Schools to reopen in phases in Uttarakhand from 1 Nov


Schools to reopen in phases in Uttarakhand from 1 Nov

In the first phase, class 10 and 12 will resume operation from 1 November. In the next phase, new classes will be included.

Schools will start reopening in Uttarakhand in phases from next month. The Uttarakhand Cabinet today took a decision in this regard and announced it.

In the first phase, class 10 and 12 will resume operation from 1 November. In the next phase, new classes will be included. The Uttarakhand government had plans to restart school in September, but they had to withdraw the decision after facing opposition from parents and school management.

Cabinet minister Madan Kausik announced the decision after the cabinet meeting. Earlier this month, the Uttarakhand government started the process of reopening schools in the hill state. For this the government had asked its 13 district magistrates to send a report by interacting with academicians, parents, etc for resuming academic activities in the schools. The decision to resume classes for class 10 and 12 was taken after receiving reports from the 13 district magistrates.




More services from Bhutan; B’desh flight operations to restart: Kolkata airport


More services from Bhutan; B’desh flight operations to restart: Kolkata airport

The Kolkata airport which serves as one of the vital airports in the Eastern Region of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is expecting increase in flights from Paro airport in Bhutan to Kolkata.

The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) airport, Kolkata is expecting increase in flight services in the Kolkata-Bhutan route after an air bubble agreement was signed while the airport is also awaiting resumption of flights to and from Bangladesh soon.

The Kolkata airport which serves as one of the vital airports in the Eastern Region of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is expecting increase in flights from Paro airport in Bhutan to Kolkata. The airport director, Mr. Kaushik Bhattacharya, today told The Statesman, “Pre- Covid period, the Kolkata airport had 10 weekly flights from Bhutan which at present, is two flights a week. An air bubble agreement was signed and now we are hoping the frequency of flights will increase and revert to the pre-pandemic figures.” The Drukair Bhutan airlines generally operate its AirbusA320 aircraft fleet in this route.

The Airports Authority of India has announced that India has created an air travel arrangement with Bhutan. Indian and Bhutanese carriers are now permitted to operate flight services between the two countries while there are criterions that passengers need to fulfill to fly from Bhutan to India.

It said Indian nationals and all Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders holding passports of Bhutan are eligible. Bhutanese nationals /residents and foreigners, including diplomats who hold valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30 June, 2020, are eligible to take the flight.

Commenting on whether flight services between Bangladesh and Kolkata has resumed, the Kolkata airport director said, “An air bubble agreement has been signed. We are expecting the KolkataBangladesh flight services to resume, soon.” The Biman Bangladesh airlines operate flight services in this route which was suspended in the wake of Covid.




‘Feel so powerful, could give you a big fat kiss’: President Donald Trump post Covid recovery


‘Feel so powerful, could give you a big fat kiss’: President Donald Trump post Covid recovery

Trump’s medical team announced he had tested negative and was no longer contagious.

Deprived of his beloved campaign trail for 10 days by Covid-19, President Donald Trump took center stage again Monday in Florida, vowing that he is in “great shape” with 22 days to go until he faces Joe Biden in the election.

“I went through it and now they say I’m immune,” Trump told a cheering crowd in Sanford, near Orlando, few of whom wore masks.

“I feel so powerful. I’ll walk in there, I’ll kiss everyone in that audience. I’ll kiss the guys and the beautiful women, just give you a big fat kiss.”

Trump’s medical team announced he had tested negative and was no longer contagious as he jetted to Florida — the first of four battleground states he plans to visit over the next four days. His claim of immunity is unproven.

Trailing his Democratic challenger by double digits in the polls, Trump is seeking to rally his base on a blitz of key swing states.

In rare form just a week after his release from hospital, Trump’s hour-long speech called on all of his campaign classics: vicious attacks against “Crooked Hillary” Clinton and the “corrupt” press, alarmist warnings against the “radical left” and the “socialist nightmare.”

Trump also mocked his opponent, whom he has nicknamed “Sleepy Joe,” saying that “practically nobody showed up” to Biden’s campaign event.

Unlike Trump, Biden has been following public health guidelines during the pandemic, hosting socially-distanced campaign events that sharply contrast with Trump’s packed, largely maskless extravaganzas — including a recent celebration at the White House described by experts as a “superspreader.”

‘Unconscionable’

“Oh, do I like Florida,” Trump told the crowd. The state could play a crucial role on November 3.

The president brushed aside poll numbers, saying: “Four years ago we had the same thing. We are going to lose Florida, they said four years ago.”

“Twenty-two days from now, we are going to win this state, we are going to win four more years in the White House!” he added.

He also lauded his nominee for Supreme Court justice, Amy Coney Barrett.

The Republican-controlled Senate will begin hearings for the 48-year-old judge, whose confirmation — over which there is little doubt — will shift the nation’s highest court firmly to the right, possibly for generations.

“She’s going to be a fantastic US Supreme Court Justice,” Trump said.

“Who would have thought we’re on number three, you know?” he asked, referring to the justices he has appointed to the court since taking office.

Before Trump, 74, left for Florida, his physician Sean Conley said the president was now negative and no longer “infectious to others” — following consecutive rapid tests and taking into account a number of other health metrics.

Patients are normally classed as negative only after taking the more sensitive PCR test — drawing suspicion from experts on social media that Trump’s doctors had administered these but had not received the results they were looking for.

Biden, meanwhile, attacked the president ahead of the rally for playing down the threat of the virus early in the pandemic.

“Trump knew how dangerous the disease was but did nothing,” Biden said ahead of the rally. “Why didn’t he tell us? Why didn’t he warn us?”

“His reckless personal conduct since his diagnosis has been unconscionable,” Biden added. “The longer Donald Trump is president, the more reckless he seems to get.”

Double-digit lead

Biden specifically attacked Trump’s planned Florida visit, saying he was bringing nothing but “divisive rhetoric, and fear mongering” to the Sunshine State.

“But, equally dangerous is what he fails to bring: no plan to get this virus that has taken the lives of over 15,000 Floridians under control,” Biden said.

The president is also to visit Pennsylvania, Iowa and North Carolina this week as part of a push to make up ground on Biden, who has a double-digit lead in the national polls according to the RealClearPolitics website.

Trump won Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa and North Carolina — the four states he is visiting this week — in 2016 against Hillary Clinton but is trailing Biden in all four this time around, according to a RealClearPolitics average of state polls.

Biden has razor-thin leads in Iowa and North Carolina, according to RealClearPolitics, but is leading by more substantial margins in Florida and Pennsylvania — 3.7 points and 7.1 points, respectively.

Early in-person voting began Monday in another close state, Georgia, although pictures of hours-long lines that went viral on social media led to accusations of “voter suppression.”

More than 10 million Americans have already cast their ballots in the US presidential contest, a tracking group said late Monday, a record pace three weeks before election day.




First Executive Commiittee meeting of SAARC journalist Forum SJF was concluded today dated 7th october,2020 Meeting Was chaired by President of SJF Mr. Raju Lama and operted by General Secretary of sjf Me. Abdur Rehman.


First Executive Commiittee meeting of SAARC journalist Forum SJF was concluded today dated 7th october,2020 Meeting Was chaired by President of SJF Mr. Raju Lama and operted by General Secretary of sjf Me. Abdur Rehman.

SJF Vice Prisident Mr. Ramnath Vidrohi,Secretary Mr.khalil Omaid, 
Members Mr. Rinzin Wangchuk and Amila Balasooriya were present in meeting and discussed Widely on different agendas endorsed by executive committee.
SJF Treasurer Mr.Sanghirahmad Qamar and Member ismail Shahu were 


adsent due to Some reason.Meeting had taken some of the important decisions Which are listed as below :
1) Congratulatory messages were expressed by each other as every members were newly elected in executive cammittee and they shares their views as a leader of SJF.
2) First internationl canference Will be held on capital city of india new delhi Within 2021 february.if Covid 19 Will become normal.Vice President of SJF Mr.Ramnath Vidrohi Was appointed as a co-ordinator of organising committee of first internationl journalist conference.
3) Every SAARC member country Will Form Sub-committee of SJF With
7 members committee except 11 members committee in india With 1 President, 1Secretary and 5members Within 2020.
4)every Executive committee meeting and internationl journalist conference Will be and virtual meetting of executive Committee once per month. 
Dated: 7th October,2020            Md Abdur Rahman 
# Sjf Executive Committee          General Secretary

 




Trump to resume Covid-19 relief bill talks after elections


Trump to resume Covid-19 relief bill talks after elections

He said he counter-offered $1.6tr but Pelosi “is not negotiating in good faith”.

US President Donald Trump has said he is ending negotiations over a Covid-19 relief bill, and will only resume talks after the election.

“Immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans,” he tweeted one day after leaving hospital, the BBC reported.

Budget talks between Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had been under way.

US stock markets fell immediately after Trump’s announcement.

It comes as cases rise in several parts of the country, and the outbreak hits top Pentagon military officials, White House staff and Republican senators.

Lawmakers from both parties had hoped for another round of Covid-19 relief spending to pass ahead of the November 3 election, but Trump’s tweet appears to have abruptly suspended that prospect.

In his tweet, the president cast blame for the talks’ collapse on Pelosi, saying that she was seeking $2.4tr “to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States”.

He said he counter-offered $1.6tr but Pelosi “is not negotiating in good faith”.

“I am rejecting their request, and looking to the future of the Country,” he wrote.

He added that he had instructed Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to focus efforts on confirming his Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

Pelosi accused Trump of “putting himself first at the expense of the country”.

“He shows his contempt for science, his disdain for our heroese and he refuses to put money in workers’ pockets, unless his name is printed on the cheque,” she added.

Pelosi said the president “is wedded” to a $150 billion tax cut for the wealthy, but refuses to help poor children.

“Clearly, the White House is in complete disarray,” she said, calling on Trump officials to heed Powell’s advice.




California Governor warns of 2nd Covid-19 wave


California Governor warns of 2nd Covid-19 wave

The state will update county tier assignments on Tuesday.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said although the Covid-19 situation in the state was stable, he warned of a potential second Covid-19 wave due to the recent spike in the number of new confirmed cases across the US.

“As of this morning, 21 states have seen an increase in transmission rate of Covid-19,” the SF Gate news website quoted Newsom as saying in a virtual briefing on Monday.

“We’re seeing this, by the way, not just across the country. You’re seeing this increasingly around the world. Take a look at the headlines in France out of Paris today and what’s happening in the UK. What’s been happening in Israel and what Germany is projecting and is concerned about.

“This is the second wave that many had predicted based on our closest approximate frame, and that’s what occurred in 1918 and 1919.

“That was an instructive example of what can happen if we let our guard down here. The prospect of a second wave,” the Governor was quoted as saying.

Newsom further said that the second wave could even be more severe than the first surge that peaked in California over the summer.

“That’s why we have to be very vigilant and that’s why we have to be very sober about what’s going on,” SF Gate cited the Governor as saying in the briefing.

The state’s 14-day decrease in hospitalizations was 15% per cent on Monday. A week ago this number was at about 20 per cent.

“If we start to see an increase in cases, invariably you’ll see an increase in hospitalizations,” Newsom explained, adding that it takes 20-30 days to see upticks in hospitalizations and in the ICUs.

As of Monday, California’s 14-day positivity rate stood at 2.8 per cent, more than half of the 7.6 per cent record high in July.

Meanwhile, 18 counties in the state were currently place in in the most restrictive purple tier, 22 in red, 15 in orange and three in the least stringent yellow tier.

The state will update county tier assignments on Tuesday.

Out of the US’ overall Covid-19 caseload of 7,455,184, California currently accounts for more than 838,000 infections.

While the nationwide death toll has climbed to 210,155, California’s stood at 16,177.

As of Tuesday, the US continued to be the worst-hit country in the world with the highest number of cases and deaths.




Marriage halls, restaurants becoming Covid-19 hubs: Pak Minister


Marriage halls, restaurants becoming Covid-19 hubs: Pak Minister

The Pakistan Medical Association has also issued a fresh warning over the escalating Covid-19 cases in the country, saying that country might be headed for a second wave of the disease.

Marriage halls and restaurants in Pakistan were becoming the main hubs of the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, a Minister said.

Presiding over a National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) meeting on Monday, Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said that the spike could be avoided if the establishments compiled with the standard operating procedures (SOPs), reports Dawn news.

Umar said monitoring of disease prevalence and containment measures were important, adding that wearing of masks was the key to controlling the spread of coronavirus.

An official present at the NCOC meeting said the next few weeks were critical and decision about closing down eateries and marriage halls could be taken if cases increased further.

Pakistan has so far reported 315,727 coronavirus deaths and 6,523 deaths.

Umar’s remarks came a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan urged citizens to wear face masks in public to avoid a spike in coronavirus cases, saying there were concerns that the “onset of winter” could result in a second wave.

“Compared to some other states, Allah has been kind to us in Pakistan and spared us worst effects of Covid-19. There is a fear onset of winter could result in second wave. I urge everyone to wear face masks in public to avoid a spike. All offices and educational institutions must ensure masks are worn,” he said in a tweet on Sunday.

The Pakistan Medical Association has also issued a fresh warning over the escalating Covid-19 cases in the country, saying that country might be headed for a second wave of the disease.

In a statement, the doctors’ representative body warned that countries currently experiencing a second wave were facing a more severe form of the disease.

It expressed concerns over the possibility of a similar situation in Pakistan.

The PMA noted that people had stopped following Covid-19 SOPs in Sindh and cautioned that the situation could grow worse if immediate steps were not taken to address the problem.




ESA’s exoplanet observer reveals strange ‘ultra-hot Jupiter’


ESA’s exoplanet observer reveals strange ‘ultra-hot Jupiter’

European Space Agency’s new exoplanet mission called Cheops has found one of the hottest and most extreme extra-solar planets ever discovered.

This so-called “ultra-hot Jupiter” named WASP-189 b sits around 20 times closer to its star than Earth does to the Sun, and completes a full orbit in just 2.7 days, according to a paper accepted for publication by the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Hot Jupiters, as the name suggests, are giant gas planets a bit like Jupiter in our own Solar System; however, they orbit far, far closer to their host star, and so are heated to extreme temperatures.

The researchers determined that the planet is extremely hot, at about 3,200 degrees Celsius.

At such temperatures, even metals such as iron melt and turn to gas, making the planet a clearly uninhabitable one.

“Only a handful of planets are known to exist around stars this hot, and this system is by far the brightest,” said lead author of the new study Monika Lendl of the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

“WASP-189b is also the brightest hot Jupiter that we can observe as it passes in front of or behind its star, making the whole system really intriguing.”

The finding demonstrates Cheops’ ability to shed light on the universe around us by revealing the secrets of these alien worlds.

Launched in December 2019, Cheops (the Characterising Exoplanet Satellite) is designed to observe nearby stars known to host planets.

By precisely measuring changes in the levels of light coming from these systems as the planets orbit their stars, Cheops can initially characterize these planets — and, in turn, increase understanding of how they form and evolve.

The researchers used Cheops to observe WASP-189 b as it passed behind its host star — an occultation.

“As the planet is so bright, there is actually a noticeable dip in the light we see coming from the system as it briefly slips out of view,” explained Lendl.

“We used this to measure the planet’s brightness and constrain its temperature to a scorching 3200 degrees C.”

This makes WASP-189 b one of the hottest and most extreme planets, and entirely unlike any of the planets of the solar system.




Three jointly win Nobel Medicine Prize for discovery of Hepatitis C virus


Three jointly win Nobel Medicine Prize for discovery of Hepatitis C virus

Americans Harvey Alter and Charles Rice together with Briton Michael Houghton won the Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday for the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus, the Nobel jury said.

The three were honoured for their “decisive contribution to the fight against blood-borne hepatitis, a major global health problem that causes cirrhosis and liver cancer in people around the world,” the jury said.




Much better, but next few days would be ‘real test’: US President Donald Trump


Much better, but next few days would be ‘real test’: US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump said in a video released on Twitter Saturday night that he was feeling “much better” in his battle against the coronavirus — but the next few days would be “the real test.”

The 74-year-old assured the public of his progress hours after a source with knowledge of the president’s condition had warned his vital signs were worrying, with the next 48 hours critical.

“I came here, wasn’t feeling so well,” said Trump, who is being treated at Walter Reed military medical center near Washington following his Covid-19 diagnosis.

“I feel much better now, we’re working hard to get me all the way back.”

It was unclear whether the undated video, apparently filmed at Walter Reed, had been made before or after the dire warnings about his health, which US media later said came from White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

That message contrasted with a more optimistic assessment from his doctors, such as White House physician Sean Conley who characterized Trump as mobile, fever-free for 24 hours and with an improving cough and less nasal congestion and fatigue.

Sporting a blue blazer and white dress shirt, but more casual than usual without a tie, Trump predicted a quick recovery.

“I think I’ll be back soon and I look forward to finishing up the campaign the way it was started,” Trump said.

“We’ll be seeing what happens over those next couple of days,” Trump said, adding “I guess that’s the real test.”

The president added that he’d had “no choice” other than to work from his hospital suite rather than cocooning himself in his bedroom for his recovery.

Trump has all the capabilities of White House communications in a special suite at the hospital that allows him to carry out his normal duties.

“I was given that alternative: stay in the White House, lock yourself in, don’t ever leave. Don’t even go to the Oval Office, just stay upstairs and enjoy it,” Trump said.

Trump added that this would have involved seeing no one in person, which was not his approach to the presidency.

He also thanked global heads of state “for their condolences… they know what we’re going through.”




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