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  • Polish President Andrzej Duda wins the 2020 Presidential Election of Poland

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    Polish President Andrzej Duda won the 2020 Presidential Election of Poland on 12 July 2020. He has secured another five-year in office. Andrzej Duda’s current term will expire on 6 August 2020. Duda aligned with the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and won 51.2% of the votes and Rafal Trzaskowski from the main opposition center-right Civic Platform party secured 48.7%.

    2020 Presidential Election of Poland:
    The First Round of the 2020 Presidential Election of Poland was conducted on 28 June 2020. A total of 11 candidates contested for the post of President. In the first round, Andrzej Duda gained the highest 43.50% of the total valid vote share followed by Rafal Trzaskowski with 30.46% in the second place. On 12 July 2020, the Second-Round election was conducted in Poland.
  • Top Current Affairs of the day: 13 July 2020

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  • NITI Aayog presented second Voluntary National Review of India at United Nations HLPF

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    NITI Aayog presented India’s second Voluntary National Review (VNR) at the United Nations High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development 2020. The HLPF is the foremost international platform for follow-up and review of progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). HLPF is being hosted virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 47 Member States are set to present their VNRs between 10th-16th July 2020. 

    Highlights:
    ♦ The India VNR 2020 report titled "Decade of Action: Taking SDGs from Global to Local".
    ♦ VNR is presented by Dr.Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog and was released by Dr.Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, Dr V.K Paul, Member, NITI Aayog, Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, and Smt. Sanyukta Samaddar, Adviser (SDGs), NITI Aayog. 
    ♦ Along with VNR, India also presented a short film that encapsulated the processual aspects of the second VNR and captured some of India’s major progress areas on the SDGs.
    ♦ The report discussed at length the policy and enabling environment, India’s approach to localizing SDGs, and strengthening means of implementation.
    ♦ VNRs are a critical component of the review of the progress and implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
    ♦ The reviews are voluntary and state-led. The aim of the report is to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned. The process of preparation of a country’s VNR provides a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of various relevant stakeholders. NITI Aayog prepared and presented India’s first VNR in 2017.
    ♦ The HLPF annually meets in the month of July for eight days under the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN. 
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Indian Army to acquire Raven and Spike Firefly

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    The Indian army is to acquire hand-launched, remotely controlled unmanned aerial vehicle Raven from the US and state-of-the-art Israeli Spike Firefly. The aim is to add lethality to its ground infantry apart from long-range precision artillery shells with a range of over 40 kilometres. 

    Highlights:
    ♦ The first batch of acquisition comprises 4-6 jets are likely to touch down in India on 27 July.
    ♦ Indian Army is set to acquire 200 pieces of RQ-11 UAV. RQ-11 UAV can fly up to 10 kilometers at an altitude of 500 feet and speed up to 95 km per hour. It will help infantry troops conduct reconnaissance of the battle theatre ahead and placement of enemy troops.
    ♦ The Spike Firefly can deliver a precision strike on enemy troops hiding within a range of 1 kilometre. It has the ability to locate a target and will be called back if the target has moved beyond ranger. It is developed under a joint venture (JV) of Israeli company- Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel’s Ministry of Defence.
    Category: Defence
  • Indian Railways to become Green Railway by achieving net-zero carbon emission

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    The Ministry of Railways has announced mission mode with the goal of transforming Indian Railways into Green Railways by the year 2030. It has taken a number of major initiatives towards mitigation of global warming and combating climate change.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Indian Railways, as a part of mission mode, has planned to electrify All routes on Broad Gauge (BG) network by December 2023. 
    ♦ Indian Railways is currently focusing on the electrification of last-mile connectivity & missing links. Under this, 365 km of major connectivity work has been commissioned amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
    ♦ Indian Railways strategy to achieve net-zero carbon emission includes Railway Electrification, improve the energy efficiency of locomotives and trains and fixed installations, green certification for installations/stations, fitting bio-toilets in coaches and switching to renewable sources of energy, among others.
    ♦ So far, Indian Railways has completed electrification of more than 40,000 Route km (RKM) (63% of Broad Gauge routes). Out of the total 18,605 km electrification work was done during 2014-20. Earlier, only 3,835 km electrification work was completed during the period 2009-14. Indian Railways has fixed a target of electrification of 7000 RKM for the year 2020-21.
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Atal Innovation Mission launched ATL App Development Module for school children

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    Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) of NITI Aayog has launched the ATL App Development Module for school children across the country. The app was launched to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. The move comes as it is crucial for young Indians to learn skills at a young age and to enable them to become the next generation of technology leaders.

    ATL App:
    ♦ AIM, NITI Aayog launched the ATL App Development module in collaboration with Plezmo, an Indian homegrown startup.
    ♦ The ATL App is an online course and is completely Free for school children.
    ♦ The young innovators can learn to build mobile apps through six project-based learning modules and online mentoring sessions in various Indian languages and showcase their talent. 
    ♦ It is also aimed to help to build capacities and acumen for app development within school teachers, periodic Teacher Training sessions will be conducted on the AIM App Development course.
    ♦ The skills of app development to the young tinkerers of Atal Tinkering Labs across India so that they can integrate their Tinkering Lab innovations with mobile apps enhancing the usability and reach of their innovations. 
    ♦ It will be one of the largest app learning and development initiatives at a school level in any country.
    ♦ So far, more than 5100 ATLs have been established in more than 660 districts across the country by AIM with more than 2 million students having access to the Tinkering Labs.
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  • Boeing Completes Delivery of 37 Military Helicopters to India

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    New Boeng Helicopters for Defence

    In the month of June 2020, Boeing had completed delivery of all 37 military helicopters ordered by the Ministry of Defense for the Indian Armed Forces in 2015. Boeing told this via a news release announcement on its website on July 10th, 2020. AH-64E Apache Helicopter and 15 CH-47F(l) Chinook heavy-lift Helicopter were among 37 Military Helicopter- 22. The last five of the 22 Apache helicopters were delivered to the Indian Air Force at the Hindan Air Force Station in June 2020, while Chinook Helicopters delivery was completed in the month of March 2020.

    Union Cabinet Committee's Deal on Boeing

    Background The acquisition of the 37 Boeing military helicopters had been authorized by the Union Cabinet Committee on Security on 22 September 2015. The contract for the purchase of the 37 Military Helicopters was signed a week later, on 29 September 2015. The deal has an order provision that allows India to put an order for 11 more AH-64E Apache Helicopter and 7 additional CH-47F(l) Chinook Military Helicopters besides the 22 Apache and 15 Chinook. New Helicopters Contract Signed in February 2020 The US President's visit to India in February 2020 marked the signing of a joint USD 3 billion contract for the purchase of 24 MH-60 Romeo Seahawk Helicopter (built by Lockheed Martin 's subsidiary-Sikorsky Aircraft) for the Indian Navy at USD 2.6 billion and another 6 AH-64E Apache Combat Helicopters.
  • Top Current Affairs of the day: 12 July 2020

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  • Worlds First Reusable PPE Kits by Indian Manufacturing Company

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    World’s First Reusable PPE Kits with Triple Viral Shield Technology launched

    Indian Manufacturing Company- Loyal Textile Mills launched the first of its kind in the world-wide reusable PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) kits on 9th July 2020. Along with reusable PPE kits, Loyal Textile Mills also unveiled reusable garments and face masks with zero virus penetration.

    The reusable masks, clothing and PPE kits were introduced by Loyal Textile Mills in partnership with the textile manufacturing company headquartered in Reliance Industries Limited and Switzerland- HeiQ Materials AG.

    The 3 items will be available on the market under the Loyal Textile Mills name 'Supera Shield.' Contents [hide] Triple Viral Shield Reusable Masks, Garments, and Kits Number of Tmes Reusable Triple Viral Shield Reusable Masks, Garments, and PPE Kits Technology
    1. The reusable masks, garments, and PPE kits are made with the Viroblock Technology of HeiQ Materials AG.
    2. The fiber used for making the reusable masks, garments, and PPE kits was 'R ELAN Fibre' of Reliance Industries Limited. R ELAN Fiber inhibits bacterial and viral growth.
    3. Viral Barrier PU film Lamination: The fabric in the reusable mask and PPE kit has been engineered with viral barrier PU film lamination imported from the Republic of China (Taiwan). Number of Times Reusable As per Loyal Textile Mills, the garments and masks can be washed for up to 25 times for reuse while the PPE kit can be washed up to 10 times for reuse.
  • People Availing Healthcare Services under Ayushman Bharat Yojana Hits 8.8 Crore

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    Ayushman Bharat Yojana

    Under February 2020 to 30th Ayushman Bharat Yojana at the Health and Wellness Centers across the country, around 8.8 crore Indian people have taken advantage of healthcare services since ISt June 2020. At the time of the COVID-19 Lockout, the country-wide health and wellness centers conducted 6.53 lakh yoga and wellness sessions. Once the ATL App Development Modules are implemented, it will be the largest App learning initiative at school level around the world. Currently 5100 Atal Tinkering Labs have already been built in over 660 districts across the country. 

    8.8 Crore Hits

    Highlights from All India Data Available (from 1st February 2020 to 30th 2020) Of the 8.8 crore population: 1.41 crore population with hypertension 1.34 crore were found with diabetes oral, breast, or cervical cancer 1.12 crore. In June 2020: 5.62 lakh patients were dispensed with hypertension medicines while 3.77 lakh medicines were dispensed through the Health and Wellness Centers for patients with diabetes. Step Taken by the government during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure medical services under the Yojana Until December 31 , 2020, 29,365 health and wellness centers were located across the country. In the first half of 2020 (from January to June) 12,425 new Health and Wellness Centers throughout the country were operationalised. The total number of health and wellness centers offering treatment as of 1st July 2020 under Ayushman Bharat Yojana was 41,790.
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  • NITI Aayog Launches ATL App Development Modules

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    ATL App Development Modules

    On July 10, 2020, 'ATL App Development Modules' was launched for school children across the country in line with the Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative to transform school students from smartphone-based applications users into innovative smartphone-based applications developers. The 'ATL Device Development Modules' are launched by NITI Aayog's Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) under its Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) initiative, in partnership with Plezmo- a mobile application(lndian Startup Company-Gunakar Private Limited).

    Modules for the Development

    The Modules are part of an online course that is available to everyone at no cost. The online course consists of a total of 6 project-based learning modules which allow school children to learn how to create mobile apps. Virtual mentoring sessions will be given to the kids during the Modules learning course. In addition, in order to build capacity and acuity in school teachers about app development, the periodic training for school teachers will be conducted through the 'AIM App Development Course.' You can access the ATL App Development Modules at-'appcourse.plezmo.com.
  • Top Current Affairs of the day: 11 July 2020

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  • RBI - REPO points downs by 135

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    From February 2019 till COVID-19 began, the Reserve Bank of India ( RBI) has cut the repo rate by 135 basis points. That was shared by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das while delivering his keynote address on July 11, 2020 at the 7th SBI Banking & Economics Conclave.

    Covid - 19's Adverse Effect on REPO Points

    The RBI Governor said repo rate has been cut overall since February 2019 by 250 basis points to alleviate liquidity stress and provide financial stability in the economy. The main aim behind the move was to tackle the economic growth slowdown. Das stated that during the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting, they had extensively touched on economic growth issues. The MPC has agreed to slash the policy repo rate by 115 base points cumulatively.

    Worst Health & Economic Crisis in 100 years Says RBI Governor

    The RBI Governor claimed that this is the worst health and economic crisis of the last 100 years with unparalleled negative impacts on employment, production, and well-being. Das said the existing world order, global value chains, labor, and capital movements across the globe have been dented.

    RBI Governor further claimed that the coronavirus pandemic has represented our economic and financial system 's largest test of resilience and robustness. The new RBI initiatives seek to accelerate a cyclical turnaround in economic activity at a time when COVID-19 has struck the world along with other calamities, causing poverty and endangering thousands of people's lives and livelihoods. According to Shaktikanta Das, COVID may result in higher non-performing assets (NPAs) and capital erosion of banks.

  • The Tiger Census of India sets a New Guinness Record

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    The fourth cycle of the All India Tiger Estimation 2018, results of which were declared to the nation on Global Tiger Day last year by Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has entered the Guinness World Record for being the world’s largest camera trap wildlife survey. 

    world’s largest camera trap wildlife survey          

    Terming this achievement a great moment, Union Environment Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar in a tweet message said that this is a shining example of Atma nirbhar Bharat which in the Prime Minister’s own words, was attained through Sankalp se siddhi.  

    The Environment Minister also said India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has fulfilled its commitment to double the number of tigers four years before the deadline. The country now has an estimated 2967 tigers according to the most recent census. With this number, India is home to nearly 75 per cent of the global tiger population and has already fulfilled its determination to double tiger numbers, made in St. Petersburg in 2010, well before the 2022 target year. 

    The citation at the Guinness World Record website reads- “The fourth iteration of the survey – conducted in 2018-19 - was the most comprehensive to date, in terms of both resource and data amassed. Camera traps (outdoor photographic devices fitted with motion sensors that start recording when an animal passes by) were placed in 26,838 locations across 141 different sites and surveyed an effective area of 121,337 square kilometres (46,848 square miles). In total, the camera traps captured 34,858,623 photographs of wildlife (76,651 of which were tigers and 51,777 were leopards; the remainder were other native fauna). From these photographs, 2,461 individual tigers (excluding cubs) were identified using stripe-pattern-recognition software.

    About Project Tiger

    As well as unprecedented camera trap usage, the 2018 “Status of Tigers in India” assessment also conducted extensive foot surveys that covered 522,996 km (324,975 mi) of trails and sampled 317,958 habitat plots for vegetation and prey dung. It’s estimated that the total area of forest studied was 381,200 km2 (147,181 sq mi) and cumulatively the collection and review of data equated to some 620,795 labour-days.”

    The quadrennial All India Tiger Estimate is managed by the National Tiger Conservation Authority with technical backstop from India 's Wildlife Institute and implemented by departments and partners from State Forest. The latest 2018 findings showed that India now has an estimated 2967 tigers out of which photographed 2461 individual tigers, a whopping 83 percent of the tiger population, reflecting the detailed nature of the survey.

    There is hardly any equivalent of such a based species-oriented program as Project Tiger in the world, which began with 9 Tiger Reserves, currently with 50 tiger reserves. India has now firmly established a leading role in the conservation of tigers, with its benchmarking practices viewed as a gold standard worldwide

    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Exceptional Operational Efficiency from NTPC Singrauli

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    NTPC Singrauli

    NTPC Singrauli Unit 1, the oldest NTPC unit has emerged as the country's top-performing unit in the first quarter of the financial year, according to data released by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA). The station's first unit began generating on 13 February 1982 and continues to serve the country with exceptional results.

    As per a statement issued by NTPC Ltd, India’s largest power generation company and a central PSU under Ministry of Power, NTPC Singrauli Unit 1, has emerged as the top-performing Unit in the country in the first quarter of the financial year, as per the data released by Central Electricity Authority (CEA). NTPC Singrauli is the oldest Unit and a flagship power station of NTPC Ltd.

    More About NTPC Singrauli

    The first unit of the station started generating on February 13, 1982 and continues to serve the country with exceptional performance.

    According to NTPC Ltd, NTPC Singrauli has an installed capacity of 2000 MW with five units of 200 MW each and two units of 500 MW each. Three units (1,4 & 5) of 200 MW have achieved PLF of 101.96%, 101.85% & 100.35% respectively in Q1 FY 20-21 among the Coal-fired Units, in the country.

    With a total installed capacity of 62110 MW, NTPC Group has 70 Power stations comprising of 24 Coal, 7 combined cycle Gas/Liquid Fuel, 1 Hydro, 13 Renewables along with 25 Subsidiary & JV Power Stations.

    Category: Indian Affairs
  • National Fish Farmers Day 2020 Obseved on 10th July

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    63rd National Fish Farmers Day

    India celebrates 10th July every year as the "National Fish Farmers Day" to honor the fish farmers, aquapreneurs& fisher folks in recognition of their accomplishments in the field and their contribution in the growth of the fisheries sector in the country. This year it was 63rd National Fish Farmer's Day.

    On July 10th, the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying in association with the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) hosted a webinar on the occasion of National Fish Farmers Day.

    Background History:

    Every year, on 10 July, the National Fish Farmer's Day is celebrated in memory of scientists Dr. K. H. Alikunhi and Dr. H.L. Chaudhury who successfully demonstrated induced breeding (Hypophysation) technology in Indian Major Carps on 10 July 1957 at the former CIFRI Pond Culture Division in Cuttack, Odisha. (presently Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, CIFA, Bhubaneswar). The event aims to draw attention to changing the way the country manages fisheries resources to ensure sustainable stocks and healthy ecosystems.
    The event is celebrated every year by congratulating outstanding farmers, aquapreneurs, and farmers in appreciation of their accomplishments in the field and their contribution to the development of the country's fisheries sector. Apart from officials, scientists, professionals, entrepreneurs, and stakeholders, fishermen, and fish farmers from across the nation will participate in the event.

    About NFBD Webinar:

    On  July 10th the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying in association with the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) hosted a webinar on the occasion of National Fish Farmers Day. Shri Giriraj Singh, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Shri P. C. Sarangi, Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Dr. Rajeev Ranjan, Secretary, Department of Fisheries, Government of India and senior officials from the Department of Fisheries graced the occasion.
    Interacting with fishermen, officials, scientists, entrepreneurs at various locations across the country, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Shri Giriraj Singh observed that to consolidate the achievements of the Blue Revolution and pave the way from NeeliKranti to ArthKranti, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi The "Pradhan MantriMatsyaSampadaYojana" (PMMSY) has been launched with the highest investment ever of Rs. 20,050 crore over the next five years in order to realize its goal of doubling the farmer 's income. This scheme would tackle critical gaps in fish production and sustainability, efficiency, technology, post-harvest infrastructure and management, improving and enhancing the value chain, traceability, creating a comprehensive system for fisheries management and welfare for fishermen.

    Shri Giriraj Singh said that providing ‘Quality Seed’ of fish is very important in enhancing production and productivity in the country.  On the occasion of 'National Fish Farmers Day,' Shri Giriraj Singh announced that the NFDB, in collaboration with the NBFGR, will undertake the work of developing 'Fish Cryobanks' in various parts of the world, which will promote the availability of 'fish sperms' of desired species to fishermen at all times. This will be the first time in the world when "Fish Cryobank" will be created, which can bring a revolutionary change in the country's fisheries sector to boost fish production and productivity, thereby enhancing prosperity among the fishermen.

     
    Category: Important Days
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated six major bridges near to LoC, IB

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    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.
  • Top Current Affairs of the day: 09 July 2020

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  • IIT Alumni Council, CSIR-IGIB signed MoU for joint research on COVID-19 and patient data analysis

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

    6 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

    7 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.
  • Top Current Affairs of the day: 07 July 2020

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  • World Zoonoses Day is annually observed on 6 July

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    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

    7 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

    7 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

    7 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

    10 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
  • Top Current Affairs of the day: 04 July 2020

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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

    10 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

    10 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

    10 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

    11 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
  • Top Current Affairs of the day: 03 July 2020

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  • PM to address celebration of Dharma Chakra Day

    11 days ago
    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

    11 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

    11 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

    11 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
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