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Chandigarh schools to open for primary classes from October 18

Continuing with the phased reopening of schools amid a decline in the Covid-19 pandemic, the Chandigarh administration will soon issue a detailed order for Classes 1 to 4
Attendance will not be compulsory at schools and classes will be held online too. (Representative image)
Attendance will not be compulsory at schools and classes will be held online too. (Representative image)
Published on Oct 13, 2021 01:26 AM IST
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ByRajanbir Singh, Chandigarh

PhD not a must for assistant prof post till 2023, says UGC

The decision by UGC has been taken because of the Covid-19 pandemic that has brought the research work of PhD students to a standstill in the last one and a half years.
The UGC in 2018 set the criteria for recruitment for entry-level posts at universities and colleges. (Representational picture)
The UGC in 2018 set the criteria for recruitment for entry-level posts at universities and colleges. (Representational picture)
Updated on Oct 13, 2021 01:30 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi

Noida: Gautam Buddha University prepares to resume in-person classes from October 25

The offline classes at the university have remained suspended since March 2020 in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic
Meerut divisional commissioner Surendra Singh took additional charge of the university’s vice-chancellor on Tuesday. (Sourced)
Meerut divisional commissioner Surendra Singh took additional charge of the university’s vice-chancellor on Tuesday. (Sourced)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 11:48 PM IST
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Covid-19 vaccinations: Gurugram achieves 14% of mega drive target on Day 1

The district health department administered over 21,300 doses of Covid-19 vaccines on Tuesday, achieving 14% of its 150,000 target on Day 1 of a three-day statewide mega vaccination drive
On Tuesday, a total of 21,388 people were vaccinated against Covid-19 in the district, with 12,360 people being given the first dose and 9,028 people being given the second dose of the vaccines. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
On Tuesday, a total of 21,388 people were vaccinated against Covid-19 in the district, with 12,360 people being given the first dose and 9,028 people being given the second dose of the vaccines. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 11:27 PM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Gurugram

Manish Sisodia writes to Mandaviya, urges to issue Chhath puja guidelines

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has banned Chhath celebrations at all public places such as riverbanks and water bodies this year too, which has drawn massive backlash from the BJP in the national capital, who said the move is an insult to the Purvanchal community.
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said that last year too, Chhath celebrations were done as per “directions of the government of India.”(Photo: Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said that last year too, Chhath celebrations were done as per “directions of the government of India.”(Photo: Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 11:17 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Bengal doctors fear fresh Covid outbreak as millions hit streets during puja

The sight of crowds swelling on the streets of Bengal and Kolkata since the inauguration of the Durga Puja festival on Monday - the auspicious occasion of Sasthi according to the Hindu almanac - has panicked doctors with many fearing a rapid surge in Covid-19 cases in the coming weeks
Devotees take pictures at a puja pandal during the Durga puja festival in Kolkata. (HT photo.)
Devotees take pictures at a puja pandal during the Durga puja festival in Kolkata. (HT photo.)
Updated on Oct 13, 2021 03:38 AM IST
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Is it time to reduce the waiting time for second dose of Covid-19 vaccines?

India on May 13 increased the waiting period between two doses of the Covishield vaccine from four-eight weeks to 12-16 weeks
A medic administers Covaxin to a health worker. (REUTERS File)
A medic administers Covaxin to a health worker. (REUTERS File)
Updated on Oct 13, 2021 06:18 AM IST
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ByAbhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

IMF warns of darkening prospects in developing countries | Growth forecast table

  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) noted that although the global economic recovery is continuing, the fault lines opened up by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic are looking “more persistent.”
Gita Gopinath, chief economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) speaks at a World Economic Outlook news conference in Washington on Tuesday.(Bloomberg)
Gita Gopinath, chief economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) speaks at a World Economic Outlook news conference in Washington on Tuesday.(Bloomberg)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 09:33 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Covid deaths: Diabetes, hypertension top co-morbidities in Mumbai

Sixty per cent patients who succumbed due to Covid-19 in Mumbai had diabetes and hypertension as underlying co-morbid conditions.
Data obtained from the civic body on 16,149 deaths recorded till October 10 also showed that 36% patients did not have any underlying disease, while the remaining 4% deceased had conditions like tuberculosis, chronic kidney disease, ischemic heart disease, among others. (VIJAY BATE/HT)
Data obtained from the civic body on 16,149 deaths recorded till October 10 also showed that 36% patients did not have any underlying disease, while the remaining 4% deceased had conditions like tuberculosis, chronic kidney disease, ischemic heart disease, among others. (VIJAY BATE/HT)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 08:41 PM IST
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ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

The Covid-19 fallout: An imminent mental health epidemic among health workers

Even when adjusting for age, sex, relationship status, and the number of working hours, physicians are at an increased risk for occupational burnout compared to other working individuals
This has been attributed to a range of factors, including stigma, potentially deleterious career implications, poor social support, and job-related constraints (Shutterstock)
This has been attributed to a range of factors, including stigma, potentially deleterious career implications, poor social support, and job-related constraints (Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 07:47 PM IST
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BySoham D Bhaduri

Biological E seeks DGCI nod for phase-3 trial of Corbevax as booster dose  

The company has sought the approval of the DGCI to conduct the phase-three clinical study of Corbevax as a single booster dose in those fully inoculated with either Covishield or Covaxin.
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Published on Oct 12, 2021 07:40 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, New Delhi

Vaccinating India’s young

It will provide a boost to the resumption of physical schooling and will also return a sense of normalcy to the academic calendar
The Union and state governments need to look at two objectives: Accelerating the administration of second doses, and expanding the vaccine drive to include people below the age of 18 (AP)
The Union and state governments need to look at two objectives: Accelerating the administration of second doses, and expanding the vaccine drive to include people below the age of 18 (AP)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 07:26 PM IST
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WHO awaiting data from Merck on antiviral drug molnupiravir

  • Data on phase 3 clinical trial of the investigational antiviral drug released by Merck earlier this month showed that the risk of hospitalisation or death was reduced by 50% in Covid-19 patients with mild to moderate infection as compared to placebo.
Merck said 7.3% of patients who received molnupiravir were either hospitalised or died through Day 29 as compared with 14.1% of placebo-treated patients.(Reuters)
Merck said 7.3% of patients who received molnupiravir were either hospitalised or died through Day 29 as compared with 14.1% of placebo-treated patients.(Reuters)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 07:07 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Covid-19 infection less likely if family members are fully vaccinated: Study 

The study findings showed that people with no immunity against Covid-19 had a 45% to 97% lower risk of infection and hospitalisation due to the disease as the number of family members who are immune, either via vaccination or previous contraction, increases.
The study has been conducted by researchers associated with the Umea University of Sweden.
The study has been conducted by researchers associated with the Umea University of Sweden.
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 07:36 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India allows domestic flights to operate at full capacity amid demand surge

  • Domestic airlines have been operating at 85% capacity since September 18 owing to coronavirus disease (Covid-19) measures.
Passengers queue as they arrive to catch domestic flights at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Passengers queue as they arrive to catch domestic flights at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 05:12 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Bali surf school's hope rises as island reopens to travellers from 18 countries

Bali, the once thriving holiday spot of Indonesia, has been eerily quiet for months, with hotels, restaurants and beaches shuttered and thousands of hospitality jobs gone owing to Covid-19 lockdown
A surfing business owner, 38-year-old, Halfia Lando poses holding a surfboard at a Kuta beach as Indonesia opens up the tourist island of Bali to some countries including China, New Zealand, and Japan from October 14. Visitors are still required to quarantine for eight days at their own expense, in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia(REUTERS/Sultan Anshori )
A surfing business owner, 38-year-old, Halfia Lando poses holding a surfboard at a Kuta beach as Indonesia opens up the tourist island of Bali to some countries including China, New Zealand, and Japan from October 14. Visitors are still required to quarantine for eight days at their own expense, in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia(REUTERS/Sultan Anshori )
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 02:49 PM IST
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Covaxin gets SEC emergency use nod for children between 2-18 years of age

  • Bharat Biotech, the Hyderabad based biotechnology company, submitted data from Covaxin's trial in children aged 2 to 18 years to the DCGI on October 6
Bharat Biotech was granted approval for conducting Covaxin trials in children back in May.(AP)
Bharat Biotech was granted approval for conducting Covaxin trials in children back in May.(AP)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 01:58 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Covid-19: Canada rolls out vaccine mandates, draws ire, sparks tensions

A major flashpoint in Canada are impending vaccine mandates in Quebec for healthcare workers. The Quebec Order of Nurses (OIIQ) announced that those who were not yet vaccinated against Covid-19 will be suspended from practising on October 15
A Covid-19 vaccine clinic sign is seen in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The country is bringing in vaccine mandates to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. (REUTERS)
A Covid-19 vaccine clinic sign is seen in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The country is bringing in vaccine mandates to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. (REUTERS)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 12:37 PM IST
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India's daily Covid-19 cases at 14,313; lowest in 224 days

This is a fall of 21 per cent from Monday, when 18,132 people tested positive for the viral illness.
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Published on Oct 12, 2021 09:52 AM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral, New Delhi

Will the festive season trigger the third wave?

As we begin the festivities the most pertinent question being asked is, is the worst over for India and has Covid-19 now turned into an endemic, as being suggested by few experts or is it the lull before the storm?
ICMR warned that revenge tourism may trigger the third wave, with cases surging by over 40%.(AFP)
ICMR warned that revenge tourism may trigger the third wave, with cases surging by over 40%.(AFP)
Updated on Oct 13, 2021 07:47 PM IST
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ByVertika Kanaujia

Online booking for Makara Jyothi at Sabarimala opens

The decision about entry of devotees at Sabrimala during the pilgrimage season was taken by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan after a meeting held earlier this month to review the Covid-19 situation in the state.
The Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala will see a rush of pilgrims rom November 16.(ANI File Photo)
The Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala will see a rush of pilgrims rom November 16.(ANI File Photo)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 08:14 AM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Breaking news highlights: Russia hits new record for Covid-19 deaths

Breaking News Updates October 12, 2021: Get latest news, breaking news, latest updates, live news, top headlines, breaking business news and top news of the hour.
Get latest news, breaking news, latest updates, live news, top headlines, breaking business news and top news of the hour.
Get latest news, breaking news, latest updates, live news, top headlines, breaking business news and top news of the hour.
Updated on Oct 13, 2021 12:05 AM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Slack, recovery and overheating: Indian economy has it all

There are parts which show that things, and more importantly, sentiment, are still worse than what they were before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. But there are also indicators that are in the green and stakeholders who are extremely bullish.
There are sectors showing a sustained recovery, almost in sync with the dropping trajectory of active Covid-19 cases in the country.(Bloomberg)
There are sectors showing a sustained recovery, almost in sync with the dropping trajectory of active Covid-19 cases in the country.(Bloomberg)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 05:13 AM IST
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ByRoshan Kishore, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Pune district records 331 new Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths on Monday

PUNE As of Monday, Pune district reported 331 new Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths due to the infection, as per the state health department, This takes the progressive count to 1
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Published on Oct 12, 2021 01:19 AM IST
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PU: Solar power project still to see light of day

PU panel formed to look into austerity measures had suggested curtailing spending amid the Covid-19 pandemic
Last year, a PU panel had resolved that the capital expenditure (CAPEX) model will be used in the buildings of the University Institute of Engineering (UIET) initially and then at the dental college on south campus. (REUTERS)
Last year, a PU panel had resolved that the capital expenditure (CAPEX) model will be used in the buildings of the University Institute of Engineering (UIET) initially and then at the dental college on south campus. (REUTERS)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 12:49 AM IST
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ByDar Ovais, Chandigarh

Ludhiana: Ramlila makes a comeback at Daresi Dussehra ground

Unlike previous year, residents are getting to enjoy live performance on the ground this year; Ramlila Committee, Daresi ground, Ludhiana,did not get permission to organise it last year due to Covid-19 outbreak
City residents enjoying the mela ahead of Dussehra festival at Daresi ground in Ludhiana on Monday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
City residents enjoying the mela ahead of Dussehra festival at Daresi ground in Ludhiana on Monday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 12:30 AM IST
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ByNikhil Sharma, Ludhiana

Covid-19 vaccination: Three-day mega drive to target 150K beneficiaries

The district health department will conduct a three-day mega vaccination drive with a target of administering Covid-19 vaccines to around 150,000 people from Tuesday to Thursday, officials said on Monday
On Monday, a total of 10,065 people were vaccinated against Covid-19 in the district with 4,926 people being given the first dose and 5,139 people being given the second dose of the vaccine. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
On Monday, a total of 10,065 people were vaccinated against Covid-19 in the district with 4,926 people being given the first dose and 5,139 people being given the second dose of the vaccine. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 11, 2021 10:51 PM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Gurugram

Work on two elevated roads expedited in Noida

Officials said Covid-19-induced lockdown had hit the progress of the infrastructure projects and, post that, the graded action plan to keep pollution levels in check had hit the construction timeline during the last winter season
The authority also expedited work on the Bhangel elevated road project, adding the first girder on the road planned to address traffic congestion issues on Dadri Road, Noida authority officials said. (HT Photo)
The authority also expedited work on the Bhangel elevated road project, adding the first girder on the road planned to address traffic congestion issues on Dadri Road, Noida authority officials said. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 11, 2021 10:51 PM IST
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Gurugram real estate: Demand for independent floors, plots on the up, states report

Independent floors and plots are getting increasingly popular in Gurugram and Faridabad since the Covid-19 pandemic started and over 20,000 such units are expected to be launched in the next year, according to a report released by a private consultancy
The report stated that a major reason for independent floors and plots becoming popular is the fact that turnaround time for independent floors is lesser than group housing projects, and builders also get money faster. (HT Archive)
The report stated that a major reason for independent floors and plots becoming popular is the fact that turnaround time for independent floors is lesser than group housing projects, and builders also get money faster. (HT Archive)
Published on Oct 11, 2021 10:51 PM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Gurugram

Ghaziabad misses target during two mega Covid-19 vaccination drives

The pace of daily vaccinations in the district has started slowing in the last one week, and health department officials have attributed it to the ongoing festival season
Ghaziabad has so far administered 3,000,750 doses that include 888,195 second doses. (HT Archive)
Ghaziabad has so far administered 3,000,750 doses that include 888,195 second doses. (HT Archive)
Published on Oct 11, 2021 10:20 PM IST
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