“World food price index” reaches highest level since May 2014: FAO

What is the News? The Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) has released the World Food Price Index. According to the index, world food prices have increased for the 11th consecutive month in April. Further, the prices also hit their highest level since May 2014. About World Food Price Index: Firstly, the index was introduced in 1996.… Continue reading “World food price index” reaches highest level since May 2014: FAO

RBI’s Economic Measures to Tackle 2nd Wave of Covid-19

What is the News? The Reserve Bank of India(RBI) has announced measures to help India to tackle the unprecedented Covid-19 crisis during the second wave. Measures announced by the RBI: On-Tap Liquidity Facility: RBI has opened a Rs 50,000-crore on-tap liquidity window with a tenor of up to three years. Banks can borrow from this… Continue reading RBI’s Economic Measures to Tackle 2nd Wave of Covid-19

Project MediCAB: Augmentation of Hospital Infrastructure

What is the News? IIT Madras supported start-up Modulus Housing has developed a portable hospital unit called ‘MediCAB’. About Project MediCAB: Project MediCAB is an initiative of the Office of principal scientific advisor and IIT Madras. Purpose: It is a portable hospital unit that has been developed to boost healthcare infrastructure by assisting states to set… Continue reading Project MediCAB: Augmentation of Hospital Infrastructure

Ayush Ministry launches nationwide campaign for “AYUSH 64” & “Kabasura Kudineer”

What is the News? The Ministry of Ayush has launched a massive nationwide campaign to distribute two key products. One is the Ayurvedic drug AYUSH 64. The other is the Sidha drug Kabasura Kudineer. Both will provide benefit to the vast majority of out of hospital Covid-19 patients. About Ayush 64: Firstly, Ayush-64 is a… Continue reading Ayush Ministry launches nationwide campaign for “AYUSH 64” & “Kabasura Kudineer”

SEBI technical group submits report on “Social Stock Exchanges(SSE)”

What is the News? A technical group on Social Stock Exchanges (SSEs), constituted by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has submitted its report.  About Social Stock Exchange(SSE): Social Stock Exchange(SSE) is a platform that allows investors to invest in select social enterprises or social initiatives. Social Enterprise is a revenue-generating business. The… Continue reading SEBI technical group submits report on “Social Stock Exchanges(SSE)”

Interpol’s “ID-Art App” to help protect cultural property

What is the News? INTERPOL has launched an app called ‘ID-Art’ to protect cultural heritage better. About ‘ID-Art’ App: ‘ID-Art’ App aims to help identify the stolen cultural property, and reduce smuggling. The app will also increase the possibility of recovering stolen works and artefacts. Key Features of the App: INTERPOL’s database: The app enables… Continue reading Interpol’s “ID-Art App” to help protect cultural property

COVID-19 hit urban poor more than those in villages: A Report by Hunger watch

What is the News? According to a Report by Hunger watch, COVID-19 has impacted India’s urban poor more than those in villages. Key Findings of the Report by Hunger watch: Impact of Covid-19: Urban respondents reported a 15% point worse condition than their rural counterparts across all important parameters. Poverty: Covid-19 pandemic has made the… Continue reading COVID-19 hit urban poor more than those in villages: A Report by Hunger watch

Mandatory online certification for Persons with Disabilities through “UDID portal”

What is the News? The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities(DEPwD) has issued a notification for all States/UTs. In that, the DEPwD made the use of online mode as mandatory to grant certificates of disability using the UDID portal. Note: Firstly, the Central Government notified the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules, 2017 under… Continue reading Mandatory online certification for Persons with Disabilities through “UDID portal”

First “genetically modified mosquitoes” released in US

What is the News? Biotech firm Oxitec has released its Genetically Modified Mosquitoes(GMM) in Florida, USA. What are Genetically Modified Mosquitoes(GMM)? These are the mosquitoes whose genome has been altered using recombinant DNA technology. Their genome is altered in a way to favour the few desired physiological traits and the generation of desired biological products.… Continue reading First “genetically modified mosquitoes” released in US

What is Facebook’s Oversight Board?

What is the News? Facebook’s Oversight Board has upheld Facebook’s decision to block the former-U.S. President Donald Trump from its platform. About Facebook’s Oversight Board: The Oversight Board was established in 2020 by Facebook. It is an independent body that helps Facebook figure out what content can be allowed on the platform and what ought… Continue reading What is Facebook’s Oversight Board?