PIB (4/04/2020): UPSC Current affairs to prepare for UPSC Exam

DRDO develops equipment for effective sanitisation of public spaces

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) with technologies for sanitising areas of different sizes. 
  • Developed equipment includes Trolley Mounted Large Area Sanitisation Equipment as well as Portable Backpack Area Sanitisation Equipment.
  • The Centre for Fire Explosive & Environment Safety (CFEES), Delhi has developed two configurations of sanitising equipment. 

Shri Sanjay Dhotre launched Hack the Crisis – India, an Online Hackathon to find working solutions for overcoming COVID 19 pandemic

  • Shri Sanjay Dhotre, the Minister of State Electronics & Information Technology, (MEITY) on 3rd April 2020 launched Hack the Crisis – India.
  • In specific, its an Online Hackathon to find solutions for overcoming COVID 19 pandemic, organised by ‘Hack A Cause – India’ and ‘Ficci Ladies Organization Pune’ and supported by MEITY.
  • Aim of this hackathon is to strengthen the fight against COVID19.

         For women PMJDY account holders under PM Garib Kalyan Package, direct cash transfer 

  • The Ministry of Rural Development is releasing the lump sum amounts @ Rs. 500/- per woman to Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) account holders for April 2020.
  • Also, the same credit to the designated accounts of individual banks on 2nd April 2020. It seems staggering withdrawal of money by account-holders at branches, BCs and ATMs.
  • Particularly, this based on an announcement by the Finance Minister on 26th March 2020 regarding ex-gratia payment of Rs. 500/- per women PMJDY account holders, for next three months, under the PM Garib Kalyan Package.

         DST sets up rapid response centre at SINE, IIT Bombay to combat COVID-19

  • Department of Science & Technology, Government of India approved setting up of a Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis (CAWACH).
  • Totally, at a cost of Rs 56 Cr to scout, evaluate and support the innovations and start-ups that address COVID-19 challenges. 
  • Chiefly, the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE), at IIT Bombay supported by DST, identified as the Implementing Agency of the CAWACH.