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SC approves class 12 marking scheme of CBSE, CISCE

The Supreme Court on Tuesday approved the evaluation scheme proposed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) to calculate the marks for class 12 students who could not appear in board exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The apex court rejected the pleas by parents...

Ray of Hope: NCLT clears Jet Airways’ revival plan, stocks surge by 5%

In what could be a ray of hope for grounded airline Jet Airways, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Tuesday approved the resolution plan for the airline submitted by the Kalrock-Jalan consortium. Notably, Jet Airways was grounded in April 2019 after suffering a severe financial crunch. An SBI-led consortium had then referred it to...

Covaxin found 77.8% effective in protecting against COVID-19 in phase 3 trials

Hyderabad-based vaccine maker Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covaxin’ has been found to be 77.8 per cent effective in protecting against the viral infection, according to the phase 3 clinical trial results that have been submitted to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). The phase 3 trial involved 25,800 participants from across the country. The...

Bharat Biotech submits Covaxin’s Phase 3 clinical trial data to DCGI

Vaccine maker Bharat Biotech has submitted the third phase clinical trial data of its vaccine against COVID-19 ‘Covaxin’ to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). The subject expert committee of the regulator is going to meet today to deliberate on the data submitted by the company. On Wednesday, the company is supposed to hold...

India’s daily surge in COVID-19 cases dips below 50,000 for the first time in 3 months

The health ministry on Tuesday informed that over 42,640 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 2.99 crore. It is the lowest single-day surge in cases in the past three months. The ministry also informed...

India unhappy with rules in Tokyo Olympics for athletes from COVID-hit nations

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is unhappy with the strict rules imposed by the Japanese government on athletes coming from severe COVID-19 affected countries for the Tokyo Games beginning in July. Additional measures for COVID-affected nations The organisers have announced additional measures to combat chances of infection from several countries including India, where...

Over 47 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered today; highest so far

Over 47 lakh COVID-19 vaccines were administered in India on Monday, according to Union health minister Harsh Vardhan. It is the highest number of jabs administered in a single day in India since the vaccination drive began in January. Notably, Monday also marks the first day when the revised vaccination guidelines, which make the Centre...

India received $64 billion in FDI last year; fifth-highest in the world

India received a foreign direct investment (FDI) inflow of $64 billion in 2020, making it the fifth-largest recipient in the world. It is a significant surge as compared to $51 billion received in 2019, according to the World Investment Report 2021 released on Monday by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). India was...

Available for questioning on video call, Twitter MD tells UP Police

Social media giant Twitter has informed the Uttar Pradesh Police that its managing director for India Manish Maheshwari is available for questioning on video call. Last week, the police had issued notice to Maheshwari and summoned him to a police station at Loni Border for recording his statement in connection with an FIR linked to...

UP Police books journalist, two others for social media post against VHP leader Champat Rai

The Uttar Pradesh Police have booked journalist Vineet Narain and two others—Alka Lahoti and Rajneesh—for leveling allegations against Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader and general secretary of Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, Champat Rai. Narain in his Facebook post alleged that Champat Rai was involved in a land grab case. The trio has been booked based...

LeT commander among 3 killed in encounter in J&K

Mudasir Pandit was said to be involved in recent attack that killed 2 policemen and 2 civilians in Sopore Sopore: Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Mudasir Pandit and two other terrorists were gunned down in an encounter with security forces which started on Sunday evening. The encounter took place in Tantraypora Brath village of Sopore in north...

53,256 COVID-19 cases, 1,422 deaths reported in India in a day

The health ministry on Monday informed that over 53,256 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 2.99 crore. It is the lowest single-day surge in cases in the past 88 days. The ministry also informed...