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DRDO to set up five medical oxygen plants
- Defence Research and Development Organisation is setting up five medical oxygen plants within the first week of May 2021 in and around Delhi.
- These are to be installed at AIIMS Trauma Centre, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College, and one at AIIMS, Jhajjar, Haryana.
- DRDO will set up 500 medical oxygen plants across the country within three months.
Mamata Banerji sworn-in as CM of West Bengal
- TMC leader Mamata Banerjee was sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the third time on 5 May 2021.
- After the swearing-in of the Chief Minister, newly elected MLAs of the state will take oath in the Assembly in two phases on 6th and 7th May 2021.
- Mamata Banerjee is serving as the 8th and current Chief Minister of West Bengal since 2011, the first woman to hold the office.
Rs, 379 crores transferred under Sambal scheme
- In Madhya Pradesh, Rs 379 crore have been transferred into the accounts of 16,844 beneficiaries under the Mukhyamantri Jan-Kalyan Sambal scheme.
- Meanwhile, Free Swastha Aahar Yojana (Healthy Food Scheme) for the corona patients of Bhopal is also being launched.
- The patient will get nutritious food on time free of cost in the hospital where he is admitted.
UP Govt launches a five- day campaign
- The Uttar Pradesh Government has launched a five-day campaign from 5 May 2021 for the early detection of COVID patients in the villages of the state.
- The special campaign will run for five days till the 9th of May 2021 in 97,000 villages of the state.
- A team of health workers will go door to door for early detection of COVID patients.
- The teams have been provided 10 lakh medicine kits.
BCCI suspends IPL 2021
- IPL Governing Council and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has postponed the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League in view of the surge in covid cases in the country.
- The decision was taken unanimously in an emergency meeting on 4 May 2021.
- The development comes after a lot of players tested positive for corona.
CSIR- CCMB develops drug for COVID treatment
- The CSIR- Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology has developed, possibly the first specific drug for COVID-19 treatment, which contains therapeutic antibodies.
- The Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) has given its approval for human trials, Phase-I and Phase-II for the VINCOV-19.
- The VINCOV-19 is a collection of antibodies from horses after they were injected with inactivated coronavirus.
Govt identifies 581 sites for oxygen plants
- The Government has identified 581 sites for setting up additional Pressure Swing Absorption (PSA) medical oxygen plants in various states.
- The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) will be the nodal agency for executing civil and electrical work for these plants and will complete them on a war footing.
- NHAI will construct infrastructure at a record speed.
Govt procures 65 % more wheat in Rabi season
- About 65% more wheat has been procured during the current Rabi marketing season in comparison to the corresponding period in 2020.
- A quantity of over 299 lakh tonnes of wheat has been procured against 2020’s corresponding purchase of around 181 lakh tonnes.
- About 29,46,000 farmers have already benefitted from the ongoing procurement operations with MSP value of over Rs 59,000 crore.
Telecom service providers to conduct 5G trials
- The Dept of Telecom (DoT) has approved the applications of telecom service providers for conducting 5G trials.
- It approved applications of telecom service providers (TSPs) like Bharti Airtel, Reliance JioInfocomm, Vodafone Idea, and MTNL for conducting 5G trials.
- These TSPs have tied up with original equipment manufacturers and technology providers – Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, and C-DOT.
Philipose Mar Chrysostom passes away
- Reverend Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom, one of India’s well-known religious leaders and the oldest serving Bishop, passed away in May 2021.
- He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by President Ram Nath Kovind in 2018.
- Well-known Malayalam filmmaker, Blessy has made a documentary on the life and vision of the Bishop – ‘100 years of Mar Chrysostom.’
1st molecular image of B.1.1.7 Covid variant
- Canadian researchers have published the 1st structural images of a mutation in the B.1.1.7 variant of the Covid-19 virus.
- The image may help to explain why it has proved far more infectious than the previous strain.
- To “visualize the detailed shapes of viruses and proteins”, the team used cryo-electron microscopes called cryo-EM.
- This variant was 1st reported by WHO in mid-December 2020.
India to take back illegal migrants from UK
- Britain and India on 4 May 2021 signed an accord on migration and mobility.
- The pact will provide enhanced employment opportunities for 3,000 young Indian professionals annually, in return for India agreeing to take back any of its citizens who are living illegally in the UK.
- The migration pact comes after the two countries announced 1 billion pounds ($1.39 bn) of private-sector investment.
BCCI grants NOC to 4 Indian women cricketers
- The BCCI has granted “No Objection Certificates” to four Indian women cricketers to play in the inaugural ‘Hundred’ tournament in the United Kingdom starting in July 2021.
- Opener Smriti Mandhana, T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and all-rounder Deepti Sharma and Jemimah Rodrigues will take part in the 100-ball tournament.
- The tour will begin with a one-off Test at Bristol on June 16, 2021.
HAL, Rolls-Royce sign MoU
- Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and UK’s Rolls-Royce have signed an MoU to establish packaging, installation, marketing, and services support for Rolls-Royce MT30 marine engines in India.
- Through this MoU, both will work together in the area of marine applications for the first time.
- The MT30 is billed as the world’s most power-dense, best-in-class naval gas turbine.
Wipro to invest £16 million in London
- Wipro Ltd will invest £16 million (about $22 million) over the next four years to set up a 20,000 sq. ft. innovation centre in Holborn, London.
- The centre will serve as Wipro’s flagship centre in the UK and offer technical expertise to companies globally.
- The year 2021 marks Wipro’s 75th global anniversary, and 25 years in the UK, where it employs over 4,000 people.
Kwalee to invest $30 mn in India operations
- Kwalee, the UK-based game developer and publisher, is all set to pump $30 million investment in its India operations over the next five years.
- The firm chose Bengaluru as its first overseas studio in May 2020 which currently employs 50 people including game developers, graphic designers, and programmers.
- Kwalee claims to have over 600 million downloads on mobile platforms.
ICMR issues RT-PCR testing guidelines
- The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued fresh guidelines for Covid-19 testing as the laboratories face challenges to meet the expected testing target.
- RT-PCR test must not be repeated in any individual who has tested positive once either by RAT or RT-PCR.
- There will be no testing required for Covid-19 recovered patients at the time of hospital discharge.
SAIL enhances daily oxygen supply limit
- SAIL (Steel Authority of India Limited) has enhanced its daily limit of oxygen supply to over 1,100 metric tonnes (MT).
- The country’s largest steelmaker SAIL has five integrated steel plants located at Bhilai in Chhattisgarh, Rourkela in Odisha, Bokaro in Jharkhand, Durgapur, and Burnpur in West Bengal.
- It has so far supplied around 50,000 MT of LMO to health facilities.