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In Kolkata, Covid-19 vaccination brings a passport to normal life for some

Twenty-four-year old Nivedita Gope from Tripura had joined Emami group’s AMRI Hospitals as part of the nursing staff in November 2019, just months ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic hit India. Since then, she has not been home. The shot today would be a passport of sorts to reunite with her family …

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Gujarat kicks off coronavirus vaccine drive amid CoWIN app glitches

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and deputy chief minister Nitin Patel flagged off the first phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive amid technical glitches at certain places on Saturday. Launched at par with the nation-wide kick off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat saw inoculation drive begin at 161 centres with nearly …

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A Red Letter Day for health care brave hearts: How they shed their fear

Suman Kumari, a nursing officer at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi, returned home early from an out-of-state visit when she learnt vaccination was starting. Having been in close contact with Covid-19 patients for the past year, she was eagerly awaiting a text message from the government telling her she’s eligible for …

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India vaccinates over 190,000 on first day of rollout; Co-Win causes delays

India gave coronavirus vaccine to more than 190,000 health workers across the country on the first day of the vaccination drive, which went off fairly smoothly – barring software glitches that delayed the exercise at many centres, a few minor adverse events following immunisation, and some doctors refusing to take the Covaxin shot. …

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National capital’s Covid-19 vaccination drive starts with a bang

Marigold strings, rose petals, beautiful rangolis, and red carpets – Delhi started the first round of Covid vaccinations with a bang. Everyone, from Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, graced hospitals with their presence as the first round of recipients lined up to get the jab. The …

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First phase of Covid vaccination drive off to a smooth start in Bengaluru

The Victoria hospital at the Bangalore Medical College was the centre of action in the tech city as the vaccination drive kicked off in the state on Saturday. After the rush hour at 11.30 am when Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa along with Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar among …

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HDFC Bank’s Q3 net profit surges 18% on growth in net interest income

India’s largest private sector lender HDFC Bank has recorded an 18 per cent rise in net profit at Rs 8,758.3 crore in the December quarter of the current fiscal year (Q3FY21), driven by robust growth in net interest income and other income. In the corresponding quarter last financial year, it had earned a …

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RML Hospital’s resident doctors association apprehensive about Covaxin

The Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital’s (RMLH’s) Resident Doctor Association (RDA) has officially sent a letter to the hospital administration, saying doctors of the hospital are apprehensive about Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, which is the only vaccine being used at the vaccination centre. “As of now, we can only take Covaxin, otherwise no …

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21% startups and MSMEs benefited from govt Schemes in 2020: Survey

With economic recovery starting in September 2020 and the uncertainty of new coronavirus strains, the startups and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are seeing growth for their business and the necessary funds as the top challenge. According to a survey by community platform LocalCircles, about 28 per cent small firms …

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