1. World Bank approves USD 1 bn aid to India to accelerate COVID-19 social protection response programme

World Bank has approved one billion US dollar ‘Accelerating India’s COVID-19 Social Protection Response Programme’ to support India. Total commitment from the Bank towards emergency COVID-19 response in India is two billion US dollars.
This new support will be funded in two phases – an immediate allocation of 750 million US dollars for fiscal year 2020 and a 250 million US dollar second tranche that will be made available for fiscal year 2021.
World Bank India Head Junaid Ahmad has praised India’s economic stimulus package on private channels as tactical and sign of commitment. The first phase of the operation will be implemented country wide through the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.
It will immediately help scale-up cash transfers and food benefits, using a core set of pre-existing national platforms and programmes such as the Public Distribution System and Direct Benefit Transfers and provide robust social protection for essential workers involved in COVID-19 relief efforts. It will also benefit vulnerable groups, particularly migrants and informal workers, who face high risks of exclusion under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.

2. HRD Minister e-launches seven titles on “Psycho-Social Impact of Pandemic & Lockdown and How to Cope With” under corona studies series

Human Resources Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank e-Launched print as well as e-editions of the set of seven titles on “Psycho-Social impact of pandemic and lockdown and how to Cope With”.It has been published under the corona studies series published by National Book Trust, NBT India.
To counter the formidable circumstances that the world is facing these days, NBT has brought out these remarkable and unparalleled set of books.
He hoped that these books serve as guides to mental well-being of people at large.

3. Landing Craft Utility Ship ‘INLCU L57’ commissioned into Indian Navy in Port Blair

Landing Craft Utility Ship ‘INLCU L57’ commissioned into Indian Navy in Port Blair. The indigenously designed ship have been built by Garden Reach Shipbuilder and Engineers, GRSE, Kolkata.
This is the seventh Landing Craft Utility (LCU) MK-IV class to be inducted into Indian Navy.
It is an amphibious vessel with a designated primary role of transporting and deploying main battle tanks like Arjun, T72 etc. armoured vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore. The ship can also be deployed for multirole activities like search and rescue, disaster relief operation, supply and replenishment and evacuation from distant islands.
The ship is fitted with state-of-art equipment and an advanced system.

4. India’s CO2 emissions falls for the 1st time in four decades: Carbon Brief

According to an analysis by the environmental website, Carbon Brief, India’s Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions fell by 30 metric tonnes(1.4%) in the fiscal year ending March, which is the first annual decline in four decades.
Furthermore, emission fell by 15% during the month of March and is likely to fall by 30% in April.

5. ARCI scientists develop next-generation biodegradable metal implants

Scientists at the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI) and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram both autonomous institutes under the Department of Science & Technology (DST) have jointly developed new generation Iron-Manganese based alloys for biodegradable metal implants for use in humans.
Biodegradable materials (Fe, Mg, Zn, and polymer), which can participate in the healing process and then degrade gradually by maintaining the mechanical integrity without leaving any implant residues in the human body are better alternatives to currently used metallic implants which remain permanently in the human body and can cause long-term side effects like systemic toxicity, chronic inflammation, and thrombosis.

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