India celebrated Raksha Bandhan on August 3 this year. Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar and spiritual leader Mata Amritanandmayi extended their greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion. PM Modi thanked Lata and Amritanandmayi on Twitter. President Ram Nath Kovind extended warm greetings to the countrymen. President Kovind celebrared Raksha Bandhan on Monday along with nurses. Home Minister Amit Shah wished people on the occasion. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and sister Priyanka Gandhi took to Twitter and shared message for each other. Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan penned down a note on sibling bond. Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar also extended wishes. Meanwhile, a florist in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow made eco-friendly rakhis. In Moradabad, students tied rakhis to trees and prayed for their long life.
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Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has been discharged from a Mumbaihospital after undergoing three weeks of treatment for coronavirus. His actorson, Abhishek Bachchan, who is still in Nanavati Super Speciality Hospitalwith the virus, said in a tweet that his father has tested negative and willrest at home. Both were admitted to hospital on July 11. Abhishek Bachchan’swife, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and their eight-year-old daughter, who both alsocontracted the virus, left the hospital last week after recovering. AishwaryaRai Bachchan is a top Bollywood actress. The elder Bachchan, 77, has acted inmore than 200 Indian films over the past five decades. He is also a formerpolitician and television host.
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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, who was undergoing medical care in Nanavati hospital after testing positive, recovered on August 2. Megastar was discharged from hospital after testing negative for COVID-19. The information was shared by his son Abhishek Bachchan from his twitter handle. Big B was admitted to Mumbai hospital on July 11 after testing positive for coronavirus, along with his actor-son Abhishek Bachchan.
Career politician and Member of Parliament, Amar Singh, passed away on August 1, 2020. He had been hospitalised in Singapore. Singh was an active commentator of domestic issues till the very end, even tweeting tributes to Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Eid-al-Adha wishes. He had been battling health issues for a long time. On March 22, he had tweeted a video from his hospital bed, supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for social distancing amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Around 3 weeks earlier, he had debunked rumours of his death with a message titled 'Tiger Zinda Hai'. A month earlier, he had posted a rapprochement message for actor Amitabh Bachchan. The two had been close friends till a falling out around a decade ago. In the political world, Singh had been considered close to Samajwadi Party founder-patron Mulayam Singh Yadav, until he quit the party in 2010. A year later, he floated the Rashtriya Lok Manch which didn't perform well in the subsequent elections. In 2014, he had joined Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal.
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Government Railway Police (GRP) arrested a man with currency notes in Uttar Pradesh's Chandauli. The seized notes are of Indian foreign currencies and worth Rs 92,34,724 lakh. The accused person was carrying the currency from Gorakhpur to Kolkata.
From India stating that herd immunity is not a strategic option yet, to Kolkata extending flight ban, here are the top updates on coronavirus. Health Ministry on Thursday said herd immunity is not a strategic choice for India considering the size of its population. Health ministry also announced that India’s fatality rate globally is lower and stands at 2.23%. The number of recovered people in India is nearing the 10 lakh-mark. The recovery rate in India has also improved to 64.51%, the ministry statement said. Health Ministry also said that India is working on developing two indigenous vaccine candidates which are in phase 1 & 2 clinical trials. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu and Bihar extended lockdown till August 31 and August 16 respectively. Earlier, Maharashtra had also extended lockdown in the state till August 31. Watch the video for more details.
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West Bengal Congress President Somen Mitra passed away at a Kolkata hospital. He had been admitted to the hospital around 17 days back due to heart and kidney related ailments. Hospital sources told new agencies that Mitra died following a cardiac arrest around 1:30 am on Thursday. Mitra's political career began during the 1960s as a student leader and spanned over five decades. Mitra became an MLA from Sealdah Assembly in 1972 constituency and represented it seven times. Known to be a master strategist, Mitra rose quickly in the ranks of the Congress to become one of the most popular party leader in the state. Mitra, who went on to become three-time president of the Congress' West Bengal unit from 1992-1996, 1996-1998 and then again from September 2018, was instrumental in clocking the best tally of 82 seats against the Left Front in the 1996 assembly polls.Tributes poured in for the Congress leader from leaders across the political spectrum. West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi were among the top leaders who paid their respects to Mitra. Watch the full video for all the details.
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A team of chemists from HSE University and the Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry used molecular modelling to find out that two medications that have been known for a long time can be used to fight SARS-CoV-2. These are disulfiram, which is used to treat alcoholism, and neratinib, an experimental drug being used to treat breast cancer. The paper about the discovery has been published online in the 4th issue of Mendeleev Communications journal.The structural elements of the virus that are less subject to mutation during its evolution should be chosen as a target for the potential treatment. Otherwise, a medication effective against one strain would no longer be effective against another. The best candidates for this are conservative proteins, such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus main protease M pro. In addition to being resistant to mutations, M pro plays a major role in coronavirusreplication, which means that its inhibition (blocking its function) is able to slow down or even completely stop its reproduction inside the body.Usually, the process of docking, as with a port dock and a ship entering it, is used for molecular modelling in simple cases. Two molecules participate in docking. One is called a 'ligand' (here, it is a medicine), and the other one is 'receptor' (or active site) of the target protein, such as Mpro, which can be used to 'dock'. An effective drug docks with the active site, by covalent links, which makes the enzyme dysfunctional or destroys it. But classical docking does not work in SARS-CoV-2.To overcome this problem, chemists from HSE University and the Zelinsky Institute decided to use 'on-top docking', which they came up with shortly before the pandemic. 'We decided not to focus on the previously described active site, but to investigate the whole surface of M pro protein with many medications, hoping that the big calculation powers would return useful "dockings",' - said Igor Svitanko, the author of the article,Professor at the HSE Joint Department of Organic Chemistry with the RAS Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on July 26 removed containment zone poster from Amitabh Bachchan's house 'Jalsa'. House was sealed after megastar tested positive for coronavirus. Big-B along with son Abhishek were tested positive on July 11. Later, Aishwarya Rai and Aaradhya also tested positive.
According to sources, Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter Aaradhya Bachchan admitted at Nanavati Hospital on July 18. Earlier, they were home quarantined after tested positive of COVID-19. Amitabh Bachchan was tested COVID-19 positive on July 11. Later, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and their daughter Aaradhya also tested positive.
A Hyderabad-based Sutikaari artist made a portrait of Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan hoping for his speedy recovery from coronavirus. According to artist Gyaneshwar Kamblekar, Sutikaari means making..
Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter Aaradhya Bachchan tested negative for Covid-19 on Monday. The mother-daughter duo was discharged from Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai earlier in the day. The..
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