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India reopens big cities as Covid numbers plunge


New Delhi: After weeks-long lockdowns, major Indian cities have reopened for business, with long queues for buses in the financial hub of Mumbai while traffic returned to the roads of New Delhi after a devastating second wave of coronavirus that killed thousands. The graph of new infections has been going down steadily. India reported 67,208 new COVID-19...

Google pledges Rs 113 crore to boost healthcare infra in India


New Delhi: Google on Thursday announced new grants of nearly Rs 113 crore to help strengthen India's healthcare infrastructure and workforce in rural areas, as India prepares for the third Covid wave.   Google.org will support procurement and installation of approximately 80 oxygen generation plants in healthcare facilities in high-need and rural locations with new grants...

Ramdev booked for comments against Covid-19 medicines


New Delhi: The Chhattisgarh Police have registered a case against Yoga guru Ramdev for allegedly spreading false information about medicines used to treat Covid-19, Raipur police superintendent Ajay Yadav said, the media reported. Yadav said a First Information Report (FIR) has been lodged in this regard on the complaint of Indian Medical Association (IMA) Hospital...

Indian Army top brass discuss threats from China, Pakistan


New Delhi: Amid border standoff with China, the Indian Army held a commanders' conference led by General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Thursday to review the operational situation at the border with China and Pakistan. Indian Army Commanders' Conference is an apex level biannual event, which formulates important policy decisions through collegiate deliberations. The conference was...

SII to introduce Novavax vaccine in India by September

Post Date: June 17, 2021

Pune: Serum Institute of India (SII) will introduce Covavax in the country by September, the media reported. Covavax is a version of US firm Novavax’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate. The SII also said that it will start clinical trials of Novavax for children in July. Novavax vaccine has shown strong efficacy against the emerging variants of...

Ex-encounter specialist held in Ambani bomb scare case


Mumbai: In a significant development, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma's Andheri home and later detained him, as part of the ongoing probe into the cases of SUV planting and businessman Mansukh Hiran murder. An NIA team along with the Mumbai Police swooped at his home, carried out searches and later...

India Class 12 results by July 31: SC


New Delhi: The Supreme Court gave prima facie approval of the objective scheme submitted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) for awarding marks to Class 12 exams, after the same stood canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The scheme was found lacking of dispute resolution mechanism...

Covid-19 and the invisibilization of rural India


By Barkha Dutt As the government declares the worst of the second wave of the pandemic over in our cities and gets ready to unlock, in our villages, our citizens have been dying. And they have been dying uncounted, and mostly at home, from illnesses that match the exact symptoms of Covid-19, including plummeting oxygen...

As Netanyahu loses power, what does it mean for India?


By P R Kumaraswamy “Bibi dethroned”. This is the expression used in the Israeli media to describe the formation of a new Naftali Bennett-Yair Lapid government. Though Benjamin Netanyahu — known as Bibi — vowed to bring down the fragile government, endorsed by a wafer-thin majority of 60-59 (with one abstention) in the Knesset, the...