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Daily News Digest:07 May 2020

Nanomaterials capable of storing energy developed by INSPIRE Faculty

A team of researchers led by Dr. Ashish Kumar Mishra, Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, has developed supercapacitors based on nanomaterials that can achieve high energy density and power density of supercapacitors. The research team led by Dr. Mishra at IIT (BHU) has developed a reduced graphene oxide (rGO) at a controlled temperature of 100°C with high capacitance performance. The low-cost process of production makes the supercapacitors suitable for commercial production and usage.

PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan included in IMDs weather forecast list

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has started calling the meteorological sub-division of Jammu and Kashmir as “Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Ladakh, and Muzaffarabad.” Muzaffarabad is part of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, while Gilgit-Baltistan is also under illegal Pakistani occupation.

International Pledging Conference in repsonse to Coronavirus

Leaders and organizations from across the globe pledged $8 billion (more than Rs 60,000 crore) on 4 May 2020 for the manufacture of a vaccine to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The amount was pledged during the Coronavirus Global Response -International Pledging Conference. The top donors, apart from Canada, were France, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom.

UNICEF publishes “Lost At Home” report

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has published the “Lost at Home” report. According to the report, 33 million displacements were recorded in 2019, of which 25 million were caused as a result of natural disasters, and 8.5 million were due to conflicts and violence. Of the 33 million children that were displaced were 12 million.

The total number of internal displacements in India in 2019 stood at 5,037,000, out of which 5,018,000 were due to natural disasters and 19,000 due to conflict and violence.

India launched the biggest evacuation exercise on 7 May

India has launched the most significant evacuation exercise Vande Bharat Mission, under which 64 flights will be operated by the government from 7 May 2020 till 13 May 2020 to safely bring home around 14,800 Indian nationals stranded in foreign countries amid the lockdown due to the coronavirus.

IAMAI report shows more rural Internet users than Urban

According to the ‘Digital in India’ report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), the number of Internet users in rural areas has exceeded the number of users in urban areas for the first time. In November 2019, Urban areas had 205 million active users, and the rural regions had 227 million active internet users, which is 10 percent more than the urban users. The total number of active internet users is 504 million.

An initiative by BEE leads to savings worth Rs. 89,122 Crore

The report on the “Impact of energy efficiency measures for the year 2018-19” was released by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Power and New and Renewable Energy through Video conference. The report reflects the effect of the implementation of the several energy efficiency schemes that have increased the total savings to the tune of 113.16 Billion Units in 2018-19, which is 9.39 percent of the total electricity consumption.

Professor Saurabh Lodha receives Young Career Award from DST

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India has awarded the Young Career Award in Nano Science and Technology 2020 to Professor Saurabh Lodha from IIT Bombay. He has been honored with the award for his pioneering contributions in the development of logic transistor technologies based on 2-D Van der Waals materials.

CSIR IGIB and TATA Sons sign an MoU

The Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), a constituent laboratory functioning under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the TATA Sons for licensing of knowhow of FNCAS9 EDITOR LINKED UNIFORM DETECTION ASSAY (FELUDA) FOR RAPID DIAGNOSIS OF COVID-19. The indigenous scientific invention, FELUDA for COVID-19, has been designed for combating the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the nation and to address the issue of mass testing.

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