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Ventilation System for PPE Kit
- An engineering student Nihaal Singh Adarsh from K.J. Somaiya college has invented a ventilation system for PPE Kit.
- The Cov-Tech ventilation system takes the surrounding air filters it and pushes it into the PPE suit.
- With guidance from Dr. Ulhas Kharul of National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, Nihaal was able to develop the first model in 20 days.
Phil Mickelson wins PGA Championship
- In Golf, Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship by two shots over Brooks Koepka and South African Louis Oosthuizen on 23 May 2021 to become the oldest major winner in history.
- The victory by Mickelson marked the sixth major championship win of his career and the first since the 2013 British Open.
- He surpassed the record previously held by Julius Boros, who won the PGA Championship in 1968.
Volcano erupts in eastern DR Congo
- In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mount Nyiragongo erupted on 23 May 2021.
- It turned the sky red and brought in a strong smell of sulfur to the streets of the city which is home to nearly 2 million people.
- The volcano last erupted in 2002, with some 250 people losing their lives and lava destroying approximately one-fifth of the city, including airport runways.
SC’s e-Committee releases manual
- Supreme Court’s e-Committee has released a manual for its free e-Courts Services Mobile App in 14 languages.
- The app is available in English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Khasi, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu.
- It aims to benefit litigants, citizens, lawyers, law firms, police, government agencies, and other institutional litigants.
Srikumar Banerjee passes away
- Former Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission Dr. Srikumar Banerjee passed away in May 2021.
- He had retired as the Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy in 2012.
- Prior to the Atomic Energy Commission, he served as the Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).
- He had received the Padma Shri in 2005 and the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 1989.
Ministry of Ayush organizing webinars
- Ministry of Ayush is organizing various activities in the run-up to the International Day of Yoga, 2021.
- One among these is a series of five webinars being organized under the theme ‘Be with Yoga, Be at Home’.
- It is being organized in collaboration with five renowned organizations of the country that will present one webinar each on a particular topic of importance in the current scenario.
EAM S Jaishankar reaches New York
- External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar reached New York on 24 May 2021 on a five-day visit to the United States.
- In New York, he is expected to meet UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
- In Washington DC, he will hold discussions with his US counterpart Antony Blinken.
- He will have interactions with business forums on economic and COVID-related cooperation between India and the US.
Hockey India wins Etienne Glichitch Award
- Hockey India has won the prestigious Etienne Glichitch Award in recognition of its contribution to the growth and development of the sport in the country.
- The award was announced by the game’s governing body Federation Internationale de Hockey.
- Named after former FIH secretary, Etienne Glichitch Award is given in every 2 yrs to acknowledge the contribution made towards the growth of hockey.
Indian boxing’s 1st Dronacharya awardee dies
- O P Bhardwaj, India’s first Dronacharya awardee coach in boxing, died on 21 May 2021 in New Delhi.
- Bhardwaj was India’s national boxing coach from 1968 to 1989 and also served as a national selector.
- He won the Dronacharya Award in 1985, the year it was first announced along with Bhalchandra Bhaskar Bhagwat (wrestling) and O M Nambiar (athletics).
Rajesh Bansal: CEO of RBI’s Innovation Hub
- The RBI has appointed Rajesh Bansal, as the Chief Executive Officer of the Reserve Bank Innovation Hub with effect from 17 May 2021.
- He was a member of the founding team of Aadhaar where he played a key role in designing India’s Direct Benefits Transfer system and electronic KYC.
- He has earlier served at the RBI in various areas of tech., financial inclusion, and payment system.
Para shuttlers to qualify for Paralympics
- Women’s pair of Palak Kohli and Parul Parmar on 21 May’21 became the 1st Indian para shuttlers to qualify for Tokyo Paralympics.
- The duo qualified for the SL3-SU5 Women’s Doubles event in para-badminton.
- The top 6 pairs in BWF ranking have qualified for the event and this pair is currently ranked 6th.
- Palak is the youngest para-badminton player in the world to qualify for Tokyo Paralympics.
Coco Gauff wins Emilia-Romagna Open
- US’ Coco Gauff defeated Qiang Wang to win the singles title at Emilia-Romagna Open and partnered with Caty McNally to win the doubles title.
- If Gauff wins the doubles title with Caty McNally, she will become the youngest player to complete the singles/doubles sweep in nearly 17 years, since Maria Sharapova won both titles in Birmingham in 2004.
- Gauff won her only previous final in Lienz in 2019.
Tennis player Ruud wins Geneva Open title
- Norwegian Casper Ruud won his second career title on the ATP Tour after beating Denis Shapovalov 7-6(6) 6-4 in the final of the claycourt Geneva Open on 22 May 2021.
- The title will see Ruud moves up to 16th in the rankings.
- He had also won the Argentina Open title in 2020.
SMS-based Remdesivir info system in K’taka
- Karnataka has put in place an SMS-based Remdesivir allocation and information system to curb its black-marketing and misuse.
- The patient will get an SMS informing which hospital is provided the medicine against the SRF ID.
- If the Remdesivir is allocated against the SRF ID and the hospital has not provided it to the patient, a facility is provided in the same link to report it to the govt.
MoooFarm co-founders in Forbes under 30 List
- Gurugram based startup MoooFarm’s Co-founders Jitesh Arora, Abhijeet Mittal, and Aashna Singh have secured a place in the most esteemed, Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list.
- MoooFarm, an award-winning technology start-up for dairy farmers, started its journey in 2019.
- The MoooFarm provides various services to the users, which include E-dairy Mitra, MoooFarm Saba, and the Cattle Trading platform.
World Choreography Awards
- Emmy Award-nominated choreographer Suresh Mukund has won the title of 10th Annual World Choreography Awards 2020 for the show World of Dance.
- He has become the first Indian to win this title.
- Earlier, Suresh’s team had won NBC’s World of Dance Season 3.
- Suresh was also one of the captains in the TV show Dance Plus 5.
Banks to invoke personal guarantees
- The Supreme Court on 21 May’21 upheld a govt notification of 2019 to invoke personal guarantees of promoters whose companies defaulted on bank loans.
- The court ruling will allow banks to file personal bankruptcies against top Indian promoters whose companies have been sent to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for debt resolution.
- The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code was enacted in 2016.
Cipla, Roche launch covid-19 antibody cocktail
- Roche Pharma India and Cipla have announced the launch of the first batch of Regeneron’s antibody cocktail of casirivimab and imdevimab in India at ₹59,750 per dose.
- The drug will be used to treat high-risk non-hospitalized covid patients.
- Cipla will distribute the two-dose pack at ₹119,500.
- The second batch will be made available by mid-June 2021.
Drones to take off for trials from June
- India’s first drones to deliver covid-19 vaccines are expected to take off in Telangana in the next two to three weeks.
- They will ferry a total of 10,000 vials from a central location to primary health centers nearby.
- During the trials, which are likely to be conducted in June 2021, seven consortiums will deliver vaccines, emergency medicines, and blood.
Kerala student designs ‘masks with mics’
- A first-year B-Tech student from Thrissur Government Engineering College has come up with an innovative gadget that can especially be useful for doctors and other healthcare staff.
- Kevin Jacob has designed a mask with a mic and a speaker attached after he observed his parents struggling to communicate with their patients.
- The gadget can be used continuously for four to six hours.
Madurai Corp launches vending vehicle
- The Madurai Corporation has launched mobile vegetable vending vehicles as all vegetable markets will remain shut during the Covid lockdown imposed in the state.
- On 21 May 2021, the state reported an all-time high of 36,184 new infections besides 467 fatalities in a single day.
- However, in the last two days, the daily cases have marginally declined.
Zydus Cadila launches drug Ujvira
- Zydus Cadila has launched Ujvira, a drug used for the treatment of breast cancer.
- The company has launched Trastuzumab Emtansine, the first antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) biosimilar and a highly effective drug for treating both early and advanced HER2 positive breast cancer, under the brand name Ujvira.
- It can significantly reduce treatment costs by almost 80 percent.
HT Labs launches content discovery app
- HT Labs has launched OTTplay, a content discovery platform offering curated shows and movies on streaming platforms.
- The recommendations will be based on a user’s preference, such as language, platform, genre, actors, and filmmakers, from a selection of 150,000 movies and 30,000 shows.
- It will also curate news, reviews, and listicles, which are produced in-house and by publications.
Singapore approves Covid breath test
- Singapore authorities have provisionally approved a COVID-19 breathalyzer test.
- It aims to show whether someone is infected with the coronavirus in under a minute.
- Breathonix, a spin-off company from the National University of Singapore (NUS) is now working with the health ministry to run a deployment trial of the technology at one of the city-state’s border points with Malaysia.
TCS CodeVita wins a title
- The ninth season of TCS CodeVita has won a Guinness World Records title as the world’s largest computer programming competition.
- It had 136,054 participants from 34 countries.
- Champion for the year 2021, Ben Alexander Mirtchouk of Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, is the competition’s first-ever US winner.
Kotak issues India’s first FPI license
- Kotak Mahindra Bank has issued the first-ever foreign portfolio investor (FPI) license to the GIFT IFSC alternative investment fund (AIF) of True Beacon Global.
- This is the first FPI license issued to an AIF incorporated in GIFT IFSC by any custodian bank or designated depository participant (DDP) in the country.
SEBI imposes a penalty on Cairn India
- SEBI has imposed a penalty of Rs 5.25 cr on Cairn India for making a misleading announcement regarding the buyback of shares in 2014.
- The market regulator has also levied a fine of Rs 15 lakh each on P. Elango, Aman Mehta, and Neerja Sharma.
- The 3 officials had signed the public advertisement regarding the buyback in Jan 2014 and facilitated the company in making the misleading announcement.
Jane Goodall wins Templeton Prize
- Jane Goodall, the world-renowned primatologist and conservationist, has won the 2021 Templeton Prize.
- She is only the fourth woman to win the award, established by the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton.
- She follows Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, who won the $1.5 million prize in 2020 for leading the Human Genome Project to its completion.
MRPL acquires 100% stake in ONGC Mangalore
- ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals (OMPL), a subsidiary of Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals (MRPL), has now become a wholly-owned subsidiary of MRPL.
- This follows the acquisition of the remaining 0.00027776 percent share in OMPL by MRPL from ONGC.
- OMPL complex is the largest single stream unit in Asia to produce 914-kilo TPA paraxylene and 283-kilo TPA benzene.
Diageo pledges ₹45 crores for India
- Diageo has pledged ₹45 crores to help nodal government hospitals in 21 districts in India to set up oxygen plants based on Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technology, besides providing state governments with mini-hospital units in another 15 critical districts.
- With this pledge, Diageo has so far contributed ₹130 crores towards India’s COVID relief efforts.