Top news of the day: Centre asks States to identify areas with low COVID-19 vaccine coverage; Supreme Court-appointed panel submits report on farm laws, and more

A medical worker inoculates a woman with a dose of a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at a government hospital in Hyderabad on March 31, 2021.   | Photo Credit: AFP

Coronavirus | As vaccine drive is set to expand, Centre asks States to identify low-coverage areas

National Health Authority (NHA) CEO and Empowered Group on COVID Vaccination chairperson Dr. R.S. Sharma and Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan chaired a high-level meeting with Health Secretaries, mission directors of NHM and immunisation officers of all States and UTs during the day, a statement said.

Coronavirus | India reports highest COVID-19 death toll this year

Maharashtra leads the table as eight States report a surge in the daily new cases.

Supreme Court-appointed panel submits report on farm laws

The report will be revealed during the next hearing of the case.

Centre defers labour codes implementation

Employees' take home pay, companies’ PF liability to remain same for now.

Day temperatures likely to be above normal over north, east India from April to June: IMD

Several parts of the country saw temperatures crossing 40°C in March.

NIA court jails Pakistani LeT terrorist for 10 years for conspiring to attack India

Bahadur Ali, the Pakistani LeT terrorist, was convicted by the Special Judge for NIA cases in Patiala House Court under sections of the IPC, the UA(P) Act, the Arms Act, the Explosives Act, the Explosive Substances Act, the Foreigners Act and the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act.

West Bengal Assembly Elections | A polarised Nandigram will cast its vote on April 1

Chants, ‘gaddar’, outsider barbs smeared the high decibel fight by political heavyweights.

Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections | I have not said anything that violates poll code, contends DMK’s A. Raja

Responding to a notice issued by the Election Commission of India over his remarks against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, the DMK deputy general secretary said he had not said anything that violated the Model Code of Conduct — anything that was obscene or that would lower the dignity of motherhood, of women — much less any other provision of the law.

Assam Assembly Elections | Rahul guarantees Nagpur control-free State

‘Nagpur’ is a reference to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s headquarters while the Congress has been accusing the Sarbananda Sonowal government of letting the BJP’s central leadership in Delhi run the show in Assam.

Kerala Assembly Elections | BJP rakes up ‘love jihad’ to woo Christian voters in central and southern Kerala

Party State president K. Surendran said, “Deceptive conversion to Islam using inter-faith love marriage as a cover was a matter of grave concern to Christians.”

Audio tape case | Karnataka High Court vacates stay, allows probe against Yediyurappa

In 2019, then Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy released the audio clipping of the conversation while alleging that Mr. Yediyurappa tried to lure JD(S) MLA by offering money and position.

Pakistan to import sugar, cotton from India: Finance Minister Hammad Azhar

"In India, the price of sugar is quite cheap," he said. "Hence, we have decided to resume sugar trade with India," he was quoted as saying by Geo TV. He also said that Pakistan will import cotton from India starting June this year.

Coronavirus | Japan wants further probe into COVID-19 origins

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato called for additional investigation and analysis and said Japan will encourage WHO to consider additional investigation inside China.

India FY21-22 growth will be in the 7.5%-12.5% range, likely 10.1%: World Bank

“It is not normal to talk about these wide ranges in the forecast,” Hans Timmer, Chief Economist for the World Bank’s South Asia region, said on a briefing call with reporters. “The reason is that we are really in unprecedented circumstances,” he said.

Cabinet approves production linked incentive for food processing

Announcing the scheme, Piyush Goyal, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, said the scheme was a “fitting tribute to farmers” and that it would lead to employment for 2.5 lakh people. He added that it would lead to additional exports of ₹30,000 crore to ₹35,000 crore.

Brazilian regulator says Covaxin manufacturing facility fails to meet CGMP standards

Bharat Biotech said it is working towards resolving the issues cited during the inspection and the order of 20 million doses from the Brazilian government is still active.

ICC rankings | Kohli stays on top of ODI rankings, Ashwin second in Test list

Jasprit Bumrah, who was rested from white-ball series against England, slipped a place to fourth among bowlers in the ODI rankings.

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