Current Affairs- 25th June

Science and Technology

Sanjay Dhotre launches Rapid Antigen Test kit for COVID-19 developed by IIT Delhi

Sanjay Dhotre launches Rapid Antigen Test kit for COVID-19 developed by IIT Delhi
  • Minister of State for Education, Sanjay Dhotre today launched a Rapid Antigen Test kit for COVID-19 developed by IIT Delhi. This kit is used for in vitro qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigen.
  • The SARS-CoV-2 Ag Rapid Test is a colloidal gold enhanced double antibody sandwich immunoassay for the qualitative determination of SARS-CoV-2 antigen in human nasal swabs, throat swabs and deep sputum samples.
  • It is suitable for general population screening and diagnosis of COVID-19. The test is found to be suitable for early Ct values with a 90 percent Sensitivity, 100 percent Specificity and 98.99 percent Accuracy and certified by the ICMR.

Extended range Pinaka rocket system successfully test-fired by DRDO

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired extended range version of indigenously developed Pinaka rocket from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher at Integrated Test Range , Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.
  • 25 Enhanced Pinaka Rockets were launched in quick succession against targets at different ranges. All the mission objectives were met during the launches.
  • The enhanced range version of Pinaka Rocket System can destroy targets at distances up to 45 kilometer.

National

NSDC-WhatsApp launch programme to train youth in digital skills

NSDC-WhatsApp launch programme to train youth in digital skills
  • The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and WhatsApp launched the Digital Skill Champions Program that aims to train India’s youth in digital skills, in order to make them employment ready.
  • Through this program, school and university students will be coached on digital skills including digital safety and online privacy.
  • At the end of the course, students will receive the ‘Digital Skill Champions’ certification.
  • The initiative will kick off with a pilot across 50 campuses in five states – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka.

Odisha partners with UN WFP to empower, support women through SHGs

Odisha partners with UN WFP to empower, support women through SHGs
  • The government of Odisha and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have joined hands to improve household food and nutritional security by strengthening livelihood initiatives, reaching thousands of state-supported Women’s Self-Help Groups (WSHGs).
  • A statement on Wednesday quoted WFP Country Director in India, Bishow Parajuli saying that the partnership for achieving nutritional security in Odisha focused on empowerment, livelihood and incomes of women.
  • “Such focused initiatives are important to address and reduce vulnerabilities around food security as highlighted by the COVD-19 pandemic,” Parajuli said.

International

China operationalises first electric bullet train in Tibet's Nyingchi

  • The first electrified railway in Tibet Autonomous Region opened Friday morning, linking Lhasa with Nyingchi as “Fuxing” bullet trains enter official operation on the plateau region.
  • The Sichuan-Tibet Railway will be the second railway into Tibet after the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. It will go through the southeast of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, one of the world’s most geologically active areas.
  • In November, Chinese President Xi Jinping had instructed officials to expedite construction of the new railway project, connecting Sichuan Province and Nyingchi in Tibet, saying the new rail line would play a key role in safeguarding the border stability.

Pakistan continues to remain on FATF 'grey list'

  • The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has retained Pakistan on its grey list. It means no respite for the nation as it looks for financial aid amid the pandemic.
  • In the virtual session in Paris, the global anti-terror financing watchdog reviewed the Asia Pacific Group’s report on Pakistan’s compliance with its prescribed action items. FATF has recommended a list of measures for Pakistan to stop money laundering and terror financing in the nation.
  • Earlier this month, a regional affiliate of the FATF had retained Pakistan on the Enhanced Follow-up list and asked the country to strengthen its efforts towards the action items prescribed by FATF.

Sanjay Dhotre launches Rapid Antigen Test kit for COVID-19 developed by IIT Delhi

  • Heads of the global health, intellectual property and trade bodies have announced a joint platform to help countries plug the gaps in accessing Covid-19 vaccines, treatments and technologies.
  • The platform will provide “a one-stop shop that will make available the full range of expertise on access, intellectual property and trade matters provided by our organisations, and other partners, in a coordinated way. The statement said, it would support countries in assessing and prioritising their unmet needs for Covid-19 vaccines, medicines and other related technologies. It would also help them make full use of all available options to access such tools, including through coordinating with other countries going through similar challenges.

Security, terrorism discussed at SCO meet: MEA

Security, terrorism discussed at SCO meet: MEA
  • External Affairs Ministry today said the Shanghai Corporation Organisation (SCO) – NSA’s meet in Dushanbe, Tajikistan discussed issues of international and regional security, countering terrorism, extremism and radicalism, countering illicit trafficking of drugs. The meeting also discussed the preparations for the SCO Summit of Heads of State which is likely to take place in Dushanbe later this year.
  • Briefing media, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said an outcome document, in the nature of a protocol, was adopted after the NSA level meeting.

Days and Dates

International Day of the Seafarer: 25th June

International Day of the Seafarer: 25th June
  • 25 June of each year is the “Day of the Seafarer”, recognizing the invaluable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy, often at great personal cost to themselves and their families.
  • Governments, shipping organizations, companies, shipowners and all other parties concerned are invited to promote and celebrate the Day in an appropriate and meaningful manner.
  • Prime Minister Modi in his address to seafarers said, “Sailors are indispensable to the world including India. India country has a coastline of over 7,500 km, if we can increase skill development in this area, we can give lakhs of sailors to the world.”

Sports

Saurabh Chaudhary settles for bronze in men’s 10 meters air pistol

  • At the ISSF Shooting World Cup in Osijek, India’s Saurabh Chaudhary settled for bronze in the men’s 10 meters air pistol event.
  • In the eight-shooter final, Chaudhary had a good start but two bad shots of 8.7 points spoiled his chances. He shot 220 points for bronze.
  • Iran’s Javad Foroughi won the gold medal with a total 243.0 points. Serbia’s Damir Mikec bagged silver with 241.7 points.
  • In the women’s 10m air pistol event, both Yashaswini Singh Deshwal and Manu Bhaker entered the final but finished eighth and seventh respectively.

Other Important Affairs

  • US has barred some solar products made in China’s Xinjiang region, alleging human rights abuses.
  • The West Bengal Cabinet approved the Student Credit Card scheme, which the Trinamool Congress had promised in its election manifesto, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.
  • Twitter has partnered with homegrown fintech startup Razorpay to launch its ‘Tip Jar’ in-app payments feature in India.