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Top news of the day: Bharat Biotech says COVAXIN shows 81% efficacy in interim analysis; Supreme Court says voicing dissent against government does not amount to sedition, and more

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan holds a dose of Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine COVAXIN, during a vaccination campaign at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi on January 16, 2021.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

Coronavirus | Bharat Biotech says COVAXIN shows 81% efficacy in Phase 3 clinical trials

COVAXIN is one of the two vaccines approved for use in the country thus far and is being used as part of the immunisation programme rolled out on January 16. The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) had given the emergency use authorisation for the vaccine in clinical trial mode, raising questions about its effectiveness.

Coronavirus | President Kovind gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

On March 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the first shot of COVAXIN.

Coronavirus | 6 States continue to see rise in daily COVID-19 cases: Health Ministry

In the 24 hours ending 8 a.m. on March 3, 14,989 new cases were registered with Maharashtra reporting the highest of 7,863, followed by Kerala (2,938) and Punjab (729).

Voicing dissent against government does not amount to sedition: Supreme Court

Court rejects plea to “terminate” Lok Sabha membership of Farooq Abdullah and book him for sedition.

Income-Tax Department searches premises linked to Taapsee Pannu, Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl

The searches are said to be part of a tax evasion probe and conducted at about 20 locations in Mumbai and Pune.

Caught in ‘sex for favours’ scandal, Karnataka Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi resigns

Mr. Jarkiholi led the team of 17 MLAs from the Opposition parties who switched to the BJP from the Congress, which eventually led to the fall of the Congress–JD(S) coalition government and formation of the BJP government.

Linguistic barrier to development must be broken through education in local languages: Modi

Addressing a webinar on education initiatives in the Union Budget, he said that the focus on learning in local languages was one of the most important improvements being brought through the new National Education Policy.

India ready to work with U.N. to ensure supply of COVID-19 vaccines in Syria

India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the U.N. K. Nagaraj Naidu said that India continues to stand with the people of Syria in the grave hour of need.

Neera Tanden withdraws nomination to lead budget office

The Biden administration will stop pursuing the nomination of Indian American Neera Tanden for Director of the powerful Office of Management & Budget (OBM), after Ms. Tanden wrote to the President withdrawing her nomination. It had increasingly become clear that Ms. Tanden could not win enough support in an evenly divided Senate.

Coronavirus | Texas becomes biggest U.S. State to lift COVID-19 mask mandate

Texas will also do away with limits on the number of diners that businesses can serve indoors, said Governor Greg Abbott, who made the announcement at a restaurant in Lubbock. He said the new rules would take effect March 10.

Seven dead as Myanmar security forces fire at protesters

At least seven people were killed as Myanmar security forces fired on pro-democracy protesters Wednesday, after the junta hit half a dozen detained journalists, including an Associated Press photographer, with criminal charges.

Insurance brokers brought under ombudsman ambit

The amended rules have enlarged the scope of complaints to ombudsmen from only disputes earlier to deficiencies in service on the part of insurers, agents, brokers and other intermediaries.

Just 1 % of Fortune 500 companies led by Black chief executives: World Economic Forum

Bengaluru-headquartered information technology services major Wipro Limited has announced that it has joined the Partnering for Racial Justice in Business initiative launched by the WEF to promote a culture of diversity, inclusion, equity and justice for people of all racial backgrounds in the workplace.

Rahul retains second spot, Kohli climbs to 6th in ICC T20I rankings

England's Dawid Malan retains top spot with 915 points.

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