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Dhaba owner and cook booked for spitting on Tandoori rotis

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Another case of spitting on Tandoori rotis has come to light in Gurugram, Haryana. As per reports, Police has filed an FIR against the sector 12 Dhaba owner and cook. A video had gone viral in which the cook was seen spitting on tandoori rotis while making them. After learning about the incident, Sector 14 Police Station came into action and filed a case in the matter. The names of the hotel owner and cook have not been revealed yet.

Series of spitting incidents unveiled in last two months

In the last two months, several such cases where the cooks of a particular community were caught on camera while spitting on rotis at wedding venues, hotels and dhabas in several cities. In March 2021, a person named Mohsin was arrested in the Ghaziabad district for spitting on rotis. During interrogation, he revealed that he had been spitting in functions of non-Muslims for the last several years.

In the last week of March, another man named Mohammad Khalik was arrested from the national capital after a video of him spitting on the dough while preparing rotis in a tandoor had gone viral on the internet.

In another case of a cook spitting on rotis, Delhi Police had arrested two persons named Mohammad Ibrahim and Anwar after a video of them spitting on rotis had gone viral on the internet. They were working in a hotel in Seelampur. In the video that had gone viral, one of the two men was seen spitting on the rotis before putting them in a tandoor.

On February 20, Meerut Police arrested one Naushad alias Suhail for spitting on the food while working as a cook at a wedding. His video had gone viral on February 18, in which he was seen spitting on uncooked roti before putting it in tandoor.

Another video went viral on the internet that shows a man spitting on the dough as he prepares to make Rotis at Shamli in Uttar Pradesh. Shamli Police said on Twitter that the accused had been taken into custody and appropriate action under the ambit of the law will be taken. The name of the accused was not revealed.

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India to Get 250 Million Sputnik V Doses in 8-10 Months, Efficacy Against Variants Being Tested: Dr Reddy’s Executive

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India will receive a total of 250 million dosages of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine over the next 8 to 10 months and its production is expected to commence from July, Dr Reddy’s executive Deepak Sapra said on Friday. Dr Reddy’s Laboratories on Friday soft-launched imported COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V, with Sapra taking the first shot in Hyderabad.

The vaccine is priced at Rs 948 and with five per cent GST per dose the retail price of Sputnik V will be Rs 995.40. “The price which has been announced is Rs 948 plus GST for the imported dosages. Once we have the India-manufactured product available, the pricing for the vaccine will be different. We do not have a figure currently. We are working out the best possible ways to minimise the number so that it is accessible to as many Indians as possible,” Sapra told CNN-News18 in an exclusive interview.

On being asked if the price of the vaccine will be different for Centre and states and on the question of price for private hospitals, Sapra said, “That is a discussion we are going to have. We are going to take guidance of the various stakeholders involved, including the government and the Niti Aayog. And based on that we will be determining what is the best possible way to maximise access.”

On the question of Sputnik V’s efficacy against the COVID-19 variant found in India, he said, “Sputnik V has been tested on some of the variants. The variant on which we have received the data from our Russian partner is the UK variant. Testing is underway on the South African variant.”

“Now we have two large categories of variants — the double variant which has been found in India and the triple mutant. In addition to the efforts being taken by our Russian partner, we are working very closely with the department of biotechnology and also the National Institute of Virology to test Sputnik V on the Indian variants as well. All of this testing is at different stages. We expect that by the end of May or early June, we will have credible data from Sputnik on these variants in addition to the data we already have,” he said.

The new Lancet report has raised questions over the interim results of the Phase III trials of Sputnik V. Addressing to observations and concerns raised, Sapra said, “After the Lancet journal published those observations, they were studied and our partner the Gamaleya Institute of Epidemiology in Russia has come up with the response to those.”

Assuring that the vaccine is safe and effective, he said, “We have clinical data on subjects in India which was very consistent with what was reported by our Russian partners in Lancet. We also have real world data on several million subjects all over the world, which has also demonstrated a very high level of consistency with what was originally reported. So, we feel comfortable that it is a safe, secure, immunogenic and efficacious vaccine.”

The first consignment of imported doses of the Sputnik V vaccine from Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) landed in India on May 1, and received regulatory clearance from the Central Drugs Laboratory.

RDIF has tie-ups with six Indian drug firms to manufacture the vaccine. The two vaccines — Covaxin by Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute’s Covishield — currently used in the vaccination programme across the country are priced at Rs 1,200 and Rs 600 per dose respectively to private hospitals.

Reddy’s expects stocks for commercial sales from RDIF and the company is in discussions with a couple of State governments and the Centre for supply of the vaccine, he added. “Local manufacturing is expected to give us the vaccine for commercial usage from July timeframe.. after that it will steadily ramp up over the next few months,” he said.

On launching the product, Sapra said the company would initially be looking tentatively at 35 cities where cold chain facilities are available for launching the product and span out based on the infrastructure. Sputnik V needs to be stored at -18 degrees centigrade, Sapra said.

On another vaccine Sputnik Light from RDIF, Sapra said the Russian organisation has submitted to Dr Reddy’s the interim results of the single dose vaccine’s trials which are being studied. As soon as the vaccine completes the 42-day trial, Dr Reddy’s would approach the Indian regulators for necessary approvals.

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RSS Picks Holes in BJP’s Bengal Poll Plan, Advocates Building Strong State Leadership

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Indiscriminate inclusion of leaders from the Trinamool Congress and the failure to project a leader to match and counter Mamata Banerjee’s popularity are among the reasons behind the Bharatiya Janata Party’s unexpectedly poor performance in West Bengal. Or so feels the party’s ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

In two back-to-back articles dated May 12 and 13, RSS’s mouthpiece Organiser dissected the BJP’s performance in Bengal and came up with the above-mentioned reasons for the party remaining limited to just 77 seats instead of getting anywhere close to the 200-plus target that was repeatedly and publicly projected by its top leaders during poll campaigns. Both articles, of course, added more factors that may have led to the party’s drubbing in the elections. The results for the tumultuous eight-phase polls announced on May 2 saw the incumbent TMC emerge victorious with a massive 213 of the 292 seats available.

Titled ‘Bad Experiments in Bengal’, an article published in the RSS mouthpiece on May 13 also lists the adverse impact of Covid-19 in the last two phases of polls in the state, besides non-judiciously recruiting leaders from political opponents, as a possible reason for the party’s performance.

“The beneficiaries created by TMC through different schemes, some of BJP’s wrong steps like welcoming TMC leaders without judging their strength and impact of Covid-19 on last two phases resulted in such decimated performance,” the article states. It also points out that a 2 per cent drop in BJP’s vote share (2.5 per cent according to Election Commission figures) compared to the party’s 2019 performance and a 5 per cent swing of Left and Congress votes to the TMC from the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to the 2021 assembly elections cost the BJP dearly in Bengal.

But a more detailed piece published a day earlier, on May 12, in the same mouthpiece, also suggests a course which the BJP should chart in Bengal in the years ahead. Titled ‘Bengal Election Saga: A Lot to Learn and Unlearn’, it spells out Mamata Banerjee’s unmatched political popularity as one of the primary factors that led to the BJP’s defeat.

The article states: “Mamata Banerjee at the State level was far superior in stature than any other BJP State leader. This was repeated again and again in various opinion polls across the State. Though the popularity of BJP along with its vote share was continuously rising but it never for once dented the popularity of Mamata Banerjee among the voters. Even people in the BJP cadre though were against TMC at the local level, had high regards for Banerjee as a politician. This was also the general sentiment across the State. Though many disliked TMC and its goons, the culture of cut money etc. but none of it affected the image or the popularity of Mamata Banerjee. The general consensus was on the bad reputation of TMC cadre but a good leader in the form of Mamata Banerjee. BJP on the other hand struggled a lot to pitch a credible Chief Minister face in the elections. Also, the State leadership was nowhere in comparison to Mamata Banerjee. Bengal in the end chose its Chief Minister over the BJP state leadership in the elections.”

Amid other factors the article lists for the party’s unexpected performance, it prominently highlights the failure of the BJP leadership to “resonate with Bengali identity”.

“Dilip Ghosh was popular among the Hindu rural segment because of his unabashed nature but his words had minimal impact among the urban segment of the population. Also, the two tall leaders Narendra Modi and Amit Shah though very popular among the masses but being of non-Bengali origin couldn’t convert their popularity into votes in the State elections. This can be further highlighted by the road show and rally turnouts of BJP President JP Nadda who had very limited popularity among the masses,” the article states.

Interestingly, however, the article refers to Sun Tzu, a military strategist from ancient China, to chart the way forward for BJP in Bengal. “Building a strong formidable State leadership with a main State leader who can be projected as a State leader in front of Mamata Banerjee is the most important step going forward,” it says. “There needs to be a trust-based relationship between the Center and State leadership with a free hand given to the State leadership to execute its plan. Center’s involvement should be for monitoring and preliminary discussions and initial decisions only.”

Responding to the analyses, president of BJP’s Bengal unit Dilip Ghosh did not disagree with most of the points. Stating that the party is yet to sit for its official analysis of the poll results and that most party leaders were currently busy tackling post-poll violence in the state, Ghosh said, “The fact we did not have a projected leader against Mamata Banerjee, whose popularity we never doubted, was certainly a disadvantage. But we are not yet sure how much of that actually impacted our votes.”

“There have been protests and disagreements within our party over defection of leaders from Trinamool. Their anti-incumbency votes may have affected us. But we will have to do a detailed analysis of that,” he added, while asserting that the 38 per cent vote share of the BJP in Bengal is the baseline from where it would be making gains in future.

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DMK MPs, MLAs Will Give a Month’s Salary for CM Fund, Says Stalin

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Amid surging Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu, DMK president and Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday said his party MPs and MLAs would donate one month salary to the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund. At a time when the State was severely affected by the second wave of coronavirus, “DMK MLAs and MPs will give their one month salary to the CMPRF,” Stalin said in a statement.

Already, the CM had appealed to the people, corporates and the Tamil diaspora to donate liberally to the CMPRF to help the government tackle the Covid-19 scenario. The state is facing both medical emergency and severe financial constraints in view of the pandemic, he had said.

Companies, individuals, hospitals and trusts were among those have been making contributions to the Fund.

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