Bharat Biotech recruits 23,000 volunteers for Phase III trials of Covaxin

Hyderabad, Jan 2 (IANS) Bharat Biotech on Saturday announced successful recruitment of 23,000 volunteers, and continued progress towards achieving the goal of 26,000 participants for phase-III clinical trial of its coronavirus vaccine ‘Covaxin’ across multiple sites in India. The phase-III human clinical trials of Covaxin began mid-November, targeting 26,000 volunteers across India. This is India’s […]

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Hyd’bad: MANUU Chancellor seeks police probe over allegations of sex, drugs on campus

Hyderabad, Jan 2 (IANS) Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) Chancellor Firoz Bakht Ahmed has sought a probe into allegations of a sex racket, prostitution and drugs on the campus but varsity authorities have dismissed the allegations, saying the complaint was found to be fake. The chancellor wrote a letter to Cyberabad Police Commissioner V.C. […]

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PSG announce Pochettino as new manager

Paris, Jan 2 (IANS) Paris St Germain on Saturday officially announced Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager. The French Ligue 1 club said in a statement that the Argentinian former Tottenham Hotspur manager has signed a contract until June 30, 2022 plus an optional year. This will be Pochettino’s second stint at the Parc des […]

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BJP chief Nadda to visit Gujarat on Monday

Gandhinagar, Jan 2 (IANS) BJP chief J.P. Nadda and the party’s national general secretary (organisation) B.L. Santosh will visit Gijarat on Monday to attend a meeting of the state BJP unit. Both leaders are also expected to participate in the three-day national-level ‘Samanvay Baithak’ organised by the RSS. Nadda and Santosh will be at the […]

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Airtels says Jio’s allegations ‘baseless’, condemns tower damage

New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) Telecom major Bharti Airtel has said that Reliance Jio’s allegations claiming sabotage of the latter’s tower infrastructure by its rivals are baseless and outrageous. In a letter to the Anshu Prakash, Secretary of Department of Telecommunications, Airtel also condemned the disruption of telecom networks and the instances of vandalism. “We […]

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Kerala logs 5,328 new corona cases, 21 more deaths

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 2 (IANS) Kerala recorded 5,328 new coronavirus cases on Saturday even as 4,985 more patients recovered in the last 24 hours, Health Minister KK Shailaja’s office said. Twenty-one more fatalities took the state’s death toll to 3,116. As many as 65,374 people are undergoing corona treatment in the state at present. Ernakulam district […]

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‘In public interest’: Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin recommended for emergency approval (Ld)

New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) The Central Government on Saturday said that the expert panel of India’s drug regulator has recommended granting permission for restricted emergency use of the indigenously developed Covid-19 vaccine ‘Covaxin’ in “public interest as an abundant precaution.” The Subject Expert Committee of Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation had met on January […]

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Higher mosquito blood meals increase malaria transmission

London, Jan 2 (IANS) Multiple bouts of blood feeding by mosquitoes reduce the incubation period for malaria parasites and increase malaria transmission potential, said a study. Given that mosquitoes feed on blood multiple times in natural settings, the results published in the journal PLOS Pathogens suggest that malaria elimination may be substantially more challenging than […]

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PM to dedicate National Atomic Timescale to nation on Monday

New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the ‘National Atomic Timescale’ and ‘Bhartiya Nirdeshak Dravya’ to the nation, and lay the foundation stone of the National Environmental Standards Laboratory on Monday. The National Atomic Timescale generates Indian Standard Time with an accuracy of 2.8 nanoseconds. The Bhartiya Nirdeshak Dravya is supporting […]

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Tharoor opposed to IFFK in different venues

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 2 (IANS) Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has come out strongly against the Kerala government’s decision to conduct the 25th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in different venues other than Thiruvananthapuram. The former Union minister and well-known author and speaker, Tharoor said that there is no need for conducting the […]

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After ‘Covishield’, expert panel recommends Bharat Biotech’s ‘Covaxin’ for emergency use

New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) The Subject Expert Committee of Central Drug Standard Control Organization on Saturday recommended Bharat Biotech’s ‘Covaxin’ for emergency use in India. The final decision on its approval will, however, be taken by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). The committee of experts assessing Coronavirus vaccines had called Hyderabad-based Bharat […]

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Pressure from Goa lawmakers to discharge UK returnees from isolation facilities: Health Minister

Panaji, Jan 2 (IANS) Without taking names, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Saturday slammed Goa MLAs and Ministers for exerting pressure on health department officials and government doctors to prematurely discharge UK returnees from institutional isolation facilities. Rane said that he had given specific instructions to senior health department officials, including Health Secretary Amit Satija, […]

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Prez, PM condole death of Buta Singh

New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed deep grief over the demise of former Home Minister and Congress leader Buta Singh, saying the country has lost one of the longest serving parliamentarians who was an effective voice for the welfare of the downtrodden. The President […]

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MUFG Bank dismissed employees to approach Labour Commissioner for relief

By Venkatachari JagannathanChennai, Jan 2 (IANS) The dismissed employees of the Japan’s MUFG Bank in India will file a complaint with the Labour Commissioner for reinstatement, said a top official of All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA). “Complaints will be filed with the Labour Commissioners in Chennai and Delhi against the sudden dismissal of employees […]

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LeT’s Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi arrested in Pak over terror financing

By Hamza AmeerIslamabad, Jan 2 (IANS) In an all out crackdown against the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant groups, Pakistan counter-terrorism authorities have arrested Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the chief planner of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and the LeT’s current supreme commander of operations, on charges of terror financing. Lakhvi was arrested by the Punjab province’s […]

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Sourav Ganguly out of danger (2nd Ld)

Kolkata, Jan 2 (IANS) Former India skipper and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly, admitted to a Kolkata hospital on Saturday after he complained of chest pain, is stable and out of danger, said sources close to his family. According to sources, Ganguly had suffered a sudden blackout following […]

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630 challans issued on New Year eve in Gurugram

Gurugram, Jan 2 (IANS) The Gurugram police issued 630 challans for various traffic violations on New Year’s eve, even as traffic police didn’t use alcometers to catch offenders owing to Covid-19 pandemic, officials said on Saturday. Challans were mostly issued for wrong parkings, driving without helmets, wrong side and rash driving in Gurugram on the […]

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Pak govt will not resign on Jan 31: FM Qureshi

Islamabad, Jan 2 (IANS) The incumbent Imran Khan-led government of Pakistan will not resign on January 31 as demanded by the 11-party PDM opposition alliance, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi confirmed on Saturday. Qureshi made the remarks while speaking to Geo News after the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) announced to intensify its anti-government campaign and […]

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New class of antibiotics may help combat antimicrobial resistance

New York, Jan 2 (IANS) Researchers have discovered a new class of compounds that combine direct antibiotic killing of pan drug-resistant bacterial pathogens with a simultaneous rapid immune response for combating antimicrobial resistance. The research, published in the journal Nature, comes at a time when the list of bacteria that are becoming resistant to treatment […]

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S.Korea to extend social-distancing rules until Jan 17

Seoul, Jan 2 (IANS) South Korea on Saturday announced its decision to extend the tightened social-distancing rules for two more weeks amid an unabated Covid-19 resurgence. The Seoul metropolitan area will be placed under the second-highest Level 2.5 social-distancing guidelines for two more weeks until January 17, according to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure […]

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Face masks to be mandatory in Sydney

Sydney, Jan 2 (IANS) Wearing face masks will now be mandatory in Australia’s biggest city of Sydney as locally acquired coronavirus cases have continued to increase, New South Wales (NSW)health authorities said on Saturday. The authorities in NSW, of which Sydney is the capital city, said that face masks will be mandatory in indoor settings […]

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Covid vax dry runs at 6 centres of 4 Kerala dists

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 2 (IANS) The dry run for Covid immunization process is underway in Thiruvananthapuram, Idukki, Palakkad and Wayanad districts of Kerala as part of the nation-wide exercise. There are six centres altogether in these four districts — Thiruvananthapuram has three and the other districts one each. In Thiruvananthapuram, the Primary Health Centre at Poozhanadu, […]

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New drug-delivery system could treat brain disorders

New York, Jan 2 (IANS) A team of researchers has created a nanoparticle platform to facilitate successful delivery of therapeutic agents to the brain, which could open possibilities for the treatment of numerous neurological disorders. Although researchers have in the past decade identified biological pathways leading to neurodegenerative diseases and developed promising molecular agents to […]

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Lymphoma drug outperforms Remdesivir against Covid virus

Beijing, Jan 2 (IANS) A chemotherapy medication originally developed to treat lymphoma has outperformed the popular remdesivir drug against SARS-CoV-2 in lab settings, and could potentially be repurposed to treat Covid-19, say researchers. A novel computational drug screening strategy combined with lab experiments suggest that pralatrexate drug is a promising candidate for Covid-19 patients. The […]

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Weekend lockdown continues in Palestine

Ramallah, Jan 2 (IANS) A complete weekend lockdown continued across Palestine on Saturday for a fourth consecutive week in an effort to stem the Covid-19 pandemic spread. On Friday, Palestine’s Minister of Health Mai al-Kaila said that there were 11 new coronavirus deaths in the West Bank, four in the Gaza Strip, and three in […]

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Maha Covid vax dry run starts in 4 districts

Jalna (Maharashtra), Jan 2 (IANS) Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Saturday kicked off the dry run exercise for the much-anticipated coronavirus vaccination programme likely to be launched in the country soon. The full-fledged dry runs shall be carried out at multiple locations in Jalna, Nandurbar, Nagpur and Pune after the health workers underwent intensive […]

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