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Shekhar Suman has demanded the cancellation of Zee News’ licence after the pro-BJP TV channel ran a news report claiming that the veteran actor’s son Adhyayan Suman had ended his life by suicide. Suman also thanked Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami, who had reportedly called the actor to sympathise with his family on the trauma caused by the fake news of Adhyayan’s death.

Zee News stooped to a new low by declaring Adhyayan Suman dead by claiming that he had committed suicide evoked an angry reaction from Adhyayan, who himself is an actor. He tweeted, “How on earth could @ZeeNews write that I have committed suicide !?!! What the hell you sick people ! You have given grief to my family by doing this and you will pay for this ! People please help me spread this the word the world needs to see how sick they can be for trps !”

Shekhar Suman demanded the cancellation of Zee News’ licence. He wrote, “Their license wd be canceled.The PM has clearly stated that ppl behind fake news that can cause extensive damage in many ways shld be punished.”

Sharing his conversation with Goswami, the veteran actor wrote, “Me n my family are extremely touched by Arnab Goswami’s kind gesture of personally calling me up to sympathize with wat we went thru, thanks to fake news by@ZeeNews.Thank you Arnab from the bottom of my heart.Gratitude.”

The development drew widespread condemnation for Zee News from netizens, who demanded strict action against the media group.

Meanwhile, faced with condemnation, Zee News has issued a public apology. Its statement on its website, read, “A wrong fact was broadcast on Shekhar Suman’s son Adhyayan Ssuman. We express our regrets. We seek forgiveness for the hurt caused to the Suman family.”



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Bengaluru: A 97-year old man became the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine here as the drive for inoculating the general public got underway in Karnataka on Monday.

After the vaccination drive since January 16 covered health workers and frontline workers, the next phase started from Monday for all people above 60 years of age and those over 45 with comorbidities.

Senior citizens sporting face masks queued up at private Manipal Hospitals here for getting the vaccine shot.

Some of the beneficiaries were wheelchair bound.

"Ramaswami Parthasarathy, 97-year-old, was the first to get vaccinated," Manipal Hospitals said in a statement.

The hospital appealed to the senior citizens and people above 45 years with comorbidities to register themselves for inoculation.

"We at Manipal Hospitals have started the vaccination drive today. The registrations for the vaccination can be competed online through the CoWIN app, and people in the age group of 60 plus can directly walk-in for the vaccination," it said in the statement.

The hospital was cooperating with the government and abiding by the standard procedures and protocols for the vaccination drive, it added.

Meanwhile, the government hospitals too started the preparations for vaccination.

"Today only we got direction from the government. We are starting the registration process from today and will begin the vaccination drive once the preparations are over," Director and Dean of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Dr C R Jayanthi told PTI.

The state government has said vaccination will take place at all its taluk and district level hospitals and two identified private hospitals in each district.

According to the state health department, vaccination days will be Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in government facilities and all working days in private hospitals.

The number of vaccinations would be limited to 200 per day per session site and would be on a first come first serve basis. However, online registered beneficiaries would be allotted a specific time in a day.