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British Indian chemist in Millennium Tech Prize winning team for revolutionary DNA tech

Cambridge University chemists Shankar Balasubramanian and David Klenerman were declared the winners of the 2020 Millennium Technology Prize, a prestigious global science and technology prize awarded for their development of revolutionary sequencing techniques which means DNA can now be read in super-fast times. The prize, awarded by Technology Academy Finland (TAF) at two-year intervals since 2004. Balasubramanian, an India-born British professor of medicinal chemistry, and Sir Klenerman, a British biophysical chemist, co-invented the Solexa-Illumina Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS), technology enabling fast, accurate, low-cost and large-scale genome sequencing – the process of determining the complete DNA sequence of an organism's make-up, which is proving crucial in humanity’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

European Union's drugs regulator says, Pfizer COVID vaccine can now be stored at fridge temperature for up to a month

The European Union's drugs regulator has said that the Pfizer COVID vaccine can now be stored at fridge temperature for up to a month. The current limit is just five days. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said that once the vaccines thawed, unopened vials could be kept in the fridge. The increased flexibility is expected to have a significant impact on the vaccine roll-out across the EU. The need for transport and storage at very low temperatures has been one of the major


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Death toll climbs as Gaza conflict rages

Heavy air strikes and rocket fire in the Israel-Gaza conflict claimed more lives on both sides as tensions flared in Palestinian “day of anger” protests in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. Israel’s intense bombing campaign has killed 213 Palestinians, including 61 children, and wounded more than 1,400 people in Gaza in more than a week of fighting against Islamist group Hamas. The conflict risks precipitating a humanitarian disaster, with the UN saying nearly 40,000 Palestinians have been displaced and 2,500 have lost their homes.

Vaccinated Saudis allowed to leave kingdom for 1st time in more than a year as country eases ban on international travel

Vaccinated Saudis have now been allowed to leave the kingdom for the first time in more than a year as the country eased the ban on international travel.For the past 14 months, citizens have mostly been banned from traveling abroad out of concerns that international travel could fuel the outbreak of the virus within the country of more than 30 million people. The ban, in place since March 2020, has also impacted Saudi students who were studying abroad.

In recent months, however, the kingdom has vaccinated close to 11.5 million residents with at least one jab of the COVID-19 vaccine, making them eligible to depart the country under the new


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UN vote on call to stop arms supply to Myanmar postponed

A 193-member U.N. General Assembly vote on a draft resolution calling for an immediate suspension of the direct and indirect supply, sale or transfer of all weapons and munitions to Myanmar has been postponed. It was not immediately known when a vote would be rescheduled. Some diplomats said that, it had been delayed in a bid to win more support.

The draft resolution calls on the Myanmar military, which seized power in a coup in February this year, to end a state of emergency, stop all violence against peaceful protesters and respect the will of the people as expressed in the results of an election in November last year.

98% of India still at risk, warns Health Ministry


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Centre ramps up production of antifungal medicine Amphotericin-B to provide relief to patients suffering from Mucormycosis

Amid the growing demand of antifungal medicine AmphotericinB to cure Mucormyscosis, the Central Government has ramped up the production of this drug to provide relief to the patients. Mucormycosis known as Black Fungus affects mostly those people who are suffering from diabetes. Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya has reviewed the requirement and supply position of antifungal medicine AmphotericinB.

Recently, the Centre has issued an advisory on the management of fungal infection among Corona patients. It had said, the fungal infection Mucormycosis mainly affects people who are on

medication that reduces their ability to fight environmental pathogens.

Tribal Affairs Ministry & Microsoft sign MoU for digital transformation of Tribal Schools


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Cyclone Tauktae: Navy rescues 177 personnel from Barge P305

Following the cyclonic storm Tauktae, the Indian Navy has been conducting Search and Rescue Operations. A total of 177 personnel have been rescued so far from Barge P305 by the Indian Navy. The barge 'Gal Constructor' with 137 persons onboard has run aground about 48 Nautical Miles North of Colaba Point. An Emergency Towing Vessel 'Water Lily', two support vessels and CGS Samrat are in the vicinity for rendering assistance and evacuating the crew.

24% more wheat procured during current Rabi Marketing Season 2021-22


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Tata Motors Posts $1 Billion Loss As Jaguar Costs Hit Bottom Line

Tata Motors announced a ₹ 7,600 crore ($1 billion) loss despite a strong performance in the first quarter of 2021 as restructuring costs related to its British luxury car brand Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) hit the automaker's bottom line. The firm posted a consolidated net loss of ₹ 76 crore during the January-March period, narrowing its losses from ₹ 9,890 crore a year earlier.The auto giant's revenues jumped 42 percent, but exceptional costs worth $2.13 billion (Rs 15,559 crore), related to its restructuring of JLR hurt its profitability.

Google rolls out News Showcase in India

Google has announced the roll-out of News Showcase in India with 30 news publishers, including national, regional and local news organisations. The News Showcase allows partnering publishers to curate content which is displayed as story panels on Google’s News and Discover platforms.The technology firm also pays the publishers to license their content, providing limited access to pay-walled content for readers. In India, Google has partnered with news organisations, including The Hindu Group, HT Digital Streams Ltd., The Indian Express Group, ABP LIVE, India TV, NDTV, Zee News, Amar Ujala, Deccan Herald, Punjab Kesari, The Telegraph India, IANS and ANI.


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Iga Swiatek enters WTA top 10 after Italian Open tennis triumph

In the women’s tennis section, Italian Open champion Polish teenager Iga Swiatek jumped six places on the WTA Tour rankings to enter the top 10. The 19-year-old player is now ninth, behind American legend Serena Williams. The top three slots continue to be retained by Australia’s Ashleigh Barty, Japan’s Naomi Osaka and Romania’s Simona Halep, respectively.

Indian women to play a Test in Australia


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Vemuri Sudhakar succumbs to COVID




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