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COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Begins In India!

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The world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccination drive is all set to start across India from tomorrow, Saturday, the 16 th of January 2021. As was decided and enumerated much earlier, during this first phase of vaccination drive around 30 million health sector and frontline workers will be getting the jabs of the vaccines against the novel Coronavirus, namely the Oxford’s Indian version Covishield manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and the fully indigenous Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech.   Jabs are to be administered from tomorrow to around 10 million doctors and healthcare workers, and then to cover around 20 million frontline workers during this initial phase. Next, around 270 million of people over the age of fifty and people with comorbidities are to be covered. The Government of India has already procured and dispatched 11 million doses of Covishield and 5.5 million doses of Covaxin, and the inoculation drive will be totally free of cost in this first phase with the Go

India Save The Sydney Test: Die-Hard Vihari-Ashwin Partnership Frustrates Australia!

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The last recognized Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara got out in the 89 th over making it 5-down at 272 runs (target 407) with nearly two sessions still left for play in the fifth and final day of the third cricket Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. R Ashwin, coming in place of injured Ravindra Jadeja who had been crucial in both the Melbourne and this Sydney Tests, then joined Hanuma Vihari, and they fought a historic battle for over four hours facing more than 40 overs, with the mandatory 20 overs in the last hour, finally saving the Test match for India at 334/5. Vihari remained not out at 23 off 161 balls while Ashwin at 39 not out off 128 balls. The greatest part of this incredible partnership was the indomitable spirit and patience shown by both batsmen, never going for an improbable win and concentrating on defending each and every incoming ball till the end when the match was accepted as a draw by the hosts with the last mandatory over remaining.  

স্বাধীনতা সংগ্ৰামী বাউলীকবি কমলানন্দ ভট্টাচাৰ্য্য .🌺👏 Freedom Fighter Bauli Kavi Kamalananda Bhattacharyya...

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  🌺আমাৰ ককা -👏বাউলীকবি কমলানন্দ ভট্টাচাৰ্য্যদেৱৰ আজি ৭০ সংখ্যক পূণ্য তিথি । পুহমাহৰ কৃষ্ণা একাদশীত..,. ইংৰাজী ১৯৫১ চনৰ ৪ জানুৱাৰী তাৰিখে ৫৬ বছৰ বয়সত তেখেত স্বৰ্গবাসী হয় ।   সৰুৰে পৰা ককাৰ  শ্ৰাদ্ধ দেউতাই  কৰি অহা দেখি ককাক দেখা  যেন লাগিছিল । এই দিন কেতিয়াও পাহৰিব নোৱাৰোঁ । নগাঁৱৰ ঘৰত সাংগীতিক পৰিবেশৰ মাজতে ককাক যেন পাইছিলোঁ ।  আজি ককাৰ গানেৰেই  ককাক স্মৰণ কৰি পূজা দিলো। ।ককা আহি গান শুনিবলৈ ৰৈ থকা  যেন লাগিল।         ১৯৪২ চনৰ স্বাধীনতা আন্দোলনত  যোগদিয়াৰ পিছত ৯ মাহ কাৰাবৰণ কৰি  তেখেতৰ স্বাস্থ্যৰ অবনতি ঘটিছিল ।  দেশৰ কাৰণে প্ৰাণ  আহুতি দিয়া এইজন ককা ...আমাৰ সকলোৰে  ককা ..বাউলীকবি  কমলানন্দ  ভট্টাচাৰ্য্য দেৱৰ  মৃত্যু হৈছিল মাতৃৰ সমুখত  । সেইগৰাকী  মাতৃৰ  মানসিক শক্তি ৰ কথা আইতা আৰু  দেউতাৰ পৰা বহুত শুনিছিলো । তেখেত আমাৰ আদৰ্শ ।  নিজৰ পুত্ৰ জেলত থাকোতে , আৰু  পুত্ৰৰ   মৃত্যুৰ পিছত ধৈৰ্য্য সহকাৰে  ঘৰ চলাই নাতিক মানুহ কৰা এগৰাকী সাহসী  মানুহ আছিল 'আই '... দেউতাৰ মৰমৰ আই । দেউতাৰ আদৰ্শ আমিও পালো ।         ১৯২১ চনত  মহাত্মাগান্ধীৰ  আহ্বানত গোটেই ভাৰতবৰ্ষ জুৰি  যি  অসহযোগ আন্দোলন 

US Capitol Shame: Unprecedented Assault On Democracy Even As The US Congress Certifies Biden Victory!

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Just when the bicameral United States Congress was to sit in a rare joint session to certify Joe Biden’s electoral victory mobs descended on Capitol Hill, the celebrated seat of the US Government, and drafted a black chapter not only in the country’s democratic history but also in the world’s democratic traditions. Supporters of the outgoing President Donald Trump gathered in large numbers and breached the security to carry out an unprecedented act of desecration and vandalism. At least four people were killed in the violence, and the security personnel, totally overwhelmed by the surging mob, arrested around fifty rioters. Coming in as a light at the end of the tunnel the US Congress had met later and certified Joe Biden’s electoral victory which means that Biden is now the rightful official President of the country set to take over on the 20 th of this month. As per the latest news reports Trump has finally conceded his defeat and acknowledged Biden’s democratic victory.   The h

Day 2, 2021: India Gets The Second COVID-19 Vaccine, Covaxin!

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On the second day of the New Year 2021 India has got the second COVID-19 vaccine, the totally home-developed Covaxin. The expert panel on vaccines or the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has today approved Covaxin for restricted emergency use authorization in the country after a marathon meeting ranging over several hours. With the vaccination dry run or the mock inoculation trials starting across the country from today India now has two COVID-19 vaccines: Covishield, approved yesterday, has over 50 million doses ready while Covaxin is believed to have around 10 million doses ready as India prepares for the world’s largest vaccination drive for 300 million people in the first phase. However, no marketing rights have so far been given to any of them the as the Government of India is set to procure the vaccines to lead the mass vaccination drive. Vaccination for the health and frontline workers has already been made free by the Government. Th

NY Day Gift: India Gets The First COVID-19 Vaccine, Covishield!

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Photo: jagran.com The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) under the Indian regulator, Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), has today recommended Covishield, COVID-19 vaccine Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Indian version manufactured locally by the Serum Institute of India (SII), for emergency use in the country, although conditionally. Now, the final approval of the DCGI is awaited which is almost a formality, because the regulator would not possibly ask for more data or do more analysis. Therefore, on this New Year Day-2021 it is well-nigh certain that India has finally got its first COVID-19 vaccine. This is more significant in view of the fact that a pan-India dry run of vaccination is being planned tomorrow, the 2 nd of January. In fact, the good news has been expected since the 30 th of December 2020 on which day the United Kingdom regulator approved the AstraZeneca vaccine developed by the scientists of Oxford University for

India Hit Back To Crush Australia In Melbourne By 8 Wickets, Level Test Series 1-1!

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India have come back in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test Series with a resounding victory in the second test in Melbourne today, defeating Australia by 8 wickets. A sweet revenge for the debacle in Adelaide, striking back with the same victory margin. But for the specter of 36-all-out the visitors could perhaps have won the first test too. And, the specter loomed large again today when two Indian wickets fell for 19, chasing a paltry victory target of 70 runs. Fortunately, the Starc-Cummins-Hazelwood threat did not become a reality again as captain Ajinkya Rahane, the hero and the player-of-the-match, joined debutant opener Shubman Gill who continued to be confident and as solid as in the first innings. The victory came in the 16 th over and the Test Series is now one-all with two tests to follow.   We mentioned in our last post on cricket that the top-form Indian bowlers just needed that much support from the batsmen to not allow the opposition snatch a sudden-death victory. Rahan

Christmas, NY Day And The Mutant Coronavirus: Just Pray!

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A few vaccines had arrived and vaccination started in several countries including the US and in Europe with many others including India booking millions of doses; however, an incredible feat of humankind notwithstanding the cheer was short-lived as a mutant variant of SARS-CoV-2 had started rampaging through United Kingdom, parts of other European countries and South Africa, and to some extent Australia. It is common knowledge that any virus surely undergoes mutation over time, putting up many variants or strains to challenge the human wisdom and efforts. In fact, about 17 strains of the novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 have already been detected in the process of fighting it, and this particular variant noticed in UK was also detected in September this year. But the problem is that, this particular mutant has started spreading at spectacular speed almost choking the health facilities of UK in particular. The UK government had declared that this virus is about 70% more contagious than the

India Cross 10 Million Or 1 Crore COVID-19 Cases As Vaccination Becomes A Reality!

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Photo: expresspharma.in This time India took nearly a month to add another million new cases compared to 22 days for the previous increase as India cross 10 million or 1 crore COVID-19 cases today. This means that the pandemic curve in the country has started flattening with daily additions of new cases reduced to 22000-30000 in the last few days. More promisingly, the recovery rate has crossed 95% with active cases now only just above 3,00,000. However, the daily deaths continue to remain above 300 with Maharashtra contributing the largest share, followed by West Bengal, Delhi, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. States like Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu still remain as regions of some concern.   Total deaths in the country have reached 145,316 now, and possible vaccination from early next year comes as the major factor of optimism to put the final check on more fatalities. There are three vaccines, namely Covishield, Covax

Border-Gavaskar Trophy: Australia Destroy India Batting In Adelaide Pink-Ball Test To Go 1-0 Up!

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Ashwin's Laugh of  Frustration? Australia have won the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Series defeating India by 8 wickets inside three days in Adelaide which had been the first ever d/n pink-ball match between the two teams, and the hosts lead the series 1-0 with the second Test starting on the Boxing day, that is from the 26 th of December in Melbourne.   Last night at stumps it had been advantage India with a lead of 53 runs that seemed to be crucial and 9/1 as the night watchman Jasprit Bumrah saw off the day successfully. A very exciting third day’s play was anticipated with the Indian batting depth promising to score sufficient runs to corner the hosts who would be batting last. However, the very first hour of the ‘morning’ session destroyed India batting thoroughly as the visitors ended up with the their lowest ever test score of an unbelievable 36, the previous lowest being 42 against England in England in 1974. It was not simply that the Aussie pacers bowled incredi