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Amarinder heads to Israel

The Chief Minister is also scheduled to meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on October 23.

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Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. (File Photo: IANS)

Chandigarh, Oct 21 : Claiming to be “completely satisfied with the relief and rehabilitation measures being carried out for the victims of the Amritsar train tragedy” and following assurances by his ministerial colleagues that everything will be taken care of, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday decided to visit Israel.

The Chief Minister decided to visit Israel and hold the scheduled meetings there on Monday, an official spokesman said here on Sunday.

Amarinder was earlier scheduled to visit Israel on Friday, but had cancelled it at the last moment, following the train accident in Amritsar in which 59 people were killed and nearly 60 injured as a speeding train crushed them when they were watching Dusshera celebrations while standing on live railway tracks.

“While the Chief Minister spent complete day in Amritsar on Saturday, on Sunday he remained busy and closeted with his ministerial colleagues and senior officers to take stock of the situation.

“He issued instructions to the officials and ministerial crisis management group to take all the measures required for relief to the victims,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson added that the Chief Minister had earlier decided to postpone the visit indefinitely following the Amritsar tragedy but he was “advised to go ahead” as he was supposed to sign three important memoranda of understanding in Israel on agriculture, preserving of water resources and dairy development.

“All these proposals hold lot of significance for Punjab, particularly in terms of agricultural diversification and saving the depleting water resources in the state.

Israel recycles 90 per cent of its water using modern technology, which Punjab can also adopt,” the spokesperson said.

The Chief Minister is also scheduled to meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on October 23.

“Besides, he has separate meetings scheduled with the Israeli minister for Agriculture Uri Ariel and the Minister for Energy and Water Resources Yuval Steinitz for signing the memoranda of understanding on agriculture and water resources,” the spokesperson said.

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CSIR and Mylan Announce Partnership to identify Advance Therapeutic Options for Management of COVID – 19

“CSIR has prioritized conducting clinical trials of well proven drugs in partnership with industry towards the development of multiple therapeutic options for COVID-19.” : Director General of CSIR, Dr. Shehkar C Mande

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New Delih: The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India’s premier research organization, and Mylan Laboratories Limited, the India-based subsidiary of leading global pharmaceutical company Mylan, today announced a partnership to address unmet patient needs amidst the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Under the partnership, CSIR’s constituent laboratory Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT), and Mylan will collaborate to identify potential therapies for COVID-19.

A series of clinical trials will be conducted towards new and innovative solutions to manage COVID-19 pandemic in India as part of this collaboration. The first of the clinical trial to be rolled out is a multiple arm phase 3 study that will be conducted in adult patients with mild to moderate COVID -19 at risk of complications.

Director General of CSIR, Dr. Shehkar C Mande stated, “The current collaboration with Mylan is a significant milestone and during the current COVID-19 pandemic, CSIR has prioritized conducting clinical trials of well proven drugs in partnership with industry towards the development of multiple therapeutic options for COVID-19.”

Director of CSIR-IICT, Dr Chandrasekhar said, “CSIR is delighted to associate with Mylan as knowledge and scientific partner, and looks forward to working with the company, especially given Mylan’s vast industry experience in clinical trials and commercialization.”

Mylan Chief Operating Officer, Sanjeev Sethi stated, “Our collaboration with CSIR is a strategic step forward aimed at identifying effective treatments for patients with COVID-19. In addition to bringing forward new indications, this partnership will also help us identify multiple molecules that can potentially be leveraged in therapies for various other infectious diseases in the future.”

The application for the clinical trials has been submitted to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for regulatory approval.

CSIR has appointed Dr. Ram Vishwakarma, Honorary Advisor to DG-CSIR and former Director CSIR-IIIM (Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine) as a mentor to lead this collaboration.

The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), known for its cutting-edge R&D knowledgebase in diverse Science & Technology areas, is a contemporary and premier R&D organization. Having a pan-India presence, CSIR has a dynamic network of 38 national laboratories, 39 outreach centres, 3 Innovation Complexes and 5 units. CSIR covers a wide spectrum of science and technology – from oceanography, geophysics, chemicals, drugs, genomics, biotechnology and nanotechnology to mining, aeronautics, instrumentation, environmental engineering and information technology.

Mylan is a global pharmaceutical company committed to setting new standards in healthcare. It is one of the world’s largest producers of active pharmaceutical ingredients.

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Youth Cong’s tractor rally in Panipat against Farm Bills

The Rajya Sabha on Sunday passed the Farm Bills, over which protests were being held in several parts of the country.

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Panipat, Sep 23 : The Indian Youth Congress (IYC) took out a tractor rally in Haryana’s Panipat on Wednesday to protest against the Narendra Modi government over the Farm Bills passed by Parliament, describing it as anti-farmer and anti-worker.

Hundreds of Youth Congress activists led by its national President Srinivas B.V. started their tractor rally from Panipat and had intended to travel to the national capital.

However, the rally was stopped by the Haryana Police near Samalkha in Panipat. The police used water cannons to disperse the activists. Srinivas along with several other workers was detained by the Haryana Police.

Speaking to the media, Srinivas said, “The youth of the country and the farmers demand employment and proper price of their produce but the Modi government only gives speeches.”

He accused the Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana of ordering the lathicharge on the farmers sitting in protest in Haryana’s Pipli. The IYC leader warned the government saying, “You are having numbers in Parliament, but the streets belong to the farmers and youths, and we will protest against the black laws brought by the government.”

On Tuesday, IYC workers were detained in Delhi when they tried to march towards Parliament to protest against the Agriculture Bills passed by the Rajya Sabha on Sunday.

The Congress has also planned a series of protests across the country over the Farm Bills from September 24. The party has decided to collect two crore signatures of farmers across the country by November 14, and then submit them to President Ram Nath Kovind. The Rajya Sabha on Sunday passed the Farm Bills, over which protests were being held in several parts of the country.

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Lok Sabha to adjourn sine die, 3 Bills listed on Wednesday

As per sources, the lower House will adjourn proceedings sine die after conducting ‘Zero Hour’.

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New Delhi, Sep 23 : As the Lok Sabha is to adjourn sine die on Wednesday, the government has listed three Bills for the Legislative Business of the day to pass it in the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament.

These Bills belong to three different Ministries — one from the Ministry of Shipping, and other from the Health and Finance. The Bills are Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020; Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020; and Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

Union Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh L. Mandaviya is to move the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020 to provide for the regulation, operation and planning of Major Ports in India and to vest the administration, control and management of such ports upon the Boards of Major Port Authorities.

The Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020 will be moved by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan for the regulation and supervision of the assisted reproductive technology clinics and the assisted reproductive technology banks, prevention of misuse, safe and ethical practice of assisted reproductive technology services. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is to move the Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 to amend the Factoring Regulation Act, 2011 for its passage.

The Monsoon Session of Parliament, however, is set to be adjourned sine die on Wednesday when the House will meet at 6 p.m. The move is being taken considering the safety of parliamentarians against the backdrop of the rising number of Covid-19 cases across the country, sources said.

As per sources, the lower House will adjourn proceedings sine die after conducting ‘Zero Hour’.

As all the major Bills, including those replacing ordinances, have been passed by both the Houses till late Tuesday evening proceedings and Wednesday morning functioning of Rajya Sabha, political party sources and secretariat officials indicated that both the Houses will curtail their proceedings on Wednesday — eight days before the scheduled conclusion of the session.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla’s special announcement to hold the lower House proceedings at 6 p.m. on Wednesday — three hours later than the scheduled time — also signalled the plan to cut short the session which was set to conclude on October 1.

Minister of State Parliamentary Affairs V. Muraleedharan on Wednesday informed the Rajya Sabha that the government has recommended the adjournment of the House sine die today. “But some important Legislative Business passed by the Lok Sabha has to be disposed off before adjournment of the House sine die,” the Minister said when the Upper House assembled for the day. The Rajya Sabha was to take up five bills on Wednesday.

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