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All private hospitals permitted to give COVID vaccine, Centre to states; utilise optimum capacity of empanelled hospitals

The government on Tuesday asked states to scale up Covid-19 vaccinations in private hospitals while suggesting that those not empanelled under government schemes should also be roped in so that more people are covered. Day 2 of the inoculation drive for high-risk groups turned out to be smoother, with beneficiaries reporting a pleasant experience, although […]

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Congress is having a deja-vu moment post Gujarat civic polls

There seems to be a pattern emerging among the Congress cadre and leadership after every defeat of their party in Gujarat. First, allegations of corruption surface during ticket distribution, then the workers go off field, and defeat follows. Then, the respective presidents tender in their resignations. The Gujarat civic polls followed this pattern to the […]

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TMC MLA Jitendra Tiwari joins BJP

Amid an ongoing exodus from the ruling Trinamool Congress ahead of the West Bengal assembly elections, two-time party MLA from Pandabeswar in Paschim Barddhaman district and former Asansol mayor, Jitendra Tiwari joined the BJP on Tuesday. Reacting to the development, the TMC said it is a “good riddance”. Tiwari, who had rebelled against the TMC […]

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In a ‘first’, Himalayan serow spotted in Assam

A Himalayan mammal, somewhere between a goat and an antelope, has been confirmed as the newest creature to be spotted in Assam. A couple of nature guides had spotted the Himalayan serow, a goat-antelope, in the 950-sq. km. Manas Tiger Reserve on December 3. The animal — a high-altitude dweller usually found 2,000-4,000 metres above […]

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Rs 2.41 lakh crore budget presented in MP Assembly; no increase in taxes

Madhya Pradesh Finance Minister Jagdish Devda on Tuesday presented a budget of Rs 2.41 lakh crore for 2021-22 in the Assembly with no additional tax burden. The revenue receipts in 2020-21 are expected to fall by more than five per cent due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. On the other hand, overall revenue […]

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Using Thanjavur painting to empower women

Aspirants are learning the nuances of Thanjavur painting at a workshop conducted by a city artist who hopes to inspire women to earn a living during their free time. Daughter of L. Ramanujam, an acclaimed practitioner and certified teacher of Thanjavur painting, R. Lavanya took over Sri Ranga Tanjore Art Gallery, set up by her […]

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Pakistan needs legislation to meet three outstanding FATF benchmarks: Report

Pakistan will have to make further legislation on at least two counts to meet three outstanding benchmarks of the 27-point action plan of the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog FATF before the new June deadline, a media report said on Tuesday. The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) placed Pakistan on the grey […]

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Germany to extend coronavirus lockdown until March 28: Draft

Germany plans to extend its coronavirus lockdown until March 28 while easing some restrictions from next week, a draft document to be discussed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and federal state leaders showed on Tuesday. Merkel is due to discuss lockdown and easing options with the 16 state heads on Wednesday, as coronavirus cases in Germany […]