General News Assembly Elections: Mamata Banerjee, M K Stalin, Pinarayi Vijayan take oath as Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala respectively. BJP-led NDA retains power with majority in Assam; Himanta Biswa Sarma takes oath as CM of Assam. N Rangasamy sworn in as Chief Minister of first NDA govt in Puducherry. India COVID tally crosses 28 million, 213 million vaccine doses administered; recovery rate at 92.07%. Global Coronavirus caseload tops 171 million; US leads the global tally with 34 million cases. Govt announces pension scheme, insurance cover to support COVID-19 victims’ dependents. Centre and States provide financial aid, education to children orphaned by COVID. Centre directs States to notify black fungus or mucormycosis as an epidemic. States imposes fresh restrictions to Curb COVID; essential services exempted. Plasma therapy dropped from India’s corona treatment protocol: ICMR. DRDO’s anti-COVID drug 2-DG launched; to be available at hospitals from June, price fixed at ₹990/sachet. Serum Institute to produce 10 crore doses by August, Bharat Biotech promises 7.8 crore jabs. SC constitutes 12-member National Task Force to facilitate public health response to COVID crisis. Many States declare journalists ‘frontline workers’, to vaccinate them on priority. S Jaishankar meets UN Chief Antonio […] Read more
General News India COVID tally crosses 19.1 million with over 2 million deaths; recovery rate stands at 81.84%. Global Coronavirus caseload tops 152 million; US leads the global tally with 33 million cases. 15.22 crore vaccine doses administered; more than 1.28 crore doses administered Tika Utsav. States to set up Containment & micro Containment Zones; to ramp up tests to break transmission chain. Centre says national directives for COVID-19 management will continue throughout country till 31st May. Several states impose lockdown, night curfew to curb Covid surge. All Centrally protected monuments, sites & museums under ASI closed till May 15. Centre imports 20 cryogenic tankers, allocates them to states to address shortage of oxygen tankers. India to import 4.50 lakh vials of Remdesivir; first consignment to arrive today. Oxygen Expresses delivers cumulative 510 metric tonnes of oxygen to UP, Maharashtra, Delhi and MP. Over 40 countries offered assistance to India to fight COVID-19. Assembly elections: West Bengal records 81.76% voter turnout; 72.81% in Tamil Nadu; 81.88% in Puducherry, 74.57% in Kerala, 82.04% in Assam. Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra set to become the next CEC. PM Modi, Seychelles President Ramkalawan jointly inaugurate several Indian projects in Seychelles. India, France and Australia […] Read more
General News Second phase COVID-19 vaccination drive begins for people over 60 & above 45 years with co-morbidities. Centre asks States, UTs to increase gap between two doses of Covishield vaccine between 4 & 8 weeks. PM Modi chairs high-level meeting with all CMs of States & UTs over surge in COVID-19 cases. India COVID tally reaches 12.20 million with over 244 million tests done; recovery rate stands at 93.88% . Global COVID-19 caseload tops 129 million, death toll surge to 2.82 million. Over 6.30 crore doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country President gives assent to bill giving more powers to Delhi Lieutenant Governor. More than 67.5 lakh people brought back from around the world under Vande Bharat Mission. India supplies over 5.86 crore doses of Made in India COVID vaccines to nearly 71 countries. Assembly elections 2021, 1st Phase: 2.14% voter turnout recorded in Assam and 79.79% in Bengal. Campaigning for 2nd phase polling in West Bengal, Assam ends today; polling on April 1. Election Commission cuts notice period for new political parties from 30 days to 7 days. Suvendu Adhikari to contest Bengal election from Nandigram seat against Mamata Banerjee. Ex-BJP leader Yashwant Sinha […] Read more
General News Assembly elections to be held between 27th March to 29th April; counting will take place on 2nd May. Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry to vote in 1 phase; Assam in 3 phase voting, West Bengal in 8 phase. India’s COVID-19 tally reaches 11.11 million with over 216 million tests done; Recovery rate stands at 97.05%. Over 14 million administered COVID-19 vaccines in the country so far. Global COVID-19 cases tops 114 million with 2.54 million deaths. Dr Harsh Vardhan launches Mission Indradhanush 3.0, to focus on children, women’s vaccine doses. Made in India COVID vaccines were supplied to 25 nations and 49 countries across the world: S Jaishankar. Centre issues fresh guidelines for international travellers as new strains found in India. Nepal, India jointly inaugurate road link connecting Indo-Nepal border. India, Qatar hold fourth foreign office consultations, exchange views on issues of mutual interest. Govt launches pilot survey on drinking water in 10 cities under the Jal Jeevan Mission. PM Modi, Afghan President hold virtual summit; MoU signed on construction of Shahtoot dam project. PM Modi speaks to US President Biden, discuses regional issues, climate change and strategic partnership. India signs $50 million defence agreement with Maldives to […] Read more
General News Global COVID-19 cases top 102.9 million with 2.2 million deaths. India’s caseload crosses 10.7 million mark with recovery rate reaching 96.98%. India approves Covishield, Covaxin vaccines in fight against COVID-19. World’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive kicks off in India; over 37 lakh vaccinated so far. EC allows govt to use voters’ data for vaccination, asks to delete it after drive. Vaccine Maitri: India begins supply of indigenous COVID Vaccine to neighbouring and partner countries. India showcases military might, cultural heritage at its 72nd Republic Day parade on Rajpath. No foreign head of any govt as chief guest on Republic Day due to COVID-19 pandemic. Supreme Court stays implementation of farm laws, forms 4-member committee. Govt offers to suspend farm laws implementation for up to 1.5 years; farmer unions demand repeal. Tractor Parade: Protesting farmers enter Red Fort with Tractors, wave flags from the ramparts of the fort. Japanese Pm Shinzo Abe, SPB, Tarun Gogoi, Ram Vilas Paswan among Padma Award winners 2021. ECI launches digital voter ID Cards on National Voters Day. Construction work of new Parliament building begins after SC gives green signal the project with riders. India begins its two-year tenure as a Non-Permanent Member of […] Read more
General News Global CIVID-19 cases exceed 83.8 million; US most-affected in world as tally crosses 20.4 million-mark. India COVID-19 tally crosses 10.28 million, recovery rate improves to 96.07%. India reports 25 cases of new COVID-19 strain as UK returnees test positive. Centre issues 113 pages guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination drive; first Phase to include 30 crore people. Farmers’ protest: SC adjourns hearing, asks Govt to consider putting farm laws on hold. Opposition lead by Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar meets President, seeks repeal of farm laws. Farmers’ protest: Centre agrees to 2 of 4 demands of protesting farmers; next round of talks on Jan 4. 9 states successfully completes ‘one nation one ration card’ reform. Winter Session of Parliament scrapped due to COVID-19, Budget Session to take place in January. UK PM Boris Johnson accepts India’s invite, will be Republic Day parade chief guest. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab calls on PM Modi; discuss various facets of strategic partnership. India, Nepal discuss trade and investments, propose developing of cross-border economic zone. PM Modi speaks to Qatar Amir; task force to be set up to boost Qatari investments into India. Rajnath Singh calls for joint efforts against threats of ‘bio-terrorism’ at ASEAN […] Read more
General News Global COVID-19 cases cross 63.5 million mark with 1.4 million deaths; US cases pass 13.9 million. India’s caseload crosses 9 million mark with recovery rate reaching 93.94%. Centre rushes high level teams to Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Manipur to contain spread of COVID-19. MHA issues new COVID-19 guidelines from Dec 1, gives nod to states and UTs to impose local restrictions. Delhi gets its first vaccine storage facility at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality hospital. PM Modi announces $1 million aid to COVID-19 response fund at ASEAN summit. PM Modi urges respect for others’ sovereignty, territorial integrity at virtual SCO summit. East Asia Summit 2020: India expresses concern over actions that erode trust in South China Sea. PM Modi addresses G-20 summit; calls for new Global Index for post-Corona world. BRICS nations adopt new counter-terrorism strategy to effectively deal with the menace. India, Luxembourg ink 3 pacts to push investment ties in their maiden summit in two decades. India and Italy ink 15 agreements, unveil action plan to further strengthen defence ties. S Jaishankar meets Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, discusses the strategic cooperation between India and UAE. NSA Ajit Doval participates in trilateral talks with Sri Lanka and Maldives. Centre […] Read more