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  • Nov 2, 2020
  • 1 Drug Giants Dismiss WHO Patents Pool (DTE 16-30 June 2020) [ Science/Technology, Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Drug Giants Dismiss WHO Patents Pool

    • Big Pharma՚s rejection of a patents pool to make the technology accessible.
    • Blunt to the point of being brutal.
    • The Pharma industry is unlikely to back the initiative for pooling intellectual property to fight the pandemic.

    COVID-19 Technology Acc…

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  • 2 Deadlines (DTE 16-30 June 2020) [ Science/Technology, Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Deadlines

    • More than 70 % of coal-fired power plants will not meet the environment norms by 2022.
    • Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) .
    • Reported b Delhi based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment.
    • About 56 % of the country՚s energy needs are gene…

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  • Oct 31, 2020
  • 1 Education & Digital Divide (16-31 July 2020) [ Science/Technology, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Down-to-Earth ]

    Education & Digital Divide

    • Regional disparity
    • Gender disparity
    • Urban-rural disparity
    • Mobile Devices

    Overview

    • Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on June 29, the country had over 1,160 million wireless subscribers in February 2020, up from 1,010 mill…

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  • 2 Cultural Missions in India [ Science/Technology, Health, Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    National Mission for Manuscripts (NAMAMI)

    • Autonomous organization under Ministry of Culture, GoI
    • Aims to survey, locate and conserve Indian manuscripts, create national resource base for manuscripts, enhance access, awareness and use for educational purposes
    • Initiated in February 20…

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  • 3 Yojana 2020: IFLOWS: Flood Warning System [ Science/Technology, Yojana ]

    iFLOWS

    Flood Warning System

    • A state of the art Integrated Flood Warming System.
    • Ministry of Earth Sciences in collaboration with BMC.
    • Will help Mumbai become more resilient?
    • Providing early warnings during high rainfall events and cyclones.
    • Estimate of the flood inundation 3 days in ad…

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  • Oct 28, 2020
  • 1 Yojana 2020: Resilient Health Systems & Digital Initiatives [ Science/Technology, Health, Yojana ]

    • Health system signifies a collective term consisting of various interlinked components.
    • These components include:
      • Health financing and financial protection.
      • Health Service and Quality norms.
      • Trained and skilled Human resources.
      • Health in…

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  • 2 Yojana 2020: JAM Trinity [ Science/Technology, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Yojana ]

    Use of JAM Trinity

    • To embrace technology in governance at a mass scale.
    • Promise of easy identification and transfer of govt. benefits and funds.
    • Need for rapid delivery during the pandemic.
    • More than 1 billion Aadhaar numbers have been issued covering more than 99 % of all…

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  • 3 Covid Care: Kurukshetra July 2020 [ Science/Technology, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Kurukshetra ]

    Covid Care

    • Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) , Lucknow
    • National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) , Lucknow
    • Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI) , Bhavnagar
    • Institute of Himalayan Bio resource Technology (IHBT) , Palampur
    • Centre for …

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  • Oct 24, 2020
  • 1 PM Launches CHAMPIONS [ Science/Technology, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    PM Launches CHAMPIONS

    • Technology platform CHAMPIONS has been launched by the Prime Minister.
    • CHAMPIONS stands for Creation and Harmonious Application of Modern Processes for Increasing the Output and National Strength.
    • The technology platform has been launched with the aim of empowe…

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  • 2 Agro Ecology and Natural Farming Could Accelerate Inclusive Economic Growth in India [ Science/Technology, Environment/Ecology, Agriculture/Agro Industries ]

    Agro Ecology and Natural Farming Could Accelerate Inclusive Economic Growth in India

    • Recently a convention was organized by NITI Aayog to boost agro ecological and natural farming approaches in India.
    • The convention included international and national experts and policymakers.
    • Natur…

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  • Oct 21, 2020
  • 1 Hottest Day in Arctic [ Science/Technology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Hottest Day in Arctic

    • In Verkhoyansk in Siberia, mercury rose to 38 degree Celsius on June 20,2020.
    • It is reported as the highest temperature ever recorded in the Arctic Circle region.
    • WMO (World Meteorological Organization) is assessing the veracity of this measurement which would …

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  • 2 Rechargeable Batteries [ Science/Technology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Rechargeable Batteries

    • A recent report by the United Nations Conference on trade and development (UNCTAD) said the supply of raw materials required to produce rechargeable batteries is uncertain.
    • Rechargeable batteries are crucial to move to clean energy.
    • The report is named ″ Commo…

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  • 3 Yoga University Named After Swami Vivekananda Launched in US [ Education, Science/Technology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Yoga University Named After Swami Vivekananda Launched in US

    • World՚s first Yoga University outside India has been launched in Los Angeles, on the occasion of 6th International Yoga Day commemoration.
    • The university will offer programmes combining scientific principles and modern re…

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  • Oct 18, 2020
  • 1 World Hydrography Day [ Science/Technology, Health, Environment/Ecology, Important Days ]

    World Hydrography Day

    • World Hydrography Day is observed on June 21 every year.
    • It is being celebrated since 2006.
    • The initiative was started by International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) .
    • The aim of the initiative is to increase awareness about
      • Safe navigation
      • Technical standards
      • Pr…

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  • 2 CSIR Collaborates with Intel India and IIT-Hyderabad to Develop Diagnostic Solutions [ Science/Technology, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    CSIR Collaborates with Intel India and IIT-Hyderabad to Develop Diagnostic Solutions

    • To mitigate transmission of SARS-CoV-2 the testing ability and prediction of patients at risk is crucial.
    • CSIR along with Intel India and International institute of Information Technology (IIIT) , …

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  • Oct 15, 2020
  • 1 AI-Powered Mobile App for Mock Tests for JEE Main, NEET 2020 [ Education, Science/Technology ]

    AI-Powered Mobile App for Mock Tests for JEE Main, NEET 2020

    • A new mobile app called the ‘National test Abhyas’ has been launched by Union Human Resource Development Minister.
    • The app has been developed by NTA.
    • The app enables candidates to take mock tests for upcoming exams like JE…

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  • 2 IIT Palakkad Develops Ultrasound for COVID-19 Screening [ Science/Technology, Health ]

    IIT Palakkad Develops Ultrasound for COVID-19 Screening

    • The IIT, Palakkad has developed an automated lung ultrasound (LUS) for screening and monitoring of COVID-19.
    • It works through cloud based image analysis and scoring system.
    • The app is first of its kind in India.
    • The app is now a…

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  • 3 The United Nations World Refugee Day [ Science/Technology, Important Days, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    World Refugee Day

    • The United Nations՚ World Refugee Day is observed every year on June 20.
    • The day honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who had to flee their homeland due to the threat of persecution, conflict and violence.
    • The day recognizes the…

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  • 4 User Friendly PPEs to Hit Market Soon [ Science/Technology, Health ]

    User Friendly PPEs to Hit Market Soon

    • User friendly Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) approved by ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) are supposed to hit the market within a month.
    • NRDC (National Research Development Corporation) has issued license to five MSMEs for commer…

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  • Oct 14, 2020
  • 1 More Than 66 Million Year Old Egg Found in Antarctica [ Science/Technology, Newspaper Editorials ]

    More Than 66 Million Year Old Egg Found in Antarctica

    • The mystery behind a 66 million years old fossil egg has been resolved by the scientists.
    • The egg was found in Antarctica՚s Seymour Island.
    • As per some estimates its age is 68 million years.
    • The fossil looks like a deflated Americ…

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  • Oct 12, 2020
  • 1 Indian Diets Are Unhealthy [ Science/Technology, Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Indian Diets Are Unhealthy

    • Recently a report compared food consumption patterns in India with a reference diet from EAT-Lancet.
    • As per the report, Indian diets are unhealthy
      • Across states
      • Income groups
      • Rural and urban sectors
    • The study used data for analysis from the Consumption Expend…

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  • 2 Athirapally Hydel Power Project [ Science/Technology, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Down-to-Earth ]

    Athirapally Hydel Power Project

    • Recently, Athirapally Hydro Electric project (AHEP) has been approved by Kerala government on the Chalakkudy River in Thrissur district of the state.
    • The river already has 5 dams for power and one for irrigation.
    • It will be the seventh along the 145 k…

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  • Oct 10, 2020
  • 1 Swachh Bharat Mission Phase II Guidelines Released [ Science/Technology, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Down-to-Earth ]

    Swachh Bharat Mission Phase II Guidelines Released

    • As the country is dealing with coronavirus pandemic, sanitation becomes a topic of utmost importance.
    • Recently, operational guidelines for Swachh Bharat Mission Second phase were released.
    • The Department of Drinking Water and Sanita…

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  • 2 Solar Power Lights up Sundarbans Island [ Science/Technology, Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Solar Power Lights up Sundarbans Island

    • After Cyclone Amphan hit the Sundarbans, the island territory remained in darkness for more than two weeks.
    • Cyclone Amphan
      • Uprooted trees
      • Electric poles
      • Snapped wires
    • Now, a part of Satjelia Island within Gosaba block is managing to get some ligh…

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  • Oct 8, 2020
  • 1 Reforms Initiated in Space Sector [ Science/Technology, Space/ISRO ]

    Reforms Initiated in Space Sector

    • The Union cabinet under the leadership of Prime Minister decided to open up access to space assets to those beyond the government.
    • The reforms in the space sector will boost private sector participation in the entire range of space activities.
    • The d…

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  • 2 Immunity Booster Herbal Tea from NIPER Mohali [ Science/Technology, Health ]

    • A herbal tea has been developed by a researcher working at National institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) .
    • This tea enhances personal immunity against viral infection or its spread.
    • It will soon be launched in the market.

    Overview

    The scientist has used ‘Rasayan…

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  • 3 Decarbonizing Transport [ Science/Technology, International Relations/Organizations, Environment/Ecology ]

    Decarbonizing Transport

    • NITI Aayog launched a project ‘Decarbonizing Transport in India’ in collaboration with International Transport Forum.
    • The aim of the project is to develop a pathway towards a low carbon transport system for India.
    • India has been a member of International tran…

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  • 4 Detection of Fluorine in Hot Extreme Helium Stars Solves Their Evolution Mystery [ Education, Science/Technology ]

    Detection of Fluorine in Hot Extreme Helium Stars Solves Their Evolution Mystery

    • An extreme Helium star (EHe) is a low mass supergiant.
    • It is almost devoid of hydrogen, the most common chemical element of the universe.
    • So far 21 of them have been detected in the galaxy.
    • The origin an…

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  • 5 National Test Abhyas Mobile App [ Education, Science/Technology ]

    National Test Abhyas Mobile App

    • Hindi tests feature has been launched on NTA App.
    • Now the competitive exam students preferring Hindi can practice on the mobile as the Hindi mock tests will be available.

    Overview

    • NTA (National Testing Agency) conducts co…

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  • Oct 7, 2020
  • 1 CSIR’S Anti-Cancer Drug IIIM-290 Enters Clinical Trial [ Science/Technology, Health ]

    CSIR՚s Anti-Cancer Drug IIIM-290 Enters Clinical Trial

    • Indian institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM) , Jammu has received Investigational New Drug (IND) approval from CDSCO (Central Drugs Standard Control Organization) for a potent anti-cancer NCE (New Chemical Entity) effective…

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