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Top Current Affairs July 2020
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID Hospital in Delhi is ready in a record time of 12 days.
The hospital has been built by the Defense Research and Development Organization along with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health, Armed Forces, Tata Sons and other private partners in twelve days. This 1000-bed hospital with 250 ICU beds started on 5 July 2020. The hospital is fully air-conditioned and is spread over 25 thousand square meters. Ventilators and monitoring equipment have been installed on each ICU bed. The work of building this hospital started on 23 June.
Import of power supply equipments from China is not allowed without the permission of the government.
He said this in a virtual conference of the power ministers of the states. These imports can be used as Trojan Horse, which can lead to the crisis of power grid closure in the country. Therefore, government's permission will be required for import of all electrical appliances and components from China or any other country. Also, all such things will be thoroughly inspected in certified laboratories set up by the Ministry of Power to ensure that there is no malware, Trojan or cyber threat in them. In addition, the government also stressed the need to encourage Indian manufacturers of conductors, transformer, tower element and power meter components.
Uttar Pradesh Government launched a special campaign in Meerut Division.
This includes districts in which a large number of corona positive patients are appearing. Such a campaign will soon be started in other parts of the state as well. In addition, the state government is also planning to set up a large testing laboratory in Ghaziabad district for augmentation of testing of Covid-19. The Meerut division consists of six districts - Meerut, Baghpat, Bulandshahar, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar and Hapur.
Permission to conduct human trials of first Vaccine of COVID-19 developed in the country.
CDSCO is the national regulatory body for Indian pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The vaccine, named Covaxin, has been successful in trials conducted so far. The vaccine has been developed by private sector company Bharat Biotech India in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research and the National Institute of Virology, Pune. Indigenous, inactivated vaccine has been developed and manufactured at Bharat Biotech's Biosafety Level-3 laboratory located in Genome Valley in Hyderabad. The trial of this vaccine on people will be done in two phases and it will start next month.
Top Current Affairs June 2020
Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh released IAS Civil List 2020.
Also, its e-version was also launched. This is the 65th IAS Civil List and the second edition of the e-Civil List. This list will help in selecting the right officer for the right assignment based on the available profile. It is also an important source of information for the general public about the officials who hold various positions. It is also proposed to set up a National Recruitment Agency (NRA).
Ministry of Tourism presented 37th webinar titled Vedic Food and Spices of India.
Recently the Ministry of Tourism organized the 37th webinar program on Vedic Food and spices in India under Dekho Apna Desh Webinar series. Its purpose is to show the qualities and benefits of the ancient health science of the country. Also, this webinar has attempted to dispel myths about certain types of Food. Dekho Apna Desh Webinar series is an attempt to showcase the rich diversity of India under the Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat.
Russia supported India for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said this during a tripartite video conferencing meeting of the defense ministers of Russia-India-China (RIC). There are five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members in the UNSC. Recently, India has been elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for two years that will begin from 1 January 2021. India's two-year term will begin from 1 January 2021.
Inauguration of India's largest and first Virtual Healthcare and Hygiene Expo 2020.
Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandavia inaugurated one of India's largest and first Virtual Healthcare and Hygiene Expo 2020. Speaking on the occasion, he said that building an ecosystem for ATMA NIRBHAR BHARAT would help in increasing domestic production in the pharmaceutical, health and hygiene sectors. The expo is organized by FICCI. It is the first largest virtual exhibition in India to make a fresh start. The event will be live daily from 22nd to 26th June, 2020.
Launch of Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan in Khagaria, Bihar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the rural public works scheme i.e. Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan in Khagaria, Bihar. This campaign aims to provide livelihood opportunities to migrant workers and rural citizens. The campaign will be conducted through Common Service Centers and Krishi Vigyan Kendras in the districts. The campaign is a coordinated effort of 12 different ministries and departments such as - Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Road Transport and Highways, Mines, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Environment, Railways, Petroleum and Natural Gas, New and Renewable Energy, Border Roads, Telecom and Agriculture etc. This employment campaign will cover 116 districts of six states Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan, out of which maximum 32 districts are from Bihar.
Dr. Harshvardhan inaugurated the country's first Covid-19 Testing Mobile Laboratory
This is an effective step to test samples of Covid-19. It is named I-Lab, infectious diseases diagnostic laboratory. This will make it easier to test samples of Covid-19 even in remote rural areas of the country. The laboratory is being operated with the help of the Department of Biotechnology. It has the capacity to perform 50 RT-PCR and 300 ELISA tests per day.
India elected as non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the eighth time
India won by 184 votes in the 193-member General Assembly. India has been elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for two years. India's two-year term will begin from 1 January 2021. Along with India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway have also won the Security Council elections.
Uttar Pradesh becomes the top state in the country in terms of providing employment to workers under MNREGA
According to recent statistics, Uttar Pradesh has provided employment to more than 57 lakh workers under MNREGA. 57,12,975 workers got employment in 57 thousand gram panchayats of the state, which is 18% of the total work generated under MNREGA in the country.
Scheme to provide oximeters at the Mohalla and Colony level in Madhya Pradesh
This decision has been taken keeping in mind the growing case of Corona virus in the state. Oximeters will not only help control corona infection, but will also make survey work easier. Oximeters or pulse oximeters are small light devices that are used to monitor the amount of oxygen in the body.
Government launched Aarogya Path portal
The initiative aims to establish an information management and forecasting database platform of Covid-19 at the national level. It will also meet demand and supply scenarios for key healthcare items. It will provide uninterrupted access to suppliers, manufacturers and customers for current needs and demand related to medical devices, diagnostic devices, medicines, personal protective equipment, and respiratory aids.
Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare launched Sahakar Mitra Internship Program
The objective of this program is to provide paid internship to the youth. This will provide project loan to young cooperative entrepreneurs. Under this scheme, youth will be able to undertake paid internships in various fields including agriculture and allied sectors, agribusiness, cooperation, finance, international trade, forestry, rural development and project management. In addition, each intern will also receive financial support for a period of more than four months.