Thursday, 6 October, 2022

Topic: COVID-19

‘Xi re-election bid, less effective vaccines’: Why China’s sticking to draconian zero-Covid policy

Strict restrictions have affected China’s economic growth & compelled officials to use all resources to contain outbreaks. Bureaucrats are unwilling to take chances, say experts.

China’s Golden Week holiday looks ‘gloomy’ amid growing Covid-19 concerns

Golden Week marks one of the longest stretches of public holidays in China when travel and spending traditionally peak. However, analysts foresee travel hitting lowest in years this time.

You can holiday in Bhutan again, but there’s a development fee of Rs 1,200/day

This 'sustainable development fee' being levied by Bhutan is meant to 'mitigate negative impact of tourism on cultural landscape and natural environment' of country.

Active Covid-19 cases nearing 48000, data shows

The Union Health Ministry data on Sunday showed that India's total tally of COVID-19 cases has risen to 4,45,34,188, with 47,922 active cases.

Drug authority clears use of India’s first nasal Covid-19 vaccine made by Bharat Biotech

The Covaxin maker’s nasal shot will be used in emergency situations for the 18+ age group, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted.

Delhi farmer who flew workers home during 2020 migrant crisis, found hanging in Shiv temple

The deceased has been identified as Pappan Singh of Tigipur village. The 55-year-old farmer got popular after he paid employees' flight tickets from Delhi to Patna during the Covid lockdown.

‘Out of options’ — new NMC rules add to confusion for medical students back from Ukraine, China

National Medical Commission Thursday issued a circular with rules on how foreign medical students forced to return from Ukraine & China can continue their education.

Ensure passengers wear face masks properly, DGCA tells airlines amid rise in Covid cases

The aviation regulator Wednesday had again asked all Indian carriers to strictly enforce Covid protocol and take strict action against fliers who refuse to comply.

Sonia Gandhi tests positive for Covid, second time in two months

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said that Sonia Gandhi will remain in isolation as per government protocol. She had earlier tested positive in June this year.

11% of 69 crore eligible people have taken Covid precaution dose, says govt, blames waning fear

Slight rise in precaution dose coverage after vaccines were made free but govt officials cite ‘Covid surge in many countries’ to emphasise need to increase uptake.

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The BMW i4 eDrive40. Photo Credit: BMW

Ukraine crisis gave auto sector a crude shock. See how India is responding

The PLI scheme as well as other sops for manufacturing, show that despite some public missteps, government is trying to coax manufacturing into India.

Indian refiners scout for oil deals ahead of EU ban on Russian crude imports

European Union ban on Russian crude imports from 5 Dec will drive European refiners to buy more Middle East oil, putting them in competition with Asian buyers.


File photo of a BrahMos firing by a Su-30 MKI | Credit: IAF

IAF to increase Sukhois armed with BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with over 500km-range

The IAF currently has 40 SU-30 MKI with BrahMos, the only supersonic cruise missile in the world.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.