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Israeli study shows safety of CD24-Exosomes in COVID-19 patients

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By Priyanka Sharma
New Delhi [India], February 17 (ANI): A preliminary result of an Israeli study to evaluate the safety of EXO-CD24 exosomes in 30 enrolled patients with COVID-19 disease has claimed to show no serious adverse effects, and substantial improvement in respiratory rate, Professor Nadar Arber from Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Centre said on Wednesday.
EXO-CD24 is a target innovative platform based on CD24-enriched exosomes delivered directly to the lungs in order to support to suppress the cytokine storm.
Patients with moderate/severe COVID-19 infection and factors predictive of a cytokine storm are recruited from the Corona department of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (TASMC), they said.
The treatment is a biologic therapeutic agent based on exosomes carrying CD24.
“Our novel therapeutic agent is efficient, easy to produce, low cost, low concentration and has no side effects,” Professor Nadar said.
Professor Nadar explained the advantages of EXO-CD24 vs existing treatments.
“It is Intratracheal and directly to the target site. It has no adverse effects, due to low dosing localised administration, and high safety profile of exosomes-based technology. It has high efficacy even under low doses and low cost manufacturing system efficient, easy to manufacture and yield optimization.” (ANI)

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Rahul Gandhi repeats ‘Hum do Hamare do’ dig against Centre

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New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed the BJP-led Union government for its decision to privatise public sector units (PSUs) in all sectors barring four strategic ones.
Taking to Twitter the Wayanad MP cited a news report about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at a webinar on privatisation by the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) and said, “Sirf ‘hamare do’ ka kalyan- ‘Hum do’ unke, PSU unke, Vikas bhi sirf unka, Jan ka kya” (Only the well being of ‘our two’ ensured–‘Us two are theirs, PSU are theirs, development is also just theirs, what about the people).
Rahul Gandhi has been using the ‘Hum do Hamare do’ jibe to allege that the government is promoting “crony capitalism”.
On February 24, the Congress leader took a dig at PM Modi after the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad was renamed as “Narendra Modi Stadium”.
“Beautiful how the truth reveals itself. Narendra Modi stadium – Adani end – Reliance end With Jay Shah presiding,” the Congress leader tweeted. He also used the hashtag ‘Hum Do Humare Do’ in his tweet.
PM Modi during the DIPAM webinar had said that state-owned companies in four strategic sectors will be kept at a bare minimum.
“Our government is committed to privatising PSUs in all sectors barring four strategic ones,” he said. (ANI)

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CRPF jawans going on leave get MI-17 ferry facility in Kashmir to avoid Pulwama-like attack

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New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Days after the second anniversary of the Pulwama terrorist attack, the Government of India has provided ferry facility to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans deployed in Kashmir.
The soldiers going on leave from Kashmir will be transported to the nearby destination through an MI-17 helicopter to avoid IED attacks.
The decision was implemented by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and an order has been issued by CRPF on Thursday.
“In view of the new threat from Magnetic IEDs and RCIEDs, Inspector General has desired ferrying of leave jawans through MI-17 helicopter to minimise the risk of IEDs on the convoy. Accordingly, three days per week have been earmarked for the transportation of troops,” said a letter, adding that CRPF issued a letter to its jawan detailing the format of getting the helicopter facility.
On February 14, Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) targeted a CRPF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway near Pulwama in South Kashmir, killing 40 personnel.
This new facility will help the forces to avoid convoy travel by road.
The letter read, “Jawans will have to inform their units and submit a request at least before a day to get the helicopter facility.”
“It was a long-pending decision which has been implemented. Now, jawans and officers can be easily ferried through BSF MI-17 thrice in a week and there would not be any threat of IEDs as well. The decision has been taken just after the anniversary of the Pulwama attack (February 14) where 40 jawans were killed in a terror attack on a CRPF convoy,” a senior CRPF official told ANI.
However, it is unclear that till where this facility will ferry troops but it will be more likely till Jammu or Srinagar airport, the official claimed.
The step has been taken for the safety of jawans considering the threat from IEDs and Magnetic IEDs and it will avoid convoy movement by road, which came under target in the Pulwama attack. The service will be given thrice a week which can be used by jawans to get transport through a CRPF helicopter. (ANI)

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117 gelatin sticks, 350 detonators seized at Kozhikode railway station

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Kozhikode (Kerala) [India], February 26 (ANI): The Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Friday morning seized at least 117 gelatin sticks and 350 detonators from a train passenger in Kerala at the Kozhikode Railway Station.
The suspect, a train passenger, has been arrested in connection with the case. She was travelling in the Chennai Mangalapuram express.
The woman said that the explosives were meant for digging wells, informed security officials.
An RPF official said that the case will be handed over to the Police to probe in detail. (ANI)

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4 held for illegal liquor trade in UP’s Muzaffarnagar

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Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh) [India], February 26 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday arrested four members of a gang involved in interstate illegal liquor trade in Muzaffarnagar.
According to a police statement, a total of 8,50,000 counterfeit bottle caps and 2,60,000 fake labels of different premium liquor brands were seized from the possession of the accused.
“The accused were involved in illegal liqour trade in UP, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Delhi among other places in the country. During interrogation, they received information about factory and machines producing illegal bottle caps and wrapper of different brands,” it said.
Police said that further probe into the case is underway. (ANI)

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Priyanka Gandhi congratulates NSUI for winning majority of seats in Varanasi university election

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Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India], February 26 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Friday congratulated the party’s student wing of Varanasi for winning the majority of seats in the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth Students Union election.
Taking to Twitter, the Congress leader said, “The result of the election of Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith Students’ Union in Varanasi is a glimpse of the youthful mind on the day when the youth has loudly demanded employment.”
She further said that with this win “the youth have stamped on issue-based politics.” Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to all the winning student union representatives,” she added.
In the Bharatiya Janata Party ruled state, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi, the panel of the Congress students wing NSUI (National Students’ Union of India) has won a majority of seats at the Kashi Vidyapith.
NSUI candidates won the posts of Vice President and General Secretary, giving a major jolt to the ABVP which faced a defeat. NSUI won 6 out of 8 seats. (ANI)

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‘Threat letter’ found in car carrying explosives near Mukesh Ambani’s residence

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 26 (ANI): A ‘threat letter’ was found in the car along with explosive materials from the car found near the residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence on Thursday, said a source in Mumbai Police of Friday.
According to the source, the handwritten letter in ‘broken English’ was addressed to Mukesh Ambani and his wife Neeta Ambani.
“A letter was also found in the car with the explosives near Antilia. The handwritten letter was in broken English with grammatical mistakes and was addressed to Mukesh and Neeta Ambani. It is basically a threat letter calling the planted explosives a ‘trailer’ and a warning to return with more preparations to assassinate the whole family later,” said the source.
Mumbai Police had deployed its personnel outside Ambani’s house after explosive materials were found near his residence on Thursday.
“Police deploy police personnel across the city and are conducting searches. The vehicle has been seized for investigation. A letter has been found inside the suspicious vehicle,” Mumbai Police said yesterday.
A car carrying unassembled explosive materials was found abandoned at Carmichael Road in South Mumbai on Thursday evening, near the house of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani.
The bomb squad and police teams have rushed to the site and a probe is underway.
According to Mumbai Police, the vehicle was examined by a Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS), and gelatin, a substance often used to make explosives was recovered from it. (ANI)

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