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India's jumbo-sized vaccine rollout in numbers

New Delhi - India began one of the world's biggest coronavirus vaccination programmes on Saturday, hoping to end a pandemic that has killed 150,000 people in the country and torpedoed the economy.

Flowers, hope and consent forms for India's huge vaccine rollout

New Delhi - Hospitals were decked out with flowers and one politician planted a tree as India began Saturday its colossal coronavirus vaccine drive, desperately hoping to end a pandemic that has killed 150,000 of its people.

India starts huge vaccine drive as global virus deaths top 2 million

New Delhi - India kicked off one of the world's largest coronavirus vaccination drives Saturday as the pandemic spread at a record pace and global Covid-19 deaths surged past two million.

Concerns as India to roll out home-grown vaccine

Bhopal - A homegrown coronavirus vaccine will be rolled out in India from Saturday even though clinical trials haven't been completed. But the government insists it will be safe and effective.

Coronavirus fails to deter India's massive Ganges pilgrimage

Haridwar - Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims descended on the banks of the Ganges river Thursday trusting in faith rather than masks to shield them against the coronavirus pandemic during the giant Kumbh Mela festival.

Coronavirus fails to deter massive Hindu Ganges pilgrimage

Haridwar - Hindu pilgrims flocked to the Ganges river in India Wednesday, shrugging off the risk of coronavirus a day before the start of the Kumbh Mela -- a religious festival that attracts millions each time it is held.

Women cultivate a new voice in Indian farm protests

- India's rural landscape is notoriously male-dominated, but thousands of women have become a pillar of the farmer protests blocking roads into New Delhi that have become a huge challenge to the government.

Supreme Court suspends India's contentious farming laws

New Delhi - India's top court suspended on Tuesday the implementation of new agriculture laws that have sparked weeks of demonstrations by tens of thousands of farmers outside New Delhi.

Supreme Court suspends India's contentious farming laws

New Delhi - India's top court suspended on Tuesday the implementation of new agriculture laws that have sparked weeks of demonstrations by tens of thousands of farmers outside New Delhi.

India readies colossal coronavirus vaccine rollout

New Delhi - India aims to begin vaccinating its 1.3 billion people against coronavirus from Saturday, a colossal and complex task compounded by safety worries, shaky infrastructure and public scepticism.

India to start mammoth vaccination drive on January 16

New Delhi - India will launch one of the world's most ambitious coronavirus vaccination drives next Saturday, aiming to reach 300 million people by July, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced.The vaccine is to be free for the country's population of 1.

India detains Chinese soldier at flashpoint border

New Delhi - Indian forces have detained a Chinese soldier on the disputed Himalayan frontier where the world's two most populous countries fought a deadly battle last year, the military said Saturday.

10 babies killed in India hospital fire

Mumbai - Ten babies were killed in a maternity unit in the Indian state of Maharashtra early Saturday when fire tore through a major hospital, a doctor said.

Three arrested in India for beating endangered dolphin to death

New Delhi - Police arrested three people in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Friday for beating an endangered dolphin to death with an axe.

India IT giant TCS sees profits jump on pandemic demand

Mumbai - India's largest software exporter Tata Consultancy Services saw its quarterly profits climb more than seven percent Friday, citing strong demand for its cloud services as the pandemic boosts remote working.

Indian sari pioneer Satya Paul dies at 78

Mumbai - Indian fashion designer Satya Paul, whose eponymous brand breathed life into the traditional sari, modernising the garment with funky prints, has died at 78, his family said.

The out-of-control line between India and Pakistan

- Shells and bullets are hurtling thicker and faster than ever between Indian and Pakistani forces across Kashmir's ceasefire line, killing and maiming at a rate not seen in the entrenched conflict for two decades.

Women cultivate a new voice in Indian farm protests

- India's rural landscape is notoriously male-dominated, but thousands of women have become a pillar of the farmer protests blocking roads into New Delhi that have become a huge challenge to the government.

Op-Ed: Will lunar mining start wars on Earth — The new conflicts

Sydney - As though global tantrums weren’t already enough fun, a new world is opening up as a new venue for conflicts. Mining the Moon is likely to happen very soon, and it’s bringing big money with it.

India approves vaccines as nations fight virus resurgence

New Delhi - India on Sunday approved emergency use of two Covid-19 vaccines to kick off one of the world's biggest inoculation drives, while the European Union offered to help drug companies expand production to ease distribution bottlenecks.
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