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- Blocking burial or cremation of victims of the notified disease to attract jail term up to 3-years in Tamil Nadu.
- Former Governor of Bihar and Tripura and veteran Congress leader Devanand Konwar dies aged 86 in Guwahati.
- The Odia playwright, songwriter, and screenwriter Bijay Mishra died in Bhubaneswar at the age of 83. He won the Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award and the Kendra Sangha Drama Academy Award.
- ECONOMY & CORPORATE India’s holding of US government securities at a record high of USD 177.5 billion at the end of February; India 13th in the world, Japan 1st.
- NVVN (NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam) invites Global Expression of Interest (EoI) for Hydrogen Fuel Cell-based electric buses and cars.
- Health Secretary Preeti Sudan: 3-month extension
- Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare given additional charge of the I&B Ministry
- Tarun Bajaj: Secretary in the Economic Affairs Department
- Ravi Mittal: Sports Secretary
- Nagendra Nath Sinha: Secretary of the Rural Development Department
- Arvind Kumar Sharma: Secretary in the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises ministry.
- Leena Nandan: Consumer Affairs Secretary.
- Sudhanshu Panday: Food and Public Distribution Secretary
- Aramane Giridhar: Secretary in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
- Anita Karwal: Secretary in the Department of Education and Literacy
- Rameshwar Prasad Gupta: Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
- Pradip Kumar Tripathi: Secretary, Ministry of Steel
- Tarun Kapoor: Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
- Rajesh Verma: Secretary in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs
- Anand Kumar: Culture Secretary
- Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi: Secretary in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
- Ram Mohan Mishra: Secretary, the National Commission for Scheduled Cast
- Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi: Secretary, Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals
- Ajay Tirkey: Secretary in the Ministry of Women and Child Development
RBI announced Rs.50,000 Cr liquidity for Mutual Funds
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced Rs.50,000 crore liquidity support for Mutual Funds (MFs) on April 27, 2020.
- It approved the funds under the special liquidity facility scheme effective from 27 April. RBI’s move comes after Franklin Templeton’s decision to close 6 debt funds and put redemptions on hold indefinitely.
India has provided Bangladesh 1 Lakh Anti-malarial HCQ tablets & 50,000 surgical gloves
- India has sent 50,000 surgical gloves and one lakh tablets of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to Bangladesh to help its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The information was passed by India’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das.
Herbal products produced by CIMAP may boost immunity to avoid infection
- The Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow, researchers have developed scientifically proven two herbal products namely ‘CIM-Paushak’ & ‘Herbal Cough Syrup’ that can boost the immunity of the persons.
- The products will help to alleviate the dry cough symptom generally associated with the coronavirus infection.
The IIT-Jodhpur scientist said COVID-19 may affect CNS causing loss of smell and taste
- Scientists of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jodhpur have explored the neuroinvasive nature of the COVID-19 virus SARS-CoV-2.
- The study found that the loss of smell and taste of infected patients makes their entire Central Nervous System (CNS) and the underlying structures in the brain more prone to viral infection with devastating effects.
A team led by IIT-Bombay student develops Ruhdaar, a low-cost mechanical ventilator
- A team from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT)-Bombay, NIT Srinagar, and Islamic University of Science & Technology (IUST), Awantipora, Pulwama, Jammu, and Kashmir has developed “Ruhdaar,” a low-cost ventilator using locally available materials.
- This invention will solve the problem of the ventilator, which is the primary requirement to treat COVID -19 patients, as the high-end ventilators used in hospitals cost in lakhs of rupees.
Researchers develop organic-Inorganic hybrid nanocoatings for disposable masks
- Dr. Viswanatha R from Jyothy Institute of Technology, Bengaluru under the DST Nano Mission has developed organic-inorganic hybrid nanocoatings for disposable masks. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has approved the large-scale production of the mask.
Why nano-coating is needed?
- The N95 masks are capable of filtering out all types of particles, including viruses & bacteria. These masks are expensive and need prior training as standard practice before using it.
- Inexpensive disposable masks have several limitations. These often get wet through salivary droplets, body fluids, and sweat.
- The wet masks attract the microorganisms and act as a breeding ground for those organisms to multiply in number. This will affect the person wearing it and get easily infected. Being disposable, these medical masks, when discarded, generate medical waste.
NAFED distributed about 6 lakh MT pulses to nearly 20 Cr households for Three months under PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana
Under Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, Centre is planning to transport and milling of pulses in the country to distribute one kilogram of pulses to about 20 crore households for 3 months.
- The massive operation includes the lifting of un-milled pulses from the godowns, getting the pulses cleaned, and then reaching them to the states for distribution.
- Under the scheme, NAFED will distribute around 5.88 lakh metric tonnes (MT) pulses to about 20 crore National Food Security Act households through ration shops for 3 months. Most of the beneficiaries will receive the quota for the first month within April or the latest by the first week of May.
- In the first move, several States and Union Territories (UT) will get the pulses for all three months. The remaining state will preferably within the third week of May.
- The operation will involve about 2 lakh truck trips and loading and unloading operation over a period of four weeks.
NTPC launched Hydrogen Fuel bus and car project for Leh, New Delhi
- India’s biggest power producer, NTPC Ltd, has invited Global Expression of Interest (EoI) to provide Ten Hydrogen Fuel Cell (FC) based electric buses & an equivalent number of Hydrogen Fuel Cell-based electric cars in Leh & Delhi.
- It supports renewable energy for the generation of hydrogen and builds up the capacity and dispensation facilities under the pilot projects at Leh and Delhi.
- The first of its kind move aims to procure Hydrogen Fuel Cell-based vehicles is a project in the nation. It will give complete solutions from green energy to the fuel cell vehicle.
- The Expression of Interest has been issued by NTPC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) Limited.
- The initiative is undertaken with support from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
- The move aims to launch hydrogen-powered vehicles at the decarbonizing mobility segment.
- The company took various technology initiatives & give a complete e-Mobility answer for public transport including the creation of public charging infrastructure and providing electric buses to State/City Transport Undertakings.
- Around 90 public charging stations in different urban areas and battery charging and swapping stations at Faridabad for e-3-wheelers have already been commissioned.
- Also, the e-Bus solution for Andaman & Nicobar Administration is under implementation.
- WHO: There is no proof that recovered patients are immune to COVID-19 infection
- World Intellectual Property Day observed on April 26; theme: ‘Innovate for a Green Future’
- Indian artist Zarina Hashmi dies aged 83 in London; won President’s Award Printmaking in India in 1969.