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22:59 IST, December 28th 2021
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee says, 'Centre should declare Gangasagar Mela a national fair'

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday demanded that the Centre declare Gangasagar Mela a national fair and said she had written several letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this connection in the past but did not get reply to any of them.

The Gangasagar Mela is equally important as the Allahabad 'Kumbh Mela' but it is yet to get the national status, she said.

22:27 IST, December 28th 2021
Mumbai sees 70% uptick in daily COVID cases, reports 1,377 new infections in 24 hours

With Omicron cases breaching the 600 mark in the country, overall COVID-19 infections have also started plummeting across states. Maharashtra, on Tuesday, observed a massive surge in coronavirus cases, recording 2,172 fresh infections in the last 24 hours. In the same time period, Maharashtra recorded 22 COVID-related deaths, with the highest number of infections being recorded in the state capital, Mumbai. 

India's economic capital, Mumbai, recorded a 70% uptick in daily COVID cases as out of the total fresh coronavirus infections in the state, 1,377 new COVID-19 cases were reported from the city, bringing the total number of current cases in Mumbai to 5,803.


21:55 IST, December 28th 2021
Punjab makes full vaccination mandatory for entry in public places amid Omicron spread

Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and the emergence of a new 'variant of concern' Omicron, the Punjab government on Tuesday announced a ban on the entry of non fully vaccinated individuals in public places. This will come into effect from January 15, 2022. The government advised people who have not taken two jabs to remain at their residences.

"In public places with a large gathering like sabzi mandi, grain markets, public transport, parks, religious places, malls, shopping complexes, haats, the local market and other similar places only fully vaccinated (second dose) adults persons or those who are not due for the second dose as per the health protocol are to be allowed," the government said.

It added that only doubly vaccinated individuals will be allowed in government offices in Chandigarh. Hotels, bars, restaurants, malls, shopping complexes, cinema halls, gyms and fitness centres are also advised to allow those who are fully vaccinated.

20:56 IST, December 28th 2021
PM Modi to inaugurate projects worth Rs 17,500 crores in Uttarakhand on Dec 30

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Uttarakhand on December 30. PM Modi will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of 23 projects worth over Rs 17,500 crores, the Prime Minister's Office informed. 

20:09 IST, December 28th 2021
Delhi Govt announces night curfew amid rising COVID cases

Taking cognisance of the rapidly rising COVID cases in the national capital, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday issues the restrictions placed under the ‘Yellow Alert’ of the Delhi government’s GRAP (Graded Action Plan) to contain the spread of the virus. 

Among all the other strict restrictions, Night Curfew in Delhi has been announced. The night curfew in Delhi will be imposed from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am in all areas. Under this all non-essential travel has been banned, only front line workers and health care workers will be permitted to travel in the National Capital Territory. 


19:55 IST, December 28th 2021
J&K: Massive fire breaks out in Chatroo of Kishtwar District

A massive fire engulfed the Tourism Reception Centre of Chatroo in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district. As of now, no loss of life has been reported. The Police and firefighters rushed to the spot upon receiving information about the fire incident.


19:36 IST, December 28th 2021
Union Minister Jitendra Singh on new youth startups in J&K

"We've decided to establish 3 clusters of incense sticks, charcoal & basket, with the Northeast Council. PM Modi has provided so many startup opportunities that youth leave their civil services & MNC jobs for startups", said Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh on new youth startups in J&K.  

19:07 IST, December 28th 2021
AIIMS calls off doctors' protest in Delhi

AIIMS doctors cancel tomorrow's protest. The protest that was held by the doctors concerning the delay in NEET-PG counselling will not be held. 


18:35 IST, December 28th 2021
DRDO hands over technology of Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System to 5 Indian companies

"DRDO handed over the technology of extreme cold weather clothing system (ECWCS) to 5 Indian companies. 3-layered ECWCS provides thermal insulation between +15° to -50°C. ECWS is required by the Indian Army for sustained operations in glacier & Himalayan peaks", the Ministry of Defence informed. 

18:25 IST, December 28th 2021
Sun Pharma gets DCGI nod to market antiviral drug Molnupiravir for COVID-19 treatment

Sun Pharma on Tuesday said its subsidiary has received emergency use authorisation (EUA) from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to manufacture and market a generic version of MSD and Ridgeback's antiviral drug molnupiravir under the brand name Molxvir in India.

The DCGI has approved molnupiravir for treatment of adult patients with COVID-19 and who have high risk of progression of the disease including hospitalisation or death.

18:03 IST, December 28th 2021
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar's cabinet undergoes expansion; BJP's Kamal Gupta, JJP's Devender Singh Babli take oath as ministers

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar's cabinet underwent an expansion on Tuesday with two MLAs from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) being elevated to the post of Ministers. BJP's Kamal Gupta and JJP's Devender Singh Babli were inducted as new ministers of the state cabinet at 4 PM at the Raj Bhavan, the chief minister's office said. 

The oath of office was administered to the two Ministers by Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya. While BJP's Kamal Gupta took the oath in Sanskrit, Devender Singh Babli was administered the oath in Hindi. After taking the oath, the two Ministers greeted CM Manohar Lal, Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala and Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta, who were also present at the ceremony. 

17:46 IST, December 28th 2021
Karnataka Govt restricts private hospitals from following the open vial policy

According to Karanata Government's notification, private hospitals will not be allowed to reuse vials once opened. "Once opened, a vial will have to be used within 4 hours itself", the notification read. 

17:27 IST, December 28th 2021
Protesting doctors address press briefing

Protesting doctors hold a press briefing at Safdarjung Hospital after Health Minister urged them to call off their strike in the public interest. 


17:06 IST, December 28th 2021
Protesting doctors meet following Health Minister's address

Protesting doctors are holding a meeting at Safdarjung Hospital after Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya urged them to call off their strike in the public interest. 


16:53 IST, December 28th 2021
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee attacks PM Modi over deaths due to COVID-19

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed the media and attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over deaths due to COVID-19.


16:44 IST, December 28th 2021
ED seeks details from DGGI over Kanpur & Kannauj raids

ED has sought details from DGGI over raids in Kanpur and Kannauj. DGGI had recovered over Rs 250 crores of cash, 25 kg gold, and 250 kg silver during the raids.  

16:39 IST, December 28th 2021
NIA to respond on Malegaon prosecution witness claim

NIA to reply on the witness' claim on the Malegaon Blast case after witness Sameer Kulkarni makes a shocking revelation that he was forced by the ATS to name Yogi Adityanath and some RSS leaders in the Malegaon case.


16:15 IST, December 28th 2021
Health Minister addresses media on doctor agitation in Delhi

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya urged protesting doctors to call off their strike in the public interest. Doctors have gathered at Safdarjung Hospital to register their protest against the delay in the NEET PG counselling.


16:10 IST, December 28th 2021
Health Minister meets protesting doctors in Delhi

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya meets with representatives of protesting doctors. Over 3000 doctors have gathered at Safdarjung Hospital to register their protest against the delay in the NEET PG counselling.


15:51 IST, December 28th 2021
PM Modi interacts with students at IIT-Kanpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes impromptu meet with fresh graduates of IIT Kanpur who could not be a part of the graduation ceremony


15:42 IST, December 28th 2021
RSS Leader Indresh Kumar speaks to Republic over Malegaon blast case

RSS Leader Indresh Kumar speaks to Republic over Malegaon blast case witness Sameer Kulkarni's shocking claims that he was asked to name Yogi Adityanath and other RSS leaders in the case.


15:36 IST, December 28th 2021
UP Polls: EC panel arrives in Lucknow to review election preparedness amid Omicron threat

An Election Commission team led by the Chief Election Commissioner arrived in Lucknow on a three-day visit to review the situation before the upcoming UP polls. 


15:33 IST, December 28th 2021
Medical certificates not required for senior citizens to get booster dose

Citizens above 60 years of age with co-morbidities are not required to obtain a medical certificate for a precaution dose of COVID-19. But, they will be given the option of precaution dose of the vaccine on the advice of their doctor from January 10.


14:56 IST, December 28th 2021
Corbevax Gets DCGI Nod; Biological E To Produce 75 Mn Doses Per Month To Meet 30 Cr Demand

In a massive reprieve for Hyderabad-based vaccine giant  Biological-E, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) on Tuesday, approved its vaccine - Corbevax. Apart from Corbevax, DCGI has also given a nod to Cipla's anti-viral drug Molnupiravir to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19. With Corbevax's approval, India's vaccine kitty has expanded to Covishield, Covaxin, Sputnik V, Moderna vaccine (mRNA-1273), Janssen vaccine, ZyCoV-D and allowed import of any foreign-based vaccine i.e Pfizer.

Issuing a press release, Biological E explained, "Corbevax is a “recombinant protein sub-unit” vaccine, developed from the receptor biding domain (RBD) of the spike protein on the virus’s surface combined with Dynavax’s CpG 1018 adjuvant with alum, which helps the body build the immune response against the virus. It is India’s first indigenously developed protein sub-unit vaccine against COVID-19 and has been developed by Biological E. Limited in collaboration with Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development (Texas Children’s CVD) and Baylor College of Medicine (Baylor) in Houston, Texas". The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) gave its nod to Corbevax on Monday.

14:56 IST, December 28th 2021
COVID-19: Are Corbevax And Covovax Vaccines Effective Against Omicron Variant?

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday granted approval to two indigenously developed vaccines and one anti-viral drug for the treatment of adult patients of COVID-19 having “a high risk of progression of the disease.” Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandviya announced that the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation and Health Ministry has approved the CORBEVAX vaccine, COVOVAX vaccine, and anti-viral drug Molnupiravir. In the aftermath, the two new vaccines have become what people are terming as 'game-changers' in India's battle against the SARS-CoV-2 and its variants including the latest Omicron strain. 

Read more to know if new vaccines are efficient against Omicron.

14:56 IST, December 28th 2021
"Earlier, metro rail used to operate only in cities that were called metro. Today in UP itself, there is metro in 5 cities"


14:56 IST, December 28th 2021
COVID-19: Level-I (Yellow alert) of Graded Response Action Plan imposed in Delhi

COVID19 restrictions under Yellow alert of Graded Response Action Plan in #Delhi: Night curfew 10pm-5am, Delhi Metro, restaurants, bars to operate at 50% capacity; Cinema halls,spas,gyms,multiplexes, banquet halls, auditoriums & sports complexes to be closed,with immediate effect. 

As the COVID19 positivity rate has been above 0.5% for the past few days, we are enforcing Level-I (Yellow alert) of the Graded Response Action Plan. A detailed order on restrictions to be implemented will be released soon: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal


14:45 IST, December 28th 2021
PM Modi takes on previous Uttar Pradesh government at Kanpur metro launch


14:08 IST, December 28th 2021
Sourav Ganguly tests COVID positive: Hospital issues statement, BCCI President's health stable.


13:56 IST, December 28th 2021
Amit Shah slams Samajwadi Party over UP black money scandal