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Centre asks States to improve the momentum of vaccination

Over a dozen vehicular and pedestrian bridges in Mumbai’s suburbs will be taken up for repairs and reconstruction owing to structural defects. The Mumbai Civic body has proposed to spend around 16.88 crore rupees for the same and a tender was floated recently. A senior official from the civic bridges department said that an audit of the bridges, as well as FOBs, were done in which the auditor had recommended major repairs for six bridges, while eight others had been proposed for reconstruction.

-In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, three members of a nomad family died and another was critically injured after their makeshift tent came under debris of a soil bund which caved-in amid incessant rain in Noorpora area of Tral in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Saturday.Four members of a Gujjar Community family came under the debris, toppling the makeshift tent belonging to one Irshad Ahmad son of Abdul Gafoor near Mini Secretariat of Noorpora, Tral. Locals, later joined by Police and Army, launched a massive rescue operation when all four persons were rescued in critical condition from the debris and taken to hospital. However, three of them succumbed to their injuries. The deceased were hailing from Reasi district in Jammu Division. 

-The Centre has asked the States and Union Territories to improve the momentum of COVID-19 vaccination and accelerate the coverage as the country moves forward to vaccinate all the eligible population by end of the year. So far 71.24 crore first doses of vaccines covering 76 per cent of the eligible population and around 30 crore second doses covering 32 per cent of the population have been administered. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Saturday reviewed the progress of COVID-19 vaccination with Health Secretaries and Mission Directors of National Health Mission of States and Union Territories through video conference. The focus of the meeting was to urge the States and UTs to increase the pace of the countrywide vaccination and coverage of the second dose. This comes in the backdrop of the country achieving the milestone of administering 100 crore doses on October21. Highlighting the sizeable number of eligible beneficiaries who have not received their second  dose, Bhushan urged the States and UTs to focus on those beneficiaries who are waiting for their second dose after their interval period has been over.

-The Jammu and Kashmir Police along with other security forces have arrested a terrorist associate linked with terror outfit TRF of Laskar-e-Toiba at Kitchama in Baramulla district. Several incriminating materials including a Chinese Hand Grenade, 02 pistol magazines and 16 live pistol rounds were recovered from his possession. The arrested terrorist associate was in close contact with an active terrorist and was providing the logistic and other material support to him. A case under relevant sections of law was registered against him in Police Station Sheeri and the investigation has been initiated.

-In badminton, Indian challenge ended with the loss of P V Sindhu and Sameer Verma in quarterfinals of the Denmark Open in Odense, Denmark. In Men's singles, Sameer retired from the quarterfinals during the second game against Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto. Tommy defeated Sameer 21-17 in the first game, the shuttler retired midway in the second game. Earlier in women's singles, world No. 7 Sindhu bowed out after losing quarterfinals against world no.8 Korean AN Seyoung 11-21, defeat marks the end of the Indian challenge in Women's Singles in the Denmark Open.

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