1) Air pollution at the lowest level in North India
Recently, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.-NASA has announced that air pollution in North India has reached its lowest level of 20 years. According to information received through NASA’s satellites, Aerosol means the microscopic particles of dust present in the atmosphere have reduced significantly. Aerosols not only decrease the visibility but also cause lung related diseases.
It is noteworthy that the central government has implemented the second phase of nationwide lockdown till May 3 to prevent the spread of corona virus. During this lockdown period, air pollution has reached its lowest level in many cities of India, as most economic and non-economic activities have stalled in the country due to the lockdown.
Apart from air pollution, the water quality of all the rivers of the country has also seen a lot of improvement. NASA is an self-governing intervention of the policymaking division of the United States federal government answerable for the civilian space database as well as aeronautics and space research. It was founded in the year 1958 and is headquartered in Washington DC (US).
2) Phase III of ‘Sujalaam Suflam Water Campaign’
The Gujarat government has started the third phase of ‘Sujalam Suflam Jalanchayaya Abhiyan’ in the midst of lockdown. This campaign will continue till June 10. Under this campaign, the Gujarat government has planned to deepen the lakes and rivers before the monsoon.
This time the Gujarat government has planned to implement the campaign in such a way that employment opportunities are available to the rural population, mainly the migrants. According to the Gujarat government, during this time the norms of COVID-19 such as Social Distancing will be strictly followed. The scheme was launched in the year 2018 by the Government of Gujarat. After the success of this scheme, the state government had increased the financial contribution of the scheme by 60 percent during its second phase.
3) Alcohol-based herbal sanitizer
The National Botanical Research Institute-NBRI has developed alcohol-based herbal sanitizer in the wake of the increasing demand for sanitizers amidst coronovirus outbreaks. It has a very effective natural antimicrobial agent – basil and isopropyl alcohol to kill germs. According to the director of the institute, the herbal hand sanitizer has been medically tested and found to be very effective in destroying surface microbes.
They told that its effect lasts for about 25 minutes and it protects the skin from dehydration. According to the director of the institute, the brand name of ‘Clean hand gel’ will soon be available in the market. It is noteworthy that NBRI is one of the constituent research institutes of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-CSIR. It was originally established by the Government of Uttar Pradesh as the National Botanic Garden (NBG).
4) Immigration temporarily suspended in the US
The United States most affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic has decided to stop immigration for the next 60 days. The US government has banned the process of issuing new green cards or allowing valid permanent residence for the next 60 days. However, this step will not affect those who are coming to the country temporarily.
Thus there will be no impact on people living on non-immigration work visas like H-1B. H-1B visas are issued primarily to foreign technology professionals. But this decision of the US administration will have an impact on the Indian-Americans who are waiting for the green card. Significantly, due to the COVID-19 global epidemic, about 22 million people in the US have applied for unemployment allowance, which is a new record in itself.
It is important to note that due to COVID-19, all the economic activities of the world have been affected and due to this virus almost all countries of the world have implemented full or partial lockdown. All economic activities have stalled due to this lockdown and many people are expected to be unemployed due to this.
5) Separate third gender category for transgender
The Central Government has instructed all the departments to make a separate category of third gender for the people belonging to the transgender community in the application form for the civil service and other posts. The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has given this instruction on the basis of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act notified in December last year.
The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions said that on the basis of the law and legal opinion on the subject, the Civil Services Examination Rules, 2020 were notified on February 5, 2020 in which the transgender should be considered as a separate category for that examination. got involved. Philanthropic to the department, “‘All Ministries / Departments of the Government of India are demanded to change their examination manuals to include transgender in a different category of gender. This allows the rule to be made in accordance with the provisions of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act.
6) The online coach development program
Badminton Association of India-BAI and Sports Authority of India-SAI jointly launched online coach development program on 20 April 2020 under the leadership of Chief National Coach Pullela Gopichand. This program will run 5 days a week for three weeks and during this time the entire course has been divided into 39 subjects.
Through this online coach development program, trainers will get a chance to learn in detail from top level coaches. In the first season, apart from coach Pullela Gopichand, two foreign coaches were also present. According to sports experts, this is the best platform through which the experience of foreign coaches will reach the Indian coaches at every level and their skills will be enhanced. The event will run till 8 May.
7) Chief Minister COVID-19 Yoddha Kalyan Yojana
Recently Madhya Pradesh government has launched Chief Minister COVID-19 Yoddha Kalyan Yojana. According to official information, about one lakh Anganwadi workers and assistants of the state will get the benefit of Chief Minister COVID-19 Yudhir Kalyan Yojana. Public Health and Family Welfare Department, under this scheme of Government of Madhya Pradesh All sanitation workers, wardboys, ASHA workers, paramedical staff, doctors, specialists and other health workers, all sanitary workers of the urban administration, etc. are also included in the Medical Education and AYUSH department.
According to the plan, if any employee dies while fighting coronavirus, his family will be given assistance of Rs 50 lakh. However, the cost of treatment is not included in the scope of the scheme if the infected person becomes infected during treatment. This scheme has been implemented for the period from 30 March to 30 June.
The revenue department of the state has been made the nodal department for this scheme. It may be noted that the Government of India has also started a special insurance scheme under the Prime Minister’s Poor Welfare Package for health workers working for the prevention of the COVID-19 epidemic.