U.P. sets new record, 16 crore people fully vaccinated against Covid: Govt
“Uttar Pradesh has achieved a major milestone by becoming the first state in India to fully vaccinate over 16 crore individuals,” the government said in a press statement on Sunday.
According to the statement, over 2,60,80,643 vaccine doses have been administered to children in the age group of 15-17 and over 1,37,51,108 vaccine doses have been administered to children in the 12-14 years age group in the state. Uttar Pradesh is followed by Maharashtra with 16.90 crore doses.
The state is expected to cross 34-crore mark in total doses within this week, officials said.
According to the data from the CoWin portal, a total 339325383 doses of Covid vaccine had been administered, including 175493305 first dose and 160306435 second dose.
“Over 100% of the eligible adult population has been given first dose and nearly 99% among them are fully vaccinated in the state. Uttar Pradesh started administering booster shots (precaution dose) from January 10. About 35.22 lakh ‘precaution doses’ too have been administered so far” officials said.
“People of Uttar Pradesh largely remained safe during the third wave. Even if they got infected with Covid, very few required hospital admissions. This is due to vaccination coverage that restricted infection spread and also reduced its impact among the infected,” said Dr Abhishek Shukla, secretary general association of international doctors.
Police claimed to have cracked a bank robbery and nabbed three accused out of the four for robbing more than Rs 13 lakh from UCO bank, a week ago. The accused are identified as Vinay Tiwari, Tarun Nahar, Ajaypal and Gurpreet Singh. Three of them are in the police net while Gurpreet Singh is yet to be arrested. Regular raids are being conducted by the police to nab the fourth accused Gurpreet Singh.
Aiming to bring down dependence of indigenous bi-cycle manufacturers on imported components, especially from the Chinese markets, premium bicycle component maker Spur Technologies, launched its first manufacturing unit in the state at Dhanansu e-cycle valley here on Thursday. The firm is a subsidiary of Hero Motors Company and the manufacturing at the new unit is set to reduce imports from China for select components used in high-end bicycles.
Police arrested two drug pushers and two others involved in anti-social activities in two separate incidents here on Thursday. The accused have been identified as Luvpreet Singh, alias Gharu, of Mohan Ke Uttar and Jatin of Muktsar Utla Vehra. The police have recovered two country-made pistols of 32 bore, three live cartridges (7.65 mm) and one country-made pistol of 12 bore with one live cartridge.
Arshdeep Singh Thind, chief administrator, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority, Mohali, and in addition director, town and country planning, has been posted has secretary, agriculture and farmers welfare. Indu Malhotra has been posted as secretary, forest and wildlife and in addition secretary, Punjab State Information Commission. Dilraj Singh is the new secretary, revenue and rehabilitation, whereas Rajiv Prashar has been posted as secretary, Lokpal, and in addition secretary, State Election Commission.
Chandigarh Chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Thursday directed that severest of severe action must be taken against educational institutes withholding the degree of SC students on pretext of post-matric scholarship scheme. The chief minister, while chairing a meeting of social justice and empowerment department, told the officials to take action against educational institutions indulging in such tantrums to ruin the future of SC students and ensure that degree of not even a single student is withheld by any educational institute. He said the payment of funds under the scheme is a matter between the state government and the educational institutions and students from the underprivileged and weaker sections of society have nothing to do with this.