Airport Current Affairs - 2020

nCoVSENSE Module: Funded by DST to develop Rapid Test of COVID-19

The Department of Science and Technology has funded a health care start up called the “Module Innovations” in order to develop COVID-19 testing kit. The purpose of the kit is to make the testing quicker within 10 to 15 minutes.

Highlights

The start up is to use the funding for its current project of rapid testing. The device will test for antibodies that are generated against COVID-19 in human body.

The human body generates Immunoglobulin G and Immunoglobulin M in human body as the virus begins its infection. The antibodies are targeted against the spike proteins of the virus.

The current method of testing COVID-19 that uses Real Time Reverse-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) needs more man power and also it takes longer hours.

Benefits

The kit shall be used in airports, hospitals and railway stations. Apart from testing, the kit will also provide the stage of infection in the patients.

Jammu Airport comes under CISF

On March 6, 2020, the Jammu airport security was taken over by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). With this there are 63 airports under CISF at present.

Airport Security

The CISF is responsible for airport security at all commercial airports of India. Earlier the airports were under the control of airport police. However, after the hijack of Indian Airlines Flight 814 in 1999, it was handed over to CISF.

Jaipur airport was the first airport to come under CISF control.

CISF

It was set up in 1969. However, it was made an armed force in 1983. Recently in 2017, the GoI increased the strength of CISF personnel from 145,000 to 180,000. It operates under Ministry of Home Affairs. Apart from airport, CISF also guards seaports, industrial sectors, atomic power plants, oil refineries, thermal power plants, mines and other public sector undertakings. It also guards currency note presses.

There are 4 currency notes presses in India. Two operate at Nashik in Maharashtra and other 2 operate in Mysuru in Karnataka and Salboni in West Bengal.