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News18 Evening Digest: Cabinet Approves Covid-19 Vaccinations for Those Above 45 Years From April 1 and Other Top Stories

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These are the stories we are covering this evening: Those over age of 45 can get vaccinated from April 1, says Javadekar; AstraZeneca may have included 'outdated' data in US vaccine trials; Tamil Nadu polls: facing acid test, will Palaniswami and AIADMK crawl or soar?; NRC correction, flood control, protection of rights find place in BJP's poll manifesto for Assam; CM Amarinder urges centre to allow vaccination for young people; NASA's Mars Rover perseverance is set to fly a mini-Helicopter on red planet and nepotism may exist in south film industry but outsiders are not bullied here: Kangana Ranaut.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Those Over Age of 45 Can Get Vaccinated from April 1, Says Javadekar

From April 1, all people above 45 years of age are entitled to get COVID-19 vaccine, Union minster Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday. Briefing reporters on the decisions taken by the Union Cabinet, he said even people without comorbidity and above the age of 45 years, can get vaccinated. LIVE NOW

Test-Track-Treat And An Augmented Vaccine Drive: MHA Issues Fresh Guidelines to Combat Covid-19

Th Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday issued a new set of guidelines for effective control of coronavirus in the wake of a recent resurgence in cases. All states and Union territories have have been asked to strictly enforce the ‘test-track-treat’, ensure observance of COVID-appropriate behaviour by everyone and scale up the vaccination drive to cover all target groups. READ MORE

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Tamil Nadu Polls: Facing Acid Test, Will Palaniswami and AIADMK Crawl Or Soar?

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NRC Correction, Flood Control, Protection of Rights Find Place in BJP’s Poll Manifesto for Assam

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CM Amarinder Urges Centre to Allow Vaccination for Young People as 81% Punjab Samples Show UK Variant

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NASA’s Mars Rover Perseverance Is Set to Fly a Mini-Helicopter on Red Planet

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