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COVID 19: Top virologist clears doubts regarding gap between vaccine doses

May 21, 2021

Dr Gagandeep Kang, Microbiologist and virologist, India, in an exclusive interview with India Today talks about the most appropriate gap that people should take between the two vaccine doses. Gagandeep also explains whether those who took the vaccine shot in February and March were just as protected as  those who would now take it after a 12-week gap.  On being asked whether those who taken both the vaccine doses (covaxin or covishield) have very less chances of getting hospitalised due to severe Covid-19 illness, she said, "I  think we can say with confidence that vaccines have a very high chance of preventing severe diseases and mortality in people who have taken two doses of Covaxin. As for Covishield, even a single dose of vaccine gives very good protection which is over 70 per cent against severe disease. Watch the video for more details.

Budget 2021: No new taxes, no COVID cess ensure stability in system

Feb 02, 2021

With the fiscal deficit at 9.5 per cent, there was hardly any scope available for  tax concessions or tax reliefs for the common man. However, the good part about the year's budget was there were no new taxes or COVID cess announcements which ensure continuity and stability in the system, said Tarun Arora, Partner, Deloitte India. Watch the video as he weighs in on what works in the budget.

Healthcare gets priority in budget after COVID-19 exposes lapses in sector

Feb 02, 2021

The Union Budget 2021 presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was all about prioritising key issues including ramping up healthcare spending. The healthcare sector received one of the largest allocations in percentage terms. Ashwin Sapra, Partner, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas explains how this budget will help the healthcare industry and scope for improvements. Watch the video.

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Budget 2021: Can this budget boost consumers' confidence?

Feb 01, 2021

This year's finance budget will be announced in the backdrop of exceptionally challenging times due to COVID-19. The FMCG sector, however, has witnessed green shoots of recovery thanks to good monsoon, good demand and growth in the personal care and home care segments.  Watch the video as Sanjesh Thakur, Partner, Deloitte India, speaks about FMCG industry's expectations from upcoming budget and why the government should spend more on infrastructure and provide consumers with higher disposable income and thus boost consumer  confidence.

Budget 2021 highlights: FM Nirmala Sitharaman unlikely to announce relief on income tax front

Budget should be growth-oriented and not revenue-oriented, say experts

Feb 01, 2021

The first objective of the government in the upcoming budget should be job creation, said  Tarun Arora, Partner, Deloitte India. Salary limits should also be increased for employees from Rs 25,000 to at least Rs 50,000, he added. Watch the video for more details.

Healthcare gets big boost in budget, outlay increased by 137%

Feb 01, 2021

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said that the government's Aatmanirbhar packages totalling Rs 27.1 lakh crore to deal with the COVID pandemic, accelerated the pace of structural reforms. In the first ever paperless Union Budget, Sitharaman proposed the introduction of Aatmanirbhar health programme with an outlay of Rs 64,180 crore. She added that the programme will help to strengthen health systems in the country.  An amount of Rs 35,000 crore will be spent on Covid-19 vaccines as part of the Rs 2.23 trillion spending. Watch the video for more.

Budget 2021: What the common man expects from FM

Feb 01, 2021

Looking at the current challenges, there is very less room to meet the common man's expectations for FM Nirmala Sitharaman, says Divya Baweja, Partner, Deloitte India. But there would still be expectations from the common man.  Watch the video for more.

FM talks of hope, cites cricket, quotes Tagore in Budget speech

Feb 01, 2021

In the budget speech Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman cited India's Test cricket win against Australia. The Finance Minister quoted Rabindranath Tagore and said, "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark." In this spirit, she said, she "can't help but recall the joy that we as a Cricket loving nation felt after Team India's recent spectacular success in Australia." Watch the video for more.

FM announces Rs 25,000 cr for highways in West Bengal

Feb 01, 2021

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Monday, announced Rs 25,000 crore for highways in poll-bound West Bengal. Proposing highway infra work including awarding 8,500-km of highways by March 2022, FM Sitharaman further announced highway projects in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Assam. Watch the video for more.

Direct taxes remain unchanged but there's relief for seniors

Feb 01, 2021

Given the current pandemic , the common man's expectations were higher from Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with regard to tax relief measures. However, no such tax reliefs were announced for the common man as income tax slabs remain unchanged in this year's budget. Watch the video as Divya Baweja, Partner, Deloitte India, weighs the pros and cons of the changes in budget presented by the finance minister today

Experts laud the reform-oriented, infra-focused budget

Feb 01, 2021

Speaking about today's Union Budget, Ramanuj Kumar, Partner, Amarchand Mangaldas  said that this year's budget was reform-oriented and focused more on the infrastructure sector. The increased allocation of almost 35 per cent was allocated to infrastructure . Watch the video as he explains more about what's promising in the budget.

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