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1. Indigenously built ASW stealth corvette INS Kavaratti to be commissioned into Navy today

  • The last of four indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes INS Kavaratti will be commissioned into the Indian Navy by Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Naravane, at Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam today.
  • Kavaratti is indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organization, Directorate of Naval Design and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.
  • The ship will be commissioned into the Navy as a combat-ready platform as the ship has completed sea trials of all the systems fitted onboard.
  • With the induction, the Indian Navy preparedness will be enhanced.

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Kavaratti takes her name from erstwhile INS Kavaratti which was an Arnala class missile corvette.

 

2. ‘COVIRAP’ developed by researchers at IIT Kharagpur gets ICMR certification

  • ‘COVIRAP’, the diagnostic technology developed by researchers at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, has been successfully validated for its efficacy in COVID-19 detection by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
  • ‘COVIRAP’ has been designed to be fairly easy to conduct and affordable as well and can produce results within one hour.
  • This new testing method implements a highly reliable and accurate molecular diagnostic procedure that can be conducted in an ultra-low-cost portable device unit.
  • The test results are rendered via a custom-made mobile application for dissemination without requiring manual interpretation.

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The Indian Council of Medical Research is the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research. It is one of the oldest and largest medical research bodies in the world.

Headquarters: New Delhi; Director General of ICMR: Balram Bhargava

 

3. India to host third India-US 22 Ministerial Dialogue on Oct 27

  • India will be hosting the third India-US 22 Ministerial Dialogue on 27th October in New Delhi.
  • United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence Mark T. Esper will be visiting India to participate in the dialogue.
  • From the Indian side, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar will lead the delegation.
  • The agenda for the third dialogue will cover all bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.

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The first 22 Ministerial Dialogue was held in New Delhi in September 2018 followed by the second in Washington DC in 2019.

 

4. Union Cabinet approves bonus for central government employees

  • Union Cabinet has approved the bonus for central government employees for 2019-2020, a move which is expected to benefit over 30 lakh employees.
  • Under the approval, the Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) will be paid to more than 16 lakh non-gazetted employees including those working in Railways, Defence, EPFO and ESIC.
  • The total cost to the exchequer will be 3,737 crore, the minister said after a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The money will be given in a single installment before Vijaya Dashami so that it would encourage spending and boost the economy.

 

5. Government imposes ban on sale of natural gas, coal-bed methane to self

  • The government has banned natural gas and coal-bed methane (CBM) producers from buying their own produce in the newly notified gas marketing freedom guidelines.
  • The ban implies that from now onwards producers of natural gas/ CMB will not be able to buy their own products.
  • The government notified the Natural Gas Marketing Reforms that give producers the freedom to discover the market price of gas through a standard e-bidding process.

 
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