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International Day of Families is observed on 15 May
International Day of Families is celebrated on 15 May every year. The day is celebrated to raise awareness towards the significance of families and to overcome the aspects that might be negatively affecting these efforts. The day highlights the various issues that plague the families around the world and suggests the necessary measures that can be taken to resolve these and build harmony.

Sohrai Khovar painting, Telia Rumal gets GI Tag
Sohrai Khovar painting and Telia Rumal were given the Geographical Indication (GI) tag by the Geographical Indications Registry headquartered in Chennai. Jharkhand’s Sohrai Khovar painting is a traditional and ritualistic mural art. It is practised by local tribal women during local harvest and marriage seasons. The art is drawn using the local, naturally available soils of different colours in the area of the Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand.

Foodgrains production in India to touch record 295.67 MT in 2019-20 crop year
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare stated that India’s foodgrain production has been estimated to touch a record of 295.67 million tonnes (MT) in the 2019-20 crop year. The Ministry released the third advance estimate. As per the data provided by the Agriculture Ministry, it is the fourth consecutive year that the country has witnessed record production buoyed by good rains.

Harsh Vardhan dedicated COBAS 6800 testing machine
Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan dedicated the COBAS 6800, first of its kind, testing machine at the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to the nation on 14 May. GoI has procured such testing machines for testing of COVID-19 cases for the first time. It is installed at NCDC. COBAS 6800 is a fully automated, high-end machine that performs real-time PCR testing COVID-19 in the service of the nation.

Rajnath Singh commissioned Indian Coast Guard ships
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Sachet and two interceptor boats (IBs) C-450 and C-451 in Goa through video conferencing from Delhi on 15 May. The ships are indigenously designed and built in the line of the Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ vision. Commissioning of these ships is an important milestone in India’s coastal capability building process.

DST INSPIRE develops lightweight carbon foam that can replace lead batteries
INSPIRE under the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India has developed porous carbon materials that have the potential to replace the lead grid in lead-acid batteries. The carbon foam was developed by Dr. Rajeev Kumar from CSIR-Advanced Materials and Processes Research Institute, Bhopal, a recipient of the INSPIRE Faculty Award.

JNCASR develop injectable Silk Fibroin-based hydrogel for sustained Insulin delivery in diabetic patients
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) has developed an injectable Silk fibroin-based hydrogel for sustained insulin delivery in diabetic patients. The injectable Silk fibroin-based hydrogel is developed using the biocompatible additives, The injectable SF hydrogel (iSFH) can ease insulin delivery in diabetic patients. The injection was tested on diabetic rats.

Tribal Affairs Ministry, FB launched Goal programme for Digital Skilling of Tribal Youth across India
Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda launched the “Going Online As Leaders (GOAL) programme” of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) in partnership with Facebook at a Webinar in New Delhi on 15 May. The programme is in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The GOAL programme has been designed to provide mentorship to tribal youth through digital mode.

Health Ministry issued guidelines for RT-PCR pool sampling for migrants
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued a guideline for Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) based pooled sampling for migrants, returnees from abroad, and green zones. The guidelines are for the surveillance purposes of migrant labourers and international passengers who are in institutional quarantine facilities.

Minister Piyush Goyal participated in 2nd G-20 Virtual Trade and Investment Ministers Meeting
Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal participated in the second G-20 Virtual Trade and Investment Ministers Meeting. The meeting focused on immediate and concrete actions that can ease the distress being faced by people all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second G20 Ministers Virtual Meeting was held under the Saudi Presidency.

Gujarat to implement sensor-based service delivery monitoring system under Jal Jeevan Mission
Gujarat state government is to implement a sensor-based service delivery monitoring system in the rural drinking water sector under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM). The pilot project is already underway in two districts of the state. The state is primarily a water-stressed state. It has dealt with the crisis with a very strategic approach so far.

MHRD launched e-Governance platform, SAMARTH
Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has developed an e-Governance platform, SAMARTH Enterprises Resource Planning (ERP), under the National Mission of Education in Information and Communication Technology Scheme (NMEICT). Aim: The aim of the e-Governance platform, SAMARTH, is to provide quality education to students across all Universities & Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

Harsh Vardhan participated in the 32nd Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare participated in the 32nd Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting through Video Conference on 14 May. The timely, graded, and proactive measures taken by the Indian government towards COVID-19 management were highlighted during the meeting. The theme of the conference was “Delivering a co-ordinated Commonwealth COVID-19 response.”



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