The Election Commission (EC) has acceded to the Health Ministry's appeal to share electoral roll data for identifying people above 50-years for the COVID-19 vaccination drive. However, the EC has ordered the health authorities to delete all the data once inoculation exercise ends. While the ministry will use the latest electoral roll data to identify the priority list, it has identified 12 identity documents, including driving licence, Aadhar… read-more
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The COVID-19 caller tune voiced by actor Amitabh Bachchan shall discontinue from January 15, a day before the commencement of COVID-19 vaccination. As a replacement, a new caller tune featuring a feminine voice will be employed that will raise awareness of the vaccine's efficacy. The pre-recorded tune sounds, "The new year has brought a new ray of hope in the form of vaccines. Vaccines developed in India are safe, effective and will provide… read-more
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has stated that COVID-19 vaccinations would begin on January 16 in the national capital. Reportedly, the vaccination drive will be held four days a week - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday - at 81 centres initially and will be increased subsequently. CM Kejriwal added, “Everyday almost 100 people will be vaccinated.” Besides, the government plans to inoculate 8,100 healthcare workers on the first day.
The Delhi Government has permitted schools to reopen classes for grade 10-12 from January 18. The State government has issued guidelines on how to conduct the practical and pre-board examinations. The rule prohibited the entry of symptomatic people, staff and students coming from containment zones. Moreover, it has asked school authorities to maintain precautionary measures including temperature screening, hand hygiene, use of face masks and… read-more
In good news for badminton lovers, the Thailand Open officials have approved the shuttlers Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy to play in the tournament. Earlier, the duo, along with Parupalli Kashyap, was barred from the tournament for contracting COVID-19. However, a subsequent RT-PCR and an antigen test turned negative making them… read-more
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Amidst coronavirus surge, Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah acceded to PM Muhyiddin Yassin's request to declare a national emergency until August 1. Offering the government power to acquire hospitals and deploy the military, the crown has revealed that no fresh election will be held for the time being. Moreover, PM Yassin agreed to face elections after the pandemic. Reportedly, this is the first emergency in the last 52 years… read-more
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Owing to the COVID-19 scare, Paris Fashion Week will walk the ramp without audience. Adhering to the instructions by police, the fashion show's regulatory body has stated that Paris men's and haute couture shows will now be broadcasted digitally. However, the regulators have permitted houses to conduct 'real' runway shows subject to the condition that they hold the event without public gatherings.
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Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has announced to reopen the medical colleges under the Delhi government from January 11. The Minister appealed to the colleges to follow all guidelines ensuring physical distancing. Resuming the OPD services at the LNJP hospital, the government has asked to resume OPD at the Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital from January 11. The decision arrived in tandem with the improving COVID-19 situation in the… read-more
The British foreign office on January 5 appointed Alexander Ellis, a career diplomat as the Commissioner to India. Ellis who previously served as the Deputy National Security Adviser in the British cabinet, will assume office in the latter part of January. The British office announced its appointment ahead of UK PM Boris Johnson's visit to India on the Republic Day which has been cancelled due to UK's COVID crisis.
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A 32-year-old female doctor was rushed to ICU in Mexico's northern state of Nuevo Leon after getting vaccinated by Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The doctor, whose identity was kept confidential, has been admitted after she experienced seizures, difficulty in breathing and skin rashes. Revealing the doctor’s history of allergic reactions, the Mexican Health Ministry reported that initial diagnosis points towards 'encephalomyelitis' that… read-more