FREE PRESS Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023 INDORE PUNE `4 RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 BHOPAL UJJAIN MUMBAI - C-VAX JABS CAPPED AT `250 IN PVT HOSPS VOL. 10 NO. 254 | BHOPAL | SUNDAY | FEBRUARY 28, 2021 | PAGES 14 AIADMK’S LAST-MINUTE QUOTA DEAL SEALS ALLIANCE WITH PMK Pg-7 FP BUREAU New Delhi The Coronavirus vaccines will be capped at Rs 250 per shot at private hospitals and health centres, the Health Ministry said on Saturday The vaccines will . be free in all government hospitals and centres. The price of the coronavirus vaccine at private facilities in the country has been capped at Rs 250 per dose which includes Rs 100 as service charge, according to central government sources. From March 1, India is going to start the vaccination of people above 60 years and individuals above 45 years of age having comorbidities against coronavirus. “The cost of the COVID-19 vaccine has been kept at Rs 250 per dose, including Rs 150 is a vaccine charge plus Rs 100 as a service charge,” a government source said. The Union Health Ministry said that Covid-19 vaccination will be free of charge at the government vaccination centres. The beneficiary will have to show a photo ID document for proof of age (preferably Aadhar card or EPIC card) and a certificate of co-morbidity (if required). Those taking the COVID vaccine at any designated/empanelled private health facility will have to pay a pre-fixed charge. WORLD PLUNGING COVID-19 TEST DEMAND MAY LEAVE US WITH SUPPLY GLUT Pg- 10 Preparations for vax of 60-plus from March 1 in full swing OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL The state health department has swung into action to prepare for vaccination of people above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with co-morbidities from March 1. The facility of on-site registration will be available so that the eligible beneficiaries can walk into the identified vaccination centres, get themselves registered and get inoculated. According to the health department, the beneficiaries will be able to self-register in advance by downloading the Co-WIN 2.0 portal and through other IT applications, such as Arogya Setu, which will list the government and private hospitals serving as Covid-19 vaccination centres (CVCs) with the date and time of the available schedules. So, registration will be through Ayogya Setu, or CoWin 2.0. The beneficiary will also be able to choose the Covid-19 vaccination centre of his or her choice and book an appointment for immunisation. There are three routes — Advance Self- PHOTO ID DOCUMENTS All beneficiaries, regardless of the mode of access, will have to carry any one of the following photo ID documents: Aadhar Card, Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), Photo ID card specified at the time of registration in case of online registration (if not Aadhar, or EPIC), certificate of co-morbidity for citizens in the age group of 45 years to 59 years (signed by a registered medical practitioner), employment certificate / official identity card (with photo and date of birth) for HCWs and FLWs. F ON SITE REGISTRATION acility of on-site registration will be available so that the eligible beneficiaries can walk into the identified vaccination centres, get themselves registered and get inoculated Registration, On-Site Registration and Facilitated Cohort Registration. Under the first route, beneficiaries will be able to self-register in advance by downloading the Co-WIN 2.0 app and through other IT applications, such as Arogya Setu and so forth. This will show the government and private hospitals serving as Covid-19 vaccination centres with the date and time of the available schedules. The beneficiary will be able to choose the Covid-19 vaccination centre of his or her choice and book an appointment for vaccination. The facility of on-site registration allows those who cannot self-register in advance to walk into an identified Covid-19 vaccination centre and get themselves registered on-site and then get vaccinated. CONTD. ON P8 three routes: Advance SelfRegistration: In this, the beneficiaries will be able to self-register in advance by downloading the CO-Win 2.0 portal and through other IT Applications such as Arogya Setu etc. Mamata, Sonowal, Pinarayi still favoured as CM Tiger found dead in forest at Seoni; two detained The States and UTs were explained the simplified process of registration, which shall be through AHEAD OF ASSEMBLY POLLS IN FIVE STATES NEW DELHI Opium worth `2 cr seized; two held BETUL: Two peddlers were arrested on Saturday for trying to smuggle in 5.6-kg opium worth Rs 2 crore stuffed in wrappers of chocolate bars. Dear Readers, If you know women of substance who have broken the traditional glass ceiling to make a mark in the male dominated society and are under 40, here’s your chance to nominate them for coverage in special woman’s day edition of Free Press. Send in their contact number, mail Ids to firstname.lastname@example.org Women can nominate themselves too. Don’t let this chance go by. Last date is March 5, 2021 Three incumbents -- Mamata Banerjee, Sarbananda Sonowal and Pinarayi Vijayan -- enjoy strong approval ratings as their respective states go to the polls. Of the five states going to the polls, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami is much behind M K Stalin of the DMK as CM choice while N Rangaswamy is leading the race in Puducherry . West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata is much ahead of the pack with more than half or 54.5 per cent respondents in the IANS C Voter opinion poll wave 2 saying she is the most suitable candidate for CM. Dilip Ghosh, state BJP President comes second with 24.6 per cent of the vote. Similarly Assam CM , Sonowal is very popular with 43.3 per cent casting their vote in his favour followed by Gaurav Gogoi of the Congress with 26.4 per cent. Gaurav is the son of former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi who passed away recently . Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan is headed for another win as 38.5 per cent respondents favoured him as CM followed by Oommen Chandy of the Congress with 27 per cent. In Tamil Nadu, M K Stalin of the DMK who has had a long wait to become Chief Minister is the favoured candidate with 39.4 per cent while Chief Minister E Palaniswami may be on his way out with 32.1 per cent giving him the nod. The star studded list in Tamil Nadu includes Sasikala, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth. N Rangaswamy backed by the BJP and AIADMK is set to become Puducherry CM with 45.8 per cent favouring him with ousted Congress CM V Narayanasami getting approval of only 38.2 per cent. Republicans ask US to boycott 2022 Winter Olympics in China WASHINGTON Accusing China of "horrific" human rights abuses, some top Republican leaders, including IndianAmerican politician Nikki Haley have demanded that , the US boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. They called on the International Olympic Committee to select a new site for the event. Beijing is scheduled to host the Winter Olympics from February 4 to 20, 2022. The White House, however, said that no decision has been taken yet on the demands of the leaders. It is no secret that China wants to use the Winter Olympics as part of its "massive communist propaganda campaign," Haley a , former US ambassador to the UN, said on Friday as she launched a campaign to demand President Joe Biden, a Democrat, announce a boycott of the games. "We cannot sit back and watch China use the Olympics to cover up its horrific human rights abuses," the Republican leader said. Senator Rick Scott in a letter to President Biden has requested a meeting to discuss the "horrific human rights atrocities" occurring across China and called for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to select a new site for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Haley said that "we need to stand up to China, and we need to do it now. That's why I'm asking you to join me and sign our petition calling on President Biden to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in China". SEONI: A decomposed carcass of a tiger was found in a forest in Madhya Pradesh's Seoni district on Saturday and two persons have been detained in connection to the death, a forest official said. The five-day-old carcass was found in a pit in the forest of Gorakhpur area in the morning hours, divisional forest officer (DFO) Surendra Kumar Tiwari said. Prima facie, it appears that the eight-year-old feline may have died due to electrocution after coming in contact with wires laid in the area, the official said. There is also evidence that the dead animal was dragged for about 50 metre and thrown into the pit, he said. With the help of a dog squad of Pench Tiger Reserve, the forest team found wires and other materials in the area, the DFO said. Two men have been detained for their suspected involvement in the death and further probe is underway , he said. Following post-mortem, the carcass was disposed of as per guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). Quality at Value WEATHER 34.50c. 16.70c Sunrise : 06.49 Sunset : 06.29 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY www.freepressjournal.in If we remain faithful to the ideals we strive for, all the tests will only make us stronger. His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj OFF-THE-FIELD ‘DOOSRA’… Pg-14 PM isn't useless…who is he useful to, asks Rahul Nath’s supporters open front against Yadav STORM IN CONG OVER HINDU MAHASABHA LEADER’S ENTRY IT'S AN old rivalry, says party OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL FP BUREAU & PTI Chennai Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Sino-India border standoff, charging him of being 'scared' of China. Launching his three-day Tamil Nadu tour ahead of the April 6 assembly elections, Gandhi said, “Question isn't whether PM is useful or useless. The question is who is he useful to? PM Modi is extremely useful to two people i.e. 'hum do, humare do', who are using him to increase their wealth, and useless to the poor," he said. He accused PM Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah of backing crony capitalists. The storm raised by the induction of Hindu Mahasabha's Babulal Chourasia into the Congress has refused to die down. The supporters of MPCC president Kamal Nath have opened a front against former head of the state Congress Arun Yadav who is opposed to admitting into the party a worshipper of Nathuram Godse. A former minister Sajjan Singh Verma said the person, from whose constituency two legislators had defected to the party that follows Godse's ideology, should have no reason to protest against Chourasia's entry to the Congress. The Congress has turned a follower of Godse's ideology into a Gandhian, Verma said. President of Congress's IT Cell, Abhay Tiwari, has Chourasia visits Gandhi's statue, calls self old Congman Babulal Chourasia who has courted controversy after joining the Congress garlanded the statue of Gandhi in Gwalior. He called himself an old Congress man and said it was Arun Yadav who had denied him ticket for civic polls; whereas all senior members of the party supported his candidature. Chourasia said he had resigned from the Congress and fought elections from Hindu Mahasabha and won. This is the reason why Yadav has begun to oppose his entry to the Congress, Chourasia said. AGENTS SURROUNDED NATH: MANAK Senior Congress leader Manak Agarwal alleged that agents surrounded former CM Kamal Nath. Agarwal said after becoming the chief minister, Nath started wooing agents. This led to fall of Cong government. The BJP has been citing the reason for ouster of Congress government. Agarwal has asked Nath to clear his stand on admitting Godse follower into party written a post on social media saying that there is an old rivalry between Yadav and Chaurasia, so it has nothing to do with any ideology. According to Tiwari, Yadav had de- CONG FOLLOWS GANDHI'S IDEOLOGY: WASNIK C ongress's state in charge Mukul Wasnik has said his party has always followed the ideals of the Mahatma and will do so. Arun Yadav was with Wasnik. nied ticket to Chaurasia in the civic polls of 2014. Yadav also insulted Chourasia who had accused the former of selling tickets, Tiwari wrote. CONTD. ON P8 Rebels put up show of strength in Jammu KAPIL SIBAL says party has weakened at G-23 leaders’ event; AZAD presses Priyanka to head party FROM OUR BUREAU NEW DELHI Fissures in the Congress were wide open on Saturday Several dissenters . (rebel leaders) came out in open under the stewardship of veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad, challenging the party leadership in the first-ever public show of strength in Jammu. The Group of 23 senior leaders vented against the leadership for doing nothing despite their warning letter in August 2020. Their views came on a day when former , Congress President Rahul Gandhi, tipped to head the party soon, was campaigning in Tamil Nadu. At an event titled ‘Shanti Sammelan’, senior Congress leader and former union minister Kapil Sibal Cong: Leaders should do more in polls Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Raj Babbar during a Shanti Sammelan event in Jammu on Saturday (72) questioned the party leadership letting Azad retire from the Rajya Sabha, instead of using his experience when the party is "getting weak." He was a part of the Group of 23 (G-23) who had openly questioned Rahul Gandhi's style of functioning. Spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi (62) lamented that some leaders had created a "tamasha" at a time when they should help campaign in the five states and Union Territories going to the polls. CONTD. ON P8 Biden vows to hold Riyadh accountable after Khashoggi report released WASHINGTON US President Joe Biden on Friday said that he will hold Saudi Arabia accountable after the government released a report revealing that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. According to The Hill, in an interview with Univision, Biden detailed a conversation he had on Thursday with Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in which he emphasised that the US would push Riyadh to honour human rights amid lingering criticism over the killing of Khashoggi, a columnist from The Washington Post who lived in Virginia and was critical of the Saudi royal family . "I spoke yesterday with the king, not the prince. Made it clear to him that the rules are changing and we're going to be announcing signif- icant changes today and on Monday We are going to . hold them accountable for human rights abuses and we're going to make sure that they in fact, if they , want to deal with us, they have to deal with it in a way that the human rights abuses are dealt with," Biden said. "And we're trying to do that across the world," he continued. "But particularly here, this report has been sitting there, the last administration wouldn't even release it. We immediately , when I got in, filed the report, read it, got it, and released it today . LOOK WHAT I FOUND: SINGER’S TWO BULLDOGS WERE STOLEN TWO DAYS AGO Congress tried to smoothen things out after dissenters chose to attack party leadership over ignoring them and not consulting party leaders in decision making or not building a consensus on any decision. Spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that leaders are highly "respected" but they should have done more to "strengthen" the party in pollbound states. Singhvi played down the issue and said, "Each of the persons who are in Jammu are well regarded in the party. We are proud to have them and I believe they are equally proud to be members of the Congress therefore they are part of this Congress family and therefore whatever I say is with the greatest respect to the leaders." Central Command honours soldiers with service awards JABALPUR The Army's Central Command on Saturday honoured its distinguished and gallant soldiers at an investiture ceremony held at its Madhya Bharat Area headquarters here. GOC-in-Chief, Central Command, Lt Gen IS Ghuman felicitated officers and other ranks with gallantry and distinguished service awards. At least 20 Sena Medals (gallantry), two Sena Medals (distinguished), 8 VSMs and a Yudh Seva Medal were bestowed, it was stated. Lady Gaga sings with joy after reuniting with her dogs LOS ANGELES A woman has turned in Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs at a Los Angeles police station, two days after they were stolen in a brazen armed robbery in Hollywood. Gaga had offered a $500,000 (around 3.68 crore) reward for the return of the dogs. There was no immediate word on whether the reward would be claimed. Lady Gaga's dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was shot once while struggling with the CANINE CRAZY Lady Gaga had offered a $500,000 (Rs 3.68 crore) reward for the return of the dogs Robbers had made off with two of the singer's three dogs -Koji and Gustav Dogs were turned in at the LAPD Olympic station on Friday evening robbers on Wednesday night. He is in stable condition, according to police. The robbers made off with two of the singer's three dogs -- Koji and Gustav, variety .com reported. The dogs were turned in at the LAPD Olympic station around 6 p.m. on Friday and , were reunited with Lady Gaga's representatives, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez. The robbers remain at large, and the investigation is ongoing, Lopez said. Earlier on Friday Gaga , praised Fischer as a hero for having "risked your life to fight for our family She ." also pleaded for the return of the dogs. "My heart is sick and I am praying my family will be whole again with an act of kindness," she wrote. According to the LAPD, Fischer was walking the dogs near Sierra Bonita Avenue and Sunset Boulevard around 9.40 p.m. on Wednesday when he was accosted by two armed men. Surveillance video of the attack, obtained by TMZ, showed Fischer struggling with the men as they sought to wrest away the dogs. Fischer was shot once, and the men fled in a white Nissan Altima. Gaga is in Italy where she is , preparing to shoot a film with Ridley Scott.