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IIT-Ropar Develops UV Germicidal Irradiation Technology-Based Device To Sanitize Grocery Items, Currency Notes.

National

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Government Sets Up 586 Dedicated COVID-19 Hospitals.

National

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PM Modi Discussed Lockdown Strategy Against COVID-19 Pandemic With Chief Ministers.

National

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Around 32 Crore People Receive Benefits Under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package.

National

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International Day Day Of Human Space Flight Is Observed On 12 April.

National & International

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Easter Festival Is Celebrated On 12 April.

International

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TRIFED To Supply Masks Made By Tribal Artisans.

International

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IIT-Ropar Develops UV Germicidal Irradiation Technology-Based Device To Sanitize Grocery Items, Currency Notes.

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) has developed a trunk-shaped device fitted with ultraviolet germicidal irradiation technology, which they recommend be placed at doorsteps and all items brought from outside including grocery and currency notes be put in it to sanitise them and aid the fight against COVID-19.

According to the team at IIT Ropar, the trunk when commercialised, can be available at less than Rs 500. The device will take 30 minutes to sanitise the items and the team has recommended a 10 minute cooling off period before one takes the items out.

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Government Sets Up 586 Dedicated COVID-19 Hospitals.

One thousand 35 fresh confirmed cases of novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours taking the total number to 7447. Out of these, 642 patients have recovered and discharged from the hospitals, while 239 patients have died. Briefing media in New Delhi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Lav Aggarwal said, India’s response to contain COVID-19 has been proactive and it has followed a graded approach. He said, in coordination with the states, the Centre is ensuring supply of PPE, N95 masks, testing kits and ventilators and dedicated COVID-19 hospitals are also being set up to provide proper treatment. 

Mr Aggarwal informed that as of now 586 dedicated COVID-19 Hospitals have been set up with a capacity of more than 1 lakh isolation beds and around 11,500 isolation beds. He said, this figure is being augmented every day, based on evolving situation. Mr Aggarwal also said, Ministry of AYUSH has prepared a set of guidelines on respiratory health and to boost the immunity. It has also asked the District Magistrates to incorporate this in district-level contingency plan as well. He said, the Government’s goal is to implement containment policy, containment action plan, contact tracing and clinical management of COVID-19 patients in proper manner, as per process, in coordination with states.

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PM Modi Discussed Lockdown Strategy Against COVID-19 Pandemic With Chief Ministers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Chief Ministers via video conferencing about the strategy to tackle COVID-19. Several States requested the Prime Minister to extend the lockdown for two more weeks. Prime Minister said that there seems to be a consensus amongst the states on extension of lockdown by another two weeks. He said, our fight against Coronavirus will be strengthened as long as every citizen of the country fulfils responsibilities and follows lockdown instructions.

The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of the lockdown and adherence to Social Distancing in saving people’s lives. He underlined that the motto of the government earlier was ‘jaan hai to jahaan hai’ but now is ‘jaan bhi jahaan bhi’. He observed that the combined effort of the Centre and the States has reduced the impact of COVID-19, but, since the situation is rapidly evolving, constant vigilance is of paramount importance. He emphasized the criticality of coming 3 to 4 weeks in determining the impact of the virus. Prime Minister categorically assured that India has adequate supplies of essential medicines. 

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Around 32 Crore People Receive Benefits Under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package.

Around 32 crore people receive benefits under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package. … AIR Correspondent reports, around Rs 14,000 crore have been directly transferred to approximately 7 crore farmers under PM-KISAN scheme. The beneficiaries got Rs 2,000 directly in their accounts.

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International Day Day Of Human Space Flight Is Observed On 12 April.

The United Nations (UN) celebrates the International Day of Human Space Flight on April 12 each year. The day remembers the first human space flight on April 12, 1961.

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Easter Festival Is Celebrated On 12 April.

Along with ‘Good Friday’, Christian society eagerly waits for ‘Easter’, because on Good Friday, where they are on the cross of Jesus Christ (Jesus Christ) While hanging, they are immersed in sorrow, while the news of Jesus’ rebirth on Easter makes them happy. People of the Christian family celebrate this day as a celebration. In this year, Easter festival is being celebrated on 12 April Sunday in 2020. Come, what is the story of the background of Easter and how the common Christian society celebrates this festival. According to Christian society, the festival of ‘Easter’ is celebrated on the third Sunday of the Paschal lunar month. This time i.e. in the year 2020, this Sunday is falling on 12 April as per the date of Gregorian calendar. The day of Sunday is a holiday all over the world, hence the celebration of this festival is made. In India too, the number of followers of Jesus is very good in some states, due to which the day of Easter Sunday is celebrated on a large scale in these states.

According to Christian beliefs, Jesus Christ was crucified on the day of Good Friday, thousands of years ago. But it is said that on the third day, he was revived. It is believed that after the rebirth, Jesus lived with his disciples for about 40 days. After this, he went to heaven forever, so the celebration of Easter festival is celebrated for a full 40 days, but officially the Easter festival lasts for 50 days. The people of Christianity celebrate this festival with great pomp and enthusiasm.

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TRIFED To Supply Masks Made By Tribal Artisans.

TRIFED under Ministry of Tribal Affairs has been working with the Tribal artisans, Self Help Groups (SHGs), VanDhan Beneficiaries and NGOs etc. for providing marketing support of their handloom, handicraft and natural products. In the current circumstances some of these suppliers have started making masks at their homes to help themselves and their community members from this ongoing pandemic. Some of them are supplying to local authorities also. These suppliers have conveyed their willingness to help the Government by way of supplying masks along with their capacities and rates which they are making mostly from their homes. Supply of masks made by these suppliers would help establish a model for creating livelihoods with safety for them. TRIFED is further exploring the possibilities of identifying additional suppliers who can contribute in the present hour of crisis by supplying masks

 The current crisis situation due to Covid-19 has posed an unprecedented threat across the country. Almost all the States and UTs in India are affected by it, in varying degrees. This threat has cast its shadow on all sectors of trade and industry, at all levels, and all segments of society. The poor and marginalized are the worst affected by this pandemic. This is also the peak season for harvesting for Agriculture and Non-Timber Forest Produce (NTFP) in most of the regions of our country. It is therefore necessary to undertake measures by way of making available basic safety cover like home-made masks for covering the face.

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