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India gearing up poll machinery to give 600 mn Covid vaccine jabs: Report

India will deploy its vast election machinery to deliver 600 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the most vulnerable people in the next six to eight months through conventional cold chain systems, the expert leading the initiative said on Friday. The government has lined up cold storage facilities with temperatures between …

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US approves Pfizer vaccine; Trump says it will be free for all Americans

The US gave the final go-ahead Friday to the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine, marking what could be the beginning of the end of an outbreak that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans, according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorised to discuss it publicly. Shots for health workers and …

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Modi needs to resolve the farm agitation or it may hurt India’s recovery

Farmers’ protests are threatening to snowball into the biggest political crisis of Narendra Modi’s tenure. To give in to demands and scrap the laws would be an uncharacteristic admission of defeat for India’s strongman prime minister, who promised they would transform agriculture. But letting the unrest linger could cause chaos in …

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Coronavirus LIVE: India cases past 9.8 mn; more than 300,000 die in US

Coronavirus update: On Friday, India reported 29,039 fresh Covid-19 cases. Its case tally now stands at 9,826,031. The country’s death toll has mounted to 142,618. With 1,872,440 cases, Maharashtra has the highest number of coronavirus cases, followed by Karnataka 899,011, Andhra Pradesh 874,000, Tamil Nadu 796,475, and Kerala 658,683. Delhi recorded 2,385 fresh Covid-19 cases …

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IIP grows 3.6% in Oct, touches 8-month high on consumer goods, electricity

Signalling an economic upsurge, India’s industrial activity touched an eight-month high in October, posting growth for a second straight month, led by significant expansion in consumer goods, electricity, and infrastructure goods, the official data showed on Friday. The revival was aided by festival season demand and a low base of last year, which …

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Govt prepares road map, identifies 8 sectors to ease compliance burden

The government has prepared a five-phase road map to ease the regulatory and compliance burden faced by companies, and has identified at least eight sectors, including retail, hospitality, entertainment, cement, leather, and food processing, which have to comply with hundreds of legislative and regulatory requirements at present. In the first phase, …

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Strong possibility UK, EU would fail to make new trade deal: Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday there was “a strong possibility” Britain and the EU would fail to strike a new trade deal, but vowed to do whatever he could to avoid a tumultuous split in three weeks. The European Union and Britain are at loggerheads over fishing rights, …

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As deadlock over farm laws continues, farmers move SC for resolution

As the government directed Delhi Police to file cases against protesting farmers for violating Covid-19 norms, the farmers too upped the ante and filed a petition in the Supreme Court, seeking its intervention in ending the deadlock over the new farm laws. Two officials of Delhi Police on duty at the …

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Govt successfully prunes stake in IRCTC by 20% as OFS sails through

Retail investors lapped up all the shares in the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) offer for sale on Friday. A day earlier, the institutional investor portion of the OFS was subscribed 1.34 times. Through the OFS, the Centre has successfully divested 20 per cent stake in the railway ticketing …

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Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra reports 4,268 new cases; tally now 1,872,440

Coronavirus live updates: On Thursday, India reported 34,666 fresh Covid-19 cases. Its case tally now stands at 9,807,841. The country’s death toll has mounted to 142,340. With 1,872,440 cases, Maharashtra has the highest number of coronavirus cases, followed by Karnataka 897,801, Andhra Pradesh 873,995, Tamil Nadu 795,240, and Kerala 654,041. With 1,575 new cases, Delhi’s coronavirus …

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