Current Affairs – July, 2020

DCGI approves Serum Institute for Pneumococcal Polysacchride Conjugate Vaccine

On July 15, 2020, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) approved the first indigenously developed Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Conjugate Vaccine. The vaccine was developed by Serum Institute of India. Highlights The DCGI has approved Serum Institute to conduct phase I, phase II and phase III clinical trials of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide conjugate vaccine in the country. Read More…

India launches World’s Most Affordable COVID-19 kit “COROSURE”

On July 15, 2020, the Union Minister of Human Resource and Development Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishnak launched world’s most affordable COVID-19 kit. The kit was developed by IIT Delhi. Highlights The test called “COROSURE” has been billed as the world’s most affordable RT-PCR based COVID-19 diagnostic kit. The base price of the kit is Rs 399. Read More…

India’s first trans-shipment hub in Cochin port, Kerala

On July 15, 2020, the Minister of State for Shipping Shri Manasukh Mandaviya reviewed the development activities of Vallarpadam terminal at Cochin. The terminal accommodates India’s first trans-shipment hub. What is Trans-Shipment Hub? A Trans-Shipment Hub handles containers and stores them temporarily. Later it transfers them to other ships for onward destination. The Vallarpadam terminal Read More…

ADB appoints Ashok Lavasa as new Vice President

On July 15, 2020, Ashok Lavasa was appointed as the vice president of Asian Development Bank. Highlights Ashok Lavasa, a 1980 batch retired IAS officer. He was serving as the Election Commissioner and is next in line to become Chief Election Commissioner. He has now been appointed as Vice President of ADB for Public-Private Partnerships Read More…

What is Mars Helicopter “Ingenuity”?

Ingenuity is a robotic helicopter that is to be deployed in Mars 2020 mission of NASA. Mars 2020 mission is to be launched on July 30, 2020. Highlights The Helicopter being attached to the mission will check how the conditions on Mars affect aviation. Ingenuity is a technology demonstration. It is the first aircraft to Read More…