Wednesday, January 6 2021

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There shouldn’t be any concern about whether this vaccine is halal or not halal. We are in an emergency situation because of the Covid pandemic

That’s Indonesian President Joko Widodo urging citizens to embrace the Chinese vaccine made by Sinovaceven as numbers rise in the country. But in Indonesia, the vaccine must also undergo a separate approval process by the Ulema Council that decides which products are halal. The worry: they may contain pork gelatin which is often used to stabilize the medicine. Happily, Sinovacafter months of delayhas finally confirmed that its vaccine is “manufactured free of porcine materials.”

Big Story

Supreme Court greenlights Central Vista project

The TLDR: In a 2:1 ruling, the Court refused to step in to block the government’s ambitious plan to remake the nation’s seat of power—an iconic stretch of land that extends from the Rashtrapati Bhavan at one end to India Gate on the other. The Court was the last best hope for critics who have railed against the project since its inception.


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  • A brand new flu scare  
  • Iran steps up its nuclear program
  • Boris Johnson will not be gracing us with his presence
  • The big price of internet shutdowns


Smart & Curious

  • Ganesha doing a John Travolta!
  • Indian artisanal pens made across the country

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