Morning digest | Government for scientific decision on booster dose and jabs for children; Cyclone Jawad to bring heavy rain to Odisha, Bengal and A.P., and more

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December 04, 2021 08:01 am | Updated 08:28 am IST

Fishermen moving their boats to safety in the wake of heavy rain warning under the effect of cyclonic storm Jawad at Pedajalripeta in Visakhapatnam on Friday, Dec 03, 2021.

Fishermen moving their boats to safety in the wake of heavy rain warning under the effect of cyclonic storm Jawad at Pedajalripeta in Visakhapatnam on Friday, Dec 03, 2021.

Government for scientific decision on booster dose, jabs for children

Any decision on COVID-19 vaccine booster dose or vaccines for children would be strictly based on the recommendations made by the expert committee looking into the matter. This decision could not be hurried or politicised. It should be based on pure science and knowledge, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Friday.

Cyclone Jawad to bring heavy rain to Odisha, Bengal and A.P.

Cyclone Jawad has formed in the Bay of Bengal on Friday and is expected to reach Paradip, on the Odisha coast, by Sunday with winds expected to touch 90 kmph as well as heavy rains in Odisha, West Bengal, and north Andhra Pradesh over the weekend.

A drug bust in Bengaluru opens a can of bitcoins

Ramesh alias SriKi, a 26-year-old hacker from Bengaluru, is at the centre of a bitcoin corruption storm in Karnataka that has emerged as a serious headache for the Basavaraj Bommai government. K.V. Aditya Bharadwaj profiles the young man’s unquenchable thirst for chasing bitcoins, drugs and trouble.

MGNREGA seeks ₹25,000 crore additional funding

The Centre has sought ₹25,000 crore as additional funding for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme as part of the supplementary demand for grants submitted to Parliament on Friday, after the demand-driven rural jobs scheme ran out of funds midway through the year.

Prepared for any escalation, says Navy chief

In the aftermath of the Ladakh stand-off last year, the Navy forward deployed ships in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), was prepared for any escalation and continued to maintain good domain awareness of movements in the region, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral R. Hari Kumar said.

PepsiCo loses rights to special Lays variety potato in India

Two years after PepsiCo India provoked outrage by suing nine Gujarati farmers for allegedly infringing patent rights by growing its registered potato variety, the company’s registration has been revoked by the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights’ Authority (PPV&FRA) .

West Bengal braces for cyclonic storm Jawad, heavy rainfall likely in coastal districts

A cyclonic storm brewing over Bay of Bengal is likely to cause heavy to very heavy rainfall along the coastal districts of West Bengal over the weekend, officials at regional meteorological centre in Kolkata said on Friday.

Congress in the deep freezer, says Trinamool mouthpiece

Amidst the ongoing war of words between the Congress and Trinamool Congress, the West Bengal ruling party has once again targeted the grand old party of the country through an editorial in the party mouthpiece ‘Jago Bangla’ titled “Congress in the deep freezer”.

Security will aid fintech retain user trust: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked fintech firms to focus on ensuring greater security in their transactions to retain the trust of people who have embraced digital payments and financial technologies.

Government seeks ₹62,000 crore for Air India debt

Tax payers will be paying a total of ₹62,000 crore for debt and other liabilities of Air India, according to the Supplementary Demand for Grants tabled before Parliament on Friday.

Pakistan says Afghan trucks can carry Indian aid to Afghanistan

As India stepped up efforts to send humanitarian aid to Afghanistan “without conditionalities”, Pakistan announced on Friday that it would allow Indian aid to pass through on Afghan trucks, dropping an earlier demand that Pakistani trucks be used.

Supreme Court comes to the aid of sex workers

The Supreme Court has reiterated its direction to States and Union Territories to supply dry rations to sex workers identified by the National AIDS Control Organisation and district legal authorities without insisting on the production of identity documents like ration card.

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