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India set to create vaccination record to commemorate PM Modi’s birthday

India administered over one crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines in a day by 1.30 pm on Friday and is on track to break all past vaccination records. The development comes as the Centre is desperate to set a new vaccination record on Friday to commemorate the 71st birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. By 2...

GST collections cross Rs 1 lakh crore for second straight month

The GST collection in August 2021 was Rs 1.12 lakh crore New Delhi: In an indication that the economy might be shedding some of its sluggishness, the collection of Goods and Services Tax remained high in August as well. The government collected Rs 1.12 lakh crore in August, said the Finance Ministry. This is just...

Centre raises concern over crowding, COVID inappropriate behaviour at tourist hotspots

At a time when the threat of a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic looms large, the overcrowding at tourist hotspots across the country with the easing of lockdowns has raised the concerns of the Union government. Notably, visuals from several tourist places have gone viral on social media where the crowd can be seen...

Pubs in UK to stay open till 11.15 pm if Euro final goes to penalties

UK government announces relaxations in Covid restrictions to let people ‘come together to enjoy’ the finals of Euro 2020 London: Such is the extent of the Euro 2020 fever that has gripped the United Kingdom that the government is willing to tweak the current Covid restrictions should the finals extend to extra time and penalties...

Amid rising Delta cases, Merkel pushes for ban on travellers from UK to EU

German Chancellor Merkel wants UK to be designated as ‘country of concern’; it has been witnessing in rise of Covid-19 cases with the highly transmissible Delta variant Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been pushing for a ban on travellers from the United Kingdom to countries of the European Union irrespective of their vaccination status....

Centre says can’t provide Rs 4 lakh compensation for COVID deaths

Responding to a public interest litigation seeking compensation for the families of those dying due to COVID-19, the Union government has told the Supreme Court that Rs 4 lakh compensation cannot be provided for COVID deaths as it would put an unbearable financial burden on states. The Centre has said that state governments are already...

Gujarat govt will take a call on Rath Yatra depending on COVID-19 situation

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has said that the state government will take a call on the Jagannath Temple Rath Yatra as per the COVID-19 situation prevailing at that point in time. The chariot procession is scheduled to take place on July 12. Notably, last year too, the Rath Yatra had to be cancelled owing...

India’s unemployment rate rises, 1.5 crore jobs lost in May

Economy shrinks further amid second wave of Covid-19; unemployment rate goes from 7.7% in April to 11.9% in May 2021, as per CMIE data #New Delhi If the unemployment scenario in India was bad last year, it has become worse this time. According to a survey conducted by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE),...

1,207 new COVID cases in Gujarat, 17 fatalities in 24 hrs

Gujarat recorded 1,207 COVID cases in the last 24 hours, the fifth consecutive day of recording less than 2,000 cases. Gujarat has recorded less than 10,000 cases consecutively for over 22 days now. In all, 3,018 patients were discharged during the same period. Seventeen deaths due to the disease were recorded in the last 24...

Uttar Pradesh: Video of COVID patient’s body being dumped in river goes viral

Days after the bodies of COVID patients were seen floating in Ganga, Uttar Pradesh is once again in news after a video showing a COVID patient’s body being dumped in a river went viral. In the video, a man wearing a PPE suit is seen throwing a body into the Rapti river from a bridge...

Bharuch man successfully beats COVID despite 100% lung infection

Had an oxygen concentration of 60 but yet did not need a ventilator While tales of even young people succumbing to COVID are doing the rounds, a patient in Bharuch who had 100% infection in the lungs and an oxygen concentration of 60 managed to successfully beat COVID. Doctors who treated him said the determination...

Pfizer seeking indemnity, fast track approval for its COVID-19 jab in India

At a time when India is facing an acute shortage of vaccines amid the second wave of the pandemic, foreign vaccine makers are utilising the opportunity to make inroads in the Indian market while seeking significant regulatory relaxations, including indemnification. If the relaxation is provided, these companies will get protection from compensation claims in case...