ICGS Sachet commissioned
Union Defence minister Rajnath Singh commissioned Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Sachet and two interceptor boats (IBs) C-450 and C-451 in Goa via video conference on 15 May 2020.
The ICGS Sachet is the first in the series of five offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and has been designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL).
The IBs C-450 and C-451 are indigenously designed & built by Larsen & Toubro Shipyard Hazira and fitted with latest navigation and communication equipment.
The Defence minister expressed confidence that these Coast Guard Ships address the challenges related to maritime terrorism, drug trafficking, smuggling, maritime law enforcement and the search and rescue of threatened mariners.
On 14 May 2020, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare inaugurated the COBAS 6800 testing machine.
It is a fully automated, high-end machine for performing real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing. The testing machine will provide quality, high-volume testing with a high throughput of test around 1200 samples in 24 hours. It will largely increase the testing capacity with the reduction in pendency.
It can detect other pathogens like Viral Hepatitis B and C, HIV, Mtb, Papilloma, CMV, Chlamadiya, Neiserreia, etc.
Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS) was launched by the Union Defence minister Rajnath Singh for creating the state of the art testing infrastructure to give a boost to domestic defence and aerospace manufacturing. Rs. 400 crore allocated for the Scheme, which would run for five years. It facilitates indigenous defence production causing the reduction of imports of military equipment and helps make the country self-reliant.
The Government of India launched an online dashboard National Migrant Information System (NMIS) to monitor and facilitate the smooth movement of migrant workers across the states.
The movement of migrant workers became a humanitarian crisis after the government decided to announce nationwide lockdown, with thousands of them walking on roads to reach back to their home states.
NMIS will help in speedy communication between states without creating additional work at the level of the field officers and had added advantages like contact tracing, which may be useful in overall COVID response work.
The government of India allocated Rs 20,000 crore for Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) for integrated, sustainable and inclusive development of marine and inland fisheries. On this occasion, the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that Rs 11,000 crore allocated for activities in marine, inland fisheries and aquaculture while Rs 9,000 crore for developing the infrastructure of fishing harbours, cold chains, markets, etc.
"Interest subvention for Diary sector”
The Union government launched a scheme "Interest subvention on Working Capital Loans for the dairy sector" for Supporting Dairy Cooperatives and Farmer Producer Organizations engaged in dairy activities (SDC&FPO).
The scheme provides interest subvention of 2% per annum. An additional incentive of 2% per annum interest subvention to be given in case of prompt and timely repayment/interest servicing.
The scheme will be implemented through the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) will help to ease out the working capital crisis for handling surplus milk and enable timely payment to the farmers.
NIPER-G to combat COVID 19
To combat the pandemic outbreak of COVID-19, the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Guwahati (NIPER-G) announced the invention of two products.
The first one is the 3D-printed hands-free object that could be used to help open or close doors, windows, drawers (both vertical and horizontal), and refrigerator handle, or press elevator buttons, and laptop/desktop keyboards, including turning the switch buttons on/off.
The second one is the 3D-printed antimicrobial face-shield to control the spread of novel coronavirus. It was designed after a thorough study to understand how viruses spread through oral, ophthalmic, olfactory and other body cavities.
The Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda launched the scheme “Going Online As Leaders” (GOAL), having a partnership with Facebook at a Webinar in New Delhi on 15 May 2020.
The scheme aims to enable scheduled tribe youth in remote areas to use digital platforms for sharing their aspirations, dreams and talent with their mentors.
The scheme empowers 5,000 tribal youths to harness the full potential of digital platforms and tools to learn new ways of doing business, explore and connect with domestic and international markets.
Global Nutrition Report 2020
India is among 88 countries that are likely to miss global nutrition targets by 2025, as per the Global Nutrition Report 2020 released on 12 May 2020. The report also identified India as one with the highest rates of domestic inequalities in malnutrition.
According to the Global Nutrition Report (GNR) 2020, India will miss targets, for all four nutritional indicators for which there is data available, i.e. stunting among under-5 children, anemia among women of reproductive age, childhood overweight and exclusive breast feeding. The GNR is a report card on the world’s nutrition-globally, regionally and country by country-and on efforts to improve it.
G-20 Virtual Trade and Investment Ministers Meeting
The Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal attended 2nd G-20 Virtual Trade and Investment Ministers Meeting through Video-conferencing.
In this meeting, the minister called upon the G-20 nations to ensure access to essential medicines, treatments and vaccines at affordable prices. India is proactively partnering in global efforts to develop vaccines and effective treatment for this disease.
The Minister said that widely regarded as the ‘Pharmacy of the World’, India unconditionally provided medical supplies to over 120 countries to combat this disease, of which 43 countries received it as a grant.
Commonwealth Health Ministers meeting
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan participated in the 32nd Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting through Video conference on 14 May 2020.
He highlighted the timely, graded and pro-active measures taken by India towards COVID-19 management.
On this occasion, he said that India announced an economic package of more than 265 billion US Dollars to support economic recovery as well to support vulnerable segments of the population.
India took all necessary and timely steps including surveillance at points of entry, evacuation of Indian from abroad, surveillance in the community through disease surveillance network and community involvement as part of its management efforts.
SCO Foreign Ministers meeting
Foreign Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Member States meeting was held on 13 May 2020 via Video Conference. On behalf of India, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar participated and reaffirmed India’s strong commitment to the joint fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
He expressed India’s readiness to share information, expertise and best practices to the SCO Member States.
He highlighted the initiatives and various decisive steps taken by India in the wake of the pandemic. Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov chaired the meeting.
International Nurses Day
International Nurses Day observed on 12 May every year across the world to celebrate the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
The theme for International Nurses Day 2020 is "Nursing the World to Health". The World Health Organization (WHO) joined hundreds of partners worldwide to highlight the importance of nurses in health care on this occasion.
It is not so easy to run the health systems without nurses and it should be remembered that WHO designated 2020 as “The Year of the Nurse and Midwife.”
National dengue day
National Dengue Day observed on the 16th of May every year. The day is observed with the recommendation of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and aims to create awareness about dengue and improve prevention measures. Dengue fever is caused by the dengue virus, transmitted by the bite of the Aedes mosquitos.
1. World Telecommunication Day observed on….
1) 24 May 2) 12 May 3) 17 May 4) 10 May 5) 7 May
2. Present Union Cabinet Secretary is……..?
1) Rajiv Gauba 2) I V Subba Rao
3) Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra 4) Dr. Pramod Kumar Mishra
5) Ajay Kumar Bhalla
3. Which state launched ‘Matir Smristi’ scheme to utilize 50,000-acres barren land in 6 districts for income generating activities?
1) Rajasthan 2) Chhattisgarh 3) West Bengal 4) Uttar Pradesh
KEY: 1-3 2-1 3-3