New Multiplex RT-PCR Kit
⇒ Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India has developed new multiplex RT-PCR kit. It will targets two SARS CoV2 genes: RdRp and ORFb-nsp14, and the human RNAse P gene as the internal control to help detect a range of mutant strains.
The new kit is based on multiplex Taqman chemistry, amplifying all three genes in a single reaction. This newly developed multiplex RT-PCR kit has a higher accuracy of detecting covid19 across the various mutant strains of the virus.
51st edition of virtual IHGF of Delhi Fair 2021
⇒ The 51st edition of virtual IHGF of Delhi fair has been organised from 19th May to 23rd May, 2021.
The 51st IHGF Delhi Fair 2021 was India’s largest Virtual Fair in the Home, Fashion, Lifestyle, Textiles and Furniture sector. The IHGF Delhi Fair 2021, an exclusive B2B online platform was developed to assist the buyers from all across the globe to source from India.
The Fair organised by the EPCH seen participation of 1500 plus manufacturers and exporters showcasing 2000 plus product expressions. The overseas buyers from over 85 countries from across the globe registered to visit the show.
During the Delhi fair webinars was organized on topics such as ‘Quick Ways to Optimise Forex Operations in Turbulent Times’ and ‘Seven easy ways to Grow your Exports’. The webinars aimed to provide in depth knowledge to the participants so that they can keep themselves abreast with the international trade requirements.
IHGF is amongst Asia’s largest gifts & handicrafts fair, organized twice every year in Spring and Autumn editions. It is organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH).
69th Miss Universe
⇒ 69th Miss Universe 2020 was held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood in Florida, US, on 16 May 2021.
Miss Mexico Andrea Meza has been crowned the 69th Miss Universe. She becomes the third Miss Universe from own’s country Mexico. The previous winner, Zozibini Tunzi, crowned the successor.
Miss Brazil Julia Gama and Miss Peru Janick Maceta del Castillo were declared as the first & second runner-up respectively.
Miss India Adline Castelino was declared the third runer-up. Miss India Castelino made the country proud as she secured fourth place in the beauty pageant.
Last year’s ceremony was canceled due to the pandemic.
2021 International Booker Prize
Six-time MP from Amritsar, Raghunandan Lal Bhatia
⇒ Veteran Congress leader and six-time MP from Amritsar Raghunandan Lal Bhatia passed away on Friday night, 14 May 2021. He was 100.
In 1972, he was first elected to Lok Sabha member from Amritsar. After that he again re-elected from the same seat in the 1980, 1985, 1992, 1996 and 1999.
Mr Bhatia had served as the governor of Kerala from 2004 to 2008 and the governor of Bihar from 2008 to 2009. He had also served as minister of state for external affairs in 1992.
Former Saurashtra Cricketer & BCCI Referee, Rajendrasinh Jadeja
⇒ Former Saurashtra Cricketer & BCCI Referee, Rajendrasinh Jadeja died on 16 May 2021. He was 66.
The finest right-arm medium pacer, Rajendrasinh played in 50 first-class matches and 11 List A matches, taking 134 wickets in first-class cricket and 14 in List A cricket.
He also served as BCCI’s official referee in 53 first-class matches, 18 List A games, and 34 T20s.