Banni festivities continue despite ban; several injured

The ritual was banned owing to the pandemic.   More than 40 persons were injured during a ritual attached to the Banni Utsavam on Vijaya Dasami midnight at Devaragattu village in the Adoni Mandal of Kurnool district and seven people sustained serious injuries. Thousands of devotees converged on the Mala Malleshwara Swamy Temple premises to … Read more Banni festivities continue despite ban; several injured

Cadila, one of India’s two Covid vaccine makers, is going in for a huge capacity boost

By Chris Kay Cadila Healthcare Ltd., one of two Indian drugmakers racing to develop an indigenous Covid-19 vaccine, is in talks with potential partners to ramp up production capacity if its candidate passes human clinical trials. The Ahmedabad-based firm is looking to hire contract manufacturers for an additional 50 million to 70 million doses of … Read more Cadila, one of India’s two Covid vaccine makers, is going in for a huge capacity boost

Hanuma Vihari says there will be enough time to adapt to take on Australia

Hanuma Vihari says that there will be enough time to adapt and get back into the desired mode, as the team will play a couple of practice games too, to take on Australia in the forthcoming tour down under. “Personally it is all about mindset. I just want to be mentally and physically fresh in … Read more Hanuma Vihari says there will be enough time to adapt to take on Australia

India sends aid to four African countries to deal with COVID-19 crisis

New Delhi: The Indian government is sending food aid to four central African countries of Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrea. The 270 MT aid is to help these countries deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and also natural calamities.  The Ministry of External Affairs release said, “Strong bonds of friendship and brotherly relations between India … Read more India sends aid to four African countries to deal with COVID-19 crisis

India vs Australia: Boxing Day Test likely to allow fans as virus outbreak quashed | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Fans are expected to be allowed into the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the blockbuster Boxing Day Test between India and Australia, officials said Monday in a major boost for the series. Australia’s second largest city has been under a coronavirus lockdown for months, and on Sunday a decision was made to bar spectators at … Read more India vs Australia: Boxing Day Test likely to allow fans as virus outbreak quashed | Cricket News – Times of India

Temples witness symbolics rituals for Vidyarambham against the backdrop of pandemic

Most children enter the world of letters at home. Against the backdrop of the spurt in COVID-19 cases, Vidyarambham functions were reduced to symbolic rituals in various temples in Thrissur on Monday. Most of the children entered the world of letters in simple functions at their homes. In a symbolic ceremony at Thiruvullakkavu Sree Dharma … Read more Temples witness symbolics rituals for Vidyarambham against the backdrop of pandemic

Covid-19: Trump aide says ‘we’re not going to control the pandemic’ – Times of India

Donald Trump’s chief of staff said Sunday that “we’re not going to control the pandemic,” drawing a rebuke from the Biden campaign that “they are admitting defeat.” Chief of staff Mark Meadows was speaking amid a sharp resurgence of the coronavirus across the US, with case numbers setting daily records and the death toll fast … Read more Covid-19: Trump aide says ‘we’re not going to control the pandemic’ – Times of India

Coronavirus | Include disabilities in comorbidity survey, activists urge Kolkata Municipality Corporation

“We are dismayed that although the KMC survey includes columns on religion, caste etc, there is no column on disability in the survey form,” activists write in letter to KMC   In the last week of September, Bahni Bhattacharyya Mondal and her 24-year-old daughter with autism tested positive for COVID-19. When no help came from … Read more Coronavirus | Include disabilities in comorbidity survey, activists urge Kolkata Municipality Corporation

Bihar Assembly Elections | Tejashwi Yadav says Nitish Kumar is tired, faces criticism from JD(U)-BJP

“He says I am tired, let him first answer where was he when coronavirus hit Bihar,” the Bihar CM hit back recently. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is tired and no longer able to manage Bihar, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said on Sunday, drawing sharp retorts from leaders of the ruling NDA. Mr. Yadav, 31, apparently … Read more Bihar Assembly Elections | Tejashwi Yadav says Nitish Kumar is tired, faces criticism from JD(U)-BJP

View: Covid-beaten India needs fiscal stimulus now — with its extent and form carefully worked out

The bigger part of the stimulus should be spent on infrastructure and, perhaps, on urban housing. Synopsis As long as Covid-19-induced regulation or personal hesitation prevented workers from coming to work, an expansion of demand would not have translated into additional output. By Arvind PanagariyaAs the economy recovers from the massive shocks that Covid-19 administered … Read more View: Covid-beaten India needs fiscal stimulus now — with its extent and form carefully worked out