On May 14, the Rajasthan government had issued a global expression of interest from foreign-based international manufacturers/their authorised agents/direct importers for the procurement of ten million doses of Covid-19 vaccine.
As tempers flared between the residents from Jajod and those who had come from faraway places after booking slots at the government senior secondary school vaccination centre, the police were called in.
A nursing graduate, 26-year-old Irfan Pathan quit his job at a private hospital in Jaipur before heading back to his village Kheerwa to volunteer at the madrasa, which was styled as a private Covid-19 care centre catering to people from nearby villages about a fortnight ago.
Travelling across villages, and stopping over at government hospitals in rural Jaipur and adjacent Sikar district, The Indian Express finds the healthcare system struggling to work despite multiple problems — oxygen shortage, idling ventilators, etc.
While denying that the deaths of the two patients resulted from oxygen shortage, the NMCH hospital administration conceded that the oxygen pressure had decreased after a delay in filling the cylinders.
The by-elections are being seen as a prelude to the Assembly elections which will take place after two and half years and important also to gauge the public mood after the Congress government completing two years.
A couple of months ago, when ASHA worker Vidya Devi visited homes in Rajasthan’s Tonk district to urge families to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, she would be asked whether the shot might harm the recipient instead.
Rajasthan Congress president and education minister Govind Singh Dotasra talks about the party’s prospect in the elections and how it is faring after the public tussle between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot last year, which had resulted in a political crisis in the state.
A court in Jaipur on Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to 12 members of the terrorist organisation Indian Mujahideen (IM) and acquitted one person in a case dating back to 2014. The accused were arrested then by the Rajasthan ATS who got information about them from other security agencies.
On March 15, just three days before the incident, the family members had lodged an FIR in which they had stated that they feared for their safety and life and had also named the men who allegedly attacked them on Friday.