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News18 Evening Digest: PM Says Proposal to Suspend Farm Laws Still Stands; Covovax Has Shown 'Excellent Results' and Other Top Stories

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Here are the top stories of this evening: PM says Centre's proposal to suspend farm laws still stands; Poonawalla says Covovax has shown excellent results; Former TMC leader Rajib Banerjee may join BJP today; Know about Randeep Hothi, the Indian-American student suing Tesla; Vikas Khoker alleges Vikas Gupta once asked for private pics; FAU-G, Sony A1 launched this week

Centre’s Proposal to Suspend Farm Laws Still Stands, PM Modi Tells All-party Meeting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday told leaders of various political parties that his government has been continuously trying to resolve the issues raised by protesting farmers through talks, sources said. Addressing floor leaders of various political parties at the customary all-party meeting convened by the government for the smooth conduct of the Budget Session, Modi said the Centre’s proposal on the three new agriculture laws still stands, the sources added. Modi said the government still stands by the proposal given to the protesting farmers of suspending the three contentious farm laws for 18 months. Read More

Poonawalla Says Covovax Shown ‘Excellent Results’, Hopes to Launch it by June

Aday after Serum Institute of India (SII) sought the Drugs Controller General of India’s approval to conduct a small domestic trial of the Novavax coronavirus vaccine, its Chief Executive Officer Adar Poonawalla on Saturday the company is hopeful of launching the vaccine by June this year. The vaccine will be launched under the local brand Covovax. Poonawalla said that SII’s partnership with Novavax, a vaccine undergoing trials for effectiveness against the novel coronavirus, has published ‘excellent efficacy results’. Read More

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Elon Musk vs Randeep Hothi: Who is Indian-American Student Suing Tesla for Defamation and Winning?

In a case that will go down in history as a first, an Indian-American student has Randeep Hothi managed to win round one of his legal battles with millionaire Elon Musk. The Tesla CEO was recently unable to stay a defamation lawsuit filed by Hothi, an ardent critic of Tesla, against Musk after a California judge dismissed his pleas that the case was baseless and an attempt to silence the millionaire’s free speech, Bloomberg reported. Read More

Bigg Boss 14: Vikas Gupta Once Asked for My Private Parts’ Photos, Alleges Roadies Winner Vikas Khoker

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Tech Launches This Week: FAU-G, Sony A1, Razer Viper, Moto Edge S and More

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