India gives highest attention to sharing of scientific data: DST Secy

Department of Science and Technology secretary Ashutosh Sharma has underlined the increasing attention given by India on sharing scientific data with its global partners, the DST said on Sunday.

Addressing the Science & Technology Ministerial Roundtable on Saturday, organised in the 17th annual Science Technology and Society (STS) Forum, Sharma also highlighted that vaccines for coronavirus are in advanced phases of trial, and India has the capacity to supply the vaccine to a major part of humanity.

Sharma said the increasing attention given by India to sharing of scientific data is evident from India’s National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (INDSAP) and an open government data portal.

Scientific data sharing is being considered for inclusion in the New S T I P 2020 being framed. Data is the new water, and we do want to share it as global partners, Sharma emphasised.

The online Science & Technology Ministerial Roundtable, organised on Saturday and hosted by Japan, deliberated on the role of international R&D collaboration, social sciences & humanities, and open science.

It saw the participation of S&T heads from about 50 countries around the world

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Clix Capital, Lakshmi Vilas Bank set to make a joint presentation to RBI

As Clix restarts merger talks with the new representative of LVB, it is said that the two may make a joint presentation to the RBI this week. Clix will put forth details on the merger and state some of its key conditions critical for the deal to come through.

These conditions include the firm taking 51 per cent or more stake in LVB, and the leeway to gradually reduce stake to 15 per cent over 8-10 years without any mandatory long-term lock-in conditions on the shares and indemnity to its directors from future claims made against the bank, pertaining to its business before the merger.

A few large investors of LVB are said to have reached out to some PSBs for a bailout.

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Kenzo Takada, First Japanese Designer To Conquer Paris Fashion, Dies Aged 81

Japan’s most famous fashion designer Kenzo Takada, founder of the global Kenzo brand, died in Paris on Sunday aged 81 after contracting Covid-19, his spokesman said.

Takada, the first Japanese designer to decamp to Paris and known especially for his signature floral prints, died in the American Hospital of Paris, the spokesman said in a statement.

His death comes 50 years after he launched his first collection in the French capital which he adopted as his home. “Every wall, every sky and every passer-by helps me build my collections,” he once said of the city.

He retired from fashion in 1999, six years after selling his eponymous fashion brand to luxury conglomerate LVMH, and dedicated his time to one-off projects, including a design collection at the start of this year.

Takada presented his final summer collection in Paris in October 1999
 AFP / Frederick FLORIN

Born in 1939 into a family of hoteliers, he chose to study art not catering, becoming a star pupil at Toyko’s Bunka Gakuen college, where he carried off the top prize. He went on to work for Sanai, a major chain of fashion shops, but dreamed of Paris.

The 1964 Olympic Games finally gave him

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