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  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated six major bridges near to LoC, IB

    4 hours ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated six major bridges through video conferencing on 9 July 2020. The bridges will provide connectivity in sensitive border areas that are close to the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu & Kashmir. These 6 bridges were constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

    Highlights:
    ♦ Roads in the border areas remain as strategic strengths and act to connect remote areas with the mainstream.
    ♦ Of the 6 bridges, two bridges are located on the Tarnah Nallah in Kathua District, and four bridges are located on Akhnoor-Pallanwala road in Akhnoor, Jammu district.
    ♦ These bridges have spans ranging from 30 to 300 metres and were constructed at a total cost of Rs.43 crores. 
    ♦ These bridges are constructed under Project Sampark of the BRO.
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  • IIT Alumni Council, CSIR-IGIB signed MoU for joint research on COVID-19 and patient data analysis

    4 hours ago
    The IIT Alumni Council signed an agreement with the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) to conduct research on the COVID-19 and patient data analysis. The IIT Alumni council is currently setting up the world's largest molecular diagnostic lab 'MegaLab Mumbai'.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Under the agreement, IIT Alumni Council handed over imaging data of over 8,500 patients. These patients were admitted to the COVID Care Facility at Worli’s National Sports Club of India. 
    ♦ The partnership is expected to create a world-leading testing and treatment ecosystem and establish global data leadership. 
    ♦ It will focus on creating an ecosystem for Covid-19 diagnostics, therapeutics, and preparedness. 
    ♦ The ecosystem will enable a value chain with expertise, spanning digital health, Artificial Intelligence (AI), molecular diagnostics, next-generation sequencing, antibody harvesting, and production of monoclonal antibodies.
    ♦ It will provide open data access to every scientist and innovator across the world for the development of bleeding-edge testing and treatment solutions

    Background:
    In May 2020, the Council had announced the launch of the world's largest virology lab testing centre with a capacity of conducting one crore tests. The first phase, with a capacity to carry out 10 lakh tests, will be ready by July. 
    The IIT Alumni Council is the largest body of alumni, students, and faculty from all the 23 Indian Institutes of Technology and partnering Technical Institutes of Excellence and was formed in 2019 to carry out projects of social importance.
    Category: Agreements MoU
  • India-EU summit to be held on 15 July through video conference

    4 hours ago
    The Fifteenth summit between India and the European Union (EU) will be held via video conference on 15 July 2020. The summit is aimed to deliver concrete benefits for the people in the EU and India. 

    Highlights:
    ♦ The summit will provide a platform to strengthen the EU-India strategic partnership based on shared principles and values of democracy, freedom, and rule of law.
    ♦ Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to hold extensive talks with the President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on a range of issues in the summit.
    ♦ The leaders will reaffirm to promote effective multilateralism and a rules-based multilateral order, with the United Nations (UN) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) at its core.
    ♦ The summit is aimed to deliver concrete benefits for the people in the EU and India.
    ♦ The leaders will discuss ways to boost cooperation in areas of security, climate, environment, trade, and investment, digital economy, and connectivity.
  • India's GDP to contract by 3 percent in FY21 says BofA

    4 hours ago
    BofA Securities, a foreign brokerage, stated that India's GDP will contract by 3% in FY21 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, assuming the economy is opened up fully from next. The Indian GDP will contract this fiscal, with some estimates ranging up to 7% negative growth. 

    Highlights:
    ♦ It also stated that RBI will monetize the fiscal deficit through the purchase of government bonds of up to $95 billion through open market operations (OMO), and its revaluation reserves of $127 billion will be used to recapitalize state-run banks. 
    ♦ BofA Securities has an estimated 3% contraction with the assumption of the economy opening up fully from mid-August. It is expected that this might rise up to 5% if the COVID-19 crisis prolongs.
    ♦ It should be noted that India's GDP growth decelerated to 4.2% in 2019-20, the weakest in over a decade. The growth potential is over 7%.
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Cabinet approved Central Sector Scheme of financing facility under Agriculture Infrastructure Fund

    15 hours ago
    The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a new pan India Central Sector Scheme under Agriculture Infrastructure Fund. The main objective of the scheme is to provide a medium-long term debt financing facility for investment in viable projects for post-harvest management Infrastructure and community farming assets through interest subvention and financial support.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Under the scheme, banks, and financial institutions will be provided Rs.1 Lakh crore as loans to Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS), Self Help Group (SHG), Farmers, Joint Liability Groups (JLG), Marketing Cooperative Societies, Farmer Producers Organizations (FPOs), Multipurpose Cooperative Societies, Agri-entrepreneurs, Startups, Aggregation Infrastructure Providers and Central/State agency or Local Body sponsored Public-Private Partnership Project.
    ♦ Loans will be disbursed in 4 years. It will begin with the sanction of Rs.10,000 crore in the current year and Rs.30,000 crore each in the next three financial years.
    ♦ All loans under this financing facility will have interest subvention, for a maximum period of seven years, of 3% per annum up to a limit of Rs.2 crore. 
    ♦ Government of India will provide Rs.10,736 crore as the total outflow as budgetary support.
    Category: Indian Affairs

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  • PM Narendra Modi to deliver the inaugural address at 2020 India Global Week

    1 day ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to deliver the inaugural address on the first day of India Global Week 2020. Centre is to host a three-day virtual conference themed 'Be The Revival: India and a Better New World.'

    Highlights:
    ♦ India Global Week 2020 will have 5000 global participants from 30 nations being addressed by 250 global speakers across 75 sessions.
    ♦ Other officials who will participate at the event are Dr. S. Jaishankar, Union External Affairs Minister, Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Railways, and Commerce & Industry, Lt Governor of J&K, GC Murmu, Isha Foundation Founder Sadhguru, Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, along with UK’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Home Secretary Priti Patel, US Ambassador to India Ken Juster, and among others.
    ♦ The event will feature 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' performance by Madhu Nataraj and a special 100 birth anniversary concert in tribute to the sitar maestro Ravi Shankar.
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  • CSIR, Laxai Sciences seek regulatory approval to undertake clinical trials on Covid-19 patients, phase III clinical trial

    2 days ago
    Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), in collaboration with Laxai Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd. Hyderabad has sought regulatory approval to undertake 'MUCOVIN', a four-arm randomized controlled phase III clinical trial. The study is to combine and repurpose antivirals and host-directed therapies (HDTs) to address the disease-spread and pathology simultaneously.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The unique combinatorial strategy, antivirals, and HDTs, with repurposed drugs having a complementary, additive, and synergistic role, has been adopted to increase therapeutic options for Covid-19 treatment and help recover patients faster.
    ♦ The trial will determine the safety and efficacy of the three combination drugs and a control arm with the standard of care in COVID-19 patients. 
    ♦ The 3 combination drugs are Favipiravir+Colchicine, Umifenovir+Colchicine and Nafamostat+5-ALA.
    ♦ The clinical trial will be carried out in partnership with Medanta Medicity.
    ♦ The trial will include a total of 300 patients in four different groups of 75 patients in the trials to be carried for 17 to 21 days including screening and treatment.
    ♦ The study aims to target viral proteins essential for its replication and host factors that play a crucial role in the viral life cycle and contribute to the cytokine storm.
  • Centre released Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-based Agri-input, food products in India

    2 days ago
    Union Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar released the ‘Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-based Agri-input and food products in India' on 7 July 2020. The Guidelines are aimed to help the policymakers and regulators to frame effective provisions for future novel nano-based products in the agri-input and food sectors of India.

    Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-based Agri-input and food products in India:
    ♦ The guidelines will encourage the Indian innovators and industries to develop and commercialize new nano-based formulations and products in these sectors.
    ♦ It is expected that when compared to the bulk form of chemical inputs in crops, the use of nano-nutrients can reduce nutrient run-off into ground and surface water. This will in turn can reduce environmental pollution.
    ♦ The formulation of these Guidelines is one of the most important steps for delineating quality, safety, and efficacy assessment of the novel nano-formulations which can be commercialized. 
    ♦ These guidelines are also aimed to provide transparent, consistent, and predictable regulatory pathways for nano-based agri-input and food products in the country. 
    ♦ The initiative has been brought on board all the Departments and Ministries that deal with Nanotechnology, and nano-based products.
    ♦ It will also pave the way for significant benefits for the mission on Doubling Farming Income by 2022 and the National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture.
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Mylab launched machine to Automate the manual processes of Molecular Diagnostic Tests

    2 days ago
    Pune-based Mylab Discovery Solutions has launched 'Compact XL', a machine to automate the manual processes of molecular diagnostic tests including Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests for COVID-19. The machine will be available for pre-ordering from 13 July 2020.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The machine is a compact bench-top machine that will automate lab processes from sample handling to preparing RT-PCR ready tubes. 
    ♦ The cartridge-based machine can run 32 samples at a time which can be further increased when machines are connected in a network.
    ♦ Compact XL can be used for a wide range of RNA and DNA-based tests including COVID-19 RT-PCR tests. 
    ♦ The machine has been designed in a way that it can take input or samples of various types such as plasma, tissue, sputum, and swab.
    ♦ The cost of Compact XL has not been announced yet.
    ♦ Compact XL will ensure that DNA/RNA tests such as COVID-19 testing can be done without manual error, minimal supervision, and reduced human effort.
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Shri Prahlad Singh Patel plants trees to commemorate Sankalp Parva

    2 days ago
    In order to commemorate SankalpParv, Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel planted trees in Qila Rai Pithora and the National Archives of India in Delhi. The move comes as the Ministry of Culture is celebrating Sankalp Parva from 28th June to 12th July 2020.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The Ministry expects all its Subordinate Offices, Academies, attached Institutions, and affiliated Institutions to plant trees on its campus or in the surroundings wherever it is possible. 
    ♦ Ministry of Culture has recommended people to plant five trees that have been identified and represent the herbal heritage of the country. 
    ♦ These trees are 
    • Bargad
    • Awla
    • Pepal
    • Ashok
    • Bel
    ♦ The organizations are directed to ensure that each employee should plant at least one tree of his/her choice and over and above these five trees which should be planted under Sankalp Parva. 
    ♦ The Institutions must also ensure that the employee to take care of plant planted by them during the year so that it survives and flourish.
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • DCGI approved launch of Mylan Pharma Remdesivir in India at Rs.4,800 per 100 mg vial

    2 days ago
    Pharma major Mylan received approval for its Remdesivir from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). The company will launch a generic version of Gilead Sciences' COVID-19 anti-viral in the country at Rs.4,800 for 100 mg/vial.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The drug will be launched under the brand name Desrem in India and will be available to patients later this month at about 80% below the price tag for wealthy nations.
    ♦ Mylan will manufacture remdesivir in India at its injectables facilities. 
    ♦ It has been inspected by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for compliance with good manufacturing practices.
    ♦ The efforts are aimed to accelerate access to critical medicine for patients with COVID-19 in India.
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  • World Zoonoses Day is annually observed on 6 July

    2 days ago
    World Zoonoses Day is annually observed on 6 July. The day is observed with an aim to create awareness on zoonotic diseases, measures to prevent them, and how to treat it if exposed. The day is observed to honor Louis Pasteur who successfully administered the first Rabies virus vaccine, a zoonotic disease. 

    Zoonoses:
    The word 'Zoonoses' is derived from the Greek words zoon (animal) and nosos (ailment). Zoonoses is all about the spread of infectious disease between species, done by a vector from animals to humans and from human to other animals. There about 150 known zoonotic diseases. 
    People who work with wildlife are exposed to the potential for disease transmission from animals. People get infected with zoonotic diseases from contact with infected live poultry, reptiles, rodents, insects, amphibians, and other domestic and wild animals.
    Category: Important Days
  • Injeti Srinivas was appointed as the first chairman of the International Financial Services Centre Authority

    2 days ago
    Senior bureaucrat Injeti Srinivas was appointed as the first chairman of the International Financial Services Centre Authority (IFSCA) for the Gujarat International Finance Tech (GIFT) City.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The Department of personnel and training (DoPT), under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, appointed Injeti Srinivas, the former corporate affairs secretary, as the chairman of the newly set up regulator for three years.
    ♦ Srinivas retired on 31 May 2020.
    ♦ The appointment comes as the Union government has notified the setting up of the IFSCA on 28 April. 
    ♦ IFSCA will serve as a unified authority to regulate all financial services in international financial services centres (IFSCs) across the country.
    ♦ Until now, the regulations for entities and financial services at IFSCs were governed by Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI). 
    ♦ The appointment will now typically lead to several key regulations and development work falling between regulatory bodies.

    Injeti Srinivas:
    Injeti Srinivas is a 1983 batch IAS officer from the Odisha cadre. He served at the corporate affairs ministry for nearly 3 years. Prior to that, he served as secretary, department of sports, and director-general of SAI.
  • Indian Railways in collaboration with BHEL to be net-zero carbon emission mass transportation network

    2 days ago
    Indian Railways in collaboration with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned a project of 1.7 MWp at Bina, Madhya Pradesh, which is a first of its kind project in the world. The move by the Indian Railways is to transform itself as ‘Net Zero’ Carbon Emission Mass Transportation Network by 2030. Indian Railways to solarise railway stations by utilizing its vacant lands for renewable energy projects. 

    Highlights:
    ♦ The project will be linked directly to the Overhead Traction System. 
    ♦ The system will involve an innovative technology ti convert DC to single-phase AC, for feeding directly to the overhead traction system. 
    ♦ The solar power plant has the ability to produce around 25 lakh units of energy yearly.
    ♦ It will save around Rs.1.37 crore for the national transporter every year.
    ♦ Indian Railways are planning two other such pilot projects are under implementation. 
    ♦ One of the two projects is a 2 MWp solar plant at Diwana, Haryana. It will be connected to State Transmission utility. It is expected to be commissioned before 31 August 2020.
    ♦ The next project is a 50 MWp solar power plant at Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. It will be connected with Central Transmission Utility. The plant is targeted to be commissioned before 31 March 2021. 
    Category: Environment
  • Himalayan butterfly is Indias largest Butterfly

    2 days ago
    The Himalayan butterfly named Golden Birdwing has become India’s largest butterfly and broke the record set by an unknown specimen, which was held for 88 years. The unknown specimen was recorded by a British Army officer Brigadier William Harry Evans in 1932.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The wingspan of the female of the Golden Birdwing species is 194 mm which is marginally larger than the Southern Birdwing. The wingspan of the Southern Birdwing is 190 mm. The female Golden Birdwing was recorded from Didihat, Uttarakhand
    ♦ The length of the largest female Golden Birdwing’s forewing is 90 mm.
    ♦ Also, the male Golden Birdwing, Troides Aeacus, is much smaller at 106 mm. 
    ♦ The three species followed by the Golden Birdwing are:
    • Common Windmill (Byasa polyeuctes) at 98 mm
    • Great Windmill (Byasa dasarada) at 96 mm
    • Common Peacock (Papilio bianor) at 78 mm
    ♦ The smallest butterfly is the Quaker (Neopithecops zalmora) with a wingspan of 18 mm and forewing length of 8 mm
    Category: Environment
  • Vice President of India to launch Elyments, First Indian Social Media Super App

    5 days ago
    Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu is to launch Elyments, the first Indian Social Media Super App, on 5th July 2020. More than 1000 IT professionals jointly created the indigenous first social media super-app. 

    Elyments:
    ♦ Elyments was built with an aim to keep the user's privacy in mind, as a primary concern.
    ♦ The product was designed by India's top privacy professionals.
    ♦ Data of users will be stored in the app and will never be shared with a third party without the user's explicit consent.
    ♦ The app is available in more than eight Indian languages.
    ♦ The app aims to combine the special features of popular social media apps and present it on a single unified app.
    ♦ The app will allow the users to stay in touch through a vibrant feed, seamless free audio/video calls, and private/group chats.
    ♦ Elyments also aims to launch:
    • Audio/ Video conference calls
    • Secure payments via Elyments Pay
    • Public profiles who users can Follow/Subscribe
    • Curated commerce platform to promote Indian brands
    • Regional voice commands
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  • Himachal Pradesh is to implement of Jal Jeevan Mission to improve the living standard in the State

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    Himachal Pradesh is to implement of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) with an aim to improve the living standard in the State. The main objective of JJM is universal coverage and emphasis is on the principle of equity and inclusiveness, that is, every family in the village should get tap water connection in their household and none is left behind.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Himachal Pradesh state has planned to provide 100% coverage by August 2022, ahead of national goal by 2024. 
    ♦ Upon implementing the mission, Himachal Pradesh will be one of the leading states to accomplish the ambitious target of providing a tap connection to each rural household. The state is also taking steps for faster execution of rural drinking water supply works in the State in order to achieve the target in a time-bound manner.
    ♦ Under the move, all the villages have been directed to prepare Village Action Plan (VAP) which will comprise of development/ augmentation of drinking water sources, water supply, grey-water management, and operation and maintenance components. 
    ♦ Out of 17.04 lakh rural households in Himachal Pradesh, 9.52 lakh (55.87%) are already provided with Functional Household Tap Connections (FHTCs). 
    ♦ Out of the remaining 7.52 lakh households, Himachal Pradesh plans to provide tap connections in 2.44 lakh households during 2020-21. 
    ♦ In 2020, the State is planning to provide tap connections to all households in 4,313 villages out of total of 17,250 villages.
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • MOM captured image of Phobos, the biggest moon of Mars

    5 days ago
    The Mars Colour Camera (MCC) onboard ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has captured the image of Phobos, the closest and biggest moon of Mars. The image was taken on 1st July when MOM was about 7,200 km from Mars and 4,200 km from Phobos.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The image is a composite image generated from 6 MCC frames with a Spatial resolution of the image is 210 m.
    ♦ The colour if the image has been corrected.
    ♦ In the image, 4 craters namely Stickney, Shklovsky, Roche & Grildrig are seen. Stickney is the largest crater on Phobos.

    Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM):
    ♦ Mars Orbiter Mission is also known as Mangalyaan. Initially, it was meant to last for six months. But then it had enough fuel to last for many years. 
    ♦ MOM was launched on 24 September 2014. It cost Rs.450 crore.
    ♦ The MOM spacecraft was successfully launched in the orbit of the planet Mars.
    ♦ MOM mission aims to study the Martian surface and mineral composition and scan its atmosphere for methane which is an indicator of life on Mars.
    ♦ Mars Orbiter has 5 scientific instruments namely:
    1. Lyman Alpha Photometer (LAP)
    2. Methane Sensor for Mars (MSM)
    3. Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyser (MENCA)
    4. Mars Colour Camera (MCC)
    5. Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (TIS)
  • AMC launched Dhanvantri Rath to take Non-COVID healthcare services to doorsteps in Ahmedabad

    5 days ago
    Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has launched Dhanvantri Rath to take Non-COVID healthcare services to peoples’ doorsteps amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The aim is to ensure that non-COVID essential services related to diabetes, blood pressure, heart ailment, etc., are also provisioned to people who cannot visit the hospitals as many of them were not operating the OPDs.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Dhanvantri Rath is a mobile van that provides non-COVID essential healthcare services to the doorsteps of the people in the city. 
    ♦ These vans have an Ayush Doctor, paramedic, and nursing staff along with a local Medical Officer from the Urban Health Centre of AMC. 
    ♦ So far, AMC has deployed 120 Dhanvantri Raths across Ahmedabad and it has successfully conducted over 4.27 lakh OPDs consultations.
    ♦ The mobile vans carry all essential medicines including ayurvedic and homeopathic medicines, vitamin supplements, basic testing equipment along with pulse Oxymeter. 
    ♦ The deployment of Dhanvantri Raths has had a substantial impact on COVID-19 management also, as several hidden cases could be identified in time.
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Meity-NITI launches Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat App

    5 days ago
    Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, Niti Aayog launched Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge for Indian tech entrepreneurs and Startups. The aim is to build a Digital India and using Digital Technologies for building an AatmaNirbhar Bharat.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The main objective is to support and build a strong ecosystem for Indian Apps.
    ♦ It will run in 2 tracks namely 
    1. Promotion of Existing Apps
    2. Development of New Apps
    ♦ The focus of the Track 1 App Innovation Challenge is to identify the best Indian Apps that are already being used by citizens and have the potential to scale and become world-class Apps in their respective categories. 
    ♦ Track 1 has the following 8 broad categories:
    1. Office Productivity & Work from Home
    2. Social Networking
    3. E-Learning
    4. Entertainment
    5. Health & Wellness
    6. Business including Agritech and Fin-tech
    7. News
    8. Games
    ♦ The Innovation Challenge has been made available on innovating .mygov.in/app-challenge from 4th July 2020. 
    Track 2 of the AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge is yet to be launched. It aims to seek to identify Indian startups/entrepreneurs/companies and encourage them with ideation, incubation, prototyping, and roll out of applications. 
    ♦ The track will run for a longer course of time, details of which shall be provided separately.
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Hardeep Singh Puri launched the 6th edition of the annual cleanliness survey of urban India 2021 Swachh Survekshan

    6 days ago
    The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) Shri Hardeep Singh Puri launched the sixth edition of the annual cleanliness survey of urban India, the toolkit for Swachh Survekshan 2021. The survey was conducted by MoHUA.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Swachh Survekshan is redesigned innovatively every year, to ensure that the process becomes more robust, with a focus on sustaining the behaviour change. 
    ♦ In 2019, the Ministry’s efforts focussed on ensuring the sustainability of the sanitation value chain, the SS 2021 indicators focus on parameters pertaining to wastewater treatment and reuse along with faecal sludge.
    ♦ MoHUA provided a detailed presentation on the methodology and various parameters of Swachh Survekshan 2021.

    Prerak Dauur Samman:
    ♦ A new category of awards titled Prerak Dauur Samman will be given as a part of Swachh Survekshan 2021. Top three cities will be recognized in each category. The award has a total of five additional sub-categories namely:
    • Divya (Platinum)
    • Anupam (Gold)
    • Ujjwal (Silver)
    • Udit (Bronze)
    • Aarohi (Aspiring) 
    ♦ A new category ‘population category’ been added. It will categorize cities on the basis of six select indicator wise performance criteria which are as follows:
    • Segregation of waste into Wet, Dry and Hazard categories
    • Processing capacity against wet waste generated
    • Processing and recycling of wet and dry waste
    • Construction & Demolition (C&D) waste processing
    • Percentage of waste going to landfills
    • Sanitation status of cities
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  • PM to address celebration of Dharma Chakra Day

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    President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovid will inaugurate the Dharma Chakra Day from the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to address the celebration of Dharma Chakra Day, also known as Asaadh Poornima, on 4 July 2020. The day is celebrated by the Buddhists all over the world as the day of Dharma Chakra Parvattana or Turning of the Wheel of Dharma. 

    Highlights:
    ♦ The Dharma Chakra Day will be celebrated by the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), which functions under the aegis of Union Ministry of Culture.  
    ♦ The day commemorates Buddha's First Sermon to his first five ascetic disciples at the Deer Park, Rsipatana in the present-day Sarnath near Varanasi, UP.
    ♦ The day aims to emphasize the teachings of peace and justice of Lord Buddha and the Eight-Fold Path shown by Buddha to overcome the sufferings of sentient beings.
    ♦ All the events will be conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Category: Festivals
  • DCGI approved Zydus Healthcare's COVID-19 vaccine for human clinical trials

    6 days ago
    Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approved a potential COVID-19 vaccine indigenously developed by the Ahmedabad-based Zydus Cadila Healthcare Ltd. The vaccine will be used for human clinical trials.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The approval process was fast-tracked after the recommendation by the subject expert committee on COVID-19. It considered the emergency medical need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    ♦ DCGI has approved for the phase I and II clinical trials on humans of the potential novel coronavirus vaccine after its animal studies were found to be successful.
    ♦ The vaccine candidate was found to be successful with respect to safety and immunogenicity.
    ♦ Phase I & II trials will take around three months to be completed.
    ♦ Also, the country’s ‘first’ indigenous COVID-19 vaccine candidate Covaxin had recently got approval for human clinical trials from the DCGI. It was developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research and National Institute of Virology (NIV).
  • HRD Minister, Sports Minister to launched Fit India Talks of eminent sportspersons with school children

    6 days ago
    Government of India's flagship program "Fit India" has launched a series of interactive sessions titled "Fit India Talks" with some of the top sportspersons of India on 3 July. The Fit India Talks sessions are organized in association with the Sports Authority of India and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

    Highlights:
    ♦ A host of leading sports personalities share their experiences of childhood, stories on how they got inspired, their failures, struggles, and their success. 
    ♦ It is expected that this session will give the audience a very inspirational and interesting account of their journeys, from common school students to world-class champions.
    ♦ A total of six sessions will be held till 14 July. Star players including PV Sindhu, Sunil Chhetri, Ashwini Ponnappa, Rani Rampal, Manika Batra, Apurvi Chandela, and Deepa Malik will join in at the sessions.
    ♦ The sessions will be streamed on Shri Ramesh PokhriyalNishank's social media pages, MHRD social media pages, Fit India Facebook & YouTube channel, SAI Facebook Page, MyGov YouTube channel, SportsTak YouTube channel, and the DD Sports Television and YouTube channel.
    Category: Sports
  • Urban forest created at polluted ITO in Delhi

    6 days ago
    The Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar along with CAG Rajiv Mehri inaugurated the dense urban forest. The forest has been created in a park adjacent to the ITO metro station, Delhi. It has been created by planting at least 12,000 saplings of 59 indigenous tree species. It has been built by the government’s official auditor comptroller and auditor general.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The Urban Forest is made up of trees that are native to the area.
    ♦ There are three dimensional, multi-layered communities having 30 times the surface area of the greenery of single-layered lawns, and have more than 30 times the ability to protect against natural disasters and to conserve the environment.
    ♦ The move comes as the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi has become an increasing cause of concern in the past years. Also, the ITO crossing of New Delhi has recorded particularly high air pollution levels.
    ♦ The forest creation will help in reducing the temperature by as much as 14 degrees & increase the moisture by more than 40%.
    ♦ Urban forest has the capacity to restore habitat for bees, butterflies, birds, and microfauna.
    Category: Environment
  • Delhi government launches Paudhe lagao, Paryavaran Bachao

    7 days ago
    The Delhi government will organize a mega tree plantation drive under the campaign 'Paudhe lagao, Paryavaran Bachao'. The campaign will be held from 10-26 July 2020. The information was passed by Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on 2 July 2020. 

    Highlights:
    ♦ The campaign is launched with an aim to reduce air pollution by increasing green cover in the national capital. 
    ♦ It has been planned that during the campaign, in 17 days, 31 lakh of tree saplings will be planted under the campaign. 
    ♦ The campaign will be launched near ITO in National Highway 20 (NH 20).
    ♦ Out of the 31 lakh saplings, 20 lakh saplings will be of big trees and the remaining 11 lakh saplings will be of shrubs that will be planted on both sides of the road.
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  • MoD approves purchase of 33 fighter aircraft for IAF, 248 indigenous missiles

    7 days ago
    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) cleared the purchase of 21 MiG-29 and 12 Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft along with 248 indigenous long-range air to air missiles, Astra, among others on 2 July 2020. The move by the Ministry is to boost the Indian armed forces. It was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

    Highlights:
    ♦ MoD has cleared the purchase of platforms and equipment for the armed forces to the tune of Rs 38,900 crore. 
    ♦ The Ministry also approved the upgrade of the existing 59 MiG-29 aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
    ♦ Out of the 248 indigenous Astra missiles, 200 is for IAF, and 48 for the Indian Navy.
    ♦ The estimated cost of the procurement is Rs.2,700 crore.
    ♦ Also, the MiG-29 procurement and upgrade from Russia has been estimated to cost around Rs.7,418 crore. 
    ♦ And, the Sukhoi-30 MKI which is to be procured from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has been estimated at the cost of Rs.10,730 crore. 
    Category: Defence
  • Parminder Chopra took charge as Director of Finance, PFC

    7 days ago
    Smt. Parminder Chopra assumed charge as the Director of Finance in the Government-owned Power Finance Corporation (PFC), India's leading NBFC, on 1 July 2020. She will replace Shri N.B. Gupta, who superannuated on June 30, 2020. It was approved by the 

    Parminder Chopra:
    Prior to this appointment, Parminder Chopra was associated with key organizations in the power sector like the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation of India (NHPC) and Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL). She joined PFC in 2005 and spearheaded the key initiative to diversify PFC's fund mobilization to international markets that allowed the lender to raise money at lower costs. With her focussed approach, the share of fund mobilization in foreign currency grew from a meager 2% to 15% within a short span of 2 years. She also serves as Director on the Board of Coastal Tamil Nadu Power Limited and Cheyyur Infra Limited.
  • World Bank approved USD 400 mn to enhance support for rejuvenating Ganga

    7 days ago
    The World Bank approved $400 million, about Rs.3,000 crore, to enhance its support for the Government of India’s program to rejuvenate the Ganga river. It is expected that this assistance will help stem pollution in the river.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The assistance provided by the World Bank will help strengthen the management of the river basin which is home to more than 500 million people.
    ♦ The Second National Ganga River Basin Project (SNGRBP) will support the government’s Namami Gange program and its long-term vision for controlling pollution in the river and restoring its water quality.
    ♦ The first World Bank project was aimed to help build critical sewage infrastructure in 20 pollution hotspots along the river. The first project will help the current project to scale this up to the tributaries.
    ♦ It should be noted that over 40% of India’s GDP is generated in the densely populated basin.
    Category: Environment
  • RMRC lab, Assam becomes 4th to isolate COVID-19 virus strain in India

    8 days ago
    Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) located in Lahowal in Dibrugarh district of Assam has successfully isolated the SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, virus becoming the fourth such facility in the country to achieve the feat. The other 3 hospitals that isolated the virus were:
    1. National Institute of Virology, Pune
    2. Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad
    3. Bharat Biotech, Hyderabad

    Highlights:
    ♦ The significance of isolation of the COVID-19 virus by RMRC is live and viable SARS-CoV-2 virus can now be produced in abundance in the lab as and when required.
    ♦ Isolation of the COVID-19 virus is important to develop inactivated COVID-19 vaccine where virus grown in laboratory are inactivated by heat or chemical and purified for use as vaccines after pre-clinical and clinical trials.
    ♦ Some other uses of the SARS-CoV-2 virus culture are that it can be used for drug screening for potential drugs or drug candidates against the virus, testing the effectiveness of disinfectants, use in the development of therapeutic antibodies, etc.
    ♦ Scientists at RMRC stated that all strains of SARS-CoV-2 were L-type and not S-type, which is slowly disappearing across the world.
  • National Doctors Day is observed on 1 July

    8 days ago
    National Doctors' Day is celebrated annually on 1 July. The day is observed for honoring the physician and former chief minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. It is celebrated to raise awareness about the importance of doctors and their vital role in our day-to-day lives. 

    Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy:
    Dr. Bidhan was an eminent physician and educationist. He was also a renowned freedom fighter. He joined Mahatma Gandhi during the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) and later he became Indian National Congress leader. He was elected twice as West Bengal's Chief Minister and remained in office for up to 14 years until his death in 1962. He was an Alumnus of the University of Calcutta. He played a key role in the formation of the Indian Medical Association and Medical Council of India.

    History:
    Doctors' Day in India was established in 1991 by the Government of India. The aim was to pay honour and respect Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. The day was chosen as it is the birth and death anniversary of Dr. Bidhan. He was born on 1st July 1882 and died on the same date, that is, 1st July 1962. A year before his death, Dr. Bidhan was honoured with Bharat Ratna on February 4, 1961, which is considered to be the highest civilian award in India.
    India has shown extraordinary improvements in the medical field and July 1 pays a  tribute to all the doctors who have made unremitting efforts to achieve this goal regardless of the odds.
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  • Amendments in the Indian Stamp Act come into effect from 1 July

    8 days ago
    The Amendments in the Indian Stamp Act, 1899 brought through Finance Act 2019 and Rules made thereunder will come into effect from 1 July 2020 as per the notifications dated 30 March 2020. The amendment will facilitate ease of doing business and to bring in the uniformity of the stamp duty on securities across States.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The amendment will build a pan-India securities market after due deliberations and consultations with the States, through requisite amendments in the Indian Stamp Act, 1899.
    ♦ The rules made thereunder has created the legal and institutional mechanism to enable states to collect stamp duty on securities market instruments at one place by one agency on one Instrument. 

    Salient Features:
    The amendments will provide the following structural reforms:
    • The stamp-duty on transfer, sale, and issue of securities will be collected on behalf of the State Government by the collecting agents. The agents will then transfer the collected stamp-duty in the account of the concerned State Government.
    • The amendment will prevent multiple incidences of taxation, no stamp duty will be collected by the States on any secondary record of transaction associated with a transaction on which the stock exchange/depository has been authorized to collect the stamp duty.
    • Stamp duty is payable by both seller and buyer in the new system it is levied only on one side.
    • The collecting agents will be the Stock Exchanges or authorized Clearing Corporations and the Depositories.
    • All the exchange-based secondary market transactions in securities, Stock Exchanges will collect the stamp duty and for off-market transactions and the initial issue of securities happening in Demat form, and the depositories will collect the stamp duty.
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • MyGov Corona Helpdesk received CogX 2020 award

    9 days ago
    Artificial Intelligence-enabled MyGov Corona Helpdesk received two awards at the CogX 2020 is held annually in London, the UK. CogX is a prestigious Global Leadership Summit and Festival of AI & Emerging Technology. MyGov Corona was awarded under the categories ‘Best Innovation for Covid-19 – Society’ and ‘People’s Choice Covid-19 Overall Winner’. The awards were won by JioHaptik Technologies.

    MyGov Corona Helpdesk:
    ♦ MyGov is a citizen engagement platform that facilitates two-way communication between the Central government and citizens.
    ♦ It facilitates participatory governance in India, in the fight against COVID-19.
    ♦ The AI-enabled MyGov Corona Helpdesk was jointly developed by MyGov, JioHaptik Technologies, and WhatsApp team in the record time of five days including the weekend.
    ♦ MyGov Corona Helpdesk demonstrated the true Public, Private and Partnership (PPP), wherein, citizen-centric services were provided by MyGov
    ♦ The technology was designed, developed, and deployed by JioHaptik Technologies, and ideas given by the public were factored-in on a daily basis to improve the services and solution.
    ♦ Indian chatbot ‘MyGov Corona Helpdesk’ was chosen after a rigorous evaluation, among hundreds of entries that made a difference to society during the pandemic.

    CogX:
    CogX is a large AI event that is held annually in London with over 15,000 participants. Representatives from the highest levels of business, government, industry, and research participants in the event. The Cogx Awards are presented to the best-of-the-best in AI and emerging technologies across the world. The JioHaptik was awarded the honour for providing AI-enabled technological solutions for ‘MyGov Corona Helpdesk’ that has helped safeguard lives amid a pandemic.
  • RRI introduces qkdSim toolkit to ensure safety in secure quantum communication platforms

    9 days ago
    Researchers from Raman Research Institute (RRI), an autonomous institute of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), has launched Quantum Key Distribution or QKD. The qkdSim simulation toolkit aims to ensure safety in secure quantum communication platforms.

    Highlights:
    ♦ qkdSim is a unique simulation toolkit for end-to-end QKD simulation which is based on modular principles that allow it to be grown to different classes of protocols using various underpinning technologies.
    ♦ The simulation toolkit will satisfy the recent advisories by the Ministry of Home Affairs to ensure online communication via secure platforms. This comes as due to the increasing need for measures to ensure security in the virtual world as the COVID-19 confines most day to day activities to the digital space.
    ♦ QKD will ensure the security of the key transfer process that lies in using the laws of quantum physics.
    ♦ RRI team plans to expand the current scope of qkdSim to include entanglement based QKD protocols and experimental comparisons for the same. It will lead to a whole new software that will be highly beneficial to the experimental secure quantum communication community.
    ♦ This software will be a foundation for the National Mission on Quantum Technologies and Applications developments in the country.
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • NBRI to set up Advanced Virology Lab to test COVID-19 disease

    9 days ago
    The National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow, has set up an “Advanced Virology Lab” for testing COVID-19 disease. The facility has been established as per the guidelines of the Indian Council Medical Research (ICMR), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

    Highlights:
    Advanced Virology Lab is a Bio-Safety Level (BSL) 3 level facility. Biosafety levels are assigned to a facility depending on the pathogen it deals with.  
    ♦ As per the ICMR guidelines, the BSL2 level facility is recommended for COVID-19 and in an advanced manner.
    ♦ The lab is facilitated with "Negative Pressure", which means it has a suction facility that can suck any aerosol and pass it through filters. It can filter viruses or bacteria to make it a safe COVID-19 testing facility. This will reduce the possibility of infections at culturing facilities. 
    ♦ The facility will be added to the testing capacity of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Currently, the testing facility in UP tests about 20,000 samples per day.
    ♦ The Lab will start testing 100 samples a day in the first week and later it will scale up to 500 samples a day.
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • RBI to conduct OMO to boost liquidity

    9 days ago
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced that is is to conduct special "Open Market Operations (OMO)" on 2 July 2020. The aim is to pump up liquidity in the financial system.

    Highlights:
    ♦ RBI's special OMO session will see the simultaneous purchase and sale of government securities for Rs.10,000 crore. 
    ♦ RBI will sell short-term securities, that worth Rs.10,000 crore, that are maturing in the current band next year and purchase long-term securities of an equal amount maturing between 2027 and 2033.
    ♦ The move by the Central Bank is expected to improve both liquidity and bond yields.

    Open Market Operations (OMO):
    Open market operations (OMO) refers to a central bank's buying and selling of government securities in the open market in order to expand or contract the amount of money in the banking system. Securities' purchases inject money into the banking system and stimulate growth, while sales of securities do the opposite and contract the economy.
    In a multiple price-auction, each successful bidder pays the price stated in his bid. In case of 'uniform price' auctions, all successful bidders pay the same price that is the cut-off price at which the market clears the issue.
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  • Scientists synthesize inorganic-organic hybrid compound that can inhibit breast, lung, liver cancer cells

    9 days ago
    Scientists from the Institute of Nano Science & Technology (INST), Mohali, have synthesized a novel inorganic-organic hybrid compound that can inhibit breast, lung, and liver cancer cells. It is expected that this will open up new possibilities for metallodrugs.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The solid compound is based on phosphomolybdate cluster, an inorganic salt of phosphomolybdic acid. The compound belongs to the Polyoxometalates (POMs) family, which had earlier been identified to have antitumor potential. 
    ♦ Scientists have recently figured out the mechanism by which the compound kills the cancer cells. 
    ♦ POMs are an evolving class of inorganic metal oxides.
    ♦ The scientists ♦ probed into the mechanism of how the cancer cells are attacked by the compound, the team synthesized it by hydrothermal method.
    ♦ The results showed that the hybrid solid is less toxic towards normal cells, and its antitumor activity was also found to be comparable with that of a routinely used chemotherapeutic agent.
    So far, POMs have evolved as a promising candidate for future metallodrugs for combating cancer.
  • Beta Version of PM SVANidhi Portal was launched

    9 days ago
    Secretary, Housing & Urban Affairs Durga Shanker Mishra launched the Beta version of PM Street Vendor's Atma Nirbhar Nidhi "PM SVANidhi" Portal, pmsvanidhi.mohua.gov.in. It aims to leverage digital technology solutions.

    PM SVANidhi Portal:
    ♦ PM SVANidhi Portal will provide an integrated end to end IT interface to users for availing benefits under the scheme.
    ♦ The integrated IT platform will provide an end-to-end solution for scheme administration.
    ♦ The portal was developed by the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), which is the scheme implementation partner for PM SVANidhi. 
    ♦ The portal will facilitate multiple scheme functions like loan application flow, Mobile App, e-KYC of applicants, integration with UIDAI, Udyamimitra, NPCI, PAiSA, lenders, States, ULBs and other stakeholders, calculation of digital incentives and payment of interest subsidy, etc.
    ♦ Also, several banks, 15 Microfinance institutions (MFIs) have been onboarded on the portal. 
    ♦ The portal will be continuously upgraded to add functionalities.

    PM SVANidhi:
    PM SVANidhi was launched on 1 June 2020. Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has held detailed interactions with various types of lenders including Banks, MFIs, and NBFCs. Detailed operational guidelines have been issued for the lenders. under PM SVANidhi, it is expected that shortly, all the lenders will issue detailed operating guidelines for the scheme to their field offices to facilitate smooth implementation of the scheme. The scheme nudges the beneficiaries towards digital transactions by engaging with the Digital Payment Aggregators.
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi laid foundation stone for Sanskritik Sadbhav Mandap at Rampur, UP

    9 days ago
    Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi laid the foundation stone for "Sanskritik Sadbhav Mandap" at Numaish Ground in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh. It aims for a "Self-reliant India" which is the guarantee of “Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat”.  

    Sanskritik Sadbhav Mandap:
    ♦ The Sanskritik Sadbhav Mandap will be constructed with the cost of Rs.92 crore by Union Minority Affairs Ministry under Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karykram (PMJVK). 
    ♦ The community centre will be utilized for various socio-economic-cultural activities, skill development training, coaching, relief activities during disasters such as Corona and different sports activities.
    ♦ The move by the Centre is to develop socio-economic-educational and employment-oriented infrastructure across India in backward areas under PMJVK. 
    ♦ These projects include:
    • 1512 New School Buildings
    • 22514 Additional Class Rooms
    • 630 Hostels
    • 152 Residential Schools
    • 8820 Smart Class Rooms, including those in Kendriya Vidyalayas
    • 32 Colleges
    • 94 ITIs
    • 13 Polytechnics
    • 2 Navodaya Vidyalayas
    • 403 Multi-purpose community centre “Sadbhav Mandap”
    • 598 Market Sheds
    • 2842 toilet and water facilities
    • 135 Common Service Centres
    • 22 Working Women Hostels
    • 1717 Health Projects
    • 5 Hospitals
    • 8 Hunar Hub
    • 10 various sports facilities
    • 5956 Anganwadi Centres etc
    ♦ So far, a total of around 13,276 projects with a total cost of more than Rs.350 crore have been constructed in Rampur, UP. 
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • International Day of Parliamentarism is observed on 30 June

    10 days ago
    International Day of Parliamentarism is observed on 30th June every year. The day is aimed to honour the Parliamentarian for their service amid the pandemic. During the COVID-19 crisis, Parliaments and other government institutions are subject to the same social distancing measures as other public and private organizations. But the parliament plays a more vital role than ever to pass emergency laws, allocate resources, and scrutinize government action. 

    Parliament:
    Parliaments are the cornerstone of democracy. It represents the voice of the people, passed laws, allocate funds to implement laws and policies, and hold governments to account. Parliaments work to make sure that policies benefit all people, especially the most vulnerable.

    Parliaments link international and national agendas and ensure that governments implement international treaties and agreements that they sign up to. Parliaments in the countries play a vital role in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Also, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is working closely to help build their capacity in doing so.

    History:
    The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed resolution A/RES/72/278 and designated June 30 to celebrate the International Day of Parliamentarism. The day was chosen as IPU, the global organization of parliaments, was established on 1889. The day aims to recognize the role of parliaments in national plans and strategies. The day will also ensure greater transparency and accountability at the national and global levels.
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