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India's electricity use fell 10.4% in May amid second COVID wave

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Rashi Bisaria | June 2, 2021

India's electricity use fell 10.4% in May amid second COVID-19 wave

India's average daily electricity use in May fell 10.4% from April, a Reuters analysis of government data showed, as states imposed lockdowns to rein in a devastating second wave of coronavirus infections. Average power generation fell to 3,664 billion units in May from 4,074 billion in April.

COVID-19 vaccines: No mixing of different doses; stick to SOP, says govt

The government on Tuesday said doses of two different vaccines should not be mixed and asked the people to stick to the standard operating procedure (SOP). Research is underway on the mixing of vaccines. While it may have a positive effect, severe effects or harm cannot be ruled out for now, Niti Aayog member Dr VK Paul said, adding that it is an unresolved scientific question and will be settled by science.

WhatsApp appoints grievance officer in India amid 'privacy' battle with Centre

Facebook-owned global messaging platform WhatsApp has announced the appointment of its grievance officer for India amid a legal battle with the Centre over privacy issues. The company said the grievance officer can be contacted directly if anyone has concerns regarding their experience on WhatsApp.

WHO approves Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it has approved a COVID-19 vaccine made by drugmaker Sinovac Biotech (SVA.O) for emergency use listing, paving the way for a second Chinese shot to be used in poor countries. A WHO emergency listing is a signal to national regulators on a product's safety and efficacy. It will also allow the shot to be included in COVAX, the global programme to provide vaccines mainly for poor countries, which faces major supply problems due to an Indian export suspension.

Price of Tesla vehicles surges on supply chain pressure: Elon Musk

The price of Tesla vehicles is increasing due to supply chain pressures across the auto industry, particularly for raw materials, Elon Musk said on Monday in response to a tweet. In May, Tesla increased its Model 3 and Model Y prices, the automaker's fifth incremental price increase for its vehicles in just a few months, the Electrek website reported.

Delay in TRIPS waiver costs 2 million more lives; will harm WTO's credibility, warns India

India has urged the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to end uncertainty around the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) waiver for COVID-19 vaccines and drugs proposal and begin text-based negotiations. India, along with the co-sponsors of the waiver proposal, believes the TRIPS waiver is a necessary and temporary legal measure for removing IP barriers needed to boost the production of vaccines.

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