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India’s Covid-19 Emergency Response Package: Phase II

India’s Covid-19 Emergency Response Package: Phase II: The Union Cabinet has approved a new scheme ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response & Health System Preparedness Package: Phase-II’ amounting to Rs. 23,123 crore for FY 2021-22. The Phase-II of the Package has Central Sector (CS) and Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) components. Under the Central Sector components: National Centre […]

Agriculture Infrastructure Fund

Agriculture Infrastructure Fund: The Union Cabinet gave its approval to the various modifications in Central Sector Scheme of Financing Facility under ‘Agriculture Infrastructure Fund’. Eligibility has now been extended to State Agencies/APMCs, National & State Federations of Cooperatives, Federations of Farmers Producers Organizations (FPOs) and Federations of Self Help Groups (SHGs). For APMCs, interest subvention […]

Authorised Economic Operators Programme:

Authorised Economic Operators Programme: The Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) has inaugurated the online filing of Authorised Economic Operators (AEO). The new version (V 2.0) of the web application is designed to ensure continuous real-time and digital monitoring of physically filed applications for timely intervention and expedience. Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme: […]

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft : Findings

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft: Findings: NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has made the following discoveries in the moons of Saturn by flying through their plumes: Titan has methane in its atmosphere. Enceladus has a liquid ocean with erupting plumes of gas and water. Researchers have concluded that there may be unknown methane-producing processes on Enceladus that await discovery. […]

A Future For All – The Need For Human-Wildlife Coexistence: WWF And UNEP Report

A Future For All – The Need For Human-Wildlife Coexistence: WWF And UNEP Report: A report titled, A future for all – the need for human-wildlife coexistence, was recently released by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Highlights of the Report: Conflict between humans and animals is one […]

Organisation Of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC)

Organisation Of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC): The Ministry of External Affairs rejected the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) proposal to assist a dialogue between India and Pakistan. Earlier in December 2020, India also rejected the criticism of its Kashmir policy by the OIC. OIC’s Offered to arrange a meeting between India and Pakistan and proposed to […]


Emvolio: DBT-BIRAC supported startup Blackfrog Technologies has developed Emvolio. Emvólio is a portable, battery-powered medical-grade refrigeration device that improves the efficiency of the immunization by strictly maintaining preset temperature for up to 12 hours, thus enabling the safe and efficient transportation of vaccines to the last mile. Emvólio has a 2-litre capacity, enabling it to […]