1. GoI launches AarogyaSetu mobile app to fight COVID-19
- The Government launched ‘AarogyaSetu’ mobile app for the health and well-being of every Indian.
- It is developed in public-private partnership to bring the people of India together in the fight against COVID-19 in 11 languages.
- The App will enable people to assess the risk of catching the Coronavirus infection by using cutting edge Bluetooth technology, algorithms and AI.
- The data collected is encrypted by state-of-the-art technology and is used for medical purpose only.
2. DRDO develops bio-suit for healthcare personnel
- Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a bio suit to keep the medical, paramedical and other personnel engaged in combating COVID-19 safe from the virus.
- The current production capacity is 7,000 suits per day.
- The suit has been subjected to rigorous testing for textile parameters as well as protection against synthetic blood exceeding the criteria defined for body suits by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
3. Justice Rajnesh Oswal appointed as the permanent judge of J&K High Court
- Justice Rajnesh Oswal was sworn in as the permanent Judge of the common High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh increasing the strength of judges to 9.
- He is the first Judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to take oath under the Indian Constitution.
- He was administered oath of office by Justice Gita Mittal in a simple but impressive ceremony in Jammu.
4. New features of e-NAM platform launched
- Agriculture Minister launched new features of National Agriculture Market (e-NAM).
- It has introduced two modules: Warehouse based module to facilitate trade from e-NWR and FPO trade module to provide trade facility at their centre reducing their need to come to wholesale mandis for selling their harvested produce.
- Enhanced version of logistic module has been also released to help users to avail trackable transport facilities for transporting their produce.
5. Duckworth-Lewis method developer, Tony Lewis passes away
- Tony Lewis (78 years) one of the men behind the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method used in weather-affected limited overs cricket matches passes away.
- Tony with Frank Duckworth devised the Duckworth-Lewis method (1997), adopted officially by the ICC in 1999 and renamed as Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Method in 2014.
- This formula continues to be used in rain reduced limited overs cricket games across the globe by removing the lowest-scoring overs from each team’s innings.
6. National Preparedness Survey on COVID-19 released
- Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr Jitendra Singh released National Preparedness Survey 2020 on COVID 19 – Responses of District Collectors and IAS Officers.
- It was conducted in 410 Districts across the nation within 3 working days to attain a bird’s eye view of the governance while coping with the greatest health crisis of India since Independence.
- This will help to develop a comparative analysis of COVID19 preparedness across states.
7. Naval Dockyard develops Portable Multi-feed Oxygen Manifold
- Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam have designed an innovative ‘Portable Multi-feed Oxygen Manifold (MOM)’ using a 6-way radial header fitted to a single cylinder.
- This would enable 1 oxygen bottle to cater to the needs of 6 patients concurrently thus enabling critical care management to a larger number of COVID patients with the existing limited resources.
- The entire set up was made operational by Fine Adjustment Reducer and specific adapters portable MOM.
8. SCTIMST ties up with Wipro 3D to provide emergency ventilator system
- Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) of DST tied up with Wipro 3D, Bengaluru to jointly build a prototype of an emergency ventilator system based on Artificial Manual Breathing Unit (AMBU).
- The ventilators can help meet urgent requirements arising out of the COVID-19 related crisis.
- AMBU bag or a bag-valve-mask (BVM) is a portable and lightweight hand-held device used to provide positive pressure ventilation to a patient.
9. NBT released questionnaires to evaluate COVID-19 Psycho-Social impact
- NBT Study Group has released a set of Questionnaires in Hindi & English of seven segments to assess Psycho-Social Impact of COVID-19 and the Lockdown and How to Cope.
- The Public circulation of the Questionnaire is intended to create a conducive environment for community participation and sharing of emotions in the lockdown period.
- The link to access the questionnaire is https://nbtindia.gov.in/home__92__on-line-questionnaire-for-nbt-study.nbt.
10. Maharashtra Government launched COVID-19 self-assessment tool
- Maharashtra Government in collaboration with Apollo 24X7 launched a COVID-19 self-assessment tool through which citizens can assess their symptoms from the comfort of their homes and later contact authorities if they have any doubts about their condition.
- It is available at https://covid-19.maharashtra.gov.in/.
- Immediate medical advice and other relevant contact information are also available on this link.
11. IBM offers Watson Assistant for Citizens for COVID-19 queries
- IBM is offering its AI platform ‘Watson Assistant for Citizens’ free of cost for at least 90 days, which will provide reliable information on covid-19 related queries.
- IBM is already delivering this service across the US, as well as engaging with organisations globally in Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain and others.
- The initial solution is available in English and is being tailored to include Indian languages as well such as Hindi.
12. Bob Weighton recognised as the world’s oldest man
- Bob Weighton (112 years), a Hampshire resident has been officially recognised as the world’s oldest man by Guinness World Records.
- Previous title holder, Chitetsu Watanabe, a farmer from Japan, died on 23 February at 112 years and 355 days.
- Weighton lived through the 1918-20 Spanish flu pandemic and has had serious medical operations.
- Kane Tanaka (116 year) is currently the oldest living person.