Simple genetic modification aims to stop mosquitoes spreading malaria: Study.

Altering a mosquito's gut genes to make them spread antimalarial genes to the next generation of their species shows promise as an approach to curb malaria, suggests a preliminary study published today in eLife.The study is the latest in a series of steps toward using CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology to make changes in mosquito genes that could reduce their ability to spread malaria. If further studies support this approach, it could provide a new way to reduce illnesses and deaths caused by malaria.Growing...

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Muslim women have right to invoke extra-judical divorce, rules Kerala HC.

Overruling a nearly five-decade judgment, the Kerala High Court has restored the rights of Muslim women for divorce without resorting to judicial proceedings.A division bench of the high court pronounced the judgment in a bunch of cases that arose out of different proceedings before the family courts seeking varied relief.The bench overruled a 1972 ruling of the single bench of the court barring Muslim women from resorting to extra-judicial modes of dissolving marriage.Noting that the Holy Quran...

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India recognised as the mother of democracy across the globe: PM Modi.

To commemorate Ambedkar Jayanti, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Association of Indian Universities’ 95th Annual Meet and National Seminar of Vice-Chancellors on Wednesday via video conferencing. The event was hosted by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad.He also launched four books on Ambedkar—Dr Ambedkar Jivan Darshan, Dr Ambedkar Vyakti Darshan, Dr Ambedkar Rashtra Darshan, and Dr Ambedkar Aayam Darshan—written by Kishore Makwana.The Prime Minister highlighted that...

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Over 1,000 test positive for Covid-19 at Kumbh Mela in 48 hours.

Hundreds of people have tested positive for coronavirus in India at the site of the world's biggest religious festival, officials said Wednesday, as huge crowds of mostly maskless Hindu devotees descended on the River Ganges.The virus was detected in more than 1,000 people in just 48 hours in the city of Haridwar, which lies along the holy river where the Kumbh Mela is being observed, officials said.A new wave of coronavirus infections is sweeping across India, with experts blaming massive religious...

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‘Great relief,’ says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal as Centre pauses CBSE board exams.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday welcomed the central government’s decision to cancel the CBSE board exams for class 10 and postpone the same for class 12 in view of the worsening coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation in the country. Taking it to Twitter, Kejriwal said it is a great relief for lakhs of students and their parents.Echoing his remarks, Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia also expressed happiness over the central government’s decision. However, Sisodia,...

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27K Kuwaitis work in SMEs.

A report prepared by the Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) said small and medium business in Kuwait contribute around 3 percent of the gross domestic product. The report indicated the share of small and medium businesses from banks’ financing in Kuwait reached 4.6 percent. The report titled “For the Sake of Kuwait, Let Us Support Small Projects Cleanly”, said less than 7 percent of Kuwaiti manpower (around 27,000 Kuwaitis) work in the small and medium projects sector. It said Kuwait occupied...

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Zain’s annual Ramadan campaign spreads messages of sharing, giving.

Zain’s Ramadan campaign centers around sharing and giving during the holy month.Zain, the leading digital service provider in Kuwait, announced the launch of its annual campaign for the holy month of Ramadan, which kick-started this year in partnership with many social and charitable organizations in the country. The campaign features a wide range of charitable, entertainment, esports, and cultural programs throughout the holy month.As the pandemic situation continues, Zain was not able to pursue...

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Making FASTag mandatory won’t breach right to freedom of movement: Centre.

The Union government has informed the Bombay High Court that making FASTag mandatory for all vehicles plying on national highways does not breach a citizen's fundamental right to freedom of movement in any way.The Centre made the submission in an affidavit filed in the High Court last week in response to a public interest litigation challenging its decision to make FASTag, the electronic toll collection chip, mandatory for all vehicles at toll plazas on national highways.The plea filed by one Arjun...

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‘First they ignore you… Then you win’: Rahul Gandhi on nod to foreign vaccines.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a jibe at the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday for its decision to fast-track the approval of vaccines already authorized for use in the US, UK, EU, and Japan.Gandhi had earlier faced severe criticism from many Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders over the same issue, when he urged the Centre to fast-track the approval of vaccines made outside India.Reacting to the government’s move, Gandhi posted on Twitter, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you,...

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Panel okays bill to set up fund to compensate estate fraud victims.

The parliamentary Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee has approved the bill on establishing a fund for compensating the victims of real estate fraud. According to the bill, the fund will pay 80 percent of the compensation and the remaining 20 percent will be paid once those behind the real estate fraud are convicted and are then obligated to compensate the victims. The bill was referred to the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee prior to its submission to the Parliament.The Legal and Legislative...

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