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India to administer 51.6 crore vaccine doses by July-end, says health minister

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said vaccine production was being ramped up to cater to the increased demand. India has so far administered over 18 crore jabs to eligible beneficiaries.

SMS sent, no. of people registered, poetry — India’s health minister is busy this pandemic

You want data? Dr Harsh Vardhan’s Twitter timeline will drown you in it — from number of SMS’ sent via CoWin to number of vaccines sent to states.

Harsh Vardhan interacts with American counterpart, US assures India help to fight Covid

At a virtual meeting Friday, India's health minister and US Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra discussed the ongoing surge of Covid-19 cases in India.

Concerns about false RT-PCR negatives flagged at high-level govt meeting on Covid

At meeting chaired by Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, MoS Ashwini Kumar Choubey flagged reports of patients showing signs of Covid-related lung damage and yet testing negative.
PM Narendra Modi addresses the nation on Covid-19, on 20 April 2021 | PIB

‘Mahamanav, warrior’ — how BJP leaders describe PM Modi for Covid effort as his govt faces flak

The glowing praise comes at a time when Modi govt is drawing criticism for becoming complacent during the let-up in the pandemic after the first wave.
File photo of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan | Twitter/@drharshvardhan

‘Congress doesn’t seem to share your view’: Harsh Vardhan replies to Manmohan Singh letter

Manmohan Singh wrote to PM Modi Sunday suggesting ways to fight Covid pandemic. Health Minister Vardhan, in response, slammed Congress for contributing to "vaccine hesitancy".

‘We expect you’ll offer same advice to Congress’ — Vardhan replies to Manmohan Singh’s letter

Responding to Manmohan Singh's letter, Health Minister Harsh said while the former PM understands the importance of vaccination, people in his party do not seem to share his view.
File photo of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan | Twitter/@drharshvardhan

Covaxin production to increase 10 times by September, says Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also said that the manufacture of remdesivir jabs, an anti-viral drug against Covid, will be doubled to 74.1 lakh per month by May.
File photo of Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan | Twitter

India has operationalised over 75,000 Ayushman Bharat-Health and Wellness Centres, says govt

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said over 23.8 crore women have accessed care at these centres till 13 April.
File photo of a herd of cows drinking water on the outskirts of Jabalpur

Scientists announce competition for students to counter Modi govt-funded ‘cow science’ projects

Students in the competition can write a research proposal on which ‘cow-science’ claim they would like to test, experiments they would conduct to test the validity of such claims.

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Representational image | Twitter | @EU_in_India

Next gen FTAs are all about labour, environment protection. Only way India can edge China out

Adopting Trade and Sustainable Development committments as part of India-EU FTA could help Indian exporters differentiate from competition such as China.
An Air India aircraft takes off from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata (Representational image) | Photographer: Arko Datto | Bloomberg

Air India’s privatisation won’t be affected by Cairn ‘pressure tactics’, govt says

Cairn Energy has sued Air India in the US to recover its $1.2 billion arbitration award. This has raised questions around the stake sale of the national carrier.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses troops at the Pangong Tso in Ladakh Friday | Photo: ANI

Year after first big India-China clash in Ladakh, tensions linger. This is how it all began

China-India tensions began in late April last year when the Chinese objected to India’s construction of footbridges in Galwan Valley but the first major clash was on 18 May 2020.

By the rivers of the heartland & across Vindhyas, proof which politics sucks & which works

Politics & economics are at the heart of Covid tragedy in UP, Bihar. The regional imbalance in political power, economic & social indicators is deeply troublesome.