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Daily NEWS Summary: 18.07.2020

The Health Ministry has issued a Covid-19 advisory for gated residential complexes, asking them to make provisions for hand hygiene (sanitiser dispenser) at entry points and in work areas. Thermal screening of visitors/staff is to be carried out at entry points and only asymptomatic individuals shall be allowed to enter the premises. Vendors, household help, car cleaners, and delivery personnel will also undergo such screening daily. Physical distancing of at least six feet is to be followed as far as feasible at all locations at all times in all common areas, including parks, corridors, lift lobbies, gyms, and clubs. The advisory notes that all persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 should be encouraged to stay at home and keep any contact with visitors/guests to a minimum.

C.S. Seshadri, one of the leading mathematicians of independent India, passed away late on July 17 in Chennai, he was 88. A leader in the field of algebraic geometry, he made breakthroughs that lie at the base of many branches of this discipline. Themes that can be traced in whole or substantial part to Seshadri include projective modules over polynomial rings, geometric invariant theory, moduli theory, vector bundles on curves, the Narasimhan-Seshadri theorem, parabolic bundles, standard monomial theory and the geometry of Schubert varieties. Seshadri began his career at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research as one of the first batch of graduate students. He moved to Chennai in 1984, to the Institute of Mathematical Sciences. In 1989, he got an opportunity to start the School of Mathematics as part of the SPIC Science Foundation, which has evolved into the Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI).

CERT-In write to Twitter on hi-profile hacking

India’s cyber-security nodal agency CERT-In has issued a notice to Twitter, asking the micro-blogging platform for full details of the recent global hack targeting high-profile users. It sought complete information on all the Indian users affected, a source said. A source privy to the development told PTI that CERT-In has also asked Twitter for information on the number of users from India who have visited the malicious tweets and links, and whether the affected users have been informed by the platform about unauthorised access to their Twitter accounts.

The number of coronavirus cases in the country stood at 10,73,109 at the time of publishing this newsletter, with the death toll at 26,787. Tamil Nadu has sharply ramped up testing, with 47,539 persons tested on Friday, the maximum yet in a day. However, the test positivity ratio still remains roughly around 10, with a marginal decline. Chennai still accounted for one in four tests performed in the State. With the state not releasing district-wise data on testing, the geographical spread of the testing remains unclear.

Maharashtra cabinet minister Aditya Thackeray moved the Supreme Court on Saturday against the Centre’s decision to hold final year exams for colleges and universities in September. The exams had earlier been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown. The petition has been filed by Yuva Sena, the youth wing of the Shiva Sena.

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