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News in Short - 10-August-2021

Putin joins PM Modi in UNSC meeting

Date: 10 August 2021 Tags: India & World
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in the United Nations Security Council meeting that will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  •  The meet will be on Maritime Security andhappens at a time when India is the President of the council and decides the agenda of the high table.
  • The participation of the Russian President shows Moscow's backing to the India-led initiative and the close relationship between both countries.

Covaxin-Covishied gives better protection

Date: 10 August 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A combination of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines elicits better immunogenicity than two doses of the same vaccine, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
  • The findings suggest that immunisation with a combination of an adenovirus vector platform-based vaccine followed by an inactivated whole virus vaccine was not only safe but also elicited better immunogenicity.
  • The immunisation programme against COVID-19 in India started with two vaccines — AstraZeneca’s ChAdOx1-nCov-19 (named Covishield in India) and inactivated whole virion BBV152 (Covaxin).

Zoological survey of India appoints first woman director

Date: 10 August 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • The Zoological Survey of India, one of the premier organisations involved in taxonomic studies of fauna, got its first woman Director.
  • Dhriti Banerjee, entomologist with an expertise in Diptera, has taken over as the 18th director of the 105-year institute on August 6. Headquartered in Kolkata, the ZSI has 16 regional centres and about 300 scientists.
  • Dr. Banerjee spearheaded the ZSI faunal information system, multi-dimensional platform housing information, collections, spatial and temporal data as well as genetics and molecular information about the faunal species.

TV actor Anupam Shyam passes away

Date: 10 August 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Actor Anupam Shyam died in Mumbai at the age of 63 of multiple organ failure. The actor had been suffering from kidney.
  • Known for playing antagonists, he began his Hindi film career in 1996 with Shyam Benegal’s Sardari Begum.
  • While he started his television career with Benegal’sAmaravathikiKathaye, he found fame as Thakur Sajjan Singh in Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya (2009-2012).

Tokyo Olympics comes to an end

Date: 10 August 2021 Tags: Sports
  • The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were declared closed by IOC chief Thomas Bach, who called the pandemic-delayed Games the “most challenging Olympic journey”.
  • The Olympic flag was passed to Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo for the 2024 Games at the Tokyo closing ceremony.
  • The festivities began in front of VIPs after the Japanese flag was raised at the 68,000-seat venue, where fans are barred to prevent infections.
  • Wrestler Bajrang Punia led the Indian contingent out during the parade of athletes during the closing ceremony of Tokyo 2020.