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PM introduced world to India: BJP chief Nadda on Modi’s return from US

Prime Minister Modi was greeted by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda, party general secretaries Arun Singh and Tarun Chugh, former health minister Harsh Vardhan, Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta, and senior party functionaries outside the airport.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being garlanded by BJP national president JP Nadda and party members on his arrival at AFS Palam in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being garlanded by BJP national president JP Nadda and party members on his arrival at AFS Palam in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 27, 2021 12:56 AM IST
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'Harsh Vardhan made a scapegoat': Kharge targets Centre over Covid-19

  • Mallikarjun Kharge also hit out at BJP leaders for flouting Covid-protocol while campaigning for assembly elections in states in April this year
Mallikarjun Kharge made a direct comparison between the coronavirus lockdown and demonetisation, insisting that both were imposed overnight and the government was unprepared for it. (ANI Photo/ RSTV)
Mallikarjun Kharge made a direct comparison between the coronavirus lockdown and demonetisation, insisting that both were imposed overnight and the government was unprepared for it. (ANI Photo/ RSTV)
Published on Jul 20, 2021 03:55 PM IST
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'No more vaccine shortage?': Rahul Gandhi's dig at new health minister

has been a harsh critic of the Centre’s vaccination policy for months. He urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on numerous counts, to end the 'shortage' of vaccine doses in the country, a claim that the BJP-led government debunked as a “lie”.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (File Photo)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (File Photo)
Published on Jul 08, 2021 02:04 PM IST
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Health minister changed over Covid-19 crisis

Harsh Vardhan (66), an ENT specialist who practised in east Delhi’s Krishna Nagar until early 1990s, also held the science and technology, and earth sciences portfolios.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan performs yoga on the occasion of the 7th International Day of Yoga 2021, in New Delhi, Monday, June 21, 2021. (PTI file photo)
Dr. Harsh Vardhan performs yoga on the occasion of the 7th International Day of Yoga 2021, in New Delhi, Monday, June 21, 2021. (PTI file photo)
Published on Jul 08, 2021 12:44 AM IST
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Congress’ P Chidambaram attacks Modi govt over resignation of Harsh Vardhan

“The resignations of the Union Health Minister and the MoS Health is a candid confession that the Modi government has utterly failed in managing the pandemic,” Chidambaram said.
Congress leader P Chidambaram.(PTI)
Congress leader P Chidambaram.(PTI)
Published on Jul 07, 2021 08:59 PM IST
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By | Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

'Poor Dr Harsh Vardhan': Jairam Ramesh on health minister's resignation

After quitting, former health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan found Congress leaders supporting him as Jairam Ramesh said the "good man" has been made the scapegoat.
Ahead of the cabinet reshuffle announcement, Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan resigned on Wednesday.
Ahead of the cabinet reshuffle announcement, Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan resigned on Wednesday.
Published on Jul 07, 2021 04:42 PM IST
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Health minister Harsh Vardhan resigns ahead of Cabinet reshuffle

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Harsh Vardhan was handling three departments-- health, science and technology, earth sciences.
Health minister Harsh Vardhan resigned on Wednesday.(PTI)
Health minister Harsh Vardhan resigned on Wednesday.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 07, 2021 03:09 PM IST
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States' fault if there is vaccine supply issue now, says Harsh Vardhan

States were informed in advance about the Covid-19 vaccine supply in July, the health minister said.
Vaccination has picked up pace after June 21, health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, (PTI)
Vaccination has picked up pace after June 21, health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, (PTI)
Published on Jul 01, 2021 02:17 PM IST
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India's vaccine number crosses 300m mark, Centre says 'fight isn't over yet'

  • In an official statement, the central government said that more than 3.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine were administered across the country in the last 24 hours as part of the nationwide vaccination programme
India's active case count has reduced to 537,064, constituting 1.77 per cent of the total number of cases.(REUTERS)
India's active case count has reduced to 537,064, constituting 1.77 per cent of the total number of cases.(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 30, 2021 11:33 AM IST
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By | Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi

'India's 2nd Covid wave not over yet': Health Minister's warning as cases fall

Harsh Vardhan said that daily rise in cases had declined from 4 lakh to less than 40,000 (ANI)
Harsh Vardhan said that daily rise in cases had declined from 4 lakh to less than 40,000 (ANI)
Published on Jun 29, 2021 04:52 PM IST
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Kolkata vaccine fraud: BJP's Suvendu Adhikari demands immediate probe

Speaking on the alleged fake vaccination camps, Adhikari said the fraud can not take place without the "complicity of top civic authorities."
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jun 26, 2021 10:51 AM IST
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AAP, Union ministers spar over vaccination drive

“Hardeep ji: pls focus on providing enough vaccines for the youth, rather than just abusing Arvind Kejriwal all the time. Central government’s vaccination flip-flops have created a crisis situation all over the country,” deputy CM Manish Sisodia tweeted.
AAP MLA Atishi who presents daily vaccination bulletin of the Delhi government said the Centre refused to let the city administration use vaccines meant for 45+ category for 18+ group.(PTI)
AAP MLA Atishi who presents daily vaccination bulletin of the Delhi government said the Centre refused to let the city administration use vaccines meant for 45+ category for 18+ group.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 23, 2021 03:26 AM IST
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India administers 4.7 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine in single-day

  • This achievement followed soon after the centralised free vaccination policy came into effect in the country, under which the government is providing Covid-19 vaccine free-of-cost to all citizens above the age of 18.
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan.(HT photo)
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan.(HT photo)
Updated on Jun 21, 2021 06:26 PM IST
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By | Written by Shivani Kumar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India opposes 'vaccine passport', Harsh Vardhan says idea 'discriminatory'

Vaccine passport will be disadvantageous for people of the developing countries as their vaccine coverage is far less than that of the developed countries, the health minister said at a health ministers' meet of G7.
Before deciding on vaccine passport, the issue of equitable distribution of vaccine across the world should be taken into account, Dr Harsh Vardhan said.
Before deciding on vaccine passport, the issue of equitable distribution of vaccine across the world should be taken into account, Dr Harsh Vardhan said.
Published on Jun 04, 2021 10:42 PM IST
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MK Stalin writes to centre, asks to ramp up supply of black fungus drug

M K Stalin said, "..the emergence of mucormycosis among the patients and sufficient supply of liposomal Amphotericin B, which is being allotted by the Government of India, are increasingly becoming critical issues which need urgent intervention."
So far, 673 cases of mucormycosis or black fungus have been detected in the state and hence the demand for
So far, 673 cases of mucormycosis or black fungus have been detected in the state and hence the demand for "liposomal Amphotericin B has increased manifold, MK Stalin said. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 04, 2021 12:16 AM IST
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As Bhavesh Joshi Superhero turns 3, Harsh recalls how 'audiences didn’t turn up'

  • Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor has recalled the time when his film Bhavesh Joshi Superhero was released. The film clocked three years on June 1.
Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor writes a note as Bhavesh Joshi Superhero turns three.
Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor writes a note as Bhavesh Joshi Superhero turns three.
Published on Jun 02, 2021 02:26 PM IST
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No, hotels can't offer Covid-19 vaccine package, clarifies Centre

Star hotels have not been allowed to offer vaccine packages in collaboration with private hospitals and all such drives need to be stopped immediately, the Union health ministry said.
Union health ministry said legal and administrative action will be taken against hotels and private hospitals coming into agreements to sell vaccine packages.
Union health ministry said legal and administrative action will be taken against hotels and private hospitals coming into agreements to sell vaccine packages.
Published on May 30, 2021 08:47 AM IST
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Harsh Vardhan says India gradually winning fight against Covid-19

The Union health minister also pointed to the fact that number of new positive cases, as well as active cases, is coming down every day.
Health minister Harsh Vardhan (File Photo).
Health minister Harsh Vardhan (File Photo).
Updated on May 26, 2021 04:58 PM IST
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Covid spreads mainly through 'airborne route', says Centre's revised protocol

The new Covid-19 protocol mentions Ivermectin as a treatment for mild cases. It also includes a word of caution against the use of steroids in Covid-19 treatment.
Aerosols remain suspended in the air or may travel farther than 1 metre, health ministry's new Covid-19 protocol has said. (PTI)
Aerosols remain suspended in the air or may travel farther than 1 metre, health ministry's new Covid-19 protocol has said. (PTI)
Updated on May 26, 2021 12:05 PM IST
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B.1.617 variant found in 65% of samples sequenced, says health minister

There are three sub-lineages of the Covid-19 variant - B.1.617.3, B.1.617.1 and B.1.617.2. The last two were first detected in December 2020 whereas B.1.617.3 was the first sublineage of this variant to be detected in October 2020 in India.
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan was addressing the 27th group of ministers' (GoM) meeting on Covid-19 on Monday.
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan was addressing the 27th group of ministers' (GoM) meeting on Covid-19 on Monday.
Published on May 24, 2021 12:01 PM IST
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Ramdev withdrawing allopathy remark 'shows his maturity': Harsh Vardhan

Yoga guru Ramdev on Sunday withdrew his statements on allopathic medicine after receiving a letter from Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan who called his remarks inappropriate'
Yoga guru Ramdev expressed regret over the controversy created by his apparent remark on allopathy in a viral video.
Yoga guru Ramdev expressed regret over the controversy created by his apparent remark on allopathy in a viral video.
Updated on May 24, 2021 11:52 AM IST
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'Weakens our resolve': Harsh Vardhan asks Ramdev to take back statement

  • Health minister Harsh Vardhan asks yoga guru Ramdev to take back his recent statements on allopathic medicines
The health minister said that Ramdev's recent statements have hurt the statements of doctors and frontline workers who are fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic. (HT Photo)
The health minister said that Ramdev's recent statements have hurt the statements of doctors and frontline workers who are fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2021 09:01 PM IST
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'Enough is enough': IMA demands prosecution of Ramdev under Epidemics Act

  • "Enough is enough," IMA said slamming Ramdev for what it called “repeatedly taking advantage of the situation and creating fear among the public to sell his illegal drugs.”
Union minister Harsh Vardhan with Ramdev. (File photo)
Union minister Harsh Vardhan with Ramdev. (File photo)
Updated on May 22, 2021 04:04 PM IST
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By | Written by Deepali Sharma | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

'Can't say it didn't anticipate crisis, govt has been forewarned': Chidambaram

Veteran Congress leader P Chidambaram said the Centre should read the writings on the wall that if vaccinations against Covid-19 are not accelerated it will not be possible to prevent a third wave.
Vaccine centres are running out of stock owing to a gap between the demand and supply.(Bloomberg)
Vaccine centres are running out of stock owing to a gap between the demand and supply.(Bloomberg)
Published on May 22, 2021 11:06 AM IST
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News updates from HT: Harsh Vardhan terms claims of underreporting of Covid data

  • Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan releasing the first batch of an anti-COVID drug, 2-DG, developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in New Delhi(HT Photo)
Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan releasing the first batch of an anti-COVID drug, 2-DG, developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in New Delhi(HT Photo)
Published on May 21, 2021 08:56 PM IST
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'Such a travesty': Harsh Vardhan to Chidambaram's doubt over India's Covid data

There is a time gap between contracting Covid infection and recovery or mortality and hence the decline in the case positivity rate can not be compared with the number of daily toll, Dr Harsh Vardhan said, trashing Chidambaram's doubt as "unnecessary".
"By the order of toolkit party', P Chidambaram is raising unnecessary doubts over Covid figures, Harsh Vardhan said.
Published on May 21, 2021 07:12 PM IST
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B.1.617 Covid mutant found in 20% of samples in Chhattisgarh: Health minister

  • “In genome sequencing, in 20% of the samples we found presence of B.1.617 mutant,” said Harsh Vardhan during a video conference with health ministers of nine states and Union territories.
Harsh Vardhan Vardhan also identified Goa as an area of concern with 22,000 active cases and a fatality rate of 1.59%.
Harsh Vardhan Vardhan also identified Goa as an area of concern with 22,000 active cases and a fatality rate of 1.59%.
Published on May 21, 2021 03:05 PM IST
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Vaccines to all adults by end of year: Health minister Harsh Vardhan

The minister said that 51 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses will be made available by July and 216 crore more between August and December.
Health minister Harsh Vardhan.(HT photo)
Health minister Harsh Vardhan.(HT photo)
Published on May 20, 2021 05:57 AM IST
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The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: From zero to gau mutra

  • In this week's The Taste, Vir Sanghvi writes, "India gave the world the number 'zero' but today we are losing our scientific edge and falling prey to obscurantism and superstition"
The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: From zero to gau mutra(Photo by John Moeses Bauan on Unsplash/Twitter@Rajeevsinghamm)
The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: From zero to gau mutra(Photo by John Moeses Bauan on Unsplash/Twitter@Rajeevsinghamm)
Updated on May 19, 2021 06:34 PM IST
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'Narrow politics': Harsh Vardhan on states raising Covid vaccine demand

Harsh Vardhan said if states demand more vaccines from the Centre, then the "whole-of-government" approach to tackle the pandemic gets harmed.
Harsh Vardhan on Thursday reviewed the Covid-19 situation of six states and implied that states should not raise the demand for the vaccines from the Centre as other channels to procure vaccines are now open.
Harsh Vardhan on Thursday reviewed the Covid-19 situation of six states and implied that states should not raise the demand for the vaccines from the Centre as other channels to procure vaccines are now open.
Published on May 14, 2021 07:26 AM IST
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