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Farmers take part in a protest against the newly passed farm laws on the outskirts of Delhi
Farmers take part in a protest against the newly passed farm laws on the outskirts of Delhi

Farm unions reject govt offer to suspend reform laws

  • 'A full repeal of the three central farm acts and enacting a legislation for remunerative MSP for all farmers were reiterated as pending demands of the movement,' the unions said in a statement
  • Farm unions will convey their decision at a meeting with the government tomorrow

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Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan holds a dose of Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine called COVAXIN. (REUTERS)
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Havells said that its consumer and residential portfolio registered 40% growth whereas industrial and infra grew in the mid-teens. (Mint)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi  (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PTI)

Modi to get vaccinated in phase 2

Narendra Modi along with several other ministers over 50 years of age are likely to be vaccinated in the next phase of the immunization drive starting around May, a senior health ministry official said

Celebrations at BSE after the sensex crossed 50000 mark for the first time (PTI)
Bajaj Auto claimed that production at both the plants in Akurdi and Chakan continued to be normal. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint
Smoke billows after a fire broke out inside the complex of the Serum Institute of India, in Pune, India, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES (REUTERS)
Smoke billows after a fire broke out inside the complex of the Serum Institute of India, in Pune, India, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES (REUTERS)

Serum offers 25 lakh compensation to families of each person who died in fire

'Today is an extremely sorrowful day for all of us at SII. We're deeply saddened and offer our condolences to families of the departed,' said Cyrus Poonawalla, Chairman & MD, SII in a statement

Expelled AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala being taken to Victoria hospital for a scan from Bowring hospital after her health deteriorated in the Parappana Agrahara Prison, in Bengaluru, Thursday (PTI)
Expelled AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala being taken to Victoria hospital for a scan from Bowring hospital after her health deteriorated in the Parappana Agrahara Prison, in Bengaluru, Thursday (PTI)

Expelled AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala tests positive for Covid-19

Her illness comes at a time when she is just six days away from her release from prison on 27 Jan

The incident of fire at the Serum Institute of India took place at Manjri Plant. (Photo: ANI)
Farmers sitting at Tikri Border during a protest against farm law, in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo)
US President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC (AP)
US President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC (AP)

On first full day in WH, Joe Biden to sign 10 executive orders to combat Covid

  • One order will require mask-wearing in airports and on certain modes of public transportation, including many trains, airplanes and intercity buses, officials said
  • Biden also plans to sign orders on Thursday to establish a COVID-19 testing board to ramp up testing, address supply shortfalls

Since 2016, the average apartment sizes were reducing year-on-year. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Sensex hit 50,000 for the first time but could not hold on to gains
RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das (Photo: Reuters)
Bandhan Bank’s net profit dropped 13.5% from the year ago period.. Photo: Mint
The samples from poultry farms were sent to NIHSAD for confirmation on after the NRDDL in Jalandhar suspected hem to be positive for bird flu (PTI)
The samples from poultry farms were sent to NIHSAD for confirmation on after the NRDDL in Jalandhar suspected hem to be positive for bird flu (PTI)

Bird flu: 53,000 poultry birds to be culled at Punjab's Mohali

  • 'The culling of around 53,000 birds will either start today evening or tomorrow,' said a state official
  • The department has constituted 25 teams for the culling drive, he added

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Credit card spends on travel dipped sharply in ’20 (Bloomberg)
Credit card spends on travel dipped sharply in ’20 (Bloomberg)

Shopping, food top credit card spends in ’20

The pandemic has seen a shift in consumer spending, benefiting some categories like packaged food, electronics, e-commerce, while hurting discretionary goods, entertainment, eating out, and travelling

The incident of fire at the Serum Institute of India took place at Manjri Plant. (Photo: ANI)
The incident of fire at the Serum Institute of India took place at Manjri Plant. (Photo: ANI)

Fire breaks out at Serum Institute site in Pune, vaccine output not hit

  • According to reports, the site where the fire broke out, is an under-construction building at Serum Institute of India, three people have been evacuated so far
  • There would be no loss of Covishield production due to the fire, Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla said

EU leaders are expected to discuss the idea of using vaccine certificates as a form of travel passport in Europe (REUTERS)
EU leaders are expected to discuss the idea of using vaccine certificates as a form of travel passport in Europe (REUTERS)

EU leaders mull border closure to fight virus variants

  • Virus mutations that emerged in Britain, South Africa and Brazil have alarmed EU authorities, prompting bans or restrictions on travellers from those countries
  • European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said the bloc will soon expand vaccines beyond BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna

The city of Ruili in Southwestern Yunnan province blocked entry for foreigners travelling from overseas (AFP)
The city of Ruili in Southwestern Yunnan province blocked entry for foreigners travelling from overseas (AFP)

China to test Lunar New Year travellers for COVID-19; Shanghai reports new cases

  • The commercial hub of Shanghai reported its first locally transmitted cases in two months on Thursday
  • The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 88,701, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,635

Fears that US President Joe Biden's administration could attempt to regulate cryptocurrencies have also weighed on sentiment, traders said. (Photo: Reuters)
Fears that US President Joe Biden's administration could attempt to regulate cryptocurrencies have also weighed on sentiment, traders said. (Photo: Reuters)

Bitcoin slumps 10% to a 10-day low

The world's most popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin was last down 7.5% at $32,779 after falling as low as $31,977. It has lost nearly a quarter since touching a record $42,000 on Jan. 8.

At 2:40 pm on Thursday, the company's scrip on NSE was trading 3% higher at  ₹3,754.25
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has promised a 'budget like never before' and has patiently listened to the concerns of all categories of taxpayers (Photo: Mint)
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has promised a 'budget like never before' and has patiently listened to the concerns of all categories of taxpayers (Photo: Mint)

Budget 2021: Corporate India’s wish list

While taxpayers indeed have a long wish list, it is expected that Budget 2021 will also leave no stone unturned to boost economic activity and steer the pandemic-hit economy towards higher growth path

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Stove Kraft IPO will be the fourth issue to hit markets this year. (Image: https://www.stovekraft.com)
Thomas Cook India and SOTC are also running the India Holiday Festival from 20-31, January offering deals on stays and packages (Photo: Blooomberg)
Thomas Cook India and SOTC are also running the India Holiday Festival from 20-31, January offering deals on stays and packages (Photo: Blooomberg)

Travel firms see rise in bookings for Republic Day weekend

The preferred destinations remain road trips to driving destinations such as Lonavala, Uttarakhand, Jaipur, Rishikesh, Pondicherry, Coorg, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh

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The Indian rupee has been near its fair value under a broader real effective exchange rate index of 40 currencies, according to a working paper released in the central bank’s monthly bulletin. (Reuters)
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