10 killed in blaze at COVID-­19  care facility in Vijayawada

  • Ten patients died and another 20 suffered burns after a fire broke out at a private COVID­-19 care centre in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh,


Defence Ministry to impose import embargo on 101 items

  • The Defence Ministry will “introduce import embargo on 101 items beyond given timeline to boost indigenisation of defence production”.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government intends to reach a turnover of $25 billion through indigenously manufactured defence products and also expects to export products worth $5 billion.
  • “Government has also decided that in any government contract over ₹200 crore, no foreign company can participate in the tendering process… We will help Indian defence manufacturers… This year ₹52,000 crore items [are] to be bought only from Indian companies,”.
  • The fire broke out around 5 a.m. on the ground and first floors of Hotel Swarna Palace, which was leased by Ramesh Hospitals as a COVID care centre. There are about 40 rooms in the hotel, and patients were undergoing treatment in 30.
  • “According to available information, 30 patients and 10 hospital staff were in the hotel­ turned­ quarantine centre.


DSLSA organises first online Lok Adalat

  • Bringing creative solutions to the ongoing COVID­19 pandemic, the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) under the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) organised the firstever online Lok Adalat here on Saturday.