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Gaganyaan: Astronauts For India’s First Manned House Mission Full Coaching In Russia

ISRO has stated that the mission could also be dealyed as a result of coronavirus pandemic (Representational)


The 4 astronauts-elect for India’s first manned house mission Gaganyaan have accomplished coaching in Russia on crew actions within the occasion of an irregular descent module touchdown, Glavkosmos, a subsidiary of Russian house organisation Roscosmos stated on Thursday.

The astronauts had been in good well being and decided to proceed their coaching, it stated.

“To this point, Indian cosmonauts have accomplished coaching on crew actions within the occasion of an irregular descent module touchdown in wooded and marshy areas in winter (accomplished in February 2020), on the water floor (accomplished in June 2020), within the steppe in summer time (accomplished in July 2020),” Glavkosmos stated.

In June 2020, they handed coaching in short-term weightlessness mode aboard the IL-76MDK particular laboratory plane, and in July, they had been educated to carry aboard a helicopter whereas evacuating from the descent module touchdown level, it stated on its web site.

The programme additionally included coaching in a centrifuge and in a hyperbaric chamber to arrange their organisms for sustaining spaceflight elements, comparable to G-force, hypoxia and strain drops, it stated, including that these trainings are to be held within the close to future.

4 Indian Air Drive fighter pilots are at the moment underneath coaching in Moscow and are more likely to be potential candidates for Gaganyaan, initially deliberate round 2022.

Nevertheless, the Indian House Analysis Organisation (ISRO) has indicated the mission could also be delayed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown due to it.

The Indian astronauts are present process coaching on the Gagarin Cosmonaut Coaching Middle (GCTC) following the programs of the final house coaching programme and of the techniques of the Soyuz MS crewed spacecraft.

The completion of their coaching at GCTC is scheduled for the primary quarter of 2021, it stated.

The contract for the coaching of Indian astronauts between Glavkosmos and the Human Spaceflight Middle of ISRO was signed on June 27, 2019, and their coaching in Russia began on February 10 this yr.

The complete technique of preparation and coaching takes place in Russia, Glavkosmos stated, and it contains plenty of programs obligatory for potential Indian cosmonauts.

The common programs comprise medical and bodily coaching, studying Russian (as one of many primary worldwide languages of communication in house), and learning the configuration, construction and techniques of the Soyuz crewed spacecraft.

Glavkosmos stated the trainees’ well being standing is monitored every day, and as soon as each three months, extremely skilled GCTC docs conduct their thorough medical examination.

“The GCTC instructors reward the hassle and excessive motivation of the Indian cosmonauts. Additionally they notice their extraordinarily critical and really skilled angle to the coaching course of,” it added.

Indian officers had earlier stated that after coaching in Russia, the astronauts will obtain module-specific coaching in India. In that, they are going to be educated in a crew and repair module designed by ISRO, be taught to function it, work round it and do simulations.

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Bengal Blames Comorbidity For 87% COVID Deaths Amid File Spike In Circumstances

West Bengal has examined over 10 lakh samples for coronavirus to this point (File)


West Bengal reported 2,954 new circumstances of coronavirus – highest ever – and 56 deaths on a day the state chief secretary mentioned that the COVID-19 loss of life price in Bengal stands at 2.2 per cent and that 87 per cent sufferers who died had extreme comorbid circumstances.

Of the 56 deaths, 27 have been from Kolkata alone.

Talking at a press meet addressed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha mentioned in addition to comorbidities, 20 per cent sufferers had come to hospitals too late.

“There isn’t a disaster within the state,” Mr Sinha mentioned.

COVID beds within the state have been elevated to 11,560, of which 39 per cent are vacant. There are over 4,000 sufferers within the hospitals – 1,144 are important, 1,043 are in average situation whereas 1,946 are gentle circumstances. Of the gentle circumstances, 1,134 are in a situation to go house however “have been scared achieve this”,  Mr Sinha mentioned.

The reassurance from the state chief secretary comes at a time when COVID numbers are on a continued upward spiral within the state. Thursday’s tally of latest circumstances is the best ever. COVID deaths that had gone as much as 61 in 24 hours on Wednesday, dipped to 56 deaths in a day on Thursday.

However the rising figures needs to be seen within the context of upper exams, Mr Sinha mentioned.

From about 10,000 pattern testings per day in mid July, the quantity has crossed the 25,000 exams per day on Thursday with 25,224 pattern exams. The entire variety of samples examined crossed the 10 lakh-mark on Wednesday.

“20 per cent of the exams we’re doing is Speedy Antigent take a look at however 80 per cent remains to be RT-PCR, which is the gold normal of testing in line with ICMR,” Mr Sinha mentioned.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made particular point out of the discharge price which stood at 70.34 per cent on Thursday.

“I congratulate all our COVID warriors for this extraordinarily good discharge price,” Ms Banerjee mentioned.

The federal government additionally reiterated helpline numbers which might be already within the public area. The chief secretary mentioned the state will probably be recruiting 500 docs as home workers on the earliest together with 53 docs and 18 lab technicians for the Kolkata Municipal Company.

The recruitment will probably be performed via walk-in interviews as the federal government is in a rush to reinforce the numbers on the earliest.

Delhi Cops Look at CCTV Footage, Query Suspects In 12-12 months-Previous’s Sexual Assault Case

“Now we have scanned CCTV footage and are questioning suspects on its foundation,” Delhi police mentioned. (File)

New Delhi:

The Delhi police have scanned CCTV digicam footage and are questioning suspects within the case of sexual assault and assault on a 12-year-old lady in the capital two days in the past.

“Now we have scanned CCTV footage and are questioning suspects on its foundation,” Delhi police mentioned.

Earlier within the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met the sufferer at AIIMS.

“I’ve spoken to the Police Commissioner. The police try to arrest the accused. The federal government will guarantee strict punishment for the accused. The federal government will present Rs 10 lakh to her relations,” he mentioned whereas talking to media individuals.

East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir mentioned on Thursday, “The brutal rape of a 12-year-old baby is totally horrific! These animals deserve nothing lower than demise. All of us are praying for her and I urge the Delhi Police to deliver the perpetrators to justice on the earliest.”

Delhi Girls Fee chairperson Swati Maliwal additionally wrote a letter to Paschim Vihar Police Station SHO, looking for particulars of the case.

Proactive Response Lowered COVID-19 Instances, Deaths Per Million: Centre

As a method, India divided its services into COVID and non-COVID services: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi:

India’s proactive and graded multi-level institutional response to COVID-19 made it potential for the nation to keep up “very low instances and deaths per million” inhabitants, Union Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan mentioned on Thursday.

This was achieved and maintained regardless of excessive inhabitants density, low fractional GDP spending and per capita physician and hospital mattress availability in comparison with developed nations, he mentioned at a digital assembly of the regional director of WHO for South-East Asia (SEA) with ministers of well being of the member nations.

On the efficacy of the lockdown in curbing the unfold of COVID-19, he defined that it was “efficient in slowing down the speed of development of instances and gave the federal government time to reinforce well being infrastructure and testing services”.

“From one lab (for COVID-19 testing) in January, India has 1,370 laboratories at current. Indians wherever can entry a lab inside three hours journey time and 33 of the 36 states and UTs exceed WHO’s advice of testing 140 folks per million per day,” Mr Vardhan was quoted as saying within the assertion.

He additionally mentioned containment technique has been profitable as is obvious from the truth that 50 per cent of the instances are from three states and 32 per cent of the remaining are from seven states.

The unfold of the virus thus has been contained, Mr Vardhan mentioned.

“India was making ready to battle the pandemic as quickly as China knowledgeable WHO about it on January 7,” the well being minister mentioned.

He careworn that earlier viral outbreaks like avian influenza, H1N1, influenza, Zika and Nipah had supplied institutional reminiscence in “designing containment and administration methods utilizing ”entire of presidency” strategy”.

“India’s proactive and graded multi-level institutional response to COVID-19 made it potential to have very low instances per million and deaths per million despite having a excessive inhabitants density and low fractional GDP spending and per capita physician and hospital mattress availability as in comparison with different developed nations,” he was quoted as saying within the assertion.

Mr Vardhan additionally mentioned the Defence Analysis and Improvement Organisation (DRDO) constructed make-shift hospitals able to housing 1,000 sufferers, with an extra 100 ICU beds have been inbuilt a document 10 days.

Coaching of the trainers on the nationwide stage; states, district and facilities-level coaching, web-based coaching on ventilator administration by AIIMS, mock drill for COVID-19 preparedness in hospitals, telemedicine services helped establish the basis causes of mortality and made high-impact interventions potential that curbed fatality charge from 3.33 per cent on June 18 to 2.11 per cent on August 3, he mentioned.

The Union well being minister mentioned as a method, India divided its services into COVID and non-COVID services.

“This helped in higher administration of the extreme from the reasonable and delicate classes of sufferers and ensured that the hospital services have been un-burdened to making sure efficient therapy of the hospitalised instances. This has helped to maintain India’s Case Fatality charge under the worldwide common. At the moment it has touched 2.07 per cent,” Mr Vardhan mentioned.

The digital meet was targeted on sustaining important well being companies and public well being programmes within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roderico Ofrin of WHO knowledgeable the ministers concerning the logistic help supplied by the world well being physique throughout COVID-19 whereas Sunil Bahl apprised them of the organisation’s programme for vaccine growth and coverage of allocation, the well being ministry assertion acknowledged.

Within the assembly, Mr Vardhan additionally talked about concerning the different measures taken by India and acknowledged that one of the best practices from the states and Union Territories have been uploaded for cross-learning on the Nationwide Well being Innovation Portal (NHInP).

Rohtang Tunnel Anticipated To Be Inaugurated By PM Modi In September: Jai Ram Thakur

Tunnel will cut back the gap between Manali and Lahual-Spiti’s administrative centre Keylong (File)


Prime Minister Narendra Modi is anticipated to inaugurate the 8.8-km-long Rohtang tunnel, being constructed on the Leh-Manali freeway, within the final week of September, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur stated on Thursday.

He stated the tunnel will give all-weather connectivity to the distant and border areas of the state.

The strategically necessary undertaking is being accomplished at a price of round Rs 3,200 crore, he stated.

“The tunnel, which was a dream of Atal Bihari Vajpayee is anticipated to be inaugurated within the final week of September by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It’ll give all climate connectivity to the distant and border areas,” the chief minister instructed reporters.

The tunnel is among the longest street tunnels within the nation and is being constructed at an elevation of 10,171 ft below Rohtang Go within the jap Pir Panjal vary of the Himalayas.

It’ll cut back the gap between Manali and Lahual-Spiti’s administrative centre Keylong by round 45 kilometres.

He stated in an effort to enhance actions and entry within the border areas, the state authorities is cooperating with Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to develop helipads in areas bordering China.

In reply to a query, the chief minister stated the state authorities has determined that temples will stay closed for public until August finish owing to rise within the variety of coronavirus instances within the nation in addition to the state and in view of different infectious ailments through the wet season.

Replying to a different query, Mr Thakur stated the state authorities wishes to conduct Panchayat elections on time within the state.

Particular Investigation Workforce To Submit Report On UP Encounter By August 31

The SIT headed by Sanjay Bhoosreddy was scheduled to submit its report by July 31.


The Uttar Pradesh authorities has prolonged the deadline until August 31 for the Particular Investigation Workforce (SIT) to submit their report in Kanpur encounter case during which eight police personnel had misplaced their lives after a bunch of assailants opened hearth on a police workforce, which had gone to arrest gangster Vikas Dubey.

The SIT headed by Further Chief Secretary Sanjay Bhoosreddy was scheduled to submit its report by July 31.

Vikas Dubey was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh Police in Ujjain on July 9. He was on the run and had come to town to supply prayers on the Mahakal temple.

Vikas Dubey was killed in an encounter by the Uttar Pradesh Police on July 10 after he “tried to flee”.

The gangster was the principle accused within the encounter that came about in Bikru village in Chaubeypur space of Kanpur, during which a bunch of assailants opened hearth on a police workforce, which had gone to arrest him. Eight police personnel had been killed within the encounter.

India To Lengthen Help, Seeks Injury Evaluation In Beirut Explosion

Over 140 individuals have been killed and over 5,000 suffered accidents within the Beirut explosion

New Delhi:

India stated on Thursday that it has sought an evaluation from Lebanon on the injury throughout the highly effective explosion in Beirut to determine the character of help that may be prolonged.

“We’ve sought an evaluation on injury from Lebanon. On its foundation we are going to determine the character of help that we’ll lengthen to them. There have been no reported casualties amongst Indians, solely 5 minor accidents,” MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivatsava stated on the weekly media briefing.

Over 140 individuals have been killed and over 5,000 suffered accidents within the explosion that rocked Lebanon’s capital Beirut on Tuesday.

In accordance with the Lebanese authorities, blasts had been brought on by the improper storage of two,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate.

The explosion broken half of Beirut’s buildings and roughly 300,000 individuals have been made homeless, metropolis’s governor Marwan Abboud has stated.

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Court docket Seeks Centre’s Reply In Kafeel Khan’s Detention Case

Kafeel Khan has been in jail since January 29


The Allahabad Excessive Court docket has requested the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh authorities to file their replies in a case in search of the discharge of Dr Kafeel khan, who’s detained beneath the Nationwide Safety Act (NSA) for allegedly giving a provocative speech throughout anti-CAA protests.

A bench of justices Manoj Mishra and Deepak Verma handed the order on Wednesday in a petition filed by Nuzhat Parween, the mom of Khan, in search of her son’s launch.

The court docket fastened August 19 as the subsequent date of listening to within the case.

In keeping with the petitioner, Mr Khan was granted bail by a reliable court docket. Nevertheless, he was not launched for 4 days and subsequently, the NSA was slapped on him. Therefore, his detention is unlawful.

The plea has challenged Mr Khan’s detention for 4 days even after he secured bail in all of the instances registered in opposition to him.

Mr Khan has been in jail since January 29 after a speech he delivered on the Aligarh Muslim College on December 10, 2019 throughout the anti-Citizenship (Modification) Act (CAA) protests.

The speech was deemed “provocative” by the BJP-led authorities in Uttar Pradesh, which booked Mr Khan beneath the NSA.

Mr Khan hit the headlines after the 2017 tragedy at Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical Faculty, during which a number of youngsters died on account of a scarcity of oxygen cylinders. Initially, he was hailed as a saviour for the kids for arranging emergency oxygen cylinders however later, confronted motion, together with 9 different docs and employees members of the hospital, all of whom have been launched on bail later.

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Launched Rs 22,111.88 Crore To Andhra: Centre Tells Excessive Courtroom

Rs 3,979.50 crore was launched out of Rs 4,117.89 crore assessed as useful resource hole , it stated


The Centre on Thursday knowledgeable the Andhra Pradesh Excessive Courtroom that it has launched Rs 22,111.88 crore as post-devolution income deficit grant and one other Rs 16,510 crore beneath totally different heads, together with capital metropolis improvement, to the state throughout 2014-20.

In a counter-affidavit on a petition looking for grant of Particular Class Standing to AP and implementation of the provisions of AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, the Union Ministry of House Affairs stated the difficulty of grant of SCS was thought-about conserving in view the bigger curiosity of the nation.

The 14thFinance Fee didn’t make a distinction between particular and normal class states. Its strategy was to fill the useful resource hole of every state to the extent doable via tax devolution and, if such devolution alone couldn’t cowl the assessed hole, for sure states a income deficit grant was offered, it stated.

Assistant Solicitor Common N Harinath filed the counter-affidavit earlier than a division bench of justices Rakesh Kumar, AV Sesha Sai and M Satyanarayana Murthy, opposing the petitioner’s plea.

The Centre stated the Finance Fee beneficial a complete award of Rs 22,113 crore to AP for the five-year interval (from 2015).

Out of this, Rs 22,111.88 crore have been offered to the state, it added.

It additionally stated a sum of Rs 3,979.50 crore was launched out of Rs 4,117.89 crore assessed as useful resource hole for the interval June 2, 2014 to March 31, 2015.

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Assam Permits Bars To Reopen With Strict Adherence To COVID-19 Guidelines

Whereas eating places in Assam had been allowed to reopen on August 2, bars weren’t (Representational)


Assam Excise Division on Thursday allowed eating places within the state to serve liquor whereas strictly adhering to the social distancing guidelines and different COVID-19 pointers.

A notification issued by the division acknowledged that eating places are allowed to serve liquor offered they’ve licences.

Following the route, the deputy commissioner of Kamrup Metropolitan District issued an order stating that each one Indian-Made International Liquor (IMFL) ‘ON’ retailers – locations which can be allowed to promote and serve alcohol – will likely be allowed to stay open from 10 am to five pm with strict compliance to social distancing guidelines and different protocols associated to COVID-19 issued by the federal government.

The liquor retailers within the state had been earlier reopened for a quick interval solely to be shut down as additional lockdown, evening curfews and weekend curfews had been reimposed throughout the state.

Eating places had been allowed to reopen on August 2 however the bars had been directed to stay shut.