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National And International Current Affairs 22 March 2020

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♦ Janta Curfew initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to battle against COVID-19 to lockdown from 7 AM to 9 PM on 21 March 2020. Narendra Modi thanked people for making Janta Curfew a success on twitter, as quoted “country thanked each person who led the fight against the Coronavirus. Many thanks to the countrymen”

♦ Technology Development Board under the Department of Science Technology invited technology proposals for fighting against coronavirus, COVID-19, proposals can be submitted online via TDB website or before 27th March 2020

Innovative solutions are invited in area

  • Low-cost masks
  • Cost-effective Thermal Scanning
  • Large area sanitization and sterilization (including electrostatic spray and UV treatment for various surfaces like glass, ceramic, wood, textile, etc.)
  • Bioinformatics and Surveillance
  • Rapid and Accurate Diagnosis kit (paper-based and another point of care devices)
  • AI and IoT based solution for contact-less entry
  • Oxygenators and ventilators (Low cost and portable)
  • Or any other related technology

♦ The Union Cabinet has approved financial assistance of ₹3,000 crore for the next 5 years to scheme for promotion of bulk drug parks

♦ The Union Cabinet has approved financial assistance of ₹ 6,940 crore for PLI Scheme for promotion of domestic manufacturing of critical drug intermediates and API for the next 8 years
PLI: Production Linked Incentive
API: Active pharmaceutical ingredient

♦ Kenny Rogers Music legend, a prolific singer who played a major role in country music in the 1970s and 1980s died in Georgia at the age of 81 years

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