India and the European Union (EU) on Saturday announced their decision to resume negotiations for a balanced and comprehensive trade agreement after a gap of eight years and unveiled an ambitious connectivity partnership, during a virtual meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders of 27 member nations of the bloc. In his remarks, Modi invited the EU to support a proposal by India and South Africa to waive patents on COVID-19 vaccines so that there can be equitable vaccine access for the entire world, officials said. The meeting, participated by leaders of EU member states as well as the top leadership of the EU, also decided to launch negotiations on two other key agreements on investment protection and geographical indications.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited EU member states to participate in India-EU High Level Digital Forum that's likely to be held later this year, informed Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Secretary Vikas Swarup on May 08. "PM also invited EU member states to participate in India-EU High Level Digital Forum that's likely to be held later this year, to enhance digital cooperation between India and EU via linking of start-ups supporting digital economy and for enhancing investments," said MEA Secretary (West).
President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen on May 08 said, "It was a remarkable Summit because it widened the scope and the view on the untapped potential in the relationship of the European Union and India." Prime Minister Narendra Modi today also virtually participated in the meeting of EU as a special invitee, on the invitation of Council's President.
From DCGI approving new anti-Covid drug, to health ministry issues new rules for hospital admissions, here are the top updates on the coronavirus. DCGI approved a new anti-Covid oral drug, which has been developed by DRDO and Dr. Reddy’s. The medicine has been given emergency use approval by DCGI. Meanwhile, Health Ministry said that a positive Covid-19 report is now not mandatory for a patient to be admitted to a hospital. Also, Supreme Court formed a 12-member National Task Force on medical oxygen. The new panel includes 10 doctors and 2 top bureaucrats from the Centre, who will ensure streamlined delivery of oxygen across India. Watch the full video for more updates on the pandemic.
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Union Minister Smriti Irani arrived in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi to meet the family members of deceased BJP MLA Dal Bahadur Kori, who died of COVID-19. She hugged his wife and consoled her, at the latter's residence. She is on a visit to her Amethi constituency to assess the ground situation of COVID management.
A video went viral which showed PPE-clad health officials in Himachal Pradesh's Manali Vridh Ashram grooving to the steps of a regional folk song to cheer up the COVID-19 patients. Senior citizen patients also danced on the tunes of folk song.
Kumbh Mela is one of the largest religious congregations in India, and the fact that it would be a "super spreader" of the virus was firmly predicted by many officials and common people at large.Times Now reports in Madhya Pradesh, 60 out of the 61 returnees test positive. It was further speculated that all of these 61 people were not from Kumbh Mela, and the number might vary.
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India's daily Covid figures hit a new high today with 3,79,257 fresh infections and 3,645 deaths reported in 24 hours; The U.S. government told its citizens to leave India as soon as possible because of the country's escalating Covid-19 crisis; In view of a surge in coronavirus cases, the Uttarakhand government has decided to suspend the four-day Char Dham Yatra. This and more news at 2 PM.
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In the latest episode of On The Record, Hindustan Times’ National Political Editor, Sunetra Choudhury speaks with Dr Ashish Jha, Dean at Brown University, about the second wave of Covid-19 in India. Jha said the Kumbh Mela was very irresponsible and a major source of the surge alongside the political rallies. “By mid-February, cases had started to rise and headed for a very dreaded second wave and yet there was no action,” Jha added. Watch the full video for more.
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The last 'shahi snan' at the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar on Tuesday was a subdued affair with seers keeping the ritual symbolic in view of a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 17 had appealed to sadhus to observe the remaining duration of the Kumbh only in a "symbolic" manner. Following this different 'akhadas' (sects) had agreed to keep their participation symbolic. Crowds at the ghats of the Ganga started thinning down drastically since last week after the key 'akhadas' of seers began pulling out of the Maha Kumbh, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, citing the spike in coronavirus case numbers. Watch the full video for more details.
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Despite surge in COVID-19 cases in India, scores of devotees gathered at 'Har Ki Pauri' in Haridwar on April 27. They participated in the last 'shahi snan' of 'Kumbh Mela' and took holy dip at the ghat. Due to COVID pandemic, this year the 'Kumbh Mela' held for a month only.
A cloudburst was reported on May 03 in Uttarakhand. The cloudburst hit Saini Tok area of Narkota village in Rudraprayag. Several houses and roads were damaged due following the incident. Although, no casualties have been reported. Police and relief team are at the spot. More details are awaited.
Health Secretary of Uttarakhand, Amit Negi, on May 03 informed that the COVID-19 active cases in the state has crossed 50,000 mark, and today we will get around 2 lakh vaccine doses from the Central government. "We will also get 1,20,000 vaccines doses on May 04," added.
After a comparative lull for a few months, the Covid virus seems to have returned with much more virulence. India is detecting more than double the number of daily cases than seen during the peak last year. Meanwhile, mass gatherings like political rallies and the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar have added to worries. The government however, is still keeping vaccination limited to those aged 45 years and above. As pressure on the healthcare system increases, many state governments have claimed shortage of oxygen, vaccines, and key drugs. In this backdrop, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan joins Kumkum Chadha to analyse the situation so far, and shed light on the government's strategy going forward.
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On April 17, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked to Acharya Mahamandleshwar of Juna Akhada Swami Avdheshanand Giri and appealed Kumbh Mela now should be symbolic amid rising cases of COVID. "PM called..
India reports a record 2,17,353 daily coronavirus cases taking the total caseload to over 1.42 crore. While taking a dig at the Modi Govt, Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi said that The strategy to fight..