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Premium virology labs at Lucknow's Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) and National Botanical Research Institute, have been included in the Indian Sars Cov-2 Genomic Surveillance Consortium (INSACOG). This is a grid of 28 laboratories across the country which are collectively studying the variations in the coronavirus genomic makeup. Now the aforementioned labs in Lucknow will also study the mutations of the COVID-19 virus, to mitigate the impact of the expected 'third wave'.


Labs in the city to act as satellite centres for Delhi-based institute

In a bid to ensure advanced preparedness for public health intervention, the CRDI and NBRI labs in Lucknow have been added to the INSACOG list, which works to correlate the whole genomic sequence (WGS) data for clinical information. The consortium was set up to monitor genomic variations in Sars Cov-2 by the Department of Biotechnology of the Union Health Ministry. Its scope includes conducting research and study to better understand the disease transmission, clinical severity and re-infection or immune escape, vaccine efficacy and available diagnostics tests.

In an official order issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, both CDRI and NBRI in Lucknow have been listed as satellites centres for the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology in Delhi. "Over the past few months, many variants have been detected through whole-genome sequencing activity undertaken by INSACOG."

"The information obtained has been regularly shared with states and union territories to strengthen public health response to the pandemic. For the exercise to become meaningful, it is necessary that timely clinical data and adequate number of RT-PCR positive samples for genome sequencing and surveillance work is done by states too.", the order stated.

The rise of a mutant may propel the 'third wave'

Experts have listed genome sequencing as a crucial feat to counter the pandemic, especially amid the fears of the 'third wave'. The novel coronavirus has mutated itself in the past, causing deadlier or increased infection among hosts. On these lines, the impact of any successive infection spike largely depends on the development of a new strain.

Indications are that if no new variant surfaces, the third wave may not be lethal. But if the virus mutates again, the third wave may cause more harm. Officials at the National Diseases Surveillance Programme unit of Uttar Pradesh pointed that samples will now be sent for genome sequencing to the labs in Lucknow, as well. Earlier, a section of samples was being sent to the SGPGI and MGMU hospitals in the state capital.

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Said to cost around ₹150, this kit named 'Om' will provide test results in about two-hours time only

For the first time ever, a government institute in India has designed and manufactured a unique diagnostic kit to detect the presence of the Variant of Concern of COVID. The CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) in Lucknow, has developed 'Om'- an indigenous RT-PCR diagnostic kit for testing the new Omicron strain of the novel coronavirus. Read on to know more about this new development in the testing of this deadly virus in India.

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Here's everything you need to know about IPL's debutant team- Lucknow Super Giants!

Lucknow's IPL team to be called Lucknow Super Giants!

The Indian Premier League, often termed the world's biggest sports carnival, is all set for its mega auction next month and it's got our cricket fever running a new high! While this is the 15th season of the league, the revamped 2022 pitch with new title sponsors, two debutante teams and a whole lot of thrill on cards has hit the full toss right in the court of T-20 fans and trust us, it can't get any better than this!

So, if you're also caught up in the excitement to keep up with the details, this is just the right place for you! Here's all that we know about IPL Season 15 and of course, the debutante Lucknow franchise - so let the game begin!

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With over 3 lakh cases, daily COVID caseload marks a decline in India

While the daily case count has marked a decline, the positivity rate of the country has shot up to 20.75% now

As per the data released by the Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Monday, India has marked a significant decrease in the daily COVID tally. A total of 3,06,064 people tested positive for coronavirus in the country taking the active caseload to 22,49,335, as of January 24. Read on to know more about the current COVID and vaccination status of India here.

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In a Smart City move, Green Park Stadium in Kanpur to get revamped by May 2022!

Under the ambit of this renovation work, four badminton courts and six table tennis centres at the stadium will undergo a facelift

In an attempt to boost sports infrastructure and provide global level sports facilities in the city, Kanpur Smart City department is all set to revamp the Green Park Stadium. Under the ambit of this renovation work, the badminton courts and table tennis centres present in the stadium will undergo a facelift. While the work on this sports project has been initiated fifteen days ago, the remodelling work is expected to complete by May 2022, informed an official.

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Indian Railways to use CSIR-CSIO's UV-C disinfection technology to sanitise premium trains soon!

Read on to know more about the Council Of Scientific And Industrial Research's (CSIR)'s newly developed sanitisation technology

In an attempt to provide a safer journey to the passengers during COVID, the Indian Railways is all set to deploy a new UltraViolet-C disinfection practice technology to mitigate the airborne spread of coronavirus in trains. As per reports, this technology-driven disinfection through UV robots will be rolled out in a phased manner starting with the premium trains like Tejas and Rajdhani express first. Read on to know more about the Council Of Scientific And Industrial Research's (CSIR)'s newly developed sanitisation technology.

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The secret to having a great day lies in devouring a flavourful spread and if you agree, this news might just be a sweet dream come true for all you foodies in town. There’s a new cloud kitchen in Lucknow and its whisking delightful items exclusively for you. So if you’ve got any plans to savour the best, in the sanctity of your homes - it’s time to turn your heads to The Rolling Pin ASAP!

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Global Investors Summit in Indore stands cancelled in wake of rising COVID cases

As per the initial schedule, the summit was scheduled to be held in February.

In light of constantly rising COVID-19 positive cases in Indore, the Madhya Pradesh Government has cancelled the Global Investors’ Summit that was to be held in the city. As per the initial schedule, the summit was scheduled to be held in February. The meet was planned to take place in both physical and virtual mode to aid industrialists during the coronavirus outbreak.

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