Current Affairs – July, 2020

Demand for Work Under MGNREGA increases by 21% in June 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the rural and migrant labourers across the country into financial distress, as a result, more and more labourers continue to be attracted towards Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Budget Allocated for MGNREGA in FY 2020-21 In the Union Budget, Rs 61,500 crore was allocated under the scheme Read More…

Zydus Healthcare’s COVID-19 vaccine gets DCGI approval for Human Clinical Trials

On 2nd July 2020, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has given approval for human clinical trials to Ahmedabad based Cadila Healthcare Limited (Zydus Healthcare). The permission is for the Phase-I and Phase-II clinical trials of the vaccine. Zydus Healthcare’s COVID-19 vaccine become the 2nd Indigenously developed vaccine to get the permission of the Read More…

ICMR fast-tracking efforts to launch ‘COVAXIN’ for public use by 15th August

In partnership with Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has selected 12 institutes for the Phase-I and Phase-II clinical trials of the first indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine BBV152 (commonly known as COVAXIN). After successful completion of human clinical trials, the ICMR has set a target to launch the COVAXIN for Read More…

Intel Capital Invests Rs 1894.50 crore in Jio Platforms

United States-based Intel Corporation’s investment arm Intel Capital will invest Rs 1,894.50 crores in Reliance Industries Limited’s (RIL’s) subsidiary company Jio Platform. The announcement was made by Reliance Industries Limited on 3rd July 2020. With this investment, equity value in Jio Platforms rose to Rs 4.91 lakh crore, while Rs 5.16 lakh crore its enterprise Read More…

19 lakh Household Provided FHTC under Jal Jeevan Mission during Lockdown

During the first quarter (April 2020 to June 2020) of the FY 2020-21, despite a nationwide lockdown and restriction on the movement of people due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 19 lakh households in the rural areas across the country were provided with tap water connection. For the continuous progress and implementation of the Jal Jeevan Read More…