‘No evidence proves getting freebies make the poor lazy’, says Abjijit Banerjee

NOBEL LAUREATE Abjijit Vinayak Banerjee has trashed the ideology that calls for lesser or limited government interventions towards uplifting the poor. Banerjee added that there is no evidence to prove that getting freebies make the poor lazy. While addressing the 20th foundation day of Bandhan Bank on Sunday (11), he said his own research on […]

Covid-19: Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine gets nod for emergency use in India

INDIA’s central drug authority has recommended on Monday (12) granting approval to Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V for emergency use in the country with certain conditions. The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) today took up Dr Reddy’s Laboratories’ application seeking emergency use authorisation for Sputnik V. The Drugs […]

India’s top court paves way for Rohingya deportations to Myanmar

India’s Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea to stop the government from deporting to Myanmar some 150 Rohingya Muslims police detained last month, paving the way for them to be sent to a country where hundreds have been killed following a military coup. Prime minister Narendra Modi’s government has been trying to send back […]

Prince Phillip’s royal visits to India

PRINCE PHILIP, husband of the Queen and a leading figure in the British royal family for almost seven decades, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace said on Friday (9). The Duke of Edinburgh, as he was officially known, had been by his wife’s side throughout her 69-year reign, the longest in British history, during which […]

Modi hails Philip’s ‘distinguished’ career

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi paid tribute on Friday (9) to Prince Philip who visited the former British colony four times, not always helping to mend ties. Modi praised the “distinguished” military career of Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, who has died at the age of 99. “My thoughts are with the British people and the […]

COVAX says India’s Serum Institute legally bound to supply Covid-19 vaccines

INDIA is currently experiencing a surge in Covid-19 infections and in order to ramp up the vaccination programme in the country, Serum Institute of India (SII) has nearly diverted all its production to the domestic market. But the world’s biggest vaccine maker’s efforts to boost domestic supplies could get hampered because it is legally compelled […]

Panel to review India’s two Covid-19 vaccines after blood clot warning

A panel of experts is investigating for any cases of blood clotting as a side effect of the two Covid-19 vaccines being used in India, a newspaper reported on Friday (9). India is currently administering Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which is manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and branded Covishield, and the second one called COVAXIN […]

India posts record Covid-19 cases, 13-fold jump over two months

INDIA’S second wave of Covid-19 infections continued to surge as the country reported a record 115,736 new cases on Wednesday (7), which was a 13-fold increase in just over two months. The increase in daily infections has put the Narendra Modi-led government under pressure to ramp up the vaccination drive. The federal government has asked […]

India is a world leader in renewables, praises John Kerry

US special presidential envoy for Climate John Kerry praised India as a world leader in renewables as he began talks with government leaders aimed at cutting carbon emissions faster to slow global warming. India is the world’s third biggest emitter behind the US and China and is under pressure to commit itself to net zero […]

India’s digital IDs for land could exclude poor, indigenous communities

Plans by the Indian government to assign digital identification numbers to plots of land could exclude rural and indigenous people who do not hold titles, and further marginalise those without internet access, experts said. The 14-digit Unique Land Parcel Identification Number (ULPIN) was launched in 10 states earlier this year and will be rolled out […]

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