BharatBenz delivers 20 buses in Bihar for intercity travel: All details

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Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) has announced the delivery of 20 units of BharatBenz 1017 buses through its dealer partner Gautam Trucking in Begusarai, Bihar. The latest delivery indicates signs of recovery of the bus segment in the East, the company noted. BharatBenz buses are equipped with The engines on the 1017 and 1624 buses are good enough to produce a maximum power of 170 hp and 240 hp with maximum torque outputs of 520 Nm and 859 Nm respectively. Key features of the intercity bus include an overdrive gear gearbox, parabolic leaf springs, front, and rear telescopic shock absorbers. BharatBenz claims that the 1017 buses offer outstanding performance and comfortable rides to passengers and these additionally come with These are best-in-class fuel efficiency, superior safety comfort, unmatched reliability, lowest maintenance costs, and connectivity. BharatBenz currently has three dealerships in Bihar and these are operated by Gautam Trucking and Riddhiman Trucking in Muzaffarpur and Patna. The said outlets provide complete sales, service, and exchange support for the entire range of BharatBenz trucks and buses. The company says that these facilities are equipped with high productivity tools, advanced guided diagnostics, and also, mobile service vans. The aforementioned dealerships will also provide a host of value-added services such as cashless zero-depreciation insurance, full maintenance contracts, extended warranty, 24×7 roadside assistance, vehicle tracking systems, and driver training, the company noted. Speaking on the announcement, Karl-Alexander Seidel, Head of Daimler Buses India said that this significant order by a first-time buyer demonstrates the growing faith in BharatBenz Buses in the Eastern region. BharatBenz buses come with easy handling and long service intervals. He added that the companys buses enjoy strong market acceptance with our best-in-class comfort and safety features. Pankaj Gautam, CEO, Gautam Trucking stated that he is confident that passengers travelling inter-city will enjoy the comfort and safety of BharatBenz Buses. Fleet operators can be assured of quality service at the well-equipped touchpoints.

Delhi Airport sees gradual growth in passenger traffic numbers: Report

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Delhi Airport has seen a gradual growth in passenger numbers in line with the recovery in air travel demand, as around 90,000 passengers travelled per day through the facility during the first 10 days of this month, according to a White Paper by GMR. This is five times more than the mid-May passenger volumes when Delhi Airport handled around 18,000 travellers per day. The number by the end of June 2021 increased to about 62,000 passengers per day, the White Paper released on Friday said. According to GMR, with the improvement in COVID situation and the high level of vaccinations being achieved, domestic traffic is expected to reach pre-COVID level by the end of FY23. However, given the situation, international traffic could attain pre-COVID levels only by FY24. In July, the airport handled around 2.29 million passengers, which is 60 per cent less than the 5.80 million passengers handled in the same month in 2019. Similarly, air traffic movements in July were also 45 per cent less at 20,800 compared to 37,700 services operated in July 2019, as per the White Paper. Once the severe impact of the second COVID wave eased, people felt the need to travel to their respective homes\/base locations, thereby Visiting Family and Relatives (VFR) travel has pushed up the passenger numbers, according the White Paper, which also observed a slight pickup in business travel demand (with gradual opening of offices). But it is still very much subdued. The leisure travel (tourists) has also picked up, with the opening of tourist destinations across the country, it said. The government allowing airline companies to operate up to 72.5 per cent of their total domestic capacity also resulted in gradual increase in passenger traffic. From June, the government started relaxing capacity from 50 per cent to current levels of 72.5 per cent, GMR said in the White Paper. This came following the lowering down of impact of COVID second wave and to safeguard aviation industries viability battling with weak finances. The increased capacity, complemented with opening of new routes, allowed airlines to manage increased passenger numbers, it said. With the arrival of the festive season, Delhi Airport witnessed a positive traction in domestic travel. There is a propensity to travel with the increase in total vaccinations across the country, but it is, of course, contingent on emergence of a third wave of COVID, GMR said. We may see adoption of a common travel pass based on vaccination and testing status for International travel in coming months. However, it is too early to comment on the resumption of scheduled International travel in the next three months, it said.

What investors of mid and small cap funds need to do in these market conditions?

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The recent scare in the stock market, especially in the mid and small cap segment, created a bit of a flutter among the investors. While the long-term returns in these funds are still in the green territory, the average returns over the last 1 month have turned negative for both mid and small fund categories. One can look at booking some profit from their investment, particularly in the small-cap space. And if the allocation in these segments is limited, then they can continue to hold it. Investing in the mid and small-cap is more long term in nature and such swings are an integral part of investing in these companies or funds,com As an investor, you will have to be ready to accept relatively higher volatility in them compared to large-cap funds. Such companies are relatively under researched and largely outside the radar of big institutional players. The risk-reward ratio in them is, therefore, higher compared to large-cap funds with huge market capitalization. Your exposure in mid-small cap funds should be as per your risk profile but generally it is suggested not to allocate a higher percentage of your portfolio into them. At times, when the mid-small cap stocks are the favorite in the market, the NAVs rise in quick time, thus tempting investors to go overboard in them. Your total allocation into mid-small stocks may even be impacted if you are holding other diversified funds such as multi-cap or flexi cap schemes. Harshad shares an important thing to watchout for. This can give a better idea of the total exposure towards mid-cap and small-cap companies. Look only at the long term performance and see if the fund has consistently generated returns in different market cycles. A common mistake that many investors make is to keep adding mid-small funds to their portfolio for the sake of diversification. The purpose of diversification may serve well if you check the top 3 sector allocation and top 5 stocks held by the schemes to avoid over-diversification. Adding more funds does not help as there is a lot of possibility of overlap in the universe of companies to invest in,

Sensex, Nifty may open in positive territory; 5 things to know before today’s trade

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Domestic equity benchmark indices look to start the new trading week on the back of strong gains last week, which saw Dalal Street soar to fresh all-time highs. SP BSE Sensex currently sits at 56,124 while the NSE Nifty 50 is placed at 16,705. Broader markets have once again started moving higher while India VIX remains above 13 levels. On Monday morning, SGX Nifty was up 80 points, hinting at a continued positive momentum build-up in domestic equities. Global cues were positive as most Asian stock markets traded with gains, mirroring the upward move recorded on Wall Street during the last trading session. NASDAQ zoomed 1.23% while SP 500 gained 0.88% and Dow Jones jumped 0.69%. Among Asian peers, Shanghai Composite, Nikkei 225, TOPIX, KOSPI, and KOSDAQ were trading in the green. Hang Seng was down with losses. Technical take: On the weekly chart, Nifty 50 formed a small positive candle with lower shadow, according to Nagaraj Shetti, Technical Research Analyst, HDFC Securities. However, chartists believe, mild dips can be expected in the market. On the flip side, dismissal of 16550 may trigger temporary weakness till 16375-16300 levels, FII and DII trades: Foreign Institutional Investors (FII) have been net sellers of domestic stocks for 9 consecutive trading sessions. On Friday, FIIs pulled out Rs 778 crore from Dalal Street. Domestic Institutional Investors (DII) have, however, continued to pump in money in regular intervals. On Friday, DIIs injected domestic markets with Rs 1,646 crore. On the other hand, Put OI is most at 16,600, followed by 16,500 strike.

UPI transactions cross 3.5 billion in August

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The volume of transactions made through the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) channel stood at 3.55 billion in August, up from 3.24 billion in the previous month. The value of transactions rose to Rs 6.39 lakh crore from Rs 6.06 lakh crore in July, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) said on Wednesday. Transactions through UPI as through other payment channels had seen a marginal dip in April and May, when the outbreak of the second Covid wave affected consumption. As lockdowns and other mobility restrictions were lifted, digital payments picked up again in June and the months thereafter. The market share of UPI has constantly been increasing and stood at 80% over the first four months of FY22, up from 73% in FY21, according to a report by Motilal Oswal Financial Services. Other payment channels operated by the NPCI also saw an uptick in usage during August. The volume of financial transactions via Aadhaar enabled Payments System (AePS) rose to 108.48 million from 88.84 million in July. The value of these transactions rose to Rs 27,354 crore from Rs 23,447 crore. Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) clocked 378 million transactions worth Rs 3.18 lakh crore in August, up from 350 million transactions worth Rs 3.09 lakh crore in July. Transactions through Bharat Bill Payments System (BBPS) rose to 59 million from 51 million in the previous month, and the value of transactions increased to Rs 10,307 crore from Rs 9,613 crore. Toll payments made through FASTag increased to 201 million from 192 million and their value rose to Rs 3,077 crore from Rs 2,976 crore in July.

IOC to invest Rs 1 lakh cr to expand refining capacity: Chairman

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Indias top oil firm Indian Oil Corp (IOC) on Friday said it will invest close to Rs 1 lakh crore to raise its refining capacity by almost a third in the next 4-5 years as it saw fuel demand continuing to grow in near future. Addressing the companys annual meeting of shareholders, IOC Chairman Shrikant Madhav Vaidya said petrol demand is already back at pre-COVID levels and diesel – the most used fuel in the country – should return to normal levels by Diwali. Forecasts by various agencies see Indian fuel demand climbing to 400-450 million tonne by 2040 from the present 250 million tonne. This offers enough legroom for all forms of energy to co-exist, he said. To cater to that demand surge, IOC is aggressively rolling out new projects. These translate into refining capacity expansion of over 25 million metric tonne per annum, including (subsidiary) CPCL, and an investment commitment of close to Rs 1 lakh crore over the next 4 to 5 years, he said. IOC operates 11 refineries that convert crude oil into valued fuels such as petrol and diesel. These have a combined capacity of 81.2 million tonne. It plans to raise the capacity of its Koyali refinery in Gujarat to 18 million tonne from the current 13.7 million tonne while the same at Panipat refinery in Haryana is planned to go up to 25 million tonne from the current 15 million tonne. Expansion is also planned at Guwahati and Barauni refineries while a new plant is being built at the subsidiary, Chennai Petroleum Corp Ltd (CPCL). These expansions will take IOCs refining capacity to 106.7 million tonne. Vaidya said IOC is focusing on optimally integrating current refining processes to yield more chemical products per barrel of oil. This will intensify petrochemical and lubricant integration leading to a diversified product portfolio and attain profit maximisation. In fact, integration projects, like the upcoming Styrene Monomer Project at Panipat or the Lube Integration Project at Gujarat Refinery will also reduce Indias import dependence and strengthen the promise of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, he said. While it expands the oil business, IOC is also focused on using green energy to power new projects and expansions. Indian Oil is charting its course as a future-ready global energy giant and we are working on a range of scalable alternative energy options to realise the vision, he said adding CNG and LNG as fuel for automobiles, hydrogen-spiked CNG for long-haul buses, biofuels, hydrogen and e-mobility solutions are being explored. The company has tied up with Israeli company Phinergy to manufacture Aluminium-Air batteries for EVs in India. Leading automobile companies have shown keen interest in the technology and prototype integration and field trials are expected to commence soon, he said. This collaboration has potential advantages for India, including a viable and affordable e-mobility solution by leveraging the abundant aluminium reserves in the country. On hydrogen initiative, he said IOC will build the nations first Green Hydrogen plant at Mathura refinery. Also, the firm is teaming up with Malaysias state-owned oil and gas firm Petronas to expand the business scope of the existing joint venture company, IndianOil Petronas Pvt Ltd to include LNG terminals, CNG stations, CGD projects, CBG business and retailing of transportation fuels. We are pursuing more such win-win associations with respective segment leaders to explore newer avenues of growth and gain competitive advantage in the future, he said. Vaidya said with the recovery in the overall demand, refining and other related operational parameters have demonstrated an even more pronounced turnaround compared to the previous year. For the first quarter of this fiscal year, IOC achieved a refinery run of 88.6 per cent as compared to 68.5 per cent in Q1 of 2020-21. As I say this, the sales volume of petrol has already crossed pre-COVID level, with diesel likely to reach there in the next 2-3 months, say by Diwali, he said.

e.Adda: In the time of the pandemic, it’s become a level playing field, says actor Manoj Bajpayee

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At the e.Adda recently, actor Manoj Bajpayee spoke on how OTT has revolutionised the way we watch films, on writers being the new superstars and why actors need to be connected with the world outside On whether the industry is finally acknowledging talent I have been in this industry for 26-27 years and have always felt that the talent of so many people has been wasted because we focus so much on box office collections. But now, in the time of the pandemic, Zoom calls and OTT, it has become a level playing field. This is a democratic time for cinema and I just hope it lasts. On the king of Mumbai Mumbai ka king kaun. main nahin hoon. The king of Mumbai in entertainment is OTT. It has completely changed the game. It is becoming difficult for people to attempt anything which is being made just in the name of entertainment. People want good performances, great writers, great directors, and writers who have great writing skills. These are the real kings of OTT. On whether viewers will return to the old normal I don Will cinema or community viewing be the same? No, it will not. What it will be is yet to be seen. The truth of the moment is that I Will we be doing the same thing after the pandemic is over? Yes, we will be doing it, but it will be divided On who has lost out in this disruption The whole system that prevailed earlier, which based the quality of cinema on a Friday release, has lost out. But they They For us this was always the situation but they were doing well, they were the real kings of the box office, but at the end of the day they will also take time to come to terms with this situation and start reinventing themselves. On how important is it for an actor to have a sense of the outside If you are not trying to achieve the realism of life, you are going to fall flat. You have to try to get the real person in your performance, those nuances, those subtleties, those layers which people can relate to. If I am watching alone, how long can I sit there and just see a performance in the name of entertainment? Those are the things that did well because it was community viewing and you cheered, you laughed and you whistled. It was an experience that they went for and they got that experience. But when you are sitting alone in a room and watching content, my response to the story will not be the same as it was in the theatre. On whether the days of the superstar are over We have created a habit of calling someone a superstar, that I am not a superstar, no one is. In a month we have two-three actors really hitting it out of the park. So how will you gauge? OTT has proved that writers are the superstars. It is a writer On whether self-censorship has become more of a concern Freedom of expression comes with great responsibility. When we were shooting Season 1 of Family Man, we debated each cuss word, whether it should be there or should it go. If the cuss word is there for the heck of it, I don If the cuss word is there to sum up the whole expression of mine Self regulation is fine. But when you are told that you can You have people on social media saying that Family Man has cuss words and they cannot show it to their children. Fantastic. I don Parents are the biggest censors. On being an outsider I don I went there a month back and there is a side of me that always tells me not to return to Bombay. If you come from that kind of a culture, those kinds of places, you are never comfortable in big towns. You always feel like an outsider. I feel like an outsider all the time. On spotting his father on the sets Once I had requested my father not to come for a shooting. Suddenly someone told me, I said He had told this person, The big heroes and heroines have a big following in Bihar. In my childhood, I saw the frenzy whenever Mr Bachchan would appear on screen or even Mr Shatrughan Sinha. I remember watching Dostana, in which they play enemies. So when Amitji would say a dialogue, one part of the theatre would do some hungama and when Shatruji would speak, the other section would shout. When I see the journey of cinema from that time to OTT, it What are you reading? Vivekananda Handbook for Everyday Living by Anshul Chaturvedi. Girish Karnad What are you watching? I just finished Malik, a Malayalam film. I am definitely going to watch one more South Indian film. Destiny or free will, where on the scale do you find yourself? I am a huge believer in destiny. Do you believe in life or a physical presence outside earth? There is a life that we are not capable of seeing and that is why we think that this is the only thing that exists on this earth. We are not trained enough, not powerful enough to see that life. Your favourite few lines from your favourite poem? Ramdhari Singh Dinkar Whenever I was depressed or frustrated, I used to tell myself, The poet is saying, Either I will be victorious or I will die Your first love. Acting, nothing else. The last piece of content that you consumed that made you cry. I cry very easily. Most of the time I try to skip that portion. Most recently, I cried when I saw a young boy singing in a clip that was viral on Instagram. He was helpless and was being made to sing for the camera. Megha Tata, Managing Director, Discovery Communications India We saw you in a new avatar as a host in Secrets of Sinauli. You were outstanding. Will we see more of you in that avatar? How do you choose your projects? I did two shows during the pandemic. One was on Covid and the other is Secrets of Sinauli. I did Secrets. for two reasons. One, it is made by one of my favourite directors and friend Neeraj Pandey. He does not leave any stone unturned. I still remember reading that the villagers ran away with so many artefacts. They saw that these were very valuable but did not know that this was a civilisation which was 4,000 years old. And this is a remarkable discovery and it Many of the artefacts have still not been recovered. I wanted to know more. This was the second reason. I have done this show as a very curious student of history. I graduated in history, so there is that side of me which is curious about what happened, how it must have happened. There are two kinds of content I associate myself with. One side of me is from theatre. It is influenced by Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihalani, Ritwik Ghatak, Satyajit Ray. It educated me about cinema and this one side is really strong. At the same time, there is another side of Manoj Bajpayee, who comes from a village, who wanted to become an actor by watching the commercial cinema of Mr Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna and Shatrughan Sinha. These are the two sides that I try to balance. I want to expand my audience base and that will give me the strength to do the kind of cinema that I want to do, like Bhonsle and Aligarh. When I am reading scripts, they have to engage me, I look at the dynamics of the character and how is it placed, who Gajraj Rao,actor Some years ago, even if there was an argument on the road, your eyes would turn red. Things have changed now. How did you control your temper? Gajraj, Piyush Mishra and Ashish Vidyarthi, all of us were in the same theatre group. I was a very angry person. I did not come from a very comfortable background and was on a journey where the anger was mostly with my own self, as I was always falling short whenever I looked at Piyush, Ashish or Gajraj. They were privileged in my eyes because they came from a certain background. I wanted to learn as much as possible.The barometer in my eyes for an actor was very high and there was this desperation to reach there. The anger came from not achieving enough. There was so much to learn The entire day used to be filled with activities. I was never free. The passion to learn the craft and skill was too much and that took the shape of anger. Now I feel that was a different person. I have been blessed with some spiritual guidance and that I am not indulgent now, I am more open to people, to experience. I collaborate with people. Pankaj Chadha, CEO, Jyoti steel Industries At the end of the pandemic, many would go back to the big screen, so would you be doing less OTT? Did not working during the lockdowns impact your mental health? For me, mental health was at stake when I was doing theatre and did not get into NSD. I was in a very vulnerable state. What saved me was my friends, talking to them about what I was feeling, and remembering that I left my village for a purpose and was not willing to go back. One thing that I always do is exercise, take a shower and wear trousers and a shirt as if I am going out, even if I am home. I have done that during the pandemic too. I read poetry, new books, watched films in Malayalam, Tamil and Assamese, did things required from actors. Rashmi Malik, Chairperson, SPIC MACAY Foundation We want to take Indian classical traditions to every child. Is there scope for promotion of classical music through OTT platforms? I was in Delhi University and educated myself about classical music through SPIC MACAY concerts. I feel children resist listening to classical music but if every morning Kumar Gandharva and Bhimsen Joshi is playing in their house, they might crib that time but when they grow up they go back to it. Me and my wife listen to Abida Khanam in the evening and in the morning we play all kinds of ragas. My daughter hates it, but I know that it will be a major part of her life. It should be part of schools and colleges, let them play in the background. Kaushik Roy, President, Brand Strategy and Marketing Communication, Reliance You play every character with sincerity, but I am curious to understand what is it that you do in terms of preparation when you do a Aligarh or Bhonsle? I have been in theatre for long and have my own experiences as an actor. There is a method that I keep tweaking, looking at the genre, character that I am playing. Sometimes I don When I am doing Satyameva Jayate, which is a commercial potboiler, I don I am open to what my director asks me to do, but for films like Bhonsle, Aligarh, Gali Guleiyan, the preparation depends on the back story that I create, the mental or physical notes that I work on. For Aligarh, there was a chief assistant director who was well-versed in Marathi literature. I asked him to introduce me to Marathi poetry, recitation. If I achieved the atmosphere around Siras, I will be Siras. The atmosphere that he lived in, his love for Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle There are so many aspects of the character you work on but all fails when you go and act in the space set by the production designer. You have to be innovative. When ten days are gone into shooting, I start relaxing. Till then, I am wired up. Jitender Dabas, Chief Operating Officer, McCann WorldGroup India Earlier the audience looked up to the big 70 mm screen. The hero was bigger than them. Now the screen is 5 1\/2 inches and in their palms. The power relationship is changing. Does that change the idea of screen presence? When we were growing up, we used to go to cinema theatres and find our heroes. Society needs relatable heroes but society also needs inspirational heroes. Big cinema used to give us that. Going forward, as the screen becomes smaller, do you think it would be difficult to create those larger than life heroes who we used to be a fan of? Screen presence is very important. The camera has to like you, but you can For example, Zanjeer onwards the camera started liking Mr Amitabh Bachchan. He understood the camera, the space in front of the camera. When you understand that, the camera also starts respecting you. If you are into the character, the camera would love your truthfulness and that is screen presence. For stars to happen, people will always be attached to who they like in that particular work. I went to Delhi and saw people standing in huge numbers outside the place I was staying, not to look at me but because they felt I was one of them. That will be the nature of stardom now. There will be relatability. They will not be in awe of actors like they used to be after watching a film. You are already looking up when you are watching it; it was always somebody I wish I could be like. On OTT, you are watching it very closely, so they treat you as if you are one of them, with that kind of love. Eminent guests who participated in the e.Adda include Atul Choksey, Chairman, Apcotex Industries Limited; Manas Mohanty, Managing Director, Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Private Limited; Dr Suman Bhandari, Director indianexpress.com

Delhi govt directs private, unaided schools to vaccinate staff ahead of reopening

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The Delhi government has directed private aided and unaided schools to vaccinate their teachers and staff ahead of the reopening for classes 9-12 from September 1. A circular was issued in this connection by the Directorate of Education of the city government. It is the prime concern of Directorate of Education, GNCT of Delhi to ensure the vaccination of all teachers and staff working in schools of Delhi. Therefore, all the HOS\/managers of private aided\/unaided schools in Delhi, are hereby directed to ensure that their teachers and staff get vaccinated immediately, it read. In the above context, all the private aided\/unaided schools are also advised to facilitate their teachers and staff by making special arrangements for vaccination at schools\/cluster levels in consultation and coordination with concerned authorities, the circular said. Following a marked improvement in the COVID-19 situation here, the Delhi government on Friday announced that schools for classes 9 to 12, colleges and coaching institutions will reopen from September 1. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA). A panel set up by the DDMA had earlier this week submitted its report recommending a phase-wise reopening of schools in the national capital. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said a final decision was yet to be made regarding junior classes, adding that a call would be taken after analysing the effect of reopening schools for senior classes. However, sources indicated that schools for classes 6 to 8 may reopen from September 8.

1,159 COVID-19 cases, 21 deaths in Karnataka

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Karnataka reported 1,159 fresh COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections to 29,50,604 and the toll to 37,339. The day also saw 1,112 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,94,827. The total number of active cases in the state stood at 18,412. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.66 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 1.81 per cent. Out of 21 deaths reported on Wednesday seven were from Bengaluru Urban, while Dakshina Kannada logged five, Udupi three and Hassan two, followed by others. Among new cases in districts, Dakshina Kannada came behind Bengaluru Urban with 191 infections, Kodagu was next with 95, Mysuru and Udupi logged 91 each, followed by others. Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,38,196, followed by Mysuru 1,76,170 and Tumakuru 1,19,284. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban was on top with 12,14,637, followed by Mysuru 1,72,795 and Tumakuru 1,17,532. Cumulatively a total of 4,36,49,857 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,75,319 were on Wednesday alone.

Daily Covid-19 vaccinations cross 1-crore mark for second time in 5 days

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The daily COVID-19 vaccinations crossed the 1 crore mark on Tuesday for the second time in five days, taking the cumulative doses administered in the country to over 65-crore, the Union Health Ministry said. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said the highest one-day record of 1.09 crore vaccine doses has been achieved till 6 pm and that 50 crore people have received their first dose. Another milestone achieved in the worlds largest vaccination drive under PM @NarendraModi ji. 50 crore people received their first #COVID19 vaccine dose. I applaud the hard work of COVID warriors and diligence of citizens in helping achieve this momentous feat, Mandaviya tweeted. Congratulations, as India administers another 1 crore #COVID19 vaccinations today Highest one-day record of 1.09 crore vaccine doses achieved till 6 pm – and still counting! Under PM @NarendraModi ji, India is fighting strongly against corona, he said in another tweet. India took 85 days to touch the figure of 10 crore. It then took 45 days to cross the 20-crore mark and 29 more days to reach 30 crore. The country took 24 days to reach 40 crore and then 20 more days to cross 50 crore vaccinations on August 6. It took 19 more days to go past the 60-crore mark on August 25. The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started from February 2. The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions. The country launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from April 1. The government then decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 to be vaccinated from May 1.