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AYUSH Ministry approves study to test impact of Vasa, Guduchi on COVID-19 management



Centre to conduct studies for coronavirus treatment! The Union Ministry of AYUSH has decided to conduct studies to look for alternative treatments for coronavirus, in order to accelerate the process of finding a cure to the disease that has caused a global pandemic. In an official statement, the ministry said that to this effect, it has approved the proposal for a clinical study for the assessment of the role played by Vasa Ghana, Guduchi Ghana, and Vasa-Guduchi Ghana in the therapeutic management of COVID-19 positive cases symptoms. The study would be conducted through randomized, open-label three armed methods by the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) along with CSIR-IGIB.

The statement said that the detailed proposal for the research, including the methodology, outcome measures, logistics as well as parameters for clinic and laboratory, has been prepared. A unique Case Report Forum (CRF) would be used for the study as it would be suitable for the research in Ayush mode. The statement added that the study protocol as well as the CRF have undergone peer review by domain experts in different fields, including those in modern medicine, and stated that the suggestions put forth by the experts were also incorporated. The study would be conducted once it attains the required approvals from the competent authorities, including approval from the Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC).

Giving details, the ministry said in the statement that the study would look at specific considerations:

  • The study would check the efficacy of the action of mono-herbal formulations of whole extracts of Guduchi and Vasa, as well as the polyherbal formulation of Vasa-Guduchi whole extract on the therapeutic management of positive asymptomatic and/or mild symptomatic cases of the novel coronavirus. Apart from that, the impact of these formulations on the viral replication speed.
  • Moreover, these formulations would also be tested to assess whether they could alter the expression profiles of important biomarkers linked to COVID-19 infection.

The ministry said that both Vasa and Guduchi are time-tested herbs in the healthcare tradition of India and are used in various disease conditions. Therefore, the study’s outcome would be important to the entire AYUSH industry.

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An Earthquake of Magnitude 4.9 felt in Nepal, India and China




An earthquake of Magnitude 4.9 hit Nepal, India, and China at around 03.00 pm IST. Tremors were felt in Nepal with light tremors in some cities like Muzaffarpur, Hajipur, and Patna in the Indian state of Bihar.

The epicenter is said to be 10 km from Phulpingkatti in Nepal. More updates are awaited.

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London Bridge Down: Death of Queen Elizabeth brings a moment of reckoning for Britain



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LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II has died in Scotland aged 96 after battling health problems since last October, the Royal Family announced Thursday. Doctors had placed the queen under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle, her estate in the Scottish Highlands.

Buckingham Palace has just released the following statement: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

Her close family rushed to her bedside as doctors grew “concerned” about her health on Thursday, Buckingham Palace said. Her grandson and his wife, Harry and Meghan Markle – who had a public showdown with the Palace, flew in from Canada.

According to news agency AFP, the Queen pulled out of a planned meeting with her senior political advisors on Wednesday, after being told to rest. The previous day she had audiences at Balmoral – her Scottish Highlands retreat, with outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and appointed his successor, Liz Truss.

In recent months, the Queen appeared visibly frail and had a series of withdrawals from public engagements. She had taken to walking with a stick and was also seen touring the Chelsea Flower Show in a motorized buggy.

In June, the UK came together for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the British throne. Her husband, Prince Phillip, died last year at the age of 99, two months before his 100th birthday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s tenure as head of state spanned post-war austerity, the transition from empire to Commonwealth, the end of the Cold War and the UK’s entry into – and withdrawal from – the European Union.

Her reign spanned 15 prime ministers starting with Winston Churchill, born in 1874, and including Liz Truss, born 101 years later in 1975, and appointed by the Queen earlier this week. She held weekly audiences with her prime minister throughout her reign.

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Bharat Ratna awardee and true gem Lata Mangeshkar Ji is no more



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The nightingale of the music industry, Lata Mangeshkar Ji passed away on February 6 at the age of 92 in the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. She was born on September 29, 1929. Very few singers have achieved the admiration that she did in her life.

She sang thousands of songs in more than 20 different languages. Not only in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan, she was also admired and praised in western countries.

PM Modi was among the first ones to share the sad news. “The kind and caring Lata Didi has left us. She leaves a void in our nation that cannot be filled. The coming generations will remember her as a stalwart of Indian culture, whose melodious voice had an unparalleled ability to mesmerise people,” he tweeted.

Apart from Bharat Ratna, she received numerous honors like the Daughter of the Nation award, the Legion of Honour award from the French government, and many more. Lata Mangeshkar truly was a gift that India will never cease cherishing.

We at Giveupnot pay our heartly tributes to her and wish that “unki aatma ko sadgati prapt ho”, OM SHANTI.

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