Russia claims its second covid-19 vaccine is 100% effective

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January 19, 2021

Moscow, Jan 19: Russia's consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor on Tuesday said Russia's second vaccine against Covid-19 is 100% effective based on the results of clinical trials, the TASS news agency reported.

Russia began mass trials of EpiVacCorona, which is being developed by Siberia's Vector Institute, in November.

Moscow has said its other approved Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, is 92% effective at protecting people from Covid-19 according to interim results. 
 

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February 25,2021

Joe Biden revokes Donald Trump-era ban on issuance of green cards | World  News – India TV

Washington, Feb 25: President Joe Biden has lifted a freeze on green cards issued by his predecessor during the pandemic that lawyers said was blocking most legal immigration to the United States.

Former President Donald Trump last spring halted the issuance of green cards until the end of 2020 in the name of protecting the coronavirus-wracked job market a reason that Trump gave to achieve many of the cuts to legal immigration that had eluded him before the pandemic.

Trump on December 31 extended those orders until the end of March.

Trump had deemed immigrants a risk to the US labour market and blocked their entry to the United States in issuing Proclamation 10014 and Proclamation 10052.

Biden stated in his proclamation on Wednesday that shutting the door on legal immigrants does not advance the interests of the United States".

To the contrary, it harms the United States, including by preventing certain family members of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents from joining their families here. It also harms industries in the United States that utilize talent from around the world," Biden stated in his proclamation.

Most immigrant visas were blocked by the orders, according to immigration lawyers.

As many as 120,000 family-based preference visas were lost largely because of the pandemic-related freeze in the 2020 budget year, according to the American Immigrant Lawyers Association. Immigrants could not bring over family members unless they were US citizens applying for visas for their spouses or children under the age of 21.

It also barred entry to immigrants with employment-based visas unless they were considered beneficial to the national interest such as health care professionals.

And it slammed the door on thousands of visa lottery winners who were randomly chosen from a pool of about 14 million applicants to be given green cards that would let them live permanently in the United States.

The blocked visas add to a growing backlog that has reached 437,000 for family-based visas alone, said California immigration lawyer Curtis Morrison, who represented thousands of people blocked by the freeze.

I'm thrilled for my clients who are now in a position that they can now enter the US," he said. But that backlog will take years if the administration does not take ambitious measures."

A federal judge last year issued a ruling that all but lifted Proclamation 10052 by allowing temporary foreign workers to enter the United States if their employers are members of the US Chamber of Commerce or several other large organisations that represent much of the US economy.

But Proclamation 10014 continued to block thousands of immigrants.

Immigration lawyers said they were surprised Biden did not immediately lift the freeze like he did with Trump's travel ban imposed against people from mostly Muslim-majority countries. As a result, some immigrants blocked by the travel ban found they still could not come to the United States because of the freeze.

Biden's actions come only days after thousands of visa lottery winners at risk of having their visas expire won a court order that put their visas on hold by the judge in the case. Now they will be allowed to use their visas to enter the country.

The United States makes available up to 55,000 visas a year for immigrants whose nationalities are under-represented in the US population. The visas must be used within six months of being obtained.

Meanwhile, Biden has proposed legislation that would limit presidential authority to issue future bans against immigrants.

The president has not said whether there will be any redress for visa lottery winners who lost out because of the pandemic-era policies. But he is calling for the US to increase the number of diversity visas available via the lottery each year from 55,000 to 80,000.

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March 6,2021

Shahjahanpur, Mar 6: Raped on several occasions by two men at the age of 12 about 27 years ago, the victim, who had become a mother, has now lodged a case against the accused on court orders after her son enquired about his father's name.

About 27 years ago, the victim was living in the city with her sister and brother-in-law. One Naki Hasan of her locality had entered the house when she was alone and allegedly raped her, Superintendent of Police (City) Sanjay Kumar told media on Saturday.

Referring to the police report lodged on the basis of the woman's complaint, Mr Kumar said after the accused, his younger brother Guddu also raped her. The victim has alleged that she was raped by both the accused on multiple occasions.

She was 12 years of age at the time of the incident, the SP said.

According to the complainant, she became pregnant at the age of 13 and gave birth to a boy in 1994. The infant was given to a person belonging to the victim's native village Udhampur, located within the Shahabad police station limits, while she moved to Rampur as his brother-in-law got transferred there.

The SP said the victim's brother-in-law got her married to a man in Ghazipur district, but after 10 years, when her husband came to know that she was raped, he divorced her and she returned to Udhampur.

Meanwhile, the boy who had grown up by now enquired about his mother and father and was told his mother's name.

The boy met the victim and got to know about the incident, the SP said, adding that on Friday evening, a case of gangrape was lodged against the two accused at the Sadar Bazar police station on the basis of her complaint.

Mr Kumar said the police are investigating the case and the DNA test of the boy would be conducted.

The woman had moved the court after the police refused to entertain her complaint.

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March 6,2021

Bengaluru, Mar 6: The police have busted a multilevel marketing scheme racket running under the name Indus Viva and arrested 24 offenders including the CEO, COO of the Bengaluru based company.

Police stated that the offenders have cheated about 10 lakh people, collecting amounts to the tune of Rs 1500 crore.

The bank accounts of Indus Viva Health Sciences Private Limited with Rs 20 crore amount was frozen.

Abhilash Thomas, CEO of Indus Viva, managing company's day to day operations, and Prem Kumar, Chief Operating Officer, Mandalanen Subramanyam, director managing taxation & statutory issues and Imdadulla Shariff, vice-president in-charge of operations, logistics, warehouses and customer care are among the arrested. All four are residents of Bengaluru.

Several distributors were also arrested. CA Anzar, chairman of Olive life sciences and Kuruvila Chacko, director, Indus Viva Health Sciences are absconding.

According to Cyberabad police commissioner VC Sajjanar, Indus Viva enrolls members into its binary schemes with a Rs.12500 fee providing a 100 value points initially. Members have to enroll new members to earn bonuses and are encouraged to make more members in a swift manner to earn more. A member can earn Rs 2,56,000 by making 256 persons join the scheme in nine weeks.

Members are given various fancy designations like Star Distributor, Ruby Executive, Sapphire Executive, Executive Blue Diamond and are offered rewards like laptops, five-star hotel accommodation, foreign tours.

Thus, a member becoming Black Diamond Ambassador by enrolling 10,000 members is promised a Mercedes Benz, Black Diamond Ring & pendant and one week USA trip.

Indus Viva also offers President Club Member Plan under which one can join by paying Rs.1.5 lakh. The company provides them with 50 beauty, health, dietary products priced at Rs 3597 each and in addition offers products worth Rs 25,000 free. A person joining PCMP is attracted with “an opportunity to dine with the CEO in Bengaluru.”

The company conducts star summits annually in prominent hotels in Bengaluru or other cities. They also provide training sessions for members to skill them to make more members join the schemes. They claimed that the company has branch offices in the USA, Uganda and Bangladesh and that they want to expand the business worldwide, Sajjanar told reporters on Saturday.

Indus Viva has its own production unit named Olive Life Sciences located at Nelamangala, Bengaluru. But these health & beauty products are not recognized/certified by any government department liable to be confiscated under the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisement) Act 1954.

“Women in particular are targeted by these companies with false claims and blatant lies and thereafter are exploited in different ways. The public is advised not to fall prey to these dubious schemes offering easy and quick money and advised to take the local police assistance if they suspect any such activity,” the economic offences wing sleuths of the Cyberabad police caution.

The Cyberabad cops were acting on a complaint received in Gachibowli PS in February. The complainant stated that lured with an attractive income offer for promoting the company products like coffee, juice, he had invested Rs.12,500 but realized that he was cheated by Indus Viva.

A case was registered under 406, 420 IPC and various sections of the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act 1978.

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