Daily GK Update: 12th April 2020

International Day of Human Space Flight 12 April

  • The General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/65/271 of 7 April 2011, declared 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight “to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for mankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes.”
  • 12 April 1961 was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen. This historic event opened the way for space exploration for the benefit of all humanity.
  • The General Assembly expressed its deep conviction of the common interest of mankind in promoting and expanding the exploration and use of outer space, as the province of all mankind, for peaceful purposes and in continuing efforts to extend to all States the benefits derived there from.

Source: United Nations

Red, orange, green zones may come up during extended lockdown

Areas May Divided Into Red, Orange, Green Zones If Covid19 ...

  • The Centre is likely to categorise the country into red, orange and green zones depending on the number of Covid-19 cases during the proposed extended period of lockdown and might allow limited services to function in the safe zones.
  • Officials privy to the discussions during the four-hour-long conference with chief ministers, convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said that schools and colleges would remain shut but some small scale industries and liquor shops may be allowed to function.

Source: The Economic Times

KVIC develops double-layered Khadi masks; procures orders for large quantity supply

KVIC develops double layered Khadi mask

  • In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has successfully developed a double layered Khadi mask and has procured orders for supplying it in large quantities.
  • Talking to AIR News, KVIC Chairman V.K. Saxena said the Commission is specifically using double twisted Khadi fabric for manufacturing of these masks as it helps retain 70 per cent of the moisture content inside, while providing an easy passage for the air to pass through. Mr Saxena added that these masks are special because they are made of hand-spun, hand-woven khadi fabric which is breathable, easy to reuse, washable and biodegradable.

Source: All India Radio

Govt sets up 586 dedicated COVID-19 Hospitals with capacity of more than 1 lakh isolation beds

Covid-19: ESIC hospitals may set up 400 isolation beds - The ...

  • One thousand 35 fresh confirmed cases of novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours taking the total number to 7447. Out of these, 642 patients have recovered and discharged from the hospitals, while 239 patients have died.
  • Briefing media in New Delhi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Lav Aggarwal said, India’s response to contain COVID-19 has been proactive and it has followed a graded approach. He said, in coordination with the states, the Centre is ensuring supply of PPE, N95 masks, testing kits and ventilators and dedicated COVID-19 hospitals are also being set up to provide proper treatment.

Source: All India Radio

Union HRD Minister launches ‘Bharat Padhe Online’ campaign to invite ideas to improve online education ecosystem

  • The Union Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal launched a week long ‘Bharat Padhe Online’ campaign for crowd sourcing of ideas for improving online education ecosystem of India, on Friday.
  • Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister said that this campaign aims to invite all the best brains in the country to share suggestions/solutions directly with HRD Ministry to overcome constraints of online education.
  • He added that ideas can be shared on bharatpadheonline.mhrd@gmail.com and on twitter by using #BharatPadheOnline till 16th April 2020.

Source: Hindustan Times

Govt funds firm to develop Covid-19 vaccine

DST to fund Seagull BioSolutions for vaccine production

  • Seagull BioSolutions, a startup working on new biological technologies, may become the first government-funded company to begin work on a vaccine for Covid-19, as the Department of Science and Technology has confirmed that the firm is being funded to undertake development of vaccine based on its Active Virosome (AV) platform.
  • The firm is producing two types of AV agents — an AV expressing S-Protein of the SARS-CoV-2, which is called AV-S; and another one expressing structural proteins of the virus, called AV-SPs.

Source: Times of India