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US cardiologist provides medical facilities to farmers protesting at Delhi’s Tikri border
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US cardiologist provides medical facilities to farmers protesting at Delhi’s Tikri border

Amid the ongoing farmers protest against the Central agri laws at Delhi borders, American cardiologist Dr. Swaiman Singh has decided to put his return to New Jersey on hold and has been camping at Tikri border for the past 3 months providing free medical checkup and medicine to protestors. The doctor runs the only super speciality hospital in Tikri that holds medical camps and distributes medicines for free. Swaiman Singh told ANI, "We give service to everyone, not just farmers. Locals, policemen, and CRPF men also come here to get treatment. On average 4,000 to 6,000 people get treated at our camp in 24 hours. The camp works till night. This is the only super speciality hospital in Tikri". He said, "I used to set up medical camps here every year, We treat people over a period of ti...
Second part of Parliament’s Budget Session to commence from Monday
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Second part of Parliament’s Budget Session to commence from Monday

The second part of the Budget Session of Parliament will commence from Monday with all COVID-19 precautionary measures in place. The Budget Session of Parliament, which commenced with the address of President Ram Nath Kovind on January 29, concluded on February 29. The Union budget was tabled in the Parliament by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1. The Rajya Sabha will function from 9 am to 2 pm while Lok Sabha will function between 4 pm to 10 pm. The second part of the session will conclude April 8, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had informed. The Lok Sabha clocked 99.5 per cent productivity during the first phase of the two-part Budget session of Parliament, Lok Sabha Secretariat said. Birla informed that during the first part of the Budget Session 2021, Lok ...
Bharat Biotech’s nasal vaccine for Covid-19 likely to be a game-changer
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Bharat Biotech’s nasal vaccine for Covid-19 likely to be a game-changer

In the summer of the year 2020, the chairman and managing director of India’s premier vaccine developing company, Bharat Biotech International Limited told the reporter that while efforts were on to develop an intramuscular vaccine against Covid-19, what he really would want to do is develop a vaccine that will be easy to administer like ‘polio drops’. The analogy of polio drops drawn to a vaccine against Covid-19 at that point seemed like a tall order. However, a year later, that vision is coming close to reality and it has got the medical fraternity excited. Dr Krishan Ella’s Bharat Biotech has started the process of screening potential clinical trial participants at four centres in India - Nagpur, Hyderabad, Patna and Chennai for their new nasal vaccine against Covid19. The proce...
“Golden Moment”: Former Trinamool MP Dinesh Trivedi Joins BJP
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“Golden Moment”: Former Trinamool MP Dinesh Trivedi Joins BJP

Former Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi today joined the BJP, the latest in a long list of such defections over the past many months. The 70-year-old's change of course comes merely weeks ahead of the West Bengal Assembly polls, the run-up to which is already seeing a bitter battle of attrition between the two political parties. "This was the golden moment I had been waiting for," Mr. Trivedi said today after joining the BJP at party headquarters in New Delhi in the presence of Union Minister Piyush Goyal. He praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said Bengal is capable. "There is violence, corruption, and terror in Bengal. Bengal is a land of culture. Bengal is a pride of us and we imagine Sonar Bangla. Today people of Bengal are happy for a real transform...
India steers clear of criticising Myanmar military
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India steers clear of criticising Myanmar military

Hours before the United Nations Security Council met for the second time to discuss the situation in Myanmar, India on Friday said that it has been discussing the situation with partner countries and the issues in the country should be resolved through peaceful manner. New Delhi has once again steered clear of criticising Myanmar’s military, called Tatmadaw, as it has been wary of Beijing’s growing influence and the high stakes involved to maintain peace and security along the India-Myanmar border. India’s statements so far have been based on pragmatism, as turmoil has engulfed the neighbour. On Friday, the Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “We have been closely watching the situation in Myanmar. We have been discussing this issue with our...
Farmers protest: Govt torturing ‘annadata’, says Rahul Gandhi
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Farmers protest: Govt torturing ‘annadata’, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday once again criticised the Centre over the controversial farm laws, alleging that the government is torturing the farmers, who are fighting for their rights. "Nails have been laid at the Delhi borders for sons of those who sacrifice their lives on the borders of the country. 'Annadata' ask for their rights, government tortures!" Gandhi tweeted in Hindi. Last month, the Delhi Police had cemented nails near barricades at Ghazipur (Delhi-Uttar Pradesh) and Tikri (Delhi-Haryana) borders. Barbed wire and cement barricades were also planted on the roads to restrict the movement of the protesting farmers. Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm la...
India reports 18,327 fresh Covid-19 infections, 108 deaths in last 24 hours
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India reports 18,327 fresh Covid-19 infections, 108 deaths in last 24 hours

As many as 18,327 new COVID-19 cases and 108 deaths were reported in India in the last 24 hours, the union health ministry informed on Saturday. The country's overall COVID-19 cases tally has reached 1,11,92,088, including 1,80,304 active cases while the death toll has mounted to 1,57,656. A total of 22,06,92,677 samples have been tested for COVID-19 up to March 5, 2021, of these, 7,51,935 samples were tested on Friday, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). According to the health ministry, a total of 1,94,97,704 people have been vaccinated against coronavirus so far. India commenced its second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive to inoculate people above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities against the coronavirus from March 1.
PM Modi to address Combined Commanders’ Conference in Gujarat’s Kevadia today
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PM Modi to address Combined Commanders’ Conference in Gujarat’s Kevadia today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the top commanders of the three defence forces at the Combined Commanders' Conference at Kevadia in Gujarat on Saturday. "The Combined Commanders' Conference 2021 is scheduled to be held at Kevadia in Gujarat. The Prime Minister would be addressing the top commanders of the Indian Army, Air Force and the Navy at the event and is expected to give directions to the defence forces for being prepared for the challenges in the near and distant future," government sources had earlier told. The Commanders' Conference is attended by the Commander-in-Chief rank officers of the three services and the tri-services organisations such as the Integrated Defence Staff Headquarters, Strategic Forces Command and the Port Blair-based Andaman and Nicobar Comman...
PM Modi expresses solidarity with Sweden knife attack victims
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PM Modi expresses solidarity with Sweden knife attack victims

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed solidarity with the people of Sweden in wake of the violent attacks that took place on Wednesday wherein as many as eight people were injured. "I express solidarity to the people of Sweden, on behalf of all Indian citizens, over the violent attack that took place the day before yesterday in Sweden. We hope that the injured recover soon," the Prime Minister said during an India-Sweden virtual summit alongside his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven. As many as eight people have been injured in a knife attack in southern Sweden on Wednesday (local time). According to a report by Anadolu Agency, the attacker, identified as a 20-year-old male by the Jonkoping county police department, was shot and wounded by police in the Vetlanda locality,...
IMA cadets get into a scuffle with each other
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IMA cadets get into a scuffle with each other

Foreign and Indian cadets allegedly got into a scuffle at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) on Wednesday night. According to a statement issued by the officials of the academy, an inquiry has been ordered in the matter. It is alleged that a few gentlemen cadets (GCs) got into a physical fight after a heated argument. While the fight started between a few GCs, it drew attention when many others also got involved. It is not clear as to what precipitated the fight or which foreign and Indian GCs were involved. According to a statement issued by the authorities of IMA on Thursday, “a case of scuffle involving gentlemen cadets undergoing pre-commission training at Indian Military Academy occurred on the night of March 3.” “The case is being investigated and followed-up as per ...
BJP slams opposition for creating confusion around efficacy of ‘indigenous vaccine’
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BJP slams opposition for creating confusion around efficacy of ‘indigenous vaccine’

Slamming the opposition, particularly the Congress party, for 'doing politics, creating confusion' during the Covid-19 vaccination drive in the country, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said it is the duty of every politician, across party line to stand together during such 'historic' time, but all that the opposition did was to keep 'taunting the government'. Addressing the media here on Friday, Patra said the opposition created confusion in the country about the efficacy of 'indigenous Covid-19 vaccine and taunted the Prime Minister and other ministers to take it. "In order to create confusion in the county, the opposition used to question the efficacy of our indigenous vaccine. They used to say if the country trusts the vaccine then the Prime Minister should get the vaccine first. We...
ITBP to strengthen its Chinese Kung Fu team, to recruit players and coaches
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ITBP to strengthen its Chinese Kung Fu team, to recruit players and coaches

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has decided to strengthen its team of Wushu after their women's team secured the first position in the national Wushu championship. The female team of Wushu, a Chinese Kung Fu, has six players that will be increased to 20. The men's team will also increase its players by the same number. ITBP first introduced its women team in September 2019 in Chinese Kung Fu. ITBP's team has to compete with various nations including China if they manage to qualify for the Asian Games. Director-General of ITBP, SS Deswal has assured that the player will get the best equipment and service benefits including out-of-turn promotion if they perform well in the global championship. Asian Games will be held in 2022 and before that ITBP has planned to recruit more play...
India signs pact with Philippines for supply of BrahMos missile
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India signs pact with Philippines for supply of BrahMos missile

India and the Philippines have signed a key agreement to facilitate government-to-government deals on military hardware, including the potential supply of BrahMos cruise missiles. The signing of the “implementing arrangement” for procuring of defence materials and equipment was announced by the department of national defense of the Philippines on its Facebook page. The pact was signed by under-secretary Raymundo Elefante of the Philippines’ department of national defense and Indian ambassador Shambu Kumaran at Camp Aguinaldo, headquarters of the Filipino armed forces, on Tuesday. Filipino defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who witnessed the signing ceremony, was quoted by The Straits Times as saying: “We are buying the BrahMos missiles.” He didn’t provide details of the procurement p...
India reports 16,838 fresh Covid-19 infections, 113 deaths in last 24 hours
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India reports 16,838 fresh Covid-19 infections, 113 deaths in last 24 hours

As many as 16,838 new COVID-19 cases and 113 deaths were reported in India in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry informed on Friday. With 13,819 new discharges, the cumulative recoveries reached 1,08,39,894. The country's coronavirus tally has reached 1,11,73,761 including 1,76,319 active infections while the death toll has mounted to 1,57,548. According to the health ministry, a total of 1,80,05,503 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far. Maharashtra continues to remain the most affected COVID-19 state in India with 86,359 active cases, followed by Kerala with 44,734 active infections. A total of 21,99,40,742 samples tested for COVID-19 up to March 4, 2021, of these, 7,61,834 samples were tested yesterday, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (...
Rajnath Singh to attend Combined Commanders’ Conference in Gujarat’s Kevadia today
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Rajnath Singh to attend Combined Commanders’ Conference in Gujarat’s Kevadia today

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday will attend the Combined Commanders' Conference (CCC), a premier brain-storming event of the Military Commanders from the three Services commenced at Kevadia in Gujarat yesterday. Taking to Twitter, Singh informed that India's security situation and defence preparedness would be reviewed at the conference. "Leaving for Kevadia, Gujarat on a two-day visit. Shall attend the Combined Commanders' Conference, where India's security situation and defence preparedness would be reviewed. Looking forward to it," the Defence Minister tweeted. According to the ministry, the combined apex level military leadership of the country is reviewing the security situation and defence preparedness of the Armed Forces and deliberating pertinent organisational issu...