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China, Russia & North Korea hackers target AIIMS, SII, Patanjali for Covid data — report

Report by cyber intelligence firm Cyfirma says threats to global healthcare firms were noticed in February, hackers targeted those investing in medical research, clinical trials, vaccine production.
(From left) Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Yoga guru Ramdev and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari during the press conference on Coronil Friday | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Patanjali’s Coronil no Covid cure, can be used only as supplement: Uttarakhand AYUSH officer  

Director of state licensing authority in Uttarakhand says Patanjali Ayurveda has been strictly told to not market Coronil as a Covid cure, adding the authority will 'monitor' the company.   
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Patanjali’s uncertified Coronil is actually giving Ayurveda a bad name

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Atta, honey & more — Ramdev’s Patanjali plans to boost Ruchi Soya portfolio ahead of 2021 FPO

Experts have urged caution, saying the categories Patanjali is eyeing are low-margin products dominated by bigger brands.

The bee, not the brand — India needs to bet its money on the right honey

India has been using honey for thousands of years. And right when it needed it the most — Covid season — CSE accused most top brands including Dabur and Patanjali of adulterating.
Representational image of honey | Pixabay

‘Chinese sugar’ found in Indian honey, Dabur, Patanjali call CSE report ‘bid to malign’ brands

Brands have denied the allegations of selling adulterated honey but CSE research team says sugar syrups are designed to pass India's food regulatory standards.
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Govt flags issues with Netflix, Disney+Hotstar & Amazon Prime’s self-regulation code

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Patanjali

Flipkart, Patanjali issued show cause notices for closure of operations, CPCB tells NGT

The Central Pollution Control Board said the show cause notice was issued to these units under the Environment (Protection) Act on 8 October.
File photo of Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna | Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images

Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved considering bid to be title sponsor of IPL 2020

The move would help the Haridwar-based firm access a global marketing platform, as Patanjali is focusing on exports for its Ayurveda-based FMCG products.
Madras High Court

Patanjali can’t use Coronil trademark, says Madras High Court, fines it Rs 10 lakh

The Madras HC was hearing a suit filed by a Chennai firm which claimed it owned the 'Coronil' trademark since 1993. The court also noted Patanjali's drug was not a Covid cure.

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Representational Image | People working at an office | Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

Why Haryana’s new law reserving 75% private jobs for domiciles is self destructive politics

In episode 695 of 'Cut The Clutter', Shekhar Gupta explains the provisions, politics and pitfalls of a new employment law in Haryana, and how it is suicidal for the state's growth story.

EPFO fixes 8.5% interest on provident fund deposits for 2020-21

In March last year, the EPFO had lowered interest rate on provident fund deposits to a seven-year low of 8.5% for 2019-20, from 8.65% in 2018-19.

Defence

Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat

China will continue to assert itself, seeks to dominate Indian Ocean Region, says CDS Rawat

Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Rawat also said India's armed forces will increasingly need to achieve more with less, which requires a relook at current force structures, doctrines & tech.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Habeas Porcus — how our judiciary is murdering the principle of ‘bail, not jail’ routinely

Judiciary is responsible for ensuring our liberty, and habeas corpus is the usual route. But magistrates are acting as if the rule is ‘jail, and bail is above my pay grade’.