News Digest: FSSAI may restrict use of term 'milk' to only dairy products

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
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FSSAI may restrict use of term 'milk' to only dairy products
Plant-based milk such as soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk and others may be favourite alternatives for those who are lactose intolerant or for those who don't prefer dairy products for varied reasons, but such products may no longer be available to users with the generic term 'milk'. FSSAI has proposed that an imitation product offered as an alternative to milk should not use the term if derived using non-dairy sources.

In a 1st, active cases drop over previous day

ICMR nod to first Indian Covid test kit
Soon, a simple finger-prick diagnostic test to detect Covid-19 antibodies in blood samples, will be widely available at nursing homes, hospitals and private laboratories. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved Delhi-based Oscar Medicare's indigenous point-of-care (POC) rapid test kits.

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Study: 3-month drug therapy for breast cancer sufficient, cheaper

Treating Covid-19 may lead to increased antibiotic resistance, UK study finds
The study, published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, suggests their increased use during the pandemic could be placing an additional burden on waste water treatment works. Scientists noted that this could lead to raised levels of antibiotics within rivers or coastal waters which may in turn result in an increase in antimicrobial resistance (AMR), where bacteria become resistant to the action of antibiotics.

Covid-19: Scientists decode how severe viral infection causes immune system 'exhaustion'
The study, published in the journal Nature Immunology, noted that severe viral infections cause impairments to some components of the immune system such as the T cells in a process called immune 'exhaustion'.

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Gionee Max smartphone with 5000 mAh battery launched at Rs 5999
Smartphone maker Gionee has launched its latest smartphone in India after a gap of almost one year. The company has launched the Gionne Max, which falls under the ultra-budget segment. The smartphone features an HD+ display and sports a dual rear camera setup.

ICICI Bank announces use of satellite data to assess credit worthiness of farmers
ICICI Bank has introduced the use of satellite data to assess credit worthiness of its customers employed in the farm sector. The bank will be using imagery sent by Earth observation satellites to measure an array of parameters related to the land, irrigation and crop patterns.

Oppo A53 with 5000 mAh battery launched: Price, offers and more
Smartphone maker Oppo has launched its latest A-series smartphone in India. Oppo A53 smartphone comes with an HD+ display and runs Android 10 operating system. Powered by an octa-core processor it is backed by a 5000mAh battery.

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Cash in circulation up 10% since lockdown
Since March 20, currency in circulation has risen to 26.9 lakh crore—a hike of 10% since the lockdown began. At the same time, the number of Rs 2000 notes in circulation has dipped sharply in two years. The preference for cash has seen year-on-year growth in currency held with the public (CwP) accelerating from 11.3% as on February 28, 2020 to 14.5% at end-March and to 21.3% by June.

Economic contraction likely to continue in Q2: RBI
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday said the contraction in economic activity was likely to continue in the second quarter of the current fiscal as upticks witnessed in May and June appears to have lost strength following re-imposition of lockdowns to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

'Aim to reduce Tata Motors' debt to near-zero levels'
Tata Motors Ltd (TML) aims to reduce its total debt to near-zero levels in three years and generate free cash flows from FY22 onwards, Tata Motors chairman N Chandrasekaran said on Tuesday. Chandrasekaran, while addressing shareholders at Tata Motors' 75th annual general meeting, said the company would also look to unlock non-core investments in order to deleverage the business.

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Due to restrictions, unable to invite you for the start of IPL: Jay Shah to state units
Officials of BCCI's state units won't be able to attend "at least the beginning" of the IPL because of the strict bio-bubble in place for the tournament beginning September 19 in the UAE, board secretary Jay Shah informed the member associations. BCCI inviting officials from its state units for the IPL ceremony and play-offs is conventional practice it follows.

Pakistan salvage draw in third Test, England win series
James Anderson became the first seam bowler to take 600 Test wickets but England had to settle for a draw against Pakistan after a rain-hit final day of the third Test at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday.

Lionel Messi tells Barcelona he wants to leave the club
Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club after nearly two decades with the Spanish giants. The club confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Argentina great sent a document expressing his desire to leave. The announcement comes 11 days after Barcelona's humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals.

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85% of JEE candidates download admit cards
Over 7.3 lakh JEE (Main) aspirants had downloaded their admit cards as on Tuesday even as Swedish teen climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg on Tuesday voiced her support to the calls for deferment of the JEE and NEET exams in India in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Govt sources said the exams would be held as per the revised schedule and the National Testing Agency will issue admit cards for NEET on Wednesday.

NTA: Exams as scheduled, NEET-UG admit cards to be issued on Wednesday
According to government sources, the rescheduled exams would be conducted on September and NTA is going to issue the admit cards for NEET-UG from Wednesday.

IIT Hyderabad, USafe Healthcare launches 'world's most affordable respirator mask'

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NGT directs installation of 175 air quality monitoring stations within 6 months

Germany to issue 'green bonds' worth up to $13B this year

Big California wildfires burn on as death toll reaches 7

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Rule, Britannia! BBC ditches singalong amid colonial rethink
The BBC has ditched the lyrics of "Rule, Britannia!" for its traditional end-of-summer concert amid a debate over the song's celebration of the British Empire at a time when critics are reevaluating the nation's colonial past.Britain's publicly funded broadcaster said late Monday that the final night of its Proms concert series would feature instrumental versions of "Rule, Britannia!" and another patriotic mainstay, "Land of Hope and Glory," instead of traditional singalongs.

Poisoning signs found in Russian dissident: German hospital

Japan PM returns to hospital as he breaks term record
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday set a new record for the longest consecutive term in office but faced growing speculation about his health as he returned to the hospital. Abe, 65, spent more than seven hours at a Tokyo hospital last week during a previously unannounced medical check-up that his aides insisted was routine.

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NGT directs installation of 175 air quality monitoring stations within 6 months

Germany to issue 'green bonds' worth up to $13B this year

Big California wildfires burn on as death toll reaches 7

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Hyderabad Pharma City may give boost to local jobs plan
The Hyderabad Pharma City (HPC) is likely to set the ‘jobs for locals’ ball rolling to meet the state government’s quota criteria. It is estimated that about 2,000 to 3,000 youngsters from six surrounding villages would be benefiting from this. Towards this end, a survey is planned to identify youth from families from whom land had been taken away to construct the HPC.

Telangana probing 2 cases of coronavirus reinfection among medical professionals
Telangana on Tuesday said it has two cases of Covid-19 reinfection among frontline medical professionals and is investigating whether two different strains of the novel coronavirus were responsible for it.

Khammam reports 551 Covid-19 cases

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Useful for restaurants: UIET-Chandigarh develops app for contactless dining
Pandemic, when restaurant menu cards should go paperless, a student of biotechnology has developed a contactless dining-and-delivery solution called The New Online or Nonline at the right time

Panchkula driving test to be held five days a week
The district administration plans to open the driving test for four hours (3 to 7pm) a day, five days a week. It was stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Leadership: CLP to pass vote of thanks

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Ahmedabad sees odd drop in vector-borne diseases

Gold ETF AUM surges, but few fresh investments

Rlys seeks nod for goods train to Bangladesh

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Difficult to attribute malice to gutka display in assembly, says Madras HC
Law of politics is not a codified law. Political opposition and rivalry to either support or fell government are a process of democracy, said Madras high court, setting aside privilege motion against 21 DMK MLAs.

Chennai woman in Bangladesh: NIA probing 'love jihad' angle
The National Investigation Agency has registered a human trafficking case against a few Bangladeshi nationals for kidnapping a city-based woman from the UK to the South Asian country and is investigating the ‘love jihad’ angle.

Online concert aims to raise funds for needy musicians

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Karnataka: DK Shivakumar tests Covid positive, hospitalised
KPCC president DK Shivakumar tested positive for coronavirus and was admitted to a private hospital here.

Karnataka's Covid-19 tests cross 25 lakh, in sixth position despite late start
Despite a late start, Karnataka has aggressively ramped up its daily-testing capacity crossing the 25-lakh-test milestone and it now stands sixth in the country in tests per million population.

Stop pasting notices on virus patients' houses, says Karnataka panel
The committee said pasting leaflets on doors will only amplify fear in neighbours and deter others from volunteering for tests.It said the need of the hour is to encourage more people to volunteer for tests.

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Maharashtra: Road tax waiver of Rs 700 crore for commercial vehicles on cards
CM Uddhav Thackeray is all set to grant huge financial relief to the transport sector which has been badly hit during the five months of the pandemic and the lockdown. The state government, officials said, will exempt 11.4 lakh commercial transport vehicles from payment of road tax worth Rs 700 crore for six months from April 1 to September 30 for revival of the sector.

Three who 'shot' developer dead in Karnataka held in Mumbai
Three men who allegedly shot dead a real estate developer from Karnatka earlier this month were arrested in the city on Tuesday. The arrests come a day after a key accused was held from Ghatkopar. The police said the murder was a fallout over money and a plot of land.

Roll back social reservations rule for FYJC admissions: Minority colleges
Almost two weeks into the first-year junior college (FYJC) admission process, the school education department has asked minority colleges to apply social reservations to their non-quota seats. The directive, though, has drawn flak from minority institutions which have called it an infringement on their rights and demanded it be withdrawn at the earliest.

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Supreme Court orders road work in Aravalis stopped
Taking cognisance of a TOI report on construction going on in the ecologically sensitive Aravali Hills, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed an immediate stay on the construction of a road after flattening an entire hill in an area being developed illegally and sought a report from Haryana on the alleged violation of its order.

1,544 new cases on Tuesday mark a 40-day high for Delhi
In a worrying indication that the Covid-19 outbreak in Delhi was far from over, the health department reported 1,544 new cases on Tuesday, the highest daily count in the capital in 40 days.

City court takes note of murder and other charges against nine

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Supreme Court orders road work in Aravalis stopped
Taking cognisance of a TOI report on construction going on in the ecologically sensitive Aravali Hills, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed an immediate stay on the construction of a road after flattening an entire hill in an area being developed illegally and sought a report from Haryana on the alleged violation of its order.

1,544 new cases on Tuesday mark a 40-day high for Delhi
In a worrying indication that the Covid-19 outbreak in Delhi was far from over, the health department reported 1,544 new cases on Tuesday, the highest daily count in the capital in 40 days.

City court takes note of murder and other charges against nine

More Delhi News»

Supreme Court orders road work in Aravalis stopped
Taking cognisance of a TOI report on construction going on in the ecologically sensitive Aravali Hills, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed an immediate stay on the construction of a road after flattening an entire hill in an area being developed illegally and sought a report from Haryana on the alleged violation of its order.

1,544 new cases on Tuesday mark a 40-day high for Delhi
In a worrying indication that the Covid-19 outbreak in Delhi was far from over, the health department reported 1,544 new cases on Tuesday, the highest daily count in the capital in 40 days.

City court takes note of murder and other charges against nine

More Delhi News»

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