Civil Defence Volunteers fighting against COVID-19
•Civil Defence is primarily organised on voluntary basis except for a small nucleus of paid staff and establishment which is augmented during emergencies
Eligibility for becoming a Civil Defence Volunteer
1. She/He will be a citizen of India, or a subject or Sikkim or of Bhutan or of Nepal.
2. She/He will have completed the age of 18 years provided that this age limit may be relaxed at the discretion of the competent authority up to a maximum of 3 years for any branch or category of the Corps.
3. She/He will have passed at least the primary standard, that is to say, the fourth class, and this condition may be relaxed by the Controller at this discretion etc.
•More than 50,000 Civil Defence volunteers are assisting the local administration in implementing the measures to contain the spread of Covid-19
•Although it is a Central law, Section 4 of the Civil Defence Act empowers State governments to raise corps at the local administration level as per their requirement
JUpiter ICy moons Explorer(JUICE) Mission
•European Space Agency(ESA) has announced its plan to launch JUICE mission by 2022.
•It aims to spend at least three years making detailed observations of the giant gaseous planet Jupiter and three of its largest moons, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa
•Scientists aren’t yet sure, but they suspect that all three might be hiding massive oceans.
•JUICE will also measure how each of Jupiter’s moons is stretched by tidal interactions with other worlds in the system.
[Jupiter is so massive that it tugs on all four of its large moons, and three of those moons orbit in such synchronized choreography that they exert serious pulls on each other]
Meru Jatra Festival of Odisha
•It is a 21-day long seasonal folk dance festival that is celebrated in the month of ‘Chaitra’.
•Meru Jatra marks the end of the 21-day-long festival of penance named ‘Danda Nata’.
•During the festival, people who participate in the festival(Danduas) undergo self-inflicted pain to pay their obeisance to the lord Kali.
[It is also a form of worshipping the lord Shiva and his consort Parvati]
•The origin of the festival is generally traced to 8th and 9th AD after the decadence of Buddhism in Orissa.
•Odisha’s Ganjam district administration has banned the Meru Jatra festival and congregations due to Covid-19
US approved MK 54 torpedo to India
•US State Department has approved the sale of missiles and torpedoes worth $155 million to India
Harpoon Block II Missile:
•It is an anti-ship missile capable of performing both land-strike and anti-ship missions.
•It would be integrated into the P-8I aircraft to conduct anti-surface warfare missions in defense of critical sea lanes
MK 54 Torpedoes:
•These torpedoes are used by US surface ships, fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters and are their primary anti-submarine warfare weapon.
•It will provide India the capability to conduct anti-submarine warfare missions
CovidGyan : launched by Ministry of Science and Technology
•It is a science based website for information on Covid-19.
•It aims to fight misinformation around coronavirus disease and generate public awareness.
•Apart from being an authentic source of information, It would also aid as a ‘go-to’ repository of information regarding COVID-19.
• It is designed with multi-faceted aspects to ‘right information’ through talks from eminent scientists in audio/podcast formats, infographics, posters, videos, FAQs and mythbusters, and even links to scientific papers