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Census-related field activities have been postponed till further orders due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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The field activities related to the census 2021 exercise in the country have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government informed Parliament on Tuesday.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said in a written reply to a query in Lok Sabha that census 2021 was to be conducted under the provisions of the Census Act of 1948 in two phases.

They were house listing and housing census during April-September, 2020 and population enumeration during February 9-28, 2021.

“However, census-related field activities have been postponed till further orders due to COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

The minister added that in the census, data is collected on demographic and various socio-economic parameters like education, SC/ST, religion, language, marriage, fertility, disability, occupation and migration of the individuals.

It also collects data on migration characteristics along with the reasons for migration such as work/employment and business, he said. 

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PM Praises Frontline, Health Workers As India Administers Record Doses

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As India set a new record on Friday by administering over 2 crores COVID-19 vaccine doses, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the success of the vaccination drive to the country’s doctors, innovators, administrators, nurses, healthcare and all front-line workers.

“Every Indian would be proud of today’s record vaccination numbers. I acknowledge our doctors, innovators, administrators, nurses, healthcare and all front-line workers who have toiled to make the vaccination drive a success. Let us keep boosting vaccination to defeat COVID-19,” PM Modi tweeted.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and several state governments have aimed to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday historic by setting a record number of Covid vaccinations Friday.

Taking to Twitter, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that the historic feat is a gift to PM Modi on behalf of the health workers and the countrymen.

“#VaccineSeva A gift to Prime minister Narendra Modi on behalf of the health workers and the countrymen. Today, on his birthday, India has crossed the historical figure of administering 2 crore vaccines in a day, setting a new record. Well done India!” Mandaviya tweeted.

India has administered more than one crore COVID-19 vaccines in a day on earlier occasions.The vaccination drive in the country commenced on January 16 with the inoculation of healthcare and frontline workers. At present, India is administering COVID-19 vaccines– Covishield of Serum Institute of India (SII), Bharat Biotech”s Covaxin and Sputnik V.

To ramp up the drive, on April 1, the government had opened Covid-19 vaccination for everyone above the age of 45 years. A month later from May 1, as a part of the third phase of the vaccination drive, India began administering the vaccine in the 18 to 44 years age group.

Since then, the country’s vaccination drive is scaling new heights. On August 9, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed the landmark of 50 crores.

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Maharashtra’s COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.08 per cent.

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Maharashtra on Friday reported 3,586 new coronavirus infections and 67 fatalities, taking the caseload to 65,15,111 and death count to 1,38,389, a health department official said.

As many as 4,410 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the count of recoveries to 63,24,720.

There are 48,451 active cases in the state now.

As many as 2,81,072 people are in-home quarantine and 1,813 in institutional quarantine.

Maharashtra’s COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.08 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.12 per cent.

The number of coronavirus tests conducted in the state thus far climbed to 5,67,09,128 after 1,79,246 samples were tested during the day.

Mumbai city reported 472 new cases and three deaths, taking its infection tally to 7,37,200 and death count to 16,042.

Coronavirus figures of Maharashtra are as follows: Total cases 65,15,111, New cases 3,586, death count 1,38,389, Recoveries 63,24,720, Active cases 48,451, Total tests 5,67,09,128.

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An editorial in Trinamool mouthpiece asserted Mamata Banerjee “is the alternate face” (File)

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The bonhomie between the Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Friday hit choppy waters after the TMC claimed that party chief Mamata Banerjee, and not Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, has emerged as the face of the Opposition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Congress in West Bengal declined to attach much importance to the assertions of the TMC, saying it is too early to predict who will be projected as the alternative face to Narendra Modi.

The controversy erupted after the TMC’s Bengali mouthpiece “Jago Bangla” ran a cover story with a headline: “Rahul Gandhi failed, Mamata is the alternate face”.

“The country is seeking an alternative. I have known Rahul Gandhi for a long time, but I must say he has failed to emerge as an alternative face to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But Mamata Banerjee has been successful in emerging as an alternative face to Modi,” the story quoted the TMC’s Lok Sabha party leader Sudip Bandopadhyay as saying.

The entire country is now supporting Mamata Banerjee, Mr Bandopadhyay reportedly said at a party programme recently.

Senior TMC leader Kunal Ghosh on Friday said the party neither intends to disrespect the Congress nor wants to talk about an alternative to the BJP government at the Centre without it.

“Sudip Bandopadhyay has not talked about any alternative force without the Congress. He just said in his experiences, people are not accepting Rahul Gandhi as an alternative face to Narendra Modi. He (Mr Gandhi) is not ready yet,” Kunal Ghosh said.

The Congress leader could not prove it in the last two Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and 2019, the state TMC spokesperson said.

“But after the 2021 Assembly poll victory, Mamata Banerjee has been successful in emerging as an alternative (to PM Modi),” he said.

Reacting to the TMC’s assertion, state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said it is too early to comment on the issue.

“We don’t get into a debate over who is successful and who is not. It is 2021, and the Lok Sabha polls are due in 2024. Rahul Gandhi has been the most consistent opposition face against the Modi government since 2014,” he said.

Veteran Congress leader and MP Pradip Bhattacharya said it is for the opposition allies to unanimously decide who will be their common leader.

“The history of Indian politics has shown that when an alliance is formed, the allies unanimously make the decision on who will lead the alliance. So there can be a lot of opinions, but it is not the final decision,” he said.

Mamata Banerjee, who has emerged as the fearless opposition face after her resounding victory in the West Bengal Assembly polls, has been trying to bring together opposition parties to form an alternative force against the BJP government ahead of the next Lok Sabha polls.

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