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        Bengaluru airport flooded                                                Punjab CM condemns

                                                                                 centre’s ‘unilateral’ decision
          Incessant rains flooded
        Bengaluru's Kempegowda                                                   to expand BSF powers
        International   Airport
        (KIAL),         causing                                                  CHANDIGARH                                       search, seizure and arrest
        inconvenience        to                                                                                                   under the NDPS Act,
        international travellers, who                                              Punjab chief minister                          Customs Act and Passport
        were ferried by tractors to                                              Charanjit Singh Channi on                        Act to a 50 km-belt in some
        the terminal.                                                            Wednesday objected to the                        states including Punjab.
          The  airport  premises                                                 ministry of home affairs                           Tewari  added    that,
        turned into a 'town bus                                                  decision to expand the                           "Mischievous part of Section
        stand', as local people who                                              Border Security Force’s                          139 of BSF Act or of any
        ferried     international                                                (BSF) powers of arrest,                          cognizable       offence
        travellers to the terminal                                               search and seizure to a 50-                      punishable under any other
        were   found   to   be                                                   km belt in Punjab.                               Central Act; ..'It allows GOI
        announcing the destination                                                 Channi   tweeted,  "I                          to   institutionalise  an
        'airport terminal' on top of  the flood INCONVENIENCED TRAVELLERS AND DISRUPTED FLIGHTS  strongly condemn the GoI's       alternative     policing
        their voices.                                                            unilateral decision to give                      paradigm. Was Punjab Govt
          As knee-deep water stood                                               additional powers to BSF  CHANNI SAYS IT IS A DIRECT  consulted?"
        at the terminal concourse of  tractors with their luggage  to the ongoing work of  within 50 KM belt running  ATTACK ON FEDERALISM  Section 139 of the Border
        the airport due to heavy  for travelling to the airport  Namma Metro and other  along the international                   Security Force Act, 1968,
        rains, passengers had a  terminal where cabs could  developmental activities on  borders, which is a direct  Bengal & Assam transgresses  empowers the Centre to
        tough time as taxis were  not reach due to the increase  the premises of KIAL.  attack on federalism. I urge  upon Constitutional Public  notify the area and extent of
        stranded for hours and a few  in water levels, have gone viral  Meanwhile, the whole of  the Union Union Minister  order & Policing remit of  the border force's operational
        of them could not even start.  on social media platforms.  Silicon city was affected by  Amit Shah to immediately  States Half of Punjab will  mandate, from time to time.
          Hundreds of cabs on the  However, the situation was  the heavy rain as houses  roll back this irrational  now  fall  under  BSF  The addition of an extra
        premises of the KIAL     brought under control by the  were flooded with water at  decision."      jurisdiction            35-km stretch to the BSF's
        developed technical snags  authorities, including the  multiple localities.  Earlier Congress MP from  @CHARANJITCHANNI   mandate could lead to a
        after   being  partially  police  department,  by  Trees were uprooted and  Anandpur Sahib Manish  must oppose it ".      political storm in Punjab and
        submerged in the rainwater.  midnight.           compound walls collapsed  Tewari asked Channi to  As   per  reports,  the  Bengal which are ruled by
          The videos of international  Sources    stated  in Bengaluru.          oppose the Ministry of   notification issued this week  non-BJP  parties.  The
        travellers  boarding  the  waterlogging occurred due  The  Meteorological  Home Affairs notification  by the MHA extends the  Congress  leaders  from
                                                         Department has warned   for enhancement of the   operational mandate where  Punjab are the first to oppose
                                                         that heavy rains will lash 18  Border  Security  Force  the BSF has powers of  the move.
         Covaxin gets                                    districts of Karnataka state,  operational mandate in
                                                         including Bengaluru and
                                                         Bengaluru Rural districts.  Manish Tewari said in a
         emergency use                                   of the districts are full and  tweet ,"MHA Notification
                                                          The water bodies in most
                                                         people are facing the threat  mandate of BSF, 15 to 50
         approval for kids                               of floods in many districts.  KM's in Punjab, West


        NEW DELHI                and monthly thereafter.
                                  Remarkably, the global
          The   Hyderabad-based  health body World Health
        pharma   major   Bharat  Organisation  has  not
        Biotech's Covaxin has got  granted the emergency use
        the emergency use approval  authorisation to Covaxin.
        for children in the age group  The  World  Health
        of 2 to 18 years from the  Organisation said last week
        Drugs Controller General of  that it will carry out the risk
        India (DCGA).            and benefit assessment next
          The   Subject  Expert  week with experts and take a
        Committee on COVID-19    final decision on the much
        gave the approval for the  awaited EUL to Covid
        emergency use in the     vaccine Covaxin.
        children.                 The WHO said in the last
          The expert panel said in a  meeting, "WHO & an
        statement, "After detailed  independent  group  of
        deliberation, the committee  experts are scheduled to
        recommended the grant of  meet next week to carry out
        market authorisation of the  the risk/benefit assessment
        vaccine for the age group of  and come to a final decision
        2 to 18 years for restricted  whether to grant Emergency
        use  in  an   emergency  Use Listing to Covaxin".
        situation."               Meanwhile,      India
          Bharat  Biotech  had   continues to show the
        submitted the trial data of  declining trends in the daily
        phase 2 and 3 of Covaxin on  trajectory  of  Covid
        children in the beginning of  caseloads. India on Tuesday
        this month to the apex body  reported 14,313 fresh Covid
        -- DCGI at the start of this  cases in the last 24 hours,
        month. The vaccine will be  lowest recorded cases in the
        administered in two doses  224 days. Total 181 deaths
        with 20 days of interval.  have also been reported in
          However, Bharat Biotech  the same time span, pushing
        needs to submit safety data  the death toll to 4,50,963,
        with due analysis every 15  the Union Health Ministry
        days for the first two months  said.
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