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1. IIT Mandi researchers developed a high efficiency masks

Researchers at IIT Mandi have claimed to develop a technology for making high efficiency masks. These masks have been made using waste pet bottles. They are more breathable than commercially available masks and also can be washed and reused up to 30 times. They have also filed a patent for the waste plastic bottles derived filter membrane technology which is based on electrospinning.

2. Synechron signed a pact with Google Cloud

Synechron Inc has tied up with Google Cloud to further build its centre of excellence and also expand cloud offering to the clients. Synechron will provide cloud-based solution architecture and operating models to support migration of legacy processes and establish cloud for new business activities for its clients.

3. Collaboration of Panacea Biotec with Refana

Panacea Biotec Ltd to collaborate with US-based Refana Inc for development, manufacturing and global distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. Panacea Biotec will be responsible for product development and commercial manufacturing of an inactivated virus-based vaccine. An inactivated vaccine consists of virus particles that have been grown in a culture and then lose disease-producing capacity.

4. Cipla will acquire 21.85% stake in GoApptiv

Pharma major Cipla has announced it will acquire 21.85% stake in GoApptiv on a fully-diluted basis for 9 crores. In the first stage, Cipla will invest 5.80 crore and 3.20 crore in the second stage. The entire transaction is expected to close by October 31, 2020. GoApptiv offers digital solutions for integrated brand sales management and digital marketing.

5. Microsoft’s venture fund has opened India office

M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, has opened its India office in Bengaluru. The local arm will pursue investment opportunities across the region, focusing on B2B software startups in areas of applied Artificial Intelligence (AI), business applications, etc. The Bengaluru office joins an M12 network that includes San Francisco, Seattle, London, and Tel Aviv.

6. New Zealand has declared itself coronavirus-free

New Zealand has eliminated transmission of the novel coronavirus and will lift all containment measures except for border curbs. This makes the South Pacific nation one of the first countries to do so. The government has dropped social distancing restrictions from midnight on 8 June 2020 as it moves to a Level 1 national alert from Level 2.

7. Arjun Charan Sethi passed away

Former Union minister and Odisha MP Arjun Charan Sethi passes away at 79. Former Union minister Arjun Charan Sethi died in a hospital following a brief illness.
An eight-time MP from Bhadrak Lok Sabha constituency, Sethi was the Union Water Resources Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government from 2000 to 2004.
Active in social and political spheres since his youth, soft-spoken Sethi was also elected to the Odisha Assembly twice.
During his long stint as an MP and an MLA, the late Arjun Sethi had earned the goodwill of the people for his dedicated service and commitment. Sethi was elected to the Lok Sabha from Bhadrak constituency in 1971 and 1980 as a Congress candidate.

8. Indian Entrepreneur Renjith Kumar honoured with “NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal”

Renjith Kumar, Engineer from Kerala and Indian Entrepreneur based in Virginia is honoured with NASA’s highest form of recognition for a non-governmental individual “NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal” for his service to NASA through executive leadership, engineering contribution, technical excellence and customer satisfaction. The “NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal” is given for the non-governmental individuals or individuals who are not a part of government employees during the performed service who provide a level of excellence supporting or impacting the success of NASA’s missions and contribution in NASA’s advancement of United States interests. RK Chetty Pandipati was the First Indian to win this award in 2002.

9. Myanmar military Tatmadaw returns to Facebook

Myanmar’s military or Tatmadaw has decided to use Facebook again, opening 2 accounts called “Tatmadaw True News Information Team” and “Zaw Min Tun”. In response to misinformation and fake news the military has decided to use Facebook. It will assist information flow and provide accurate news. The military will post real-time updates on both accounts.

10. IIT-Guwahati students developed “Flyzy” app

Students of IIT Guwahati have developed a mobile application called ‘Flyzy! This app will provide a seamless air travelling experience to passengers during the pandemic. The mission is to build Flyzy into India’s finest aviation IT technology company for providing a stress-free and safe journey to flyers. It aims at providing contactless boarding.

11. IL&FS sold 50% stake in GIFT city

IL&FS has completed the sale of its 50 per cent stake in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City) to the Gujarat government. It generated over Rs 32 crore for its equity value and also reducing its consolidated debt by more than Rs 1,200 crore. The stake in GIFT City was bought by Gujarat Urban Development Company Ltd (GUDCL), on behalf of the Gujarat government.

12. Customs duty hiked on bamboo imports

Union Government has hiked Customs duty on bamboo imports by agarbatti manufacturers from 10 per cent to 25 per cent with immediate effect. The decision has been taken to encourage use of domestic bamboo under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat scheme. The 25 per cent customs duty rate shall now uniformly apply to any import of bamboo, including by traders.

13. Bangladesh launched plasma network

The Bangladesh Govt has launched an online network to facilitate plasma exchange between recovered patients of COVID-19. It will also help those undergoing treatment for Corona infection in the country. The initiative named ‘Shohojodha’ has been launched by the ICT division of the government of Bangladesh in collaboration with Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

14. JNCASR signs MoU with Breathe Applied Sciences

Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) has entered into an MoU with Breathe Applied Sciences. It will convert Carbon dioxide to clean fuels such as methanol and other useful chemicals on a large scale. Under the agreed terms, 300 kilogram of Carbon dioxide will be converted to useful chemicals per day. This will be scaled up to 500 tons after one year.

15. Gujarat topped India’s Food Safety Index

Gujarat has topped among larger states in terms of food safety index, while Chandigarh tops among UTs. Goa leads smaller states as far as food safety is concerned. Gujarat is followed by Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. The data was shared by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), which has released the results of the second ‘State Food Safety Index!

6. Odisha plans mega educational complexes

The Odisha government is coming up with 3 mega educational complexes exclusively for tribal students, where both academic and sporting skills will be harnessed. The complexes will be established in tribal-dominated districts such as Keonjhar, Sundargarh and Mayurbhanj. Each complex will house 3,000 tribal students.

17. Younis Khan appointed Pakistan batting coach

Younis Khan, the first and only Pakistan batsman with over 10,000 Test runs, has been appointed as their batting coach for their upcoming tour of England. In addition to Younis, former Pakistan spinner Mushtaq Ahmed will also join the touring party as the spin bowling coach. In a career spanning over 17 years, Younis stacked up 10,099 runs at an average of 52 in 118 Tests.

18. SBI to cut MCLR by 25 bps from 10 June

State Bank of India has announced it will reduce marginal cost of fund-based lending rate (MCLR) by 25 basis points across all tenors from 10 June 2020. The one year MCLR has been revised to 7 per cent from 7.25 per cent, the bank said in a release. This is the thirteenth consecutive reduction in the bank’s MCLR.

19. India’s economy to contract by 3.2%

India’s economy will shrink by 3.2% in the current fiscal. This data was given by the World Bank in its report titled Global Economic Prospect. However, the Indian economy is expected to bounce back in 2021. International rating agencies like Moody’s Investors Service, Fitch Rating have all predicted a 4-5% contraction in India’s economic growth rate during April 2020 to March 2021 fiscal.

20. BRO to employ more than 11,800 workers

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren has permitted the Border Roads Organization (BRO) to employ more than 11,800 workers from the state for critical national projects. This also includes projects near the China border in Ladakh. Jharkhand is also set to sign a first-of-its kind MoU with the BRO for ensuring the welfare of workers in all recruitments in the future.

21. Conor McGregor announced retirement again

Former UFC champion Conor McGregor has announced his retirement on Twitter for the 3rd time in the last four years. McGregor is the first-ever two-division UFC champion in history and is the popular MMA fighter in the world. He retired before the second Nate Diaz fight as he had negotiation issues with the UFC. The second ‘retirement’ came in 2019 as he put out another tweet on 26 Mar 2019.

22. A2A Pharma collaborated with LAXAI

A2A Pharmaceuticals has announced an agreement to co-develop SARS-CoV-2 Main Proteases inhibitors for the treatment of COVID-19 with Laxai Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd. A2A will design the molecules using its proprietary computational Al-enabled drug discovery platform SCULPT”. Both parties will collaborate in preclinical optimization and selection of lead candidates to enter the clinic.

23. NCERT, Rotary India inked MoU

The National Council of Educational Research and Training- NCERT and Rotary India have signed a MoU. They will provide e-learning telecast content for class one to 12th over all NCERT TV channels. Rotary International will also provide material for special needs children as well as contribute its entirety to the Adult Literacy Mission. It will also provide Teacher Training content.

24. Legislators in 8 countries form alliance

Lawmakers from eight democracies around the world came together on June 5, 2020, to launch The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China. The formation of IPAC comes at a time when China is defending its position on the national security legislation that is poised to dilute Hong Kong’s autonomy. Some of the countries which are a part of it are Australia, Japan, Canada, etc.

25. Maruti Suzuki partnered with Mahindra Finance

Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has joined hands with Mahindra Finance to ease the finance availability for customers looking at personal mobility solutions during ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Under the tie-up, Maruti Suzuki customers can avail wide options for getting their car financed from Mahindra Finance including buy now and pay later.

26. India’s solar ferry shortlisted for an award

India’s first solar-powered ferry, Aditya has been shortlisted for the Gustave Trouvé Award as the only entrant from Asia. Aditya has been an icon on the Vaikom Thavanakadavu route in Kerala for being the first solar-powered ferry in the country. The ferry was built by Naval Solar and Electric Boats, Kochi and is currently being operated by the Kerala State Water Transport Dept (KSWTD).

27. Gomathi Marimuthu got four-year doping ban

Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has banned athlete Gomathi Marimuthu for 4-years after testing positive for banned substances. Gomathi’s all competition results between March 18 and May 17, 2019, stand annulled. Her ban starts from 17th May 2019 to 16th May 2023. The Gold Medal she bagged in the 2019 Asian Championship that was held in Doha, Qatar with the timing of 2 minutes and 2.70 seconds has been stripped by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) when the B sample of Gomathi returned positive.

28. Adani Green won world’s largest solar bid

Shares of Adani Green Energy (AGEL) hit a new high of Rs 312.75, up 5% on the BSE after the company said it has bagged the world’s largest solar bid worth $6 billion. The company has won the first of its kind manufacturing linked solar agreement from the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). As a part of the award, AGEL will develop 8 GW of solar projects.

29. India to reconstruct 56 high schools in Nepal

The Indian Embassy in Nepal will rebuild 56 higher secondary schools and replete them with furniture and modern sustainable technology. These schools would be rebuilt as part of the Indian government’s post-earthquake reconstruction works in Nepal with a grant of around Rs 184 crore ($24.4 million). 7 MoUs were signed in this regard between both the countries.

30. Himachal CM launched ‘Panchvati Yojana’

Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur has launched the “Panchavati Yojana” for senior citizens of rural areas in the state. Under this scheme, parks and gardens will be developed in all the development blocks with necessary facilities under the MNREGA scheme. The main objective of the scheme is to provide parks and gardens along with entertainment to the senior citizens of the state.

31. Recykal partnered with UNDP and HCCB to launch Project Prithivi for plastic waste management

Recykal, a digital technology company in the waste management space collaborated with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd (HCCB) for Project Prithvi, a joint initiative for developing sustainable plastic waste management practices in the country.
As part of this partnership, Recykal will leverage its cloud applications, mobile applications to raise consumer awareness on segregation, and recycling.

32. Scientists discover new star Kepler-160 & planet KOI-456 :‘mirror image’ of Earth and Sun

A team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Gottingen (Germany), the Sonneberg Observatory, the University of Göttingen, the University of California, and NASA ( National Aeronautics and Space Administration) led by MPS, have discovered a new planet named KOI-456.04 & its host star called Kepler-160 by using Kepler Space Telescope. Scientist have mentioned these two newly discovered planet and its host as “mirror image” of our own planet and sun. The research has been published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics & lead author of the study was Dr Rene Heller.

33. The Ramon Magsaysay awards 2020 canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

The Ramon Magsaysay awards, regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize, have been canceled this year due to the global pandemic.
This is the only third time the annual awards were disrupted in six decades. The awards were also canceled due to a financial crisis in 1970 and a disastrous earthquake that hit the Philippines in 1990.
The Ramon Magsaysay awards are named after Ramon Magsaysay, the third president of the Republic of the Philippines after World War II.

34. CBIC launches its flagship programme ‘Turant Customs’ at Bengaluru & Chennai

Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, CBIC launched its flagship program Truant Customs, at Bengaluru and Chennai.
This is a giant leap forward to leverage technology for faster Customs clearance of imported goods.
Importers will now get their goods cleared from Customs after a faceless assessment is done remotely by the Customs officers located outside the port of import.
Now, the goods imported at Chennai may be assessed by the Customs officers located at Bengaluru and vice versa, as assigned by the Customs’ automated system.
Turant Customs is a mega reform for the ease of doing business.
The start of Turant Customs at Bengaluru and Chennai will be the first phase of the All India roll out which will get completed by 31st December this year.

35. Myanmar military to use Facebook to counter ‘misinformation’

Myanmar military ‘Tatmadaw’ has decided to use Facebook again to provide ‘accurate’ news to people.
This was announced by the Tatmadaw spokesperson Zaw Min Tun in Myanmar.
The military has decided to use the popular social media platform to counter fake news and misinformation and provide accurate news to people swiftly, reports Irrawady.
Facebook had removed several accounts linked to the Myanmar military in 2018.
While removing the accounts on August 28, 2018 the Facebook had said that they removed 425 Facebook pages, 17 groups and 135 Facebook accounts and 15 Instagram accounts linked to the Myanmar military as evidence suggested that they had committed serious human rights violations in Myanmar.

36. Gujarat CM announces Phase-2 of SAUNI Yojana to be completed before August 15

The Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced on June 10, 2020 that the Phase-2 of the Saurashtra-Narmada Avataran Irrigation (SAUNI) Yojana will be completed before August 15.The State Water Resources Department has been instructed to complete the work on the scheme. The scheme aims to meet the drinking water requirements of Saurashtra and Kutch regions with Narmada waters.
The SAUNI Yojana is a vital engineering skilled scheme, which aims to fill 115 water reservoirs of arid Saurashtra and Kutch region with water from the Narmada river, to meet the region’s drinking and irrigation requirement. This is expected to benefit around 737 villages of 11 districts and 31 cities of the region.
The work on the second phase of the scheme, which involves filling up of 57 water reservoirs through laying pipeline networks of 541 kilometres is almost about to be completed.

37. Pune based DIAT develops Nano-technology based disinfectant spray to combat COVID-19

Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, a Deemed University, Pune has developed a Nano-technology based disinfectant spray to combat COVID-19 by disinfecting all types of surfaces. It has been named “ANANYA”. This can be used by anyone, from a common man to a healthcare worker, for individual as well as large scale use.This spray can be used on masks, PPEs, hospital linens, as well as other likely contaminated surfaces such as medical instruments, elevator buttons, door knobs, corridors and rooms. This Nano-technology assisted formulation will not only stop the novel coronavirus from entering the human body, but it will also kill the virus when the virus comes in contact with this formulation layer on masks and PPEs.

This is a water-based spray and will be effective for more than 24 hours after spray.

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