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Five labs in Puducherry fined Rs 50K each for unauthorised COVID-19 testing, overcharging

Based on complaints, a committee was formed under Dr R Murali to inspect private laboratories and hospitals indulging in such activities

18 Jun 2021

Exodus from private schools on cards for Puducherry students?

With the lockdown crushing many livelihoods, parents shift wards to government schools

18 Jun 2021

No shortage of jabs in Puducherry, says L-G Tamilisai; kicks-off four day 'special vaccination festival'

Emphasising the importance of vaccination, Puducherry Lt. Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan said that vaccination can help prevent a third wave of Covid-19.

16 Jun 2021

'Continuation in DMK wouldn't have given me this opportunity': Puducherry Speaker Embalam Selvam

Leader of Opposition R Siva of DMK said that after becoming the Speaker of the Assembly, Embalam R Selvam should follow the traditions and act impartially.

16 Jun 2021

Puducherry witnesses unprecedented liquor sales of Rs 20.4 crore in just three days

The sales have not only made liquor merchants happy, but also the govt as excise is the 2nd largest revenue grosser for Puducherry. The only concern is that COVID cases could rise due to such crowds.

11 Jun 2021

Puducherry CM Rangasamy yet to get list of BJP ministers

Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy has completed a month in office, but the rest of the ministers are yet to be inducted.

09 Jun 2021

Puducherry mulls home delivery of liquor as crowds line up at shops reopening after 40 days

However, this would require the Excise rules to be amended to include the provision of home delivery

08 Jun 2021

Puducherry: Doubtful RT-PCR negative certificates being issued to foreigners

The swab was taken at 12 p.m on June 3 and the report was given at 4.18 p.m on the same day; considering the travel time of the sample from Puducherry to Chennai, the report raises doubts.  

06 Jun 2021

As COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Puducherry, officials gearing up for third wave

The Puducherry health dept is taking every effort to tackle the next wave if and when it arrives, said the Health Secy. A COVID ward is being prepared especially for children at IGMCRI, he said.

03 Jun 2021

AINRC, BJP reach consensus on sharing of minister berths in Puducherry

Speaker to be from BJP, and his deputy from AINRC; all is well with NDA, says Saminathan

03 Jun 2021

More than 70 percent of COVID cases caused by Delta strain in Puducherry, 19 percent by Alpha

The results of 187 samples analysed have shown that 145 were found to be the Delta strain, 37 Alpha strain and five Beta strain, according to data from the Department of Health and Family Welfare

02 Jun 2021

BJP MLAs, Former CM Namassivayam approach Nadda, after Rangasamy continues to remain evasive on induction of ministers

On behalf of the Puducherry BJP, the two leaders expressed the need for immediate assistance to all those affected by the disease and those who lost their livelihood.

29 May 2021

32 from Tamil Nadu among 37 black fungus patients in Puducherry, four dead

Some of the patients never had Covid. In fact every year, JIPMER has been treating a few cases of mucormycosis, said a doctor.

29 May 2021

BJP wants Puducherry CM to fulfil 'understanding' reached between parties on induction of ministers

The BJP observer claimed that  Puducherry can have a provision for the Deputy Chief Minister. However he said that he was not aware of the technicalities of the process involved.

29 May 2021

Puducherry LG Tamilisai Soundararajan gets 2-DG sample drugs for Covid patients

The drug is effective and Covid patients improved symptomatically and became free from supplemental oxygen dependence, said Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, who herself is a medico.

25 May 2021

Four labs in Puducherry face action for unauthorised COVID tests, overcharging patients

Though the amount was fixed at Rs 500 for an RT-PCR test, the written registers showed that around Rs 2000 to Rs 2500 was collected for each test in all the labs

25 May 2021

Puducherry reports decline in new Covid-19 cases, but increase in fatality rate causes concerns

On Monday, Puducherry registered 922 new cases and 23 deaths. The active cases have come down to 15,835, with 1,915 persons recovering.

24 May 2021

At least 20 black fungus cases in Puducherry, disease spreading fast: LG Tamilisai

In the face of this, Liposomal Amphotericin B, a key drug to treat mucormycosis, has become scarce in Puducherry, due to high demand

21 May 2021

Now, single online gateway for 243 temples launched in Puducherry

Speaking at the launch, the Lt. Governor said Puducherry is the first Union territory to have set up such a system. The website address is

19 May 2021

COVID-19 vaccinations for 18-44 age group to commence in Puducherry from May 20

This follows the launch of registration for COVID-19 vaccination of the 18-44 age group in Puducherry on the Cowin portal by Lt Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan at a programme held at Raj Nivas

19 May 2021

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