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India crosses Covid-19 vaccination landmark

India has recorded a significant achievement in its countrywide COVID19 vaccination drive which was rolled out from January 16. As on Day-52 of the vaccination drive (March 8), 20,19,723 vaccine doses were given. Out of them, 17,15

Covid-hurt Maharashtra focuses on healthcare

Maharashtra, among the worst Covid-affected states, has allocated Rs 7,500 crore for construction and upgradation of health institutions over four years, and provided Rs. 5,000 crore for quality health services in the municipal councils and nagar

“New guidelines suppress digital, social media, and OTT platforms”

The government’s recent notification to regulate digital media is an attempt to suppress all social media platforms including digital news platforms, Dr. Shama Mohamed, Congress Spokesperson, has said. Only digital news platfo

Covaxin Phase 3 clinical trial shows 81% efficacy

India’s first indigenously produced Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin, has shown an interim efficacy of 81% in Phase III trials for preventing the virus. Covaxin has been developed in India jointly by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) al

In Mumbai, 29 private hospitals join vaccination drive

In order to expand the vaccination drive, the centre has allowed 29 private hospitals in Mumbai not empanelled in central and state health schemes to be designated as Covid Vaccination Centres (CVC). After a virtual meeting with the

Spectrum auction concludes; response better than expected

India on Tuesday concluded the spectrum auction after a total of six rounds of bidding. The authorities described the response as better than expected, with total bids valued at Rs 77,814.80 crore. The quality of service and customer experience is

Social media guidelines: All you need to know about the change

Amidst growing concerns around lack of transparency, accountability and rights of users related to digital media, the government has framed ‘Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code’ after elaborate consultation with the public and sta

PLI scheme to boost IT hardware manufacturing

A production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme with a cost of Rs 7,350 crore over four years was approved by the union cabinet Wednesday, aiming to boost domestic manufacturing and attract global investment in IT hardware like laptops, tablets, PCs an

Govt could’ve done more to support film industry: Ramesh Sippy

Lamenting the fact that the government has not done enough to uplift cinema halls badly affected by pandemic-induced lockdown and get back audiences to theatres, legendary filmmaker Ramesh Sippy has said that the film industry needs a revival pack

As Covid cases rise, stringent restrictions are back in Mumbai

With the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases over the past few days in several districts of Maharashtra as well as in the city of Mumbai, stringent measures are making a comeback. BMC municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal on T

PM suggests special visa for doctors, nurses; regional air ambulance agreement

The spirit of collaboration among nations in meeting the challenge of Covid-19 has been a valuable take-away from the pandemic, prime minister Narendra Modi said Thursday, as he suggested creating a special visa scheme for doctors and nurses, so t

Maharashtra scaling up measures to help startups

In 2018 to preserve and build a cost-efficient supply chain for agro-produce and to empower rural women and farmers, the Maharashtra government entered into a pilot project with S4S Technologies Pvt Ltd. The project involved providing solar co

Nefarious design behind farmers’ agitation: Shazia Ilmi

BJP National spokesperson Shazia Ilmi has come down heavily on critics of prime minister Narendra Modi and said that a false narrative is being set to discredit the government, belittling the PM and claiming that democratic institutions are in gra

“Homoeopathy permitted as add-on to standard care in COVID-19”

The supreme court has upheld the advisory of the AYUSH ministry in its judgement of December 1, 2020 and permitted use of homoeopathy medicine as add on to standard care in COVID-19 treatment, minister Kiren Rijiju clarified in the Lok Sabha on Fr

Farmer agitation ‘pavitra’, but hijacked by Andolanjeevis: Modi

Prime minister Narendra Modi has described the farmer protest as genuine (“pavitra”), while blaming other activists – “Andolanjeevis” – for hijacking it and giving it a violent turn. “I cons

Effective Covid-19 response is success of whole nation: PM

India’s effective handling of the Covid-19 pandemic is not the success of an individual or a party but is the success of the nation and should be celebrated as such, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Monday, while replying in parliament t

Media under fear psychosis: Kumar Ketkar

The media is working under immense fear and compelled to align with the government failing which it is threatened by agencies like the enforcement directorate and income tax department, says Kumar Ketkar, veteran journalist and Rajya Sabha MP from

Budget will further enhance investment ecosystem: DPIIT secy

The Union Budget 2021 is aimed at restoring growth in the aftermath of heavy economic losses suffered by the country due to Covid-19 pandemic by enhancing the investment ecosystem in the country, secretary (DPIIT) Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra said on

Mumbai budget up by 16.74%, focus on health, infra, amenities

With Covid-19 putting huge strains on the city’s health care system, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), one of the richest civic bodies in Asia, has allocated a major chunk of its expenditure towards health, infrastructure a

“Mumbai will have to reinvent, re-assist itself against future emergencies”

Mumbai needs to convert its need-based policy to land-based policy and plan properly to handle crisis situations in future, believes Ashwini Bhide, additional municipal commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), who was part of

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