The Indian Express | 1 month ago | 02-07-2022 | 05:35 pm
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP even as he lent support to Yashwant Sinha, the opposition’s presidential candidate, at the latter’s meet-and-greet programme with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders.Urging TRS MPs and MLAs to ensure that a deserving candidate wins, KCR said, “Weigh the two candidates and vote after thinking. It will bring a qualitative change.”He also accused the Centre of killing democracy in the country, and using constitutional bodies to harass those who disagree. “What the Modi administration is doing is successfully killing democracy every day, throttling the federal system of India…toppling governments which do not toe their line. One Union minister said that like Maharashtra, they will pull down the Telangana government…we are ready. If our government falls, we will be free to bring down the BJP government at the Centre. For 60 years, Telangana society has fought for a separate state and we are prepared for another struggle,” he said.The chief minister also hit out at the Prime Minister, accusing him of lowering the image of the country before the world. Saying that the actions of the Modi government and BJP functionaries have destroyed India’s image in the international community, KCR asked the PM to reply to the allegation that it was due to his pressure on the Sri Lankan government that a power project contract was given to an Indian industrialist. If the Prime Minister did not reply, the allegations were true, KCR said. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the 15th PM of India and in the terms of the previous 14 PMs, never has India’s image been affected,” he said.The chief minister alleged that as per the Centre’s coal policy, coal was being imported at a steep price of Rs 30,000 while Indian coal was cheaper. “States are being forced to purchase the imported coal because it is being imported by the PM’s industrialist friend. That is why I am saying he is not a PM but has become a salesperson,” KCR said, adding that PM Modi’s policies and promises were fooling 1.5 billion people of the country. “Have you fulfilled even one promise that you have made to the people? Even if you search with a torchlight, you will not find one,” KCR said.LIVE: My interaction with MPs and MLAs of TRS https://t.co/7KBR8tI4v7— Yashwant Sinha (@YashwantSinha) July 2, 2022Criticising the Centre’s attitude towards farmers, KCR said that the Modi government had to face humiliation in front of agitating farmers and had to repeal the farm laws. “The PM and BJP leaders have vilified the farmers, even calling them Khalistanis and terrorists. Eventually, you had to bow down to the farmers. Seven hundred farmers died during the agitation but you did not express any sadness or mercy for them,” he said.KCR also accused the Prime Minister of failing the country during the Covid pandemic. “It was the biggest calamity since Independence and the PM failed to handle it. Lakhs of people died unnecessarily. Lakhs and crores of people had to walk on the roads. The Centre declined to give trains for free. Modi swears by river Ganga but instead of people immersing the ashes, bodies of Covid victims were pushed into rivers,” he said.The Telangana chief minister said that the country had fared badly on all indexes due to the Prime Minister’s failed policies.“The nation is watching and demanding answers. Modi may be under the false impression that he will be a permanent PM. Political change will happen,” KCR said, asking the Prime Minister to reply to all the allegations in his speech at Parade Ground on Sunday evening.Referring to the Prime Minister’s visit to Houston and his support to former US President Donald Trump, KCR asked if Modi knew the difference between US presidential elections and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.Meanwhile, addressing the TRS representatives, Yashwant Sinha said that the presidential election was being held at an extraordinary time. “We all know what is happening in the country. Intellectuals are saying that the nation is collapsing, and that it is why this election is so important. I am fortunate to have the support of TRS,” he said.Earlier, the chief minister and his Cabinet colleagues went to Begumpet airport to receive Sinha. The TRS had declared its support to Sinha’s candidature on June 27.
AHMEDABAD: The city in the past 15 days recorded 4,228 Covid cases and 10 deaths. In the previous fortnight, the city had recorded 4,188 cases and nine deaths. Thus, there has been no major rise or fall in cases or deaths in the city. On the other hand in Gujarat, Covid cases increased by 15% from 11,577 to 13,269 and the deaths of Covid patients increased from 16 to 21, accounting for a 31% rise. The daily cases included 189 from Ahmedabad city, 61 from Vadodara city, 41 from Gandhinagar, 35 from Surat city, 33 from Vadodara, and 28 from Gandhinagar city. Active cases reached 1,769 in Ahmedabad and 5,321 in Gujarat. The state in 24 hours vaccinated 1,362 persons for the first dose and 3,308 for the second. In all, 5.43 crore have been administered the first and 5.38 crore the second dose of Covid vaccines. The state administered booster doses to 16,494 senior citizens, taking the total to 50.49 lakh. The state also administered 1.72 lakh booster doses to the 18-59 age group, taking the total to 62.34 lakh.
August 10: One of India’s leading poultry and animal vaccine manufacturing companies, Hester Biosciences Limited, has reported a consolidated net profit of Rs. 3.56 crore and Revenue from Operations of Rs. 50.70 crores for the Q1FY23. Individually, the gross margins of the vaccines and the health products have been in line with the corresponding quarter; however, the overall margins have reduced due to the increase in the proportion of health products sales which have lower gross margins compared to vaccines. Health Products sales constituted 34% of the total sales in Q1 FY23, versus 20% in Q1 FY22.Hester Tanzania recently received regulatory approvals for four products, with two additional products under approval. Hester Tanzania has just started commercial operations, and Revenues are expected to start in Q2. Hester Nepal has registered a 16% growth in domestic revenues; however, there were no tender sales in the current quarter due to delays in tendering by FAO and other multilateral institutions.Going furtherThe company is confident of arresting the de growth in Q2 as well as hopes to improve the profitability as follows:On the vaccine side:The recent outbreak of Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) in certain parts of the country since July 2022 is expected to result in additional sales in Q2 FY23.The Company was a successful bidder in a government tender for PPR vaccine for sheep & goats, the supplies for which will likely start from September 2022.On the Health Product side:It is our endeavour to improve the profitability. Over the next couple of quarters, Hester will focus on growing sales on the back of improving the sales productivity of the marketing team as well as launching new products and entering new territories.Petcare divisionThe Company launched a new division for Petcare during Q1 with ten products. Activities related to market development, field force establishment and product pipeline are ongoing. Petcare Division will emerge as a steady long-term growth driver, given the increasing adoption of pets in the country.Status on Hester’s initiatives in the Covid-19 vaccineThe Company, in consortium with Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC), Government of Gujarat (GoG), has entered into a term sheet agreement with Bharat Biotech India Limited to manufacture the Drug Substance for Covaxinunder the Mission Covid Suraksha Scheme of the Government of India.The project is to manufacture a Drug Substance equivalent to up to 7 million doses per month.The construction of the BSL-3 facility is nearing mechanical completion. Planning and preparation for commissioning are ongoing. The facility is expected to be ready for commercial operation in Q3FY23.This facility is a multi-purpose facility to handle other micro-organisms beyond Covid-19.Other developmentsThe Company is strengthening its new product vaccine pipeline by developing new vaccines like Classical Swine Fever (CSF), Sheep Pox and an improved version of Brucella vaccines.The bulk antigen production capacity expansion project is completed, and trial runs are ongoing. Expansion of Fill-Finish line capacity is expected to be completed by Q4FY23. These two expansions will double the production capacity of vaccines.The recent notification by the Government of India to allow the manufacture and sale of Avian Influenza Inactivated vaccine, the H9N2 strain, will contribute to our sales from Q3.
RAJKOT: A consumer court in Rajkot ordered an insurance company to pay a woman Rs 2.33 lakh with interest after her claim for Covid-19 treatment was rejected as she did not attach an RTPCR or rapid antigen Covid positive report as mandated by the government. According to the case details, Sanya Wadhvani moved the Rajkot Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission after the Future Generali India Insurance Company rejected her claim in spite of her having a policy of Rs 5 lakh as sum insured (SI). In April 2021, Wadhvani suffered from fever, cold and breathing problems and the doctors advised her to undertake MACT scan of thorax. In the report she was diagnosed as Covid suspect and the doctors asked her to remain under home quarantine. However, Wadhvani's health deteriorated in the next five days and she had to undergo CT SCAN of her chest and as per doctors' advice, she was admitted to a Covid hospital on April 20. Wadhvani was finally discharged on May 2 and her treatment cost was Rs 2.33 lakh. On May 17, she put up a claim of her medical expenses before the insurance company and the company, through a letter, dated September 16, 2021, informed Wadhvani that her claim has been rejected. The company cited that she did not have an RTPCR or Antigen report which is mandatory as per government order and also a condition of the policy. Her advocate, Shailendrasinh Jadeja said, "We put the facts before the court that Covid-19 was at its peak at that time and there was a long waiting list for RTPCR tests. We did not have that much time to wait for the report as the patient required immediate medical attention. Also the doctors decided to proceed with her CT SCAN score." The lawyer further stated that the complainant relied on a judgment of the Supreme Court which stated that "the insurance company, while setting the claims, should not be too technical and ask for documents which the insured is not in a position to produce due to the circumstances beyond their control." After hearing the arguments, the commission Rajkot ordered the insurance company to pay the claim amount together with six per cent interest and Rs 5,000 towards legal expenses.
The onset of the festive season this year, with Rakshabandhan on Thursday, has brought cheer to rakhi traders after washout Covid years of 2020 and 2021.President of Ahmedabad Cutlery and General Merchant (ACGM) Association Laxman Aswani said, “The rakhi business is part of our association and this year the sales have crossed the Rs 300 crore mark. Compared to 2019, sales had fallen by 50% in 2020 and 2021.”He further said, “Witnessing the high demand, many retail shops that never stocked rakhi are also selling it this year.”In another major development, manufacturing of rakhis has increased in Ahmedabad while import of rakhis from China has stopped, said retailers and manufacturers.Khema Nanda, one of the biggest rakhi traders in Sarangpur area, said, “This year we are registering brisk sales as people are emerging from fear of Covid. People want to indulge in festivities after a two-year Covid break.”Talking about festive cheer despite inflation and higher prices of rakhi this year, ACGM association’s vice president Amit Desai told Mirror, “The retail shops that usually sell gifts and cutlery have taken to selling rakhi in a big way. The outlets selling rakhis have doubled this year.”He added, “There would be more than 10,000 shops in Ahmedabad that are selling rakhis this year. Moreover, the sales figure is also high because traders are supplying rakhis to about 15-odd states in India.”Kolkata dominated the production of rakhis and continues to hold the top spot but Ahmedabad is fast catching up, said manufacturers. In fact, Ahmedabad is emerging as a competitive market.According to rakhi retailers in the city, this year rakhis from Rs 10 to Rs 25,000 are available in Ahmedabad shops. However, the ones from Rs 50 to Rs 150 are selling the most.Amit Patel, owner of Anand Rakhi Bazar in the Science City area, said, “We have been selling rakhis from Rs 10 to Rs 6,000 at our three outlets in the western part of the city. However, demand for Rs 50 to Rs 150 rakhis is the most. This year prices of rakhis have increased by 25% due to higher input cost and general rise in inflation.”
Prior to the Assembly elections, the Election Commission will conduct a camp on four consecutive Sundays to do any sort of corrections in the voter id card.Addressing a press conference, Chief Election Officer PP Bharti said the camps will be held on four consecutive Sundays between August 21 and September 11. Those who intend to make changes in their voter id can do so by visiting the camps between 10 am and 5pm.And if someone intends to check whether their names arethere in the voter list or not,then it can be checked on the websites www.nsvp.in and www.ceo.gujarat.gov.in. Citizens can visitthe election department inthe Collectors’ office and canalso call on the helpline number 1950.Currently there are 4.83 crores registered voters in the state out of which around 2.50 crores are male and around 2.33 crore are female voters. A total of 1,291 voters belong to the third gender.