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Covid-19 vaccine: Two-day dry run in Assam, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat begin today

The dry run will be undertaken as a mock drill, wherein there will be no vaccine involved in the process. The exercise is set to be the largest-ever mass immunisation programme in the history of the country. It will continue for two days, December 28 and December 29 in the chosen districts in each state.

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The Centre began a two-day dry run for the coronavirus vaccine program on Monday in four states-Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Assam and Gujarat, day after the country recorded the lowest single-day rise in Covid-19 cases in six months. The exercise is set to be the largest-ever mass immunisation programme in the history of the country.

The dry run will be undertaken as a mock drill, wherein there will be no vaccine involved in the process. The exercise will focus on the management of possible adverse events after inoculation, feasibility of the planned operation involving real time monitoring through Co-WIN app, checks on cold storage and transport arrangements and deployment of team members, according to the Union Health Ministry.

The dry run program will continue for two days, December 28 and December 29 in the chosen districts in each state. During the program, all the four states will report their recorded observations to the central government. 

The  five sessions will be held at identified locations with 25 test pre-identified beneficiaries across the four states. Adverse Event Following Immunisation(AEFI) panels will be set up and to manage the adverse response in any of the beneficiaries. if any vaccine triggers, the treatment centres will be identified. In total, 2,360 training sessions have been held so far, and 7,000 officials which include medical officers and vaccinators have been trained to carry out the exercise.

In Andhra Pradesh, the dry run will be conducted in Krishna district. The exercise will provide insights into any gaps so that before the commencement of the actual vaccination drive, it could be addressed, said Health Commissioner Katamaneni Bhasker. After the dry run, a report will be prepared for the State Task Force to review the feedback and guide the actions, it will then be submitted to the Union Health Ministry, added the Commissioner.

Meanwhile, the Centre has planned to roll out a vaccination drive from January covering 30 crore people in the first phase of the inoculation programme, prioritising health workers, frontline workers and people aged above 50. 

Though the country has not approved any vaccine for emergency use, Covishield developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca in collaboration with Serum Institute of India is expected to be the frontrunner. Besides it, Bharat Biotech and Pfizer had also applied for the emergency use authorisation to the Drugs Comptroller General of India(DCGI).

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So far, India has crossed over 1.01 crore coronavirus cases, the second highest in the world after the United States, with 1.47 lakh deaths.

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Varanasi Court sentences life imprisonment to gangster Mukhtar Ansari in Awadhesh Rai murder case

Almost 60 criminal cases of land grabbing, murder and extortion are registered against him. His name was first come into notice when he murdered the local contractor Sachchidanand Rai in 1988 and he never stopped after his first murder.

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Mukhtar Ansari who is currently serving 10 years jail term in a kidnapping and murder case has been convicted by the Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi Court in connection with the 1991 Awadhesh Rai murder case. Special Judge Avneesh Gautam convicted him today after a hearing in a case concluded on may 19. He has been sentenced to life imprisonment and also a fine of Rs 1 lakh has been imposed upon him. On August 3, 1991, Congress leader and brother of Former MLA Ajay Rai, Awadesh Rai was gun downed in a broad day light in front of Ajay Rai’s house in Varanasi. In this case Ajay Rai named Mukhtar Ansari, Bhim Singh, former MLA Abdul Kalim, Kamlesh Singh, and Rakesh in the FIR.

In june 2022, the original case diary went missing during the hearing of the case. Officials’ could not find the missing diary despite best effort from Varanasi to Prayagraj. Police had to register a case against Mukhtar Ansari for the same and accused him of destroying evidence through his influence.

Mukhtar Ansari is a dangerous gangster-turned-politician in the Uttar Pradesh; he has been an MLA for five consecutive terms from the Mau Sadar assembly seat. In 2022, Uttar Pradesh Assembly election his seat was won by his son Abbas Ansari from the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party since he did not fight the election.

Almost 60 criminal cases of land grabbing, murder and extortion are registered against him. His name was first come into notice when he murdered the local contractor Sachchidanand Rai in 1988 and he never stopped after his first murder.  

In Uttar Pradesh’s most sensational political murder history, he killed BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai with an AK-47 rifle in November 2005. It is believed that 400 bullet shells were reportedly recovered from the spot.  

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HDFC Bank manager abuses, howls at employees over incomplete account targets

Toxic work culture is a pervasive and serious issue in India. Many Indian workplaces are marked by a high-pressure, competitive environment that can be emotionally and psychologically draining for employees.

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Recently, Soumi Chakraborty shared a video on LinkedIn which gives us the perfect example of a toxic work environment. HDFC bank’s Senior VP Pushpal Roy, is seen engaging in various inappropriate behaviours, including verbal abuse, public humiliation, and the misuse of authority.

In this video, we can clearly notice that the manager is screaming at his employees in Bengali.

After the release of this video, it has gained lot of attention on social media platforms and people are also raising concerns about the toxic work cultures and few people also demanded an immediate action towards his unethical behaviour.
In response to the incident, HDFC Bank informed that they have suspended the employee and they have also initiated an investigation based on a preliminary inquiry.
In their statement, the bank emphasised on its zero-tolerance policy towards harassment or misconduct in the workplace and they beleive in treating all employees with dignity and respect.

“This bears reference to a recent social media report. Basis a preliminary enquiry in the matter, the concerned employee has been suspended and an investigation initiated to gather all relevant facts. We at HDFC Bank have a zero tolerance policy for any form of harassment or misconduct at the workplace and firmly believe in treating all our employees with dignity and respect,” the bank statement read.

Toxic work culture is a pervasive and serious issue in India. Many Indian workplaces are marked by a high-pressure, competitive environment that can be emotionally and psychologically draining for employees.

Some common features of toxic work cultures in India include long hours, lack of work-life balance, a hierarchical structure that discourages dissent and innovation, micromanagement, and an excessive focus on individual performance over teamwork.
Workplace discrimination based on gender and caste is also prevalent in many Indian organizations. Harassment, including sexual harassment, is also a major problem, and many companies fail to address such issues properly.

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Shocking: 3-year-old child chews snake to death in UP’s Farrukhabad

The boy’s grandmother, Sunita informed that they had also taken the snake with them to explain the situation to doctors.

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In a stunning incident from Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh a three-year-old boy, named Akshay chewed a snakelet to death. 

Akshay, son of Dinesh Kumar was playing outside his house when a small snake emerged from the bushes and caught the child’s attention. Unknown of the potential danger he picked up the snake and put it in his mouth and chewed it, ultimately leading to a distressing turn of events. After chewing the snake, the boy started screaming.

The child’s grandmother rushed to the scene and was dismayed to find a snake in his mouth. She then swiftly removed the snake from his mouth. The parents of the child took him immediately to Dr Ram Manohar Lohia district hospital to seek medical attention. 

The boy’s grandmother, Sunita informed that they had also taken the snake with them to explain the situation to doctors.

Doctors thoroughly examined the child, assess his condition and declared that the child has not suffered any significant injury.

Doctors have kept the child under observation for 24 hours and after all the necessary medical care he has been discharged. 

Dr Mohammad Salim Ansari who observed the child said that the necessary medicine had been given to the child and he has been discharged.

The doctor informed that the snake was of non-venomous species. 

In a similar strange incident from Gujarat’s Mahisagar district in 2019, a 60-year-old man died after biting a venomous snake that bit him earlier. 

In another event from Uttar Pradesh a man named Raj Kumar was bitten by his snake took his revenge by biting a reptile and killing it.

The most possible thing one can do after a snake bite is to take immediate medical help. The doctor will evaluate the condition and will specify the necessary course of treatment.

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