Expecting COVID-19 vaccine in India by early 2021: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

Harsh Vardhan

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister,  made a brief statement out on the current pandemic situation and the country’s vaccine status in Rajya Sabha on Thursday. He said that a potential vaccine is expected to roll out at the dawn of 2021, but will take considerable time to reach everyone. He urged that following social distancing norms and taking sufficient precautionary measures is still the most important thing right now, quoting it as a “social vaccine”. “By the beginning of the next year, we hope that we will get a…

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Delhi hotels get the green flag; Gyms still under lockdown.

Arvind Kejriwal

Ever since the lockdown started, hotels took a massive hit as all of tourism dropped drastically. However, Wednesday came with good tidings for those working in the Hospitality sector, after what has been four and a half months of unemployment. The Delhi State Disaster Management Authority on Wednesday gave a nod to reopen hotels across Delhi. That came with good news to weekly markets as well as they too got a green signal to reopen on a trial basis. Gymnasiums, on the other hand, were not so lucky this time…

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WHO and Africa CDC explore treatment for Covid-19 in traditional medicine

CDC

The World Health Organization and the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently launched a new effort in finding a cure for Covid-19. This effort is basically a newer approach to finding the cure to the disease as it explores more traditional medicine as a solution to the Coronavirus outbreak.  Soaring cases in South Africa raise a cause for concern which has motivated the African CDC to take different measures. Confirmed cases on the African Continent have reached 750,000 with more than half these numbers in South Africa…

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Brazil’s coronavirus count goes past the 70k mark.

Brazil

While the global toll of people affected by the virus keeps on reaching new heights every day, there are certain countries that are hit worse than the others. In a list of countries worst affected by Covid-19, Brazil stands to be the country with the second-highest death toll, and is surpassed only by the United States of America.  In the last 24 hours, the country saw 630 new cases added to the total coronavirus related deaths, bringing Brazil’s total Coronavirus death count over 72,000.  The total number of cases in…

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India China to meet on Ladakh stand-off tomorrow regarding the pullback expedition.

Indian Army

India and China have been locking horns at the borders for over a month now, and during times like these, this does not seem to be such a good thing to focus national attention towards. In order to expedite a pullback on the borders, India and China will discuss on Friday. This discussion will be around ways to build on the disengagement process – a process started this week after National Security Advisor Ajit Doval conversed with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.  Friday’s meeting will be of the Working Mechanism…

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Paris Fashion Week goes online.

Paris Fashion Week

No paparazzi, no physical presence, no glowing divas, and shining dresses. But the Paris Fashion week will still happen without a doubt. While the world embraces a new normal, the Paris fashion week embraces a virtual platform to make sure that the Fashion capital does not lose its charm, even amid the pandemic.  The makeover has been caused by Coronavirus and designers will now be experimenting next week with online showcases to keep clients hooked and to eventually have revenues flowing in.  Several brands have taken up the onus to…

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Maharashtra extend state-wide lockdown till July 31st

Uddhav Thackeray

In another string of unsurprising news, the state of Maharashtra has extended the lockdown duration to July 31st. This is due to the fact that the numbers of cases have exponentially risen and there seems to be no respite on that end.  Maharashtra is single-handedly the worst affected state in India and the tally of infected cases has reached almost 1.6 lakh. Out of these, over 74000 cases are in Mumbai alone. There are ten major cities in Maharashtra, including Mumbai that are still looked at as Red Zones and…

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On the occasion of World Environment Day, environmentalists urge to stop mask pollution.

Mask Pollution

The pandemic has affected various parts of our lives and changed the very definition of normalcy. However, there were many reports emerging about nature on a healing streak ever since humans decided to go on lockdown. But has it really been all that great for Mother Nature? Environmentalists don’t quite agree.  Ever since the pandemic has struck, there has been a dramatic rise in the usage of face masks. Due to health regulations demanding people to be mask-clad when outdoors, the demand for masks has increased on a global level. …

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Cyclone Nisarga makes landfall as Mumbai receives early showers

Nisarg

Cyclone Nisarge is on its way to Mumbai and has made landfall between Murud and Revdanda in Maharashtra’s Raigad district. Authorities have declared red alerts in these areas and are evacuating thousands of people. These evacuations are mainly happening in coastal areas of the state and in Gujarat, as reported by officials.  The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for seven coastal districts of Maharashtra. Many districts along Gujarat are also expected to receive heavy rainfall.  When it comes to the cyclone, Mumbai falls right in its…

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JK Rowling is back and this time, it is nothing to do with Harry Potter

Jk Rowling

We all have, at some point in our childhood, come across the mystical world of Harry Potter and have found repose in the pages that take us to the school where Magic is the curriculum. And while JK Rowling formed a major part of our childhood, growing up without her comforting words did seem to be a bit too harsh.  That would not, however, be the case for long, as Rowling has come back with what she does best. The Harry Potter Author tweeted, “Over 10 years ago, I wrote…

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