PM Narendra Modi calls for scaling up of Covid-19 testing, sero surveys

Calling for continued vigilance and a high state of preparedness against the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister on Thursday directed health authorities to scale up Covid-19 testing and sero-surveys.

He said the facility to get tested regularly and speedily at a low cost must be available to all at the earliest.

Chairing a review meeting of the research and vaccine deployment ecosystem against the pandemic, the prime minister underscored the need for continuous and rigorous scientific testing and validation of traditional medicine treatments. He appreciated the efforts of the Ministry of AYUSH for conducting evidence-based research and providing reliable solutions in this difficult time, an official statement said.

“The prime minister reiterated the country’s resolve to provide cost-effective, easily available and scalable solutions for testing, vaccine and medication, not only for India but for the entire world,” it said.

At the meeting, also attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, NITI Aayog Member (Health), Principal Scientific Advisor, senior scientists and other officials, Modi called for continued vigilance and a high state of preparedness against the pandemic.

Modi also appreciated efforts made by Indian vaccine

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Food delivery unicorn Zomato raises Rs 379 cr from US investor Kora

Food delivery firm has raised over Rs 379 crore ($52 million) from US-based investment firm Kora Investments. The infusion happened through Kora Investments I LLC, a company incorporated under the laws of Cayman Islands, according to the documents filed by Zomato, which were sourced from business intelligence platform Tofler.

Gurugram-based has allotted 12,656 Class J5-1 compulsorily convertible cumulative preference shares at an issue price of Rs 3,00,235 per share to Kora. The infusion is part of the ongoing round of funding. which competes with Bengaluru-based Swiggy is in talks with investors to raise almost $600 million.

“The board of the directors of the company in their meeting held on October 6, 2020, had approved the issuance of 12,656 Class J5-1 CCPS to Kora,” said the document.

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated Zomato’s journey to profitability. The firm’s food delivery volumes have touched pre-Covid-19 peaks. Zomato founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Deepinder Goyal recently said a number of cities are now at over 120 per cent of pre-Covid peaks. He said since the end of March, Zomato had delivered a total of 92 million orders.

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YouTube Toughens Rules For QAnon Conspiracy Content

YouTube said Thursday it was tightening rules for propagation of conspiracy theories, notably targeting the QAnon movement already limited on Twitter and Facebook.

The Google-owned video-sharing service said it was expanding its policies on hate and harassment “to prohibit content that targets an individual or group with conspiracy theories that have been used to justify real-world violence.”

This could mean removing videos threatening or harassing people by suggesting they are complicit in a conspiracy like Pizzagate — about a supposed child sex trafficking ring with links to former Democratic White House candidate Hillary Clinton that operated from a Washington pizzeria.

A man in a QAnon vest waves a US flag as demonstrators gather on October 5, 2020 to protest mandatory flu vaccines for children in Boston, Massachusetts
 AFP / Joseph Prezioso

QAnon has grown sharply during the pandemic because it acted as a binding force — mixing its core tenet of anti-Semitic and white supremacist tropes with long-running conspiracy theories about vaccines and 5G mobile technology, as well as far-right and libertarian politics.

YouTube said it had previously removed “tens of thousands of QAnon videos” and terminated some channels used by the movement, notably those that explicitly threaten violence or

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