Odisha Update | 2021 | may20 | Cyclone Yaas: Odisha Govt Lists Out Priority Action Plan To Tackle The Storm| Cyclone Update |

Odisha Update | 2021 | may20 | Cyclone Yaas: Odisha Govt Lists Out Priority Action Plan To Tackle The Storm| Cyclone Update |

  • The intensity of Cyclone Yaas is not clear as different weather forecasting models are suggesting different pictures.
  • Cyclone Yaas may hit Odisha-Bengal coast around May 26, say weather agencies

Odisha government on Thursday said that a slew of measures is already up for immediate implementation by various departments on a priority basis in view of the development of a cyclonic storm in Bay of Bengal.

The Cyclone Yaas weather system is likely to hit the eastern or the Coromandel coast of the country on the evening of May 26, the India Meteorological Department said in its tropical cyclone outlook.”

The Cyclone Yaas weather system is likely to hit the eastern or the Coromandel coast of the country on the evening of May 26, the India Meteorological Department said in its tropical cyclone outlook.”

Even as the countdown to season’s first low pressure in Bay of Bengal has begun, satellite images show low and medium clouds with weak to moderate convection intensity in the north Bay..

But clouds having intense to very intense convection have been spotted in the south BoB.

As per model data, these high convective clouds when reaches the east central BoB, the favourable conditions there will then shape up as cyclonic circulation on May 22, which will further steam up to become a low pressure area on May 23.

As per the direction of the Chief Minister, preparations are in full swing for the cyclone at the State and the district level. A draft plan has been made to mobilise emergency rescue and disaster management troops like Fire, ODRAF and NDRF at strategic points but the final execution will be done as soon as we get clear information on the cyclone.

Cyclone Yaas

Directions have been issued to keep flood and cyclone shelters in readiness. Panchayati Raj and Water Resources department has been asked to make necessary preparations to ensure an unhindered drinking water supply and plan to pre-position water tankers wherever necessary to help people during the aftermath of the cyclone.

The Energy Department has been notified to keep manpower resources on alert and equipment on standby. PW department has been entrusted to work out a detailed plan for clearing of roads, tree cutting and other associated restoration works. 

The SRC has asked the Animal and Fisheries department to create awareness in coastal belts to prevent entry of fishermen into the sea during the period mentioned by the India Meteorological Department. Similarly, efforts will also be taken to ensure safe return of fishermen still in deep sea. 

The sea surface temperature is hot enough to provide the latent heat to developing storm.Data with IMD puts the current SST at 30-31 deg C.

  • It says there is a positive upper level divergence. This is very significant as such a condition will give a boost to cyclone genesis by helping the air mass to rise up.
  • The vertical wind shear is moderate.
  • A positive vorticity withvertical extension up to 200HPA observed.

In the backdrop of such congenial factors, the met agencies worldwide, including IMD, forecast brewing up of a cyclonic storm in Bay.

Why IMD Says Cyclone Yaas Will Come Knocking Odisha – West Bengal Way?

The country’s ace cyclone prediction agency said so going by the location of the low pressure area that is to take shape on the evening of May 22.

Since cyclones always chart a northwest track, Odisha and West Bengal come on its way, the data suggests.

Moreover, the model data of IMD, IITM CGEPS (MME), US-GSF,; ECMWF suggest that the system will initially move in north direction, only tolater chart the north west route – the route where Odisha landmass figures prominently.

As per Regional Specialised Metrological Centre. (RSMC), New Delhi, the apex cyclone warning centre in South Asia, there is a convergence among top numerical Models like IMD-GFS, US-GFS, ECMWF etc that this developing cyclonic system will chart it’s track in the north west direction.

Cyclone Yaas Intensity

The weather models of ECMWF, US-GFS etc, which IMD follows have put the central low pressure of the system at around 960 mb – which means the intensity of the cyclone will be a notch higher than Bulbul ( central pressure 976mb)

Cyclone Yaas Landfall Forecast

Weather men say the landfall place of cyclone Yaas depends on its direction of movement.

Though IMD till date has only hinted that the system will move towards Odisha and West Bengal coast, the models (ECMWF, GFS), which found mentioned in the latest RSMC bulletin, have predicted that going by the north west movement of the system, it is very likely that Cyclone Yaas will make landfall between Kendrapada and Balasore on the night of May 26

Phase 3 Trial Clear & Transparent, Claim Russian Scientists : Sputnik V Arrives In India | may 14 | 2021 | Friday |

  • “Nearly 18 crore doses of COVID19 vaccine have been administered in India till date.”
  • “Around 216 crore doses of vaccines will be manufactured in India between August-December”

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: NITI Aayog Member (Health), Dr VK Paul on Thursday announced that Russian COVID-19 vaccine- Sputnik V has arrived in India.

Sputnik V production will begin in July and it is estimated that 15.6 crore doses will be manufactured,” said Dr VK Paul, NITI Aayog Member (Health).

While briefing media Paul said, “I’m happy to say that we’re hopeful it’ll be available in the market next week and the sale of the limited supply that has come from Russia, will begin next week.”

“Supply will also follow. Its production will begin in July and it is estimated that 15.6 crore doses will be manufactured in that period,” he added.

Giving a stock of the COVID vaccination drive conducted across different states in the country, Paul said that nearly 18 crore doses of COVID19 vaccine have been administered in India till date. The number of vaccines administered in the US stands at around 26 crores and comparing the figures, India stands in third place.

“We are happy to report that 1/3rd of 45 and above are protected. 45 and above age group contributes to 88% of deaths,” Paul said.

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Further clarifying about vaccine manufacturing in the country Paul said, “Around 216 crore doses of vaccines will be manufactured in India between August-December and with this flow, vaccines will be available for all as we move forward.”

The Department of Biotechnology along with other concerned departments, MEA have been in touch with Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson from the starting phase. They were officially asked if they’d like to send doses to or manufacture in India.

However, the abroad vaccine manufacturing companies had said that they are working in their own way and they would talk of vaccine availability in Q3, in 2021, informed Paul.

We are connected to them. I’m hopeful that they’ll step forward to increase availability in India. Any vaccine that is approved by FDA, WHO can come to India. Import license will be granted within 1-2 days. No import license is pending,” clarified Paul.

Meanwhile, Russian scientists said that the phase 3 trial of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine is clear, transparent and fully complies with the regulatory standards that exist for the provision of clinical trial data.

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The clarification comes after concerns were raised by various scientists over data discrepancies and substandard reporting of interim data of the Coronavirus jab.

A team of scientists from universities in the US, the Netherlands, Italy, France and Russia had earlier flagged concerns over Sputnik V Phase 3 trial, specifically on discrepancies in data sharing, trial protocols, inconsistencies in data reported and numerical results.

“We lack some crucial information, such as the clinical parameters determining suspected Covid-19, what diagnostic protocols were used, when the PCR testing was done, what specific method was used, or how many amplification cycles were used,” said the scientists in the ‘online first’ section of medical journal The Lancet.

They had also pointed out problematic data and lack of transparency in the published Phase 1/2 results.

Clear and transparent regulatory standards exist for provision of clinical trial data, including data reported in clinical study reports that are considered sufficient for regulatory review and approvals. The reporting of the interim analysis in the Phase 3 Sputnik V clinical trial fully complies with those standards,” said scientists from the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation in Moscow.

Their reply was also published in the Lancet’s ‘online first’ section.

“It is on this basis that Sputnik V has received registration in 51 countries, which confirms our full transparency and compliance with the regulatory requirements,” they added.

The scientists noted that “the safety and immunogenicity of the Sputnik V vaccine has been confirmed in multiple studies”, including in Argentina, where vaccination with Sputnik V began.

“Authorised in 64 countries with a population of 3.2 billion people, #SputnikV consistently demonstrates safety and efficacy in real world data from Argentina, Mexico, Hungary and other countries,” SputnikV tweeted with a link to the Russian scientists’ reply.

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In April, Sputnik V, developed by Russia’s Gamaleya National Center, became the third vaccine to be cleared for use in India, after the Serum Institute of India’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin were cleared in January.

With an efficacy of 91.6 per cent, Sputnik V was the first vaccine against Covid-19 in the world.

It will be available in markets across the country from early next week, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) announced on Thursday.

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Coronavirus Update | may 7 |Odisha Reports Record 12238 Covid-19 Cases, 19 Deaths In Last 24 Hours |

Bhubaneswar: The daily COVID-19 cases in Odisha saw a massive jump on Thursday with as many as 12,238 persons testing positive for the infections. This the biggest single-day spike in the State ever since the outbreak of the pandemic last year.

Similarly, 19 coronavirus patients undergoing treatment succumbed to the deadly virus in the last 24 hours, data shared by the State Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Department said.

Today’s surge pushed the State’s Coronavirus positive tally to 5,12,4000. The active cases in the State stood at 86,950 while 4, 23,257 patients have recovered so far.

State Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Department data said, of the fresh cases spread across 30 districts, 6,914 were detected among people in quarantine and 5,324 were local infections.

The death of 19 more persons in the last 24 hours due to the virus took the total death toll to 2140. Khordha and Sundergarh witnessed maximum four deaths followed by Ganjam and Puri which saw two casualties each.

Similarly, Anugul, Bolangir, Cuttack, Deogarh, Jharsuguda and Kalahandi districts registered one death case each.

As per the data released by the, I & PR Department, Sundergarh recorded the maximum 2073 cases while Khordha with 1828 cases stood in second spot.

Six districts recorded above 400 cases – Cuttack (916), Kalahandi (580), Sambalpur (544), Angul (480), Balasore (437) and Bargarh (475).

Other districts which detected cases over 100 are Bhadrak (381), Balangir (260), Boudh (128), Dhenkanal (142), Ganjam (312), Jagatsinghpur (168), Jajpur (318), Jharsuguda (306), Kendrapada (192), Keonjhar (179), Koraput (130), Mayurbhanj (257), Nawarangpur (282), Nayagarh (194), Nuapada (290), Puri (369), Rayagada (201) and Sonepur (159).

The other districts which detected cases below 100 are Gajapati (91), Malkangiri (60) and Deogarh (60).

The State has so far tested a total 1,04,18,217 samples including 50,799 on Wednesday. Odisha’s positivity rate stands at 4.92 per cent.

Ever IGST Collection|Odisha Records Highest Ever OGST Collection In April |News Update|

Bhubaneswar: Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Odisha has recorded the highest ever OGST (Odisha Good and Services Tax) collection since the inception of GST during April of the current financial year, an official said on Monday.

The state has collected OGST of Rs 1,126.67 crore during April this year, the Finance department official said.

The state had collected Rs 927.60 crore OGST during April 2019 and Rs 360.36 crore during last April 2020 (affected by COVID), he said.

The previous highest OGST collection was Rs 954.62 crore collected in March 2021. The sharp rise in OGST collection during April this year is a result of better compliance, increased collection from the iron and steel sector as well as collection from matured GST demand made by tax officers after return scrutiny, he said.

The state had collected Rs 927.60 crore OGST during April 2019 and Rs 360.36 crore during last April 2020 (affected by COVID), he said.

The previous highest OGST collection was Rs 954.62 crore collected in March 2021. The sharp rise in OGST collection during April this year is a result of better compliance, increased collection from the iron and steel sector as well as collection from matured GST demand made by tax officers after return scrutiny, he said.

Since all VAT paying dealers (petrol and liquor) had paid tax till March 25 during the month of March itself, the balance collection of remaining five days i.e. Rs 218.95 crore was collected during April 2021 with a growth rate of 68.28 per cent, he said.

Out of the above, collection from petroleum products registered a growth of 175.31 per cent with collection of Rs 166.87 crore in April 2021 against Rs 60.61 crore in April 2020.

“The Commercial Tax and GST organization of the Odisha government has been focusing on increasing the tax-base of GST with regular survey and registration,” he said.

As many as 52,210 new registrants have been brought under the GST fold in the FY 2020-2021. All circles have been instructed to ensure 90 per cent return filing within due date.

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