The 9th edition of International Sand Art festival began at Chandrabhaga Beach in Odisha. This year amid COVID-19, only 70 artists are participating from across India. This year, theme of the festival is based on "COVID Awareness". Artists are making beautiful sand sculptures, showcasing their talent.
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Director General Dr Shekhar C Mande on December 1 slammed dubious Chinese report which claimed that COVID-19 has origins in India or Bangladesh. "A Chinese paper has been submitted for consideration of publication in Lancet, claiming India as origin of SARS COV2 virus. It hasn't been peer-reviewed yet. Study is badly done and won't stand the scrutiny of peer-review as its methodology is faulty," said Dr Mande.