Nampak Zimbabwe Limited (NPKZ.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Paper & Packaging sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Nampak Zimbabwe Limited (NPKZ.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nampak Zimbabwe Limited (NPKZ.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nampak Zimbabwe Limited (NPKZ.zw) 2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNampak Zimbabwe Limited manufactures and markets packaging products which includes paper, plastic and metal packaging. It also has interests in leasing biological assets and a timber processing plant. Subsidiaries in the Paper division includes Hunyani Corrugated Products Division, Hunyani Cartons, Labels & Sacks Division, Hunyani Management Services Division, Hunyani Forests Limited, Hunyani Properties Limited and Softex Tissue Products (Private) Limited. Other subsidiaries include MegaPak Zimbabwe and CarnaudMetalbox Zimbabwe Limited operating in the plastics and metals segment; and companies manufacturing corrugated containers and specialised packaging for the tobacco, horticultural, flori-cultural and citrus industry for local distribution and export. Mega Pak Zimbabwe offers technology solutions for blow molding, injection molding, stretch blow molding and rotational molding. Nampak Zimbabwe Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
If the UK’s vaccine success helps us beat the pandemic, I reckon FTSE 100 stocks could fly. I also think the best time to buy is before the recovery, while they are still relatively cheap.I feel the FTSE could bounce back faster than many markets, having underperformed since the EU referendum in June 2016. It did particularly badly last year, as the pandemic hit Britain hard and fears of a no-deal Brexit grew. While the S&P 500 climbed 18.4% in 2020, the FTSE 100 fell 14.3%.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Another reason for this underperformance is that the S&P 500 is full of trillion-dollar tech titans like Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Google-owner Alphabet. 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Especially if the vaccine rollout drives a faster recovery, and reduces impairment provisions.If the FTSE 100 banking stocks resume payouts at their former levels, investors will be in for a treat. Interactive Investor figures show that last March, Lloyds yielded around 10%, Barclays 9.6%, HSBC 8.2%, Standard Chartered 4.4% and NatWest 4.3%. But of course, a return to such lofty figures might not happen.Hunter named NatWest as his share to watch. Its stock is up 62% since its September low which could signal a rosier future for the beleaguered bank.FTSE 100 stocks are great for dividendsLink Group’s CEO for corporate markets Susan Ring is also optimistic about banking dividends. She reckons banks will restore dividends faster than oil and mining companies will. They may only partially restore them this year but what really matters is “how quickly they do so, rather than exactly how much they pay”, she says.Of course, the big banks are not a surefire bet, FTSE 100 stocks never are. 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Tagged with: Ireland Heavy rain on Friday threatened to significantly reduce the income for the Irish Cancer Society’s and Ireland’s main fundraising event, the Daffodil Day collection. At one point the ICS anticipated a drop of ‚€500,000 in income but it seems people reacted to the bad weather by increasing the minimum donation from ‚€2 to ‚€5.Daffodil Day depends heavily on direct on-street sales by up to 6,000 volunteers throughout Ireland but due to the weather some called to say they could not stand out in the torrential rain. ICS hopes to raise over ‚€3 million from the Daffodil Day, some 80% of which comes from street sales.The balance of the income comes from credit card donations and shop and workplace sales. There is also an online facility for the event. In 2004, Daffodil Day raised a record ‚€3.1 million. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 20 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Rain fails to dampen generosity Howard Lake | 26 March 2006 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Melanie May | 24 March 2020 | News Tagged with: COVID-19 Funding 387 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 Charities are facing imminent collapse as fundraising income dries up, charity leaders have warned, and many will not survive without more government help.Charities have been in conversation with the government about a package of support for the charity sector, but warned on Friday (21 March) that without an urgent injection of money many charities of all sizes would start to close their doors as soon as this week.Karl Wilding, Chief Executive of the NCVO said:“Every day counts here. I’m hearing from charities whose income has disappeared overnight but who still have to run services for their communities. Many of them have very little emergency cash to tide them over, and even those that do will run out in a matter of weeks.“Many charities are helping in the current crisis to alleviate pressure on the health service or providing support to people suffering from the economic and social impact of coronavirus. Supporting the national response and helping vulnerable people to cope is our first priority at the moment but we cannot do that if we are on the brink of financial collapse.“I know the government is working on this but for many charities around the country there is very little time to spare.”Charity sector bodies have made initial estimates that charities will miss out on a minimum of £4.3bn of income over the coming 12 weeks with charity shops closed, fundraising events and activity cancelled, reserves depleted, and demand for services increasing. Many also face increased costs as part of their role in tackling the outbreak.Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said: Advertisement Charities to lose minimum £4.3bn over next 12 weeks without more government help About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. “Charities will have planned on raising millions of pounds, which is going to be irrevocably lost because of the impact of coronavirus. The cancellation of high profile events such as the London Marathon, as well as thousands of smaller events run by local charities, closure of shops, and a halt on public fundraising activity have already caused huge problems for charities who quite simply can’t plug the gap in such a short time.“Spring and summer is a key time for fundraising, and without the right support from the government right now to mitigate the lost millions of pounds, many charities, and the services they run are at threat.”Charities have asked for commitments from the government including:Emergency funding for frontline charities and volunteers supporting the response to the coronavirus crisis, especially where they are alleviating pressure on the health service or providing support to people suffering from the economic and social impact of coronavirusA ‘stabilisation fund’ for all charities to help them stay afloat, pay staff and continue operating during the course of the pandemicConfirmation that charities should be eligible for similar business interruption measures announced by the chancellor for businessesCaron Bradshaw, Chief Executive of the Charity Finance Group, added:“We have encouraged charities to diversify their funding models over the years and retain reserves on a risk basis. But this situation is unprecedented in attacking every area of charity income, whilst increasing demand and costs, and is rapidly burning through reserves. If the government doesn’t act now then the longer term impact on the economy, society and social well being will be devastating and almost impossible to recover from.”NCVO, the Institute of Fundraising, and Charity Finance Group are asking charities to take part in a coronavirus impact survey and share how the outbreak is affecting them. 386 total views, 2 views today
SHARE Lack of rain was definitely a big problem for some parts of the country last year. The effects had a big impact on a larger portion of the nation and were expected to be felt for years to come. Now – a drought is stretching across a record-breaking one-thousand-sixteen counties in the U.S. As was the case for cattle producers in Texas and Oklahoma in 2011 – ranchers are finding it difficult to feed their cattle. As a result – they are reducing their herds and selling their cattle to avoid the mounting losses caused by this widespread drought. The New York Times reports that the town of Torrington, Wyoming is an example of just how bad the situation has become. Normally – the Torrington Livestock Markets would be quiet on a Wednesday in the summer months. But they are doing four times as much early-season business as usual. In fact – they auctioned off more than 17-thousand head of cattle last month – compared with around 33-hundred in June of 2011.Ranchers are losing money – in some cases hundreds of dollars for each animal they sell early – because they are younger and lighter than those fed all summer on prairie grass. For some that will mean the difference between profit and loss. One producer at Torrington said it would take two to three years to recover. He says people are cutting down – but if the drought continues for another year – it could put a lot of people out of business.The impact could be felt at the supermarket as well. Experts note the sale of cows and calves that otherwise would have produced more cows and calves could ultimately reduce beef production and drive prices higher. USDA most recently projected American beef production to fall by about one-billion pounds this year as compared to 2011. A USDA cattle analyst says U.S. cattle inventories are the lowest they’ve been in several decades. Any plans producers had to expand their herds went out the window with the resurrected drought. Home Indiana Agriculture News Cattle Producers Making Tough Decision to Sell SHARE Previous articleHouse Farm Bill Faces Difficult Road to PassageNext articleRetail Food Prices Down Slightly in Second Quarter Gary Truitt Cattle Producers Making Tough Decision to Sell Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jul 16, 2012
RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders roundly condemns the prior censorship that the propaganda ministry imposed on domestic media coverage of the news conference that Prime Minister Wen Jiabao gave on 14 March, on the last day the annual National People’s Congress.The organization is also very worried by the introduction of a system for identifying bloggers (实名制), the increased cooperation by the companies Sina and Baidu in monitoring Internet users (described in a report in the official periodical Frontline), and the adoption of a new detention law on the last day of the congress. “What with draconian directives on how the media should cover the news, increased online censorship and the legalization of secret detention, the Chinese government is attacking freedom of information from all sides,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The new restrictions are the complete opposite of what the public wants and even Prime Minister Wen had indicated this.“The big Internet companies that are helping the authorities to monitor and control the Internet are just as responsible as the government for the cyber-censorship. We urge the companies that own micro-blogging services such as Tencent, Sina and Baidu to assume their responsibility and not turn them into government surveillance tools.”Prior censorshipAll the news media that were planning to cover the prime minister’s news conference received a directive from the propaganda ministry the day before ordering them to carry only the reports provided by the official news agency Xinhua and not to add any comments. The news conference concluded the annual National People’s Congress that began on 5 March.Secret detentionOn the final day, the congress approved an amendment to the criminal procedure law allowing the authorities to detain persons suspected of crimes “endangering national security” in a secret location for up to six months without bringing any formal charges. The police had already been making broad use of “house arrest” as way to detain people in their homes or other locations in a completely illegal manner.Under other amendments to the same law, the police are supposed to notify relatives within 24 hours when someone is arrested, but are not required to say why or where they are being held. The amendments also ban using information obtained under torture as evidence, require that video recordings be made of interrogation sessions, and give lawyers the right to attend if the suspect is facing a possible sentence of 10 years or more.Xiong Wei, a researcher specializing in legislation, launched a campaign on the Sina Weibo micro-blogging site called for the vote on the amendments to be postponed. His campaign message was forwarded 18,000 times before being deleted on 12 March. Company responsibilityCooperation between China’s leading Internet companies and the government has intensified since the end of 2011. According to a report published recently under the propaganda ministry’s aegis by the Communist Party periodical Frontline (前线), nine Beijing-based Internet companies including Sina and Baidu have created internal grass-roots party committees with the aim of “purifying” online content by identifying and denying “false rumours.” The report urged other website owners to create similar committees and said the government and party have set aside special funds for this purpose.A recent study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States highlighted the effectiveness of the censorship of social networks in China, especially in sensitive regions. Nearly half of the messages posted on social networks in Tibet are deleted, compared with about 10 per cent in Beijing and Shanghai.Both online censorship and disappearances have increased in 2011. Around 100 journalists and netizens are currently detained. Of those who have been able to talk about their detention, many have said they were tortured or mistreated.End of micro-blogging anonymityUnder the new regulations for micro-blogging sites that took effect in Beijing today, users have to provide their real name and phone number to register. If those who are already registered do not provide the required information, they will be unable to continue blogging. According to Reuters, 19 million of Sina Weibo’s 300 million members have so far registered under their real identity.The cities of Shanghai and Guangzhou are expected to follow Beijing’s example and impose similar user rules soon. This initiative is particularly worrying as it will almost certainly lead to self-censorship by users. Until now, China’s micro-blogging sites have been a source of alternative news and views in a country where the media are closely controlled by the authorities.China is ranked 174th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is on the list of “Enemies of the Internet” that Reporters Without Borders released this week. Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Organisation News News March 12, 2021 Find out more to go further Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber Censorship Figures March 16, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prior censorship, legalized secret detention and increased Internet control April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific News
to go further Follow the news on Iraq RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News Organisation February 15, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information December 16, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News Reporters Without Borders said it was “outraged” by revelations from the Bucharest prosecutor’s office that the kidnapping of three Romanian journalists in Iraq may have been orchestrated by their Iraqi guide and a businessman. “The justice system must punish all those implicated in what appears to be a put up job, in line with their wrongdoing”, it said. Reporters Without Borders said it was “outraged” by revelations from the Bucharest prosecutor’s office that the kidnapping of three Romanian journalists in Iraq may have been orchestrated by their Iraqi guide and a businessman.”We have confidence that the Romanian justice system will do its utmost to shed light on this disturbing case. They must punish all those implicated in what appears to be a put up job, in line with their wrongdoing”.”These latest revelations subtract nothing from the painful ordeal of Marie-Jeanne Ion, Sorin Dumitru Miscoci and Eduard Ovidiu Ohanesian during these past 55 days”, it said.The Bucharest prosecutor’s office said in a release on 27 May 2005, that the kidnapping as well as the threats made by the group that held the journalists and their Iraqi guide, Mohamad Munaf, were designed to create strong emotion in Romanian public opinion that would focus attention on businessman Omar Hayssam”.”He hoped to thus escape conviction in several cases in which he was accused of organised crime and numerous financial offences” said the prosecutor’s office. Their accusations were based on the testimonies of nine people arrested and questioned in Baghdad, “who were directly implicated in this hostage-taking.”Mohamed Munaf and Omar Hayssam are both subject of an arrest warrant for “terrorism” issued by the Bucharest appeal court, placing them in custody for a period of 29 days. This warrant was issued in the absence of Munaf, who after being released on 22 May at the same time as the Romanian hostages, is being held in Iraq by US forces.he three Romanian journalists are Marie-Jeanne Ion, 32, a reporter with the Bucharest-based television station Prima TV, Sorin Dumitru Miscoci, 30, a Prima TV cameraman, and Eduard Ovidiu Ohanesian, 37, a reporter with the privately-owned daily newspaper Romania Libera. They were kidnapped with their guide, Mohamed Munaf, five days after arriving in Iraq. On the evening of 30 March, two days after their abduction, the Qatar-based satellite TV news station Al-Jazeera broadcast a very short video showing the three journalists alive. A second, poor-quality video of the four hostages was broadcast by Al-Jazeera on 22 April. It showed the journalists handcuffed, haggard, barefoot and with guns pointed at their heads. Their abductors, who called themselves “The Brigade of Mouadh Ibn Jabal,” threatened to kill them if the Romanian government did not withdraw its troops from Iraq within four days. News IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en May 27, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Outrage at revelations that Romanian journalists’ kidnapping was orchestrated Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan December 28, 2020 Find out more
Print Linkedin Advertisement A MOTHER and daughter who remonstrated by “shouting and roaring” at gardai who were searching their home on foot of a Section 26 Drug search have appeared in court charged with obstruction on February 15 last. 22-year-old Leanne Casey and her mother, 55-year-old Elaine, were before the court in relation to the incident at 163 Hyde Road. Sgt Donal Cronin told that court that gardai were searching the house pursuant to a section 26 warrant in connection with suspected illegal drug activity.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up When they entered the house, they encountered Elaine Casey who was said to have been “hostile and refused to obey the lawful demands and directions” of the gardai. Ms Casey was said to be firing a “torrid of abuse” and issuing threats to gardai as they tried to search the house.Sgt Cronin said that Leanne Casey arrived to the house shortly afterwards and she refused to be searched and was said to be “screaming and roaring at the top of her voice as she refused to leave the stairway of the house”. Sgt Cronin said in evidence that Leanne Casey “threw her phone at the wall thus destroying any potential evidence”.He added that Leanne Casey continued to “scream and roar at the top of her voice and lashed out as she resisted arrest”. Leanne Casey had to be restrained during her arrest.In pleading guilty, Elaine Casey was said to have a minor previous conviction where she received a monetary penalty, and Leanne Casey did not have any previous conviction on record. The case against Elaine Casey was adjourned until January 9 next for a probation report to be furnished.Sarah Ryan, solicitor for Leanne Casey, said that her client was remonstrating with gardai as she “strenuously objected to a strip search as she was seven months pregnant at the time, and while a female member of an Garda Siochana was present in the bedroom willing to carry out the search, Ms Casey said that a male member of the force was in clear view”.Ms Ryan said that Leanne Casey “threw her phone in a fit of sulk”. “She behaved dreadfully but she comes before the court without previous convictions”, added Ms Ryan.Judge O’Kelly adjourned the matter until December 5 and ordered that within that time, Leanne Casey pays €250 to the gardai benevolent fund. WhatsApp Previous articleAssault case against solicitor dismissedNext articleFamous Youth Infuse Facial at Therapie admin NewsLocal NewsMother and daughter hostile to gardaiBy admin – October 2, 2012 1101 Facebook Twitter Email
Print Previous articleArt and words exploring infant loss – The AmuletNext articleGraveside examination underway into 20 year old murder probe John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Linkedin €1 Leap Card travel for Limerick City services in July Limerick students encouraged to avail of bike scheme Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Advertisement TAGSLimerick bike schemeNational Transport Authority Major expansion of Limerick Smarter Travel campus WhatsApp High number of trucks hitting Limerick Tunnel must be addressed says Limerick TD Limerick selected for late night rural bus service trial LIMERICK’S public bike scheme will now not be up and running until November, the National Transport Agency (NTA) confirmed this week.A spokesperson for the NTA said that electrical work is ongoing to deliver power to the stations that will be located across the city, and that this must be completed before construction work begins on the collection points.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The scheme, which Minister Alan Kelly last year said would be operational in July 2014, will see 215 bikes available for hire at 23 stations around Limerick.The NTA is to launch a pre-registration process for the scheme in the coming weeks.An NTA spokesperson told the Limerick Post: “The scheme is at the stage where we’re finalising the electrification of the stations. That’s currently in progress and it should be finished in the next couple of weeks. Then, we’re going to open a pre-registration process for people who are interested in using the service, so it can hit the ground running.”When asked about the reasons for the four-month delay, the spokesperson said: “It was announced by Minister Alan Kelly about a year ago, but now coming closer to it, with getting the infrastructure and facilities set up properly, we are looking at November for the launch.”The scheme will see a total of 740 bikes available for rent at 73 stations in Limerick, Cork and Galway, with 320 bikes in Cork and 205 in Galway.The spokesperson also revealed that the launch of the three schemes will be “sequenced” and it is not yet known which of the cities will be launched first.The red and black ‘Coke Zero’ bikes, sponsored by Coca-Cola, will have built-in gear-shifting technology, enabling automatic gear changes.The charges for the schemes are expected to be similar to the Dublin Bike Scheme, which charges a €10 annual registration fee. NewsLimerick bike scheme launch delayedBy John Keogh – September 16, 2014 767 2300 sign up to Limerick bike scheme
Top StoriesBREAKING : Centre Decides To Give COVID19 Vaccination To All Above 18 Years From May 1 LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK19 April 2021 6:51 AMShare This – xIn a significant development, the Government of India on Monday decided to give COVID19 vaccination to every one above the age of 18 years from May 1.The Government of India announced a “Liberalised and Accelerated” Phase 3 Strategy of Covid-19 Vaccination from 1st May.In a meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi, an important decision of allowing vaccination to everyone above the age of 18 from…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn a significant development, the Government of India on Monday decided to give COVID19 vaccination to every one above the age of 18 years from May 1.The Government of India announced a “Liberalised and Accelerated” Phase 3 Strategy of Covid-19 Vaccination from 1st May.In a meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi, an important decision of allowing vaccination to everyone above the age of 18 from 1st May has been taken, said a press release issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Phase-I of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy was launched on 16th January 2021, prioritizing protection for Health Care Workers (HCWs) and Front Line Workers (FLWs). As systems and processes stabilized, Phase-II was initiated from 1st March 2021, focusing on protecting our most vulnerable i.e. all people above 45 years of age, accounting for more than 80% Covid mortality in the country. The private sector was also roped in to augment capacity.In its Phase-III, the National Vaccine Strategy aims at liberalised vaccine pricing and scaling up of vaccine coverage. This would augment vaccine production as well as availability, incentivising vaccine manufacturers to rapidly ramp up their production as well as attract new vaccine manufacturers, domestic and international. It would also make pricing, procurement, eligibility and administration of vaccines open and flexible, allowing all stakeholders the flexibility to customise to local needs and dynamics.The main elements of the Liberalised and Accelerated Phase 3 Strategy of the National Covid-19 Vaccination program that would come in effect from 1st May 2021, are as follows:-(i) Vaccine manufacturers would supply 50% of their monthly Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) released doses to Govt. of India and would be free to supply the remaining 50% doses to State Govts. and in the open market (hereinafter referred to as other than Govt. of India channel). (ii) Manufacturers would transparently make an advance declaration of the price for 50% supply that would be available to State Govts. and in open market, before 1st May 2021. Based on this price, State governments, private hospitals, industrial establishments etc would be able to procure vaccine doses from the manufacturers. Private Hospitals would have to procure their supplies of Covid-19 vaccine exclusively from the 50% supply earmarked for other than Govt. of India channel. Private Vaccination providers shall transparently declare their self-set vaccination price. The eligibility through this channel would be opened up to all adults, i.e. everyone above the age of 18.(iii) Vaccination shall continue as before in Govt. of India vaccination centres, provided free of cost to the eligible population as defined earlier i.e. Health Care Workers (HCWs), Front Line Workers (FLWs) and all people above 45 years of age.(iv) All vaccination (through Govt. of India and Other than Govt. of India channel) would be part of the National Vaccination Programme, and mandated to follow all protocol such as being captured on CoWIN platform, linked to AEFI reporting and all other prescribed norms. Stocks and price per vaccination applicable in all vaccination centres will also have to be reported real-time.(v) The division of vaccine supply 50% to Govt. of India and 50% to other than Govt. of India channel would be applicable uniformly across for all vaccines manufactured in the country. However Government of India will allow the imported fully ready to use vaccines to be entirely utilized in the other than Govt. of India channel.(vi) Govt. of India, from its share, will allocate vaccines to States/UTs based on the criteria of extent of infection (number of active Covid cases) & performance (speed of administration). Wastage of vaccine will also be considered in this criteria and will affect the criteria negatively. Based on the above criteria, State-wise quota would be decided and communicated to the States adequately in advance.(vii) Second dose of all existing priority groups i.e. HCWs, FLWs and population above 45 years, wherever it has become due, would be given priority, for which a specific and focused strategy would be communicated to all stakeholders.(viii) This policy would come into effect from 1st May 2021 and will be reviewed from time to timeSource : PIB press release.Next Story