Pm Modi Current Affairs - 2020

India-European Union sign Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation

On July 25, 2020, India and European Union renewed their agreement on scientific and technological cooperation for the next five years. The agreement was signed in 2001 and was renewed in the past twice in 2007 and 2015.

Highlights

According to the agreement, India and European Union agreed to renew their scientific cooperation for the years 2020-25. The agreement was renewed at the 15th India-EU summit that was held virtually.

The agreement was signed to address challenges such as water, affordable health care, energy, food, and nutrition. Also, the cooperation focused on green transport, water, clean energy, e-mobility, manufacturing, sustainable urban development, nanotechnologies, advanced materials, and ocean research.

What is the plan?

The researchers and innovators from both India and European Union are to be mobilized. The network of researchers in both sides are to be promoted. This is to be achieved by setting up joint platforms, engaging coaching, training and through staff exchanges.

India-European Union Summit

The 15th India-European Union Summit was held virtually. India was led by PM Modi and European Union was led its president Ms Ursula von der Leyen and other delegates. A roadmap was created at the summit for 2020-25. The roadmap, however, did not create any legally binding rights or obligations. It also did not include financial allocations.

PM Modi is to launch three new high-throughput labs of ICMR

On July 27, 2020, PM Modi is to launch three new high-throughput labs of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Highlights

The Government of India recently adopted Test, Track, and Treat Strategy to detect COVID-19 in its early stages. The 3Ts are to act as the major strategy to contain the virus in the country. In order to achieve this, new high-throughput labs have been launched by ICMR.

COVID-19 Laboratories

In January 2020, there was only one lab to test COVID-19. The number of COVID-19 testing labs have now been increased to 1,300. This includes the private labs as well. Today, India performs around 3.5 lakh COVID-19 tests in a day.

Test Track and Treat

The strategy of Test, Track, and Treat is expected to lead to higher number of positive cases initially. Eventually, the number of cases is expected to decline. This is because, India has one of the best COVID-19 recovery strategies. This is very well proved in India’s COVID-19 recovery rate. The recovery rate of COVID-19 has been increasing in India and is currently at 63.54%. This is also yet another reason for the Government to push concept of plasma banks lately. Plasma Banks help largely in treating COVID-19 patients using plasma therapy.