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Coronavirus | Novavax claims 90% efficacy for its vaccine

Vaccine maker Novavax said Monday its shot was highly effective against COVID-19 and also protected against variants in a large, late-stage study in the U.S. and Mexico. The vaccine was about 90% effective overall and preliminary data showed it was safe, the company said.

Surging fuel prices push wholesale inflation up to nearly 13%

India’s wholesale price inflation shot up to a record 12.94% in May, up from 10.5% in April, driven largely by a sharp spike in fuel and power inflation, which rose to 37.6%, and the low base effect from May 2020.

Also read: Data | Petrol price peaks in India owing to high taxes and crude oil price

Chess fundraiser | Nikhil Kamath admits using computer in his win against Viswanathan Anand

Viswanathan Anand’s simultaneous online chess games against celebrities on Sunday night raised more than ₹10 lakh. Less than 24 hours later, the event, conducted by chess.com for COVID-19 relief, began to be talked about for all the wrong reasons: one of the players, it turned out, had resorted to unfair practices during his game against the five-time World champion.

Uttar Pradesh scribe who expressed threat to life by ‘liquor mafia’, dies in ‘road accident’

A journalist in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh district, who had written to police fearing threat to his life by the ‘liquor mafia’, died in an alleged road accident a day later on June 13 night, police said.

Five Lok Janshakti Party MPs hit out at Chirag Paswan

Less than a year after the death of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) founder Ramvilas Paswan, his party is on the verge of a split. Five of its six MPs, according to sources, have come out against the party president Chirag Paswan.

Also read: Chirag Paswan has reaped what he had sown: JD(U) president Singh

In SC, Centre elaborates on food for migrants without ration cards

The Central government on Monday informed Supreme Court that the States and the Union Territories (UTs) have purchased nearly 3.7 lakh metric tonnes at concessional rates from the Food Corporation of India this year to feed migrants without ration cards and others outside the protective cover of the National Food Security Act, debunking apprehensions raised in court that those without ration cards may be left to die amidst a devastating pandemic.

Delhi High Court refuses to stay trial court order asking IMA chief not to use platform to propagate religion

The Delhi High Court on Monday refused to stay an order of a trial court directing Indian Medical Association (IMA) president J. A. Jayalal not to use the organisation’s platform to propagate any religion and cautioning him that loose comments cannot be expected from a person chairing the responsible post.

About 73% elderly experienced increased abuse during lockdown imposed amid 2nd wave of Covid: report

About 73 % of the elderly population experienced increased abuse during the lockdown imposed amid the second wave of COVID-19, according to a new report. The report by the Agewell Foundation, based on responses from 5,000 elderly, released ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day said 82 % of the respondents claimed that their life has been affected adversely due to the current COVID-19 situation.

Also read: Coronavirus live updates | June 14, 2021

O. Panneerselvam elected deputy legislature party leader of AIADMK

AIADMK coordinator, O. Panneerselvam, was, on Monday, elected deputy leader of the legislature party of the AIADMK. This was decided at a meeting of legislators that lasted nearly three hours at the party headquarters in Chennai.

Want to pay tribute to COVID-19 warriors by winning medal in Tokyo: Manpreet

Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh says they will leave no stone unturned to end their four decade-long medal drought at the Tokyo Olympics and has vowed to dedicate the achievement to the country’s COVID-19 warriors.

Southampton curator aims for 'pace, bounce and carry' in WTC final pitch

Head groundsman at Southampton Simon Lee is aiming to produce a pacy and bouncy pitch for the World Test Championship final with some assistance for spinners later on in the game. The final will be played between India and New Zealand from June 18.


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