Healthcare NGO raises concerns over Covaxin

New Delhi: A day before India begins the world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination drive, a group of healthcare-focused NGOs has sought clarifications from the government on the approval given to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. Concerns have been raised on whether legal protection will be available under the law for those taking Covaxin, which is still undergoing clinical … Read more Healthcare NGO raises concerns over Covaxin

India’s friction with US rises over planned purchase of Russian S-400 defence systems

NEW DELHI: The United States has told India it is unlikely to get a waiver on its planned acquisition of Russian S-400 air defence systems, raising the risk of sanctions similar to those imposed on Turkey for buying that equipment, people aware of the matter said. The Trump administration has been telling the Indians to … Read more India’s friction with US rises over planned purchase of Russian S-400 defence systems

View: PMKVY 3.0 aims to connect local youth with local jobs

Sharrufuddin Ahmad was working as a labourer in a big city in Assam when the pandemic struck, forcing him to return to his native village in the state’s Darang district. Unable to find livelihood, he struggled to make ends meet. That was until he enrolled in a shortterm training programme in which he learnt to … Read more View: PMKVY 3.0 aims to connect local youth with local jobs

‘This is not a game’: Global Covid virus death toll hits 2 million

MEXICO CITY: The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million Friday, crossing the threshold amid a vaccine rollout so immense but so uneven that in some countries there is real hope of vanquishing the outbreak, while in other, less-developed parts of the world, it seems a far-off dream. The numbing figure was reached just … Read more ‘This is not a game’: Global Covid virus death toll hits 2 million

BJP aims to break Trinamool Congress to win West Bengal elections this year

Kolkata: Home minister Amit Shah met West Bengal party colleagues in New Delhi on Friday to chart out BJP’s strategy to corner the All India Trinamool Congress ahead of the summer assembly polls. According to people in know of the matter, the agenda of the meeting was “samiksha” (review) of the party’s campaigns launched in … Read more BJP aims to break Trinamool Congress to win West Bengal elections this year

We never compare our relationship with our friends: Gyawali on relations with India and China

New Delhi: Nepal’s Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali on Friday tried to maintain equidistant from India and China and claimed that Kathmandu has always maintained good relations with both its big neighbours and disallowed its soil from carrying out detrimental activities against any of its neighbours “We always maintained with our both neighbours. We never … Read more We never compare our relationship with our friends: Gyawali on relations with India and China

Medical experts back both Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech’s vaccines in India

MUMBAI: A group of medical professionals has endorsed the vaccines made by Serum Institute of India (AstraZeneca/Oxford) and Bharat Biotech in an attempt to address hesitancy among healthcare workers to get vaccinated. The endorsement letter from 49 medical experts, led by AIIMS’ former director TD Dogra, comes after reports emerged that some healthcare workers are … Read more Medical experts back both Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech’s vaccines in India

IRFC raises Rs 1,390 crore from 31 anchor investors ahead of IPO

MUMBAI: Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC) has raised Rs 1,390 crore from 31 anchor investors ahead of its proposed initial public offer (IPO). About 53.46 crore equity shares were allotted to anchor investors on Friday at an upper price band of Rs 26 per share. For the first time, the state owned company has made … Read more IRFC raises Rs 1,390 crore from 31 anchor investors ahead of IPO

Government nod to vehicle scrappage policy likely soon: Nitin Gadkari

NEW DELHI: The much-awaited policy to scrap 15-year old vehicles is likely to get government nod soon, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Friday. On July 26, 2019, the government proposed amendments to motor vehicle norms to allow scrapping of vehicles older than 15 years in a bid to spur adoption of electrical vehicles. “We … Read more Government nod to vehicle scrappage policy likely soon: Nitin Gadkari

India gold demand set to climb as buyers unleash pent-up demand

By Swansy Afonso, Haslinda Amin and Rishaad Salamat Gold demand in the world’s second-biggest user will rebound this year after collapsing in 2020 as the rollout of vaccines pushes life back closer to normal, according to the World Gold Council. Some of the weddings and festive buying that had been postponed because of the pandemic … Read more India gold demand set to climb as buyers unleash pent-up demand