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  • West Bengal accepts expert panel recommendation to cut Class 10 & 12 syllabus Nov 26, 2020 12:06 PM IST

    West Bengal accepts expert panel recommendation to cut Class 10 & 12 syllabus

    Dates for next year’s secondary and higher secondary exams will be announced “at an appropriate time" state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said

  • International flights to remain suspended till December 31: DGCA Nov 26, 2020 11:51 AM IST

    International flights to remain suspended till December 31: DGCA

    International flight ban: Select international flights on limited routes will continue to run as per the specific approval granted by the DGCA.

  • Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai tests positive for COVID-19 Nov 26, 2020 11:24 AM IST

    Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai tests positive for COVID-19

    Gopal Rai is the third minister in the Arvind Kejriwal government to have contracted the virus. Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendar Jain had been infected with coronavirus.

  • Coronavirus Vaccine | After year-long sprint, COVID-19 vaccines finally at hand Nov 26, 2020 11:18 AM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine | After year-long sprint, COVID-19 vaccines finally at hand

    All the vaccines unveiled are near the end of so-called Phase 3 clinical trials, the final step in a process that tests safety and efficacy on tens of thousands of volunteers of different ages and ethnicities spread across the world

  • Coronavirus Updates: South Korea virus cases hit highest level since March Nov 26, 2020 11:04 AM IST

    Coronavirus Updates: South Korea virus cases hit highest level since March

    Officials announced 583 new cases after several weeks of fresh infections ranging between around 100 and 300 - mostly from clusters at offices, schools, gyms and small gatherings in the greater Seoul area, as per the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency

  • Six of Pakistan's squad positive for COVID-19: New Zealand Cricket Nov 26, 2020 10:53 AM IST

    Six of Pakistan's squad positive for COVID-19: New Zealand Cricket

    All six members who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been quarantined and the Pakistani cricket team's exemption to train while in isolation has been temporarily revoked, according to the New Zealand Cricket board.

  • Coronavirus Daily Update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts Nov 26, 2020 10:53 AM IST

    Coronavirus Daily Update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts

    India has reported 44,489 new cases of coronavirus on November 26, the 19th day in a row that than new infections remained below 50,000 but active cases are rising again.

  • Coronavirus Vaccine Update: Covaxin's phase-3 trials to start in Sir JJ Hospital in Mumbai Nov 26, 2020 10:15 AM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine Update: Covaxin's phase-3 trials to start in Sir JJ Hospital in Mumbai

    According to the dean of Sir JJ Hospital, Dr Ranjit Mankeshwar, it is expected to enroll at least 1,000 people for the trial of the coronavirus vaccine candidate.

  • Coronavirus state-wise tally November 26: Tamil Nadu's COVID-19 tally rises to 7.74 lakh Nov 26, 2020 09:37 AM IST

    Coronavirus state-wise tally November 26: Tamil Nadu's COVID-19 tally rises to 7.74 lakh

    With nearly 18 lakh COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of infections followed by Karnataka (8.78 lakh) and Andhra Pradesh (8.64 lakh).

  • COVID-19 vaccine | India to vaccinate 25-30 crore on priority by July 2021 Nov 26, 2020 09:29 AM IST

    COVID-19 vaccine | India to vaccinate 25-30 crore on priority by July 2021

    Healthcare and frontline workers, senior citizens, people between 50 and 65 years of age, followed by those below 50 with chronic diseases are likely to be given the COVID-19 vaccine sequentially on priority.

  • International flights on November 26: Here are flights operated by Air India under Vande Bharat Mission Nov 26, 2020 09:16 AM IST

    International flights on November 26: Here are flights operated by Air India under Vande Bharat Mission

    International flights: Check flights leaving for and from India to bring back stranded Indians.

  • Bengaluru airport well-equipped to handle storage of COVID-19 vaccines, says BIAL Nov 26, 2020 08:55 AM IST

    Bengaluru airport well-equipped to handle storage of COVID-19 vaccines, says BIAL

    BIAL also said it processed 34,339 metric tonnes (mt) of cargo in October, recording a 26-month high in tonnage.

  • COVID-19 in Delhi: Authorities mark micro-containment zones to control surging cases Nov 26, 2020 08:45 AM IST

    COVID-19 in Delhi: Authorities mark micro-containment zones to control surging cases

    According to the data, there are 4,980 containment zones in Delhi with the maximum 863 in the southwest district.

  • Coronavirus Vaccine Update: AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results Nov 26, 2020 07:50 AM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine Update: AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

    In a statement on November 25, Oxford University said some of the vials used in the trial didn't have the right concentration of vaccine so some volunteers got a half dose.

  • Coronavirus News highlights: Maharashtra reports 6,406 fresh COVID-19 cases, 65 deaths Nov 26, 2020 07:22 AM IST

    Coronavirus News highlights: Maharashtra reports 6,406 fresh COVID-19 cases, 65 deaths

    Coronavirus News highlights: Total COVID-19 cases in India have risen above 92 lakh. There are 4,52,344 active cases in the country.

  • Now, there are platforms that connect fans with celebrities virtually Nov 25, 2020 08:05 PM IST

    Now, there are platforms that connect fans with celebrities virtually

    Platforms such as myFanPark, TrueFan and Unlu are giving different options including shout- outs and personalised video messages to connect with celebrities.

  • COVID-19 won't stop Santa Claus this Christmas, assures UK PM Boris Johnson in letter to 8-year-old Nov 25, 2020 07:45 PM IST

    COVID-19 won't stop Santa Claus this Christmas, assures UK PM Boris Johnson in letter to 8-year-old

    With Christmas season arriving, the four nations of the UK have agreed to relax COVID-19 restrictions to allow up to three households to meet at home for five days.

  • COVID impact: Americans line up for free Thanksgiving meals Nov 25, 2020 06:54 PM IST

    COVID impact: Americans line up for free Thanksgiving meals

    New Yorkers with empty shopping carts line up for help from a hunger-relief organisation as they COVID hits incomes and dulled Thanksgiving spirit.

  • MHA's new COVID-19 guidelines to take effect on December 1: What is allowed and what is not Nov 25, 2020 05:56 PM IST

    MHA's new COVID-19 guidelines to take effect on December 1: What is allowed and what is not

    States and UTs have been authorised to impose local restrictions, including night curfews in containment zones. However, for imposing further restrictions or local lockdown outside the containment zones, prior consultation with the central government will be mandatory.

  • Home Ministry issues fresh COVID-19 guidelines for surveillance, containment Nov 25, 2020 05:05 PM IST

    Home Ministry issues fresh COVID-19 guidelines for surveillance, containment

    In cities where weekly positivity rate is over 10 percent, states/UTs concerned are urged to consider implementing staggered office timings and other measures to ensure social distancing.

  • With hope high for vaccine, Britain prepares to roll it out Nov 25, 2020 05:04 PM IST

    With hope high for vaccine, Britain prepares to roll it out

    But Johnson, who credited NHS nurses with saving his life after he was hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier this year, warned restrictions will continue for months and Christmas celebrations will be curtailed this year.

  • Free COVID tests for Czechs to start Dec 18, minister says Nov 25, 2020 05:00 PM IST

    Free COVID tests for Czechs to start Dec 18, minister says

    The Czech Republic has been one of the worst-hit countries in Europe in the second wave of the pandemic.

  • Surge in COVID-19 deaths: Delhi LG directs timely hospitalisation of patients under home isolation Nov 25, 2020 04:56 PM IST

    Surge in COVID-19 deaths: Delhi LG directs timely hospitalisation of patients under home isolation

    According to official data, there were 22,246 COVID-19 patients under home isolation in the national capital till Tuesday.

  • BioNTech, Fosun start Phase II trial of COVID-19 vaccine in China Nov 25, 2020 02:37 PM IST

    BioNTech, Fosun start Phase II trial of COVID-19 vaccine in China

    The vaccine, known as BNT162b2, will be tested on volunteers at the Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention to assess safety and immunogenicity, eyeing future approval in China, the two companies said in a statement.

  • Chinese drug maker CNBG seeks approval to launch COVID-19 vaccine for public use: Report Nov 25, 2020 02:30 PM IST

    Chinese drug maker CNBG seeks approval to launch COVID-19 vaccine for public use: Report

    This makes China National Biotec Group the first drug maker outside Russia to seek general use authorisation for its COVID-19 vaccine.

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