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Bangladesh Online News portal

Bangladesh begins registration of online news portals

The Bangladesh Government released its first list of verified news portals yesterday. Announcing this in Dhaka, Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud said, the registration of online news portals will be a continuous and ongoing process. He said it is just the beginning of the process. It may not have names of many well established online news portals but that does not mean that there is a negative report about these news portals. The reports about many of the news portals have not yet been received, said Dr. Mahmud. He said the names of the news portals for which No-objection certificates have been received by the government will be uploaded on the official website.

Cautioning against online rumour mongering and spreading of communal tensions, the Minister said, some online news portals engage in such activities. The process of granting registration will investigate these issues. He said action will be taken against the news portals against whom ‘negative report’ is received by the government.

The process for the registration of online news portals was started in December last year. The Government has announced that action will be taken against the news portals which don’t register with the authorities.

More than 3500 news portals had applied for registration to the government.

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WHO: Covid Care

Young people must take precautions to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, says WHO.

The World Health Organization has warned that spikes in coronavirus transmission in a number of countries were being driven by young people letting down their guard.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, although older people are at a higher risk of severe disease, younger people are at risk too. One of the challenges we face is convincing younger people of this risk, he added.

Saying that young people can be infected and can transmit the virus to others, he stressed that young people must take the same precautions to protect themselves and others.

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Covid Vaccine

UK scientists to immunise hundreds with coronavirus vaccine.

Shattock said he was optimistic the Imperial vaccine would work, but must await the scientific data from the trial.

Scientists at Imperial College London say they are immunizing hundreds of people with an experimental coronavirus vaccine in an early trial after seeing no worrying safety problems in a small number vaccinated so far.

The cost of making the vaccine, which was developed by Oxford University, is expected to be offset by funding from the governments.

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca repeated its promise not to profit from a COVID-19 vaccine during the pandemic as it reported it was on track with late-stage trials for the treatment.

NHS Covid19 vaccine research registry will help large numbers of people be recruited into the trials over the coming months, potentially leading to an effective vaccine being identified and made available to the UK public against coronavirus.

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Sonia Gandhi admitted in hospital

Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has been admitted to Sir Gangaram Hospital, Delhi for routine investigations. Her condition is currently stable.

Madam Sonia Gandhi’s health condition is currently stable. Says Dr D S Rana, Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi.

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Protest in Paraguay

Violent protests have broken out in Paraguay after government ordered part of country back lockdown.

The Paraguayan city of Ciudad del Este has faced civil unrest following the government’s decision to strengthen quarantine measures, the ABC TV channel reported on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the government declared a return to the full COVID-19 quarantine in the department of Alto Parana, located at the border with Brazil. Thirty percent of all fatalities in the country are said to have occurred in that department. The decision, however, triggered protests, which soon turned into riots and violent clashes with the police during the night.

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Ciudad del Este to express their anger. There are reports that shops were looted and lorries set on fire, a number of police injured

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NEP transform Education. Ramesh

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank today said, the new National Education Policy-2020 will pave the way for the revolutionary change in school and higher education systems in the country. He said, this policy will establish India as a superpower of knowledge at the world stage.

 In an exclusive interview with AIR News today, Mr. Nishank said, the aim of this new education policy is to open the door of opportunity for every child so that their holistic development can be ensured.

The Minister said, focus will be given to the extra-curricular activities and skill development of the children from the class 6th so that they attain skills by the end of class 12th. He said, interdisciplinary studies will be promoted in higher education by making it more flexible.

Mr. Nishank said, a Higher Education Commission will be set up which will subsume the educational bodies like UGC, NCTE and AICTE. He said, a National Research Foundation will also be set up which will promote research and development in the country. He said, the National Education Policy will become instrumental in creating a New India.

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NASA Rover Launch Mars

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The Blast to Launch. Rover launch by NASA into space in mission to examine Martian lake at Mars.

Perseverance Rover is a one-tonne laboratory which will examine an ancient Martian lake is there any traces of alien life.

Scientists hope for new insights into Mars history.

Do Mars atmosphere has oxygen.

United Launch Alliance #AtlasV rocket has released the Mars 2020 mission featuring the @NASAPersevere rover on a 7-month, 300-million-mile trek to the red planet.

The plutonium-powered, six-wheeled rover will drill down and collect tiny geological specimens that will be brought home in about 2031 in a sort of interplanetary relay race involving multiple spacecraft and countries to explore life on Red Planet.

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SECI Wind Projects

Power Minister dedicates SECI 1, 2 and 3 wind projects to nation

Union Power Minister Raj Kumar Singh yesterday dedicated Sembcorp’s state of the art SECI 1, 2 and 3 wind projects to the nation. Bhanu Pratap Yadav, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), along with several other dignitaries joined Wong Kim Yin, Group President and CEO, Sembcorp Industries from Singapore and Vipul Tuli, Managing Director, Sembcorp Energy India Limited virtually, to commemorate this milestone.

Sembcorp Energy India Limited (SEIL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Industries, yesterday announced completion of its latest 800 MW wind power projects, bringing its India renewable energy capacity to 1,730 MW.

With the full commissioning of its 300MW SECI 3 wind project, Sembcorp becomes the first independent power producer to fully commission its projects awarded in the first three wind auctions held by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

Mr Singh congratulated SEIL and Singapore Government for their work and commitment in their work in the field of renewable energy sector.

Since entering the India market in 2011, SEIL has established itself as a reliable independent power producer in the country. With a presence across nine states, SEIL owns and operates 35 assets, adding up to a total power capacity of 4,370 MW including 1,730 MW of renewable energy.

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Lee: Hongkong be stable

Singapore and Hongkong are two Asia cities with global business men wish to have their offices.

Singapore, a close US ally with cordial relations across the region, has faced little international criticism.

Lee, in office since 2004, also told the US think tank that he was reconsidering his previous plan to retire in less than two years. 

Lee’s People’s Action Party has ruled Singapore for six decades and, to no surprise, retained power in July 10 general elections in power for 31 years.

But its share of the popular vote declined sharply amid concerns over an economic downturn caused by the global pandemic. 

Singapore’s prime minister said on Tuesday he was not looking to woo businesses out of Hong Kong, saying it was more important to preserve calm after China’s controversial security law.

“We think it’s better for Hong Kong and better for the region – and Singapore – if Hong Kong is stable and calm and prosperous,” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.

On balance, I would say I much prefer Hong Kong doing well than to have people looking for places to go out of Hong Kong,” he told a virtual event of the Atlantic Council in Washington.

Singapore and Hong Kong are two of the major hubs in Asia for international companies, which are drawn to the prosperous cities’ investor-friendly policies and rule of law.

Lee said the two cities had a “friendly competition” but not a “very serious rivalry,” pointing to advantages enjoyed by each metropolis including Hong Kong’s position as a gateway to China.

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Hong Kong police arrest four for suspected offences under the city’s new national security law in move slammed by rights group.

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