Farmer protests: A standoff built up through Thursday evening between police and farmers at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border at Ghazipur after the UP government orderd farmers camping there to be removed and the farmers refusing to budge. leader Rakesh Tikait declaring that he is “ready to face bullets” if needed. The other two key borders — Tikri and the epicenter of farmers’ protests, Singhu — have also been placed under heavy security. The police have dug up roads, using JCB machines.
The administration has cut off power and water supply to the hundreds of farmers, who have been camping out on the roads. The Ghazipur border had been sealed since the farmers started their “Delhi Chalo” protest on November 26. On Tuesday, the farmers had broken barricades and taken out their tractor rally.
Coronavirus updates: The coronavirus-induced suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till February 28, aviation regulator DGCA said on Thursday. “The restrictions shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA,” the aviation regulator said in a circular.
The centre had allowed domestic flight operations last year.
Meanwhile, US biotech firm Novavax said on Thursday its two-shot Coronavirus vaccine showed an overall efficacy of 89.3 percent in a major Phase 3 clinical trial in Britain, and remained highly effective against a variant first identified there.
But the positive news was partly offset by other results that showed it offered significantly less protection against a highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus first identified in South Africa, which is spreading rapidly around the world.
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Gazipur border closed.Traffic diverted from NH 24, NH 9,Road no 56, 57 A,Kondli, Paper market, Telco T point,EDM Mall,Akshardham & Nizammudin Khatta.Traffic is very heavy in the area & Vikas marg, Pl take alternate route.
– Delhi Traffic Police (@dtptraffic) January 29, 2021
Agitating farmers raise slogans ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’, ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ at Ghazipur border (Delhi-Uttar Pradesh); visuals from early morning.
Uttar Pradesh Police and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) deployed left the protest site late last night.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on the telephone with Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Thursday and discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.
The PMO said in a release that the two leaders discussed the impact of the COVID pandemic in the region, and expressed satisfaction that cooperation between India and UAE had not halted even during the health crisis, ANI reported.
Belgian health officials inspected a plant producing AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine Thursday, amid a dispute with the European Commission over delayed deliveries.
A spokeswoman for Belgium’s Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AFMHPS) said the visit to the site in Seneffe took place at the request of the European Commission.
“We are now examining documents and data,” Ann Eeckhout told AFP.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador continues to recover from the coronavirus and has only mild symptoms, his interior minister said Thursday.
The 67-year-old is “very well” and performing his duties from the National Palace, said Olga Sanchez, who is standing in for Lopez Obrador at his daily news conference.
“As soon as the specialists give their approval, he will be back,” she added. The health ministry reported on Wednesday that the president had experienced brief episodes of low-grade fever and a slight headache, but was making good progress, AFP reported.