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Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 5th edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale has been postponed to 1st November 2021, which was earlier set to be inaugurated on 12th December 2020. What? The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is an art exhibition and festival that is the largest of its kind in South Asia and is organised by the Kochi Biennale Foundation at Kochi, Kerala. The Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust engaged in pr

Important Facts of Kerala

Important Facts of Kerala Capital Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum Date of Formation November 01, 1956 State Boundaries Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry (Mahe) Number of Districts 14 State Animal Elephant State Bird Great Indian Hornbill State Flower

Analysis of Indian Genes

Analysis of Indian Genes What is the news? Recently, the results from the computation analysis of the 1029 sequenced genomes from India were published in the scientific journal, Nucleic Acid Research. The analysis has found that out of 55,898,122 single nucleotide variants in India 18,016,257 (32.23%) variants are unique and found only in the samples sequenced from India. This emphasizes the need for an India centric population genomic initiative. The analysis was carried out by C

Single Male Parent

Single Male Parent Male Government employees who are single parents will now be eligible for child care leave. Single male parents, includes unmarried employees, widowers and divorcees, who may be expected to take up the responsibility of caring for a child single-handedly. Features: Child care leave can be granted at 100% of leave salary for the first 365 days and 80% of leave salary for the next 365 days. In case of a disabled child, the condition of availing child care leave u

Kisan Suryodaya Yojana: Gujarat

Kisan Suryodaya Yojana: Gujarat It aimed at providing day-time electricity to farmers in Gujarat for irrigation and farming purposes. Rs. 3,500 crore will be spent over the next three years for providing solar power to farmers for irrigation during daytime (5 AM to 9 PM). 10 districts including Dahod, Gir-Somnath and Tapi have been selected under the Scheme for 2020-21. The remaining districts will be covered in a phase-wise manner by 2022-23.

Indira Rasoi Yojana: Rajasthan

Indira Rasoi Yojana: Rajasthan Aim: To provide nutritious food to the poor and needy twice a day at concessional rates. Under the scheme, each plate serves 100 grams of pulses and vegetables each, 250 grams of chapati and pickles. It aligns with the World Food Day’s 2020 theme to grow, nourish and sustain together. Implementation: The local voluntary organisations have been roped in for establishing the centres near the places such as bus stands, railway stations and hospitals

Nobel Prizes 2020

3 scientists share Prize in Physiology or Medicine:  Americans Harvey J Alter and Charles M Rice, and British scientist Michael Houghton have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology for the discovery of the hepatitis C virus. Their Contributions: The trio’s work helped explain a major source of blood-borne hepatitis that couldn’t be explained by the hepatitis A and B viruses. Their discovery have essentially eliminated post-transfusion hepatitis in

Feluda Test

Feluda is the acronym for FNCAS9 Editor Linked Uniform Detection Assay. It is an accurate and low-cost paper-based test strip to detect Covid-19 and can deliver a result in 45 minutes. Developed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Tata Group.  How it works? It uses indigenously developed CRISPR gene-editing technology to identify and target the genetic material of SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Significance: According

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