BHUBANESWAR MONDAY MARCH 01, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION MAIDEN MISSION OF ISRO’s COMMERCIAL ARM A SUCCESS NewSpace India Ltd (NSIL) through PSLV-C51 injects Brazil’s Amazonia-1 into orbit 17 minutes after launch from Sriharikota 18 CO-PASSENGER SATELLITES, TOO, IN ORBIT An optical earth observation satellite, Amazonia-1 will provide remote sensing data for monitoring deforestation in the Amazon region and analysing diversified farming. Apart from Amazonia-1, the PSLV rocket carried 18 other satellites that separated in a predetermined sequence. Of the 18, 14 were NSIL’s, comprising one from India and 13 from the US ■ 342 THREE SATS DEVELOPED BY COLLEGES The other four sats belonged to IN-SPACe, of which three were developed jointly with Jeppiaar Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu, GH Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur, and Sri Shakti Institute of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore. The fourth was Satish Dhawan Sat (SDSAT) by Chennai-based Space Kidz SATELLITES OF 34 CUSTOMER COUNTRIES LAUNCHED BY PSLV SO FAR CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Shah hails EPS, says TN is best in handling Covid-19 K R I T H I K A S R I N I V A S A N @ Villupuram THE BJP’s camaraderie with the AIADMK got a fresh booster shot on Sunday when Union Home Minister Amit Shah heaped praises on the Edappadi K Palaniswamy government in Tamil Nadu for its handling of the Covid-19 outbreak. “Tamil Nadu stood number one in governance in general, and amid the pandemic too, for which I congratulate Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam,” Shah said while addressing a massive public meeting at Janakipuram Ground. Asserting that the BJP would ally with the AIADMK for the elections in April, he took potshots at the Opposition, accusing it of indulging in corruption. He lashed out at the DMK over the 2G spectrum case, saying Tamil Nadu has 2G, 3G and 4G — two generations of Murasoli Maran’s family, three of M Karunanidhi’s family and four of Jawaha, rlal Nehru’s family — all vying for power. In a scathingly raw attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Shah said, “Rahul baba goes to watch jallikattu live to show solidarity with Tamil people, forgetting that it was the Congress that had banned jallikattu. The BJP and AIADMK had revoked the ban.” Greeting the crowd with a warm “vanakkam” when he climbed onto the dais, Shah proceeded with an elaborate introduction, highlighting that Tamil is the oldest and sweetest language. He also apologised for not speaking in it. ‘Will use non-violence and love to beat Modi’ E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Tirunelveli CONGRESS leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “formidable enemy” who ‘crushed’ his opponents, and vowed to send him to political oblivion by following the path of love and non-violence. Speaking at the Educator’s Meet at St Xavier’s College in Palayamkottai, Gandhi, who is touring southern TN for the second day as part of his second leg of campaign, said he counted on people’s support to defeat the BJP. When a participant wanted to know if Gandhi felt it was possible to nudge the Modi government to implement his ‘good ideas’ rather than waiting to assume power which seemed ‘Utopian’, he said it could be done with the ‘powerful’ and ‘valuable’ support of the people. “It was important to dream big, though some of it may not come true,” he said, in an obvious reference to snatching the reins of power from the BJP “Yes, we are fighting a formidable en. emy (Modi). We are fighting an enemy that is dominating the money We are fighting an ene. my that is crushing its opponents. But we have done this before. We have defeated a much bigger enemy (British) than this new enemy .” Covid-19 vaccination for senior citizens starts today EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar THE Phase three Covid-19 vaccination drive to inoculate senior citizens and people aged above 45 years with comorbidities is all set to commence in the State from Monday . The vaccination exercise will be undertaken across 153 health facilities including 21 private hospitals initially Eligible ben. eficiaries will be able to get the vaccine at government hospitals up to sub-centre level and empanelled private hospitals. The vaccine will be available at seven medical colleges and hospitals, 32 districts head- quarters hospitals, 19 sub divisional hospitals (SDHs) and important CHCs. The private hospitals include eight in Bhubaneswar, two in Cuttack and one each in Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Puri, Gajapati, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur and Sundargarh. As per the present norm of vaccine availability, beneficiaries can get Covaxin shots at both government and private hospitals in Bhubaneswar and Covishield in the rest of the State. Since there is flexibility in vaccination appointment, people can book AZAD RAPPED FOR HAILING PM, POKING AT THE GANDHIS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Srinagar/New Delhi A day after the G23 dissenters observed that the Congress was getting weaker, veteran party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for staying true to his roots while indirectly questioning the way the Gandhis function. On his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after his Rajya Sabha term ended on February 15, Azad said: “I appreciate that he (Modi) does not hide his true self. Those who do so are living in a bubble. I like a lot of things about many leaders. I am from a village and I am very proud of it. Politically, we are opposed to him but at least he does not hide his true (self) reality We all should be . proud of our roots.” However, his comments did not go down well with some party leaders, who countered it was the Modi-led Centre that abrogated the Article 370, and made the state a Union Territory after carving out Ladakh. P7 their slots accordingly at the hospital of their choice. Additional Chief Secretary of Health department PK Mohapatra said the drive will be initially launched at select health facilities and the number of vaccination centres will be increased depending on the number of enrolled beneficiaries. The enrolment of beneficiaries will be done in two modes - registration through CoWIN app and mobilisation through grassroots level healthcare workers. Senior citizens can also walk in for vaccination by producing documents like Aadhaar card, photo identity card, NFSA card or driving licence. People with comorbidities will have to produce a health certificate duly signed by a registered medical practitioner. “After registration in CoWIN app through OTP, the beneficiaries will have to complete the demographic profile following which the vaccination centres will be displayed. They can choose one and schedule their appointment,” Mohapatra said. The vaccine will be available free of cost at government hospitals while private hospital cannot charge more than `250 per dose as per norms. EXPRESS READ PM Modi praises J’singhpur’s Silu Nayak Close shave for IPS couple as camp catches fire Jagatsinghpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday showered praise on Jagatsinghpur’s Silu Nayak who trains hundreds of Armed Forces aspirants at his institute free of cost. In his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat, PM Modi lauded Nayak’s selfless act of training youths from his village and nearby areas for his commitment to train and produce soldiers for the country | P4 Bhubaneswar: An IPS couple had a miraculous escape after three deluxe tents at Satkosia Eco Retreat caught fire, allegedly due to short circuit, in the wee hours of Sunday. Transport Commissioner Sanjeeb Panda and his wife Santosh Bala, the Special Secretary of Home department, woke up to a noise at 5 am and noticed a blaze in their tent. They attempted to douse the blaze with the help of some fire fighting equipment in their tent | P3 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID)
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