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Kerala’s delayed approach towards herd immunity -R Prasad

-The Hindu Unlike the rest of India, Kerala has maintained the same level of daily testing despite a reduction in number of cases From mid-February, a spike in daily new cases was reported from a few States including Maharashtra. For days on end, the Health Ministry kept repeating the message that Kerala too was “witnessing an upsurge of daily new cases”. Even as recently as March 6, the Health Ministry wrongly implicated...

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Kerala, TN spar in SC over Mullaperiyar dam safety

-The Hindu   Recently, Tamil Nadu had filed an affidavit assuring that the dam was safe hydrologically and protected from earthquakes. The Supreme Court on Tuesday scheduled a hearing on March 9 of the case concerning the safety of the 126-year-old Mullaperiyar Dam. A Bench led by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar adjourned the hearing on a request made by the Centre. Recently, Tamil Nadu had filed an affidavit assuring that the dam was safe hydrologically and...

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Comorbidities list for vaccine eligibility seen as too narrow -R Prasad

-The Hindu Focus on severe ailments, combination of diseases excluding many: experts The Union Health Ministry’s list of 20 comorbidities that make people in the 45-59 year age group eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine is seen by some medical professionals as too narrow. “The list of comorbidities provided by the Health Ministry is overly restrictive and complicated. Many conditions, including obesity, have been left out,” said Dr. Gagandeep Kang, Professor of Microbiology at...

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Covid Vaccine Jab Capped At ₹ 250 At Private Hospitals: Government -Divyanshu Dutta Roy India is preparing to widen coverage beyond the 1.15 crore Health and front-line workers immunised since January 16 starting Monday. New Delhi: Coronavirus vaccines will be capped at ₹ 250 per shot at private hospitals and Health centres, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. Vaccines will be free in all government hospitals and centres. The government on Friday had said it will let people choose their coronavirus vaccination centres when the campaign...

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How Can India’s Judiciary be More Economically Responsible? -Pradeep S Mehta There is no reason for courts to not take expert assistance in complex matters and it should resort to this route more often. In India, and indeed many countries around the world, development work is seen at a crossroads with protecting the world’s natural environment. Agriculture is the oldest and biggest intrusion into nature, which has historically upset our ecological equilibrium. Besides this, forests have to be cut down; rivers have to...

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