AspirantWorld One liners : 15th July

• An India Energy Modeling Forum was launched on the joint working group meeting of the Sustainable Growth Pillar. India–US Strategic Energy Partnership is co-chaired by NITI Aayog and USAID. The SG pillar entails energy data management, energy modelling, and collaboration on low carbon technologies as three key activities. The India Energy Modelling Forum aims to: Provide a platform to examine important energy and environmental-related issues.

• Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), an autonomous organization under the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India released the title ‘Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients- Status, Issues, Technology Readiness, and Challenges.’ The report stated that the indigenous production of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) needs to be scaled up to a level where the production is economically viable.

• The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) approved the first fully indigenously developed Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Conjugate Vaccine. This vaccine has been developed by M/s. Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd, Pune. Serum Institute has first obtained the approval of DCGI to conduct Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III clinical trials of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Conjugate Vaccine in India.

• Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister and Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State HRD launched a low-cost COVID-19 test “Corosure” developed by Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi). Corosure is billed as the world’s most affordable probe free Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) based on the COVID-19 diagnostic kit.

• NITI Aayog’s flagship Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has partnered with other Ministeries and partners to support Startups with COVID-19 innovative Solutions and to tackle COVID-19 pandemic. The move is aimed to keep the entrepreneurial spirit high across the country as the coronavirus pandemic and economic shutdowns are dealing with a severe blow on the world economy.

• The Union HRD Ministry has announced PRAGYATA guidelines for online classes operationalised by schools amid the COVID pandemic.

• Ministry of AYUSH announced the names of the winners of the video blogging contest ‘My Life, My Yoga’. This global contest on the digital platform was jointly hosted by the Ministry of AYUSH and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). The event was launched on 31 May 2020 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the occasion of the 6th International Day of Yoga.

• World Youth Skills Day is observed on 15 July every year. The day is aimed to recognize the importance of equipping young people across the world with skills for employment and entrepreneurship. The day also aims to highlight the crucial role of skilled youth in addressing current and future global challenges. Events: World Youth Skills Day 2020 is to take place in a challenging context.

• ‘Kazi 106F’, described as the country’s only Golden Tiger, has emerged as the social media sensation right after its picture tweeted by an IFS officer went viral. Kazi 106 F, the tigress, resides in world heritage Kaziranga National Park of Assam. It is also known as ‘Tabby tiger’ or ‘Strawberry tiger’. The skin of tigers is orange-yellow with black stripes and whitish abdominal region.

• The Expert Appraisal Committee of the Environment Ministry has recommended the grant of Environmental Clearance for the development of an economic corridor — the Satellite Town Ring Road (STRR) — between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The greenfield highway is part of Bharatmala Pariyojna and will be implemented by the National Highways Authority of India. The project will start in Dabaspet in Karnataka and end near Devarapalli village on the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border.

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