Covishield Vaccine in Mumbai: 1st batch from Pune's Serum Institute reaches the city today

Mumbai civic officials welcomed the life-saving vaccine with cheers, claps, garlands and prayers, early on Wednesday.

The municipal authority of Mumbai, BMC has received its first consignment of the 'Covishield' vaccine form the Pune-based Serum Institute of India. As per reports, over 1.39 lakh shots of the coronavirus vaccine arrived in the city in a special vehicle of the BMC, early on Wednesday morning. The BMC has notified that the first batch of vaccine vials will be transported to the designated 72 vaccination centres, across the city, to prepare them ahead of the nationwide inoculation drive which is set to being on January 16.


Mumbai gears up for COVID-Immunity Drive

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The pre-vaccination process has set pace in the maximum city, which received a total of 1,39,500 doses of the Covishield vaccine at around 5:30 on Saturday morning, as informed by the BMC. The civic body also said that the COVID-19 shots have been stored at a facility in F-south ward office in Parel. Besides this, the municipal authority has also made provisions for a centralised cold storage facility at Kanjurmarg to safely store the vaccine vials. The Health Minister reportedly stated that Mumbai has gotten a share of 72 vaccination centres which would be administering about 100 shots daily, immunising an aggregate of 7,200 people in the city every day.

These large numbers have been prescribed to the financial capital in view of the alarmingly high number of COVID cases. As per information, Mumbai's coronavirus tallies have surged to 2,99,799 confirmed cases with 473 new hosts in the last 24 hours. This has also raised the active infection count to 7,395 in the city. With 441 recoveries and 7 deaths on Tuesday, Mumbai has clocked a recovery count and mortality toll of 2,80,323 and 11,200, respectively,

'Largest pharma hub', CSMIA begins distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

Meanwhile, the city of Mumbai has also initiated the process of distribution of COVID-19 vaccine to other Indian states and cities. On Wednesday, a GoAir service carrying 2,400 vials of COVID vaccine departed for Goa from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) at 5:20 AM and reached the coastal state at 6:30 AM. This is the first of many flights, which will airlift vaccine vials to Lucknow, Cochin and Chandigarh, besides Goa. The Airline officials have stated that GoAir will transport a total of 69,600 vials of the vaccine. By virtue of its position as the 'largest pharma hub', the Mumbai International Airport has aimed to cater to at least 16 destinations in the roll-out and distribution of COVID-19 vaccine, a private airport operator stated.

UP mandates liquor license for domestic storage over the prescribed limit

According to the latest guidelines, only six litres of alcohol would be allowed per person or in a house without a license.

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With the introduction of the revised excise policy, booze consumers need to be extra alert and careful about their liquor stocks at home. The Uttar Pradesh government has mandated the presence of a license for keeping liquor stocks above the prescribed limit within the household. As per the rules entailed in the policy, citizens would be required to have a license for purchasing, transporting and stocking liquor in excess of the authorized retail limit.

A limit of six litres per person or a single household

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According to the latest guidelines, only six litres of alcohol would be allowed per person or in a house without a license. If an individual wants to consume more than this, he would have to obtain a license from the Excise Department at an annual fee of ₹ 12,000. In addition to this, ₹ 51,000 would have to be deposited as security money under the specified conditions.

"The state government has set a revenue target of Rs 6,000 crore more than Rs 34,500 crore in the year 2021-22, against Rs 28,300 crore in the year 2020-21 of the Excise Department. As a result, 7.5 percent increase in annual license fees for country liquor, foreign liquor retail shops, and model shops for the year 2021-22." stated the Additional Chief Secretary of the Excise Department. He further informed that there has been no increase in the retail shop license fees of beer through the revised policy.

New policy promotes liquor production in the state

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The ADC also mentioned that the new policy encapsulates provisions that would encourage liquor production in the state. As per one of its clauses, the liquor produced in the state from the state-grown fruits will be exempted from consideration duty for the next five years.

Mumbai may flag-off the first, Made in India Metro on corridors 2-A and 7 by May 2021

Enabling rapid transport, 2 new metro lines to get operational in Mumbai

The Maharashtra Urban Development Minister has revealed its plan to open two Mumbai metro corridors for public use by May 2021. Metro line 2-A, from Dahisar to DN Nagar and Corridor 7, from Dahisar E-Andheri E, may get operational by end of May this year, stated the Development Minister. As per reports, these two lines will use the first-ever Made in India carriages which are being manufactured in Bangalore. The first six metro cars will be delivered to Mumbai in the next six months, informed the Urban Development Ministry.

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Towards a self-reliant India: IIM Indore to assist in boosting MP's industrial ecosystem

The institute will help in improving the ease of doing business index for the state, amongst many other things.

The Madhya Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation has signed an agreement with the managerial body of IIM Indore for enhancing the industrial sector of the Indian state. As per the three-year-long MOU, the IIM body would assist the state government in chalking out plans for building up its industrial infrastructure and drafting policies aimed at attracting investors.

Enhancing MP's brand value for setting up industries a priority

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Amidst the unstable circumstances brought by the COVID pandemic, the Madhya Pradesh government is trying hard to stabilise the state economy. With a focus to revive and boost industrial development in the state, the government is executing projects for the growth and expansion of industries, one of which is the latest agreement. As per the new MOU with the top-notch B-school, the management body at IIM Indore would help the state machinery in strengthening its industrial sector.

Experts from the Indian Institute of Management would work out plans for the Global Investors summit in addition to suggesting changes for the state's industrial policy. They will not only aid in improving the brand value of Madhya Pradesh but also recommend policies that can amplify the state's ease of doing business index. Based on their recommendations, the government would alter its industrial policy and make room for accommodating new proposals.

Looking forward to an ecosystem that supports & nourishes industries

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As per reports, the director of the institute stated that it is important to establish an ecosystem in the state which supports and nourishes business and industries. All interventions in this regard would not just help the state but also propel the spirit of a self-reliant India. While the Madhya Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation is bound to implement plans for promoting the state's industrial sector, the current initiative would help the organization in augmenting its framework and increasing its research and development capacity.

Fighter aircraft, Rafale will soon be able to take off & land at UP's Purvanchal Expressway

Soon, top-of-the-line fighter planes, such as Rafale or Sukhoi, will be able to take off and land from the expressway.

To maximise the reach of Military across the nation, its bases are being stretched in every direction and the newest region in the checklist is the Purvanchal Expressway in Uttar Pradesh. The government is developing a stretch of 3.2 kilometres near the Sultanpur district on the Expressway as an air-strip to shoulder combat aircraft. Soon, top-of-the-line fighter planes, such as Rafale or Sukhoi, will be able to take off and land from here.

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In Rajasthan’s vaccination drive on Sunday, Jaipur records the lowest turnout

Jaipur has witnessed vaccination of only 51% of the designated individuals in the six days of immunization.

Speeding-up the covid-19 immunization in Rajasthan, the state's health department conducted vaccination drives at 408 centres on Sunday. Though the objective was to vaccinate more than 38,000 healthcare workers, reports have stated that about 26,255 individuals(67% of the target) were inoculated by the end of the day. Jaipur, the state capital recorded the lowest rate of the target achievement by vaccinating only 41% of the designated number.

39% target achievement rate recorded for COVAXIN in Jaipur

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There has been an increment in the number of Covaxin sites in Jaipur, totaling up to 11. The natively developed vaccine is currently being administered to the healthcare workers only in Jaipur. Around 430 individuals out of the targetted 1,116 healthcare workers received the Covaxin jab on Sunday, registering a target completion rate of 39%. In all other districts across the state, 68% of the total intended beneficiaries were administered the Covishield vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India. Achieving a target completion rate of 100.5%, Sikar outshone all other districts in the state.

After receiving the dose, 12 recipients of the Covishield vaccine experienced effects while no adverse effect was reported for Covaxin.

Vaccination sites are being increased daily

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As per reports, a senior official from the health department stated that new vaccination sites are being set up daily and the state aims to immunize 4.5 lakh citizens as soon as possible. While there were 167 vaccination centres for the first four days of the drive in the state, the count stood at 408 on the sixth day. Through these days, over 93,500 individual have been given the COVID-19 jab which is 21% of the total target.

Jaipur, the city with the highest reported COVID cases in the state has recorded a cumulative target attaintment of 51% for the vaccination drives conducted in the past days. While Bundi has been successful in wtnessing the highest cumulative rate, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Sikar are among the front runners.

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