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India's once-in-a-century budget runs into trouble as coronavirus strikes back

NEW DELHI : India's annual budget in February was lauded by many and raised hopes it would drive a sharp economic revival, but there are now fears that its promise may fall flat as it did not account for a crippling second wave of COVID-19 infections.The budget aimed to revive Asia's third-largest economy via investing in infrastructure and health care, while relying on an aggressive privatisation strategy and robust tax collections - on the back of projected growth of 10.5% - to fund its spending in the fiscal year.Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said India would not see such a budget in "100 years".

At the time, a massive COVID-19 vaccination drive and a rebound in consumer demand and investments had put the economy on track to

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New Delhi: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Saturday asserted that no one should be denied vaccine, medicine, hospitalisation or treatment just because they do not have an Aadhaar. The UIDAI made it clear that Aadhaar should not be misused as an excuse for denial of any essential service.
NEW DELHI : After the first wave of COVID-19, the government, administration and public dropped their guard which led to the current situation, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Saturday and urged people to stay positive and proactive to fight the pandemic.Addressing a lecture series ‘Positivity Unlimited’, Bhagwat said the country should stay united and work as a team in these testing times, instead of pointing fingers at each other."We are facing this situation because, whether it was the government, administration or public, everyone dropped their guard after the first wave despite indications from doctors," he said.Bhagwat said there is talk of a third wave. But, “we will not be scared.

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