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Mukul Roy returns to Trinamool Congress

Mamata Banerjee describes him as an “old family member”; Mr. Roy’s son Subhrangshu follows his father’s footsteps.

ICMR to start national sero surveys to assess COVID-19 spread: Health Ministry

States/UTs should also be encouraged to conduct them so that information from all geographies can be collected, it said.

Two doses of COVID-19 vaccine offer 77% protection against hospitalisation, CMC Vellore study finds

The study found that even a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine offered significantly high protection against both infection and hospitalisation.

Covaxin’s launch in U.S. to be delayed after FDA requests additional data

The company anticipates that data from an additional clinical trial will be required to support the submission.

Sachin Pilot dismisses reports of being in touch with BJP leaders

Congress in-charge for Rajasthan, Ajay Maken, asserts that there would soon be a Cabinet expansion of the Ashok Gehlot-led government in the State.

BJP stands for India First: Jitin Prasada

After switching from the Congress to the BJP, Mr. Prasada speaks to The Hindu about the 180 degree change in his ideology, Brahmin politics and the internal dissensions in Congress.

Adityanath calls on Modi

His visit to New Delhi comes close on the heels of the BJP holding a series of review meetings in Lucknow, which had fuelled speculation of a Cabinet reshuffle in the State.

Monsoon rainfall likely to pick up over Kerala in the next few days

A low-pressure area has formed over northwest Bay of Bengal, but its influence on rainfall over Kerala may not be as strong as initially expected, according to the India Meteorological Department’s Meteorological Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.

Pakistan’s National Assembly passes bill to give right of appeal to Kulbhushan Jadhav

The National Assembly passed the ICJ (Review and Re-consideration) Bill, 2020 on June 10 aimed at allowing alleged Indian spy Jadhav to have consular access in line with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict, the Dawn newspaper reported.

G7 Summit | U.K. PM pledges to donate 100 million COVID vaccine doses

U.K. will donate 5 million doses by the end of September, beginning in the coming weeks, primarily for use in the world’s poorest countries.

Karnataka High Court allows CCI to investigate Amazon, Flipkart

The Competition Commission of India had acted on a complaint by Delhi Vyapar Mahasangh (DVM), which had alleged that Amazon and Flipkart were giving preference to select sellers and offering deep discounts by indulging in anti-competitive agreements.

SBI unveils Kavach Personal Loan scheme for COVID treatment

The loan covers expenses of COVID treatment of self and family members of the customer. Under this scheme, customers can avail loans up to ₹5 lakh at an effective interest rate of 8.5% per annum for 60 months which is inclusive of three months moratorium.

Tokyo Olympics | India’s Sports Ministry not to send its delegation

Decision taken to accommodate maximum support staff, including coaches and physios, for the athletes competing in the Summer Games.

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