next 25 years. The work that has been undertaken in the sphere of infrastructure will provide great support to Banaskantha. Big warehouses and cold storages will be set up as entire North Gujarat’s goods, which will be shipped from the ports of Kandla, Mundra or Mumbai, will be via the logistics hub at Banaskantha and Palanpur… As a result, the bright days of north Gujarat through economic progress…. is in your hands. You have to make the lotus bloom, make the government stronger and we will bring zabardast parivartan (extraordinary change).”

Days ahead of Gujarat polls, PM Modi has a developmental pitch in Palanpur
Will strip Arvind Kejriwal and send him to Delhi, warns Jetha Bharwad
Times of India | 3 days ago | |
Times of India
3 days ago | |

VADODARA: Shehra MLA and deputy speaker of the state assembly, Jetha Ahir aka Jetha Bharwad, courted controversy on Tuesday when he said that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal would be stripped and sent back to Delhi. Ahir was addressing an election meeting in Shehra, which was also addressed by national BJP president J P Nadda. Mentioning about Kejriwal in his speech, Ahir said that people in Gujarat have said that Kejriwal has come here (Gujarat). "So, we will send him (Kejriwal) back only with the clothes he is wearing. In fact, we will strip him and send him back to Delhi," said Ahir, who commented that "Kejriwal was indeed naked (literally translated)", when asked by the media to comment on his remark. "He only talks about giving free things, but we gave free grains for two years to the poor and also free vaccines. A friend was telling me that there is no electricity in Punjab, which is facing problems like drugs, mafia and arms," said Ahir, adding that Khalistanis were becoming active again. Ahir further stated that Kejriwal is dividing the country and he should go to Pakistan or Afghanistan. In his address to the gathering, Nadda slammed former Congress president Rahul Gandhi's 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' and said that he wondered if Gandhi was joining the nation or dividing it. "Rahul Gandhi stood with people who raised the slogans in support of Afzal Guru who was hanged for attacking the Parliament," he said. Nadda took a dig at Gandhi and said that he should instead join his party first. The BJP chief also came down on Gandhi for moving around with Narmada Bachao Andolan activist Medha Patkar. "She (Patkar) led to a delay of 15 years in construction of the Sardar Sarovar dam and delayed increasing its height. These people conspired against the development of Gujarat," he said.

Will strip Arvind Kejriwal and send him to Delhi, warns Jetha Bharwad
PM Narendra Modi reined in crime, riots in Gujarat: UP CM Yogi Adityanth
Times of India | 5 days ago | |
Times of India
5 days ago | |

LUCKNOW: Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said that PM Narendra Modi successfully controlled riots and crime when he was the chief minister of Gujarat and "imposed curfews on curfews". Addressing election rallies in Chhota Udaipur and Kheda of poll-bound Gujarat, Yogi also launched a fresh offensive against Congress saying that if the party was in power then its "unscrupulous" leaders would have devoured the ration and sold Corona vaccines in the black market. He slammed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka for remaining "invisible" during the pandemic. "There is a difference in what Congress says and what it does," he said. Yogi's rallies were organised in Sankheda and Mahmedabad assembly constituencies of Chhota Udaipur and Kheda districts.Reaching out to the Scheduled Tribes, Yogi said that several steps have been taken under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi to uplift and give due honour to them. He categorically cited the election of Droupadi Murmu as the first tribal president of India since Independence. He said that the STs, who were an important part of Lord Rama's army and played a key role in the establishment of Ramrajya in the country, are getting the benefits of all welfare schemes of the government, such as houses under PM Awas Yojana, electricity, tap water under Har Ghar Nal, pension for destitute women, widows and differently abled etc. He said that a university in the name of Birsa Munda was also being built in Gujarat whereas tribal students were being provided hostel facilities and scholarships. Yogi said an attempt was being made to provide the benefits of welfare schemes to everyone, irrespective of caste or community and without any discrimination. The CM said that it's the outcome of the vision of PM Modi and the bold and determined initiative of home minister Amit Shah that article 370 was abrogated from Jammu & Kashmir. "This was the last nail in the coffin of terrorism," he said, adding that Naxalism will also end in the country under the strong leadership of PM Modi. He said that as India celebrates the Amrit Mahotsav, it has become the fifth largest economy of the world and is leading G20 (Group of 20 most powerful nations) that control 80% of the world. Yogi credited PM Modi for enhancing India's global prestige. He said that PM Modi has respected the faith of the country and it was because of his leadership that a grand Ram Temple was being built in Ayodhya.

PM Narendra Modi reined in crime, riots in Gujarat: UP CM Yogi Adityanth
Fadnavis targets Rahul, blames Congress for partition
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

Taking a swipe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Friday said India is already united under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He added that Gandhi’s march is not to unite India but those opposing Modi.In an apparent reference to Gandhi, Fadnavis said, “Yuvraj’s yatra has reached Maharashtra. It is not a Bharat Jodo yatra, it is a yatra for uniting the Opposition parties, uniting Modiji’s opposers (virodhi) because they have understood their time is over.”Reacting to Gandhi’s comments on VD Savarkar in Maharashtra, Fadnavis added, “These are such people who do not believe in Savarkar, Sardar Patel or Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.”Blaming the Congress for the India-Pakistan partition, he said, “I want to say to Rahul ji that if you really want to unite Bharat, then take this yatra from Somnath to Vishwanath. If you want to really unite Bharat, then join your hearts with those of our Hindu brothers who had to leave Kashmir. Bharat is already united and for the first time the entire country is standing behind one person—Narendrabhai Modiji.”The BJP star campaigner, who was campaigning for the party’s Gautambhai Chauhan at Talaja in Bhavnagar, also highlighted national issues such as border security, the Russia-Ukraine war and Covid vaccination.A BJP stronghold since 2002, the Talaja seat was, however, won by Congress’s Kanu Baraiya in 2017.Brushing off the anti-incumbency factor, Fadnavis expressed confidence that Gujarat will yet again go with PM Modi.” Further targeting Congress, he said, “Gujarat’s people are hoshiyar (smart). When the country became independent, immediately Mahatma Gandhi had said that Congress’s work is over, it should be dissolved. But people did not understand. The Congress continued along with its corruption. Gujarat’s people remembered what Gandhiji had said and since 27 years, they have obliterated Congress’ presence…”Later in the day, Fadnavis also campaigned for Sangita Patil in Surat’s Limbayat—dominated by the Maharashtrian community.Taking on Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Fadnavis said in Limbayat, “Everybody’s eyes are on Gujarat. Some Delhi people have also come here to spread falsehood. After the election, they will return to Delhi. They are in the habit of spreading falsehood and if a competition of spreading falsehood is organised, AAP will win the gold medal in it.”He reminded that AAP had tried their best in Goa, too, but failed. “In Punjab, people had given them a chance and now they have realised the mistake they have made. They (AAP) are shaking hands with the Khalistan people who want to damage our country,” he said.

Fadnavis targets Rahul, blames Congress for partition
Gujarat polls 2022: Cast vote and get your animals tested in Junagadh
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

In a novel way to boost voter turnout, the Junagadh district administration will be facilitating health checkups of not only those coming to vote but also their domesticated animals at selected booths. Junagadh district has five assembly constituencies. The facilities will be set up outside the 100m radius of 10 booths — five for medical checkup of voters and five for animals — across the district. Junagadh collector Rachit Raj told TOI, “All those coming to vote can avail of the health checkup facilities. All necessary tests will be done and medicines will also be prescribed. Junagadh is an agrarian economy and a majority of people are dependent on animal husbandry. They can bring their animals who will be examined during the time the owners go to vote. ”The animals will also be given vaccines if required. Raj decided to implement this idea which was appreciated by the Election Commission of India. There are a total of 1,346 booths in Junagadh district. The voter turnout in the district has remained average in the past two assembly elections. According to official figures, the turnout in 2012 was 67% which reduced to 62% in 2017. This year, the administration has set a target of achieving at least 82% turnout. All booths where the voting percentage was less have been identified to encourage more people to come to the polling stations. The district has a total 12. 72 lakh registered voters.

Gujarat polls 2022: Cast vote and get your animals tested in Junagadh
Rains add to lumpy skin deaths; Maharashtra surpasses Gujarat in cattle toll
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

NAGPUR: The extended rains that have affected crops are now also increasing the toll in cattle due to lumpy skin disease (LSD), says the state government. So far, over 1.32 crore cattle have been vaccinated in Maharashtra as against state’s total bovine population of 1.39 crore. It was expected that LSD infection and mortalities would stabilize by mid-October. Till date, 6,922 cows are estimated to have died due to the disease in Maharashtra. The disease has claimed over 85,000 cattle throughout the country, according to figures compiled by the state government. The highest numbers (nearly 55,000) are reported from Rajasthan, followed by 17,000-odd in Punjab. Maharashtra has surpassed Gujarat with 6,992 deaths as against 5,857 recorded in the latter. Experts from Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University (Mafsu) said it was expected that after the vaccination, the toll could have remained up to 5,000. However, with 6,900 deaths, experts say both mortality and infections are more than expected. This is being attributed to unhealthy conditions due to extended rains. In many places, cattle, including sick animals, are tied in the open. Exposed to rains, condition of the sick animals further deteriorates leading to death. It also adds to the stress level in healthy animals, which are prone to infection, said Dr Anil Bhikaney from Mafsu, who is also part of the state’s task force to control LSD. Rains have also increased the population of flying insects which carry the infections. Rain creates a favourable condition for insect growth. Since LSD can be spread through insects, the number of infections and deaths have gone up, said Dr Bhikaney. The state’s animal husbandry department, in its daily press note, said rainfall in the last one week has favoured the growth of insect vectors and parallelly LSD. The climatic stress along with immunosuppression has led to an increase in daily morbidity and mortality in the livestock. Farmers’ resistance to get pregnant cows vaccinated and also the medical norm of excluding calves below four months of age from vaccination are also reasons for the increase in the number of cases, says the note. So far 1.13 lakh cows have been infected by LSD, out of which 72,046 have recovered and 94% of the cattle have been vaccinated. It was expected that once 75% of the cows are infected, herd immunity could be achieved. Sources said infections were found in vaccinated cattle too. However, these had not completed the 28-day period after vaccination to develop immunity.

Rains add to lumpy skin deaths; Maharashtra surpasses Gujarat in cattle toll
Ahmedabad: ‘Zero day’ at Civil hospital: No Covid, H1N1 cases
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: On Sunday, Civil Hospital recorded 'zero day' for two major infections - Covid and swine flu. Dr Rakesh Joshi, medical superintendent of the hospital, said that after 122 days, the Covid cases got zero at the Covid ward, whereas no new swine flu cases were recorded after over 200 days. "Change in weather, herd immunity and vaccination in case of Covid could be some of the reasons for the phenomenon," said Dr Joshi, adding that one must however not let the guards down with festivities around the corner. Gujarat had 718 active cases of Covid on Sunday, out of which 197 were in Ahmedabad. The city had recorded 21 new cases.

Ahmedabad: ‘Zero day’ at Civil hospital: No Covid, H1N1 cases
  • ‘Zero day’ at Civil: No Covid, H1N1 cases
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: On Sunday, Civil Hospital recorded ‘zero day’ for two major infections — Covid and swine flu. Dr Rakesh Joshi, medical superintendent of the hospital, said that after 122 days, the Covid cases got zero at the Covid ward, whereas no new swine flu cases were recorded after over 200 days. “Change in weather, herd immunity and vaccination in case of Covid could be some of the reasons for the phenomenon,” said Dr Joshi, adding that one must however not let the guards down with festivities around the corner. Gujarat had 718 active cases of Covid on Sunday, out of which 197 were in Ahmedabad. The city had recorded 21 new cases. tnn

Arbuda Sena protests against Chaudhary’s arrest outside Gaurav Yatra venue, 10 detained
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

The Banaskantha district police Sunday detained 10 members of Arbuda Sena, a social organisation of the Chaudhary community in North Gujarat, outside the venue of a public meeting that was addressed by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel as part of BJP’s Gujarat Gaurav Yatra in Vadgam for protesting against the alleged victimisation of their leader and former state home minister Vipul Chaudhary.Soon after the CM’s speech, some members of the Arbuda Sena shouted slogans outside the venue while seeking justice for the former minister who is in jail in connection with a case of corruption. The police immediately got into action and detained 10 protestors.Public protest against #ModiGovt in BJP’s “Gaurav Yatra” in #Gujarat 👇 pic.twitter.com/jf1dY26I1z— YSR (@ysathishreddy) October 16, 2022https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsVadgam police inspector L G Desai said the incident happened after the CM concluded his speech and left the venue. “There were some members of Arbuda Sena who shouted slogans in support of Vipul Chaudhary. So, we detained them.”Banaskantha district executive member of Arbuda Sena Jasubhai Chaudhary said, “Our leader Vipul Chaudhary has been falsely arrested and has been politically victimised by the BJP government. Since the Chief Minister was coming to our district, our workers wanted to make a peaceful representation to him.However, the police ousted our members from the venue. So, our members shouted slogans.”He warned that the BJP will face the consequences of its actions in the upcoming assembly elections. The Chaudhary community wields political influence in Banaskantha, which is known for its animal husbandry and potato farms.Gujarat Gaurav YatraThe Gujarat BJP has launched five legs of the Gaurav Yatra in different parts of the state. The first leg of the yatra is on between Becharaji in Mehsana to Mata no Madhh in Kutch district. The yatra passed through Banaskantha Sunday when CM Patel joined and addressed three public meetings in Vadgam, Palanpur and Deesa. The Chief Minister addressed the first public meeting near the temple of Goddess Brahmani Mata in Vadgam.In his speeches, the CM stated how the country was progressing under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who initiated the politics of development. He also stated how under Modi’s leadership benefits of each government scheme were reaching every eligible beneficiary and achieving a saturation point. The CM mentioned how the country fought the Covid-19 pandemic with the PM providing free vaccination and free ration to all the needy.He was also accompanied by Union minister Sanjeev Balyan and local leaders such as Shankar Chaudhary and Alpesh Thakor.

Arbuda Sena protests against Chaudhary’s arrest outside Gaurav Yatra venue, 10 detained
Poll officials have to be fully jabbed: Gujarat health dept
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

VADODARA: The state health department has asked its officials to ensure that all electoral officials who were likely to be given poll duties are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The officials have started the process of identifying persons who had not taken the preventive dose and vaccinating them. The state assembly polls are around the corner and the election commission had held a review regarding poll preparedness last month. It was during this review that the commission had pointed out that the Covid-19 guidelines formulated by the health department of the Union government will have to be followed during the polling process. In line with the instructions, the state health department has issued directives that all eligible officials who were likely to be given poll duties should be given free vaccines at the earliest. Sources said that the move was also being seen as an opportunity to ensure that the frontline workers of the government were administered the precautionary dose of Covid-19 vaccine. This comes as no surprise as the vaccination of persons with the precautionary dose has been sluggish. According to data available till Tuesday evening, the coverage of senior citizens has surpassed the target in Vadodara. The coverage of precautionary dose among persons in the 18 to 44 years’ age group, as well those between 45 and 60 years have been low with around 45 per cent and 35 per cent coverage, respectively. Most government employees would fall in the two age groups with low coverage. Vadodara Municipal Corporation’s medical officer (health,) Dr Devesh Patel said that most of the frontline workers would have taken the precautionary dose. “If some are left, we will ensure that they take the vaccine at the earliest,” he said.

Poll officials have to be fully jabbed: Gujarat health dept
Carried Out "Surgery" To Change Old System In Gujarat 2 Decades Ago: PM Modi
Ndtv | 1 month ago | |
Ndtv
1 month ago | |

PM Modi was addressing a public gathering in Ahemdabad.Ahemdabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Gujarat was afflicted by many diseases two decades ago, and his government carried out a "surgery" to change the old system.Launching healthcare facilities worth Rs 1,275 crore at the Civil Hospital (Asarwa) in Ahmedabad, he also said that during the G20 summit he gave a call for 'One Earth, One Health' as he was pained to see that not a single dose of COVID-19 vaccines was available in some countries while in other countries people received four or five doses."Like one cures people of disease, we are carrying out this 'Mukti Yagna' to cure the state of many diseases. And we keep trying our best to cure it," he said.To improve the healthcare systems of Gujarat, his government used three things which doctors prescribe, namely, medicine, surgery and care, the PM said."Twenty or twenty-five years ago many diseases had afflicted Gujarat," he said, listing problems such as backwardness in healthcare, lack of electricity, lack of water, misgovernance and poor law and order situation.At the root of all these diseases was "the biggest disease" which was "politics of vote-bank", he said."Surgery means carrying out a change in the old system. My way of surgery is taking scissors to inaction, sloppiness and corruption. Then comes medicine, which means making new efforts every day to develop new systems, human resources, infrastructure, innovation, and building new hospitals. And the third is care, which is the most important part of improving Gujarat's health sector," the prime minister said.His government worked with care and sensitivity, said PM Modi who had been the chief minister of the state four times.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"We went among people, shared their problems, and not just that...I can say with humility that Gujarat was the first state (to do so) when we set up health camps for not just humans but also for animals," he said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Carried Out "Surgery" To Change Old System In Gujarat 2 Decades Ago: PM Modi
Uttar Pradesh shares 20% of total precaution doses given nationally
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

LUCKNOW: Data from the state health and family welfare department has indicated that Uttar Pradesh saw the maximum number of precaution dose takers in the country. It also showed that the state was way ahead of Gujarat which stood second on the count. The factsheet (updated till October 7) shared on Sunday revealed that of the 21.35 crore precaution dose takers in the country, 4.39 crore are from UP which speaks for a share of over 20%. The nearest contender to UP is Gujarat where 1.87 crore persons have taken the third dose. States of Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar follow next with 1.76 crore, 1.54 crore and 1.49 crore third dose takers respectively. Data also shows that more than 218 crore doses of the vaccine against Covid-19 have been administered in the country, of which more than 38.95 were provided in UP. Health officials in Lucknow said that more than 3.99 crore persons in the state availed the free booster dose provided by the government under the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. This translated into an achievement of 35% coverage against the target. The state’s achievement was over the national average of about 22.5%. A look at the district-wise data indicated that big cities, including Lucknow and Gautam Buddh Nagar, scored the lowest while smaller cities scored way better. While Deoria and Basti recorded an achievement of over 51% against their targets, Gautam Buddh Nagar and Lucknow ranked the lowest with 23.8% and 26.8% coverage respectively. In all, 38 districts achieved less than the state average of 35%. The list included big cities like Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Ghaziabad, Moradabad and Aligarh.

Uttar Pradesh shares 20% of total precaution doses given nationally
LSD strain in Gujarat, Rajasthan more virulent, fatal: GBRC study
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The strain of lumpy skin disease (LSD) virus that affected lakhs of bovines in Gujarat and Rajasthan in the recent outbreak differed from the strain observed in 2019-20, indicated research carried out by Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC) researchers. The teams had collected scores of samples from both living and dead animals after the outbreak in August-September. "The strain indicated higher infectivity and mortality than its predecessor. The virus' roots can be traced to eastern Africa, from where it travelled to southern Europe, countries like Iran, and then to Pakistan before entering India," said a researcher. 'Study will help improve LSD vaccine' The lumpy skin disease (LSD) that affected close to 1 lakh heads of cattle in Gujarat and caused the deaths of 3,800 animals in August-September is a more infectious and virulent strain of its predecessor, indicated a study carried out by researchers from Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC). The study is part of the report submitted to the Gujarat government in the aftermath of the outbreak. Out of 33 districts, 24 had reported the infection among animals. According to government figures, the widespread drive for vaccination covered over 4 lakh heads of cattle. Experts said that the findings would help improve the existing vaccine or aid in developing a new one to counter the spread. "Compared to viruses found in humans, LSD - one of the pox of proxiviridae viruses - is over two times bigger and is found in cows, oxen, and buffaloes. It was not found outside of Africa when first reported in the 1980s. Over the decades, the virus that causes multiple nodules and affects mucous membranes in animals spread in southern Europe, the Middle East, and finally reached Iran and Pakistan before coming to India," said a researcher. The journey of the virus caused multiple genetic mutations, indicated by the genomic sequencing of the virus at GBRC. The samples were collected from both living and dead animals by the researchers. The results showed that compared to earlier samples taken in 2019-20, the virus got more virulent with higher infectivity and mortality. Experts believe that ticks could have been the primary carriers of the virus over international borders.

LSD strain in Gujarat, Rajasthan more virulent, fatal: GBRC study
India reports 3,011 new coronavirus infections and 28 deaths in last 24 hours
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

NEW DELHI: India logged 3,011 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of Covid-19 cases to 4,45,97,498, while the active cases dipped to 36,126, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The death toll climbed to 5,28,701 with 28 fatalities which includes 20 deaths reconciled by Kerala, the data updated at 8 am stated. The active cases comprise 0.08 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate increased to 98.73 per cent, the ministry said. A decline of 1,318 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.23 per cent and the weekly positivity rate at 1.31 per cent, according to the ministry. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,40,32,671, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.19 per cent. According to the ministry, 218.77 crore doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in the country so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. The country crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23 last year. It crossed the four-crore mark on January 25 this year. The eight fatalities reported in the last 24 hours include two from Kerala and one each from Assam, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha and West Bengal.

India reports 3,011 new coronavirus infections and 28 deaths in last 24 hours
Coverage only 27% as Centre’s 75-day free precaution dose drive ends
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

The Government’s 75-day drive to provide free precaution doses of Covid-19 vaccines ended on Friday with 15.92 crore such doses administered during the period.A commemoration of India’s 75 years of Independence, the drive started mid-July. Before it began, only 8 per cent of adults in the country had received the third vaccine dose. At the end of the drive, that number stands at 27 per cent. Three-fourths of India’s adult population is yet to receive the third dose.During the 75-day period, more than 13.01 lakh vaccination camps organised in the country, including 4,451 organised on the routes of religious yatras, according to data provided by the Health Ministry. Most of the camps — 11.03 lakh — were organised at private and government workplaces.Ever since India started administering the third dose in January this year, it has remained free for those above 60 years of age. It was also available for free to all healthcare and frontline workers. From April, the government has allowed the third dose to be administered to those in the 18-59 age group at private vaccination centres upon payment.Experts say that the reduced fear of a Covid-19 infection, as well as instances of infection — even if mostly mild — despite vaccination have led to low demand for the third vaccine dose. Also lowering demand is the fact that a precaution dose certificate is not mandatory for travel or entry into many places that has required double-vaccination proof.Last week, The Indian Express reported that the coverage of the third dose across states was varied. It ranges from 92.1 per cent coverage in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to 6.11 per cent in Meghalaya.With almost the entire population of the country having received the first dose of the vaccine, the coverage of precaution doses in the states has been calculated considering the number of first dose given to adults to be the total eligible adult population.In Delhi, the only state to provide free precaution dose to all adults even before the Centre’s 75-day drive, the precaution dose coverage stood at 19.6 per cent — behind bigger states such as Odisha (38 per cent), Gujarat (37.7 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (28 per cent), Bihar (23.4 per cent), West Bengal (22.98 per cent), and Madhya Pradesh (24.4 per cent).The coverage of precaution doses in states like Maharashtra and Kerala, which have been dealing with a consistently high number of Covid-19 cases throughout the pandemic, was among the lowest at 10.7 per cent and 11.09 per cent, respectively.

Coverage only 27% as Centre’s 75-day free precaution dose drive ends
  • Free drive perks up 3rd dose, but adult coverage just 21%
  • The Indian Express

    DESPITE A MARKED increase in the number of Covid-19 precaution doses administered after the government started offering the vaccine free to all adults beginning July 15, just over a fifth of the eligible population in the country has taken it. The 75-day drive for those eligible in the 18-59 years age group ends coming Friday (September 30).So far, only 22.24 per cent of the adult population in the country has received the third precaution dose, with the coverage among those above 60 years more than double that of those in the 18-59 years bracket.While only 17.58 per cent of 77 crore persons in the 18-59 years group have received the third dose, it is much higher in percentage terms – 48.5 per cent – in the 60-plus age group which has 13.7 crore persons, according to data from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Till mid-July i.e. before the start of the free vaccination drive for adults, only 8 per cent of those in the 18-59 years group and 27 per cent of those over 60 years, had taken the precaution dose.Since the free drive commenced, 14.6 crore precaution doses have been administered; of this, 12.7 crore were between 18 years and 59 years, according to the data. So far, India has administered a total of 20.2 crore precaution doses.Explaining the possible reasons for the low precautionary dose numbers, Dr Suneela Garg, Professor of Community Medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College and a member of the Lancet Commission on Covid-19 in India, said: “You see the number of cases and the severity of the infection has gone down, so vaccination is no longer a priority for people. We always see an increase in vaccination when cases increase. Another reason for the hesitancy is people see that even those who have taken both the doses are getting the infection. To reduce this, we will have to look at newer versions of the vaccines that are better able to protect against infections caused by the current variants in circulation.”NOT many people are queueing up for the third precaution dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. There are many reasons for this, the primary being low number of cases and less severity. To reduce hesitancy, a sharper awareness campaign will help, as also introduction of new effective vaccines against the existing virus variants.A senior official involved in Delhi’s vaccination drive said, “With people needing only primary vaccination certificates for entry to various places or travel, they do not feel the need for getting the precaution dose.”Ever since India started administering the third dose in January this year, it has remained free for those over 60 years – they are at a higher risk of severe disease and death. It was also available free to all healthcare and frontline workers, who are at an increased risk of being exposed to the infection. The government allowed the use of precaution doses in the 18-59 years group at private vaccination centres upon payment in April.During the free vaccination drive, states were asked to make an “ambitious” push by organising camps in big office complexes, industrial establishments, railway stations, inter-state bus stations, and schools and colleges. The announcement for the free drive came days after the Union MoH&FW reduced the duration between the second and precaution doses to six months from nine months. Through its door-to-door ‘Har Ghar Dastak 2.0’ campaign too, the government urged people to take the precaution dose in June-July.While the national coverage of precaution dose stood at 21.54 per cent, the performance of states has been varied –from 91.9 per cent coverage in Andaman and Nicobar Islands to 6 per cent in Meghalaya.With almost the entire population of the country having received the first dose of the vaccine, the coverage of precaution dose in the states has been calculated considering the number of first doses given in adults to be the total eligible adult population. Besides Andaman, the states with the best precaution dose coverage were Ladakh (52.38 per cent), Andhra Pradesh (41.13 per cent), Pudducherry (39.73 per cent), and Sikkim (37.48 per cent).After Meghalaya, the states with the lowest coverage were Jharkhand (7.14 per cent), Nagaland (7.41 per cent), Punjab (7.75 per cent), and Haryana (8.59 per cent), according to data from the MoH&FW.In Delhi, the only state to provide free precaution dose to all adults even before the Centre’s 75-day drive, the precaution dose coverage stood at 19.22 per cent — behind bigger states such as Gujarat (36.84 per cent), Odisha (35.93 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (25.57 per cent), Bihar (22.82 per cent), West Bengal (22.78 per cent), and Madhya Pradesh (22.67 per cent).Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxThe coverage of precaution doses in states like Maharashtra and Kerala, which have been dealing with a consistently high number of Covid-19 cases through the pandemic, was among the lowest at 10.63 per cent and 11.03 per cent, respectively.“This is to be expected; the states are the ones that implement the programme. The vaccines are available aplenty, so that cannot be the reason for low coverage. There is a need for aggressive awareness campaigns,” said Dr Garg. People over 60, those with diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, must get the precaution dose, she said.

HC issues notice to Delhi government, MCD on PIL to eliminate lumpy skin disease in cows
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

The Delhi High Court has issued notice on a public interest litigation seeking a direction to the Delhi government and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for taking immediate action and remedial steps needed to eliminate lumpy skin disease in cows in the national capital.The matter was listed Wednesday before a bench comprising Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad, who issued notice to the respondents directing them to file their replies within 10 days. The matter has been listed for October 14.The plea states the lumpy skin disease is a contagious viral disease that spreads among cattle, bovine (cow family) through mosquitoes, flies, lice and wasps by direct contact, and also through contaminated food and water. The disease causes fever and nodules on the skin, and it can be fatal.Ajay Gautam, the petitioner, has stated that symptoms of the disease include skin nodules of about two to five centimetres, high fever, reduced milk production, loss of appetite and watery eyes, and that the Centre recently said about 70,000 cattle have died so far due to the disease which has spread to Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.The plea states that the disease has knocked doors of Delhi too and has started affecting cows of Delhi who need medical treatment at the earliest as the disease can turn into an epidemic. The plea further states that the helpline number issued by the respondents in this regard has not been working properly. Further only one isolation shelter for the cows has been set up by the respondents in Rewla Khanpur in South-West district for 4,500 cattle when there are more than 20,000 to 25,000 stray cows in Delhi.The petition states there is no ambulance service available for the cows so as to rescue or send them from other parts of Delhi to South-West district isolation shelter. The respondents have not framed a roadmap for vaccination of stray cattle in this regard and that no place has been identified, allotted or proposed by the respondents for burial of the infected cows. The petition claims that the respondents have announced for 25,000 doses of vaccine as against more than one lakh cows sheltered in gaushalas, dairies or otherwise which are patently insufficient to secure all gauvansh.Among the various reliefs in the petition, the petitioner has prayed that the Delhi government and the MCD be directed to immediately constitute a team of veterinary doctors in every zone of Delhi, directing them to deal and address the cases of lumpy skin disease. The petition further prays that the respondents be directed to set up lump care units/ isolation wards in all zones/districts of Delhi for the medical treatment of the infected cows.Additionally the petition prays for arrangement of anti-dote vaccines by the respondent to stop the further spread of the disease and a direction to the respondents to administer anti-dote of vaccine to the stray cattle on priority basis and that sufficient ambulances should be reserved by the respondents for dealing with cases of lumpy skin disease.

HC issues notice to Delhi government, MCD on PIL to eliminate lumpy skin disease in cows
Modi songs to reverberate at garba venues ahead of polls
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

As garba venues come live this Navratri, songs on Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched by the cultural cell of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday, might add to the list of songs that performers will dance to.Using the festive opportunity to promote the party and seek votes ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections, the party has launched 10 garba songs on Modi that are themed on free vaccines for Covid-19, Ayodhya temple, abrogating Article 370 and spreading gyan (knowledge) about Gyanvapi (mosque).Launching the songs at BJP headquarter Kamalam in Gandhinagar, party’s state president CR Paatil said that the songs written and sung by Gujarati artistes speak about development.One song targets the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), while another one highlights Congress’s failure in its 60-year reign. One song goes “how Hiraba’s son has made a name in the entire world…”, while another says, “good work is being done for sanatan dharma, saffron is flying high in the whole of India… with Ram Temple in Ayodhya…a true victory of religion…”One in the North Gujarati dialect goes, “his (Modi’s) fame speaks in countries of the world… Congress will be finished, neither AAP will come in Gujarat, for 60 years Congress ruled and devastated the country”.Referring to late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s comment, one songs says, “when the Centre would release one rupee, only 14 paise would come in our hand”, and then to say how “AAP has come only yesterday seeking votes, what have you (AAP) to do with the public…”The song “Jai Shri Ram” talks about development in Gujarat and how the party does not disappoint anyone. “Be it big city or small village, BJP’s name echoes, BJP does everyone’s work, Jai Shri Ram… Jai Shri Ram… BJP’s saffron is in everyone’s heart, grand Ramandir being built on the Saryu banks, from farmers to labourer and traders… all benefitted by the BJP, made Narmada water reach till Kutch, built tallest statue of Sardar Patel, uninterrupted electricity, Gujarat at the forefront, continuous hardwork and no rest…”BJP state media convener Yagnesh Dave told The Indian Express, “Those who want to play these garba songs can do at private events. BJP supporters can play at their garba events. Also, they can be played at the garba nights that the party organises at district and taluka level.”He added that the artistes have not charged anything for the songs — writing, music or singing. The singers include Gita Chauhan, Parthiv Gohil, Maheshsinh Solanki, Divya Chuadhary, Amit Barot, Prahar Vora, Hemaliben Vyas, Rajbha Gadhavi and Urvashi Radadiya.

Modi songs to reverberate at garba venues ahead of polls
1.49 lakh youths get job, apprenticeship letters
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

The Gujarat government provided appointment letters and apprenticeship contract letters to 1.49 lakh youths at employment appointment letter distribution programmes held in 33 districts and seven municipalities in the state on Monday.“Providing employment opportunities to 1.49 lakh youth is historic,” said Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel as handed over the letters to 17 youths in Ahmedabad.Attributing the development in Gujarat to the strong foundation laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the CM said that today Gujarat has become the growth engine of the country.“During the Covid pandemic, even major countries got tired. At that time, PM Modi gave the call of Atmanirbhar Bharat… through free vaccination, the PM got us out of Covid and made sure no one slept hungry during that time by providing free ration,” CM said.Describing the comprehensive development of the state, the CM said that Gujarat has become identical with strong development in every sector under the direction of PM Modi.“Two decades ago, the state was producing 99 MW of renewable energy that has reached 16,588 MW today and 8,750 MW power generation has reached 40,138 MW,” he said adding that 26 per cent of Narmada’s water that was taken for use has now reached 94.86 per cent.Two decades ago there were 2.74 lakh MSME industries in the state which has now increased to 8.66 lakh, he added. With the support of the state government and private institutions, 2.17 lakh students are being trained in 125 courses in the 600 ITIs in the state to create a skilled workforce, he added.Under the Mukhyamantri Apprentice Scheme, more than one lakh youth were trained in four years, he said.“More than three lakh employment have been provided to youths through rozgar melas. In the past five months, nearly 900 rozgar melas were organised. More than two lakh jobs were given through Anubandham portal that links employers and employees… and 13,000 vacancies are still available on the portal,” said principal secretary Labour, Skill Development and Employment Department Anju Sharma.

1.49 lakh youths get job, apprenticeship letters
Lumpy skin disease: Nearly 1 lakh cattle deaths, toll almost double in three weeks
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

THE CUMULATIVE number of cattle deaths caused by lumpy skin disease has gone up to 97,435 as on September 23 – almost double from the 49,682 deaths recorded about three weeks ago, according to official data.The data available with the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying shows that the lumpy skin disease has spread across 251 districts in 15 states and affected over 20 lakh animals till September 23.On August 30, Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Sanjeev Kumar Balyan had told The Indian Express that the disease has affected 11.2 lakh cattle, including 49,682 cattle deaths, in 165 districts across a dozen states and Union Territories.According to the data, there were 43,759 “epicentres” of the disease across 15 states and UTs — Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Bihar. The number of cattle “susceptible” to the disease in these states stood at 3.60 crore. The data shows that the number of cattle “affected” due to the disease stood at 20.56 lakh and out of these, 12.70 lakh animals have “recovered”.Of the 20.56 lakh affected animals, a maximum number of 13.99 lakh cattle have been reported in Rajasthan, followed by Punjab (1.74 lakh) and Gujarat (1.66 lakh).The most deaths caused by lumpy skin disease have also been reported from Rajasthan, where 64,311 animals have died till September 23. This is followed by 17,721 cattle deaths due to the disease in Punjab. The data shows that 1.66 crore cattle have been vaccinated against the disease till September 23.Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that there has been a loss of livestock because of the disease across several states and the Centre, along with various state governments, was trying hard to control it.Addressing the inaugural session of IDF World Dairy Summit 2022 in Greater Noida on September 12, the Prime Minister said, “Our scientists have developed an indigenous vaccine for lumpy skin disease,” he said, adding that efforts were also being made to control the disease by expediting testing and restricting the movement of animals.

Lumpy skin disease: Nearly 1 lakh cattle deaths, toll almost double in three weeks
  • Admin seeks NGOs’ help in isolating cattle with lumpy skin disease
  • Times of India

    Kolhapur: The animal husbandry department of Kolhapur has appealed to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to come forward and provide isolated shelter facilities for cattle infected with lumpy skin disease.The department is racing against time as every passing day, the cases are rising. In just two to three days, the cases are doubling. So far, nine cattle have died due to the disease. The number is likely to increase further. The department officials are hitting the ground and ensuring that the doctors and staff are moved quickly to the places where the outbreak is being reported.The farmers are finding it difficult to isolate the infected cattle and thereby causing further spread among healthy cattle. Hence, they are demanding the authorities to provide them with safe sheds to isolate the cattle.Y A Pathan, the deputy commissioner of the animal husbandry department, said, “In states like Gujarat and Rajasthan, several NGOs have stepped forward and helping the farmers isolate the infected cows. We expect the same from the NGOs operating locally. Isolating the infected cattle is key to winning the battle against the viral disease. We are trying our best to vaccinate the cattle. Around 35,000 cows and oxen are being vaccinated daily.”Shetti moves High CourtFarmers’ leader Raju Shetti has moved public interest litigation to Bombay High Court seeking directions to the state government to take immediate steps to save the cows and oxen. Shetti said, “The government has no clear policy. Announcing the compensation and packages is just not enough.”

Gujarat: Congress tears into AAP’s ‘Delhi education model’ claims, terms AAP as BJP’s B-team
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

On a day when Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is on a Gujarat tour, Congress’ former MP Sandeep Dikshit Wednesday attacked the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), tearing into its claim of the “Delhi model” for education and healthcare.Congress’ national media coordinator Radhika Khera, who accompanied Dikshit during a press briefing in Ahmedabad, termed AAP as “BJP’s B-team”. Khera alleged that the Delhi government under Arvind Kejriwal while pivoting itself to power “in the name of Nirbhaya”, has failed to ensure women’s safety in the national capital and also pointed out “that he has not said a word about Bilkis Bano case (on the premature release of the 11 convicts who were sentenced to life).”Khera also added that at a time when Delhi residents were looking for oxygen cylinders during Covid-19, the government was “busy drafting the excise policy”.Speaking on Kejriwal’s much touted school and education reforms in Delhi, Dikshit, who is also the son of former Delhi CM the late Sheila Dikshit, said, “Whatever work has been done in the education sector in the past 7-8 years (under AAP in Delhi) is below average developmental work. Between 1989, when Congress came to power in Delhi and 2014, Class 12 pass percentage went up from 64% to 89%, and now it is 96%, which is the normal progression that would have happened regardless of whichever party, so I don’t understand what the Delhi model is here…The dropout rate between 9th and 10th std is 15 per cent and I publicly accuse them of doing this so as to show improved results in 10th pass percentage, else that data point will be affected.”Hitting out at the Delhi government’s claims that a large number of students are leaving private schools to join government schools, the former MP said, “In 2013-14, 16.20 lakh students were in government schools (when Congress was last in power in Delhi). Last year, the total students enrolled in Delhi government schools were 15.20 lakh and as of this year it is at 16 lakh. In eight years (during the AAP regime), the population in Delhi has increased, eligible students have increased then how did the enrolment in government schools decrease? This 2.5 lakh students transferring from private to government schools in Delhi peddled by Kejriwal is a lie. There should have been 21-25 lakh students in government schools by now.”“During the Congress tenure in Delhi, 26-27% students were studying in private schools and as of now, as per the latest report tabled by Kejriwal, 32% study in private schools. In 2014, there were 1,006 government schools, today it is 1,026. So you’ve increased 20 schools in 8 years! They had claimed in their manifesto that they will make 500 schools. Their education model is one of favouring contractors and thekedars,” Dikshit explained.On Delhi’s healthcare front, Dikshit said that the Kejriwal government has done one thing – which is setting up mohalla clinics but it is only for basic treatment of fever, cough and cold. “It doesn’t have any cold chain system. So even during Covid-19 vaccination drive, not a single mohalla clinic could be assigned as a vaccination centre. When Congress was there in Delhi, there were 600 dispensaries which were now reduced to 250-300 dispensaries.”‘Unemployment rate gone up, but Delhi CM claims to have given jobs to 12L’Countering Kejriwal’s claim of having provided employment to 12 lakh people in Delhi, Dikshit said, “When we asked for information on how many have been employed through Delhi Employment Exchange in the past eight years, we were told the number is 440. RTI data on vacancies in teacher positions show that it was 9,000 in 2014 which is now at 20,000. The unemployment rate in 2013-14 was around 4 %, which now stands at 11%. If you’ve given 12 lakh jobs, the unemployment rate should have reduced, how did it increase?”Stating that Delhi has always been a revenue surplus state to counter Kejriwal’s claim that during his tenure Delhi has not suffered a loss in its exchequer, Dikshit added, “The maximum revenue surplus was seen in Delhi in 2010-11 with Rs 10,000 crore which today ranges between Rs 3,000-7,000 crore. Instead of putting that surplus money in developmental works, they’re putting it into freebies of electricity. Today, while there is a revenue surplus, facilities such as Delhi Transport Corporation and Delhi Jal Board have increased losses, running in a cumulative loss of Rs 1.5 lakh crore, which stood at 25,000 crore prior to 2014. I’ve no problem with freebies but freebies should be distributed only until the government can run and afford it.”“His model is only of distributing freebies, where is the development on the economic and infrastructure front in his plan?” Khera asked the reporters.

Gujarat: Congress tears into AAP’s ‘Delhi education model’ claims, terms AAP as BJP’s B-team