Top Current Affairs of the day: 14 May 2020

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  • ARI develops novel process for synthesis of Quantum Dots used in photographing cellular organelles

    16 days ago
    Researchers from Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune developed a new process for the synthesis of quantum efficient and biocompatible quantum dots (QDs). It can be used in capturing images of cellular organelles and processes within the visible wavelength ranges across the electromagnetic spectrum. Highlights: ♦ Bioimaging applications such as visualization of cellular organelles, tracking cellular processes, etc. rely on the traditional fluorophores which are fluorescent chemical... Read More


    ICMR to participate in Solidarity trial by WHO for COVID-19 treatment

    16 days ago
    The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) participated in the launch of the global 'Solidarity' trial by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The aim of the trial is to help find an effective treatment for COVID-19. Highlights: ♦ The international clinical trial 'Solidarity' compares four treatment options against the standard of care to assess their relative effectiveness against COVID-19. ♦ Four potential anti-viral agents, Remdesivir,... Read More


    Low cost PPE developed by Indian Navy for rapid mass production to be patented

    16 days ago
    Intellectual Property Facilitation Cell (IPFC) of Ministry of Defence, in association with National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), has filed a patent for the low-cost Medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) developed by Indian Navy. The aim is to initiate a rapid mass production. Low cost PPE: ♦ The PPE is made of a special fabric that affords a high level of protection along with high breathability as against other PPEs available in the market. The PPE will be suitable... Read More

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    Men are more vulnerable to coronavirus than women

    16 days ago
    Researchers have found that men seem to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 than women. It suggested the reason might be related to the concentration of the enzyme Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 (ACE2) in the blood of men and women. Key Findings: ♦ The ACE2 enzyme in blood responds to the novel coronavirus and enables it to infect the human cell.   ♦ ACE2 is also a receptor present on the surface of healthy cells. The SARS-CoV-2 virus uses this receptor to enter inside cells.... Read More


    DST supports assistive tools to combat challenges faced by Divyangjan, Elderly during COVID-19 pandemic

    16 days ago
    The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has taken several measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 among Divyangjan and Elderly. It has identified various challenges faced by them for finding technological solutions. Highlights: The Science for Equity Empowerment and Development (SEED) Division of DST has supported organizations that have been instrumental in developing various assistive tools, technologies, and techniques through its programme on Technology Interventions for... Read More


    India ranked 74th on the global Energy Transition Index

    16 days ago
    As per the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual rankings, India has secured the 74th position on the global Energy Transition Index (ETI). In the previous year, India ranked 76th.
    Key findings: ♦ India showed improvements in all key parameters of economic growth, energy security, and environmental sustainability. ♦ In WEF rankings, Sweden topped for a third consecutive year in the ETI. It is followed by Switzerland and Finland in the second and third positions... Read More
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    PM CARES Fund allocates Rs.3,100 crore for migrant workers, ventilators and vaccine development

    16 days ago
    Prime Ministers Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) trust has allocated Rs.3,100 crore for fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
    Highlights: ♦ Out of the total, a sum of around Rs.2,000 crore will be earmarked for the purchase of ventilators. To tackle COVID-19 cases across the country, 50,000 Made-in-India ventilators will be purchased. The ventilators will be provided to government-run COVID hospitals in all States and Union Territories (UTs) for better... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    ICMR issues guidance on COVID-19 rapid antibody test kits

    16 days ago
    The apex health research body, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), issued guidance on rapid antibody test kits for COVID-19 and also listed the manufacturers on 14 May. The manufacturers were listed as the importer licenses of two Chinese firms, namely Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livzon Diagnostics, which were cancelled by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) after kits supplied by them showed wide-variation under field conditions. Highlights: ♦ In... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Ministry of AYUSH, CSIR partners to conduct trial for 4 AYUSH formulations to fight coronavirus

    16 days ago
    The Ministry of AYUSH and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have partnered to validate four Ayush formulations against COVID-19. The trials are expected to start within one week. The results will be given in 3 months. Highlights: ♦ The partnership is a clinical study multi-centric in different parts of the country and variable design. for this purpose, a task-force has been formed and have prepared guideline for the clinical trial ♦ Under the move, four... Read More
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    CAPF canteens to sell Indigenous Products from 1 June

    16 days ago
    Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced that all the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) canteens and stores across the country will sell only indigenous products, from 1 June 2020. The move comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for “vocal for local”. The announcement was made by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Highlights: ♦ The total purchase value of the move by MHA would be around Rs.2800 crore. ♦ Under this move, 50 lakh family members of about 10... Read More


    KVIC issues revised guidelines to implement Vocal for Local initiative

    16 days ago
    The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) issued revised guidelines to expedite the implementation of projects under the flagship programme Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) to hand-hold local production. The move comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "vocal for local" appeal. Revised guidelines: ♦ KVIC instructed the agencies concerned to scrutinize the applications under PMEGP and forward it to banks for disbursal of funds... Read More
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    Bhagalpur Smart City uses innovative technological initiatives to fight COVID-19 pandemic

    16 days ago
    Bhagalpur Smart City Limited (BSCL) has taken several measures to combat COVID-19 using various initiatives. Use of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and technology for guiding and spreading awareness has been the cornerstone for BSCLs support to the city in the fight against COVID-19. Key initiatives: ♦ The key initiatives taken up by BSCL include use of technology for spreading awareness; innovative IEC measures for sharing experience during lock-down periods;... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Finance Minister announced measures for relief and credit support related to businesses

    16 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a Special economic and comprehensive package of Rs.20 lakh crores on 13 May 2020, equivalent to 10% of India's GDP, for relief and credit support related to businesses, especially Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), to support Indian Economy's fight against COVID-19 pandemic. The Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman announced several measures of the Economic Package called Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan or... Read More
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    爱乐透彩票Narendra Singh Tomar held meeting Pesticide Manufacturing Industry representatives to prevent locust attacks

    16 days ago
    The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar held a meeting with representatives of the Pesticide Manufacturing Industry through video conferencing to check the strategy to prevent locust attacks on agricultural fields.
    Measures: ♦ GoI is taking several measures to ensure uninterrupted sowing and harvesting operations amid lockdown. ♦ The Central and State Governments are working together on the Desert Locust Control measures and have been able... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Nafed procures Pulses and Oilseeds amid lockdown

    16 days ago
    National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED), under the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, procured pulses and oilseeds amid lockdown.
    Procurement of crops by NAFED: ♦ Nafed procured 3.17 Lakh MT Gram (Chana) from 9 States namely Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana. ♦ 3.67 Lakh MT Mustard has been procured from 5 States... Read More


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