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The company says its stents are made of biodegradable material, and are an alternative to the traditional metal stents (Bloomberg)
The company says its stents are made of biodegradable material, and are an alternative to the traditional metal stents (Bloomberg)

Expert panel to review Meril’s price exemption bid for stent

  • NPPA verified the company’s submissions and decided that the matter be sent to an expert body for re-examination
  • The company says its stents are made of biodegradable material, and are an alternative to the traditional metal stents

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Rover, lander and landing operations will get more focus this time (Photo: PTI)
Rover, lander and landing operations will get more focus this time (Photo: PTI)

Isro likely to attempt 2nd soft landing on Moon in Nov 2020

  • After an unsuccessful bid two months ago, Isro may attempt another soft landing on the Moon by next year-end, probably in November
  • A high level expert panel constituted after the first attempt has given a guideline to prepare the mission before the end of next year

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As of October 2019, PCV has been rolled out in Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, and Bihar as well as in select districts in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan (Photo: iStock)
As of October 2019, PCV has been rolled out in Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, and Bihar as well as in select districts in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan (Photo: iStock)

Impact evaluation delay hurting pneumococcal conjugate vaccine scheme expansion

  • Two years the ministry of health and family welfare rolled out PCV, the vaccine’s impact study is yet to start
  • As per India’s Comprehensive Multi-year Plan on Immunization, PCV expansion has been targeted for 10 states till 2022 and to all thereafter

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Buddhist monks at NP Bekhtereva Institute of the Human Brain at the Russian Academy of Sciences in St Petersburg.
Buddhist monks at NP Bekhtereva Institute of the Human Brain at the Russian Academy of Sciences in St Petersburg.

An inquiry into a post-death Buddhist meditative practice

  • Six Russian scientists are closely observing a Tibetan monk in deep meditative state
  • Buddhist scholars and Russian scientists spent a fortnight probing altered states of consciousness at the monastery

In this composite image provided by NASA, the planet Mercury passes directly between the sun and Earth on May 9, 2016 in a transit which lasted seven-and-a-half-hours. On Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, Mercury will make another transit, visible from the eastern U.S. and Canada, and all Central and South America. The rest of North America, Europe and Africa will catch part of the action. Asia and Australia will miss out. (AP)
In this composite image provided by NASA, the planet Mercury passes directly between the sun and Earth on May 9, 2016 in a transit which lasted seven-and-a-half-hours. On Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, Mercury will make another transit, visible from the eastern U.S. and Canada, and all Central and South America. The rest of North America, Europe and Africa will catch part of the action. Asia and Australia will miss out. (AP)

Mercury putting on rare show Monday, parading across the sun

  • Telescopes or binoculars with solar filters are recommended. Mercury's next transit isn't until 2032
  • Unlike its 2016 transit, Mercury will score a near bull's-eye this time, passing practically dead center in front of the sun

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the gathering at the inauguration of the 5th India International Science Festival via video conferencing, in New Delhi.  (ANI )
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the gathering at the inauguration of the 5th India International Science Festival via video conferencing, in New Delhi. (ANI )

Breaking barriers, women in science at India International Science Festival

  • The four-day India International Science Festival (IISF) was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kolkata
  • Several noted women scientists and entrepreneurs from across states participated in the Women Scientists and entrepreneurs Conclave at the IISF

People stand on 'MBT Arjun' in a science exhibition during the inauguration of India International Science Festival 2019, in Kolkata on Tuesday (Photo: ANI)
These findings are more than a cause for worry is because they can easily stimulate multiple organ damage and lead to serious health issues (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
These findings are more than a cause for worry is because they can easily stimulate multiple organ damage and lead to serious health issues (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

41% Delhiites suffer from cancer-causing metal toxicity: Survey

  • Out of 165 patients, 68 patients were found positive for some kind of severe metal toxicity, said the survey
  • The survey that was done over a period of 6 months, from May 2019 to October 2019 covering people from age group of 20 to 65 years

A Nagar Nigam employee sprinkers water on trees to reduce air pollution, in Lucknow (Photo: PTI)
A Nagar Nigam employee sprinkers water on trees to reduce air pollution, in Lucknow (Photo: PTI)

People begin to collapse as air quality deteriorates in Lucknow

  • Lucknow is on the verge of collapse with the Air Quality Index (AQI) touching 382 (severe) on Friday and 422 (very severe) on Saturday
  • According to data from the CPCB, Lucknow's AQI was in the hazardous category, exposure to which can lead to serious respiratory issues

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ISRO Chairman K Sivan (PTI)
The GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) logo. (REUTERS)
The GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) logo. (REUTERS)

GSK Consumer Healthcare re-launches Crocin Pain Relief

  • Crocin is country's largest selling analgesic brand with a range of variants in both solid and liquid format
  • According to the company estimates, more than 25 million tablets of Crocin are sold each day in the country

In 2017, India had a birth rate of 20.2 and death rate of 6.3, while the natural growth rate was 13.9 per 1,000 population. (Madhu Kapparath/Mint)
In 2017, India had a birth rate of 20.2 and death rate of 6.3, while the natural growth rate was 13.9 per 1,000 population. (Madhu Kapparath/Mint)

Average life expectancy in India rises to 68.7 years

  • Improvement in life expectancy comes amid sharp rise in non-communicable diseases
  • Dengue, Chikungu-nya are a cause for great concern to public health in India, an NHP survey says

4.75% people are diagnosed with diabetes (Photo: iStock)
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan (ANI)
This was the fifth spaceflight by a vehicle of this sort. No. 6 is planned next year with another launch from Cape Canaveral (Photo: AP)
This was the fifth spaceflight by a vehicle of this sort. No. 6 is planned next year with another launch from Cape Canaveral (Photo: AP)

US Air Force's mystery space plane X-37B lands in Florida after 2-year mission

  • The US Air Force is mum about what the plane X-37B did in orbit after launching aboard a SpaceX rocket in 2017
  • The 780-day mission sets a new endurance record for the reusable test vehicle