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Aarogya Setu launches Mitr Telemedicine Portal for consultations

Indian Government has launched a new Mitr portal to offer free telemedicine & consultation services for coronavirus-related inquiries in Aarogya Setu app. Tech Mahindra & Tata Group have reportedly helped in developing the portal.

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It will allow the users to book doorstep lab tests.

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‘The Saras Collection’ launched on government e-marketplace portal to showcase daily utility products by rural SHGs

The Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj & Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, launched ‘The Saras Collection’ on the Government e Marketplace (GeM) portal portal to showcase daily utility products by rural SHGs.

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It is a unique initiative of GeM and DAY-NRLM.

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Bamboo Conclave held through video Conference

Minister of State for N-E Development Jitendra Singh attended the Bamboo Conclave held through video conference to boost the economy of the country with the help of Bamboo resources. The making of Agarbatti was one of the key discussions of the conclave.

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The restructured National Bamboo mission was approved in 2018.

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UP govt makes Arogya Setu app must for those in hotspot areas

Uttar Pradesh government has made it compulsory to download Arogya Setu app for those living in hotspot areas of the state. State government has also issued instructions regarding opening of offices and resuming work in industrial areas.

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UP Chief Minister- Yogi Adityanath, Governor- Anandiben Patel.

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HP govt to launch employment scheme for urban areas

Looking to revive the coronavirus-hit economy of the state, the Himachal Pradesh government decided to launch a programme- Mukhya Mantri Shahari Rojgar Guarantee Yojna - guaranteeing at least 120 days employment to the those living in urban areas.

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HP CM- Jai Ram Thakur, Governor- Bandaru Dattatreya.

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Health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan launches multimedia guide ‘COVID Katha’

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan launched ‘COVID Katha’, a multimedia guide on the Covid-19 disease. ‘COVID Katha’ provides consolidated and authentic information on the global crisis to the masses in an interesting and interactive mode.

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It was launched on the 50th DST Foundation Day.

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BharatPe launches two apps to limit the need to touch handsets for checking transactions

BharatPe announced 2 additional features on its app for the merchants- Paisa Bolega & BharatPe Balance. With Paisa Bolega, shopkeepers can hear aloud instant confirmation of all payments received through their BharatPe QR, without touching the phone.

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BharatPe Balance- Shows total money available to the shopkeeper.

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IIT Hyderabad to collaborate with Hong Kong firm to create venture ecosystem

IIT-Hyderabad has planned to collaborate with a Hong Kong-based financial firm New Frontier Capital Management, to establish a global network for ventures as well as to create a venture ecosystem. Objective is to promote innovation, research & incubation.

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Firm has a worldwide presence including in Tokyo and Singapore.

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NIAB develops portable ‘ECovSens’ tool for diagnosis of COVID-19 antigens from saliva

Leading scientists from the Hyderabad-based National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (NIAB) have developed a portable device called ‘eCovSens’ that can be used for detecting COVID-19 antigens from saliva samples of suspected coronavirus patients.

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‘ECovSens’ can detect the corona infection in just 30 seconds.

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UV Blaster: DRDO develops WiFi-enabled UV disinfection tower

DRDO has developed an ultraviolet (UV) disinfection tower that can be used for rapid and chemical-free disinfection of infection-prone areas. It is likely to prove useful at a time when the novel coronavirus pandemic has disrupted normal life across India.

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LASTEC- DRDO's Delhi-based premier laboratory developed it.

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Private equity firm Silver Lake to invest Rs 5,655.75 Cr in Reliance Jio Platforms

US private equity firm Silver Lake will invest Rs 5,655.75 Cr in Jio Platforms for a 1.15% stake, the 2nd deal after Facebook’s share acquisition plan less than two weeks ago. Silver Lake has $40-b in combined assets under management and committed capital.

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Jio will have external investors holding an 11.14% stake.

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Russia to launch its 1st satellite ‘Arktika-M’ to monitor Arctic climate & environment

Russia will be launching its 1st Arktika-M satellite to monitor the Arctic climate & environment on 2020. The second Arktika-M satellite is also under development and its launch is scheduled for 2023. Satellite will be launched using a Soyuz-2.1b carrier.

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Arktika-M: Remote-sensing & emergency communications satellite.

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FINA postpones 2021 Fukuoka world championships to May 2022

The 2021 World Aquatics Championships in Japan will now be held in 2022, the sport's governing body FINA (International Swimming Federation) said. It was initially scheduled for the summer of 2021 from July 16 to August 1 in the Japanese city of Fukuoka.

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FINA Headquarters- Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Discus thrower Sandeep Kumari banned for 4 years by WADA after testing positive for methenolone

Discus thrower Sandeep Kumari has been slapped with a four-year ban by WADA's (World Anti-Doping Agency) Athletics Integrity Unit for flunking a dope test, nearly two years after her sample was deemed clean by the NDTL (National Dope Testing Laboratory).

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Jhuma Khatun was also handed a four-year ban.

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Trump nominates Indian American as US representative to IBRD

U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated Indian American Ashok Michael Pinto as a representative to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Pinto was nominated as US Alternate Executive Director of IBRD for a term of two years.

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He is the Counselor at the US Department of the Treasury.

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Ministry of Tourism holds its 14th webinar ‘Bengal by the Himalayas’ under Dekho Apna Desh Webinar Series

The 14th session of Ministry of Tourism’s webinar titled, ‘Bengal by the Himalayas’ under Dekho Apna Desh Webinar Series was a presentation by Shri Supratim (Raj) Basu, Help Tourism Pvt. Ltd which took the participants to the attractions of Darjeeling.

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Prahlad Singh Patel- Minister of Tourism.

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J&K photojournalists secure Pulitzer 2020 for ‘striking images of life’

Associated Press news agency's photographers Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan, and Channi Anand secured the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography for ‘striking images of life’ by covering the crackdown in Kashmir post the revocation of Article 370.

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Pulitzers- Honour for US-based journalists & organisations.

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ICMR to leverage IBM’s virtual agent Watson to enable rapid response to Covid-19 testing facilities

Indian Council of Medical Research, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, have collaborated with IBM on a virtual assistant to bolster Rapid Response to India’s Frontline Testing Facilities on Covid-19.

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The bot will respond to specific queries.

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Flipkart appoints Sriram Venkataraman as CFO Flipkart Commerce

Flipkart has appointed Sriram Venkataraman as Chief Financial Officer for Flipkart Commerce (Flipkart and Myntra), effective immediately. Sriram will be responsible for key finance operations and functions at Flipkart and Myntra, including Tax & Treasury.

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Flipkart CEO- Kalyan Krishnamurthy.

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Sanjay Kumar Jha assumes charge as CMD, Midhani

Sanjay Kumar Jha, Director (Production & Marketing) of Mishra Dhatu Nigam Ltd (MIDHANI), assumed charge as its Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) in Hyderabad. Jha served in Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) for more than 27 years.

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Midhani is a PSU specialized on metals and metal alloys.

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World Asthma Day is celebrated on 5 May

The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) celebrates World Asthma Day on May 5 every year. But this year of 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have postponed the global campaign planned to be launched at the World Asthma Day.

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World Asthma Day is held on the first Tuesday in May.

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May 5: International Day of the Midwife

The International Day of the Midwife is observed on 5th May every year to acknowledge the works of midwives and to raise awareness about their status. Theme for 2020 is ‘Midwives with women: celebrate, demonstrate, mobilize, unite - our time is NOW!’.

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2020- 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.