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India bans 43 more mobile apps as it takes on China


November 25, 2020

India banned 43 mobile apps on Tuesday, including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s e-commerce app Aliexpress, in a new wave of web sanctions targeted at China after the neighbours’ months-long standoff on their rugged Himalayan border. The 43 mostly Chinese-origin applications, which also include a few dating apps, threaten the “sovereignty and integrity of India”, the technology ministry said in a …

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Mutations not making coronavirus able to spread more rapidly


November 25, 2020

bac LONDON: The COVID-19-causing coronavirus is mutating as it spreads around the world in the pandemic, but none of the mutations currently documented appears to be making it able to spread more rapidly, scientists said. In a study using a global dataset of virus genomes from 46,723 people with COVID-19 from 99 countries, researchers identified more than 12,700 mutations, or …

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Elon Musk overtakes Bill Gates to be world’s second-richest person


November 24, 2020

Remember last week when Elon Musk, the chief executive officer of electric car company Tesla, zoomed past Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to become the third-richest person in the world? Well, this week he has become the second-richest person in the world! He toppled Bill Gates as the world’s second-richest person on Monday after a further surge in Tesla’s share price. The 49-year-old …

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‘Animation, video gaming programme going to be a game-changer’


November 24, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has announced the plan for introducing animation and video gaming certification programme for youth which will be a ‘game-changer’ for Pakistan. Fawad Chaudhry said in his Twitter message that the youth should be readied for an innovative programme of the federal government if the video games are more attractive for them …

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China calls launch a success as robotic spacecraft heads to moon


November 24, 2020

WENCHANG: China hailed as a success its pre-dawn launch on Tuesday of a robotic spacecraft to bring back rocks from the moon in the first bid by any country to retrieve lunar surface samples since the 1970s, a mission underscoring Chinese ambitions in space. The Long March-5, China’s largest carrier rocket, blasted off at 4:30 a.m. Beijing time (2030 GMT …

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China’s moon probe to seek retrieval of first rock since 1970s


November 23, 2020

BEIJING: China plans to launch an unmanned spacecraft to the moon this week to bring back lunar rocks in the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from Earth’s natural satellite since the 1970s. The Chang’e-5 probe, named after the ancient Chinese goddess of the moon, will seek to collect material that can help scientists understand more about the …

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China to launch moon probe, seeking first lunar rock retrieval since 1970s


November 22, 2020

BEIJING: China plans to launch an unmanned spacecraft to the moon this week to bring back lunar rocks in the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from Earth’s natural satellite since the 1970s. The Chang’e-5 probe, named after the ancient Chinese goddess of the moon, will seek to collect material that can help scientists understand more about the …

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Twitter to hand @POTUS account to Biden on inauguration day


November 22, 2020

WASHINGTON: Twitter confirmed on Saturday it will hand control of the presidential @POTUS account to Joe Biden when he is sworn in on inauguration day, even if President Donald Trump has not conceded his election loss. “Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021,” the social network said in a statement. “As …

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Drap okays locally developed AI software that uses chest X-ray to detect Covid-19 in under a minute


November 21, 2020

Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap) Chief Executive Officer Asim Rauf on Saturday said the body has granted approval to a locally invented software that can “detect the coronavirus infection in a person’s lungs within a minute”. According to the certificate of registration granted by Drap, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, the Cov-Raid — which has been developed …

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Canada grants interim authorization to COVID-19 drug


November 21, 2020

Canada has granted interim authorization to Eli Lilly’s antibody drug for treating COVID-19 in patients who are not hospitalized, but are at risk of serious illness because of their age or other conditions, the drugmaker said on Friday. The news comes weeks after the treatment, bamlanivimab, was given U.S. emergency use authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration for …

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