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Glitches in CoWIN-App results in low turnout at Mumbai vax centres; only 48% get vaccinated on Day 1

A four-day-long drive has been slated next week, where COVID-19 vaccination sessions will be organised as per GOI guidelines.

The world's most elaborate vaccination programme was launched in India on January 16 by flagging off the COVID-19 inoculation drive across the nation. Launched under the care of Prime Minister, this immunisation process was authorised by prior registration on the Co-WIN mobile application which exhibited technical glitches on the first day of phase 1 drive. As a result, only 1926 out of the 4000 beneficiaries across 9 centres were administered the vaccination in Mumbai. The Co-WIN mobile application was supposed to send automated messages to the healthcare workers, listing the date and time of their immunisation, however, due to glitch in the app, beneficiaries couldn't be alerted about their designated slots on Saturday.


No suspension of vaccination drive in Mumbai

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Earlier the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had called off the vaccination drive within the municipal limits of Mumbai for two days to fix the glitches in the Co-WIN application. According to BMC's Executive Health Officer, the civic body identified the malfunctioning of the app and initiated to call each of the 4,000 health workers listed for vaccination on Day 1. As the telephonic-reminder activity started late on Friday night, all beneficiaries could not be informed. She also stated that all those who could not receive the vaccine will get it when the drive resumes.

However, the State Health Department has dismissed any such temporary suspension of the vaccination drive, citing that no activity was planned on these days. A four-day-long drive has been slated next week, where COVID-19 vaccination sessions will be organised as per GOI guidelines.

The state authorities have informed that glitches in the Co-WIN app were identified notice in several parts of the country, besides Maharashtra. As per reports, the state has vaccinated a total of 65% of health care workers listed for vaccination on Saturday. The civic officials have ruled out reluctance to take the vaccine as a possible cause of lower number for now. Additional Commissioner of the BMC has also stated it is too early to be drawing out such a conclusion. None of the centres reported any adverse reaction in Mumbai on January 16.

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After multiple postponements and various discussions with the stakeholders, the Bureau of Indian Standards Hallmarking Regulations has finally come into effect in 19 cities of Uttar Pradesh including Lucknow and Kanpur from December 1. Notably, this regulation, which was implemented across the country by the union government in June 2021, is applicable in 256 cities across India. If a jeweller violates this rule, they will have to pay hefty fines or even serve jail time up to one year.

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With a scope wider than any show in the city, Open Mic by The Artist Barefoot, slated to be held this Sunday is roping poets, comedians, singers, dancers and even magicians from across Lucknow and if you want to part of the lin-up or audience, we've got the deets covered for you.

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New travel guidelines implemented at Jaipur Airport amid Omicron threat

The move comes after the Centre issued guidelines to combat the variant

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BMC drafts a phased plan to develop MHADA layouts in Mumbai's western suburbs

The BMC plans to improve water supply, conditions of roads in the first phase of its suburban development plan

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has drafted a new master plan to improve basic amenities across Mumbai's western suburbs, in a structural format. This graded civic development plan will be targeting the residential MHADA pockets of Gorai, Charkop and Borivli areas in the city. As per reports, the BMC will focus on essential water supply and the condition of roads among other plans in the initial phase of the overall facelift.

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New elevated road to be built to ease traffic at Polytechnic & Munshipulia in Lucknow

This project of the National Highway Division of PWD has got consent from the Union Ministry of Road Transport

In a bid to help ease the traffic woes at the Munshipulia and Polytechnic intersections, the National Highway Division of the PWD will build a new elevated road. This road will help reduce the traffic load at these intersections and hence prevent jams. Approximately ₹170 crores will be spent on this project, which has been approved by the Union Ministry of Road Transport.

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Women in Rajasthan to get 'Back to Work' with the new employment scheme!

According to the officials, widows, abandoned or divorced women and the victims of violence will be prioritised over others

In an attempt to assist women in restarting their career, the government of Rajasthan has launched a new scheme for all those who were forced to quit their jobs due to unfavourable circumstances. As per the announcement made recently, the administration aims to provide employment to about 15,000 women in the next three years under the ambit of 'Back to Work' campaign. Moreover, with the help of private sector, work from home opportunity will also be available for the women who are interested but can not go to the workplace thereby enhancing the mission of women empowerment in the state.

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Amid Omicron scare, India puts its plan to ​resume International Commercial air service on hold

Notably, India was about to resume commercial international passenger air services from December 15

According to the latest circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India, the government of India has put its initial plan of reopening international commercial flights on hold. With the discovery of a new and more transmissible strain of COVID, the administration has stepped into action to prevent and eliminate the risk of transmission of this variant in the country. Notably, India was about to resume international passenger air services from December 15 after a gap of about twenty months, however this decision stands suspended in view of the current Omicron scare.

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