Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur researchers claimed that 'COVIRAP,' the diagnostic device developed by them has been successfully validated for its efficacy in COVID-19 detection by ICMR. The IIT said that various commercial units have already approached them for technology licensing. "ICMR has granted certification for this COVID Diagnostic Test after rigorous testing with patient samples," said research team. The test has been designed to be easy to conduct and affordable as well and can produce results within 1 hour. This method implements a highly reliable and accurate molecular diagnostic procedure that can be conducted in ultra-low-cost portable device unit developed by IIT Kharagpur research team. The results are rendered via a custom-made mobile application for dissemination.
Lock hardware business in Aligarh suffered setback due to lockdown. In the month of July, situation between India and Nepal further deepened their woes. While industries are gradually coming on track, Extant COVID crisis continues to diminish hopes. "Due to restrictions in some states it's difficult for our agents and they can't collect demands. Sellers think they won't be able to sell, so they're neither buying raw material nor supplying to us," said C Sharma, Tala Nagri Industrialist Association's Chairman.
As per the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India on November 29 reported single-day spike of 41,810 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. 496 deaths in the same period pushed the COVID-19 toll in the country to 1,36,696. India's confirmed cases of coronavirus stand at 93,92,920 which include 4,53,956 active infections. More than 88,02,267 people have recovered from the virus with 42,298 new discharges in last 24 hours. According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 12,83,449 samples were tested on November 28. Cumulative samples tested for COVID-19 till November 28 are 13,95,03,803.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Bharat Biotech facility in Telangana's Hyderabad on November 28. He arrived in the city after a tour of Zydus' facility in Gujarat's Ahmedabad earlier in the day. PM Modi is on a 3-city tour to take stock of Covid vaccine development in the country. He tweeted about his Bharat Biotech tour, hailing scientists for the progress in the trials so far. He added that the Bharat Biotech team is working with Indian Council of Medical Research for speedy progress. PM's next stop is the Serum Institute of India in Maharashtra's Pune. Watch the full video for more.
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The protest from farmers against the Modi government’s recently passed farm bills has now entered its fifth day. The farmers who rejected the Centre’s talks offer have now threatened to block entry points into Delhi. Many farmers also spent another night in the cold at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border points. Policemen were seen putting up concretes in the border areas amid tightened security. Around 32 farmer organisations, mostly from Punjab, and a few farmers from Gujarat and Maharashtra as well managed to reach Delhi on Friday and assembled at the border areas to continue their protest. Home Minister Amit Shah had held a meeting with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar at BJP chief JP Nadda's residence on late Sunday night to discuss the ongoing farmers' protests. Farmers have been protesting at various places in Delhi and Haryana and have rejected the central government's offer to hold talks on December 3 saying that imposing conditions for starting a dialogue is an insult to them. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Amid the raging protests by the farming community, mainly from Punjab, against the new agricultural reforms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly radio show Mann Ki Baat on November 29 reaffirmed his stand on the contentious farm laws, stating that the new farm reforms have not only broken shackles of farmers but have given new rights and opportunities to them. "Parliament has recently passed farm reform laws after rigorous brainstorming. These reforms have not only broken shackles of farmers but have also given new rights and opportunities to them," said PM Modi. He further informed about a Maharashtra-based farmer Jitendra Bhoiji who, the PM said, benefitted from the new farm laws by getting good price from traders for the maize he produced. "You should know how Jitendra Bhoiji, a farmer in Dhule, Maharashtra used these new farms laws. He produced maize and decided to sell it to traders at the right price. The total amount agreed at was around Rs 3.32 lakh," said PM Modi during Mann ki Baat. Farmers, mainly from Punjab, have camped in and outside the national capital to intensify their protests against the new farm laws.
Situation is peaceful and under control at Delhi-Haryana border (Singhu border), informed Surender Yadav, Joint CP (Northern Range), Delhi on November 30 as farmers decided to continue their protest against the new agricultural laws and rejected the central government's offer. "Situation is peaceful and under control. We are in contact with them (farmers). Our objective is to maintain law and order. We have deployed enough force," said Yadav to ANI.
On November 30, farmers continued their protest against the central government's agriculture laws at Delhi-Haryana border. They stayed put at Singhu border and continued their 'dharna' after refusing to entertain centre's offer of conditional talks which included all of the farmers to settle at government decided ground in Burari. "We are protesting for last three months. Earlier, we were protesting in our villages against the new agriculture laws. It is not beneficial for us at all. We have had three meetings but they are not fruitful. They are wasting our time," a protester said. Meanwhile, heavy police is also deployed at Delhi-UP border. The farmers are agitating ever since passing of new farm laws by central government.