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Day: August 7, 2020

India

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Tests Negative For Coronavirus

Ravi Shankar Prasad said he was fine throughout, following his daily routine. (File)New Delhi: Minister for Information Technology and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday said he has tested negative for COVID-19.Mr Prasad, who is also the Law Minister, had earlier this week gone into self-isolation as per protocol, after he met Home Minister Amit Shah on August 1 evening.In a tweet on Friday, Mr Prasad said: "Friends! My COVID test is negative. The report came today. I was in isolation for the last one week because I had attended a meeting with Amit Shah a day before he was found positive".He thanked his friends and well wishers for their support. Mr Prasad said he had been fine throughout, and following his daily routine, exercise and also working from home.In another tweet, h...
World

Chinese WeChat Users Fear Being Cut Off From US Friends

Donald Trump has announced sweeping restrictions against WeChat.Beijing, China: A US ban on the WeChat messaging platform could cut lines of communication between friends in China and America and force people to switch to a replacement, social media users said on Friday.US President Donald Trump has announced sweeping restrictions against Chinese-owned WeChat and TikTok, signing executive orders giving Americans 45 days to stop doing business with the platforms.Trump cited national security concerns, which also threw into doubt the US operations of WeChat's parent firm, Tencent.WeChat is a messaging, social media, and electronic payment platform and is reported to have more than a billion users.It is not widely used in the US, but in China it is difficult to do without it as the platfor...
India

Helpline Numbers Set Up In Dubai, Sharjah After Plane Crash In Kerala

The Boeing 737 aircraft and fell down in the valley and broke into two portions.Dubai: The Indian consulates in Dubai and Sharjah have activated five helpline numbers to provide information to the family members of the Air India Express flight that skidded off the runway at Kozhikode airport in Kerala and fell into a 50 feet valley, killing at least 16 people on Friday evening.The IX 1344 Dubai-Calicut flight was carrying 191 passengers and crew, including 10 infants, two pilots and four cabin crew members.After landing at Runway 10, the Boeing 737 aircraft continued running to the end of the runway and fell down in the valley and broke into two portions, an official statement said."We pray for the wellbeing of passengers and crew and will keep you updated as and when we receive further...
India

Chopper Rules “Restrictive”, Stop Operations At Times: Aviation Secretary

Civil Aviation Ministry is focusing on creating a network of heliports, the secretary said. (File)New Delhi: The regulations governing civilian helicopters in India are very restrictive and they make operation unviable at times, said Civil Aviation Secretary PS Kharola on Friday, adding that the government is working to ease these regulations so that the common man is benefitted."Somehow, what has happened is that the regulations which were meant for fixed-wing planes have just been applied with little modifications to the helicopters," he said during a webinar at 2nd Helicopter Summit-2020 organised by industry body FICCI."As a result of which, these regulations are very restrictive and at times, they even make the operation of helicopters unviable. So the second sector we are working ...
India

President Kovind, PM Modi Condole Kerala Plane Crash That Left 17 Dead

At least 15 people were killed when an Air India Express plane crash-landed in Kerala's KozhikodeKozhikode: Condolences poured in on Twitter after at least 17 people were killed when an Air India Express plane crash-landed in Kerala's Kozhikode airport amid heavy rain.All passengers have been evacuated from the plane that broke into two as it overshot the runway before coming to a halt. There were 190 people including crew onboard the aircraft that originated from Dubai. One of the two pilots of Flight IX 1344, Wing Commander Deepak Vasant Sathe, is among the 15 who died.President Ram Nath Kovind said he was "deeply distressed" by the plane crash."Deeply distressed to hear about the tragic plane crash of Air India Express flight at Kozhikode, Kerala. Spoke to Kerala Governor Shri Arif M...
Career and Education

Dhurva Harsh makes AU proud by making ‘Harshit’ – Times of India

PRAYAGRAJ: A former student of Allahabad University, Dhruva Harsh has made the city and his alma mater proud by making a film Harshit, which is streaming on digital streaming service Disney Hotstar and would soon be coming on Amazon prime and Netflix too. Dhruva has done is master's in English literature and hogged the limelight last year when he had renounced accepting the degree at the convocation because the then chief guest i.e. Kailash Satyarthi was awarding degrees selectively due to lack of time. The renowned documentary and short film maker has also questioned the decision of AU of awarding honorary degree to the then UP DGP OP Singh, who according to him was an officer who never supported students of AU. “Harshit is inspired by the tragedy of hamlet, prince of Denmark and t...
India

PM To Launch Chennai-Port Blair Submarine Cable Link On August 10

The foundation stone for the project was laid by PM on December 30, 2018 at Port Blair. (File)New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connecting Chennai and Port Blair on August 10 through video conferencing.According to a release by Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the submarine cable will also connect Port Blair to Swaraj Dweep (Havelock), Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Kamorta, Great Nicobar, Long Island, and Rangat.This connectivity will enable the delivery of faster and more reliable mobile and landline telecom services to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, on par with other parts of India, it said.The foundation stone for this project was laid by the Prime Minister on December 30, 2018 at Port Blair."Once inaugurated, the submarine OFC...
India

“No Fire” During Landing: Air India Express After Plane Skids Off Kerala Runway

The Air India Express flight was part of the Vande Bharat programme.Air India Express said there were 174 passengers along with 10 infants, 2 pilots and four cabin crew members on board its plane which skidded off the runway and broke in two while landing at Kerala's Kozhikode on Friday amid heavy rain. At least 15 people have been killed in the incident.The Air India Express released a statement shortly after, saying that flight IX134 operated by B737 aircraft was coming from Dubai to Kozhikode. "No fire reported at the time of landing," it said.The incident took place around 7:41 pm.As per the initial reports, rescue operations are on, it added."Passengers are being taken to hospital for medical care."Among those killed were the two pilots of Flight IX-1344, authorities said. The flig...
India

Ram Temple Will Withstand Natural Calamities For 1000 Years: Trust Member

Trust member also praised PM Modi for visiting Ayodhya for the "bhoomi pujan"Ayodhya: A member of the trust overseeing the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya on Friday said its structure will be earthquake resistant and withstand natural calamities for a thousand years.Addressing reporters at Ayodhya's Karswakpuram, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra general secretary Champat Rai said the foundation of its pillars will be deep as the bridges built on rivers, making the temple earthquake resistant.The temple will be strong enough to withstand nature calamities for a thousand years, he added.Mr Rai said Larson and Turbo, the company tasked with construction of the temple, has told him that the plan of its foundation will be ready soon as it is in its final phase."We will get the p...
Career and Education

Tamil Nadu Board Class 10 result 2020 to be announced on August 10 – Times of India

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Directorate of Government Examinations (TNDGE) will declare Class X results on August 10. The state government cancelled the board exams due to Coviid-19 and is awarding marks based on half-yearly and quarterly exam marks of students. More than nine lakh students registered for the exams that were scheduled to be held in March. "The results of Class X would be declared at 9.30am on August 10. Candidates can check their results by registering their date of birth and roll number," C Usharani, director of government exams, said in a release. Students can access results on the following websites: www.tnresults.nic.in, www.dge1.tn.nic.in and www.dge2tn.nic.in If students have any grievances over their marks, they can submit the form through their schools from August...