Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | 18-11-2022 | 02:58 pm
Gandhinagar, Gujarat, November 18- Gujarat Biotechnology University (GBU), India’s first biotechnology university, recently announced the appointment of Dr. Subeer S. Majumdar as Director General. Dr. Majumdar is a well known scientist and leader, and has started in his new role this week (14 Nov 22). Other recent appointments were of Mr. Dilip Shanghvi, MD, Sun Pharmaceuticals as Chairman to the University and Mr. Sudhir Vaid, Chairman & MD, Concord Biotech as Chairman, Advisory Council.Dr. Subeer S. Majumdar’s research focus is on animal biotechnology, livestock genomics, therapeutic proteins, and transgenic animals. He did his Doctoral Research at the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi and has trained at the School of Medicine, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA and at the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, University of Pittsburgh, USA. He is a fellow of all three Academies of Sciences, Tata Innovation fellow (DBT) and JC Bose fellow (SERB) and is a council member of INSA.Dr. Majumdar’s livestock genomics project delivered the ‘IndiGau’, the world’s largest SNP chip for cattle that can help conserve indigenous cow breeds with highly valued characteristics including heat, drought and disease resistance. The chip was released by Hon’ble Minister of Science & Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh in August 2021.A key achievement by Dr. Subeer’s group was a new technique of transgenesis, easing the development of humanized disease models. During COVID-19, Dr. Majumdar led a DBT funded One Health programme drawing together AIIMS Delhi, AIIMS Jodhpur, medical colleges in Chennai, Hyderabad, Meghalaya, ICMR regional centers, wildlife health providers, veterinary universities (IVRI, GADVASU, MAFSU, TANUVAS etc.), to address animal to human disease transmission.From 2016 to 2021, Dr. Subeer steered the development of the youngest DBT institute, the National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (NIAB), Hyderabad. Under his leadership, several kits to detect veterinary diseases have either been transferred or are in process of transfer to industries for commercialization. Based on this success, the PM Cares Fund entrusted NIAB with the responsibility of developing one of two vaccine batch testing facilities for Covid 19 in India, and this is now notified by the Drug Controller of India,Dr. Majumdar has achieved remarkable success in the production of therapeutic proteins in the milk of small animals using biotechnology, and is working on affordability and accesibility to the population at large in India. His lab developed technology around SARS-Cov2 virus which allows for rapid antiviral screening in a minimum biohazard environment.A member of various professional societies, advisory committees, national and international bodies, Dr. Subeer has also worked on multiple socio-economic projects. He has authored more than hundred papers, publications and books, and has filed five patents. Dr. Subeer says, “My aim is to ensure the implementation and execution of a growth-fuelled roadmap for Gujarat Biotechnology University.I believe that the commitment and support of the state government will definitely yield remarkable results soon, making GBU a globally competitive institution for manpower as well as resource generation”.The University delivers post-graduate programmes in five biotechnology domains - Plant Biotechnology, Animal Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology, and Industrial Biotechnology. GBU welcomed the first batch of MSc students in August 2022, and will soon launch PhD programmes.The Gujarat Biotechnology Policy 2022-27, unveiled this year, is likely to attract capital investment of overRs 20,000crore. The Gujarat government is all set to revolutionise the biotechnology sector, and the Gujarat Biotechnology University will be a pioneering catalyst to realise this vision.
December 01: Aeronautical Engineer turned Miss India international Ayeesha S Aiman will be seen in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Film “India Lockdown”, which is set to release on ZEE 5 on 2nd Dec.The film is based on the initial days of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic when the government called for a 21-day lockdown across the country. The trailer will send shivers down your spine as it recreated the horrors of the time when it was plain chaotic. The trailer of the film highlights how many people became jobless, the issue of migrant workers going back to their native places, and sex workers being deprived of their source of income.The film, helmed by Madhur Bhandarkar, revolves around the traumatic experiences that transpired during the covid-19 pandemic. In the film, 26 years Old Ayeesha S Aiman will be seen essaying the role of a Sex worker in Kamathipura in Mumbai, who is forced to adapt to the changes brought about by the lockdown.The former Beauty queen said, “I watched films like Mandi and Chandni Bar, which helped me portray the emotions and struggles of S*x workers living on the margins in a realistic way. I also saw Waheeda Rahman’s Pyaasa”. It was necessary to watch these films and understand the struggles of the characters,” She added. “I met few S*x workers to prepare for the role. I am a keen observer. I observed how they would walk, how they live their mundane life and tried to understand their hardships,” the actress added.When I was offered India Lockdown, “I said yes, without hearing about my character, I have chosen to do this film not by the length of the character but heart touching stories of the people during lockdown’. I immediately got interested in this film and role as I had full faith in Madhur Bhandarkar Sir,”Ayeesha Added, “Normally, Miss India has their debut with the Glam role, but I opted for a very strong role where I had almost carried no make-up look and normal clothes. I had really different choice when it was about my debut in Bollywood, I had many offers, though, but I wanted to choose something where I could learn the craft of acting, so there was no better opportunity than India Lockdown. I have not chosen this film because of the length of my character but the story of which touches the lives of everyone,” Added AyeeshaInspired by true events, written by Amit Joshi and Aradhana Shah, ‘India Lockdown’ will depict four parallel stories and the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on the people of India. The trailer of India Lockdown had its premiere in IIFI Goa, and Ayeesha’s performance has already created a strong buzz among peers in the Industry.’India Lockdown’ is set for a direct-to-digital release on ZEE5 on December 2. The film is produced by Jayantilal Gada of PEN Studios, Bhandarkar Entertainment and Pranav Jain’s PJ Motions Pictures.
AHMEDABAD: After BA.2.75 subvariant of Omicron, a new subvariant is being seen in Covid cases. The XBB variant, considered to be the combination of BA.2.10 and BA.2.7, now accounts for nearly half of the cases, according to the data by Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC) that carries out the whole genome sequencing of a select number of Covid cases. The shift has been spotted at the time when the state is recording low daily tally - it has not crossed a single digit in the past four days - and the number of active cases is at a six-month low at 198. As of Tuesday evening, 14 districts out of 33 had zero active cases, whereas 14 have less than 10 active cases. The state had no patients on ventilators as of Tuesday evening. Some other variants of Covid recorded in Gujarat in the recent past include BN.1, BM.1.1, BL.1 and BM.4.1.1, etc. Analysis of the last 100 sequences indicates that 45% of the cases were of XBB, followed by 20% of BA.2.10, 19% of BA.2.75 and 16% of other variants. Some reports suggest the onset of XBB sub-variant in India in October as several states have recorded cases even though Covid numbers have been falling owing to factors like widespread vaccination and herd immunity. A city-based physician said that the spike after Diwali festivities - coupled with flu and other illnesses - subsided quickly and there have been a few cases of viral infection. "Hospitalization is also at an at all-time low," said the physician.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi used to warn people against taking the Covid-19 vaccine terming it `Modi vaccine’, but later got vaccinated himself secretly, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday has alleged.Shah also said that when he introduced the bill for abrogating Article 370, opposition leaders began to shout like crows in Parliament.Shah was speaking at Thasra town in Kheda district where voting will be held on December 5.“At that time (during the coronavirus pandemic), Congress’s Rahul Gandhi, through a tweet, used to warn people against vaccine saying do not take it because it is `Modi vaccine’ and it could harm you. But thankfully, no one takes him seriously nowadays,” the BJP leader claimed.After realising that everyone had taken it, he secretly got himself vaccinated “when no one was watching”, Shah said.“When Congress leaders were busy doing politics during the pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi worked hard to keep the people of Gujarat safe,” he added.Modi, as chief minister, established peace in Gujarat, Shah said.“In Gujarat, Congress did nothing except making Hindus and Muslims fight each other. The BJP government eliminated riots in Gujarat. Such riots benefit neither Hindus nor Muslims. Such violence only hinders development,” the Union minister said.Riots took place often during the Congress rule, he alleged.
Targeting the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in New Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that during winter he wished to be in Ahmedabad which had cleaner air compared to the national capital.Shah was addressing an election rally in Amraiwadi locality of Ahmedabad.“Ahmedabad was one of the top five most polluted cities during Congress rule. Narendra Modi brought CNG rickshaws and even provided loans. I live in Delhi. When it is winters, I wish to be in Ahmedabad, as I choke (in Delhi). Under AAP’s rule, the air in Delhi is not breathable and when you come here, you breathe in good air and in a good environment,” said Shah.“From December, India is going to head G-20. This G-2O will become a bog reason for the progress of India,” Shah added claiming that the country’s image across the globe has improved.He said state government in Gujarat is already planning to host Olympic Games in 2036.The BJP has worked a lot in East Ahmedabad and bridged the difference in infrastructure that it had with West Ahmedabad, the Union Minister added. He also asked local residents in Amraiwadi to call 20 people up in their area and ask them to vote for BJP.Addressing another election rally at Thasra in Kheda district, Shah said that neither Hindus nor Muslims benefit from communal riots“The Congress has no other work other than making Hindus and Muslims fight. BJP government ended communal riots in the state. Neither Hindu nor Muslims get any benefit from communal riots,” he said.During the rally, he alleged that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi used to warn people against taking the Covid-19 vaccine terming it “Modi vaccine”, but later got vaccinated himself secretly.Shah also reiterated that rioters were taught a lesson in 2002 by the then chief minister Narendra Modi.-PTI inputs
#BEIJINGChina on Monday dismissed concerns over its controversial zero-Covid policy in the face of unprecedented demonstrations, which have spread to Beijing even as it reported close to 40,000 coronavirus cases and authorities scrambled to contain the fresh surge in infections and protests against the Xi Jinping regime.The protests, which come nearly a month after President Xi was elected as the ruling party’s top leader for a third consecutive term, have spread to Shanghai, Beijing and many parts of the country in the last few days against the stringent policy under which cities and localities are kept under prolonged lockdowns and isolations.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian also defended the arrest of a BBC journalist covering the demonstrations in Shanghai, maintaining that the scribe did not present his media credentials.“What you mentioned does not reflect what has happened,” Zhao told a media briefing when asked, given the widespread display of anger and frustration on zero-Covid policy across the country.“China has been following the dynamic zero-Covid policy and has been making adjustments based on realities on the ground,” Zhao said.He said so far China issued nine versions of pandemic protocols and recently released 20 measures to contain the outbreak.“We believe that with the leadership of the CPC and the support of the Chinese people, our fight against Covid-19 will be successful,” Zhao said.To another question on protests at home and abroad calling for an end to zero-Covid policy with some calling for Xi to step down, Zhao said, “I just answered your question and I am not aware of what you mentioned.” Under the policy, those who tested positive along with those who came in contact with them were taken away to mass covid treatment centers which have caused public resentment.China’s National Health Commission said 39,452 new cases were reported on Monday, including 36,304 local asymptomatic cases, as authorities scrambled to contain the fresh surge in infections.For the fifth consecutive day, China has reported close to 4,000 cases in Beijing. Agencies