PIB NEWS 05th-06th May 2020

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1)New Agro MSME Policy to be implemented:- The Government of India is to implement a new Agro MSME policy. The policy is to focus entrepreneurship in rural, tribal, forest and agricultural areas.

The Union Minister Nitin Gadkari recently announced that the central government is working on agro MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise) policy. It aims to encourage manufacturing products with the help of locally available raw materials.

Objectives of the new policy:-
The new policy will focus on the following things

The policy will try to replace foreign imports with domestic production
The industries will be encouraged to focus more on science and technology, innovation, research skills, entrepreneurship. This will help to convert knowledge to wealth.

The policy will encourage investors to invest in other cities other than Delhi and Mumbai.

2)CCMB: Only centre pooling COVID-19 samples, To Culture virus in human lung cell:- In India, the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad is the only centre to pool samples of COVID-19 in the country. The CCMB has now collaborated with Bengaluru based private company to take up a research activity.

The CCMB is the only centre in India where the samples of COVID-19 are pooled.

3)Kabasura Kudineer:– The Kabasura Kudineer is usually recommended for respiratory ailments such as cold and flu.
It is a well-known Siddha medicine. It consists of 15 ingredients including ginger, Clove, ajwain, etc.

4)Corona Virus Global Response International Pledging Conference held:- On May 5, 2020, around 40 countries took part on an online summit called Global Response International Pledging Conference.

The Conference was initiated by European Union. US and Russia did not take part in the conference. China where the virus originated was represented by its ambassador. The main aim of the conference was to raise funds for research of COVID-19, especially vaccine development.

5)OECD:- OECD is Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It was founded in 1961 to improve world trade and stimulate global economic progress. India is not a member of OECD.

Why is India not a member of OECD?

According to OECD, India is still a developing country. The organization has been formed by the developed countries. India still has to accede the demands and standards set by the organization.
However, there are talks that are going on to sign agreement between India and OECD on tax cooperation.

It is expected that after the agreement is finalized, there are chances for India becoming a member.

6)“Lost At Home”: A Report released by UNICEF:- On May 5, 2020, the UNICEF released its report called “Lost at Home”. The report enforces the risks and challenges of internally displaced children and the need to protect them.

According to the report, at the end of 2019, around 46 million people were internally displaced due to conflict and violence. Among them, every four out of 10 were children, which is 19 million children.

The highest number of children that were displaced were in Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Around 12 million children were displaced in 2019 alone in MENA due to violence.

7)“Nigah” Scheme to be launched by Himachal Pradesh Government:- The Himachal Pradesh Government is to launch a new programme called “Nigah”. The programme aims at educating family members that are coming from other parts of the country.

The Nigah Programme is to deploy ASHA, anganwadi and health workers to create awareness about maintaining social distancing during home quarantine. Under the programme the health workers will sensitize the members of the family that are arriving from other states.

8)NITI Aayog launches “Nana Nani Abhiyan”:- On May 5, 2020, NITI Aayog along with Primal Foundation launched Surakshit Dada-Dadi and Nana-Nani Abhiyan. The scheme focuses to ensure the wellbeing of the senior citizens.

9)Portal GARUD launched by DGCA:– The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) operating under Ministry of Civil Aviation launched “GARUD” Portal. GARUD is Government Authorisation for Relief Using Drones.

10)Operation “Samudra Setu” launched by Indian Navy:- On May 5, 2020, the Indian Navy launched Operation “Samudra Setu” to bring back the Indians that are stranded in Maldives. They are stranded in the foreign land due to the grounding of airlines. Samudra Sethu means Sea Bridge.

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