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Madhya Pradesh: Govt imposes weekend lockdown in urban areas to control pandemic

In a bid to control the spread of COVID-19, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh has decided to impose a lockdown in urban areas of the state. The lockdown will be implemented from 6 pm on Friday to 6 am on Monday. Notably, COVID-19 cases and deaths have increased significantly in Madhya Pradesh...

PM Modi takes second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday took the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. PM Modi also urged people eligible to get vaccinated against the deadly virus. He took to Twitter to reveal about his vaccination. PM Modi said, “Got my second dose of the...

India’s daily surge in COVID-19 cases touches all-time high of 1.26 lakh

The health ministry on Thursday informed that over 1.26 lakh 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 1.29 crore. It is the highest single-day surge in COVID-19 cases in India since the pandemic began in...

BREAKING: SEBI penalizes Mukesh/Anil Ambani family with Rs25 cr fine for RIL shareholding irregularities

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has penalized the Ambani brothers – Anil and Mukesh Ambani, their spouses, and some other individuals Rs25 crore, Live Law reported on Wednesday. The Ambani family and others were penalized for irregularities relating to the issue of 12 crore equity shares in January 2000 by Reliance Industries Ltd...

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan lambasts Maharashtra govt for trying to create panic

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan has come down heavily on states such as Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Delhi that have been repeatedly demanding that the Centre should expand the immunization drive and include people below the age of 45. The Maharashtra government also attracted the ire of Harsh Vardhan after its health minister Rajesh Tope claimed...

Congress-ruled states ask PM to adopt uniform SOPs to combat COVID-19 pandemic across India

The Congress-ruled states have supported the demand of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for uniform standard operating procedures (SOPs) for control of COVID-19 in India. The Congress-ruled states have also welcomed the suggestion made by the Chief Minister for introducing vaccination for all the people above the age of 18 years. It is learnt that...

Rajasthan: Cabinet approves age relaxation to job aspirants belonging to EWS category

In a bid to please the economically weaker section (EWS), the Rajasthan government on Wednesday decided to provide age relaxation to government job aspirants belonging to the category. The EWS will be treated at par with other reserved categories as far as the maximum age is concerned. This decision was taken at a meeting of...

Delhi HC rules any vehicle is a “public place”, says masks mandatory even if driving alone

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday ruled that any vehicle is a public place where COVID-19 rules apply and even if a person is driving alone in a car, a mask is compulsory. The verdict came in response to petitions challenging the imposition of fines for not wearing a mask while driving alone. The high...

Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh face vaccine shortage; urge Centre to release additional doses

One of the worst-affected states Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh are facing a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines and might run out of the jabs this week if fresh supplies are not sent by the Union government. Both the state governments requested the Centre on Wednesday to send additional doses of the vaccine. The Maharashtra government has...

Chhattisgarh: Maoists claim missing CoBRA commando in its captivity

The CoBRA commando who went missing after the April 3 ambush in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region is in the captivity of CPI (Maoist), the banned outfit has claimed. Notably, 22 security personnel were killed and one went missing in the incident, whereas the banned outfit claimed that four of its cadres died during the fierce gun...

Over 1.15 lakh COVID-19 cases, 630 deaths reported in a day in India

The health ministry on Wednesday informed that over 1.15 lakh 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 1.28 crore. It is the highest single-day surge in COVID-19 cases in India since the pandemic began in...

IMF upgrades India’s projected growth in 2021 to 12.5%—highest in the world

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest World Economic Outlook forecast on Tuesday has predicted that the Indian economy is likely to grow at 12.5 in 2021 and 6.9 per cent in 2022. The report has estimated a decline in the country’s GDP by 8 per cent in 2020. Notably, the IMF has revised...