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The herd immunity level is “far away” for the Indian population and it can only be achieved through immunisation by vaccines, the govt said on Thursday. A top health ministry official added that reaching this threshold – believed to be crucial for the Covid-19 outbreak to end – in any other manner will exact too high a cost. The official also hinted that India is looking at a multilateral, WHO-led mechanism to secure Covid vaccines and the country is yet to begin direct discussions with any of the developers.
India on Thursday rejected China’s contention that disengagement has been completed at most locations along their disputed border. New Delhi called on Beijing to work sincerely for complete de-escalation along the Line of Actual Control. External affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava acknowledged there has been “some progress” towards disengagement along the LAC, though the process is far from complete.
Congress leader Saifuddin Soz on Thursday said he has been under detention since August last year when J&K was divested of its special status and accused the Union Territory administration of lying to the Supreme Court on Wednesday that he was “never detained nor under house arrest”. The court on Wednesday closed a habeas corpus petition filed by Soz’s wife after the administration assured it the 82-year-old leader was not under detention.