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Nearly 100 passengers were on board two boats when they crashed into each other in Jorhat, Assam. (File)

Guwahati:

The Assam Cabinet on Thursday decided that Additional Chief Secretary Maninder Singh will conduct the inquiry into the boat tragedy in which one person died and two others went missing, and submit a report within a month, a minister said.

A boat headed to Majuli collided with a ferry steamer and sank in the Brahmaputra river near Nimati Ghat in Jorhat district on Wednesday.

The Cabinet met on Thursday evening after Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma returned from Majuli, where he reviewed the rescue operations, visited the injured at a hospital and met representatives of various organisations during the day.

The Cabinet also made a decision that the Jorhat Police will be directed to file a criminal case against those responsible for the accident, Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said after the meeting.

It decided to entrust Finance Minister Ajanta Neog with the responsibility to monitor the construction of a bridge connecting Jorhat and Majuli.

The Cabinet resolved to take a few permanent steps regarding waterways connectivity in the state which will be declared by the chief minister soon, Mahanta said.

At the meeting, the ministers observed a minute’s silence to mourn the tragedy and offered condolences to the families of those who died or are missing.

Reciprocating militant organisation Dimasa National Liberation Army’s unilateral ceasefire for six months, the Cabinet decided that the state government would stop its operations against the outfit for one month and during this period, its members cannot carry arms and declare bandhs.

It was also decided that from now on, police verification would not be required for those selected for appointments in government jobs, Mahanta said.

They would have to provide self-declaration which would be uploaded on a portal and if self-declarations are disputed with facts, steps would be taken against the candidate.

Reservation for specially-abled candidates in government jobs would be increased from the current three per cent to four per cent.

Unemployed persons in the state would now be able to register their names online at the Employment Exchange with their Aadhaar card numbers, the minister said.

Offline registration will be allowed till March 31, 2022, and from April 1, only online mode of registration will be there, he said.

For government construction works, the royalty payable to the forest department for using construction materials like sand, stones etc would now be deducted from the contractors’ bill and submitted in treasury.

For private construction in urban areas, the fixed royalty can be paid in four instalments at the treasury, Mahanta said.

The Cabinet also decided that degrees and diplomas issued by government approved distance learning institutes would now be considered on a par with on-campus courses for government jobs.

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Coronavirus Live News Update: India Creates World Record In Vaccinations With 2.5 Crore Doses In A Day – dot newz

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The government had set out with a target of 2.5 crore vaccinations and crossed the mark by 10,390

India crossed 2.5 crore Covid vaccinations in a day for the first time on Friday as the government raced to deliver a record on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted to confirm the “historic” figure.

The government had set out with a target of 2.5 crore vaccinations and crossed the mark by 10,390.

With 34,403 more people testing positive for COVID-19, India’s overall infection tally has increased to 3,33,81,728, while the count of active cases has dipped to 3,39,056, according to Union health ministry data updated on Friday.

The death count due to the disease has climbed to 4,44,248 with 320 more fatalities being recorded, it said.

The number of active cases now comprises 1.03 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 97.64 per cent, according to the data updated by the ministry.

It said that active COVID-19 cases in the country decreased by 3,867 cases in a span of 24 hours.

Here are the updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:

Over 7 lakh people vaccinated in Assam on PM’s birthday

A total of 7,09,524 people received the COVID-19 vaccine in Assam on Friday as the state government undertook a mega inoculation drive on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday, a bulletin said.

Over 2.16 crore people have been immunised, and 44.02 lakh of them got both doses of the vaccines, it said.

The special drive was conducted in 4,575 COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs), of which 4,557 were government sites and 18 private ones.



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WHO Emergency Approval For Covaxin Delayed Till October 5 – dot newz

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The assessment of the SAGE working group on the available pieces of evidence will determine EUA.

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World Health Organisation’s (WHO) approval for the emergency use authorisation (EUA) to COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, developed by the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, is likely to be delayed till October 5.

As per WHO, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) will be meeting on October 5 to granting EUA to Covaxin.

Hanna Nohynek, SAGE member will be introducing session objective setting, an update on regulatory decisions and an overview of Working Group deliverables.

The session will recommend EUA based on the clinical data on Covaxin from phase 1, 2, 3 trial and post-marketing studies on safety, immunogenicity, efficacy and effectiveness.

It will update on global, regional and country-level plans for vaccine safety monitoring.

The assessment of the SAGE working group on the available pieces of evidence will determine EUA.

Meanwhile, Bharat Biotech on Friday said it has submitted all the data to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Emergency Use Listing (EUL) of its COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin and is awaiting feedback from the UN Public Health Agency.

In a series of tweets, Bharat Biotech said that Covaxin clinical trial was fully compiled and available in June 2021.

“#COVAXIN clinical trial data was fully compiled and available in June 2021. All Data was submitted for Emergency Use Listing (EUL) Application to World Health Organization in early July. We have responded to any clarifications sought by #WHO and are awaiting further feedback,” Bharat Biotech tweeted.

As a responsible manufacturer with past approvals for its other vaccines, the company said it would not find it appropriate to speculate or comment on the approval process and its timelines, it further said.

“We are continuing to work diligently on obtaining WHO EUL at the earliest,” it added.

Bharat Biotech has submitted its Phase 3 clinical trials data that demonstrated 77.8 per cent efficacy to the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO).

Covaxin was developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech in association with the Indian Council of Medical Research and the National Institute of Virology. Covaxin, which has been developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), contains a whole virion inactivated SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, which is produced in Vero cells.

The vaccine is stable at 2 degrees Celsius to 8 degrees Celsius (refrigerated) and is shipped in a ready-to-use liquid formulation that permits distribution using existing vaccine supply chain channels.

The WHO has so far approved Covid vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, US pharma majors Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, China’s Sinopharm and Oxford-AstraZeneca for emergency use.

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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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