Day May 25, 2020

UP govt launches Startup Fund

• Uttar Pradesh government has launched the ‘Uttar Pradesh Startup Fund’ to encourage the youth of the state for entrepreneurship. • Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath handed over the first installment of 15 crore rupees to Small Industries Development Bank of…

RNA extraction kit launched commercially

• Government of India announced the commercial launch of Agappe Chitra Magna. About: • Agappe Chitra Magna is a magnetic nanoparticle-based RNA extraction kit for use during testing for the detection of COVID-19. • It was developed by the Sree…

Ecologically Sensitive Area of Western Ghats

• Union Minister of Environment interacted with Chief Ministers & State Government Officers of six states viz, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu to discuss issues relating to notification of Ecologically Sensitive Area (ESA) pertaining to the Western…

SpaceX Demo-2 mission

• On May 27, 2020, NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight will lift off for International Space Station (ISS), becoming the first crewed flight to launch from American soil since the conclusion of the space shuttle era in 2011. About: •…

Sonic boom

• The ‘loud sound’ heard recently in Bengaluru was revealed to have emanated from an IAF test flight involving a supersonic profile. The sound effect caused due to such high-speed flights is known as ‘sonic boom’. About: • A sonic…

International Day for Biological Diversity

• International Day for Biological Diversity 2020 is being celebrated on 22 May with the theme “Our solutions are in nature.” About: • The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is the international legal instrument for “the conservation of biological diversity”…

Special Liquidity Scheme for NBFCs/HFCs

• The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Finance to launch a new Special Liquidity Scheme for Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) and Housing Finance Companies (HFCs) to improve the liquidity position of the NBFCs About: •…