Accusing complete monopoly in the search-engine market, the US Justice department has decided to file antitrust-charges against Google. Reportedly, the company has been accused of paying billions to become the 'default browser' in phones and other gadgets, jeopardizing chances of other alike companies to succeed. Google's Chief Legal Adviser said, “We’re confident that court will conclude that this suit doesn’t square with either the facts or… read-more
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Just before the US presidential elections, the country's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will arbitrate a talk between Armenia and Azerbaijan to ease tensions in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Reportedly, Pompeo will hold meetings with the Foreign Ministers of both the countries concerned on October 23. However, it is unclear whether the talks will happen separately or together. Earlier, Russia failed to bring peace in the region with a… read-more
Israel has announced it will begin human trails of its COVID-19 vaccine, named 'Brilife', by the end of the October. Reportedly, the vaccine was developed in August, and now will go through the regulatory processes. It is being developed by the Israel Institute of Biological Research (IIRB). However, it has not been communicated that by when the trials will be concluded or when the… read-more
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China’s People’s Liberation Army asserted that its soldier, who was missing since October 18, had crossed the LAC to help local herdsmen. The PLA officials said they were in contact with India and hoped for his safe return as per the consensus derived in 7th Commander-level talk amid border standoff. The Indian Army confirmed they identified soldier as Corporal Wang Ya Long, and received a request from PLA regarding him.
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With increased infection rate, global count of COVID-19 cases has breached the 40-million mark on October 19. The Reuters' data suggested that the recent surge in the cases can highly be attributed to the European countries, which reported over 1,50,000 cases a day. However, the US, Brazil, and India are still leading the chart in overall cases. Besides, at least 1.1 Million COVID fatalities have been recorded as of now.
Pakistan on October 19 decided to lift a ban on the Chinese video-sharing app TikTok. The decision came following the assurance by the company that any account spreading "obscenity and immorality" would be blocked. Reportedly, the video-sharing app will now carry out moderation of the users' accounts as per the local laws. Earlier, the app was banned on October 9 on the grounds of promoting "obscenity and immorality".
In the recently held New Zealand elections, Indian-origin Gaurav Sharma from Labour Party became a member of parliament from Hamilton. He garnered 16,950 votes and defeated Tim Macindoe from National Party by 4,425 votes. Gaurav is a medical practitioner, and had moved to New Zealand from Himachal Pradesh 20 years back. He was congratulated by Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur for "earning a name for the state".
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According to reports, Kyrgyzstan's acting President Sadyr Japarov wishes to contest for the country's presidential post provided a constitutional amendment is possible. At present, the country's framework does not allow the acting president to run for elections. Reportedly, as an acting president, he is expected to bring a referendum and conduct the elections before January 2021. Earlier, … read-more
Anika Chebrolu, a 14-year-old Indian-American from Texas has used in-silico methodology to discover a molecule that can bind to the spike protein of coronavirus. Experts opine that this could lead to a potential treatment for COVID-19. However, her project was initially not focused on COVID-19 cure and her primary aim was to identify a compound that can bind to Influenza virus. Anika has won the 2020 3M Young scientist challenge for this … read-more
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Speaking about the developments on COVID vaccines, Union Health Minister Dr Harshvardhan said the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech may soon start late stage trials of an intranasal vaccine for COVID-19. However, he said the pharmaceutical companies are yet to receive regulatory approval and added that the late stage trials usually include over 30,000 participants. According to WHO, none of the intranasal vaccines for COVID-19 have… read-more