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Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs a meeting on COVID-19 situation in the country            Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harshvardhan says India has launched largest vaccination drive in the world            Cabinet Secretary to chair a meeting with Chief Secretaries of 10 states, UTs to discuss availability of Medical Oxygen            6 day lockdown in National Capital from tonight; Essential services to remain functional            Country registers over two lakh 73 thousand COVID-19 fresh cases           

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28.02.2021
THE HEADLINES:

  • Nationwide COVID-19 Vaccination drive to cover senior citizens and those above 45 years with co-morbidities begins tomorrow.

  • Registration for COVID -19 vaccination on Co-WIN2.0 portal will open at 9 am tomorrow at www.cowin.gov.in.

  • Vaccines will be administered free of cost at ten thousand government hospitals.

  • Private Hospitals can charge up to 250 rupees per dose for COVID-19 vaccine. 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks people not to lower guard against Corona.

  • In his monthly Radio programme, Mann ki Baat, Prime Minister says , Aatma Nirbhar Bharat is a national spirit and not just an economic campaign.

  • Prime Minister urges people to start a 100 day campaign for cleaning up water sources and harvesting rainwater.

  • Prime Minister requests exam warriors, parents and teachers to share their experiences and tips for this year's 'Pariksha Pe Charcha’ in March.

  • Prime Minister emphasizes need to take science forward with mantra of 'Lab to Land.

  • ISRO successfully launches Brazil's Amazonia 1 satellite, along with 18 other passenger satellites.

  • Hockey: Indian Men's team beats Germany 6-1 in the first match of the European tour.

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As the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin with a message of precaution to stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps --

  • Wear a face mask.
  • Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.
  • Focus on hand and face hygiene. 

And now, the news in detail :

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The nationwide COVID-19 Vaccination phase to cover senior citizens and people above 45 years with co-morbidities will begin from tomorrow. The registration for vaccination will open at 9:00 am tomorrow at www.cowin.gov.in. Citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the COWIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as Arogya Setu. The vaccine will be administered free of cost at ten thousand government hospitals to these groups while the cost of the vaccine at around 20 thousand private Vaccination Centres will be borne by the people. Private Hospitals can charge up to 250 rupees per dose of COVID-19 vaccine during the Vaccination Drive. Union Health Ministry has said, the States have been given freedom to use all private hospitals empanelled under State Government Health Insurance Schemes as COVID Vaccination Centres. The states can also use health facilities of all PSUs and all government health facilities as COVID Vaccination Centres.


The States and UTs were already explained about the simplified process of registration through three routes. The first is advance self-registration under which the beneficiaries will be able to self-register by downloading the CO-Win 2.0 portal and through other IT applications such as Arogya Setu. This will show the government and private hospitals serving as COVID vaccination centres with the date and time of the available schedules. The beneficiary would be able to choose the Covid Vaccination Centres  of his or her choice and book an appointment for vaccination. There will be only one live appointment for a beneficiary at any point of time for each dose. Appointments for any date for a COVID Vaccination Center will be closed at 3:00 PM on that day for which the slots were opened.


The second is on-site registration which  allows those who cannot self-register in advance to walk into the identified COVID vaccination centres and get themselves registered on-site and then vaccinated. The third process is facilitated cohort registration under which the State and UT governments will take a proactive lead and specific date for COVID vaccination will be decided where target groups of potential beneficiaries will be vaccinated. The Ministry has also explained to the States that the private hospitals functioning as COVID Vaccination Centres can charge subject to a ceiling of 250 rupees per person per dose along with the electronic and financial management mechanism. Health Ministry has asked all such private health facilities to follow strict norms of due process, quality and safety including integration with the National Co-Win technology platform. All private health facilities must also have adequate space, cold chain arrangements, number of vaccinators and support staff as well as adequate arrangements for addressing any Adverse Event Following Immunization.


Our correspondent reports that the States have been apprised of the simplified system of certifying people with 20 co-morbidities within the 45 to 59 year age group. The simplified one page certificate can be signed by any registered medical practitioner. The certificate can either be uploaded on Co-WIN 2.0 by the beneficiary while self registering or a hard copy can be carried by the beneficiary to the Covid Vaccination Centres. More from our correspondent: 


The eligible persons will be able to register at the Co-WIN2.0 portal. The user can login at the portal with OTP from their registered mobile number. With one mobile number, a person can register as many as four beneficiaries. To avail online registration, the citizens can use photo identity documents like Aadhar Card, Electoral Photo Identity Card, Passport, Driving License, PAN Card, NPR Smart Card and Pension Document with photograph. The citizens can schedules themselves to the available time-slots for vaccination at near by Covid Vaccination center. Citizen can download the confirmation of the appointment and it will be also shared through SMS on their registered mobile number. The government has identified 20 specified Comorbidities that will prioritized the individuals for the COVID-19 vaccination. They include Heart failure with hospital admission in past one year, Post Cardiac transplant, Kidney and Liver transplant recipient or on wait-list, Leukaemia, lymphoma, HIV infection, Diabetes and Hypertension on treatment and severe respiratory disease with hospitalization in the last two years. With a view to strengthen  the COVID vaccination capacity significantly, large number of private facilities is being involved in this vaccination drive. Around ten thousand private hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, 687 hospitals empanelled under CGHS and other private hospitals empanelled under State Government Health Insurance Schemes can participate as COVID Vaccination Centers. With Dipendra , Anand Kumar, AIR News Delhi."




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A day before the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination for senior citizens and people above 45 years with co-morbidities begins, India has achieved the milestone of administering over 1 crore 43 lakh doses of vaccines till this morning. The recovery rate stands at 97 point one per cent in the country.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked people to not lower guard against Corona. Sharing his thoughts with the people of the country and world, in his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio today, the Prime Minister said, there should not be any laxity in the rules regarding Corona.


Mr Modi emphasized that Aatma Nirbhar Bharat is a national spirit that makes every citizen of the country take pride and not just an economic campaign. He expressed happiness that the mantra of self-reliant India is reaching the remote villages of the country.  


Answering a question raised by Ranjan from Kolkata on what it means to be self reliant, the Prime Minister said, the first condition for self-reliance is to have pride in the things of one’s own country.



आत्मनिर्भरता की पहली शर्त होती है - अपने देश की चीजों पर गर्व होना, अपने देश के लोगों द्वारा बनाई वस्तुओं पर गर्व होना। जब प्रत्येक देशवासी गर्व करता है, प्रत्येक देशवासी जुड़ता है, तो आत्मनिर्भर भारत, सिर्फ एक आर्थिक अभियान रहकर एक नेशनल स्प्रिट बन जाता है। जब आसमान में हम अपने देश में बने फाइटर प्लेन तेजस को कलाबाजियाँ खाते देखते हैं, जब भारत में बने टैंक, भारत में बनी मिसाइलें, हमारा गौरव बढ़ाते हैं, जब समृद्ध देशों में हम मेट्रो ट्रेन के मेड इन इंडिया कोचेस देखते हैं, जब दर्जनों देशों तक मेड इन इंडिया कोरोना वैक्सीन को पहुँचते हुए देखते हैं, तो हमारा माथा और ऊंचा हो जाता है। हर क्षेत्र में, हमें, इस गौरव को बढ़ाना होगा। जब हम इसी सोच के साथ आगे बढ़ेंगे, तभी सही मायने में आत्मनिर्भर बन पाएंगे।



The Prime Minister said, it is not just bigger things that will make India self-reliant, but also other fields like textiles, handicraft goods, electronic appliances and mobiles. He said, many experiments of creating wealth from agricultural waste too are being run successfully in the entire country.


The Prime Minister stressed on the need of water conservation. He urged people to start a 100 day campaign for cleaning up water sources and harvesting rainwater.


 “पानी को लेकर हमें इसी तरह अपनी सामूहिक जिम्मेदारियों को समझना होगा। भारत के ज्यादातर हिस्सों में मई-जून में बारिश शुरू होती है। क्या हम अभी से अपने आसपास के जलस्त्रोतों की सफाई के लिये, वर्षा जल के संचयन के लिये, 100 दिन का कोई अभियान शुरू कर सकते हैं ? इसी सोच के साथ अब से कुछ दिन बाद जल शक्ति मंत्रालय द्वारा भी जल शक्ति अभियान - ‘कैच रेनभी शुरू किया जा रहा है। इस अभियान का मूल मन्त्र है - ‘कैच रेन, वेयर इट फाल्, वैन इज फाल् हम अभी से जुटेंगे, हम पहले से जो रेन वॉटर हारवेस्टिंग सिस्टम है उन्हें दुरुस्त करवा लेंगे, गांवो में, तालाबों में, पोखरों की, सफाई करवा लेंगे, जलस्त्रोतों तक जा रहे, पानी के रास्ते की रुकावटें, दूर, कर लेंगे तो ज्यादा से ज्यादा वर्षा जल का संचयन कर पायेंगे।



The World Water Day is being celebrated on the 22nd of March.  On National Science Day, the Prime Minister urged the people and especially the youth to know, understand and read a lot about the history of science and scientists of India and imbibe the values. 


मैं रुर चाहूँगा कि हमारे युवा, भारत के वैज्ञानिक - इतिहास को, हमारे वैज्ञानिकों को जाने, समझें और खूब पढ़ें। जब हम साईंस की बात करते हैं तो कई बार इसे लोग फीजिक्-केमिस्ट्री या फिर लैब् तक ही सीमित कर देते हैं, लेकिन, साईंस का विस्तार तो इससे कहीं ज्यादा है औरआत्मनिर्भर भारत अभियानमें साईंस की शक्ति का बहुत योगदान भी है। हमें साईंस को लैब टू लैंड के मंत्र के साथ आगे बढ़ाना होगा।


Mr. Modi stated that there is a lot of contribution of the power of science in the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Campaign’. He emphasized that nation has to move science forward with the mantra of ‘Lab to Land’. He cited the example of Chintala Venkat Reddy from Hyderabad who developed breeds of wheat and rice that specially  contained vitamin D. Mr Modi also mentioned Urugen Futsog of Ladakh who is growing about 20 crops organically there.


The Prime Minister also touched upon the subject of examinations. He said like every year, this year too there will be a 'Pariksha Pe Charcha’ in March. He requested all exam warriors, parents and teachers to share their experiences and tips on MyGov platform and Narendra Modi app.


आने वाले कुछ महीने आप सब के जीवन में विशेष महत्व रखते हैं। अधिकतर युवा साथियों के एग्जाम्, परिक्षाए होंगी। आप सब को याद है ना - वॉरियर बनना है वरियर नहीं, हँसते हुए एग्जाम देने जाना है और मुस्कुराते हुए लौटना है। किसी और से नहीं, अपने आप से ही स्पर्धा करनी है। पर्याप्त नींद भी लेनी है, और टाइम मैनेजमेंट भी करना है। खेलना भी नहीं छोड़ना है, क्योंकि जो खेले वो खिले।  रिवीजन और याद करने के स्मार्ट तरीक़े अपनाने हैं, यानी, कुल मिलाकर इन एग्जाम् में, अपने बेस् को बाहर लाना है। "


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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme today will bring you a Special discussion Programme on  Covid-19.


Dr. Rajinder K Dhamija, Lady Harding medical college will participate in the discussion. This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 09:30 PM onwards.

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India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C51 (PSLV-C51) rocket loaded with 19 satellites from Brazil, USA and India lifted off from the rocket port at Sriharikota successfully at the precise timing at 10.24 this morning.


After four stages of separation, the rocket launched  Brazil's 637 kilogram Amazonia 1 satellite, its primary passenger.


 Later after a gap of more than an hour it launched the remaining 18 passenger satellites. This is the first commercial mission of New space India limited.


Amazonia-1 is the optical earth observation satellite of National Institute for Space Research (INPE).


Speaking after witnessing the launch, former astronaut and Minister for Science and technology of Brazil Marcos Caeser Portes


expressed happiness at the launch today. He said that Brazil is looking forward to working with India in the space field.


The CMD of New Space India G.Narayanan told that when the rest of the world was reeling under the cloud of Corona, Indian space sector awoke to the new launch of the year 2021.


ISRO chairman Dr. Sivan said that Amazonia was launched at the precise orbit. He told that ISRO was extremely proud, honoured and happy to launch the satellite designed integrated and operated by Brazil for the first time.


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar have congratulated NSIL and ISRO on the success of Amazonia-1 Mission.

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Ministry of Finance has extended the  due date for furnishing of the Annual returns GSTR-9 and GSTR-9C for the financial year 2019-20 to 31st of next month. In a statement, the Finance Ministry said that the due date was extended  with the approval of Election Commission of India. The Ministry said, the decision to this effect was taken in view of the difficulties expressed by the taxpayers in meeting this time limit.  Earlier the government had extended the due date of furnishing the Annual Returns  from 31st December, 2020 to 28th February, 2021.

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Maharashtra’s Forest Minister Sanjay Rathod has submitted his resignation to the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. While speaking to the media he said that he has submitted his resignation from ministership for free and fair enquiry in Pooja Chavan death case. He said that the opposition’s demand for his resignation is inappropriate and the allegation was levelled against him before enquiry being completed.


Opposition Leader Devendra Fadnavis said that, It is not yet clear that the resignation is accepted or not or will it be accepted or not. He said, Rathod should have resigned on the first day. Mr. Fadnavis also demanded that FIR should also be registered in this case.

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In Hockey, the Indian Men's team today made an electrifying start to their first game of European Tour against Germany. Taking to the field in Krefeld after a gap of around one year, India defeated the four-time Olympic champions Germany 6-1 to resume their International journey on a winning note.


For India, midfielder Nilakanta Sharma scored the first goal in the 13th minute. Germany leveled the score with forward player Constantin Staib finding the back of the net for the hosts in the 14th minute. Post this, India did not look back with midfielder Vivek Sagar Prasad scoring two consecutive goals in 27th and 28th minute. Lalit Kumar Upadhyay took the scoreline to 4-1 in the 41st minute while Akashdeep Singh and Harmanpreet Singh scored to make it 6-1 for the visitors.


Germany was awarded two penalty corners in the second quarter but failed to capitalize on them. 


The next match between the two teams will be played on March 2. India will then travel to Antwerp, Belgium where they will take on Great Britain on March 6 and 8 before wrapping up the 17-day tour.

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In cricket, India's all hope to play the inaugural World Test Championship final at Lord's against New Zealand is now hanging on the result of the fourth and last test with England scheduled from March 4 in Ahmedabad. Though India is at the top of the World Test Championship Table with 71 points percentage, anything but defeat in the fourth test will set the math right for India. Having lost the third test, England have slipped to 64.1 points percentage and stands no chance to play the World Test Championship final. If England manages to level the series by defeating India, New Zealand will meet Australia in the final.


Meanwhile, reacting sharply against the controversy surrounding Ahmedabad's Motera pitch, Australian spinner Nathan Lyon has termed the surface used for the third Test as brilliant. Lyon even said that he would like the Motera curator to work at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.


National Capital Delhi is likely to have mist in the morning and clear sky during the day. The temperature will hover between 13 and 31 degrees Celsius.


Mumbai will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 21 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 37 degrees.


Chennai is expected to have partly cloudy sky. The temperature will vary between 23 and 34 degrees Celsius.


Kolkata may also witness partly cloudy sky. The city will observe minimum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius and a maximum of around 37 degrees.


Srinagar will have mainly clear sky. Temperature will hover between one and 12 degrees Celsius.


Jammu will also have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 13 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 26 degrees.


Leh is expected to have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be minus eight degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around eight degrees.


Gilgit will have mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between six and 18 degrees Celsius.


The sky will be mainly clear in Muzaffarabad with temperature hovering between eight and 24 degrees Celsius.

In Dehradun, the minimum temperature will be 13 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 31 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.


Chandigarh will have mainly clear sky. The temperature is likely to hover between 11 and 31 degrees Celsius.


In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature will be 18 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 36 degrees. The city will witness mist during early morning hours.


Ahmedabad will have clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 18 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 35 degrees.


Patna will have mainly clear sky. The temperature will move between 17 and 33 degrees Celsius.


And Guwahati is likely to have generally cloudy sky with the possibility of light rain. The minimum temperature will be around 17 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 28 degrees.

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