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A dry run of the Covid vaccine drive takes place at TMC Rosa Gardenia Health Centre in Thane, Maharashtra on 8 January | ANI

Modi govt plugs gaps in Covid vaccination app, asks states to conduct daily review

Govt adds features of session scheduling, beneficiary allocation and allocation of additional beneficiaries at the session site in the CoWIN app.

India’s Covid caseload rises to 1,05,95,660, recovery rate at 96.7%

The death toll due to the disease increased to 1,52,718 in the country as 162 new fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours.
A homestay in India | PxHere

India’s new tourism model is small local rentals, homestays. 2021 budget needs to catch up

As vacation rentals trend in India, the tourism industry has immense potential to generate revenue and jobs. But it needs help from the government too.
A health worker administering a Covid-19 vaccine shot at a hospital in New Delhi. | Photo: Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Fewer than 50% healthcare workers get the Covaxin shot at 6 central hospitals in Delhi

Out of a target of 1,250, a total of 551 health workers administered Covaxin on 16 and 18 January, shows data. While 314 got the shot Saturday, the number fell to 237 Monday.
A health worker preparing to administer Covid vaccine at a hospital in New Delhi. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

52 adverse events after Covid vaccine reported in Delhi on first day of immunisation drive

One AIIMS health worker reported to be a severe AEFI case. He was hospitalised after receiving a Covaxin shot. However, Union ministry maintained there was no hospitalisation case.
Serum Institute of India's Covid-19 vaccine, Covishield, and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin.

SII & Bharat Biotech could see profits on low costs as India rolls out Covid vaccination

Analysts say supply to government amid low distribution, marketing and R&D costs could aid profits. Bharat Biotech vaccine is priced at Rs 206 per dose while SII’s is at Rs 200.
A dry run of the Covid vaccine drive takes place at TMC Rosa Gardenia Health Centre in Thane, Maharashtra on 8 January | ANI

UGC seeks support from universities, colleges to spread info on Covid vaccine rollout

The UGC has sought personal intervention of Vice Chancellors and principals to raise awareness amid a health ministry request.
Representational image of college students in India

Technical colleges likely to see two-three month delay in 2021-22 academic session

States like Maharashtra haven’t been able to finish their admission counselling for 2020-21 so far. As a result, AICTE expects a delay in the next session.
Shoppers in Lajpat Nagar on 1 November | Photo: Bismee Taskin | ThePrint

India’s medium-term growth to slow to around 6.5% after initial rebound, says Fitch

Fitch said a combination of supply-side scarring and demand-side constraints will keep the level of GDP well below its pre-pandemic path.
People wearing masks in a park in Shanghai, China | Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

China records first Covid death since April, cases mount in northern province

China reported 124 new coronavirus cases Thursday, including 81 in Hubei province just outside Beijing and 43 in Heilongjiang.

On Camera

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | PTI

Modi is not Teflon-coated, he is ‘cast in titanium’ — What Mood of the Nation poll suggests

In episode 667 of #CutTheClutter, ThePrint's Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta talks about some interesting findings from the poll & what they mean for opposition parties.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman serves Halwa during Halwa Ceremony of Budget 2021 | ANI

‘Halwa ceremony’ for Budget 2021 held, Finance Minister launches budget mobile app

Finance Ministry release said the mobile app facilitates complete access to 14 budget documents, including the annual financial statement, demand for grants (DG) and finance bill.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

India, China to hold 9th Corps Commander talks tomorrow, aim to ‘achieve disengagement first’

One of the proposals under consideration is the withdrawal of artillery and armoured elements from current forward locations, especially in the southern banks of Pangong Tso.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

7 reasons why Modi govt is in retreat on farm reform laws

Farm reform could’ve been high point of Modi’s second term. But lack of patience, understanding and contempt for history have turned it into a disaster.