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Goa to launch Tika Utsav 3.0 soon: CM Pramod Sawant

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The Goa government will soon launch Tika Utsav 3.0 in rural parts of the state, which will enable persons in the age group of 18-44 years to walk-in and vaccinate themselves, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Wednesday.

The Chief Minister said that he was encouraged to start the third edition of the utsav, first launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a pan India scale in April this year.

“We are thinking of starting Tika Utsav 3.0 for the age groups of 18 to 44 years at the gram panchayat level. If everyone co-operates, we will be able to vaccinate everyone,” Sawant said.

“We have reached a lot of people due to the Tika Utsavs and the response has been good. Panchas, sarpanchas and some MLAs have put in good work,” Sawant said, adding that instead of fixing appointments online, eligible person can just walk into respective vaccination centres to get a jab.

The Chief Minister also brushed aside criticism of the previous editions of the Tika Ustavs by the Opposition, who have alleged that the mass vaccination drive was a political exercise carried out by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the state assembly elections, which are scheduled to be held in early 2022.

“Some people are trying to politicise everything,” Sawant said.

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Basavaraj Bommai sworn-in as 30th Chief Minister of Karnataka

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Basavaraj Bommai, a senior BJP leader was sworn-in as the 30th Chief Minister of Karnataka by Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot at a function held in the Glass House of Raj Bhavan on Wednesday. Basavaraj Bommai took oath in the name of God.

Hailing from socialist philosophy and now married to BJP principles, Bommai’s political journey marked a new milestone as he took oath as the Chief Minister. Bommai completed 60 years on January 28. Though he is sworn in as 30th chief minister of Karnataka, he also would be considered as 23rd chief minister as many have sworn in as chief minister multiple times.

Hundreds of people thronged outside Raj Bhavan and cheered for him. The police and security personnel had a tough time in controlling the crowd, while Basavaraj Bommai entered Raj Bhavan. Bommai’s family members were at the Raj Bhavan before Bommai reached to witness the celebration.

The swearing in ceremony was attended by the Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Kishan Reddy, appointed as observers by the BJP parliamentary board, outgoing chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa, all top leaders of the state. Barring senior Congress leader R.V. Deshpande, opposition leaders remained absent.

Bommai, a mechanical engineer, became the third chief minister from Mumbai- Karnataka region after his father S.R. Bommai and Jagadish Shettar. He attained prominence after the 300 kilometer long Padayatra between Kalasa and Nargund demanding implementation of Kalasa-Banduri project. He was also closely connected with former union minister George Fernandes.

Yediurappa had even chided Basavaraj Bommai in front of the media that he should not show his face to him for not joining his new party KJP. Later, when Yediyurappa returned to BJP, Basavaraj Bomai became his favorite and earned respect by helping him to sail through poignant attacks by the opposition leaders in the legislative assembly.

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Narendra Modi announces Rs 2L for kin of Barabanki accident victims

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each, from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the tragic accident in Barabanki on Wednesday morning.

The injured would be given Rs 50,000 each.

The Prime Minister also spoke to chief minister Yogi Adityanath to know about the road accident which left 18 dead.

The Prime Minister and the chief minister have expressed their condolence to the families of the deceased.

The chief minister has directed the concerned officials to provide the best medical care to the injured and also arrange for the passengers to reach their destinations, said additional chief secretary (home) Avanish Awasthi.

At least 18 people were killed when a truck rammed into a double-decker bus on the Lucknow-Ayodhya National Highway under the Ram Sanehighat police circle on Wednesday morning.

Fifteen persons have been seriously injured and have been referred to the Trauma Centre in Lucknow.

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Yogi Adityanath visits Kalyan Singh who remains critical

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The health condition of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and ex-governor of Rajasthan, Kalyan Singh, remains critical.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the hospital on Tuesday to see the veteran leader and spoke to doctors about his medical condition.

According to the medical bulletin issued by the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) on Tuesday, Kalyan Singh has been on continuous dialysis. His clinical parameters are being closely monitored. He remains on life support system.

“The senior faculty of CCM, Cardiology, Nephrology, Neurology and Endocrinology are keeping a close watch on all aspects related to his health,” the bulletin said.

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