COVID-19 vaccine, boundary dispute on Nepal foreign minister’s agenda during India visit

New Delhi, Jan 08: The sixth Nepal-India Joint Commission meeting between Foreign Minister, S Jaishankar and his Nepal counterpart, Pradeep Gyawal will take place on January 14.

The meeting is an important one and would demonstrate India’s support to Nepal and its people and the K P Sharma Oli government as well. Oli had dissolved Parliament stating that his rivals were hindering the decision making process. China’s attempts to patch up the warring factions also fell flat. 

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Special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India on track: Nikolay Kudashev

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New Delhi, Dec 24: Russian Ambassador in Delhi Nikolay Kudashev in a statement said that the special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India is progressing well despite COVID-19. 

He also said that India and Russia are working out new dates for the Summit in near future. The Annual Summit meeting between the Prime Minister of India and the President of the Russian Federation is the highest institutionalised dialogue mechanism in the strategic partnership between India and Russia. 

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Study by Chinese claiming COVID-19 originated in India withdrawn

New Delhi, Dec 15: A study that had claimed that India may be the place where the earliest human to human novel coronavirus transmission had occurred has been withdrawn from the preprint platform of the medical journal, The Lancet.

A report in the Global Times said that the study was first posted on SSRN.com, the preprint portal of the medical journal on November 17. However the article has been withdrawn. 

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COVID-19 briefing: 60 foreign envoys arrive in India

New Delhi, Dec 08: 60 heads of foreign mission flown in by the Centre have arrived in India and they would visit Bharat Biotech and Biological E, the two biotech companies that are working on a vaccine against COVID-19.

At Hyderabad, the envoys will be briefed about the progress made by the scientists who are woking on the vaccine, officials tell OneIndia Bharat Biotech has filed for emergency use authorisation of Covaxin. After Pfizer and Serum Institute of India (SII), Bharat Biotech became the third company to seek such regulatory approval.

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Interpol warns of biological threats posed by suspicious packages during COVID-19

New Delhi, Nov 20: The Interpol said that it has been reported that attempts at deliberate contamination by spitting and coughing on surfaces and objects has been reported.

In its latest guidelines, the Interpol said that despite limited risks, few cases of threatening letters allegedly contaminated with COVID-19 targeting political figures have been reported. There was however no specific mention of any instance. 

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Millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to be supplied by Moderna, Pfizer

New Delhi, Nov 17: Two pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer and Moderna have given some good news on the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Moderna said on Monday that its candidate for the vaccine is nearly 95 per cent effective in preventing the viral disease. As per the projections, it would produce 20 million vaccine doses by the end of this year. 

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Parliament set to wrap up early amidst rising cases of COVID-19

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New Delhi, Sep 20: The Lok Sabha session is likely to end on Wednesday in the wake of the rising number of COVID-19 cases. 

The decision was taken by the government after consulting with the opposition at the Business Advisory Committee meeting. The Centre is concerned about the safety of the MPs after three who had attended the session tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week. 

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COVID-19 to border aggression: The challenges faced by Indians in China

misri2New Delhi, Aug 15: India’s Ambassador to China Vikram Misri sad that Indians both in the country and China are facing twin challenges of a pandemic and aggression at the border.

“As you just heard from the President’s address, 2020 has been a very unusual year, including for us here in China. We here, and people in India, of course, have had to face up to the twin challenges of Covid-19 as well as aggression on our borders.

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Independence Day 2020: COVID-19 precautions put in place

redfort2New Delhi, Aug 15: Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the crowd at Red Fort will be far less. It has been a major challenge for the Defence Ministry to put in place the arrangements for the Independence Day celebrations this year.

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Mizoram govt issues new guidelines for social gatherings

socialAizawl, Aug 14: The Mizoram government has issued additional standard operating procedure (SOP) to be followed in any gathering to ensure that social distancing is strictly maintained in view of the rise of COVID-19 cases in the state, an official said.

The order was issued on Thursday after a meeting of top officials, NGOs, churches and doctors chaired by Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Wednesday, the official said.

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