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Japan appoints ‘minister of loneliness’ to counter surge in suicides

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, loneliness and isolation have become a major issue for a significant section of the Japanese population resulting in a surge in suicides. In a bid to tackle the same, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga appointed regional revitalization minister Tetsushi Sakamoto as a part-time minister of loneliness. Notably, the development comes within...

Gujarat: Campaign for municipal corporation elections to end today

The campaign for the elections in six municipal corporations of Gujarat will come to an end on Friday at 6 pm. All political parties that have fielded their candidates in the civic body polls in Gujarat are trying their best to woo the voters during the fag end of their campaign trail. The elections for...

South Africa asks SII to take back 1M COVID-19 vaccines

With the vaccine jointly developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford providing minimal protection against the mutant variant of COVID-19 dominant in South Africa, the country has asked the Serum Institute of India (SII) to take back one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine supplied by it. Earlier this week, South Africa also said...

Gujarat: Classroom teaching for classes 6 to 8 to resume from Feb 18

Classroom teaching for classes 6 to 8 will resume in schools in Gujarat from Thursday. The resumption of regular classroom teaching will be done with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols issued by the Centre and the state governments. Notably, attendance for students will not be compulsory and online classes will continue. According to education secretary...

4 people in India found infected with South African variant of COVID-19

In what could be a cause of concern for the Centre and the state governments, more cases of people being infected with the mutated variants of COVID-19 are being reported in India. According to the Union health ministry, four cases of the South African variant of coronavirus have been reported in India so far. The...

Gujarat govt announces relaxation in night curfew as COVID-19 cases decline

The night curfew imposed by the Gujarat government in four cities of the state to contain the spread of COVID-19 has been extended till February 28. The decision in this regard was taken during the meeting of a core committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel. While the night curfew has been extended, the...

Centre, IMA’s data differ on death of doctors due to COVID-19

At a time when several state governments are facing criticism over alleged data manipulation related to COVID-19 infections and deaths, a major difference in the data between the Centre and Indian Medical Association (IMA) over deaths of doctors due to the deadly viral infection has come to the fore. While the Union government in Rajya...

AMC spent over Rs 100 crore for COVID-19 antigen test

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has spent around Rs 141 crore to render free testing services for COVID-19 across the city, according to information made available under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Notably, an RTI activist Ankur Sagar had sought information from the AMC authorities regarding the antigen COVID-19 test for the period between...

India saddened by insult to tricolour on Republic Day: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that India is saddened by the insult to tricolour on Republic Day, referring to the violence that erupted in the national capital during farmers’ tractor rally and the subsequent events that unfolded at Red Fort. PM Modi said this while addressing the nation through his Mann Ki Baat...

India’s GDP to grow at 11% in 2021-22: Economic Survey

India’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow at 11 per cent in 2021-22, according to the Economic Survey 2020-21 tabled by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday. Although the Economic Survey predicts a “V-shaped” recovery, it also clarified that the country will take at least two more years to reach the 2019...

Income tax officer infected with COVID-19 commits suicide ahead of jail term

An income tax officer, who tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to the Rajasthan University of Health Services (RUHS) hospital, committed suicide by hanging himself to death. His body was found by the security guard in a ward on the sixth floor of the hospital early morning on Monday. Vinay Kumar Mangla, 45, was...

Gujarat: COVID-19 tally crosses 2.59 lakh, death toll touches 4,376

Gujarat has reported 410 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours ending 5 pm on Sunday. The addition of the fresh cases has taken Gujarat’s total tally to 2,59,097. 4,376 COVID-19 related deaths in Gujarat One death was reported in the state in the past 24 hours. The fresh fatality has taken Gujarat’s...