“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

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”

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”

“Black Fungus Infection” Cases in Covid Patients

What is the News? Doctors in Delhi are witnessing a rise in cases of Covid-19 induced Black Fungus Infection.  About Black Fungus Infection: Firstly, Black Fungus infection is also known as Mucormycosis (previously called zygomycosis). Secondly, it is a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. These molds are present… Continue reading “Black Fungus Infection” Cases in Covid Patients

GNAFC releases “Global Report on Food Crises 2021”

What is the News? Global Network Against Food Crises(GNAFC) has released the “Global Report on Food Crises 2021”. Key Findings: Firstly, more than 155 million people experienced acute food insecurity in 2020. This is an increase of 20 million as compared to 2019. Secondly, two-thirds of the people in acute food crisis levels were in… Continue reading GNAFC releases “Global Report on Food Crises 2021”

“AYUSH 64” Ayurvedic Drug Govt is Recommending for Mild Covid-19

What is the News? The Ministry of Ayush has announced that it has taken steps to increase the production of AYUSH 64 across the country to treat mild to moderate cases of coronavirus infections.  About Ayush-64: Ayush-64 is an Ayurvedic drug developed by the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences(CCRAS), the apex body for… Continue reading “AYUSH 64” Ayurvedic Drug Govt is Recommending for Mild Covid-19

“SUTRA model” has flaws in predicting the pandemic – Scientists

What is the News? The Indian government backed the SUTRA model to chart the Covid-19 trajectory in the country. But few scientists have raised concerns over the SUTRA model. SUTRA Model: SUTRA stands for Susceptible, Undetected, Tested (positive) and Removed Approach. Purpose: SUTRA is a mathematical model. It is used for charting the trajectory of… Continue reading “SUTRA model” has flaws in predicting the pandemic – Scientists

“Putola Nach”: Assamese string puppetry used in the Covid-19 awareness campaign

What is the News? An Assam-based trust is promoting string puppetry called Putola Nach, amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Anamika Ray Memorial Trust(ARMT), an Assam-based trust in collaboration with UNICEF-Assam has produced three short videos using Putola Nach puppetry. These stories aim to create mass awareness of Covid-19 appropriate behaviour. Putola Nach: Firstly, Putola Nach is… Continue reading “Putola Nach”: Assamese string puppetry used in the Covid-19 awareness campaign