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Russian COVID-19 vaccine ‘Sputnik V’ approved by Indian regulator for emergency use

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has given its nod to Russia’s Sputnik V—a two-dose vaccine with 91.6 per cent efficacy against COVID-19—for emergency use. The development comes after the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) on Monday recommended the use of Sputnik V in India. Following the...

Russia’s Sputnik V likely to be the third COVID-19 vaccine for India

In a major development, the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) on Monday recommended the use of Russia’s vaccine against COVID-19—Sputnik V—in India. The final approval for the vaccine will have to be granted by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). If approved by DCGI, Sputnik V will...

India’s Stelis Biopharma to produce 200 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, and Stelis Biopharma have partnered to produce and supply a minimum of 200 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus sufficient to vaccinate 100 million people. The agreement between RDIF and Stelis Biopharma was reached under the aegis of Enso Healthcare LLP...

Woman goes viral on internet after marrying her 21-year-old stepson before delivery

In a bizarre incident, a weight-loss influencer in Russia has gone viral on the internet after she announced the birth of her first child with her stepson. Notably, the woman, Marina Balmasheva, 35, has left her husband to marry her 21-year-old stepson, Vladimir ‘Vova’ Shavyrin. The two got married before welcoming their baby into the...

Russia claims success in developing COVID-19 vaccine

In a breakthrough that might help mankind in overcoming the dangers posed by the coronavirus pandemic, Russia has claimed that it has developed a COVID-19 vaccine. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the development on Tuesday. It paves the way for the mass immunisation of the Russian population. However, the final stage of clinical trials to...

Global COVID-19 case count crosses 11 million-mark, death toll rises to 5.24 lakh

The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has surpassed the 11 million mark, while the deaths have soared to more than 524,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. On Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 11,047,217, while the fatalities rose to 524,614, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed...

Defence ministry approves acquisition of 33 new fighter jets for IAF from Russia

The Defence Ministry on Thursday approved a proposal to acquire 33 new fighter aircraft including 12 Su-30MKIs and 21 MiG-29s along with upgradation of 59 MiG-29s at a cost of Rs 18,148 crore. “Addressing the long-felt need of the Indian Air Force to increase its fighter squadrons, the DAC also approved the proposal for procurement...

India, China does not need outside help: Russia

India and China do not need outside help in resolving long-standing issues between the two countries, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday at a virtual meeting of RIC (Russia-India-China) foreign ministers. Lavrov’s remark comes amid tension between India and China over clashes in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan region last week that left 20 Indian soldiers...

Amid face-off with China, Air Force plans to buy 33 fighter jets from Russia

Amid the Galwan Valley standoff with China, the Indian Air Force is planning an ambitious expansion of the force. The IAF has placed a proposal before the Defence Ministry and is seeking a go-ahead to purchase 33 fighter aircraft from Russia. These will include 12 Sukhoi 30 MKI and 21 Mig-19 fighter jets. The deal...

Indian astronauts resume training in Russia for Gaganyaan mission

The four astronauts shortlisted for Gaganyaan, India’s first manned space mission, have resumed their training in Russia, after it was put on hold due to COVID-19 scare. Russian space corporation, Roscosmos in a statement said, “Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) on May 12 resumed training of the Indian cosmonauts under the contract...

Russian president Putin’s spokesman tests positive for Covid19

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman on Tuesday said he was hospitalized with the coronavirus. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by international new agencies as saying, “Yes, I’ve gotten sick. I’m being treated.” Peskov, 52, has been Putin’s spokesman since 2008. Reporters from the Kremlin pool said on Twitter that Peskov was...

Trump hails ‘big oil deal’ as OPEC-plus oil producers decide massive output cuts

United States President Donald Trump on Sunday hailed the “big oil deal” with OPEC plus saying it will save “hundreds of thousands of energy jobs” in the country. Trump’s comments came after top oil-producing countries on Sunday agreed to record output cuts in order to boost plummeting oil prices in the wake of the global...