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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...

With highest single-day spike of over 26,500 cases, India’s COVID-19 tally nearing 8 lakh

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that 26,506 fresh cases of novel coronavirus have been reported in the country during the past 24 hours ending Friday morning. It is the highest single-day spike in cases reported in India that has taken the total COVID-19 case count to 7,93,802. Also, 475 fresh deaths...

BJP’s narrow-mindedness has rendered the Opposition ‘meaningless’

Shankersinh Vaghela: India and Gujarat are still reeling under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown imposed by the government to contain the spread of the virus. The country witnessed never seen before circumstances amid the lockdown. It was a perfect opportunity for both the ruling and Opposition parties to understand the ground...

COVID-19 becoming a child rights crisis, need US$1.6 billion: UNICEF

The UN’s children agency has warned that an additional 6,000 children could die daily from preventable causes over the next six months as the COVID-19 pandemic weakens the health systems and disrupts routine services. As the coronavirus outbreak enters its fifth month, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) requested USD 1.6 billion to support its humanitarian...