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New steroid based drug is effective among COVID victims

Delhi: After months of dire news about the spread of the novel coronavirus and a mounting global death toll, a glimmer of hope arrived today: Researchers announced that dexamethasone, a cheap, widely available corticosteroid, significantly reduced deaths of severely sick COVID-19 patients in a major clinical trial. Although full trial …

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Saudi Arabia mulls cancelling Haj pilgrimage

Riyadh: Saudi Arabian authorities were considering cancelling the annual Haj pilgrimage season for the first time since the establishment of the Kingdom in 1932, after the number of coronavirus infections exceeded 100,000, a senior official said. Formal decision will be taken within week “The case has been carefully studied and various …

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Istanbul to be Islamic financial hub

Istanbul: Participation banking and utilization tools of Islamic finance and economics will provide a solid, sustainable and structural alternative to the existing financial system laden with crises, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Sunday. He added that Istanbul’s newly built financial center will also make it a leader in the sector, …

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Mosque in Kerala starts smart card system to avoid crowding

KOZHIKODE: A mosque in Kuttichira of Kerala’s Kozhikode has found a unique way to avoid crowding amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The committee that runs the mosque has started issuing smart cards to people for offering prayers and simultaneously encouraging social distancing. “The committee has given smart cards with numbers to …

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Hyderabad physicist Sidharth claimed universe is flat 23 yrs ago

Daneesh Majid   Hyderabad: The theory presented by a Hyderabad-based physicist Dr. B G Sidharth some quarter century ago claiming that the Universe is flat has turned out to be more acceptable by the international fraternity of scientists. Recently, news emerged that a research paper submitted by two cosmologists Dr. Seshadri …

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Hajj 2020: Saudi Arabia considers limiting number of pilgrims

Riyadh: In order to prevent a further outbreak of coronavirus, Saudi Arabia is likely to drastically limit numbers at the annual Hajj pilgrimage. COVID cases The cases in the country have topped 100,000. Usually around 2.5 million pilgrims visit the two holiest sites of Islam, Kaba in Makkah and Masjid-e-Nabawi in …

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IIT-Hyderabad’s low-cost test kit can detect COVID-19 in 20 mins

NEW DELHI: A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad claims to have developed a first-of-its kind COVID-19 test kit that can deliver results within 20 minutes. The researchers claimed that the alternative test method is not based on the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) …

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Jamiat-ul-Quresh asks meat shops, slaughter houses to stay closed

Hyderabad: On Sunday, Jamiat-ul-Quresh action committee for meat selling, appealed to Hyderabad shopkeepers selling meat to lower their shutters also to remain closed in order to halt the spread of Coronavirus. Former General Secretary of Jamiat-ul-Quresh, Mohammed Muneer Qureshi, appealed to shop owners through voice message on social media requesting …

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MHA blacklists 2,550 foreign Tablighi Jamaat members,10 year ban

New Delhi: The Home Ministry has blacklisted 2,550 foreign Tablighi Jamaat members who were staying in India during the nationwide corona virus lockdown in violation of visa rules, and they would not be allowed to enter the country for 10 years, officials said on Thursday. The action has been taken …

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