Live news updates: Modi holds meeting on districts trailing in vaccinations

Live news updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a review meeting through video with districts having low Covid-19 vaccination coverage.

The Taliban government has banned the use of foreign currency in Afghanistan in a surprise move that could further weigh on an economy struggling with a cash crunch amid widespread hunger, Bloomberg reported. 

China’s new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases spiked to a near three-month high and tighter curbs to contain the spread are expected in the capital Beijing ahead of a key gathering of the highest-ranking members of the Communist Party next week, said Reuters.

Ride-hailing firm Ola has reported its first operating profit of Rs 89.82 crore for 2020-21, even as its revenue declined 65 per cent to Rs 689.61 crore amid Covid-19 induced lockdowns.