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Day: January 19, 2021

India

Delhi’s Air Quality Turns ‘Severe’ Again For Sixth Time This Month

Delhi's 24-hour average air quality index was 404 today. AQI of 401 to 500 is considered "severe"New Delhi: Delhi's air quality turned severe again on Tuesday due to low wind speed and high moisture levels, India Meteorological Department officials said.Delhi's 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) was 404 on Tuesday. It was 372 on Monday and 347 the previous day. Before that, Delhi's air quality remained in the severe zone for three consecutive days.An AQI between zero and 50 is considered "good", 51 and 100 "satisfactory", 101 and 200 "moderate", 201 and 300 "poor", 301 and 400 "very poor", and 401 and 500 "severe".The meteorological conditions low wind speed and high moisture content in the air were unfavorable for dispersion of pollutants, an IMD official said.The average wind spe...
India

Covid Surge In Lakshadweep After First Case On Monday, Centre Rushes Team

56 people who had come in contact with the positive cases have been quarantined (File)New Delhi: Lakshadweep, the country's smallest Union Territory, which until Sunday hadn't reported any coronavirus cases, has now logged a total of 15 positive cases, prompting the centre to send a multi-disciplinary team to assist the local administration in its containment efforts.According to the Union Health Ministry, a traveller, who had arrived at the Union Territory on January 4 from Kochi by a ship, tested positive on Monday. 31 people who had come in direct contact with the man were traced and quarantined; 14 out of them have tested positive.As of now, 56 people, who had come in contact with the Covid positive people, have been quarantined in the Union Territory.Alarmed with the surge in cases...
World

Capitol Mob “Provoked”, “Fed Lies” By Trump: Republican Senate Leader

US Capitol mob was provoked by the president and other powerful people, Mitch McConnell said (File)Washington: The supporters of Donald Trump who attacked the US Capitol were "provoked" by the president and "fed lies," Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday."The mob was fed lies," the senator from Kentucky said in a speech on the Senate floor."They were provoked by the president and other powerful people."And they tried to use fear and violence to stop" the certification by Congress of Democrat Joe Biden's November 3 election victory, McConnell said."But we pressed on. We stood together and said an angry mob would not get veto power over the rule of law in our nation, not even for one night," he said.Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6 ...
India

Adani Group Signs Concession Agreements With Airports Body For Developing 3 Airports

Adani Group signed agreements with AAI for managing and developing 3 airports (Representational)New Delhi: The Adani Group on Tuesday signed concession agreements with the Airports Authority of India for the management, operations and development of Guwahati, Jaipur and Thiruvananthapuram airports."The concessionaires are required to take up the Guwahati, Jaipur and Thiruvananthapuram airports fulfilling certain conditions precedents within 180 days from 19th January, 2021," the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said in a press release.The Centre had in February 2019 privatised six major airports of the country - Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati.Through a competitive bidding process, the Adani group won the rights to run all of them for 50 years.The...
Career and Education

UoH faculty invited for a presentation at SciTalk – Times of India

HYDERABAD: An assistant professor from University of Hyderabad (UoH) presented her work on SARS-CoV-2 vaccine design as a SciTalk at the Keystone eSymposia entitled ‘Antibodies and vaccines as drugs for Covid19.’ Seema Mishra, assistant professor at Department of Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences, participated in the virtual conference held between January 13 and January 14. This conference with a small set of participants (total 323 participants) is centered around privileged experts at the top of their fields. Prominent among these speakers who talked about their work in this conference are frontrunners in vaccine development: Dr. Andrea Carfi, Moderna; Prof. Sarah Gilbert, University of Oxford; Trevor R. Smith, Inovio; Dr. Alexander Muik, BioNTech Pfizer; Liise-anne Pirofski, M...
World

French Woman, Declared Dead, Fights To Prove She’s Alive

Wiped from official records, she lost her ID card, driver's license, bank account and health insurance.Saint-Joseph: A 58-year-old French woman, who was wrongfully declared dead in a long-running dispute with a former employee, goes to court Monday in the city of Lyon to try resurrect her existence.Reports of Jeanne Pouchain's death have been greatly exaggerated as AFP discovered when it met her at her home in the southeastern town of Saint-Joseph, near Lyon, recently.Pouchain has been trying to prove she's alive ever since a labour court, allegedly acting on information provided by a former employee of Pouchain's cleaning company, noted her down in November 2017 as dead.The ruling, which capped a nearly two-decade-long wrongful dismissal suit, turned Pouchain's life upside down. Wiped ...
Career and Education

‘Farmers are the real scientists of the fields’ – Times of India

JAIPUR: The Governor and Chancellor Kalraj Mishra have called for the change in the pattern of agricultural education, in accordance with modern times. He said that for this, it is necessary to develop such a management mechanism under which the youth should be eager to do agriculture-related works, enterprises and farming activities instead of thinking of going to state services. Mishra was speaking at the online convocation of the Agricultural University, Jodhpur on Monday. “Farmers are the real scientists of the fields. Farmers can tell such methods to the students by which farming can be further upgraded.” While addressing as Chief Guest, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that the agriculture sector is on the top priority of the state government. Gehlot said, "There was a time in ...
India

“No Choice Of Vaccines”: Karnataka Health Minister On Doctors’ Demand

The Karnataka Health Minister, Dr K Sudhakar, urged healthcare workers to accept Covaxin (File)Bengaluru: Karnataka healthcare workers will not be allowed their choice of coronavirus vaccines, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said Tuesday, hours after an association of resident doctors in the state said they were "very suspicious" about the safety and efficacy of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin."First of all... taking the vaccine is not mandatory. There is no choice given in selecting a vaccine as the DCGI (Drug Controller General of India) has cleared both Covaxin and Covishield. I humbly appeal to all doctors, citizens to accept Covaxin," Dr Sudhakar was quoted by news agency ANI.The doctors had earlier said it was a matter of "great concern" that the centre had approved a vaccine with unknown ...
India

Probe Agency Files Chargesheet In Tamil Nadu Gutkha Scam

The alleged scam came to light on July 8, 2017. (Representational)New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has filed a chargesheet against former Tamil Nadu minister B V Ramana, some government officials and a few others in connection with its money laundering probe into an alleged gutkha scam in the state.The central probe agency said in a statement in Delhi the prosecution complaint was filed before the court of Principal Sessions Judge in Chennai under various sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) with a "prayer for rewarding punishment to the accused and confiscation of attached properties totalling to Rs 246.10 crore".It said those named in the chargesheet include former minister of commercial tax B V Ramana (Dec 2012-Nov 2013), S Vignesh, the properitor of Annama...
Career and Education

Success comes to those who differentiate themselves: Vivek Bhandari, Scholarly – Times of India

At 99 degrees, water is hot, at 100 degrees, it changes to steam that can power an engine. The one extra degree of temperature makes all the difference between simply hot and something that moves mountains. Going that extra step is key to differentiating yourself whether in school, college, or workplace. University Admissions Differentiation is especially important in the context of University Admissions. Apart from high school grades, what life experiences have you acquired, what motivates you and what sets you apart, help to create a compelling admission application. Universities look for a complete student, someone that will succeed in studies and beyond. Will you be able to handle the academic rigor of their classes? They also assess your potential as a graduate of their school. A...