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Pankaj Kumar Singh appointed as the new Director General of BSF, Sanjay Arora as the new DG of ITBP

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Pankaj Kumar Singh was on Wednesday appointed as the new Director General (DG) of the Border Security Force (BSF). Sanjay Arora (Tamil Nadu cadre) and Balaji Srivastava (AGMUT cadre) have been appointed as the new chiefs of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD).

Pankaj Kumar Singh is a 1988 batch officer of the Indian Police Service. His father Prakash Singh has also held this post about 3 decades ago.

68-year-old Pankaj Singh is a Rajasthan cadre officer and is currently working as Special DG of BSF. The BSF guards over 6,300 km on the Indian fronts along with Pakistan and Bangladesh. There are about 2.65 lakh jawans in BSF.

He will take charge on August 31 after the retirement of IPS officer and ITBP DG SS Deswal. Deswal is holding the additional charge of BSF DG after the tenure of Gujarat cadre officer Rakesh Asthana ended in July.

Singh’s father and retired IPS officer Prakash Singh has also been the Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF). He is known for many police reforms. Prakash Singh was the DG of BSF from 1993-94. He is honored with Padma Shri.

At the same time, the government has appointed 1988 batch IPS officers Sanjay Arora and Balaji Srivastava as the new chiefs of ITBP and BPRD.

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India achieves major milestone of ‘one billion’ vaccinations

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India on Thursday achieved the major milestone of 100 crore vaccination-mark, nine months after the nationwide inoculation programme was started to protect the people against Covid-19.

The CoWin portal mentioned that a total of 100 crore vaccine doses has been administered so far to the eligible population under the vaccination drive in India.

India’s vaccination drive against the Covid pandemic was launched on January 16, 2021. The healthcare workers were the first ones to get ones. Later, the frontline workers were also included in the drive from February 2. The state and central police personnel, Armed Forces, Home Guards, Civil Defence and others were included in the vaccination drive.

The vaccination drive was expanded from March 1 to include people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with associated specified comorbidities. From May 1, the vaccination drive was thrown open to all above 18 years of age.

Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet, “India scripts history. We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians. Congrats India on crossing 100 crore vaccinations. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat.

Congratulating the nation on this historic moment, the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in his tweet, “Congratulation India! Under the visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it has been achieved”.

As India has achieved this historical landmark, the health ministry has planned several events to mark the occasion. The Health Minister will release a song and an audio visual film to celebrate the milestone of administering 100 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses. Mandaviya will release the film and song at the Red Fort later in the day. In another event, Modi will visit the centre-run Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Delhi.

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India logs 18,454 new Covid cases, recovery rate maintained at 98.15%

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India reported 18,454 fresh Covid-19 cases on Thursday, and 160 deaths in the last 24 hours, even as the recovery rate continues to be 98.15 per cent as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

With the new 160 fatalities, the overall death toll has increased to 4,52,811.

The recovery of 17,561 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally of recovered patients to 3,34,95,808.

Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.15 per cent, currently at its highest peak since March 2020.

The active caseload has fallen below 2 lakh-mark and is presently at 1,78,831. Active cases at present constitute less than 1 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.

The testing capacity across the country continues to be expanded. India has so far conducted over 59.57 crore cumulative tests.

While testing capacity has been enhanced across the country, the weekly positivity rate at 1.34 per cent remains less than 3 per cent for the last 118 days now. The daily positivity rate stands at 1.48 per cent, below 3 per cent for the last 52 days and below 5 per cent for 135 consecutive days now.

India has achieved the landmark in vaccinating its population with over 1 billion doses.

According to the data shared by the health ministry over 10.85 crore balanced and unutilized vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs

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India logs 13058 new Covid cases, 164 deaths

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 India reported 13,058 new Covid cases on Tuesday, the lowest in 231 days, and 164 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to Union Health Ministry data.

With the new fatalities, the overall death toll has increased to 4,52,454.

The recovery of 19,470 patients in the same period has increased the cumulative tally of recovered patients to 3,34,58,801.

India’s recovery rate stands at 98.14 per cent, currently at its highest peak since March 2020.

The active caseload presently is 1,83,118, lowest since March 2020, which constitute 0.54 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.

The testing capacity across the country continues to be expanded. In the last 24 hours, a total of 11,81,314 tests were conducted. India has conducted over 59.31 crore cumulative tests so far.

While the testing capacity has been enhanced across the country, the weekly positivity rate at 1.36 per cent remains less than 3 per cent for the last 116 days.

The daily positivity rate has been reported to be 1.11 per cent. It has remained below 3 per cent in the past 50 days and below 5 per cent in the last 133 days.

With the administration of 87,41,160 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 98.67 crore as per provisional reports.

This has been achieved through 97,44,653 sessions.

According to the Health Ministry, more than 10.42 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered.

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