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Nikkei Asia Prize 2020 award to IIT madras professor T. Pradeep

T. Pradeep Nikkei Asia Prize 2020
  • IIT Madras professor, Thalappil Pradeep has been conferred with the prestigious Nikkei Asia prize for his contribution to the development of nanotechnology based water filters. 
  • He received this award under “Science and technology” category.

#Wewillwin campaign launched by FIFA

  • #WeWillWin campaign has been launched by Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to support and motivate all those corona warriors who are working at the front line to stop COVID-19 pandemic.

Social worker and Padma Shri awardee Hema Bharali passed away

Hema Bharali
  • Padma Shree Gandhian, freedom fighter and a social worker Hema Bharali passed away at the age of 101.  The then President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam gave away the National Communal Harmony Award-2005 to  Ms. Hema Bharali, in New Delhi on May 1, 2006.
  •  She is known for her contributions for the empowerment of women and efforts towards the upliftment of the socially and financially challenged sections of the society.

Tarun Bajaj is the new economic affairs secretary

Tarun Bajaj
  • 1988 batch IAS officer and former additional secretary in Prime Minister’s office, Tarun Bajaj  has been appointed as economic affairs secretary. 
  • He will succeed Atanu Chakraborty who retired on April 30, 2020.

YASH launched by NCSTC and DST for COVID-19

Coronavirus COVID-19
  • Year of awareness on Science & health(YASH) has been launched by National council for Science and technology communication (NCSTC) and Department of Science and Technology(DST) to fight against COVId-19 

Giridhar Aramane appointed as secretary to Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

Giridhar Aramane
  • 1988 batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh, Giridhar Aramane has been appointed as secretary in the Ministry of Road Transport and HIghways. Proir to this he was serving as additional secretary in the cabinet secretariat.
  • He has replaced Sanjeev Ranjan who has been appointed as secretary in the Ministry of Shipping.

Vikas Abhaya loan scheme launched by KVG Bank

Karnataka Vikas Gramin (KVG) Bank
  • Karnataka Vikas Grameena bank (KVG Bank) has launched Vikas Abhaya Scheme to support Micro , Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in India that have been affected due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The loan will be for the existing MSME customers who have been regular as on February 29. A maximum loan of up to 1 lakh will be provided and no collateral security will be insisted upon. The loan is repayable within 36 months, 

ICC bans Deepak Aggarwal for breaching Anti-corruption code

Deepak Aggarwal
  • International Cricket Council (ICC) has booked Deepak Aggarwal, Cricketer from Sonipat, Haryana from all forms of cricket for breaching ICC Anti-Corruption Code for a period of 2 years.
  • He  came on Dubai’s ICC anti-corruption unit’s radar because of his suspicious movement during a game in Abu Dhabi.

Arvind Kumar Sharma appointed as secretary to MSME ministry.

Arvind Kumar Sharma
  • 1988 batch IAS officer Arvind Kumar Sharma has been appointed as secretary to Micro, Small, and Medium enterprises.(MSMEs).
  • Prior to this he was serving as Additional Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office.

Manipur and Gorakhpur, UP gets new GI tags

Terracotta Chak-hao
  • Chak-Hao, the black rice of Manipur and the Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh’s terracotta have bagged the Geographical Indication (GI) tag. Chak-Hao, a scented glutinous rice has been in cultivation in Manipur over centuries. It has also been used by traditional medical practitioners as part of traditional medicine. 
  • The terracotta work of Gorakhpur is a centuries-old traditional art form, where the potters make various animal figures like, horses, elephants, camel, goat, ox, etc. with hand-applied ornamentation.Some of the major products of craftsmanship include the Hauda elephants, Mahawatdar horse, deer, camel, five-faced Ganesha, singled-faced Ganesha, elephant table, chandeliers, hanging bells etc. 

AYURAKSHA programme launched by All India institute of Ayurveda (AIIA)

All India Institute of Ayurveda
  • AYURAKHSA programme has been launched by All India Institute of Ayurveda(AIIA) laong with AYUSH ministry and Delhi Police to boost immunity of people during the period of pandemic COVID-19.
  • The slogan is ““Corona Se Jung: Delhi Police Ke Sang”. Free immunity booster kits will be distributed to delhi police as well.

Professor Shobhana Narasimhan elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor shobhana narasimhan
  • Professor Shobhana Narasimhan from the Theoretical Sciences Unit (TSU) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), has been elected as an International Honorary Member to the American Academy of Arts and Science.
  • She has done significant work on the rational design of nanomaterials, examining how the lowering of dimensionality and reduction of size affect material properties.

Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune develops sterilizer “ATULYA”

  • Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), Pune has developed a microwave steriliser “ATULYA” that can disintegrate the novel coronavirus COVID-19 using differential heating in the range of 56 degree to 60 degree celsius.
  • DIAT is a deemed university under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)