Chennai, May 27 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government has proposed to take on lease HLL Biotech Ltd's integrated vaccine complex (IVC) near Chennai without past liabilities to run it with a private party.In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin has said that the assets of the vaccine complex be handed over to the state government on lease with full operational freedom and without past liabilities."The state government will identify a suitable private partner immediately and will make all efforts to commence vaccine production at the earliest," Stalin told Modi.According to Stalin, suitable financial arrangement for Central government to recover part of its investment can be subsequently worked out, after commencement of operations at the plant.Stalin said the high capacity vaccine production unit is lying unutilized."The government of India has already invested around Rs 700 crore in this manufacturing facility, which is almost complete but has been lying unutilized for want of additional funds," Stalin said."The recent attempt to find a private partner to run the IVC has also not borne fruit, as there were no bidders for it," Stalin pointed out to Modi.--IANSvj/pgh
Chennai, May 26 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Wednesday said that his government is looking at activating the vaccine plant of HLL Biotech Ltd located in Chengalpattu district.Talking to reporters, Stalin said he had inspected the integrated vaccine complex of HLL Biotech and found that it was "disabled"The Tamil Nadu government will take action to start production at the factory, he said, adding that discussions are on towards this and the state government will urge the Centre on this count.HLL Biotech has invited bids from interested parties to run the integrated vaccine complex.Recently a group of noted personalities including retired High Court judges, bureaucrats and others had urged the Tamil Nadu government to take over the plant and start production of Covid-19 vaccine.On Wednesday, Rajya Sabha member and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss had urged Tamil Nadu government to take over the vaccine plant and start vaccine production there.--IANSvj/vd
Lakhimpur Kheri (Uttar Pradesh), May 25 (IANS) Call it an innovation or a life hack but a young man from Lakhimpur Kheri has found a perfect 'antiseptic' mask that comes with a do-it-yourself technique.Mahendra Singh wears a mask that looks like a small basket, filled with neem leaves.He claims that the idea was given to him by a doctor in a government hospital."I fill up my mask with neem leaves in the morning and wear it all day. It not only gives me fresh air but also works as an antiseptic and keeps the virus away. Besides there is no issue of washing or sanitizing the mask," he said.Mahendra, who belongs to Bagrethi village, has put his photograph wearing the home-made mask on the social media and where it has gone viral.--IANSamita/in
Varanasi (UP), May 25 (IANS) Work on the prestigious Kashi Vishwanath Dham corridor project is likely to be delayed due to the ongoing second wave of the pandemic.The project was initially slated to be completed by August, but will now be completed by November.The new features added to the project like the Ganga View Point will be delayed further as approval from the state government is pending.According to divisional commissioner Deepak Agrawal, "The official leading the team of company executing the Kashi Vishwanath Dham project had also tested Covid-19 positive. Besides, a large number of labourers, including those from West Bengal, left for home after the surge in Covid cases. Moreover, the agency had to reduce man power for maintaining social distancing at sites as per Covid protocol. Hence, the work has been affected. We are now confident of completing work by November 15."PWD executive engineer Sanjay Gore, who is supervising the project, said, "A total of 24 buildings are proposed in KV Dham area. Structural work of 12 buildings has been fully completed while work on 12 others is in progress. Construction of jetty and its retaining wall at Manikarnika, Jalasen and Lalita ghats has also been completed. In total, 53 per cent of the work on the project has already been completed."The work of over Rs 600 crore KV Dham project was also impacted with the beginning of lockdown in 2020.The project cleared all barriers after approval from the Yogi Adityanath government in December 2017.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid foundation of the project on March 9, 2018. The administration had purchased 70 per cent of the buildings and 296 structures were demolished to pave the way for the corridor. A sum of Rs 300 crore was spent on the purchase of buildings.The Kashi Vishwanath Dham corridor project is coming up in an area of 5.30 lakh square feet.In January 2020, the Gujarat-based company which was assigned the contract for KV Dham construction under the supervision of PWD, had started work with a deadline of 18 months to complete the project.The announcement of lockdown in March 2020 delayed the project but work was restarted with permission of the government in May with limited manpower.The second wave of the pandemic again impacted the progress of the work on the project.--IANS amita/skp/
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) With the aim to identify remote villages and provide them with Covid care facilities, Project Bhulli was started by two daughters of Uttarakhand -- Advaita Kala, award winning screenwriter and Divya Bindra Kapur, noted fashion designer.The initiative that provides Covid Care and Prevention kits in remote villages of the hilly state is being supported by the Abhinav Bindra Foundation. The people in these villages have limited access to medical facilities due to geographical adversities. Moreover, high end Covid facilities are far from their reach leading to an increasing number of infections. Getting basic medical help can take hours of travel. With the Covid Care Kits, the infections may be managed till medical help is accessed.Most people recover from the virus and there is hope that these kits will aid recovery and prevention. Each kit has the following items: Mask Sets, Glove Sets, Digital Thermometer, Oximeter, Medical Kit, Ration Kit, PPE Kit, Steamers. So far, the initiative has collected over 2,500 glove sets, masks, 100 PPE Kits, 225 medical kits with various Covid prevention medicines and 75 steamers from people across the country. Currently, phase two of the project is underway, where additional villages have been identified. To connect with the team they can contact at [email protected]. --IANSrs/bg
Chennai, May 20 (IANS) The Indian subsidiary of Danish company Danfoss is setting up an oxygen plant near here to support over 50 beds, the company said.According to Danfoss India, it is working with the Tamil Nadu government to set up a 250 litre per minute (LPM) oxygen plant that will support over 50 oxygen beds at a government district hospital near its campus near here."The plant is expected to be delivered in six weeks and commissioned thereafter in two to three weeks," it said.The company is also working on an industry taskforce along with the Tamil Nadu government to procure oxygen cylinders.Upon procurement, these cylinders will be distributed by the government across hospitals in Tamil Nadu to aid the state's healthcare infrastructure.Danfoss India President, Ravichandran Purushothaman recently handed over a cheque of Rs 25 lakh to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, as its contribution to the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund in aid of the Government's fight against Covid-19.Danfoss global has also been supporting India's Covid fight by working with organisations such as Indo-Danish Chamber of Commerce (IDCC) and the Danish embassy.Till date, multiple consignments of oxygen concentrators, ventilators, masks, and other materials have been sent from Denmark, facilitated by IDCC.Danfoss Global has till now contributed 100,000 Danish kroner towards the procurement and delivery of these essential materials to support India's healthcare infrastructure, Danfoss India said.--IANSvj/vd
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