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World Thalassaemia Day – World Thalassaemia Day is observed on 8 May globally. The day aims to create awareness about thalassemia, its prevention, and measures to avoid its transmission among people throughout the world. The day is observed to honor all patients suffering and fighting from thalassemia. It also appreciates scientists working hard to provide improved quality of life to people suffering from it.
World Red Cross day – World Red Cross day is observed on 8 May. The day aims to celebrate the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The day pays tribute to the Red Cross volunteers for their contribution to helping those in need. The day creates awareness about the need for life protection in some drastic conditions.
National Coconut Cream Pie Day – National Coconut Cream Pie Day on May 8th celebrates its own slice of deliciousness. This delicious pie is made with a sweet coconut cream filling. Pie lovers know a thick layer of real whipped cream topped with toasted coconut make this pie irresistible.
Today Current Affairs Headlines
- The Defence Minister has approved the abolition of 9,304 posts in the Military Engineering Service.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) extends the term of environmentalist and actor-producer Dia Mirza as National Goodwill Ambassador for another two years.
During May 7 to 13, 64 flights to be launched under Vande Bharat Mission to bring back Indians stranded abroad.
- Dr Harsh Vardhan launches the ‘AYUSH Sanjivani’ App & inter-disciplinary studies on the potential of AYUSH in the prevention of COVID 19.
- Due to the COVID-19 Indian Navy’s personal protective equipment (PPE) certified for production and use by the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), Delhi.
- US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad calls on EAM S Jaishankar, Ajit Doval in Delhi.
- 8 dead from styrene vapor leak from LG Polymers plant at R. R. Venkatapuram village in Visakhapatnam district of AP
AYUSH medicines: India begins Clinical Trials
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare began clinical trials of AYUSH medicines. The trials are to be conducted on voluntary health workers. The trials are to be held in high-risk zones of the country. The initiative is being jointly conducted by the Ministry of AYUSH and CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) along with the Ministry of Health and Family welfare. The clinical trials will be complemented with the researches launched by the Ministry of AYUSH. Already, the trials of Ayurvedic tablet Zingivir is being conducted. The tablet is effective against respiratory illness, acute bronchitis, viral fever, etc.
Researchers – The Ministry of AYUSH launched Three types of research to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and also to control the disease. The first research will study Ayurvedic drugs. The second research will find AYUSH related solutions to ease and improve the lives of people in high-risk areas. An application called “Sanjivani” was launched to learn about the acceptance of people in using AYUSH as a cure to COVID-19.
JNCASR scientists fabricate energy-efficient photodetector
Scientists from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) have fabricated an economical and energy-efficient wafer-scale photodetector using gold–silicon interface. The thin slice-based device can be used for security applications. The photodetector will detect weak scattered light as an indication of unwanted activity.
- The gold (Au)-silicon (n-Si) interface shows high sensitivity towards light demonstrating the photodetection action. The method is highly economical and enables large-area fabrication without compromising the detector response.
- The process of fabrication is quick and takes only minutes to fabricate a detector of any arbitrary area.
- The device is also environmentally stable and can be used under harsh conditions for several days.
- The detector exhibits a rapid response of 40 microseconds and can detect low light intensities. The device covers a broad spectral range from Ultraviolet to Infrared. The detector operates in the self-powered mode so that it does not require external power for its operation and makes it energy efficient.
India coronavirus count, May 8: Over 56,000 cases now, 1,886 dead
India’s Covid-19 count sharply in the past 24 hours to cross 56,000, Union Health ministry’s daily update said. As of 8 am today, there were 56,342 cases and 1,886 deaths in the country. 16,540 people have been declared as cured/discharged.
Maharashtra continued to be the worst affected state with 17,974 cases, followed by Gujarat (7,012) and Delhi (5,980). ICMR, a total of 13,57,413 samples have been tested for the virus so far.
- The Government sets a target of constructing roads worth Rs 15 lakh cr in next two years: Nitin Gadkari
- Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen wins Magnus Carlsen Invitational online chess tournament gets USD 70,000 first prize.
International Current Affairs
China had Launched new Rocket launch successful- Long March 5B
China had launched a new rocket and a deep-space spacecraft to operate a permanent space station and also to send astronauts to the moon.
Plan – The rocket in the future will help China transport astronauts to the space station by 2022. The rocket launch will also aid China in its plans of building a huge space station called “Tiangong”.
Tiangong – Tiangong is the space station program in China. The program is independent and unconnected to other international space activities. In 2011, China launched its first space laboratory called Tiangong-1. Later, in 2016, the 2nd space laboratory was launched called Tiangong-2.