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Paswan appeals to people to boycott Chinese products

PTI New Delhi Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday appealed to people to boycott products from China and also directed officials of his ministry not to procure any Chinese products for day-to-day office use. The comments from the Food and Consumer Affairs Minister come against the backdrop of heightened border tensions between India and China. “I want to appeal …

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Kolkata’s Chinese community wary of 1962 rerun

PTI Kolkata Cheng Lee (67), a Chinese Indian, has been flipping television news channels at his home in the city since Tuesday trying to keep track of the Sino-India standoff in faraway Ladakh, in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed on June 15. He is not alone. The Chinese community in the city is one of the largest in …

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SC fiat on salaries to doctors

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to issue orders by Thursday to all states and Union territories for payment of salaries to doctors and healthcare workers as also for providing suitable quarantine facilities for those who are directly engaged in treatment of COVID-19 patients. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, S K Kaul and M R …

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India records highest-ever spike of 2,003 COVID deaths

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked states to make full use of the expanded COVID-19 testing capacity and saving lives a top priority as India recorded the highest ever spike of 2,003 coronavirus deaths after Maharashtra and Delhi added earlier fatalities not attributed to the disease. Modi also called for fighting the stigma associated with coronavirus and …

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PM sends strong message to China over Ladakh face-off

New Delhi: In a strong message to Beijing over the violent face-off in Ladakh’s Galwan valley that left 20 Indian Army personnel dead, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said India wants peace but is capable of giving a befitting reply if instigated, even as the frontline bases of the Army and the Air Force along the nearly 3,500 km …

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IIT Guwahati develops high quality, affordable Covid-19 kits

Guwahati: Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati (IIT-G) on Wednesday announced that its researchers have created several affordable and high-quality Covid-19 kits during the crisis. These affordable and sterile Viral Transport Media (VTM) kits, RT-PCR kits and RNA isolation kits have been developed at IIT Guwahati jointly with RR Animal Healthcare Ltd. with inputs from Gauhati medical college and hospital (GMCH), the …

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‘Prohibit kanwariyas above 60 yrs from pilgrimage’

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the Centre to treat as representation a plea seeking to prohibit ‘kanwariyas’ above 60 years, particularly those with co-morbidities, from undertaking this year’s ‘Kanwar Yatra’ which is starting from July 6. The petition, which came up before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan, said that as …

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CCMB develops low-cost COVID-19 testing method

Hyderabad: As the focus was on stepping up the testing to fight COVID-19, the premier Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) here has developed a time and cost effective process that can enhance the country’s existing capacity of RT-PCR screening several folds. It eliminates the time-consuming RNA extraction in testing and imported viral transfer medium (VTM), required to transfer …

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Karnataka govt to improve telecommunication system

Bengaluru: With the concept of “Work-from-anywhere” gaining popularity, a meeting of all stakeholders will be called soon to improve the telecommunication system in Karnataka and action will be taken in this regard, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said here on Wednesday. CM, who reviewed the Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science and Technology department’s progress, said that by improving the telecommunication …

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Siliguri’s Hong Kong market to change name

Kolkata: Amid anti-China protests in various districts of north Bengal, shop owners in Siliguri’s popular Hong Kong market on Wednesday decided to change its name and stop selling Chinese products in the entire market. “We have decided to change the name of Hong Kong market. We will also stop selling ‘made in China items’ in our market. If we sell …

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