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Women from all across the globe are gradually stepping up and leaving a mark in their respective fields. This year has been no different. There are numerous women around the world whose life story inspire numerous others and their achievements make us feel proud. Although we get to hear and celebrate a lot of these stories, there are many more who remain unheard of.
Here are a few note-worthy women who are inspiration to millions and are truly amazing ladies:
She became the first woman to serve as Vice President of the United States of America, thus becoming the highest-ranking female official in the history of USA. Harris is also the first African-American and the first Asian-American Vice-President.
She is the highest-ranking female official in the history of USA.Wikipedia
Born to Indian immigrant parents in Philadelphia, Vanita is the first Indian-American person to become United States Associate Attorney General.
Haines is the first woman to serve as Director of National Intelligence. She had been nominated by US President Joe Biden. Later she became his first Cabinet member after being confirmed by the Senate on Inauguration Day in 2021. Previously she had served as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and had also been Deputy National Security Advisor during the Barack Obama administration. In both these roles she had been the first woman.
The Treasury Department of the US government had been founded in 1789. This year will be the first time that a woman, Janet Yellen, will be heading it. Economist Janet also became the first woman to serve as chair of the Federal Reserve.
The fencer is an eight-time national champion.Wikipedia
Also known as Chadalavada Anandha Sundhararaman Bhavani Devi, she is the first Indian to qualify for the Olympics in the fencing category. She got selected in one of the two spots available for Asia & Oceania through the Adjusted Official Ranking (AOR) method, at the Fencing World Cup held in March 2021. The fencer, an eight-time national champion, has a number of firsts written beside her name. She was also the first Indian to win a gold medal at the senior Commonwealth Fencing Championship in Canberra in 2019.
In the 100-year history of NFL (National Football League, USA), Sarah Thomas is the first full-time female referee. She was also the first woman to referee at an NFL playoff game in 2019, and the first woman to work a major college football game.
She became the first American fencer, of any gender, to win a gold medal in individual foil. Kiefer achieved this feat at the Tokyo Olympics this year.
She is the second woman to win best director at the Oscar in its 93-year history.Wikipedia
She became the first Asian woman to win a Golden Globe for Best Director. Zhao also became the first woman of colour to win the Best Director award at the Academy Awards. She is the second woman to win best director at the Oscar in its 93-year history. Her movie ‘The Nomadland’, was about the life of a middle-aged, van-dwelling American woman who led a nomadic lifestyle.
For the Oscars this year (2021), a lot of women had received nominations. Emerald Fennell along with Chloé Zhao were nominated for best director. This was the first time two women were nominated in the category. Fennell had written and directed the movie ‘Promising Young Woman’, a black comedy psychological thriller. The movie centered around a medical school drop-out who dedicated herself towards catching predatory men. She also tries to take revenge for the rape and death of her best friend, but dies eventually.
At 82 years of age, Wally Funk became the oldest person to fly to space. She had earlier been part of NASA’s Mercury 13 program that had trained female astronauts in the 1960s, but the program was shut down and none of those astronauts went to space. Funk finally got her chance as she joined Jeff Bezos on his New Shepard rocket, which was launched to the edge of space and successfully landed back on earth on the 20th of July. She overtook NASA astronaut John Glenn, who was 77 years old when on his last mission, and became the oldest person ever to fly to space.
She became the oldest person ever to fly to space.Wikipedia
The 17-year-old girl is the daughter of illiterate parents, who work as subsistence farmers at Dahu village in Ormanjhi block in the state of Jharkhand in India. She came into the spotlight after receiving a full scholarship to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Seema had also been accepted at Ashoka University, Middlebury College and Trinity College. After completing her education abroad, she plans to return to India and work for gender equality.
These women led and paved the path so that it becomes easier for others to follow.
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S.E.E. has unveiled plans to build a space station module that contains a sports and entertainment arena as well as a content studio by December 2024, reports variety.com.
Named SEE-1, the module is intended to host films, television, music and sports events as well as artists, producers and creatives who want to make content in the low orbit, micro-gravity environment. The facilities will enable development, production, recording, broadcasting and livestreaming of content.
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S.E.E. intend to produce its own content and events in the module as well as making it available to third-parties. Axiom Space, who in January 2022 won NASA's approval to build a commercial component of the International Space Station (ISS), will undertake the construction of SEE-1. The module will dock on Axiom's commercial arm, named Axiom Station, which will also host other commercial ventures, including space tourism.
Space Entertainment Enterprise (S.E.E), the company co-producing Tom Cruise's upcoming space movie.Metro/wikipedia
Axiom Station will then separate from the ISS in 2028.
S.E.E., which was co-founded in the UK by entrepreneurs and producers Elena and Dmitry Lesnevsky, is currently planning a fundraising round.
"SEE-1 is an incredible opportunity for humanity to move into a different realm and start an exciting new chapter in space," said Dmitry and Elena Lesnevsky in a statement.
"It will provide a unique, and accessible home for boundless entertainment possibilities in a venue packed with innovative infrastructure which will unleash a new world of creativity. With worldwide leader Axiom Space building this cutting-edge, revolutionary facility, SEE-1 will provide not only the first, but also the supreme quality space structure enabling the expansion of the two trillion-dollar global entertainment industry into low-Earth orbit."
"Axiom Station, the world's first commercial space station, is designed as the foundational infrastructure enabling a diverse economy in orbit," said Michael Suffredini, president/CEO of Axiom Space.
"Adding a dedicated entertainment venue to Axiom Station's commercial capabilities in the form of SEE-1 will expand the station's utility as a platform for a global user base and highlight the range of opportunities the new space economy offers."
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"SEE-1 will showcase and leverage the space environment in an unprecedented way," Axiom chief engineer Dr Michael Baine said. "The inflatable module design provides for around six meters diameter of unobstructed pressurized volume, which can be adapted to a range of activities - including an onboard state-of-the-art media production capability that will capture and convey the experience of weightlessness with breathtaking impact."
Richard Johnston, COO of S.E.E. added: "From Jules Verne to 'Star Trek,' science fiction entertainment has inspired millions of people around the world to dream about what the future might bring. Creating a next generation entertainment venue in space inspire opens countless doors to create incredible new content and make these dreams a reality."
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By Rohit Vaid
Till now, activities associated with laying of power and telecom transmission and distribution lines, roads, highways, railways and construction of facilities such as hospitals, affordable housing, power generation units, water treatment plants, SEZs and certain type of hotels amongst others were given such status.
Besides, these sectors are a part of harmonised master list for infrastructure sub-sectors. However, in April 2021, exhibition-cum-convention centre was included in the list. "Given the focus around electric vehicle, and need for significant investment in charging stations, if the government adds the sector in infrastructure list, the benefits arising out of it will be significant," said Vishal Kotecha, Director, India Ratings and Research. "Infra tag on sectors increases ability to raise funds, access to dedicated funds and lenders, foreign capital, lower interest rates among others."
Given the focus on electric vehicles, the advantages of including the industry in the infrastructure list will be enormous. Free SVG
In recent years, lenders have taken a severe hit on their books consequent to cater to the unique financing requirements of the infra sector. This necessitated regulatory changes and government support from time to time. "The pandemic has hit the retail, hospitality and automobile sectors hard and the need for credit and liquidity support is real and urgent," said Vipula Sharma, Senior Director - Ratings and Head - Infrastructure Ratings, Brickwork Ratings.
"Any likely move to reclassify lending to these sectors as infrastructure lending will enable the banks to lend at concessional rates and extended timeline which in turn would give the sectors time to recover from the three years of repeated extended closures and rebuild their businesses. It would also enable access to funds from a larger set of institutions and funds."
Furthermore, as the economy continues to recover from the prolonged pandemic, the sustainability of the recovery is clearly the key fiscal and monetary policy objective. Consequently, Centre would need to focus on not only enhancing public capital expenditure further in infrastructure but also encouraging the private sector including foreign players to invest in the sector.
The economy is still recovering from the pandemic, and the recovery must be sustained. Unsplash
Lately, the Centre has already taken an initiative to kickstart private sector capital expenditure through the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) programme that has already covered 13 sectors with an aggregate outlay of Rs 1.97 trillion spread over the next few years. "We believe there is a case for considering 'infrastructure sector' status to the healthcare and the EV charging eco-system. The criticality of adequate healthcare infrastructure across the country has increased significantly after the pandemic and the 'infrastructure' tag can be extended to not only hospitals but also diagnostic centres," said Suman Chowdhury, Chief Analytical Officer, Acuité Ratings & Research. "As regards EV, the government has started to provide cash subsidies for EV purchases but the need of the hour is to build the charging infrastructure in an expeditious manner. The 'infrastructure' tag can clearly help attract funds to the EV ecosystem." (IANS/ MBI)
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A team led by chief scientist Ravi Shankar, is working on two combinations to provide the safest medication to coronavirus patients. "Experts say that a combination of antivirals with different mechanisms can be more effective to counter the viral pandemic. We are working on two combinations - Umifenovir with Molnupiravir (an antiviral) and Umifenovir with Niclosamide (anti-parasitic)," he said.
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Molnupiravur drug has received only Emergency Use Authorisation in India and abroad. Though its usage showed reduced hospitalisation during clinical trials, its biggest drawback are the side-effects, he added.
"Now, we are trying to keep a low dosage of Molnupiravir in its combination with Umifenovir which may weed out the side-effects such as the risk of cartilage and muscle damage. If successful, it will make Umifenovir more effective in Covid-19 treatment," said the chief scientist. The other combination is Umifenovir with Niclosamide.
Niclosamide is known for its efficacy for Covid treatment but the biggest challenge is that its high dosage is required for treatment and that leads to side-effects. A safe and efficacious combination of Umifenovir with Niclosamide is being researched on for the exact dosage in the combination that can give positive results, he added.
CDRI director Prof Tapas Kundu said: "CDRI is working round-the-clock to develop drugs that can help in treating all variants of Covid-19, besides being economical and safe for people. We have achieved a major breakthrough with Umifenovir and are hopeful of developing a new drug to win the pandemic battle."
Molnupiravur drug has received only Emergency Use Authorisation in India.Wikipedia
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