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Arvind Kejriwal says entire Delhi can be vaccinated in 3 months

From May 1, the supply was divided into – 50 per cent for the Centre, and 50 per cent for the open market. The doses procured by states and private hospitals in the open market will be used to vaccinate those between the ages of 18 and 44.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that his government can vaccinate the entire national capital in three months if he gets nearly 85 lakh doses a month. He said Delhi has enough vaccines to last only another 5-6 days. Appealing to the Centre to give the city adequate number of vaccines, Kejriwal said Delhi needs at least 2.6 crore more doses to vaccinate the entire population of the city.

Kejriwal said many people from NCR towns, such as Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad and Sonepat are coming to Delhi to get vaccinated. They appreciate the facilities provided but the biggest hurdle so far in vaccination is shortage of doses. On Thursday, 1.14 lakh people were given one shot of the vaccine in the city, according to the government’s health bulletin.

Explaining Delhi’s demand and timeline, Kejriwal said that out of an estimated population of 2 crore, 1 crore in Delhi fall in the 18-45 age bracket, while those over 45 and those under 18 comprise 50 lakh each. Earlier this week, the government had said the third wave of Covid is inevitable.

At a press briefing, the Health Ministry said on Friday that India could dodge the third wave with strict measures in places. Arvind Kejriwal mentioned this and said as Delhi anticipate a third wave, it becomes all the more necessary to speed up the vaccine drive. Delhi is vaccinating people in the age group of 18-44 in about 100 schools for now. This figure will be increased to 300, he mentioned.

There are 728 Delhi government school buildings in the city. Vaccination is free at these Centres, as it is in government hospitals. As per the new vaccine procurement policy of the Centre that is already in force, states, private hospitals and industries that can administer the vaccine, have been allowed to buy directly from the manufacturers.

From May 1, the supply was divided into – 50 per cent for the Centre, and 50 per cent for the open market. The doses procured by states and private hospitals in the open market will be used to vaccinate those between the ages of 18 and 44.

As per the policy, free vaccination is available at all vaccination Centres that receive doses from the Centre, and these will be used to vaccinate healthcare workers, frontline workers, and those above the age of 45.

Several Delhi government ministers and MLAs, including the CM and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, have been visiting vaccination Centres over the past few days.

On Saturday, Kejriwal said that the actual need for vaccines in Delhi might be higher as people from NCR towns were also getting vaccinated in Delhi.

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Expressing concern about the third Covid wave, Kejriwal said vaccination alone can safeguard people. At present vaccines are approved for use only for adults. Kejriwal said he hopes that experts and the Centre are preparing a plan for those under the age of 18 as well.

2024 Lok Sabha Elections

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges citizens to vote in record numbers as voting for first phase of Lok Sabha elections begins on 102 seats across India

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also urged citizens to vote in large numbers and added that it is not only meant to determine the fate of a Lok Sabha or a candidate but also for shaping a bright future for the country.

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Voting for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections is taking place on 102 seats spread all over India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to X and urged citizens to vote in record numbers. He said he particularly called upon the young and first time voters to vote in large numbers. He added that every vote counts and every voice matters.

Congress leader P Chidambaram and RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat cast their votes in Chennai and Nagpur, respectively. Chidambaram was confident that INDIA bloc will sweep all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also urged citizens to vote in large numbers and added that it is not only meant to determine the fate of a Lok Sabha or a candidate but also for shaping a bright future for the country.

He appealed to all the voters who are voting in this phase to vote in large numbers because every vote of theirs has the power to create a secure, developed, and self-reliant India. He appealed to the people to choose a strong and decisive leadership that has shown the determination to free the country from corruption, nepotism, and appeasement while fulfilling its promises.

In the first phase, elections are being held on all seats in Uttarakhand (5), Tamil Nadu (39), Meghalaya (2), Arunachal Pradesh (2), Mizoram (1), Puducherry (1), Nagaland (1), Andaman and Nicobar Islands (1)   and Lakshadweep (1), Sikkim (1).  Besides, there is voting in 8 seats in Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra, 6 seats in Madhya Pradesh, 12 seats in Rajasthan, 4 in Bihar, 2 in Manipur, 3 in West Bengal, and 1 seat each in Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura, and Chhattisgarh. Assembly elections are also taking place on 60 seats in Arunachal Pradesh and 32 seats in Sikkim.

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Enforcement Directorate says Arvind Kejriwal is deliberately eating mangoes, sweets, taking sugar with tea to increase his blood sugar level and create ground for bail

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) made the claim before special judge for ED and CBI cases, Kaveri Baweja, who gave directions to the Tihar jail authorities to file a report in the matter which should also include Kejriwal’s diet chart.

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The Enforcement Directorate told the court on Thursday that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, arrested in liquor policy case, is taking high sugar intake like mangoes and sweets every day deliberately in spite of suffering from type 2 diabetes so that he can create grounds for medical bail. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) made the claim before special judge for ED and CBI cases, Kaveri Baweja, who gave directions to the Tihar jail authorities to file a report in the matter which should also include Kejriwal’s diet chart.

Kejriwal had moved court and also sought permission to consult his regular doctor via video conference because his sugar levels were fluctuating. The judge directed the authorities concerned to file the report by tomorrow, when the court will take up the matter again.

 Advocate Vivek Jain, counsel for Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal responded to the ED’s argument and said this is an issue made by Enforcement Directorate so that home-cooked food should also be stopped. He said this would have a major impact on his health. Advocate Jain added that whatever Kejriwal is eating is as per his doctors prescribed dietary chart. He said the matter is sub judice and they do not have anything to say.

Advocate Vivek Jain objected to the Enforcement Directorate’s submission and said that the agency is making these allegations only for the media. He said that some toffee and other things are given to diabetic patients so that they can maintain their sugar levels. Jain added that Kejriwal is withdrawing his application and will file a better one later.

AAP minister Atishi Marlena said that Arvind Kejriwal had fallen ill and lost about 4.5 kg since his arrest on March 21. She addressed a press conference where the AAP leader said, Arvind Kejriwal is a severe diabetes patient but he never lets his health issue come as the way of his in the service to the nation.

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Enforcement Directorate seizes Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra’s properties worth Rs 97 crore

The Enforcement Directorate said in a statement that the Mumbai zonal office of ED has provisionally attached immovable and movable properties of Kundra under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.

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The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday seized businessman Raj Kundra’s properties worth Rs 97.79 crore. The siezed properties include a residential flat in Mumbai’s Juhu, which is named after his wife and Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty.  The Enforcement Directorate said the seized properties include another property which is a residential bungalow in Pune and Equity shares in the name of Raj Kundra.

The Enforcement Directorate said in a statement that the Mumbai zonal office of ED has provisionally attached immovable and movable properties of Kundra under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002. The Enforcement Directorate began the investigation on the basis of a number of FIRs which were registered by Delhi Police and Maharashtra Police. It is being said that Kundra collected large sums of money in the form of bitcoins which were worth Rs 6,600 crore in 2017 from the public with the false promises of 10 % monthly return in the form of bitcoins.

The ED said that it was planned that the collected bitcoins will be used for bitcoin mining and investors will get to get a large return in Crypto assets. But the promoters cheated the investors as they concealed the ill-gotten bitcoins in obscure online wallets. The Enforcement Directorate revealed in its investigation that Raj Kundra received 285 bitcoins from the mastermind and promoter of Gain Bitcoin Ponzi Scam Amit Bhardwaj for setting up bitcoin mining farm in Ukraine.

The Enforcement Directorate in its statement said that the bitcoins were sourced out of proceeds of crime collected by Amit Bhardwaj from gullible investors. Since the deal did not go through, so Kundra is still in possession and enjoyment of 285 bitcoins which are valued at more than Rs 150 crore. Earlier a number of search operations were conducted in connection with this case, leading to the arrest of three people — Simpy Bhardwaj on December 17, 2023, Nitin Gaur on December 29, 2023, and Nikhil Mahajan on January 16, 2023.

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