Inspiring, says Chidambaram on PM Modi’s G7 speech, then adds a taunt

Former Union finance minister P Chidambaram said that PM Modi was the only guest not physically present at the G7 Outreach meeting, highlighting that India is the “most infected and least vaccinated country” against Covid-19. Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at G7 Outreach…

Undeterred by pandemic, Skoda Auto eyes going past all-time peak sales volume next year

Czech car maker Skoda Auto is confident of crossing its historic peak sales volumes in India achieved nearly a decade ago by the middle of next year as it continues ramping up and launching new products despite businesses being hit by the second Covid-19 wave, according to a senior company official. Skoda Auto India,…

Saudi Arabia To Allow 60,000 Vaccinated Residents To Perform Hajj

The hajj ministry said this year’s pilgrimage would be “open for nationals and residents of the kingdom, limited to 60,000 pilgrims”, according to the official Saudi Press Agency. Saudi Arabia announced Saturday it will allow 60,000 vaccinated residents of the kingdom to perform the annual hajj, state…

Visva-Bharati Pre-Degree Exams to be held from July 5 in online mode

Amid the pandemic situation forcing different boards to cancel or postpone class 10 and 12 examinations, Visva-Bharati University on Thursday announced that the pre-degree exams of its two schools Patha Bhavana and Siksha Satra will be held online from July 5, a notification said. The notification was issued at a time…

Russia’s Covid-19 cases spike by nearly 50% in a week

For the entire pandemic period, the task force has reported nearly 5.2 million infections in the country of about 146 million people, and 126,000 deaths.  Russia’s national coronavirus taskforce on Saturday reported that the country’s tally of daily new infections has risen by nearly 50 per cent over the…

BookMyShow lays off 200 employees as Covid hits business

BookMyShow has laid off 200 employees as the company’s online ticket booking service suffered a severe blow due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. BookMyShow, a popular online platform for booking film tickets and entertainment events, has laid off 200 employees, making the second major round of job…

Delta variant 60% more transmissible, reduces vaccine effect, UK experts say

The Delta variant is 50% more transmissible than the Alpha variant, first discovered in the UK, experts from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) said. The rapid surge in cases during Delhi’s fourth Covid-19 wave was mainly driven by the…

Indiscriminate, incomplete vaccination can promote mutant strains, health experts tell PM Modi

Public health experts, including doctors and members from the national taskforce on Covid-19 have said that unplanned vaccination can promote mutant strains. Experts have also said there is no need to inoculate those who have had coronavirus infection. A group of public health experts, including doctors from AIIMS and…

Natural Gas Consumption Begins To Recover This Month: Report

Manoj Jain, chairman of GAIL (India) said that gas consumption in April and May fell by about 10 per cent to 15 per cent compared to a 50 per cent reduction last year. The country’s natural gas consumption is recovering in June after declining in the previous two months, as states ease restrictions in the wake of…

Can Covid be compared to Spanish flu? Will current pandemic follow same path as the 1918 one?

What is constant is that epidemiological triad of agent, host and environment. The interaction between these three is important in understanding how this disease spreads faster. It was 1918 when the Liberty Loan Parade was organised in Philadelphia to economically support the soldiers who fought in World War I. It was…