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Udaya Bhaskar, director general, Pharmexcil | By special arrangement

Depending on China for imports could threaten India’s drug security: Export council DG

Udaya Bhaskar, Director-General of Pharmexcil, says India’s over-dependence on China for its bulk drugs requirement led to fall in exports in February and March.
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Face scan, open doors, zig-zag seating, doctor-on-call: Pharma firms redefine Covid workplace

The pharmaceutical industry has functioned throughout the lockdown and as such is leading the way in creating a safe workplace amid Covid-19 pandemic. 
File photo of pills moving through a sorting machine at a pharmaceutical plant in Andhra Pradesh | Sara Hylton | Bloomberg

Why India saw only 4 pharma products launched in April, its lowest count ever

The pharma industry has seen a fall of about 99% in new product launches since April 2019, when 349 products were launched.

Indian drugmakers begin developing remdesivir, ‘world’s best shot’ against Covid-19

In a trial involving monkeys, early treatment of Covid-19 with remdesivir has shown to reduce symptoms of the disease and lung damage. 
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Modi govt allows pharma firms to tweak clinical trial rules during Covid-19 lockdown

Over 2,500 active trials are said to be underway in India for drugs aimed at patients suffering from cancer and hepatitis B, among other things.
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Govt gives Rs 15,000-cr boost to API and devices industry to check shortage amid COVID-19

The government hasn’t yet announced details of the policy, which seeks to make India self-reliant in the manufacturing of bulk drugs.   
A pharmacy in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal

India could avert medicine shortage as bulk drugs start arriving from coronavirus-hit China

While major supply has started arriving through sea, some cargoes 'airlifted' by the government on behalf of pharma companies have also started coming in.
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Is Indian economy equipped to deal with the global disruption caused by coronavirus?

The novel coronavirus or COVID-19, which has claimed 2,800 lives in China and affected more than 80,000 people worldwide, is taking a toll on global economy.
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Himachal govt to file FIR against cough syrup makers ‘responsible’ for 10 infant deaths 

The Coldbest-PC cough syrup, manufactured by the Himachal-based Digital Vision firm, has allegedly led to deaths of 9 infants in J&K and one in Haryana. 
Drugs in India

Prices of Paracetamol, other bulk drugs jump as coronavirus crisis stokes fear of shortage

The price rise won't affect consumers since pharmaceutical companies are not allowed to push up prices of key drugs by more than 10% per year.

On Camera

Indian armed forces' personnel during PM Modi's visit to Leh, 3 July | PTI

China loved Gandhi and restraint was its mantra till Nehru committed Himalyan blunder: Ex-PLA

In his book, Ex-PLA Zhang Guozhu quotes an incident when he sang Hindi songs from Aawara and Do Bigha Zameen to establish contact with the Indian troops.
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These are the sweeping changes Amazon India is making for its first Prime Day since Covid

This time, thousands of Amazon employees will coordinate the sale from their homes, and packers, sorters and deliverymen will follow stringent hygiene protocols.

Defence

Representational image of military equipment in Ladakh | Photo: ANI

Ladakh situation ‘sensitive’ — Defence ministry says China standoff likely to be prolonged

In an official document, Ministry of Defence also says Chinese aggression has been increasing along LAC and 'more particularly' in Galwan valley since 5 May.
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Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.