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Morning Digest: Centre to retain GST on oxygen concentrators, former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed injured in explosion in Male, and more

A volunteer prepares beds with oxygen concentrators and oxygen cylinders at a Covid Care Centre inside Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, as coronavirus cases surge in New Delhi, Tuesday, April 20, 2021.   | Photo Credit: PTI

India, E.U. set to relaunch FTA talks, discuss post-pandemic recovery at summit

India and the European Union are expected to make a ‘breakthrough’ announcement to finally relaunch talks for a comprehensive trade and investment treaty on Saturday, officials said.

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed injured in explosion in Male

Former President of Maldives and Speaker of the country’s Parliament Mohamed Nasheed was injured in an explosion in capital Male late on May 6. He sustained injuries and was admitted to a local hospital.

Centre to retain GST on concentrators

The Central government should review its resistance to exempting the Goods and Services Tax (GST) levied on oxygen concentrators imported for personal use, the Delhi High Court observed on Thursday after the Finance Ministry conveyed its inability to accept the Court’s order issued on Wednesday.

Coronavirus | India records 4,06,749 new cases, 3,783 fatalities

India recorded 4,06,749 new COVID-19 cases and 3,783 fatalities as of 9.30 p.m. on Thursday. The country has so far reported a total of 2,14,77,323 cases and 2,33,932 deaths.

Russia authorises use of single dose vaccine Sputnik Light

Sovereign wealth fund Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) on Thursday said the move will pave way for the immunisation of a larger number of people in a shorter time frame. Sputnik Light is the first component — recombinant human adenovirus serotype number 26 (rAd26) — of Sputnik V vaccine that has been approved by over 60 countries, including India.

Kerala Assembly Elections | Not ready for a third force

There seems to be little desire for an alternative to the LDF and UDF, according to The Hindu CSDS-Lokniti Post-Poll Survey 2021

Watch | Indian-American classical musicians perform in solidarity with India

The online performance organised by Classical Movements will include Indian and Western classical music and personal statements.

Air ambulance makes emergency landing in Mumbai

An air ambulance carrying a critical patient from Bagdogra in West Bengal to Hyderabad made an emergency landing in Mumbai on Thursday night after its landing gear fell during take off from Nagpur where it stopped for refuelling.

MNM vice-president Mahendran quits party, Kamal hits back and terms his move as ‘a weed removing itself’

Mr. Mahendran accused Mr. Haasan of not changing his approach towards the party and its cadre even after the electoral defeat. He also accused election management company, Sankhya Solutions, of creating blocks between Mr. Haasan, the office-bearers and the party cadre. Mr. Haasan hit back at Mr. Mahendran, terming his leaving the party as “a weed removing itself”. He said the vice-president had quit, knowing full well that he was going to be sacked and was trying to gain sympathy by blaming others.

IPL 2021 | Chennai Super Kings airlifts Balaji and Hussey

According to IPL officials, “Hussey and Balaji will be taken care of by Apollo Hospital. We have a tie-up with them. Both are without any symptoms and should come through fine. They will undergo one more test after four days.”


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