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Potent, stable antibodies to block SARS-CoV-2, variants developed

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Berlin, July 29 Researchers have developed highly potent and stable antibodies from the blood of alpacas which can efficiently block SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, and its dangerous new variants. The researchers from the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry in Germany noted that these mini-antibodies bind and neutralise the virus up to 1,000 times better than previously developed such antibodies. In the study published in The EMBO Journal, the researchers optimised the so called nanobodies for stability and resistance to extreme heat. This unique combination makes them promise agents to treat Covid-19, they said. Since nanobodies can be produced at low costs in large quantities, they could meet the global demand for Covid-19 therapeutics. The researchers...
PDP writes to Delimitation Commission, says party will stay away from proceedings

PDP writes to Delimitation Commission, says party will stay away from proceedings

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Srinagar: The People's Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday said it will not meet the Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission as the Centre did not initiate any steps to ease the lives of the people and the outcome of the delimitation exercise was "widely believed" to be "pre-planned"."Our party has decided to stay away from this process and not be a part of some exercise, the outcome which is widely believed to be pre-planned and which may further hurt the interests of our people," PDP general secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said in a letter to the commission. PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura. File Photo Addressed to Justice (retd) Ranjana Prakash Desai, who leads the commission, Hanjura reiterated in the letter the PDP's stand that the constitutional changes w...
Delimitation Commission to arrive in Jammu and Kashmir today, to meet leaders

Delimitation Commission to arrive in Jammu and Kashmir today, to meet leaders

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A five-member delegation of the National Conference (NC) will meet the Delimitation Commission, arriving on a four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, a party leader said. Barring the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), all other major political parties including the National Conference (NC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the CPI(M) and the National Panthers Party (NPP) are indecisive about meeting the commission's members. The Delimitation Commission will arrive in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday to meet political parties, district officials and other stakeholders and gather “first-hand information” on the ongoing process of redrawing the boundaries there. The members will begin the four-day visit from Pahalgam, where they will meet officials of the four di...
Administration bans drones in Srinagar

Administration bans drones in Srinagar

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  The Srinagar district administration Sunday banned the storage, sale, possession, use and transport of drones and similar kinds of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the territorial jurisdiction of the district. In order, district magistrate Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz said to secure the aerial space near the vital installations and highly populated areas, it is imperative to discontinue the use of drones in all social and cultural gatherings to eliminate any risk of injury to life and damage to property. The order, issued under section 144 of Cr. P.C reads that decentralized airspace access has to be regulated given recent episodes of misuse of drones posing threat to security infrastructure as reported by the media and other reliable sources. "Directorate General of Civil Aviation (D...