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EU looks to vaccine production in India

EU looks to vaccine production in India


The European Medicines Agency (EMA) in Amsterdam is certifying a vaccine-making facility in India, the Serum Institute of India (SII), enabling it to make extra doses of British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca’s drugs there for export to Europe, Reuters reports, citing anonymous sources. The EMA audit is to be finished in March. AstraZeneca failed to deliver its EU vaccine orders on time. SII said it was prioritising production for India’s domestic use.



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Foresight, Exmar and GMS in the mix for Shipping Corp of India buy-out

Foresight, Exmar and GMS in the mix for Shipping Corp of India buy-out


Multiple Indian media outlets are reporting a host of local and overseas companies expressing an interest in taking over state-run Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), something that has seen the flagship carrier’s share price leap today.

Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) Secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey said the government has received multiple bids for the company having extended the bidding deadline to the start of this month.

The government is keen to sell its entire 63.75% stake in the line.

London-based Foresight Group run by Ravi Mehrotra is among the high profile names being linked with SCI.

The Press Trust of India reports Foresight is tabling a bid in a consortium with Belgian shipping giant Exmar and the world’s top cash buyer of demo ships, Dubai-based GMS.

Indian shipping line Great Eastern Shipping is also thought to be in the mix for SCI as is US-based Safesea Group. Hyderabad-based Megha Engineering & Infrastructures is also understood to have submitted an expression of interest.

All bids had to be in by yesterday. The government will now review the bids lodged.

SCI runs a diverse fleet of 59 vessels. Today marked the opening of a three-day big maritime summit in India, presided over by prime minister Narendra Modi. Splash will be bringing updates from the summit in the coming two days.



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Body of UAE passenger, who died mid-flight, flown from Pakistan to India – News

Body of UAE passenger, who died mid-flight, flown from Pakistan to India – News


The flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Pakistan after the passenger suffered a medical emergency.

The mortal remains of an Indian passenger, who died mid-flight on an IndiGo Airlines flight from Sharjah to Lucknow, was flown from Pakistan to India on Tuesday morning.

The flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan, after the passenger suffered a medical emergency.

Airline sources confirmed that the passenger’s mortal remains was flown back to India on the same day. Indian media reports identified the passenger as Habibur Rahman.

An official statement from the airline to Khaleej Times said, “IndiGo flight 6E 1412 from Sharjah to Lucknow was diverted to Karachi due to a medical emergency. Unfortunately, the passenger could not be revived and was declared dead on arrival by the airport medical team.”

“We are deeply saddened with the news and our prayers and wishes are with his family.” The airline official told Khaleej Times from India, “We believe the passenger was aged 57, and was a citizen of India. He collapsed after suffering a severe asthma attack. However, Covid-19 has been ruled out as he was carrying a negative PCR report,” it added.

A PCR report has been made mandatory for all passengers travelling from UAE to India.

Meanwhile, an official of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority said the landing permission was granted to the Captain of the Lucknow-bound IndiGo flight 6E1412 after an elderly passenger fell seriously ill.

“The passenger unfortunately expired on the plane even though the Indian aircraft was given permission to land at the Karachi airport,” the official said.

The official said that the request for an emergency landing was received as soon as the aircraft entered Pakistani airspace via Iran at 4am. “The captain contacted the air control tower and requested the aircraft be allowed to make an emergency landing on humanitarian grounds,” he said.

The permission was granted, and the aircraft landed around 5am, he said. The official said that by the time the medical team boarded the flight to treat the passenger, he had died.

“The flight was allowed to take off around 8.36am for Ahmedabad after completion of all formalities,” the official added. Pakistan reopened its airspace to international civil aviation in July 2019 after months of restrictions imposed because of tensions with India.

With inputs from PTI, Hindustan Times

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Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88







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மேற்கு முனையத்தை இந்தியா – ஜப்பானுடன் இணைந்து அபிவிருத்தி செய்ய அமைச்சரவை அனுமதி..!

மேற்கு முனையத்தை இந்தியா – ஜப்பானுடன் இணைந்து அபிவிருத்தி செய்ய அமைச்சரவை அனுமதி..!


(எம்.மனோசித்ரா)
கொழும்பு துறைமுகத்தின் மேற்கு முனையத்தை இந்தியா, ஜப்பான் ஆகிய நாடுகள் இலங்கை துறைமுக அதிகாரசபையுடன் இணைந்து அபிவிருத்தி செய்வதற்கு அமைச்சரவை அங்கீகாரம் வழங்கியுள்ளதாக அமைச்சரவை பேச்சாளர் கெஹெலிய ரம்புக்வெல்ல தெரிவித்தார்.

மேற்கு முனைய அபிவிருத்திக்கு இந்தியாவின் அதானி நிறுவனம் பெயர் குறிப்பிடப்பட்டுள்ளதோடு, ஜப்பான் அது தொடர்பில் அறிவிக்கவில்லை. இவ்வாறான கூட்டு அபிவிருத்தி முயற்சிக்கு பெரும்பாலான தொழிற்சங்கள் ஆதரவு தெரிவித்துள்ளதாகவும் கெஹெலிய ரம்புக்வெல்ல தெரிவித்தார்.

அமைச்சரவை தீர்மானங்களை அறிவிக்கும் நேற்றை ஊடகவியலாளர் சந்திப்பில் இதனைத் தெரிவித்த அவர் மேலும் கூறுகையில் ,

கிழக்கு முனைய அபிவிருத்தி தொடர்பான புரிந்துணர்வு ஒப்பந்தம் கடந்த அரசாங்கத்தினாலேயே கையெழுத்திடப்பட்டது. எவ்வாறிருப்பினும் அது தொடர்பான எதிர்ப்புக்களின் பின்னர், தற்போதைய அரசாங்கத்தின் ‘சுபீட்சத்தின் நோக்கு’ கொள்கை பிரகடனத்தில் கூறப்பட்டுள்ளமைக்கேற்ப மேற்கு முனையத்தை அபிவிருத்தி செய்ய தீர்மானிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

அரச – தனியார் கூட்டு முயற்சியில் மேற்கு முனையத்தை அபிவிருத்தி செய்வதற்கு வெளிநாட்டு முதலீடுகளுக்கு வாய்ப்பளிக்கப்படும். அதற்கேற்ப ஏற்கனவே ஜப்பான் மற்றும் இந்தியாவுடன் செய்து கொள்ளப்பட்ட ஒப்பந்தங்களின் அடிப்படையில் செயற்பாடுகள் முன்னெடுக்கப்படும் என்றும் ‘சுபீட்சத்தின் நோக்கு’ கொள்கை பிரகடனத்தில் தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

அதற்கேற்பவே இந்திய அரசாங்கத்தினால் அதானி நிறுவனத்தின் பெயர் குறிப்பிடப்பட்டுள்ளது. ஜப்பான் இது வரையில் முதலீடு செய்யவுள்ள நிறுவனம் தொடர்பில் அறிவிக்கவில்லை. இவ்வனைத்து விடயங்களையும் கவனத்தில் கொண்டு அபிவிருத்தி செயற்பாடுகள் முன்னெடுக்கப்படும். இது ஜனநாயக அரசாங்கம் என்பதால் கிழக்கு முனைய விவகாரத்தில் எழுந்த எதிர்ப்புக்கள் தொடர்பில் அவதானம் செலுத்தப்பட்டு தீர்மானம் எடுக்கப்பட்டது.

கிழக்கு முனையம் தொடர்பில் எடுக்கப்பட்ட தீர்மானத்திற்கே மதகுருமார்களினதும் துறைமுக தொழிற்சங்கங்களினதும் எதிர்ப்புக்கள் வெளியிடப்பட்டன. ஆனால் மேற்கு முனையம் தொடர்பான தீர்மானம் புதியதாகும். இதற்கு எதிர்ப்புக்கள் வெளியிடப்படவில்லை. இதன் நிர்வாக பகிர்ந்தளிப்பு தொடர்பில் தீர்மானிப்பதற்கு குழுவொன்று நியமிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது என்றார்.





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India registers 12,286 new COVID-19 infections, 91 fresh fatalities

India registers 12,286 new COVID-19 infections, 91 fresh fatalities


New Delhi: India’s COVID-19 case tally rose to 1,11,24,527 with 12,286 new infections being reported in a day. On the other hand the recoveries have surged to 1,07,98,921. This information was provided Tuesday morning by the Union Health Ministry. The death toll increased to 1,57,248 with 91 new fatalities, the Health Ministry data updated at 8.00am showed.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease indicated a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.07 per cent. The the case fatality rate (CFR) has dropped to 1.41 per cent, the Health Ministry said. The active caseload was recorded at 1,68,358 which accounts for 1.51 per cent of the total infections, the ministry said.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark August 7; 30 lakh August 23; 40 lakh September 5; and 50 lakh September 16. It went past 60 lakh September 28; 70 lakh October 11; 80 lakh October 29 and 90 lakh November 20. The COVID-19 tally surpassed the one-crore mark December 19.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 21,76,18,057 samples have been tested up to March 1.A total of 7,59,283 tests were done Monday.

The 91 new fatalities include 30 from Maharashtra, 18 from Punjab and 13 from Kerala.

A total of 1,57,248 deaths have been reported so far in India. Maharashtra with 52,184 fatalities tops the list. It is followed by Tamil Nadu (12,501), Karnataka (12,336), Delhi (10,911), West Bengal (10,268), Uttar Pradesh (8,727) and Andhra Pradesh (7,169).

The Health Ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website. It added that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

 



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Pulwama’s Owais Yaqoob shines in MMA India Nationals 2021

Pulwama’s Owais Yaqoob shines in MMA India Nationals 2021


Owais Yaqoob now aims to prepare for professional and international championships, for which more organized training is required.

Srinagar, J&K –

In the recently held 4th edition of Mixed Martial Art (MMA) India National Championship 2021, Owais Yaqoob finished second in the Male – Welter Weight category.

Owais Yaqoob, the youngster from Murran village of Pulwama district, said that he fought his way towards achieving the highest points in his category, but various other parameters like career span and matches made his rank to settle at number 2.

“When I entered into the Cage for the first time in a national event, my heart was racing. However, I had trained properly which gave me confidence. Ultimately, I fought and my opponents bit the dust,” Owais Yaqoob said.

Although Zarmawia from Mizoram emerged as the winner in the MMA’s Welter Weight category, Owais still managed to beat some of the toughest fighters as his opponents during the national championship.

“For every round spanning nine minutes, I used to take just 2 odd minutes to beat my opponents,” he said, with a sparkling smile.

Owais now aims to prepare for professional and international championships, for which more organized training is required. To focus on his goal, he continues to enhance training hours himself as well as help other interested youth at his academy “Lion’s Den”.

Speaking about Mixed Martial Art, the youth called it a top-level sport as it includes everything, from boxing, kicking, kickboxing to wrestling and ground & pound.

Pulwama boy shines in MMA India Nationals 2021 - Digpu News

From the last many years, Owais Yaqoob is running his academy in Pulwama for training young fighters and has good number of boys enrolled as well.

Asking youth to get involved in the MMA, he says it is the best way to ‘spend’ your energy to stay fit and be away from the ever-increasing menace of drug abuse in the Valley.

The 4th MMA India National’s 2021 championship was held at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh from February 19 to 21, featuring some of the best amateur MMA fighters in the country.

It is pertinent to mention here that MMA India is the sole representative and member of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation.

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Indian Subcontinent 2021 Global Geopolitical Dynamics Weighted in Favour of India


Paper No. 6760                   Dated 1-Mar-2021

By Dr Subhash Kapila

India perceptionaly emerges tall in 2021 resulting from the global geopolitical dynamics in play in the Indian Subcontinent. India emerging geopolitically tall in the global geopolitical calculus is recognition of its political stability, its economic resurgent growth and its power-packed Indian Armed Forces, capitalisd under PM Modi.

India’s power potential as a Major Player in global affairs and as a vital ‘Swing Player” in global balance of power came into play during PM PV Narasimha Rao’s tenure but not capitalised until the period 20i4-2020 with the dynamic impetus being provided by leadership of incumbent Indian PM Narendra Modi both economically and militarily.

Global geopolitics in giving enhanced recognition to ‘New India 2021’ is not distracted by the domestic demonising of the incumbent Prime Minister by fractious Opposition political parties combine of political dynasts &Leftists derelicts mouthing externally inspired narratives of China and Pakistan.

Finally, after discarding 70 years of Non-alignment and Strategic Autonomy’ shibboleths, India has learnt to play the global geopolitical power-play to its advantage.

The aim of this Paper is to highlight the momentous geopolitical twists that have developed in India’s favour, visibly so as the year 2021 dawned.

China’s and Pakistan’s Swift Military Climb-downs against India in Early 2021—Geopolitically Impelled

China’s virtually overnight agreeing for speedy military confrontation after eight months of obdurately maintained aggressive postures last month in Eastern Ladakh was not impelled by some ‘Divine Revelation” as asserted by me in my last SAAG Paper on the subject. It emerged from China realising the heavy geopolitical weightage in favour of India after China’s demonstrated military recklessness in Eastern Ladakh, South China Sea and Taiwan and China’s sordid export of China Wuhan Virus19 worldwide globally perceived as a virtual crime against humanity.

China was looking for a break in United States Trump Administration ‘Hard Line’ policies against China under President Biden. That has not happened so far as yet. China’s global political isolation is likely to continue.

Pakistan within a week or so after China’s military climb down in Eastern Ladakh followed suit by agreeing to issue a Joint Statement with India between their respective Director Generals of Military Operations for honouring the Ceasefire Agreement 2003 which the Pakistan Army had flagrantly dishonoured from about 2008 onwards. This had virtually resulted in daily artillery duels and border firings escalating tensions to ignition points.

Here again, Pakistan Army had to bow to a combination of superior geopolitical forces perceptionaly stacked against it in the form of China temporising with Pakistan’s arch enemy—India, in Eastern Ladakh, United States under President Biden not expectedly falling head over heels for Pakistan, and Russia stepping back a wee bit from its new found fawning over Pakistan.

United States Geopolitical Assessments under President Biden Signal Primacy to India in Indo Pacific Security Template

Giving primacy to India as a vital strategic partner of the United States in maintaining the security and stability of Indo Pacific Region has been asserted by US President Joe Biden on assumption of office.

Consequently, what logically flows from the above assertion is that the momentum of integration and institutionalisation of the US-India Strategic Partnership achieved under President Trump would continue. Nuance may differ temporarily but the value and worth of this Strategic Partnership will prevail overall.

The above necessarily translates into United States according primacy to India’s strategic sensitivities on China’s intrusiveness in the Indian Subcontinent, its strategic nexus with Pakistan and Pakistan Army’s military adventurism along the LOC emboldened by China’s strategic patronage.

The above also would implicitly concede India’s role as the Regional Power of the Indian Subcontinent. It should be a sobering message for India’s smaller neighbours some of whom attempted to play the ‘China Card’ against India

Russia’s Revision of its South Asia Geopolitical Perspectives in 2020

Regular readers of my SAAG Papers of the last five years or so would be able to grasp how Russia under strategic peevishness of concretising of US-India Strategic Partnership and also under China’s influence started tilting towards Pakistan——geopolitically in terms of a visible China-Pakistan-Russia Trilateral and military weapons and equipment sales to Pakistan Army.

Geopolitical realities dawned on Russia of its ill-advised step under influence of foreign policy advisors like Kabulov and what India witnessed in 2020 at the height of India’s military confrontation with China in Eastern Ladakh was the alacrity with which Russia agreed to sell India with Russian planes, tanks and other military hardware, notwithstanding its Strategic Nexus with China.

Informed sources also assert that Russia was not aggreeable to China’s secret parleys with Russia to stay neutral on the ongoing Eastern Ladakkh military confrontation with India.

India’s Naval Predominance in in Indian Ocean as Guarantor of Global Naval Security

Geopolitically and strategically the Indian Ocean security has in recent years acquired salience even above the Pacific Ocean not only for the United States and Western Pacific nations but also for European Union and NATO countries in relation to China’s maritime expansionist plans.

Despite China’s marked naval intrusiveness into the Indian Ocean in recent years, the Indian Navy is the predominant Navy in the Indian Ocean not only by the professionalism and capacity of the Indian Navy but also by the geographical maritime configurations endowed by the Indian Subcontinent.

Globally, there exist weighty perceptions that if China Threat has to be effectively contained or checkmated then India’s naval predominance in the Indian Ocean is a strategic pre-requisite.

Joint naval exercises with the Indian Navy by United States and individual NATO Nations navies and the firm shape underway to the QUAD Multilateral Maritime Initiative are strong pointers towards this aim.

Concluding Observations

Capitalisation of India’s Subcontinental geopolitical worth and predominance and its emergence as a Major Power should be India’s ‘National Narrative’ and needs to be recognised as a bipartisan political national aim.

In the ongoing global geopolitical power-play India’s salience as a ‘Swing Power’ would come into marked focus as democratic nations of the Free World raise their expectations of India to ‘Act as a Vibrant Existential Counterweight to China’s military expansionist impulses?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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WHO expert panel strongly advises against use of hydroxychloroquine to prevent covid-19

WHO expert panel strongly advises against use of hydroxychloroquine to prevent covid-19


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WHO expert panel strongly advises against use of hydroxychloroquine to prevent covid-19

Drug is no longer a research priority; resources should focus on other more promising drugs to prevent covid-19

The anti-inflammatory drug hydroxychloroquine should not be used to prevent infection in people who do not have covid-19, say a WHO Guideline Development Group (GDG) panel of international experts in The BMJ today.

Their strong recommendation is based on high certainty evidence from six randomised controlled trials involving over 6,000 participants with and without known exposure to a person with covid-19 infection.

High certainty evidence showed that hydroxychloroquine had no meaningful effect on death and admission to hospital, while moderate certainty evidence showed that hydroxychloroquine had no meaningful effect on laboratory confirmed covid-19 infection and it probably increases the risk of adverse effects.

As such, the panel considers that this drug is no longer a research priority and that resources should be used to evaluate other more promising drugs to prevent covid-19.

This guideline applies to all individuals who do not have covid-19, regardless of their exposure to a person with covid-19 infection.

The panel judged that almost all people would not consider this drug worthwhile, and also decided that factors such as resources, feasibility, acceptability, and equity for countries and healthcare systems were unlikely to alter the recommendation.

Today’s recommendation is the first version of a living guideline for drugs to prevent covid-19, developed by the World Health Organization with the methodological support of MAGIC Evidence Ecosystem Foundation. It’s aim is to provide trustworthy guidance on the management of covid-19 and help doctors make better decisions with their patients.

Living guidelines are useful in fast moving research areas like covid-19 because they allow researchers to update previously vetted and peer reviewed evidence summaries.

New recommendations for other preventive drugs for covid-19 will be added to this guideline as more evidence becomes available. 

Rapid Recommendations: A living WHO guideline on drugs to prevent covid-19

Link to Academy of Medical Sciences press release labelling system: http://press.psprings.co.uk/AMSlabels.pdf

Embargoed link to guideline: http://press.psprings.co.uk/bmj/march/hydroxychloroquine.pdf
Public link once embargo lifts: https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n526



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