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Thursday, 6 August 2020

Crescent School conducting online mock tests.


In pic : Crescent Public School, Maujpur. 

With the emerging problems due to Covid 19 and lockdown, Crescent school in Maujpur, has decided to conduct online mock test, so that students don't compromise with their studies. For them, education is priority and it shouldn't be compromised in any situation. Online mock tests will be compulsory for the students to complete their syllabus in time.

 This has been possible because of their dedicated and hardworking team of teachers, who inspite of having issues with online zoom meetings didn't gave up and with the fighting spirit learnt and did an exceptional job in taking online classes regularly.

 Now teachers have come up with online mock tests for their students because teachers believe in keep going no matter what the situation is. With an impeccable team of teachers and cooperative students and parents, they are now conducting online mock tests for their dear students to cope up with the syllabus and not compromise with their studies.

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

PM Narendra Modi laid the groundwork for Ayodhya 's controversial Ram Temple


                                               Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan: PM मोदी ने कहा ...
In pic : PM Modi in Ayodhya for Bhumi Pujan.
  

The Supreme Court ruled in November 2019 that the contested land should be handed over to a Govt-run trust to create a temple 

In 1992, a mob demolished the site of a 400-year-old mosque, causing riots that left almost 2,000 dead.  Wednesday's ceremony marks the end of Bharatiya Janata Party's election campaign.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to Ayodhya — 29 years after his last visit to the temple town — where he took part in a "Bhoomi Pujan" ceremony marking the construction of a grand Ram temple there. He addressed a group of spiritual leaders who had come to witness the grand event following the ceremony that saw PM laying a silver brick for a grand Ram temple.

Considering the coronavirus, the guest list for the grand event has been heavily shortened. In addition to PM Modi, the ceremony was attended by 50 VIPs including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi began and ended his speech on Wednesday at the Ram Temple site in Ayodhya, chanting "Siyavar Ramchandra ki Jai" and "Jai Siya Ram," addressing both Lord Ram and Goddess Sita, and saying that these slogans are vibrating not only in this city but throughout the world.

Shortly after Ram temple's "bhoomi pujan" ceremony in Ayodhya, Mohan Bhagwat, president of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), said on Wednesday that today is the start of a new India.

Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust chief Mahant Nritya Gopal Das said Wednesday that building Ram Temple in Ayodhya is a work of public welfare and is like building nation and world.

The foresight and experience of Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the way for a peaceful settlement of the Ram temple problem and fulfilled the Indians' dream after 500 years of "long and hard" struggle, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said on Wednesday.

Nine bricks were placed on Wednesday at the site for the Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya as part of the "bhoomi pujan'.'
 "India Is Emotional, Decades-Long Wait Has Come To An End," Says PM.

Sushant Singh Rajput : Centre accepts the appeal of CBI probe.



                     In pic : Late Sushant Singh Rajput 

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput 's death case is turning each day into a new chapter. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said his government had submitted a request to the case for a CBI investigation. It came after the father of Sushant talked to the Bihar DGP, and gave his consent to a CBI investigation.

Nitish Kumar posted on Twitter, "The state government has submitted to the FIR filed by Sushant Singh Rajput 's father KK Singh his request for a CBI investigation."

In the meantime, the statement of Siddharth Pithani, Sushant 's friend and creative content manager has been registered by Bihar Police. They also reported the actor's manager Deepesh Sawant 's statement.

Mumbai Police on Tuesday hired Grant Thornton as the forensic auditor in the death case of Sushant Singh Rajput, a police official told PTI.

On New York Times Square, Virtual Billboard Of Lord Ram And The Ram Mandir Goes Live.




In pic : Ram Mandir picture on New York’s billboard.


As part of the Bhoomi Pujan celebrations organized by the Hindu-American diaspora in the region, a billboard with an picture of Lord Ram along with the Ram Mandir has gone live on New York 's iconic Times Square.

Images of the words 'Jai Shri Ram' in Hindi and English, photographs and videos of Lord Ram, 3D photographs of the construction and architecture of the temple, as well as photos of PM Modi's laying of the foundation stone will be shown through many billboards at Times Square.

The billboards are amongst Times Square's most iconic and famous features, and is one of the world's most popular tourist attractions.

In addition, Indian community members will also be gathering at Times Square on August 5 to celebrate the bhumi pujan ceremony and will also be distributing sweets among themselves.

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

This is how Ram Mandir will look like.



            In pic : Proposed design of Ram mandir. 


The design of the proposed Ram Temple in Ayodhya has been launched online by the trust monitoring its building, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's inauguration ceremony and other top leaders.

A collection of pictures revealed a large three-story building of stone on an elevated platform with several walls, pillars and domes. According to its builder the temple would be 161 feet tall and nearly double the size of what was originally designed.

The interiors feature a high dome with intricate carvings.

The model was changed following the November Supreme Court decision on the 2.77 acre site claimed by both Hindus and Muslims, where the Babri mosque of the 16th century stood until it was burned to the ground in 1992 by Hindu activists who alleged it was constructed on the remains of an ancient temple marking Lord Ram's birthplace.

The Supreme Court said the site was being handed over for a Ram temple and Muslims should be given an alternate five-acre location.

Architect Chandrakant Sompura, who belongs to a family of temple builders, was asked to design the Ram temple some 30 years ago. His father Prabhashankar Sompura planned and supervised the renovation of the Somnath temple.

Mr Sompura, 77, told India's Press Trust that he had adopted the design "Nagara theme."

The concept was modified to have five domes to suit more devotees, instead of two. A shikhara or tower overlooking the sanctum sanctorum will be installed.

The construction will begin after the "bhoomi pujan" or historic ceremony featuring PM Modi, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Chief Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Mohan Bhagwat, apart from 175 spiritual leaders. Building the temple will take about three years, the architect said.

Sushant Singh Rajput : Murder or Suicide ?


             In pic : Late actor, Sushant Singh Rajput 

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ordered a CBI investigation in the facts behind the death of Sushant Singh Rajput; the actor "MS Dhoni: The Untold Story" was found dead on 14 June at his Mumbai apartment.

The chief minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray, and home minister, Anil Deshmukh, both had previously ruled out a CBI probe.

The FIR, filed by KK Singh, says Ms Chakraborty mentally abused his son and deposited Rs 15 crore from his Mumbai bank account illegally.

The investigation by Bihar Police is based on transactions involving enterprises founded by Mr Rajput, along with Ms Chakraborty and her brother.

Mr Singh said on Monday he had alerted Mumbai Police of the danger to the life of his son but no action was taken. Soon after, the cops retaliate, claiming that they had not received a written report and that the family had neglected to mention their doubts in the days immediately following Mr Rajput 's murder.

In pic : Sushant with his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty.


Mumbai Police have also said that at this stage there is no evidence to indicate that Ms Chakraborty was engaged in financial wrongdoing. They also said that Mr Rajput was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and got treatment.

Nitish Kumar 's call for the CBI to pursue the case received a rude reply from Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, who suggested inviting the KGB (Russian Secret Service) and the CIA from the United States to the investigation as well.

Demands for the CBI to take over the case have been rejected by some legal experts, who pointed out that the governmental party has no authority unless it is either approached by the state in which the alleged crime occurred (in this case, Maharashtra) or given the case by the High Court or the Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear one part of this matter - a petition by Ms Chakraborty demanding shifting of the case against her, filed by Mr Rajput's father in Bihar, to Mumbai.

The chief of the BJP is not the only one claiming the murder of Sushant Singh Rajput.

Neeraj Bablu, BJP MLA and Mr Rajput's brother-in - law, made the same argument at the Bihar assembly yesterday and reinforced the popular call for a CBI investigation in the conditions behind the death of Mr Rajput.

Dozens Killed and wounded in Beirut, Lebanon blasts.



                 In pic : Explosion in Beirut, Lebanon

Two major blasts shook the port of Beirut on Tuesday, killing at least 27 people and injuring thousands of others, shaking remote buildings and leaving the Lebanese capital in terror and confusion.

The thunderous second explosion shot a massive orange fireball into the sky, demolished the harbor and tore through the city with a tornado-like shockwave, smashing windows miles away. 

Bloody casualties staggered through central Beirut between rubble and burning buildings as Health Minister Hamad Hassan announced an initial estimated 27 deaths and 2,500 injuries, calling it a "disaster".

A port soldier told AFP: "It's a tragedy inside, corpses are on the ground." 

Relatives of people working inside the blast zone assembled at a security barricade as they were searching for their loved ones' news.

The explosions were heard as far away as Nicosia, 240 kilometers (150 miles) from the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

The reason of the blasts was not clearly known, but a senior official, General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim, said that seized explosive materials had been stored in the port of the city.

An Israeli government that asked for confidentiality said to AFP: "Israel has nothing to do with this incident."


Lebanon 's President Michel Aoun asked for "urgent" council talks on security, while Prime Minister Hasan Diab announced a day of grieving on Wednesday.

At the scene minutes after the explosion, an AFP correspondent said every shop in the commercial center of Hamra had suffered damage, with entire stores flattened, windows broken and several cars smashed.

A massive flame sent dark smoke from the port city, as helicopters poured water on buildings that were burning. There was a ship on fire moored off the harbour.

The explosions struck a nation that has already been suffering from the worst economic crisis in decades, leaving nearly half of the population in poverty and the coronavirus pandemic as well.

The blasts also came three days before a verdict by a UN tribunal on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, who was killed in a major truck bomb attack in 2005.


Monday, 3 August 2020

Wearable legs help paralyzed walk once more.


                     In Pic : Wearable cyborg 

Earlier this year, the Brooks Cybernic Treatment Center in Jacksonville , Florida, became the first US facility to use Japan 's innovative recovery equipment — the Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL).

HAL — basically a wearable cyborg — helps people with spinal cord injury and muscular dystrophy recover their mobility and improve their nerves and muscles. They 're a form of lightweight suit, known as exoskeletons, with joints driven by small electric motors that act as mechanical muscles.

Here's what's really mind-blowing: to monitor them, patients use their brain waves.

But the advantages are not just those with disabilities or injuries. By 2050, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there will be more than 2 billion people over the age of 60 and exoskeletons could provide a solution to the ageing population in the world.

An exoskeleton — driven by active minds — could help people remain on their feet in the future as human bodies wear down with age.

According to research company Markets and Markets, with such huge potential applications available, the global medical exoskeleton market will be worth an estimated US$ 2.8 billion by 2023.

Spectacled billionaire roboticist Sankai is the brain behind HAL. He is head of the Cyberdyne Japanese company — founded in 2004 — where his vision was to create these "wearable cyborgs" designed to "fuse man, machine and information."

And although Sankai 's name can recall the scary Cyberdyne Technology that created villainous robots in the "Terminator" U.S. science fiction blockbuster, the Japanese roboticist wants to build software not for war but for peace and rehab.

An island off the Cape Cod coast is open to the public for the first time in 300 years.


                                    In pic : Sipson Island Trust

Sipson Island has been a private property since 1711, when it was sold to White settlers by the Monomoyick people. Now, with the aid of a local non-profit, the newly minted Sipson Island Trust aims to preserve and care for the island, leveraging the Native American meaning to see land as a gift for all to use.

The 24-acre island, which opened on Saturday, is situated just off Cape Cod 's coast in an area known as the Pleasant Bay — an area of serious concern for the environment.

Throughout the Pleasant Bay area, visitors can enjoy hiking, sandy beaches, snorkeling and 360-degree views.

The issue here was the cost. It had been a hefty price for a non-profit at $12 million. The company The Friends of Friendly Bay finally helped collect the money and stretch the closing date to make it possible in the last four years. The private trust established for $5.3 million to manage the island closed on the property in June.

Now that it is completely accessible to the public, tourists are welcomed from the East Shore to enter the island. Nonetheless, due to the fragile environment in the water only shallow draft boats under 22 feet can land.

The five-year plan is to rip down three of the island 's existing four buildings to construct and develop an open-air science and educational centre. The aim is to preserve the island's ecosystem, support and work on ecological and historical education, and provide for public leisure in and around Sipson.

There are still eight acres on the property that aren't under the name of the trust, and they intend to collect the funds quickly to get the whole island under the protection of the trust.

There might never be a "Silver Bullet" of COVID-19, says WHO.


In pic : Hope to provide some successful vaccines to keep people from being infected: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus


The World Health Organization reported on Monday that given the effort to discover successful vaccines, there could never be a "silver bullet" for the new coronavirus!

The WHO advised governments and people to concentrate on doing the established necessities such as monitoring, touch tracking, maintaining physical distance, and wearing a mask to contain the pandemic that has caused a catastrophic economic crisis that has disrupted normal life across the globe.

According to a count from official sources collected by AFP, the novel coronavirus has killed nearly 690,000 people and infected at least 18.1 million since the epidemic began in Wuhan , China last December.

On July 10, the United Nations Health Agency sent Beijing an epidemiologist and an animal health expert to lay the foundation for a trial to determine how the virus reached the human race.

Scientists suspect that the killer virus transferred from animals to humans, likely from a market in Wuhan City where exotic animals were sold for meat.

Early in the outbreak, Chinese officials said the virus may have spread from a city market that sold live and wild animals, but no further confirmation has been revealed about that.

Chinese firm filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc.




Chinese artificial intelligence firm Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co, Ltd, also branded as Xiao-i, has filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc. citing violation of  its patent.

The company is asking for 10 billion yuan ($1.43 billion) in compensation and demanding that Apple ceases to "manufacture, use, agree to use, use, and import" goods that violate the patent, it said in a social media message.

Xiao-i claimed that Apple's Siri voice-recognition technology violates a patent it applied for in 2004 and was granted in 2009.

Apple declined to respond to a request for comment. For a copy of the court filing, Reuters was not immediately available. 

The case marks the start of a chain that has lasted for almost a decade.

Shanghai Zhizhen initially sued Apple in 2012 for copyright infringement of its voice recognition technology. In July the Supreme People's Court of China ruled the patent was valid.

Union Home Minister of India Covid 19 Positive



      In Pic : Union Home Minister of India, Amit Shah. 


Union Home Minister Amit Shah has tested positive for coronavirus that has infected the country's more than 17 lakh population. Sources said he was admitted to Medanta hospital, located in Gurugram western Delhi, western Haryana. In a tweet, the minister said his health was "fine," but "on the advice of doctors" he was hospitalised. He also asked all those "who got in touch with me.

Sources said substantial contact tracing will be done and anyone who has come in contact with the minister will have to isolate themselves.

Mr Shah, 55, took part in Wednesday's cabinet meeting joined by all top ministers, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh, and Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman. During the critical conference, where the National Education Policy was accepted, all safety requirements like social distancing were observed.

Although most of PM Modi's meetings are now held online, there are not digital cabinet meetings.

Today more than 17 lakh cases of coronavirus have been reported in the country-adding more than one lakh patients to the list in just two days. The pandemic has resulted in the death of an Uttar Pradesh official. Kamal Rani Varun, 62, died on Aug 3 at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow.

54,735 cases of the disease have been reported over the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 17,50,723, Health Ministry data showed.

The jump came when last week the country rolled out Unlock 3-the third step of lifting restrictions. Nevertheless, the government has yet to open places that see a huge crowd including schools and universities, cinema halls, swimming pools, pubs, and assembly halls. Last month many states declared lockdowns in various degrees as numbers spike.

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Afghan Teenage killed militants.


   In pic : Afghan woman who murdered taliban militants.

          "Ready to Fight Again": Afghan Woman, 15, Who Murdered Taliban militants.


An Afghan girl who killed two Taliban fighters dead after her parents were gunned down said she was ready to kill any other militants who may want to attack her. 

Qamar Gul, 15, killed the terrorists in a remote village in central Ghor province last week as they invaded her house.

"I don't fear them anymore and I'm ready to fight them again," Gul told AFP by phone from a relative's home, where guards were watching her.

A picture of Gul posing with a gun has been circulating online, with many supporting her actions and calling for her safe escape from the country. It was around midnight when the Taliban came in, Gul said, recalling that night's events.

She slept with her 12-year-old brother in her room when she heard the sound of men attempting to push at their house doorstep.

"My mother rushed to stop them but had already opened the door by then," said Gul. 
"They pulled out my mother and father and shot them many times. I was terrified." 
Moments later, though, "pain took over".

"I picked up the gun that we had at home, went to the door and shot them," said Gul, who was taught how to shoot an AK-47 assault rifle by her father. 

Her brother rushed in when one of the gunmen, who seemed to be the leader of the party, tried to shoot. "My brother took the gun from me and shot him. The man ran off injured, just to return," she said.

At that time several villagers and pro-government militants had reached the building. Following a protracted gun fight the Taliban finally fled.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that a family feud also involved the killings at Gul 's home — and that one of the assailants was Gul's own husband.

In Taywara district, where Gul 's remote village is situated, its scene of almost daily conflicts between government forces and the Taliban, the insurgents frequently kill villagers they consider to be informers for the government or security forces.

Thousands of people on social media are insisting protection from the government, some calling for her to be sent out of Afghanistan.

"I ask the president to help move her to a safe location, as she and her family are at risk," influential women's rights activist and former lawmaker Fawzia Koofi wrote on Facebook. 

Munera Yousufzada, an official in the defense ministry, said Gul's "brave act" was an Afghan women's message to the Taliban.

President Ashraf Ghani also praised Gul for "defending her family against a vicious enemy," Sediq Sediqqi, his spokesman told AFP. 

A Taliban spokesman has confirmed that there was an operation in the area of the attack, but denied that a woman had killed any of the group's fighters.

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Best car rental service in Goa : Ocean Cabs.





                                                         https://www.oceancabsgoa.com

‘‘Our Success Depends On The Satisfaction Of Our Customers! This core philosophy is why we treat each and every customer as if they were our only customer. We promise you will have the best experience.’’


Ocean Cabs Goa, is a popular taxi service in goa that started its services in 1999. They are leading car rental agency in Goa with their staff located in Goa. They provide the best deals and guarantee an amazing experience to your visit from sightseeing tours, airport transfers and taxi excursions to Goa. Ocean cabs has been working aggressively to expand it’s satisfactory services to its customers. 

They have wide range of taxis available that are only one call away from you. If you're planning a quick trip around Goa or a full day sightseeing tour, they are here to cater all of your taxi hire needs.

Cars ranging from Toyota etios, to SUVs, they charge as low as 15 rs per kilometre for Toyota etios and Suzuki desire, for sightseeing tours they charge as low as RS 1800 per day.They also offer big SUV cars, 4*4 cars such as Toyota Innova , Tempo traveller for a group of 8 plus. They have it all according to their clients need. 

With other amazing deals and offer they provide affordable rates and makes sure that their services are pocket friendly. One thing that ocean cabs customers assure about is reliable and smooth rides and transfers. They also have zero cancellations fee that is rare in other cab services and quality services. 

Other than providing the best, if their clients have any inconvenience, they have 24*7 customer care to listen and fix their clients problems at hand.

So, if you are looking for a reliable source to depend your trip on, then ocean cabs services is the most trustworthy rental services you can find in Goa. 

1000+ bookings and clients, 50+ drivers, 60+ cars, it all shows their tremendous client base and exemplary services. 


Wednesday, 15 July 2020

These insects are still incredibly colorful even after 99 million years in Amber




In pic : Using these specimens, which are 99 million years old, scientists have been able to learn the secrets behind the vivid colours of prehistoric insects.


While scientists have been able to extract a lot of prehistory knowledge from fossils, they might not always be able to identify the coloring of an animal.

But a swarm of ancient insects fossilized in amber shows scientists just how vividly colored the earth was 99 million years ago, according to Science Alert.

"We've seen thousands of amber fossils but the preservation of color in these specimens is exceptional," said Huang Diying of the Chinese Academy of Sciences' (NIGPAS) Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology and a co-author of the report.

Such insects have been so well protected in tree resin that NIGPAS researchers are now able to see a diverse range of vibrant colours, including metallic greens, purples, and blues through them. These phenomenal findings were published on 1 July 2020 in Royal Society Proceedings B: Biological Sciences.

In pic : Because of the tree resin that embodies them, the exoskeletons on these colorful insects (left) remain intact.


Researchers examined 35 amber samples from the mid-Cretaceous period some 99 million years ago that date back to the "golden age of dinosaurs." They have been found at a northern Myanmar amber mine.

An investigation found completely intact bugs, cuckoo wasps, and a soldier flying all in different shades of vibrant hues. Their coloration is probably due to their exoskeletons being anatomically or nanostructured.

In the meantime the nanostructures on the colorful amber specimens were completely intact, which clarified why even after 99 million years they stayed so colourful. These findings suggest that the beautiful coloring that has now been seen on these prehistoric bugs was probably how they looked when alive.

Indeed, today some of that vibrant coloration has been passed down to their modern descendants. Scientists have discovered that the colouration was almost identical to the existing species on the ancient cuckoo wasps.

In pic : Modern cuckoo wasps' bold green color (pictured) is very identical to that of their prehistoric ancestors.


The study of fossils contained in amber was an important part of revealing the mysteries of the prehistoric world. Nevertheless, due to the unrest in Myanmar, where amber fossils are mostly harvested, scientists have been struggling with the ethics of this field of study in the last years.

There will certainly be more ways to access prehistory without losing human dignity as science continues to witness advancements in technology.



Google, Facebook, Microsoft, other technology firms are entering the litigation against revised visa regulations for students



More than a hundred top American technology firms, including Google , Facebook and Microsoft, entered a complaint against the new regulation by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology against Immigration and Customs Compliance (ICE) on Monday that prohibits foreign students from remaining in the U.S. unless they attend at least one course in person.

These firms, along with the U.S., are seeking a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction The Chamber of Commerce and other IT advocacy groups claimed that the ICE Directive of 6 July would disrupt their recruitment plans, make it impossible to bring in international students that companies had planned to recruit and disrupt the recruitment process on which they relied.

The CPT program allows "alternative work / study, internship, co-operative education or other kind of internship or practice required by supporting employers through collaborative agreements with the school of a student." On the other hand, the OPT program allows for up to one year of part time employment, which is closely applicable to the major study area of an international student.

The firms said that closing off more than half of all international students from participating in the American business recruitment pipeline would harm businesses and the economy as a whole, and disrupt reliance expectations based on prior policies that allow international students to stay in the U.S.

Covid 19 Vaccine Update



Following clinical trials on a group of volunteers, the Russian Defence Ministry today said it had produced a "free" corona virus vaccine. The ministry said that 18 people took part in the research and were released without "significant adverse outcomes, health issues, complications or side effects."

The trial results "allow us to speak confidently about the vaccine's safety and good tolerability," it said in a statement.

The Department of Defence did not know if the vaccine was actually successful, but a doctor working on the trials said the volunteers were safe from corona virus now.

"Their immunity works well, antibodies are made, they are protected from corona virus," researcher Svetlana Volchikhina said in a video released by the ministry of defence.

The volunteers were separated at Moscow's Burdenko Military Hospital on June 18, when the trial vaccine was conducted and daily inspections were carried out.

The Ministry of Defence announced that "the vital signs of volunteers stayed within usual limits for 28 days after vaccination."

The defence ministry has said it anticipates full completion of clinical trials by the end of July.

In the meantime, promising news about initial trials of the proposed COVID-19 vaccine at the University of Oxford that was approved to AstraZeneca could be revealed as early as Thursday, ITV's political editor Robert Peston said, citing a source. Phase III trials of the candidate for the covid vaccine, that included thousands of human volunteers, began in Brazil last month.

Thursday, 9 July 2020



Photos of rare Black Panther in India goes viral.




In pic : Rare blank panther (pic courtesy - bbc news)


Saya 's photographs, a rare black panther who lives in Kabini forest in Karnataka , India, have gone viral.

Shaaz Jung, the man behind the camera — who spent 12 hours a day chasing the panther for five long years — was more shocked at how these pictures hit the Internet.

In the past five years, the 31-year-old wildlife filmmaker and photographer has only filmed Saya – the melanistic leopard who has made his way into the Kabini forest.

                   In pic : Photographer Saad Jung 

"When people see these images, they assume there are many leopards, but there is really only one black panther where we are – a melanistic leopard in the thick Nagerhole forest. So, it was like finding a needle in a haystack, "Jung said.

Jung has been going into the jungle at 6 a.m. for two-three years straight, spending the whole day out there till 6.30 p.m., all seven days in a week.

But Jung knew this was once in a life time opportunity, till now black panthers have only been studied in Malaysia 's forests using remote camera traps.

Black panthers are typically found in tropical forest, where the dense foliage of trees does not allow the sun to reach the vegetation, but Saya is present in the Kabini deciduous forest. 

The virality started when it was picked up by a Twitter handle called 'Planet' and soon millions of people were sharing the images all over the world. Jung, whose father is the retired Indian cricketer Saad Bin Jung, got a call from his brother, the actor, and also from Saif Ali Khan about the viral images, asking him to share them too.




Monday, 6 July 2020

U.S. military to stand in confrontation with India with China, White House official says


In Pic : During a bilateral meeting next to the ASEAN Summit in Manila , Philippines, November 13, 2017, US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo: Reuters)


A top White House official said on Monday after the navy deployed two aircraft carriers to the South China Sea to raise its presence in the region, the U.S. military "must continue to stand firm" in relation to a confrontation between India and China or anywhere else.

Staff chief Mark Meadows of the White House told Fox News, "The message is clear. We're not going to stand by and let China or anyone else take the reins as the most powerful, dominant force, whether it's in that region or over here,"

Meadows quoted saying to another question, "And the message is clear. Our military might stands strong and will continue to stand strong, whether it's in relationship to a conflict between India and China or anywhere else." 

In many areas of eastern Ladakh including Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley and Gogra Hot Spring, India and China's troops are locked in an eight-week standoff. The situation worsened last month following the clashes in the Galwan Valley that left 20 Indian Army personnel dead as both sides significantly improved their deployments in most areas along the LAC.

Two of its aircraft carriers were sent by the United States to the South China Sea. "Our goal is to make sure the world knows that we still have the pre-eminent military force on the face of the globe," said Meadows.

The influential Republican Senator Tom Cotton, appearing on Monday's same Fox News talk show with host Brian Kilmeade, said the U.S. aircraft carriers are heading to the South China Sea to counter any Chinese misadventure against Taiwan or other countries in the region.


Pakistan Health Minister, Dr Zafar Mirza, tests positive for Covid 19



  
  In Pic :Pakistan Health Minister, Dr Zafar Mirza.


Pakistan's  health minister announced on Monday that after testing positive for the novel coronavirus he has isolated himself.

Several leaders, including members of ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), have been diagnosed with Covid-19 infection over the past few months, as the virus continues to spread in Pakistan.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi tested positively last week and announced that he is quarantining at home.

Other political figures who have contracted the virus to date include National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, ex-PMs Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Yusuf Raza Gillani, National Assembly opposition leader, Shehbaz Sharif, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader, Saeed Ghani, and railway minister Sheik Rashid, all recovered from the virus.

Many well-known figures have lost their fight against Covid-19 including a former governor, a provincial minister, and lawmakers.

According to the most recent official estimates, after the first case was registered in February 2,33,530 people have been testing positive for coronavirus across Pakistan.

However, the death toll has risen to 4,808 whereas 1,31,650 people have recovered, leaving 1,01,880 active cases in the country.



Wuhan increases the level of flood warning as rains pound China.




Wuhan, the central Chinese capital, epicenter of the latest coronavirus pandemic, lifted its flood warning level on Monday as torrential rain and thunderstorms battered the country's swaths, including the river Yangtze on which it sits.

Wuhan updated his emergency level II flood response from Level III, the second highest on its four-tier scale, after days of heavy rainfalls overflowing many of its roads.

In March, authorities warned that Wuhan and other flood-prone cities on the middle reaches of the Yangtze faced extreme rainfall rates this year than average.

From Chongqing in the southwest to Shanghai on the east coast, heavy rains continued to pound China on Monday. The Zhejiang, Anhui and Jiangsu provinces have all declared "yellow alerts"

According to data from the Ministry of Water Resources on Monday, water surpassed the alert rate at over 50 locations along China's rivers.

Chen Tao, a senior forecaster with the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), said in the next three days regions along the Yangtze could see as much as 400 mm of rainfall.

On Friday, CMA officials told a briefing that June rainfall was 13.5 per cent higher than the seasonal norm. Heavy rain and thunderstorm events were 43 per cent higher than the average for 2017-2019, they said.



Sunday, 5 July 2020

Donald Trump accuses China of 'secrecy, cover-up' for Covid-19 spreading





China must be kept completely responsible for its "secrecy, deceit and cover-up" that has helped it to spread coronavirus around the world, U.S. President Donald Trump said, trying to up Beijing's tempo over its management of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Speaking to the nation for the second time on Saturday's 244th Independence Day, President Trump celebrated the country's "success" toward the Covid-19 disease following a national increase in the number of cases of coronavirus.

He said in his speech from the White House lawns,
"We have the record of manufacturing ventilators. We have the most and the finest tests anywhere in the world. We produce gowns, masks, and surgical equipment in our country. It was made almost exclusively in foreign countries , in particular in China, where this virus and others came from ironically."

Trump has voiced concern in the past about China's treatment of the Covid-19 pandemic. He said in May that it was Beijing's "incompetence" that led to mass murder all over the globe.

China refuted US attempts to "cover up" the severity of its coronavirus outbreak and informed the US of seeking to distract public attention by asserting that the virus spread from a Wuhan virology lab.

The novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan in December of last year took more than five lakh lives and infected more than 11 million people worldwide. The US is the worst affected country with more than 1.2 lakh deaths and more than 2.8 million infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins University






Rapper Kanye West Gets Elon Musk 's Support Announces the US Presidential Bid



      In pic : Kanye West with wife Kim Kardashian

US rapper Kanye West, US President Donald Trump's outspoken supporter, declared on Saturday that he will run for president in 2020 in an open challenge to Trump and his expected Democratic opponent, former vice president Joe Biden.

"We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States," West wrote in a Twitter post.

This was not clear exactly whether West was serious about battling four months before the November 3 election for the presidency or whether he had submitted any official paperwork to be on the ballots for state elections.

Elon Musk, the Tesla electric car maker's chief executive and another celebrity known for unconventional temper tantrums, supported West's Twitter post: "You have my full support!" he wrote.

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Cute and new ways of cafes and restaurants for ensuring social distancing.



Pic Source :
Telangana today.

A host of public facilities such as restaurants and malls have started to open around the world, regardless of the fact that coronavirus is still a possible option. They were also asked, however, to observe strict regulations to ensure people's safety.

The restaurants are trying their best to get the business on track, from the glass cabins to permitting only takeaways. A café in Paris came up with an adorable idea in a similar incident to get itself new customers.

In a cafe in Paris, giant teddy bears have been put on dining tables to impose strict distance and dinner safety. The teddy bears are placed on either customer's side to make them feel safe.

                           In pic : Cafe in Paris.

Over the months we've seen a variety of innovative forms restaurants have taken to ensure social distance.

In Thailand, to ensure social distance, you are expected to sit with toy pandas while dinning. Thailand had eased some of its restrictions on lockdowns beginning May 3, including restaurants and cafes.

                        In pic : Cafe in Thailand.

For another incident in Germany, people dining at a cafe are required to wear 'pool noodles' as helmets to maintain social isolation.

                             In pic : Cafe in Germany. 

Certainly, if nothing else the pandemic has improved people's creativity.

The first coronavirus vaccine in India could be released by 15 August


                     Pic Courtesy: Reuters


With the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) fast-tracking efforts to develop "Covaxin" in collaboration with Bharat Biotech International Limited, the first made-in-India coronavirus vaccine may be launched by August 15. For drug testing of the aboriginal COVID-19 vaccine (BBV152 COVID vaccine), a couple extra institutes have been selected, the top government medical research body has said.

The ICMR has asked the institutes to step up clinical trials as it is a "priority project," which is regulated at the top government level.

The ICMR said in a letter to the Institutes, "The vaccine is produced from a mutation of SARS-CoV-2 isolated by ICMR-National Institute of Virology, Pune. ICMR and BBIL are working together to grow this vaccine both pre-clinically and clinically."

The ICMR discussed plans to launch the vaccine for use in public health by Independence Day, August 15. Experts challenged the deadline, as the clinical trial has yet to start.

The end result will depend on the participation of all clinical trial sites involved in this initiative, the ICMR told the institutes, urging them to speed up clinical trial-related approvals and make sure subjects are enrolled beginning this week.

Scientists worldwide are rushing to develop a deadly virus vaccine that has infected more than 10 million people, including 600,000 in India, and caused more than 500,000 deaths.

No vaccine against COVID-19 has so far been approved for commercial use. More than a hundred potential vaccines are being clinically tested from over 100 emerging globally. Some have demonstrated potential in early phase trials.




Coronil Drug : Uttarakhand High Court issues notice to Baba Ramdev.




The Uttarakhand High Court issued notices to Patanjali, Union and state governments of yoga guru Ramdev, seeking a response on Coronil drug from the company within a week.

Hearing a Petition challenging the arguments of Ramdev concerning medicine, the notices were released by a division bench of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice R C Khulbe.

The Petition filed by lawyer Mani Kumar has requested a ban on the drug, criticizing the yoga guru of spreading misinformation by launching Coronil as a coronavirus cure medicine.

The drug does not have Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) approval, nor does Patanjali Ayurved have the license to develop it, the PIL has argued.

Although Patanjali claims NIMS University had tested the substance, the Rajasthan Institute rejected it, the PIL said.

In the meantime, the Union AYUSH Ministry has said that Patanjali will sell Coronil but only as an immunity booster, days after it was introduced as a COVID-19 drug by the yoga guru Ramdev company and is now naming it a medication to "manage" the disease.

Ramdev stated he had been asked by the Ministry to use the term "covid management" instead of "covid treatment" and he is following the instruction.

Lion cub 's legs are fractured by captors to stop him from running and hiding from pictures taken by tourists.


                         Representational Pic.


A lion cub is learning to walk again in Russia after its hind legs have been broken to keep it from running away from people taking pictures. In a case of animal cruelty that shocked even country president Vladimir Putin, the lion cube was beaten up to allow visitors to take pictures of it. The president himself had heard of the violence and requested an investigation on the case.

The cub named Simba was a couple of weeks old when it got separated from its mother, according to the Daily Mail. The cub was then forced by his captors to take pictures, who beat it and broke its hind legs to prevent it from escaping as it grew bigger and older.

The seriously abused cub, who also suffered significant injuries on his spine as a result of their captor 's relentless violence, was then abandoned by them in a freezing barn in Dagestan. The website quoted Yulia Ageeva, who led a rescue effort to save the cub, saying the lion was seriously malnourished when found. "He was practically unfed and was continuously dumped in the frost water for some purpose’’, she said.

In pic : A still from Dr. Karen Dallakyan, instagram video, he posted of the lion cub recovery.


Simba was then moved to Karen Dallakyan, a specialist vet who performed an operation on him, to allow him to walk again. The vet posted a couple of videos on his Instagram page where Simba learns to reuse his legs and learn to walk after the surgery again.

During a video conference with ecologists, the vet also briefed Vladimir Putin on the lion cub, during which he also said that he 'did not see criminal case opened.' Putin also told the vet that he marked the point down and ordered a investigation on the incident.

Kerala man spends more than 4 hours with 60,000 bees covered in face, set world record.





In Pic : New World record for keeping the bees on head for the longest duration. Nature MS.


Nature MS, a beekeeper, spent four hours ten minutes and five seconds with his head immersed in a swarm of bees to set the world record. 

Only thinking of seeing a swarm of bees can bring chills down one's spine, but this Keralan man won a Guinness World Record for spending four hours with his head covered with bees. Nature MS, a beekeeper, recorded four hours ten minutes and five seconds with his head buried in a swarm of bees to set a new record, according to the world record website.


As reported by the Daily Mail, Nature MS said he considered bees his 'best friends' and wished people could love the insect just as much as he did.

The 24-year-old man praises his beekeeper and honey maker father Sajayakumar for introducing him to bees at a young age and training him how to act around them. 






Nature MS was 7 when he began to keep the bees on his face. Talking from his first journey, Nature MS said he put a queen bee on his hand, after which his arm was covered with a whole swarm. He said, "They were in my hand looking for the queen and defending her. I attempted a similar trick on my head the next day with the queen and in a few moments my entire head and face got covered with bees."

He made a real effort to set a new world record to spread awareness of apiculture and the significance of bees as "honeybees are the main insects in society, it is our responsibility to protect them.




Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Diamond Rain Inside Planet Uranus and Neptune, new study suggests.


In Pic : Sketch of the x-ray scattering technique used to research how within Neptune and Uranus diamonds could shape.


Neptune and Uranus, being the two outer planets in our solar system, have sometimes been forced to the wayside — at least when the latter is not mentioned as the butt of a joke.

Yet a recent scientific research has put a luxurious spin on these underestimated blue giants: diamond predictions under their planetary surfaces. A laboratory experiment designed off conditions on the two planets showed the underground high pressure probably produces diamonds falling into the core of the planets.

Based on information collected about these planets, experts believe that Neptune and Uranus both exhibit extreme environmental conditions tens of kilometers below their surfaces, where they can reach a heat of thousands of degrees centigrade and serious pressure levels, given their frigid atmospheres which have earned them the label "ice giants."

A multinational team of scientists including U.S. researchers The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory of the Department of Energy performed an experiment to closely simulate planetary interior conditions and determine what is going on within them.

The group's working theory, despite the incredibly high pressure inside both planets, was that the pressure was intense enough to break the hydrocarbon compounds within the planets into their smallest shapes, which would then harden the carbon into diamonds.

             In pic : Planet Uranus and Neptune.


So, they wanted to test the diamond rain hypothesis using an advanced method never used before. Previously , researchers used the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray laser from SLAC to achieve an precise measurement of the formation of "solid dense matter," a high-pressure , high-temperature combination that scientists believed to be at the heart of ice giants like Neptune and Uranus.

However, scientists used a different technique called "X-ray Thomson scattering" in the new study, which helped scientists to accurately replicate diffraction findings while also observing how the non-cristal sample elements blended together.

By using scattering method , researchers were able to replicate the same hydrocarbon diffractions that had been separated into carbon and hydrogen between Neptune and Uranus. The effect was the crystallization of the carbon by the intense pressure and heat from the atmosphere. It will potentially turn into a 6,200-mile underground shower of diamonds slowly descending into the planets.

The positive laboratory experiment using the new method would also be useful in the study of other planets' ecosystems.





Tuesday, 30 June 2020

New swine flu detected in China has potential for a pandemic




Chinese researchers have identified a new form of swine flu that can cause a pandemic, according to a report published in the US science journal PNAS Monday. 
Named G4, it has been genetically inherited from the H1N1 strain which caused a 2009 pandemic.

Scientist at Chinese universities, and the Chinese Disease Control and Prevention Center, says, It has "all the essential characteristics of being highly developed to infect people.’’

Researchers have taken 30,000 nasal swabs from pigs in slaughterhouses in 10 Chinese provinces and a veterinary hospital from 2011 to 2018, enabling them to isolate 179 swine flu viruses.

The scientists then performed numerous trials including on ferrets that are commonly used in flu studies because they experience similar symptoms to humans — mainly nausea, coughing and sneezing.

Tests have shown that any human immunity acquired from seasonal flu exposure does not offer protection from G4.

10.4 per cent of swine workers had already been infected, according to blood tests that turned up antibodies produced by virus exposure. The virus has already spread from animals to humans but there is no evidence yet that it can be transmitted from human to human — the key concern of the scientists.

The writers have called for immediate action to track pig-workers. ‘The work comes as a salutary reminder that we are constantly at risk of new emergence of zoonotic pathogens and that farmed animals, with which humans have greater contact than with wildlife, may act as the source for important pandemic viruses," said James Wood, head of the department of veterinary medicine at Cambridge University.





Saturday, 27 June 2020

Nodosaur dinosaur 'Mummy' Revealed With Intact Skin And Guts




Canada revealed a really well-preserved dinosaur that many have taken to label it "dinosaur mummy" not a fossil but an honest-to-goodness mummy.

You can't even see the bones, so it's hailed by experts as perhaps the best-preserved specimen of dinosaurs ever discovered. That's because the bones remain coated with preserved skin and armor—110 million years after the death of the man.
For the fur, armor, and even some of the guts of the creature intact, researchers are amazed at its almost unparalleled degree of preservation.

When this dinosaur — a member of a newly discovered genus named nodosaur — was alive, it was a massive four-legged herbivore protected by a spiky, plated shell, weighing in at about 3,000 pounds. 
The fossilized nodosaur is so healthy today that he still weights 2.500 pounds.


In Pic : A pile of pebble-like masses may be traces of the last meal of a nodosaur.


How well the dinosaur mummy could remain so intact is something of a surprise, but, as CNN reports, researchers believe that the nodosaur could have been washed away by a flooded river and taken to sea, where it finally sunk to the ocean floor.

When millions of years have gone by minerals may finally have taken the place of the armor and skin of the dinosaur. It can help understand why it has preserved the creature in such a lifelike form.

The maintenance has been so good that researchers have been able to find out the skin color of the dinosaur, according to Science Alert.

Researchers detected pigments on dinosaur scales, using mass spectrometry techniques. Reportedly, the coloring of the nodosaur on top of the body was a dark reddish brown — and lighter on the lower part.

As though the preservation of skin, arms, and guts wasn't enough impressive, the dinosaur mummy is also remarkable in that it was preserved in three dimensions, that is the animal's original form was maintained.

Brown said, ‘‘It will go down in science history as one of the most beautiful and best preserved dinosaur specimens — the Mona Lisa of dinosaurs.” 


In PicMark Mitchell, the technician of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, slowly opens the foot of the nodosaur and the furred footpad from the rock around him. Careful work by Mitchell will preserve the mysterious characteristics of the animal for years to come.


While the mummy nodosaur dinosaur was remarkably well preserved, it was still difficult to get it to its current show shape. The species was reportedly first identified in 2011 when the specimen was inadvertently found by a heavy-machine operator while digging through oil sands in Alberta. 

It took researchers 7,000 hours over the course of six years to study the remains and  prepare them for display at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Now, at last, visitors have the opportunity to look at the closest thing to a real-life dinosaur the world has probably ever seen.




Indian villagers rediscovers 200-year-old Hindu Temple Buried for almost a century


Nageswara Swamy temple was officially rediscovered in India after it was buried in sand for 80 years. Experts believe the 200-year-old Perumallapadu structure began to be swept away by the big floods of 1850 — and by 1940 was completely filled and wrapped with sand and seawater.

Smithsonian, that the weather in 1850 altered the course of the Penna River so dramatically that it started redirecting sand into the temple for decades.
Although it remains disputed if the temple is 200 or 300 years old or not, there are a few things for sure. 

      In Pic : Nageswara Swami temple rediscovered. 

The temple is dedicated to Lord Nageswara, an Avatar of the God Shiva, according to Ancient Origins.

Exceptionally, about 35 men, some of them miners, undertook the initiative to reemerge the beautiful structure. Many of them had returned home in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the missing temple stories energised them to do something.

The work officially began after the team of enthusiastic villagers collected enough money to fund the dig. Many even agreed to go free to work on the construction. The fact that it took an entire day of digging in the sand merely to reveal the pinnacle of the temple certainly summarizes the heft in terms of its size.

Although this achievement undoubtedly showed that they finally had the temple located, there is much more work to be done before the project is completed. As all Hindu temples, the parts of Nageswara Swamy follow a strict pattern laid out thousands of years ago — which all need to be revealed.

The villagers intend to complete the excavation as it stands, and restore the temple to its original purpose of worship.