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BWF names PV Sindhu as an ambassador for its ‘I Am Badminton’ Campaign

World Champion PV Sindhu was unveiled as one of the ambassadors for Badminton World Federation's ‘I am badminton’ awareness campaign. It is a platform for players to express respect for badminton by advocating and committing to clean and honest play.

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Badminton World Federation (BWF),HQs- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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IMMA appoints Rakesh Sharma as President

The International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association, the representing association of the global motorcycle industry has appointed Rakesh Sharma, Executive Director, Bajaj Auto from its member organisation Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers.

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He will succeed Johannes Loman.

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Himachal Pradesh to provide free online medical consultation to sick people through e-sanjeevani-opd

In order to provide health services in the wake of COVID-19 Pandemic, the Himachal Pradesh Health Department has come up with a unique idea of providing free online medical consultation to sick people at their residence through e-sanjeevani-opd.

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Timing: From 9:30 AM- 4:00 PM on all working days.

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PM launches e-Gram Swaraj, Swamitva yojana for faster development of villages

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched e-Gram Swaraj and Swamitva Yojana, two web portals for accelerating the pace of development in India's villages. The eGram Swaraj app will provide panchayats a single interface to complete development projects.

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Swamitva Yojana will use drones in mapping of properties.

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China's first Mars exploration mission named Tianwen-1

China's first Mars exploration mission has been named Tianwen-1, announced the China National Space Administration, on April 24- China's Space Day. China plans to launch the Mars probe in 2020, aiming to complete orbiting, landing, & roving in one mission.

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Space Day is to mark the launch of 1st satellite Dongfanghong-1.

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Lebanon becomes first Arab country to legalize cannabis farming

Lebanon became the 1st Arab country to legalize cannabis farming in the hopes that sales from the plant will provide some relief to its debt-ridden economy. Parliament passed legislation legalizing marijuana cultivation for medicinal & industrial purposes.

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Lebanon is the third-largest source of cannabis resin worldwide.

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IGIB scientists develop low cost COVID-19 test; name it after detective character ‘Feluda’

Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology operating under Council of Scientific and Industrial Research have developed a COVID-19 test called ‘Feluda’. The test has been named after a detective character in the stories of film maker Satyajit Ray.

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The total time taken by the test to produce results is 1 hour.

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HRD Minister launches VidyaDaan 2.0 amid coronavirus lockdown

Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal launched VidyaDaan 2.0 programme for inviting e-learning content contributions. Programme has been launched due to the increasing requirement for e-learning content for students. The content will be used on DIKSHA app.

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VidyaDaan has a content contribution tool.

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Shilpa Medicare launches cancer drug at monthly therapy cost of Rs 6,440

Shilpa Medicare has launched Indian branded generic of Dasatinib, an anti-cancer drug with a brand name Dasashil at a monthly therapy cost of Rs 6,440. The drug substance patent on Dasatinib owned by Bristol-Myers-Squibb had expired on April 12, 2020.

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It is used for treatment of Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML).

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Microreactor developed by ARI produces uniform size of nanoparticles- a major requirement in biomedical technology

Scientists from Agharkar Research Institute, Pune- an autonomous institute under the Department of S&T have developed a microreactor that can produce large quantities of uniform size of nanoparticles, serving a major requirement in biomedical technology.

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It can synthesize metal, semiconductor & polymer nanoparticles.

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25 April: World Malaria Day

On 25 April 2020 World Malaria Day, WHO joins the RBM Partnership to End Malaria in promoting ‘Zero malaria starts with me’, a campaign that aims to keep malaria high on the political agenda & empower communities to take ownership of malaria prevention.

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Roll Back Malaria Partnership was established in 1998.

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COVID-19: India Approves USD 1 Million To Antigua As Project Outlay

India has approved USD 1 million to Antigua as project outlay, with immediate assistance of USD 1,50,000 for medical equipment to combat coronavirus crisis. India had earlier announced that it will send hydroxychloroquine to 55 nations to fight COVID19.

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Antigua Capital- Saint John's, Currency- EC Dollar.

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India's GDP growth likely to range up to 1.5% in FY21: CII

India's GDP is likely to range between a decline of 0.9 per cent and a growth of 1.5 per cent in the current financial year, with the economy undergoing a ‘turbulent’ phase caused by the coronavirus-induced lockdown, according to CII report.

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Confederation of Indian Industry President- Vikram Kirloskar.

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World Games Birmingham unveils new logo, title for 2022 edition

The 11th edition of World Games which is set to be held in Birmingham, unveiled an updated logo and title after being delayed a year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The World Games 2021 Birmingham has been renamed to ‘World Games 2022 Birmingham’.

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‘World Games 2022 Birmingham’ will be held from July 7 to 17.

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Sri Lanka to seek $400 million debt swap facility from RBI to meet short term financial needs

Sri Lanka is set to enter into an agreement with the Reserve Bank of India for a currency swap worth USD 400 mn. to boost the foreign reserves and ensure the financial stability of the country.Cabinet has approved a proposal made by PM Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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Sri Lankan President: Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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IOB launches working capital demand loan for Agri sector

Public sector lender Indian Overseas Bank introduced special credit facilities for the agriculture sector as a relief measure to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Accounts that are standard & performing as of March 2020 are eligible to avail this loan facility.

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Karnam Sekar, Managing Director & CEO: IOB.

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Book on Chernobyl nuclear accident wins William E. Colby Award

Adam Higginbotham’s Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster has won $5,000 prize by winning William E. Colby Award- named for the late CIA director, given for an outstanding book on military/ intelligence history.

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It is presented by Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.

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DRDO develops India's first Covid-19 sample collection mobile lab

Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in collaboration with labour ministry governed ESIC medical college & hospital, Sanathnagar (Hyderabad) has developed India's first COVID-19 sample collection mobile lab named ‘Mobile BSL-3 VRDL Lab’.

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Lab was launched by defence minister Rajnath Singh.

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No 100% quota for tribal teachers: Supreme Court

A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court held it unconstitutional to provide 100% reservation for tribal teachers in schools located in Scheduled Areas across the country.The court held that 100% reservation is discriminatory and impermissible.

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Bench was led by, Justice Arun Mishra.

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Trump announces 60-day ban on immigrants seeking permanent status in US

Donald Trump has announced a 60-day ban on immigrants seeking to live and work in America permanently, and said he could extend it depending on the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. It will not apply to those entering on a temporary basis.

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Permanent residents are ones who receive green cards.

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IIT-Mandi team develops magnetic RAM to enable higher data storage, faster computation

Researchers at IIT Mandi, developed magnetic Random Access Memory which is faster, more energy-efficient & capable of storing more information in a smaller volume than existing data storage technologies.Data are represented as spin of electrons in it.

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Spin-Transfer Torque-Magnetic Random Access Memory (STT-MRAM).

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SVP Institute becomes first to carry out plasma research in view of Covid-19

Ahmedabad based Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Medical Science and Research became the 1st authorized study centre in the country to carry out plasma research under trial in view of Covid 19.MoU was signed b/w ICMR & the institute in this regard.

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SVP institute,a government hospital run by City Municipal Corp.

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Swiss astronomers find a Six-Planet System which orbit in Lockstep with each other

A system consisting of an innermost large rocky planet (a "super-Earth") & 5 small gas giants ("mini-Neptune") that have exceptionally regular spacing b/w them, have been found by Swiss scientists. The planets are well inside the star’s habitable zone.

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Discovery was led by, Dr. Nathan Hara.