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Free vaccine, foodgrains to cost govt up to Rs 1.45 lakh cr

The government will spend up to Rs 1.45 lakh crore additional money to provide free vaccines and foodgrains to people devastated by the deadly second wave of COVID infections, sources said on......

States gear up to tackle Covid spread in villages

As the COVID wave gradually shifts to rural areas, several states are gearing up to check its spread through self-proclaimed lockdowns by Panchayati Raj institutions, creating a database of......

Nagpur: Amid Covid crisis, man feeds khichdi to 400 people daily

A Sikh man has been criss-crossing the streets of Nagpur city of Maharashtra on his two-wheeler to provide free food to the needy everyday, a practice he has been following for the last few years,......

Only one-third beds taken at ITBP COVID centre

The paramilitary force on Tuesday night had issued a statement and said that "almost all patients are in need of uninterrupted oxygen." IMAGE: Indo Tibetan Border Police took over the COVID-19......

Govt to provide free food grains to 80 crore poor people in May, June

The central government on Friday decided to resume providing free food grains to 80 crore poor beneficiaries in May and June to help them tide over the economic hardship in the second wave of the......

GST cut on Covid drugs, equipment, retained for vaccines

The GST Council on Saturday slashed tax rate on Covid-19 drugs such as Remdesivir and Tocilizumab as well as on medical oxygen and oxygen concentrators but ignored demands for reduction in taxes on......

GST meet on June 12 will discuss tax exemption on Covid essentials

Currently, 5 per cent is levied on domestically manufactured vaccines, while it is 12 per cent for Covid drugs and oxygen concentrators. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com The Goods and......

Paddy MSP hiked by Rs 72 to Rs 1,940/qtl for 2021-22

The government on Wednesday raised the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy marginally by Rs 72 per quintal to Rs 1,940 per quintal for the 2021-22 crop year, while the rates of pulses, oilseeds......

Rs 155.95 bn: Foreign investors net sellers

Only 10 per cent of stocks account for 93 per cent of investments.Sachin P Mampatta reports. Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com   Foreign portfolio investors have increasingly put more of......

How can economy tackle the second wave?

'Aggressively stepping up vaccinations will constitute the most enduring stimulus of all in the coming quarters,' observes Sajjid Z Chinoy, Chief India Economist at J P Morgan. IMAGE: COVID-19......

Watch: Aditya Narayan sing!

'If anybody wants me to act in their film for free, just make me sing all the songs!' 'I don't even care about the script.' Photograph: Kind courtesy Aditya Narayan/Instagram   Not every star......

October: When fools dare

A big part of October's charm is in its taking of a cinematic tragedy and presenting to us how we may experience it in real life, says Sreehari Nair. Danish Walia (Varun Dhawan) is the perfect man......

Review: Pari wants to scare you...

...But ends up being oddly moving, says Sreehari Nair. Prosit Roy's Pari is Ek Thi Daayan in reverse. For a film with a cunningly baroque and riveting first half, Kannan Iyer's Ek Thi Daayan had......

Bose: Dead/Alive: Pop-mythology series

'When Rajkummar Rao plays Bose with his tummy jutting out, Buddha Ears, his mouth puffed, and his talk straight, it feels more like an echo piece than a real person,' feels Sreehari Nair. Bose:......

At Gurmeet Ram Rahim's ashram

Last September on the eve of the release of Gurmeet Ram Rahim's MSG: The Warrior Lion Heart, Rediff.com's Patcy N and Afsar Dayatar attended a huge concert in Sirsa, Haryana, to promote the......

SEE: India footballer Subhashish providing meals for daily wage labourers

'The rickshaw pullers who have so many times offered me free rides to-and-fro to local matches, that local vendor and shopkeeper who had gifted me so many free packets of food after heart-warming......

Europa PIX: Pepe spares Arsenal's blushes; United claim first away win in 12 games

Manchester United claim first away win in 12 games IMAGE: Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe celebrates with teammate Matteo Guendouzi after scoring their third goal against Vitoria S.C. in their Europa......

US Open PIX: Djokovic, Federer, Serena cruise into last 16

20-year-old Australian Alex de Minaur upsets Kei Nishikori Images from Friday, Day 5 of the US Open, in New York. IMAGE: Novak Djokovic hits a forehand against Denis Kudla during their third round......

PHOTOS: Ronaldo penalty sends Real through after Juve fightback

Juventus overcome 0-3 first-leg deficit but Ronaldo scores in 98th minute to give Real Madrid 4-3 win on aggregate. IMAGE: Cristiano Ronaldo scores from the penalty spot to give Real......

Tennis roundup: Federer in good shape but Murray doubtful for Aus Open

Federer in fine fettle as Switzerland beat Russia in Hopman Cup IMAGE: Roger Federer’s Australian Open preparation gained momentum. Photograph: Hopman Cup/Twitter. Roger Federer subdued a......

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