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J&K:Two ISJK militants killed by security forces in an encounter with militants in Kulgam.

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In an encounter in Kulgam in Jammu and Kashmir, security personnel killed two militants of ISJK (Islamic State of Jammu and Kashmir), an Islamic State-inspired terrorist organization. 

The militants have been identified as Adil Ahmed Wani Urbha Abu Ibrahim and Shahhin Bashir Thoker. Sources said that both the terrorists were linked to ISJK. Both the terrorists were from Shopian district of Kashmir. Vani was active from 12 September 2017, while Thokare joined the terrorist organization on 15 August last year. Sources said that Thake had joined ISJK except Lashkar-e-Taiba. 

According to official sources, the National Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force and Special Operations Group of Jammu and Kashmir Police started the operation in the morning on the basis of intelligence information about the presence of militants in Khur Hajipora village of the district. Meanwhile, the militants opened fire on the security forces. Security forces also opened fire in retaliation. Two militants were killed in this encounter between the two sides. 

He said that additional security forces have been deployed in the vicinity to prevent any protests. Meanwhile, many villagers who came down the streets, especially the youth, clashed with the security forces at that time. The security forces stopped him from proceeding towards the site of the encounter.

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447 cases of adverse effect reported,Covid-19 vaccine given to 2,24,301 beneficiaries :Govt.

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A total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine so far, out of which only 447 adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) were reported, the Union Health Ministry said on day two of the nationwide vaccination drive on Sunday.

Addressing a press briefing, the ministry’s Additional Secretary Manohar Agnani said out of the 447 adverse events following immunisation, only three required hospitalisation.

“Today being Sunday, only six states conducted vaccination drive and in 553 sessions a total of 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated,” he said.

The six states where the vaccination drive was carried out on Sunday are Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur and Tamil Nadu, he added.

Agnani said a total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till January 17 as per provisional reports, adding that 2,07,229 of them received the jabs on day one of the drive.

“A total of 447 AEFI have been reported on January 16 and 17, out of which only three required hospitalisation. Most of the AEFI reported so far are minor like fever, headache, nausea,” he said.

He said a meeting was held with all states and union territories on Sunday to review the progress of the drive, identify bottlenecks and plan corrective actions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out the world’s largest inoculation drive against COVID-19 on Saturday and said the two vaccines being deployed will ensure a “decisive victory” for India against the pandemic.

India has approved two vaccines—Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and Covishield from the Oxford/AstraZeneca stable being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India—for emergency use in the country.

According to the government, the shots will be offered first to an estimated one crore healthcare workers and around two coror frontline workers, and then to persons above 50 years of age, followed by persons younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities. PTI

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