The Times Of India
No change in Covishield dose gap: NTAGI chief
Dr N K Arora, chairman of the Covid-19 working group of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI), on Saturday ruled out any changes in the gap between two doses of Covishield citing scientific studies suggesting the vaccine’s higher efficacy when the interval between the shots was longer.
Channi’s new team likely to have 7 new faces
After days of hectic discussions and uncertainty, the Congress leadership finally arrived at a consensus on who all will join the Punjab cabinet. The list was cleared during CM Charanjit Singh Channi’s meeting with Rahul Gandhi that went on past Friday midnight. On returning from Delhi, Channi met Punjab governor Banwarilal Purohit on Saturday, and 15 cabinet ministers will now be administered the oath of office at 4.30pm on Sunday.
Cyclone Gulab set to hit Andhra Pradesh, Odisha today
In a rare occurrence during September, a cyclone is set to hit the north Andhra-south Odisha coast on Sunday evening with expected wind speeds gusting up to 95kmph, the IMD has warned. The cyclone, christened ‘Gulab’, intensified from a deep depression over north Bay of Bengal on Saturday afternoon and is expected to make landfall by Sunday around Kalingapatnam, between Vishakhapatnam and Gopalpur, the India Meteorological Department said.
‘Using terror as political tool dangerous’: PM Modi slams Pakistan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expectedly had a message in his UN General Assembly address for Pakistan, as he slammed use of terrorism as a political tool, but equally significantly for China as he said the “reliability’’ of global institutions of governance, built over decades, had been hit by their handling of issues like Covid-19 origin and ‘ease of doing business’ rankings.
Pakistan an arsonist in guise of a fire-fighter: Indian diplomat
India’s diplomat Sneha Dubey delivered a fiery rebuttal to Pakistan PM Imran Khan raking up the Jammu & Kashmir issue in his UNGA address, saying Pakistan has nurtured terrorists for long and is an “arsonist disguising itself as a fire-fighter”. Dubey, an IFS officer of 2012 batch, was exercising India’s right of reply, and added that Pakistan held the ignoble record of hosting the largest number of terrorists proscribed by the UN Security Council.
Come, make in India: PM Modi woos global vaccine manufacturers
PM Narendra Modi on Saturday made an important effort to put India on the front-line of the global fight against Covid-19, by inviting global vaccine manufacturers to “come and make vaccines in India”. “I, today, invite vaccine manufacture around the world — come, make vaccines in India,” PM Modi said while addressing the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.
India’s renewable energy push shows results at sub-national levels as states gear up to shun coal
India may not be in a position to stop the use of new coal-based power generation for the next couple of decades like many other nations who have signed “no new coal power compact”, but the country’s strong renewable push may show results at sub-national levels. This as it encourages states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra and Bihar, besides the Union territory of Ladakh to work towards a carbon-neutral future in due course.