Saturday, May 23, 2020

Case registered against SP MLA, son in UP's Moradabad for lockdown violation

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Moradabad (ANI):
A case has been registered against Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA Haji Ikram and his son for allegedly organising an event in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad in violation of the lockdown guidelines, police said on Saturday. According to the police, social distancing norms were flouted during the event organised by Ikram.

Police said that Haji Ikram and his son are accused of gathering a crowd near Bhude chauraha area and distributing ration. This comes as the country is under lockdown and strict social distancing guidelines have been issued to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
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COVID-19 vaccine developed in China shows promising results in early trials: Report

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Beijing (ANI): Days after US drugmaker Moderna announced Phase one trial of its COVID-19 vaccine has shown positive results, researchers on Friday reported that a vaccine developed in China appears to be safe and may protect people from the deadly virus. According to a report in The New York Times, citing early-stage trial, published in online journal Lancet, those who received a single dose of the vaccine produced certain immune cells, called T cells, within two weeks while the antibodies needed for immunity peaked at 28 days after the inoculation.

The trial was conducted by researchers at several laboratories and included 108 participants aged 18-60. According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, the number of coronavirus cases worldwide has gone up to 5,209,266.

Dr Daniel Barouch, director of vaccine research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, who was not involved in the work, acknowledged that 'this is a promising data' but added that it is "early data." Several teams across the world are in a race to develop a vaccine, considered to be the most effective solution for COVID-19 which has claimed more than 3 lakh lives worldwide.

Apart from Moderna, which announced on Monday about its vaccine showing positive results, Dr Barouch and his colleagues too have published a study showing their prototype vaccine protected monkeys from coronavirus infection. According to the NYT report, results of just one other human vaccine trial, which has now entered mid-stage human trials have been published in a scientific journal.

The vaccine reported on Friday was made with a virus, called Ad5, modified to carry genetic instructions into a human cell. The cell begins making a coronavirus protein; the immune system learns to recognise the protein and attack it, in theory preventing the coronavirus from ever gaining a foothold. In these people, "their immune systems will essentially rear up and blunt the effect of the vaccine," said Dr. Kirsten Lyke, a vaccinologist at the University of Maryland who is leading another coronavirus vaccine trial.

Researchers in China did find that people who had Ad5 antibodies were less likely to develop a strong immune response to the vaccine. "That may limit the use of this vaccine," said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

"If you're comparing vaccines, the adenovirus ones so far seem to be on the lower end of the spectrum," he added. However, the results of this vaccine are based on data from a short period, and it is unclear how long its protection might last.

In addition, the researchers reported to have tested three doses and said that the highest dose seemed to be the most effective. But people who got the highest dose also experienced the most side effects, such as pain at the injection site, fever, fatigue, headaches, and muscle pain.
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Assam, Arunachal Pradesh likely to recieve rainfall: IMD

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New Delhi (ANI): India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday said that heavy rainfall is likely to batter Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and other North-Eastern states for the next few days. "Heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely at isolated places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim and heavy rainfall at isolated places over Kerala and Mahe."

The weatherman further predicted that strong surface wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph likely to prevail over Southwest Arabian Sea. The fishermen have been advised not to venture in this area. It also predicted that heat wave condition is likely to prevail over West Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the next five days.

"Heatwave condition is very likely in isolated pockets over Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh Madhya Pradesh, Vidharbha, Chhattisgarh, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Rayalseema," the IMD predicted in its All India Weather Warning Bulletin.
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Trump administration blacklists dozens of Chinese entities over human rights, military allegations

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Washington D.C. (ANI): The Trump administration has put new restrictions on two sets of Chinese entities--targeting one group which is pursuing military technology and another which is aiding Beijing's crackdown on China's Muslim minority groups. On Friday, the Commerce Department named nine entities for complicity in alleged human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in western China. The list included seven companies that assist Beijing in high-technology surveillance in the region, the Department said in a statement cited by The WallStreet Journal.

Separately, the Commerce Department targeted 24 Chinese commercial and government entities based in China, Hong Kong, and the Cayman Islands that it said: "represent a significant risk of supporting the procurement of items for military end-use in China." All 33 entities were added to an export blacklist of businesses and individuals that are considered to be national-security threats or engaged in activities contrary to the United States foreign policy. The American companies that continue to do business with them risk steep fines or jail time, the Department added further.

The additions to the blacklist "demonstrate our commitment to preventing the use of U.S. commodities and technologies in activities that undermine our interests," said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in the statement. Among the entities named for abetting Uighur surveillance were CloudWalk Technology and FiberHome Technologies Group. Those named for trying to procure military technology included Beijing Computational Science Research Center and Qihoo 360 Technology Co.

Friday's announcement signals that the Trump administration is continuing to put pressure on the Chinese leadership despite reaching the first phase of a trade deal in January. The deal called for China to increase its purchase of US goods and services by USD200 billion over the next two years. Earlier this week, White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow was quoted as saying by the Journal that the deal has not been derailed by the coronavirus pandemic or by persistent tension between the world's two largest economies.
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92 die in PIA plane crash in Karachi

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Islamabad (ANI): At least 92 people have died after a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crashed in Karachi on Friday, reported Al Jazeera citing officials. The outlet citing a health ministry spokeswoman also reported that two male passengers survived the crash.

According to Health Ministry spokeswoman, Meeran Yousuf, 60 bodies have been kept at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and 32 at Civil Hospital Karachi. The A320 Airbus was carrying 91 passengers and 8 crew members from Lahore to Karachi on PK 8303 when it crashed in a residential area near Karachi airport.

Soon after the crash, Sindh Minister of Health & Population Welfare declared an emergency in all major hospitals of Karachi. Meanwhile, according to a Sputnik report, the Pakistani government's aviation division has set up a four-member investigative team that will probe the deadly plane crash near the southern city of Karachi.

"On the directives of Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan and with the approval of Federal Government Aircraft Investigation Committee headed by Air Commodore Usman Ghani, [a] President Aircraft Accident Investigation Board has been constituted," the ministry tweeted, reported Sputnik.
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