PIB NEWS 11/05/2020

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1)Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launches Central University of Odisha Helpline “Bharosa” on Cognitive Emotional Rehabilitation Services for University Students of Odisha :- To relieve the distress of student community during the troubled time of the COVID-19 pandemic, Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched Central University of Odisha Helpline “Bharosa” and its Helpline Number 08046801010 through a virtual platform today in New Delhi. The helpline aims at providing Cognitive Emotional Rehabilitation Services to all University Students of Odisha.

2)National Technology Day:- National Technology Day is celebrated on May 11. The day is observed to commemorate the achievements of the science fraternity. It was on this day in 1998 when India had its breakthrough moment in the field of technology by successfully carrying out nuclear tests at Pokhran.

3)ATAL PENSION YOJANA (APY)Completion of 5 years:-Launched on 9th May 2015 with an objective of delivering old age income security particularly to the workers in the unorganised sector and Government providing guarantee of minimum pension after 60 years of age.

You are eligible for the Atal Pension Yojana if you are:

  1. An Indian citizen
  2. Have a valid bank account
  3. Are between 18 and 40 years of age.

What is the monthly contribution and mode of payment:-
APY is a periodic contribution based pension plan and promises a fixed monthly pension of Rs 1000/ Rs 2000/ Rs 3000/ Rs 4000 or Rs 5000. Your monthly contribution depends upon the fixed amount of monthly pension you want and the age wh

Benefits under APY:-
APY provides guaranteed pension of Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 (as explained above) to the subscribers. The scheme also allows a subscriber to decrease or increase pension amount during the course of accumulation phase, once an year.

In case of death of subscriber, the spouse of the subscriber shall be entitled for the same amount of pension till his or her death. And after the demise of both spouse and subscriber, the nominee will be entitled to receive the pension money that the subscriber had accumulated till 60 years of age.

However if the subscriber dies before 60 years, the spouse will have the choice to either exit the scheme and claim the accumulated amount or continue maintaining the account under the subscriber’s name for the remaining vested years. The spouse of the subscriber shall be entitled to receive the same pension amount as the subscriber until death of the spouse in the latter case.

4)May 12: International Nurse Day:- Every year, May 12 is commemorated as International Nurse Day. The birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale is celebrated as the International Nurse Day.
This year the day is celebrated under the theme :-Theme: Nurses: A Voice to lead-Nursing the World to Health.

Nightingale was called the “Lady with the Lamp”.

5) Pranavayu Programme launched in Karanataka:– The Bengaluru City Corporation recently launched “Pranavayu Programme” to create awareness about the respiratory health of Bengaloreans.

The initiative aims to help people in increasing oxygen level of the people by themselves. This will help them to keep track about their health before their ailments become fatal.


There are several deaths reported in the country due to Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI). Especially COVID-19 causes Hypoxia (deficiency of oxygen in tissues). This is like starving the body of oxygen.

6)GoI launches Suraksha Store Initiative:- The Department of Consumer Affairs operating under Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution launched Suraksha Store Initiative. It aims at health and safety of the citizens during lockdown. The Department of Consumer Affairs has joined hands with a Tech Start Up Safejob and Seekify to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Kirana store level.

The main objective of the initiative is to educate the owners of Kirana store owners all over the country about COVID-19, protocols required to be followed and also about COVID-19 safety guidelines.

The protocols that are to be used in the initiative to educate the store persons were decided by FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India).

7)COVID KAVACH: India’s first indigenous ELISA Test Kit for COVID-19:- The National Institute of Virology has indigenously developed antibody detection kit for COVID-19. The kit will play significant role in surveillance of COVID-19 infection.

The kit is capable of testing 90 samples in a single run of 2.5 hours. The kit was jointly developed by ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) and NIV. he kit validated the indigenous IGG ELISA test called “COVID KAVACH ELISA”.

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