Indian News

India's struggle to track new Covid-19 variants could worsen the crisis

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic       May 06, 2021

The good news is that the vaccines work against a new virus strain circulating in India that’s spread to several other countries. The bad news is it won’t be only the new version of the pathogen to emerge from an outbreak of this scale, underscoring...

India reports highest-ever single-day spike with 4,12,262 new COVID-19 cases, 3,980 deaths

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic       May 06, 2021

  New Delhi: India on Thursday reported 4,12,262 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. With this, the cumulative count of COVID-19 cases in the country has gone up to 2,10,77,410, informed the Union...

IRDA asks insurers to launch Standard Domestic Travel Insurance Policy by July 1

Health, Non-Life       May 05, 2021

  Hyderabad: In its new Standard Domestic Travel Insurance Policy, the  insurance regulator IRDAI has allowed five plans which  can be designed by the general and health insurers. All general and health insurers will endeavour to offer this product from 1st July, onwards, said IRDAI on...

Subhash Chandra Khuntia, chairman,IRDAI

Khuntia panel submits report to centre on increasing country's insurance penetration

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Life, Non-Life, Regulation       May 05, 2021

  Mumbai: A top panel, constituated by the government in 2019 under the chairmanship of Subhash Chandra Khuntia, chairman, Insurance Regulatory Development of India, has recently submitted its report on the ways to increase insurance penetration in the country. ``Yes, we have submitted the report of...

K Vijay Raghavan, principal scientific advisor to the Centre.

Third wave of COVID 'inevitable': Government

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic       May 05, 2021

  NEW DELHI: The government on Wednesday said that a third wave of coronavirus pandemic was "inevitable", although a time-frame for it could not be predicted. In a press briefing by the Ministry of Health Affairs on Wednesday, officials said the long COVID wave of such...

As COVID-19 sweeps rural India, sick struggle to access healthcare

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Pandemic       May 05, 2021

  CHENNAI/MUMBAI: Weakened by fever and gasping for breath, 47-year-old Vinod Kumar died in an ambulance more than 60 km (35 miles) from his home in India's eastern Bihar state, far from the big cities at the centre of the nation's devastating COVID-19 crisis. His death...

Death of Covid patients due to oxygen crisis 'not less than genocide': HC

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic       May 05, 2021

  New Delhi: The death of COVID-19 patients due to non supplying of oxygen is a "criminal act and not less than a "genocide", said that the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday amid reports of shortage of medical oxygen due to rise in COVID-19 infections. "We...

73-yr-old Australian stuck in Bengaluru sues Morrison govt for ban on flights from India

  Melbourne:  A 73-year-old Australian, who is stranded in India since March last year, has filed a lawsuit before a Sydney court against the federal government for banning flights from India and threatening to prosecute those attempting to enter the country with the possibility of a...

RBI allows fresh moratorium for small borrowers as COVID-19 cases spike

  Mumbai: India's central bank asked banks on Wednesday to let certain borrowers have more time to repay loans, among other support measures, amid a major second wave of COVID-19 infections in the country that has led to strict lockdowns in several states. The moratorium will...