WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH 23-5-2021 (Post 9640)

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British Indian chemist in Millennium Tech Prize winning team ; Gnanamayam Team doubly happy!

Cambridge University chemists Shankar Balasubramanian and David Klenerman were on Tuesday declared the winners of the 2020 Millennium Technology Prize, a prestigious global science and technology prize awarded for their development of revolutionary sequencing techniques which means DNA can now be read in super-fast times.

The prize, awarded by Technology Academy Finland (TAF) at two-year intervals since 2004 – when Sir Tim Berners-Lee was honoured for his discovery of the World Wide Web – to highlight the extensive impact of science and innovation on the wellbeing of society, is worth Euro 1 million.

Sir Balasubramanian, an India-born British professor of medicinal chemistry, and Sir Klenerman, a British biophysical chemist, co-invented the Solexa-Illumina Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS), technology enabling fast, accurate, low-cost and large-scale genome sequencing – the process of determining the complete DNA sequence of an organism’s make-up, which is proving crucial in humanity’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The duo went on to co-found the company Solexa to make the technology more broadly available to the world.

President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinisto, who is the Patron of the prize, presented the award to the scientists in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday.

The announcement of the 2020 award was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gnanamayam team is happy to know that an India born scientist won the prize. They are also happy to know that Shankar Balasubramnian is the father of our Regular contributor Sri Balasubrahmanainan. He is providing us prayer songs and Ashtapathi series.

Gnamayam team sent their congratulations to Shankar, and his parents Mr Balasubrahmanyan and Mrs Padma Balasubrahmanyan.

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Video taken out of context, Ramdev has no ill will against modern science: Patanjali

Claiming that a video purportedly showing yoga guru Ramdev criticising allopathy is “truncated” and taken “out of context”, Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust on Saturday said he has utmost regard for doctors and bears no ill will against modern science.

The clarification came after the Indian Medical Association (IMA) demanded strict action against Ramdev, saying he had misled people by making “unlearned” statements against allopathy and defaming scientific medicine.

Citing the video circulating on social media, the IMA said Ramdev is seen saying that  ‘allopathy is such a stupid science”.

“We demand an unconditional public apology from Ramdev to allopathy and its practitioners,” the apex doctors’ body said.

However, issuing a statement, the Haridwar-based Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust said the video has been taken “out of context”.

“It is clarified that the truncated version of the video is totally out of context of what is sought to be conveyed by Swami jee,” it said.

Ramdev has “utmost regards” for doctors and support staff who have been working day and night during such a challenging time of the pandemic, as per the statement by the yoga guru’s Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust.

He was “reading out a forwarded WhatsApp message received by him and various other members who were participating in the event”, it added.

“Swami jee has no ill-will against the modern science and good practitioners of modern medicine. What is being attributed against him is false and nugatory,” said the statement signed by Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust General Secretary Acharya Balakrishna.

Ramdev urges to keep the “unity among all the medical practitioners and their treatment-ways” in order to overcome the present challenge successfully in a timely manner, it added.

“He believes that allopathy is a progressive science; and a combination of allopathy, ayurveda and yoga will be beneficial to everyone during such difficult times,” the statement said.

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Cow urine protects from Covid, planting tulsi, peepal can prevent oxygen crisis: says BJP MP Pragya Thakur

As Madhya Pradesh battles a second wave of Covid-19  Bhopal MP Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur has advised people to consume gau mutra (cow-urine) of a desi (Indian) cow for its benefit in fighting lung infections, and plant trees like peepal and tulsi to prevent oxygen shortage.

Pargya made the statement on Sunday while addressing a gathering at Sant Nagar, where she had come to donate 25 oxygen concentrators to Hedgewar hospital.

Speaking at the event, Pragya blamed ‘people of devious mindset’ for damaging the environment and cutting trees, which, she said, has given rise to such a situation. “We should plant trees like Neem, Banyan, Tulsi, Peepal and other plants that give out oxygen 24 hours. Had we planted these trees, we wouldn’t have faced these problems today. If someone is responsible for today’s situation, then it is such people,” said Thakur.

And as ‘repentance’, she urged people to pledge to plant trees. Every family should plant 10 trees in the name of their family members and nurture them and give them life, she added “We have to give them fertiliser, water and bring them to life, they will give us life in return and there will be no panic-like situation for oxygen,”.

She herself pledged to plant one crore trees in Bhopal and provide water tankers for its irrigation, explaining that it is easier to plant trees than to nurture them.

Thakur then went on to enumerate the benefits of drinking the urine of a ‘desi cow’. Thakur said, “If we drink gau mutra of a desi cow, it cures us of the infections in our lungs. I am in a lot of pain but I drink gau mutra everyday. Because of this, I don’t have to take any medicines for corona and neither am I infected with corona and with god’s blessings, it will remain so as I am taking the right kind of medicines (gau mutra).”

She explained that she consumes gau mutra after offering prayers saying, “Aap hamare liye amrut ke swaroop hai, mein aapko grahan kar rahi hu. Aap mere bheetar ki raksha kare kyu ki mera jeevan rashtre ke liye hai (you are like amrit to me, I am consuming you. Please protect me because my life is for the nation),”

Pragya Singh Thakur has been facing allegations of being absent in Covid relief from her constituency of Bhopal, which is the district with the second highest case load in MP. Several posters stating ‘Pragya Singh Thakur has gone missing’ had surfaced in Bhopal last month and many others had questioned her absence from her constituency. She, however, stated that she had been providing all help while operating from her office, and her ‘only mistake’ was that she failed to publicise her work on social media.

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FIR against Sharjeel Usmani over ‘objectionable’ tweets

Maharashtra  Police have registered an FIR against former Aligarh Muslim University student leader Sharjeel Usmani in Maharashtra’s Jalna district for allegedly posting some objectionable tweets, a police official said on Thursday.

The complainant, Ambadas Ambhore, who hails from Ambad in Jalna and works with the Hindu Jagran Manch, has alleged that Usmani used disrespectful words for Lord Ram in some of his recent posts on Twitter and hurt religious sentiments, he said.

Based on the complaint, the Ambad police registered a case against Usmani on Wednesday night under Indian Penal Code Section 295-A (malicious act outraging religious feelings) and provisions of the Information Technology Act, the official said.

The case will be transferred to the Jalna cyber department, he added.

Earlier this year, the Pune police had registered a case against Usmani under IPC Section section 153 (A) (promoting enmity between different groups on the ground religion, etc) over his speech made during the Elgar Parishad conclave held there on January 30.

Usmani had recorded his statement with the Pune police in this connection in March.

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Portals of Kedarnath open; first puja held on behalf of PM Modi

The portals of Kedarnath opened on Monday after a six-month winter break with the first puja being held by priests on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, officials said.

Only a select few people attended the temple’s opening ceremony in view of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. It is for the second consecutive year that COVID has cast a shadow on the pilgrimage to the temple which has been kept out of bounds for pilgrims in view of rising coronavirus cases.

A Chardham Devasthanam Board official said the first puja was held by priests on behalf of the prime minister as the gates of the famous Himalayan temple were opened at 5 am.

Expressing happiness at the opening of the temple, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat prayed for the welfare and good health of the people.

The temple was decorated with eleven quintals of flowers on the occasion, the

While Yamunotri and Gangotri temples were opened on May 14 and May 15 respectively, Badrinath temple opened on Tuesday for the priests to perform regular prayers.

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Vedic Maths in H P

In order to improve the basic understanding of mathematics from Class I to the master’s level, a mathematical society, Himachal Ganita Parishad (HGP), will start a drive in the state with a focus on remote areas. It aims to create interest in mathematics and activate inbuilt instinct for mathematics in human mind.

“We have planned different schemes for the awareness of Indian mathematics and Vedic mathematics among students. The idea is to improve the basic understanding of mathematics from Class I to the master’s level and create an interest among students towards the subject,” said president of the parishad Prof PL Sharma, chairman, Department of Mathematics, HPU.

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Kolkata Durga idol makers anxious about business in second Covid-hit year

The second wave of coronavirus has made the artisans of Kumartuli, the famed colony of clay modellers in north Kolkata, anxious if they are facing the same scenario of last year when Durga Puja organisers ordered smaller, less priced idols to suit their reduced budget induced by the pandemic.

Kumartuli supplies idols of gods and goddesses to various parts of the country and abroad and the artisans earn the most during the Durga Puja, the largest festival of West Bengal.

The modellers said they are also worried that the already dwindling number of their workers may further go down as the apprehension of a total lockdown from mid-May is gaining ground in the neighbourhood where many people have been affected by COVID-19.

“Most of the well-known artists of Kumartuli have got a few orders (of Durga idol) before the sudden rise in cases and various restrictions were imposed,” Sujit Pal, one of the leading clay modellers in the potter’s colony, told PTI.

The Durga Puja festival will be held in October this year.

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