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Tamilisai Soundararajan takes additional charge as Puducherry LG

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], February 13 (ANI): Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan took additional charge as Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry on Wednesday.
“Pleased to Receive – The Warrant of Appointment to discharge functions of #LieutenantGovernor of Puducherry from The Hon’ble President of India. Handed over by the Resident Commissioner of Puducherry at Raj Bhavan Hyderabad today,” tweeted Soundararajan.
After Kiran Bedi was removed as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry on Tuesday night by President, Telangana Governor was directed to discharge functions of the Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry, in addition to her own duties, until a new appointment was made, a statement from the Rashtrapati Bhavan said. (ANI)

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Every family to get insurance benefit of Rs 5 lakhs under Universal Healthcare scheme in Rajasthan

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Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], February 25 (ANI): Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday assured that every family will get an insurance benefit of Rs 5 lakhs under the Universal Healthcare scheme in the state.
“Every family will get an insurance benefit of Rs 5 lakhs under Universal Healthcare scheme. Those covered under Ayushman Bharat Mahatma Gandhi Rajasthan Swasthya Bima Yojana along with contract workers and small and marginal farmers can avail this scheme for free,” Gehlot said while addressing a press conference.
Gehlot also assured that all those who are not covered under the above schemes can avail a treatment of Rs 5 lakhs at any private and government hospital in the state.
“While others in the state can pay half of the insurance premium, of Rs 850 annually and avail the treatment of Rs 5 lakhs at any private and government hospital,” Gehlot said.
During the Rajasthan Budget session of 2021 held yesterday, Gehlot said in the parliament that the Rajasthan government will also introduce a ‘Right to Health’ Bill, which will provide preventive, private and curative cure to the people. It will also for the first time implement a ‘Universal health Coverage’ in the state to provide healthcare to five crore families.
For COVID-19 management, Gehlot also announced a ‘Special COVID package’ where Rs 2,000 each will be provided to 33 lakh destitute families and an interest-free loan up to Rs 50,000. Under Mukhyamantri Laghu Udyog Protsahan Yojna, Rs 50 crore will be provided to entrepreneurs. Free uniforms and books will be provided to students. (ANI)

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PM Modi to inaugurate multiple developmental projects in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry today

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New Delhi [India], February 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Thursday and will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development initiatives.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for 4 laning of NH45-A – 56 kms Sattanathapuram – Nagapattinam package of Villupuram to Nagapattinam project covering Karaikal district in Puducherry at around 11:30 am. The capital cost to be incurred in this project is about Rs 2,426 crores.
He will also lay the foundation stone of the Medical College Building at Karaikal New Campus- Phase I, Karaikal District (JIPMER). The estimated cost of the project is Rs 491 crore.
The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for the development of Minor Port at Puducherry under Sagarmala Scheme. He will inaugurate the Blood Centre at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, which will function as a research laboratory and a training centre for the short- term and continuous blood bank personnel training in all aspects of transfusion.
The school education department has announced a holiday for government and private schools as traffic in the city has been diverted due to the Prime Minister’s visit tomorrow.
In Tamil Nadu at around 4 pm, he will dedicate to the nation the Neyveli New Thermal Power Project.
“It is a lignite-based power plant designed for power generation capacity of 1000 MW and has two units of 500 MW capacity each. Built at a cost of about Rs 8000 crore, the pit head power plant will utilise lignite as fuel from the existing mines of Neyveli, which have sufficient lignite reserves for meeting the lifetime requirement of the project. The Plant has been designed for 100 per cent Ash utilization. The power generated would benefit Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Puducherry, with Tamil Nadu having a major share of about 65 per cent,” read the release.
The Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation the 709 MW Solar Power Project of NLCIL, established over an area of about 2670 acres of land across the districts of Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Ramanathapuram and Virudhunagar. The project has been set up at a cost of over Rs 3,000 crore.
He will lay the foundation stone of the extension, renovation and modernization of the Lower Bhavani Project System. The extension, renovation and modernization of the Lower Bhavani System has been taken up at a cost of Rs 934 crore under NABARD Infrastructure Development Assistance.
The Prime Minister will inaugurate the 8-laning of Korampallam Bridge and Rail Over Bridge (ROB) at V.O.Chidambaranar Port. He will lay the foundation stone for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a 5MW grid-connected ground-based solar power plant at V.O.Chidambaranar Port.
He will inaugurate the tenements constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) scheme.
PM Modi will lay the foundation stone for the development of Integrated Command and Control Centers (ICCC) in nine Smart Cities including Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Thanjavur, Vellore, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruppur, Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi. (ANI)

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New study uncovers new genes linked to glaucoma risk

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New Delhi [India], February 25 (ANI): A new study led by QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and Harvard Medical School has significantly increased understanding of the genetics of glaucoma, identifying 44 previously unknown genes linked to a person’s risk of developing the degenerative eye disease.
The findings of the large, international study take the total number of genes now known to increase a person’s glaucoma risk to 127. The research also shows that most of the genes are shared across different ethnic ancestry groups.
The findings have been published in the journal ‘Nature Communications’.
“Glaucoma causes a progressive degeneration of the optic nerve. It is the leading cause of irreversible blindness globally, affecting more than 75 million people,” read the study on Thursday.
The head of QIMR Berghofer’s Statistical Genetics group and co-senior researcher on the study, Professor Stuart MacGregor, said the 44 identified risk genes uncover new biological processes, such as immune function, associated with glaucoma.
“Glaucoma is one of the most strongly genetic human diseases, which is why we are looking at the genetic architecture of the disease to find clues on how to prevent and treat it,” Professor MacGregor said.
“We’re hopeful that understanding the biological processes and knowing which genes control them could help scientists develop new drugs in the future,” MacGregor said.
Lead researcher Associate Professor Puya Gharahkhani, from QIMR Berghofer’s Statistical Genetics group, said they examined data from more than 34,000 people across five continents and compared it to genetic information from almost 350,000 people without glaucoma.
“Glaucoma rates are highest in people of African and Asian ancestry, but the largest genetic studies of glaucoma in the past have focused on people of European ancestry,” Associate Professor Gharahkhani said.
“Those studies showed genetic tests could be used to help identify who would benefit from sight-saving early monitoring or treatment, but because of the narrow scope of the genetic data, we weren’t sure until now that the genetic indicators applied to people of different ancestries.
“By combining data from around the globe, our study suggests genetic tests could work well across a wide range of ancestries to identify people at risk of glaucoma.”
Co-senior author and Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, Janey Wiggs, said there are currently no treatments to prevent glaucoma.
“More than 50 per cent of glaucoma cases are not diagnosed until irreversible optic nerve damage has occurred,” Professor Wiggs, who is also Associate Chief of Ophthalmology Clinical Research at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, said.
“Available drugs can only slow disease progression during the early stages, so identifying improved means by which we can diagnose the disease earlier is an exciting development – especially since we now know this would be effective globally.”
Professor MacGregor said the researchers hoped to build on the study to identify even more genes associated with glaucoma. (ANI)

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Kerala polls: CPI-M slams Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on gold smuggling case

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Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], February 25 (ANI): A day after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi criticised the Left party over gold smuggling case in a campaign rally, CPI(M) state secretariat said he would have Robert Vadra in mind who is constantly appearing before investigative agencies over assets illegally acquired.
“Gandhi would have Robert Vadra in mind who is constantly appearing before investigative agencies over assets illegally acquired by him,” said the secretariat.
In a statement issued here on Wednesday, CPI(M) Kerala secretariat also alleged that Rahul Gandhi’s speech was like that of “Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) recruiting agent, which is shocking”.
“In the speech, the national leader of the Congress party did not even dare to criticize the BJP. In fact, Rahul Gandhi had the same voice as that of BJP in attacking the Left. This shows the communal allegiance of Congress. It is this approach that is encouraging Congress MLAs in many states to join the BJP,” said CPI(M) state secretariat.
CPI(M) alleged that it has become clear that it was not a coincidence that the UDF did not speak out against the BJP during the march and that it was on the instructions of the central leadership.
“Rahul Gandhi’s allegations against the Kerala government was pathetic,” said the CPIM secretariat.
“References on smuggling case and the job issues may be made with regard to Congress, which was in power earlier at the Centre. While making the speech, Rahul Gandhi may also remember Robert Vadra, who is constantly appearing before investigative agencies over assets illegally acquired through administrative influence,” alleged the CPI(M).
Further, the CPI(M) state secretariat said, “Rahul Gandhi has criticized the central agencies for not being quick to hunt down the Left. In this context, it would be good to remember that Rahul Gandhi is the person who is being held on bail in a financial fraud case.”
Further, regarding the trawling controversy, CPI(M) leader said: “In 1991, Congress completely fed the sea to foreign trawlers in the country. The policy of liberalization, which left the agricultural sector to the corporate powers, is also that of Congress. The BJP has now implemented the law announced by Congress in its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections. Rahul Gandhi held a tractor rally in Wayanad against this and made a mockery of himself. The CPM requested that strong public sentiment be raised against Congress, which is becoming the mouthpiece of the BJP.”
Kerala Assembly Elections are scheduled to take place this year. However, the dates of the election have not been announced yet. (ANI)

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Conduct COVID-19 test of international travellers arriving in India for free: Cong MP urges PM Modi

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Alathur (Kerala) [India], February 25 (ANI): Kerala Congress MP Ramya Haridas on Wednesday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking to conduct an RT-PCR test of all international air travellers arriving at the airports in India free of cost.
“The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare gives directions that all the passengers arriving at the airports in India should do the RT-PCR test compulsorily. This will affect the passengers and the felt very difficult in the type of both money and time. Moreover, for the RT-PCR test, there is levied a sum of Rs 1700 per passenger and will occur large expenses for those who come back with a family with lost their job etc due to the pandemic situation,” read the letter.
“All countries are required the departure air travel for 72 hours prior to RT-PCR certificates and hence the repeated test at arrival station is a vain process. Hence, the RTPCR test done for passengers at arrival either by free of cost born by the Government or it should be fully cancelled,” read the letter.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Wednesday deputed high-level multi-disciplinary teams to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir for supporting them in public health measures for targeted COVID response and management.
According to the official release, the three-member multidisciplinary teams will work closely with the states and UT administration and ascertain the reasons for the recent surge in the number of COVID19 cases. They will also coordinate with health authorities of the states and UT for requisite COVID-19 control measures to break the chain of transmission.
The health ministry has advised states and UTs for regular critical review of the emerging situation with concerned district officials to ensure that gains made so far in COVID management are not lost. (ANI)

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2.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba

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Chamba (Himachal Pradesh) [India], February 25 (ANI): An earthquake of 2.4 magnitudes on the Richter scale hit Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba on Thursday, informed the National Center for Seismology (NCS).
According to the NCS, the quake took place at 3:55 a.m. today.
Earlier today, an earthquake of 2.2 on the Richter scale hit Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra at 2:33 a.m, informed the National Center for Seismology (NCS).
Tremors were felt in various parts of Himachal Pradesh. (ANI)

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