On the special occasion of his 400th Parkash Purab, I bow to Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji : PM Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister :

On the special occasion of his 400th Parkash Purab, I bow to Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji.

Prayed at Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib today. We can never forget the life, ideals and supreme sacrifice of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji.

He is widely respected globally for his courage and his efforts to serve the downtrodden. He refused to bow to tyranny and injustice.

His supreme sacrifice gives strength and motivation to many.

Evolve a national policy to deal with the COVID crisis in the country and bring about a political consensus over it : Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi, Congress President :

I wish you and your family safety and good health in this challenging time of Corona epidemic. My heartfelt condolences to the millions of families who have lost their loved ones.

This is a challenging time for our country and we all have to hold hands together and become a strength of one another.

I urge everyone to safeguard yourself by following all the safety protocols and help each other during this pandemic.

As far as the Government is concerned, it is time to wake up and fulfill their duties. Helping the poor should be their first priority and I urge the centre to deposit Rs 6000/- each to the bank accounts of all to stop their migration, till thepandemic is over.

The discrimination over vaccine pricing should end and black marketing of life-saving drugs must be stopped and all industrial oxygen should be provided to hospitals for medical purposes.

With the consensus of all political parties, I urge the Central government to evolve a national policy to deal with the COVID crisis in the country.

SONIA GANDHI, CONGRESS PRESIDENT

COVID-19 vaccine should be provided free of cost to all the citizens and vaccine production must be ramped up to speed up the country’s vaccination drive to help save people’s lives.

Even earlier the country has faced with several such crisis, but with unity and determination, we have been able to overcome such crisis.

The problem is not of oxygen production but its transportation from producing plants to hospitals & homes. We’re attempting to bridge this gap with ‘Oxygen on Wheels’ : Anand Mahindra

Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group :

Today, Oxygen is the key to reducing mortality.

The problem is not of oxygen production but its transportation from producing plants to hospitals & homes.

We’re attempting to bridge this gap with “Oxygen on Wheels” a project implemented via Mahindra Logistics.

“Oxygen on Wheels” uses trucks in local shuttle routes to connect oxygen producers with hospitals/homes. An operations control Centre has been established.

The storage location is replenished from the local refilling plant. A direct-to-consumer model is being conceived.

I made a commitment to CM Maharashtra on Tuesday & in just 48 hours the Mahindra Logistics team launched the program in Pune & Chakan with 20 Boleros.

ANAND MAHINDRA

61 Jumbo cylinders have already been delivered to 13 hospitals in urgent need. I’m deeply grateful to the team.

The rollout plan includes Mumbai, Thane, Nashik, Nagpur going live with another 50-75 Bolero pickups on the road in the next 48 hours.

We have started in Mahrashtra but will expand this through the country relying on the support of our trusted dealership network & the assistance of local administrations to succeed.

I thank everyone in Punjab for joining us in the ‘Sarbat De Bhale Di Ardas’ : Capt. Amarinder Singh

Capt. Amarinder Singh, CM, Punjab :

I feel extremely blessed to have witnessed 550th Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, 400th Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji & 400th Sthapna Divas of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji in my tenure. I thank everyone in Punjab for joining us in the ‘Sarbat De Bhale Di Ardas’.

‘What is happening in Uttar Pradesh is nothing less than a crime against humanity…’: Priyanka Gandhi

Priyanka Gandhi, General Secretary, INC :

Over 700 teachers have died in Uttar Pradesh, including a pregnant lady who was forced to attend polling duty for the Panchayat elections.

These elections have been conducted in almost 60,000 gram sabhas of UP without any thought of the catastrophic onslaught of the second wave.

Meetings were conducted, campaigning continued and the spread of COVID in UP’s villages is now unstoppable. People are dying in numbers far, far above the deceitful official figures.

People are dying in homes across rural UP, and these deaths are not being counted as COVID because people aren’t being tested.

The government’s actions are designed to cover up the truth and terrorise both the public and the medical community, which is working tirelessly to save lives.

What is happening in Uttar Pradesh is nothing less than a crime against humanity and the SEC UP is playing along.

Sputnik-V vaccine arrives in Hyderabad from Russia! : MEA

MEA India :

Sputnik-V vaccine arrives in Hyderabad from Russia!

Will add to India’s arsenal to fight the pandemic. This third option will augment our vaccine capacity & accelerate our vaccination drive.

This is the 1st consignment of 1.5 lakh doses of Sputnik-V vaccine with millions of doses to follow. Plans to ‘Make in India’ for use in India, Russia & 3rd countries.

Deeply value support from long-standing friend Russia. Over a decade of India, Russia special & privileged strategic partnership.

Flagged off the 4th phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive to inoculate all citizens between 18-44 years of age : B S Yediyurappa

B.S. Yediyurappa, Chief Minister, Karnataka :

Flagged off the 4th phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive to inoculate all citizens between 18-44 years of age.

Our govt is committed to vaccinating every citizen at the earliest and preparations are underway for the smooth & orderly rollout of vaccines to all.

Vaccine is by far the biggest weapon in our battle against Covid-19.

Govt is leaving no stone unturned to ensure availability of sufficient stock of vaccine in the state and has already initiated the process of procuring 2 Crores doses over and above Centre’s allocation.

Poll gone States/UT gear up for foolproof counting while honouring covid protocol arrangements

Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra today reviewed Counting Arrangements with senior officers of the Commission and the CEOs of five States/UTs in a virtual meeting. CEC Chandra directed that all laid down instructions of the Commission must be adhered to.

He also directed that all counting halls must be fully COVID guidelines compliant. CEC complemented the CEOs for successful completion of polling in challenging situations of pandemic.

On 2.5.2021, counting in five poll gone States/UT viz. Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal and in the bye poll held in PCs/ACs will start at 8.00AM. Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for smooth and safe counting in 822 ACs in five States/UT and for counting for the byepolls held in 4 PCs and 13ACs across 13 States.

Earlier on 28/4/2021, the Commission issued detailed instructions in view of pandemic, in addition to existing guidelines/instructions related to counting.

The Commission has already banned any victory procession vide its instructions dated 27/4/2021. It was also directed that banning victory procession would include any kind of procession by or congregation of supporters of victorious candidates anywhere in constituency(ies) beyond limits on number prescribed by concerned State/UT. The Commission has also directed the Chief Secretaries of all these States/UT to ensure that all directions of ECI and extant instructions of NDMA/SDMA concerning gatherings etc. in the wake of counting shall be complied with.

ECI directions to ensure RTPCR/RAT tests for counting agents etc. are being complied with. As per the information received from the Chief Electoral Officers, contesting candidates have given details of approx.1,50,000 counting agents (including substitutes) in five States/UT by the stipulated time.  More than 90% of them have already been facilitated RTPCR/RAT tests. Remaining are being provided the test facility today by the DEOs. The Commission has also directed to accept test reports from any authorized lab. This is also being followed in bye poll PCs/ACs.

The media authorized by the Commission to cover the counting process is also being facilitated RTPCR/RAT tests etc. Approximately 12000 media persons have been given the authority letters to cover the process from counting centres.

The Counting will take place at 2364 counting halls as compared to 1002 halls in 2016 elections, this amounts to more than 200% increase in counting halls. This is in view of Commission’s directions on COVID safety measures/guidelines inside the hall and related measures which led to (1) substantial increase in polling booths (2) jump in postal ballot.

Source : PIB

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