PIB (6/05/2020): UPSC Current affairs to prepare for UPSC Exam

Indian Navy launches Operation “Samudra Setu”

  • Indian Navy has launched Operation “Samudra Setu” – signifying “Ocean Bridge”, as a piece of national exertion to repatriate Indian residents from abroad.
  • Indian Naval Ships Jalashwa and Magar are directly enroute to the port of Malè, Republic of Maldives to start clearing activities from 08 May 2020 as a major aspect of Phase-1. 
  • The Government has been intently observing the circumstance concerning the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on our residents abroad. The Indian Navy has been coordinated to make reasonable arrangements for their departure via ocean. 

IIT Bombay Professor receives Young Career Award in Nano Science & Technology 2020 for Advanced Transistor Technologies.

  • Professor Saurabh Lodha from Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay, receives Young Career Award in Nano Science and Technology 2020 conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India. 
  • This honour perceives his spearheading commitments in the advancement of rationale transistor advances past silicon and nanoelectronic gadgets dependent on two-dimensional Van der Waals materials. 
  • In particular, he has grown new materials and procedures to improve thermal stability and reliability of the heart of the transistor- its thin (1-2 nm) gate dielectric, to bring down the obstruction of metal contacts to the transistor and furthermore to accomplish more elevated levels of electrical pollutions while holding spillage flows under check. 

General MM NARAVANE, COAS Visits Formations in Eastern Theater

  • General MM Naravane, Chief of Army Staff visited different field developments in Eastern India from 04 to 05 May which included Sukna, Binnaguri and Panagarh. 
  • During his two days visit, the Chief of Army Staff was advised in detail by the development authorities on the operational status of the arrangements and other significant preparing and coordination issues. The Chief of Army Staff connected broadly with the soldiers conveyed on ground and checked out the circumstance along the fringes. 
  • During his visit he additionally examined different offices set up by the Indian Army in its push to contribute fundamentally to the country’s battle against COVID-19. He praised the high condition of operational readiness just as preparing guidelines and admonished all positions to proceed with the great work in these troublesome occasions. 

MHA issues SOPs for movement of Indian Nationals stranded outside the country, as well as, for those persons stranded in India who are desirous to travel abroad for urgent reasons

  • Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), on 01.05.2020, gave an Order and particular rules under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, to expand the lockdown for a further time of about fourteen days w.e.f. May 4, 2020. 
  • According to data accessible, numerous Indian Nationals who had headed out to various nations before the lockdown, on different purposes, for example, work, examines/entry-level positions, the travel industry, business, and so forth., are abandoned abroad. 
  • Aside from the above cases, there are other Indian Nationals who need to visit India in health-related crises or demise of a relative. Likewise, numerous individuals are abandoned in India who want to travel abroad critically for different purposes. 

Right of Multiple entry Life-long Visa facility to visit India for OCI Cardholders, to remain in abeyance till Prohibition on International Air Travel of passengers from/to India is lifted

  • Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given a request indicating that the privilege of numerous passage long-lasting visa office for visiting India for any reason allowed to people enrolled as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders would keep on being kept in suppression till the denial on worldwide air travel of travellers from/to India is lifted by the Government of India. 
  • Any outside national holding an OCI card who means to make a trip to India for convincing reasons during this period would need to contact the closest Indian Mission. 
  • Further, if there should arise an occurrence of people holding OCI cards who are as of now in India, the OCI card will stay legitimate for their stay in India for any period of time.