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1# GRSE delivered ICGS Kanaklata Barua to Indian Coast Guard

Warship builder Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) delivered the ‘ICGS Kanaklata Barua’ on 9 June. It is the fifth and final ship in the series of Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). Also, it is the 105th vessel delivered by the Defence PSU shipyard based on the banks of the river Hooghly.

♦ The fast patrol vessels have been entirely designed by GRSEs Central Design Office.
♦ The FPVs achieve speeds exceeding 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1,500 nautical miles.
♦ These ships are fuel-efficient and powerful platforms.
♦ They are designed and developed in a way that they are well suited for operations like patrolling, anti-poaching and rescue, and anti-smuggling.
♦ The ship is fitted with a 40/60 mm gun as the main armament, these ships have improved habitability features with fully air-conditioned modular accommodation for 35 personnel.
♦ Previously, GRSE had made deliveries of FPVs ICGS Priyadarshini, ICGS Annie Besant, and ICGS Amrit Kaur in this series to ICG. 
♦ The fourth ship in the FPV series is earmarked for export delivery to the Seychelles Coast Guard. It will be delivered shortly after completing the related formalities.

2# MHRD, Sports Ministry launch special films to promote indigenous sports of India

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the Ministry of Sports have collaborated to produce a series of special films to promote 10 indigenous sports of India. For implementation, the Department of School Education and Literacy under MHRD has partnered with the Ministry of Sports flagship programme ‘Fit India’ under the ‘Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat’ initiative.

♦ The series is aimed to raise awareness about the indigenous games and the culture and heritage of the states to which they belong.
♦ The 10 sports that will be covered in the series are:

  • Kho-kho
  • Gatka
  • Kalaripayttu
  • Mallakhamb
  • Thang-Ta
  • Sqay
  • Kabaddi
  • Roll Ball
  • Tug of War
  • Shooting Ball.

♦ The indigenous sports of India will also cover a mix of very old sports, like, Kalaripayattu, and some recent Roll Ball which has gained a lot of popularity and is now played in at least 50 countries.
♦ The 10 episodes can be watched from June 8 to June 19, Monday to Friday, at 11 am, on the Fit India YouTube page and MHRD digital platforms.
♦ Under the initiative, there are scholarships for athletes of these games and there is a growing interest among youngsters to pursue these sports.

3# IIT Mandi researchers develop make high efficiency masks from waste plastic bottles

Indian Institute of Technology Mandi researchers claims to have developed a technology for making high-efficiency masks using waste pet bottles. The researchers have filed a patent for the waste plastic bottles derived filter membrane technology based on electrospinning.

♦ The waste plastic bottles were used to develop a single thin layer of the nano-nonwoven membrane. It provides desirable particle filtration efficiency which is equal to the N95 respirator and a medical mask.
♦ The waste plastic bottles are dissolved using a combination of solvents and extruded nanofibres from the solution.
♦ The masks that are made out of the waste plastic bottles have more breathability than commercially available masks. This ultrafine fibres in the mask will allow less resistance in airflow due to a unique phenomenon called ‘slip flow’ which improves breathability.
♦ It can also be washed and reused up to 30 times.

4# Centre releasee Rs.6,195 crore to 14 states

Government of India released Rs.6,195 crore to 14 states as a monthly installment of the post-devolution revenue deficit grant on 10 June. It is the third equated-monthly installment of the post-devolution revenue deficit grant as recommended by the 15th Finance Commission. 

On 3 April and 11 May, the Ministry of Finance released a similar amount as the first and second installment of the post-devolution revenue deficit grant to 14 states. The states are Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal.

5# World Accreditation Day was observed on 9 June

World Accreditation Day (WAD) was observed on 9 June. The day is celebrated every year to highlight and promote the role of accreditation in trade and economy.  

The theme for the 2020 World Accreditation Day is “Accreditation: Improving Food Safety”. The theme was set by IAF and ILAC. The theme aims to highlight the role of credible, competent accreditation for improving food safety.

World Accreditation Day was jointly initiated by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) with an aim to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation-related activities. WAAD was first celebrated in the year 2008.

♦ Inorder to celebrate the day Quality Council of India (QCI) organised a Webinar to commemorate the event, in which all concerned stakeholders participated. The webinar emphasized that accreditation is an important tool to help improve qualityof product and services in food sector and other areas.
♦ WAD Webinar hosted two technical sessions.
♦ The first session focussed on Regulator’s perspective on food safety. It was Chaired by Dr. D. K. Aswal, Director NPL and Chairman NABL. 
♦ The second technical session focussed on Industry’s Perspective on food safety. It was chaired by Mr. Shyam Bang, Chairman NABCB.
♦ Government, Regulators and Industry officials discussed the key areas related to the food sector.

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