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Karnataka to set up India’s first life sciences park

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Equipped with the world’s best biotechnology infrastructure, the 9 million sq ft Bengaluru Life Sciences Park will come up on a sprawling 52.27 acres at the Electronic City at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore. Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa will lay the foundation stone of the park in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

First in the country, the project has been envisaged under PPP with the government of Karnataka and private entity Labzone Corp. The first phase of the project will be completed by December 2022.

Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwathnarayan, also the Minister for Information Technology and Biotechnology, Science and Technology, said: “Setting up of the Bengaluru Life Sciences Park was envisioned 20 years ago when the Karnataka vision group on biotechnology was set up. The efforts put in by the vision group have finally borne fruit. This park will showcase Karnataka, and Bengaluru in particular, on the biotech map of the world.”

He said Bengaluru is home to around 60% of all major biotechnology firms in the country with 380 companies and 200 startups. Karnataka has 9% market-share in Asia’s biotechnology space, while in India it has a total of around 35%.

Sharing more details, the Deputy CM said the Life Sciences Park is estimated to house more than 150 companies and is expected to generate employment for around 50,000 skilled and unskilled people. The park will have a dedicated incubation space with shared instrumentation lab facilities and customisable fully fitted lab and office suites.

“Today, we are in the forefront when it comes to precision medicine and treatment, live organisms-based treatment, the real time RT-PCR tests, etc, have been possible due to path breaking R&D in the field of biotechnology. The agriculture sector will witness a major development with the help of biotechnology,” the Deputy CM added.

Biocon founder and chairperson of the Vision Group on biotechnology Kiran Majumdar Shaw said that it was the idea of the Deputy CM to converge both the technologies — Information Technology and Life Sciences.

“There is a huge demand for this park to come up, which will attract major biotech players from across the globe to invest and make use of this integrated park. My endeavour is to put Karnataka and India on top of the innovation map of the world, and it is long overdue,” she said.

 Speaking on the occasion, Chirag Purushotham, CEO of Bangalore Life Sciences Park, said that 60% of this space (around 37 lakh sq ft) will be solely dedicated to industry cluster development of biotechnology in the PPP mode for a lease period of 64 years.

The 52-acre industrial cluster will form the third component of the Biohelix Park, aimed at strengthening the biotechnology ecosystem of the state.

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CONGRESS’ PERFORMANCE IN ASSEMBLY POLLS VERY DISAPPOINTING: SONIA GANDHI

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday termed her party’s performance in the recently-concluded assembly polls as “very disappointing” and said the party “must learn appropriate lesson” from the setback in the spirit of humility and honesty. Addressing the Congress Parliamentary Party meeting, Gandhi said Congress Working Committee will meet shortly to review the results. She also termed the party’s performance as “unexpected”.

“Most unfortunately, our own performance in all the states was very disappointing and if I may say, unexpectedly so. The CWC is meeting shortly to review the results but it goes without saying that we as a party collective must draw the appropriate lessons from this setback in a spirit of humility and honesty,” she said.

Gandhi also congratulated Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and DMK chief MK Stalin for their “handsome victories”.

Congress suffered defeats in Assam and West Bengal and could not open its account in West Bengal where it had won over 40 seats in 2016 polls. The Congress could win only two seats in Puducherry where it was in power about two months back. Only in Tamil Nadu, the party gave a credible performance as part of the DMK-led alliance which swept to power, defeating the AIADMK-led alliance.

The Congress-led Mahajot was the main challenger to the ruling BJP-led NDA in Assam and Congress-led UDF to the ruling Left Democratic Front in Kerala. While NDA returned to power in Assam, the LDF returned to power in Kerala.

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The Trinamool Congress-led West Bengal government on Friday moved to the Supreme Court seeking direction to disband the current Covid-19 vaccination policy and bring in uniform vaccination policy by doing away with the differential pricing mechanism. Disband the “Liberalised and Accelerated Phase 3 Strategy of Covid-19 Vaccination” policy and adopt and implement a uniform policy of procuring 100 percent doses of Covid-19 which can be equitably distributed to the States and Union Territories for free de-centralized distribution,” the plea said.

Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting free Covid vaccination for all citizens. “I firmly believe that this battle against Covid will be won with coordinated and collaborative efforts of all stakeholders in augmenting infrastructure and an earnest drive for universal vaccination free of cost. I am looking forward to your kind cooperation in this regard. With regards,” stated Mamata in the letter to the Prime Minister.

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After Sachin Tendulkar, Pat Cummins, the Indian Cricket Team Skipper Virat Kohli and his actress wife Anushka Sharma are raising funds for providing help during the Covid pandemic.

Virat and Anushka have started a fundraiser for Covid-19 relief work in India and have requested their fans to donate to the fund. The couple has donated Rs 2 crore.

Virat and Anushka took to their respective social media handles and posted about the fundraiser for the people of India. Anushka said, “India is going through an extremely difficult time and the second wave of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic has pushed our country to a state of crisis. It is time for all of us to come together and do our bit for our fellow countrymen who are in serious need of support. Virat and I have been hugely pained looking at the inexplicable suffering that people are going through and we hope that this fund will aid in our fight against the virus that we are all helplessly witnessing. We are praying for everyone’s safety. We hope that you join us in our prayers to save as many lives as possible because we are all in this together. #InThisTogether”

Virat said, “We are going through an unprecedented time in the history of our country and our nation needs all of us to unite and save as many people as possible. Anushka and I have been shocked to see human suffering since last year. We have been working towards helping as many people as possible all through the pandemic and now, India wants our support more than ever. We are starting this fundraiser with the confidence that we will be able to raise substantial funds to aid those in dire need. We are confident that people will come forward to support fellow countrymen in crisis. We are in this together and we shall overcome this. #InThisTogether” The couple has collaborated with Ketto for raising funds.

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