5 Dead in Fire at Serum Institute of India, Vaccine Maker Says Covishield Production Unaffected
A big fire on Thursday at the Serum Institute of India killed five people, a government official said, but the world's biggest vaccine maker said it would not affect production of Covishield, the AstraZeneca coronavirus shot it is manufacturing locally. Videos and pictures showed black smoke billowing from a multi-storey building in SII's massive headquarters complex in Pune, Maharashtra, after the fire broke out around 2.45pm. The state government said it has launched an inquiry into the mishap, and a fire audit has been ordered to be conducted on Friday.
Farmers Reject Govt Proposal to Stay Implementation of Farm Laws for 1.5 Years, Demand Full Repeal
Farmers protesting against the three agricultural reform laws have rejected the government’s proposal to stay the implementation of the three legislations for one-and-a-half years, and have reiterated their demand for a full repeal. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha also said the tractor protest on Republic Day would go on as planned. A statement released by the morcha said, "In a full general body meeting, the proposal put forth by the government was rejected. A full repeal of three central farm acts and enacting legislation for remunerative MSP for all farmers were reiterated as the pending demands of the movement."
Bird Flu Outbreak: Don't Eat Half-Boiled Eggs and Other Do's and Dont's by Govt's Food Safety Body
In view of the bird flu scare, regulator FSSAI on Thursday advised people not to eat half-boiled eggs and undercooked chicken, and ensure proper cooking of poultry meat as it came out with a detailed set of guidelines. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has also urged consumers and food businesses "not to panic" and ensure proper handling and cooking of poultry meat and eggs for safe consumption as outlined in the guidance document.
PM, CMs Likely to be Vaccinated Against Covid in Round 2, Netas Above 50 will be Next: Sources
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers are likely to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in the second round, sources said. The PM said in the CMs' meet that the turn of other politicians, who are above 50, will come in next phase. After healthcare and frontline workers such as police, armed forces and municipal workers, the third category to be vaccinated is likely to be people over the age of 50, followed by those who are below 50 but suffer from co-morbidities.
At Tharoor-led Parl Panel Meet, Twitter Officials Face Scrutiny over Blocking Amit Shah’s Account
At the meeting of a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology held in New Delhi on Thursday, representatives of Twitter and Facebook faced a barrage of pointed questions, including those for temporarily blocking Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s Twitter account in November last year.
India vs Australia: Umpires Offered Us Option to Leave Sydney Test Midway After Racial Abuse - Mohammed Siraj
India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj on Thursday revealed that on-field umpires had offered his team the option of leaving the third Test against Australia midway after he was subjected to racial abuse by the crowd in Sydney. Siraj and his senior pace colleague Jasprit Bumrah faced racial abuse for two days at the Sydney Cricket Ground, forcing the Indian team management to lodge an official complaint with match referee David Boon. Cricket Australia later offered an unreserved apology for the incidents.
Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli Make First Public Appearance Since Daughter's Birth, See Pics
Actress Anushka Sharma made her first public appearance along with cricketer husband Virat Kohli on Thursday since giving birth two weeks ago. They welcomed a daughter, their first child on January 11. Virat made the announcement on Twitter - mother and baby are both doing well, he wrote and signed off with a request for privacy.