Friday January 24, 2020

Glad Indian Movies Gaining Audience in China, Says Vicky Kaushal

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Actor Vicky  Kaushal is glad that his film “Love Per Square Foot” was showcased at the Beijing International Film Festival 2019, and says it is wonderful to see Indian films gain audiences in China.

“It’s wonderful to see Indian films gain audiences in China. ‘Love Per Square Foot’ is a film that’s close to my heart and with its universal theme of the quest for a roof over the head, I’m delighted to hear that it resonated with viewers at the Beijing Film Festival,” Vicky said in a statement.

“Love Per Square Foot”, India’s Netflix Original film, was screened at the Beijing International Film Festival, which ran from April 13 to April 20.

Produced by Anand Tiwari and Amritpal Bindra under their banner Still and Still Media Collective in collaboration with RSVP, the film was showcased under ‘The Belt and Road’. The film also marked the directorial debut of Tiwari. It also features Angira Dhar.

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“Love Per Square Foot” is a light-hearted take on the millennial aspirations of two individuals who come together to fulfil their dream of owning a home in the city of Mumbai.

Tiwari, Co-Founder of Still and Still Media Collective, said: “With ‘Love Per Square Foot’, we created a film that was close to reality and we’re extremely excited that it got to reach a large audience base with its release in China at the Beijing International Film Festival. Our film in its entirety, left the audiences in good spirits at the festival.”

To this, Bindra added: “We are thrilled that our film was showcased in China and was represented along with acclaimed Indian films. Our aim with this film was to truly provide a heart-warming and a family entertainer. As content creators, we strongly believe in offering distinct narratives and quality content that should not be restricted to borders.” (IANS)

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Snake is the Most Probable Wildlife Animal Reservoir of Novel Coronavirus: Study

Snake was one of the animals being sold in Wuhan's Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market before its closure.

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Snake is the most probable wildlife animal reservoir for the novel coronavirus that had caused 17 deaths in central China's Hubei Province. (Representational Image). Pixabay

A study published on Wednesday in the Journal of Medical Virology showed that snake is the most probable wildlife animal reservoir for the novel coronavirus that had caused 17 deaths in central China’s Hubei Province.

Scientists from Peking University Health Science Center School of Basic Medical Sciences, the First affiliated Hospital of Guangxi University of Chinese Medicine, Ruikang Hospital Affiliated to Guangxi University of Chinese Medicine, Ningbo University’s School of Medicine, and Wuhan University of Bioengineering carried out a comprehensive analysis on the existing sequences of the newly identified coronavirus, the Xinhua news agency reported.

They used a method called “relative synonymous codon usage” (RSCU) bias to compare RNA sequences of different animal species.

Snake was one of the animals being sold in Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market before its closure. The market is believed to be related to most of the infected cases.

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Snake was one of the animals being sold in Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market before its closure. The market is believed to be related to most of the infected cases. Pixabay

Results obtained from the analyses suggested that the new virus 2019-nCoV appeared to be a recombinant virus between the bat coronavirus and an origin-unknown coronavirus.

The recombination occurred within the viral spike glycoprotein, which recognizes cell surface receptor. Additionally, their findings suggested that snake is the most probable wildlife animal reservoir for the 2019-nCoV based on its RSCU bias resembling snake compared to other animals.

Taken together, the research results suggested that homologous recombination within the spike glycoprotein may contribute to cross-species transmission from snake to humans.

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Glycoprotein is a group of conjugated proteins containing small amounts of carbohydrates.

Chinese health authorities have posted the full genome of 2019-nCoV in the genetic sequence database of U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (IANS)