Centre launches online dashboard to monitor movement of migrants
The Centre has asked the States to use online portal National Migrant
Information System (NMIS) for capturing the information on movement of
migrants and for better inter-State co-ordination.
In a letter to the State Chief Secretaries, Union Home Secretary, Ajay
Bhalla said that to capture the information regarding movement of migrants
and facilitate the smooth movement of stranded persons across States,
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has developed an online
Dashboard- NMIS on the existing NDMA-GIS portal.
He said, the portal will maintain a central repository and help the
sending as well as receiving State and district to ask for and give their
acceptance in an online format seamlessly.
This system will help in speedy communication between States without
creating additional work at the level of the field officers. Mr Bhalla said,
it has additional advantages like contact tracing, which may be useful in
overall COVID response work. Through this system, States can upload batch
file of individual data on the portal.
The key data pertaining to the persons migrating has been standardized
for uploading such as name, age, mobile number, originating and destination
district, and date of travel which States are already collecting.
Mr Bhalla said, States will be able to visualize how many people are
going out from where and how many are reaching destination states. The
mobile numbers of people can be used for contact tracing and movement
monitoring during COVID-19.
Cyclone Amphane to intensify as severe cyclone says IMD
India Meteorological Department has warned that the cyclonic storm
Amphan is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 12
hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm by tomorrow morning. Weathermen
have warned of heavy rain in Odisha and West Bengal under its impact.
The coastal districts of Gangetic West Bengal, including North
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled structural reforms for
various sectors to help build a self-reliant India under the Atma Nirbhar
Addressing a media briefing yesterday, Finance Minister in her
announcement of the fourth tranche of measures outlined structural reforms
with focus on eight sectors of coal, minerals, defence production, civil
aviation, power distribution companies, space sector and atomic energy.
In a major announcement, Ms Sitharaman informed that, Foreign Direct
Investment (FDI) limit in defence manufacturing under automatic route will
be raised from 49 per cent to 74 per cent.
With an aim to boost Make in India, Finance Minister announced that a
list of weapons or their parts would no longer be imported and their
indigenous production will be ensured within the country.
Government will notify year-wise timelines to ban such imports. In
another historic structural reform FM Sitharaman announced that
Corporatisation of Ordnance Factory Board to improve autonomy,
accountability and efficiency among Ordnance Suppliers was done.
Ms. Sitharaman informed that the government will release a tariff policy
with reforms, including consumer rights, promotion of industry and
sustainability of sector for the power distribution companies. She also
announced the proposal to privatise the power departments in Union
Territories ensuring better services and efficiency in power distribution.
In a major sectoral reform for the atomic energy sector, Finance
Minister announced establishment of research reactors on PPP basis for
production of medical isotopes. This decision will lead to opening up of
various affordable treatment facilities for cancer and other major diseases.
Competition commission demands amendments in regulations
Competition Commission of India, CCI has proposed changes to combination
regulations to do away with the requirement for disclosing certain
non-compete restrictions while seeking the watchdog's approval.
Combinations -- generally mergers and acquisitions --
UN celebrates international day of living together in peace
Today is International Day of Living Together in Peace. In 2017, the
United Nations declared this Day to promote peace, tolerance, inclusion,
understanding, and solidarity across the world.
President of General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande in a message said
that today the world is facing the most challenging crisis since the Second
COVID-19 poses a serious threat to maintenance of international peace
and security - potentially leading to an increase in social unrest and
He has called for an immediate global ceasefire to work together on the
actual fight - defeating the pandemic. Over 100 Member States, diverse
regional organizations, religious leaders and more than 200 civil society
groups have endorsed this call.
U.S planning to file anti-trust suit against google
The Justice Department is planning to file anti-trust charges against
Google as early as this summer, said two people with knowledge of the
situation, in what would be one of the biggest anti-trust actions by the
U.S. since the late 1990s.
The Justice Department is still investigating the Internet
New silk fibroin based hydrogel developed by India
The JNCASR (Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research)
has developed injectable silk-fibroin based hydrogel to deliver sustained
insulin to diabetic patients.
The fibroin-based hydrogel was developed using biocompatible additives.
The gel developed will ease insulin delivery in diabetic patients. The gel
was first tested in rats and was successful.
The researchers have found that subcutaneous injection of insulin with
fibroid based hydrogel formed an active depot under the skin. This helped to
leach out insulin, restore physiological glucose for a longer period of
The body cells of Diabetic patients do not get glucose. This is because
insulin that helps glucose in blood reach body cells is not secreted
properly in these patients.
The fibroin-based hydrogel increases insulin level in the blood for a
longer period. The scientists found that it made insulin available in the
blood for even four days without lowering blood glucose.
Hydrogels are highly absorbent. They are used in tissue engineering. The
hydrogels that are responsive specific molecules are used as biosensors.
Theyare also used in diapers and sanitary napkins as well as in breast
German football league starts with Dortmund’s win
Norwegian sensation Erling Braut Haaland stole the limelight on Saturday
as the German Bundesliga became the first major European football league to
return since the coronavirus lockdown, with teams playing in empty, echoing
The 19-year-old striker claimed the first goal in Germany’s top flight
for over two months to set Borussia Dortmund on the way to a 4-0 win over
its local rival Schalke in the ‘Ruhr Derby’.