Tag: COVID-19

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

RIL’s March quarter net profit more than doubles

NEW DELHI: Billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd on Friday reported more than doubling of its March quarter net profit as consumer businesses of retail and telecom as well as petrochemicals saw sequential recovery on improved spreads offsetting continued weakness in refining business. Consolidated net profit of Rs 13,227 crore in January-March compared with Rs […]

Modi reviews Covid-19 situation with Empowered Groups,Insurance scheme for frontline health workers extended for six months

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi chaired a meeting to review the functioning of different empowered groups through video conference. The Empowered Group on Economic and Welfare measures made a presentation to PM on steps taken such as extension of PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana. It was discussed that portability enabled due to One […]

Indian Chamber requests Sitharaman for relief measures for trade, industry

NEW DELHI: The Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Friday appealed to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for relief measures for the trade and industry to revive their businesses during the second wave of the COVID-19. The local chapter of the Chamber, while making this appeal, said the Finance Act 2017 ruled that no […]

Modi government permits import of oxygen concentrators via courier for personal use

NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi government on Friday permitted import of oxygen concentrators for personal use, through post, courier or e-commerce portals under gift category, amid surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. The exemption for oxygen concentrators is allowed only for a period till July 31, 2021, for personal use, according to a notification of […]

Treat available oxygen as critical commodity,Modi government tells states

NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi government (Centre) on Friday said it has asked the states to treat the available oxygen as a critical commodity and undertake an oxygen-consumption audit at all hospitals, including private ones, amid a shortage of the life-saving gas in several parts of the country. Addressing a press conference, Joint Secretary in […]

Contributions pour in from domestic, foreign firms in fight against Covid-19

NEW DELHI: Contributions from homegrown and international firms, including Dream Sports, Uber and Capgemini, continue to pour in to support India’s fight against COVID-19 amid the deadly second wave of the pandemic in the country. Dream Sports – which operates e-sports platform Dream11 – has donated Rs 15 crore to GiveIndia and ACT Grants for […]

Chinese President Xi Jinping writes to Narendra Modi, offers help to fight Covid-19 surge

NEW DELHI: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday sent a message of condolences to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the coronavirus pandemic in India and offered to provide support and help to deal with the current surge of COVID-19 cases in the country. President Xi sent a message of condolences to Prime Minister Modi over […]

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