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US loosens Pfizer vaccine shipping regulations

US regulators are allowing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to be shipped and stored at less-frigid temperatures, which should ease distribution and administration of one of the two vaccines authorized for emergency use in the country.

On Balakot Air Strikes anniversary, I salute the exceptional courage & diligence of IAF. The success of Balakot strikes has shown India’s strong will to act against terrorism. We’re proud of our Armed Forces who keep India safe and secure

– Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Hong Kong kicks off COVID-19 vaccinations with Sinovac jab

Hong Kong began administering its first COVID-19 vaccines to the public Friday, kicking off its program offering free vaccinations to all 7.5 million residents.

Belgian govt warns against using its own free masksTen months after promising free cloth facemasks to protect all Belgians from COVID-19, the country’s government is having second thoughts — warning they could be dangerous and shouldn’t be used.Belgian authorities said the masks contain miniscule traces of silver and a chemical compound that initial studies now show could affect the respiratory system when inhaled deeply. More studies are continuing.PM Modi to address 33rd Convocation of Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University todayGujarat: Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party Convenor Arvind Kejriwal arrives in SuratIndia continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with people of Syria in this grave hour of need. Earlier this month, responding to request for emergency humanitarian assistance from Syrian govt, India delivered over 2,000 metric tonnes rice

– India’s Permanent Rep to UN,TS Tirumurti

Allahabad High Court yesterday rejected an application for anticipatory bail filed by Aparna Purohit, head of India Originals, Amazon Prime Video in a case filed in Noida against makers of web series ‘Tandav’ over depiction of police, PM and Hindu Gods & Goddesses.Facebook signs pay deals with 3 Australian news publishers

Facebook said letters of intent had been signed with independent news organizations Private Media, Schwartz Media and Solstice Media.

17 pro-Iran fighters killed in US strikes in Syria: Syrian Observatory for Human RightsTikTok owner ByteDance to pay $92M in US privacy settlement

TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance has agreed to pay $92 million in a settlement to U.S. users who are part of a class-action lawsuit alleging that the video-sharing app failed to get their consent to collect data in violation of a strict Illinois privacy law.

Biden disappointed in Senate official’s minimum wage ruling

U.S. President Joe Biden is disappointed in the ruling by the Senate parliamentarian that the chamber cannot include his proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage in a $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Thursday.

Beyond Meat signs long-term agreements with McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco BellUS plant-based meat substitute start-up Beyond Meat announced Thursday it has signed partnerships with fast-food giants McDonald’s and Yum! Brands, the parent company for KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.The “strategic” agreements will cover a three-year period for McDonald’s and “the next several years” for Yum! Brands, according to two separate statements from Beyond Meat.US strikes ‘Iranian-backed militant infrastructure’ in Syria: Pentagon

US military launches airstrike on facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran-backed militia, in retaliation for recent rocket attacks on US troop locations in Iraq.

US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops.

South Korea injects first shots in public vaccination campaign

South Korea on Friday administered its first available shots of coronavirus vaccines to people at long-term care facilities, launching a mass immunization campaign that health authorities hope will restore some level of normalcy by the end of the year.

Japan to end state of emergency for 6 prefectures this month -Media

The Japanese government will end a state of emergency in all but Tokyo and three neighbouring prefectures at the end of this month, a week earlier than scheduled, public broadcaster NHK reported on Friday.

Senate ruling sinks US minimum wage hike in Covid relief billDelhi: Former Congress leader Ashok Tanwar launched a new party ‘Apna Bharat Morcha’ yesterdayUS welcomes the joint statement between India and Pakistan that the two countries agreed to maintain strict observance of a ceasefire along the Line of Control starting on February 25th

– White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki

Rajasthan govt makes COVID test mandatory for travellers arriving from Maharashtra, KeralaAmid the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country, the Rajasthan government on Thursday tightened restrictions for travellers arriving from Maharashtra and Kerala.The state government has made it mandatory for travellers from these states to produce a negative COVID-19 test report upon their arrival in the state.Toll from COVID-19 in Brazil surpasses 250,000 peopleCalifornia tops 50,000 COVID-19 deathsPresident Kovind to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands todayThe President of India, Ram Nath Kovind will visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Friday.He is expected to stay there for a period of 4 days.

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