CSIR Award for S&T Innovations for Rural Development (CAIRD) for the year 2020
⇒ CSIR Award for S&T Innovations for Rural Development (CAIRD) for the year 2020 Winners
1. CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu
CSIR-IIIM, Jammu won the award for “Purple Revolution in Jammu & Kashmir: Rural Development through Lavender cultivation in Jammu & Kashmir”.
2. CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram
CSIR-NIIST won the award for “Utilization of Various Agro Residues for Biodegradable Products as an Alternative to Single-Use Plastics”.
The CAIRD Award, an annual award instituted in 2006, recognises those outstanding S&T innovations that have helped transform the lives of rural people or generate employment.
The award consists of a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh, a citation and a plaque.
G N Ramachandran Gold Medal for Excellence in Biological Sciences and Technology 2021
⇒ The G N Ramachandran Gold Medal for Excellence in Biological Sciences and Technology for the year 2021 has been awarded to Prof Partha Pratim Majumder of the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, Kalyani.
He was awarded for his outstanding contributions in cancer genomics and elucidation of the genetic history of humans in India.
CSIR Diamond Jubilee Technology Award 2020
⇒ CSIR Diamond Jubilee Technology Award for the year 2020 was conferred jointly on:
- CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories and M/s Tata Aerospace Limited jointly for their technology entitled “Successful commercialisation of indigenously developed state of the art composite technologies for series production of LCA (Tejas aircraft)”.
- Spray Engineering Device Pvt. Ltd, Mohali, Punjab, for their technology entitled “Low-Temperature Evaporation Technology”.
Launch of 'Amul Honey'
⇒ Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launched ‘Amul Honey- a product of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (GCMMF)’ under active cooperation with ‘National Bee Board (NBB)’ on 28 September 2021.
Addressing the launching event, Shri Tomar emphasized the importance of National Beekeeping and Honey Mission in increasing the income of small farmers, which is being implemented in the country for doubling income of farmers/beekeepers through beekeeping with the budgetary allocation of Rs 500 crores.
Book ‘Mafia Premier League’
⇒ The new crime thriller book ‘Mafia Premier League’ is authored by Dr K Vijayakarthikeyan & published by Rupa Publications India.
This is his 9th book. Mafia Premier League explores the stories of cricket and crime amidst the setting of the metropolis that is Mumbai.
MoU between WFP India and ICRISAT
⇒ The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) have entered a partnership to bolster climate-resilient food and nutrition security and livelihoods in India.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the WFP India and ICRISAT, timed to coincide with the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.
Under the partnership, WFP in India and ICRISAT will work on joint action research, advocacy, and awareness-raising, promoting traditional nutritious crops, undertaking food and nutrition security analysis, and adaptation strategies among other engagements.
The United Nations World Food Programme is the largest humanitarian organization in the world.
ICRISAT, a non-profit, non-political international organization, conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide range of partners around the world.
Election of the next Director General of WHO
⇒ France and Germany, in coordination with a group of EU states, nominated World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for a second term.
The election of the next Director General of WHO is to be held in May 2022. The tenure of the Director General of WHO is five years.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected Director General of WHO for a five-year term by WHO Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017.
Best International Feature Film award at the Swedish International Film Festival 2021
⇒ Recently, Malayalam feature film “Joji” won the Best International Feature Film award at the Swedish International Film Festival (SIFF) 2021.
The feature film ‘Joji’ was directed by Dileesh Pothan and written by Syam Pushkaran.
World Rabies Day 2021
⇒ World Rabies Day is celebrated annually on 28 September to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating this horrifying disease. This year the 15th World Rabies Day was celebrated.
The theme of World Rabies Day 2021 was “Rabies: Facts, not Fear”.
This year’s theme was focused on sharing facts about rabies, and not spreading fear about the disease by relying on misinformation and myths.
28 September also marks the anniversary of Louis Pasteur’s death, the French chemist and microbiologist, who developed the first rabies vaccine.
World Rabies Day Celebrations in India:
Launch of National Action Plan for dog Mediated Rabies Elimination:
On the occasion of World Rabies Day, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri Mansukh Mandaviya and Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Shri Parshottam Rupala unveiled the National Action Plan for dog Mediated Rabies Elimination by 2030 (NAPRE).
Shri Mansukh Mandaviya and Shri Parshottam Rupala also launched “Joint Inter-Ministerial Declaration Support Statement” for Elimination of Dog mediated Rabies from India by 2030 through One Health Approach.