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National Technology Day is observed on 11 May
National Technology Day is observed on 11 May. The day highlights the importance of science in daily life. It also encourages youngsters to get into the field for their career options. Events: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Science and Technology (DBT) is conducting a session on YouTube. Digital Conference will focus on RE-START ‘Reboot the Economy through Science, Technology And Research Translations.’

Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi assumes charge as Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi assumed charge as new Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy on 11 May 2020. Chaturvedi met senior officers of the Ministry and took stock of the work and issues before the Ministry. Chaturvedi succeeded Anand Kumar in the Ministry who earlier took charge as Secretary, Ministry of Culture.

DSCL uses several measures to fight COVID-19 pandemic
Dehradun Smart City Limited (DSCL) has utilized the Integrated Command and Control Centre for monitoring and surveillance activities in the fight against coronavirus. To manage COVID-19, DSCL authorities have collaborated with District Administration. To implement and execute several measures, technology partners such as HPE, SGL, and Webline were remotely engaged by DSCL and District Administration through video and teleconferencing.

Indian Railways operates Shramik Special trains across the country amid lockdown
Indian Railways has decided to operate “Shramik Special” trains. The operation of the trains aims to help the migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students, and other people who are stranded at different places due to lockdown. In these special Shramik Special Trains, a maximum of around 1200 passengers can travel observing social distancing.

MHA issues Standard Operating Protocol to facilitate movement of persons by train
Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) to facilitate the movement of persons by train amid lockdown imposed to contain COVID-19 spread. As per the SOP, all the passengers entering the railway station will undergo a compulsory medical screening for COVID-19 infection. Movement of passengers to & fro and entry at the railway station will be permitted only on the confirmed e-ticket.

Tourism Ministry organised 17th session of Dekho Apna Desh webinar series on Exploring River Nila
Ministry of Tourism organized the 17th session of the Dekho Apna Desh webinar on 9 May 2020. The webinar was titled ‘Exploring River Nila’ was about showcasing meaningful travel experiences for travelers that are offered by relatively unvisited places. The webinar took the participants on a journey into lesser-known towns and villages along the “River Nila” also known as Bharathapuzha in Kerala.

IMPS transfers in April dive to 2-year low due to lockdown
Data from the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) stated that April Immediate Payment System (IMPS) numbers have reduced to a two-year low. The dive in the retail interbank transfers is due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Transactions using the IMPS platform in April stood at 12.2 crore, while 24.7 crore transactions were done in February 2020.

Centre launched Mission Sagar for assistance to Indian Ocean nations amid COVID-19 crisis
Government of India launched “Mission Sagar” on 10 May. The aim is to provide assistance to Indian Ocean Region Nations amid the coronavirus crisis. The operation is being progressed in coordination with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The mission is in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of SAGAR. The mission is a part of the Government of India outreach amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

National Fertilizers Ltd. sale rose to 71 percent in April 2020 despited COVID-19 lockdown
Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers reported that National Fertilizers Ltd, a PSU under GoI, registered a 71% growth in fertilizer sales in April 2020. The stringent restrictions in April due to COVID-19 lockdown Company recorded fertilizer sale of 3.62 Lakh MT in April 2020 compared to 2.12 Lakh MT in the same period 2019.

ICMR-NIV develops COVID KAVACH ELISA for antibody detection for COVID-19 infection
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune has developed and validated the indigenous IgG ELISA test ‘COVID KAVACH ELISA’ for antibody detection for COVID-19. The robust indigenous IgG ELISA test has been named as “COVID KAVACH ELISA” in line with the Make in India initiative in record time.



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