Day: October 15, 2020

The Latest: Dr. Fauci criticizing concept of ‘herd immunity’

WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci is criticizing a declaration by a group of scientists that supports the concept of “herd immunity,” which the White House is using to bolster a push to reopen schools and businesses. Fauci says backing herd immunity — the idea that a disease will […]

Dueling town halls for Trump, Biden after debate plan nixed

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden will compete for TV audiences in dueling town halls instead of meeting face-to-face for their second debate as originally planned. The two will take questions in different cities on different networks Thursday night: Trump on NBC from Miami, Biden […]

Senate Judiciary sets Oct. 22 vote on Barrett’s nomination

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee convened on Thursday set an Oct. 22 vote on Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination as Republicans race to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick before the Nov. 3 election. The session is without Barrett after two long days of public testimony in […]

Oxford scientists develop five-minute COVID-19 antigen test

LONDON – Scientists from Britain’s University of Oxford have developed a rapid COVID-19 test able to identify the coronavirus in less than five minutes, researchers said on Thursday, adding it could be used in mass testing at airports and businesses. The university said it hoped to start product […]

WHO vaccine drive bedevilled by familiar question: who pays if things go wrong?

BRUSSELS – Who foots the bill if people in poor countries fall sick with unexpected side-effects from coronavirus vaccines? It’s not clear and that’s a big problem in the battle to beat COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) has so far left the question of financial claims unresolved […]

Floods kill 40 in India, damage crops

MUMBAI – Floods brought by heavy rains and overflowing rivers across large swathes of western and southern India have killed at least 40 people since Wednesday and damaged rice, cotton and other crops, officials said. The worst affected state was Telangana, where excessive unseasonal rainfall on Wednesday and […]

PM pays tributes to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, on his Jayanti

DELHI, OCTOBER 15: The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, paid tributes to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India, on his Jayanti today.  Prime Minister said, “Tributes to Dr. Kalam on his Jayanti. India can never forget his indelible contribution towards national development, be it as […]

PM chairs review meeting of the research and vaccine deployment ecosystem against COVID-19

DELHI, OCTOBER 15: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi took a review meeting of the research and vaccine deployment ecosystem against the COVID-19 pandemic including testing technologies, contact tracing, drugs and therapeutics etc. The meeting was attended by Union Health Minister Shri Harsh Vardhan; Member (Health), NITI Aayog; Principal […]

Special Window to States for meeting the GST Compensation Cess shortfall

DELHI, OCTOBER 15: Under Option-I States were to be provided a Special Window of Borrowing of ₹1.1 lakh cr, and over and above that, an authorisation for additional Open Market Borrowings of 0.5% of their GSDP. The authorisation for increased OMBs of 0.5% of GSDP has been issued […]

Sensex declines over 200 pts in early trade; Nifty tests 11,900

Mumbai, Oct 15: Equity benchmark Sensex dropped over 200 points in opening trade on Thursday tracking losses in index majors TCS, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank amid weak cues from global markets. The 30-share BSE index was trading 248.36 points or 0.61 per cent lower at 40,546.38, and the […]

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