Author Archives: Staff Writer

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


  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


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


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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India Relaxes Covid-19 travel restrictions on Visa holders to travel

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi releases the special commemorative coin of Rs. 75 denomination to mark the 75th Anniversary of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), through video conferencing, in New Delhi on October 16, 2020.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has extended the gradual relaxation of visa rules for more categories of foreign nationals and Indian nationals who wish to enter or leave India with immediate effect with their existing visas except electronic visa, tourist visa and medical visa. Foreign nationals intending to visit India for medical treatment can now apply for a medical ...

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Manmohan Singh Turns 88 and India turns to him with awe and admiration

The Speaker, Lok Sabha, Smt. Meira Kumar meeting the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi on February 22, 2014.(PIB)

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted his predecessor Dr Manmohan Singh on his birthday on Sept 26, 2020, the Twitterati woke up to the need of the hour for an academic who changed the course of battered Indian economy from socialism to market-driven economy, albeit, gradually. No wonder, #HappyBirthdayDrMMSingh trended on Twitter for about 15 hours, with over 150,000 tweets ...

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World Food Programme gets 2020 Nobel Prize for Peace

The World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger and promoting food security, was awarded 2020 Nobel Prize for Peace. In 2019, the WFP provided assistance to close to 100 million people in 88 countries who are victims of acute food insecurity and hunger. In 2015, eradicating hunger was adopted as one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. ...

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Glitch or Cyberattack Behind Tokyo Stock Exchange Breakdown?

Citing a hardware breakdown, the Tokyo Stock Exchange halted trading for the entire day Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 with serious rippling effect on exchanges in Sapporo, Nagoya, and Fukuoka as well. Japan Exchange Group Inc., which operates the TSE, said it would announce any updates on resumption of trade on Friday later. All buying and selling has been frozen on the ...

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Ayush Ministry to conduct clinical study of Vasa and Guduchi for Covid-19 treatment

In view of the need for accelerated solutions for Covid-19, the Ministry of AYUSH has taken up a clinical study to assess the role of Vasa Ghana, Guduchi Ghana and Vasa-Guduchi Ghana in therapeutic management of symptoms in Covid-19 positive cases. The trials will be a “randomized, open label three armed” study, and will be conducted at the All India Institute of Ayurveda ...

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What Has Changed on Jupiter from 2006 to Now? Hubble captures all in detail

This (above) latest image of Jupiter was captured by Hubble Space Telescope on 25 August 2020, when the planet was 653 million kilometres from Earth, giving clues on updated weather report on the monster planet’s turbulent atmosphere. A remarkable new storm is brewing, and a cousin of the Great Red Spot is changing colour again. The tiny new image is ...

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Sony PS5: Priced at $400, India launch on Nov 19, Pre-Order from Sept 18


Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) on Thursday announced November 12 as the launch date for its highly anticipated next-generation videogame system, PlayStation 5, which will be priced $399.99 or ¥39,980. SIE also revealed new updates to the PS5 game portfolio, including Final Fantasy XVI, Fortnite, Hogwarts Legacy, and a new God of War title. On November 12, PS5 will be launched ...

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NCB arrests Rhea after 3 days of grilling in Sushant Singh Rajput Suicide Case

Rhea Chakraborty

After three days of grilling, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Tuesday arrested Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty in connection with her alleged role in the drugs angle into the June 14 death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea has been charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and quickly whisked away for a mandatory medical test ...

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Taj Hotel Attack: Harvard learns new lesson in Tata’s recruitment style


Taj Hotel terror attack has become a massive psychology case study in Harvard. Not one Taj employee abandoned the hotel during the attack but stayed right through the tragedy. They helped the guests escape and, in the process, many employees died. The attack on Nov. 26, 2008 by a group of terrorists struck a dozen targets in Mumbai, including the ...

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