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    Bharat Biotech COVID-19 vaccine claimed to have 80.6% efficacy

    Bharat Biotech International Ltd came out with the first interim analysis of its novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, Covaxin, March 3, 2021. It claimed an efficacy of 80.6 per cent. Some 25,800 participants have enrolled for the trial that is still going on. The first interim analysis is based on 43 participants who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2....

    • 13 hrs ago
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    World Wildlife Day: WWF urges stakeholders to save Europe's last old-growth forests

    The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) called on multiple stakeholders, including the European Union (EU), to save Europe's last old-growth forests. The whole of Europe must act now to preserve the forests and the wildlife and people that depend on them, WWF Central and Eastern Europe noted in a statement March 3, 2021 that is celebrated globally as 'World...

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    Forest officer suspended in Odisha's Sambalpur over death of 6 elephants

    A forest officer from Odisha's Sambalpur district was suspended March 3, 2021 by the state government on the charge of dereliction of duty after six elephants died between 2019 and now under his forest range. Former principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF), Harishankar Upadhyay, initiated departmental proceedings against forest ranger Gouri Shankar Dash based on...

    • 16 hrs ago
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    Larger share of senior citizens in India's villages work compared to urban counterparts

    The proportion of working senior citizens (age 60 and above) was higher in the villages of India than in the cities, found the first Longitudinal Ageing Survey of India (LASI) released in January, 2021. The survey conducted in 2017-18 on over 70,000 individuals above the age of 45 years found that 40 per cent senior citizens in rural areas were working...

    • 17 hrs ago
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    World Wildlife Day: First-ever survey on fishing cats of the Chilika starts

    The first-ever survey of the elusive fishing cat in and around Asia's biggest brackish water lagoon, the Chilika lake in Odisha, started March 1, 2021, officials said. The survey to enumerate the animal's population is being done by the Chilika Development Authority (CDA), the regulatory body for the lake, in collaboration with the Fishing Cat Conservation...

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    These 3 Cs can increase food insecurity in Africa, warn experts

    Climate Change, conflicts and the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - the 'Triple C' - will impact Africa's food security, increase malnutrition and restrict development in the long run, alerted panelists at a virtual discussion on extreme weather and natural disasters. Africa experiences at least two disasters per week, said Amjad Abbashar who leads the United...

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    Gender bias at workplace: 4 in 5 women miss out on raise, promotion, finds survey

    As many as 85 per cent women missed out on a raise, promotion or work offer because of their gender in India, according to Linkedin Opportunity Index 2021. The average for this gender bias in the Asia-Pacific (ACPC) region was 60 per cent. The index surveyed 2,285 respondents to analyse how gender bias slowed down their career progress. When asked about reasons for...

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    Students of engineering university in Odisha's Sambalpur wrongly diagnosed with COVID-19

    Twenty-five students of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) at Burla in Odisha's Sambalpur district were wrongly diagnosed with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on February 27, said a state government official. Pradip Mohapatra, the additional chief secretary of Odisha, attributed the error to faulty antigen COVID-19 testing kits....

    • 2 days ago
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    Agriculture ministry set to get its disaster management plan soon: MHA official

    The Union agriculture ministry, in a first, is set to get its own disaster management plan to help respond in a timely manner to natural disasters such as droughts and floods, as well as black swan events such as the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a central official. The plan has identified 34 hazards that pose a risk to the agricultural...

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    Every 4th person to suffer hearing loss by 2050: WHO

    One in every four individuals, or around 2.5 billion people, across the world will experience mild-to-profound hearing loss by 2050, said World Health Organization (WHO) in a new report. It is estimated that at least 700 million people will suffer from disabling hearing loss and require ear and hearing care, WHO said. WHO defines disabling hearing loss as greater than 40 decibels (dB) loss in...

    • 2 days ago

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