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Today GK Updates : 12th May Daily Current Affairs
1. India launches Mission Sagar to assist island nations in Eastern Indian Ocean
– India launched Mission Sagar as part of the government’s outreach initiative towards five Island nations in the Indian Ocean amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
– Indian Naval Ship Kesari has departed for Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and Comoros to provide food Items, COVID related medicines including HCQ Tablets and Special Ayurvedic Medicines with Medical Assistance Teams embarked.
– Mission SAGAR highlights the importance accorded by India to relations with our neighbouring countries and further strengthens the existing bond.
2. Smokeless tobacco products, spitting banned in 28 states and UTs
– The Union Ministry has stated that over 25 states and union territories have banned the use of smokeless tobacco products and spitting in public places due to COVID-19.
– The states and UT’s who have banned these products include Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and Assam.
– The Health Ministry on April 1 had asked all the states to ban the use and spitting of smokeless tobacco in the public areas in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
3. NIV develops country’s 1st indigenous antibody-based testing kit
– National Institute of Virology, Pune has developed the first indigenous antibody-based ELISA test kit – COVID KAVACH for diagnosis of novel Coronavirus. This test is expected to change the dynamics of COVID-19 testing in the country.
– The kit has displayed high sensitivity and accuracy in the validation tests at different sites. It can test around 90 samples in approximately two and half hours.
– ELISA based testing can easily be operated even at district level. The technology has been transferred to pharmaceutical manufacturing companies for mass-scale production.
4. NFL’s fertiliser sales jump 71% to 3.62 lakh tonnes in April
National Fertilizers Limited (NFL), a PSU under the ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers registered a 71 percent growth in fertilizer sales last month.
Despite the stringent restrictions in the country in April due to COVID-19 lockdown, the company recorded fertilizer sales of 3.62 Lakh tonne last month compared to 2.12 Lakh tonne in the same period last year.
CMD of NFL, Manoj Mishra has appreciated the efforts of the marketing team for achieving this highest-ever growth in sales in April 2020.
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NFL produces urea at its five plants located in the states of Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh.
5. Ministry of Tourism releases 17th webinar titled ‘Exploring River Nila’
– The Ministry of Tourism’s 17th session of ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ webinar titled ‘Exploring River Nila’ showcased meaningful travel experiences for travellers that are offered by relatively unvisited places.
– The webinar took the participants on a journey into lesser known towns and villages along the River Nile Also known as Bharathapuzha in Kerala which offers authentic and unique experiences to the discerning travellers and explorers.
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Bharathapuzha, also known as the Nila, is a river in India in the state of Kerala. With a length of 209 km, it is the second longest river in Kerala, after Periyar.
6. Eminent historian Hari Shankar Vasudevan dies of COVID-19 in Kolkata
– Eminent historian Hari Shankar Vasudevan died after he had tested positive for novel coronavirus on May 6.
He was considered one the foremost names in Russian and Central Asian history.
– Vasudevan was the author of Shadows of Substance: Indo-Russian Trade and Military-Technical Cooperation (2010), and Footsteps of Afanasii Nikitin: Travels through Eurasia and India in the Early 21st Century (2015).