Phase 3 trials of Coronavirus vaccine- Covaxin, to begin soon in Lucknow

ICMR stated that the vaccine will be ready by mid-2021

The UP government has sanctioned permission to conduct the phase III trials of the indigenous Covaxin in Lucknow and Gorakhpur. This COVID-19 vaccine is being developed by the Bharat Biotech International Limited in association with the Indian Institute of Medical Research and is the first vaccine in India to receive permissions to initiate the operations of clinical testing.


Lucknow & Gorakhpur to become testing grounds

Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) relayed the state government's approval to conduct the tests in the two cities via a letter to the director of Bharat Biotech. The letter reads, 'Kindly refer to your letter dated September 19, 2020, for permission and facilitation to initiate the COVAXIN Phase 3 Efficacy and Safety clinical trials in Uttar Pradesh. It has been decided to allow Bharat Biotech to conduct Phase-3 trial in Lucknow and Gorakhpur.' The letter also specifies that company has to ensure the safety of these test trials, in accordance with the guidelines established by the Union of India. 'All permission will have to be obtained by you and all safety and other protocols will have to be followed as per the guidelines of the Government of India for conducting clinical trial'.

The state administration has further designated Dr R K Dhiman, the director of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences as the nodal officer for the Lucknow trials and Dr Ganesh Kumar, the Principal of BRD Medical College for trials in the district of Gorakhpur.

The State has also directed the company to share the entire database which is curated and generated during the course of these trials in the two cities. The Additional Chief Secretary of Health and the Additional Chief Secretary of Medical Health will be dignified as nodal officers for the same purpose; the company has to ensure to share data with them regularly.

Vaccine to roll out by mid-2021

This indigenous Covaxin vaccine has been under development and trials since July 2020. The authorities of ICMR believe that if work continues at the current pace and there are no further delays and hurdles, the vaccine will be made by the middle of the next year, 2021.

Mumbai scrapes-off fine for not wearing masks while driving private vehicles

Fines will still be imposed on people travelling mask-less in public transport and/or public places.

In a fresh set of guidelines issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Sunday, people will no longer be fined for not wearing masks inside private vehicles. In a directive issued by the BMC, all clean-up marshals were asked to exempt people in personal vehicles from the no-mask fine, priced at ₹200. However, this relaxation has not been extended to people travelling in public transport including taxis, rickshaws, buses and trains. Fines will also be imposed on people without face masks in other public places, stated the BMC.

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Abhishek Walia's latest show in Jaipur promises an evening of giggles and chuckles

The event is scheduled for the 6th of February at Jaipur's L.O.L cafe.

Have your new year vibes given up to the monotony of life already? Or, are you fed up with the uncertain times moving slowly through the pandemic? Then, light up your spirits for we know what you want! After your crazy laughter went on an uninformed vacation a long time ago, we know that your heart has been craving for an evening of exuberance, and comedian Abhishek Walia is coming to Jaipur with his brand new show, just to take care of that!

What's the cool thing all about?

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Claiming to be an evening that would twist the obnoxious Kalesh in everyone's life into a laugh ride, the event promises to entertain its attendees with a live roast performance. The 1.5 hours long show would tickle its audience with the wittiest insights from the most usual experiences of life.

After winning The Great Indian Laughter Challenge Season 5, Abhishek Walia has made it to the hearts of young people across the country. A University of Delhi Alumnus with a history of working as an analyst and a trained anchor too, Abhishek has worked in a lot of fields before finally realising what his calling was. Having garnered millions of views on his roast acts available online, the artist shines bright in the Indian comedy circle.

For long we have been hooked to our youtube screens for all our doses of laughter amidst the lockdown and an outing like this, will surely provide for a fresh change for the head and the heart.

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Whether you are thinking of clearing your mind or dreaming of a memorable fun-time with your bae, this event definitely deserves your attention. To book your spots in the room of giggles and chuckles, find tickets here.

When: 6th February, 6 PM onwards

Where: L.O.L Cafe, Ashok Nagar Jaipur.

For the first time in Lucknow, ‘Gur Mahotsav' soon to be a sweet reality!

A haven for sweet-lovers, this fair will have stalls of jaggery, chocolates, sweets, candies and kheer up for grabs!

For the first time ever, Lucknow will host a 'Gur Mahotsav' showcasing the branding of jaggery and its related products. To be held in the city sometime next month, the festival was earlier set to take place last year. However, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed.

A haven for sweet-lovers, this fair will have stalls of jaggery, chocolates, sweets, candies and kheer up for grabs! Bringing progressive sugarcane farmers from every corner of the state to Lucknow, this fest will also work as a central platform where agro-producers will be able to meet specialist producers and people from the food processing sector. This confluence will help the different groups to share their knowledge for symbiotic growth.

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In an attempt to benefit the children with special needs, the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has decided to implement a 50% reduction in the examination fees for them. Reportedly, a circular issued by the secretary of the Goa Board stated that the examination fee shall be decreased to 50% of its current value for all the specially-abled children who will sit for their class 10th or 12th board examination through an accredited secondary or higher secondary school.

No practical examinations fees for examinees with special needs

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The amended fee amount stands at ₹ 525 for students who deposit within the stipulated time while it would be ₹ 1,025 if the late fee is added. These students will also be exempted from paying the fee for practical examination. Additionally, a reduced fee of ₹ 300 would be charged for providing the statement of marks and the passing certificate.

The board's resolve attempts to grant an advantage to the kids with special needs. Though the decision regarding the concessions was taken by the Goa Board's executive council in January last year, it is being extended to the students from the forthcoming board examination.

Not the first benefit scheme of the state board

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As practised by all other boards of education, the Goa board also provides other relaxations to these students appearing for 10th and 12th examinations. Facilities like the help of a scribe are provided based on the nature and extent of disability.

The latest intervention is not the first of its kind in Goa. Since 2005, the Goa Board has kept a separate set of provisions for children with special needs. The scheme that underwent revisions in 2008 and later in 2018 is targeted towards providing financial aids to regular schools for establishing resource rooms and executing all-encompassing methods of education. Also, allowances are offered to the parents of these children for being able to avail facilities like physiotherapy.

A sanctum of serenity, Jaipur's  first-ever desert park, Kishan Bagh to open soon

Being the latest addition to the sprawling landmarks of Jaipur, this park is all set to shine like a jewel in the ornamented heritage of the city.

Fascinated by the marvellous architecture and culture of the historic city, tourists in Jaipur often lose out on exploring the mystifying deserts around it. To their rescue, comes Jaipur`s first-ever desert park, an innovative venture by the city development authority. Instituted in August 2016, Kishan Bagh may open its doors to visitors anytime soon as the works by the JDA and the forest department are nearing completion.

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