Jaishankar asks Lanka to fulfil hopes of Tamils

India - Sri lanka relationsApprox Read Time: 5 min India - Sri lanka relations In News: India - Sri lanka relations The Indian External Affairs Minister is visiting Sri Lanka for his first overseas visit of the year.Speaking to the media there, he talked about the commitments made by the Sri Lankan government on meaningful devolution, including the 13th Amendment. News Summary: During his visit to Sri Lanka, his first…

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India-Germany Leaders’ Video-Teleconference

India-Germany Video-conferenceApprox Read Time: 5 min India-Germany Video-conference In News: India-Germany Video-conference Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently held a video-conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Highlights of the video-conference: The two leaders discussed key issues of mutual importance, including the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, bilateral ties, regional and global issues, particularly India-EU relations.PM Modi appreciated the role of Chancellor Merkel in providing stable and strong leadership at the European and global…

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India successfully launches earth observation satellite EOS-01

EOS-01 (RISAT)Approx Read Time: 3 min In News: India has successfully launched its latest Earth Observation Satellite EOS-01 and nine customer satellites.EOS-01 is a Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT). News Summary: India has successfully launched its latest earth observation satellite EOS-01 and nine customer satellites.The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C49) lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. For the PSLV, this was the 51st flight and only two of its launches have…

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Steady dip in urban unemployment rate before lockdown, finds survey

Periodic Labour Force SurveyApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: The quarterly Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) showed there was a steady dip in urban unemployment rate in October-December 2019, before nationwide lockdowns began. News Summary: The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has released the quarterly Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) data for the quarter ending December 2019.Note: Unemployment…

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Editorial Analysis: Construction and manufacturing could be our growth propellants

Boosting India's GrowthApprox Read Time: 5 min Boosting India's Growth India needs fast growth to create large number of jobs: India needs to create 90 million non-farm jobs over the next decade.This require an average annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 8.0–8.5% over 2023 to 2030.Failure to achieve this growth momentum will mean a decade of missed opportunity. Construction and Manufacturing sectors will be important to achieve this: In…

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In India, air pollution and high blood pressure among top 5 risk factors for deaths in 2019

Global Burden of Disease study 2019Approx Read Time: 5 min In News: The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study 2019, was recently published in The Lancet journal.The study has analysed 286 causes of death, 369 diseases and injuries, and 87 risk factors in 204 countries.The findings from the study also provide new insights on how well countries were prepared in terms of health for the Covid-19 pandemic. About: Global Burden of Disease Study…

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COVID19 Updates: Tata Group to unveil India’s first CRISPR test
CRISPR test for Coronavirus

COVID19 Updates: Tata Group to unveil India’s first CRISPR test

CRISPR test for CoronavirusApprox Read Time: 6 min In News: CSIR’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, along with the Tata Group, has developed a new test to detect SARS-CoV-2 virus (that causes Covid-19).The test named Feluda uses the cutting-edge CRISPR gene-editing technology. News Summary: CSIR’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), along with the Tata Group, has developed a new paper-strip based test to detect SARS-CoV-2 virus (that causes Covid-19).The test…

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RS okays bill to shield docs, healthcare staff from attacks

Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020Approx Read Time: 5 minutes In News: To ensure safety of healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, Rajya Sabha has passed the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020 that provides for up to five years in jail for attacks on doctors and healthcare workers fighting the outbreak. Background: During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, there have been instances of the most critical service providers, i.e. members of healthcare…

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