Thursday, January 28, 2021


National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro-Sciences, Bangalore imparts training to Medical officers & Counselors: Sidhu

CHANDIGARH: To provide quality Mental Healthcare services in Government Hospitals, the training programme held by Punjab Government for Medical officers and Counselors working in de-addiction centres & OOAT Clinics which is devised by a team comprising of experts Dr. N. Manjunatha, associate professor & consultant telemedicine Dr. Suresh Bada Math, Dr. Naveen C Kumar and Dr. Pratima Murthy from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore.

Twitter's full tweet archive now free for academic researchers

NEW DELHI: Twitter has allowed third-party academic researchers free access to the full history of public conversation via the full-archive search endpoint, which was previously limited to paid premium or enterprise customers.

First phase of Covid vaccination drive begins in Nepal

KATHMANDU:The first phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive kicked off in Nepal on Wednesday.
According to the health officials, the coronavirus has so far killed 2,017 people and infected 270,092 across the country.

200 million extra doses: Biden-led Covid-19 turnaround kicks off

NEW YORK: Within seven days of taking over as US president, Joe Biden on Tuesday declared that his government is "working to purchase" a total of 200 million additional doses of two authorised vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna which will be enough to vaccinate 300 million Americans by late summer this year.

IPL 2021 player auction on Feb 18 in Chennai

NEW DELHI: The player auction ahead of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) edition will take place on February 18 in Chennai.
IPL confirmed the news on their official Twitter handle: "IPL 2021 Player Auction on 18th February. Venue: Chennai."

Telangana's active corona cases fall below 3K

HYDERABAD: With more recoveries than new coronavirus infections in a day, Telangana's active cases dropped below 3,000 to further improve its recovery rate, health officials said on Wednesday.

Malaysia begins phase 3 trial of China-developed Covid vaccine

KUALA LUMPUR:Malaysia has begun a phase 3 clinical trial of a Covid-19 vaccine candidate developed by the Institute of Medical Biology of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (IMBCAMS), the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Canada tightens measures against non-essential travels

OTTAWA:Canada is considering tightening its measures against Covid-19 pandemic as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has urged the public to cancel all the non-essential travel plans both abroad and in between provinces across the country.

This immune cell in blood may up severe Covid risk

LONDON: Researchers have found that patients with severe Covid-19 have significantly elevated levels of a certain type of immune cells in their blood, called myeloid-derived suppressor cells.

WHO lauds China for submitting Covid vaccines data for assessment

GENEVA:The World Health Organisation (WHO) has hailed China for submitting the data of its Covid-19 vaccines to the agency for the Emergency Use Listing procedure, a top WHO expert said.

Covaxin neutralizes UK variant of Covid: Study

HYDERABAD: Covaxin, the Covid vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech, effectively neutralizes UK variants of SARS-CoV-2 reducing the possibility of mutant virus escape, finds a study.

Sydney eases Covid curbs after squashing Christmas clusters

SYDNEY: Australian officials on Wednesday announced easing of Sydney's Covid-19 restrictions, after squashing two clusters that emerged in the city before Christmas.

Global Covid-19 cases surpass 100 million

NEW YORK: Global Covid-19 cases topped 100 million on Tuesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, the Xinhua news agency reported.


Global Covid-19 cases surpass 100mn: Johns Hopkins University

NEW YORK: Global Covid-19 cases surpassed 100 million on Tuesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

France tallies 22,086 Covid-19 infections, 612 deaths in one day

PARIS: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in France spiked by 22,086 over the past 24 hours and a further 612 patients succumbed to the disease, according to official data released on Tuesday.

Chinese mainland reports 55 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases

BEIJING: The Chinese mainland on Tuesday reported 75 newly confirmed Covid-19 cases, including 55 locally transmitted and 20 arriving from outside the mainland, the National Health Commission said on Wednesday.

Restart Meghalaya Mission' to boost economy: Governor

SHILLONG: Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik said on Tuesday that the 'Restart Meghalaya Mission' (RMM) of the state government has earmarked Rs 14,515 crore for various developmental and business activities over the next three years, which will boost the economy of the state.

Pakistan urges FATF for grey list removal

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has asked the global watchdog on money laundering and terror financing, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to remove the country from the grey list, after it claimed to have seen the exposure of Indian propaganda by the European Union (EU) DisinfoLab.

223 more villages to get 24-hr power supply: Haryana CM

CHANDIGARH: While taking a significant step towards fulfilling promise to make available round-the-clock power supply in villages, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday announced to include 223 more villages in the Mhara Gaon, Jagmag Gaon scheme.

Punjab CM honours frontline covid warriors and cops for outstanding services

PATIALA: On the occasion of 72nd Republic Day, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday felicitated 24 doctors/health workers for rendering exceptional services during the Covid crisis, besides honouring six police personnel for their distinguished services. He also handed over 'Sanads' to six beneficiaries of BASERA scheme for slum dwellers as a token gesture.

WHO official warns of continued Covid transmission after inoculation

GENEVA: A senior World Health Organization (WHO) official warned of the risk of continued transmission of the novel coronavirus even after large-scale vaccinations in the foreseeable future.

5,000 National Guard troops to remain in Washington till March

WASHINGTON: More than 5,000 National Guard troops will remain in Washington, D.C. through mid-March amid security concerns, acting Secretary of the Army John Whitley said.

Janet Yellen confirmed as 1st female US Treasury Secy

WASHINGTON: The US Senate has voted to approve President Joe Biden's nomination of former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to be the next Treasury Secretary, making her the first woman to hold the post.

My heart goes with farmers on R-Day: Punjab CM

PATIALA(Punjab): Asserting that his heart was with the farmers amid the Republic Day celebrations, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the Centre had deliberately kept Punjab out of the high-powered committee initially as they knew that the voices of protest would rise from here.

India's 72nd Republic Day

NEW DELHI: The dictionary defines the word Republic "as a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law." On India's 72nd Republic Day we look back at the moments citizens of this country came together against all odds and all adversities, in what was possibly the worst year the world has ever seen.

US detects 1st case of Brazilian Covid-19 variant

WASHINGTON:The US has detected the first case of a new coronavirus variants which was first discovered in Brazil, according to authorities.
The case was detected in the state of Minnesota, Xinhua news agency reported.

Global Covid-19 cases top 99.6mn: Johns Hopkins

WASHINGTON: The total number of global coronavirus cases has topped 99.6 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.13 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Odisha celebrates 72nd Republic Day

BHUBANESWAR: The 72nd Republic Day was celebrated across Odisha with gaiety and enthusiasm on Tuesday.
Governor Ganeshi Lal unfurled the Tricolour and took the salute at the state level celebration held at the Mahatma Gandhi Marg here.

3 NE states to display their traditions on R-Day

AGARTALA/GUWAHATI/ITANAGAR:Two northeastern states - Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura - will showcase their traditions, famed customary talents, art and craft while Assam will demonstrate its tea, one of the backbones of Indian economy, and wildlife, in this year's Republic Day parade in the national capital.

Can't be part of ego battle between AP govt, SEC, says SC

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday expressed its anguish at the Andhra Pradesh government, as it junked its plea to postpone panchayat polls against the backdrop of Covid-19 vaccination drive.

Awaiting Centre's instructions: AAP on 'free vaccine' promise

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government is awaiting instructions from the central government for the promise of providing free Covid-19 vaccines to all the residents of Delhi made by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Respect value of right to vote: President's Voters' Day message

NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday said that people should always respect the value of the right to vote because it is not a simple right and people around the world have struggled a lot for this right.

Strict measures needed to reduce new Covid-19 strains: Scientists

LONDON: With new Covid-19 strains reported from several parts of the world giving fresh threats to the fight against the pandemic, a group of scientists is calling on governments to consider the continued use of strict control measures as the only way to reduce the evolution and spread of the new variants of the virus.

Four footballers die in Brazil air crash

RIO DE JANEIRO: Four players and the president of Brazilian football club Palmas lost their lives after their plane crashed ahead of a local cup match.
President Lucas Meira and players Lucas Praxedes, Guilherme Noe, Ranule and Marcus Molinari died on Sunday when the plane plummeted to the ground shortly after takeoff at the Tocantinense airfield, near the northern city of Palmas, the club said in a statement. The pilot, identified as Wagner, was also killed, reports Xinhua news agency.

Indian women's hockey team suffer 2-3 loss against Argentina 'B'

BUENOS AIRES:India women's hockey team suffered a hard-fought 2-3 defeat against dominant Argentina 'B' in their latest encounter on the ongoing Argentina tour.

Reflections are here in the Mahabharta, Are we ready to accept them?

CHANDIGARH: Prophecy made thousand of years ago in the Mahabharta seems true in the present
days. It was forecast in relics that states: “Terrible wars and demonic diseases will decimate the
human race; and savage, cold and scathing heat, scorching drought and sweeping floods will
terrorize the people.” Terrible wars, demonic diseases, savage, cold and scathing heat, scorching
drought and sweeping floods have decimated the human race across the world.

Bill Gates receives first dose of Covid vax

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, who has been a target of conspiracy theorists for his push for vaccinations, has received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Pichai commits $150mn for equitable access to Covid vaccines

NEW DELHI: Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday pledged more than $150 million to promote vaccine education and ensure equitable distribution so that everyone can benefit from this triumph of scientific achievement, and quickly.

Australia gives provisional approval to Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine

SYDNEY: Australia's medical regulator on Monday granted provisional approval to Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine, making it the first Covid vaccine to receive regulatory approval in Australia.

California Covid-19 vaccine recipient dies after inoculation

SAN FRANCISCO: A person from the US state of California died hours after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine, authorities said, adding that an investigation is underway.