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Top news of the day: Scientists warn NeoCov coronavirus found in bats may pose threat to humans in future; Supreme Court quashes one-year suspension of 12 Maharashtra BJP MLAs, and more

An file electron microscope image of the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus. NeoCov, a type of coronavirus found in a population of bats in South Africa, is closely related to the MERS, a viral disease first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Photo: NIAID-RM via AP

An file electron microscope image of the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus. NeoCov, a type of coronavirus found in a population of bats in South Africa, is closely related to the MERS, a viral disease first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Photo: NIAID-RM via AP

NeoCov coronavirus found in bats may pose threat to humans in future, scientists caution

Researchers from Chinese Academy of Sciences and Wuhan University noted that NeoCov is found in a population of bats in South Africa and to date spreads exclusively among these animals. In its current form, NeoCov does not infect humans but further mutations may make it potentially harmful, the researchers noted.

DCGI gives nod to Bharat Biotech for intranasal booster dose trials

Experts have noted that an intranasal vaccine as a booster will be easier to administer in mass vaccination drives.

It’s never safe to let our guard down any time over Omicron, says expert

This variant will not be the last, warns Giridhar R. Babu of Public Health Foundation of India.

Supreme Court quashes Maharashtra Assembly resolution to suspend 12 BJP MLAs for a year

Court says it is illegal to suspend a legislator beyond ongoing session.

Supreme Court refuses to lay down yardstick for granting promotion quota to SCs/STs

The Court held ‘cadre’ and not class, group or the entire service as the unit for purpose of collection of quantifiable data for giving promotion quotas.

India to convert 150 villages into ‘Villages of Excellence’ with technical help from Israel: Tomar

Already, the Israel government has established 29 Centre of Excellence (CoEs) in 12 States, which are producing more than 25 million vegetable plants, over 3,87,000 quality fruit plants and can train more than 1.2 lakh farmers per year.

BJP declared assets worth ₹4,847 crore in 2019-20, BSP second at ₹698 crore: ADR

Among the regional parties, the highest assets were declared by the Samajwadi Party at ₹563.47 crore (26.46%), followed by the TRS at ₹301.47 crore and the AIADMK at ₹267.61 crore.

Philippines inks deal worth $375 million for BrahMos missiles

This is the first export order for missile developed jointly by India and Russia.

Sri Lanka to amend controversial anti-terror law

The bill proposes a number of amendments and ensures the suspects are allowed to approach the Supreme Court on grounds of violation of their fundamental rights and seek relief, say officials.

Google to invest up to $1 billion in a partnership with Airtel

The amount will include equity investment as well as a corpus for potential commercial agreements.

Australian Open 2022 | Nadal through to final, stays on track for record 21st major

Rafael Nadal stayed on track for a men’s-record 21st Grand Slam singles title when he beat Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the Australian Open semifinals.


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