Covid negative report from other states will not be accepted in Assam: Himanta Biswa Sarma

Air and train passengers to Assam will have to undergo corona tests on reaching the state : Himanta

Guwahati: All air and train passengers travelling to Assam will have to undergo COVID-19 tests on reaching the state as its present coronavirus situation is primarily linked to people with travel history, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma has said, PTI reported.

COVID-19 negative certificates from other states will not be accepted and those entering Assam will be required to undergo both rapid antigen and RT-PCR tests on arrival, Sarma told a press conference here. "The results of the tests will be available within 24 hours but till then the passengers should stay in isolation", he said. "In Assam the current cases are linked with travel and there is no indigeneous COVID-19 here. There is no plan of any lockdown or restriction being imposed in the state," the minister said.

Sarmah said that most of the recent cases are connected with travel history and have been reported from commercial and trading centres like Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Jorhat, Tezpur and Cachar, he said.

Assam Covid-19 tally

Assam on Saturday reported 876 new COVID-19 cases taking the tally to 2,23,816, the National Health Mission said in a bulletin. Two fresh fatalities registered in Kamrup Metro and Kamrup Rural districts also took the death toll to 1129, it said. The number of active cases in the state is currently 4,794.

No shortage of Remdesivir in Assam

"It was unlikely that there will be any shortage in the near future," he said adding there are adequate Remdesivir in the different hospitals and orders for more have been placed.

Remdesivir, used for the treatment of the contagion, will be provided free of cost for the treatment of below poverty line patients. In the case of non-BPL patients, it will be provided at a concessional rate equivalent to its procurement rate by the Assam National Health Mission.

IIT Guwahati Researchers Develop Method to Harvest Drinking Water from Air

Researchers at IIT Guwahati have developed novel materials that can efficiently harvest water from humid air.

The research has also been published in the reputed international journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The team included research scholars Kousik Maji, Avijit Das and Manideepa Dhar.

"With increasing water scarcity throughout the world, there have been attempts to collect and conserve water through non-traditional means. Scientists have turned to nature to design ways of water harvesting.

"For example, in regions of the world with naturally scanty rainfall, plants and insects have devised ingenious strategies to pull and collect water right out of the air. Mimicking this, scientists worldwide are trying to build technologies that can pull out water from thin air, both literally and figuratively," Uttam Manna, Associate Professor at IIT Guwahati''s Centre of Nanotechnology.

He said such water-harvesting techniques use the concept of hydrophobicity or water-repelling nature of some materials.

"The concept of hydrophobicity can be understood by looking at the lotus leaf. The lotus leaf is water repellent because there is a layer of trapped air between the leaf surface and the water droplet, which causes the droplet to slide off the leaf," Manna added.

According to the team, the researchers have used the concept of chemically patterned SLIPS for the first time, to effectively harvest water from moist air.

"We have produced a highly efficient water harvesting interface where the fog collecting rate is really high. The researchers have also compared the performance of their pitcher-plant inspired materials to other bio-inspired ideas and have found theirs to be superior in terms of efficiency of water harvesting," Manna said.

NEET Exam 2020: Shoyeb Aftab from Odisha Scores 720/720, Creates Record by Securing 100% Marks

Shoyeb Aftab has bagged All India Rank (AIR) 1 in NEET 2020 result announced by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on its website ntaneet.nic.in.

According to a report by Times Now, Shoyeb Aftab has secured full 720 out of the total 720 marks in the medical entrance exam.

While Soyeb Aftab has secured AIR 1, Akansha Singh from Kushinagar has also scored a perfect 720 out of 720 to become the NEET 2020 Topper among girls and also AIR 2 rank. She was placed second because of the tie breaker policy as both the students have scored a perfect tonne.

The NEET 2020 topper, 18-year-old Shoyeb created a record by securing 100 percent marks and is also the first student from the state of Odisha to top NEET.

A report by India Today said that Shoyeb took coaching from an institute in Kota, Rajasthan. The coaching institute also tweeted pictures of Shoyeb ahead of the result declaration as the student had already worked out that he may score full marks, based on the answer key that was released in the public domain earlier.

He also met Lok Sabha speaker and Member of Parliament from Kota, Om Birla on Thursday.