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Amid COVID-19 pandemic, Kerala facing Nipah threat

At a time when the COVID-19 virus is wreaking havoc in Kerala, another virus Nipah has raised concerns for the state as well as the Centre. Notably, a 12-year-old boy reportedly died due to the Nipah virus in the southern state’s Kozhikode district, which has been confirmed after the boy’s samples were sent to Pune’s...

India’s GST collection declines below Rs 1 lakh crore in June

India’s goods and services tax (GST) collection declined below the Rs 1 lakh crore-mark for the first time in June after posting tax collections over this benchmark for eight months in a row. However, GST collection for the month was 2 per cent higher compared to last year. The Ministry of Finance said that the...

SC asks states to implement ‘One Nation, One Ration’ scheme for migrants by July 31

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that all states will have to implement the ‘One Nation, One Ration’ scheme for migrant workers by July-end. The court also directed the state government to run community kitchens to feed the migrants till the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. A division bench of the top court has also...

Steel plants supplied 3,131 MT of liquid medical oxygen to states, claims Centre

At a time when the country is battling a shortage of medical oxygen due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, steel plants in public and private sector supplied 3,131.84 metric tonnes (MT) of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to various states on Sunday. They had supplied 2894 MT on the previous day. A week earlier, on...

States, UTs to conduct dry runs on Jan 2 ahead of COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Before the actual rollout of the vaccine anytime soon, the Centre has directed all states and Union Territories to carry out a dry run for COVID-19 vaccination on January 2. The dry run will be conducted to test the planning and implementation of the vaccination process by the authorities. The test run will be conducted...

PM Modi seeks coordination from state govts to combat COVID-19 pandemic

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India is in a much better position than various other countries in terms of recovery and fatality rates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. PM Modi, however, pointed out that some states have registered a surge in COVID-19 cases. PM Modi said this while addressing a virtual conference with...

PM Modi at G20 summit says new global index required for post-COVID world

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that a new global index is required for the post-COVID world, which should be based on talent, technology, transparency and trusteeship towards the Earth. PM Modi was addressing the G20 summit, which is being held virtually by Saudi Arabia due to the coronavirus pandemic. PM Modi said COVID-19 pandemic...

Nirmala Sitharaman announces job creation scheme, tax sops for home buyers

In a bid to boost economic growth that has been hit hard due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced a new job creation scheme—Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana. Sitharaman also announced tax sops for home buyers. The announcements were made under the Atmanirbhar 3.0 stimulus measures. Addressing a press conference...

Hope for a vaccine against COVID-19 by year-end: WHO

At a time when the coronavirus pandemic has engulfed the entire world with thousands of people dying every day, a vaccine seems to be the only hope. However, there is still no clarity on when a safe vaccine will be available, with various vaccine manufacturers working on different deadlines. In such a situation, a ray...

Ahmedabad: Shops to down shutters by 10 pm in 27 areas

Gujarat’s additional chief secretary Rajeev Kumar Gupta has announced that shops and commercial establishments in 27 areas of Ahmedabad will have to down shutters by 10 pm. According to the announcement, only medical stores will be allowed to operate beyond the 10 pm guideline. Notably, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has repeatedly appealed to people,...

‘Question Hour’ Cancellation: Opposition says govt stiffling dissent

The decision to cancel ‘Question Hour’ in the monsoon session of the Parliament scheduled from September 14 has not gone down well with the Opposition. Several Opposition leaders have termed the cancellation of the ‘Question Hour’ as an attempt to stiffle dissent. Several Opposition leaders have slammed the BJP for the same after notification in...

US doing better than India, China in fighting COVID-19: Trump

US President Donald Trump has said that India is having a “tremendous problem” in combating COVID-19 pandemic. Donald Trump said compared to bigger countries like India and China, the US is doing “very well”. He said China is also registering a “massive flare-up” in coronavirus infections. “I think we’re doing very well. I think that...