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India aims to end tuberculosis by 2025: Health Minister at UN

Dr. Harsh Vardhan said this while addressing Ministers of Member Nations of WHO, Heads and Representatives of UN Agencies through virtual interaction on Thursday. He spoke on India’s role and contribution towards strengthening multisectoral action and progress towards ending TB, especially in context of the COVID-19 crisis.   The Minister …

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Benefits to Healthcare Workers- Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package

An additional incentive of Rs. 1000/- per month is being paid to ASHAs in view of their significant contribution towards COVID-19 pandemic related work. Besides this, States/UTs have been asked to ensure provision of safety measures like masks and sanitizers for ASHAs. Further, the State/UT Governments have also been given …

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Department of Biotechnology launches Programme for “Strengthening Clinical Trial Research Capacity in Neighbouring Countries”

The Department of Biotechnology, Government of India through the Ind-CEPI mission (India Centric Epidemic Preparedness)for Rapid Vaccine Development and Supporting Indian Vaccine Development which is aligned with the Global Initiative of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), aims to strengthen the development of vaccines and associated competencies/technologies for the diseases of …

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AICTE approves inclusion of Geospatial as a subject in GATE and NET exam

Students competing for the popular National Eligibility Test (NET) for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and lectureship in Indian universities and colleges, including IITs and NITs and Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) for JRF in CSIR laboratories, can now opt for Geospatial as a subject. The All India Council of Technical …

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An Indian study by JNCASR of Department of Science & Technology finds place among major breakthroughs in ecology and evolution counted from ‘Origin of Species’

Indian researchers have contributed to one of sixty-five major breakthroughs in ecology and evolution over the last 160 years, counted from Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ in 1859. A study in 2003 from the Evolutionary & Organismal Biology Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), an …

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Cold Storage Facilities in the Country

As per available information, there are 8186 number of cold storages with capacity of 374.25 Lakh MT is available in the country for storing perishable horticulture produce like fruits and vegetables. State/UT wise details of cold storage is at Annexure – I.   The information regarding capacity utilization, real time data …

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Production Cost and MSP of Various Crops

The details of percentage increase of cost of production and Minimum Support Price (MSP) of mandated kharif and rabi crops from 2016 to 2020 are given at Annexure I. National Commission on Farmers (NCF) headed by Dr. M.S. Swaminathan had recommended that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) should be at least …

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Startups in Agriculture Sector has launched a new component Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana

Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW) has launched a new component called “Innovation and Agri-Entrepreneurship Development”  under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY-RAFTAAR) in 2018-19 with objective to promote innovation and agripreneurship by providing financial support and nurturing the incubation ecosystem. Start-ups are being encouraged in order to contribute directly and …

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Benefits of Agricultural Schemes to Farmers

Agriculture is a State Subject. Government of India facilitates the State Governments through many Centrally Sponsored and Central Sector Schemes to increase production, to reduce cost of cultivation like Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), Soil Health Card Scheme, Sub Mission on Agricultural Mechanisation etc. A statement showing the amount …

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India maintains trend of High Recoveries

With its focussed strategies and effective, coordinated and proactive measures, India is reporting steep increase in recoveries. New recoveries in India have exceeded the new cases for the fifth consecutive day. 89,746 recoveries have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country, whereas the number of new confirmed cases …

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Tech giants strike a deal with advertisers over hate speech

The agreement — which also includes Twitter and YouTube — lays out for the first time a common set of definitions for hateful posts. Facebook and others have long grappled with how to purge toxic content from online platforms while fending off accusations they stifle free expression in the process. …

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