CURRENT AND CORPORATE NEWS : 4 SEPTEMBER 2020

Current and corporate news : 4 september 2020

NATIONAL NEWS

New Delhi strongly urges Beijing to sincerely engage with Indian side for expeditiously restoring peace in border areas: New Delhi has strongly urged China to sincerely engage with Indian side for expeditiously restoring peace in border areas through complete disengagement and de-escalation. Briefing media, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the way ahead is negotiations, both through the diplomatic and military channels. He stated that the Indian side is firmly committed to resolving all outstanding issues through peaceful dialogue.

Sikkim & Delhi paired for cultural exchanges under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat programme: The Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat programme aims to actively enhance interaction between people of diverse cultures living in different States and Union Territories in India, with the objective of promoting greater mutual understanding amongst them. Under this, Sikkim and Delhi have been paired forculturalexchanges.

Govt launches eight immunity boosting products under PMBJP for sale through Janaushadhi Kendras: Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister D V Sadananda Gowda today launched eight immunity boosting products under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Priyojana for sale through Janaushadhi Kendras across country. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Gowda informed that the launch of new nutraceuticals is significant in view of the Corona-19 pandemic. These products will help in boosting immunity of the people. He said that products are comparable in quality and are cheaper by over 26 per cent than the market price. The Minister hoped that through the massive network of Janaushadhi Kendras, the immunity boosting- protein products will reach a large population promoting good health.

STATE NEWS

Sonamura – Daukandi inland waterways route set to become operational soon: The Sonamura – Daukandi inland waterways route connecting Tripura to Bangladesh is set to become operational soon. Briefing media, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the route connects Tripura to the National Waterways of India through Bangladesh for the first time. A trial run has commenced from Daukandi and would conclude at Sonamura on the 5th of September in the presence of Chief Minister of Tripura. Mr Srivastava said this is another recent connectivity initiative with Bangladesh and will greatly boost connectivity with north East region and bilateral trade with Bangladesh. He said enhanced connectivity through waterways particularly in COVID 19 scenario is significant because it provides for economical, faster, safer and cleaner mode of transportation for traders and business communities from both sides.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

WHO issues new treatment guidance, recommending steroids to treat critically ill COVID patients: International clinical trials published yesterday confirmed the hope that cheap, widely available steroid drugs can help seriously ill patients survive Covid-19. Based on the new evidence, the World Health Organization issued new treatment guidance, strongly recommending steroids to treat severely and critically ill patients, but not to those with mild disease. An analysis of pooled results from seven studies, led by a group from the World Health Organization, found that steroids reduced the risk of death in the first month by about one-third compared with placebo treatment or usual care alone in these seriously ill patients who needed extra oxygen. The findings were published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA. The study concluded that each of the three drugs reduced the risk of death. JAMA published that paper and the related studies, along with an editorial describing the research as an important step forward in the treatment of patients with Covid-19. The authors said, Corticosteroids should now be the first-line treatment for critically ill patients.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE

Atmanirbhar Bharat: IIT Delhi incubated startup launches ‘‘Chakr DeCoV’’ to decontaminate N95 masks: IIT Delhi incubated startup Chakr Innovation has launched ‘Chakr DeCoV’ to decontaminate N95 masks. Designed in the shape of a cabinet, Chakr DeCoV is built with an innovative decontamination mechanism, which utilises the high penetrability of Ozone gas for cleaning the pores of the N95 mask, ensuring complete decontamination of its intricate layers. Ozone is a strong oxidizing agent that destroys viruses by diffusing through the protein coat, resulting in damage to the viral RNA. Proper dosage and exposure of Ozone can result in inactivation of SARS CoV-2 and a 99.9999 per cent reduction in bacterial load, after which an N95 mask can be reused for up to 10 times without any impact on the filtration efficiency.

SPORTS NEWS

World Cup host Qatar set to play in Gold Cup next year in US: World Cup host Qatar is set to play in the Gold Cup next year in the United States after accepting an invitation from soccer’s governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean. The Asian Football Confederation issued a statement today saying the Asian Cup champion will participate in
the 2021 and 2023 Gold Cup tournaments as a guest under a memorandum of understanding signed in Bahrain in 2017.

US Open men’s doubles: Divij Sharan, his Serbian partner Nikola Cacic loses to Mektic, Koolhof: India’s Divij Sharan and his Serbian partner Nikola Cacic fought hard before going down in three sets to eighth seeds Nikola Mektic and Wesley Koolhof in the first round of the US Open men’s doubles event in NewYork. Sharan and Cacic lost 4-6 6-3 3-6 against Croatia’s Mektic and Koolhof of the Netherlands in a tough contest that lasted one hour and 46 minutes yesterday. The winners will next play Italy’s Simone Bolelli and Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina. The other Indian in the men’s doubles draw — Rohan Bopanna — and his Canadian partner Denis Shapovalov will take on Ernesto Escobedo and Noah Rubin of the United States in the first round.

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