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Donald Trump’s use of malaria drug to prevent Covid is a boost for India

US President Donald Trump’s declaration that he was taking an antimalarial drug of dubious effectiveness to help fend off the coronavirus will likely be welcomed in India.

Trump’s previous endorsement of hydroxychloroquine catalyzed a tremendous shift in the South Asian country, spurring the world’s largest producer of the drug to make much more of it, prescribe it for front-line health workers treating the virus and deploy it as a diplomatic tool, despite mounting evidence against using the drug for COVID-19.

Trump said Monday that he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a measure of protection against the virus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, however, has cautioned against using it outside of hospitals because of the risk of serious heart problems.

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Sandeep Naik

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Jio Can Help Advance India as Global Tech Leader: General Atlantic’s Sandeep Naik

Yesterday, noted American investment firm General Atlantic picked up a 1.34 percent stake in Jio Platforms, the holding company of Reliance Jio — the largest telecom operator of India. The investment of Rs 6,598.38 crore comes on the back of similarly sizeable investments by Silver Lake (Rs 5,655.75 crore for 1.15 percent), Vista Equity Partners (Rs 11,367 crore for 2.3 percent) and the world’s largest social media corporation, Facebook (Rs 43,574 crore for 9.99 percent). With total assets of Rs 2.57 lakh crore under management across numerous scripts globally, General Atlantic is a prolific investor in technology platforms, and its interest in Jio Platforms further cements the operator’s growing stature and influence in India’s quest for technological advancement.

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R. Purusothaman

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Ilaiyaraaja’s tech-savvy drummer, R. Purusothaman, dies

R. Purusothaman, the drummer and conductor of maestro Ilayaraja, died here on Tuesday. “He died of blood cancer,” said his elder brother and guitarist R. Chandrasekar. He was 70 and is survived by two sons.

Purusothaman, Purus as he was known in the film world, and Mr. Chandrasekar, started working for Ilayaraja from the maestro’s first film Annakili. Chandrasekar played for the song, Ilaya Nila Pozhigirathey in the film Payanangal Mudivathillai.

“We worked with music directors Divakar, K.V. Mahadevan, M.S. Viswanthan and Sankar-Ganesh, before joining Ilayaraja,” said Mr. Chandrasekar.

Source: The Hindu

Sumeet Raghvan

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Didn’t Know We Were Going to Make History With Mahabharat, Says Sumeet Raghvan

Actor Sumeet Raghvan, who essayed the character of adolescent Sudama in B.R. Chopra’s Mahabharat decades ago, says that he had no inkling that the show would create history.

“I was very young when I bagged the role, and I was as excited as any new kid on the block. I was quite skinny at the time, probably that’s why I got the role,” he quipped.

“We had barely shot for 3 to 4 days and I remember shooting the Sandipani Ashram portions in Film City and the rain dance sequence at Chena creek. Back then, I did not realise that I was going to be a part of history,” he added.

Mahabharat featured Mukesh Khanna as Bhishma, Pankaj Dheer as Karna, Gajendra Chouhan as Yudhishthir, Arjun as Arjun, Roopa Ganguly as Draupadi, Puneet Issar as Duryodhan and Nitish Bharadwaj as Krishna.

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Satya Nadella

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Permanent work from home can be damaging for mental health of employees, says Satya Nadella

Coronavirus caused most employees across the world to work from home through the first quarter. As lockdowns across the world are getting relaxed gradually, employees are being asked to resume to their offices.

Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella said that permanently working from home can be damaging for social interaction and mental health for workers. Nadella in an interview with NYT said the all-remote setup would be “replacing one dogma with another dogma.”

Nadella emphasised that virtual video calls cannot replace in-person meetings. “What I miss is when you walk into a physical meeting, you are talking to the person that is next to you, you’re able to connect with them for the two minutes before and after,” Nadella said.

Source: India Today

James Dyson

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UK’s richest man spent $940 mn of own cash to build EV to rival Tesla

James Dyson, UK’s richest man with an estimated wealth of 16.2 billion pounds (around ₹1.5 lakh crore), decided to spend 500 million pounds (around ₹7,125 crore) of his own money to produce an electric car that he claims can rival even Tesla.

The news comes seven months after the billionaire had decided to can the project to come up with this electric car. Dyson’s company decided to reveal the electric car, codenames N526, during an interview of James Dyson for topping the Sunday Times list of richest people.

The Dyson car was initially planned as an electric SUV that aimed to challenge Tesla’s electric vehicles. During the interview, Dyson revealed that and he had to fund about 500 million pound from his own pocket to get the scrapped project off the ground.

Source: Hindustan Times

R S Sharma

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Broadband to become a fundamental human right: TRAI chairman

MUMBAI: Broadband will become a fundamental human right and it will be difcult to imagine life without broadband connectivity, said Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (tRAI) chairman R S Sharma. He was speaking at a virtual conference organised by Broadband India Forum.

He said that it is time to make investment to boost xed-line broadband so as to support areas such as education, work from home, etc. While it is a fact that the country has achieved a lot in mobile, we still have a long way to go in the eld of xed-line broadband. It is essential to give reliable connectivity, he said, adding that what lies ahead is a digital future. Connectivity is an area of paramount importance.

Source: Indian Television

Uddhav Thackeray

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Uddhav Thackeray wants to get rid of Covid-19 by the start of monsoon

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday set an ambitious target of overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic by the time the monsoon starts.

“We want to get rid of this calamity by the beginning of monsoon,” he said in a video address

Maharashtra with a tally of over 35,000 Covid-19 cases is the state with the highest numbers in India.

But Thackeray claimed that the government has managed to slow down the spread of the disease.

“We have slowed down the spread of Covid-19. Now we can lift the restriction step by step,” he said.

Source: Hindustan Times

Nitish Kumar

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Bihar Govt to Bring Back All Migrant Labourers Stranded Outside: CM Nitish

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday asserted that all migrant labourers who are stranded outside will be brought back to the state.

Kumar assured the migrant labourers not to get panicky, have patience and remain safe as the state government is taking every possible measures at its disposal to bring them to the state, an official release said.

The chief minister directed chief secretary Deepak Kumar to write a letter to the central government that the railways should prepare a protocol for ticket booking so that migrant labourers willing to come to Bihar are able to know the date of their departure journey in advance.

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Boris Johnson

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Covid-19 vaccine may ‘not come to fruition’, says PM Boris Johnson

The UK is ramping up facilities to produce Covid-19 vaccine on a mass scale, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday cautioned that a successful vaccine is a “very long way” off, as projects in Oxford and elsewhere continue human trials.

Johnson is facing criticism for issuing confusing guidance on easing lockdown restrictions, which have led to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland retaining the widely effective earlier ‘stay home’ message, while England has moved to ‘stay alert’, which implies some easing.

Source: Hindustan Times