Joe Biden administration backs Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver

WASHINGTON: The Joe Biden administration on Wednesday joined calls for more sharing of the technology behind COVID-19 vaccines to help speed the end of the pandemic, a shift that puts the U.S. alongside many in the developing world who want rich countries to do more to get doses to the needy. United States Trade Representative […]

Banks given liquidity facility of Rs 50,000 crore to improve access to emergency health services

NEW DELHI: The RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das has announced a series of measures to support the nation’s fight against the second wave of COVID-19 infections. “Alleviating any constraint from the financing side for all stakeholders – government, hospitals and dispensaries, pharmacies, vaccine/medicine manufacturers/importers, medical oxygen manufacturers/suppliers, private operators engaged in the critical healthcare supply chain, […]

India seeks investments from US companies in pharma, medical devices sector

NEW DELHI: India has reached out to top American pharma companies seeking investment in the country’s pharmaceutical and medical devices sector, which gains urgency in view of a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. India’s Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu has held virtual meetings with Alberta Bourla, the CEO of Pfizer, Thermo […]

Supreme Court strikes down West Bengal law on regulating real estate, holds it unconstitutional

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down West Bengal’s law on regulating the real estate sector in the state, and said it was unconstitutional as the statute encroached upon the Centre’s Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act,. A bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah said the West Bengal Housing […]

Narendra Modi government, Adar Poonawalla refute reports about no Covid-19 vaccine orders

NEW DELHI: Debunking news reports that India has not placed fresh orders for Covid vaccines with the Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat BioTech since March, the Union government on Monday said such reports are completely incorrect and are not based on facts. The media reports suggested that the last order placed with the […]

First consignment of non-basmati rice exports from Odisha flagged off to Vietnam

NEW DELHI: In a major boost to India’s rice exports potential especially from eastern region, a consignment has been officially flagged off today from the Paradip International Cargo Terminal (PICT), Odisha to Vietnam. This is the first time in the history of Paradip Port, non-basmati rice will be exported. Sarala foods group will ship 20 […]

Revisit current Covid-19 vaccine policy, it may create disparity: Supreme Court to Centre

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to revisit its COVID-19 vaccine pricing policy, saying it would prima facie result in a detriment to the right to public health. A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud said as of date, the manufacturers have suggested two different prices, a lower price which is […]

Discussions on with India for ‘expedited approval’ of Covid-19 vaccine: Pfizer

NEW DELHI: Global Pharma major Pfizer is discussing with the Indian government an expedited approval pathway to make Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine available for use in the country, the company’s Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla said on Monday. Earlier in April, Pfizer said that it had offered a not-for-profit price for its vaccine for the government immunisation […]

India receives 1st consignment of 1.5 lakh Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine doses from Russia

NEW DELHI: India on Saturday received the first consignment of 1.5 lakh doses of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine from Russia as the country embarked on the third phase of the vaccination drive against the infection. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) in a tweet said that the customs department cleared expeditiously the […]

Getting aggressive calls from powerful Indians: Adar Poonawalla on Covid-19 vaccine pressure

NEW DELHI: Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla on Saturday spoke out about the pressures he was under over the production of COVID-19 vaccines to meet the ever-increasing demand in India as the country battles through a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. In his first comments since he was provided with […]

India targets road construction worth Rs.15 lakh crore in next two years

NEW DELHI: India’s Road Transport & Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the Government is giving utmost priority to the development of infrastructure and has set a target of road construction of worth Rs.15 lakh crores in next two years. Gadkari was confident that the Ministry for Road Transport […]

Sanjay Kumar Mohanty takes over the charge of new Member of Railway Board

NEW DELHI: Sanjay Kumar Mohanty has taken over the charge of new Member (Operations & Business Development) Railway Board (Ministry of Railways) and Ex. Officio Secretary to the Government of India today i.e. 01/05/2021. He was General Manager, South Eastern Railway prior to his elevation to the post of Railway Board Member. Mohanty is an […]

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