COVID19
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is receiving flak, and rightly so, for the insensitive reply given in the Rajya Sabha on 20th July, by Mansukh Mandaviya, and Dr Bharati Pawar, the newly appointed minister and minister of state, respectively, for health and family welfare, stating that there have been “no deaths due to lack of oxygen as has been specifically reported by the states and Union Territories (UTs)”.

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Sucheta Dalal , 29 July 2021
In the past couple of weeks, I have written about how the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) wants to permit new stock exchanges and depositories with disruptive technology and vastly liberalised entry norms.

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Anger is growing in Australia as 13 million people -- about half the nation's population, endure fresh lockdowns to deal with the Covid-19 outbreaks. Many people have expressed frustration at being back in the highly policed lockdowns 18 months into the pandemic.

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Moneylife Digital Team 20 July 2021
Contrary to the ground report of deaths due to lack of oxygen supply, the Union government on Tuesday told the Rajya Sabha that no deaths due to lack of oxygen has been specifically reported by the states and union territories (UT).

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A fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has hit France which is spreading at "lightning" speed, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said and also announced tougher sanctions on non-compliance with the health pass rules.

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The Centre has exempted basic Customs duty on the import of specific APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients) for Black Fungus medicine Amphotericin B and the raw materials used for manufacturing Covid test kits.

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Aravind Natarajan 13 July 2021
With the onset of COVID, the world as we know has changed. One of the biggest fallouts of the ongoing pandemic has been the confusion around how laws need to be enacted, which law would take precedence in a particular situation, what are the local rules and how do they impact our rights as citizens.

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Covid-19 likely contributed to 216.4 million excess doses of antibiotics for adults,

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is statutorily mandated to provide minimum standards of relief, which should include ex-gratia for those who have succumbed to Covid.

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Moneylife Digital Team 29 June 2021
The announcement pertaining to economic relief for the pandemic announced by the Union government broadly emphasizes four sectors - health, tourism, micro finance institutions (MFIs) and agriculture while the other measures announced fine-tune the scope of the already existing arrangement, says a research note.

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Moneylife Digital Team 25 June 2021
The union government on Friday announced tax exemption for expenditure incurred on COVID treatment and ex-gratia amount received on death. Granting further relief in difficult COVID times, it also extended dates of several compliances.

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The National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAA) has directed GST officials to ensure that the reduced tax rates on Covid-related items are passed on to the consumers.

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 June 2021
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday took a serious note of the spate of fake coronavirus (COVID) vaccination scams in Mumbai and asked Maharashtra government and the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corp (BMC) to catch the kingpins and unearth the entire racket.

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 June 2021
India's second COVID-19 wave is finally ebbing, with weekly average cases declining to about 60,000. That is still high, but a huge relief nevertheless, when considering that cases had risen to 4.14 lakh just a month back.

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The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Central government, whether the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), which is headed by the Prime Minster, has taken any decision not pay Rs 4 lakh compensation to families of those who succumbed to Covid.

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Moneylife Digital Team 19 June 2021
Two months back when the relentless second wave of COVID started, we started seeing people drawn from different walks of life coming together and helping each other out of this adversity.

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In order to ensure the cuts in GST rates of essential Covid-19 drugs and other medications is passed on to consumers, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority has directed all pharma manufacturing and marketing companies to revise the maximum retail price (MRP) on drugs and formulations immediately taking into effect the reduced tax rate.

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Moneylife Digital Team 16 June 2021
Refuting rumours spread by some social media posts about the use of new-born calf serum in Covaxin, the Union government on Wednesday clarified that the coronavirus (COVID) vaccine manufactured by Bharat Biotech Ltd, does not contain new-born calf serum.

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There has been sharp decline in both new and active Covid-19 cases across India for the last few days, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

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