England lost the series opener by four wickets with Jermaine Blackwood leading West Indies to a memorable victory.Questions were raised even before the match began as senior pacer Stuart Broad was dropped from the crucial encounter. Stokes then handed the visitors the ball after winning the toss under grey skies, resulting in England being bowled out from 204 in the first innings.
Around the world, there are more than 135 potential candidates at the preclinical stage. 14 potential candidates for the COVID19 vaccine are at the Phase I stage. Over 22 potential vaccines for Coronavirus are in the human trials.Russia has claimed that Moscow State Medical University has successfully completed the clinical trials for the world ''s first coronavirus vaccine. Director of the Institute for Translation Medicine and Biotechnology Vadim Tarasov has revealed that the first batch of volunteers will be discharged on July 15 and the second group will be discharged on July 20. Clinical trials of coronavirus vaccine began at the Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology on June 18.Reports are indicating that COVAXIN, jointly developed by Bharat Biotech, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and National Institute of Virology, Pune, has entered the human trials phase. Another potential candidate Zydus Cadila is still at Phase I.In the UK, two potential Coronavirus vaccine candidates have raised hopes. One is developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca is at Phase III. Another is being developed by Imperial College London and its has entered the Phase II stage.In the US, a potential COVID19 vaccine developed by Moderna is at the Phase II stage and another vaccine Novavax is at the Phase II stage.In China, there are four potential coronavirus vaccine candidates that are at different stages of development. Wuhan Institute and Sinopharm ''s COVID19 vaccine candidate is at the Phase II stage. Sinovac and Instituto Butantan are developing one which is at the Phase III stage. CanSino Biological Inc. and Beijing Institue of Biotech ''s potential coronavirus candidate has been approved for military use. Beijing Institute of Biological products and Sinopharm ''s vaccine candidate is at the Phase II stage.In Germany, BioNTech, Pfizer, and Fosun Pharma ''s potential vaccine candidate has managed to reach the Phase II stage of development.In Australia, Vaxine Pty Ltd and Medytox ''s potential vaccine candidate is at Phase I stage.
The brutal treatment of a father and son in Sathankulam police station of Thoothukudi district in Tamil Nadu, resulting in their death, exposed the ugly face of the police. It showed that the police are still relying on medieval methods in their day to day working and that custodial torture continues to be an area of serious concern. What was worse, the supervisory officers abdicated their responsibility and failed in their primary duty of registering a case against the delinquent police personnel and getting them arrested. It is a great pity that the high court had to step in and the case had to be handed over to the CBI. The situation could have been easily defused if the officers had risen to the occasion and ensured action under the law. We are now faced with the embarrassment of the UN Secretary General wanting the incident to be investigated.On top of that, we have an encounter in Kanpur where a criminal wanted for the murder of eight policemen was killed by UP Police under circumstances which have raised uncomfortable questions. These would hopefully be answered by a proper inquiry into the matter in due course. However, we need to go to the root of the problem.
The ATP Tour is set to resume in August with the Washington Open and Cincinnati Masters preceding the US Open before moving to Europe for the clay court season. Meanwhile, the WTA Tour will host a couple of red dirt events in Europe before switching to the United States.However, many have raised questions about tennis restarting during a pandemic, especially on American soil where the number of coronavirus cases has spiked in recent weeks.
Our new #8216;Rainbow Responders; programme will offer increased capacity to help understand the short and medium term impacts of coronavirus on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the country and to work with communities to help build recovery plans.The charity has raised almost 90,000 to mitigate the immediate hardship needs of LGBT people since March and now have a number of vacancies to help LGBT activists and community groups to #8216;Build Back Better '.
Mumbai New Delhi:With covid 19 and lockdowns around the world pushing enterprises to work remotely, investor interest in companies providing cybersecurity services has grown exponentially.Last week, Chennai and US based cybersecurity startup Securden Inc. raised $1.2 million in a seed investment round led by Accel, with participation from Girish Mathrubootham, founder and CEO of Freshworks. Earlier in the year, threat intelligence startup Cyfirma raised an undisclosed amount from Z3 capital. In June, IT services firm Wipro Ltd invested in security company CloudKnox through its venture arm.
On Friday, the Palo Alto, CA based e vehicle industry trailblazer Tesla Inc. chief Elon Musk ''s net asset had stormed past Warren Buffet on Friday as the Tesla Inc. boss became the world ''s seventh richest person on record, a Bloomberg News report had unveiled citing the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. In point of fact, the fortune of Tesla Inc. boss, Elon Musk, who was born to a South African father and a Canadian mother and raised in Pretoria, S. Africa and had left the southernmost tip of the world at the age of 17 and later became a billionaire technology entrepreneur and philanthropist, surged by $6.07 billion on Friday following a 10.8 per cent climb in the electric carmaker ''s stock price.
Meanwhile, India Pakistan ties have produced some of the exciting encounters. The players of both sides have put their best game in these crunch matches. Incidentally, Pakistan have never beaten India in the World Cup.Speaking on the same lines, Waqar Younis recently praised India for playing better cricket consistently. He also agreed that the Men in Blues always had an upper hand against Pakistan.
social facebook social mail CEPR Research Assistant Brett Heinz published the following article at Current Affairs:The nationwide protests against police brutality sparked by the killing of George Floyd have reignited debates over US policing. But the state response to the protests has also raised the question of where exactly domestic law enforcement stops and starts. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), an organization that describes its mission as safeguard ing America s borders, has stated that it is deploying its officers around the country to help contain the protests. They are among officials from a wide variety of agencies serving as police on the streets of Washington, DC right now, many of whom have no identifying insignia at all. Though the CBP s mandate is to police borders, it has the authority to conduct operations anywhere within 100 miles of a US border, an area encompassing about two thirds of the American population. But even that can t explain why the CBP recently flew a MQ 9 Reaper drone, designed for military use, to spy on Minneapolis, a city 250 miles from the nearest border.
On the evening of April 27, 1962, patrolmen Frank Tomlinson and Stanley Kensic stopped Monroe X Jones and Fred X Jingles as they unloaded clothing out of the back of a Buick by the Nation of Islam s mosque in South Los Angeles. The ensuing altercation with police, dubbed a blazing gunfight and a riot by the Los Angeles Times, ended with seven unarmed Muslims in jured and one dead. William X Rogers was left paralyzed, and mosque secretary Ronald X Stokes was killed, shot through the heart as he walked toward officer Donald Weese with his palms raised toward the sky. Weese later told an all white coroner s jury that Stokes came towards me, chanting. He put his hands out I thought he was going to choke me. As the other men lay on the ground, handcuffed and bleeding, they held hands and chanted Alla hu akbar, God is most great. In August that same year, twelve Muslim men at Folsom Prison were holding a meeting in the prison yard when a sergeant began snapping photographs of the gathering. As the officer approached, one of the men proclaimed, They want to take our picture, so let s give them a good one. Another suggested that they face the east and pray to Allah. The group lined up with their hands raised waist high, palms facing up, and prayed.In both instances, Muslims in the Nation of Islam (NOI), confronted with police violence and state surveillance, responded with nonviolent protest in the form of prayer. Where do such stories fit within our narrative of the civil rights era? These episodes demonstrate that challenges to policing and prisons were central to the postwar Black Freedom movement, and the Nation of Islam was at the forefront of that struggle. They show Black Nationalism as an ideological current of Black politics, which continued to gain strength in the years between the dissolution of the United Negro Improvement Association in the interwar period and the rise of Black Power in the late 1960s, a period portrayed as Black Nationalist decline.
The court said that when pregnant women go for deliveries they cannot wait five to six days for carrying out the tests and declaration of the results. ;Immediately requests should be accepted and immediately results should be given,; the bench said.The Delhi government told the court that as per the advisory issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the tests results would be declared within an hour. The advisory was however silent on the timeline regarding processing of requests for testing, the Delhi government said, adding that it has issued a notification which states all applications for tests would be processed within 48 hours.The bench asked the Delhi government to place the advisory and notification before it and listed the matter for hearing on Thursday, July 9. The court also asked it whether negative outcome of a rapid test was acceptable or whether an RT PCR test result also be required before admitting a pregnant woman.The Delhi government counsel sought time to take instructions on the query raised by the bench. The court was hearing a PIL by a lawyer who has sought that test results of pregnant women be given priority.The high court on June 22 had remarked that 5 7 days cannot be taken for getting COVID 19 results for pregnant women prior to admitting them in hospitals for child birth and asked the ICMR and Delhi government to look at expediting it.Thereafter, Delhi government filed an affidavit stating that prior COVID 19 test was not mandatory for admitting pregnant women in hospitals for in patient interventions, including surgery and deliveries, and in emergent situations, treatment would not be denied for want of test results.The test can be conducted simultaneously with the treatment and if the result comes out to be positive, the pregnant woman would ideally be transferred to a dedicated COVID 19 hospital for further management, the Delhi government had told the high court.It had also said that it has "expanded " the use of Rapid Antigen Testing at hospitals to ensure availability of test results in quick time and this will further take care of difficulties being faced by people patients, including pregnant women.ICMR, in its response filed through central government standing counsel Vivek Goyal, had said it has issued guidelines for management of pregnant women during the COVID 19 pandemic and there are no restrictions for testing pregnant women for COVID l9 symptoms.
He further said that the ongoing economic crisis is an opportunity to come together and push for a stronger self reliant India and urged other industry players to support domestic producers in achieving quality and scale. While many industrialists are upset as their businesses with China is important to maintain healthy margins and continuity, the JSW Group owner underlined that this situation has come because of the blind complacency in accepting cheaper imports from China rather than developing them in India. Also Read: Salaried employees struggle to earn living even after unlock; only 5.5% of lost salaried jobs come backMeanwhile, Parth Jindal, MD, JSW Cement, had said that the JSW Group has a net annual import of $400 million from China, which will be brought down to zero in the next 24 months. He also said that the unprovoked attack by the Chinese on Indian soil, on our brave jawaans has been a huge wakeup call and a clarion call for action. Apart from the JSW Group, CAIT and many MSME firms have also raised their voices against Chinese products. While private bodies have stepped up to avoid the products from China, various state governments have cancelled the already signed projects with the Chinese firms.
Indians living in New York and New Jersey states along with the officials of the diaspora organisation #8212; Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), raised slogans of #8216;Boycott Made in China;, #8216;Bharat Mata Ki Jai; and #8216;Stop Chinese Aggression; among others.The protesters, wearing face masks in view of the coronavirus pandemic, held placards that read #8216;We salute our fallen heroes '.
Even as the Indian commentariat slam PM Modi for his actions vis vis China, his actions have been praised in foreign media outlets.A recent article in The New York Post by China watcher Steven W Mosher praises PM Modi for not being intimidated by China. Mosher, author of Bully of Asia: Why China s Dream is a New Threat to World Order observed that PM Modi has not only banned Chinese apps like TikTok but also moved troops to the Himalayan border.
PARIS: The French government on Friday called on Air France to avoid mandatory layoffs as the airline prepared to announce some 7,500 job cuts to cope with a collapse in travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. Managers at the airline, part of Air France KLM Group, are due to meet labor unions in Paris on Friday to detail the redundancy plans affecting some 15 percent of all employees, including pilots, stewards and ground staff. At least half of the cuts will likely entail voluntary departures and retirement plans, sources familiar with the matter said this week, while 1,000 jobs are likely to be cut at Air France s HOP airline. But the prospect of possible compulsory layoffs has raised alarm among workers and the French state, which has granted Air France $7.87 billion in aid to help it survive the pandemic. A successful labor reorganization is one where there are no forced departures, junior economy minister Agnes Pannier Runacher told Sud Radio on Friday. Pannier Runacher said the government s aid package for the airline, which included state backed loans, was justified as the carrier was on the edge, but called on Air France managers to pursue cutbacks responsibly. Aircraft maker Airbus plans to cut some 15,000 jobs across Europe with a third of those in France sparked similar warnings this week, as a wave of restructuring triggered by the virus outbreak begins to hit. Under CEO Ben Smith, who joined from Air Canada in 2018, Air France KLM has sought to cut costs, improve French labor relations and overcome governance squabbles between France and the Netherlands, each owners of close to 14 percent of the group. DUBAI: Egypt s three month suspension of flights due to the coronavirus pandemic weighed on the aviation sector, which lost up to $62.23 million during the period air travel was restricted.
The issue surfaced earlier this year when the link between his organising of Bollywood events and funding of anti India propaganda especially related Kashmir had surfaced. The matter was raised by Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shewale from Mumbai south central constituency. He had written a letter on February 17 to the home minister highlighting the issue requesting, "to desist Indian artists to collude with anti India elements in the US. "
There are currently 29 countries in the world where same sex marriage is legal. Civil partnerships between same sex individuals are recognised in 32. These include the UK, US, Germany, Malta, Brazil, Argentina, and France. Montenegro is the first country in the Western Balkans to legalise same sex partnerships.The Montenegrin LGBTI Forum praised the adoption of the law, calling it a historic fight for the human rights of the community in the country.
On Monday, the Government banned 59 Chinese applications in the wake of the recent border troubles. The list included popular apps like TikTok, Shareit, UC Browser and many more. The ban was unprecedented, and thus, raised many questions.
Do animals have a fundamental right to life ? The question sums up the ethical, environmental, philosophical and legal issues raised by the killing of a pregnant wild elephant in Kerala with explosives hidden in fruit. While animal lovers across India are outraged, the incident is not an isolated one. The jaw exploder device concealed in foodstuffs is the leading cause of elephant deaths in Sri Lanka and is used in India against wild boars and sloth bears. The Uttarakhand High Court upheld animals' right to life in a 2018 order which declared the entire animal kingdom as a legal entity, rather than a chunk of property. As a jurisitic person, animals can be represented by a custodian. The same logic was deployed in the Ram Janambhoomi case, where the idol of Ram Lalla was represented in court by a friend . Earlier, the Uttarakhand High Court had held that rivers, too, were juristic persons (the order was stayed by the Supreme Court).
Singapore replaced Mauritius as the largest source of FDI for India in FY19 and accounted for close to 30% of such inflows into equities in the last fiscal. Already, the customs officials have raised scrutiny of imports from China.However, the government will likely step up vigil in such a manner that the flow of genuine FDI from Singapore isn t upset in this process, sources told FE. While a formal proposal is yet to be floated for this purpose, informal deliberations have started in some quarters, one of the sources said. The government is mindful of the fact that bona fide FDI from Singapore or others don t get affected at all, he added.FDI from Hong Kong, often seen as a proxy for Beijing, too, is also expected to go under heightened scrutiny.As the Covid 19 outbreak dragged down the valuations of domestic firms sharply, India on April 18 tightened its FDI policy to curb opportunistic takeovers acquisitions of these companies, mainly by the Chinese, by stipulating that all such proposals from bordering nations would require government clearance. Importantly, the April notification also covers any transfer of investments or future FDI resulting in beneficial ownership falling with firms from the bordering nations, including China.While the move was initiated in the wake of the pandemic, China s recent border misadventure has hardened India s resolve to curb both substandard imports and opportunistic investments from Beijing, directly or indirectly.While FDI from China remained abysmally low and made up for just 0.5% ($2.3 billion) of the cumulative FDI inflows between April 2000 and March 2020, given the low valuations of Indian firms, such investments were expected to surge, especially in sensitive sectors. As of December 2019, China s cumulative investments in India exceeded $8 billion, only 30% of which were FDI. In fact, at $4.4 billion, cumulative FDI inflows from Hong Kong were larger than from Beijing.Also, according to a recent report by researchers Amit Bhandari and Aashna Agarwal, China has entered the Indian market through venture investments in start ups and penetrated the online ecosystem with its popular smartphones and their applications. Chinese tech investors have put an estimated $4 billion into Indian start ups. Over the five years ending March 2020, 18 of India s 30 unicorns are now Chinese funded. "TikTok, the video app, has 200 million subscribers and has overtaken YouTube in India. Alibaba, Tencent and ByteDance rival the US penetration of Facebook, Amazon and Google in India. Chinese smartphones like Oppo and Xiaomi lead the Indian market with an estimated 72% share, leaving Samsung and Apple behind. "