West Bengal Guv dubs attack on Nadda’s convoy a slur on democratic fabric

A day after the alleged Trinamool Congress-backed attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president JP Nadda’s convoy in Diamond Harbour, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday sent a detailed report to the Centre about Thursday’s incident. Sources said that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has received the report and sought …

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India’s first mRNA vaccine for Covid-19 heads for human trials

India’s first indigenous mRNA vaccine candidate has received approval from the Drug Controller General of India to initiate Phase I/II human clinical trial, the Ministry of Earth Sciences said on Friday. The novel mRNA vaccine candidate, HGCO19 has been developed by Gennova, a company based in Pune and supported with seed …

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Circulating newspaper PDFs illegal via social media, hurts journalism: INS

Circulation of newspaper PDFs by third party applications and social media groups is illegal, said Indian Newspaper Society (INS). According to the industry body of newspaper media outlets in the country, the practice that has gained steam since the lockdown in early-2020, is in total violation of intellectual property rights and apart from …

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Weak climate resilience leaves 75% Indian districts prone to extreme events

While 2020 will be remembered as one of the darkest years of the 21st century owing to an uncontrolled virus-borne pandemic, extreme climatic events have made their presence felt as well. Severe floods, repeated cyclones, and extreme droughts dominated the year, hinting at major climatic shifts in and around the Indian subcontinent. …

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Sanofi-GSK delay Covid-19 vaccine to late 2021 in setback to global fight

Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline said clinical trials of their COVID-19 vaccine showed an insufficient immune response in older people, delaying its launch to late next year and marking a setback in the global fight against the pandemic. The announcement on Friday, which highlighted the challenges of developing shots at record speed, hinders …

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Rising inflation, crude oil are a new worry for financial markets: Analysts

Steadily rising inflation and the recent spurt in crude oil prices are a new worry for India’s fiscal health and financial markets, say analysts. Although at current levels, international oil prices are unlikely to pose a major challenge to India’s macro stability, the country would have to manage the inflation / fiscal deficit …

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L&T trades higher for seventh straight day; stock hits over 9-month high

Shares of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) were trading higher for the seventh straight session on Friday, up 2 per cent at Rs 1,217 on the BSE, amid expectation that awarding momentum may pick up going forward. Stock of the construction & engineering major was trading at its highest level since February …

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