India exempts Covid-19 vaccine from import duty

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has fully exempted imports of Covid 19 vaccines from basic customs duty, from October 1 till December 31. “The Central Government, on being satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest so to do, hereby exempts the goods of the description specified when imported into … Read more

DCGI directs pharma companies to submit information of pre-1988 permitted FDCs on their safety and efficacy

The DCGI notice on FDCs has been sent to the Indian Drug and Pharmaceuticals Associations and also uploaded on the website of CDSCO for information and necessary action by the concerned stakeholders. The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has directed pharma companies to submit information of certain pre-1988 permitted Fixed Dose Combinations (FDCs) on … Read more

Centre may have recalled West Bengal chief secy amid row with state, but Mamata Banerjee may refuse to play ball: Experts

Former top bureaucrats and legal experts believe that the Central government‘s order recalling West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay to Delhi, on the day he was slated to retire, maybe one which the Centre finds hard to enforce as the state government is within its rights to refuse his release. The order came within hours … Read more

COVID-19 surge in states pushes Centre to emphasize on targeted vaccinations

As many as 16,488 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours Looking at the increasing number of Coronavirus cases, the Central government is now focusing on an aggressive vaccination strategy and has given seven key pointers to eight states as well as the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. According to a … Read more

Mamata goes all out to Matuas, promises land rights, safety

Kolkata: At a time when the BJP is going all out to woo the Matua community, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee reiterated her opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act that promises to benefit the community. Speaking at Ranaghat on Monday, she said the community will lose “its land and identity” if the CAA is implemented, … Read more

Govt making ‘U-turn’ on PM’s assurance that every citizen will get COVID vaccine: Congress

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Wednesday attacked the Central government for saying that every person in the country does not need to be inoculated against COVID-19, while dubbing it a “U-turn Sarkar” and seeking clarity on who all will be administered the coronavirus vaccine. Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the opposition party said while he … Read more

Covid-19 patients treated as untouchables once posters pasted on their homes, says SC

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that once signage or posters are pasted outside the homes of Covid-19 patients, the people affected are treated as “untouchables”, reflecting a different “ground reality”. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said however that its guidelines do not contain any instructions or guidance regarding affixing … Read more

Mamata announces schemes ahead of assembly polls

BANKURA (WB): Ahead of the Assembly elections in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced schemes for redressing grievances of people at the block level and providing motorbikes to youths to help them run small businesses. Banerjee, while speaking at a public distribution programme at Khatra in Bankura district, also claimed that the … Read more

Political positioning: Akalis explore opposition turf with federal and regional planks

New Delhi: Within a month of quitting the Union Cabinet and the BJP-led NDA over the contentious farms legislations, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has initiated a process for a new political positioning by attempting an image make-over. The SAD leadership has started reaching out to regional parties by floating the idea of launching a … Read more

UP approves special festival package, advance payments to state employees

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday approved benefits of special festival package and advance payments, special cash package (in lieu of LTC) schemes announced by the Centre to state government employees. The decision to this effect was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. “Keeping in view the broad objectives … Read more