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Indian doctor let off of molestation charges in Dubai

 A 42-year-old Indian doctor in Dubai has been cleared of the charge of molesting a woman who had approached him as partof a visit for a Botox therapy session. The Dubai Court of First Instance that heard the claim of a 31-year-old American victim. The victim said in August this year, she visited the clinic in Bur Dubai when the ...

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Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s photos of her sewing, fishing go viral

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s photos of her sewing, fishing go viral

Recently two photos of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have gone viral on the social media giving people a glimpse of the leader’s daily life but claimed routine by her. In one photo, Hasina is seen working on a sewing machine wearing a traditional Bengali attire, while in the other the leader was snapped catching fish at the Ganabhaban lake, ...

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Covid-19 deaths in US Cross 260,000, to reach 470,000 by March 2021

US Covid-19 deaths crossed 260,000 on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. With the national caseload topping 12.6 million, the death toll across the US rose to 2,60,322 as of 11:25 a.m. ET (1625 GMT), according to the CSSE data. New York state reported 34,362 fatalities, at the ...

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SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites, Internet to become much cheaper now

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Elon Musk-run SpaceX on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, launched another successful mission carrying 60 more Starlink satellites on its Falcon 9 rocket into low-Earth orbit that will join the rest in beaming affordable Internet. The reusable Falcon 9 rocket, which made a record-breaking seventh trip this time, was SpaceX’s 16th Starlink mission and the company has to date launched nearly 1,000 ...

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How vitamin D affects COVID-19? Penn State researcher explores further

Structural model of SARS-CoV-2 infection. This structural model was built with UCSF Chimera using high-performance computers (Bridges Large and Frontera). The model shows 16 viruses, with the spike proteins shown in green (PDB ID: 6VSB) and an actual lipid bilayer membrane, with ACE2 dimers shown in magenta. All these structures are at atomic resolution. The length of the membrane is approximately 1 micrometer. CREDIT Victor Padilla-Sanchez, The Catholic University of America

A Penn State researcher is studying whether vitamin D supplementation could help people ward off or reduce symptoms caused by COVID-19. Margherita Cantorna, distinguished professor of molecular immunology and nutrition in the College of Agricultural Sciences, received nearly $241,000 as part of a competitive revision to the final year of an existing NIH grant that supports her research on how ...

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Study shows protective role sex steroids play in COVID-19

Female reproductive steroids provide anti-inflammatory and antibody production suggesting COVID-19 symptom protection, said a new paper from a UIC researcher that suggests sex steroids may play a role in protecting against COVID-19 symptoms. “Sex and Covid-19: A protective role for reproductive steroids,” by Graziano Pinna, research associate professor in psychiatry, analyzes existing research to look at reasons why COVID-19 symptom ...

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This new therapy for flu may help in fight against COVID-19

A new therapy for influenza virus infections that may also prove effective against many other pathogenic virus infections, including HIV and COVID-19, has been developed by Purdue University scientists. In an average year, more than 2 million people in the United States are hospitalized with the flu, and 30,000 to 80,000 of them die from the flu or related complications. The ...

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COVID Side Effect: Using germicidal lamp damages corneas in eyes

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In a paper published in the journal of Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, physicians from the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine reported that several patients using germicidal lamps in an attempt to sanitize against the coronavirus, developed painful inflammation of the cornea, a condition called photokeratitis. These consumer-available ultraviolet (UV) emitting devices were being ...

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India’s 61% of Daily New Cases reported from Kerala, Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh

India has reported 44,489  new confirmed COVID cases have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country. Of these, 60.72% is contributed by six States/UT i.e. Kerala, Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Kerala leads the tally with 6,491 new COVID cases. Maharashtra has reported 6,159 new cases, while Delhi registered another 5,246 new cases in the last 24 ...

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India and Finland sign MOU for environmental protection and biodiversity conservation

Representational Picture: The Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge),Mr. Prakash Javadekar addressing the inaugural session of a workshop of Pollution Control Boards of States, in New Delhi on May 18, 2016. (PIB Photo)

India and Finland on Thursday, Nov 26, 2020 signed an MOU for developing cooperation between two countries in the field of Environment protection and biodiversity conservation.  The MoU is a platform to further advance Indian and Finnish partnership and support, exchange best practices in areas like prevention of Air and water pollution; Waste management; Promotion of circular economy, low-carbon solutions ...

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Cabinet approves merger of Lakshmi Vilas Bank with DBS Bank

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the Scheme of Amalgamation of Lakshmi Vilas Bank Limited (LVB) with DBS Bank India Limited (DBIL). The approval follows the move to protect depositors’ interest and in the interest of financial and banking stability, on RBI’s application under section 45 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949. LVB had been under moratorium for ...

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Most lungs recover well after COVID-19: Study

Lung tissue of patients who suffered severely from COVID-19 shows good recovery in most cases. This was revealed by a study carried out by the Radboud university medical center that has now been published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. A striking conclusion is that the group who was referred by a GP did not recover as well as patients who were ...

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Doctors use old CPAP treatment to cure patients from Covid-19

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  The lives of patients hospitalised with COVID-19 are being saved by doctors who are using an existing medical treatment at an earlier stage. Dr Luigi Sedda of Lancaster University analysed the results from the team at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (WWL). Their research has now been published in the prestigious medical journal BMJ Respiratory Open. He said: ...

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Indian Foreign Secretary visits Nepal over border discord

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In a bid to repair ties with Nepal following the boundary dispute, Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla arrived in Kathmandu on Thursday morning for a two-day visit. The visit will see Shringla meet the top political leadership of Nepal and hold delegation level talks with his counterpart, Bharat Raj Poudyal in Kathmandu. This is his first Nepal visit after ...

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Cyclone Nivar Weakens, Leaves Behind Fallen Trees, Disrupted Power Lines

Cyclone Nivar made landfall as a severe cyclonic storm near the city of Puducherry in southern India, with winds of up to 130 km per hour (81 miles per hour), said the India Meteorological Department. At least three people were killed and the National Disaster Response Force said over 100,000 people have been evacuated from the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry ...

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Police use tear gas, water canons, drones to stop farmer at Delhi-Haryana border

Farmers from Punjab protesting the new farm law assembled in huge numbers at the Delhi-Haryana borders on Thursday morning, forcing the police in the national capital step up security and put barricades at several places. Undeterred the farmers tried to remove barricades leading to police resorting to tear gas, water canons and even drones to stop them. The farmers, as ...

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Arecibo telescope that received FRBs, featured in Bond film, will close forever

Arecibo Observatory

Scientists are upset that one of astronomy’s most renowned telescopes — the 305-metre-wide radio telescope at Arecibo, Puerto Rico — is closing permanently, as engineers gave up on its repair after two cables supporting the megastructure broke catastrophically, one in August and another in early November. Featured in many movies such as Contact (1997), which was based on a novel by ...

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India successfully tests final user trial of anti-tank NAG missile

NAG missile / DRDO

India carried out final user trial of 3rd generation Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) NAG on Thursday, 22 Oct 2020 at 0645 hrs from Pokhran range. The missile was integrated with the actual warhead and a tank target was kept at designated range. This was launched from NAG Missile Carrier NAMICA. The missile hit the target accurately defeating the armour. ...

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India unveils draft of Spacecom Policy-2020, Seeks feedback

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India has unveiled the Draft Space Based Communication Policy 2020 (Spacecom Policy-2020) with draft Norms, Guidelines and Procedures for implementation of Spacecom NGP-2020. Under the policy guidelines, Indian private sector players wanting to provide communication service inside and outside India using a space-based asset are liable for damages caused to other space objects in outer space and its environment. Releasing ...

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