Top news of the day: Maharashtra agrees to treat Varavara Rao in private hospital; Pfizer ends COVID-19 vaccine trial with 95% efficacy, and more

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Maharashtra government agrees to treat Varavara Rao at Nanavati Hospital for 15 days

Decision comes after nudge from Bombay High Court.

Coronavirus | Pfizer ends COVID-19 vaccine trial with 95% efficacy, to seek emergency-use authorisation

Moderna on November 16 released preliminary data for its vaccine, showing similar effectiveness. The better-than-expected data from the two vaccines, both developed with new technology known as messenger RNA (mRNA), have raised hopes for an end to a resurgent pandemic that has killed more than 1.3 million people globally and wreaked havoc upon economies and daily life.

Coronavirus | ICMR warns against indiscriminate use of convalescent plasma therapy

Issues specific criteria for potential donors and recipients.

Coronavirus | Union Home Ministry outlines steps to curb Delhi COVID-19 cases

Delhi has witnessed a surge in cases since October 28, when the daily rise breached the 5,000-mark for the first time, and crossed the 8,000-mark on November 11.

Army completes building extreme weather habitat for troops in eastern Ladakh

The troops in the front line were accommodated in heated tents as per tactical considerations of their deployment, a source said. The construction was completed by mid-October. Adequate civil infrastructure had also been identified to cater for any emergent requirements, the source added.

The Shillong Times editor Patricia Mukhim resigns from Editors Guild of India

The veteran journalist, who is known for her vocal stand on many issues and rights of the lesser known voices across the North East, said the Guild was silent about her case, while it issued statements condemning the arrest of non-member Arnab Goswami whose arrest was not even on grounds of journalistic pursuits.

Allahabad High Court issues notice to Centre, U.P. on plea of Siddique Kappan’s co-accused

While the Supreme Court is hearing a similar petition filed on behalf of Mr. Kappan, the other three approached the High Court praying for their release from what they alleged “illegal custody”.

Supreme Court reserves order on dismissed BSF jawan’s plea on Varanasi polls

The Supreme Court has reserved its order on a plea by dismissed BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, who claims that his nomination to contest from Varanasi in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls was rejected to orchestrate a “walkover” for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Riyadh-Delhi GoAir plane makes emergency landing at Karachi; passenger dies due to cardiac arrest

The male passenger, who was administered all possible medical help onboard, was declared dead after landing at Karachi, an the official said.

Explained | Who won the war over Nagorno-Karabakh?

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to end military operations in and around Nagorno-Karabakh in a ceasefire brokered by Russia.

2020 Nobel Peace ceremony won’t be held in person in Oslo

With the current restrictions in Oslo, it would not be possible to carry out the ceremony or other parts of the Laureate’s traditional programme in a good and worthy manner, the Nobel Committee said in a statement.

Twitter, Facebook CEOs vow election action

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg defended at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing the safeguards against the use of their platforms to spread falsehoods and incite violence in the contest between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. Republican senators, including Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, revived complaints of censorship and anti-conservative bias against the social media platforms.

Instagram, Messenger get new ‘vanish mode’ feature

Users can switch on the ‘vanish mode’ and send messages that disappear automatically. The messages will vanish after they have been seen by the recipient or the when the sender leaves the chat.

Lakshmi Vilas Bank depositors’ money safe, says RBI-appointed administrator

A moratorium has been imposed on the bank and cash withdrawals have been capped at ₹ 25,000 per account.

2022 Commonwealth Games | ICC, CGF unveil qualifying process for women’s cricket event

The Indian women’s team is currently placed third in the ICC standings behind England.

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