COVID vaccine to be in early 2021
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan informed that the first vaccine for COVID-19 is likely to be ready in the initial months of 2021. The Minister provided information on 28 September at the launch time of an online vaccine portal by the Indian Council for Medical Research ICMR. The portal mentions 3 Covid-19 vaccine candidates- Covishield, Covaxin, and ZyCov-D along with used technology, the trials and the current progress about the 3 vaccine candidates. Vaccine trials are conducted in India. The portal also provides information about the vaccines for the Shigella, hepatitis, typhoid, Human Papilloma Virus, and cholera, and even the use of BCG as a vaccine for childhood tuberculosis.
18% drop in engineering exports during April-August
On 28 September, the engineering export promotion council of India said that April-August period had seen a decline of over 18.73% that is from $31.9 billion to $26 billion in the exports of engineering goods. Out of 33 product categories, 28 underwent a fall in exports.
However, there was an improvement in the shipment of iron, copper, steel, and zinc in the same period and rise in industrial activity in some countries especially North Asia although overall export was negative except for critical base metals.
Rupa Gurunath: Re-appointment as ICL’s whole-time director
On September 28 at The Indian Cements Ltd.’s Annual General Meeting, Rupa Gurunath has been re-elected on the position of whole-time director for 5 years. She has already been with ICL as a director from 2007 and whole-time director from 2010 for her instrumental role in successful projects for the company’s better performance.
India-Denmark: Joint Statement for Green Strategic Partnership
Mr Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India and Ms Mette Frederiksen, the Prime Minister of Denmark together, chaired a virtual meeting on 28 September 2020. They discussed the acceleration of sustainable economies and societies, the development of their bilateral relations as trusted partners, and sharing international peace.
The green strategic partnership is with the focus of the Paris agreement and the UN sustainable development goals implementation. The two governments targets to work cooperatively on Energy and climate change, environment and circular economy, sustainable urban Development, business, trade, shipping, science, technology, Innovation, and digitisation, Food and Agriculture, health, cultural Corporation, labour, and multilateral cooperation.
Himalayan Chandra Telescope
Since two decades, the 2-m diameter optical infrared Himalayan Chandra Telescope has been set in the desert of Ladakh on 4500 metres above the sea level. At the Indian astronomical observatory, it has been scanning the sky at night to search comets, explosions, asteroids, and exoplanets. It is operated using a satellite communication link from the centre for research and education in Science and Technology, Hosakote, Indian institute of astrophysics, and celebrating its 20th birthday receiving 260 research papers.
Besides, to celebrate 20 years, past DST institute has organised online science workshop on September 29-30, 2020. Professor Ashutosh Sharma, secretary DST will be conducting the workshop.
Adieu to Ex-INS Virat at Alang- Bid by Shri Mansukh Mandaviya
On 28 September 2020, in the ceremony at Alang in Gujarat, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of state for shipping in chemical and fertilisers, bid adieu to Ex-INS Viraat. The Alang comes under the world’s biggest ship recycling yards where annually, 30% of global chips are recycled. The Viraat reached Alang for recycling.
India has reached for international convention for safety and environment for expansion of ships recycling industry market.
MOC sanctioned some proposals including MirabaiChanu’s overseas training and rehabilitation in an online meeting
The mission Olympic cell (MOC) discuss the financial proposals of athletes. The proposals of over 1.5 crores are for 6 sports, the part of target Olympic podium scheme- Boxing, Shooting, Para-Sports, Badminton, Hockey, and Weightlifting. Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu got permission by the committee for its proposal of around rupees 40 lakh to start a 2-month overseas training program in Kansas.
Also, different requirements of different players regarding equipment or training requirements, participation of badminton players in the Danish open super 750, coaching fee, and some other proposals of Olympic athletes for best facilities have been sanctioned by the committee.
6 projects in Uttarakhand to purify Ganga river
On 29 September 2020 Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi commenced six major development projects worth Rs 521 crores in Uttarakhand through video conferencing. The projects are under Namami Gange Mission.
Shri Modi has also inaugurated the Ganga Avalokan museum on the river Ganga at Haridwar. He also released a book “Rowing down the Ganges”, new logo for the Jal Jeevan Mission, and guidelines named ‘Margdarshika for gram panchayats and Pani samitis under Jal Jeevan Mission.’
The Namami Gange mission is for the conservation of the river through cleanliness and upkeep. The mission has effects such as 4 times increased capacity of sewage treatment in last 6 years, closing of 130 drains flowing into Ganga, and a hundred-day campaign from October 2nd for the continuity of drinking water connection and 50,000 families have been provided already. This machine can also help the mission Dolphin.
MoU signed by PFC with Government of India detailing targets for FY
Shri Sanjeev Nandan Sahai secretary of Power Finance Corporation Limited and Shri RS Dhillon CMD, PFC signed the performance-based Memorandum of Understanding. Government of India set the targets-revenue target of rupees 36000 crores with the parameters of PAT as a percentage of average Network, operating profit as a percentage of revenue from the operation, and non-financial parameters.