Orientation and Training Programme conducted for iRAD App

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways conducted an Orientation and Training programme on iRAD App for the selected districts of Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh on 7th & 8th September 2020 and 10th & 11th September 2020 respectively. IIT Madras and National Informatics Centre Services Inc have been assigned the task for the development and implementation of this app, with a motive to enable the stakeholders viz. Police, Transport, Health, etc., to collect accident data on the spot by using their mobile phones. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are the states selected for the first implementation of the iRAD proposal. The iRAD App is expected to be customised for the State.


ARI identified KG basin as an excellent source of fuel methane

According to a recent study, conducted as a part of the DST-SERB young scientist project by the Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), it was found that the methane hydrate deposits located in the Krishna-Godavari (KG) basin are of biogenic origin. This study accepted for publishing in the journal ‘Marine genomics’ revealed the methanogens or the producer of the biogenic methane trapped as methane hydrate, to have a maximum diversity in the KG basin. Conducted using the molecular and culturing techniques, it also confirmed that the methanogens are the extreme source of biogenic methane in comparison to the Andaman and Mahanadi basins. The ARI Team predicted the total deposits of methane in the KG Basin to be around 0.56 to 7.68trillion cubic feet (TCF) and documented a predominance of genus Methanosarcina in the KG basin.


New findings on the atmospheric turbulence parameters of Himalaya region

The turbulence parameters in the lower troposphere over the central Himalayan region was estimated for the first time. The Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) have calculated the magnitude of refractive index structure (Cn2), a constant that represents the strength of the atmospheric turbulence using observation from their Stratosphere Troposphere Radar (S T Radar) and found it to be as large as 10-14 m-2/3. This study is published in the Radio Science journal.



Prime Minister addressed the ‘Grih Pravesham’ function

While addressing at the ‘Grih Pravesham’ and the inauguration function of 1.75 lakh houses built under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin at Madhya Pradesh, Prime Minister congratulated all the families who got their pucca house under PMAY-G as well as the government of Madhya Pradesh. Along with sharing the achievements and plans of PMAY, he also requested everyone to maintain a distance of two yards and to wear a mask in this corona period.


New “Disinfectant Sprays” developed by IPFT

During this Corona period, Institute of Pesticide Formulation Technology (IPFT) has successfully developed two new technologies viz. the “Disinfectant spray for surface application” and the “Disinfectant spray for Vegetables & fruits”, to prevent microbial infections and to decontaminate vegetables and fruits, respectively.


CCI approves proposed combination

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approves the proposed combination concerned with the transfer of global pharmaceutical business (Transferred Business) by Piramal Enterprises Limited (PEL) to a wholly-owned subsidiary of PEL, i.e. Pharma Co. and the acquisition of 20% of the issued and paid-up equity share capital of Pharma Co. by Curie (Proposed Combination).


Veteran actor Paresh Rawal appointed as a new Chairman of National School of Drama Society

The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind appointed veteran Actor Paresh Rawal as the Chairman of National School of Drama (NSD) Society for four years. Union Minister of State for Culture & Tourism Shri Prahlad Singh Patel congratulated Shri Paresh Rawal on this occasion. Along with serving as a former member of Parliament, Mr Paresh Rawal has also won numerous awards, including the prestigious National Film Award and the Padma Shri.

Health Ministry in a virtual Conclave with Private Hospitals

In collaboration with FICCI and AIIMS, New Delhi, a virtual conclave was organised by the Union Health Ministry for private hospitals providing COVID-19 treatment in the country. This virtual conference was inaugurated by the Union Health Secretary who reiterated the resolve of the Government to have a health system that is available, affordable and accessible to all and to achieve a mortality rate of less than 1%.

Power Minister inaugurated NTPC’s community-focused initiatives in Bihar

A host of community-focused facilities developed by NTPC was inaugurated in Bihar by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, New and Renewable Energy and Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, Shri R. K. Singh. He inaugurated two Community Centres- Sahari and Sahnaura at Barh, Patna, a 3 km long Meh-Indrapuri Barrage Road at Nabinagar, Aurangabad and the Main Gate Complex of Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Limited (KBUNL) in Bihar. While talking about the Power Ministry, Shri R. K. Singh illuminated that Rs 11,000 Crore worth of initiatives was invested for electrification in Bihar.

MFIs need to build capital buffers said RBI

RBI published an article in its monthly bulletin, in which it mentioned the necessity of building capital buffers and managing cash positions for microlenders by the microfinance institutions (MFIs), in order to ensure the protection of their balance sheets from any disruptions in this Corona period. RBI mentioned it as an opportunity to build long-term resilience, but also termed COVID-19 as the biggest tail risk event in a long time.