Pfizer to allow generic version of its Covid-19 pill to be made and sold in India cheap
The US Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. on Tuesday announced a deal to make its oral antiviral Covid-19 medication available more cheaply in poorer countries, if the promising pill passes trials and regulatory approval.
The company has signed a deal with a U.N.-backed group to allow other manufacturers to make its experimental Covid-19 pill.
High Court allows sale of herbal hookah in bars, restaurants in Delhi
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday allowed the use of herbal hookahs in restaurants, bars in Delhi. The court also ordered that strict COVID-19 norms should be followed and disposable pipes must be used. The court also mentioned that when the cinemas have been reopened then it would not be right to keep petitioners hanging.
Economic recovery is now taking hold, says RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das on Tuesday said that numerous indicators are suggesting that economic recovery is now taking hold. He further said that India has emerged as a top performer in the startup landscape.
He further mentioned that banks should be investment-ready when the investment cycle picks up.
West Bengal Assembly passes resolution against Centre’s order to extend BSF jurisdiction to 50 km from international border
In today’s top news, the West Bengal Assembly passed a resolution against the Centre’s order to extend Border Security Forces (BSF) jurisdiction to 50 km from the international border. Earlier, the Punjab government also passed a resolution against the Centre’s decision and called it an insult to the state police and have asked for its withdrawl.
Indrani Mukerjea’s bail plea rejected by High Court in Sheena Bora murder case
The accused in Sheena Bora murder case Indrani Mukerjea’s bail plea has been rejected by the High Court. Indrani has been lodged at the Byculla prison since her arrest in the murder case in August 2015.
Nawab Malik shares chat between Kashiff Khan, Kiran Gosavi, asks why Khan not being questioned
National Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik on Tuesday shared the purported WhatsApp chats between the only witness in drugs on cruise case KP Gosavi and an informer Kashiff Khan, on his official social media. He shared the chats and said that here is a WhatsApp chat between KP Giosavi and informer Kashiff Khan. Nawab Malik further questions that why Kashiff Khan is not being questioned? He further asks that what is the relationship between Kashiff Khan and Sameer Dawood Wankhede.
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Kartarpur Sahib Corridor to reopen from November 17
Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday, November 16, announced that a major decision has been taken to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib corridor from tomorrow, November 17. In a tweet, Amit Shah said that this decision has been taken to benefit a large number of Sikh pilgrims and this decision reflects the immense reverence of the Modi government towards Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the Sikh community.
PM Modi lands in Sultanpur to inaugurate Purvanchal Expressway
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to inaugurate the Purvanchal Expressway today. PM Modi’s C-130J Super Hercules has now landed at Karwal Kheri in Sultanpur district. He will inaugurate the 341 Km long Purvanchal Expressway shortly.
AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh arrested in connection with money laundering case linked to Delhi liquor policy
The Enforcement Directorate has mentioned Sanjay Singh’s name in its charge sheet. According to the investigating agency Dinesh Arora a middle man said he had met Singh during a party in his restaurant. The name of the restaurant is Unplugged Courtyard.
The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday arrested Aam Aadmi Party Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh after searches were conducted at his residence in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case. The central investigating agency questioned Sanjay Singh for 10 hours before arresting him.
Houses of several people close to the AAP MP were also searched. The Enforcement Directorate had named Sanjay Singh in its charge-sheet. According to the investigating agency, Dinesh Arora, a middle-man, said he had met Singh during a party in his restaurant, Unplugged Courtyard.
Before leaving his home with the ED officers, Sanjay Singh touched his mother’s feet to take her blessings. Sanjay Singh’s father said they would cooperate fully with ED officials. He added he told his son Sanjay not to worry. He said the future was positive for them as the government will change soon.
AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the move showed BJP’s desperate measures as it stares at defeat in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Delhi Education Minister Atishi tweeted the BJP’s fear of losing to the INDIA alliance is clearly visible. She said Sanjay Singh worked for the people of Delhi and wondered why they don’t open an ED office in the AAP headquarters itself. Atishi added the BJP is surviving by making false allegations against AAP.
The Enforcement Directorate had arrested then Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case. Large number of comments from different political leaders of different parties started coming immediately. BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said the way the AAP leaders used to write letters it seemed there was no one as honest as them. Tiwari added the AAP leader’s co-accused have turned approvers. He said the flame will not end with Sanjay Singh, Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain but will reach Arvind Kejriwal as well.
Government hikes subsidy for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries from Rs 200 to Rs 300 per LPG cylinder
Ujjwala beneficiaries are paying Rs 703 per 14.2 cylinder as against the market price of Rs 903. After this announcement they will pay Rs 603.
Union Minster Anurag Thakur announced the Central government has hiked the subsidy amount for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries from Rs 200 to Rs 300 per LPG cylinder on Wednesday. Anurag Thakur said the subsidy will bring an additional financial implication of Rs 7680 crore for the financial year 2023-24.
Ujjwala beneficiaries are paying Rs 703 per 14.2 cylinder as against the market price of Rs 903. After this announcement they will pay Rs 603. The decision has been made one month after the central government reduced the price of the price of cylinders for domestic cooking gas by Rs 200 for all customers.
The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was launched by PM Modi on May 1, 2016 in UP’s Ballia. The scheme aims to provide cooking gas like LPG to the people of rural India. The scheme focuses on offering LPG connections to women from disadvantaged groups, forest dwellers, Antyoday Anna Yojana (AAY), Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), SC/ST communities and BPL households.
The Union Cabinet has approved the extension of PMUY for release of 75 lakh LPG connections over three years from the financial year 2023-24 to 2025-26. The 75 lakh additional Ujjwala connections take total number of PMUY beneficiaries to Rs 10.35 crore.
The decision to give additional subsidies for Ujjawala beneficiaries has come ahead upcoming elections in Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Congress has repeatedly attacked the BJP government at the centre as it is an important issue. It was also a part of BJP’s election campaign in 2014 when Congress was in power at the centre. The decision has been taken by the Union government at a time when domestic LPG cylinders are available at a retail price of Rs 1103 per LPG cylinder.
Rasabali: Famous sweet dish of Odisha’s Kendrapara district gets GI tag
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to X (formerly twitter) and said it is a matter of pride for Odisha to get the GI tag for Kendrapara Rasabali. Patnaik added Rasabali has special importance to tradition and food culture of Odisha.
The Geographical Indications Registry, Chennai under the ministry of Commerce and industry gave the GI tag to the sweet dish, which is known as Kendrapara Rasabali. Kendrapara Rasabali Mistanna Nirmata Sangha and the rural infrastructure development and employment department had applied for GI tag for Rasabali. They had submitted the supporting documents to the registry.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to X (formerly twitter) and said it is a matter of pride for Odisha to get the GI tag for Kendrapara Rasabali. Patnaik added Rasabali has special importance to tradition and food culture of Odisha. The origin of the sweet dish is from the 262 year old Sree Baladevjew temple. The presiding diety of the shrine is offered Rasabali as bhog. Rasabali finds its place among the chappan bhog at Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri.
The tag is a matter of pride for the sweetmakers. The recognition gives the product its own identity and image. Baishnab Panda, president of Kendrapara Rasabali Makers association was delighted and said the sweet will get better exposure now. Kendrapara’s Rasabali is one of the most delicious sweets in India. But it is not getting marketed properly due to poor export facilities and poor promotion.
Kendrapara Rasabali Mistanna Nirmata Sangh had prepared a dossier in the year 2021 in order to claim geographical identification tag for the sweetdish. Basudev Das a researcher of Kendrapara said the request had been submitted to the state government. The government further forwarded the request to the office of Geographical Indications Registry in Chennai.
The GI tag will help Kendrapara Rasabali to get more prominence in the market. This will in turn help the makers to fetch a better price for the sweetdish. According to NandaKishore Parida This GI certification will help in stopping the adulteration of Kendrapara Rasabali. As a result the sweet dish will fetch better prices in the market.