In PM’s first meeting with new ministers, a word about those who quit and a warning about COVID-19

New Delhi, July 09: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had several words of advise to his new ministers who took oath on Wednesday. From avoid talking unnecessarily to the media to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the PM had plenty of advise for the new ministers.

Over the past few days, we all have been seeing pictures and videos of crowded places and people roaming about without masks or social distancing. This is not a pleasant sight and it should instil a sense of fear in us, the PM said according to sources.

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COVID-19 to review of ministries: What to expect from PM’s Modi’s meet with Council of Ministers

New Delhi, June 30: All eyes would be on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with the Council of Ministers later today where the discussions would focus on the management of COVID-19.

A review of the overall situation in the country and the ongoing vaccination drive would also come up for discussions during the meeting. The performance of some of the ministries too would be reviewed by the PM.

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PM Modi may have the first in-person meeting with Joe Biden later this year

New Delhi, June 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Washington DC later this year.

If the visit goes through, PM Modi would have his first in-person meeting with US President Joe Biden. 

The visit is however subject to the COVID-19 situation in India and the United States. Officials from both sides are holding talks and discussing the possibility of the visit by PM Modi to the United States. 

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Change in national vaccination policy not due to SC observations: Sources

New Delhi, June 08: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given an in-principle clearance to the plan for a centralised free vaccination after a presentation was made to him on June 1.

The announcement was made on Monday during the PM’s address to the nation. 

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BJP all set to launch counter-narrative against opposition

New Delhi, June 06: The BJP is all set to launch a massive counter-offensive against the Opposition which has been attacking it on the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to counter the anti-government narrative, the BJP would engage its various cells and departments across the country. 

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In COVID-19 times, specially abled people supported by Indian-American NGO

New Delhi, June 02: An Indian-American non-profit body has raised USD 100,000 to help specially abled people in India tide over the impact of the second wave of COVID-19.

Los Angeles-based ‘Voice of Specially Abled People’ (VOSAP) said Monday that it has raised close to USD 100,000 to help people with disabilities in India by providing them grocery, PPE kits, among others, during the pandemic.

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Origin of COVID-19: India backs call for further studies

New Delhi, May 28: India has backed investigations to probe the origins of COVID-19. India also sought cooperation from China and other parties for such studies.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that the World Health Organisation Study was an important first step. However more studies are needed he also said.

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On COVID-19 origin, White House adviser says need transparent process from China

Washington, May 26: The world needs to get to the bottom of the origins of COVID-19, a senior White House coronavirus adviser has said. He also said that the World Health Organisation and China have to do more to reach the definitive answers in the matter.

“It is our position that we need to get to the bottom of this and we need a completely transparent process from China. We need the WHO (World Health Organization) to assist in that matter. We don’t feel like that we have that now,” Andy Slavitt, White House adviser said.

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WHA treaty likely to make it legally binding on nations to prevent future pandemic outbreak

New Delhi, May 24: As the demands grow for a fuller probe into the origins of COVID-19, the World Health Assembly will be meeting today to pass a resolution on setting up of an inter-governmental working group.

The WHA will meet under the presidentship of Bhutan and it may consider a global pandemic treaty to make it legally binding on nations to prevent any future pandemic outbreak.

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False: WHO has not termed B.1.617 as Indian variant, remove such reports says govt

New Delhi, May 22: There are media reports referring to the new strain of COVID-19 as an Indian variant. The government has said that this information is false. 

In a release, the Union Government said that this is completely FALSE. There is no such variant of Covid-19 scientifically cited as such by the World Health Organisation (WHO). WHO has not associated the term “Indian Variant” with the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus in any of its reports. 

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