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INDIA

  • Mumbai’s GSB Ganesh Mandal postpones celebrations due to the corona pandemic.

  • Lapses in handling a human crisis: Supreme Court to Centre on miseries of migrants.

  • Guest workers add to the rising number of corona cases in Uttar Pradesh, eastern states.

  • Gadkari inaugurates the breakthrough event of Chamba Tunnel under Chardham Pariyojana done by BRO.
  • CSIR-IIIM, Jammu ties up with Reliance Industries Limited to develop RT-LAMP (Reverse Transcriptase-Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification) based COVID-19 diagnostic kit.
  • Uber India lays off 600 employees
  • Rajendra Jadhav of Nashik develops a tractor-mounted sprayer for COVID-19 sanitization.
  • Congress weakening fight against COVID 19 pandemic says Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
  • COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 42.45 per cent in the country.

WORLD

  • Ladakh standoff: India-China engaged in diplomatic parleys.
  • TVS Motor cuts staff salaries by up to 20 per cent as sales plummet.
  • The compulsory Hotel quarantine period for Indians, returning from abroad; Centre asks states to ensure refund of extra charges

 

Current Affairs: INDIA

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Proto-type test samples of PPE Coveralls tested and certified by Nine authorized laboratories

  • The proto-type test samples of Personal protective equipment (PPE) Coveralls in India are tested and certified by 9 authorized laboratories as per the technical specifications prescribed by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
  • The test standards are in conformity with the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines for COVID-19. The PPEs are tested in accordance with ISO 16603 Class 3 and above for the ‘Synthetic Blood Penetration Resistance Test’. 

 

CSIR-IIIM, RIL to develop RT-LAMP based test for Coronavirus

  • CSIR-IIIM, Jammu a constituent laboratory of CSIR signed MoU with Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) to develop and scale-up a new Reverse Transcriptase-Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification (RT-LAMP) based COVID-19 diagnostic kit. The partnership comes as testing is a vital component in COIVD-19 mitigation.Highlights:
  • For this project, CSIR has formed five verticals to coordinate various research activities into Digital and Molecular Surveillance, Drugs & Vaccines, Rapid and Economical Diagnostics, Hospital Assistive Devices & PPEs, and Supply Chain and Logistics.
    COVID-19 RT-LAMP test is a nucleic acid-based test carried out from a nasal/throat swab sample from patients.
  • The test recipe has been developed and successfully demonstrated using synthetic templates. It is rapid (45-60 min), cost-effective and accurate test.
  • It has been tested with a small number of patients samples and validating the kit on more number of patient samples is planned and will be done together with RIL.

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Established – Sep 1942
Founder(s) Arcot Ramaswamy Mudaliar and Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar
President Prime Minister of India

 

Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana aims to enhance fish production in the country

The Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) has announced its plan to enhance fish production to 220 lakh metric tons (MT) by 2024-25 from 137.58 lakh MT in 2018-19 at an average annual growth rate of about 9%. The announcement was made by the Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Giriraj Singh.

  • FM, Nirmala Sitharaman on July 5, 2019, announced to launch ‘Matsya Sampada Yojana’ aimed to increase the fish & aquatic products through appropriate policy, marketing, and infrastructure support.

 

New areas inundated in Assam due to incessant rains; Several rivers flowing above danger level

  • New areas are inundated in Assam due to a breach of embankments and roads. Several rivers are flowing above the danger level. Over 2 lakh people have been affected in the first wave of floods in the state.
  • NDRF and SDRF teams have been deployed at Goalpra district for relief and rescue. 9 thousand people have been shifted to relief camps at Goalpara and Tinsukia districts.
  • Flood water also damaged over 1 thousand hectares of the crop area. Train movements are also effected at Lumding – Badarpur division for a brief period due to landslides but will resume following completion of relief work.
Assam Capital Dispur
Chief minister  Sarbananda Sonowal

 

 

Current Affairs: International

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Coronavirus: Scientists identify 2 bacterial secreted proteins effective in inactivating 

Researchers from Tsinghua University, China, and the University of Connecticut in the US have jointly discovered two bacterial secreted proteins that can effectively inactivate a series of viruses, including the novel coronavirus, dengue, and the HIV.

Highlights:

  • Initially, the researchers identified a soil bacterium from the gut of Aedes aegy mosquitoes.
  • The whole bacterial genome was sequenced to characterize the bacterium and the scientists identified two proteins that can effectively impair a series of viruses, including dengue virus, HIV, and the novel coronavirus.
  • The two proteins contain a lipase domain. The study indicated that certain lipases present a potent antiviral activity. Previous studies showed either lipoprotein lipase or hepatic triglyceride lipase can impair (Hepatitis C) virus infection. This invention will lead to the development of broad-spectrum antiviral drugs that might reduce the clinical burden caused by emerging viral diseases.
China President Xi Jinping
Capital Beijing
Currency  Renminbi

 

WHO warns of ‘second peak’ in countries where Covid-19 declining

  • WHO warned that countries seeing a decline in COVID-19 infections could still face an “immediate second peak” if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak.
  • During a media briefing yesterday, Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme said that we are right in the middle of the first wave, globally, and are still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up.
  • He added that epidemics often come in waves, which means that outbreaks could come back later this year in places where the first wave has subsided.
WHO Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland
Founded  7 April 1948
Heads Tedros Adhanom, Soumya Swaminathan, Jane Ellison, Peter Salama

 

Current Affairs: Sports

ICC Board Meeting: World T20 most likely to be postponed to 2022, October window for IPL

  • The postponement of this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia to 2022, which might open up a window for the lucrative Indian Premier League in October, is expected to be formalized when the International Cricket Council’s all-powerful board holds a teleconference on Thursday.
  • The decision, if it is formalized, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic will give members a chance to chalk out their bilateral blueprint in the coming months.
ICC Chairperson Shashank Manohar
Headquarters Dubai, United Arab Emirates
CEO Manu Sawhney (Jul 2019–)
Founded 15 June 1909