MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on February 25 informed that Government of India in liaison with the authorities of United Kingdom for early extradition of fugitive economic offender Nirav Modi who has been ordered by a local court to be extradited to India. West Minister magistrate court in London had pronounced that Nirav Modi be extradited to stand trial in India. Anurag Srivastava said, "They have dismissed his mental health concerns and the judge has observed that Nirav Modi has conspired to destroy evidence and intimidate witnesses. Now since the magistrate court has recommended Nirav Modi's extradition to the UK Home Secretary." The Indian businessman had fled the country in early 2018 as the news of Punjab National Bank scam worth around Rs 14,000 crore surfaced.
PM Modi said at an event in Puducherry today that the Government of India has made several efforts to improve connectivity to give farmers a better market for produce; A Delhi court on Thursday granted protection from arrest to Shantanu Muluk in the toolkit case till March 9; As many as 229 covid-19 cases have emerged from a single hostel in a school in Maharashtra's Washim district. All this and more news at 2 PM.
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on February 22 said Government of India's clear focus is on 'Ease of Doing Business' in order to encourage foreign OEMs to set up manufacturing units in India. "GoI has brought many reforms in last 6 years. There is a clear focus of the government on 'Ease of Doing Business' to encourage foreign OEMs, to set up manufacturing units in India, develop joint ventures and promote private participation in defence sector," said Defence Minister.
’SNL could be such a hard place,’ says Bill Hader, but producer Hal Willner, who died April 7, 2020 of COVID complications, ‘constantly reminded me that it should be fun, and how lucky we were that we got to do this for a living.’
Ahead of the Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is effectively campaigning in several cities of the state. During his rally in Tirunelveli on February 27, Rahul Gandhi said, "Today a worker at salt pan told me "brother the salt we are collecting is helping fight coronavirus, work I am doing here, collecting salt, goes into medicine used to treat corona. I am not only collecting salt but protecting country from corona". That is beauty of your state."
Congress leader Manish Tewari has lashed out at the government over the approval given to Covaxin for the first phase of trials. The Congress leader raised questions over the efficacy of the indigenously developed Covaxin, which is in the third phase of trials and has been cleared for restricted emergency use by the Drugs Controller General of India. ‘Government should act in a manner whereby there's complete confidence in people. You can't use rollout as phase 3 trial, Indians are not guinea pigs,’ Manish Tewari said. The former minister’s remarks come after government hinted that people will not be allowed to choose from the two vaccines recently approved. The first phase of coronavirus vaccination is all set to begin on 16th January, 2021. Watch the full video for all the details.
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More than a dozen slum residents in Bhopal, India, say they thought they were being vaccinated for Covid-19. They say they later discovered from local activists that some of them hadn’t been given an approved vaccine and had unwittingly taken part in a Phase 3 clinical trial for India’s homegrown vaccine, Covaxin. CNN’s Vedika Sud reports.
Indian Council of Medical Research DG, Balram Bhargava announced that the Covaxin is successful in tackling UK strain. He further informed that UK variant strain is now present in 70 countries and 164 cases have been identified in India. "UK variant strain is now present in 70 countries and we've identified 164 cases of it in India. We were able to find the first case of the UK variant on 22nd-23rd December. In a week's time, we were able to collect blood from these patients and culture the strain. We found that the neutralisation of UK strain was equivalent to Indian strains circulating in India. It's a very reassuring news that UK variant can be tackled by this vaccine," informed ICMR DG during a press briefing on January 28.
Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar for donating 2,00,000 doses of Covishield vaccines. President Alejandro Giammattei said, "I would like to start by thanking Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar for accepting our call for assistance in supply of Covishield vaccines manufactured in India under licensing of Astra Zeneca. It has been a grand surprise for us to know that India rather than selling the vaccines to us, it has immediately donated to us 200 thousand doses that will help to immunise frontline, health workers."
Sri Lanka has cancelled a scheduled speech of Pakistan's prime minister, Imran Khan in parliament. This is being seen as a move to avoid confrontation with New Delhi. India had recently gifted 5 lakh doses of Covishield to Sri Lanka. In recent month there have been anti-Muslim sentiments in Sri Lanka as the Buddhist people have been protesting against animal sacrifices in Mosques.
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As the vaccination drive has already been kicked off in the Himalayan nation, the inoculation drive for elderly and most vulnerable age groups will commence from next month. Nepal has received the first batch of one million COVISHIELD Vaccine developed by Serum Institute of India on Sunday via Air India flight. The vaccines would be used to inoculate people above 60 years of age, which is 8.73 per cent of Nepal's population, in the vaccination drive that will begin on March 7. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, there are 2,652,258 elderly people above 60 years in the country. On January 21st 2021, Nepal had received a total of One Million COVISHIELD Vaccine from India under grant assistance.
The Health and Family Welfare Minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr C Vijayabaskar took Bharat Biotech's Covaxin shot. He took the shot in Chennai on morning of January 22. Dr C Vijayabaskar requested all to get vaccinated and safeguard themselves from COVID-19 pandemic. Billed as the world's largest vaccination programme, covering the entire length and breadth of the country, the drive aims to first inoculate millions of its healthcare and frontline workers and reach an estimated 3 crore people by the end of its first phase. The mega COVID-19 vaccination drive began in India on January 16 (Saturday).
Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) has demanded the government to let people choose which COVID-19 vaccine, between Pune-based Serum Institute of India's Covishield and Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, they want to take. "Government of India has approved Covishield and Covaxin vaccines. We have all the reports for Covishield. But, Covaxin is still in phase-III trials, where the trial is being done on healthcare workers. We condemn this...Healthcare workers should be given a choice of vaccine," said Dr Dayanand Sagar. GoI rolled out COVID-19 vaccine jab from January 16.
A single dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine reduces the risk of asymptomatic infections, helping to stem transmission, research suggests.The UK has approved three coronavirus jabs – Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-University of Oxford and Moderna – after studies demonstrated they significantly ward off severe disease.With not everyone able to be immunised, or producing a strong immune response as a result of their vaccination, questions lingered as to whether the jabs prevented the infection itself.Asymptomatic infections are particularly important amid the pandemic, given these individuals do not know to isolate and may unwittingly transmit the coronavirus even when they speak.To learn more, medics from the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) swabbed the site's vaccinated and unvaccinated healthcare workers over two weeks.Results suggest the risk of an asymptomatic infection decreases by four times more than 12 days after a worker received the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.
Trials have begun to determine the strength of immunity of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine on children aged between six and 17. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in an interview with CBS on Sunday said he has "great confidence" in the AstraZeneca and Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine, despite being shown to be less effective against certain variants of the novel coronavirus.