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S.Korea says Russia's CoviVac COVID-19 vaccine seeks regulatory approval -drug safety ministry

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea on Friday said Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine CoviVac has applied for preliminary regulatory approval, the country’s drug safety ministry said in a statement.

South Korea has not yet announced plans to make any purchases of CoviVac, the ministry said.

Rupee falls 20 paise to 74.44 against U.S. dollar in early trade

At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened at 74.38 against the dollar, then fell further to 74.44, registering a fall of 20 paise over its previous close.

The Indian rupee declined 20 paise to 74.44 against the U.S. dollar in opening trade on Friday, tracking a lacklustre trend in domestic equities.

At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened at 74.38 against the dollar, then fell further to 74.44, registering a fall of 20 paise over its previous close.

On Wednesday, the rupee had settled at 74.24 against the U.S. dollar.

The forex market was closed on Thursday on account of ‘Muharram’.

Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, was trading down 0.04% at 93.52.

Global oil benchmark Brent crude futures rose 0.53% to $66.80 per barrel.

On the domestic equity market front, BSE Sensex was trading 303.53 points or 0.55% lower at 55,325.96, while the broader NSE Nifty slumped 115.00 points or 0.69% to 16,453.85.

Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors were net sellers in the capital market on Wednesday as they offloaded shares worth ₹595.32 crore, as per exchange data.

Apple delays return to corporate offices until 2022 as Covid cases rise

The iPhone maker had previously planned to ask staff to go back in October for three days a week

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Apple Inc is delaying its return to corporate offices from October until January at the earliest because of rising Covid-19 cases and concerns about new variants.

The iPhone maker told staff in a memo that it would confirm the reopening plans one month before employees are required to return to the office, according to Bloomberg News.

Apple had previously planned to ask staff to return to its offices on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays by early September, before delaying it until October. Employees will be able to work remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays.

The memo, sent by the human resources and retail head Deirdre O’Brien, added that the company does not currently expect to close its offices or retail stores but she strongly encouraged staff to get vaccinated, Bloomberg reported.

Apple is the latest corporation to delay its office return until 2022 after similar moves by Lyft, Amazon and Facebook, among others. A January 2022 return would mean that Apple employees had been away from the office for almost two years, since the coronavirus surge in the US from March 2020.

Apple recently said some retail staff could work from home by assisting people online.

Honda launches CB200X

Honda has launched the new CB200X in India at ₹1.44 lakh (ex-showroom). The CB200X is based on the company’s Hornet 2.0 and shares the same engine.

The 184.4cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine makes 17.3hp and 16.1Nm of torque, which is the same as in the Hornet 2.0 and is paired with a five-speed gearbox.

Like the Hornet 2.0, the CB200X uses a USD fork and monoshock for suspension, and while the company has not revealed any special details, it is likely that this suspension will have the same travel as on the Hornet 2.0.

The brakes also remain identical and it gets the same wavy discs at both ends and single-channel ABS. While the bike has the same 17-inch alloy wheels at both ends, Honda has opted to switch out the tyres for more block pattern ones on the CB200X.

The CB200X’s design is inspired by the CB500X with the bike featuring a fairly large windscreen and belly pan that appears to be fit for the purpose. The bike uses all-LED lighting and has its front turn indicators mounted on the knuckle guards. Components like the split-seats and mirrors look to be shared with the Hornet 2.0. Another big similarity comes in the form of digital instrumentation with a negative LCD display.

The CB200X has a kerb weight figure of 147kg, making it 5kg heavier than the bike it is based on. The ground clearance, meanwhile, is the same at 167mm. Seat height is 810mm, while the fuel tank capacity is 12-litres.

Deere Q3 Profit Tops Estimates; Lifts FY Profit View

Deere & Co. (DE) reported that its third-quarter net income climbed to $1.667 billion or $5.32 per share, from $811 million or $2.57 per share last year. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report earnings of $4.57 per share for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items.

Worldwide net sales and revenues increased 29 percent year-over-year to $11.53 billion. Analysts expected revenues of $10.30 billion for the quarter.

The company said it raised its full-year earnings forecast, reflecting robust market conditions.

The company now projects net income attributable to the company for fiscal 2021 to be in a range of $5.7 billion to $5.9 billion, compared to the prior outlook of $5.3 billion to $5.7 billion.

Is there a Full Moon tonight?

THE next full moon — which is called a Sturgeon Moon and believed to have a "spiritual meaning" — is visible this weekend.

But when can we see it? Here's all you need to know…

Is it a Full Moon tonight? 

The next full moon — which is called a Sturgeon Moon and is believed to have a "spiritual meaning" — is going to be visible this weekend.

The moon, also known as Corn Moon, Red Moon and Barley Moon, will be visible on Sunday, August 22 .

Top tips to see the Sturgeon Moon? 

It should be a nice and bright Moon, as we recently had a Super Moon.

In the UK, the Moon will appear fullest at just after 1pm on Sunday.

But it's best to wait until the evening for a proper view of the Moon.

All Moons have long had spiritual associations.

The August Moon is often associated with crops and farming, as it falls just before the traditional harvest month of September.

How many Full Moons are there in a year?

There are 12 full Moons to spot in 2021, each with its own unique name.

Here's the full list:

  • January 28 – Wolf Moon
  • February 27 – Snow Moon
  • March 28 – Worm Moon
  • April 27 – Pink Moon
  • May 26 – Flower Moon
  • June 24 – Strawberry Moon
  • July 24 – Buck Moon
  • August 22 – Sturgeon Moon
  • September 21 – Corn Moon / Harvest Moon
  • October 20 – Hunter's Moon
  • November 19 – Beaver Moon
  • December 19 – Cold Moon