YK MYK WHY VACCINATION DRIVE FAILED DESPITE WORLD'S LARGEST CAPACITY OPINION Rs. 3 KOLKATA SUNDAY, 23 MAY, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 8 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) WEATHER TODAY MAX 36 C MIN 29 C Sky will be partly cloudy. SHUTTLER PALAK QUALIFIES FOR TOKYO PARALYMPICS SPORTS Morning India ‘Yaas’ countdown begins Naval ships, aircraft on standby for rescue ops MI NEWS SERVICE HRD CALLS MEETING ON PENDING CLASS 12 BOARD EXAMS NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Education has called a crucial meeting on Sunday to discuss the issue of pending Class 12 board exams, which were postponed in view of the second wave of COVID-19, Union minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' said. The meeting will be chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani and Minister for I&B Prakash Javadekar will be in attendance. "I recently held a meeting with the state education secretaries in this regard. The consultative process will be further strengthened through a highlevel meeting to be chaired by Hon'ble Defence Minister Shri @rajnathsingh Ji," Nishank tweeted on Saturday. "All the state government education ministers and secretaries have been requested to attend this meeting and to share their valuable views with regards to upcoming examinations. This virtual meeting will take place at 11.30 am on 23rd May, 2021," he added. KOLKATA: In view of the likeliness of intensification of the low-pressure area in the North Andaman seas into a cyclonic storm Yaas, the Indian Navy has kept its naval ships and aircraft on standby for possible rescue and relief operations in Bengal and Orissa. In an official statement on Saturday, Navy said four naval ships have been kept on standby with Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR). Their bricks, diving, and medical teams will also render assistance in the areas that will be most affected along with Orissa and Bengal coast. Naval Air Stations have also kept their aircraft -- INS Dega at Visakhapatnam and INS Rajali near Chennai -ready to undertake an aerial survey of the most affected areas, casualty evacuation, and airdrop of relief material as required. Eight flood relief teams, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) administrator Firad Hakim conducts a virtual meeting with concerned officials for approaching of cyclone 'Yaas' along with four diving teams have also been prepositioned at Orissa and Bengal to boost the existing resources. As per the release, the Navy is closely monitoring the movement of the cyclonic storm which is likely to intensify during the next 24 hours over the Bay of Bengal and is moving in the north-westerly direction. It is likely to cross the coast between north Orissa and Bengal around May 26. The headquarters, Eastern Naval Command, and Naval Officers-in-Charge at Bengal and Orissa have also carried out preparatory activities to combat the effects of Cyclone Yaas while NDRF deploys teams in 11 Bengal districts MI NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Saturday deployed its teams in 11 districts of Bengal ahead of Cyclone Yaas. "#CycloneYaas UPDATE 22/5/21 @NDRFHQ already deployed teams @ locs below 1. Hasnabad 2. Sandeshkhali 3. Gosaba 4. Kakdwip 5. Sagar 6. Digha 7. Ramnagar 8. Contai 9. D Harbour 10. Kolkata 11. Howrah. Teams preparing @ loc @HMOIndia @ B h a l l a A j a y 2 6 @PIBHomeAffairs @ANI @PIBKolkata," tweeted NDRF Director General S N Pradhan. A low-pressure area has formed over the east-central Bay of Bengal on Saturday morning, which will intensi- fy into a cyclonic storm by May 24, said the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday. According to the IMD, it will intensify further into 'Very Severe Cyclonic Storm' and will move north-north westwards and cross Bengal and adjoining north Orissa and Bangladesh coasts around May 26 evening. "Low-pressure area has formed over the east-central Mixing of two different COVID vaccines is still being analysed, says Niti Aayog CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 2,66,44,303 TOTAL DEATH: 2,96,094 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 166,623,322 TOTAL DEATH: 3,460,583 NEW DELHI: Taking two jabs of two different COVID vaccines is "theoretically possible", but more in-depth research is needed in the matter, Dr VK Paul, Member Health NITI aayog said on Saturday. Addressing a press conference here today, Paul said, "You asked me if a person can get inoculated with a vaccine different from the one he received in the first dose. Scientifically & theoretically's possible. But recommending this, is an evolving situation. No robust scientific evidence. Only time will tell." According to a study conducted by the Spanish university, a combi- nation of AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccine was entirely safe and effective in controlling the spread and prevention of the disease. The study conducted by the Carlos III Health Institute in Spain found that the first dose of AstraZeneca followed by the second dose of Pfizer was absolutely safe and effective. The university has backed its findings with the result of a clinical trial in which 673 participants aged below 60 years participated. Covid crisis in India a warning of possible events in other low- and middle-income countries: IMF LALIT K JHA WASHINGTON: Observing that the ongoing "catastrophic" second wave of COVID-19 in India is a sign that the worst may be yet to come, the IMF has said that the situation in the country is a warning of the possible events in low- and middleincome nations that have seemingly escaped the pandemic till now. A report co-authored by International Monetary Fund (IMF) economist Ruchir Agarwal and its Chief Economist Gita being in constant liaison with the State administrations for rendering assistance as required. A low-pressure area has formed over the east-central Bay of Bengal on Saturday morning, which will intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 24, said the India Meteorological Department Gopinath on Friday also said that under the business-asusual scenario, the vaccine coverage in India is expected to remain under 35 per cent of the population by the end of 2021. The ongoing catastrophic second wave in India, following a terrible wave in Brazil, is a sign the worst may be yet to come in the developing world, it said. While India's health system held up fairly well in the first wave, this time its health system is so overwhelmed that many people are dying because of a lack of medical supplies like oxygen, hospital beds, and medical care, the report said. "India is a warning of possible events in other lowand middle-income countries (LMICs) that so far have seemingly escaped the pandemic, including in Africa, it said. For India, the report said, current bilateral purchases of vaccine plus coverage from COVAX will cover about 25 per cent of its population by the first half of 2022. To get to 60 per cent coverage, India will need to immediately place sufficient vaccine orders of about 1 billion doses through contracts that incentivise investment in additional capacity and augmentation of the supply chain. In this context, the authorities' recently announced financing of about USD 600 million to the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech to boost production capacity in the near term is a welcome step, the report said, adding that authorities estimate that two billion doses will be available by the end of 2021. Bay of Bengal Saturday morning. To intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 24. To intensify further into Very Severe Cyclonic Storm, move north-north westwards and cross Bengal and adjoining north Orissa and Bangladesh coasts around 26th evening," informed the IMD in a tweet. The IMD had earlier predicted that the cyclonic storm will hit the coasts of Orissa and Bengal on May 26 and both the States will experience heavy rainfall from May 22 to 26. In view of the cyclonic storm Yaas, an advisory has been issued for fishermen of Bengal not to venture into the sea from May 23 evening and those who are in the deep sea should return to the coast by May 23 morning. BENGAL REPORTS 154 MORE COVID DEATHS KOLKATA: Bengal's Covid19 death toll rose to 14,208 after 154 more people succumbed to the disease on Saturday, the Health Department said in its bulletin. The tally mounted to 12,48,668 as 18,863 fresh cases of infection were reported from different parts of the State, it said. In the last 24 hours, 19,202 recoveries have been recorded in the State which improved the discharge rate to 88.32 per cent. So far, 11,02,772 people have been cured of the disease. The number of active cases currently is 1,31,688. North 24 Parganas district accounted for 43 fresh fatalities, while 41 deaths were registered in Kolkata, the bulletin said. The remaining deaths were reported from several other districts of Bengal. Out of 154 deaths, 63 were due to co-morbidities where Covid-19 was incidental. Saturday's positive cases included 3,876 from North 24 Parganas and 3,280 from Kolkata, the bulletin said. Since Friday, 70,019 samples were tested for Covid-19 in the State, taking the total number of such tests to 1,18,56,416. (IMD). According to the IMD, it will intensify further into 'Very Severe Cyclonic Storm' and will move north-north westwards and cross Bengal and adjoining north Orissa and Bangladesh coasts around May 26 evening. "Low-pressure area has formed over the east-central Bay of Bengal Saturday morning. To intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 24. To intensify further into Very Severe Cyclonic Storm, move north-north westwards and cross Bengal and adjoining north Orissa and Bangladesh coasts around 26th evening," informed IMD in a tweet. The weather agency had earlier predicted that the cyclonic storm Yaas will hit the coasts of Orissa and Bengal on May 26 and both the States will experience heavy rainfall from May 22 to 26. In view of the cyclonic storm Yaas, an advisory has been issued for fishermen of Bengal not to venture into the sea from May 23 evening. Barge tragedy toll climbs to 66 MUMBAI: The Indian Navy has recovered six more bodies from the Arabian Sea as it launched rescue efforts with diving teams and specialised vessels to search for the remaining missing persons after the tragedy that befell Barge Papaa-305 last Monday, officials said here on Saturday. With this, the toll has shot up to 66 and another around 10 are still reported missing, while 188 persons have been rescued safely so far. On Saturday morning, the INS Makar and INS Tarasa set out for the Bombay High Fields, around 175 km off Mumbai, to make an underwater search for the wreckage of Barge Papaa-305 and an anchor-handling tugboat, Varaprada, using experts and special equipment. INS Makar is a lead ship of the Makar-class of Catamarans used for hydrographic surveys by the Navy for producing navigational charts and is capable of collecting marine environmental information by conducting limited oceanographic surveys. ON SATURDAY MORNING, THE INS MAKAR AND INS TARASA SET OUT FOR THE BOMBAY HIGH FIELDS, AROUND 175 KM OFF MUMBAI, TO MAKE AN UNDERWATER SEARCH FOR THE WRECKAGE OF BARGE PAPAA-305. INS Tarasa is a Navy patrol vessel of the Car Nicobar-class in the series of four Water Jet Fast Attack Craft. Besides, a p81 long-range multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft conducted reconnaissance missions over the designated areas along with helicopters like ALH, Seaking and Chetak, besides ships such as INS Kolkata, INS Kochi, INS Betwa and INS Beas that are still in the vicinity to trace more bodies. "To augment the ongoing SAR operations for the crew of Barge Papaa-305 and Tug Varapradha, the specialised diving teams onboard INS Makar (with sonar) and INS Tarasa sailed out early morning today from Mumbai for carrying out an underwater search," an Indian Navy spokesperson said. Bengal post-poll violence SC to hear plea for compensation, rehab of victims, SIT probe MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: The Supreme Court will hear next week a plea seeking directions to stop or prevent the alleged State-sponsored violence in Bengal in wake of the State Assembly election results, as well as the constitution of a SIT to investigate the same and take appropriate action against the culprits in reported incidents. It further prays for the formation of a Commission for rehabilitation of displaced persons, compensation for loss of family members, property, livelihood, and mental and emotional agony. The matter was mentioned by Senior Advocate Pinky Anand before a Bench of Justices Vineet Saran and BR Gavai. Anand submitted that 1 lakh persons had been displaced in the violence that took place and there was a need to hear the matter. The Bench has accordingly listed the matter for next week. The petitioners are Arun Mukherjee, Debjani Halder, Prosanta Das, Paramita Dey and Bhupen Halder. As per the petition, Mukherjee and Halder are social activists, Das is a victim of post-poll violence in Cooch Behar district, Dey and Halder are advocates practicing in Bengal whose homes and offices were destroyed by TMC workers. The plea, filed through Advocate Shruti Agarwal and drawn by Advocate Veer Vikrant Singh, submits that the Petitioners are aggrieved by the postelectoral violence in Bengal "causing bombing, murder, gangrape, outrage of modesty of women, arson, kidnapping, loot, vandalism and destruction of public property, which led to a widespread fear and terror in the minds of ordinary residents of the State, ultimately forcing them to leave their homes". It has further been averred that the police and the State-sponsored "goons are in cahoots" as the police has been a mere spectator, allegedly discouraging and threatening victims from filing FIRs and not investigating the cases. Despite the coverage of the violence by various media platforms and suo motu cognizance taken by various government organisations and autonomous institutions, the State Government has provided no support or assistance to the victims of violence. Health workers get ready for door to door Covid survey MI NEWS SERVICE RANCHI: After the completion of a virtual training programme of MOICs(medical officer in-charge), ANMs(auxiliary nurse midwife), MPWs(multipurpose workers), CHOs(community health officers) of Jharkhand, thousands of ANMs, CHOs and MPWs are now taking part in a three days hands-on training programme intended to prepare them for RAT testing and door to door survey across the state. Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren has directed the officials of the health department to plan and initiate a door to door campaign to identify potential Covid-19 cases especially in the rural areas of the state. Subsequently, Additional Chief Secretary of health Arun Kumar Singh released a letter to all the deputy commissioners detailing the plan module for the door to door campaign. NHM Jharkhand has been given the responsibility of hands-on training of frontline workers for RAT testing and identification of potential Covid-19 patients based on the symptoms. Even though it is a big task to cover three crore people thousands of health workers and other stakeholders including sakhi mandal didis are being trained to make door to door survey a success. The training schedule started with virtual(video call) sessions for all the MOICs and ANMs. During the training programme, all the participants were briefed about the concept of the door to door campaign programme. Later, they were explained about the Covid appropriate safety behaviour to follow while going for survey, symptoms to look for in a patient and RAT testing. After completion of the virtual training programme, which was mainly attended by 188 MOICs and more than 2000 ANMs/MPWs from across the state, a three days hands-on training programme of RAT testing commenced on Wednesday, May 21.