Telangana MA&UD Minister KT Rama Rao (KTR) said that land acquisition for Keshavpuram reservoir is almost complete and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao will lay the foundation for the project shortly.

The Minister said that acquisition of 1,490 acres for construction of the reservoir will solve the drinking water crisis in Hyderabad till 2050. He stated that the CM had directed that an exclusive reservoir be construced to meet the drinking water requirements of the city.

Minister KTR reviewed the progress of the project works with Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) officials in Hyderabad.

Plans for second phase

During the meeting, the Minister directed the officials to pick up efforts to obtain the second phase permissions from the Forest Department.

The Minister stated that it was the CM’s vision to have an exclusive reservoir for Hyderabad and ensure there are no drinking water issues in the city

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MEDFORD, MA — The city officially launched its Comprehensive Master Planning process late last month through a Request for Qualifications of professional consultants. These consultants will be tasked with undertaking a public planning process, working with the community to prepare Medford’s first Comprehensive Master Plan.

The process, which will start after a consultant is selected, will take approximately 12-18 months. Once completed, it will lay out a long-range vision for the city, with corresponding policy and guidance for implementation of the plan over the next decade.

The Plan will provide a basis for decision-making about climate adaptation and mitigation practices, land use planning and redevelopment, budget preparation and capital improvement planning for public facilities and services and economic development for the City of Medford’s future.

“Planning for Medford’s future not only means setting a roadmap for development and updating our zoning, but by putting an emphasis on public engagement through

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Biological E Ltd and the Indian Council of Medical Research have developed a highly purified antisera, which is raised in horses, for prophylaxis and treatment of infectious diseases, with potential to treat Covid-19.

Within few months, Biological E, which has been working with the National Institute of Virology, Pune, that is part of ICMR, has managed to develop this and will soon begin trials and possibly larger supplies within months after receiving approvals. This will be a totally indigenous effort.

Vikram Paradkar, Senior Vice-President and Head, Technical Operations, Biological E, told BusinessLine, “Equine anti-sera products, also termed as highly purified enzyme processed equine immunoglobulins, are in use for more than 100 years to treat various infections such as tetanus, diptheria, rabies and injury caused by snake and scorpion bites.”

“National Institute of Virology, Pune, a division of ICMR, isolated the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 and developed a process

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There are not too many options when it comes to applications that aid people with disabilities. What is available is neither accessible or affordable, says Chumki Datta, who is a successful entrepreneur and a paraplegic.

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This could change soon. Prosus, the global consumer internet group of Naspers, in collaboration with Invest India, Startup India and Social Alpha, is launching the Prosus Social Impact Challenge for Accessibility. It is a social impact investing challenge where start-ups with the most innovative solutions in the assistive technology space will compete for an annual grant.

The need for assistive technology to aid people with disabilities is a customer issue which can provide a major business opportunity for entrepreneurs, according to Aileen O’Toole, Chief People Officer at Prosus.

As the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of technology, especially in healthcare, it has also accelerated

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According to a report by SharkAllies, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of sharks and rays, half-a-million sharks may die because of the race to create a vaccine against coronavirus.

Shark Allies sent a petition that was addressed to US/FDA (Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America), UK/MHRA (The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency of the United Kingdom), EU/EMA (The European Medicines Agency), China: NMPA (The National Medical Products Administration) and all vaccine-producing companies.

They said in their petition: “Using sharks in Covid-19 vaccines is short-sighted, unpredictable, and unsustainable. There are better alternatives. The industry must listen.”

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The report mentioned that the companies are using shark squalene as the main ingredient in some adjuvants to boost efficacy in vaccines. Squalene made from shark liver oil is used most commonly because it is cheap to obtain

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According to a new study published in the journal PLOS Medicine, true asymptomatic cases of the novel coronavirus comprise a minority of infections.

The researchers at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and colleagues, maintained that the world is yet to know the full spectrum of the coronavirus and how it gets transmitted.

Authors mentioned in their study that some Covid-19 positive people may experience severe infections that can even lead to viral pneumonia, respiratory distress syndrome, and death. While others demonstrate no symptoms at all and remain completely asymptomatic or have nonspecific symptoms.

The researchers conducted the study to better understand the proportion of asymptomatic people with SARS-CoV-2 who never show any symptoms and the proportion of people who are asymptomatic at the time of diagnosis but develop symptoms later.

For the study, the researchers reviewed the literature of 79 studies that reported empirical data on 6,616 people, 1,287 of

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Between the devastating bushfires from the start of the year through to the ongoing pandemic, the bedrock of the Australian economy has been hit with wide-scale customer declines, supplier challenges, and the impact of lockdowns. And yet, despite all of this, there is confidence in the sector. Sensis research shows that 57 per cent of SMBs “feel confident” in their future.

The key will be how those businesses rebound and move forward as the economy begins to recover. The challenge will be that businesses need to acknowledge that the pandemic has had a profound socio-cultural impact, and it will change consumer behaviour. People will rely on online shopping and remote services more, and as such the focus on the digital experience will be all the more critical. That’s a transition that will challenge some SMBs. As a Deloitte report recommends, small businesses should take a step back and consider a

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Three premier Indian technology institutions – IIT Bombay, Gauhati University and the Gandhinagar-based Dhirumbhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology – have joined hands to develop high-tech sensors for use in agriculture.

The use of sensors in agriculture is not entirely new. These tiny products, placed under the soil, detect parameters such as moisture and temperature and help fine-tune inputs for higher produce. Bosch, for example, has a suite of products for this purpose.

However, the sensors developed by the three institutions is more hi-tech and can be hooked on to compatible with Internet-of-Things (IoT). They feature ‘ultra-small graphene particles’, made from graphene quantum dots, which are nano-sized fragments of graphene. Graphene, by the way, is a material made of Carbon, where the Carbon atoms are arranged as a honey-comb sheet. The arrangement of atoms imparts the material a few fantastic properties—graphene has been described to be “harder than

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KEY POINTS

  • Empire Wind has a potential total installed capacity of more than 2 GW
  • The power generation from each site would be sufficient to power more than 1 million homes
  • Equinor has committed to increase renewables capacity to 4 to 6 GW by 2026

Two of Europe’s largest oil companies will develop offshore wind projects jointly in the U.S. in yet another example of energy giants migrating towards the development of renewables.

Equinor (EQNR) of Norway said it has entered into an agreement to sell a 50% stake in two of its U.S. offshore wind projects to Britain-based BP (BP) for $1.1 billion.

The transaction is expected to close in early 2021.

The two projects – Empire Wind and Beacon Wind – are located off the coast of New York state and Massachusetts, respectively.

Under this deal, Equinor and BP will form a strategic partnership to develop more offshore

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The British Medical Journal revealed on Wednesday a calculator that can predict patients’ risk of death from the coronavirus, Daily Mail reported.

The calculator has a checklist that includes: age, sex, number of co-morbidities or other health conditions, rate of breathing, oxygen saturation levels, level of consciousness, urea level, amount of a protein circulating in the blood that shows inflammation.

The calculator has a scoring range between 0 and 21. This device will be used at the entrance of the hospitals.

If a patient scores high, s/he may be rushed to the intensive care unit; those who score low will be discharged.

This calculator will also help in containing the overwhelming crowd in hospitals due to the coronavirus.

The researchers developed the app after testing it on over 57,000 patients in the United Kingdom. Patients who participated in the study had an average age of 74 years.

The calculator classifies

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