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.”




Arjun Mathur on International Emmy nod: I stared at my phone for 10 minutes


Arjun Mathur on International Emmy nod: I stared at my phone for 10 minutes

Actor Arjun Mathur has been nominated for an International Emmy Award at the upcoming 2020 edition of the global gala, but he insists he does not feel like a star.

Arjun makes the cut in the Best Performance By An Actor list for his role of the gay wedding planner Karan Mehra in the web series “Made In Heaven”. He recalls receiving the news with a sense of disbelief.

“The first thing I did was not believe it, stare at my phone screen for a good five to 10 minutes. I kept on looking for some way to confirm if it was real or if I was dreaming. Then I messaged my family. The first phone call I made was to (series co-creator) Zoya (Akhtar). I haven’t yet had the chance to celebrate the news as such,” Arjun told IANS.

On the show, his protagonist Karan is gay. In the past, too, he played gay characters in Onir’s film “I Am” and Mira Nair’s short film “Migration”. Many feel that Indian filmmakers or showrunners tend to stereotype gay characters. Does he have a different approach while playing such a role every time?

“I try to not think a character as straight or gay. You don’t have to think about that in every scene you perform because your mannerisms and behavior don’t have too much to do with your sexual preference,” he said.

“The three directors who I have played these parts with, are all directors with high sensitivity and maturity. Everyone is interested in representing the community appropriately. On my part, I have to be authentic to the emotion I am portraying,” he said.

Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti’s “Made In Heaven” took the audience on a journey into the lives and lies of two wedding planners, Karan (essayed by Arjun) and Tara (Sobhita Dhulipala). There has been a lot of buzz around season two of the show.

“We were supposed to go on floors. We were meant to shoot in May, but the situation we are currently facing — it came to a standstill. Right now, I don’t officially know much. I know that there are some scripts floating. I am as in the dark as everyone else. We should be picking up soon, but I can only hope,” said Arjun.

Asked if he feels like an OTT star now, he said: “I don’t know what it means to feel like a star. I don’t feel like a star per se. These days it’s hard enough to feel like a human the way we are going.”

Arjun will soon shoot for season two of “The Gone Game”.




‘Doing very well’: Donald Trump hospitalized, given experimental Covid-19 treatment


‘Doing very well’: Donald Trump hospitalized, given experimental Covid-19 treatment

President Donald Trump was hospitalized Friday and given an experimental Covid-19 treatment, but said he was “well,” following bombshell news that the Republican had contracted the virus, knocking him off the campaign trail a month from the US election.

After having not been seen in public since his shock announcement that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, the president walked out of the White House Friday evening, wearing a mask, and flew by helicopter to the Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington.

In an 18-second video recorded inside the White House and released on Twitter, Trump broke his silence, saying he was being hospitalized but “I think I’m doing very well.”

“We’re going to make sure that things work out,” he said, adding that the first lady was also “doing very well.”

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement that medical experts recommended Trump “be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days.”

The hospitalization indicated an intense effort to make sure the president’s reportedly “mild” symptoms do not deteriorate.

The development also highlighted the uncharted waters for the US election on November 3, with Trump — who is well behind his Democratic opponent Joe Biden in the polls — having to freeze much of his campaign.

At first, aides gave rosy assessments, with Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows saying the president, 74, had only mild symptoms, was in “good spirits” and feeling “very energetic.”

Later Friday, a letter issued by White House physician Sean Conley indicated something more serious.

Conley said Trump received a single dose of Regeneron’s antibody cocktail, a treatment undergoing clinical trials but not yet approved by regulators.

“He’s being evaluated by a team of experts, and together we’ll be making recommendations to the President and First Lady in regards to next best steps,” Conley wrote.

Biden out on his own

Trump’s illness upended the White House race, with Biden suddenly finding himself alone on the campaign trail — and able to argue that his distinctly more cautious approach to Covid-19 had been vindicated.

Biden has made Trump’s frequent downplaying of the pandemic and mixed messaging on mask-wearing a central campaign theme, arguing the president is to blame for the scale of the crisis in the United States, where more than 200,000 people have died.

Trump has tried repeatedly to shift the narrative to areas where he feels stronger, like the economy, only to find himself drawn back into the coronavirus catastrophe in which he is now the country’s highest-profile patient.

Biden, who stood in close proximity to Trump for 90 minutes during their ill-tempered first debate Tuesday in Cleveland, announced that he and his wife Jill took tests Friday and were negative.

Underlining his sudden advantage in the bitter race, Biden, 77, traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan, going ahead with a previously scheduled campaign stop.

Biden said he was praying for Trump and his family, and his campaign announced it would take down all negative ads.

However, Biden also reminded Americans that he has pushed consistently for taking coronavirus seriously, unlike his opponent who has repeatedly mocked the Democrat for his rigorous use of masks yet now finds himself infected.

“Be patriotic,” Biden told supporters in Michigan through a blue surgical mask. “It’s not about being a tough guy. It’s about doing your part.”

Campaign grounded

Trump’s shock diagnosis was a huge blow to his reelection effort, triggering a freeze on plans to barnstorm the country in an attempt to catch up in the polls with Biden.

The Trump campaign said all planned events involving the president were either being postponed or going virtual — starting with the cancellation of a rally Friday in Florida, one Saturday in Wisconsin and others in western states like Arizona next week.

Even the second Trump-Biden debate, scheduled for October 15, is now in some doubt.

Rallies are such a key part of the Trump brand that his sudden inability to travel leaves the campaign scrambling to reinvent its strategy. In addition, Trump has made his argument that coronavirus dangers are overblown a central plank in his reelection platform.

How he can recover momentum will depend first on his health but then how quickly he can come up with a convincing new message in the waning days before November 3.

Contact tracing

News of Trump’s infection came after one of his closest advisors, Hope Hicks, tested positive — sparking fears of a cluster of cases emanating from the heart of the White House.

Trump met with dozens of people through the week and reportedly went to a fundraiser in New Jersey after it was known that Hicks had contracted the virus.

The White House said it was carrying out contact tracing, while Melania Trump’s spokeswoman said the couple’s 14-year-old son Barron had tested negative.

Vice President Mike Pence and other senior figures were tested and announced to be negative. The White House said Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was a negative too.

Technically obese and in his 70s, Trump is in a higher-risk category.

Daniel Griffin, an infectious disease specialist in the New York area, told AFP Trump had an estimated 20 percent chance of developing severe disease requiring oxygenation.

As the news rattled global stock markets, leaders including Germany’s Angela Merkel and Britain’s Boris Johnson wished the president and first lady a speedy recovery — while Russia’s Vladimir Putin predicted Trump’s “vitality, good spirits and optimism” would see him through.




New NASA project allows public to search for new worlds


New NASA project allows public to search for new worlds

You can now help discover new worlds beyond our solar system from the comfort of your home, thanks to a new citizen science platform called Planet Patrol launched by NASA.

The Planet Patrol platform allows members of the public to collaborate with professional astronomers as they sort through a stockpile of star-studded images collected by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

“Automated methods of processing TESS data sometimes fail to catch imposters that look like exoplanets,” said project leader Veselin Kostov, a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California.

“The human eye is extremely good at spotting such imposters, and we need citizen scientists to help us distinguish between the look-alikes and genuine planets.”

Volunteers will help determine which TESS snapshots include signals from potential planets and which ones show planet impersonators, NASA said on Wednesday.

TESS uses its four cameras to take full images of one patch of sky, called a sector, every 10 minutes for a month at a time.

This long stare allows TESS to see when planets pass in front of their stars, or transit, and dim their light.

Over the course of a year, TESS collects hundreds of thousands of snapshots, each containing thousands of possible planets — too many for scientists to examine without help.

On the new website, participants will help astronomers sift through TESS images of potential planets by answering a set of questions for each – like whether it contains multiple bright sources or if it resembles stray light rather than light from a star.

These questions help the researchers narrow down the list of possible planets for further follow-up study.

Citizen scientists can dive even deeper by learning more about the star in each image and by engaging with the Planet Patrol community, NASA said.




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