Top news of the day: Health Ministry advises vaccination three months after recovery from COVID-19; India asks WhatsApp to withdraw privacy policy update, and more

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Health Ministry advises vaccination three months after recovery from COVID-19

Also, COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all lactating women and an individual can donate blood after 14 days of either receiving anti-coronavirus shot or testing RT-PCR negative, if suffering from the disease.

Centre asks WhatsApp to withdraw privacy policy update

The government has also warned the Facebook-owned firm that failure of a satisfactory response may result in steps “in consonance with law”.

Kejriwal does not speak for India, says Jaishankar after Singapore row

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal does not “speak for India”, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar has declared after Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan objected to Mr. Kejriwal’s claim that a highly infectious variant of COVID-19 affecting children, came from Singapore.

Cyclone Tauktae | Death toll climbs to 45 in Gujarat

While 24 deaths were due to wall collapses during the cyclone, six died after trees fell on them, five each because of house collapse and electrocution, four due to roof collapse and one died due to a tower collapse, an official said.

22 bodies recovered from Barge P-403 off Mumbai, 53 still missing

INS Teg, Betwa and Beas, P-8I aircraft and Sea King helicopters were continuing with the Search and Rescue (SAR) operations, a Navy spokesperson said.

Only three teachers on polling duty died of COVID-19, says U.P. government

The State government’s statement stands in stark contrast to the claim made by the Uttar Pradesh Prathmik Shikshak Sangh, a union for primary school teachers.

Tejashwi converts official residence into COVID-19 care centre

Leader of the Opposition in the Bihar Assembly asks government to take over it as the centre is in a government bungalow.

Home Ministry extends deadline for NGOs to open SBI account

According to the amended provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) enacted in September 2020, NGOs were asked to open accounts with the State Bank of India’s main branch in Delhi by March 31, failing which they will not be able to receive any fresh funds.

American vaccines effective against COVID strain first found in India, say U.S. officials

The B.1.617 virus variant, first identified in India, has been classified as a ‘variant of concern’ at the global level by the World Health Organisation.

India’s halt to vaccine exports ‘very problematic’ for Africa

There have been at least 4,742,000 reported infections and 126,000 reported deaths caused by the coronavirus in Africa so far.

Adani Green Energy to acquire SB Energy India from SoftBank, Bharti in $3.5 billion deal

Masayoshi Son says exit is on account of SoftBank Group’s new focus on AI.

Bill Gates’ leadership roles stay intact despite allegations

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says it is not investigating the allegations in the media, as the reported incident involving one of the world’s largest, most influential nonprofits was made by “an anonymous former employee.”

Bitcoin slides below $40,000 after China’s fresh crypto curbs

Bitcoin tumbled below the $40,000 mark hitting a 3-1/2 month low and dragging down other digital coins after China imposed fresh curbs on transactions involving cryptocurrencies.

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