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Daily News Digest:29 June 2020

One Liners of the Day, 29 June 2020

Vote on Reforms in the Russian constitution begin

The government of Russia has begun voting on constitutional reforms that would enable the current President of Russia Vladimir Putin to lead the country until 2036. The voting was rescheduled to 1 July 2020 amid the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic but was started on 25 June 2020. The step has been taken to avoid overcrowding and maintain social distancing during the referendum.

Battery Swapping Facility Quick Interchange Service inaugurated in Chandigarh

A Battery Swapping Facility Quick Interchange Service (QIS) was inaugurated by the Governor of Punjab-cum-Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, Shri V P Singh Badnore, along with Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel on 26 June 2020. The Battery swapping technology is the best alternative to the slow charging and enables the drivers to utilise the operational hours with maximum efficiency.

First Tourist Space Walk by Energia and space adventure of Russia

The Energia space agency of Russia has confirmed that it will shuttle the first tourist into orbit in 2023, according to the terms of a new contract signed with a private space company of the United States called Space Adventures. Under the terms of the contract, two space tourists will be taken to the International Space Station (ISS).

$31.6 billion to be raised by WHO for ACT-Accelerator

The global response to COVID-19 led by the World Health Organization (WHO) will require $31.3 billion for diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines in the next 12 months, and this will include 2 billion doses of vaccines. The amount that will be raised will be provided to the global collaboration called Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator, or ACT-Accelerator. The initiative started in April, aims to accelerate development, equitable access and production of the Covid-19 tests, vaccines and treatments.

Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises scheme launched by Harsimrat Kaur Badal

The PM Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PM FME) scheme was launched by the Minister for Food Processing Industries Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal on 29 June 2020 as a part of “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan”. Under the scheme, a total investment of Rs 35,000 crore will be generated along with 9 lakh semi-skilled and skilled employment. The scheme will be implemented over five years from 2020-21 to 2024-25, with an estimated amount of Rs 10,000 crore.The scheme will be implemented over five years from 2020-21 to 2024-25, with an estimated amount of Rs 10,000 crore.

Dramatic decline in arctic sea ice noted by NCPOR

The National Centre of Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) has found that there has been a dramatic decrease in Arctic sea ice due to global warming. This decline of ice has led to a localized increase in evaporation, air humidity, cloud cover, and rainfall. NCPOR has noted that the maximum decline in Arctic sea ice took place in July 2019 since 1979. If the decline of ice is continuous, then it is predicted that no ice would be left in the Arctic Sea by the year 2050, which poses a danger for humanity and the entire environment.

Logo of Golden Jubilee Commemoration Year of DST launched

The official logo for the celebration of Golden Jubilee Commemoration Year was launched by Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary Department of Science and Technology (DST) along with the announcement of many activities like series of 15-20 lectures in the form of webinars and short feature films on each Autonomous Institutions (AI).

Inorganic-organic hybrid compound synthesised which can inhibit cancer cells

The Institute of Nano Science & Technology (INST) Scientists from Mohali, have synthesised a novel inorganic-organic hybrid compound that can prevent lung, breast, and liver cancer cells, opening up new opportunities for metallodrugs. Scientists have outlined the procedure by which the compound based on the phosphomolybdate cluster kills the cancer cells. This research has been published in the Dalton Transactions journal.

Foundation stone for “Sanskritik Sadbhav Mandap” laid at Rampur in UP

The foundation stone for “Sanskritik Sadbhav Mandap” was laid by Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Union Minister of Minority Affairs on 29 June 2020 at Numaish Ground in Rampur in Uttar Pradesh. The “Sanskritik Sadbhav Mandap” will act as a community centre and will be used for various cultural, economic and social activities such as coaching, relief activities during a disaster such as Corona, skill development training, and various sports activities.

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