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Daily News Digest:13 April 2020

Anak Krakatau Volcano of Indonesia erupts

The Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatau) volcano in the Lampung Province of Indonesia erupted on 10 April 2020, ejecting out a 200-meter-high column of volcanic ash and smoke.

HRD Ministry launched ‘YUKTI’ web portal

The ‘YUKTI’ (Young India Combating COVID with Knowledge, Technology and Innovation) web-portal was launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development on 12 April 2020. The web-portal and dashboard will record and monitor the efforts and initiatives undertaken by the HRD Ministry.

KVIC develops double-layered mask

A double-layered Khadi mask has been developed by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and has acquired orders for supplying it in high numbers. The use of double twisted Khadi fabric for making the masks will help in retaining 70 per cent of the moisture content and will provide a smooth passage for the air.

Play Safe on Play True Day 2020 organized by WADA

The Play Safe on Play True Day 2020 was organized by the World Anti-Doping Agency(WADA) on the Play True Day that is celebrated on 9 April every year since April 2014 and is used as a platform to increase the importance and awareness of sport free from performance-enhancing drugs(dopes) among athletes, the general public and stakeholders in the game.

IUSSTF to provide a boost to address COVID 19 challenges

Proposals have been invited by the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), for addressing the ‘COVID-19 Indo-U.S. Virtual Networks’. The Indo-U.S virtual network will help scientists and engineers from India and the U.S. currently engaged in COVID-related research to carry out joint research activities through a virtual mechanism, using the present funding and infrastructure.

101st anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh observed

The Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi paid tribute to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, who lost their lives on 13 April 1919. The 101st anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre was observed on 13 April 2020.

Pana Sankranti observed on 13 April 2020

Pana Sankranti is also known as Maha Vishuba Sankranti, marks the beginning of New Year in the state of Odisha. The day is named after the main drink ‘Pana’ that is offered on this day.

Srinagar-Leh highway reopened to maintain supply of essential commodities

The strategic Srinagar-Leh highway which connects Ladakh with the rest of the world was opened after four months by the Border Roads Organisation(BRO) on 11 April 2020. The movement of 18 oil tankers and essential commodities were allowed initially to move towards Leh/Ladakh from the Zojila pass despite fresh snowfall in the Zojila pass.

Measures Taken by CCMB to fight COVID19 pandemic

The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology(CCMB), based in Hyderabad, functioning under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR) is employing numerous approaches and tools to combat COVID-19 pandemic. CCMB is authorized for testing COVID-19 and gets patient samples from government hospitals spread throughout Telangana’s 33 districts to check for SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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