Aarogya Setu

Context The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology issued a data-sharing and knowledge-sharing protocol for the Aarogya Setu app, laying down guidelines for sharing such data with government agencies and third parties. Prior to this, the only legal shield around the mechanism was the app’s privacy policy. The executive order issued Read More …

Medium, Small, Micro Enterprises

Context The Covid-19 pandemic has left its impact on all sectors of the economy but nowhere is the hurt as much as the Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) of India.  How are MSMEs defined? Formally, MSMEs are defined in terms of investment in plant and machinery (Chart 1). But this criterion for Read More …

[PIB] Kisan Sabha App

Context In present situation of COVID 19, farmers are looking for help in their harvest reaching the market, seed/ fertilizer procurement, etc. A robust supply chain management is urgently required to facilitate the timely delivery of the produce at the best possible prices. About Kisan Sabha App Kisan Sabha App Read More …

[PIB] Year of Awareness on Science & Health (YASH) Program

Context Recently National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC) has launched a programme on health and risk communication ‘Year of Awareness on Science & Health (YASH)’ with focus on COVID-19. About YASH Program YASH is a comprehensive and effective science and health communication effort for promoting grass-root level appreciation Read More …

VidyaDaan 2.0

Context The Union Human Resource Development Minister e-launched VidyaDaan 2.0 program for inviting e-learning content contributions in New Delhi. The programme has been launched due to the increasing requirement  for  e-learning content for students(both school and higher education) especially  in the  backdrop of situation arising out of Covid- 19 and Read More …

Mobile Virology Research and Diagnostics Laboratory (MVRDL)

Context The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a mobile virology research lab. About the Mobile Virology Research and Diagnostics Laboratory (MVRDL) The MVRDL is the combination of a bio-safety level (BSL)-3 lab and a BSL-2 lab and was set up in a record time of 15 days. Read More …

How coronavirus may affect the kidneys ?

Context Apart from ventilators, another kind of machinery that is in shortage amid the coronavirus pandemic is dialysis machines. Different research reports are now suggesting that a significant proportion of Covid-19 patients are experiencing kidney failure or kidney damage. In the past few weeks, several reports signal that hospitals around the world are looking at Read More …

Remdesivir

Context The drug remdesivir has been under the spotlight as a possible treatment for critical cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Globally, it is one of the four possible lines of treatment being investigated in the Solidarity trials under the aegis of the World Health Organization (WHO). While the drug is yet Read More …

Types of human coronaviruses

Context While there are hundreds of coronaviruses that cause diseases in animals such as pigs, camels, bats and cats, till date seven different types of coronaviruses have been identified that infect humans. What are they and what kind of symptoms do they cause? What are coronaviruses? Coronaviruses are a large Read More …

How supercomputers are being used to understand and prevent Covid-19

Context Coronavirus (COVID-19): In the global effort to tackle the novel coronavirus pandemic, many countries have now employed supercomputers to help expedited research into the virus. Scientists are using supercomputers for several challenging tasks, such as understanding how the virus spreads in a community, how it infects the human body, as well Read More …