Indian-origin couple Ranjan and Hari Shukla at Newcastle Hospitals to get the first dose of two-shot Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, on Tuesday. | NHS England Media/ Twitter
An Indian-origin man, Hari Shukla, 87, along with his 83-year-old wife Ranjan, from the north east of England will be among the first ones to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 on Tuesday.
As part of the United Kingdoms biggest inoculation programme, the couple will receive their first of the two-dose vaccine at Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. Developed by pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, people aged 80 and over and frontline healthcare workers will be first in line to receive the ?life-saving jab.
Declaring the vaccination process, which is the biggest immunisation programme in the countrys history, 50 National Health Service (NHS) hospitals have geared up to roll out the first consignment of the vaccine, whose first batch consists of 800,000 doses – to be administered in two doses – each 21 days apart.
Awarded with the royal honours of MBE, OBE and CBE for his work in race relations, Shukla said, I am delighted to be doing my bit by having the vaccine, I feel it is my duty to do so and do whatever I can to help.
Appreciating the NHS staff for the handwork during the pandemic, he added, As far as I’m concerned, I’m excited about it. We were waiting for this vaccine for a very long time. Having been in contact with the NHS staff, I know how hard they all work and I am grateful for everything they have done to keep us safe during the pandemic.
Queen Elizabeth, 94, and her husband Prince Philip, 99 are also expected to receive their first dose of the vaccine soon.
Until now the UK has placed an order for 40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The UK government has also reached an agreement to gain early access to over 300 million doses of other vaccines, after approval from regulatory bodies.
Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, around 1.7 million people in the UK have been affected and more than 60,000 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19.
September 30, 2022 | Nagpur News | नागपुर समाचार | Hindi News Bulletin | Nation Next
Shashi Tharoor is capable of bringing Congress back in power, says Congress leader Ashish Deshmukh
Former MLA and Member of Parliamentary Board, MPCC Dr Ashish Deshmukh speaking about the nomination filed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for the post of Congress President on Friday, said, “Dr Shashi Tharoor is a popular Congress MP who has done remarkable work for the nation at the international level. It’s very welcoming thing that the election of Congress President is being done in a democratic manner. This is an important step for decentralisation in the party and the future of Congress is bright. Soniaji and Rahulji Gandhi contributed a lot to strengthen the party.”
Congress leader Deshmukh added, “This is an important step taken by the Congress elites for the elections in a democratic manner so that the party can take a higher flight. Dr Shashi Tharoor has cordial relations with everyone in the party; he has the ability to give a new direction to the party. I believe that he will be able to handle the responsibility of bringing the Congress to power in the country by taking the party forward with new strength. If he seriously deals with issues like unemployment, industry, agriculture, inflation then Congress will have fruitful days. By doing transparent politics, he will definitely convey the thought of Congress to the people at the grassroots level. If you want a rejuvenated, bigger and dynamic Congress party, Dr. Shashi Tharoor is the right candidate. He has the open support of Congress delegates in 12 states and is getting the support of Congress leaders and activists from all over India. He will be elected for sure.”
Deshmukh informed that Tharoor would be visiting Nagpur on October 1 and 2 to hear out all thoughts of Congress delegates.
Nagpur citizens to revel The Raaas Garba next year!
Since The Raaas enchanted and enthralled Nagpur with its quality garba in its first year in 2018, the demand for encore has been reverberating the city. To cater to the huge public demand, the organisers of the king of garbas have decided to continue The Raaas next year on. Like its first year, The Raaas Garba will be presented to Nagpur in association with Nation Next in 2023. Mahesh Kukreja, the key organiser said, “Because of some reasons, we, earlier, thought of giving the event a break.”
He added, “Then COVID-19 struck the world. Now we plan to continue it from next year onwards. While I express my gratitude to Nagpurians to make the event a huge hit, I request the city’s garba revellers to not get fooled as a few garbas are falsely claiming to be The Raaas. We’ll be back next year for sure!”