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Daily News Digest:12 August 2020

IIT KANPUR DEVELOPS INDIGENOUS SEED BALLS BEEG FOR FARMERS

IIT Kanpur has developed indigenous seed balls named BEEG (Bio-compost Enriched Eco-friendly Globule). BEEG (Bio -compost Enriched Eco-friendly Globule) will help people and farmers in plantations with safety COVID-19. It will also provide employment to people.

It is developed  in collaboration with Agnys Waste Management Private Limited (start-up at IIT Kanpur).

OVER ONE LAKH LOANS SANCTIONED UNDER PM SVANIDHI SCHEME

Loan sanctioned under PM Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) scheme have crossed the mark of 1 lakh. It was launched by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs under the ambit of ‘AtmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’. It aims to facilitate working capital loans upto Rs 10,000 of 1 year tenure, to about 50 lakh street vendors in the urban areas.

RUSSIA LAUNCHES FIRST VACCINE AGAINST CORONAVIRUS

Russia has developed the first vaccine against the coronavirus. It has been developed by Russia’s Gamaleya National Research Centre. It was registered on August 11, 2020, making Russia the first country in the world to register a vaccine.

UNION MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE & FARMERS’ WELFARE LAUNCHES KRISHI MEGH

Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare launched the Krishi Megh (National Agricultural Research & Education System -Cloud Infrastructure and Services). ICAR-Krishi Megh at NAARM Hyderabad is synchronized with ICAR-Data Center at ICAR-IASRI, New Delhi has been built to mitigate the risk, enhance the quality, availability and accessibility of e-governance, research, extension and education in the field of agriculture in India.

ATAL INNOVATION MISSION AND DELL TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCH STUDENT ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMME 2.0

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, in collaboration with Dell Technologies launched Student Entrepreneurship Programme 2.0 (SEP 2.0) for young innovators of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs). It aims to promote innovation and entrepreneurship across the country. SEP 2.0 will allow student innovators to work closely with Dell volunteers. 

UNION EDUCATION MINISTER LAUNCHES MINIMUM STANDARDS OF ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION REGULATIONS, 2020

Education Minister launches "Minimum Standards of Architectural Education Regulations, 2020". These Regulations, which have been prepared by the experts of the Council. As per the Ministry  it shall be able to address the major concerns and challenges which are lying in the area of human habitat.

It  will propel India to a new high in the areas of innovation and skills development. These Rules have been notified by the Council of Architecture (COA).

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY 2020

International Youth Day was celebrated on 12th August 2020. It aims to raise awareness regarding the cultural and legal issues concerning youth. The theme for 2020 is ‘Youth Engagement for Global Action’.

NASA'S PLANET HUNTER TESS COMPLETES PRIMARY MISSION

Recently NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) finished its primary mission. Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has found 66 new exoplanets, or worlds beyond the solar system. It used to monitor 24-by-96-degree strips of the sky which were called by sectors for a month using its four cameras.

GUJARAT LAUNCHED MUKHYA MANTRI KISAN SAHAY YOJANA

State government launched a new scheme under which farmers will get compensation without collection of any premium from them, who are facing crop losses due to drought, excess or unseasonal rain. It is called Mukhya Mantri Kisan Sahay Yojana. It will replace the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) for this year only. Under this scheme, farmers who have sown crops in this kharif (monsoon) season will get benefit.

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