So far, neither journal has introspected on the peer-review process that led to these studies being published in the first place. The average peer-review takes weeks and the clinical trial process months, but now the expectation is that science delivers its results like magic. For years now, questions have been raised on the effectiveness of the traditional, time-consuming peer-review process and this has launched a welcome culture of papers being uploaded as preprints for review. In the present instance of the HCQ imbroglio, it is the independent effort by external scientists that brought the blight to light. The key lesson is that it is a mistake to assume the scientific process as one divorced from the influence of power, privilege, finance and politics.
June 05, 2020 18:32 UTC
Members of the Legislative Council belonging to the Progressive Democratic Front (PDF) urged the State Government to regularise the services of the contract employees in the Medical and Health Department before appointing new staff. In a statement, PDF MLCs V. Balasubramanyam, K.S. Lakshman Rao, Y. Srinivasulu Reddy, R. Suryarao and I. Venkateswara Rao referred to the government announcement on appointment of doctors and staff in the Medical and Health Department. The MLCs said that thousands of workers in this department had been working for many years either on a contract basis or as outsourced staff. The authorities should first regularise their services before appointing a new set of contract and outsourced staff, they said.
June 05, 2020 18:29 UTC
Braving the onslaught of COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, the Visakhapatnam Special Economic Zone (VSEZ) has put up a good show in exports during the current fiscal so far. “We have achieved growth in merchandise to the tune of 12.77% besides growth of 20.6% in the services sector. Highest in countryThe VSEZ consists of 510 operational units spread over 58 SEZs and has 192 EOUs in AP, Telangana, and Chhattisgarh. Last year, the VSEZ made an impressive growth of 32.79% in exports compared to 2018-19, which was the highest among all the seven zones of the country despite economy slowdown. Brandix India Apparels City with a workforce of 22,000 and Pals Plush Toys and Shinetex Apparels have resorted to alternative economic activity immediately after the lockdown.
June 05, 2020 18:26 UTC
The Mayo Hall Courts complex will be closed on Saturday for sanitising the entire building after an accused tested positive for COVID-19. The accused was produced before the X Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate on June 1 at 4.45 pm, said a notification from the High Court on Friday. All the appointments granted to the members of the Bar for physical filing, payment of court fee, process fee, etc., including physical hearing as per COVID-19 standard operating procedure, are cancelled in all the courts in Mayo Hall complex on June 6 but the Principal City Civil & Sessions Judge, Bengaluru, can ensure that in case of an urgency, the cases be heard only through videoconferencing, the notification stated.
June 05, 2020 18:21 UTC
The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), already troubled by its fleet’s poor revenue collection, has plunged into a deeper crisis with its chairman and managing director (CMD) M.P. Dinesh approaching the government to ‘relieve’ him of his post citing ‘personal reasons’. Mr. Dinesh is the fifth CMD of the KSRTC to leave the office in four years during the present government’s tenure. The CMD was also not in good terms with the labour union leaders and was known as a stickler for rules. As it is not a resignation letter from Mr. Dinesh, Transport Minister A.K.
June 05, 2020 18:21 UTC
Stalin on Friday urged elderly functionaries and those who have ailments or have undergone surgeries in the past to safeguard themselves and stay at home. He said he was getting regular updates about Mr. Anbazhagan’s health from Dr. Ilankumaran Kaliamoorthy, CEO, Rela Institute, and party MP Jagathrakshakan. Recalling Mr. Anbazhagan’s contribution to the party, Mr. Stalin described him as a hard worker. But he functioned like a soldier,” Mr. Stalin said. He urged party cadre to look after their health, take necessary precautions amid the pandemic and eat food that boosts immunity.
June 05, 2020 18:13 UTC
At a time when the State is gearing up to conduct the Class X examinations, the Tamil Nadu Teachers’ Association has appealed to the School Education Department to allow students to take the examinations at their current place of stay and deploy teachers for examination duty in districts where they are presently put up. Inter-district travelHowever, pointing out that inter-district travel was still difficult because of the COVID-19 lockdown, the teachers’ association said that the government must consider allowing students to take the exams in their current place of stay. “Teachers must also be assigned duty in districts where they are staying now,” said P.K. In a statement issued on Friday, he said that students and parents were already anxious about the examinations, with the number of cases in Tamil Nadu increasing rapidly. “Moreover, people travelling from a newly-classified zone to another zone in the State might be required to undergo a period of home quarantine, making it impossible for them to attend the exams,” Mr. Ilamaran added.
June 05, 2020 18:12 UTC
The Telangana government on Friday informed the Godavari River Management Board (GRMB) that it has not taken up any new irrigation projects on the Godavari river. All projects grounded on the river within the State were conceived in the combined Andhra Pradesh. The AP government had also taken up with GRMB the utilisation of water under existing, ongoing, future and new projects by both States on the Godavari. Sources said that Principal Secretary, Irrigation, of Telangana Rajat Kumar referred to a provision of the Godavari water disputes tribunal which allowed a State to divert its allocated water anywhere within its territory. He recalled in this context that Sriramsagar and Nizamsagar projects were entitled to 240 tmcft but they never got 60 tmcft.
June 05, 2020 18:11 UTC
The Thalassery Fourth Additional Session Court on Friday acquitted all 38 accused in a murder attempt on Minister for Industries E.P. Mr. Jayarajan was serving as Communist Party of India (Marxist) Kannur district secretary when the incident took place on December 2, 2000. Vijaykumar acquitted all the accused in the case for want of evidence. The incident took place when a gang threw bombs and stones on the car in which Mr. Jayarajan and some other leaders were travelling after a public function. As the witnesses were mostly leaders of the CPI(M) and the forensic report found no explosive debris from the car, the case turned in favour of the accused.
June 05, 2020 18:11 UTC
The Kadapa police on Friday served a notice on Bhargav Ram, husband of former TDP Minister Bhuma Akhilapriya, for the second consecutive day on Friday, in connection with an alleged murder attempt on A.V. Subba Reddy, a TDP leader from Nandyal. Police then served a second notice on Friday. It was only two weeks ago that a middleman who was allegedly involved in the crime and was reportedly in close contact with Mr. Bhargav Ram, was also arrested. Police suspected him to have paid the hired killers on behalf of Mr. Bhargav Ram.
June 05, 2020 18:08 UTC
cricketUpdated: Jun 06, 2020 00:15 ISTFormer India cricketer Yuvraj Singh posted a message on his Twitter account on Friday, apologizing for a comment he made on a live Instagram video chat with India opener Rohit Sharma that drew flak from critics who saw it as a casteist slur. It led to a Twitter trend in India – “Yuvraj Singh maafi mango” (Yuvraj Singh, apologise). To be sure, this is not the first time a celebrity has come under fire for using a casteist slur. “The term ‘bhangi’ earlier was not specifically a caste but people who used to clean toilets,” Wilson said. The judiciary has also in the past tried to clamp down on the use of casteist slurs.
June 05, 2020 18:06 UTC
Addressing the media here on Friday, Mr. Rajendranath Reddy stated that the government had gone with land acquisition for the housing programme in a transparent way as per the relevant Act. But Opposition leader N. Chandrababu Naidu is stating that we can get land for less than ₹10 lakh. We are ready to accept land for that price if he can provide,” said Mr. Rajendranath Reddy. Rajasekhara Reddy, over 24 lakh houses had been constructed. But Mr. Naidu falsely claims that 9.10 lakh houses were constructed during his term.
June 05, 2020 18:00 UTC
The government issued a GO on Friday making the downloading of Aarogya Setu mobile application compulsory for all the employees working in the Secretariat (Interim Government Complex) and visitors. It has mandated the Chief Security Officer to ensure that no one enters the IGC without having the app in their mobile phones, and subject everyone to thermal scanning and make them use hand sanitisers at the entrance of each block. The government has ordered the heads of departments to allow people to work from home only when the app shows them to be at risk. It was stated in the GO that the Health, Medical and Family Welfare Department had extended the lockdown till June 30, and it came to the government’s notice that a few persons working in the Secretariat contracted COVID-19.
June 05, 2020 17:56 UTC
"In order to estimate the in-flow of migrant workers, States should collect the data of migrant workers at the point of departure in the originating State as well on arrival in the destination States. This will help States to effectively plan quarantine and relief measures for the migrant workers," it said in one of the short term measures. The NHRC further said that each State should be directed to identify the industry in which the migrant labour is working i.e. A mission similar to that of the dedicated Vande Bharat Mission should be started in a phased manner to help migrant workers reach their source destination," it added. "Maximum benefits be extended to the migrant labour as provided for under the Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008," it saod.
June 05, 2020 17:48 UTC